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Why I Chose to Study Chiropractic

 I knew that I wanted to study chiropractic at the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic

When it came to going to university I knew that I wanted to study chiropractic. The choices at the time were the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic and the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic. These are the two main colleges in the UK. Both the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic and the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic have good reputations for training chiropractors.

I visited both chiropractic colleges and assessed their chiropractic courses before making my decision. Both were four years full time chiropractic courses. Both covered the history of chiropractic, chiropractic technique, chiropractic case management, neurology, physiology, anatomy and much, much more.

Both courses looked great and I was actually keen on both of them. I was living in Eastbourne at the time with my family and this made Bournemouth (The Anglo-European College of Chiropractic) a better proposition due to distance. However, the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic only had chiropractic courses and no other studies there. At the time I wondered if it might be a little too much chiropractic talk to be at an educational institution where there was no variety. I thought that chiropractic in lectures, then chiropractic at home, and socialising only with chiropractors might be a little intense. Everyone needs to talk about something different sometimes.

The Welsh Institute of Chiropractic, however, was attached to the University of Glamorgan (now the University of South Wales). This university offers a broad range of courses and I thought that the variety would create a better learning and living environment for me, personally. Having been through the experience, I am very happy that I chose the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic.

I feel that I am a well-trained and well-rounded Chiropractor because of my intensive studies and a massive bonus is that I met my fiancée at University. She now lives down here with me in Eastbourne.

If you are thinking about studying to be a chiropractor then I would urge you to take a look at both the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic and the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic to decide which is right for you. Both have great courses and it may simply come down to personal preference when you choose between them.

Mykel Mason, Doctor of Chiropractic pictured with his family on graduation day after studying Chiropractic at the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic.

Mykel Mason, Doctor of Chiropractic pictured with his family on graduation day at the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic.

If you are thinking about studying chiropractic here are the links to the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic website:

http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/16-master-of-chiropractic

and the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic website:

http://www.aecc.ac.uk/undergraduate/?gclid=COf5-9PJwcgCFQVuGwodojkMHg

Yours in health,

Mykel Mason your Eastbourne Chiropractor

 

My Top Three Knee Pain Exercises

Picture shows a man lying on his back with his left knee bent up and right leg straight lifted roughly thirty centimetres above the ground.

Lying leg lifts demonstrated

Knee pain and injuries. Knee facts.

Osteoarthritis of the knee is unfortunately a common problem. One thing that experts an agree on is that prevention is better than cure. My guests (patients) often ask me what the best knee pain exercises are to help them prevent, manage and rehab.

This blog post is designed for my guests to use as a reference as these are some of the exercises I use most often. If you’re not one of my guests and wish to try these exercises you do so at your own risk.

I really enjoy helping people with knee pain. Some knee problems are quite simple to correct, others a lot more difficult. I think it is important to get to the root of the problem and find out what is causing it. Once I have found out exactly what is going on, be it osteoarthritis, a muscle spasm, or a compensation for something else, I often use the rehabilitation exercises below to help.

Knee rehabilitation exercises are essential if you want the best possible results. The following three exercises are the most common I use. I find that they are the most effective for people who have suffered with knee pain. These exercises can be useful in many different types of knee pain as a lot of conditions have an associated muscle imbalance where the muscles aren’t quite doing the jobs that they are supposed to.

These can also be used for prevention of knee pain “prehab”.

  1. Heel raises:

In these cases I see the muscles are generally not working as they should be. The calves play an essential role in the efficient functioning of knee and ankle.

For this exercise all you need to do is make sure that you are supported, just in case you lose your balance. Slowly raise your heels off the ground. You then slowly lower your heels back down. For this exercise slow is important as it teaches the control of the muscle. This should be done in sets of ten and repeated three times.

 Heel raises

Picture demonstrating heel raises where heels are raised from the ground on both sides with both hands resting on the back of a chair in front of him.

Heel raises demonstrated using a chair for balance.

This exercise is designed to improve the strength of the calf muscles but also helps to improve control and stability around the knee and ankle. This is also a good exercise for those who have had an ankle sprain (once the ankle is stable).

The next progression of this exercise is to perform the movement with the heel hanging over the end of the stairs.

 

      2. Seated leg lifts

I have found the most common area of muscle imbalance is the thigh (quads) in knee problems. The muscles here help to control the movement of the knee cap.

For this exercise you are seated with the leg you are not targeting relaxed back. The other leg is at a right angle. Slowly lift up the leg in front keeping the knee bent. For this exercise you do not have to lift it too high but it is most effective when performed slowly. Something to watch out for is curving your back forward as you do this knee pain exercise as this can put extra strain on the spine. This exercise should be performed in sets of ten and repeated three times each side.

 Seated leg lifts

Picture shows a man seated with both knees bent and one leg lifted slightly off the ground.

Seated leg lifts demonstrated

This works on improving the strength and stability of the front thigh muscles the quadriceps. It also helps to strengthen and control the muscles that lift the leg up and can therefore be used in most hip cases also.

 

      3. Lying leg lifts

This is an advanced knee pain exercise designed to work any imbalances in the thigh muscle.

For this exercise you are lying on your back with the knee you are working lying straight out and the other bent up. You need to contract the front thigh muscle and slowly lift the leg up for a count of three and then lower it for a count of three. Keep your bottom on the floor. You should lift your leg around thirty centimetres from the ground. This should be repeated ten times with three sets performed each side.

Picture shows a man lying on his back with his left knee bent up and right leg straight lifted roughly thirty centimetres above the ground.

Lying leg lifts demonstrated

This is also designed to work on strengthening and stabilising the knee through the thigh muscles. Strengthening these muscles in different positions gets the muscles working the way they should when you do different activities such as walking or going upstairs.

Please remember these three knee pain exercises are to work alongside regular exercise such as walking or cycling and in combination with hands on treatment and nutritional changes if necessary.

Yours in health,

Mykel Mason, your Eastbourne chiropractor