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July 2015 Newsletter

I know we are are 6 days into August, but I have a great reason why your only just getting this newsletter: I went on holiday. It was only 4 days in Tasmania (no, it wasn't that cold, pretty much the same as Melbourne), but it was long enough to clear my head, get an idea of where I want to take things over the short to medium term and indulge in too many rich calories.

In case you missed it, I've recently published two new blog posts:

The first is a look at how osteopathy can help back pain. It outlines some of the general and specific features of low back pain and then explains how osteopathy can help. If nothing else, it's worth a read to educate yourself on the features of low back pain. In the efficacy section, I've tried to present a balanced (albeit biased) viewpoint, based on the existing research. You can have a read of that here:

Also, just today I published another post that might resonate with those of you who are into fitness. It's an bit of an opinion piece outlining how osteopathy is like General Physical Preparation (GPP). If you don't know what GPP is, then have a read (hint: it's pretty much what it sounds like). You can check that one out here:

Updates From The Clinic

I recently attended a workshop that taught counterstrain techniques for the feet. Counterstrain is an osteopathic technique that is often termed "positional release" by non-osteopaths who use it. Treatment is based on specific tender points that then involve certain positions that take the involved tissues out of strain - hence the name.

It is an amazingly gentle technique that yields great results when done properly. Treating the feet is something that I try and do with most people, as even if there isn't any specific complaint of pain, the fact that most of us are wearing restrictive shoes for most of our waking hours means there are usually some issues - and it feels really good to have these resolved.

Treating the feet is also important for lower limb and low back/pelvic issues, as the effect on the whole body of dysfunctional feet is quite pronounced - hence the existence of podiatrists.

Having used counterstrain since graduation, it was great to get a further understanding of the specifc points in the feet. If you would like to experience some foot relief, then reply to this email and let me know.

Healthy Living Doesn't Have To Be Hard

Finally, I wanted to briefly address a topic that has been playing on my mind.

In the last couple of years in particular, there has been a massive rise of "fitness culture" and "healthy living" media coverage (both online and traditional forms).

Usually this coverage includes imagery of impossibly perfect looking men and women (mostly white and between 25 and 35) to create this image of health and virtue.

We get told we should eat this and not that, and then the advice reverses or is changed. 

We feel obliged to exercise in ways that we don't enjoy, because we "should".

This can create a lot of internal pressure to lead an ideally healthy lifestyle.

The problem is, no amount of green smoothies and bone broth (current health trends for those who don't follow such things) will undo the stress and anxiety of striving for perfect.

In fact, I'll bet most of you don't need a radical overhaul, but rather some small, easy modifcations, if anything at all.

If your lifestyle is hard, it's not going to be enjoyable, and then what's the point? Live a longer but less enjoyable life?

Find the healthiest life you can enjoy, not the healthiest life you can tolerate (credit to Canadian MD Yoni Freedhoff for this).

Here's to an enjoyably healthy life,

Osteopath Nick
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