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Health Benefits of Love

Love can positively affect your health and wellbeing.

Whether you have been married for years or are single and looking for that right someone it is important to make room for love in your life. Love doesn’t just put a sparkle in your life – love can positively affect your health and wellbeing.

Love has a physical, mental and emotional impact on your life. Making time for a special someone can motivate you and help to keep you in better physical and mental shape.

Romance can bring you more than just butterflies in your stomach. It can:

  • Lead to a longer life – The National Longitudinal Mortality Study, which has been tracking more than a million people since 1979 has found that married people live longer.
  • Improve your Physical Fitness – Couples who exercise together have more success than people who exercise alone. Both men and women work between 12 – 15% harder when training with a romantic partner.
  • Reduce Stress – People in happy relationships experience less stress and less stress means better health
  • Protect your Heart – A University of Pittsburgh Study found that women in good marriages have a much lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

Hugging a loved one daily has also been linked to higher oxytocin levels and lowers blood pressure which is also great for your heart.

Image shows two hands making a heart shape to accompany the blog by Eastbourne Doctor of Chiropractic James Revell

Love and Health

While LOVE can bring some surprising health benefits it is also important that you live a healthy lifestyle if you want your heart to keep loving for many more years to come.

Reduce the Risk Factors that are under your control such as smoking, excessive weight, stress, lack of exercise and poor diet TODAY. If you are in a happy relationship, why not work together to tackle those areas that you know could do with improvement. This could include a better fitness regime, improved fruit and vegetable consumption or giving up a vice – such as smoking – with proper support.

Your Chiropractor here at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne can give you the advice and support you need to change and apply new health strategies.  Call us to book your appointment on 01323 722499.

‘Health is the greatest possession’ – United Chiropractic Association.

Reference: Health Benefits of Love.  United Chiropractic Association Press Media Statement Feb 2014

Your Eastbourne Chiropractor James

 

Top tips for managing stress

Managing stress

The team at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne share their tips on how to reduce and manage stress.

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

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 the bodily system(s) due to excessive stimulus that upsets 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.

At Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne, the chiropractors and massage therapists tailor treatment to get to the root of each individual’s problem

Image shows women with eyes closed and holding her head to accompany the blog written by Eastbourne Doctor of Chiropractic James Revell

Manage stress by recognising some of the symptoms

Tips on managing stress

  • 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 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 – 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 – 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 body’s natural feel good chemicals.
  • 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 several hours before going to bed. This gives your brain time to calm down before you try to sleep. Try reading a calming, undemanding book for a few minutes 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.

 Steve Clifford, Psychotherapist at Lushington Chiropractic, says, “Most of the time we cope very well in spite of incredible stresses.  At other times even the simplest request feels impossible.  From time to time each of us may experience problems and difficulties which we feel unable to resolve.  Having the opportunity to explore them with another person may help a great deal”

Visit www.chirocare.co.uk for further information and advice or call us on 01323 722499

Your Eastbourne Chiropractor James Revell.

Spinal Awareness – The key to a Healthy Spine

A healthy spine is an amazing thing

Your spine holds everything together in the body! So it goes without saying that taking care of it should be one of your main health priorities. In this article, the team at Lushington Chiropractic is provide some top tips on how to keep your spine in tip-top shape.

The good news is that in many of cases, the wellbeing of your spine and health is in your own hands; it’s simply a case of changing lifestyle habits and committing to regular stretching and strengthening exercises.

The key to a healthy spine and, therefore, a healthy you, is the ‘P’ word: Posture.

Posture has been an overlooked factor in our health in the past. But research is now helping to raise awareness of the issues surrounding poor posture and explain why it is so important to make changes.

Younger people are now at an increased risk of having problems through the top of their neck and back because of the effects on posture of the modern lifestyle. Spending many hours each day sat at a computer, staring at a mobile device or in front of a TV screen gradually causes a change to the curvature of the back. This can not only cause serious pain but also lead to more long term health problems.

Pressure on the joints and discs in your neck when you text or read your tablet

Pressure on the joints and discs in your neck when you text or read on your tablet.

Pressure on the joints and discs in your neck when you text or read on your tablet.

 If you’re reading this blog post on your tablet or another mobile device, why not take a second to consider the position of your own neck right now. Hold your tablet up to eye level and you can help to reduce the pressure on the joints and discs in your neck.

