April 16, 2020

How’s your seated posture?

Seated posture

With more of us currently working from home, or at least spending more time sat in front of the computer, it is more important than ever to ensure you set your workstation up correctly and take note of your seated posture. 

Seated posture

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January 4, 2020

How much exercise do we actually need?

Osteopathy West London Exercise
By Hannah E. Whitcombe

According to the guidelines produced by the NHS, most adults should aim for about 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity (or 75 minutes of vigorous activity) on a weekly basis and two additional strength training sessions working all major muscle groups.

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December 9, 2019

Anatomy of the spine

The Spinal Column
By Asiah Ahmed

The spine is made up of 24 vertebrae, (7 in the neck, 12 in the mid back and 5 in the low back). They are separated by discs at each level forming intervertebral joints. These intervertebral joints join together to form the spinal column as shown below.

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October 30, 2019

What is arthritis and what can we do about it?

Osteopathy West London: What is the difference between OA and RA?
By Asiah Ahmed
What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in joints. It can occur in one or multiple joints affecting any age.

Arthritis is an umbrella term for several conditions and there are many forms, the two most common being Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. In the UK, more than 10 million people have arthritis or other similar conditions that affect the joints.

Osteopathy West London: What is the difference between OA and RA?

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October 26, 2019

What is Intermittent Fasting?

Nutrition at osteopathy West London
By Hannah E. Whitcombe

Intermittent fasting (IF) is a style of eating where one intermittently enters a period of fasting between meals, whether it be for several hours or even days. This is said to rest the system and bring about numerous health benefits to the individual; weight loss, better sleep and improved concentration to name a few!

Nutrition at osteopathy West London

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October 1, 2019

What is a rotator cuff injury?

Rotator Cuff Injury
By Asiah Ahmed

You may often hear osteopaths and other manual therapists mentioning the “rotator cuff muscles” when explaining shoulder pain. However patients are often left confused about what this actually means. In a nutshell, a rotator cuff injury is an injury affecting one of the four muscles that act to stabilise and control the shoulder.

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March 12, 2019

Can a disc really slip?

Slipped disc
By Hannah E. Whitcombe

The term ‘slipped disc’ almost implies that the vital structures necessary for holding our bodies in an upright position are flimsy enough to just slip back and forth. This couldn’t be further from the truth! So, what exactly do people mean when they refer to a ‘slipped disc’ and can it simply be manipulated back into place?

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February 21, 2019

5 Things You Need to Know about Migraines

Migraine treatment
By Sara Castoldi 

The main symptom of a migraine is usually an intense headache on one side of the head. The pain is usually a moderate or severe throbbing sensation that gets worse when you move and prevents you from carrying out normal activities.

Other symptoms commonly associated include: nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light and sound– which is why many people with a migraine want to rest in a quiet, dark room. Some people also occasionally experience other symptoms, including: sweating, poor concentration, feeling very hot or cold, abdominal pain, diarrhoea.

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November 22, 2018

Headaches & Migraines

Migraine treatment
By Hannah E. Whitcombe 
Finding the correct treatment for your headache will largely depend on what’s causing it, and what type of headache it is. Causes may include sinus congestion, trauma, high blood pressure, pre-menstrual syndrome and, very rarely, tumours or meningitis. However, the majority of headaches are caused by muscle tension or migraines.

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October 30, 2018

The main causes of knee pain

Knee pain
By Sara Castoldi
Knee pain is a common condition experienced by all age groups. Depending on the cause, pain can be associated with other signs such as heat, redness, swelling and reduced mobility.

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