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Managing tension headaches naturally

What are tension headaches?

Tension headaches are a very common type of headache. They are characterised by pain in the back of the head that goes up over the top of the scalp and can go down to the back of the neck and out to the tops of the shoulders. People often describe this type of headache as a squeezing of the head or like their head is in a vice, or a tight band is wrapped around their head. They may also have a sore or clicking jaw. These headaches can be quite painful and debilitating.

What triggers tension headaches?

Tension headaches are not necessarily due to tension alone. They can be caused by any number of factors, including stress, anxiety, eyestrain, exercise, lack of sleep, toxins, arthritis and even tooth clenching.

Spending many hours with the neck fixed in one position also leads to tension headaches. This has become increasingly common in recent years as more people work at a computer or spend hours in front of consoles, TVs and mobile devices. All of these factors will be taken into account when you first attend a consultation with a reputable chiropractor. By gaining a better understanding of the lifestyle factors that contribute to your problem, it is easier to create a treatment plan that will not only ease symptoms but deal with underlying problems.

Image shows Woman holding the back of her neck and top of her head and the look on her face shows she from is suffering from a tension headache. Does she know what causes her tension headaches? This image accompanies the blog written by Lushington Chiropractor Dr Deborah Ben-Shah

Do you know what causes your tension headache?

 Treating tension headaches

Once you have identified that your headaches are tension-type headache’s, then there are a number of changes you can make to your daily routine. Modifications may include sleeping in a different position, such as on your side or back, and changing to a good supportive pillow. Spending less time at the computer or playing video games or sat in front of a screen can also help greatly in many cases.

For those people suffering from stress, taking up yoga or meditation can work wonders. Implementing a good exercise regime and improving sleeping patterns are also extremely beneficial for tackling stress-related problems. If your chiropractor finds that your headaches are arising from the neck, for example cervicogenic headaches, then chiropractic manipulations and massage may aid in relieving the headaches.

Putting a hot water bottle on top of the head or on the back of the neck and shoulders can help to ease the pain associated with tension headaches. The same is true with applying ice packs to the same areas. Try both and see if either work for you.

If you are aware that certain foods tend to trigger tension headaches, avoiding these may help to manage or prevent them.  These foods may include chocolate, cheese, red wine, processed meats such as salami, hot-dogs, and lunch meat which contain nitrates, and MSG (monosodium glutamate).

There are several ways in which you can make lifestyle modifications to successfully manage your headaches once you have identified your triggers.

Perhaps you’re suffering with tension and stress or are looking for an effective treatment for your headaches?  Then call today to see why over 8,000 local people have already chosen Lushington Chiropractic  in Eastbourne to help them: 01323 722499.

Thanks for reading

Deborah

Qi Gong with Lushington Chiropractic

Qi Gong with Lushington Chiropractic

Qi Gong has been developing for hundreds of years. Find out more in this blog post

Qi Gong is designed to conserve and build energy through postural exercises and slow, gentle movements. Qi Gong also involves using the mind to guide qi to parts of the body where it is needed to strengthen and heal.

When practised regularly, Qi Gong’s gentle, smooth and flowing movements exercise the joints without stressing or damaging them as high impact sports tend to do, therefore keeping degenerative diseases of the joints at bay and restoring normal functioning to injured limbs and joints. Due to its low impact nature, it can be practiced by anyone at any age. Practitioners of tai chi have found that not only could tai chi help them recover from illness, it could also prevent them from becoming ill in the first place.

Medical research has shown that Qi Gong may help to strengthen the immune system, benefit the endocrine system and improve heart function. Common to all styles of Qi Gong is the technique of deep diaphragmatic breathing. Breath control is the key to energy control and it is through the breath that the mind can take control of the body and regulate its vital functions.

You will come out of a relaxation session revived and refreshed with your energy strengthened. When we progressively let go of tension in the body and mind we learn to access a deep inner peace. We learn how to let go.
Tai Chi Chuan is also recognised by the NHS and World Health Organisation as a fantastic source of healthy gentle exercise.

