Christmas Survival Toolkit

With Christmas day fast approaching many people will be juggling lots of preparations for the holiday period. Wrapping presents, wrangling over-excited children, organising relatives, doing last minute shopping and food preparations. This can be overwhelming both for our minds and our bodies. Here is simple tip to help you survive.

 

Breathe - yes it really is that simple!

 

When we get stressed our sympathetic nervous system is triggered and this produces our fight and flight response. Even though we don't need to run away or have a fist fight with ...... (insert name here) our bodies cannot differentiate and so our heart rate increases and our blood pressure rises and this physiological response can make us feel quite unwell. There is a very simple technique to help reduce this effect.

 

Breathing - slow deep breaths- can re-balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic parts of the nervous system and make us feel much more relaxed and comfortable. 

Breathe in for a count of 6 and breathe out for a count of 6. This reduces your respiratory rate from 10 - 14 times a minute to about 5 - 6 times a minute and in turn this settles our body (and soul).

So if over the next few weeks it all gets a bit much, find a quiet corner (or lock yourself in the bathroom) and spend five minutes breathing slowly. If anyone asks what you are doing, tell them it is essential maintenance!

 

Happy Christmas and here's to a healthy 2018.

Osteopathy - that's backs isn't it?

We recently had an open day at the practice to celebrate 5 years of being in East Hoathly. One of the reasons was to allow people to come and ask any questions they had about Osteopathy and also to eat cake!

There are some common concerns about Osteopathy that came up and come up on a regular basis so we wanted to address them here. 

Firstly, is about backs. Yes, we definitely treat backs. We can help to reduce tension and stiffness to improve mobility and to reduce pain. However, we can treat muscles, tendons, joints and ligaments in any part of the body. This means we are able to treat tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, arthritic knees or dropped arches. We are also able to release tension in the neck and around the base of the skull which can in turn relieve headaches.

This brings me on to the second area that many people worry about: the cracking of necks.

Many Osteopaths safely 'crack' necks day in and day out, screening their patients for contra-indications to make sure it is safe before they do. At Osteopathy For All, all our Osteopaths choose NOT to manipulate(crack) necks. We are able to release all joints effectively without needing to use this technique. We all tend to use the more gentle range of Osteopathic techniques especially when treating children. 

The other thing that concerns people is that fact that we are 'alternative or complementary practitioners'. We can be a good alternative or very complementary to your ongoing medical care...even the latest NICE guidelines recommend Osteopathy and exercises above painkillers.

However, we are Primary Care Practitioners. Our extensive training is similar to that of your GP. We complete 4 years of anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, endocrinology, radiology and all aspects of medicine, except surgery or in-depth pharmacology, as well as our Osteopathy. This enables us to be able to diagnose you. It also means we know when we cannot treat you and need to send you back to your GP. We are also trained to have a good understanding of exercise and lifestyle advice. We are the total package and we are continually assessed and monitored by the General Osteopathic Council to ensure excellent practice standards.

If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact us hello@osteopathyforall.co.uk

Open Day - We are here to hear about your aches and pains.

Don't Let Arthritis Stop You In Your Tracks

It is World Arthritis Day.

The slogan this year is

'Don't Delay, Connect Today'.

Early diagnosis is important for the management of Rheumatoid and Musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) as it can help to prevent the progression of some forms of these disorders.

Osteopaths are really well placed to be able to diagnose and support patients with RMDs using gentle osteopathic treatment as well as lifestyle and exercise advice. 

Knowing the symptoms and talking to your Osteopath can help you get the right treatment and management of your condition. We can also refer you to the correct specialist if necessary.

Symptoms include:

Inflammation of the joints

Persistent muscle pain

Tenderness

Extreme fatigue, lack of energy and weakness

Stiffness and restricted mobility

Gut symptoms (bloating, IBS)

Invisible symptoms including anxiety and depression.

 

Very often improving the mobility of the joints and releasing the tension in the soft tissues, can ease the symptoms and slow the speed of the progression. You are, of course, an individual so we cannot predict exactly how you will respond until after being introduced to your tissues. We are blessed with having the time to spend assessing you and formulating an individual treatment plan so if you feel you have any of these symptoms or have already been diagnosed with arthritis and would like our help, then please do contact us for more information. 

