What do you know about Osteoporosis?

It’s a question that should concern all women, men too, as we are all at risk of this condition. Our bones like many other tissues in the body are constantly changing as we grow, mature and age. They go through remodelling, some bits of bone breaks down (osteoclasts) or resorb, other bits form new bone (osteoblasts).

In our 50s (or earlier if you have an early menopause or are low in testosterone for men) the rate of new bone being made slows right down and more is resorbed than is made - this creates an imbalance.

Porous bone pretty much describes osteoporosis, because that lovely dense bone you had when growing up is no longer so dense and your risk of fractures after even a slight fall is increased.

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Stephen Irvine
Staying Sane on a Plane..how to travel with back pain.

Having endured an 8 hour flight recently and trapped in a window seat with two total strangers next to me who had the temerity to fall asleep almost immediately - I can only sympathise for anyone who has back pain and has to travel.

​It's great if you can sleep anywhere, but sadly for many of us our busy lives really disrupt our sleep and then add enforced sitting with limited room and add in a bad back and you have all the ingredients for a bad start to a holiday or business trip.

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Stephen Irvine
Is Back Pain stopping you Gardening?

I don't know if you have a dog..but mine is causing havoc in my garden and is now on the naughty step.

I've got a south facing gravel garden and I've had to put all sorts of things in her way to stop her parting the gravel like the Red Sea in her efforts to get to the neighbour's cats. and trashing my new plantings along the way.

Much as I love being out there, albeit not as often as I should perhaps, spending any amount of time bending forward doesn't feel great on my body, even though I am in pretty good shape.

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Stephen Irvine
Health at Every Size – start a new resolution now.

We are coming up to a busy time of year, particularly for working mums. Sorry guys, I am not deliberately being awkward here but I know from my own experience and from many of my clients that working mums have a lot on their shoulders.

Sometimes we put far too much pressure on ourselves and a guy would approach things very differently and maybe some stuff just wouldn’t get done- is that the end of the world? No of course not.

But all the running around trying to wear so many hats leaves us stressed to the eyeballs and vulnerable to poor decision making, which has a huge knock on effect on our health and well being and putting us at the back of the queue when really we should be at the front.

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Stephen Irvine