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,
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.
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…
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.
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,
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.
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.
Differences between Chiropractic associations
As a Doctor of Chiropractic in Eastbourne I often get asked about the chiropractic associations and the difference between them. In this blog I share information about the different associations and why we require them. Another commonly asked question is the difference between chiropractic, osteopathy and physiotherapy which I have briefly explained in this blog. However, one of my colleagues at Lushington chiropractic in Eastbourne wrote a fabulous blog explaining this in further detail. Check out the links towards the end of this blog to be enlightened.
I am currently a member of the McTimoney Chiropractic Association (MCA) and the United Chiropractic Association (UCA), as I believe that these are the ones that resonate with me as a chiropractor and whom support me entirely as a Doctor of chiropractic in Eastbourne.
The McTimoney Chiropractic Association currently governs membership, ethical conduct, and provides insurance for its members. There are currently over 550 members in the United Kingdom, which represent over a quarter of the profession, plus a small number overseas. The McTimoney Chiropractic Association is the second largest professional chiropractic association in Europe.
Here’s how the McTimoney Chiropractic Association define chiropractic:
“Chiropractic is a primary health care profession focused on your health and wellbeing”.
“Emphasis is placed on the spine and the neuro-musculo-skeletal system and how conditions affecting these areas can affect your health and performance. Chiropractors do not use medicines or surgery and the gentle manual approaches we use are extremely safe and comfortable to receive.
Chiropractic care is used regularly to help maintain good posture, promote health and improve performance, no matter what it is you do, from a high-performance athlete to a senior member of the community enjoying a potter in the garden. Patients undergoing chiropractic care often report benefits from back, neck and general joint pain, headaches, sports injuries and many other conditions.
Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle advice.
Chiropractic students in the United Kingdom study for four to five years to gain their Integrated Masters in Chiropractic (MChiro) degree. In the United Kingdom, chiropractors are Statutorily Regulated by the General Chiropractic Council (GCC)”.
Similarly, the United Chiropractic Association defines chiropractic as:
“Chiropractic is a major contributor to natural health in the UK. And for many good reasons:
Chiropractors avoid drugs and surgery. Our approach is to remove nervous system disruptions (usually along the spine) that can restore your ability to self-heal.
Chiropractors provide care that is safe. Because the techniques used by chiropractors are acquired over years of study and experience, chiropractors have an enviable safety record. In fact, in the words of a classic New Zealand study, chiropractic care is “remarkably safe.”
Both the McTimoney Chiropractic Association and the United Chiropractic Association have a big focus on health and wellbeing and how chiropractic optimises health. In contrast, the British Chiropractic Association has a pain based, functional approach to chiropractic care.
The British Chiropractic Association defines chiropractic as:
“Chiropractors use a range of techniques to reduce pain, improve function and increase mobility, including hands-on manipulation of the spine. As well as manual treatment, chiropractors are able to offer a package of care which includes advice on self-help, therapeutic exercises and lifestyle changes.
Chiropractic treatment involves safe, often gentle, specific spinal manipulation to free joints in the spine or other areas of the body that are not moving properly. Apart from manipulation, chiropractors may use a variety of techniques including ice, heat, ultrasound, exercise and acupuncture as well as advice about posture and lifestyle”.
After five years of study, licensing examinations and continuing education seminars, chiropractors in the United Kingdom are at the top of their game, using proven techniques and natural methods to help you get well and stay well.
As a doctor of chiropractic in Eastbourne I will honour your health goals. Whether you require short-term relief or lifetime wellness care, I will be ready to listen, provide choices and support you and your family in achieving your individual health goals with a view to potentially optimise your life.
In summary, each chiropractic association embraces a different belief system and a different chiropractic approach to chiropractic care. I am very fortunate and honoured to be working at Lushington Chiropractic clinic in Eastbourne because I am supported by a large team of chiropractors whom all enjoy sharing various chiropractic skills and techniques with each other and whom all have different beliefs and approaches in the way they work as a Doctor of chiropractic enabling us the opportunity to give the very best care to all walks of life.