Rob Bowley Qi Gong at Lushington Chiropractic

Rob Qi Gong

New course at Lushington Clinic!

Why not come and try out Qi Gong. We have a new 4 week beginners course starting 7th June (Tuesdays) 7.15pm to 8.15pm.

Cost: Was £49 now £29

To book your place please call Lushington Chiropractic on 01323 722499 or call Robert 01323 318119/07796545669

We look forward to seeing you.

 

World Water Day

Looking at the importance of H2O for World Water Day

As World Water Day approaches on 22nd March I have some shocking facts that might make you think twice about the water (or lack of it) you drink.  Just like my chiropractic colleagues here at Lushington in Eastbourne, I’m often recommending that my guests (patients) drink more water.  So why does your chiropractor care if you drink enough water?

First of all, remember that chiropractors are healthcare experts in their own right.  Chiropractors are trained to have a widespread understanding of how the body functions and what we can do to look after ourselves.

When I studied my Degree and Masters in Chiropractic Sciences at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (AECC http://www.aecc.ac.uk/) they defined chiropractic as:  “a healthcare discipline that emphasises the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself . . .” The Association of Chiropractic Colleges, 1996 definition of chiropractic.

You’ll see from my water facts that your body’s “inherent recuperative power” is affected by how hydrated you are.  I motivate my guests (patients) to drink enough water because it’s good for them and helps them get better results with their chiropractic treatment.

14 reasons to drink more water:

  1. Water makes up over two-thirds of the healthy human body . It lubricates the joints (chiropractors like that) and eyes, aids digestion, flushes out waste and toxins, and keeps the skin healthy so you need water in order to build new cells and tissues. Remember, your body makes over 100 million new red blood cells and 100’s of millions of other cells too every minute.
  2. Drinking more water can help you lose weight. Sometimes we feel hungry when we’re actually dehydrated.  Drinking more water will keep you hydrated, help you absorb the nutrients from your food and reduce the sensation of being hungry when you’re not.
  3. Water can help protect against stomach ulcers and heartburn because the mucus coat, which protects the inside of your stomach is 98% water. This mucus coat protects against the stomach acid (Hydrochloric Acid) and the protein digesting enzyme “pepsin” in our stomach, which would otherwise digest our own stomach lining.
  4. Lack of water can cause headaches, lack of concentration and make you feel miserable. I often see people with headaches and often recommend a glass of water straight after their chiropractic treatment.  Next time you have any of these symptoms, try drinking more water.
  5. Keeping well hydrated reduces your risk of heart disease by about 50%! It also protects against blood clot formation by decreasing blood viscosity.
  6. Lack of fluid is one of the most common causes of constipation. Not only does drinking more help to keep you regular but it also enhances the benefits of dietary fibre too.
  7. Many people find that drinking more water improves their skin. Not only is your skin the largest organ in your body it’s the one most on show. It seems crazy to me that people use moisturising cream and still don’t drink enough water.  If you think you skin is dehydrated then what about your internal organs? Chiropractors have traditionally taken the view that health comes from the inside-out. It’s worth looking after your body – it’s the only place you have to live.
  8. Your muscles are 75% water. Every sports person knows that keeping hydrated is essential if they want to perform well. I take the view that when we’re recovering and coping with an injury (sprain/strain/lumbago etc) your muscles and bodies are in crisis mode.  Some muscles go into spasm and are working far harder than they are used to.  So I often recommend more water as part of someone’s chiropractic care during that initial crisis stage.

  9. An early sign of dehydration is the feeling of being tired.  When the body begins to dehydrate, enzymatic activity slows down and you’re unable to produce energy as easily. Once you start to drink water, your energy reserves speed back up and that feeling of fatigue gradually changes into one of vitality.  I love using water to keep those mid-afternoon energy lulls at bay.
  10. The lungs need about 2 glasses of water a day to function properly. You lose more water through your lungs and breathing than when you sweat.
  11. Bad breath is made worse when you’re dehydrated.
  12. Keeping well hydrated is important in the prevention of cystitis and urinary tract infection.
  13. Drinking water reduces the risk of kidney and gall stones.
  14. As a chiropractor I also particularly appreciate the benefit that water can have on your joints and by keeping the cartilage hydrated and soft and your lymphatic system working properly.