Modern life is also behind the increasing use of very heavy bags. As our lives have become busier, so we tend to carry more and more things around with us on a day-to-day basis – this applies to schoolchildren as well.

The spinal health experts at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne have some great tips on how to prevent injury and chronic problems as a result of lugging around heavy bags:

  • Use a bag with lightweight material and multiple compartments to distribute the weight
  • Pack only what you really need
  • Use both shoulder straps when carrying a rucksack
  • Alternate shoulders regularly to avoid strain
  • Ensure the rucksack sits above the waist to reduce pressure on the spine and nervous system;
  • If you can’t pack light, then use two bags.

Great posture begins with the spine – and chiropractic is a safe and effective way to achieve a healthy spine.

At Lushington Chiropractic we know all about posture and healthy spines, 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. Call today on0 1323 722499 to see why over 8,000 local people have already chosen us to help them.

 

mobile phones and posture: Is your PC and mobile device changing your posture?

How are mobile phones and posture related?

Think about it: when using our mobile we tend to drop our heads forward. This rounds the shoulders and this is what we term forward-leaning posture. People are now definitely at an increased risk of having problems through the top of their neck due to this change in posture as it causes a change to the curvature of the back. And the link between mobile phones and posture isn’t just something that can affect older people? Due to the increasing length of time that young people spend sat at computers or using mobile devices, the risk of misalignment is now greater than ever from an early age.

The problem is that when someone drops their head forward and rounds their shoulders, it becomes impossible for them to take a full breath in because of the restriction through the muscles and because the ribs can’t move properly. So the heart and lungs can’t function to their full effectiveness. Research is suggesting that the decrease in life expectancy may come from this. Think how many times each day we use our mobile.

Pressure on the Joints and Discs in Your Neck When you Text or Read Your Mobile

Pressure on the joints and discs in your neck when you text or read your mobile

If you’re reading this blog on your tablet then how’s your neck looking? Hold your tablet up to reduce the pressure on the joints and discs in your neck.

Whether the benefits are large or small it’s always worth improving your posture.  If you want posture advice, just ask your chiropractor when you are next in.  They’ll love it that you’re interested and will be able to give you some really useful tips.

Lushington Guest Caroline

Lushington Guest Caroline

One of our guests (patients), Caroline, had been suffering with back and neck pain, which was aggravated by bad posture using her laptop. As well as hands on chiropractic care, she found the self-help posture advice and explanations of why posture is so important really effective.

“I really feel they have improved not only my physical self but given me an understanding of the cause & effect of bad posture and how to combat it.

“I highly recommend Lushington Chiropractic, their team is extremely helpful, easy to talk to and you can feel secure knowing you are receiving the best professional care available.”

Caroline, from Eastbourne

If you are suffering with posture problems, back pain, neck pain, muscle spasms or joint aches then call today to see why over 8,000 local people have already chosen Lushington Chiropractic to help them: 01323 722499.

We regularly see patients who are suffering from the close link between mobile phones and posture. In these cases we welcome patients in for an initial consultation before explaining how our range of treatments can help.

The Lushington Chiropractic team in Eastbourne also treat an array of other issues. Alongside expert chiropractic care, we also offer services such as nutritional therapy, podiatry, acupuncture, counselling and more.  We have an extremely professional and dedicated team who deliver the highest service and have over 80 years’ expertise between them.

This article was written by James Revell.

Time to put your back into your healthcare!

Time to put your back into your healthcare!

Back pain is one of the most common reasons for visiting the doctor. In fact, it’s estimated that four out of every five adults (a whopping 80%) will experience back pain at some point in their lives. So what are the causes and what can we do about it?

Some of the reasons are quite obvious: bad posture; prolonged periods of time using computers or tablets; carrying heavy loads. Other contributory factors are less obvious, such as not drinking enough water and not eating the right foods.

Put your back into your healthcare

Put your back into your healthcare

The good news is that there are some simple things we can all do to help ourselves . . .

Here at Lushington Chiropractic, we have these top tips to help people look after themselves:

  • If you work at a computer, take regular stretch breaks; ensure you sit correctly and that your workstation is ergonomically right for you.
  • Take care when lifting – whether you’re at work, doing DIY, gardening or lifting a young child or baby.
  • Gardeners and physical workers – always use the right tools, take frequent breaks and do regular stretches.
  • Children – carry your schoolbags over both shoulders to prevent uneven weight distribution and take to school only what you need for that day.
  • And ladies, it’s time you looked at the contents of your handbag – do you really need all those things you’re lugging around with you all day?
  • Finally, get walking! Walking strengthens the body and helps position the spine in the natural shape it was designed for. It also helps to build up core strength, which is important in maintaining good posture. We’re so lucky to have lovely walks locally, check our blog “A Step to a Healthier Lifestyle”.

