12 POINTERS FOR A HEALTHIER BACK

Image1) DAILY LOOSENING EXERCISES. These should be done morning and evening and before any physical activity. ( you can see me doing them on my website! www.irvingboxer.com

2) TAKE GREAT CARE WHEN LIFTING. Get help whenever you can; maybe wear a support belt; don’t twist you spine; always bend your knees. 

3) AVOID LONG SITTING. Continual sitting is one of the worst things not only for your back but your health in general. Stand up regularly whether you are at your desk or travelling. 

4) BE AWARE OF YOUR POSTURE. Think tall and wide whether you are sitting or standing. 

5) DON’T DELAY YOUR TREATMENT. The sooner you visit your Osteopath the quicker you will get better. www.irvingboxer.com 

6) TAKE EXTRA CARE IF STRESSED OR TIRED. These will make you more vulnerable to strain.

7) BE AWARE OF YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL BAGS. Their weight and position (not too low) can cause problems. More children are suffering with back pains but they respond very well to Osteopathic treatment. www.irvingboxer.com 

8) OSTEOARTHRITIS IS EASILY KEPT AT BAY. All you need is a some regular Osteopathic treatments throughout the year. Your age doesn’t prevent you being helped. 

9) WHIPLASH INJURIES SHOULD NEVER BE IGNORED. Even if they seem trivial you should always get your self checked over by your Osteopath. 

10) BE CAUTIOUS WITH DECORATING (work at eye level), GARDENING ( kneel), MOVING FURNITURE (get help), LIFTING CHILDREN (crouch down to lift them) & SUITCASES (pack them downstairs). 

11) SLIPPED DISCS AND SCIATICA ARE TREATABLE. Leg and arm pains often come from strain of the spine and are easily treated. Occasionally they are caused by disc problems but these are actually quite rare but they still do respond to treatment but a bit more slowly. 

12) EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE SPINAL CHECK UPS. Like you do for your teeth, car, boiler and heart. www.irvingboxer.com 

If you follow these 12 pointers I can virtually guarantee you will either avoid back problems all together or if you do unfortunately get one it will pass quickly. 

Please get in touch for any further advice http://www.irvingboxer.com

 

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What’s your inspiration?

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Life is supposed to be stressful and is full of ups and downs so trying to keep a positive mental attitude can be real challenge. Our emotional state has a huge influence on our health and life therefore emotions like anger, resentment, jealousy, bitterness, sorrow and humiliation which can be very harmful long term need to be released asap. The stronger our feelings the more influence they have on our situation both positively and negatively so finding something that can change our emotional state from negative to positive is incredibly valuable. Mindful meditation is one way but listening to music can also do that for you so I have put together a Top 10 Popular Uplifting Song/Videos (in no particular order)

1) Re-assurance http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jGqrvn3q1oo

2) Hope http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4mNDS5rIRU

3) Faith http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfUYuIVbFg0

4) Uplifting http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6VqRlO3wa1A

5) Dreams https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxPZh4AnWyk

6) No limits https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbUpPVOEkdA

7) Fun http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VIxkqoNi8I4

8) Love https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GemKqzILV4w

9) Inspiration https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoPV5dPrKs8

10) Healing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWf-eARnf6U

I’m sure there are many other songs like Imagine which you could add so let me know your favorites.

If you’d like some help with any health or back issues please contact me

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7 Tips to Prevent Migraine Headaches

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Migraine is quite a complex condition and may have its origins in a combination of factors so I apply all my skills to it prevention and treatment. Please see below 7 important tips that might help you.

The treatment of Migraine is a speciality of mine so if you would like to discuss it with me further please get in touch or call 0800 023 8177 I also have a specially dedicated page on my website: Understanding Migraine Headaches

1) Have your neck checked over by an Osteopath as some Migraine headaches can be caused by a dysfunction of the neck joints and muscles.

2) Try to get at least 7 hours sleep a night but also be aware that too much sleep has also been known to cause a Migraine. 

3) Keep a glass of water close by and drink regularly to avoid dehydration. 

4) Try to practice some form of meditation or relaxation daily as stress is a common trigger. 

5) Watch your alcohol intake. 