 

How much water do I need?

There have been various studies trying to identify exactly how much water we need.  Generally speaking, I recommend most adults drink at least 8 glasses of water (non-caffeine liquid) a day.  Many people don’t recognise how vital water is.

Rather than relying on thirst as a prompt to drink you should be drink at regular intervals throughout the day.  If necessary your body will work hard to extract water from the foods that you eat.  But given how clean tap water is in Eastbourne is, simply turning on the tap can take the pressure off your body.

This blog was prompted by the upcoming World Water Day, which is marked on 22 March every year. World Water Day puts into perspective some of the difficulties much of the world’s population have simply getting access to clean water.  Considering how easy it is for us to stay hydrated here in Eastbourne and the far reaching benefits then shouldn’t we make more of an effort.

Attention to water is a small price to pay for the potential benefits you’ll enjoy.  We currently have a collection for Unicef next to our water jug in reception and if you would like further advice please give us a ring at the clinic on 01323 722499.

Start drinking your water TODAY.

 

Lushington Chiropractic: providing Eastbourne with award-winning, community focused care since 2005.

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Sport Vs Cupid

Sport for Valentine’s Day! Cupid Says Possibly!

Cupid needs more support this Valentine’s Day because research shows that a third of men would sideline love in favour of sport – Football! This chiropractor recommends Touch Rugby in Eastbourne instead. It’s a mixed sport so you can share some fun and competitive fitness with your loved one.

Man watching sport beside uninterested girl

Sport Vs Cupid

A survey in Men’s Health magazine showed that nearly a third of men would rather be playing sport than getting frisky in bed!

Perhaps Cupid can hope for more sport injuries to keep men at home. Only 6% of the men in the survey had been injured through sex, compared to 99% who had been injury through sport!

The most dangerous sport in Britain is….  Football! Research shows that bad challenges and tackles cause a third of sports injuries.

Football is often seen as a relatively low-risk sport, but in reality Sunday league games are just the opposite. Over half of the men involved in the survey had been injured on the pitch, and most were suffering with ongoing niggles due to an old injury.

Chiropractors are always big on injury prevention, so here’s two tips to avoid getting injured in the first place:

  • Don’t be a Weekend Warrior: Weekend warriors are typified by working all week then hitting the pitch or paying extreme sports at the weekend. They like to play hard and live hard. However, I’d recommend adding some exercise into your weekly routine too. Don’t save up all that energy for the weekend – your body likes predictable routine, not crazy burst and then long periods of rest.

By all means work-hard and play-hard but set up a sustainable routine that allows your body to recover for 36 hours after a heavy exercise session but doesn’t result in more than three rest days in a row.

  • Even Warriors need to Warm Up: Warm up properly before you play and include a range of general cardiovascular exercises in your training regime to build up slowly. If the only exercise you get is playing in a match then you will push yourself too fast too quickly, increasing the risk of injury.

I recommend using the R.I.C.E. formula to deal with minor injuries.

Rest and support the injured joint.

Ice packs (wrap ice in a cloth, apply for 10 minutes maximum, then leave off for 20 minutes before re-applying – stop if it is painful).

Compression and elevation of the injured joint.

Get fit with Touch Rugby

Hannah playing sport, touch rugby and about to score

Sport, touch rugby Hannah about to score

This chiropractor is an old rugby prop and recommends Touch Rugby to keep you fit and healthy.

I love to play Touch Rugby on the weekends. We play every Sunday in Gildrege Park, here in Eastbourne. Check us out on facebook and Eastbourne Touch Rugby . Touch Rugby is a mixed sport so no one needs to be left at home on their own.