Further advice and tips on posture, exercise and diet can be found across backblog.co.uk or you can ask your chiropractor at Lushington Chiropractic.

With a 10 year proven, award-winning treatment and care to over 8,000 local people. Call us on 01323 722499

This article was written by Chiropractor – James Revell

 

 

New Year Health Resolutions

New Year Health Resolutions

James Revell of Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne talks about the fight to stick with New Year Health Resolutions

Many of us set New Year Health Resolutions that we struggle to keep. This includes the chiropractors here at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne. Why is that, you ask?

The truth is that all too many resolutions are set based on unrealistic expectations. It’s also true that people feel the need to outline goals even when they are not committed to change. If you were why wouldn’t you make these changes today?

Wouldn’t it be better to simply forget the New Year’s Resolutions you have made and broken and instead start to make lifestyle changes that will result in a healthier you?

The Lushington Chiropractors say – “It is important that any goal you set is SMART for it to be successful.”

To start with, we suggest: stick with one goal at a time, master it, continue with it and move onto the next. It is best to start with the one that’s easiest so that you can be successful. Things such as what we eat, how we exercise, how much rest we get, our posture and what stress we carry around are all factors to consider when making lifestyle changes for better health.

Below are some Examples when setting your SMART Health Goals:

Diet

SMART – Drink more water and avoid any fizzy drinks

  • This is easy enough
  • You have the ability to do this
  • This is relevant to your goal of a healthier diet and you can do this without any major hurdles
  • Set a time frame of a week initially

Exercise:

SMART – Take the stairs instead of the lift or escalator at work or out shopping

  •  Easy enough to measure that you have done it
  •  You have the ability to do this and it is easy enough to incorporate into your daily life
  • Relevant to your goal of a healthier lifestyle
  • Set an initial timeframe of a week but you will probably find that you will make this change continuously.

Posture:

SMART – Sitting posture, pull up out of your spine and your shoulders should be back and down

  • You should be able to notice a difference
  • Everyone has the ability to do this
  • Improving posture is relevant to your main health goal
  • This is a goal that could be open-ended as it may be difficult initially to remember to change your sitting position from a slouch position that you had previously been used to.

Here at Lushington Chiropractic we can help you by providing advice, guidance and a personalised treatment plan. We genuinely care about our patients and we have a passion for improving their quality of life.  Call us today on 01323 722499 to get your New Year off to a good start.

The groundwork for all happiness is good health.

This article was written by Chiropractor James Revell

What are your health goals?

What are your health goals?

James Revell, chiropractor in Eastbourne’s Lushington Clinic discusses the importance of having clear, focused health goals

I have been in chiropractic practice in Sussex for almost fifteen years. Over the last decade in Eastbourne I’ve been fortunate enough to help thousands of local people here to reach their health goals, and carried out almost 200,000 adjustments.  So, the chances are I’ve seen and helped somebody with problems similar to yours.

In most cases, after your consultation I’ll be able to give you a clear explanation of what to expect with your treatment and how long it will take. One of the main things I like to establish at the consultation is, “What are your health goals?

Listening to your aims and targets is important. Some people’s concept of getting better, is simply relieving the symptoms.  Other people not only want to “feel better”, but they want to know that something has “actually been done” to help them, getting to the “root of the problem”.   Similarly, some people want to go beyond the root of the problem as they look to maximise their health, function and prevent further problems in the future.

Each of these chiropractic and health goals requires a slightly different approach to treatment and chiropractic care, which is why I tailor everyone’s care plan to suit them personally.  Although most people feel significantly better in the first week or month, some people’s goals of prevention, rehabilitation and optimisation can take a lot longer.

Donna Lushington Chiropractic

Donna a Chiropractic Patient at Lushington Chiropractic

At Lushington we believe that chiropractic should be delivered as a “package of care”, which means tailoring what we do to you. Your chiropractic and health goals often change depending on your age or stage of life. When I first saw Donna, for example, she simply wanted me to focus on helping her with some neck and shoulder pain. However, when she became pregnant a few years later we focused more on nutritional advice, health coaching, posture and exercises in addition to the treatment itself.

