A growing child’s posture

Good posture is a good habit, which contributes significantly to wellbeing. Training in good posture from an early age decreases the prevalence of low back pain as we get older.

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Why carers need care too

With back pain awareness week still fresh on our minds, now is an appropriate time to address some of the unsung heroes out there: the carers.

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My pain is gone: Why should I continue my treatment?

This is a question we receive a lot, so in this blog, I’m going to address it.

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How to get a good night’s sleep in a foreign bed.

If you’re heading on holiday anytime soon – or making plans to do so – one of the things to consider is the effect that sleeping in an entirely different bed will have upon your low back and neck area.

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What actually is good posture?

Good posture is such a vital component of our lifestyles, and can have more of an impact on health than one might think.

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How osteopathy can help arthritis pain relief

Many of my patients bring in x-rays or MRIs showing ‘wear and tear’ or ‘degenerative changes’ in one or more of their joints. Usually this means they have osteoarthritis. It shouldn’t be a scary word though, because arthritis is actually a normal part of the ageing process, affecting all of us to some degree as we get older.

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You’re only as young as you feel: Osteopathy for the elderly

As we get older, many of us become frustrated with the fact that we experience more aches and pains, muscle problems, strains and injuries.

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Fractures and falls: What treatment do I need?

Sometimes injuring yourself can result in a broken bone. Sometimes not. Despite both types of injury frequently resulting in similar symptoms post-healing, they require very different methods of treatment. This blog will explain both.

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Why do some suffer back pain during pregnancy and other don’t?

Lower back pain affects a high proportion of expectant mums. The extra weight of your baby leads to additional strain on the back and the discomfort can affect not just how you stand, but walking, sitting and even lying down.

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Top 3 most common conditions we treat

Good posture is such a vital component of our lifestyles, and can have more of an impact on health than one might think.

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Osteopathy and workplace stress

Every week at the Not Just Backs clinic, we get patients complaining of headaches, neck strain, shoulder aches, tennis elbows, mid and lower back pain… but would you believe it if I said the most common root-cause is quite simply work stress?

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The best option for pain relief: Heat vs. ice

The eternal question for someone in a bit of pain: “Should I use ice or heat?” The answer is, it depends on the type of injury, how long you have had the pain and to some extent what feels better.

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When 2016 has been a pain in the back…

If you’ve been living with chronic back pain, New Year's is the perfect time to make a few simple changes to try and get 2017 off to a good start.

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A little of what you fancy does you good… if done right!

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought that now is as good a time as any to talk about a subject that many of our patients find themselves too embarrassed to talk about…

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Osteopathy, Physiotherapy & Chiropractic: A Comparison

If you’ve become a victim of back or neck pain it can be difficult to know who you should turn to. Many people simply don’t understand the differences between various types of treatment available to them and have various misconceptions which can make the first step on your road to recovery somewhat puzzling.

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3 more extremely common conditions

Last week’s blog proved rather popular with our lovely readers, so we thought we’d treat you with a part two of the most common problems we’re faced with here at the clinic.

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The truth about sciatica…

Our longest nerve in the body, the sciatic nerve travels from the lower back and buttocks into the legs. It is very common for people to have problems with the sciatic nerve, including sciatica. However, many people are unaware and misinformed as to what sciatica actually is. So we’re here to set record straight on the truth about sciatica…

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A real pain in the…

A bit of contention, but we all have big butts for a reason – or compared to your biceps, shoulders or calves anyway! This is because the glutes need to be able to do so much, with the main control being the extension of the hip (i.e. pulling your thigh behind you as you walk).

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This is how you prevent back pain and injury when gardening

Summer is in full swing and now that the weather seems to be picking up, many of you will be out in the garden for another season of weeding, digging and growing! There is a lot of hefty work to be done during this period of the year, from tidying up after several months of neglect to digging the borders and preparing the vegetable patches. Gardening certainly does have many health benefits.

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The Older Shoulder

We frequently see grandparents who have injured their backs and necks whilst lifting their grandchildren or playing energetic games in positions that can have adverse effects. Many grandparents become the daycare, which is of course a positive relationship, and creates a special bond between generations. But it can come with a price. Pain.

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Keeping your young athlete happy and healthy

Taking part in sports and recreational activities is an important part of a healthy, physically active lifestyle for kids. But injuries can, and do, occur. Thankfully, there are steps that parents can take to help make sure their children stay safe on the field, the court, or wherever they choose to play.

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BackCare Awareness Week

This week is BackCare Awareness Week. This year’s focus is back pain in older adults, so we we’ve written up a blog which discusses how back pain affects people in later life, and how osteopathy can help:

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We were at Race for Men!

On Sunday 12th June, we attended the charity event Race for Men. Race for Men raises awareness of prostate and testicular cancer, whilst also raising money to support research and the charities working hard to overcome them.