6) Keep a food and drink diary to see if there is any link with what you are eating or drinking. 

7) Avoid coffee, chocolate, cheese, oranges and any processed foods with any additives. These are probably the most common triggers.

If you have any question about Migraine headaches please get in touch and please feel free to share on your social media sites.

 

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Could we have saved Tony Soprano?

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Today’s news has been headlined by the death of James Gandolfini at the age of 51 from a suspected heart attack. I never watched the Sopranos but I knew who he was because I guess he was a big man with a big character. His sad demise has highlighted the respect and affection people had for him, calling him a great actor, a giant but are you surprised this has happened to him at the aged 51.

I’m sorry to be a bit of a killjoy about all this but my aim as a health care practitioner, a Naturopath, is to show my patients, friends and anyone else who’ll listen how to become great grandparents! As I’ve mentioned before, that is to reach the age of 85 and beyond and know the names of your great grandchildren. If you die before then you’ve been short changed as there is so much about life today that is so wonderful that dying young means you’ve missed out big time. Just think about the life you would have had 100, 200 & 300 years ago and then you realise what a privilege it is to be born in the 20th & 21st centuries.

If you’d like to discuss any aspects of your health with me please get in touch as I am only too happy to share my knowledge with you so you too can lead a full, active and healthy life well into your 80s. www.irvingboxer.com Ask me about weight loss without dieting!

It is quite ironic that today and I quote “The American Medical Association, the nation’s largest physician organization, officially classified obesity as a disease that requires medical treatments”. I’m not sure if they classify healthy eating and getting more exercise as treatment but I do and it is the simplest of cures (allegedly!).

James Gandolfini was a ‘giant’ of a man and to be blunt was incredibly obese and I’m sure RIP is not what he is doing now. To be cut down in the prime of one’s life is a tragedy but it was so preventable. I just viewed a poll in the Daily Mail where 70% of people voted against obesity being classified as an illness which gobsmacks me. I think people are burying their heads the sand about the intimate connection to modern illnesses that obesity has. Here are three just for starters:- cancer, heart disease & diabetes!

So to James I do say RIP because maybe after today some people might just take a little bit more care of themselves.

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Do you want to ‘beat’ cancer or not?

never give upTwo bits of news stuck in my head this week which I’d like to write about. Firstly the cancer research fundraiser Let’s walk all over cancer at Shine, our night-time walking marathon
Let’s Shine on Saturday 28 September!
The second was the report was that Half of Britons will get cancer during their life by 2020 via @Telegraph http://soa.li/Ae1Bnjb

“Health data reveals that 32 per cent of people who died in 1992 had been diagnosed with cancer at some point in their life, but this rose to 44 per cent by 2010.
Estimates published in the British Journal of Cancer suggest that by 2020, the figure could increase as high as 47 per cent.”

Quite sobering especially if you like me you hope to be around past 2020
It seems to me that all health care practitioners whatever their discipline owe it to their patients to give out advice on how to prevent cancer. Next time you’re at your Dr ask him for his advice and please let me know what he says! http://www.irvingboxer.com
You can also contact me there for any advice on preventing most illnesses.

You may have read my previous blogs on cancer so you will will know my views and ideas. I got slaughtered for my views on Angelina Jolie in some places and lauded in others but I will always stand by my belief that cancer is a systemic disease involving the mind, body & spirit and cannot be properly treated by cutting, burning or poisoning parts of the body.
So in a effort to do my bit to help prevent you becoming one of the 50% Here once more is my 16 point Naturopathic plan to ‘beat’ it!

1) Stop smoking

2) Keep your waist size below 32 inches for a lady & 37 for a man

3) Reduce alcohol to 3 drinks a week max

4) Increase daily exercises to 20 minutes per day minimum

5) Make half you plate fruit, salad & veg

6) Reduce red meat, milk & cheese

7) No fried or processed foods or foods with any additives.

8) Choose whole grain cereals ie porridge, pasta, rice & bread

9) Don’t add salt or sugar

10) Minimise confectionery and sugary desserts.

