We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Thank you all for your support this year and for helping us to provide a great osteopathic service for the Teddington area.

December can be a bit manic with festive fun, shopping and extra travelling and often musculoskeletal problems arise with this added stress, exhaustion and excitement. With this in mind, we are keeping the practice open for as much of the holiday time as possible so that you can fit in your Osteopathic De-Stressor Treatment!

This newsletter also focuses on the importance of water for the overall health of our body, especially in the colder Winter months.


The Importance of Good Hydration Even In Winter

Just because it is Winter doesn't mean that it isn't possible to suffer from mild dehydration.

Now that it is colder and the days shorter with less activity, we generally experience thirst less often and so may drink less fluids. However, with central heating drying out the atmosphere it is just as important to drink regular fluids as it is in the summer. Elderly patients may start drinking far too little fluids and are a higher risk group for dehydration.

Remember, we depend on water for survival - as humans we are mainly composed of water and this is vital for organ, joint and mental health. Osteopathically, it is possible to palpate when a patient is starting to dehydrate - skin texture is dryer and muscular tissues don't have the 'bounce' resilience of healthy muscles which are usually about 70% water. We may comment upon this during your treatment session and it can be an indicator that you just need to increase your fluid intake.

We recommend for sedentary normal activity 8 glasses of water per day. A couple of these as a caffeinated drink is okay but at least 4 drinks should be decaffeinated. Space them out regularly throughout the day with more in the morning/lunchtime if you are worried about suffering from urinary frequency at night.

Obviously, if you are exercising regularly or suffer from kidney/urinary problems then you will need a greater fluid intake.

Foods to enhance fluid intake are fruit, vegetables and in the winter a good soup should go down well. Try adding a lemon slice to water to make it more palatable or use a No-Added Sugar fruit squash. Also, when hungry, drink a glass of water before eating as we often mistake thirst for hunger.

Symptoms of Mild Dehydration Can Be:

  • Headache
  • Tiredness/Lethargy
  • Thirst
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle/Joint Aches and Pains
  • Dry Mouth
  • Weakness
  • Rapid Heart Rate
  • Lack of Skin Elasticity
  • Little or No Urine Output

So please, keep your healthy fluid intake up over the next few months despite the colder weather.

Christmas Opening Times

Christmas Eve 09:00 - 13:00

Christmas Day Closed

Boxing Day Closed

Saturday 27th December Closed

Monday 29th December 08:00 - 18:00

Tuesday 30th December 08:00 - 20:30

New Year's Eve Closed

New Year's Day Closed

Friday 2nd January 08:00 - 20:30

From Friday 2nd January opening hours will be back to normal.

We Wish you All a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
From Carragh, Mark, Lucy, Colette and Anna.


For any queries please do contact us at the practice on 0208 977 6396.

Best wishes


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