 Valentine’s Touch Rugby

So, this Valentine’s Sunday bring your partner to play Touch Rugby at Gildrege Park, Eastbourne. When you get home you can enjoy a relaxing soak in the bath together afterwards and if you’ve got any energy left practise a little sports massage with each other.

This blog has been brought to you by James Revell Doctor of Chiropractic, MSc (Chiropractic Sciences), BSc (Chiropractic Science), BSc (Biological Sciences), LRCC.

If you would like any further information regarding how to stay healthy, please give us a call at the clinic on 01323 722499.

Exercise For The Faint-Hearted

Exercise for the faint-hearted – Confession time!

Like a lot of the guests I see at Lushington Chiropractic Clinic I am not a fan of the gym. When someone suggests I exercise, my response tends to be a groan and an eye roll. However, I’ve found that keeping fit can be done in Eastbourne in many ways and some of them are even enjoyable!

My first experience of fun, organised exercise was salsa dancing near Eastbourne seafront. As a beginner, I spent more time trying not to step on my partner’s feet than anything else but it really adds to your step count. I wear a pedometer and on a ‘dancing day’ can easily do 12,000 steps. Perhaps you prefer line-dancing? Or tango? They would also be a superb way of getting fit without even realising it, as well as learning body control and balance.

Swimming is also a great way of exercising in a non-arduous way. It allows core strength to build without putting weight on the joints so is brilliant for people who prefer more gentle exercise or who don’t think they are ‘gym people’. Try it and see if you like it. If you do then Eastbourne has several pools for you including the Sovereign Centre and Motcombe Pool.

I know that working my core muscles makes them stronger, that swimming strengthens my shoulders and makes them less likely to get injured in the course of my work and that better flexibility and endurance are good things for my body. However, it is the feeling of alertness I get after a fast swim that is well worth it. I know it is that feeling which keeps me going to the pool.

So my advice is to try a few sports and exercise classes and see which ones make you look forward to doing them again, as making yourself do things is rarely sustainable unless you have incredible willpower. And even if you do have that willpower, why do exercise you don’t enjoy when there are so many fun and exciting ways of getting fitter?!

 

Are there any sports or classes you enjoy locally?

Exercise for the faint-hearted… it doesn’t get more fun than running a pancake race in Eastbourne!

Exercise this image shows Claire from Lushington Chiropractic Clinic running pancake race in Eastbourne to raise funds for St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

Exercise for the faint-hearted… it doesn’t get more fun than running a pancake race in Eastbourne!

For more exercise and health tips, read our other posts – we have plenty to keep you going.

Thanks for reading!

Vicky

 

 

 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

James Revell, chiropractor at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne explains what Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is and how it can affect people.

Because Carpal Tunnel Syndrome affects up to 5,000 people in Eastbourne and the surrounding area I thought I’d use this blog post to share some facts and information about it for my patients.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs down your arm into your hand, gets compressed at the wrist.  The median nerve controls sensation in your palm, thumb and fingers, but not the little finger.  It also controls some movement in your wrist.  It’s made up of branches from the nerves that come out of your neck from C5, C6, C7 and C8.

James Revell Doctor of Chiropractic, Eastbourne showing the nerves from the neck, which contribute to the Median nerve, which is the nerve effected in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Picture of the nerves from the neck,  including the median nerve, which is involved in carpal tunnel syndrome.

 

 

Median Nerve And The Carpal Tunnel At The Wrist.

Carpal Tunnel - Median Nerve at the wrist

Median nerve and the carpal tunnel at the wrist. (copied from http://theheartysoul.com/)

The carpal tunnel itself is made by the bones of your wrist and the tough ligaments that hold them together.  Running through the tunnel are various tendons, nerves and blood vessels.  Sometimes thickening of the ligaments or tendons, or stiffness of the joints, or swelling in general (e.g. during pregnancy) can compress nerves. When this occurs in the median nerve there are a number of distinct symptoms that indicate carpal tunnel syndrome – such as weakness, numbness and pain radiating up the arm.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the most common of the entrapment neuropathies, accounting for 90% of all peripheral nerve compression syndromes.  Some studies suggest that 5% of people suffer with carpal tunnel-type symptoms.  The most common age is 45-60 year olds.

