One size does not fit all….Anthropometry & Ergonomics.

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Most office based workers are aware of desk ergonomics and the importance of having a good chair, but did you know that chairs, and for that matter, desks, are not “one size fits all”? Workers come in all shapes and sizes, but most workplace equipment is designed for the mythical “average user”. Whilst researching the height range an average chair is made for, I came across the Health & Safety at Work website and it mentioned Anthropometry (huh?!?!). This is ...

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New mums…..why do you ache all the time?!

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It seems like an obvious answer, it’s because you are a new mum….right?!! However, there are some things that will be causing aggravation, which when addressed, can reduce your level of aches and pains.

Neck and Shoulder pain

I often have mothers coming in after a few months of breast feeding with shoulder pain, Rotator Cuff tendonosis and neck pain. There is one common culprit, the side lying position for breastfeeding. Commonly, mothers lie with their arm straight along the mattress, fully ...

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Diary of a running injury – week 8 to date

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Generally the treatment has progressed at a slow but steady pace, with no major incidents!!

At week 8, running was increased to 1.5 mins with 30 secs walking, the pace was slowly increased to 3 mins run and 30 secs walking. Sessions of running varied from 10 – 20 mins. Intially, there was generalised tightness but nothing focal or debilitating. At one point there was pain after a run of 3mins/30secs for 20 mins in total. On ...

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Diary of a running injury – week 6 & 7

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Finally, we have had a couple of weeks with no major catastrophes!!

Duncan did 2 sessions of running during week 5, still 1 min running at 8kph/1 min walking, 10 and 12 mins repectively.  There were no reactions to the run at all.  On examination, the lateral head of the gastroc appeared to be less fibrotic but still as tight, however, the tissue texture changed very quickly with treatment.  The pain experienced on deep tissue massage was also reduced.  Interestingly, the ...

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Diary of a running injury – week 4 & 5

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As there were no major incidents, I thought it best to bundle up week 4 & 5!

Week 4
Duncan managed to apply ice to his glut medius more regularly (note to self, in case of emergencies, not keep the ice packs in the lowest freezer drawer!) and also managed to use a tennis ball to ease the muscle spasm.  The dull ache in his knee was still present, but only on walking up stairs and the low back pain had ...

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Diary of a running injury – week 3

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A very eventful week!!

The day after treatment, Duncan had tenderness in the Tibialis Anterior, especially the left, and the right lateral head of the Gastrocnemius.

The following day, while doing weights with deep squats, he experienced pain in his left knee and IT band. A couple of days after the felt discomfort in his low back which radiated into his glut. Then, catastrophe!  At 5 days after treatment, at a critical moment, his back went into spasm!  While taking off a ...

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Diary of a running injury – week 2

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A pretty uneventful week!

Duncan didn’t suffer any treatment reaction after his first treatment (I must be going soft!).  He started a running programme of 30 seconds running and 30 seconds walking, which he did 3 times during the week, starting with 5 mins, then 6 and finally 7mins.  He had no aches after the runs, which is pretty good seeing as he hasn’t run for nearly a year.

I decided to stick to the same treatment, working more deeply on the ...

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Diary of a running injury – week 1

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This starts with a long and painful history!

Duncan was a regular runner, but, in 2005 he created the perfect storm for a running injury.  With no training until a week before a half marathon and no pre-race warm up, understandably, he quickly felt his calves tighten, which then became pain, but, instead of stopping, he pushed through and finished the race.

After resting for a week, he experienced severe pain in the shin area when running, which was diagnosed as a ...

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Where have I been?!

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Over 2014, I neglected my online presence hugely, especially blogging.  The year started, not with a bang, but a bombshell, when I was told, on the 2nd Jan, that the house that I lived and worked from was being sold.  The following day estate agents roamed the house, rubbing their hands with glee, safe in the knowledge that the sealed bids for the property would outstrip its actual value.  We were at the beginning of the house market boom and ...

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MJM Osteopathy is Balanced Body Clinic, Twickenham

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With a mixture of emotions ranging from excitement to relief and exhaustion, I can proudly say that the new practice is looking fabulous. It was a slog for 2 months, decorating, hanging doors, fixing the loo etc…but well worth it. MJM Osteopathy has changed its name to Balanced Body Clinic, to encompass a diverse comprehensive range of therapies to relax & rebalance your body and mind.

As well as Osteopathy, second treatment room has been built for ...

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