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What is an ankle sprain?

Mykel Mason from Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne, explains what an ankle sprain really is and how it happens.

An ankle sprain, typically described as a twisted ankle, is when the ligaments of the ankle are quickly overstretched and damaged. The most common type is an inversion ankle sprain which damages the ligament on the outside of the ankle towards the front. This ligament is called the anterior talofibular ligament.

How can you sprain an ankle?

It is very common for people to sustain this kind of injury during impact exercising, such as football, rugby or hockey. But it is actually just as easy to suffer sprains in simple innocuous ways like stepping off a kerb. You are also more likely to sprain your ankle if you have previously done so.

Doctor of Chiropractic at Lushington Chiropractic Mykel Mason demonstrates how you can cause an inversion ankle sprain. Image shows the outside half of the foot off the side of a kerb causing the ankle to twist, overstretching the outside of the ankle.

Doctor of Chiropractic at Lushington Chiropractic Mykel Mason demonstrates how you can cause an inversion ankle sprain.

How bad is an ankle sprain?

There are three different grades of ankle sprain.

A grade one ankle sprain

Is a mild overstretching of a ligament with minimal tearing. With this you get mild tenderness and swelling but there is no instability and generally you are able to bear weight with minimal pain.

A grade two ankle sprain

Is an incomplete tear of a ligament. Consequently, you get moderate pain and swelling with some bruising and difficulty weight bearing.

A grade three ankle sprain

Is a complete tear of a ligament. As a result, you get extensive swelling and bruising with loss of function and instability.

The healing process

There are three stages of healing for an ankle sprain. The acute inflammatory phase, the reparative phase and remodelling phase.

The acute inflammatory phase

This lasts 24-72 hours. Damage to the blood vessels results in swelling and bruising.

The reparative phase

This is where repairing happens. Dead or damaged tissue is replaced with healthy cells and connective tissue. Cells that promote ligament repair are then supplied to allow ligament healing.

The remodelling phase

This is where the fibres of the ligament align themselves longways. New collagen needs time to mature with pre injury strength potentially regained by three months post injury.

Non-surgical treatment and management of an ankle ligament sprain has been shown to improve the rate of healing and appropriate rehabilitation to prevent further recurrence.

Yours in health
Mykel Mason your Eastbourne Chiropractor at Lushington Chiropractic

New NICE guidelines recommend chiropractic techniques for the lower back pain and sciatica

Chiropractic for the treatment of lower of back pain and sciatica

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recently published new guidelines for the treatment of lower back pain and sciatica. NICE is an organisation that provides guidance and advice to improve health and social care on a national level. These are the guidelines used by the NHS and other healthcare professionals. This guideline for the treatment of low back pain and sciatica covers everything from public health advice to surgical interventions.

The guidelines recommend a number of interventions for low back pain, including spinal manipulation and soft tissue massage techniques. Exercise and psychological therapies are also recognised as important in the treatment of lower back pain and sciatica.

What is spinal manipulation?

Let me explain in a little more detail what these treatments consist of. Spinal manipulative therapy is an umbrella term for a variety of methods and techniques available to chiropractors and other healthcare professionals. Depending on the nature of the issue, one or more of these interventions can be utilised to restore joint movement and function.

The chiropractor will observe and feel the movement of your spinal joints, looking for stiff joints. They will then apply a small thrust to a specific joint, to help improve movement there. The amount of force or movement used in the manipulation varies according to the techniques that the healthcare provider has been trained in, and how they can adapt them to your needs.

Spinal manipulation has been practiced by health practitioners for thousands of years. There are reports suggesting it’s use as far back as Egyptian times. Over the last 100 years’ chiropractors have been increasingly considered as some of the leading specialists in spinal manipulation.  Although chiropractors carry out a wide range of types of treatments from massage to exercise advice, we have developed over a hundred different spinal manipulation techniques, which we refine for each person individually.

When you see a chiropractor they often refer to the spinal manipulation as an “adjustment”.  It’s worth noting as well that we are trained to adjust and treat other joints or muscles throughout the body.

In relation to spinal manipulation itself, which is one of the treatment types recommended in this NICE guideline for the treatment of lower back pain and sciatica, the only healthcare professionals in the UK to have these techniques included as part of their required degree training are chiropractors and osteopaths. If a physiotherapist or GP wants to learn how to manipulate spines they have to undergo additional postgraduate training.

Soft tissue techniques

The guidelines recommend the use of soft tissue techniques for the treatment of lower back pain and sciatica.

There’s a wide variety of soft tissue techniques that can be used to treat back pain and sciatica. I predominately use stretching and massage techniques to help reduce stiffness and tension within the muscles and connective tissue. There is nothing more satisfying than improving someone’s hip and back range of motion with well-targeted massage and stretching.

