We all know that getting a good night sleep is important, experts have been telling us this for years! A solid sleep allows us to be more productive during the day, less irritable and generally makes a big difference in our quality of life. So how can we improve our quality of sleep? 1. Follow…

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Sleep is important for your everyday health and wellbeing. Sleep deficiency can be detrimental to your mental and physical health, and can even get in the way of your safety. Long term sleep problems can cause chronic health issues. Brain function and overall wellbeing While we are sleeping, the brain is reconciling and consolidating all…

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Blackburn Osteopath - walking

When we are in pain, it is natural to want to avoid movement to reduce the chances of aggravating the pain in any way. This appears to be the case with those suffering arthritic conditions, with 50 percent succumbing to avoiding exercise due to pain. However, when it comes to joint pain/arthritis, a bit of…

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My patients often ask me as to what type of mattress they should buy when they update their current ones. This is especially the case when they are sufferers of back pain. Should it be soft? Should it be hard? Should I buy one of those foam, contoured mattresses that shape to your body etc…

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One time or another, your osteopath has probably advised you to drink plenty of water following a treatment. I can tell that most of my patients tell me what I want to hear, that they will drink plenty of water, but they probably don’t. So why is it necessary to drink water after a treatment?…

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Sleeping with back pain - Blackburn Osteopath

For those who have suffered low back pain, you know that the pain can continue into the night and can make it difficult to fall asleep! By making small changes to your sleeping habits, you can take some of the pressure and tension off your low back, giving you an easier nights sleep. 1. Moving…

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Foam Roller Blackburn Osteopath

Over the past few years, the foam roller has become a popular tool to increase sporting performance and for muscle recovery after exercise. It is used as a type of self-myofascial release, or self massage. I have noticed that many people are even using the foam roller to replace the good old stretch. But is…

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In the corporate world, the big companies will organize an ergonomic evaluation for their team members, which is excellent because a healthy team member is more productive at work! But what if you’re left to set up your desk yourself? There are 3 important things to keep in mind when setting up your desk, and…

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At one point or another, I’m sure you have been told to “lift with your knees!” or “protect your back!” But sometimes it’s not as easy as just bending at the knees, especially around the house. If 1 out of 3 workplace injuries are as a result of poor manual handling techniques, you can only…

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There are a few simple and easy rules to remember when lifting heavy objects, or just lifting anything full stop! Poor manual handling is said to have caused 1 in 3 Australians an injury in the workforce. In a previous post, I discussed what actually happens to your lower back when you lift a load…

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