Stand up more

In an earlier blog we discussed the merits of changing the traditional seat- at -desk for the office to a more upright version. A recent article in the times ( Sept 29 2017) described a novel approach adopted by the Kewstoke primary school near Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. They invested in special standing desks after research suggested.. read more →

Frightening headlines

The Times, Friday July 14, boldly and depressingly describes “How ill health is turning retirement into hard work.” The first paragraph went on to say “The average man or woman will spend their entire retirement in ill health a watch dog has warned.” A prominent table in the centre of this dismal article listed lower.. read more →

5 steps to a healthier spine

Today’s lifestyle, often associated with long periods seated in front of a screen, does not encourage a healthy spine and makes it more challenging to achieve strength in the muscles that foster good posture. The consequences of the related bad habits impact externally and internally. Externally, the hunched shoulders, tense neck and painful lower back.. read more →

Budding Developments

At northlondonosteopaths Alan Nevies and his colleagues are abreast of latest developments and advice regarding back and other pain related to the muscular skeletal system. Professor Stuart McGill, professor of spine bio mechanics at the University of Waterloo in Canada questions the validity of blanket approaches and treatments including yoga and Pilates as being the.. read more →

The up side of hyper mobility

An article in the daily mail 20/12/16 told the happy (ending) story of Laura Wellington who was hit by an uninsured drunk driver as he ploughed in to her while she was crossing the road. Various scans and tests showed that she had a broken vertebra near the base of her spine, a fractured skull.. read more →

Gravity-no laughing matter

At northlondonosteopaths Alan Nevies and his colleagues are focused on the muscular skeletal health of all ages and stages of the population. A recent article revealed that astronauts are suffering from back pain. (We do not see too many astronauts at northlondonosteopaths but it was food for thought for Alan Nevies and his colleagues.) This.. read more →

Is your back pain all the mind

A recent article in the Daily Telegraph (12/9/16 Is your back pain all the mind?) is a must read for all back pain sufferers and manual therapists. Set against a background statistic of 10 million working days being lost to back pain in 2014, with nearly half of them belonging to backs in the 50-64.. read more →

August Blog-is lying on the sofa a sin?

One of the most frequent pieces of advice Alan Nevies and his colleagues at northlondonosteopaths will give you is to exercise appropriately and keep moving as much as possible. This will usually be qualified and tailored to the patient’s specific needs and circumstances. It was most welcome to get the thumbs up for this advice.. read more →

The Funny Side of Osteopathy

Alan Nevies and his colleagues at northlondonosteopaths have their share of funny stories (always respecting patient’s confidentiality). However it is not often that an osteopath provides the source material for a famous comedian. The exception to the rule occurred recently when Michael McIntyre crafted a sketch about his osteopath who happens to be Alan Nevies… read more →

Packing list for golfers

Jokes aside, those lucky enough to be able to play golf might pack our osteopath before they pack their toothpaste. The list of unfortunate back related complaints suffered by great golfers is long and gruelling. Tiger Woods needed back surgery for a pinched nerve in 2014 and again in September 2015. Fred Couples was forced.. read more →