At our chiropractic clinic in Eastbourne we have a large team of chiropractors, which is great for our patients, because we often discuss severe cases and share techniques we specialise in.


For a wide variety of people, I find that spinal manipulation and soft tissue techniques are best combined with specific therapeutic exercises, that are aimed to strengthen specific muscles and stabilise joints. Part of my assessment at Lushington Chiropractic Clinic is to identify the areas of the body that need to be strengthened and the areas that need increased mobility. This assessment helps me to develop a personalised care plan, based on the individual findings of each guest.

Psychological therapies

You may be wondering what role psychological therapies have in the treatment of lower back pain and sciatica.

What we do know, how we feel and our past experiences of pain have a big influence over our pain levels. Especially persistent pain that has been around for a long time. Our pain threshold becomes reduced when we feel anxious or depressed. We also know that our muscles can become tense when we feel like this. One technique I use alongside the manual therapy and exercise is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). This is useful in reducing anxiety, stress and helping people to manage depression.

Nice to hear from NICE

New Guideline from NICE recommend Chiropractic treatment for lower back pain and sciatica.

New Guideline from NICE recommend Chiropractic treatment for lower back pain and sciatica.

This was something I was pleased to hear about. Considerable thought goes into devising the treatment plans for the guests at our clinic, so it is gratifying to read that the techniques we use have been incorporated into the NICE guidelines. This reinforces our belief that the treatment packages used here in Eastbourne are of the highest standard.

If you would like to find out more about the treatments available here at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne, do not hesitate to contact either myself or another member of the team.


Sitting posture exercise – Brugger exercise

Poor sitting posture

Mykel Mason of Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne offers advice on one useful stretching exercise for people spending many hours sat behind a desk each day.

With most people these days either sitting at a desk or driving for hours on end, sitting posture has never been more important. According to a survey in 2010 Britons average over 14 hours sitting every day. This will be at work, in the car, on the sofa etc. This is why it is so important that that posture is as good as we can get. I have one simple exercise that can help to maintain that posture and it only takes 10 seconds to do.

Image shows Mykel Mason, Doctor of chiropractic, adopting a poor sitting posture with his upper back rounded and head coming forwards.

Here I am demonstrating a poor sitting posture

The Brugger exercise

This is performed seated so you can do while you’re seated.

Perch on the edge of your chair and sit up tall ensuring your low back is curved inwards.

  1. Push your chest up and pull your shoulder blades down and backwards.
  2. Put your arms straight down by your side and turn your palms out.
  3. Splay your fingers and tuck your chin in.
  4. Hold this for five seconds.
    Image shows Mykel Mason, Doctor of chiropractic, demonstrating the Brugger exercise as explained in the step by step guide.

    Brugger exercise demonstrated

    What this does is it helps to switch on the postural muscles to hold a better position. Therefore, following this exercise, you will naturally be adopting a better posture. This exercise needs to be repeated as these muscles will tend to switch off again as they have been trained that way over time. Ideally it is recommended to do this exercise every 30 minutes.

    It is also very important that your workstation is set up optimally. This will also help you to maintain a good posture at your desk. For tips on how to set up your workstation see the Posturite website which has plenty of advice and guidance on how you should set up your desk.


    Failing to maintain good posture at your desk or even in your car seat can lead to long term problems due to the ill effects of spending a long time with increased pressure on your spinal discs. If you are experiencing back pain in may be necessary to seek the help of your local chiropractor to ease these symptoms and assist you in making the necessary changes to your daily regime.

    At Lushington Chiropractic we genuinely care about our patients and improving their quality of life. We have an extremely professional and dedicated team who deliver the highest service and have over 80 years expertise between them. If you are based in Eastbourne and suffer from back pain, why not get in touch with us today.

    Yours in health,

    Mykel Mason, your Eastbourne chiropractor

Inflammation in the joints – what causes it and how can nutrition help

What causes inflammation in the joints?

Deborah Ben-Shah of Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne, explains why inflammation occurs in the body and how it can be reduced in chronic cases.

The body has ways of healing and protecting itself, and when inflammation is present, it is a sign that your body is healing itself. However, it should eventually subside. But for some people, and I see this far too often, people are walking around with chronic inflammation, especially in their joints.

There are certain types of arthritis that are by nature inflammatory, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and gouty arthritis. But the most common form of arthritis, known as osteoarthritis, is not associated with inflammation.

So how is it that patients who have the non-inflammatory type of arthritis have inflammation in their joints?

