The best mattress for back pain relief

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How you sleep is so important

The best mattress for back pain relief? If you haven’t asked yourself this question, maybe you should.

Let’s face it, for optimal health, you should be sleeping for about 8 hours a night.

In other words, a third of your time is spent in bed.

If your body is not properly supported during this time, it is no surprise that it can exacerbate aches and pains from the day.

We take a look at how you should decide what type of mattress is right for you.

Best mattress for back pain

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Runner’s nutrition – understanding the basics

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The importance of good diet for runners

Runner’s nutrition is vital to them. But it is often one of the most overlooked parts of their training.

Novice runners especially are quick to embrace new equipment and state of the art running plans but pay little attention to good diet.

So as part of ‘Nutrition and Hydration Week‘, we take a closer look at this important area.

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Is Osteopathy science-based? We take a closer look

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The background to osteopathy

Is osteopathy science-based?

With British science week coming up in the next few days, we look to see whether or not this practice has a basis in science.

But first let’s look briefly at what it is, and where it originates from.

The origins of osteopathy go back further than you might imagine. The practice was conceived of by an American named Andrew Still in the late 19th Century.

His underlying belief was that the body’s natural state is one of good health. As such he believed that the body has a natural capacity to ward off threats to the health of the body.

This ran contrary to the conventional wisdom that a doctor’s role was to restore the health of the patient.

Since its inception, it has invariably been seen as an alternative form of intervention.

The stem of the word ‘osteo’ means ‘relating to the bones’. At the heart of the treatment is a belief that by manipulating the structure of the body (the bones), you can help to restore good health.

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Kinesio tape – what is it and how can it benefit you?

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 What is that funny tape that sportsmen use?

Kinesio tape, you may have seen it but not known its name.

It is that brightly coloured tape you often see sportsmen and women wear these days. But you may have been wondering if it is just a gimmick, or if it serves some legitimate purpose.

We look in more detail at the uses and benefits of kinesio tape to give you an insight into why it is so popular.

What is kinesio tape

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Postnatal Pilates – Why it is growing in popularity

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Returning to exercise after the birth of your child

Postnatal Pilates is growing in popularity as a way to get back in shape after childbirth.

With the added pressures on your time and your health that a new child brings, Pilates can offer a welcome relief.

It is a controlled and scientific approach to exercise that can give you peace of mind.

It is a great way to reduce your post-pregnancy paunch, re-strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and build up strength.

So let’s look in more detail at how postnatal Pilates can help.

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The 5 key running exercises to improve your performance

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How a few simple exercises can improve your running

There are some key running exercises that can improve your running experience.

Sadly though, many recreational runners fall into the trap of running more and more and neglect other aspects of body maintenance.

The mass adoption of tracking devices has led many runners to focus on average speed and distance.

But neglecting basic body conditioning will have a negative impact on your running in the long term.

We look at some key running exercises that can aid your performance and help keep you injury free.

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Knee injuries from running – How to prevent and treat them

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Why do so many runners get knee injuries?

Knee injuries from running can be a real setback.

Running can be beneficial in so many ways. It is not only a good form of aerobic exercise, but it is also good for mental health as it is a great stress reliever.

Add in the social benefits and the feel-good factor, and it has great appeal.

Anatomically, the hips and the ankles are well designed for running, but the knee has to absorb a lot of shock during running and isn’t the best designed joint for that role.

But the real reason so many runners get knee injuries, especially chronic injuries, is through lack of knowledge.

Whilst running is easy to get involved with, it is one of the least supervised sports or pastimes.

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Pilates during pregnancy – How it can help you

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What type of exercise is best during pregnancy?

Pilates during pregnancy? Is it something you should consider?

Let’s face it, the thought of going to a busy gym during your pregnancy can be less than appealing. In addition to this, the list of do’s and don’t’s during pregnancy become a lot longer too.

Now you have to consider what is best for your health and the unborn child’s health.

It need not be intimidating though. Exercise during pregnancy can be fun and beneficial in the hands of a professional.

We take a closer look at how Pilates may benefit you.

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Pilates during pregnancy

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Improving sleep – How to feel more refreshed in the morning

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Why sleep is more important than we think

Improving sleep can have great benefits for your overall health. However, it is an area that is so often overlooked.

The most common New Year’s goals are losing weight and exercising more. But the reality is the overall impact of improved sleep can have just as many benefits. So why don’t more people make it a goal?

Probably because it is something that is too easily dismissed. And also because there is a lack of appreciation of the difference it can make in our lives.

We take a look at why better sleep should be included as a priority.

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Pilates for Marathon Running – how it might improve performance

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The challenges of marathon running

Pilates for marathon runners, it isn’t something you will read about in many running magazines.

If this is your first marathon, or even if you are a veteran, it is worth looking at all options.

Sport’s science can tell us a lot about the demands marathons place on the body.

And whilst many people focus on clocking up the miles, there are other elements that will help performance.

Flexibility, posture and core strength will benefit any long distance runner.

We take a look at how Pilates can help with all of these.

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