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Could osteopathy be the answer?

Perhaps you’ve been struggling with discomfort, pain, stiffness or tightness in the back or neck? Perhaps you’ve also been struggling with it on or off for some time:  weeks, months or even years?   Well you’re not alone. This sort of pain is both common and often ongoing, with some days or weeks better than…

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Back and pelvis pain in pregnancy

Back and pelvis pain in pregnancy

Pelvic girdle pain (PGP) is really common during pregnancy and can come on during any stage, although it’s more common in the third trimester. PGP can be mild to severe pain in the lower back and pelvis/groin area which can also spread to the thigh even as far as the knee. It is typically made…

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How to choose a mattress

We spend up to one third of our lives in bed! So, it’s not surprising that our bed, mattress and pillows can have a significant impact on the state of our physical health! But whereas pillows are often the first thing we change or replace if we’re suffering with aches or pain in our neck…

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Avoid the Pain of Christmas Shopping

So, we’ve had Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The Christmas ads are running and the shops are geared up for Christmas. I’ve yet to hear Slade’s ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’ but it’s surely only a matter of time. There’s no escaping it. Christmas shopping is in full swing. The chances are you’ve started. A smug few…

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Is the plank doing you harm?

There’s been a lot made of the ‘core’ and building your core strength in recent year. Most fitness professionals are keen that you work your core area and many fitness activities focus on core strength with exercises such as ‘the plank’.   Unfortunately, the concept of core strength has been largely misinterpreted. The result is…

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What to do about low back pain

Low back pain.   Low back pain is extremely common, with around 80% of us having experienced it at some point. If you’ve not struggled with it yourself, then someone you know will have.   The good news is that it’s rarely very serious, so whilst the pain may be debilitating, it will pass in…

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BackCare Awareness Week

How much weight does your child carry on their shoulders?

In yesterday’s blog, as part of BackCare Awareness Week, we looked at the best type of backpacks for school children. Today, some simple and common sense tips on how to keep the schoolbag suitable for young shoulders.   The first thing to be aware of is the weight of the bag: Guidelines vary but the…

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BackCare Awareness Week 2017: school backpacks

BackCare Awareness this week is being aimed at schoolchildren who are increasingly at risk of back pain. If there’s one time in your life when you should be free of aches and pains you’d think it would be when you’re a kid but 1 in 4 secondary school pupils report regular or daily back pain.…

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Do you sit at a desk all day?

The pain of being an office worker   All jobs come with their different challenges. And whatever your job may be, it’s likely that it places demands on you that you weren’t evolved to perform.   These days office workers work harder than ever before and in environments that, frankly, don’t really suit you. You’re…

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Do something about pain

Doing nothing…

  This is a pretty common reaction to pain that comes and goes over the months and years. Especially amongst men! It still surprises me after many years in clinic to hear that people have put up with back and neck pain over long periods of time. But it’s understandable.   You get used to…

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Need information and advice? Then talk to us

Most people will spend time chatting to their friends or family about the pain they’re experiencing. Talking to friends and family about their back or neck pain is the way most people find their way to an osteopath. But why are they talking to their friends and family about their pain in the first place?…

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Back Pain

Seen your GP re back pain?

So, after taking tablets and hitting Google (see our previous blogs on what people do when they have back pain) you may go and see your GP.  We have fantastic GPs and NHS physios in the Mid Sussex area but the system’s under strain.  Unfortunately what we regularly hear in Clinic is that people struggle…

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