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Evidence-based practice in osteopathy- results from a UK national survey

By Oliver | December 10, 2018

Evidence-based practice (EBP) is now considered to be the optimal (albeit imperfect) approach to healthcare practice and decision-making- and all healthcare professionals from art therapists to doctors should be adopting an evidence-based approach. Unfortunately, over the years, EBP has been misinterpreted as ‘EXCLUSIVELY applying research’ or ‘all patients receive the SAME algorithmic treatment based on…

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Protect your sleep to protect your back

By Oliver | July 10, 2018

Backs LOVE sleep. Poor sleep (both quality and quantity) is highly predictive of developing and worsening low back pain (see here and here). Sleep patterns influence our psychological an emotional well-being (mood) which can further sensitise back pain and reduce the ability to cope and tolerate pain. Furthermore, worry and anxiety related to back pain (e.g.…

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Re-grounding biopsychosocial back pain research- Introducing Grounded Theory Method

By Oliver | June 26, 2018

Patients’ and practitioners’ values, preferences and experiences are very much part of modern iterations of evidence-based practice (EBP), and developing a research-based knowledge of these constructs are crucial to the sensible and effective adoption of EBP by healthcare professionals [see seminal paper by Greenhalgh and colleagues here]. Its now widely accepted that evidence derived from…

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“I should be glowing not aching!”- The facts about low back pain during pregnancy

By Oliver | March 28, 2018

I was recently invited to write a guest blog for social group Hampstead Mums, on the causes, risk factors and treatment options for pregnancy-related low back pain. A real dampener during pregnancy I see lots of mums-to-be in clinic experiencing back pain, and it can be a real dampener on their pregnancy experience. Low back…

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Low back pain: To scan, or not to scan? That is the question

By Oliver | February 25, 2018

  Many of my osteopathy patients with low back pain (LBP) often ask me whether or not a scan is required, but the decision to scan is not always straight forward, so let’s clear a few things up. Firstly, there are several different types of scanning procedures used to investigate back pain, we’ll focus on…

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Top tips for back pain

By Oliver | February 25, 2018

I’ve been treating and managing patients with back pain for over 11 years. Below I outline my top 10 tips to help dispel common myths and ensure a swift recovery. Keep calm… -Although back pain can be very unpleasant and distressing, fortunately most episodes are short-term and rarely due to any serious damage or disease. Carry on – Changing how you move during…

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Evidence-based courses, workshops and seminars for fitness and health professionals

By Oliver | February 9, 2018

Research has enhanced our understanding of back pain, its causes and optimal treatment/management strategies. A wealth of research evidence now rejects the traditional view that back pain is simply due to biomechanical, physical or structural problems such as bad posture, ‘weak core’, vertebra ‘out of place/alignment’, disc injuries or degeneration. It is now recognised that…

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Jedi powers and magic manipulations for back pain? Nope, just get moving.

By Oliver | December 8, 2017

Back pain is common…really common. In the UK, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) estimates that LBP affects about a quarter of us each year costing the UK over £12 billion annually. With lots of bad advice and claims of instant fixes, lets clear a few things up:   Q. What’s the…

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Sticks and stones….Words can be hurtful with back pain

By Oliver | November 24, 2017

Preface Having attended my first TherapyExpo earlier this week, I presented this topic to a far from packed-out audience. As I wandered around the endless stalls, I was struck by the emphasis on selling ideas, gadgets and gizmos to help therapists find and fix the perceived/imagined broken bits of peoples’ bodies, which ironically, but conveniently, exemplified…

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What is sciatica?

By Oliver | November 10, 2017

  Approximately 70-80% of people will suffer from lower back pain (LBP) at some time during their life. Fortunately, the majority of these cases are ‘simple non-specific’ LBP which will resolve relatively quickly with manual therapy and exercise. However around 15-40% of people with LBP will also experience additional back-related leg pain, which can be…

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