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What is “Swift” Wart Removal?

Our Chiropodists use Swift technology for the successful removal of warts.  Find out more by booking an appointment for a full assessment and diagnosis if you think you might have warts.  

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Been Told You Need a Hip Replacement?

Don’t Panic – Your Osteopaths Are Here to Help!     Are you facing the daunting prospect of a hip replacement?  It’s been said that hips don’t lie, but they certainly creak and groan sometimes. Before you commit to orthopaedic

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Understanding DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis

Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options:   Introduction DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis is a painful condition affecting the tendons on the thumb side of your wrist. The pain and discomfort in your wrist and thumb can make even simple tasks feel daunting, but

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Tackling Twisted Knees

An Osteopath’s Kick-about with Sprained Ligaments   Introduction: Hey there, fellow footie/soccer enthusiasts!  So, you were on the pitch weaving through opponents, when you twisted your knee.  Now you’re hobbling like you’ve just discovered your inner penguin.  Sound familiar? Or

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Understanding Cervical Kyphosis

Causes, Effects, and Osteopathic Care Introduction: Cervical kyphosis, sometimes also referred to as “military neck”, is a condition characterized by an abnormal curvature of the cervical spine. The neck normally has a natural c-shaped curve, with the open bit behind

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Why Are My Joints So Noisy? An Osteopath’s View

  Joint cracking is a common phenomenon.  It’s often associated with the release of gas bubbles in the synovial fluid and can be harmless.  Interestingly though, it occurs most frequently in joints lacking stability and adequate support from the surrounding

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Increase Shoulder Stability Through Exercise

Are you struggling with shoulder instability?  Maybe you’ve previously injured a muscle or tendon, or dislocated your shoulder and problems are persisting?  Are simple tasks such as reaching overhead, lifting objects, or even getting dressed or brushing your hair challenging

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All About Disc Injuries: An Osteopath’s Perspective

Introduction: Disc injuries, though often underestimated, can significantly impact quality of life. From gradual wear and tear to severe extrusion or sequestration, the journey of a disc injury encompasses various stages, each presenting its own set of challenges.  Our Osteopaths

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Introducing our new Chiropodist!

  Emily has joined our team as our second Chiropodist on staff.  She is skilled and self-motivated, with an Advanced Diploma of Health Sciences in Chiropody (with distinction) from the Michener Institute.   She also obtained her Bachelor of Kinesiology at

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Lymphatic Drainage Massage: A Comprehensive Guide

The Intricate World of the Lymphatic System: The lymphatic system is complex:  Lymph vessels, which parallel blood vessels, and lymph nodes (small structures that filter and purify lymph) are joined by the thymus, spleen, and tonsils to make up this

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Juvenile Idiopathic Scoliosis: A Comprehensive Guide

  Introduction: Welcome to our exploration of Juvenile Idiopathic Scoliosis (JIS), a condition that affects children and adolescents.  If you suspect your child has scoliosis, please call us as our  Osteopaths can help. In the meantime, let’s understand what’s going

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Type 2 Diabetes and Osteopathic Care

Type 2 diabetes is a widespread, acquired metabolic disorder. In a nutshell – it’s all about insulin; insulin resistance or inadequate insulin production, which messes with your blood sugar levels. If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes, you might

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Osteopathy for Musicians

For musicians, your instrument can be an extension of yourselves.  But losing yourself in the music can come at a cost.  Yes, within this pursuit of passion, lurks some silent adversaries: repetitive strain injury (RSI), back problems and hand injuries,

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Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are a type of skin infection on the bottom of your feet, caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).  The infection causes rough bumps to form which may be uncomfortable and painful. Normal standing and walking tends to force

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Hip Osteoarthritis

Understanding, Coping, and Thriving Osteoarthritis is not fun.  This month we’re focusing on osteoarthritis of the hip in depth.  If that’s not related to your aches and pains, we’re still here to help.     What is Hip Osteoarthritis? First

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Inflammation and the connection to your immune system

  Inflammation is your body’s natural response to injury or infection, a crucial part of the healing process.  However, when this process becomes chronic, it can lead to a range of health issues, from autoimmune disorders to cardiovascular problems.  Understanding

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Office Worker Elbow

If you’re an office worker and you’ve been dealing with elbow pain, you’re not alone. Many of us spend hours at a desk, typing away on a computer, and sometimes that can lead to discomfort in our elbows. Let’s dive

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All About Osteoporosis

Did you know that World Osteoporosis Day is marked on the 20th of October? So we’ve decided to make it our focus this month.  World Osteoporosis Day, after all, is about education and awareness. So, what is osteoporosis and can

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Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails can be painful, making it hard to stand or walk and it can even become infected.  Signs of an ingrown toenail are pain, redness, warm to the touch and can feel hard and swollen. This foot condition develops

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All About Quadricep Strains

This month we find ourselves fascinated by quadricep strains and hope to share a little information and advice with you.  If that interests you, read on.  But if another injury or ache or pain is your priority right now, please

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Laser Season is Here!

