The real benefits of STEP

Having spent a couple of years reading and retweeting numerous homages to exercise, and detailing its immense benefits to patients, I finally had to confess to myself that while I agreed with, approved of, applauded and condoned exercise in all forms, I didn’t actually do much myself.  Just because I stand watching kids play football…

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Three ways to save a life – do them now

This is an update of a previous post, with new material added October 2016. Rod Stewart had a brief stint working as a decorator before leopardskin-clad superstardom struck: “You learn a lot about yourself from doing physical work”, he said, ” and what I learnt was that I don’t like physical work”.  I was reminded of…

Getting old: is it painful?

When I first became an osteopath, I remember lots of people saying “Is it mostly old people you see?”.  Funnily enough, it wasn’t.  I didn’t see that many elderly people, certainly not a disproportionately large number.  (If anything it was disproportionately fewer).  But I know why people said it.  It seems to be a prevalent…

What to tell children about drugs

You might have noticed that even though this is ostensibly an osteopathy blog, I venture off-piste quite regularly.  This is partly as there is a wealth of innovation and research going on in related fields, which I think osteopaths should be aware of, but also as we have a marvellous opportunity to educate our patients. Not…