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BACKS To The Future - protecting the backs of the next generation

It is Back Care Awareness Week in the UK this week and the focus is on taking care of our children's backs with a view to help prevent them having ongoing back problems in adulthood.

Children and young people, especially teenagers, live in the moment and they are rarely able to see what the the long term effects, of their current actions, will be in the future. To be honest, us adults are not always that good at it either!

We have to take responsibility for ensuring good spinal health in our children. 1 in 4 young people or children are suffering with regular or daily back pain. Heavy backpacks are contributing to pain and imbalances in children's spines and sitting is not only causing poor posture and discomfort but the lack of movement can affect bone density in later life. 

 

It is time to act NOW. 

 

All our Osteopaths have training in paediatric osteopathy and are well placed to help treat any pain or discomfort your child might be experiencing as well as using gentle osteopathic techniques to help to correct any postural problems.  We are able to offer advice on exercises and postural advice and Kinesio Taping if it is appropriate.

 

Children's bodies are much more pliable than those of an adult so nipping any problems or pain in the bud is much more effective and prevents the pattern becoming ingrained.  They will probably not thank you now, but maybe in their 30's! 

 

On our website there are links to some exercises for boys and girls to do to help look after theirs backs www.osteopathyforall.co.uk/children-s-back-care-advice/

 

Christmas Survival Toolkit

With Christmas day fast approaching many people will be juggling lots of preparations for the holiday period. Wrapping presents, wrangling over-excited children, organising relatives, doing last minute shopping and food preparations. This can be overwhelming both for our minds and our bodies. Here is simple tip to help you survive.

 

Breathe - yes it really is that simple!

 

When we get stressed our sympathetic nervous system is triggered and this produces our fight and flight response. Even though we don't need to run away or have a fist fight with ...... (insert name here) our bodies cannot differentiate and so our heart rate increases and our blood pressure rises and this physiological response can make us feel quite unwell. There is a very simple technique to help reduce this effect.

 

Breathing - slow deep breaths- can re-balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic parts of the nervous system and make us feel much more relaxed and comfortable. 

Breathe in for a count of 6 and breathe out for a count of 6. This reduces your respiratory rate from 10 - 14 times a minute to about 5 - 6 times a minute and in turn this settles our body (and soul).

So if over the next few weeks it all gets a bit much, find a quiet corner (or lock yourself in the bathroom) and spend five minutes breathing slowly. If anyone asks what you are doing, tell them it is essential maintenance!

 

Happy Christmas and here's to a healthy 2018.

Osteopathy - that's backs isn't it?

We recently had an open day at the practice to celebrate 5 years of being in East Hoathly. One of the reasons was to allow people to come and ask any questions they had about Osteopathy and also to eat cake!

There are some common concerns about Osteopathy that came up and come up on a regular basis so we wanted to address them here. 

Firstly, is about backs. Yes, we definitely treat backs. We can help to reduce tension and stiffness to improve mobility and to reduce pain. However, we can treat muscles, tendons, joints and ligaments in any part of the body. This means we are able to treat tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, arthritic knees or dropped arches. We are also able to release tension in the neck and around the base of the skull which can in turn relieve headaches.

This brings me on to the second area that many people worry about: the cracking of necks.

Many Osteopaths safely 'crack' necks day in and day out, screening their patients for contra-indications to make sure it is safe before they do. At Osteopathy For All, all our Osteopaths choose NOT to manipulate(crack) necks. We are able to release all joints effectively without needing to use this technique. We all tend to use the more gentle range of Osteopathic techniques especially when treating children. 

The other thing that concerns people is that fact that we are 'alternative or complementary practitioners'. We can be a good alternative or very complementary to your ongoing medical care...even the latest NICE guidelines recommend Osteopathy and exercises above painkillers.

However, we are Primary Care Practitioners. Our extensive training is similar to that of your GP. We complete 4 years of anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, endocrinology, radiology and all aspects of medicine, except surgery or in-depth pharmacology, as well as our Osteopathy. This enables us to be able to diagnose you. It also means we know when we cannot treat you and need to send you back to your GP. We are also trained to have a good understanding of exercise and lifestyle advice. We are the total package and we are continually assessed and monitored by the General Osteopathic Council to ensure excellent practice standards.

If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact us hello@osteopathyforall.co.uk

Open Day - We are here to hear about your aches and pains.

Don't Let Arthritis Stop You In Your Tracks

It is World Arthritis Day.

