New Therapist

Lostwithiel Complementary Health Clinic welcomes Claire Hicks to the team. She uses Wholistic nutritional medicine and iridology to help clients improve their General Health.

Call her on 07866012495 to make an appointment.

You’re in good hands

It typically takes 4 years to become a qualified osteopath, and requires over 1,000 hours of clinical training. We are also required to maintain our skills through ongoing training and professional development.

Osteopathy is a regulated profession, with all osteopaths required by law to register with the General Osteopathic Council, who ensure that all osteopaths operate to high professional standards. It is a criminal offence to claim to be an osteopath otherwise.

We are also members of the Institute of Osteopathy, which exists to promote the latest knowledge and promote best practice in osteopathy. They also produce the iO Patient Charter, based on the national quality standards of the Care Quality Commission, which we use to demonstrate our commitment to the highest standards of patient care.

These assurances exist to make sure you can be confident that, as your osteopath, we have the skills, qualifications and knowledge to help you to live a healthier life.


Osteoporosis and why women should do weights

Osteoporosis is a condition that makes bones more brittle and prone to fracture. Although osteoporosis can effect men and younger people, post-menopausal women are most at risk. One of the best ways to help maintain healthy bones is to exercise regularly – this encourages the bones to absorb calcium and other mineral salts that keep bones strong.

Weight bearing exercises and weight resisted exercises are best for strengthening bone and muscles and as well as helping to keep bones in good health may also reduce the likelihood of falls as you age. Weight bearing exercises are those where your body is supporting its own weight, such as walking, housework or carrying groceries. Weight resisted exercise involves pushing or pulling against an additional weight, like a dumbbell or barbell or resistance equipment in a gym.

The younger you start, the better 

Anyone can benefit from weight training but it has been demonstrate that younger women who rained using weights have stronger bones later in life, this essentially means that you can bank bone when you’re younger to help prevent fractures later in life – a kind of insurance scheme for your body. A life time of active living not only protects your bones but also keeps your heart healthy and may protect you from other diseases such as cancer and type two diabetes.

But starting at any age will help

Everyone can benefit from increasing their activity levels. Studies have shown that people who have already been diagnosed with osteoporosis can improve their health significantly thorough weight bearing exercising, the key is getting good advice on how to move well and how to self-manage.

Some more benefits

Strong muscles burn more calories, so if you need to control your bodyweight, lifting weights can help. It also helps with balance and can help you to regulate your sleep patterns.

‘I don’t want to look muscled’ 

It takes women a lot of heavy weight lifting, and sometimes the use of controlled substances like steroids and hormones, to achieve the physique of the heavily muscles power lifter. Women don’t normally have enough testosterone in their bodies to develop bulging muscles, but can, with regular, moderate training achieve lean, toned and strong muscles.

‘I hate gyms’

No problem. There are plenty of other exercises you can do that don’t involve a visit to the gym. Dancing, Yoga, tennis, Pilates, walking, running, gardening and even housework count – all you are aiming to do is increase your heart rate and make yourself feel a little warmer. You can do it in several short blocks of 15 minutes  or more but aim for at least a total of 150 minutes per week over at least 5 days per week for the best results. If you’re unused to exercise, start slowly and build up to this target.

‘I don’t know where to start’

This is where your friendly local osteopath can help. We can screen you for any health concerns that might affect your ability to exercise, help to resolve any injuries or pain that might be holding you back an advise you on what exercises might suit your goals best. We can give advice on how to exercise correctly, avoiding injuries and how to gradually build up as your ability and fitness levels improve.

Share your experience #Osteopathy Works

Let’s get the message out there #OsteopathyWorks
As part of the campaign to get the message out that #OsteopathyWorks, we are asking our patients to post their positive views about their osteopath, and the benefits of the osteopathic treatment they have received, on social media using #OsteopathyWorks.
If we can get those conversations happening on social media it will provide positive testimonials which will help raise the profile of osteopathy and how we improve the health of people of all ages!
You can share your experience on any social media platform, just remember to include #OsteopathyWorks in the content.

Depression is now the fastest growing condition in UK

According to a recent report in GP online (1) depression is now the fastest growing condition in the UK.

470,000 new cases were reported in 2015/16, which exceeded obesity,
hypertension and diabetes. This leaves the total number of patients over the age of 18 with recorded depression standing at 3.8m people, or 8.3% of the population.

