Welcome to our first Newsletter of 2024

If you are struggling to maintain the momentum of your new year exercise and fitness programme, please don’t give up, we have some useful tips to keep you motivated. We also look at a growing exercise trend which is truly invigorating! And, remember, your brain needs a good workout too so, why not enter our brain teaser competition? You could win a 30 minute sports or deep tissue massage to help with those muscle aches. Finally, we are ruminating on the topical subject of how health care and AI can work  together!

Are you feeling the benefits of Open water swimming?

Are you bored with your current exercise routine? Open water swimming can have many health benefits and recent reports show that the number of people taking the plunge (forgive the pun!) is on the rise. It can help to:

improve heart health by increasing blood circulation
reduce anxiety and depression by releasing mood-boosting hormones and neurotransmitters, such as endorphins, noradrenaline, and dopamine
boost weight loss by stimulating metabolism and burning more calories
improve the immune system by activating white blood cells and reducing inflammation
speed up sports recovery by reducing muscle soreness and enhancing tissue repair (our favourite!)

Open water swimming can be a rewarding and exhilarating experience, but it also comes with some risks and challenges. So, if you are thinking of setting off to your local lake or to the beach, it is important to do it safely and gradually, with proper guidance and preparation. Do speak with your GP and to a qualified swimming instructor before you go. Contact Shepperton Open Water Swimming for more information and to book an induction.

Health Care and Artificial Intelligence

Much has been reported recently about artificial intelligence (AI) making jobs redundant in the future, including jobs in health care. The concerns do not stop there, some argue that AI should not be used extensively in health care claiming that AI services such as ChatGPT are dangerous because they undermine the importance of the patient interview and the human connection in clinical diagnosis and treatment. There are also warnings about privacy breaches, bias, and liability.

Whilst these are extremely valid arguments, there is no denying that AI is increasingly impacting all of our lives, including how we operate in the health care profession. The question is …. how might AI work alongside osteopathy? Well, it could have a number of benefits for patients, benefits such as:

improved diagnosis
personalized treatment
enhanced monitoring
tracking activity, posture, vital signs, etc
providing feedback and guidance

AI could help osteopaths to

analyse medical images
predict risk and progression
recommend optimal interventions

However, there is an obvious limitation, namely AI’s inability to examine a patient using palpation or to treat using techniques such as manipulation, mobilisation, and so on. Will this give osteopaths an advantage in the world of AI? If AI is unable to replicate the hands-on diagnostic and treatment approaches that we use, it is likely that osteopaths will be be around for the foreseeable. Famous last words or undeniable truth? Only time will tell!

It is Marathon Training Season

Looking to Improve your Running?

Our Head of Practice, Stuart Walker, has the following advice:

GOAL PLANNING Think about what you want to achieve as a runner, and then break it down into smaller steps. This will help you stay focused and motivated.
BUILDING MUSCLE To run faster and smoother, we need strong and powerful muscles that can propel us forward with each step. This also helps us prevent injuries by improving our running mechanics.
SPEED WORK Adding sprints to our training can make us faster and stronger. Mixing sprints with intervals can also improve our cardiovascular fitness and endurance.
FLEXIBILITY Being flexible can enhance our running performance and lower injury risk. For example, we can work on stretching our hips and strengthening our ankles.

For more information or to book an appointment with Stuart or one of our other practitioners, please contact our reception team on 020 8977 3295.

The Six Minute Mile

Have you discovered The Six Minute Mile? We are loving this ‘twice weekly email which offers ‘news, ideas, inspirational stories, and special deals for runners and fitness enthusiasts.’ Articles include:
Running & the importance of ankle strength:
One thing most doctors, practitioners and therapists in the musculoskeletal world will agree on is that ankle strength and stability are
vital in running. Check out some ankle exerciseswhich will improve your running.
Caffeine intake and training:
Caffeine may provide a feeling of energy by it can have adverse affects too. Read about how to keep caffeine habits healthy.
Happy running!

And finally …. It’s Competition Time

To enter our competition please unscramble the letters of the following word to form a part of the human body:


Email your answer to enquiry@teddingtonosteopaths.co.uk, please remember to include your name and telephone number so we can contact you if you win.

T’s & C’s – Closing date is Friday 1st March 2024, all entrants must be over 18, one entry per person, no cash alternative given, treatment subject to availability (an alternative may be offered in the event that sports massage is not available), treatment to be redeemed by the end of May 2024.


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