Part 2 An interview with James Revell, Clinic Director at Lushington Chiropractic Clinic in Eastbourne.
Continuing from last time, here is part 2 of the interview with James Revell, Doctor of Chiropractic and Clinical Director of Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne. If you missed part 1 you can read it here.
Once graduated, whereabouts did you go to and work?
Having grown up on the coast in Sussex near Eastbourne, it was always natural for me to work in the south. I looked at chiropractic clinics, osteopaths and even multi-disciplinary clinics for physiotherapists across the south of England.
One of the chiropractors I was most inspired by was a “chiropractor neurologist”. He specialised in neurological (nervous system) conditions understanding and treating them using chiropractic neurology.
I spent eighteen months working with him in West Sussex, as well as other clinics before branching out towards Eastbourne to open a chiropractic clinic at the Horder Centre, which at the time was known as the Apollo Centre.
How long were you there at the Horder centre in Eastbourne?
I worked at the Horder (Apollo) Centre for three years. During that time, I used to commute to Eastbourne from Brighton. After a little persuasion, my wife agreed to move to Eastbourne so we could open up our own chiropractic clinic.
Was Lushington Road your first choice to open a chiropractic clinic?
Initially we looked at the potential of opening up a chiropractic clinic in Seaford, or Hailsham, but favoured Meads High Street in Eastbourne in the end. However, when 30 Lushington Road came on the market we fell in love with it. It is a big building with great potential to convert into the kind of warm welcoming chiropractic clinic that fitted our vision.
What do you really enjoy about being a chiropractor here in Eastbourne?
Something I really enjoy about being a chiropractor is helping people and making a difference. Eastbourne has already got a lovely community feel – there’s lots going on, especially for us as we are bringing up our young family. I find it really rewarding as a chiropractor to be able to contribute to the community; not only helping individuals, but joining in with local charity events and even running some ourselves.
I like to be able to help people and to feel that I have made a difference, so in a town like Eastbourne, you really can make a difference, rather than some of the larger towns and cities.
I also really like Eastbourne’s location next to the sea, the Downs and, when you need it, there is easy access to London and Brighton.
You’ve been working as a chiropractor in Eastbourne for over a decade – how many more years have you got left in you?
My role as a chiropractor has grown, just as our clinic has grown too. I really enjoy working with people and still run clinics on a weekly basis myself. However, I do have to balance that now with managing the clinic overall as well.
I have got no immediate plans to retire and hope to continue practicing as a chiropractor in Eastbourne for at least another twenty years.
Why did you decide to have other therapists alongside chiropractors working with you?
I think it is important that a patient’s treatment is tailored personally to them. By having a team of practitioners who are experts in their own individual fields, the patient can get the best possible treatment personally tuned to meet their individual needs. That’s why I insist on meeting with all the massage therapists every week to discuss cases with them.
Lushington is the largest chiropractic and multi-disciplinary clinic in Eastbourne – in fact, we are one of the largest clinics in East Sussex! We have a team of over twenty covering sports massage, medical acupuncture, Chinese acupuncture, nutrition therapists, podiatrists, psychologists and counsellors. I think for a little clinic here in Eastbourne we are doing rather well, but what I am most proud about is the genuine collaborative atmosphere that puts the patient first.
That’s great James, keep doing the hard work and thank you for agreeing to be interviewed!
Acupuncture Awareness Week is coming to Eastbourne! March 6th-March 12th.
Who am I?
I am Carolyn, a GP and acupuncturist and have recently moved to the Eastbourne area with my husband’s job. I feel so lucky to be in Eastbourne, by the sea and the Downs, it is a perfect place to bring up our young children. I also feel lucky to be joining the team at Lushington Chiropractic to practice acupuncture and whose values are entirely in line with my own – community, health and growth. We are all helped to grow throughout our lives if we are surrounded by people who support and value us and at Lushington I can see a team that thrives because of the connections the team have made between themselves.
I have a background in arts and then went on to study medicine after doing an anthropology degree. I did medicine as a second degree and trained in acupuncture at the same time having seen it performed in Thailand where I did my anthropology research into Thai traditional medicine. Once I had started needling I found it difficult to stop! I find it is useful for such a wide variety of conditions. There are the obvious ones like headaches, migraines, back pains, neck pains. However, it is useful for many more conditions such as hot flushes in the menopause, irritable bladders, IBS, low mood, insomnia, fatigue and stress. Part of the reason it helps with general wellbeing is due to all the lovely biochemicals it helps your body to release naturally such as endorphins, your body’s pain killer, and serotonin and oxytocin which lift your mood and make you feel more relaxed
I lecture and examine for the British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS). We train healthcare professionals such as nurses, doctors, osteopaths and chiropractors on our courses. They needle each other so get feel the positive effects of regular acupuncture treatments throughout their training. I enjoy the teaching side and sit on the council for the BMAS as the society’s Vice President. We have a lot of interest in our courses from around the world as Western medical acupuncture is not established as a speciality in a lot of countries.
What are the two types of acupuncture?
Western medical acupuncture developed from traditional acupuncture after President Nixon travelled to China in the 1970s and saw how beneficial it could be. Western medical acupuncturists make a conventional diagnosis before treating you based on neurophysiological principles. Chinese acupuncturists on the other hand base their diagnosis on the Chinese traditional medical system which is based on the concept of Qi, your vital energy, flowing around the body. It is steeped in tradition including Taoism which looks at the natural balance and order of life and tries to restore that.
