Health Benefits of Salmon & Why I Love It – Its Amazing!
Why I Love Salmon and its Amazing Health Benefits
I love Salmon and given how good it is for you, so should you. Not only does it taste great but it can also provide some great health benefits. So how much do you know about salmon? Most of us know its a fish with a pinky/orange type colour, but what beyond this? Below I have given some of the reasons I love salmon. My colleagues here at Lushington Chiropractic will tell you it’s not only Salmon I love. I love all fish and often enjoy it for breakfast! Luckily here in Eastbourne we have access to fresh fish on our doorstop.
Salmon is a fantastic source of omegas 3s. If you have visited us here at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne you will know that it is one of our “must have enough of” and if people aren’t getting enough in their diet they could get it with a supplement. The importance of omega 3s is well researched and they are important for pretty much everything! Firstly they are converted into compounds that have an anti-inflammatory action, this is important for many health reasons. Omega 3s are linked to cognitive function (your brain function), eye health, cardiovascular health, skin and hair. So pretty important stuff and salmon is one of the best dietary sources. The health benefits really are amazing!
Vitamin D is also called the “sunshine vitamin” due to the fact that our body makes vitamin D when we are in the sunlight. It is also available however in some foods. Salmon, together with eggs and fortified milk or cereals, is one of these. Vitamin D has long been known to play a part in bone health. More recently however, its importance is being found to be further reaching and the vitamin is being linked to various chronic diseases.
Some people are more at risk for vitamin D deficiency these are :
- People who don’t consume good amounts over time, for instance people with a strict vegetarian diet (because most of the natural sources are animal based), or people with poor diets.
- Those who have limited exposure to sunlight, either because they live in northern latitudes, are housebound, cover up for religious reasons or other reasons such as an occupation which means they don’t get much sunlight.
- People with darker pigmented skin as this reduces the skin’s ability to make vitamin D
- Older people and people with kidney problems as the kidneys play an important role in converting vitamin D to its active form.
- People who have trouble absorbing nutrients from food due to digestive problems
- Obese individuals as vitamin D is extracted from the blood by fat cells changing how it is released into the circulation, i.e they may have lower blood levels.
Recently there has been some concern over the population’s vitamin D levels, reasons suggeted have been a poor summer leading into the winter and there has been a recurrence of rickets (bone softening due to vitamin D deficiency) in children.
If you think you may be deficient in vitamin D it is worth talking to your doctor or other suitable healthcare professional and the Department of Health recommends a supplement for the following people:
- All children aged six months to four years. See this NHS page for more details on babies.
- All pregnant and breastfeeding women
- All people aged 65 and over
- People who are not exposed to much sun as described above
Great source of protein
I am not going to write much on this. Essentially protein is important for everything! It is one of the major food groups and very important for all body processes, growth, development and repair.
Good source of selenium
Selenium is a less well known mineral, but is important in working with vitamins as an antioxidant. It plays a role in thyroid function and the immune system and is also important in male fertility.
So these are the more “sciencey reasons” for why I love salmon and why it can be great for us, but also when we eat salmon it is normally with vegetables and potatoes or cous cous and salad, not so often with chips or other unhealthy items so helps us there too! It also tastes great and is easy to cook, put it in the oven for 20 minutes and bake, it’s so versatile and can be grilled or poached as well. My latest discovery is the smoked salmon trimmings in the supermarkets makes a lovely salad.
So there we have it, many, many good reasons to eat more salmon if you aren’t eating enough already.
This blog from our old colleague Caroline Mulliner shows us her favourite Salmon recipe.
Why do you love salmon?
Has anybody got any good salmon recipes they would like to share with me?
Thanks for reading.
What is the difference between a Physiotherapist or Chiropractor?
Physiotherapist or Chiropractor?
I frequently get asked by patients here at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne, what is the difference between a chiropractor and a physiotherapist? Well, there are a lot of similarities between both professions. We both use manual therapy and prescribe exercises to help people move and feel better. So it’s an understandable question, but like most things in life the devil is in the detail as to what the differences are. My personal view is from that of a chiropractor, but I have worked alongside physio’s in the past and will be as impartial as I can be.
