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What I’ve Been Up to in August

2nd August to The Rex Berkhamsted to see “Churchill”, a rather poignant movie focusing on the D-Day landings, which if the film was factually correct, Churchill thought as we know, that the whole thing would be a disaster. Clementine Churchill was superbly played by Miranda Richardson. Pendley Manor Sunday 6th August, to The Pendley Manor Shakespeare Festival for a lovely matinee performance of Romeo and Juliet, mostly in warm sunshine, preceded by a lovely lunch in the beautiful dining room.…

What I’ve Been Up to in July

15th July on my way to see The Tempest with Simon Russell Beale as Prospero, eating first at Cote Barbican. Another lovely meal at this lovely purpose built restaurant. I had the Heritage Tomato salad, linguini and peach crumble. The Tempest was a superb production by The Royal Shakespeare Company, the live performance was hugely enhanced by the addition of the real time avatar of Ariel created in conjunction with intel and a most horrifying harpy and a truly beautiful…

Lower Back Pain – Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

Lower Back Pain – all you need to know The lumbar spine or lower back is a structure of interconnecting bones, joints, nerves ligaments and muscles all working together to provide support, strength and flexibility. However this structure also leaves the low back susceptible to injury and pain. Lumbar Spine The lower back supports the weight of the upper body and offers mobility for everyday motions including bending and twisting. Muscles in the lower back are responsible for flexing and…

How often should I visit my osteopath?

When it comes to osteopathy, it’s a hands-on-therapy designed to treat headaches, neck and back pain as well as repetitive injuries and other problems. There’s many different problems that can be resolved by treatment and a quality osteopath. What sort of treatment is involved with osteopathy? The osteopath will engage different techniques to help treat the problems of their patients, they can perform massages, help stretch out stiff joints, move joints through their normal range of motion and adjust them…

What I’ve Been Up to in May

7th May Beauty and The Beast at The Rex most enjoyable very well cast beautiful re-telling a much loved story. 9th May On my way for a lecture at The British School of Osteopathy “An Introduction to the Therapeutic Principle of Balanced Ligamentous Tension” a really super lecture interspersed with demonstrations the technique addresses the position of a joint or bone via connective tissue often using compression, I modeled for a lightening technique to my right fibula, I didn’t feel a…

The physical strains for expectant mums

For those who are expecting or have recently given birth, you’ll know all too well of the physical and emotional strains experienced when becoming a mother. With lower back pain being a common problem, Osteopathy can help with so much more. Pre-natal problems In the second week of pregnancy, the hormone relaxin is produced, it softens ligaments and muscles, enabling the delivery of your baby through the birth canal. A steady increase in weight, which will make your bump grow,…

What I’ve Been Up to in April

March 31st March I went to London to see the “Diana Her Fashion Story” exhibition at Kensington Palace and the on to The Sky Garden for dinner. Whilst waiting for our train at Edgware Station, I noticed a older man coming towards us down the steps on to the platform, he looked familiar, he was smartly, but casually dressed, in brown creamy tweedy colours, I suddenly realised who it was, but just to check, I asked Annabel, “Is he wearing…

Top tips for avoiding neck pain for office workers

When it comes to neck pain, sometimes all it takes is something small, exposure to a cold draught, sleeping on the wrong pillow or sitting tensely at a computer for a long time. One day you can simply wake up with a stiff neck or the feeling of not being able to turn your head at all it’s a problem that can affect anyone. Sitting for extended periods of time, poor posture, unaccustomed or uneven strain on the body and…

Visit to The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich

I’ve just visited, The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.   It was a really super exhibition most interesting and informative and really set the extraordinary life of Emma, Lady Hamilton into historical context, from her humble beginnings to her phenomenal diplomatic role in preventing the spread of The French Revolution into Italy, which clearly played a pivotal role in the course of history, her friendship with the Queen of Italy, whose younger Sister Marie Antoinette had recently been executed, this…

Back problems: All you need to know

When it comes to back pain, it’s a lot more common than you think, with it affecting around 80% of people at some point in their life. Back issues and pain can be caused by a range of things and include a lot of different diagnoses. Here we take a look at some of the most common back pain problems. Acute muscle or joint strain This is one of the most common lower back problems and usually comes from lifting,…