Monday, 19 November 2018

Let us help sweep up your aches and pains!

Let us help sweep up your aches and pains!

Ah fall, how I love you. The sweaters, the apple cider, the crunching leaves ( I will go out of my way to step on them, just to feel like a little kid again ). The football, the pumpkins, the yard work.
The yard work? leaf raking is one of the typical fall activities, and it’s right up there with other activities, that fall in that category of ‘top ways to hurt your back’ which leave you on a Saturday or Sunday lying on your sofa with shockingly sharp back pain. All because you didn’t protect your back when you went out leaf raking.

To avoid that fate, follow these easy tips the next time you head out to rake.
You should think especially about stretching the muscles that support the lower back and of course, any muscle involved in the actual raking (eg. arms, shoulders) Here are some easy stretches you can do for your lower back to prepare, this doesn’t have to be extensive, just take 5 minutes and get your body ready.
·         Posture: staying hunched over is simply not good for your back. Your spine has a natural curve and you should try to maintain those spinal curves while raking, try to avoid that hunched over posture with this pattern. Rake, straighten up. Rake, straighten up. So many people rake with this pattern: rake, rake, rake, rake, rake, rake… look I went super fast and made a huge pile! Whoa, my back!

·         Twist: There are leaves all around you, so what's the most effective way to reach them all? Well, if you twist more with your lower back – leaving your feet more or less planted – you’re relying too much on your spine. Let you feet and hips do some of the work! When raking, you should rotate by moving from your hips and shuffling your feet.
·       Relax: You do not have to do the entire yard in 15 minutes. In fact, you really should make leaf raking a leisurely activity. Rake for 10 to 15 minutes, and that take a break. On your brake, make sure you hydrate – with water.

Come and visit one of our highly trained osteopaths

here at WeaverHouse, call 01270 629933

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Autumn Newsletter

Welcome, today's post is to update you on what has been happening at WeaverHouse by uploading our Autumn Newsletter for you

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Friday, 7 September 2018

Let's get physical

Exercise and being active is often the last thing you want to do when you’re in pain, most of us just want to curl up on the sofa or go to bed. Does that sound about right? 
Whilst this may be okay in the short term, in the long term it's not such a good idea.
Exercise is essential for your overall health and wellbeing. It helps keep your muscles, bones and joints strong so that you can keep moving as well as reducing your risk of developing other conditions such as heart disease, osteoporosis and diabetes. 
It also boosts your mood, benefits your mental health, aids weight control and improves sleep. 

When you exercise your body releases chemicals such as endorphins into your bloodstream. These are sometimes called ‘feel-good’ chemicals because they boost your mood and make you feel good. They also interact with receptors in your brain and ‘turn down the volume’ on your pain system. 
So, exercise can help you feel better, reduce your risk of many health issues and help you manage your pain. 
For exercise to be most effective it needs to be regular and should include the following:
  • flexibility exercises – stretching and range of movement exercises help maintain or improve the flexibility of your joints and nearby muscles and will help keep you moving properly and ease joint stiffness 
  • strengthening exercises – these build muscle strength, provide stability to your joints and improve your ability to perform daily tasks
  • cardiovascular or aerobic exercises – these are exercises that gets you moving and increase your heart rate helping improve the health of your heart and lungs (cardiovascular system) and can also help with endurance, weight control and prevention of other health problems (e.g. diabetes). 
  • swimming or water exercise classes
  • tai chi, yoga, Pilates
  • walking
  • low-impact aerobics   

Start slowly and gradually increase the amount of exercise you do.
Set yourself goals - they’ll help keep you focused and motivated.
Remember that it may be some time since you last had an exercise routine, so set goals that are appropriate for the new you, not the old you! 
Choose exercises and activities that you enjoy and try to be active on most, preferably all, days of the week.
Exercise with friends or family – this will make it more enjoyable and will also help motivate you.
Warm up and cool down properly before and after exercising.
Know the difference between the muscle pain you feel after exercise, and the pain you may feel as a result of overdoing it. 
Talk with your doctor, osteopath or physiotherapist for information and advice before starting an exercise regime.

We are more than happy to assist you with your exercise goals. Give us a call today to make your appointment and we’ll even give you a free 15 minute osteopathic back and health assessment check.
Call us on 01270 629933 or email

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Headaches and migraines

Headaches and migraines can be very debilitating and affect most people at some stage of their lives. There are more than 200 types of headaches ranging from simple strains to more complex ones.

Headaches often arise from tension, muscle stiffness or joint strain in the neck and upper back. Other causes can include eyestrain, sinus problems, whiplash injury, stress, poor posture, teeth grinding, infection or allergies. If the presentation appears to be a more serious problem, we will refer as necessary. When not serious, we can help diagnose the cause and assist in alleviating the headache through improving mobility and reducing muscular tension in the back, ribcage, head and jaw as well as advising you on posture, diet and exercises.

A migraine is different from other headaches because it may cause symptoms including: Nausea or vomiting, sensitivity to light, sound, or smells. Migraine attacks are experienced as a headache of at least moderate severity usually on one side of the head and occurring with the symptoms above. The headache is usually made worse by physical activity. Migraine attacks usually last from 4 to 72 hours and in most cases there is complete freedom from symptoms between attacks. Certain factors are involved in triggering an attack in those predisposed to migraine. These are usually called trigger factors and can include lifestyle, and hormonal changes.