What’s the Difference Between Chiropractic, Osteopathy and Physiotherapy
Another hot topic for my Eastbourne patient’s is “what the differences are between physiotherapy, osteopathy and chiropractors?”.
Generally, in my experience, physiotherapists work on soft tissues and do not usually involve spinal manipulation; osteopaths use longer lever techniques to manipulate the spine and various other joints and chiropractors applies short levers to adjust individual vertebrae. As mentioned above, one of my lovely colleagues at Lushington chiropractic Eastbourne has written a blog comparing the differences between physiotherapist and chiropractors here, and also between osteopaths and chiropractors here.
If you would like to find out more about the chiropractic associations and discover more about chiropractic in Eastbourne, then come and visit us at Lushington Chiropractic.
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.
Part 2 An interview with James Revell, Clinic Director at Lushington Chiropractic Clinic in Eastbourne.
Continuing from last time, here is part 2 of the interview with James Revell, Doctor of Chiropractic and Clinical Director of Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne. If you missed part 1 you can read it here.
Once graduated, whereabouts did you go to and work?
Having grown up on the coast in Sussex near Eastbourne, it was always natural for me to work in the south. I looked at chiropractic clinics, osteopaths and even multi-disciplinary clinics for physiotherapists across the south of England.
One of the chiropractors I was most inspired by was a “chiropractor neurologist”. He specialised in neurological (nervous system) conditions understanding and treating them using chiropractic neurology.
I spent eighteen months working with him in West Sussex, as well as other clinics before branching out towards Eastbourne to open a chiropractic clinic at the Horder Centre, which at the time was known as the Apollo Centre.
How long were you there at the Horder centre in Eastbourne?
I worked at the Horder (Apollo) Centre for three years. During that time, I used to commute to Eastbourne from Brighton. After a little persuasion, my wife agreed to move to Eastbourne so we could open up our own chiropractic clinic.
Was Lushington Road your first choice to open a chiropractic clinic?
Initially we looked at the potential of opening up a chiropractic clinic in Seaford, or Hailsham, but favoured Meads High Street in Eastbourne in the end. However, when 30 Lushington Road came on the market we fell in love with it. It is a big building with great potential to convert into the kind of warm welcoming chiropractic clinic that fitted our vision.
What do you really enjoy about being a chiropractor here in Eastbourne?
Something I really enjoy about being a chiropractor is helping people and making a difference. Eastbourne has already got a lovely community feel – there’s lots going on, especially for us as we are bringing up our young family. I find it really rewarding as a chiropractor to be able to contribute to the community; not only helping individuals, but joining in with local charity events and even running some ourselves.
I like to be able to help people and to feel that I have made a difference, so in a town like Eastbourne, you really can make a difference, rather than some of the larger towns and cities.
I also really like Eastbourne’s location next to the sea, the Downs and, when you need it, there is easy access to London and Brighton.
You’ve been working as a chiropractor in Eastbourne for over a decade – how many more years have you got left in you?
My role as a chiropractor has grown, just as our clinic has grown too. I really enjoy working with people and still run clinics on a weekly basis myself. However, I do have to balance that now with managing the clinic overall as well.
I have got no immediate plans to retire and hope to continue practicing as a chiropractor in Eastbourne for at least another twenty years.
Why did you decide to have other therapists alongside chiropractors working with you?
I think it is important that a patient’s treatment is tailored personally to them. By having a team of practitioners who are experts in their own individual fields, the patient can get the best possible treatment personally tuned to meet their individual needs. That’s why I insist on meeting with all the massage therapists every week to discuss cases with them.
Lushington is the largest chiropractic and multi-disciplinary clinic in Eastbourne – in fact, we are one of the largest clinics in East Sussex! We have a team of over twenty covering sports massage, medical acupuncture, Chinese acupuncture, nutrition therapists, podiatrists, psychologists and counsellors. I think for a little clinic here in Eastbourne we are doing rather well, but what I am most proud about is the genuine collaborative atmosphere that puts the patient first.