What do physiotherapists and Chiropractors have in common?
Based on the NHS choices website definition of physiotherapy, it is described as a profession that helps to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness, disability. It can also help to reduce the risk of injury or illness in the future. It takes a holistic approach that involves the patient directly in their own care. From this definition you can see there are a lot of similarities between physiotherapists and chiropractors. The most obvious being the focus on restoring movement and function. We both share those goals of wanting you to move and feel better. We also both use manual therapy to help achieve that goal. Generally manual therapy is used more by physiotherapists working within private practice than those working within an NHS hospital setting which is moving more towards exercise based treatment approach.
What kind of manual therapy techniques do chiropractors and physiotherapists use?
We both use a variety of soft tissue techniques such as massage or trigger point therapy for treating stiff and sore muscles. We can combine that with different stretching techniques to help reduce stiffness that can build up within muscles. To help joints move better, we both use joint mobilisation techniques. These are repetitive movements of joints into a specific direction, usually into the direction of joint stiffness. Looking at the updated guidelines from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) for the treatment of lower back pain. Spinal manipulative therapy is recommended. Incidentally NICE is the organisation that recommends the best practice for the treatment of certain conditions. These guidelines are often used by GPs, consultants and other health care professionals. Chiropractors and osteopaths are trained to manipulate the spine within their education. Whereas if a physiotherapist or GP wants to use spinal manipulation, they have to undergo additional post graduate training.
What sort of education does a chiropractor or physiotherapist have?
To become a qualified chiropractor involves undergoing a four or five year undergraduate degree programme where students learn to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate a wide range of disorders affecting the musculoskeletal system. They will also learn how to take and read x-rays, as well as interpret MRI scans. Once graduated chiropractors will continue their professional development with additional training. To become a qualified physiotherapist involves a three year undergraduate programme or a two year Masters programme for someone who has a relevant degree such as sports science. The focus is not just on the treatment and management of the musculoskeletal disorders. But will learn how to rehabilitate other disorders such as cardiac and respiratory conditions. This is something chiropractors or osteopaths are not trained to do. Physiotherapist do get good training opportunities in their post graduate training working within the NHS.
So who should I see about my back or neck pain?
The answer to that question is it doesn’t matter. As long as you find a good chiropractor or physiotherapist, they will both help you with your lower back or neck pain. If you would like to find out a bit more about what I can do to help you, have a look at the Lushington Chiropractic website.
Thanks for reading.
Vitamins and Minerals, What’s in the Pot?
Part 1: Vitamins
Have you ever wondered what vitamins and minerals are in a multi-vitamin tablet and what they do? My patients in the chiropractic clinic often ask me how vitamin and mineral supplements can help to promote their health and wellbeing.
Part 1 describes why vitamins are essential for our health. Part 2 to follow describes how minerals are essential for our health and well being.
Vitamins: What’s all the Fuss?
Vitamin A has an essential role in bone growth, reproduction and immune system health. It also helps the skin and mucous membranes to resist bacteria and viruses effectively and is key to retina function. One of the first signs of vitamin A deficiency is struggling to see in the dark.
Vitamin D is converted into a hormone Calcitriol in the body. This hormone circulates in the blood and helps to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate nutrients in the body which are essential in the optimal function of the nerves, muscles and immune system. Some of the symptoms of low vitamin D levels are muscle weakness, fatigue and softened bones.
To find out more about Vitamin D, click here to read my blog.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant vitamin which removed oxygen free radicals which are the unstable compounds that damage healthy cells. Vitamin E is also essential in optimal immunity and lowering cholesterol and helps to prevent skin ageing. An early symptom of vitamin E deficiency is muscle weakness and wasting leading to loss of coordination.
Like E, vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which can help fight off infection. It also helps the body to maintain optimal function of connective tissues, bones, blood vessels and skin. Some more advanced deficiencies of vitamin C include gum inflammation, brittle hair and a decreased ability to ward off infection.
One of the 8 water soluble B vitamins, B1 helps to covert carbohydrates into glucose to produce energy and to breakdown fats and protein. It is also essential to maintain digestive function and promotes the immune system, hair and liver. Vitamin B1 deficiency can lead to fastened heart rate, shortness of breath and swellings.
One of the 8 water soluble B vitamins, B2 helps to covert carbohydrates into glucose to produce energy and to breakdown fats and protein. It is also essential to maintain digestive function and promotes eye health and blood cell health. A lack of vitamin B2 can lead to dry skin and skin rash, anaemia, inflammation of the tongue and weakness.
One of the 8 water soluble B vitamins, B3 helps to covert carbohydrates into glucose to produce energy and to breakdown fats and protein. It is also essential in the production of adrenal hormones in the adrenal glands and is thought to suppress inflammation. A deficiency of vitamin B3 can lead to dry cracked skin, inflammation of the tongue and swelling of the mouth.
One of the 8 water soluble B vitamins, B5 helps to covert carbohydrates into glucose to produce energy and to breakdown fats and protein. It is also essential in the production of adrenal hormones in the adrenal glands, blood cells and helps the body to lower cholesterol. Vitamin B5 deficiency can lead to low moods, fatigue, insomnia and mood swings.
One of the 8 water soluble B vitamins, B6 helps to covert carbohydrates into glucose to produce energy and to breakdown fats and protein. It is also essential in the production of neurotransmitters in the brain for normal brain function. Low levels of vitamin B6 can lead to dry skin, low moods and a reduced ability to fight off infection.
One of the 8 water soluble B vitamins, B6 helps to covert carbohydrates into glucose to produce energy and to breakdown fats and protein. It is also essential to strengthen and maintain healthy hair, nails and skin. A lack of vitamin B7 can lead to hair loss, a red facial rash and weakness or tingling of the hands and feet.
Folic acid is important in the prevention of certain birth defects, which is why it is often recommended for pregnant women. It is also helpful in reducing blood pressure and helps the body to maintain healthy cells. Low levels of folic acid can lead to signs of anaemia and the inability to fight off infection.
For more information about supplements, multivitamins and minerals, ask your chiropractor. If you are concerned about any of these symptoms, make sure to ask your GP for advice.
This table has been taken from the BioCare website and refers to the one a day vitamins and minerals.
|INGREDIENT||AMOUNT||PROVIDING||% EC NRV|
|Vitamin A 2667iu||800 mcg||Retinol equivalent||100|
|Vitamin D2 400iu||10 mcg||200|
|Vitamin E 100iu||67 mg||Alpha Tocopherol equivalent||558|
|Vitamin C||191.8 mg||240|
|Thiamin (Vitamin B1)||32 mg||2909|
|Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)||25 mg||1786|
|Niacin (Vitamin B3)||100 mg||Niacin Equivalent||625|
|Vitamin B6||30 mg||2143|
|Folic Acid||400 mcg||200|
|Vitamin B12 (hydroxycobalamin)||100 mcg||4000|
|Pantothethic Acid (Vitamin B5)||60 mg||1000|
|Choline bitartrate||60 mg|
|Bilberry Extraxt 4:1||20 mg||Equivalent to 200 mg Billberries|
|Beta carotene||2 mg||Providing 333 mcg retionol equivalent|
Thanks for reading, look out for Part 2 to find out how minerals are essential for our health and well being.
Do I need acupuncture or a chiropractor to treat my lower back pain?
Acupuncture v Chiropractor
At some point in your life the chances are you will experience lower back pain. You may have heard acupuncture and chiropractic care are both good for treating lower back pain. So who do you go and see? Well, like my last blog comparing chiropractors and osteopaths the answer is not black and white. This is due to differences that occur within each profession and personal preferences of the individual seeking treatment. So the aim of this blog is to explain and compare what each profession does, so you can make an informed choice as to whether you would prefer to see an acupuncturist or a chiropractor.
Starting with acupuncture there are two distinct schools of thought. The first is Traditional acupuncture and the second is western medical acupuncture or also called dry needling. A description from the British Acupuncture Council describes traditional acupuncture as a Health care system based on ancient principles of Chinese medicine that dates back more than 2000 years. It is concerned with the health and function of an individual, and looks at illness and pain as signs the body is out of balance. Balance can be restored by enhancing the flow of Qi or vital energy through the body. The flow of Qi is improved by inserting acupuncture needles at specific points within the body to remove blocked energy. Qi or vital energy is described as life energy that needs to flow freely through the body to maintain good health. To train and become a qualified acupuncturist, normally takes about three years to complete.
Western Medical Acupuncture
The second school of thought is Western medical acupuncture, although acupuncture needles are used it is based on an entirely different rationale. This has evolved from traditional acupuncture, where needles are inserted into areas based on current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology. As opposed to the traditional acupuncture which is based on mapped out areas of the body where qi is thought to be blocked. The western medical acupuncturist will look to insert needles into trigger points, which are essentially knots that can build up within the muscle either through trauma or over use. This style of acupuncture is typically used by chiropractors, osteopaths, GPs or physiotherapists who have attended post graduate courses.
What the guidelines say
The recently updated NICE guidelines (The guidelines used by the NHS as to being best practice for health professionals) recommend spinal manipulative therapy (also known as chiropractic adjustments), massage techniques and combined psychological and physical exercise programmes. These are all treatment modalities I use with the guests at Lushington Chiropractic Clinic. Acupuncture was recently dropped from the updated guidelines, but that is not to say it does not work, just more research is needed. I know through my personal experience patients who have chiropractic treatment and see an acupuncturist, do very well.
We both want to improve your health
Chiropractic care and acupuncture are both more than treating a back pain, they are about improving overall health – see our blog what is chiropractic. As a chiropractor my main goal is to improve the movement of your musculoskeletal system, and understand how that can reduce your pain and have other health benefits. The acupuncturists goal is also to promote health, so from that point of view we have similar goals. If you are not sure who to see for your back pain, see what approach resonates with you. Speaking as a chiropractor I would say that if you came to see me, I would make sure you get a good diagnosis and a personalised treatment package which would be appropriate to your needs. I am confident I can help with most types of mechanical back pain, but am also sure an acupuncturist might say the same thing. If I felt acupuncture would be a useful adjunct to your treatment, I can refer you to my colleague Victoria White a chiropractor here at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne who practices western medical acupuncture. I have done my best to give a balanced opinion on the different approaches and be as accurate as possible. However, I am a chiropractor and not an acupuncturist, so you might get a different opinion from an acupuncturist.
Thanks for reading.
A chiropractor’s guide to protecting the back when gardening
So the focus for my blog this month is GARDENING and some tips for protecting the back when gardening. It is inspired by my mum and all my patients here in Eastbourne who are just starting to get back out in the garden now the weather is warming up.
Getting out in the garden can be very therapeutic. It can be stress relieving and being out in the fresh air is lovely, plus the sun is great for Vitamin D levels. Growing plants, especially your own vegetables can be very satisfying, and having that nice environment to sit out in on a nice summers day or for a BBQ is well worth the effort.
Of course, as a chiropractor here at Lushington Chiropractic there are a few things I would say to keep in mind. If you are prone to back problems, it is important to be aware that certain activities can exacerbate discomfort and that certain steps should be taken to protect your back when gardening. I firstly started out doing a little research of my own by getting out in the garden at home to appreciate what it is my patients are doing when they tell me they have been doing a little digging! Wow when those roots are holding tight they are hard to get out! Not like the plants we have in our little patio garden outside of our X-Ray suite.
So what is it about gardening that means we need to take care?
To those unfamiliar with what is entailed in maintaining an attractive and orderly outdoor space, gardening may seem like a sedate pastime. Yet, the reality is that many aspects of gardening can involve sudden bursts of activity that the body may well not be ready for, such as twisting and lifting. Combine these movements with poor posture and poor technique and the results can be extremely painful.
The first point to make is that if you have good strong core and back muscles and have looked after your back in other daily activities and sports then your body is much more likely to be robust and ready for the exercises and challenges that you may throw at it.
If you are unsure about how to do this then ask advice from someone who can help, such as a chiropractor or a good personal trainer.
Secondly here are some tips that you should bear in mind:
Like any other exercise, start off slowly and warm up. Going for a gentle walk, doing some light movement or starting off with lighter/easier jobs first will help your body warm up and lessen the chance of muscle strain. This may seem like overkill for a spot of gardening, but if you are serious about protecting your back it can be essential.
You will also need to wear clothes that are suitable for the task at hand when you step outside. Tight clothes could constrict your movement. Also be mindful of the type of footwear that you have to prevent slipping in wet conditions.
When using a ladder or steps, make sure it is planted firmly in position. Have someone with you if necessary to help and try not to overextend when you reach or lean out. Avoid this temptation by moving the ladder frequently when you are working over a large area.
Over-reaching and leaning is one to avoid even when not on a ladder. Keep what you are doing closer to you, this will put less strain on the body. You can get tools with longer handles to help with this.
When digging, push down rather than pushing too far out in front, this helps to minimise bending.
If you are buying heavy items that are delivered, have them dropped off as close to where you need them as you can, to avoid having to carry them later. Also if you are buying big bags of compost for instance, consider getting more smaller bags to make the lifting easier and alway carry heavy things close to the body. A wheelbarrow is also handy to limit carrying.
If you are doing lots of potting, think about doing this on on a work surface at a comfortable height so as to limit stooping over.
Vary your activity and take regular breaks, don’t be tempted to do it all once due to the weather forecast!
A knee pad is useful for those knees, rather than kneeling on hard surfaces.
Don’t forget to stay hydrated in hot weather.
Finally if you think something is a bit too much, get someone to help out, take it easy and don’t overdo it.
If you are concerned about protecting the back when gardening, consider all the points above when you are getting outside this summer. If you need some further advice or have back pain you can always contact us. Our website is a good place to start.
Thats all for now, above all enjoy!
Differences between Osteopathy and Chiropractic
Chiropractors and Osteopaths both treat back pain using a variety of techniques to improve musculoskeletal function. But what is the difference between Osteopathy and Chiropractic?
Chiropractic or Osteopathy?
This is a question I get asked all the time by guests at the clinic here in Eastbourne. Unfortunately, the answer to this question is not black and white due to professional differences within both professions. It is worth bearing in mind that chiropractic and osteopathy are not techniques but are the title of the professions. So I will do my best to explain the different approaches for treating back pain that exist between an osteopath and a chiropractor.
What are the similarities between an osteopath and a chiropractor?
Both osteopaths and chiropractors are statutory regulated health professions, the osteopaths by the general osteopathic council and chiropractors by the General Chiropractic Council. In terms of education, both have to complete a four or five-year degree level course. Based on a definition taken from the General Osteopathic Council, osteopathy is described as a primary health care profession. This is similar to chiropractic and means you do not need a referral to visit an osteopath or Chiropractor. In the same way you do not need a referral to visit a NHS dentist or GP. This means both a chiropractor and osteopath have the necessary diagnostic skills to know what we can treat and when to refer.
The NHS describes osteopathy as being based on the principle that the wellbeing of a person depends on their bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue function smoothly together. They can help prevent health problems through the use of physical manipulation, stretching and massage techniques. With the aim Increasing mobility of joints, relieving muscle tension, enhancing blood supply to tissues and helping the body to move. As a chiropractor I would agree that a musculoskeletal system functioning to the best of its capability is beneficial for your overall health and wellbeing. We all have experienced days where are muscles and joints ache, leaving us feeling tired and down. I would say we both share the goal of wanting to reduce back pain and improve musculoskeletal system function. With an understanding how that can have a positive impact on your wellbeing.
What techniques do Osteopaths and Chiropractors use?