 “I can’t recommend the practice highly enough. Everyone’s so friendly and they really care about your wellbeing.

As well as treatment they’ve recommended home exercises and postural changes too, rather than just treating the problems as they occur. I had treatment throughout my pregnancy, which was great.

Lushington Chiropractic are lovely, efficient, family-friendly practice with the staff willing to do as much as they can to help.

Thank you. Donna”

Barbara was recommended to see me with a long history of back pain. She wanted pain relief as quickly as possible, self-help advice to manage her back pain herself with exercises and she wanted advice and help to prevent more problems in the future. So, as well as the chiropractic treatment I was able to give her plenty of self-help posture and exercise tips. I find that by genuinely explaining to people what’s going on they get better results.

Barbara Grimes Lushington Chiropractic health goals

Barbara a Chiropractic Patient at Lushington Chiropractic

 

“I’ve only had six sessions and it’s already made a vast improvement! I have been given self-help advice on exercises, nutrition etc to help me get better quicker too.

“They’ve been professional and friendly throughout. They focus on the root of the problem and I feel really positive that I’ll completely recover.  I would thoroughly recommend Lushington Chiropractic.”  

Barbara

I enjoy explaining what’s going on, discussing treatment options and working with you, to best achieve your goals.

How much you want to do to help yourself will affect how fast you see the results you are looking for.  I can help coach you to improve your health as well as resolving the complaint you’ve come in with. My advice will always be tailored to suit your health needs and chiropractic goals.

In my experience the more I can involve you in your recovery the faster you’ll get better. I’ve also learnt that the better I listen and work with my guests (patients), the better the results with chiropractic – ultimately this is because I can focus on what they want to get out of care.

So, whatever your chiropractic and health goals we’ll be pleased to help at Lushington Chiropractic.

Lushington Chiropractic, the home of award-winning chiropractic care in Eastbourne.

Are you overusing your baby’s car seat?

Mums and dads are being urged not to overuse baby’s car seat?

The advice comes from the United Chiropractic Association (UCA), which says the habit of carrying a baby around in a car seat may be harmful to both child and parent. The UCA, which has around 600 members across the UK, warns that prolonged periods on their back, in a rigid car seat risks the development of plagiocephaly, or flattening of bones in the infant’s skull (miss-shapen head). Research has linked plagiocephaly with a risk of not reaching full coordination and learning potential later on.

At Lushington Chiropractic we understand that it’s very difficult to know what to do for the best as a parent. So we thought we’d review this latest recommendation for our patients and add some explanation.

Babies spines and craniums (newly formed skulls) are delicate during these early stages of development. So we shouldn’t leave them in a rigid seat or any fixed position for a long time. Too long in any position will eventually cause problems. Baby car seats are obviously essential for travel. However, our advice is to avoid using them for all-day baby transport. Our chiropractors suggest a more upright position in a good quality baby sling is a much better carrying option than the rigid car seat, or simply moving baby from the car seat to a pram will help. We also advise parents to allow their babies as much supervised ‘tummy time’ as possible to enable good spinal development.

The UCA says that keeping your baby in a car seat for long periods means their spine remains in a C-shape, preventing the natural curves of the neck and lower back from forming.

At Lushington Chiropractic we always advise our new parents to be careful of carrying the car seat around because it can be bad for them too. The seat is rigid and heavy. It’s bulky nature means you hold it away from you. The weight of baby plus the seat can put quite a strain on the adult’s back – especially if it’s a new mum who’s still recovering from birth (or even a c-section). It’s easier to pick baby up out of the seat, hold them close to you and move with them close to you.

James Revell – Doctor of Chiropractic  say: “I struggle when I drop our baby off at nursery and have to take her in with her car seat for my wife to collect her (with the car seat) later”.

It’s easier (and better for your back) to lift baby out of the seat and carry them or put them into a pram or soft baby sling.

This is backed by research, which shows that carrying your baby in a sling saves 16% of your energy.

The UCA points out that infants who are carried for three hours or more each day in their first three months of life cry 43% less often than those carried less frequently. Supervised tummy time and crawling should also be encouraged. These activities are excellent for developing the spine properly as they allow the baby to lift the head off the ground and develop the arch of the neck.

