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Essential Osteopathy Blog

Below you will find a number of blog articles covering a number of subjects about and related to Osteopathy and Osteopathic treatment of various conditions and symptoms from back and neck pain to ankle strains, frozen shoulder, knee pain and more...Use the 'Search this site' box at the bottom right of every page to find particular articles or pages on specific conditions or information of interest.

We hope you find the articles useful and informative.  All feedback is gratefully received.

 

November 15, 2017

Referred pain

Referred pain A hugely common question asked of Osteopaths is…”What is referred pain?”.  Referred pain is a strange term which relates to pain felt in an area which is not the actual location…

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November 15, 2017

Back pain

As the leading cause of work-related absence in the UK, back pain is having a major impact on us on both a personal and societal level.  It can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort but is rarely…

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November 15, 2017

Exercise during the winter months - top tips!

As we all know, it’s harder to keep motivated to be active during the winter months when it is more appealing to stay cosy indoors - especially as people are stricken with winter colds and other…

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November 15, 2017

NICE Guidelines: Low back pain and sciatica

Updated recommendations from NICE for the assessment and management of low back pain and sciatica

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August 31, 2017

We are moving the Stirling Clinic!

Our Stirling clinic is moving

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March 22, 2017

Rotator cuff muscle / shoulder injuries

A number of patients present to me with symptoms in the shoulder and the arm which turn out to be an injury to one or more of the rotator cuff muscles and/or the biceps muscle.  There are four rotator…

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March 22, 2017

Getting ready for the gardening season

Given that I treat quite a number of patients who enjoy gardening or would like to start gardening, I thought it would be worth recapping on how to keep injury free:

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March 22, 2017

Repetitive Strain injuries

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) affects as many 1 worker in every 50 in the UK. Affecting the upper body mostly - the hands, arms, back and shoulders, it results when a person repeatedly does the same…

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March 22, 2017

Osteopathy and yoga

Many of my patients present with problems which could be vastly improved by increasing activity levels. This doesn't mean climbing munros, it simply means getting the heart rate going for ½ hour or…

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October 27, 2016

Tendinopathies

Firstly, to clarify, tendons attach muscles to bone (as opposed to ligaments which attach bone to bone). Tendon injuries, known as tendinopathies, are usually found where acute irritation occurs when…

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October 27, 2016

Osteopathy, Physiotherapy and Chiropractic - similarities and differences

This is a common question which practitioners from all three therapeutic modalities are asked. While the differences used to be more defined historically, it's difficult to differentiate each therapy…

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October 27, 2016

Tips on keeping active in the Autumn

The nights are drawing in and the weather is changing and becoming colder, making it tempting to stay wrapped up and cosy inside and skip the gym. However, whether you're a fell-runner or a…

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April 26, 2016

Essential Osteopathy treatment price changes

**Treatment prices will change from 1st June** Due to increased business costs and having kept treatment prices at Essential Osteopathy the same for 5 years, prices will be increasing as follows from…

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April 26, 2016

Recovering after a marathon

The running race season has started...Well done to those who completed the London marathon and good luck to those who are in training for any running event (particularly for the Edinburgh marathon…

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April 26, 2016

Arthritis UK Research advice: diet and arthritis

Although there are no diets or dietary supplements that will cure your arthritis, some people do find that their symptoms improve as a result of changing what they eat. But because people are all…

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April 26, 2016

Stress and Osteopathy

Many of know what stress is and know that it is detrimental to our health. It raises blood pressure, weakens the immune system and can result in headaches and IBS, but how does it affect our…

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February 5, 2016

Why too much sitting can be unhealthy

A lot of people sit for many hours at work and then come home and sit watching the TV or similar for more hours. These are some bodily issues that occur when we sit too much: Muscle degeneration:…

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February 5, 2016

Osteopathic treatment of sinus problems

As you may already know, your four air-filled chambers called sinuses are found in the frontal bones above your eyes, behind the upper nose, in the sphenoid bones behind your eyes and in your…

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February 5, 2016

Elbow pain

There is a general misconception that the elbow is a simple joint to treat. In fact, there are quite a number of problems which may be wrong with it from a sports injury such as tennis elbow, to…

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February 5, 2016

The pelvic floor muscles during and after pregnancy

The pelvic floor muscles act like a sling supporting all the pelvic organs including the bladder, uterus and lower part of the bowel. They surround the anus and urethra and vagina, providing…

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