When joints have osteoarthritis and loss of proper function, the muscles surrounding them get overworked, fibrous, and dysfunctional.

Blood will come to the area because it perceives that there is an injury there and is coming to repair tissue damage and carry cellular waste products away. With an increase in blood flow to an area, this leads to congestion. Fluids leak out of the blood vessels and into the tissues and causes swelling to the area. This can irritate nerves and cause pain.

In addition, the cells will release inflammatory chemicals which will cause destruction of the cartilage on the bones over time.

This is one major reason why it is so important to get inflammation out of your body.

 So how do you reduce inflammation in your body naturally?

There are many foods that can be responsible for inflammation. These include nightshade vegetable such as tomatoes, potatoes, and aubergine. As well as sugar, dairy, gluten, artificial sweeteners, pork, beef, hydrogenated fats, and processed foods with food additives and dyes.

Try eliminating these foods for three weeks and see if this helps.

There are supplements you can take to help with inflammation.

Image shows a dark glass bottle containing Tumeric which may help inflammation. To accompany the blog written by Eastbourne Doctor of Chiropractic Deborah Ben-Shah

Tumeric may help with inflammation.

These include rose hips, turmeric with black pepper, astaxanthin, flax oil, walnut oil, cod liver oil, and green tea. Foods such as wild Atlantic salmon, raw spinach, olive oil and raw carrots, fight bodily inflammation as well.

If you do have arthritis and or joint pain, speak to Lushington Chiropractic for advice.

Lushington Chiropractic is a multi-award winning chiropractic and sports massage clinic in Eastbourne town centre. We provide a range of treatments from expert chiropractic care to nutritional therapy, counselling, acupuncture, podiatry, sports massage and relaxing massage.

All the best of health,


Abdominal Breathing to Reduce Stress

Abdominal breathing

Caroline Milliner from Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne gives a crash course in breathing correctly, and talks about how abdominal breathing can reduce stress.

Abdominal breathing is a breathing technique used to help activate all the appropriate breathing muscles in your body and can help to reduce stress. To do this technique; you push your stomach outwards when you breathe in and you’re your stomach inwards as you breathe out. This helps to activate your breathing muscles; the diaphragm, abdominals and intercostal muscles. These parts of the body work in tandem together to enable maximum breathing effect.

Abdominal breathing is a natural pattern that all newborns possess. But as we age, tension and stress restrict this natural pattern to the point where some of us forget how to breathe deeply. When this happens we become upper respiratory breathers, with this we only tend to use muscles such as the upper trapezius, sternocleidomastoid and scalenes. When these muscles become tight, they not only can cause headaches and pain in the shoulder area, but can also lead to an upper crossed posture as seen below.

 An Upper Crossed Posture

This 1st picture shows what an upper crossed posture can look like, which is not good for abdominal breathing, it is demonstrated by myself Caroline Mulliner, Doctor of Chiropractic (Masters in Chiropractic). In this position your pectoralis, upper trapezius and levator scapular muscles become tight. Whilst your deep neck flexors, rhomboids and serratus anterior muscles weaken. If you think that you sit in this position, ask me for more details about how to improve your posture.

An upper crossed posture

The 2nd picture shows how you should aim to sit up straight and what this posture should look like

Correct posture for abdominal breathing

Correct posture for abdominal breathing

Full expansion and contraction of the diaphragm allows fresh oxygenated blood to flow thoroughly throughout the body and helps lead to more centred mental state. Deep breathing deactivates the stress response that instigates the release of adrenaline. Adrenaline constricts the muscles, raises blood pressure and interrupts the digestive process. The deactivation calms and relaxes the body. The shift from chronic stress to a relaxed response can heighten the production of healthy immune system cells, and boost bone repair and growth.

I use deep abdominal breathing myself daily whilst falling asleep, if you do this technique then your body is more likely to continue on with the same deep breathing through your sleep. Meaning that you should wake up with a lower stress level as well as allowing your accessory muscles of respiration to relax.

Hope you enjoyed reading and this helps you to understand the importance of abdominal breathing.  If you have any questions on this then please leave me a comment and I will reply.







What is Chiropractic?

What is Chiropractic?

I was discussing how the chiropractic profession has changed over the years with Nigel Gooding. Although long retired now, he had qualified as a Doctor of Chiropractic in the 1950’s in the United States. He contacted me about some chiropractic issue when he moved to Eastbourne and was kind enough to take the time to share some of his experiences as a chiropractor in America. He also shared the reasons why he decided to come back home to the UK, where he practised chiropractic and osteopathy for a number of years before retirement.