As the vibrant hues of fall approach, so does the much-anticipated Laser Season! It’s the perfect time to explore advanced skincare techniques and embrace the wisdom of naturopathic doctors for a holistic approach to skin care. Discover the world of

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Your First Osteopathy Appointment

So, you’ve got your first appointment with an osteopath coming up and you’re filled with anticipation and curiosity.  Let’s walk you through what to expect before, during, and after your first visit here at BeacHealth. Before the Appointment: Before you

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Get Ahead of the School Year

  Yes, it will soon be time for students to head back to school. This transition can be both exciting and challenging for both children and parents. It is important to focus on managing energy and stress while embracing the

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

When Your Hands Demand Relief from an Osteopath’s Touch: This month we’re focussing on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and what our Osteopaths can do to help. So, you’re experiencing tingling, numbness, or pain in your hands and wrists. You might be

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Boost Your Balance and Embrace Stability

We’re all about balance this August. Now, we’d love for you to achieve work-life balance, eat a balanced diet, and balance your chequebook effortlessly (does anyone still have a chequebook?) but that’s not what we’re talking about.  We are talking

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Diabetes and Foot Care

Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects millions of people worldwide.  As Chiropodists, we want to emphasize the significant impact diabetes can have on your feet and the importance of proactive foot care to prevent complications. Here are some key

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Medial Ankle Sprain

Ouch! So, you missed your footing on the stairs and fell.  You landed badly, twisting your ankle in a funny direction. It could have been worse of course, but it’s still not great.  It’s time to call your Osteopath. What

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Bunions

  Banishing Bunions: How a Chiropodist Can Help Summer is upon us, and that means it’s time to dig out those sandals and enjoy the warmer weather.  But if you’re one of the millions of people dealing with bunions, you

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New! Facial Spa Services and Microneedling

Facials: Discover the ultimate facial treatment! We understand the importance of healthy, radiant skin, and our experts are here to help you achieve just that. Our wide range of customized facials are designed to address your own unique skin concerns,

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Lumbar Disc Prolapse

All About Lumbar Disc Prolapse: Symptoms of a lumbar disc prolapse vary from mild to severe and can affect the whole body (from the limbs to the bowels, as well as, of course, the back.) It can have a serious

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Cellulite

Cellulite, often characterized by dimpled skin on the thighs, buttocks, and hips, can be a common concern. But worry not, as we’ll explore natural remedies and an innovative treatment option using radio frequency to help combat this issue. What Is

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Medical Pedicures by a Chiropodist

Many people associate pedicures with a luxurious spa treatment, but they can also be an important part of maintaining foot health. Pedicures can help prevent the buildup of calluses and corns, which can be uncomfortable and even painful. But for

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Acne: Naturopathic and Aesthetic Options

Acne can be a frustrating and sometimes painful skin condition that affects people of all ages. However, as a Naturopathic Doctor, I have seen firsthand how natural remedies and lifestyle changes can greatly improve acne symptoms without the need for

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Are your joints popping, grinding or clicking?

You know how there’s always a scene in horror movies where a creaking floorboard is the scariest thing? For a lot of people, the floorboard is probably unnecessary, but the weird noises coming from their knees, necks, shoulders, and fingers

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Magnesium Bis-Glycinate

Magnesium is a vital mineral that plays an essential role in many bodily functions, including nerve and muscle function, bone health, and heart health. It is also required for the proper functioning of enzymes in the body and helps to

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Diaphragm Function from an Osteopathic Perspective

The diaphragm is a dome-shaped muscle that separates the thoracic cavity from the abdominal cavity. It plays a crucial role in respiration (the main breathing muscle) and also has an impact on the health of the surrounding structures. Osteopaths view

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Mobilizing Your Joints

It’s miserable when your joints ache. It’s worse when they’re stiff and everyday movement hurts. Often, gentle exercise has everything feeling right again. But sometimes it doesn’t. If that’s the case, it might be time to call the osteopath. You’ve

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Wrinkles and Sagging Skin?

