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The practice of osteopathy was first coined by Andrew Taylor Still in the United States in 1874 with the arrival of the first osteopathic school in the UK in 1917. The concept of treatment was based around a non-invasive and medicine free type of manual therapy that would focus on the body as a whole and try to address strain patterns and mechanical dysfunctions. The efficacy of Osteopathic treatment was finally accepted in to mainstream health care in the UK in 1993 with the formation of the General Osteopathic Council. Since then, many osteopaths have had great success with treating all types of musculoskeletal presentations that cause discomfort on a day to day basis. However, osteopathy can also be used to help prevent some of these types of complaints before they ever happen which may result in less treatment being needed in the long run and saving you some money at the same time!

The human body is a constantly adapting and re-structuring entity that will change to suit the everyday needs of the individual which in many circumstances cause a person to adopt a distinct strain pattern to an affected area. For example, for someone who works at a desk full time there may be aches and stiffness in the neck and shoulders or for people that work manually with lots of lifting involved there can be times of aching low backs and tightness in the surrounding muscles. A paper published by the Health and Safety Executive on sick day statistics found that 553,000 days were lost due to Work-related musculoskeletal disorders in the UK in 2015. This alarmingly high number accounted for approximately 44% of all sick days lost last year and that’s just the cases that were recorded.

So with these statistics in mind, why wait for these types of symptoms to turn in to painful and sometimes quite debilitating presentations before going to see someone? One of the underlying principles behind osteopathy is that “the body has within all the mechanisms needed to heal itself”. This being the case, osteopathic treatment is aimed at returning problematic areas of the muscular and skeletal system back to an optimum position to give the body it’s best chance of being able to heal itself and relieve pain. However, what most people don’t understand is that pain is in fact one of the last indicators or symptoms experienced by an individual with an ailment or structural impairment.

In otherwise healthy people with little or no pain, osteopathic treatment can be used to help maintain a healthy range of motion through most, if not all the joints in the human body, keeping them supple and well lubricated with the body’s natural synovial joint fluids. It can help to relive tension areas and ‘knotted’ muscles which occur as a consequence of day to day over use, thus keeping muscles feeling healthy and vibrant and not hardened and tough. It can be used to influence and enhance the exchange of fluids and arterial blood flow which can, in turn, optimise the delivery of nutrition carried in the blood around the body and also enhance the body’s capacity to dispose of metabolic waste from cells which can be processed within a system called the lymphatic system which helps to cleanse the body. But perhaps the most important aspect of osteopathic treatment is the diagnostic stage.

A very important goal of osteopathy is not to find the problem; it’s to find the reason behind it. When diagnosing a patient, the osteopath will take in to account many factors that they feel may be contributing to this area of pain. It is for this reason that an osteopath has at their disposal a very holistic outlook to the human body trying to encompass all of the contributing factors to the reason behind an area of dysfunction. The same rule applies for people who are not in pain. A practitioner could look at a patient who was not experiencing any pain and spot a strain pattern emerging from their occupation or hobbies’ and treat that area before it ever becomes painful.

This also goes for people playing sports or who are into their fitness and gym training. All of these active past times will put the body under a certain amount of stress which will start to enforce changes to the body’s morphology. A visit to the osteopath could not only try to correct that before it becomes a problem but it could, through the treatment of restricted areas actually enhance performance by allowing that extra aspect of rotation through the spine during that golf swing at tea off, or the extra 5kgs on a one rep max in the gym due to the muscles being in a more optimal bodily position allowing you to perform to your maximum potential.

So is osteopathy only for people in pain, certainly not! If you’re concerned about keeping and maintaining a healthy body in order to stay in work, or you’d like to enhance your performance and prevent sporting injuries, book in with your local osteopath for the human equivalent of an ‘M.O.T.’ and see if you can stay in tip top shape no matter your chosen walk of life.

Written by Wayne Beck, Osteopath.


