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Have You Been ‘Hamstrung’? A Hamstring Injury Help Guide

‘Hamstrung’ – a figurative verbal expression from the noun hamstring (the muscle and tendon on the back of the thigh), originating in the 1500’s where soldiers would slay their enemy across the back of their thighs rendering them disabled, crippled, lame, or useless. If you have ever strained or torn a hamstring muscle (albeit in […]

Why have I got back pain? I haven’t lifted anything heavy!

Mrs Drew (not her real name) came to see me with back pain but she couldn’t understand why she had it, as she was always active, and she hadn’t lifted anything heavy or from an awkward position recently. Yesterday she found it difficult to get out of bed and so decided to see me her […]

BackCare Awareness Week Focus on Office Workers

Office workers are being encouraged to take care of their backs to ease back pain as part of this year’s BackCare Awareness Week which runs between 6 – 10 October According to a BackCare survey half of us are affected by back pain and 7.6 million working days were lost due to work-related back pain […]

Osteoarthritis Prevention and Management

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. In the UK more than 10 million adults see their GP each year with arthritis and related conditions. More than 1 in 3 of the over 50’s have joint pain that interferes with their normal activities – and it can get worse as you get older! […]

Are You Sitting Comfortably?

Computers and tablets are an essential part of our lives, whether for work or pleasure we do spend a lot of our time sitting or slumped in front of them. It’s great news for osteopaths as we treat lots of tense shoulders and headaches, and even pins and needles in the hands. It may reduce […]

Should you stretch before running?

It is generally accepted that you should loosen up before exercise including running. But does it really help? Recent research suggests that some types of stretching could make little difference and can even reduce performance! Static stretching has long been seen as a way of warming up, loosening the muscles and preventing injury, but often […]