Tummy time is a great way of helping baby get into good habits right from the start.  If you’re concerned about your child or baby then remember that chiropractors are well versed in the requirements of children at this tender age. Not only will a chiropractor help to assess the development of your child, they can also educate you on what to look out for through the development stages and advise on the best activities to initiate good posture and alignment in later life.

Chiropractors are highly trained to recognise when someone shouldn’t be adjusted and will refer them back to their medical practitioners and paediatricians as appropriate.

Picture shows baby girl at Sussex Fete in summer time - not in a Car Seat :-)

This is James’ little girl playing with toys in her pram at a local Sussex fete.

 

Here at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne our treatments are gentle, effective and suitable for all ages from birth to ninety (plus), so we can help you and your children. Our highly qualified and genuinely caring team have over 80 years’ experience between them. Call us today on 01323 722499.

 

Research references:

Timothy Littlefield, et al., Car Seats, Infant Carriers, and Swings: Their Role in deformational Plagiocephaly Journal of Prosthetics & Orthotics 15 (July 2003): 102-106.

Wall-Scheffler C, Geiger K, Steudel-Numbers K. Infant carrying: The increased locomotory costs in early development. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. 2007; 133: 841-846. Doi: 10,1002/ajpa.20603

Hunziker UA, Barr RZ. Increased Carrying Reduces Infant Crying: A randomized Controlled Trial. Pediatrics 1986;77(5): 641-648

Why I love working at Lushington Chiropractic

Why I love working at Lushington Chiropractic

I love working at Lushington Chiropractic

I know many people may be surprised by that statement. There are so many people I come across who do not enjoy their jobs, but for me it really is the case!

I find it very interesting to see people come in to the chiropractic clinic in great discomfort and feeling uneasy as they don’t really know what to expect. As a clinic assistant I try to be friendly and welcoming and answer any questions that they may have, the most common one being …”Where is the toilet?”

Once they have seen the chiropractor the guest is often visibly relieved, they know that the chiropractor has given them an extremely thorough examination and knows exactly what is wrong with them and more importantly that something can be done about their problem or issue.

Often after only a very few visits the guest will comment about how much better they feel. Sometimes these people have experienced pain for a long period of time and had resigned themselves to ‘putting up with’ their issue. For many, the only solution they had found was to take pain killers – which, of course, only masks the symptoms and doesn’t get to the root of the problem.

The chiropractors are constantly learning and all attend courses that further their knowledge and allow them to develop their own specialities. For instance, Caroline Mulliner (Doctor of Chiropractic) loves working with children and Victoria White (Doctor of chiropractic) enjoys using dry needling (acupuncture). It triggers the body to produce pain-relieving substances such as endorphins and serotonin in the pain pathways of both the spinal cord and the brain. This modifies the way pain signals are received and improves circulation to the area and decreases muscle tightness, which can have the effect of increasing joint flexibility.

Mykel Mason (Doctor of chiropractic) has attended several courses which has enabled him to help people a lot with exercises to improve their posture which in turn helps to alleviate their symptoms and James Revell (Doctor of chiropractic) has attended many courses one of which recently was all about using Rocktape, which can have a dramatic effect on swollen and bruised skin.

Use of Rocktape at Lushington Chiropractic

Lushington Chiropractic has received multiple chiropractic and customer service awards. We won Business of the Year in 2014 and we are the only business in Eastbourne to gain a PPQM award from the Royal College of Chiropractors. This recognises excellence in meeting patient expectations, treating patients with respect and providing outstanding levels of service and care.

This is because we try to maintain very high standards with the work of all the professionals and the clinic assistants. The clinic is always clean and tidy and interesting for people when they come to visit. We aim to make every visit as beneficial for our guests as possible, so there are always lots of chiropractic and health-related materials on the walls and notice board for people to read. We also like to fill the clinic with fun things that will bring a smile to people’s faces, like photographs from the latest charity challenge that someone has taken part in!

A new innovation brought in within the team at Lushington is ‘Team member of the month’. Once a month at our regular team meetings we vote for a member that has done something that has touched us, or cheered us up or just made us smile. The person with the most votes is made team member of the month and their picture goes on the wall for all guests to see with a miniature, and I do mean miniature trophy!!

