It’s bones isn’t it?

No…. Well, yes… And no. Let me explain. Lots of people, new to chiropractic, think it’s all about bones. Some will even have a whole system in their head that they’ve got from…somewhere, that says that chiropractors do bones, physios do muscles, osteopaths do joints ; as if there is some kind of delineation between them all ( bones, joints, muscles I mean, not between us, physios & osteopaths!). Your body is intricately connected and you can’t Read more →

Christmas tips

With Christmas fast approaching (why DO we say that? It’s the same speed as always!) it’s time to examine the stresses and strains of the season and give you a bit of advice to minimise those stresses if we can.

Remember … discs may not slip but you might!

There’s still occasionally wet leaves around and these can be very

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Let’s have a higher standard

I was looking in a magazine the other day and came across an advisement for some therapy or other. To be honest I can’t remember which it was, but the thing that caught my eye was that it made a host of claims to able to ‘cure this’ and ‘help that’ and ‘alleviate ‘ what have you. I looked at the conditions it claimed to help and knew straight away that most of what they were claiming could, at best, be anecdotal and had surely never been subjected to any kind of testing. The list made it sound like this was the answer to all your prayers.

As a chiropractor we are subject to a strict code of ethics including rules about what we are allowed to claim we can help. There are now definite rules, under the banner of the advertising standards authority, and we have to abide by these.

Now, much though sometimes these rules annoy me ( they can be ridiculously strict) they do mean that Read more →


Sorry for shouting there. :-\

Stressful influences seem to surround us. If it isn’t the outside threat of global warming or political shenanigans (lovely word), it’s closer to home with work demands or domestic issues taking their toll on our health and our sanity. Of course, some stress is inevitable and, in fact, normal. It can encourage us to get things done or change things we don’t like. If you think about it… a world without any stress at all would leave us so laid back or bored, there would be little impetus to do any thing! However, it’s when we live in a near-constant state of stress, that it’s wise to take stock and see what we can do to reduce it.

There are really 2 types of stress:-

EU STRESS: No, not worrying about Brussels will come up with next! This is the type that is all under your control, the good stress if you like. For example, when you have a job to do; it’s down to you and it’s going well or  Read more →

Something fishy about this

Omega 3

You hear a lot about this nowadays. It’s what’s called an Essential Fatty Acid and the reason they’re essential is that we can’t make them ourselves – we have to consume them regularly in foods or supplements. Ideally it must be consumed in the right ratio together with Omega 6 Essential Fatty Acid (EFA).

Omega 3 has been decreasing in the food chain since the advent of industrialisation and the levels of Omega 6 have risen over that time too.

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A bath in the forest?

Shrin Rin – yoku

Absolutely! Of course you all know that this, literally translated, means forest bathing and you’re wondering what on earth I’m on about! This refers to the concept that being out and about in nature has healing properties. Something the Japanese have known about for a very long time.
Generally we all kind of know this on some level – that you feel better after a long walk in the woods and that you don’t feel the same benefit after Read more →

In the driving seat

Back to the subject of work and movement this time let’s look at inactivity. I’m going to focus in this post on driving (hence the “object of desire” photo).

Being stuck behind the wheel of your van or your BMW 350i Special Edition GTV X1 ( I made that up … It’s a guess… You can probably tell), they’re both bad for you if you do it for too long without a break. You need to stop, get out and walk around for 5 minutes at least every 75 to 90 minutes, NOT 3 hours. Also, stopping for a sit down at the motorway service station for a latte and a muffin doesn’t count. If you do get out,walk around and breathe deeply you’ll arrive more refreshed, less stiff and 5,10 or maybe 15 minutes later than you would have done. That’s got to be worth it! Another little tip if you do drive long distances is to modify the seat back angle slightly every 20 minutes or so. Just a small tweak can help prevent fatigue.

Also pay attention to all that stuff in the drivers manual (if you’ve still got it) about headrest position etc. It really does need to be level with the Read more →

Painkillers and heart disease link

There’s no schoolboy pun for this title blog entry or even a particularly whizzy picture . There are serious issues here relating the use of anti inflammatory painkiller drugs to a significant rise in the risk of heart disease. A report in the journal “What doctors don’t tell you” recently highlights the risks associated with these commonly prescribed painkillers. Of particular concern in this area are diclofenac and a class of drugs known as Cox-2 inhibitors. Diclofenac it’s reported is associated, even at low doses, with a 22% increased risk of a cardiovascular event. Ibuprofen (nurofen) is, likewise associated with an 18% higher risk, though only at higher doses (above1200 mg/day). It’s been known for some time that there’s an increased risk of Read more →

What’s all that noise? The clicks and pops.

A bit of an odd blog today. It’s about the noise. If I’m honest this is one of the tricky things about chiropractic. On one hand some people hate the noise of being adjusted and yet they do like to “hear” something happening. As to the cause of the clicks and pops – I’ll come to that in a minute. The aspect I want to touch on first of all is why is it that so many people remark on how their body is clicking a lot more, by itself, in the early stages of care? Well, I have my theories and I have discussed this with other chiropractors and I’ve come to the following conclusions (hard to describe this without a diagram… but I’ll do my best).

Think of your spine as being stiff in places, the subluxations – the places where the vertebrae are jammed or stuck. What your body will do to compensate is to overuse other parts, they become loose. A joint that moves too much is called hypermobile and will be Read more →

Sweet it “ain’t”

Why sugar-free doesn’t equal problem-free! (Careful picture today  – I don’t want any particular cola company deciding to sue me!… oh and sorry about the grammar in the title)

It occurred to me the other day when I stopped to fill up with petrol how much cola dominated the drink shelves there. I know, I’m a bit slow on the uptake, but really, when you look at it, there is a ton of the stuff in there. There is admittedly a lot of water there too but, and it’s a big but, there is a sneaky rise in the number of flavoured, sugar-free waters now too. So, I thought it’d be a good time to have a quick review of the dangers of artificial sweeteners.  Why is it that most of the people who are overweight drink diet drinks? Why doesn’t sugar-free work? There is evidence that sugar substitutes make you fat. It seems that if you have these chemicals instead of sugar it Read more →