Both Osteopaths and Chiropractors use manipulative techniques to treat and improve movement within the spine. Chiropractors call these spinal manipulations, chiropractic adjustments. These manoeuvres involve a quick but gentle thrust to the spine that sometimes causes the characteristic click or pop sound to come from your joints. As a chiropractor my goal is to improve the movement of the joint and recognise the beneficial effect this can have on your nervous system. I would expect an osteopath would also have a similar goal. But there are slight differences in the techniques used.
Osteopaths and chiropractors treat joints and muscles using massage and stretching techniques. Personally as a chiropractor I like to adjust, use a facial edge tool to break up any scar tissue within the connective tissue surrounding muscles and combine this with other massage techniques, rehabilitative exercise, and stretching of stiff muscles to improve your musculoskeletal health. Both chiropractors and osteopaths will develop their own style of practicing and this will be based on their own experience with patients and the type of courses they choose to attend after University. It is not unusual for chiropractors and osteopaths to attend the same courses and learn techniques from each other.
Are there any differences between chiropractors and osteopaths?
We have established a lot of similarities between chiropractors and osteopaths. But the biggest difference to the best of my knowledge is chiropractors are trained to take x-rays. Both professions are taught to read and interpret x-rays and MRI scans. Chiropractors can organise a private referral for an MRI scan if you require it. As you can see the answer is not straight forward and it is about finding the right practitioner for you. If you want to find out more about what I do look for James Revell on the Lushington Chiropractic website.
Thanks for reading.
Interview with Eastbourne Chiropractor Mykel Mason – Part 3
We continue our interview with Mykel Mason, a chiropractor who works at Lushington Chiropractic Clinic in Eastbourne, East Sussex…
So, Mykel, do you treat many older patients here in Eastbourne, and how are you able to help them? Is treating people from different age brackets different?
This misconception with Eastbourne is that everyone is old. I do treat older patients and many other ages. At the moment, I have three patients who are over 90. Obviously with older patients’ treatment has to be tailored for them. I wouldn’t do the same treatment with a 90-year-old as with a person who is in their twenties! Often, I will use lighter techniques and concentrate on the muscles a little bit more. With older patients, it is important to keep them mobile and give exercises to work on improving their balance as poor balance is an issue I commonly see. Poor balance can lead to falls so it’s important to improve balance when we can.
And do you also see children and babies, Mykel?
I see children, but predominantly the paediatric patients are seen by my colleague, Gemma Crouch as she has a specialist interest in this area.
How long have you been working at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne and do you expect to be here for many years to come?
I have been working at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne since January 2014, so almost four years now. It has been lovely moving back to Eastbourne as I grew up down here. My wife and I got married not far from here in Hellingly and have bought a house near to Eastbourne town centre. At the moment our future lies here, but you never know what is going to happen! My wife and I have always wanted to travel, and we are getting the opportunity to do that this year. We will be travelling around South East Asia and New Zealand between November 2017 and April 2018. It’s great to have this opportunity, as we have always wanted to do this, but it’s even better being able to come back to a job that I love here in Eastbourne after my travels have finished.
Lucky man! So, you’ll return to Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne after your trip then?
Yes. My first day back will be 9th April 2018.
And what will happen with your patients while you are away?
Dr Josh French and Dr James Revell will be looking after my patients while I am away. We have been working together over the past couple of months to understand exactly how I work so as to allow continuity of care for my current patients. They will all be in great hands and I just hope that they will want to see me when I get back.
I’m sure they will, and that they will miss you while you’re gone. But it will be lovely to have you back after your trip. I must say we are all very jealous here! Will you be doing any chiropractic work on your trip, or is it just a holiday?
It is predominantly a holiday, but of course in my free time I will probably be reading about chiropractic.
Well, we wish you a wonderful trip, but in the meantime, you’ll still be seeing patients at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne. Thank you for taking the time to do this interview with me – as always, we appreciate your time and advice.
It was a pleasure. See you at your next adjustment!
This concludes my interview with Mykel, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about him.
What is McTimoney Chiropractic and how is it different from the Chiropractic we do here in Eastbourne?
