Exercise and Epsom Salts

Epsom SaltsAthletes are always searching for the most effective ways to recover after a long, intense exercise session. A very effective method has been around for hundreds of years. Epsom salts were first discovered in 1618, when they were extracted from seawater in the British town of Epsom. 

Research has shown that when added to a warm bath, they are particularly useful in alleviating a wide range of different muscle pains, even pain as intense as that found in fibromyalgia.  

An essential mineral required by the body is magnesium, it is also one of the only minerals that can be absorbed by the skin. Magnesium is a component of Epsom salts. Research has also found that once absorbed into the skin, it acts to relax skeletal muscles through the flushing of lactic acid (a chemical which builds up during rigorous exercise), hence helping with acute recovery from strenuous exercise.

We sell Epsom salts in our shop in Ealing, pop in and have a chat with one of our osteopaths who can talk you through the steps you should be taking pre and post exercise! 



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Mother’s Day is the perfect excuse to make your mum feel special. Health in Motion can help you to do exactly that.  We offer a wide range of services which can be used to give Mum the perfect gift, including osteopathy, deep tissue massage and acupuncture.

Click here to buy vouchers for these services and more!

Mum’s Osteopathy Treatment (MOT)

Mya and LolaThis is an appeal to all mums, those still on the production line; those who have been on the road for a while; rental vehicles; and all fine vintage models.  I am encouraging you to be proactive about your health and joint mobility and book in for a MOT (Mum’s Osteopathy Treatment) with us at Health in Motion.

Mums usually come in for treatment when a condition gets really bad, i.e. they find they may be avoiding / dreading / or changing something which is a normal activity.

Before complete breakdown, mums have booked a multitude of medical appointments for their family.  The mummy motor has to keep running, I know.  But you owe it to yourself to stay in good shape for as long as possible and we believe we can help you with that.

When you book your hour-long MOT you will receive:

1.  A comprehensive structural assessment and review of your current health.

2.  Treatment comprising deep tissue massage and gentle joint mobilisation.

3.  Advice on how to take care of your fine chassis.

4.  Maintenance (exercise) plan that is tailored to your body’s requirements to strengthen and mobilise. Patients find these plans enjoyable to do and find they can fit them into their schedule without major disruption.  Once we understand what goes on in your typical day, we will tailor the plan to suit.

Don’t wait for the gifts to arrive on Mother’s Day.  Treat yourself to a well deserved MOT. Click here to book your MOT.

Look out for other related articles this month.


Lola Phillips (Mum also in need of an MOT)


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Pillows are a popular topic of conversation with patients.  “Lola, do you recommend those expensive, memory foam pillows?”  or “should I change my pillow? If so what do you recommend?”; or even “I bought one of those expensive, funny shaped pillows and it made matters worse.”  Although I sell specialist pillows in the clinic shop, I recommend them to a small number of patients.  Most other patients are advised on how to adapt their own pillows to make sure their neck and spine are supported throughout the night.

So here is an outline of my advice.  However, my preferred approach to advising is to get patients to come into the clinic with their pillow(s) and get them to lay on the couch and I show them how to modify the pillow to suit their body shape.



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If you are a tummy sleeper, with or without back and neck pain – I advise you to change this habit.  The tummy sleeping causes the joints in the spine to pinch together which can cause persistent pain due to joint irritation.  Please try to convert to side sleeping or back sleeping.  If you are having trouble changing,  find a pillow to hug into and follow the advice below regarding pillow for side sleeping.

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The best tip here is to find a pillow or bolster in some cases, which will fill the depth of your shoulder.  Usually the reason that orthopaedic pillows do not hit the spot is because they are not the right depth for all bodies.  If you are tempted to buy an orthopaedic pillow, get one that is depth adjustable.  If the depth is right, your neck will run in a continuous line with the rest of your spine, i.e. it will not taper into or away from your bed.  To support the pelvis, place a small folded towel of cushion between your knees.
If you have deep shoulders and a short neck, I would recommend a plump down pillow or similar, as a memory foam pillow may not offer you enough flexibility to stuff the pillow into the neck space to give support and comfort during the night.

