The stories we tell…
My journey to osteopathy has been a long one. I had thought about it as a teenager when I was a keen county athlete and rugby player, and osteopathy was a great help when I was injured, speeding me back to the fray. Feeling the hands of these skilful people manipulating my body in strange […]
Pain free Posture for Parents
There are many expected joys of being a parent: your baby’s first smile, first words, first steps, first day at school and so on. Many of us learn to acknowledge that these moments of heart felt pleasure and pride come after periods of sleepless nights, babies being sick on you, stepping on toys, finding lost […]
Does the cold weather affect back or joint pain?
Many people I see in my physiotherapy clinics believe that the cold weather is causing a worsening of their back or joint pain. I have often wondered if there is any scientific evidence that would support this claim. So now it’s time to have a look. I quickly found Finnish, Chinese and Australian trials […]
The Mind/Pain Relationship.
The role our beliefs play in our experience of pain is pivotal. Lower back pain is something that affects most of us at some time during our lives. For a lot of us it will pass and we may never experience it again. For some of us it may pop up every now and […]
Anatomy in Motion
Something new is coming to Shine on the Green. A game changing method of treatment called Anatomy in Motion. A new and innovative treatment approach to pain and injury that is leading the way in the future of manual medicine. What is Anatomy in Motion (AiM)? AiM is a completely […]
Why do four out of five of us suffer from lower back pain?
Lower back pain is only slightly less escapable than death and taxes: it affects about 80% of people throughout their lifetime. As debilitating as it is, it does usually resolve itself. It is uncommon for this pain to persist longer than a couple of months after an acute injury. Of the cases that do persist […]
A parent’s guide to avoiding back pain
The link between back pain and pregnancy is well documented but, unfortunately, it doesn’t stop there. Parental responsibilities and susceptibility to back pain go hand in hand. I am the proud father of two young kids and couldn’t be happier about the whole experience thus far. Except, that is, from the risk of back […]
Winter posture alert!
Did you know that the weather can affect your posture? As we head into the colder season, it is worth thinking about the subtle changes we all tend to make to our posture as the temperature drops. These changes may be subtle but they make a profound impact on many areas of our lives. Being […]
What is the Alexander Technique?
This year’s theme for the International Alexander Awareness week is reducing stress by using the ‘semi supine position’, but the technique has a much wider application than this. It is also ideal for reducing postural related aches and pains. Here’s the problem. We habitually over-tighten our muscles in our daily lives. Why do we do this? In […]
Reflexology and back pain
First of all, it is important to be clear on what reflexology is not: reflexology is not a foot massage. Your reflexologist may incorporate some massage techniques into your treatment. This is simply to relax you, but the bulk of your treatment is far removed from a massage. In fact, you should feel deep pressure from your […]