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Interview with Eastbourne Chiropractor Mykel Mason – Part 2

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

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

Image shows Eastbourne Chiropractors Mykel Mason and Victoria White

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do you give people stretches?

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

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

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

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

For the best results, it is absolutely essential.

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

 

An Interview with Eastbourne Chiropractor Dr Joshua French: Part 3

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

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

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

Part 3

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

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

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

How are you settling into Eastbourne?

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

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

Yes!

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

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

What is it like working at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne?

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

What sports are you playing in your spare time?

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

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

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

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

Thanks for reading,

Gemma Crouch

An Interview with Eastbourne Chiropractor Dr Joshua French: Part 2

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

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

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

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

Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

What is this exercise called?

The exercise is called the Bird Dog.

Oh! What a funny name!

Could you tell me how to do this exercise please?

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

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

Which athletes have you most enjoyed working with?

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

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

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

Gemma Crouch

An Interview with Eastbourne Chiropractor Dr Joshua French: Part 1

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

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

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

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

Part 1

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

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

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

Yes, it is true!

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

How did you become interested in sports chiropractic?

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

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

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

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

Thank you Joshua for your time today!

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

Thanks for reading,

Gemma Crouch

Eastbourne Chiropractors Blog on Improved Sleep

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

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

Sleeping soundly!

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

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

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

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

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

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

One of which is SLEEP!

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

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

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

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

Disconnect Before Bedtime

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

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

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

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

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

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

It’s an amazing experience.

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

Thanks for reading,

Carran Lefever

 

McTimoney Chiropractor in Eastbourne

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

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

Carran Lefever

What is Chiropractic? And McTimoney Chiropractic?

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

Chiropractors have a specialist interest in neck and back pain but when they assess their patient they take their entire physical, emotional and social wellbeing into account.

Chiropractors use a range of techniques to reduce pain, improve function and increase mobility, with an emphasis on hands-on manipulation of the spine.

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

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

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

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

 McTimoney Chiropractic Technique

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking for a McTimoney Chiropractor in Eastbourne?

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

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

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

Thanks for reading.

Carran

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.

Picture of Dr Carran Lefever doing a McTimoney atlas toggle on a patient 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.

 

Chiropractic Technique

In our Eastbourne Chiropractic clinic, Lushington Chiropractic, we are truly blessed to have a multidisciplinary team. This team consists of chiropractors, sports massage therapists, acupuncturists and more. Each different health care profession in our clinic brings different techniques approaches to our guests. Added up, this means that the care our guests in Eastbourne receive is truly first rate.

Among our chiropractors, there are different techniques used by each of us. This difference allows us to approach patients in slightly different ways, but always with the improvement of the patient as our goal. One of the techniques that we have in common between the chiropractors here in Eastbourne is called Sacro Occipital Technique. This is a technique that is learnt with separate specialty seminars to the general chiropractic degree. Seeing as you are likely to have experienced this technique if you have seen any of our chiropractors, I thought it would be a good idea to discuss this technique in a bit more detail. I am only going to talk about the history in this blog post as it is long enough already!

Foundation

Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT) is a technique used by chiropractors and first developed by a man nicknamed “the major”. This man’s full name was Dr Bertrand DeJarnette and he developed SOT in the USA in 1925.

DeJarnette was originally an engineer before suffering serious injuries due to an explosion in a car factory he was working at. These injuries caused him immense pain and discomfort. He tried and tried to no avail to seek medical help, but didn’t experience any relief from his symptoms until he started receiving spinal manipulative treatment. He credited this with saving his life. DeJarnette was so impressed by to help others like he himself was helped.

When DeJarnette was qualified and practicing as a chiropractor, he started to feel like something was missing. To him, the classic chiropractic adjustment wasn’t giving him the full answer and solution to pursuing better health. DeJarnette decided to dedicate himself to exploring this thought over the next few decades. He performed clinical research in his search to develop a specialised approach to health and chiropractic, eventually discovering the link between the sacrum, which is a bone in your pelvis, and the occiput, which is a bone in your skull. DeJarnette’s technique details procedures for analysing and correcting pelvic, spinal, visceral and extremity problems using specific methods.

Furthering SOT

Perhaps due to his previous experience of being an engineer, DeJarnette was extremely methodical in his work. He was also perhaps fortunate to be working in a less litigious time, when ethical committees simply did not exist. On top of all this, he had a burning passion for understanding the physiology of the human body and the effects of chiropractic adjustments on this.

In fact, DeJarnette had such a passion for this understanding that he was also a prolific researcher, working for over 6 decades to perfect his chiropractic techniques and teach others. By the time of his death he had published his work in over 100 research papers, booklets and books.

Photo of the SOT seminar notes of Josh French, Eastbourne chiropractor. SOT is a chiropractic technique.

Eastbourne Chiropractor Josh French attended a weekend long SOT seminar in Amsterdam

Nowadays, to learn this technique as a chiropractor you are required to attend weekend seminars. To be a fully qualified SOT practitioner you need to attend 11 weekend modules, which due to scheduling could take up to 6 years to complete!!

I hope that this has been helpful background information on one of the most common chiropractic techniques and one of the techniques you may have experienced at our clinic in Eastbourne. If you have any questions or queries, please feel free to contact us here or ask your chiropractor next time you visit us in Eastbourne for your next adjustment.

Thanks for reading,

Joshua French

Simple Exercises for Low Back Pain part 2

Previously I talked about an exercise that can be performed at home to help improve low back pain and prevent recurrence of injury. Bird dogs are just one such exercise that the Chiropractors at our clinic in Eastbourne give to our guests. Today I am going to talk about two other exercises that are perfect for recovering from a nasty bout of low back pain.