James Revell Doctor of Chiropractic, Licentiate Royal College of Chiropractors, MSc(Chiropractic Sciences), BSc(Chiropractic Sciences), Bsc(Biological Sciences)

Page From the Eureka Humboldt, March 23rd 1959 with an advert for Nigel Gooding Chiropractor “Dr Nigel Gooding Chiropractor, his address, hours 10-1pm 2-5pm Saturdays and evenings by appointment. Back, foot and knee problems, headaches, diets”

Californian Newspaper Advert, March 23rd 1959 with an advert for Dr Nigel Gooding Chiropractor

It was interesting to reflect with him how chiropractic and osteopathy had developed since he qualified over fifty years ago. He recalled that once qualified as a chiropractor he was allowed to take a simple multi-choice osteopathy questionnaire in order to be qualified as an osteopath. Both chiropractic and osteopathy were very small professions compared to what they’ve become today. Although similarities between chiropractic and osteopathy remain, they’ve both have developed of their own accord.

So when considering “what is chiropractic?”, a good place to start is to consider what the professional chiropractic associations say about it. Because chiropractic has become such a popular and large profession worldwide (tens of millions of people use chiropractic routinely throughout the world http://www.chiropractic.org/faq-chiro), I’ve restricted my comparison to the four British chiropractic associations.

Let’s start with the British Chiropractic Association, the oldest chiropractic association in the UK having been founded in 1925.

The British Chiropractic Association

James Revell Doctor of Chiropractic, Licentiate Royal College of Chiropractors, MSc(Chiropractic Sciences), BSc(Chiropractic Sciences), Bsc(Biological Sciences)

The British Chiropractic Association defines chiropractic as:

Chiropractic is a regulated primary healthcare profession. Chiropractors are trained to diagnose, treat, manage and prevent disorders of the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, and muscles), as well as the effects these disorders can have on the nervous system and general health. They have a specialist interest in neck and back pain, but when they assess patients, they take their entire physical, emotional and social wellbeing into account.

Chiropractors use a range of techniques to reduce pain, improve function and increase mobility, including hands-on manipulation of the spine. As well as manual treatment, chiropractors are able to offer a package of care which includes advice on self-help, therapeutic exercises and lifestyle changes.

 Chiropractic treatment mainly involves safe, often gentle, specific spinal manipulation to free joints in the spine or other areas of the body that are not moving properly. Apart from manipulation, chiropractors may use a variety of techniques including ice, heat, ultrasound, exercise and acupuncture as well as advice about posture and lifestyle.

Although chiropractors are best known for treating back and neck pain, which they do very well, patients also consult chiropractors regarding a range of other, related conditions.

You can read and hear more about Chiropractic from the British Chiropractic Association by clicking here


The McTimoney Chiropractic Association

The following is from the The McTimoney Chiropractic Association’s home page and their description of chiropractic:

Are you looking for a safe and natural solution to back pain, headaches or sports injuries? Or perhaps to improve your health and lifestyle? Would you prefer to avoid drugs and surgery? . . .

Picture Shows: The McTimoney Chiropractic Association’s logo

Chiropractors are committed, highly educated primary healthcare professionals focused on helping you to be as active and healthy as possible.

An underlying principle of chiropractic is that a healthy spine facilitates a healthy life. Chiropractors practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. By offering expert drug-free spinal health care, dietary and lifestyle advice, chiropractors help you to lead a healthy life and maintain wellbeing.

Chiropractic is a primary healthcare profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal and the nervous systems and the effects these disorders can have on health.  Chiropractic care is used regularly to treat neuro-musculoskeletal complaints including, but not limited to:  back, neck and joint pain, headaches, sports injuries therefore aiming to improve performance, mobility and relieving pain.

Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle advice

Chiropractic students in the UK study for four to five years to gain their chiropractic degree. http://www.mctimoney-chiropractic.org/


Scottish Chiropractic Association 

The smallest chiropractic association in the UK is the Scottish Chiropractic Association. They define chiropractic as:

Chiropractic concerns itself with the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (primarily coordinated by the nervous system) of the human body, and how that relationship affects the restoration and preservation of health.

Picture Shows: The Scottish Chiropractic Association’s logo

The Scottish Chiropractic Association

 Scottish Chiropractic Association members make use of a broad range of techniques to detect, analyse and gently correct any problem areas of the spine.

 Chiropractic treatment may include specific adjustments or gentle forces to the spine, soft tissue techniques (stretching, traction and massage) along with exercise and advice. Your Chiropractor will advise you which protocols are most appropriate for your condition.

