Clapham Osteopathy and Functional Movement

The importance of daily movement

“Research suggests that if you are sedentary for much of the day, even a couple of hours of sweating in the gym won’t much reduce your risk of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer, although you’ll be aerobically fitter than a full-time couch potato.”
This article gives some tips on keeping moving throughout the day.


Are MRIs useful?

Often an MRI will indicate a structural abnormality which make it very easy to say that this is the cause of your pain.  However many studies have shown that just as many people may have these issues such as herniated discs in the spine and they have absolutely no pain.  We are now finding that pain is more an indication of threat levels in the brain, influenced by many factors, rather than an indication of structural damage.  Below is really good example as to why you shouldn’t get too hung up on MRIs and structural findings. They often are not what is causing your pain‬. Come in and get assessed and work out why you are in pain

Why ankle sprains should not be ignored

Most people don’t take ankle injuries seriously, however an old ankle sprain could be the cause of your back or neck pain. Many people sprain their ankles and think nothing of it. However the legacy left in the body from the change in the way of moving and altered motor control patterns can lead to back or neck pain further down the road. This video shows how this may happen. When you see a therapist for back or neck pain, make sure they ask and your disclose your history of injury as this matters and should affect the treatment given.

It also makes sense to treat and rehab ankle injuries properly to avoid this happening.

As an osteopath I can treat your whole body, not just your back.

First anniversary update!

Backs Etc. is celebrating its first birthday!  The business is growing well and I am looking forward to what the next year will bring.  I am passionate about osteopathy and improving patient outcomes.  I am therefore committed to improving my skills and knowledge base via post-graduate training.  From September I will be spending one weekend a month for the following year pursuing the Foundation Course in Classical Osteopathy to broaden and deepen my osteopathic knowledge.

I have also attended level 1 and 2 NeuroKinetic Therapy training courses in the past six months. This is a very powerful tool when added into osteopathy, helping me to get to the root cause of many musculo-skeletal problems rather than just treating pain. I have recently added a page to my website describing NKT in more detail, which you may find interesting.  I would also be grateful if you would share it with your friends and family who are considering making an appointment:

Furthermore, if you want to hear more from me on a regular basis, remember to like the Backs Etc Facebook page, as I use it to share interesting and relevant health, exercise and diet information. If you want to continue to get the posts I share please click on the ‘Liked’ button the page and tick ‘get notifications’ in the drop down menu, otherwise Facebook may decide not to put the posts in your feed.  All help in getting the word out is appreciated, so please feel free to forward any posts you think your friends might like.  Here is the link to the Facebook page:

All about the feet

High Heel Scan

Did you know there are 52 bones in the feet, about 25% of the total number of bones in the body.  As well as wearing good supportive footwear to improve foot health, osteopathy can get the joints of your feet moving better, thus alleviating foot  and ankle pain. Furthermore in some cases knee, back and hip pain can be traced back to problems with the feet.  So if your feet need some TLC, book an appointment today.

If you wear high heels a lot, you should take a look at this: