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What’s Holding you back from your New Years’ Resolution?

The start of the New Year is the perfect time (and most popular time) of year to start up a new hobby, improve your diet, become more active or just generally improve your overall health and wellbeing.

With 26 million British people starting a New Years’ Resolution (with lots in Eastbourne) a staggering 80% of these are said to fail by February. It is thought that most people struggle to keep their motivation towards the end of the four-week mark due to ‘something’ holding them back.

Whether it be time, money, or even aches and pains that are holding you back, there’s always a simple solution to get you back on track to achieve your healthy goals.

Eastbourne Chiropractor Gemma Crouch explores some of the reasons which may be holding you back from completing your active goals and gives some chiropractic tips on how to overcome these barriers.

 “My neck Hurts!” “My Back Can’t Take Anymore!” “My Headaches are Worse!” “I’m Bored of the Same Gym Routine”

Do any of these statements sound familiar to you? Then you are not alone!

Some of the most common reasons why motivation starts to fade towards the four-week mark when starting up a new exercise regime or improving health and wellbeing include:

  • general aches and pains associated with movement
  • joint pains
  • a lack of motivation
  • fatigue and boredom

As a chiropractor, I see people of all ages and stages of life complaining of these types of problems. Chiropractic is a safe treatment for everyone, including pregnant mums-to-be and children of all ages. Here’s how chiropractic could help you to get back on track with your health goals.

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractors are specialists in the detection and correction of mechanical musculoskeletal (muscles and joints) problems throughout the body and hold an emphasis on helping people achieve a healthier spine.

Chiropractic not only helps to alleviate general aches and stiffness but it also helps your body to function at its best and to help your body to repair itself. You may even notice that your energy levels start to improve.

How could Chiropractic help me?

With today’s modern lifestyle and pressures, it is quite common to experience some tension relating to stress. You may also feel the inability to relax.

When starting a new exercise regime or becoming a little bit more active, underlying joint and muscle dysfunction can become more pronounced and a ‘niggle’ can often become more of a constant problem.

Some of the most common problems chiropractors can help with include neck and back pain, prevention of migraine headaches, sciatica and other types of joint pain.

If it’s just health and wellbeing that you’re looking to improve, taking simple steps can really help such as:

  • Drinking more water (at least 2-3 litres per day)
  • Eating more portions of fruit and veg per day (at least 5)
  • Walking or cycling to work or the train station (30 minutes each day)
  • Taking vitamins or supplements (for more information click here)
  • Getting enough sleep (8 hours per night)
  • Doing the exercises your chiropractor gives you regularly 😊

What’s the Best Way to Get Active, from a Chiropractic point of View?

There are many different ways to get active and to keep on track with your goals. Some of the best exercises include brisk walking, swimming and gentle jogging. These exercises are good for your spine as they prevent your spine from becoming over-flexed.

It’s a great time of year to get the pedometer up by going for long walks on Eastbourne’s beach with beautiful early sunsets and crisp winter weather.

It’s a great time of year to get the pedometer up by going for long walks on Eastbourne’s beach with beautiful early sunsets and crisp winter weather.

Make the most of Eastbourne’s seafront by taking a walk along the beach or even the dog for a jog. You may prefer taking a trip to one of Eastbourne’s swimming pools and doing a few lengths in the pool.

The most important thing to remember is to listen to your body and seek help with any problems you may have.

Stay active this winter,

Gemma Crouch

Eastbourne Chiropractor

Interview with Eastbourne Chiropractor Mykel Mason – Part 2

So, Mykel, we continue our interview. Can I ask how you monitor your patients’ progress through a course of care and make sure that they are progressing as they should?

I do this in many different ways. Obviously, monitoring the patient’s symptoms plays a huge part, but the most important part to me is actually seeing functional change in the patient. This is why I do progress exams where I re-do some of the tests that I did when they first came in to directly compare and ensure that things are improving at the rate that I think they should be. I will often bring this review forward if I feel it is necessary.

Image shows Eastbourne Chiropractors Mykel Mason and Victoria White

Chiropractor Victoria White interviews fellow chiropractor at Lushington Chiropractic Mykel Mason.

Can you explain to people what you mean by “functional change”?

 What I mean by functional change is rather than just focusing on the symptoms, I want to make sure that my patients can do everything that they want to be able to do. I also want to make sure that the joints are moving as they should be and that the nerves are functioning well. Common things that I’ll test are range of motion to make sure that movement is smooth, even and as good as I would expect for that person.

Can you describe for us a typical course of chiropractic care?

With everyone who comes into Lushington Chiropractic Clinic in Eastbourne, they get a 45-minute to one hour consultation. This is to ascertain exactly what’s going on and to make sure that we are the right people to be treating them at this stage. Once we have ascertained that we are the right place for them, a treatment plan is put together based on our experience and success with previous cases that are similar. Each person is different and therefore care plans will vary and will be adjusted as necessary throughout the course. The initial phase is to help reduce the inflammation and improve the function of the patient, then moving forward making functional change and working as hard as possible to prevent any future episodes.

Can you give me examples of what advice you would give a patient to help prevent future episodes?

 It’s very difficult to give specific examples, as each individual patient is different and therefore the advice I give is tailor-made. The most common advice that I will give often comes down to posture. The majority of people these days have very poor posture from desk work, driving, etc., so posture-related and ergonomic advice is incredibly common in my day-to-day practice in Eastbourne.

Do you give people stretches?

I do commonly give stretches, yes. There do tend to be specific stretches that I give as certain areas of the body are more prone to becoming tense than others. Specific stretches that I give to most people are the ones that stretch the tops of the shoulders and the front of the chest.  Often, if appropriate, I will recommend that people also see the massage therapists here for stretching and deep-tissue massage techniques, and I will also sometimes recommend yoga or Pilates.

We offer a health class to all new patients here at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne. Can you tell us a little bit more about that?

This talk is incredibly useful. I used to give talks like it in my last practice and found that patients who came along to the talk usually did better with their care. This talk gives a little bit of an insight into what we are trying to do as chiropractors, but predominantly is about self-help advice and patients trying not to undo what we have done in the treatments! The Lushington health class talk is generally about an hour long, and in my experience, everyone takes something away from it that they can work on to help themselves get better.

So, it’s important for patients to participate in their care then?

For the best results, it is absolutely essential.

This interview is continued in Interview with Eastbourne Chiropractor Mykel Mason – Part 3…

 

Interview with Eastbourne Chiropractor Mykel Mason – Part 1

You’ve all seen Mykel around the clinic but I thought it it would be really interesting to get to know him a little better and find out what motivated him to become a chiropractor.

Image shows Eastbourne Chiropractors Mykel Mason and Victoria White

Chiropractors Mykel Mason & Victoria White

So, Mykel, tell me how you came to be a chiropractor in Eastbourne.

Well, that’s a very long story. Do you want the long version or the short version?

The long version, please – let’s hear it all!

I first got into chiropractic after I needed a chiropractor myself. This was while I was studying for my GCSEs in Eastbourne. Prior to this, I had no idea what a chiropractor did and I just hoped that they could help me.

What problems did you have which made you see a chiropractor?

I had low back pain which I had been told was growing pains, but it clearly wasn’t. My mum’s friend, who lives in Eastbourne, recommended that I see a chiropractor after she had had success with treatment herself. After seeing a chiropractor in Eastbourne, the results were fantastic and I realised that more people needed to see chiropractors right from the start, rather than putting up with the pain as we so often do.

Did you know immediately that you wanted to be a chiropractor, or did it take some time to realise that?

Not immediately. I, like most people in their teens, had no idea what I wanted to do. Throughout my youth what I wanted to do changed a lot – at times I wanted to be a medical doctor, and then at other times I wanted to be a fireman – and then one time I wanted to be Superman! But I was always interested in how the body worked and how amazing the body was. Chiropractic was a good way for me to continue learning about something I enjoyed so much.

So, tell me about your studies while you were training to be a chiropractor.

My studies took place at the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic. I chose to go here over the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic because it was in a full university setting. Meaning that other subjects were being studied and there were halls of residence. I felt that that would be more suited to me. Being from Eastbourne and studying in Wales meant I was away from my family a lot, which was a shame, but also a good thing in that it taught me to be really independent, as opposed to other people who were going home every weekend with their washing! The studies themselves were very good. There was a lot more to it than I thought, but I was always happy to be learning new things.

And how long was your course?

 My course was four years, but I have continued to learn since graduating and still enjoy it as much as I did then!

That takes us on to continuing professional development. What courses have you done since graduating that you particularly enjoyed, and can you explain to people why CPD is important.

 CPD is important because knowledge and techniques in the chiropractic profession are always evolving. Since being a chiropractor in Eastbourne, I have really noticed through working with other chiropractors that there are many other skills to learn. CPD courses that I have particularly enjoyed – well, most of them really! Ones of note would be one that I did on lumbar disc derangements (which is a slipped disc), which I found particularly interesting and really useful. I have been able to apply this to many cases, including those without lumbar disc derangements. I also did a seminar on a technique called ‘sacro-occipital technique’ with YOU (points to interviewer)!! I really enjoyed using this, as I found it very, very useful. The diagnostic techniques and the treatment techniques have been invaluable with some of my patients, especially some that weren’t improving as quickly as I felt they should have been and this shows how important it is to do CPD so that we can deliver the best possible chiropractic care in Eastbourne.

This interview is continued in Interview with Eastbourne Chiropractor Mykel Mason – Part 2…

 

Thanks for reading

Vicky

An interview with Dr Gemma Crouch: Part 2

Continuing on from last time, here is part 2 of our interview series with Dr Gemma Crouch. In this part of the interview, we will learn more about which patient group she specialises in and why, as well as learn about what she likes to do in her spare time.

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

Dr Josh sat down with Dr Gemma Crouch recently to ask some questions and find out more about her and why she chose to be a chiropractor.

Hi Gemma. Thanks for giving us more time and allowing us to interview again! Following on from last time, is there a particular patient group you specialise in working with?

As well as treating patients of all ages and stages of life, I love to treat pregnant ladies, babies and young children. This is a special passion of mine by the extra reading and studying I have done. It is incredibly fulfilling and rewarding to help mothers provide the best care for their children right from the start. Not every chiropractor goes through the extra training I have done but I felt it was necessary to provide the best paediatric chiropractic care possible.

What made you want to specialise in pregnancy and paediatric chiropractic care?

I guess it started when I was a child when I went to see a chiropractor. My brother and I are twins and we were very young when we went to see the chiropractor because we were both suffering from problems which developed from when we were babies. As chiropractic care helped me then, I wanted to be able to help families with similar problems.

Before moving to Eastbourne, whilst I was at chiropractic college, I chose to study the extra courses in pregnancy and paediatric chiropractic. I was very lucky to be tutored by one of the leading professors in paediatric chiropractic in the world and have been able to learn from them and gain the experience for treating babies first hand.

In addition, since moving to Eastbourne as a chiropractor, I have attended post-graduation courses in pregnancy and paediatric chiropractic care. It’s so rewarding to see the differences that chiropractic can have in these populations of people and this is why I love treating pregnant ladies and young babies.

You can find out more about how Gemma can help with pregnancy and paediatrics from her blogs.

What’s it like to work alongside other therapists such as sports massage therapists, chiropodists and acupuncturists to name a few?

As I said before, it’s really inspiring to work alongside other practitioners because they are experts at what they do and you are constantly learning and experiencing different views from different practitioners, and this allows the patients of Lushington Chiropractic to get the highest quality of care possible.

When you’re not in the chiropractic clinic, what do you enjoy doing?

I have recently joined Eastbourne Hockey Club which I hope to continue throughout the season and represent them in their games and also to meet different people in the community. As well as playing hockey I also go to a local gym and I love running along the South Downs and Eastbourne’s sea front.

My love of animals has inspired me to start to volunteer at a local animal rescue centre so I can give back to the community. I have recently adopted a kitten called Ruby, so she is taking up a lot of my free time at the moment.

Finally, what career aspirations do you have?

I chose a very rewarding career in chiropractic, so I would like to stay in the chiropractic profession. I live in Eastbourne now and have set up a family home here, but the long term future is unknown. However, I intend to stay at Lushington Chiropractic clinic to continue helping all of the lovely patients I have met so far. As I progress in my career I would love to expand upon my paediatric chiropractic skills and therefore provide the people of Eastbourne with truly world class care.

Thanks a lot Gemma!!

That concludes my interview with Dr Gemma Crouch, I hope you enjoyed finding out a bit more about her. If you missed part 1 click here.

Thanks for reading,

Josh French

 

An interview with Eastbourne Chiropractor Dr Gemma Crouch: Part 1

You may have noticed recently that there are some new faces at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne. One of our new faces is the lovely Dr Gemma Crouch, a fantastic Chiropractor who specialises in pregnancy and paediatrics. One of the obvious things about Gemma is how passionate she is about chiropractic, so we thought it would be an excellent idea to sit down and have a chat about all things chiropractic and learn more about her!

Hi Gemma, thanks for agreeing to be interviewed. How are you settling into life at Lushington Chiropractic?

I love working at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne. It’s so nice to work alongside a team of friendly, warm and caring individuals, as well as being able to work alongside other practitioners who are from a multi-disciplinary background. I find that my patients from Eastbourne benefit greatly from seeing massage therapists, acupuncturists and other practitioners within the team.

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

Dr Josh sat down with Dr Gemma Crouch recently to ask some questions and find out more about her and why she chose to be a chiropractor.

So why did you choose to move to Eastbourne?

Whilst I was practicing chiropractic I had a fantastic opportunity to come and visit Lushington Chiropractic clinic here in Eastbourne and observe many of the practitioners who work here. As soon as I came to Eastbourne and saw the clinic I knew that it was the right clinic for me to work in. Being so close to the sea really resonates with me and I am looking forward to exploring more of Hailsham, Hastings and the surrounding area.

So how did you first get into chiropractic?

When I was younger, my mother always used to take me to see a chiropractor with my brother. I was always fascinated by the gentle chiropractic care as I was really interested in the human body and its function. When I was at university in Bath, I was training for my first half marathon and started to get quite severe low back and leg pain and was struggling to do any sports or training. As a sports person this was quite frustrating for me, as I was quite fit at the time. I saw many different people about my problems but never seemed to get many results and was even told that my problem could not be sorted. My Mum told me to go back to my chiropractor I had seen as a child to see if she could help me. I am so glad I listened to my Mum because within a couple of visits time the chiropractic care I was receiving had resolved my symptoms. From this point onwards I decided to pursue a career in chiropractic as my goal was to help other people like chiropractic helped me.

What inspired you the most about the first chiropractor you saw?

The first chiropractor I saw was very warm, gentle and caring about me as a person, especially as I was a young child when I first went to see her. She always listened to me and my family and always gave us the best healthy and chiropractic advice. I saw her for many, many years especially as a teenager when I was at university and it was actually her and the chiropractic treatment, which inspired me to become a chiropractor myself. I guess the inspiration came when nobody else was able to help me with my problem and she was able to tell me exactly what was going on and the root cause of that problem.

What do you enjoy most about being an Eastbourne Chiropractor?

Since I moved to Eastbourne and worked at Lushington Chiropractic I have been able to experience how friendly Eastbourne is as a town and been able to experience the community feel, which I am sure the local residents would agree with me. Eastbourne is a great place because it has a lovely seaside and is very close to the Downs, so you’ve got beautiful scenery, as well as lovely people. Overall, being an Eastbourne chiropractor has been very satisfying so far and I am looking forward to knowing Eastbourne even better over the coming months and years.

That’s all we have time for in part 1, but come back for part 2 where we will discuss more about Gemma’s specialisation – pregnancy and paediatric chiropractic.

Josh French

An Interview with Eastbourne Chiropractor Dr Joshua French: Part 3

This is the final part to an interview with Eastbourne Chiropractor Dr Joshua French. Dr Gemma asks her final questions and finds out how Dr Joshua came to live in Eastbourne and what he likes to do in his spare time.

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

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

Part 3

Josh, why did you decide to move to Eastbourne to work at Lushington Chiropractic?

During my final year at University, I was looking for a chiropractic clinic that would suit me well. When I saw the advert for the job at Lushington Chiropractic, I felt that would be a very good fit for the clinic. When I came for the interview and saw that the clinic was in Eastbourne town centre, I immediately knew that it was the right place for me to work.

I particularly enjoy working with such a diverse group of practitioners here at Lushington Chiropractic and am very glad I have chosen Eastbourne as the place to practice chiropractic.

How are you settling into Eastbourne?

Week by week I find myself getting more and more settled into life in Eastbourne. I particularly enjoy being so close to the sea and frequently go on walks along the Eastbourne beaches. As an Eastbourne chiropractor, I particularly enjoy everyone’s friendly attitude and frequently run into patients out and about in Eastbourne.

As Mykel is going on holiday for six months very soon, Josh, you will be looking after his patients whilst he is away, is that right?

Yes!

I will be looking after all of Mykel’s patients whilst he is away. I am particularly looking forward to meeting and working with everyone. I have already met and observed Mykel with a lot of the patients and everyone I have met so far has been incredibly friendly.

Obviously Mykel is an excellent chiropractor, so I am honoured to have been given this excellent opportunity, as I know how big a responsibility this is.

What is it like working at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne?

It is incredibly enjoyable working at Lushington Chiropractic surrounded by so many like minded chiropractors, as well as exceptional chiropractic assistants. I thoroughly believe that one of the reasons that Lushington Chiropractic is such a successful clinic is because of how multi-disciplinary it is and I know that a lot of our patients in Eastbourne get a lot of benefit out of seeing the massage therapists, as well as the acupuncturists and other practitioners we have here.

What sports are you playing in your spare time?

Now that I have moved to Eastbourne, I am really enjoying playing at all the local Eastbourne golf clubs, even if my level of playing is not up to par(!). I have also joined a local jiujitsu gym, so two nights a week I drive over to Hailsham to train jiujitsu.

On top of this, I like to keep a generally healthy lifestyle, so I also go to my local gym a few times a week. I find that this is essential for me because I am working with my patients every day, so I need to make sure that I stay on top of any niggles that I pick up during golf or jiujitsu and serve the patients at Lushington Chiropractic to my best ability.

There we have it! We have gotten to know Dr Joshua French over the last interview. Thanks to Josh for your time today.

I hope you have enjoyed reading up about Eastbourne Chiropractor Dr Joshua French. To read part 1 click here or part 2 click here.

Thanks for reading,

Gemma Crouch

An Interview with Eastbourne Chiropractor Dr Joshua French: Part 2

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

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

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

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

Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

What is this exercise called?

The exercise is called the Bird Dog.

Oh! What a funny name!

Could you tell me how to do this exercise please?

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

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

Which athletes have you most enjoyed working with?

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

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

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

Gemma Crouch

An Interview with Eastbourne Chiropractor Dr Joshua French: Part 1

If you’ve been to Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne, you may have spotted our friendly sports chiropractor Dr Joshua French. Dr Joshua started at Lushington Chiropractic in the spring after moving to Eastbourne from his home town in Surrey. With a keen interest in sports, I thought it a good idea to get to know how Joshua became inspired to be a chiropractor.

The interview is split into three parts, I hope you enjoy getting to know him!

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

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

Part 1

 So, Josh, what made you want to become a chiropractor?

 Well, when I was twelve years old I was very interested in playing rugby and over the course of a season I started developing some pain in my calf muscles. I tried going to different medical professionals for help, but the problem did not start to improve until I saw a chiropractor near me and started receiving chiropractic care. The treatment I had absolutely fascinated me, and I was amazed that my chiropractor knew so much about the human body. After this experience, I found chiropractic care really interesting and decided that it would be a fulfilling career path to choose. After studying chiropractic at university, I was lucky to find such a good chiropractic clinic here in Eastbourne to work at, which has made my decision even more rewarding.

Is it true you worked alongside a premiership football club before you moved to Eastbourne?

Yes, it is true!

Before I moved to Eastbourne to start working at Lushington Chiropractic, during my final year at chiropractic university I worked alongside the medical team at AFC Bournemouth as a chiropractic intern. This was a position that I had wanted to achieve for a few years and for me it was a very fulfilling and rewarding role. It was especially interesting to see how chiropractic care could be implemented into such an advanced and well-funded medical team. While I was there I worked alongside the head physiotherapist and team doctor, and head chiropractor to ensure that the players were functioning at their best. This meant assessing the players and prescribing them specific corrective exercises to ensure that they were at their most injury resilient throughout the football season.

How did you become interested in sports chiropractic?

Growing up, I was always passionate about playing sports – from football to golf and rugby. My sporting career’s highlight was going on a rugby tour to New Zealand and during this tour I experienced first-hand the help that a sports chiropractor can give to a team; not just for pain relief, but for maximising performance day-to-day and enabling the team to achieve higher goals throughout the season. Now that I am working in Eastbourne as a chiropractor, I am looking forward to working with the local sports teams that we have here and helping them chase optimum performance.

If you play sports for a local Eastbourne sports club and would be interested in how I could help you and your team, please feel free to contact us at Lushington Chiropractic.

How would you be able to help Eastbourne sports clubs and Eastbourne athletes?

Due to my past experiences working within a premiership football club, I believe I can offer a distinct advantage to a sports team. Specifically, I can perform movement screening and functional assessment to analyse the injury risk of the players. Treatment wise I can offer multiple modalities favoured by athletes worldwide such as taping, dry needling, iastm and also adjustments and manipulations for the spine and the extremities. On top of this, I can work with the team in the delivery of a strength and conditioning programme or rehabilitation programme. Overall, the combination of all the above can help a team excel.

Thank you Joshua for your time today!

Look out for part 2 of an interview with Eastbourne Chiropractor Dr Joshua French.

Thanks for reading,

Gemma Crouch

Eastbourne Chiropractors Blog on Improved Sleep

Here at Lushington Chiropractic I often get asked by my guests how they can increase the speed of their recovery, feel more energetic and be healthier.  This blog will give you advice on how improved sleep will help you benefit more from your chiropractic care here at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne. 

Picture of a man sleeping in bed to accompany the blog on improved sleep by Eastbourne Chiropractor Carran Lefever.

Sleeping soundly!

Sleep is an essential part of feeling well and feeling happy, but almost everyone experiences problems sleeping at certain points in their life.

Sleep disruption is common, especially during times when you may feel emotionally overwhelmed, anxious, and stressed about the events of the day which may all significantly interfere with your sleep.  Lack of sleep steals you of needed rest that your body requires to heal and repair.

Bringing sleep patterns under control is important – you need your rest!  However, it often takes some time to get problematic sleep under control and rarely can this be done overnight!

The most common cause of insomnia is a change in your daily routine or stress.  For example, travelling, exams, work stress, change in work hours, disruption caused by eating, exercise, or leisure, relationship conflicts, etc. may all cause problems.

Being aware of good sleep hygiene is the most important thing you can do to maintain good sleep.

Your chiropractic also helps you function better via the spine to the nervous system, and there are many things you can do to support this care and improve its effectiveness for optimal benefit.

One of which is SLEEP!

High quality sleep strengthens your immune system, balances hormones, boosts your metabolism which in turn may help you lose weight, increases physical energy and improve your memory.  With all these essential benefits, you will only have the health you want if you get the right amount of sleep.