Side bridge

This exercise is rather simple to perform, and like the bird dog has progressions and regressions depending on whether you need to make it harder of easier respectively. The purpose of this exercise is similar to the bird dog; help improve the endurance of the core musculature, particularly the lateral trunk flexors. On top of this, as this exercise is only performed on one side at a time it can be helpful in balancing up any muscle imbalances that occur as part of our day to day life.

To perform this exercise:

• Lie on the floor with your knees flexed at 90 degrees and your spine straight. You should be in a similar position to the video
• Similarly to the bird dog, before initiating any movement maintain an abdominal brace.
• You should then drive your hips forward, such that your torso is in a straight line elevated from the floor, supported by your elbow and your knee closest to the ground.
• This position should be held for a couple of seconds, and then slowly bend your hips such that you go back down to the floor

The above steps describe one repetition, and this exercise is best performed aiming for 12-20 repetitions on each side, for a total of three sets.

To increase the difficulty of this exercise, you can perform it with your legs straight instead of knees flexed to 90 degrees. This is more difficult due to the increased demand on your core musculature.

To progress even further, instead of doing 20 repetitions with a one or two second hold, try performing one repetition of a 45 second hold. This will really test the endurance of your muscles, but if you start to feel any uncontrollable shaking at any time, stop there and perform the same number of seconds on the other side.

Clam shell

This exercise is also performed lying on your side. The purpose of this exercise is to help increase the activation of some of the muscles around the hip and pelvis, specifically the gluteus maximus. This muscle becomes inactive through extended sitting and contributes towards hip, pelvis and low back pain when it is inactive.

Instead of having to perch yourself on your elbow, you can lie down on your side in whichever way you are comfortable in, as long as your knees are flexed to 90 degrees and your pelvis is level with your shoulders. See the below photo for guidance if you are struggling with this.

To perform this exercise:

• adopt the position in the video
• place your top hand on your buttock so that you can feel the muscle activation
• keeping your feet touching, open up your top hip such that your knee is raised in the air. Only go as far as your hip will allow, as otherwise you will start to recruit the wrong muscles and the exercise will lose its effectiveness

This exercise is best performed with 10-12 repetitions done for three sets on each side. The beauty of this exercise is that it is very easy to do. The difficulty in it is concentrating and really trying to feel the buttock muscle activating.

If you have any queries or concerns, feel free to comment below or pop in and see us at our Chiropractic clinic in Eastbourne.

Thanks for reading

Joshua French

Starting the day off right with a morning routine

As a chiropractor, I believe that if my care to my patients ended with treatment alone, I would be doing myself and my patients a disservice. I love giving my patients advice regarding exercise and diet, as well as other things that may help to enrichen lives and develop good habits. One topic that I frequently mention to my chiropractic patients at the clinic in Eastbourne is a morning routine. There are many benefits to having a consistent and efficient morning routine – some of which I will talk about here today.

All my school life and time at university, I struggled to wake up in the mornings and get on with the day. I definitely never considered myself a morning person, but I thought this was something that was just in my nature, unable to be changed.

In my final year at university, I started reading more about the habits of successful people, and one of the things that everyone seemed to have in common was a consistent morning routine. One day I decided to start my own morning routine. At first this was just three small things to complete before leaving the house to go to university, but soon it grew into a 60 minute long routine.

Photo of morning alarms set by Josh French, the Eastbourne chiropractor who authored this blog about his morning routine.

Do you need multiple alarms to wake up in the morning?

I stick to this come rain and shine, even at weekends. I strongly believe that a morning routine sets the tone for the whole day, so an efficient morning really helps me settle into the day at hand. On top of this. I find that in the mornings I have a limited amount of energy. This energy, and willpower, drains away with decision making. Therefore, knowing how the first hour of my day will go helps me to avoid mental fatigue and feel more in control of my day.

My top tips for a great morning routine:

  1. Place your alarm clock away from your bed. By being out of reach, this will force you to get out of bed and therefore you will be much less likely to just hit the snooze button and go back to bed for another 10 minutes.
  2. Drink a big glass of water as soon as you wake up. This helps you rehydrate after 8 hours without any fluids. On top of this, it is a great way to kickstart your metabolism.
  3. Make your bed. This may seem like a silly one, but having some small tasks in your morning routine that are easy to complete really gets you in the mood for a productive day.
  4. This is one of the most important parts of my morning and probably worthy of its own blog post! I’m quite new to meditating, but I find it helps to clear my mind and gain clarity. I use an app called headspace which I find helpful. If this sounds like too much, simply taking the time to take 20 deep breaths in and out is a great way to start this habit!
  5. Take the time to be grateful. Another habit I have picked up recently is spending 5 minutes to write in a journal. The journal I write in has the same questions every day, and helps me to be more reflective. The things I write about are things I’m grateful for, things that would make the day great and positive affirmations. The most important part of this habit is allowing yourself 5 minutes to think of all the things you’re grateful for. You may find that doing this allows you to gain a greater appreciation for things.
  6. Read! For many years at university reading was a habit I simply didn’t do. Perhaps I was too tired of reading after having to do it all day long. Since I started reading 10-20 minutes in the morning I have found that it helps to inspire me for the day ahead. The books I tend to read in the morning are on personal growth, mindset or perhaps even chiropractic books, depending on how much energy I have!

I hope these tips have been helpful, and maybe in the future I will see you going for an early morning run around Eastbourne before work! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us here or ask next time you visit us in Eastbourne.

Thanks for reading,

Joshua French