Look after your feet and ankles – and they will look after you

Following last Sunday’s nail-biting London Marathon, the race season is now well and truly up and running – excuse the pun! Even if you’re not a long-distance runner, the warmer weather and longer days are bound to entice you outside in the fresh air. Whether you’re playing tennis, basketball, five-a-side football or simply walking the […]

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Smoking and your spine

Most people know that cigarette smoking is extremely bad for your health. It’s a major cause of cancer, heart disease, stroke, emphysema, dementia and depression – the list goes on. But did you know that nicotine, a major (and the most addictive) constituent of tobacco – whether taken as cigarettes, e-cigarettes and gum – can […]

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How to beat pelvic pain in pregnancy

Few would deny that pregnancy and childbirth is an utterly unique and powerful experience. It’s also a process that places huge demands on the mother’s body which, by the time the baby is born, could be carrying an extra 20lb of baby, fluid and placenta! Under the circumstances, aches and pains in pregnancy are, of […]

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Sciatica – signs, symptoms and saying ‘sayonara’

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When you were growing up, how many times did you hear an older relative complaining about their lumbago? That their left hip hurt or that they could only stand on one leg? Often confused with other types of back pain, lumbago has since received a makeover – it’s now called Sciatica – but everything else […]

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Acupuncture gets the royal seal of approval

The news that Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is “reportedly” having acupuncture ahead of the birth of her baby in April will no doubt spark fresh interest in this ancient Chinese practice. I have used it for several years, alongside osteopathy, to treat any number of complaints from back pain to infertility. Happily, it’s also perfectly […]

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Good night, sleep tight!

A good night’s sleep is something we should all be able to take for granted. Sadly, it appears that only a lucky few can lay down their heads and minutes later be climbing Jacob’s ladder. The rest of us – around 60% (Source: Dreams UK Sleep Survey 2016) – feel decidedly short-changed with the amount […]

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Is your Achilles heel your Achilles heel?

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With the onset of spring, the days get longer and brighter and the runner’s thoughts inevitably turn to the race season. When planning a training schedule, it’s also a very good idea to think about how you can avoid injury, especially in the Achilles tendon. This unpleasant and often painful complaint afflicts up to two […]

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

If you’re experiencing discomfort pain in your hand, fingers and wrist that may also wake you up at night, chances are that are a victim of the delightfully named Carpal Tunnel syndrome (CTS).

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