The report is based on analysis prevalence data from Quality and
Outcomes Framework(QOF), published in NHS digital. (2) In the meantime, waiting times for patients to access talking therapies such as Cognigive Behavioural Therapy is, according to the General Practitioners
Committee deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey unacceptably long.

Homeopathy and depression

Given that women are up to three times more likely to develop a major depressive order, findings from a recent trial where homeopathy was given to peri-menopausal and menopausal women with depressive symptoms is very interesting.

This randomised, placebo controlled trial took place in Mexico and
included 133 women. 54.5% of women responded positively to
homeopathic treatment, which was similar to the response to fluoxetine but significantly highly than from placebo. Only homeopathic treatment led to a reduction on menopausal symptoms, which is in line with its whole person effects.



3. Aguilar-Faisal L, Asbun-Bojalil J (2015) IndividualizedHomeopathic Treatment and Fluoxetine for Moderateto Severe Depression in Peri- and Postmenopausal Women (HOMDEP-MENOP Study): A Randomized,Double-Dummy, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial. PLoS ONE 10(3): e0118440. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0118440

This article was taken from The Society of Homeopaths

New Psychotherapy and Mindfulness therapist

Alessandra Casini

Lostwithiel Complementary Health Clinic would like to
welcome Alessandra Casini Psychotherapist M.A., U.K.C.P., A.C.P.P.

She works with adults on a one to one basis, and offers both long and short term therapeutic support to individuals with concerns related to physical conditions, gender and sexual identity, anxiety,
depression, bereavement and loss, stress in relationship and
existential crisis.

Alessandra works on a Saturday and appointments can be made by ringing the clinic on 01208 872867 or contact Alessandra directly at 07490 155066.

Please visit her website  for more information.

Ouch! What to do when you sustain an injury

Sprains and Strains to muscles and joints happen to all of us and for most they are a painful,  but temporary, reminder to be a little more careful. Prompt action can help your body to heal faster and may prevent further injury or prolonged pain.

Strained or ‘pulled’ muscles often happen when we over-exert untrained muscles, train without properly warming up or try to go beyond a joint’s natal flexibility. Sometimes we feel the pain straight away, however some injuries might not cause pain until later on. What can you do?

Remember RICE (Relative rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), using these can help to relieve the pain and start the healing process.

Relative rest: The first thing to do if you feel pain is to reduce the offending activity – pain is usually your body’s way of telling you that there is something wrong that needs your attention. It can be normal to feel a little sore after exercise for a day or two, but if it is more than this, pushing through the pain is rarely beneficial.

However movement stimulates the healing process so stay as mobile as you comfortably can. Try to keep the joint moving through a comfortable range of motion, without forcing it to the point of pain. This will help to encourage blood flow and keep your joint flexible whilst it heals. This is particularly relevant for back pain as gentle exercise, such as walking, can help. You should slowly build your activity levels up as soon as your symptoms begin to remove and as soon as you are able.

Ice: Cooling the area using an ice pack can help to reduce swelling and pain. Wrap a thin tea towel around the area so as to avoid direct skin contact and then apply the pack to the injured area for 10 – 15 minutes. You should repeat this several times per day for the first 72 hours. This will help to control inflammation, making it easier for your body to get blood and nutrients to the area and resolve the injured tissues.

Compression: Gently applying a compression dressing may help to temporarily support the injured joint and red swelling, though remove this immediately if there are signs that this is reducing the circulation to the area (numbness, pins and needles, the skin turning white or blue etc).

Elevation: If the injury is in the lower limb (knee or ankle), elevating the area a little can make it easier for your body to drain fluids that might accumulate around the area, causing swelling. For example, if you’ve hurt your knee, sitting down with the knee raised on a low foot stool may ease your pain.

Seek medical attention if you have pain that can’t be controlled with over-the-counter painkillers, can’t put weight on the injured limb, experience paralysis or loss of sensation or the swelling is very bad seek help from your local A&E department, urgent care centre or telephone 111 for advice.

If the pain or swelling fails to improve within a week, a visit to an osteopath, such as Lisa, Philip and Kate, may be beneficial. We will be able to assess the injury, advise you on the correct treatment and can provide some manual therapy which may help it get better faster.

