How to combat the side-effects of wearing a mask

Wearing a mask has an impact on your posture, physiology and your breathing. In a world where wearing a mask can be mandatory, it is important to know what you can do to minimise the side effects. Today I want to show you two exercises to help with some of those side...

Why is osteopathy called osteopathy?

What do you think of when you read the word osteopathy? Usually, the first thing people think of is –bones, because that’s what osteo means. The other idea is that it has to do with a pathology, but this isn’t the case. While bones do play a role they aren’t the whole...

The body is a unit – Philosophy of Osteopathy

It can often be confusing for patients coming to see an osteopath when we end up working on a part of their body seemingly unrelated to the problem they came in for. Often what happens at the osteopaths is hard for people to explain to their friends and family, and it...

EDS Awareness Month

May is EDS (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome) awareness month Having EDS means your collagen is faulty. As collagen is found throughout the body, the condition is multi-systemic and lifelong. It is genetic, there is no cure and it’s difficult to diagnose. My experience of EDS...

Our EDS (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome) community – why we have such compassion for chronic pain patients

Here's a little of why we do what we do for the EDS community. The main thing is that you know we get it. We really do. All our staff have done extra training and I've been in this journey since I qualified as an osteopath and realised that I was seeing patients...

Use your head – Shakti Headbands

Many of you will be aware of the very popular Shakti Mat. If you haven't already seen our blog about these, you can check it out here Shakti also make a headband! We are all big fans here and wanted to share our experience with you.The Shakti Headband I received my...

Sleep and pain, pain and sleep Part 1

Photo: https://pixabay.com/images/id-993059/ The value of sleep cannot be overstated enough! There’s a reason that it’s one of the so-called 4 main determinants of health (along with exercise, nutrition, and social connections). While a lot of people know what it is...

Pain and stress – how it affects your body in lockdown

Pain and stress in lockdown (and tsunami evacuations!) Here, André offers his professional explanation of how stressful situations can bring on body pain. André teaches Pain Science on the osteopathy course in New Zealand. He shares some hints and understanding of how...

Inspiring stories: Cycling over 3000km after back surgery!

Simon and Lyndal cycled the Tour of Aotearoa this February. They are both back surgery patients who had chronic pain. They had to give up their jobs prior to the surgery as it was debilitating. Hear their story of how they transformed their lives. We sponsored them...

Google Scholar. The better version of Google.

Photo credit: Image by Wolfgang Claussen from Pixabay Here's how it plays out in the clinic. Patient: I have sciatica.  Ben: Let's see if it is sciatica and we can do some testing. Patient: Google told me that it's 'sciatica' because the symptoms match. Ben: Well, leg...
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