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How to get rid of back pain – what actually works?

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The common mistake when dealing with back pain

How to get rid of back pain?

When your back is bothering you, that is all that is on your mind. But there is a world of difference between temporary relief and solving the problem long term.

The traditional wisdom was to get plenty of rest and pop a few painkillers, and intuitively this feels right.

When you have back pain you can feel scared that any movement might cause further damage. Not only that, but the quick release of painkillers can come as a much-needed relief.

But recent research is changing our thinking. It turns out that in most cases, more movement is what is needed (not less), and that painkillers are being relied on too heavily.

So what actually works?


How to get rid of back pain

How to get rid of back pain










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The best mattress for back pain relief

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How you sleep is so important

The best mattress for back pain relief? If you haven’t asked yourself this question, maybe you should.

Let’s face it, for optimal health, you should be sleeping for about 8 hours a night.

In other words, a third of your time is spent in bed.

If your body is not properly supported during this time, it is no surprise that it can exacerbate aches and pains from the day.

We take a look at how you should decide what type of mattress is right for you.

Best mattress for back pain

Best mattress for back pain








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Runner’s nutrition – understanding the basics

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The importance of good diet for runners

Runner’s nutrition is vital to them. But it is often one of the most overlooked parts of their training.

Novice runners especially are quick to embrace new equipment and state of the art running plans but pay little attention to good diet.

So as part of ‘Nutrition and Hydration Week‘, we take a closer look at this important area.

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Runner’s nutrition







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Is Osteopathy science-based? We take a closer look

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The background to osteopathy

Is osteopathy science-based?

With British science week coming up in the next few days, we look to see whether or not this practice has a basis in science.

But first let’s look briefly at what it is, and where it originates from.

The origins of osteopathy go back further than you might imagine. The practice was conceived of by an American named Andrew Still in the late 19th Century.

His underlying belief was that the body’s natural state is one of good health. As such he believed that the body has a natural capacity to ward off threats to the health of the body.

This ran contrary to the conventional wisdom that a doctor’s role was to restore the health of the patient.

Since its inception, it has invariably been seen as an alternative form of intervention.

The stem of the word ‘osteo’ means ‘relating to the bones’. At the heart of the treatment is a belief that by manipulating the structure of the body (the bones), you can help to restore good health.

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Is osteopathy science-based?








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