The differences between McTimoney Chiropractic and the Chiropractors here at Lushington Chiropractic Clinic?
You may have noticed some chiropractors advertise themselves as McTimoney Chiropractors. You might be wondering what a McTimoney chiropractor is and how they differ from the Chiropractors here at Lushington Chiropractic Clinic in Eastbourne? This isn’t a straight forward question to answer as it involves a bit of over generalisation about Chiropractors and McTimoney Chiropractors. The trouble when explaining the differences between Chiropractic and McTimoney, is chiropractic is the name of a profession and not a technique or approach. Within the profession there are a variety of different approaches and Techniques. One Chiropractor may work very differently to another Chiropractor in terms of evaluation and treatment.
It is also worth mentioning that I have not trained using McTimoney technique. So, I am not an expert in that technique and may present information with an unintentional bias towards what I do. But I can tell you what I do know about McTimoney. This is based on my knowledge from speaking to different McTimoney Chiropractors at various seminars. Plus, the information I gathered from the McTimoney Chiropractic College website.
What is McTimoney Chiropractic?
McTimoney Chiropractors are graduates of McTimoney College Chiropractic. The college bases its training on a particular technique developed by a chiropractor called John McTimoney. The technique is quite distinctive and a separate branch of chiropractic. Their main tool is a specific type of adjustment that doesn’t cause the audible popping or cracking sound. It is very gentle and involves a flicking motion on specific joints within the spine. The course is a 5-year part time course, although recently they have added a full-time curriculum. There is less emphasis on learning soft tissue techniques, rehabilitation exercises or how to take x-rays within the curriculum.
Where did I train to become a Chiropractor?
I personally trained at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (AECC) where there was a strong focus on evidence informed treatments. This included chiropractic adjustments (spinal manipulation), rehabilitative exercise, soft tissue massage and stretching techniques, alongside other useful strategies to help prevent further injury. We were taught how to take and read x-rays. The type of adjusting I was taught and use, often results in an audible joint popping sound. This is caused by Nitrogen gas leaving the joint. I also use gentler techniques, for those who aren’t keen on the noise. My main aim with the adjustments is to increase movement within the joints and to ease muscle tension.
So what is the difference?
Starting with the adjustments used, the McTimoney chiropractors will focus their adjustments on misaligned vertebrae and will follow a specific McTimoney Chiropractic protocol to determine which areas of the body require an adjustment. Whereas my adjustments are based on a range of factors including posture, pain location and more importantly where movement is lacking in the spine. I use a range of techniques including Diversified Chiropractic, Flexion-Distraction, Activator and more. When I studied we actually covered seven different chiropractic treatment protocols as well massage, rehabilitation and other modalities (ultra-sound etc).Increasingly McTimoney Chiropractors will learn other techniques whilst at undergraduate level, or on additional post-graduate courses.
Around stiff joints there is normally a tight muscle. So here in Eastbourne, I use more soft tissue massaging techniques and stretching techniques to relieve the tension within the tight muscles. This is something a lot of McTimoney Chiropractors tend to avoid doing, unless they’ve done additional post graduate training.
One of the areas I am passionate about in chiropractic is the rehabilitation side of things. Being able to identify specific areas within the body that require strengthening, stretching or better muscle control through various functional tests. Is something I find useful in preventing further injury. Traditionally this isn’t an area McTimoney Chiropractors would typically focus on quite as much. Although I have met some McTimoney Chiropractors with an interest for rehab at various seminars.
If you have any questions about the blogs or would like to know any more information. Do not hesitate to contact me here Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne.
Thank you for reading my blog,
Health Benefits of Chocolate: Eastbourne Chiropractor’s Guide
Eastbourne Chiropractor Gemma Crouch talks about ‘The Health Benefits of Chocolate’
If you’re anything like me, you enjoy a chocolate treat from time to time. However, with many speculations about poor health and chocolate, you may worry about the health consequences of eating too much chocolate.
In 2016, the global chocolate industry was worth an estimated £73.7 million. Trends and statistics show that this figure is increasing year by year. That’s a lot of chocolate!
