[2 Jun 2016 | Comments Off on An Osteopaths Guide to Preventing Running Injuries – Part 3 | ]
An Osteopaths Guide to Preventing Running Injuries – Part 3

There has been a lot of research over the years on the best way to warm up. Athletes want to know the right way to do it so that they can do their best performance when it counts. But it’s equally important to be able to reduce the risk of injury so you can run hard without hurting yourself. Is there a way to warm up that achieves both goals – optimal performance and minimal risk of injury? Should you do static stretching or dynamic stretching? Should you jog and …

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[24 May 2016 | Comments Off on An Osteopaths Guide to Preventing Running Injuries – Part 2 | ]
An Osteopaths Guide to Preventing Running Injuries – Part 2

One of the most researched topics in sports medicine is whether or not injuries can be prevented. Sport is big business these days, so there is a lot of interest in finding ways to ensure star athletes can perform at a high level without suffering injuries. With all this research has anyone found any proven ways to prevent running injuries?
A little over a year ago I spoke at seminar with a Physiotherapist by the name of Toby Watson. We were trying to compare the way Physiotherapists and Osteopaths treat common …

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[17 May 2016 | Comments Off on An Osteopaths Guide to Preventing Running Injuries – Part 1 | ]
An Osteopaths Guide to Preventing Running Injuries – Part 1

In my work with athletes, ranging from park runners up to World and Olympic champions, one of the key differences I’ve seen that separates the elite is that they know when to push themselves, and they know when to back off. They know that missing half a session because you’re concerned about an injury is better than pushing on, getting hurt, and then missing an entire week, if not more. The number one priority, no matter what event you are training for, is to get to the starting line in …

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[10 Mar 2016 | Comments Off on How to Breathe – 2016 Health Tip Part 2 | ]
How to Breathe – 2016 Health Tip Part 2

As you saw in my previous article , breathing can help improve the tone of the Vagus Nerve. This has been linked to reduced stress and anxiety levels, reduced heart rate, reduced blood pressure, and even reduced risk of dying from cancer.
A 2016 article talked more about the link between stress and cancer, saying that stress acts as a ‘fertiliser’ by increasing the number of lymphatic vessels draining from the tumour, but increase flow in existing vessels. “So not only do you get new freeways out of the tumour but …

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[10 Mar 2016 | Comments Off on My Number 1 Health Tip for 2016 | ]
My Number 1 Health Tip for 2016

My number 1 health tip for 2015 was to MOVE MORE, and no doubt you would’ve seen one of the countless articles talking about how bad prolonged sitting is for your health. Some articles called prolonged sitting worse for your health than smoking or obesity, and 60 Minutes did a great story which I posted outlining the benefits of moving more.
If 2015 was all about MOVING, 2016 is all about BREATHING. Well, breathing and Bruno Mars. I love that guy.
When we talk about breathing, in very basic terms we are …

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[6 Mar 2016 | Comments Off on When to worry about back pain (and when not to) | ]
When to worry about back pain (and when not to)

Here is a great article I just read which outlines in basic terms the key differences between back pain that is straightforward and musculo-skeletal in nature, and back pain that is coming from a more serious underlying condition. A lot of times when the pain is severe it can be extremely concerning, and this article helps explain a lot of what is going on.
Some key points:
People understandably assume that the worst back pain is the scariest. In fact, pain intensity is a poor indicator of back pain ominousness.
Herniated discs aren’t …