The slogan this year is

'Don't Delay, Connect Today'.

Early diagnosis is important for the management of Rheumatoid and Musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) as it can help to prevent the progression of some forms of these disorders.

Osteopaths are really well placed to be able to diagnose and support patients with RMDs using gentle osteopathic treatment as well as lifestyle and exercise advice. 

Knowing the symptoms and talking to your Osteopath can help you get the right treatment and management of your condition. We can also refer you to the correct specialist if necessary.

Symptoms include:

Inflammation of the joints

Persistent muscle pain

Tenderness

Extreme fatigue, lack of energy and weakness

Stiffness and restricted mobility

Gut symptoms (bloating, IBS)

Invisible symptoms including anxiety and depression.

 

Very often improving the mobility of the joints and releasing the tension in the soft tissues, can ease the symptoms and slow the speed of the progression. You are, of course, an individual so we cannot predict exactly how you will respond until after being introduced to your tissues. We are blessed with having the time to spend assessing you and formulating an individual treatment plan so if you feel you have any of these symptoms or have already been diagnosed with arthritis and would like our help, then please do contact us for more information. 

Read More

BACKS To The Future - protecting the backs of the next generation

It is Back Care Awareness Week in the UK this week and the focus is on taking care of our children's backs with a view to help prevent them having ongoing back problems in adulthood.

Children and young people, especially teenagers, live in the moment and they are rarely able to see what the the long term effects, of their current actions, will be in the future. To be honest, us adults are not always that good at it either!

We have to take responsibility for ensuring good spinal health in our children. 1 in 4 young people or children are suffering with regular or daily back pain. Heavy backpacks are contributing to pain and imbalances in children's spines and sitting is not only causing poor posture and discomfort but the lack of movement can affect bone density in later life. 

 

It is time to act NOW. 

 

All our Osteopaths have training in paediatric osteopathy and are well placed to help treat any pain or discomfort your child might be experiencing as well as using gentle osteopathic techniques to help to correct any postural problems.  We are able to offer advice on exercises and postural advice and Kinesio Taping if it is appropriate.

 

Children's bodies are much more pliable than those of an adult so nipping any problems or pain in the bud is much more effective and prevents the pattern becoming ingrained.  They will probably not thank you now, but maybe in their 30's! 

 

On our website there are links to some exercises for boys and girls to do to help look after theirs backs www.osteopathyforall.co.uk/children-s-back-care-advice/

 

Christmas Survival Toolkit

With Christmas day fast approaching many people will be juggling lots of preparations for the holiday period. Wrapping presents, wrangling over-excited children, organising relatives, doing last minute shopping and food preparations. This can be overwhelming both for our minds and our bodies. Here is simple tip to help you survive.

 

Breathe - yes it really is that simple!

 

When we get stressed our sympathetic nervous system is triggered and this produces our fight and flight response. Even though we don't need to run away or have a fist fight with ...... (insert name here) our bodies cannot differentiate and so our heart rate increases and our blood pressure rises and this physiological response can make us feel quite unwell. There is a very simple technique to help reduce this effect.

 

Breathing - slow deep breaths- can re-balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic parts of the nervous system and make us feel much more relaxed and comfortable. 

Breathe in for a count of 6 and breathe out for a count of 6. This reduces your respiratory rate from 10 - 14 times a minute to about 5 - 6 times a minute and in turn this settles our body (and soul).

So if over the next few weeks it all gets a bit much, find a quiet corner (or lock yourself in the bathroom) and spend five minutes breathing slowly. If anyone asks what you are doing, tell them it is essential maintenance!

 

Happy Christmas and here's to a healthy 2018.

Osteopathy - that's backs isn't it?

We recently had an open day at the practice to celebrate 5 years of being in East Hoathly. One of the reasons was to allow people to come and ask any questions they had about Osteopathy and also to eat cake!

There are some common concerns about Osteopathy that came up and come up on a regular basis so we wanted to address them here. 

Firstly, is about backs. Yes, we definitely treat backs. We can help to reduce tension and stiffness to improve mobility and to reduce pain. However, we can treat muscles, tendons, joints and ligaments in any part of the body. This means we are able to treat tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, arthritic knees or dropped arches. We are also able to release tension in the neck and around the base of the skull which can in turn relieve headaches.

This brings me on to the second area that many people worry about: the cracking of necks.

