Easy Peasy Stretch

Foam rollers can be very useful tools to have at home or work as they provide not only a physical reminder to stretch but also make stretching easy.

This week we look at one stretch for the chest to help you stand taller, reduce back, neck and shoulder pain and even reduce tension related headaches. It can take as long or as little time as you have free to perform it so really no excuse!

Sleep Easy

Did you sleep like a baby last night? Or like me, did you wake up and lift your head and immediately wish you hadn’t slept for 90% of the night face down into a pillow. Even osteopaths aren’t immune to poor positioning when we sleep so to coin an old phrase, “do as I say and not as I do”, watch this week’s newsletter.

I talk you through what type of pillow you should be using when, where and how you should position your body around it, whether you are naturally a side, back or face-squashed-in-the-pillow sleeper. This can even be useful if you are already in pain to alleviate tension through the joints as you sleep.

Stand Tall

In a nod to our wonderful monarch and her 90th birthday celebrations we are talking about posture for this weeks newsletter.

Two easy tips here in this video:

  1. Lift your sternum to the ceiling; this allows your shoulders and ribs to relax and improves muscular efficiency and ease of breathing.
  2. Scoop the back of your ears backwards and up in a J-shape; this lessens the strain on the back of your neck and allows you to stack your head on top of your spine, reducing the load and torsion through the the neck and back.

These easy steps will help you reduce pain and tension from joint and muscular related headaches as well as improving your balance, athletic endurance and even increase your ability to relax properly.