Autumn is coming – Time for reflection…Oh, and clearing the garden.

June 2, 2015

A few days ago I decided (on the spur of the moment), to take down a Magnolia tree that was shading the house. To be frank, the real reason is that it was giving the local squirrel population a convenient bridge to my roof space and therefore extending my ongoing battle with there smart little beggars!

However, the point of this reflective post is that I did EXACTLY the opposite of the advice I give to my patients! With frowning solemnity, I tell them how silly it would be to treat ANY physical activity differently to the way that we should approach exercise and movement. This of course includes gardening, especially the , “I was only moving a large pot/I was only felling a tree/I was only double-digging the potato plot ready for next season”, comments that I smugly listen to and gently shake my head sadly at.

I made the decision (good, as I had been putting it off for a while), leapt to my feet and gathered the tools I’d need (pretty good, as this shows planning and commitment), fired up the chainsaw and plunged in (really not so good, as I’d done no physical preparation and hadn’t got proper eye protection), and then spent several hours turning a perfectly good tree into fuel for the open fire and a huge pile of debris that I couldn’t be bothered to take to the dump because my back hurt, my shoulders were knackered and my quads were shaking from spending too much time terrified up a ladder!

What lesson should I draw from this? The most practical answer to that is probably go to work and earn the money to employ a professional (but then would he arm up either?). What should I and you and, indeed a professional tree surgeon, have done?

The image to the right might be one answer, but I think we can take a more pragmatic approach and


June 29, 2008

Filed under: HEAD & NECK PAIN — Andy Bellamy @ 8:50 pm


Please note that the comments in this blog come from many years of clinical experience and practice, combined with details and opinions taken from various sources, including open-source internet articles. Where relevant, links are provided.

Here at the Adur Osteopathic Clinic, the Osteopathic and Physiotherapy Practitioners are frequently asked to help with treating the symptoms of Cluster Headaches.

This name might sound almost ‘cosy’; you know, collected together, cuddly and supportive!

However, this type of headache, (often wrongly called cluster migraine), is probably the most painful of them all. Sufferers describe absolute desperation and even suicidal feelings when enduring attacks. In my experience, the pain can even change the personality to the extent that normally patient, pleasant people can say the most awful things to their partners or anyone else nearby. If you are on the sharp end of the comments, cut them a little slack, please!



June 18, 2008

Filed under: HEAD & NECK PAIN — Andy Bellamy @ 10:17 pm


What type of person visits the Adur Osteopathic Clinic for advice on migraine?

It can be anyone, male or female, from children to the elderly.

Please note that migraine in children may not show as a headache and is often termed Abdominal Migraine, with symptoms including nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite and lasting anything from 1 to 72 hours.

Migraine headaches often begin in childhood or adolescence. According to some surveys, as many as half of all schoolchildren experience some type of headache. (more…)