Chiropractic is a drug-free, surgery-free, non-invasive treatment of the spine and associated conditions. It is a very low risk therapy. A Doctor of Chiropractic is trained to recognise conditions that require referral elsewhere and will advise you if this is the case. Even after certain spinal surgeries, a chiropractic check-up may be advisable in order to aid recovery. Chiropractic care is safe for the whole family, from infants to the elderly, including pregnant women.

http://www.Scottish Chiropractic Association-chiropractic.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=33&Itemid=22


United Chiropractic Association

The newest chiropractic association in the UK is the United Chiropractic Association, they define chiropractic as:

Chiropractic is a major contributor to natural health in the UK. And for many good reasons:

Chiropractors avoid drugs and surgery. Our approach is to remove nervous system disruptions (usually along the spine) that can restore your ability to self-heal.

 Title: The United Chiropractic Association

James Revell Doctor of Chiropractic, Licentiate Royal College of Chiropractors, MSc(Chiropractic Sciences), BSc(Chiropractic Sciences), Bsc(Biological Sciences)

Picture Shows: The United Chiropractic Association’s logo

Chiropractors provide care that is safe. Because the techniques used by chiropractors are acquired over years of study and experience, chiropractors have an enviable safety record. In fact, in the words of a classic New Zealand study, chiropractic care is “remarkably safe.”

Chiropractors use the latest methods. After years of study, licensing examinations and continuing edUnited Chiropractic Association seminars, chiropractors in the United Kingdom are at the top of their game, using proven techniques and natural methods to help you get well and stay well.

 Chiropractors honour your health goals. Whether you want short-term relief or lifetime wellness care, each member of the United Chiropractic Association are ready to listen, provide choices and support you and your family in achieving your individual health goals.


All four British chiropractic associations describe chiropractic as a healthcare, or they describe it being focused on the restoration and preservation of health. Most definitions of chiropractic start with this detail.

All four chiropractic associations go on to describe how chiropractors care for people’s health. The British Chiropractic Association, McTimoney Chiropractic Association and Scottish Chiropractic Association detail that chiropractors focus on the musculoskeletal structure of your body (the Scottish Chiropractic Association focuses specifically on the spine) and how problems with your muscles and joints can affect your nervous system and general health. The McTimoney Chiropractic Association summarises this chiropractic health philosophy by explaining that “An underlying principle of chiropractic is that a healthy spine facilitates a healthy life.

Although I’ve heard this healthy-spine = healthy-body explanation many times in my career I think that the United Chiropractic Association offers the most direct explanation of the chiropractic healthcare paradigm, describing that the chiropractic “approach is to remove nervous system disruptions” that can affect your ability to self-heal. The United Chiropractic Association are drawing specific attention to the effect of our nervous system (not just the joints and muscles) on our healthy, which I believe is really what chiropractors have traditionally meant by the healthy-spine mantra.

The British Chiropractic Association describes how chiropractors take a holistic approach considering your “entire physical, emotional and social wellbeing into account”. The United Chiropractic Association explains that “chiropractors honour your health goals” whether their simply to get out of pain or for more comprehensive wellness care. The holistic nature of chiropractic is something I particularly relate to. I help people on a one to one basis, tailoring their chiropractic treatment and care to suit them. People are not simply a collection of symptoms and I relate to both the British Chiropractic Association and United Chiropractic Association descriptions which relate to the holistic chiropractic approach.

Chiropractors are well known for “clicking” joints i.e. adjustments (a highly specialised type of manipulation, which has the intention of improving health as well as function). The word “chiropractic” is a name of a profession, not the name of a treatment type. Chiropractic is what chiropractors do, and in my experience chiropractors do far more than the manual therapy element. All four associations also try to explain that chiropractors do more than just manual treatments.

The British Chiropractic Association detail that chiropractors use a range of techniques and offer a “package of care” including exercise advice, lifestyle changes and a range of treatment techniques, including modalities like ultra-sound and acupuncture as well as hands on manual treatments. Similarly the McTimoney Chiropractic Association explains that chiropractors have a broad skill base, using therapeutic exercises, nutritional and lifestyle advice.

The McTimoney, Scottish and United Chiropractic Associations make the point that chiropractors use avoid drugs and surgery and instead relying on natural methods. The Scottish Chiropractic Association is the only one to specifically detail that chiropractors use “adjustments” which is a phrase I much prefer to “manipulation” – but that comparison will have to wait for another blog.

All the descriptions of chiropractic, reflect the inherent safety of chiropractic treatment. The Scottish Chiropractic Association and United Chiropractic Association go on to detail the safe application of chiropractic for the whole family: “chiropractic care is safe for the whole family, from infants to the elderly, including pregnant women” and that chiropractors “are ready to listen, provide choices and support you and your family in achieving your individual health goals”.

