It’s time to start taking Vitamin D

Vitamin D Supplementation It’s that time of year again when we all need to start thinking about taking a Vitamin D supplement. As the days shorten and become darker the amount of Vitamin D we get from the sun diminishes. Vitamin D has a role to play in the function of many body systems. The most well known role is probably it’s facilitation of calcium absorption from the gut, keeping bones strong. Lesser known is the effect on the brain and mood, as well as it’s role in supporting the immune system. Through the darker months, as the level of ….continue to the whole article

Is your sleep causing neck problems?

I think most of us have woken with a stiff neck at one point or another from sleeping in a funny position. Sometimes that crick in the neck can be extremely painful and I have seen many patients over the years presenting with acute neck pain that was triggered by a bad night’s sleep. But what if you were sleeping incorrectly every night and waking regularly with a stiff neck or neck pain? We are generally not taught about correct neck posture when lying down and certainly not about what to look for in a pillow. The most common cause ….continue to the whole article

The importance of Breathing Correctly

The Importance of Breathing Correctly Recently there have been quite a few patients presenting to me at Farringdon Osteopaths with neck and shoulder discomfort who, on examination, have been found to be breathing primarily into the upper ribs and chest instead of the lower ribcage and abdomen. Some of them had some history of anxiety, gastro-intestinal problems or migraines and all were surprised to be told that their breathing mechanics were incorrect. Some patients really struggled to breathe into the lower rib cage and abdomen when we went through a guided breathing re-training exercise. After a few weeks, those that ….continue to the whole article

Hip And Knee Pain In Walkers

Hip And Knee Pain In Walkers Quadriceps tendonitis and how to relieve it London is renowned as a multi-cultural and multi-national global city. The population of the city is changing and expanding relentlessly, with new arrivals coming here every day to work and enjoy living in one of the most vibrant cities in the world. One thing that these new visitors inevitably underestimate is the amount of walking that a typical Londoner undertakes each day. It is not unusual to walk 30 minutes to and from work per day and the pace of walking on London footpaths tends to be ….continue to the whole article