I believe both systems are actually trying to do the same thing – to restore the body to its natural way. The body can be viewed as a perfectly functioning machine but it needs looking after rather like an expensive car, you would make sure it was oiled, cleaned and regularly serviced to ensure it ran smoothly. When we do the same for our bodies they can function perfectly and acupuncture helps them to do this by themselves.
Making acupuncture accessible for everybody
I use acupuncture in my daily work as a GP and have set up a teaching clinic as a pilot for the BMAS offering low cost affordable treatments to patients in the GP or community setting. I hope to introduce this in Eastbourne in the near future to help people to reduce their medications and get back to work more quickly. Patients love it and I find it very rewarding. My aim is to make acupuncture as affordable and accessible to the people of Eastbourne as possible. I’d love to set up group clinics run by the community for the community in a GP setting so people can be treated together as they are in China. I can imagine the community of Eastbourne getting behind this idea.
This week is Acupuncture Awareness Week so it is an ideal time for me to be starting up my new acupuncture clinic at Lushington Chiropractic. I have met all the team and can’t wait to start working with them.
All appointments with me and my colleague Rob Bowley, who is a traditional acupuncturist, will be half price for the month of March to celebrate Acupuncture Awareness Week. If you haven’t tried acupuncture before why not come along and try acupuncture with one of us.
Lushington Chiropractic can help people of all ages
My parents have both used Lushington Chiropractic.
My 90 year old Dad came to see Mykel Mason (Doctor of chiropractic) with shoulder pain and a problem with his ankle, his ankle is much improved and his shoulder was getting a lot better until he had a fall and fractured his wrist which needed wiring and the neck of his humerus which needed pining! He will be returning to continue chiropractic treatment when he is fully healed.
My 86 year old Mum also came to see Mykel with a problem with her arm and a numbness in her fingers in one hand, Mykel worked very hard to help Mum with adjustments and suggestions of various exercises she could do to help increase her range of motion, she has also had a number of therapeutic massages with Sue Hudson.
They have both been very pleased with the treatment they have had but also commented on how friendly and welcoming the clinic was, they particularly found our wonderful team of clinic assistants very kind and helpful!
They both enjoyed coming to our Open day here in Eastbourne which was held on a lovely sunny day in July last year, they were very interested to hear about all the other therapies offered at Lushington Chiropractic, Why not come along to the Wellbeing Open Day this year on Wednesday 28th October 10.00am – 2.00pm where Lushington Chiropractic is celebrating its 10th Birthday!!
Its 10 years since James Revell (Doctor of Chiropractic) first opened the doors of Lushington Chiropractic and it has come a long way!
The clinic has 10 years of proven award winning service to over 8,000 local people
You can be sure of a warm welcome at Lushington Chiropractic
Discovering an all-new you through acupuncture
Could you be saying hello to an all-new you this year with the help of acupuncture?
January is always a good time of year to reflect on what has gone before, as well as setting a course for the New Year. For many people it is the time of year to focus on their health and look to effective treatments such as acupuncture.
It’s not unusual for people to succumb to seasonal bouts of coughs, colds and flus during these post-Christmas winter months. But why is it that some people are affected more or less than others?
For an acupuncture practitioner this is due, not solely, to the many germs and viruses around, but largely to the relative deficiency of one’s own vital energy or Qi. When one’s energy is low this can result in a weakened immune system, allowing colds and flus to flourish.
There are many factors that can deplete your energy and consequently weaken your overall health. These may include diet and nutrition, stress, lack of exercise, lifestyle, overworking and many external factors.
By tackling these issues it should be possible to increase one’s energy reserve and bring the body’s inner landscape into better balance. The result of this is typically a stronger immune system and an increased sense of wellbeing.
Acupuncture works on balancing and increasing this energy throughout the body and I find it interesting to note that people who receive regular acupuncture treatments suffer much less with colds and other minor illnesses.
So what else can we do to improve things as we start the New Year?
After the rich foods and revelry of December, January is the perfect time to take an interest in one’s diet and begin to choose healthier options – ones that bring us closer to vibrant health. Choosing an exercise that is stimulating and keeps you interested will also help to keep you going throughout the year.
Finding ways to lead a better work/life balance is vital and will enable you to avoid burning out and will enable you to enjoy more fully your leisure time. Stress and emotions are two huge factors that drain energy and are well worth considering.
Like all of the team members at Lushington Chiropractic, I believe in the importance of self-care, and I encourage clients to be aware and vigilant of the stresses and strains that impact on their daily lives. It is a well known fact that constant worry and anxiety have a dramatic effect on the body. They act like a leaky tap, constantly draining our vital energy. Understanding where and why this is happening will have an immediate effect. It is a topic that I am passionate about as an acupuncture practitioner, so expect some more blog articles on this in the near future.
Finally, there is one more way you can rev up your energy reserves. It is one which has had the most powerful and enduring effect on my own life and the one I now teach to many students in my classes around the local area. Tai Chi and Qigong are gentle, yet thorough, therapeutic exercise systems which have stood the test of time. They were specifically developed hundreds of years ago to not only work on the musculo-skeletal system but also to enhance the body’s natural energy reserves through specific movements, breathing techniques and internal awareness.
If you would like to find out more about how acupuncture could help you please drop the clinic a call or email, contact us via our Facebook page or come and have a chat with me at the clinic.
I hope that you have enjoyed reading this and look forward to your comments.
Have a great New Year