Having been just a young teenager when I first discovered chiropractic, I’ve always believed it’s important to remind people that chiropractic is safe and effective for all the family. Fortunately my mother knew of a chiropractor in Brighton, where I grew up, otherwise I’d have continued to suffer with the backaches and headaches that were coming from my neck. I was so impressed with the results that I went on to qualified as a Doctor of Chiropractic myself.

Having qualified over a decade ago I’ve been a member of both the United Chiropractic Association and the British Chiropractic Association for a long time, so it’s been a while since I reflected on how they describe what I do to the public at large. Having reviewed their descriptions of chiropractic and those of the McTimoney Chiropractic Association and Scottish Chiropractic Association too I was surprised by some of the similarities and subtle differences between them.

I’d love to know how these four chiropractic associations have changed their description of what chiropractic is over the decades. A lot has changed and much has improved about the chiropractic profession since it’s discovery in 1895. Talking with Nigel Gooding made me reflect on how much the chiropractic profession has changed and grown since I began my training in 1998.

Whilst writing this blog I recalled a chiropractic quote I wrote down as a student back in 1998 or thereabouts. It was from a book called the “Chiropractor’s Adjuster” written by DD Palmer, who Founded Chiropractic in 1895. He states that:

There is a vast difference between treating effects and adjusting the causes.

Just like the professional associations descriptions of chiropractic, although the semantics and phrases differ there remains a common thread. On a personal note, 120 years after DD Palmer wrote the above quote, my personal chiropractic mantra is “to get to the root of the problem, to help the body work at it’s best”, which I believe has grown but shares commonalities with DD Palmer’s explanation.

Title: Daniel David Palmer Carried out the First Chiropractic Adjustment on 18th September 1895

James Revell Doctor of Chiropractic, Licentiate Royal College of Chiropractors, MSc(Chiropractic Sciences), BSc(Chiropractic Sciences), Bsc(Biological Sciences)

Picture shows: photograph of DD Palmer, taken from http://www.ignitelifechiro.com/chiropractic-history.html

Personally I think that while continuous development and growth of the profession will continue, we should not forget our roots. I remember a quote I copied from “Chiropractors Adjuster” published in 1910. It was one of two books written by DD Palmer, who Founded Chiropractic in 1895: “There is a vast difference between treating effects and adjusting the causes.

Over the years I’ve developed my own chiropractic mantra “to get to the root of the problem and help the body work at it’s best”.

When I was a student along with all the required text books I brought an old book called the “Chiropractors Adjuster” published in 1910. It was one of two books written by DD Palmer, who Founded Chiropractic in 1895. Between reading my formal text books I’d occasionally read this old book and one of a few quotes which stood out for me over the years is:

There is a vast difference between treating effects and adjusting the causes.

My personal chiropractic mantra is to “get to the root of the problem and help the body work at it’s best”.

Given that this discussion was inspired by my reflections with Nigel Gooding, and as a nod to the many descriptions of chiropractic that I’ve not been able to include I thought I’d end with the Palmer College of Chiropractic’s explanation of chiropractic. Palmer College is the oldest chiropractic college in the world and I believe this definition would be the closest to what Nigel Gooding would have been taught when he studied chiropractic in the 1950’s:

Title: The Palmer College of Chiropractic – started in 1897 at the Palmer

James Revell Doctor of Chiropractic, Licentiate Royal College of Chiropractors, MSc(Chiropractic Sciences), BSc(Chiropractic Sciences), Bsc(Biological Sciences)

Picture Shows: The McTimoney Chiropractic Association’s logo

Misalignments of Your Spine and Poor Health

No part of your body escapes the dominance of your nervous system. Improper function of the spine due to slight misalignments (called subluxations) can cause poor health or function, even in areas far removed from the spine and spinal cord itself. Misalignments can also reduce the ability of your body to adapt to its ever-changing environment. Even the slightest malfunction of your spine may alter the regular transmission of nerve impulses, preventing that portion of your body from responding optimally.

 Natural Health Care Without Drugs or Surgery

Chiropractic is a natural form of health care that uses spinal adjustments to correct these misalignments and restore proper function to the nervous system, helping your body to heal naturally. Chiropractic doesn’t use drugs or surgery. Rather, a chiropractic spinal adjustment – the application of a precise force to a specific part of the spinal segment – corrects the misalignment, permitting normal nerve transmission and assisting your body to recuperate on its own.


Chiropractor – James Revell

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Carole- Your Clinic Assistant

Hope you enjoy the read.


What would your perfect Sunday consist of:

 A late breakfast/brunch maybe along the seafront somewhere followed by a walk in the sun.


