DH Osteopathy - Congleton

Interesting Stuff


David Heath Osteopathic Practice in Congleton


Sara Lazar

Robert Waldinger

Interesting Stuff

On this page I will add books, videos, TV programmes and articles that I have found useful in my work and that some patients have said have been of use.


Good genes are nice, but

Harvard study, almost 80 years old, has proved that embracing community helps us live longer, and be happier

Second in an occasional series on how Harvard researchers are tackling the problematic issues of aging..

When scientists began tracking the health of 268 Harvard sophomores in 1938 during the Great Depression, they hoped the longitudinal study would reveal clues to leading healthy and happy lives.

They got more than they wanted.

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Exercises. Which ones?

When patients start to recover they often ask about exercise. Should I do yoga, swimming, pilates, Tai Chi, Zumba, cycling, gym? The list is endless and confusing because they have all been told that this is good but that is better and you shouldn’t do that by some expert in the local pub.

My view is this. If you are not in the habit of regular exercise but would like to do more then I suggest the following:

  • Get checked by your G.P to make sure it is safe for you to increase exercise if you have any doubt
  • Choose an activity that you enjoy. You are more likely to stick to it if it’s fun
  • Build up gradually. Overdoing it will risk causing as much trouble as not at all
  • Keep consistent activity going. Bursts of activity followed by months of inactivity followed by another burst are more likely to stress joints and tendons and risk injury. Hence the benefit in doing something that is your cup of tea because it will then become part of your lifestyle rather than a prescription that you have to make yourself take.


If you feel you have a more specific problem that needs advice regarding rehabilitation then speak to your osteopath about this. For example you may have arthritis in your knees and want some advice on the best ways to manage them.

This is by no means the answer to all questions regarding exercise but if there is one thing that consistently crops up regarding exercise it is that of choosing activity that you enjoy.

Gardening tips

Ten tips to make your garden a pleasure not a pain:

  • Little and often rather than dawn 'til dusk onslaughts
  • Vary your activities so you are not doing the same repetitive movement or staying in the same position for hours at a time
  • Pace yourself
  • If you get the urge to single-handedly move one of your beautifully glazed pots, sit down until the feeling passes!
  • You wouldn't spend five hours in the gym three days on the trot but people think nothing of doing more than this in their gardens over a bank holiday. Pace yourself
  • If you have had a physically demanding day in the garden one day and want to do more the next try to make it a lighter day to give your muscles and tendons some recovery time
  • Avoid swinging hover mowers from side to side, the momentum of those things takes some controlling
  • Did I mention pace yourself?
  • If you are prone to neck and shoulder trouble keep the work above your head or at arms length brief e.g with pruning or using hedge trimmers
  • Consider getting help in for the tasks that you find too difficult


Happy Gardening

Beds, Mattresses and Pillows

A common consideration when people have back or neck problems, particularly when they wake with them, is “Perhaps I need a new bed/mattress/pillow.” Several hundred pounds later they may be no better off for the latest pocket sprung, turbo charged, water cooled, space age adjustment to their sleeping arrangements. I say may be because many people do feel better for changing some of these things. Frequently this is not the first thing I would advise looking into.

It is natural to think if you are waking with aches and pains that it may be something to do with your sleep, so logically your bed and pillows come under scrutiny. However, in my experience, there are other factors that more frequently disturb sleep quality and these involve looking at what is going on in your mind.

  • Have you had more on at work and been more stressed?
  • Have you any family or relationship concerns?
  • Is your sleep pattern altered by having young kids?

These are a few pointers but often when people have a look at the pattern of their lifestyle they can usually relate a change to it which coincides with the change in sleep quality.

If you have looked at lifestyle stuff and drawn a blank then maybe it is time to look at your bed / mattress / pillow combination.

David Heath Osteopathic Practice in Congleton