Twenty Minutes

Natural treatments for pain in Falkirk and Stirling

When we hear the word prescription we tend to think of a slip of paper from a GP with an order for medicines. Actually, a prescription is the advice or recommendation of something beneficial. Osteopaths cannot prescribe medicines or drugs, but we do prescribe things like exercises. I had a woman in my clinic recently who is exhausted and emotional. She is trying to balance life with a new-born, fussy baby and a severely ill family member who she is responsible for. I offered tissues and reassurance that she is indeed doing a good enough job despite her feelings, but I know she desperately needs to take some time to gain some headspace. So, I issued a verbal prescription of twenty minutes to do something genuinely unrelated to her to-do list or to do nothing at all. Rather than feel guilty about it, she is to view it as medicinal.

Really, I’m not sure if she’ll manage to carve out that twenty minutes right now but it made me realise how many of us need to be disciplined about this when we do have the ability. One of the most common symptoms I see, aside from aches and pains, is just this chronic state of stress and burnout. I hold my hands up as somebody who also gets stuck on the treadmill of doing and never gets off. Everybody, we need to learn how to hit the stop button!

Now, it is usually a terrible idea to prescribe anything without a consultation and examination, but this is one I am confident you will need, regardless of who you are and what you do. So, consider yourself prescribed with the following;

What? You have been prescribed Twenty Minutes. This is time when you either do something for pure enjoyment or relaxation or you simply do nothing at all. Suggestions include; drink a cup of tea without reading work emails at the same time, take a short walk for the enjoyment of it rather than “to get some exercise”, doodle a picture on an envelope, snuggle on the couch with a child or pet, meditate, pray, flick through a magazine, read a chapter of a good book, stare into space, daydream, breathe.

When? You choose. Some people like to take Twenty Minutes first thing and other people like to take it just before bed. Others manage to take it through the day, in a lunch break, between shifts, just before the school run, while kids are at swimming lessons, during a coffee break. It’s up to you.


How often should I take it? At least once a day. During acute phases of stress, dosage could be increased to several times a day or doubled. Even a half dose of Twenty Minutes is beneficial if you are finding it difficult to take any at all. If it has been been several days or weeks since you have managed to take Twenty Minutes at all, then give some serious thought to dropping something from your activity list or asking somebody to help you.


What if I miss a dose? If you miss a dose, just try to take it again as soon as possible.


What if I take too much? There is no harm in taking too much but if you are prone to losing track of time, you may want to set an alarm so that you remember to return to work or pick up the kids!


Are there any side effects? Some people report a feeling of guilt and worry about all the things they should be doing. Try changing the word should to could, keep taking your Twenty Minutes and this will improve. Some people feel a sense of hostility and complain that they “just don’t have the time.” Another sun will rise, and the world has a tendency to keep turning even when we don’t get every little thing done in our day.


Are there any contra-indications? Common sense is desirable when taking Twenty Minutes. It is best avoided in the middle of an important conference call, when a child is in discomfort or danger, if the building is on fire or if an emergency is arising. Please note that dishes in the sink, a few crumbs on the floor or socks needing paired does not constitute an emergency.


How long for? It is important to keep taking your Twenty Minutes regularly even after you start to feel better.


Obviously, this is all a little tongue in cheek but on a serious note, we need to learn how to stop or we will burn out. You cannot pour from an empty cup and living in a constant state of doing will lead to exhaustion. Some people will find this difficult and uncomfortable both practically and emotionally. If you are really struggling to find your off switch come and talk to us. You may be surprised at how we can help with that as well as your aches and pains.


Now, if you’ll excuse me, it is my day off and I am going to ignore the laundry that needs put away and go drink tea with a friend. I might even double dose!

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Pebbles Milne

Pebbles Milne

As a musician I live with the a lot of aches and pains. I've tried many many things over the years to feel better. David McCabe has changed my life and given me relief and freedom in my body that I'd given up hope of ever feeling. David and Helen are the nicest people you could meet but are also thoroughly professional and brilliant at what they do. I have recommended them to many of my friends and colleagues. Can't thank them enough. Back2Life Clinic is the best. Thank you David and Helen. 

Kathleen Coubrough

Kathleen Coubrough

My life was on hold due to chronic back pain and I lost 4 years of my life waiting for the NHS to help/cure me. After a recommendation I visited the Back2Life clinic. After just 3 months I was able to work again and since then I finally got married and had a baby. The name says it all.... They really did help me Back2Life! 

Arlene Mcconnachie

Arlene Mcconnachie

Very professional and welcoming. Took my 12 week baby as he was having problems 'winding'. After 2 sessions with Helen he is so much better - so much happier and I don't dread feeding times and endless hours of trying to wind. Highly recommend trying if you have a wee one with colicky symptoms. 

Lynsey Graham

Lynsey Graham

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It is hard to find a more friendly, professional and dedicated to wellness team than this. Helen and Dave have restored my youth...or at least my ability to move and enjoy playing with my son. I cannot thank you enough!

Pebbles Milne, osteopathy patient

As a musician I live with the a lot of aches and pains. I've tried many many things over the years to feel better. David McCabe has changed my life and given me relief and freedom in my body that I'd given up hope of ever feeling. David and Helen are the nicest people you could meet but are also thoroughly professional and brilliant at what they do. I have recommended them to many of my friends and colleagues. Can't thank them enough. Back 2 Life Clinic is the best. Thank you David and Helen.

Kathleen Coubrough, osteopathy patient

My life was on hold due to chronic back pain and I lost 4 years of my life waiting for the NHS to help/cure me. After a recommendation I visited the Back2Life clinic. After just 3 months I was able to work again and since then I finally got married and had a baby. The name says it all.... They really did help me Back2Life!

Arlene Mcconnachie, osteopathy patient

Very professional and welcoming. Took my 12 week baby as he was having problems 'winding'. After 2 sessions with Helen he is so much better - so much happier and I don't dread feeding times and endless hours of trying to wind. Highly recommend trying if you have a wee one with colicky symptoms.

Lynsey Graham, osteopathy patient

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