Team member of the month trophy

 

Charity work is something that is very important at Lushington Chiropractic. The clinic has taken part in many charity events:

In 2014 James Revell (Doctor of Chiropractic), Sue Hudson (Massage therapist), our podiatrist, admin staff and some chiropractic guests completed the Paris to Eastbourne Pier bike ride in 24 hours which raised money for St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

The Lushington Chiropractic Paris to Eastbourne Pier 24 hour cycle team

 

Later on in the year, James Revell (Doctor of Chiropractic) and some friends of the clinic independently completed a London to Lushington bike ride, 90 miles in 12 hours from Buckingham Palace to Eastbourne raising more money for St Wilfrid’s

In November, several of the male team members grew moustaches for ‘Movember’, which raises funds for Men’s health (testicular cancer, prostate cancer and poor mental health and physical inactivity). It is a sad fact that on average, across the world, men die 6 years earlier than women.

Mykel Mason and James Revell Doctors of Chiropractic with their Movember moustaches at Lushington Chiropractic

Throughout the year during the Eastbourne schools’ half-term holidays Lushington Chiropractic offers Free Health Posture Checks for school age children, waiving the fee in exchange for a donation to Barnardo’s Children’s Charity.

Lushington Chiropractic entered a team into the Gauntlet Games on Saturday 8th August 2015 in aid of Barnardo’s.

James Revell, Mykel Mason and Claire, one of our fabulous clinic assistants, were joined by three other brave (possibly foolish) team members to slip, slide and crawl their way through a series of obstacles manned by gladiators doing their best to throw them off course! James and Mykel completed the 10k course and the ladies completed the 5k

They were extremely muddy and tired at the end but had had a fantastic time and helped to raise money for Barnardo’s at the same time!

The triumphant Lushington Chiropractic team

Lushington Chiropractic is also registered with ‘Hands for Heroes’

What is ‘Hands for Heroes’ about? It’s about honouring our courageous Servicemen and women, both serving and retired, by providing valuable, practical, hands-on care to relieve physical, emotional and chemical stress and trauma.

We provide a series of sessions of chiropractic care that is free to Gulf, Iraq or Afghanistan veterans

Hopefully it is becoming clear that we at Lushington Chiropractic are serious about chiropractic care but do not take ourselves too seriously!!

One thing that we do every month to enable us to keep in touch with each other and keep up to date with what is going on in each other’s lives is ‘Lush News’, where we write a short piece about what has been going on for us accompanied by photos which can be very interesting!!!

My husband likes to grow vegetables and flowers and sometimes the amount that he produces at the height of the growing season can be a bit overwhelming!! So it is a good thing that everyone at Lushington is very keen to try to eat a healthy balanced diet from our supplies. Needless to say, this often leads to some weird and wonderful concoctions appearing in the form of juicing experiments. In fact, the latest innovation has been various kinds of vegetable spaghetti made using a spiralizer. I always know that the excess veggies will be gratefully received at the clinic and never seem to hang around for very long and the flowers help to brighten up the reception area…..Keep up the good work Phil!!

You may be wondering what chiropractors do?

Chiropractors have expert training to diagnose and treat muscle, joint and trapped nerve type problems throughout the body. The focus is always on getting to the root of a problem and helping the body work better.

Chiropractors are specialists. They are also licensed to take and read x-rays.

Our aim is to help the body work at its best, as healthy as possible.

Health is a state of optimal physical, mental and social wellbeing. Not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.

The way we think about health makes a difference to the way we live. It helps us make important choices about how we look after our body.

Good health depends on your body’s ability to cope with the stresses and strains of life. Good health is when each and every cell, tissue, organ and system of your body are working at their best.

Chiropractors believe health comes from within. When our body is working properly, it knows what to do, when and how to do it and when to stop doing it.

Chiropractic is so much more than just backs……….Most often, people go to chiropractors the first time for relief from back pain. But chiropractors treat a broad range of complaints, from back and neck pain to headaches, arthritis and more. Moreover, people don’t need to have a specific complaint to benefit from a visit. Chiropractors also focus on on-going preventive and wellness care. Chiropractic care is effective for people of all ages, from infants to the elderly.

Here at Lushington Chiropractic we are also able to offer many therapies that work well alongside chiropractic.

 

Theraputic Massage

We have 3 massage therapists who offer therapeutic massage: Sue Hudson Bsc(Hons), LSSM(Dip0, MISRM, Andy Swan LSSM(Dip), MISRM, MNHMA and Kirsty Ellis

What is therapeutic massage?

Therapeutic massage means massage used to treat a condition. It can involve gentle and/or deep tissue massage techniques, depending on what you need or want. Therapeutic massage helps to relieve pain or injury problems and feels great. Although a course of treatment is often needed, most people feel the benefits immediately. As well as massage, you might also be given advice on stretches and/or exercise to help your muscles heal properly.