Although carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common and most well-known peripheral trapped nerve problem, it’s possible to get a trapped nerve at many points throughout the body.

Trapped nerves are more correctly referred to as compression neuropathies. There are numerous ways your nerves can be damaged, but in this blog we are focusing on the compression type of injuries, which are responsible for carpal tunnel syndrome.

Your peripheral nerves can also be pinched, irritated or compressed as they leave the spine for example by a slipped disc, or arthritis in the spine (aka spondylitis). Symptoms will affect just one part of the body, depending on where the nerve is trapped (compress or irritated). However, to clarify I’ve had a number of patients with carpal tunnel who’ve suffered with the symptoms in their hand but also an ache radiating up their forearm.

 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a Type of Compressional Neuropathy

screen shot of Dictionary.com’s definition of neuropathy copied from www.dictionary.com

screen shot of Dictionary.com’s definition of neuropathy from www.dictionary.com

There can be a range of factors that cause Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Overuse and in particular using vibrating machinery, such as a pneumatic drill, is often to blame for these this type of trapped nerves. However, there may also be something that’s causes swelling in the patient, for example Rheumatoid Arthritis or with pregnancy etc.

Some people have a congenital predisposition (having a smaller tunnel than others). When I was studying the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (http://www.aecc.ac.uk/) I remember reading a statistic suggesting that Caucasians were most likely to suffer with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome but I can’t find that reference and it’ll be over a decade out of date by now. If you have a genetic predisposition then other people in your family will have suffered with Carpal Tunnel too. But remember, think about what jobs they have or do they have rheumatoid arthritis etc.

Women are three times more likely to get Carpal Tunnel Syndrome than men.  Experts believe this is because the carpal tunnel itself is smaller in women.  Women are also 3 to 5 times more likely to suffer with Rheumatoid Arthritis than men, while the fact that women go through pregnancy also skews the statistics somewhat.

Carpal tunnel symptoms usually start as a burning or tingling / pins and needles sensation in your hand and wrist, which easily settles when you shake your hand out.  In my experience people first notice these symptoms when sleeping at night.  Typically swelling will build up as we lie still sleeping, plus if you lie on your wrist you’ll compress the carpal tunnel even more.

Early diagnosis and treatment is important

If you have any questions about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or other trapped nerves, why not leave your comment below or ask a member of the team at Lushington Chiropractic. The intention of this blog post is to share information about carpal tunnel syndrome with my patients, so they can better understand what’s going on if they have this condition.

 

9 tips to avoid conflict this Christmas

Christmas can be a time of joy and celebration. Yet at the same time it can be a time of stress and tension. Don’t let that cross word escalate into a huge argument that spoils this season of good will.

Here are a few tips to help you smooth out any ruffled feathers this Christmas:

1. Get it out into the open – Rather than avoid conflict altogether make time to sit down calmly or go for a walk to discuss any frustrations that may be building. Do so in a calm, respectful way rather than letting the tension build up. Otherwise you may blurt out something in an angry, hurtful way that you later regret.

2. Stop being defensive – Rather than denying how you feel and avoiding the reality that your silence is creating a bad atmosphere. Make time to talk. Silent defensiveness only contributes to the problem. You may think it better to say nothing as a way of alleviating stress in the here and now, but silence is a very passive aggressive gesture and will only alienate your partner when they don’t feel listened to.

3. Avoid overgeneralising – When you have it out with the other person, avoid making sweeping generalisations. Don’t start sentences with “You always” or “You never”,  as in “You always leave everything to me!” or “You never help me!” Can you really say, with your hand on your heart that this is the case on every occasion? Also, however tempting it may be, avoid bringing up past conflicts as this will just add fuel to the fire and stir up more negativity.

4. There is not always a “right” or a “wrong” – it’s not helpful to always assume that there is a right and a wrong way to look at things, and that your way is the right way. Don’t demand that the other person sees it your way or that just because they have a different opinion that they are wrong. Try to find a compromise if you can, or agree to disagree. After all, both points of view could be valid.