Many Osteopaths safely 'crack' necks day in and day out, screening their patients for contra-indications to make sure it is safe before they do. At Osteopathy For All, all our Osteopaths choose NOT to manipulate(crack) necks. We are able to release all joints effectively without needing to use this technique. We all tend to use the more gentle range of Osteopathic techniques especially when treating children. 

The other thing that concerns people is that fact that we are 'alternative or complementary practitioners'. We can be a good alternative or very complementary to your ongoing medical care...even the latest NICE guidelines recommend Osteopathy and exercises above painkillers.

However, we are Primary Care Practitioners. Our extensive training is similar to that of your GP. We complete 4 years of anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, endocrinology, radiology and all aspects of medicine, except surgery or in-depth pharmacology, as well as our Osteopathy. This enables us to be able to diagnose you. It also means we know when we cannot treat you and need to send you back to your GP. We are also trained to have a good understanding of exercise and lifestyle advice. We are the total package and we are continually assessed and monitored by the General Osteopathic Council to ensure excellent practice standards.

If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact us hello@osteopathyforall.co.uk

Swim, Dance, Garden or Sing your pain away...

This blog title isn't meant to sound flippant. As a chronic pain/fatigue sufferer I really know what it is like to be in so much pain, so much of the time, that you never think that you will be able to do anything again, let alone something you used to love. It feels overwhelming and unmanageable. 

However, if you can find something that you love and manage to do it even a couple of times a week, or every day for a short time it will help your body to feel better and reduce your pain. When we are more relaxed and happy our Cortisol (the stress hormone) levels reduce and this in turn can help to reduce our pain.

When my pain was really bad and my energy levels were really low I, initially, survived on a diet of Netflix. It meant I rested and was distracted from the pain. If that is all you can manage and you enjoy films and box sets it is well worth the subscription. 

But what makes you tick...

I sing...some of you may have seen The Singing Osteopath video that was our Friday Funny last week on our Facebook page. There is a link below for anyone who missed it . Singing is something that I could do that didn't cause me too much discomfort or use up too much energy and the benefits of the joy it brings are huge. It sets me up for the week.

What brings you joy? 

Walk...to the end of the garden and back...Dance...even if it is just on the spot in your kitchen.

With spring coming, if you are a passionate gardener, but are frustrated because you cannot get stuck in due to pain and stiffness, could you plant up some pots and put them outside the window to enjoy whilst you are resting. If someone can help you by putting everything on a table so you don't need to bend to garden you may still find pleasure in it. If you are not quite up to this, even sitting out in the sun at midday for 10 minutes will help elevate your vitamin D levels. Vitamin D deficiency can cause pain and stiffness and is very common in Britain today in all area of the population.

As I started to improve I was able to start swimming and then walking my dogs again. As we move our bodies not only does it allow our muscles to stretch but it also improves the blood supply and the lymphatic drainage which in turn boosts the health of our bodies so that gradually we start to recover. It can be a long process but each baby step we take is worth it. 

At Osteopathy For All we are also here to help support your body and to help get it moving.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCgKo04Q9Jc

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We don't treat conditions, we treat people...

We treat people...

I was updating the website this week and was writing a section about what osteopaths treat. We are allowed, by the advertising standards agency, to say we treat a number of conditions. These include back pain, tennis elbow and osteoarthritis, to name just a few.

However, what we really treat is people...big people(adults) and small people (children). In our case we also treat their horses, but I will save that for another day.

What is important is the whole person and the stresses and strains that have led them to the osteopath. Everybody's story is different and we, as osteopaths, have the greatest luxury of being able to spend time finding out our patient's story. Rarely are they not many chapters. Some people have just strained something, but it is rarely in isolation. It may be related to an occupational postural problem or to ongoing stress causing a raised tension in the tissues that has predisposed them to injury. It may be that they had a previous injury or illness that has taken its toll on the body and this is just the final insult.

What always amazes me still, even after over 20 years in practice, is how one person can have a impact, physical or emotional, and respond so differently to another individual in a similar situation. Some people just sail through, whilst others can have a minor injury that rocks their world. That is why we treat people, not conditions.

The Teenage Brain....

I am looking forward to  a magical mystery tour next weekend....The Teenage Brain. I will be on a course exploring all aspects of the teenage brain, from the neurological development to social anxiety disorders and how to support and treat them osteopathically. Good stuff, can't wait. Pippa

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