Favourite Meal:

 Dover sole with burnt butter sauce with new potatoes & baby veg from my allotment.


Favourite TV show:

Recent favourite – Poldark!



The unsung heroes at St Wilfrid’s hospice.


Favourite Sport:

I like to watch the track cycling on TV especially the team events, very exciting.


Laughs at:

My husband  – he has a knack of making me laugh which I love.


First pet:

A black Cocker spaniel called Marty, who seemed to smell of wet dog most of the time.


Motivated to:

Makes people’s lives just a bit easier


First record/CD:

The world is just a great big onion – Marvin Gaye & Tammy Tyrell


If you were an animal what would you be and why:

I think I’d like to be bird – just to see how they cope with flying thousands of miles.


What was your favourite toy as a child:

A black china doll which my brother smashed when he threw it on the floor in a temper tantrum.


Can you play any instruments?

No – I learned to play the clarinet at school but have not played since.


Any unusual hobbies:

Nothing unusual.



Tackling Back Pain – Do older people just accept back pain?

James Revell of the award winning Lushington Chiropractic says “the answer should simply be, NO! Don’t simply accept back pain!

In a recent study, researchers found that while older people are more likely to suffer from lower back pain, they are less likely to seek treatment for tackling back pain. Older adults with chronic lower back problems experienced pain for a longer time and became more disabled than younger adults. Surprisingly, the older adults were less depressed about their situation. The older adults were also less likely to seek or receive treatment. Whether the treatment was bed rest, medications or alternative care, older adults were less likely to receive these treatments than younger adults.

Lushington Chiropractic In Eastbourne got the thoughts of several patients to gain their perspective on the debilitating problem of back pain. For example, is there more of an expectation that back pain is to be expected in old age? Or are the elderly simply less bothered about tackling back pain?

James Revell (Doctor of Chiropractic) of Lushington Chiropractic says,

“As we age, the snap, crackle, pops, aches and pains certainly seem to become more prevalent. If we think this is the normal ageing process, we may be less inclined to seek treatment and merely accept that lower back pain is part of the unstoppable ageing process.”

The patients at Lushington Chiropractic are, of course, among the more proactive members of society as they have already sought treatment. These people see the value in chiropractic as an affordable, gentle and certainly a less invasive choice than surgery. They also find it important to seek a treatment that gets to the root of the problem, rather than masking an issue through painkillers.

Here’s what two of Lushington’s patients had to say:

Brian from Eastbourne

“Like everyone else, I am battling against old age and the ravages of time. In particular, I used to have back stiffness as a recurring problem for a long time before I tried Lushington Chiropractic. Thanks to their treatment I feel much better. They’ve been friendly and taken time to explain what’s happening. I am really pleased but most importantly I wish I hadn’t waited so long!”

Alan from Eastbourne says

“I highly recommend Lushington Chiropractic for:

* The great treatment

* Their great advice

* The warm, welcoming and friendly atmosphere

* Always very professional

The assessment and treatment has always been very thorough and helpful. James has given me lots of self-help advice including home exercises, stretches, healthy eating advice and information on vitamins. He’s always encouraging me to do more to help myself and even got me going to a Zumba Gold class! Overall I have found that swimming is one of the best forms of exercise for me.

James has a warm, friendly and professional manner. I look forward to my visits and just wish I’d found them earlier.”

Brian M



Managing stress through chiropractic

Managing Stress through chiropractic

The 6th of November is National Stress Awareness Day. In this article our chiropractors are sharing tips on how to reduce stress and help maintain a balance of health.

The spine and posture are important factors in the body’s ability to cope with stress, and a healthy spine and nervous system can help to manage stress more effectively.

The modern lifestyle is fraught with stress. With ever-increasing demands on our time and attention, the implications for our broader health can be profound. Everyone experiences stress on a daily basis due to the modern world that we live in and the increase in demand for our time and attention.  Stress, in its negative sense can be defined as an imbalance of bodily system(s) due to excessive stimulus that upset normal functioning and disturbs mental or physical health.

The most common symptoms of stress include headaches, backaches and fatigue, as well as cardiovascular disorders (high blood pressure) digestive problems and sleeping difficulties.


Stress Tips

Recognise Stress – Acknowledging that the fact that you are feeling under the weather may be a reaction to too much pressure.  Know yourself and your limits.

Set Priorities – Examine what in your life is causing your stress.  What can be changed to help you introduce a better balance between work, social life and home life. Set priorities each day (no more than 3) and make a separate list for long term things to be addressed.

Learn to say “No” – This is not a sign of weakness.  It is easy to say ‘yes’ and difficult to say ‘no’ but in the long run, doing less will benefit everyone in your life.


