Sciatica – signs, symptoms and saying ‘sayonara’


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?


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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What price qualifications?


There’s no doubt that letters after a person’s name and a certificate on the wall really help to inspire confidence in their knowledge and skills. An academic qualification is still the best evidence that someone possesses a high degree of competence in their chosen field, and – importantly for employers – that they’re not afraid […]

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Headaches – when pain killers bring no relief

With this week being Migraine Awareness Week, we’ve been thinking about headaches, and how persistent and debilitating they can be for sufferers. If medical investigations don’t uncover a cause for concern, people who struggle with headaches or migraines can often be left feeling helpless and faced with no choice but to rely on pharmaceutical pain […]

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Who are you calling face ache?


TMJ is not necessarily a well-known term. And in these days of LOL and OMG you could be forgiven for thinking it’s just the new TMI; but in fact it stands for temporomandibular joint. Which is the joint that connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the skull (temporal bone) in front of the ear. And […]

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