11) Choose organic produce

12 Avoid anti per-spirants and the pill and taking meds if you can.

13) Eat more fish, tofu, miso, nuts, broccoli, seeds & olive oil

14) Drink more water, juices & green tea and less ordinary tea & coffee

15) Meditate daily

16) Take these supplements selenium, vitamins C & D, fish oils, B complex

I’m all for ‘walking over or beating’ cancer, god knows even the word terrifies us so raising money for cancer charities is important. The only question I’d ask you is, does your cancer charity spend any of its money on research into the role nutrition play’s in the causation and prevention of cancer. I’m pleased to say Cancer Research agrees with a lot of what I say so its a shame it isn’t shouted from the hilltop, on every noticed board in every doctors surgery or hospital.

I’d love to engage with you on you views and experience of cancer so please feel free to comment and share.

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Has Andy Murray’s team let him down?

I was disappointed to hear that Andy Murray has had to with draw from the French Open and that his appearance at Wimbledon may be in jeopardy. This got me thinking as to whether he has the right people helping him? You would think so.

I’m pleased he has chosen to rest his back and stop playing because sometimes this has to be done but is it a bit late? Last year he was advised to take a course of 8 pain killing injections instead of resting.  Stopping playing is the hardest thing for any sportsman to do, especially professionals but sometimes this has to be done and maybe if he did it last year it wouldn’tImagebe so bad now.

I know in my own practice I find it hard to tell patients to stop playing because as a sportsman myself I know I never want to stop playing but sometimes you just have to. One of the worst things you can do is play through pain by taking pain killers or anti-inflammatories. The pain is there to tell you something is wrong, so don’t ignore it, and inflammation is the healing process in action. The advice given to Andy Murray has led him to this situation so take the advice of your Osteopath when he tells you what’s best for you.

What do you mean you don’t have an Osteopath as part of your health team? Don’t you do physical things in your life like play sport, dance, do the garden, decorate, go to the gym, do physical work or sit still a lot? You may not work under the same intensity as Andy Murray but I’m not recommending daily treatment. Regular check overs from 2 to 6 times a year should keep most back pain at bay until you are 60 then a session every 6 weeks should keep the arthritis at bay.

By the way I didn’t see the word Osteopathy mentioned with regards to Andy Murray’s injury either and I know the LTA has an Osteopath but I did see the words physio, Bikram yoga, scan, disc injury and surgery. The majority of back problems do not involve disc injuries just the joints & muscles. In fact 25% of disc swellings present no with symptoms.  Osteopaths are the real back specialists. We study the mechanics of the spine & other joints for at least 4 years full time along with a full medical training. I’m surprised I haven’t read at least that he has tried other treatments before stopping playing. Oh well I’m sure you wouldn’t be that foolish.

If you’d like to see how I approach helping prevent & treat back pain please view my website. www.irvingboxer.com  There you will find back care advice, an exercise video along with various other health tips to keep you well. I also have a Freephone number where you can contact me for any further advice or to book a consultation.

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Angelina you’ve made a terrible mistake!

ImageThere are many things in life that make me sad but I have to say that any woman who chooses to have a double mastectomy with the thought that it will prevent her getting cancer saddens me in the extreme.

The word cancer puts fear into all of us but this represents to me just how impotent & ineffective our scientific and medical establishments are with regards to its treatment & prevention.  They have totally let women down and it is so misguided that it makes my blood boil.

Isn’t there enough evidence out there to show us what causes cancer? It’s our way of life and our exposure to so many chemicals & radiations that our bodies just can’t cope.  Our genes are just the potential for what we might experience they are not the absolute reality. We have almost total control over our health but we abdicate our responsibility and give in to convenience & hedonism and our medical services just support this philosophy.

Healing takes place innately in all of us but we are all different so we all have to take care of ourselves uniquely.  We are very lucky to have genetic knowledge which allows us to know our susceptibilities so we can take appropriate healthy action. Eg if we have a genetic predisposition to heart disease it would be foolish to be over-weight.  If it is to lung cancer it would be foolish to smoke, so are we saying that all we have to offer to prevent breast cancer is a double mastectomy. What a pitiful state our health services have reached where a supposed cure totally disregards any concept of prevention.

