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If you’re tired of cold weather and rain, you’re probably wishing you could go on holiday for a week or two. Well, if you’ve been looking for an excuse to book a flight to an exotic destination, the good news is that it could be just what you need to boost your bone health.

You’ve probably seen athletes using foam rollers in the gym, but what do they actually do?
Foam rolling is a therapy technique that can boost flexibility, improve recovery, and increase the joints’ range of movement. Essentially, using a foam roller prompts myofascial release, directly affecting areas that are tight within the myofascial by relaxing the muscles being rolled.

Maximising your bone health is important to live a healthy, active life, but the good news is that there are lots of fun activities you can add to your weekend that boost your bone health while still ensuring you enjoy your leisure time. Here are some top tips to try.

Staying active is important for your joint health and your overall well-being. However, injuries can happen, and often, they involve the knees. There are a number of common problems that can affect your knees. Tendinitis, meniscus tears, sprained ligaments and even old injuries that haven’t been properly treated can cause pain.

Actress and blogger Kate Winney has recently featured Anisha on her blog, Little Miss Winney. She discussed an injury she sustained at the gym and the constant pain it had been causing her. However, after treatment from the “incredible, FIVE STAR, best person ever, miracle healer osteopath Anisha Joshi” she is on the road to recovery.

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Getting back moving and exercising after a back injury can be a daunting task. You can worry about all manner of things; symptoms exacerbating, injury re-occurrence and further deterioration of your injury. It is not just about returning to exercise and moving; but also returning to work, returning to social activities and normal routine that is a task in itself when recovering.

It’s not uncommon for women to feel pain and discomfort during the course of their nine-month pregnancy.  The body undergoes an enormous change and we don’t just mean the physical appearance, it’s the hormones too!

Among UK osteopaths, Neck pain is responsible for 15% of consultations conducted. (Fawkes et al. 2014). This study was in 2014 and I would not be surprised if this figure has increased drastically since the smart phone epidemic.

The human foot comprises 26 bones, 33 joints and 107 ligaments and when, according to the NHS, the average person takes between 3,000-4,000 steps a day it’s safe to say the foot puts up with a lot! Like the foundation of a house our feet play a huge role in our overall stability as we plant our body weight on them every day. 

Finally research has shown that injections and surgery for back pain is wrongly advised to patients and could actually be harmful.

Osteoporosis is a condition characterised by the loss of bone mineral density (BMD), meaning a loss in bone strength, and increased risk of fragility fractures.  It is often asymptomatic, until a traumatic incident like a fall occurs, resulting in a possible fracture which is diagnosed via x-ray. BMD is measured through a type of x-ray called a DEXA scan.

Keep it moving - within reason of course! Movement is key to avoid an increase in stiffness and a great way to improve your recovery time. Whether it is a gentle walk, some gentle movements like rotations/bends/stretches – it doesn’t necessarily have to be specific. And yes it's okay to bend - your spine is “strong” and it is designed to bend. Movement can come in any form that you feel comfortable at that time. Days of bed rest are long gone.

Why Choose Osteopathy? Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment, it uses the body’s natural mechanisms of healing through a combined use of different techniques. It is mainly focused on the treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders.  We work on muscles, ligaments, joints and the connective tissues – helping to maintain circulation, innervation, flexibility and function.

Back and pelvic pain are very common complaints in expectant mothers due to the remarkable changes the female body must undergo during these nine months. This can happen at any stage of pregnancy depending on many variables including having a history of back problems, size of the foetus, hormonal changes, weight gain and softening of ligaments.

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I have been thinking for about 6 months that it was time that we had a base in central London. At our Hitchin clinic all of us osteopaths are regularly seeing patients who commute into London daily for work but have to rush back for their evening appointment.

Many runners know this pain: a sharp pain on the outside of the knee. Usually it only occurs when you run at first, but later you also feel it when you climb the stairs or even when you walk. Runner’s Knee, also known as ITBS (Iliotibial Band Syndrome), is one of the most common causes of knee problems and problems that we treat at Woodside.

Iron deficiency is a progressive condition caused by many factors that usually affects women. It often creeps up on sufferers as symptoms aren't untoward. Who doesn't feel drained after exercise? Or who doesn't press the snooze button one to many times?

CrossFit combines gymnastics, weight lifting, running and rowing. All the movements are functional and are performed at a high intensity. It pushes even the fittest of athletes, but is equally suitable for complete beginners. All of the movements and exercises can be adjusted for each individual depending ability and fitness.  

With spring looming, the easter break coming and better weather arriving (hopefully), use this time beforehand to loosen the shackles, dust off the cobwebs and be body smart.

Pain at the front of the knee is the most common complaint in teenagers. This is particularly the case for teenagers who enjoy sport or regular exercise, resulting in an overuse injury. Adolescent knee pain can be caused by a number of contributing factors, which are usually related to growth and maturation of bones and muscles. This does mean that these conditions are usually self-limiting and resolve with self-management.

RSI is a term which refers to a range of conditions involving aches and pains in muscles, tendons or other soft tissues due to repetitive use or poor posture. This most commonly affects the upper body including the neck, shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist and hand.

Two new studies have been published recently that have set the sports and exercise worlds talking, casting doubt into whether the way we have been warming up for all these years, is not only a waste of time but actually counter-productive.

Although you may not be familiar with the term Upper Cross syndrome (UCS), you have more than likely seen people with this type of postural imbalance. UCS is characterised by rounded and elevated shoulders, forward positioning of the head and a rounding of the upper spine and neck or an increased thoracic kyphosis and a cervical lordosis.

How much time do you spend looking at laptops, tablet computers and smartphones? With the enterprise of technology has the come the demise of the spine. In an age where work is dominant and spare time is spent using technology what is becoming of our body?

With society ever changing and the advancement of this technological era gathering momentum, we as a species are neglecting the health of ourselves and of our loved ones. As children we would often be seen outside; riding push bikes, climbing trees, or playing the numerous childhood games that this generation of youngsters not know of.

It’s a new year and the perfect time to change your diet, change your dress sense and focus more on yourself. It’s common for people to ignore that in order to do more exercise and improve their lifestyle they need a body that allows them to push the limits.