Nanofractional Radiofrequency (RF) is an innovative and minimally invasive skin resurfacing treatment that offers a number of benefits for patients seeking to improve the look and feel of their skin. RF energy is delivered to the skin in a fractionated

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RSI

Recovering from RSI with Osteopathy The human body is meant to move. It’s not meant to move like a machine in a factory – repetitively performing one action. And yet office work, modern technology and many manual jobs force us

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Superfoods for Christmas

Christmas foods have a bit of a bad wrap! (Please forgive the pun.) Too many mince pies, mulled wine (and all the other drinks), servings from the cheese platter and candy canes leave many of us stuffed, sluggish and soooooo

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Reducing Respiratory Tract Infections With Mushrooms

Along with the colder weather, winter also brings an increase in colds, flus, and other infectious diseases. Respiratory illnesses are at particularly higher levels than normally seen this time of year. Respiratory tract infections are infections of part of the

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What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a health condition that occurs when your body does not produce enough insulin or cannot use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone that converts glucose into energy, usually keeping your blood glucose levels in check. You

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Exercise For Osteoporosis

It’s World Osteoporosis Day  this month (on October 20th) so let’s look at the benefits of exercise for bone health and osteoporosis.   What is osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a chronic condition that causes a person’s bones to become weak and

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Osteopathic Treatment For Arthritis

Arthritis comes from the Greek word ‘arthron’ (meaning joint) and the ending ‘itis’ (meaning inflammation of). The term arthritis describes over a hundred conditions that cause inflammation of the joints. Read on to find out more about the main types

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Have you tried Pilates

Whether you’re a long-distance runner, returning to exercise from injury, or at the start of a new fitness routine, Pilates has something for everybody. Read on to learn about how to try it alongside osteopathy to get the most out

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Osteopathy For Neck Pain

Did you know that approximately 1 in 3 adults experience neck pain at least once a year? It’s not surprising that it is a common reason that our patients come into Beachealth seeking osteopathic treatment. Research shows that neck pain

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Calf Muscle Strain

You may not give them much thought, but your calf muscles are constantly working hard day-to-day when you’re walking around or exercising. This makes it really inconvenient – not to mention painful – when you strain a calf muscle. Muscle

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Self-care isn’t selfish

You may have heard the saying ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup’. When it comes to mental health and your wellbeing, self-care can be vital to help you recharge and take time out for yourself and your needs. If

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Are you experiencing wrist pain or numbness in the fingers and hands that worsens at night? Carpal tunnel syndrome could be to blame. It’s a painful and debilitating condition that causes hand and wrist pain due to pressure on the

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Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)

You may have heard of tennis elbow, but are you familiar with its counterpart, golfer’s elbow? Both are tendon injuries; the connective tissue that attaches muscle to bone. So what’s the difference? This problem in the outer elbow is known

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Fibromyalgia

Described by patients as “debilitating pain and fatigue which has been going on forever and all my doctors say there is nothing wrong”. Unfortunately for all fibromyalgia patients they must wait for many tests to be done to finally get

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Contrast Showers

Contrast showers: From toned skin to improving immune system and much more A contrast shower is a technique of alternating between hot and cold showers. You start with a 3 minute hot shower (put it to your normal temperature) then

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Back to work: Desk tips to remember!

The silly season is over, and we are all heading back to work! Whether you are going into the office, staying at home or doing a mixture of both — sitting in the same space for 8 hours a day

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Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Many of us have experienced lower back pain at some point in our lives. Whether that is after a fall, running or simply sitting down for too long most days. SIJ is short for ‘sacroiliac joint’, and SIJ pain contributes

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The Nervous System

Have you ever wondered what makes our bodies do what they do? Why we move, talk, breathe and everything in between? Well, there is one system of the body that is primarily responsible for driving all those things… your nervous

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Five foods you should try

Getting bored of the food you eat day in, day out, week after week?! Well lucky for you we have some suggestions for you to help spice up your shopping list and keep you healthy into the festive period (where

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Arthritis: Osteo- or Rheumatoid?

Arthritis’ is an umbrella term used to describe any condition that affects the joints of the body and is derived from ‘arth’ meaning joint, and ‘itis’ meaning inflammation. Something a lot of people do not realize is there are over

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Concussion

Concussion, aka ‘mild traumatic brain injury’, has been the topic of much research and discussion between health professionals in recent years. It is a particularly important topic amongst practitioners who treat sports people on the field and in the clinic

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Sun Damage & IPL Treatments

We all hope you had an amazing summer. Did you put that sunscreen on diligently? Did you sometimes forget and now you are seeing signs of sun damage: wrinkles, brown spots, freckles, red/blotchy skin, rosacea flares? IPL, or Intense Pulsed

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression related to changes in the season, usually relating to a decrease in sun exposure during the winter months. Your internal clock (circadian rhythm) may be disrupted by the decrease in sunlight.