That’s great James, keep doing the hard work and thank you for agreeing to be interviewed!
An interview with James Revell, Clinic Director at Lushington Chiropractic Clinic in Eastbourne.
If you attend the clinic here in Eastbourne, you may have noticed a smart looking Chiropractor walking about wearing a tie and a big smile on his face. That man is James Revell, a Doctor of Chiropractic and Clinical Director of Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne. The thing that strikes me when talking to James, is his passion about Chiropractic and how happy he is to talk about. This made him the obvious choice of person for me to interview and to see what he has to say about Chiropractic care. In fact, James, can talk so much, we had to divide this blog into two parts!!
Hi James, thanks for agreeing to be interviewed. You’re here with your children today. Have any of them had chiropractic treatment?
Yes. My youngest had some gentle cranial chiropractic treatment when she was younger. Her brother has had check-ups on and off for most of his life. In fact, my wife had chiropractic care throughout both pregnancies. She found it helped with some of the backaches associated with pregnancy. I have seen and treated many children throughout my career as a chiropractor. I find it particularly rewarding to help pregnant mothers and babies or children of any age.
Do you personally treat many children here at Lushington chiropractic clinic?
I don’t see many children anymore because my clinical hours are less than they used to be.
Having benefited from chiropractic as a child myself, I enjoy helping other young people who are suffering with aches and pains. I have seen a lot of children and young people with a wide range of conditions: from headaches to back pain. Personally I find that children respond particularly well to chiropractic treatment. I remember myself that it only took a couple of visits before I started to feel better. I now realise as a chiropractor that kind of fast response to chiropractic treatment is fairly typical for children.
It’s great when a child or teenager wants to help themselves and I’ve made some leaflets and handouts for them to give them some advice and guidance on how to improve their posture, eating habits, etc.
That’s great James, have you seen much change in the reasons children with back pain who present to the clinic over the past few years?
The biggest change I’ve seen in the last few years has been the massive use of social media with children and teenagers stooped over their phone; not only during the day, but sometimes evenings and late at night. Poor posture caused by sitting in the same position constantly can be associated with added tension within the musculoskeletal system. We are seeing more and more children coming in with headaches as a result.
Great. Taking it from the beginning, how did your chiropractic journey begin?
I was first inspired by chiropractic when I was a teenager and saw a chiropractor for my headaches and back pain. I was very impressed with the chiropractor’s manner. He could work out what was causing my headaches and back pain and more importantly to do something about it. I was impressed by the chiropractor’s qualifications and the practical approach to treating aches and pains.
However, I did not see chiropractic listed in any university prospectuses so I decided to take biological sciences as a degree at university. Whilst there I injured my back and neck which resulted in me trying physiotherapy and chiropractic treatment again. The physiotherapist was a lovely lady, but clearly fed up with her job and strongly recommended I consider something other than physiotherapy as a way of helping people. Then I asked my chiropractor about studying to be a chiropractor myself. He was overwhelmingly positive.
I applied and was accepted to study chiropractic sciences at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic. I decided to finish my Biology degree first before embarking on my chiropractic studies and career.
Where did you see your first chiropractor?
I grew up on the Sussex coast, just outside of Brighton, which is where my chiropractor worked. I did not realise at the time that he was a specialist paediatric chiropractor. My sister saw him first for her headaches and my Mum eventually plucked up the courage to also see him for her bad shoulder. Which subsequently got better.
To be continued….
Look out for the second part of this interview.
An Eastbourne Chiropractor’s Wellness Tips
I’m the Clinic Director here at Lushington Chiropractic Clinic in Eastbourne. As such I’ve had the opportunity to work with some excellent chiropractors, sports massage therapists and other practitioners over the years. Within the team we often share knowledge, ideas and research or techniques we’ve specialised in. I’ve learnt a lot from my chiropractic colleagues and in this blog, I’m sharing some Wellness Tips I’ve picked up from one of our chiropractors.
