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Pain-free Posture for Parents

Pain-free Posture for Parents

                Being a parent is a tough job. It comes with enormous pleasure and large sacrifices. One aspect of this is losing touch with a younger version of our selves. This can often be felt on a physical level and result in long-term postural pain and a lack of engagement in physical activity. But is this really what we want? Personally I like to think not! At a certain point I started to ask myself: How do I want my life to look in 5 or 10 years time? How do I want to play and interact with my kids now and in the future? And when they are a bit older and flown the nest, will I still be able to do all the things I wanted to do? How about you? Where will you be in 10 – 20 years time? Resolving your current pain and physical limitations is just the first step in living the life you have worked so hard for! Instead of working session-by-session and achieving short-term results, I tend to work in programmes of treatment designed for a long-term change in attitudes and approach to health and well-being. This is how we get far better results! We partner together on a journey that goes beyond fixing the current problem, instead working on where you want to get to. We will: Identify the root cause of your physical issues so we can prevent the problems returning. Resolve the underlying structural imbalances and get you out of pain. Enhance how your body works so you have more energy, better health...
Anatomy in Motion

Anatomy in Motion

Anatomy in Motion – a new and innovative way to approach pain and injury that is leading the way in the future of manual medicine.   Why is this treatment important to know about? Modern manual therapy is slowly coming to except that movement is truly the best medicine. The most profound postural changes happen in your body when you make the changes yourself, all you need is someone signposting you in the right direction. This method of treatment is for people who really want to change the way their body is working. It requires a certain degree of commitment to the work that you need to do.   How will you benefit? Through AiM sessions you will learn how your body is standing and walking and what restrictions in movement are potentially maintaining painful patterns. You will then be given the tools to help your body re-learn how to move most easily.   So, what is Anatomy in Motion (AiM)? AiM is a completely new way of looking at the relationship between pain and the way your body moves. The system has been developed by Gary Ward and expert in human movement and anatomy, and author of What the Foot? Last year he was featured on BBC’s Dr in the House for helping a man rid himself of pain he had been carrying for more than 20 years. http://www.findingcentre.co.uk Gary’s philosophy, as with many other manual therapies, is that the body has the ability to fix itself. Unfortunately for the most part patients are rarely told how. Within the AiM system therapists don’t try and ‘fix’ you, instead...

Welcome

Welcome to the first blog of the Leon Baugh Osteopathy website. Through this blog I will post articles of interest, my thoughts on various aspects of osteopathy, recent research papers, exercise videos, interesting case histories and hopefully much more. Please have a look around the site and feel free to give me feedback. If you don’t find the answers you are looking for on this website then please use the contact form to ask me a question directly. I will try in all cases to answer these enquiries within 24 hours. I look forward to hearing from you or seeing you in one of my clinics soon.  ...
A Parent’s Guide to Avoiding Back Pain

A Parent’s Guide to Avoiding Back Pain

The link between back pain and pregnancy is well documented but, unfortunately, it doesn’t stop there. Parental responsibilities and susceptibility to back pain go hand in hand. I am the proud father of two young kids and couldn’t be happier about the whole experience thus far. Except, that is, from the risk of back pain that seems to inevitably accompany the parental role. The first time I hurt my back as a dad was whilst hoovering up bits of pasta from the bottom of my car. An image I’m sure other parents can at some point identify with. Suddenly I couldn’t play with the kids, help with house chores and work was absolute agony. As an osteopath there isn’t a week goes by when I don’t have a parent of young children come into the clinic with back pain. The onset of this pain is almost always from a combination of carrying a child, putting the kids in the car and transporting the children’s paraphernalia. These events along with associated factors such as lack of sleep, putting on weight, not exercising enough and mounting work stress all contribute to an injury waiting to happen. Parenthood involves a habitual change in the way in which we use our bodies, and our backs take the brunt. Our core muscles tend to weaken and this further puts stress on the spine, altering our posture to a state that invites pain. Sooner or later our back ‘blows out’ and needs some desperate care and attention. Addressing postural fatigue is better done sooner rather than later. The best way to address back pain is...
Paracetamol is ineffective at treating back pain and osteoarthritis.

Paracetamol is ineffective at treating back pain and osteoarthritis.

A recent study published in the British Medical Journal has provided evidence that Paracetamol is ineffective at relieving symptoms of lower back pain and osteoarthritis. Paracetamol is currently one of the recommendations of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) with regard lower back pain and I expect that this will soon be taken off their guidelines. This makes a stronger case for the use of osteopathy as a manual therapy as well as acupuncture, both of which have a good amount of evidence when treating this area of the body. These treatment methods are also on the current NICE guidelines. Hopefully this information will make its way to GPs and they will either recommend a different kind of medicine or perhaps even suggest a course of treatment with your local osteopath. Some Gp’s surgeries even have an osteopath on hand to refer you to. If not, come and book an appointment! Follow this link to the original paper – http://www.bmj.com/content/350/bmj.h1225 and this one to see what the BBC had to say about it –...