WORLD OSTEOPATHY DAY IS ON THE 22ND JUNE 2017

22nd June marks World Osteopathy Day

On 22nd June, osteopaths from around the country will be raising awareness of how they can support the health of people in their local communities.

Around 30,000 people currently consult osteopaths every working day. Patients include children, older people, manual workers, office professionals, pregnant women, children and sports people.

Patients seek treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including back pain, changes to posture in pregnancy, postural problems caused by driving or work strain, the pain of arthritis and minor sports injuries.

Osteopaths are highly trained primary healthcare practitioners adapting their therapeutic approach to the needs of the individual. They use a combination of movement, stretching, targeted deep tissue massage and manipulation of a person’s muscles and joints to improve function, relieve pain and aid recovery. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to support healing, promote health and prevent symptoms from recurring.

Osteopaths also work closely with other health care professionals, providing onward referral if required.

Tim Moynihan of osteopathic practice Amber Health in Baldock has been a practising osteopath for 25 years. Tim said ‘I chose osteopathy as a career to care for and help people with musco-skeletal injuries as opposed to medical illness.  The relationship between this and sports injury medicine is something that I am a big fan of”.

Sciatic Pain

The Mystery of Sciatica & Back Pain

What is Sciatica?

 You must have heard of the dreadful sciatica pain, anything from a little twinge to an excruciating sharp pain.

What do you think it is? Pain at the front of the leg? In the groin ? Pins and needles in the arms ?

Sciatica is a term used to describe (and often diagnose) pain at/in the leg from the buttock down (sometimes all the way down to your foot) but it is not a diagnosis.

That means that if you’ve been told you have got sciatica (and let’s imagine it’s actually sciatica, and not something else as many different nerves can be impinged) you now need to find out what is causing it.

Have You Got Hay Fever?

Spring has arrived and the flora is coming alive once more.  The energy in the earth and around us is becoming more abundant with the increase of sunlight.  This of course is the same within us, we feel more alive, and awake earlier as the days get longer.  Unfortunately, for some people, we are also entering the period of the year when “hay-fever” symptoms start to appear:-

Safe gardening

Spring Time: 4 Top Tips for Happy Gardening

It’s Spring Time! Time to stir from your sofa of winter hibernation, feel the sap rising and get outside and start gardening. That’s great. After all gardening is an excellent way to get physical activity. And active people are less likely than inactive people to have health issues such as be obese, have high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, depression, colon cancer, premature death etc etc. I think you get the picture. Exercise like gardening is a good thing. Indeed, we should all be active for at least 4 hours a week. That includes activities that raise your breathing rate and heart rate and that strengthen your muscles. And that includes gardening.

But before you rush out and do yourself a mischief, read these four quick top tips for a Spring time of happy gardening.