Stretching’s a bad idea – true or false?

So, you’re combatting mid-life aches and stiffness with some healthy exercise.  Maybe running, tennis?  Or perhaps you are doing some yoga and/or Pilates? They say you should stretch after exercise.  Some people say you should stretch before exercise too.  Lots of people talk about stretching as being part of yoga. It feels pretty good, too. […]

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Parenthood: the physical challenge

Nobody mentioned this! They all talk about the joys of parenthood. Sometimes they talk about the emotional delights. Occasionally they talk about the emotional struggles. But nobody mentions the physical challenge, the sheer hard physical labour of parenthood. The initial joy of parenthood is past – they were exciting times, whether we greeted them with […]

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Bad posture – the truth

“I have terrible posture.” “My wife/husband/mother says my posture is awful.” “I have pain in my back/shoulders/knees/hips/wrists/arms/neck, and I’m sure my posture isn’t helping…” At least 8 out of 10 of the people who come to me for help start with a statement like this. To make it worse, there’s a kind of blame attached […]

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3 steps to ease ‘tennis elbow’

Do you suffer from tennis elbow? Perhaps you are finding that doing the things you enjoy is getting more difficult for you, and that when you do them, you feel stiffness and aches – tennis elbow – afterwards. Your love of tennis, squash, dancing, or playing a musical instrument, is beginning to be seriously affected… […]

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Back pain? Try this

  You have back pain, and are miserable. I imagine it’s been getting you down for a while, affecting your every movement. Maybe it’s been disturbing your sleep, your ability to work or to look after your family, and your relationships. And you’re worried that it may never pass, that you may have to resign […]

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Back pain and your arms

If you’re reading this, you likely have back pain. Or maybe neck pain, or general stiffness. This post is relevant to all these problems – and to lots of others, too, and looks at one of the ways in which back pain and your arms are closely linked. What we do with our arms has […]

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