Alpha Health Blog

January 16, 2018

It is estimated that somewhere around 43% of the UK population experiences chronic pain. That’s roughly 28 million people!

Chronic pain is one of the leading causes of absence from work, and is estimated to cost the NHS upwards of £1 billion a year....

November 28, 2017

To be a bit more specific, we are expanding our clinic. 

We're in the final stages of preparation, with the aim to begin building work within the next couple of weeks. It's been a long time in the making (well, planning), having been going over plans...

October 17, 2017

Spinal manipulation (the thing that causes the cracking noises) is one of the treatment methods mostly associated with Osteopaths. However, depending on the Osteopath you're talking to, some will agree or disagree with this. Regardless of this, manip...

October 11, 2017

You’ve probably never heard of it, but it’s an essential part of human movement, and one of the most ignored structures when it comes to lower back pain.

So, what is the posterior oblique sling?

The posterior oblique sling (POS) is a chain of muscles a...

August 21, 2017

A large number of people are unsure if Osteopathy could potentially help them. There’s a number of reasons for this, the most likely being that they just don’t know what Osteopaths do. Quite commonly when asked what I do for a living, the response “I...

March 21, 2017

In 2013 (quite a while ago so I would imagine these figures have gone up) it was found that 31 million days of work were lost due to back, neck or other muscle complaints. In fact musculoskeletal complaints accounted for the most number of prolonged...

March 15, 2017

You’re probably dehydrated.

It’s true, the majority of people don’t drink enough water on a daily basis. How much do you think you need to drink in one day? 1 litre? 2? 3? The recommended amount is 2 litres, but I’d suggest drinking slightly more than...

February 28, 2017


The plantar fascia is a thick band of connective tissue found on the plantar surface (sole) of your foot. It runs from the calcaneus (heel bone) to the proximal phalanges of the toes, and can divided into three separate portion; the medial, c...

February 23, 2017

I heard a statistic that, on average, Britons spend around 9 hours a day sat down. This includes at your work desk, sat on the train, in your car or watching the tele. That is A LOT of inactivity. 

We've said it before in previous blogs, but 'motion i...

February 14, 2017

Now you may or may not be aware of what an Osteopath actually is. The total confusion on some (most) peoples faces when I tell them what I do after they ask is something that I have got used to, even since I was accepted to start studying Osteopathy....

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