HSE, (2015). Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorder (WRMSDs) Statistics, Great Britain, 2015 [online] [access date 23/01/2016]

Parsons, J, Marcer, N. (2006). Osteopathy models for diagnosis, treatment and practice. UK, Churchill Livingstone, p9-11

Taylor Still. A (1874). [online] [access date 24/01/2016]





Instead of waiting until you feel pain in your body – prevent the excessive build up of muscle tension by committing to a course of regular massage. Get through the winter with our special winter massage offer maintaining a healthier & happier you!


Course of 3x 30 minute massages
Cost: £75
Choose any 3 massages from the following treatments:
  • deep-tissue/sports massage
  • therapeutic/swedish massage
  • reflexology
  • indian head massage
  • chair massage


Available with our team of amazing therapists Mon-Sat:

  • Monday 10am – 2pm Nessy Canova
  • Tuesday 10am – 2pm Aurelie Gabard,  3pm – 6.30pm Jeanette Mahoney
  • Wednesday 10am – 2pm Shalina Sheikh,  3pm – 7pm Cherry Loane
  • Thursday 10am – 2pm Aurelie Gabard,  2pm – 7pm Shalina Sheikh
  • Friday 10am – 2pm Jeanette Mahoney,  3pm – 7pm Alla Snepste
  • Saturday 9am – 1pm Nessy Canova

The perfect St.Valentines Gift!

You & your partner can share the unique romantic experience of receiving a relaxing table massage lying side by side . . . in the same room . . . at the same time.


The treatments are geared to meet individual needs – so whether you’d like a relaxing holistic massage or if you’d prefer a deep-tissue/sports massage – both can be catered for.


Massages take place in Coasts lovely newly refurbished Pilates/Yoga Studio & are carried out by two of our resident therapists:

Cherry Loane, Jeanette Mahoney, Shalina Sheikh.

Costs: £99 – 60 minute treatment 

Bookings available :
Sat 13th @ 1.30pm / 3pm / 4.30pm
Sun 14th @ 12pm / 1.30pm/ 3pm/ 4.30pm
Mon 15th @ 6pm / 7.15pm
Limited availability so please book as soon as possible with reception on 01273 321133, to avoid disappointment.

The perfect Valentines Day Gift 

For both of you!

I have posted this recipe on our FaceBook page before but there are a few of you that have a FB phobia… so here it is as requested.

Firstly, I think of this as quite sweet but it is a handy, fast, no time to have breakfast bar that you can also freeze! So in other words, great for all of you that say you don’t have time for breakfast.

Secondly, I seem to have a problem sticking to a recipe (don’t think I’ve ever really done the original) so I’ll let you know some of the changes I make as I like to make it less sweet.

Here we go:

  • 250 g oats
  • 1 apple
  • 3 bananas (ripe)
  • 60 ml almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 65 g raisins
  • 65 g gogi berries
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp flaked almonds


Blend the apple and bananas.

Add almond milk, vanilla essence, cinnamon and nutmeg, blend.

Place raisin, gogi berries and almonds in a bowl and stir.

Add wet mixture and stir.

Add oats and stir thoroughly.

Form a patty on a baking tray and bake for 15 to 20 mins at 190 degrees F

Cool and then cut into portion sizes (store in the fridge or keep in the freezer).


I’ve never used 3 bananas, usually 2 but I do add grated carrot or beetroot or butternut or…

I use a lot more nuts; all sorts and sometimes with seeds.

I love coconut so usually put some of that in them

Use your imagination and let me know what you come up with.


Thanks go to Tracy for the original recipe.