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Christmas Opening Hours 2016

Rhian and the team at Not Just Backs would like to wish all our patients a very Happy Christmas. If you require our help over the festive period then we are not going to be far away

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Live with colour and beat the January Blues

Despite common belief, stress is very much a condition with causes, shape and symptoms. So how does your body react to this pressure?

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Breastfeeding blues

Breastfeeding should be the most natural thing in the world, and for many new mums it is. However, when it isn’t working quite as well as it should it can be hugely distressing for both the mother and baby.

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The body doesn’t lie…

It’s that time of year when we start to feel a little guilty about all of our Christmas and New Year eating and drinking excesses. It’s very common to pack on a few extra pounds of weight as the food consumption goes up and the activity levels go down…

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In a pinch: Breaking down cervical radiculopathy

A “pain in the neck” is a common phrase used to describe that one annoying thing you are forced to deal with in your life. It could include a specific house chore, work responsibility, or a person you know… A literal “pain in the neck” could also be referred to as a pinched nerve, or medically-speaking, cervical radiculopathy.

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The what, why and how of “kinesio taping”

What is kinesio tape? Kinesio tape was first developed by a man called Dr. Kenso Kase, a Japanese Chiropractor, over 35 years ago (believe it or not!). So even though kinesio tape is a fairly new addition to the medical world, especially for sports injuries, its effectiveness has been documented and proven time and time again.

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You better shape up!

Exercise is vital for everyone. With sufferers of recurrent back pain, this is even more so the case, and regular stretching in the right way is an absolute essential.

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In a pinch: Why you might be sleeping wrong

Did you know that one of the primary causes of pinched or compressed nerves is sleeping poorly? As most of us spend about the same amount of time sleeping as we do sitting at a desk, our sleeping posture is just as important as our posture when we’re sat down. And yet, we often attach little value to a good night’s sleep. Rather than investing in a new bed or high-quality pillow, we spend our money elsewhere, often neglecting our bedroom environment. A literal “pain in the neck” could also be referred to as a pinched nerve, or medically-speaking, cervical radiculopathy.

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Let's talk about fascia

When people complain of a deep, penetrating pain, many people think they are referring to their muscle. In fact, the part of the body that can create these painful symptoms is the fascia.

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Your disc hasn’t actually slipped

Although a commonly used term, ‘slipped disc’ is actually somewhat confusing and misrepresentative of what happens when a spinal disc is damaged. What is generally referred to as a ‘slipped disc’ is more accurately described as a herniated lumbar disc.And yet, we often attach little value to a good night’s sleep. Rather than investing in a new bed or high-quality pillow, we spend our money elsewhere, often neglecting our bedroom environment.

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Are you ski fit?

People invest so much time in finding great accommodation and speciality gear, but don’t always take the time to properly prepare their body for the rigours of skiing.

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How can osteopathy help a ‘slipped disc’?

There are many ways of treating an intervertebral disc prolapse/herniation. It is generally accepted that during the first six weeks of experiencing symptoms, a conservative osteopathic approach to treatment is followed.

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Help! I’ve given birth and my back still hurts

The body’s ability to adapt to pregnancy physiologically and structurally is quite remarkable. The whole body has to accommodate the increasing size of the uterus and the increased weight and changes to a woman’s centre of gravity.

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Advice for pain-free travel!

The summer holiday season is here so we thought we’d put our heads together to give you some travel tips about how to keep back and neck pain at bay and of course, to make sure you have a wonderful time.

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How to make sure you’re sleeping the right way

People often come to see us for pain caused by ‘sleeping a bit funny’ or sleeping on a different mattress. Others with pre-existing pain feel they can’t get comfortable in bed, or their pain is worse upon waking in the morning If this is you, or if you are generally prone to episodes of neck, shoulder or back pain, it may be worth re-evaluating your sleep setup…

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The difference between osteopathy, physiotherapy and chiropractic

We get asked a lot of questions here at Not Just Backs, but there is one that pops up far more than others: How is osteopathy different from physiotherapy and chiropractic? Our whole team here have the greatest respect for the chiropractic and physiotherapy professions. In many ways we are trying to achieve the same goals with our patients but we all use slightly different techniques…

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10 tips for a pain free day at the office

Our bodies are not designed for a sedentary lifestyle, and they certainly weren't designed for sitting at a desk eight hours a day, five days a week. Headaches, back pain, RSI and carpal tunnel syndrome are all examples of musculoskeletal disorders that are almost always due to prolonged periods of sitting at a computer.

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Here’s why spring = pain for so many people

It’s officially spring, which of course is great news for all you cyclists out there. Whether you’re in the saddle to commute, compete or just for fun, cycling is a fantastic way to get around and exercise.

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One of the questions we get asked the most…

Here at Not Just Backs, after taking a health history from a patient, typically the first thing we do is take a look at them whilst standing. At which point, they often stand there rather stiffly.

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The secret to happy, healthy knees

Second only to lower back pain, knee pain is probably the thing I see and treat most often. Both acute and chronic knee problems can be quite debilitating and so often stop us from doing the things we love.

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