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The Centre of Osteopathy & Complementary Health

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The Centre of Osteopathy & Complementary Health

The Centre of Osteopathy and Complementary Health has been an established part of the community for well over ten years now. Based in Hythe, we offer a wide variety of treatments to help promote and improve general health and fitness.

We are also keen to promote and educate the younger generation in long-term spinal health. This is an important message. Learning about a good diet, the benefits of regular exercise to promote good bone development and an understanding of good posture will ensure the support of long-term musculoskeletal health.

Our famous, friendly skeleton…

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Sidney is a very popular character around Hythe and has a busy time promoting spinal health. Sidney can be used in a fun way to teach children about keeping healthy, incorporating memory games, drawing and exercise.
Everybody has a skeleton made up of 206 bones, which gives your body structure and amazing gift of movement as well as protecting your internal organs.
Your very own sidney
Bones are the framework for your child’s growing body. Bone is living tissue that changes constantly, with bits of old bone being removed and replaced by new bone. You can think of bone as a bank account, where (with your help) your kids make “deposits” and “withdrawals” of bone tissue. During childhood and adolescence, much more bone is deposited than withdrawn as the skeleton grows in both size and density.

Sidney has his very own pages!

How to look after the Sidneys in your family
Nutrition in vital for long term bone development. As parents and carers, it is vital to think about children's bones. Building healthy bones by adopting healthy nutritional and lifestyle habits in childhood is important to help prevent osteoporosis and fractures later in life.

Calcium and Vitamin D are the 2 key nutrients when building strong bones. Calcium supports your bones and teeth structure and Vitamin D improves calcium absorption and bone growth.
Include these foods in your family's diet to support their bones through development and into adulthood:-
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Yoghurt
  • Broccoli
  • Nuts
  • Sardines
  • Oily Fish (Salmon/Tuna)
  • Calcium-enriched Orange Juice
  • Fortified Cereals
  • Leafy Greens
  • Spinach

Exercise your Sidney

Regular exercise stimulates bone development. Encouraging your family to participate in sports and activities will provide your child with stronger healthier bones to carry them through life.


Good posture not only promotes great skeletal development but also helps to prevent excessive wear on joints as the you age.
Posture is the body's ability to control its position in space against the forces of the external world. Posture is both static (sitting in one position) and dynamic (maintaining balance).

Childhood posture is a subject more and more parents are taking an interest in. Good posture is very important even in the pre-school child.

Understanding posture

Is your child rounding their shoulders or appear to be unbalanced when sitting or standing? Are older children suffering from aches and pains after sports? How do they play with their toys or study on tablets or computers? Are they always looking down, slumping their shoulders forward, or leaning to one side?
The best place to start is to be aware.
Poor Postural Effects
In the long-term, abnormal bone growth could result from poor posture. Bones can grow abnormally if they have too much pressure put in one direction, as the bones change their shape it becomes much more difficult to correct the problem
However, posture can still be improved whatever your age. We offer practical advice on how to improve and promote good posture for your whole family.

Top Tips for looking after your Sidney!

  • Participate in as many healthy sports as you can
  • Choose the healthy option at lunch
  • Do not sit in one position for too long
  • Only carry what you really need and use in your rucksack

Good posture means:

  • Bones and muscles are all in line so they can work to their best ability
  • Able to exercise for longer periods without feeling tired
  • Three spinal curves work together with no strain
  • Body avoids pain in the back muscles or joints

Looking after your posture means that you:

  • Avoid slouching when sitting
  • Warm up before and after exercise
  • Always bend your knees and keep your back straight when you lift
  • Never lift anything more than a quarter of your body weight
  • Remember that pain is a red light
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