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The Health Benefits of Exercise: Nordic Walking

I often discuss with patients the benefit of taking more regular exercise. Good exercise has so many benefits including increasing your core strength to protect your back, improving cardiovascular fitness and even decreasing anxiety levels. Recently, Bristol Nordic Wal…

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Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction- a Common Cause of Low Back Pain

Despite the prevalence of low back pain – estimated to affect 1 in 3 adults over the age of 50 – getting an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment to fix the problem is surprisingly difficult. Here, I discuss one very common cause of low back pain which is easily f…

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The Body-Mind Link: Osteopathy & Hypnotherapy

We all know how bad we feel mentally when our body is malfunctioning – just think of the last time you had an upset stomach or nasty physical injury. Often, when I first meet a patient experiencing chronic pain or stiffness, they are either anxious, irritable or depres…

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Osteopathy and Digestive Problems

Functional digestive problems including acid reflux, indigestion, and chronic constipation are surprisingly common. Often, once the GP is satisfied there’s no underlying disease to be treated, patients are prescribed long-term medications such as laxatives or Omeprazol…

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Osteopathy for Gardeners

I’ve seen a lot of gardening injuries over the Spring as everyone gets out after a long (and usually sedentary!) winter and starts digging heavy waterlogged soil, raking up the spring grass, and planting the veg patch. Gardeners are particularly vulnerable to specific…

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Osteopathy and Fibromyalgia: FMS Awareness Day May 12th


Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is characterised by pain or tenderness in multiple muscle groups throughout the body. This widespread pain pattern is often accompanied by other symptoms including muscle stiffness, fatigue, headaches, irritable bowel sy…

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

April is IBS awareness month, so here is our helpful guide to the symptoms and treatments available for this common condition.


The World Gastroenterology Organisation describes IBS as a chronic functional bowel disorder,…

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Pelvic Floor Exercises

What is the Pelvic Floor?

The pelvic floor refers to a group of muscles which attach like a sling across the base of the bony pelvis, creating a ‘floor’ to support the pelvic organs. The image below shows the bony pelvis as seen from underneath- the pelvic outlet is edg…

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Achilles Problems – a Real Pain in the Heel

If you are experiencing pain in the back of your ankle, heel or lower calf, you may have a problem with your Achilles tendon.

Tendons are tough bands of fibrous tissue, connecting muscles to bones. The Achilles is the thickest tendon in your body, connecting the muscle…

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