I think pictures are helpful – so here they are:



mix dry ingredients

mix thoroughly





I can imagine that many of you are thinking, great, Christmas indulgences are over, New Year, new you, time to detox. It’s not that I have any desire to stop you cleaning up your diet/lifestyle; I truly don’t. Please clean up your diet, however, this time of year is not the best time to detox, it is a time to nourish yourself and set yourself up for spring when you can do the whole detox thoroughly. That doesn’t mean that you carry on eating all that Christmas, sugar laden toxic waste. Please stop. If you have any left over then chuck it out. Better in the garbage than destroying your body with it. Daniela has given you all some really good diet advice in her blog. Follow it, you won’t be disappointed.

Past-Present-Future-566x198There are other gentle therapeutic things you can do to help your body cleanse itself of Decembers (or life’s) excesses:

Ginger/lemon/honey tea – this is one of my favourite teas. You can make a big vat of it or a single mug. Just thinly slice some ginger, a wedge of lemon squeezed, a bit of Manuka honey. Let it seep and then drink down it’s goodness.

Deep breathing – find a time whether it’s first thing in the morning, in your lunch break or last thing at night to practice deep breathing. You may laugh but many people don’t know how to breathe deeply, so check out this ‘how to’ guide. This simple, under rated practice could have a huge impact on your health and wellbeing.

Dry Body Brush – this is not only helpful to eliminate your lymphatic system of toxins, but it also leaves your skin feeling oh so soft and radiant. Easy to do – simply use a body brush (pick yours up at the clinic), use it on dry skin, ideally before your shower/bath. I usually start at my feet, brushing up my calves and thighs; torso, always towards the heart and then from my hands to my shoulders. You get so quick at doing this that it can easily be added to your daily routine.

Himalayan Salt Bath – this pretty pink salt has therapeutic uses and all you have to do is soak in it! It also has culinary and cosmetic uses – read about it here.

Epsom Salt Bath – this saved me last winter and again you just need to soak in it! Here’s the science bit.

Before you go to sleep – think of all the things you did well that day AND all the things for which you are grateful. Seriously, this would be a really healthy habit and do you the world of good.

Small, simple, achievable steps, taking you in a healthier direction for 2016.

Let me know how you get on.

Written by Anne French, Chiropractor


Himalayan Pink Salts are predominantly sodium chloride (95 -98%), with 84 trace elements and other minerals such as iron oxide (which gives the salt its pink colour), phosphorus, boron and zinc.

Himalayan Salts


Himalayan Pink salt is a pure, hand-mined salt that is derived from ancient sea salt deposits, and it is believed to be the purest form of salt available and there perfect for adding to your health plan changes for 2016.

It can be used both for its culinary, therapeutic and cosmetic benefits:

Food seasoning – you can use it in replacement of your more regular table salt. It is believed that regular consumption of Himalyan salt provides essential minerals and 84 trace elements which aides in electrolyte balance.

Detox Bath -Hippocrates (the Father of Medicine) noticed that fishermen would soak their rough, injured hands in seawater to cleanse and heal them after a hard day’s work. He also noticed they had very few infections or complications after the salt water soaks, regardless of the nature of the wound. He began encouraging patients to bathe in warmed seawater and called the therapeutic treatment “Thalassotherapy”. Salt baths are known to cleanse and detoxify the skin and are reputed for their healing properties for common skin conditions along with many other conditions. It seems the stronger the solution the more beneficial the bath so don’t be shy with the quantity of salt. Also, be sure to drink lots of water. How To: Simply run a hot bath and sprinkle at least 1/2Kg per bath. Soak for 20 – 30mins; don’t rinse off the salt after the bath, just towel dry and jump into bed to have the best nights sleep as well as softer, smoother skin.

Exfoliating Body Scrub – mix the salt with a natural oil such as almond, to create a natural salt scrub. You could even use a few drops of your favourite essential oil for added therapeutic effect.

Sinus Irrigation – if you have ever used a Neti Pot you know how well this can aide in clearing your sinuses. Here’s a ‘how to’.

Of course, we carry this versatile and beneficial salt at the clinic. Why not add it to your health plan for 2016.

Pick some up when you are next in.

Written by Anne French


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