How do muscles heal

The healing process of a muscle strain begins with an inflammatory response that can last for three to five days.  This is a crucial time during which rest and protection of the injured part is vital in order to prevent any further damage.  During the inflammatory reaction, the body produces chemical and cells that remove dead muscle...  Read more>>

Preparing for your ski holiday

To make sure you are fit and as ready as possible for your ski holiday, you need to work on three main areas: Hip, knee and ankle flexion and extension; Good endurance strength and fitness; Core stability and upper body position awareness.  Read more>>

Change position or activity at least every hour

Take regular exercise that you enjoy

During repetitive tasks: vary rhythm and take frequent breaks

On long journeys adjust car seats and take regular breaks to stretch and move around for a short time

Pace yourself with heavy work and take care when lifting

Watch your children’s posture - they shouldn’t spend too long at a computer or carry bags on one shoulder

During pregnancy, osteopathy can help your body to adjust to the changes taking place

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How does the immune process work?

The immune system is the body's main defence system against infection. It consists of a complex collection of special cells and chemicals that patrol the body, identifying and fighting off material that it identifies as foreign, such as bacteria and viruses.  Read more>>

(bruising, sprains, strains)

Remember PRICE

Protect from further injury

Rest stay calm, lying down is usually best, wait for any spasm to subside

Ice apply anything cold for 10 minutes

Compression use a support bandage or cushions if needed

Elevate an injured limb to reduce swelling

Neurologists say that if they can treat a stroke victim within 3 hours, the effects of a stroke can be reversed - often totally.  Neurologists say that the trick is to get a stroke recognised/diagnosed and then get the patient medically cared for within 3 hours.


If you suspect that someone is having a stroke act FAST

With over 150,000 people in the UK having a stroke every year, it is imperative that people can recognise a stroke when it's happening and take prompt action.

What is FAST?

FAST requires an assessment of three specific symptoms of stroke:

Facial weakness - can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?

Arm weakness - can the person raise both arms?

Speech problems - can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?

Time to call 999.

If the person has failed any one of these tests, you must call 999. Stroke is a medical emergency and by calling 999 you can help someone reach hospital quickly and receive the early treatment they need.

How does NIS (the Neurological Integration System) work?

The Neurological Integration System, or NIS, uses a set of prioritised tests and treatment protocols to determine and address those ‘broken circuits’. This may include contacting acupuncture meridians, using the meridian pulse points, asking you to move parts of your body or touching different joints or muscles.  Read more>>

Move Enough - Move Regularly

Regular movement throughout the day has been shown to be more beneficial than being static all day and then doing a bout of an hours intense workout.  It stimulates the circulation so is good for your heart and lungs. It activates the different muscle and joint receptors to keep your musculoskeletal system toned and secure.  Read more>>

back pain and posture
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Back Pain & Posture

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Sports Injuries

Mothers & Babies

As you get older

Frozen Shoulder Treatment

Whiplash Injuries

Most people think of car accidents when they think of whiplash, but it is actually a very common injury in sports, particularly rugby, skiing, snow-boarding and ice skating. When skiing, the most likely type of fall to result in a whiplash injury is when you land on your back either up or down the slope with your head falling backwards to hit  Read more>>

The Importance of Rest & Recovery

If you don't rest enough your body can't heal itself. It can't keep up with all the maintenance and it will fall apart.  But that doesn't mean that just getting a good night's sleep is enough.  You need to protect yourself from further injury while you repair. Read more>>

Why You Get Fat - Insulin Resistance

Some people will secrete more insulin in response to the same amount of food/carbohydrates than others.Some people's muscle cells are less sensitive (more resistant) to the effects of insulin than others.  A higher insulin level ensures that HSL is suppressed and your fat stays in your fat cells.  Because this energy store is trapped, you are more likely to feel hungry and also more likely to crave the immediate energy supply of sugars and carbohydrates.   Read more>>

Ski fitness ski holiday preparation
How to prepare for your ski holiday
Immune response
How does the Immune System work?

Waist size best measure of health, fat levels and fitness

By simply measuring your waist and comparing it to your height, you can quickly tell if you are carrying too much abdominal fat - the biggest risk factor for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and other obesity related diseases.  Read more>>

Why abdominal fat is the worst! (The health risks posed by abdominal fat)

The fat surrounding the liver, stomach, small intestine and colon (and other abdominal organs) is referred to as visceral fat.  Visceral fat is very metabolically active. This means than it releases certain fatty acids, inflammatory agents, and hormones that lead to higher LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, blood glucose, and blood pressure.  Read more>>

Why fructose is good food, not evil toxin!

Fructose has been getting a bad press recently - with major conspiracy theories on big industry trying to poison us with this evil toxin!  But is fructose really the worst thing you can eat?  

Is fructose really a great food and why has it gotten such a bad public image?

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