What’s the difference between Physiotherapy, Chiropractic and Osteopathy?

Chiropractor helping patient

Who actually knows how to describe what a Chiropractor does? How are they different from Physiotherapists? What about an Osteopath? Have you ever even heard of a Naturopath? There are so many manual and complementary therapies out there that it can be hard at times to wrap your head around the differences between them all.…

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So What Is Deep Tissue Massage Anyway?

massage therapist

With so many different types of massage out there, it can be difficult to understand what’s what, and what it’s for. I spoke to two of Willow Chiropractic’s massage therapists, Glen Schmidt from the Nailsea clinic and Lizzie Cox from Emersons Green and Yate clinics, to find out more. ________________________________ Hello both! Thank you so much for joining me. First things…

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Your Gut, The Second Brain

women holding a photo of a gut

2500 years ago, ancient Greek physician Hippocrates said that ‘all disease begins in the gut’. Whilst we’ve since proven that isn’t strictly true, he was certainly onto something. Most people generally have a basic-to-good understanding of the relationship between good/bad nutrition, gut health, and overall health. What may surprise you, though, is how interlinked the…

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What is sciatica and how can you manage it?

Senior sciatica pain

Sciatica is possibly one of the most misunderstood ailments out there, yet also one of the most common. It is estimated that up to 40% of us will experience sciatica at least once in our lifetimes, with the likelihood becoming more pronounced with age, weight gain and a sedentary lifestyle. So, what actually is sciatica, and…

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The Truth About Technology and Mental Health

people on there phones waiting for the bus

The average Brit checks their phone approximately 10,000 times a year.[1] Perhaps this sounds like a ridiculously high number, but that breaks down to only 28 times per day; for somebody who spends roughly 7am – 10pm awake this works out at just over twice an hour. We’re willing to bet that you, reading this now,…

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Willow Volunteers In India: A Story Of Gratitude

willow volunteering in India

Picture a place which is characterised by love, respect, and morals; where all kinds of healthcare is freely accessible to all who need it; a place where people arrive and are fed for free. Picture a crowd of 1.5 million people operating on pure energy and love, which requires no security to control it and…

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6 Ways to Handle the Winter Blues

women looking out her window

Perhaps you have felt a little out of sorts this winter since the clocks went back, or more tired and less energised than usual. If so, you have your circadian rhythm to blame. Also known as the ‘body clock’ or ‘biological clock’, the circadian rhythm refers to the many physical, mental and behavioural changes within…

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How to Cut Sugar and Calories From Your Christmas Menu Coffee

Women drinking Hot drink

Halloween is over, the clocks have gone back, and Christmas is only 7 weeks away. It is well and truly that time of year. That’s right – we’re talking about the launch of the Christmas drinks menus at all our favourite coffee shops, and the avalanche of articles denouncing the sky-high sugar content that follows.…

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Stress Is Seriously Damaging Your Body

guy dealing with stress on bus

Stress is an inevitable and largely unavoidable part of life, and always has been. We even have an instinctual stress response built into our genetic makeup thanks to evolution. Momentary stress, known as ‘acute stress’, is not necessarily terrible. It can motivate you through a deadline, or give you the energy boost you need to…

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Is Your Sleeping Position Ruining Your Back?

women sleeping on bed

Sleeping is such an integral part of the human experience that it seems odd to think there is a wrong way to do it. You may climb into bed doze off in your usual cosy position just fine, but comfort doesn’t necessarily equal good. Trouble in the lumbar = trouble in the slumber. If you…

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