Osteopathy, Exercise and You

As an Osteopath I have to say I see a lot of people who would benefit from either increasing the level of exercise that they undertake or improving the quality of the exercise that they do. Many of the complaints that I see that are not sport related could have been avoided or mitigated by having stronger muscles or even simply by stretching and moving more. Many people underestimate the power and benefit of regularly stretching muscles which are shortened and restricted from everyday activities such as sitting at a desk, commuting or housework. Equally it is important for people who regularly exercise to have manual therapy, either sports massage, osteopathy or similar to help improve movement and ensure that whichever exercise you do is being effective and not creating inappropriate movement patterns in the body. Being based in Waterloo, SE1, almost all of my patients commute in order to get to and from work, and often posture is compromised or not even thought of outside of the working environment. My recommendation is to remember to think about how your shoulders and back are moving in all of your day to day activities and not just when you are at…

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Slipped, Bulging or Herniated Disc? Are they all the same or different?

Have you ever heard someone saying that they have “slipped a disc”? Well lets work to clarify exactly what may be going on with that lower back pain that has suddenly started and debunk a couple of the myths around what happens in your back. First of all we need to have a look at the anatomy of the spine. Each spinal segment is made up of 3 main elements. Two vertebrae or the bones of the spine, and then a disc which sits between them. The disc is held in place by a number of different structures and contrary to the popular phrase “slipped disc” the disc doesn’t move or slip at all. So what actually does happen then? Well if the lower back pain you are experiencing is due to a disc issue then there could be a number of different reasons. First of all it could be something as simple as a ligament strain. There is a ligament that surrounds the disc, and like any ligament in the body, you can strain or pull it, through accidents, trauma or sudden vigorous exercise. As a ligament strain can be exceptionally painful at the best of times, doing this…

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