osteopathy, advice and news blog

Don’t just sit there – do something …

Everyone knows that exercise is good for you, but recently evidence has been accumulating that sitting down is detrimental to health, so much so, that the adverse consequences of a day spent sitting at your desk – and many Devonshire Osteopaths patients are office workers  – will not necessarily be offset by time in the […]

Aug 30, 2016
Sudden Back Pain

What can be done when back pain suddenly strikes? It is helpful to know what pain is, and first aid measures that can be taken at home or at the office before seeking advice. This note assumes that back pain is musculo-skeletal, and does not have a pathological, systemic or infective cause. If it persists […]

Jul 24, 2013
Osteopaths, Physiotherapists and Chiropractors: What is the difference?

This is a question we are often asked. We have chosen to train and practice as osteopaths, but this does not mean that osteopathy is better than other systems of health care – it simply reflects our own choice. Osteopaths, physiotherapists and chiropractors are all manual therapists principally involved in treating musculoskeletal dysfunctions or injuries. […]

Jul 24, 2013
Acupuncture and Osteopathy

One of the techniques we may suggest in appropriate cases to treat our patients is acupuncture. At Devonshire Osteopaths we practise a form of acupuncture or dry needling, consistent with the western medical model. This article explains briefly what acupuncture is and how we use it. Traditional Chinese acupuncture Acupuncture probably originated in China, where […]

Jul 24, 2013
The Importance of Breathing

Breathing is fundamental to life. It is through breathing that the body obtains oxygen necessary for metabolism, and excretes carbon dioxide, a by product of metabolism. The efficiency of breathing has a profound influence on health – poor breathing habits can lead to symptoms ranging from muscular pain to digestion problems to mood alterations. The […]

Jul 23, 2013
A Practical Guide to Safe Computing

Sitting at a desk working with computers for extended periods of time is not a comfortable or suitable position for the body. Our bodies appreciate movement, not static postures, and sitting is known to be particularly stressful on the structures of the low back. Such postures challenge the body’s ability to adapt and can lead […]

Jul 23, 2013
Working with the Elderly

‘… not old, but mellow, like good wine …’ (taken from S. Phillips, Ulysses III.ii) Manual therapy often conjures up an image of young track-suited practitioners treating athletic patients who have suffered sports injuries. This is occasionally true – although neither of the practitioners at Devonshire Osteopaths are young or wear tracksuits, we do often […]

Jul 23, 2013