These Wellness Tips were originally created by one of our lovely associate chiropractors Caroline Mulliner, when she lived in Eastbourne. They were so good I wanted to share them on a blog, not only for our local community but for anyone who’s looking for some practical advice to keep themselves and their spines a little healthier.
Caroline was a very popular chiropractor with us. In 2016 she moved to practice abroad. I’d like to thank Caroline for her time with us and these fantastic wellness tips:
A large majority of guests visit Lushington for bad back pain, quite often there has been an incident which has triggered these events, although many guests struggle with ways of best looking after their backs. Most of us find it easy to forget to look after ourselves properly. Lots of us take more care of our teeth than our spine.
Keeping healthy and active is great but take care to avoid these common pitfalls. The more abuse you put your body through the more wear and tear can build up.
Remember, there’s no such thing as a replacement spine, so look after it today to protect yourself for tomorrow.
Wellness tips to look after yourself at home:
- NEVER bend forward during the first hour of the day – it puts your back more at risk of injury.
- Find a way to de-stress. Fatigue and stress lowers our pain threshold, making any aches and pains feel worse. When this is the case we’re less likely to do the things that are good for us like sit properly, drink water (not coffee) and do our stretches etc.
- Caroline loved cooking and found that it helped her to unwind. She often juiced and made healthy meals but occasionally enjoyed an unhealthy treat, too! As yourself what is your relaxation and unwinding trick? Find the best way to switch off and then try to make time to indulge in that activity. Have you tried cycling, baking, an exercise class, walking etc? If not, why not give them a go.
- Get sweaty and exercise for at least 20 mins a day, 3 times a week. Find an activity or sport you enjoy; this helps to make it less of a chore and more for enjoyment. Regular exercise is great – find something you’re going to stick with.
- Remember to evenly distribute bags when carrying them. Laptops and those large heavy handbags are the worst offenders. Almost everyone seems to have them hung over their shoulder on a long strap. A back-pack with two straps is best.
Office wellness tips:
As we all work more and more around technology, it has never been more important to think of ways we can make our workplaces a healthier environment.
So, start making some small changes to your routine and build a better workplace. Not only will you feel better at the end of the day, you will hopefully start to feel better about your whole job. Here are some easy to change tips and advice which can help your body function better whilst being at work.
If you are sitting for long periods of time it makes sense that an old basic office chair isn’t doing you any favours. This is because it allows you to slump and lose the natural S shape protective curve in your spine. The best thing to do is invest in a quality chair with good lumbar support, or buy an extra lumbar support pillow to force that curve into your low back. The cheapest and simplest option is to roll up a towel and put that behind your back around the area of your trouser waist line.
Standing desks have become very popular and it makes sense. It isn’t healthy to sit all day; we’re not made for this! It also can become a little uncomfortable standing all day as well. Regular interchanges between sitting and standing is not just beneficial to our physical health, standing has a great effect on your tone of voice when on the phone as well as promoting creativity.
This is an obvious one but you do need a break from the screen, even for just a minute or two. Set a subtle alarm for every 30 minutes, when you hear it, just stretch, stand up, make a cup of tea, or go visit a colleague. Anything just to be away from the screen and your desk for just 5 minutes whilst getting your body moving. The best thing to do is pop outside and get some fresh air every couple of hours, this helps to rest your eyes, refocus your mind and de-stress. Cigarette breaks don’t count!
Computer screen height
This is something that we chiropractors in Eastbourne see regularly. You want your computer screen to be at the same height as your eyes. It’s cheap to buy a couple of blocks to build it up or simply use some big heavy books to rest it on. If your neck is in a straighter position you are more likely to use the muscles around your neck and shoulder girdle appropriately, so less likely to suffer with neck, shoulder pain and/ or headaches.
Another common work place injury is RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) from constantly using the mouse and typing all day. A good way to get around this is to evaluate your desk area, make sure your mouse, keypad and computer screen are all in alignment. Another thing to think about is an ergonomic mouse, these slightly change the position of your hand creating less stress through the area.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these simple but effective tips from Caroline Mulliner.
