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Standing Posture

Stand with your feet shoulder width apart as this gives you a larger base of support. Allow the weight to be transmitted though your heels, then find a balance point in the centre of the foot. Your bottom should be tucked under so that there is not a large curve in the back. There should […]

Sleeping Positions

It is generally best to sleep on your side. A pillow under your head should keep your neck and spine in line. If the pillow is too high or too low, you will be bending your neck to one side and straining it. When sleeping on the side, bending the knees will help to stabilise […]

Sitting Posture

CORRECT SITTING POSTURE Sit as far back in the chair as possible, do not sit on the edge. Your feet should be flat on the floor. This can be done by either lowering your chair (if possible) or “raising the ground” by using a foot rest or even old telephone books. This helps you transfer […]

Managing Back Pain

AN ACUTE EPISODE If you hurt your back lifting, or you develop acute pain after sneezing or suffer another form of trauma, then it is likely that you have injured the tissues and thus will have some degree of inflammation. (This is like spraining your ankle) Therefore, for the first 24 to 48 hours you […]

Lifting Correctly

Before lifting an object, stand back and assess it. Don’t be too proud to ask for help. Then get close to the object, place your feet shoulder width apart. Bend down using your knees, not your back. The back should remain straight. Consciously pull the stomach muscles in. Take a firm grasp of the object, […]

Tips for a Healthy Back

There is a lot you can do to ensure a healthy back well into the future: Take regular exercise e.g. swimming, walking stretching. During repetitive tasks take frequent breaks or vary your activity Bend the knees when reaching down or lifting, and carry weight close to the body not at arms length. Our backs are […]

Correct Footwear

Flat, broad shoes are best for your feet and back. Shoes should have a support across the front of the ankle to help hold the shoe on. Court shoes and high heels (especially narrow heels) should be avoided, as these are less stable are require your muscles to work much harder. High heels will also […]

Contrast Bathing

Applied twice daily, this helps stimulate the circulation and improve drainage from the affected area, thus reducing the level of inflammation. Start with a cold application – A cold pack or a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel works well. Keep this on the painful area for 2 minutes, then replace it […]

Osteopathy Research

Listed below is a range of research relating to Osteopathy.  Studies vary in size and findings.  Ongoing larger scale research is required in many areas to support Osteopathic treatments.  Please use this information as a guide only and not as a guarantee to the benefits of Osteopathic treatment for your condition.  Please contact us should […]