Back SleeperBack sleeper

Again, the depth is important, but the pillow will not be as deep as if you are a side sleeper.  If the pillow is too deep, you will compress your throat and overstretch the ligaments and muscles at the back of the neck.  If the pillow is too flat then then may cause the neck to back bend, which compresses the small joints in the spine and causes joint irritation and if you are unlucky, can cause temporary but very painful and restricting muscle spasm.  This position is not very good for the delicate vertebral arteries in the upper section of the neck.  The ideal pillow depth will slight tilt the chin downwards and allow the back of the neck to lengthen.

Who would I recommend adjustable orthopaedic pillows to?

Ears, Nose, Throat (ENT) Conditions

Chronic ENT sufferers, depending on the contour of their neck and back.  The added support and improved spine and head alignment has been know to be beneficial for reducing symptoms and improving breathing at night.

Hypermobile joints in the neck

Especially if the neck is quite long.  The additional support will reduce the occurrence of neck pain flare ups.

History of severe facial or head trauma.

The best pillow to recommend would be adjustable and also be softer than the standard memory foam pillow.  These people often need support but cannot tolerate very dense foam.


Some patients have reported benefits.

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My theory is, from my own experience, is that if the spine and head are comfortable, the amount of tossing and turning will reduced.

Other tips for a good night sleep

  • Do not drink alcohol too close to bedtime – leave at least an hour.  the alcohol affects the cerebellum, which is intrumental for balance and sleep.
  • Drink a glass of water before bedtime.  The body does a lot of processing during sleep.  Hydration throughout the day can lead to reduced stiffness in the morning
  • Finish watching TV or looking at PC screen / devices etc before bed time.  the light interfere with the melanin hormone which signals bedtime and enable quality sleep
  • Do not sleep with the lights on.  Important message for those who are afraid the dark or fall asleep with the telly on.  If you fall into the former category, maybe have a light on in the landing.  In the case of children who are afraid of the dark, turn off the light in the room after they have fallen asleep and wean them using the little plug in lights.

Nutrition Therapy coming to Health in Motion!

As of the first week of February, a new member will be joining Health in Motion in Ealing, Daniel O’Shaughnessy, who will be offering nutrition therapy every Thursday from 3-8pm. Read below for more information.

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Nutritional Therapist

Daniel O’Shaughnessy was born into a family where good nutrition was at centre stage in the household so naturally Daniel’s love for good food began at an early age. His mother was a successful coach for a popular weight loss company and this really fuelled his interest in nutrition.

It was not until finishing university after studying a degree in Criminal Justice with Law that he decided to follow a career in addiction. Working as a therapist for over 6 years, Daniel assisted individuals recovering from drug and alcohol issues. After seeing the power of nutrition within the body and its impact on his clients, Daniel decided that this was his real passion and he went on to study Nutritional Therapy at the world-renowned Institute for Optimum Nutrition.

Daniel has received training in gastro-intestinal health problems, the nutritional management of energy imbalances, female hormone imbalances (including fertility, PMS, menopause), mood swings, dermatological (skin) health, immune health, and helping to address body composition and weight management needs.

Daniel is also the Communications Director for The British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy. He brings to the role passion and enthusiasm, joining a fantastic team aiming to make Nutritional Therapy a primary healthcare option.

Daniel is a fully-qualified Nutritional Therapist, a full member of the British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy, and is also registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council, the only register for Nutritional Therapy recognised by the Department of Health.

January 2016 – Sale on vouchers ends 31/1/16!

voucher-redesign-v5-2972x2832Our voucher sale ends on 31st January 2016 so be quick and treat yourself or a loved one to a voucher at Health in Motion!

  • Vouchers can be ordered and paid for online or purchased at either our Ealing and Maidenhead clinics.
  • They can be redeemed at either clinic.
  • Vouchers have a 12 month expiry date.
  • Treatment can be upgraded when redeemed
  • Purchaser can print voucher and present to recipient or it can be emailed directly.
  • Voucher must be printed and presented as payment when redeemed at our clinics; etc.