5. Stop mind-reading – in the CBT world we talk about “unhelpful thinking.” Instead of asking how the other person is thinking of feeling, people sometimes assume that they know what their partner is thinking and feeling based upon inaccurate interpretations of their actions. For example, just because somebody is late home, it doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t care enough to be on time. Remember, we all come from a unique perspective, so stop assuming and take time to ask, check out and really listen to the other person.

6. Don’t forget to listen – instead of taking time to attempt to understand your partner, stop interrupting, rolling your eyes and rehearsing what you are going to say next. Take time to stop and truly listen to their point of view. There will be plenty of time for you to talk. Do not underestimate the power of really listening and really trying to empathise. Such listening skills are really all about respecting the other person.

7. Stop playing the blame game – instead of simply criticising and blaming the other person for the situation. Be prepared to back down, say sorry and acknowledge that you might not be right. You may think that this weakens your credibility and prefer to “shame” them into accepting it is their “fault.” This does not help create a harmonious solution where both parties can make up. Instead, try to come up with a solution that helps you both.

8. Stop trying to “Win” at all costs – there is a saying that goes along the lines of: “If people are focused on winning the argument, the relationship loses.” The point of a relationship discussion is to reach a mutual understanding and come to an agreement or resolution that respects everyone’s needs.

9. Avoid character attacks – finally, just because your partner leaves his or her clothes lying around the bedroom does not mean that he or she is “inconsiderate” or “lazy.” Just because the other person wants to do something different to you it doesn’t mean they are being “awkward .” What ever you make think, take time to step back and give the other person some respect, after all it is their behaviour you have difficulty with.

Remember, good communication can really improve relationships, increasing intimacy, trust and support. This Christmas come together and make time for each other, even if things become a little fraught at times. Make friends, say sorry and celebrate openness and honesty.

Have a good Christmas,

Until next time, Steve.

Steve Clifford is a cognitive behavioural therapist who works alongside the team at Lushington Chiropractic, Eastbourne.

Are You New To Chiropractic?

Chiropractic in Eastbourne

Many people who have never seen a Chiropractor (and even some who have) wonder what their first appointment will bring. In this article, Victoria White, a chiropractor in Eastbourne at Lushington Clinic explains the basics to help put your mind at ease!

 

Your first visit is a consultation, not a treatment visit. As Chiropractors, our primary aim at the consultation is get to the root of the problem – this gives us a diagnosis that is individual to you. We go through this diagnostic process in stages…

What is involved in a chiropractic consultation?

The first part of your consultation is spent reading the health questionnaire you will have completed while in reception before your visit, and also asking you in-depth questions about your complaint. These questions might include asking how and when the problem first came on; if you suffer unusual symptoms such as numbness/tingling in the limbs; what you do at work (posture has a huge impact on health and if you are sitting all day at a computer this WILL be relevant!); and what activities aggravate or relieve the pain, among many others. Don’t worry, it won’t feel like an interrogation, just a chance for us to get to know you as a person as well as a ‘case’!

Image shows Vicky White (Doctor of chiropractic) with new chiropractic guest

Vicky White (Doctor of chiropractic) with new chiropractic guest.

We will also ask if you have any other aches and pains, because we are interested in you as a whole and often these issues will be linked. For example, people who come to see me because of neck pain are often surprised that I ask “how frequently do you get headaches?” In fact, people who have neck pain have restricted joint movement and over-tight musculature of the neck, which often leads to referred headaches. Those of you who say “I’ve always carried a lot of tension in my shoulders” may fall into this category.

This thorough history gives us a strong idea of what is causing your complaint, and after this we do a neuro-orthopaedic examination to confirm our diagnosis. We will step out of the room to let you get changed into a gown, much like a hospital gown, that will cover you up; there is no need to be undressed in front of us. The exam is important because it is where we confirm not just if it’s a joint, muscle or nerve that is causing the problem, but exactly which joint, muscle or nerve is affected. Detail is important as it affects out management plan.