Learn to Relax:

 Yoga – Yoga can be effective in reducing stress and anxiety, lowering blood pressure and heart rate. The concept behind all relaxation therapies is the relationship between mind and body; when the mind is restless and agitated the health of the body will be affected.

Meditation – Meditation can be extremely effective in that is slows the breathing rate, increases oxygen consumption, creates a relaxed brain rhythm and increases blood flow.

Exercise – Make time to exercise regularly, not only is it good for your health, but exercise can also make you feel good too.  Exercise decreases the stress hormones such as cortisol and increases endorphins which are the bodies natural feel good chemicals.

Balance – Balance and alignment can help you feel more at ease. This is one of the many benefits of managing stress through chiropractic.

Diet – Avoid caffeine and food additives.  Reinvigorate your diet and gradually introduce healthy fresh whole foods to your daily intake.

Sleep – Sleep is an important resource that keeps you healthy, mentally sharp, and able to cope with stress more effectively. Make sure that you stop doing mentally demanding work in the final hours before going to bed. Give your brain time to calm down before you try to sleep.  Try reading a calming, undemanding book for a few minutes, again to relax your body, tire your eyes and help you forget about the things that are worrying you.

Indulge yourself – If you are unable to take time off work or have the resources for a holiday then find a way to indulge yourself.  Spend a little extra money on a luxury item, even if it is a more expensive shampoo or bubble-bath that you wouldn’t usually buy.  Set aside time each day for yourself even if it is just 10 minutes.

Confide in someone – Don’t keep emotions bottled up. A well known saying is, ‘A problem shared is a problem halved.’

Focus on the positive aspects of your life – It can be difficult to keep things in perspective when times get hard. But always make the effort to step back and think carefully about all the good things you have going on.


How do you manage your stress?

Lushington Chiropractic is a multi-award winning chiropractic and sports massage clinic in Eastbourne town centre. We provide a range of treatments from expert chiropractic care to nutritional therapy, counselling, acupuncture, podiatry, sports massage and relaxing massage. If you want to find out more about managing stress through chiropractic and lifestyle changes, why not get in touch on 01323 722499.



5 ways to perk up your day – a happiness boost

Give your day a happiness boost

Do you ever have those days where things aren’t going your way or could do with a little extra ‘oomph’? Here are a few top tips, courtesy of Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne.

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Perk up your day 1: Sweat

We all know that physical activity is good for us but we don’t always think about it making us happier. Although exercise can feel like hard work, the rush of hormones that follow it actually play a role in our positive state of mind.

If you can find the energy to do some form of physical activity such as running, walking or even dancing around the house, those positive hormones – known as endorphins – will start flowing. Once you’ve finished your exercise and got your breath back, you should feel a boost in your state of mind. Try it!

Perk up your day 2: A nice gesture

One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to do something nice for someone else. Why not give someone a cuddle or make tea for a loved one? That warm fuzzy feeling that stems from seeing someone else happy because of you is contagious. Giving back to the world in some way, big or small, is enough to make life that little bit brighter.

Perk up your day 3: Have quiet time

If you’re feeling moody, take yourself out of all social situations and take a few long, deep breaths. By the time you’ve had a little time away from people and calmed down, a problem rarely seems as bad. Then you can begin the process of working towards a solution to your problem or boosting your mood.

Perk up your day 4: Wake up a few minutes earlier

Rather than rushing around the house in a panic, set your alarm 15 minutes earlier in the morning so you can get up and ready at a leisurely pace. Rushing may energise us but it can often cause stress and add unnecessary pressure during the course of the day. From an important business meeting to a trip to your chiropractor, aim to leave more time than you need and arrive at your destination early. That way you’ll feel more prepared and relaxed.

Perk up your day 5: Have a warm bath or shower

Baths and showers are proven to have healing effects as they make us feel like our worries are washing away. Instead of hopping in and out of the shower, make time for a relaxing bubble bath. Even if it only lasts for 15 minutes, you’ll feel much better after it. The heat of a bath or shower is also great for loosening those muscles and looking after your body.

What makes you happy? Leave your comments below.


Lushington Chiropractic is a multi-award winning chiropractic and sports massage clinic in Eastbourne town centre. We provide a range of treatments from expert chiropractic care to nutritional therapy, counselling, acupuncture, podiatry, sports massage and relaxing massage.

We genuinely care about our patients and improving their quality of life. We have an extremely professional and dedicated team who deliver the highest service and have over 80 years’ expertise between them.



Reference: http://www.realbuzz.com/articles/10-ways-to-perk-up-your-day-gb-en/