July 26, 2019

Lumbar radiculopathy, or as it is commonly known Sciatica, is the name given to pain caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve or any of the five nerve roots which combine to form the sciatic nerve. Sciatica is therefore not a diagnosis; it is a symptom.

Sciatica typically only affects one side of the body. The pain, often described as burning, searing,...

July 28, 2017

To help me gauge how I’m doing professionally and to assist in identifying areas where I could improve, I will very shortly be rolling out a new Patient Reported Outcome Measure (PROM) scheme.

Run by the National Centre for Osteopathic Research (NCOR), PROMs are designed to help both individual practitioners and the profession as a whole to develop and improve.

The sche...

June 15, 2017

Not sure what to buy your mum, dad, son, daughter or partner for his or her Birthday or Christmas present this year?

Starting from just £35

Why not treat them to a Sports Massage Gift Voucher or an Osteopathy Gift Voucher? Starting from just £35, the Voucher entitles the recipient to a 60-minute Sports Massage or 60-minute Osteopathic Evaluation and Treatment.  

Some peo...

May 6, 2017

After teaming up with InHealth Specialist Imaging Centre I’m very pleased to announce that I can now offer Private MRI Referrals, with the actual MRI procedure usually being undertaken within just two days of my referral.

If we (you and I) decide that an MRI scan is the best way forward, I’ll fill out all the necessary paperwork including a succinct summary of your med...

April 18, 2017

Around the world in over 200 countries around 55 million people, of all ages and abilities, play Golf. Maybe not quite as impressive as the 250 million who play football or the 75 million who play tennis, but nevertheless still an impressive figure.

Whilst an individual’s health is dependent on many factors; their individual behaviour, their socioeconomic status and th...

January 12, 2017

I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve been asked “should I think about changing my mattress Graham?” This is a difficult one. Many people claim sitting all day causes low back pain but the evidence doesn’t really support this. Yes, if you already have low back pain, sitting all day will possibly make it worse, but sitting isn’t the cause of the back pain. Simila...

December 14, 2016

Back pain and osteoarthritis combined, account for around 15% of all GP consultations and management of these patients, which has long been a challenge to the NHS, will not be helped by emerging evidence questioning the effectiveness and the safety of paracetamol!

Paracetamol, is cheap, possibly too cheap, readily available, and found in most homes around the world. We...

July 28, 2016

At some point in our lifetime, most of us will have been on a mission to either lose weight or gain weight.

Whether your goal is to get bigger or smaller, combining diet with exercise will almost certainly improve the outcome!

I’ve been told so many times that muscle weighs more than fat. No it doesn’t. 1kg of fat weighs the same as a 1kg of muscle which weighs the sam...

July 25, 2016

Hydration

Water accounts for 45-70% of your total body mass and adequate hydration is vital to your performance, recovery and indeed your general health!

Whatever level of competition you compete at, and whatever your sport, you still need to be well-hydrated before, during and after exercise. Dehydration affects your mental as well as physical performance. Your br...

July 24, 2016

When you eat, is second only to what you eat, in terms of its effect on your performance and your recovery.

Three time zones are particularly important in terms of sports nutrition; the four hours leading up to your exercise, the exercise period itself and the two hours immediately after exercise.

Yes, what you eat for the rest of the day is important, yes what you ea...

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