Studies have shown that there are some proven health benefits of eating dark chocolate and cocoa nibs (an alternative to chocolate) in moderate quantities.
But are the health benefits real?
Dark chocolate is made from the seed of the cocoa tree meaning it contains antioxidants which have many health benefits. Eastbourne Chiropractor Gemma Crouch explores the research to find the top proven health benefits of eating dark chocolate in moderate quantities.
Improved Cardiovascular Health
Dark chocolate has been shown to improve heart health in a number of ways.
Cleveland Clinic has shown that dark chocolate can have positive effects on lowering blood pressure and blood flow around the heart itself. Antioxidants can also help to prevent inflammation and reduce the platelet activity in blood clots which are both processes in heart disease (1).
Flavonoids are the antioxidant compounds present in cocoa seeds. Research has shown that eating flavanol-rich foods, such as dark chocolate, can significantly increase blood concentrations of antioxidants (1).
In comparison, this study also showed that eating white or milk chocolate varieties did not have the same effect as the dark chocolate. It appears that milk inhibits the antioxidant activity of flavonoids and therefore dark chocolate is much better than other milk varieties.
Yes, it’s true – Cocoa has anti-cancer effects!
It is hard to believe this one, but it has been shown in the research that consumption of cocoa can help fight cancer cells and stop and slow their growth (2).
Although the research is limited, it suggests there are some positive benefits of cocoa on cancer growth due to the high concentration on antioxidant compounds. There is a lot more research being done so keep your eyes peeled.
Reduced Stress Levels
The biologically active compounds of chocolate promote alertness.
One study has confirmed that chocolate can alleviate stress levels (3). They found that after 14-days of dark chocolate consumption in moderate quantities, people with high levels of anxiety before the trial had a reduced level of stress compared to controls.
It is thought that dark chocolate reduces stress by promoting the calming neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain.
Improved Blood Sugar Levels
Studies have shown that blood sugar levels are better in people who eat dark chocolate.
Insulin allows tissues to remove sugars from the blood and store them as glycogen and fat. Insulin activity depends on nitric oxide (NO) concentrations in the blood. More NO means better activity of insulin.
It has been shown that flavonoids can increase the concentration of NO which can help to reduce insulin resistance and therefore type II diabetes. Other studies have showed that blood sugars levels are lower and more stable with consumption of dark chocolate (4).
It is important to remember that moderate quantities of dark chocolate may be beneficial to your health in many ways such as improving heart health and stress.
Too much chocolate, however, can reverse these health benefits and become detrimental to your health. It is also important to remember that good quality dark chocolate is better due to the high-quality ingredients and greater health benefits.
So, when shopping for your chocolate treat, opt for a higher cocoa percentage in order to gain some of the health benefits of dark chocolate.
Yours in health,
- Serafini, M., Bugianesi, R., Maiani, G., Valtuena, S., De Santis, S. and Crozier, A., 2003. Plasma antioxidants from chocolate. Nature, 424(6952), pp.1013-1013.
- Carnésecchi, S., Schneider, Y., Lazarus, S.A., Coehlo, D., Gossé, F. and Raul, F., 2002. Flavanols and procyanidins of cocoa and chocolate inhibit growth and polyamine biosynthesis of human colonic cancer cells. Cancer Letters, 175(2), pp.147-155.
- Martin, F.P.J., Rezzi, S., Peré-Trepat, E., Kamlage, B., Collino, S., Leibold, E., Kastler, J., Rein, D., Fay, L.B. and Kochhar, S., 2009. Metabolic effects of dark chocolate consumption on energy, gut microbiota, and stress-related metabolism in free-living subjects. Journal of proteome research, 8(12), pp.5568-5579.
- Grassi, D., Lippi, C., Necozione, S., Desideri, G. and Ferri, C., 2005. Short-term administration of dark chocolate is followed by a significant increase in insulin sensitivity and a decrease in blood pressure in healthy persons. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 81(3), pp.611-614.
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.
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.
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,