At Lushington we only work with massage therapists with the highest of standards and training. We’re blessed with a fabulous team of therapists, each of whom have years of experience as well as a background in sports or health too.

Our massage therapists are highly professional and love what they do. As well as their original qualifications they’re constantly doing continuing professional development courses and studies.

Remember the firmness of the massage is entirely up to you. Just let them know when you see them if you’d prefer light, relaxing massage or deeper, firmer sports massage.

Massage therapist at work

Acupuncture

You can also enjoy Traditional Chinese Acupuncture at Lushington, which is practised by Robert Bowley.

Robert practices Chinese “syndrome acupuncture” (mainstream acupuncture as practised in China).

This type of acupuncture is an aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been practised for thousands of years. It is now one of the most widely recognised complementary therapies.

Robert Bowley Acupuncturist

Podiatry

Lushington is proud to have local leading podiatrist Marie Upton BSc (Hons), Podiatry MChs, Member of HCPC as part of the team. Marie has a passion for podiatry and foot care. She has thirty years of experience and continues to develop her knowledge and clinical skills with regular continuing professional development, courses and seminars.

Apart from the common issues like corns and callus or nail disorders, a number of disorders such as diabetes can affect your feet and there might also be a case of functional and or structural disorders that Marie can help with.

 

 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Steve Clifford R.M.N, R.N.LD, Dip.C, Pg, C.C.P, Pg.D (CBT), A.C.T.P has worked in the field of psychological health for over thirty years. He believes that certain qualities are essential to successful therapy – trust, discretion, motivation, confidentiality and respect. With therapy tailored to your needs, he will ensure you to find a way to get your life back on track.

 

Steve Clifford, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist

 

Nutritionist

Nutritional therapy practitioners like Michaela Jezzard use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. This approach allows them to work with individuals to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards maintaining health. Nutritional therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine and is relevant for individuals with chronic conditions, as well as those looking for support to enhance their health and wellbeing.

 

Michaela Jezzard, Registered Nutritional Therapist

 

I hope that you can see from all of the above that there is a great deal of variety at Lushington Chiropractic which means we are able to help people in a completely holistic way

This is why it is such a unique experience to work here!!

 

Why I chose to study chiropractic at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic

The Anglo-European College of Chiropractic  is the oldest, largest and most renowned Chiropractic College in Europe, it resides in Bournemouth. As it happens, the college has just celebrated its 50th Birthday.

Luckily enough, I grew up in Bournemouth and initially first looked around the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic when I was 15 years of age. I’d already ruled out all other professions at this point and had my heart set on studying chiropractic. There is only one other Chiropractic College in the UK- The Welsh Institute of Chiropractic, which is in Glamorgan. Due to the fact that the Anglo-European College had been running for a much longer period of time and also that it was already on my doorstep it made sense to choose this College.

The Anglo-European College of Chiropractic is also purely dedicated to training chiropractors, and there are normally only around 100 students in each year. Which meant that we all became extremely close friends after studying 5 years together and it was lovely to know that everyone you saw around the College campus had the same passion and enthusiasm for the field of study as you did.

Furthermore, the college is set in beautiful surroundings. Prior to the College being opened it was an all-girls Catholic school, so the building and the history creates such fantastic surroundings to learn in. Obviously the campus has been updated and renovated over the years. The buildings now house lecture theatres and a library located in the old chapel. But the most appealing new addition was a modern, purpose-built clinic dedicated to providing chiropractic services within an educational setting. It houses 32 treatment rooms, a fully-equipped Exercise and Rehabilitation Centre and a large digital X-Ray suite.

The Anglo-European College of Chiropractics 32 treatment room clinic

Caroline Mulliner, Doctor of Chiropractic- This picture shows the large white façade of the Anglo-European College of Chiropractics teaching clinic, where I gained my Masters in Chiropractic.

This picture shows the large white façade of the Anglo-European College of Chiropractics teaching clinic, where I gained my Masters in Chiropractic. Image taken from : http://www.whatclinic.com/chiropractic/uk/dorset/bournemouth/boscombe/aecc-chiropractic-clinic

Since graduating, I have swapped coastlines and now work and reside in the lovely sunny town of Eastbourne working at Lushington Clinic.

Chiropractor  – Caroline Mulliner