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Exercises to strengthen the lower back

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At Balanced Life Osteopathy we see a lot of people who experience pelvic misalignment, sacroiliac pain and/or sacrum instability which as a result presents as lower back pain. Often these associated pains are a result of years of dysfunction through … Continue reading

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Exercises to develop core strength

The benefits of a stable core A stable core means you are better able to control the position and movement of the central portion of the body. Core stability training targets the muscles deep within the abdomen which connect to … Continue reading

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What is trigger point therapy?

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What are Trigger points? A Trigger point is defined as a hyperirritable point within a taught band of muscle, (a tender “knot” in the muscle tissue). These can be acute sources of pain, or latent, unnoticed by the patient until … Continue reading

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What is myofascial release?

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Myo; means muscle in Latin Fascia; means connective tissue Myofascial release is a mixture of techniques and approaches that aim to free restrictions of movement that originate in the soft tissues (muscles) of the body. Myofascial release is not a … Continue reading

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Ways to Cope with Pain at Work (part 2 – physical professions)

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This article is for those who work in physically demanding professions such as a trade, health care, labouring, landscaping and cleaning.  Upper and lower back pain and other injuries are very common among workers in physical professions, however much of … Continue reading

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Ways to Cope with Pain at Work (part 1 – office work)

This article is specifically for office workers. We will be looking at non office workers in Part 2. A common mistake for almost everyone is to wait until you’re falling apart before seeking treatment. When you are experiencing symptoms – … Continue reading

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Top 10 Tips for beating Colds & Flu this winter

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It‘s that time of the year when a number of people coming in to the clinic are immune-suppressed and suffering from colds and flu.  In addition to Osteopathic expertise, the varied backgrounds of our staff at Balanced Life Osteopathy ensures … Continue reading

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The Truth about Back Pain Part 2 – The Human Spine

As an Osteopath, the injuries I treat each year break down to a ratio of something like this: 70 – 75% lower back pain, 15 – 20% neck pain and  5 – 10% thoracic spine or rib related pain.  Why … Continue reading

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The secret to increasing your energy

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Have you ever noticed how when your back or neck is sore and in spasm, it seems to drain your energy and you feel lifeless?….. Low energy affects many of us. Lack of energy can erode the quality of your life, … Continue reading

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The Truth about Back Pain (Pt 1)

Unfortunately, back pain for everyone at some time is a reality! There are some rare individuals who seem to skip this little life pleasure but they are in the minority. Back pain can arise for many different reasons from direct … Continue reading

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