GENERAL (a selection of non-osteopathic links which may be of interest)
- Spine Universe – a general website with some interesting articles.
- Instant Anatomy – a fantastic site for exploring human anatomy in a clear and simple way.
- Stretching – for reviewing and showing all major muscle group stretches.
- Medline Plus – a great site for general medical information.
- Headaches – giving comprehensive information on headaches, authored by a neurologist.
- Risks of Treatment – an excellent site giving practical and easy to understand information on the risks and benefits of medicines.
- Diabetes.co.uk – a community-based site offering a different (I think more up-to-date) take on dietary advice for this condition.
- Gut Health & Pro-biotics – a very good selection of different strains of gut bacteria
- Vitamin D – Home Test Kits provided by a proper NHS lab. Affordable, and a quick way to check you or your loved one’s levels without a visit to the GP.
- Analyse your Microbiome – it is only since 2017 that we have had commercially available (at a reasonable price) home stool tests where the lab can profile your gut bacterial composition or makeup and give you a lot of useful information and recommendations. A very good idea if you want some hard facts about your gut function.
OSTEOPATHY (important osteopathy specific websites)
- University Scool of Osteopathy – this school of osteopathy is the largest and oldest in the UK – founded 1917.
- The Institute ofOsteopathy – this is the main ‘trade union’ for osteopaths – similar in its way to the British Medical Association.
- General Osteopathic Council – the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) is the regulatory body responsible for the osteopathic profession.
- NICE guidelines on Low Back Pain – updated in Oct 2016.
RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS AND BOOKS (these are all products that I rate and suggest you consider)
- RockBack – if you check out my blog article on sitting, you can see that when I updated it a few months ago I was not aware that there was a chair that allowed you to sit either passively or actively. Well, the British made RockBack will let you do this. A patient of mine got one and tipped me off about it. I now use one. Highly recommended.
- Spina-Bac – this back support device (sold by Applied Healthcare Ltd) is perfect for use in the car, or even the office chair.
- The Backfriend may also be worth a try for car and office use.
- Water pillow – this water pillow – sold by Mediflow – is the best solution for those people who are never quite happy with a regular pillow.
- Fantastic book on posture, movement and back pain – this has to be one of the best books I’ve come across on this subject – read it, implement it, and it will make a difference.
- MRI imaging – this facility in Wimpole St, London can provide MR scanning for circa £200.00 including a radiologist’s report.
RECOMMENDED LOCAL PRACTITIONERS
- for Personal Training of high quality and with a solid awareness of spinal rehabilitation – Brenden Flanagan at Bracknell Leisure Centre
- for Pilates and Pure Stretch – Jacqui Thomason in Windlesham and Sunninghill at Pilates & Me
- for Sports and Remedial soft-tissue therapy & massage – Sarah Berry on 07879 825545
- for Alexander Technique – Clare Finzie in Warfield
- for Podiatry – this clinic
- for Reflexology – Lizzie Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 07713 464165 or www.lizziesmithreflexology.co.uk