Enjoy your pregnancy

Don’t let aches and pains get in the way.

Being pregnant can be a wonderful time in a woman’s life – one when your body undergoes many natural changes to accommodate your growing baby. For some expectant mothers, these changes, and carrying the extra weight of their baby, can cause pain and discomfort, particularly in the back and the pelvis. Osteopaths are health experts that can help by using gentle hands-on techniques to ease those aches and pains, while working alongside your midwife and doctor to provide excellent advice on how to maintain a strong and healthy body both before and after the baby is born.

Contact Lisa and Philip today on 01208 872867 to arrange for an assessment, it may help you to enjoy your pregnancy even more.

Gardeners Watch Out!

Now the clocks have gone forward, the birds busy nesting, spring is definitely in the air. What a relief after the wettest winter on record!

With the warmer spell and the plants waking up, longer evenings and warmer weather, the garden will be shouting for your attention and danger may lurk for the careless.

Safe Gardening Tips

Spring Gardening approaches and an increase in physical activity after keeping indoors on a dark winter’s night is bound to have potential risks attached. It really isn’t fair to ask your body to cope with several hours of bending and digging etc, if you’ve spent the winter months in relative inactivity. We need to ease ourself back into the increased work load to avoid potential injury.
Don’t decide to tackle the whole garden at once, take an hour or so of the lighter evenings 2-3 times a week and start chipping away at the jobs that are waiting. This will have the two fold benefit of waking your body up to the increased activity and getting the job into more manageable proportions.
Prolonged periods of unfamiliar and repetitive activities are bound to put strain on local parts of your body. Digging for example is a real challenge to the low back as we bend to lift the soil to turn it. All bending if prolonged, can lead to pressure on our low back discs and ligaments with the potential for strains, and then pains.
The very British attitude of pushing on till it’s done, comes with a price. “I’m not stopping till I’ve finished weeding this whole flower bed”, “I’m going to finish digging this whole patch before stopping”.  Better to vary activities as much as possible. Weed some of the vegetable patch, then rest a little, you can always get back to it tomorrow. If you do have more time, come back and perhaps mow the lawn or some other more upright activity.
Pacing yourself is the key to avoiding disaster.  It really is important to listen to your body and STOP when you are becoming tired or are feeling pain.
Some Important Do’s and Don’ts
Don’t charge in and spend all day in the garden at the beginning of the gardening season.
Do pace yourself and tackle big jobs in smaller pieces, take regular breaks. Be realistic, if necessary get help to “break the back” of bigger start of season jobs like the digging over, or first hedge/lawn cut etc.
Don’t work on through pain or when your feeling tired.
Do take regular breaks, and vary activities.
Don’t bend forward for too long at a time.
Do stretch after bending forward, stand up straight, hands on hips and slowly and gently rotate your hips as an exercise to counteract the forwards movement. Just like using a hula-hoop.

Don’t bend forward more than you have to.
Do buy long handled garden tools where possible, or kneel to weed etc. A foam kneeling pad makes for more comfortable kneeling.

Don’t let your body get dehydrated.  Muscles and ligaments are much more likely to be injured when low on fluids.
Do take regular drinks during physical exercise, which create a great excuse for a little break.
Don’t spend too long on the some posture or activity, i.e. pruning all your shrubs in one day. You wouldn’t spend hours on the same machine at the gym.
Do vary activities throughout the day to avoid repetitive strain type injuries.
Don’t heave huge bags of compost around.
Do buy smaller bags, use a wheel barrow or “decant” bulk material from bags into a bucket or wheelbarrow to carry more easily.
Strains and sprain from overdoing it in the garden, will often reveal themselves the next morning once the inflammation has had a chance to build up. Back, neck or other joint injuries can be very stiff and painful in the first 24 hours or so after unaccustomed use, and give the impression that something terrible has happened, don’t panic. Use your normal pain relief medication from the chemist, rest as much as you need to, but, as a general rule with simple back and neck pain gentle activity and movements will actually reduce your recovery time.
Any pain pattern not beginning to settle down within 3-5 days may need further investigation and treatment. Our osteopaths are always happy to speak on the phone with any patient wanting to talk over a health problem, gardening related or otherwise.  Don’t hesitate to call 01208 872867.