Next Blog article…

In my next post I will discuss your Report of Findings visit, to let you know what you can expect.

Thanks for reading!

If there is anything else you would like explained or you are looking for a chiropractor in Eastbourne, please either leave me a comment and I’ll reply or you can email me at info@chirocare.co.uk. If you are considering in signing up we would love to hear from you.

 

Article written by our Chiropractor Victoria White

Massage therapy in Eastbourne: Lushington Chiropractic case study, Norman

Case study: massage therapy in Eastbourne

Norman is a regular visitor to Lushington chiropractic in order to help him remain active. As an osteoarthritis sufferer who was experiencing difficulty walking due to a swollen knee, he was referred to Andy Swan, one of Lushington’s massage therapists in Eastbourne to help improve Norman’s knee health so that he could move and walk comfortably once more.

After an initial assessment of the lower body it was found that the calves, hamstrings, glutes and Tensor Fasciae Latae (TFA – a muscle located in the thigh) were all very tight. This was making it difficult and tiresome for Norman to walk.

With a series of therapeutic massage treatments beginning with once a week, various massage techniques were used to help ease the stiffness in these muscles and then to help maintain his mobility. Unfortunately, due to the nature of osteoarthritis the knee will remain a problem. But with regular maintenance massage it is now possible to retain his mobility and ease of movement instead of a continual deterioration.

 

Typical massage therapy in Eastbourne

A typical therapeutic massage session would involve some warming/loosening strokes with some effleurage – a form of massage involving a repeated circular stroking movement made with the palm of the hand.

Depending on the tissue pliability, Andy may use some N.M.T (Neuromuscular technique) which consists of alternating levels of concentrated pressure on the areas of muscle spasm. The massage therapy pressure is usually applied with the fingers, knuckles, or elbow, or STR (soft tissue release). This involves the Andy using manual pressure on a muscle to create a temporary false attachment point and then taking the muscle into a pain-free stretch to untangle the muscle fibres to help ease stiffened tissue.

Andy says:

“We genuinely care about our patients and improving their quality of life. We have an extremely professional and dedicated team who deliver the highest service and have over 80 years expertise between them.  We have both female and male sports massage therapists.”

Looking for massage therapy in Eastbourne? Why not get in touch with the team on 01323 722499.

 

Lushington Chiropractic can help people of all ages

My parents have both used Lushington Chiropractic.

My 90 year old Dad came to see Mykel Mason (Doctor of chiropractic) with shoulder pain and a problem with his ankle, his ankle is much improved and his shoulder was getting a lot better until he had a fall and fractured his wrist which needed wiring and the neck of his humerus which needed pining! He will be returning to continue chiropractic treatment when he is fully healed.

My 86 year old Mum also came to see Mykel with a problem with her arm and a numbness in her fingers in one hand, Mykel worked very hard to help Mum with adjustments and suggestions of various exercises she could do to help increase her range of motion, she has also had a number of therapeutic massages with Sue Hudson.

They have both been very pleased with the treatment they have had but also commented on how friendly and welcoming the clinic was, they particularly found our wonderful team of clinic assistants very kind and helpful!

They both enjoyed coming to our Open day here in Eastbourne which was held on a lovely sunny day in July last year, they were very interested to hear about all the other therapies offered at Lushington Chiropractic, Why not come along to the Wellbeing Open Day this year on Wednesday 28th October 10.00am – 2.00pm where Lushington Chiropractic is celebrating its 10th Birthday!!

Its 10 years since James Revell (Doctor of Chiropractic) first opened the doors of Lushington Chiropractic and it has come a long way!

The clinic has 10 years of proven award winning service to over 8,000 local people

Judy with Ken & Betty Burns enjoying our Open Day 2014

You can find out about Chiropractic, Massage therapy, Mindfulness & pain management, The work of the Health Trainers, Stress self help with Acupressure, Nutrition, Podiatry and much much more

You can be sure of a warm welcome at Lushington Chiropractic