Sleep comfort is essential for quality and this is one of the areas that chiropractic helps, by reducing your pain and easing your movement you are less likely to wake.  There are many tips to help you improve your sleep further:

  • Create habits to improve your sleep, have a regular bedtime routine and wake up time, even on your days off. Create a routine that you do before bed, so that you start to get ready for sleep before you lie down. Consistent sleep habits improve quality of sleep over time.
  • Make your bedroom a place for sleep, remove all other distractions, TV, Phones and tablets, know that when you go into that room at night it is for sleep. Create a space that is dark and quiet, we also sleep better in cooler conditions but if your feet get cold wear a pair of socks as cold feet can keep you awake.
  • Stop using all phones, tablets and TVs at least an hour before bed. These devices emit blue light convincing your brain it is daytime. Human animals evolved sleep/wake cycles called the circadian rhythm, these match light of the day and dark of the night, as it gets dark an important sleep hormone melatonin is released, our devices stop this happening.
  • Exercise early in the day and get out into nature and sunlight. These all help with creating and supporting the natural rhythms of your body and mind.

If you find your mind whirling at bedtime put a notepad next to your bed and scribble the thoughts down, this way you take them out of your head and can review them in the morning, allowing you to relax and sleep.  If you have constant stream of thoughts then having a daily meditation practice can help calm this, which ultimately will help with your sleep.

Disconnect Before Bedtime

Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, emails, TV, podcasts, Instagram, texting, WhatsApp, the list goes on.

We are constantly connected and being bombarded with messages from all avenues.  It can be so stressful keeping up with it all and trying to respond to all messages and emails etc.

Consider if you really need so many ways for people to be able to connect with you.

Turn off notifications for these things on your phone or delete them from your phone entirely, and try to limit your checking of these apps to once a day at the most.

Aim for at least one day per month for a complete and utter digital detox that means no phone, TV, internet, iPad, etc for the whole day.

Instead read a book, speak to people, and discover just how beautiful the world really is.

It’s an amazing experience.

Lushington Chiropractic is Eastbourne largest and most award-winning chiropractic clinic.   We are based in Eastbourne’s town centre, with easy parking and accessible rooms.  Our chiropractic clinic is open late and Saturdays.  We have a lovely team of chiropractors serving the people of Eastbourne so if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me on 01323 722499.

Thanks for reading,

Carran Lefever

 

McTimoney Chiropractor in Eastbourne

Hi, I’m a McTimoney chiropractor practicing in Eastbourne.  I often get asked about McTimoney chiropractic.  Some people want to know what the McTimoney Chiropractic technique feels like. Others are interested in my journey to becoming a chiropractor here in Eastbourne, especially as I started my clinical practice life as a graduate sports massage therapist.  This blog is my first attempt to answer some of these questions.  If you are looking for a McTimoney Chiropractor in Eastbourne then I’d love to help.  I’m the only McTimoney chiropractor in our Eastbourne chiropractic clinic and am always happy to answer questions.

Image of Eastbourne Doctor of Chiropractic Carran Lefever to accompany her blog on Mctimoney chiropractor

Carran Lefever

What is Chiropractic? And McTimoney Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is defined by the General Chiropractic Council as: “Chiropractic is a health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints and muscles), and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health.  There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal adjustment and other joint and soft-tissue manipulation.

Chiropractors have a specialist interest in neck and back pain but when they assess their patient 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, with an emphasis on hands-on manipulation of the spine.

They may also offer advice on diet, exercise and lifestyle, and rehabilitation programmes that involve exercises to do in your own time. Some chiropractors may also offer other treatments, such as acupuncture”.  

Recently a chiropractic patient of mine here in Eastbourne asked me “What’s so different about a McTimoney chiropractor?”.  They’d read something about McTimoney Chiropractic in the press and wanted to know more.

I explained that a McTimoney Chiropractor is a chiropractor that has had specialist chiropractic training to use the chiropractic technique called “McTimoney”.  I have discussed the McTimoney chiropractic technique itself later in this blog.

I also explained that the techniques I used on them were actually a combination of diversified chiropractic technique, acupuncture and McTimoney, because I’ve done extensive post-graduate training in a wide range of chiropractic techniques.  One of the benefits of working in such a large and established clinic in Eastbourne is that we share techniques and knowledge with each other.