Remember that simply reading them won’t help – you need to get start following this chiropractic advice. If you need advice specifically on back pain, then please visit my own website for further help and advice.
Thanks for sharing these with us Caroline.
New NICE guidelines recommend chiropractic techniques for the lower back pain and sciatica
Chiropractic for the treatment of lower of back pain and sciatica
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recently published new guidelines for the treatment of lower back pain and sciatica. NICE is an organisation that provides guidance and advice to improve health and social care on a national level. These are the guidelines used by the NHS and other healthcare professionals. This guideline for the treatment of low back pain and sciatica covers everything from public health advice to surgical interventions.
The guidelines recommend a number of interventions for low back pain, including spinal manipulation and soft tissue massage techniques. Exercise and psychological therapies are also recognised as important in the treatment of lower back pain and sciatica.
What is spinal manipulation?
Let me explain in a little more detail what these treatments consist of. Spinal manipulative therapy is an umbrella term for a variety of methods and techniques available to chiropractors and other healthcare professionals. Depending on the nature of the issue, one or more of these interventions can be utilised to restore joint movement and function.
The chiropractor will observe and feel the movement of your spinal joints, looking for stiff joints. They will then apply a small thrust to a specific joint, to help improve movement there. The amount of force or movement used in the manipulation varies according to the techniques that the healthcare provider has been trained in, and how they can adapt them to your needs.
Spinal manipulation has been practiced by health practitioners for thousands of years. There are reports suggesting it’s use as far back as Egyptian times. Over the last 100 years’ chiropractors have been increasingly considered as some of the leading specialists in spinal manipulation. Although chiropractors carry out a wide range of types of treatments from massage to exercise advice, we have developed over a hundred different spinal manipulation techniques, which we refine for each person individually.
When you see a chiropractor they often refer to the spinal manipulation as an “adjustment”. It’s worth noting as well that we are trained to adjust and treat other joints or muscles throughout the body.
In relation to spinal manipulation itself, which is one of the treatment types recommended in this NICE guideline for the treatment of lower back pain and sciatica, the only healthcare professionals in the UK to have these techniques included as part of their required degree training are chiropractors and osteopaths. If a physiotherapist or GP wants to learn how to manipulate spines they have to undergo additional postgraduate training.
Soft tissue techniques
The guidelines recommend the use of soft tissue techniques for the treatment of lower back pain and sciatica.
There’s a wide variety of soft tissue techniques that can be used to treat back pain and sciatica. I predominately use stretching and massage techniques to help reduce stiffness and tension within the muscles and connective tissue. There is nothing more satisfying than improving someone’s hip and back range of motion with well-targeted massage and stretching.
At our chiropractic clinic in Eastbourne we have a large team of chiropractors, which is great for our patients, because we often discuss severe cases and share techniques we specialise in.
For a wide variety of people, I find that spinal manipulation and soft tissue techniques are best combined with specific therapeutic exercises, that are aimed to strengthen specific muscles and stabilise joints. Part of my assessment at Lushington Chiropractic Clinic is to identify the areas of the body that need to be strengthened and the areas that need increased mobility. This assessment helps me to develop a personalised care plan, based on the individual findings of each guest.
You may be wondering what role psychological therapies have in the treatment of lower back pain and sciatica.
What we do know, how we feel and our past experiences of pain have a big influence over our pain levels. Especially persistent pain that has been around for a long time. Our pain threshold becomes reduced when we feel anxious or depressed. We also know that our muscles can become tense when we feel like this. One technique I use alongside the manual therapy and exercise is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). This is useful in reducing anxiety, stress and helping people to manage depression.
Nice to hear from NICE
This was something I was pleased to hear about. Considerable thought goes into devising the treatment plans for the guests at our clinic, so it is gratifying to read that the techniques we use have been incorporated into the NICE guidelines. This reinforces our belief that the treatment packages used here in Eastbourne are of the highest standard.
If you would like to find out more about the treatments available here at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne, do not hesitate to contact either myself or another member of the team.
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.