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COVID-19 Check In

I think we can all agree it’s been a particularly rough 18+ months since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world. It’s safe to say that we’ve all been affected in some way, whether it be through changes to work, finances,

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Imaging and Low Back Pain

If you’ve been alive on planet Earth for any amount of time, chances are you have experienced back pain at some point. 84% of adults experience back pain at some stage of their life according to research. In some cases,

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Developing Resilience To COVID-19 Variants

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, hospitals, health care workers, nurses, doctors, emergency responders and many others have been overwhelmed and under a great deal of stress. They’ve required our cooperation to limit the spread of Covid-19, prevent unnecessary

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Knee Osteoarthritis

Knee pain in the middle to late decades of life is a common complaint amongst patients presenting to osteopathic clinics across the globe. Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common cause of knee pain in this age group of people. Research suggests

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Lateral Ankle Sprain

How many of us have rolled our ankle and damaged a ligament at some point in our life?! The answer is many of us. Approximately 2 million ankle ‘sprains’ (the word used to describe a ligament that has been over-stretched

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Acne and Acne Scars

Acne forms when a hair follicle becomes plugged with oil or dead skin cells. The most common locations are on the face, forehead, chest, upper back and shoulders. The main causes of acne are excess oil, dead skin cells, bacteria

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Best Sunscreen

Which sunscreen should I be using? We are now entering the higher UV rating seasons and sunblock is a must for all individuals. UVA and UVB are both carcinogenic. UVA penetrates to the mid-dermis layer and causes most of the

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Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis is a spinal condition that in the sports world most commonly affects cricketers and gymnasts, but in reality, can affect anyone! Pronounced ‘spon-di-lo-lice-thee-sis’, it most commonly affects the lowest segments of the lower spine region. What is spondylolisthesis? Spondylolisthesis

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Lateral Ankle Sprain

How many of us have rolled our ankle and damaged a ligament at some point in our life?! The answer is many of us. Many sprains occur in the sporting world, but there are surprising amounts that occur in the general

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Pain management: Acupuncture and more

Acupuncture can help relieve pains such as: Low back pain, headaches, menstrual cramps, nerve pain, all muscles and joint pains, fibromyalgia and much more. The needle may be inserted where the pain is and may be inserted in other points

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Movement Breaks

Movement Snacks…are you getting enough? As the pandemic approaches its first anniversary, many people have found themselves working from home for longer hours, at improvised workstations, tables, chairs, and even ironing boards (actually a good idea!). Often missing is the

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Athlete’s Foot

The term “athlete’s foot” can be very misleading because you don’t have to be an athlete to suffer from this condition. Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) is a common contagious fungal infection affecting the skin and nails of the feet, which

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Connective Tissue Disease

The human body is made up of trillions of cells. Recent findings suggest as many as 30 trillion cells combine to form the human body at any one time. That’s pretty much impossible to comprehend. But combine they do, and

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Gluteal Tendinopathy

Have you recently started to experience pain at the side of your hip? With the turn of the new year now behind us, maybe you’re embracing your new healthy lifestyle and have been going for a solid run several times

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture: much more than just pain relief If you have never had acupuncture before, the thought of a “needle” being inserted into your body may be scary. Let me put your mind at ease, we can insert an acupuncture needle

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Facet Lock

We hope you’ve had an enjoyable Christmas and sent 2020 off with the bang it deserved. We’re kicking things off with a blog about neck pain relating to small joints in our neck known as facet joints. Are you waking

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January Clean-up

Looking to start 2021 with a clean slate? This blog isn’t about setting resolutions (although we can always help you do that if you desire), but rather giving you some tips on how to start the new year with a

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Weightloss

Weight loss: the larger picture For every 5 points on the BMI scale above 22.5-25 BMI you have a 30% increased chance of mortality. That means if you have a BMI of 35-40 you only have a 60% chance of

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Compression Stockings

Our foot specialist, Lada Milos Lee is proud to offer Ofa Bamberg line of compression therapy. Compression therapy is achieved using gradient compression, which has the greatest pressure at the base, and reduces pressure as the compression garment goes up

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Workouts for Christmas

Christmas time is just around the corner, and that can mean only one thing… fun (at a covid level) and over indulgent. We all tend to indulge and consume probably a few too many calories over the Christmas period. It

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De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is a condition that affects some of the tendons of muscles that help control thumb movement. It can cause considerable pain and disability in the process. It is also known as blackberry thumb as it is common

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Calluses

A callus is an abnormal amount of dead, thickened skin that builds up on an area like the bottom of your feet. They can be yellowish-red in colour and they do not feel like the rest of your skin on