We will take a thorough case history as well as performing an osteopathic examination and endeavour to identify the cause of the pain (i.e. muscle, joint, ligament), we will also aim to understand why that area of your body is under strain. Osteopathy and massage are a safe alternative to medication for headache. By reducing muscle tension, restoring healthy blood supply to nerves and promoting good movement through the joints, we are able to significantly reduce the presence of nerve irritation and muscle tension helping to alleviate the cause of your headaches.

We will further support your journey back to health by advising on posture, ergonomics, exercises and stretching. If required, we will also communicate with your GP.

IMPORTANT: If the headache you are having is accompanied by fever, nausea, vomiting, bleeding/fluid from ears or nose, dizziness, blurred vision, slurred speech, numbness, tingling or paralysis. This is especially important if this is the first time you are experiencing this headache.
Seek urgent medical advice from your GP


Monday, 20 August 2018

Small changes can bring big results

The average mobile ‘phone user spends 90 minutes on average on their ‘phones each day. This doesn’t sound like a lot, maybe the same time you spend watching TV, however this adds up to 10.5 hours each week that you look at your phone! 

This means less time to exercise, more stress on your body, not to mention the time it takes away from the people around you. You are disengaged from all of those. 

The (tongue-in-cheek) term ‘iposture’ is quickly gaining recognition as the ideal description for the way we hunch over our mobile phones, but it’s no laughing matter as this is one of the main causes of poor posture and lower back pain.

Try scheduling designated time to handle your emails and social media from your computer where you can set up your ergonomics to support good body positioning as you type.

If your phone has a voice dictation feature, learn how to use it and talk your text messages, social media posts, and emails. This may take a little time to get accustomed to, but your neck, shoulders, and back will thank you.

Avoiding the mobile phone slump is simple and anyone can do it. It just requires a little self-discipline and awareness. But it’s worth doing for the difference it will make in your neck, back, and the rest of your body, too!

If you feel that you are suffering from the effects of poor posture give us a call and schedule a free 15-minute osteopathic back and health assessment check 
01270 629933 or email

Friday, 27 July 2018

School's out for the Summer

Now that the Summer holidays have officially started you'll be out and about more with the children.
It's important for you to encourage your children to be physically active. They should try to do at least 40–60 minutes of exercise each day. 

If any of your family experience pain when exercising please contact your Osteopath. 
When an adult or child has been living a more sedentary lifestyle the muscles, tendons and other soft tissues are not conditioned to sudden bouts of exercise and can be easily torn or damaged. 
Having a health check can make sure there are no underlying issues that could be preventing you or your child from exercising and we can offer you a FREE 15 minute Osteopathic back and health assessment check. 
Give us a call today 01270 629933 or email 

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

On your bike - for all the right reasons

To be fit and healthy you need to be physically active. Regular physical activity can help protect you from serious diseases such as obesity, heart disease, mental illness, diabetes and arthritis. Riding your bike regularly is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of health problems associated with a sedentary lifestyle.

Cycling is a healthy, low-impact exercise that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, from young children to older adults. It's also fun, cheap and good for the environment.

Riding to work or the shops is one of the most time-efficient ways to combine regular exercise with your everyday routine. An estimated one billion people ride bicycles every day – for transport, recreation and sport. 

Cycling for health and fitness

It only takes two to four hours a week to achieve a general improvement to your health. Cycling is:
  • Low impact – it causes less strain and injuries than most other forms of exercise.
  • A good muscle workout – cycling uses all of the major muscle groups as you pedal.
  • Easy – unlike some other sports, cycling does not require high levels of physical skill. Most people know how to ride a bike and, once you learn, you don’t forget.
  • Good for strength and stamina – cycling increases stamina, strength and aerobic fitness.
  • As intense as you want – cycling can be done at very low intensity to begin with, if recovering from injury or illness, but can be built up to a demanding physical workout.
  • A fun way to get fit – the adventure and buzz you get from coasting down hills and being outdoors means you are more likely to continue to cycle regularly, compared to other physical activities that keep you indoors or require special times or places.
  • Time-efficient – as a mode of transport, cycling replaces sedentary (sitting) time spent driving motor vehicles or using trams, trains or buses with healthy exercise.

Health benefits of regular cycling

Cycling is mainly an aerobic activity, which means that your heart, blood vessels and lungs all get a workout. You will breathe deeper, perspire and experience increased body temperature, which will improve your overall fitness level. 

The health benefits of regular cycling include:

  • increased cardiovascular fitness
  • increased muscle strength and flexibility
  • improved joint mobility
  • decreased stress levels
  • improved posture and coordination
  • strengthened bones
  • decreased body fat levels
  • prevention or management of disease
  • reduced anxiety and depression.
Always remember to stay road safe when riding your bike and if there are cycle paths use them whenever you can and always wear a protective cycle helmet.

To discuss with us further about whether or not cycling is an appropriate exercise for you, give us a call to schedule your first or next appointment 01270 629933 
or email