 McTimoney Chiropractic Technique

There are many chiropractic approaches and techniques used around the world, often named after their originator.  I graduated as a Doctor of Chiropractic from the McTimoney College of Chiropractic.

The chiropractic approach I follow is the McTimoney approach which was developed by the late John McTimoney in 1972.  Find out more about John McTimoney here.

The McTimoney approach is typified by a whole-body assessment, which uses light force adjustments making it a comfortable technique to receive.  The adjustment demands great sensitivity and skill and is extremely effective.  The purpose of McTimoney chiropractic is to balance and realign your body to help relieve discomfort and pain, it may also help to increase your mobility.

The McTimoney chiropractic technique can be used on people of all ages from the very young, including babies to the elderly, frail and infirm.  The McTimoney technique is a gentle and effective manipulative technique that treats the whole body to maintain and correct the alignment of the spine and allow the nervous system to function at its optimum potential.  Quick, gentle adjustments are used to bring your body back into balance, reducing restrictions, relieving pain and promoting natural healing.  X-rays are not routinely used, and McTimoney chiropractors rely on their finely tuned sense of touch to palpate restrictions in the spine.

 Problems can occur due to a traumatic incident like a car accident or a fall from a horse or they can be the result of the build of tension and stress in the body due to the repetitive activities of daily living.

Activities such as sitting at a computer for prolonged periods, doing lots of driving or carrying young children are all part of many peoples’ daily lives and these are the sort of things that can cause a build-up of tension, pain and stiffness.  Some of these activities may resonate with you!

I have found that people with cervicogenic headaches respond exceptionally well to the McTimoney technique.  People often say that they feel lighter and more flexible after experiencing the McTimoney approach to chiropractic care.  I had a 12-year-old girl who was getting headaches almost every other day and after receiving just one McTimoney treatment her headaches significantly reduced.  After she completed her plan of care she did not experience any headaches at all!  She was very happy when she started her new term at school in September headache free.

Interestingly McTimoney chiropractic is often used on animals.  For more than 40 years, those trained in McTimoney animal techniques have been helping horses, dogs, cats and farm animals.  Even more exotic animals have benefited from the technique.  Again, the whole body is assessed and treated to eliminate the cause, and not just the symptoms.

In my experience I find that McTimoney is most helpful with people that do not like or respond well to the traditional chiropractic techniques that may involve audible ‘clicking’, and often the elderly who are nervous about the stronger chiropractic techniques also respond very well, which has made it a particularly popular in my work as a chiropractor in Eastbourne.

To summarise, McTimoney Chiropractic is the use of the specialist McTimoney chiropractic techniques used by a chiropractor.  Sometime those chiropractors who use McTimoney chiropractic restrict themselves to that technique alone.  However, as I mentioned earlier, I prefer to use a wide range of techniques to suit the individual and their needs.  That means I can combine a range of chiropractic techniques with the McTimoney chiropractic technique to get the best possible results.  I also combine acupuncture, some massage/soft tissue release and muscle energy (stretching) techniques to help.  I found that this combination of techniques seems to be particularly helpful to my elderly chiropractic patients here in Eastbourne.

Looking for a McTimoney Chiropractor in Eastbourne?

So, if you’re looking for a McTimoney Chiropractor please come and visit me at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne to find out more.  I have been working in the health care profession as a sports massage therapist and now chiropractor since 2009.  You will find me kind, caring and attentive to your recovery.  As a McTimoney chiropractor, I have a very finely tuned sense of touch, developed over my 5 years of training, which enables me to identify misalignments and restrictions of the vertebrae and other bones in the body.

You’re first chiropractic visit would be a consultation that takes about an hour.  After that I’d explain what we found, how we can help you and discuss what your chiropractic treatment plan would be and answer any questions you may have.

Lushington Chiropractic is Eastbourne’s largest and most award-winning chiropractic clinic.  We are based in Eastbourne’s town centre, with easy parking and accessible rooms.  Our chiropractic clinic is open late and Saturdays.  We have a lovely team of chiropractors serving the people of Eastbourne so if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me on 01323 722499.

Thanks for reading.

Carran