I thought I’d include  at this point a couple of quotes from two highly reputable cancer support groups. Firstly from Breast Cancer Care:- “ Most cases of breast cancer don’t run in the family. Most cases of breast cancer happen by chance (I’d probably dispute this but I’ve made my point) and less than 10% of breast cancers are caused by inheriting a faulty gene”.

And secondly from the World Cancer Research Fund “Scientists estimate about 42% of breast cancer cases in the UK could be prevented through drinking less alcohol, being physically active and maintaining a healthy weight”.

Anyway to conclude I’d like you to re-present to you my  16 Point Plan to Beat Breast Cancer  that I blogged only recently. Can I urge you to show it to any one you might know who has concerns about breast cancer or anyone who might be contemplating such a terrible treatment option?

Maybe we should all add Angelina Joli to our prayers tonight. God Bless

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Why holidays are bad for you!

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As an Osteopath of some 30 years standing I used to think that holiday time was good for people’s backs and  that the relaxation effect would have a beneficial effect upon your general health and the health of your back.  Consequently I’d leave more time between check ups if I knew a patient was having a holiday. However, that actually isn’t the case as holidays are now a prime time when people strain their backs!

I don’t know if this is because holidays have changed over the past  20 years but I’ve only started noticing a connection recently and many patients back problems can be traced back to a holiday taken within the previous month.

To be on the safe side I now recommend having a check up with me just before & just after you go on holiday!  www.irvingboxer.com

So what should you look out for to prevent having a problem?

Suitcases! They appear to be the major culprit here. Lets examine what goes on with them. Have they got bigger? Do we have a larger travel weight allowance? Well what ever it is here’s some advice to help prevent you straining yourself.

1) Pack them downstairs as carrying them down the stairs can be tricky.

2) Get someone else to put them in and take them out the boot of your car.

3) Wheel them don’t carry them.

4) If you can’t get someone else to lift them at the check-in take great care to bend your knees when you lift them.

5) Check in all your bags; don’t carry any on to put in the over head compartments.

6) Use great caution lifting them off the carousel as this can be an awkward action. Don’t rush it take your time and try to bend your knees once again if possible.

The other contributing factor to back strain on holiday is the act of having to sit for long periods on route to your holiday destination. Whether it be on a plane, train or in your car you need to move about every 2 hours if possible, so walk up & down the plane or train and stop your car for a stretch. You can also devise some stretches while seated too.

And as an final word be careful with all the extra activities you  partake in on holiday. Remember you are not as young as you used to be!

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My 16 point Naturopathic plan to ‘beat’ breast cancer

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With the publication of the concerning statistics about breast cancer in the under 50s today I thought I’d take this opportunity put together my plan to help reduce them.
I’d love to hear your comments and experiences and please feel free to share these wherever you see fit.
If you wish to contact me personally you can do so via my website http://www.irvingboxer.com
I wish you all good health

1) Stop smoking
2) Keep your waist size below 32 inches
3) Reduce alcohol to 3 drinks a week max
4) Increase daily exercises to 20 minutes per day minimum
5) Make half you plate fruit, salad & veg
6) Reduce red meat, milk & cheese
7) No fried or processed foods or foods with any additives.
8) Choose whole grain cereals ie porridge, pasta, rice & bread
9) Don’t add salt or sugar
10) Minimise confectionery and sugary desserts.
11) Choose organic produce
12 Avoid anti per-spirants and the pill
13) Eat more fish, tofu, miso, nuts, broccoli, seeds & olive oil
14) Drink more water, juices & green tea and less ordinary tea & coffee
15) Meditate daily
16) Take these supplements selenium, vitamins C & D, fish oils, B complex

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9 Benefits of Seeing an Osteopath (Me!)

  1. Freedom from pain,
  2. Stopping use of harmful pain killers,
  3. Quicker recovery,
  4. Getting back to work ,
  5. Improved flexibility,
  6. Preventing old or new problems arising,
  7. Enabling being active in garden, doing sports or other activities,
  8. Counteracting the ageing process of wear & tear,
  9. Preventing or delaying surgery.

If you’d need my help please view my website http://www.irvingboxer.com where you can see what IImage can help you with and then please feel free to contact me.

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