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An Interview with Eastbourne Chiropractor Dr Joshua French: Part 2

Image shows Eastbourne Chiropractors Dr Gemma Crouch and Dr Josh French seated in the X-Ray Suite at Lushington Chiropractic

January 4th, 2018 92 post views

In part 1, Eastbourne Chiropractor Dr Gemma found out how Dr Joshua French of Lushington Chiropractic was inspired to become a chiropractor and how he got into sports chiropractic. We also found out how he can help local Eastbourne athletes and sports teams.

In the second part of the interview, we continue to find out some key information on sports chiropractic and get to find out about Dr Joshua’s favourite lower back exercises for chronic low back pain.

Image shows Eastbourne Chiropractors Dr Gemma Crouch and Dr Joshua French seated in the X-Ray Suite at Lushington Chiropractic

Dr Gemma asks the questions to Dr Joshua, our sports chiropractor.

Part 2

What is the most common sporting injury you come across when working with athletes and how would you treat it?

One of the most common sports injuries I see is a sprained ankle. This happens when we roll over our ankle on one side and we damage/tear one or more of the ligaments around the ankle joint. This is often followed by swelling and maybe bruising, as well as pain and difficulty weight bearing.

The treatment that I provide for this injury is very simple and revolves around restoring full movement to the foot and ankle, as well as giving specific exercises to ensure this problem doesn’t happen again.

What is your favourite lower back exercise from a chiropractic point of view to help with chronic low back pain?

During my time at university I was fortunate enough to attend an educational seminar instructed by a leading professor called Stuart McGill. He is a world renowned spinal biomechanist and has performed decades of research into spinal biomechanics. From this seminar, I developed a keen interest in rehabilitation techniques and the favourite low back exercise that I frequently give patients with chronic low back pain is from this seminar.

What is this exercise called?

The exercise is called the Bird Dog.

Oh! What a funny name!

Could you tell me how to do this exercise please?

 The Bird Dog and is performed in the quadruped position which means on your hands and knees. From this position, a neutral spine is found and following this a spinal bracing manoeuvre is performed. This bracing procedure is basically a contraction of the core musculature as if you were being punched and bracing against it. Once this has occurred, very slowly one leg and the opposite arm are stretched away from the body until they are at a fully extended position. They are kept there for one second and then slowly bring them back in line with the rest of the body and then a repetition is performed on the other side. The best repetition range is twelve to twenty performed for three sets and this is performed daily.

For further help with this exercise, please visit Dr Joshua’s blog on  low back pain exercise which has a video of me performing the exercise.

Which athletes have you most enjoyed working with?

The athlete I enjoyed working most with was a powerlifter that competed for Great Britain. I worked closely with her over the course of a year implementing a new rehabilitation programme, as well as providing general chiropractic care. After this programme was completed, she was able to finish in third place at a European championship.

I do however enjoy working with athletes in Eastbourne of all ages and abilities. I particularly enjoy helping people set and achieve goals and always try to work with the athlete to enable them to get the most out of their sports chiropractic care.

That is the end of part 2. Thank you Josh for your time, please click here to read part 3 about Dr Joshua’s move to Eastbourne.

Gemma Crouch

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