Use a red plate to lose a bit of weight: People who eat off them cut their intake by 40%.
Meals on red plates and drinks from red cups are reported to reduce our consumption by 40%. This study was carried out by German and Swiss academics, they believe red may encourage people to avoid snacking, as people associate red with the idea of “danger, prohibition and stop.”
MY THOUGHTS: Who knows!? If it helps I’m prepared to give it a go. My plates are purple, I’m curious as to what that may trigger in me behaviour-wise!?

Intense back pain and brittle bones at just 29 – all because I had a baby, Fiona Duffy.
This story talked about the relatively rare incidence of osteoporosis in pregnancy. Osteoporosis is most often thought to be a condition of post-menopausal women. However, bone density can drop temporarily in the late stages of pregnancy and breastfeeding, as the woman’s body provides calcium to the growing baby. Usually the body adapts – “levels of the hormonal form of vitamin D increase in order to enhance calcium absorption from the gut and also to encourage the breakdown of bone which is “reabsorbed” by the body as another form of calcium.”
Experts are unsure why the problem occurs in some women, and not others. Studies have shown that the vitamin D hormone levels didn’t increase in some pregnancies. Or it is thought that some women who suffer with this, may have already had a lower bone density before the pregnancy.
Osteoporotic fractures can cause permanent deformity and disability. It can be controlled with medication. The lady in this article fell pregnant again and gave birth to another child. She did unfortunately suffer further fractures, but at least she was aware of the issue, and care with medication was given from the outset.


These exercises shouldn’t cause pain, if you experience a problem, stop the exercise and consult your Osteopath or other medical practitioner. If you have an existing complaint, it would be wise to consult your practitioner to check these exercises are appropriate for you.

Squats with core ball against the wall
Standing up straight, place the core ball between your back and the wall. Maintaining the ball between you and the wall squat down, try and bring your thighs parallel to the floor. Then return to standing. Try and repeat 10 times, then rest and try again. This is a great exercise to build strength in your quadriceps muscles.

Quadriceps stretch
Standing, consider using the wall or a chair for support if necessary. Bring your heel up to your bottom, and hold your foot/ankle here in order to maintain a stretch at the front of your thigh. Hold for 30 seconds and then repeat on the other side.

Knee mobility exercise
Sitting on the floor with both legs out straight ahead of you. Bend one knee and slide the foot in towards your bottom, bend your knee as much as possible and relax to the floor. Repeat 10 times on each side.


The knee is the largest joint in the body and is very complex. It consists of the joint between the patella and femur (kneecap and thigh bone), and between the femur and tibia (thigh and lower leg bone).

As a weight-bearing joint it is required to be strong, yet it must also be flexible. It is a common area to suffer degenerative changes, and often sports injuries. It is effected by our choice of footwear and an increase in our body weight. It is prone to strain from problems above and below the joint. An injury at the ankle or foot can alter the position of the knee, and vice versa. A hip or spinal problem will readily place more stress on the knee as someone adapts and tries to compensate for the pain. The lower back and hip may even refer pain to the knee.

Common structures causing pain at the knee are ligaments and cartilage. Most commonly the medial collateral ligament, then the medial meniscus (cartilage), and then the anterior cruciate ligament.

Early and accurate diagnosis is essential. A delay could result in an increased chance of developing degeneration in the joint.

Osteopaths are trained to assess the knee joint, taking the area through an active and passive examination. Including orthopedic tests as appropriate. Osteopaths also consider the knee within the context of the whole individual. If another area were placing undue strain on the knee joint, then this could be addressed in treatment too. If necessary, referral for further joint imaging may be necessary.


Happy february! I hope you’re all keeping well. If you are experiencing any musculoskeletal problems, please do feel free to telephone or email and enquire if your problem is suitable for Osteopathic treatment. Until the next time, stay well. This month’s post focuses on the knee, I hope you find it interesting and perhaps of some use.

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