Click here to see all available vouchers


In Acupuncture terms, hayfever is seen as a signal that your energy is not flowing through your lymphatic system properly. Your immune system is either over reacting or your defence mechanisms are becoming inefficient. The traditional acupuncture approach to hayfever is to focus on the body’s response to an allergen, also the timing of the allergic response is a factor.  Acupuncture points are used to treat the bodies response to allergens. As a result of this the immune response should become more balanced.

Come and see Teresa, the acupuncturist, here at Health in Motion and she can help prepare you for the summer!

Recipes from our Smooth(ie) Operators

Lola – ‘Passion for Juice’

If lola-phillipsyou ever attempt a 7 day juice and smoothie diet – this one is a God-send on day three. It feels like real food!

1/4 small ripe pineapple – juiced

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1/4 banana (I wanted to add more bananas)

200g natural yogurt (or soya yog)

1/2 teaspoon spirulina

Add the above to blend or nutribullet-type machine


Eds – ‘Thai Green Smoothie’ eds-chesters

Thai Green Smoothie – Apple, Kiwi, Spinach, Honey and Ginger.

Newsletter 2The idea of green smoothies didn’t appeal to me until I discovered I could obscure the taste with honey and ginger. The Kiwi is a great shot of Vit C and the Spinach provides your daily intake requirement of Iron. The Spinach is an Alkali forming food, so good at neutralising over acidic stomachs, and Ginger (allegedly) helps digestion. Not forgetting “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, but then so does a chronically overstretched, underfunded NHS.

Good if you feel lethargic, indigestion or acid reflux.


Jonny – Berry and Kiwi Smoothie

My favourite jonathan-juvilersmoothie is made up of banana, strawberry, kiwi, blueberries, yoghurNewsletter 4t, almond milk, a drizzle of honey and a spoon of milled flaxseed.

Its a great breakfast giving me enough energy to get through to lunch.

The flaxseed has added vitamin D which is needed during these dark gloomy months!





Maitena – Superfood Smoothie

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My favourite smoothie is kale, avocado, pineapple and blueberries. Havimaitena-senarng a healthy smoothie loaded with antioxidants and good fats is a great way to ensure a healthy dessert for after Christmas period!



Teresa – Apple and Goji

teresa-o-connorOne of my favourites is apple, greens, ginger, goji berry,  honey. Ginger is warming innewsletter 6 these colder months, the greens and apple are full of vitamins and honey supports digestion.
And its yummy….

January 2016 – #Achieve2016

I havlarge (25 of 42)e never felt under pressure to make goals for the new year.  It’s usually the “last straw” that spurs me on to make big changes in my life. However, I am going to put a stake in the ground this year and set me some objectives for 2016.

The main one will be get involved in speaking for interested groups about career change and embracing the inevitable roller coaster fuelled by passion and uncertainty. Accidentally, I have shared my story about how I transitioned from a career in Accountancy to Practitioner in Osteopathy and many people have taken inspiration from it.  However, to find the time and energy to take on this extra project, I have to set a few sub goals.

Health and Fitness are at the top (as for many other people I suppose). This is something I can do with my daughter now she is of an age where we can do sporty things together.  Also she is taking a keen interest in diet and gets involved in planning the menus at home.  That helps with another goal – spend more quality time with the little lady – she is growing fast and is about to embark on the transition from junior to senior school (ouch).

A third sub goal has to cover personal organisation.  I have a lovely team working across both clinics in Ealing and Maidenhead, so maybe now is the time to delegate more and free myself to pursue a new exciting project.  Below is a account of how we helped one of our patients #Achieve2015.

“When I came to see Lola in February I had been suffering with a debilitating knee issue for a few months. I had been to see a physiotherapist and a surgeon and I was told that I should not run again. I was recommended to see Lola at that stage. After a couple of visits I started to lightly run again and within 2 months I was back doing triathlons. I think the different approach Lola took to the treatment and the open mind that she looked at my injury with meant that she was able to determine the correct treatment for me where others had misdiagnosed and written me off.”