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Chronic Inflammation

Inflammation: The Silent Killer   Inflammation is the bodies response to damage from infections, injuries and toxins. When one of these damages the body, the inflammation process is initiated and the immune system releases antibodies and other chemicals in an

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Plantar Fasciitis

It’s morning, and the alarm clock has just told you it’s time to get out of bed. Another few minutes won’t hurt. You check your emails, social media sites, and you even ring your mom to see how the dog

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Cosmetic Acupuncture

Facial rejuvenating acupuncture is a low to no-risk treatment for prevention or treatment of wrinkles and blemishes on the face. Treatments can also help with acne, rosacea, puffiness, sagging skin, and dark circles. A treatment consists of multiple fine needles

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Orthotics

Do I need orthotics? What kind? Many people come to the clinic complaining of foot pain from conditions such as bunions, hammertoes, a pinched nerve (neuroma), or heel pain (plantar fasciitis). I perform a thorough evaluation and examination, and together

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Dead Butt Syndrome

If you sit at a desk all day, you may experience vague discomfort and pain where you sit. Doctors may call this lower cross syndrome, gluteal amnesia or gluteus medius tendinosis, but another term is more memorable: “dead butt” syndrome.

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Exercises for ageing bones

Are you in or approaching your latter years and are wondering what you can do to ensure your bones stay strong through the next period of your life? As we age it is common to begin feeling the effects of

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Dorsal Scapular Nerve Entrapment

Has one of your shoulders been feeling a bit off lately? Is the neck and mid-back region around the shoulder blade feeling stiff and heavy? If this sounds like you, then you may have a problem with a nerve known

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Jingle All the Way to a Healthier You!

Christmas and holiday celebrations!  It’s a great time to mix merriment with muscle, yuletide with your well-being, and excitement with exercise!  We know it’s tricky to find time for exercise over the holidays as there’s so much to do and almost never enough time to do it. But you should keep your healthy routines going, especially now.  Why? Because it will boost your happiness, make you stronger and healthier through the holidays and into 2024, help you think with clarity and move with grace despite the odd bit of feasting and making merry!  But we know that sticking to the same old routine can be boring, so let’s add a few new exercises to spice things up.  If you have any injuries or aches that stop you from doing these exercises or anything else you’d hoped to do over the holidays, call us for an appointment.  Our Osteopaths are here to help you get moving and feeling better so that you can enjoy a happy, healthy holiday.

 

Frosty Squats in a Winter Wonderland (Whatever the Weather!)

How to do it: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, as if you’re ready to join a snowball fight, toes slightly turned out to embrace the chill. Lower your body by bending your knees and pushing your hips back, just like you’re gracefully taking a seat in a winter wonderland. Make sure your knees stay in line with your toes, and then rise back to the standing position, as if you’re greeting the snow-covered sunrise.

Muscles Worked: These frosty squats work wonders for your quads, hamstrings, and glutes, just like building a snowman. And don’t forget your core, which stays as strong as a snow fort!

Christmas Joke: What do you call a snowman with a six-pack? An abdominal snowman!

The Christmas Bridge for a Holly Jolly Booty!

How to do it: Lie on your back, ready to build a bridge to the North Pole, with your knees bent and feet placed firmly on the snowy ground, hip-width apart. Lift your hips like Santa’s sleigh taking off, then extend one leg straight up like a Christmas tree topper while keeping the other on the ground. Lower your hips (and then your extended leg) with all the grace of a snowflake and repeat on the other side. This exercise will have your glutes feeling as merry as Santa on Christmas Eve!

Muscles Worked: This festive bridge targets your glutes, hamstrings, and lower back muscles, making your booty as jolly as a holiday carol!

Christmas Joke: Why was the snowman a great personal trainer? Because he had a cool down routine!

 

Festive Lunge-A-Thon: Stepping into the New Year with Style!

 

How to do it: Stand tall, ready to kick off the festivities with your feet together. Take a step forward with one leg, as if you’re stepping into a new year’s adventure, and lower your body until both knees are bent at a 90-degree angle. Push off the front foot like a New Year firework and return to the starting position. Repeat the joyful journey on the other side.

Muscles worked: These festive lunges engage your quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes, while also adding a touch of balance and stability to your celebrations. It’s the perfect way to step into the new year with strength and grace!

So, let’s jingle all the way to a healthier and happier you this holiday season! Keep your spirits high, your heart light, and your body active. And don’t forget that we’re here to help if injuries or aches and pains are getting in your way.  After all, there’s no better gift you can give yourself than the gift of good health!

Wishing you a joyful and active Christmas and holiday season!