Everyday Improvements: Part 1 . Switch old bad habits for new.
Small Changes That Make A Big Difference
Wellness magazines are full of useful “switches” that you can make to improve your diet and your health. Switches such as eating healthier yoghurt instead of ice cream, eating low-sugar dark chocolate instead of the calorific milk chocolate, and eating fruit instead of sugary unhealthy snacks. This has got me thinking about how we can apply postural and movement advice in the same way; switching out our old bad habits for new habits. This blog aims to start this “switching” process and help you improve your health in small, convenient and most importantly effective ways. We have already written in previous blogs about the best sleeping positions for your back, a topic so important that it deserved its own blog! If you wish to read about that, please follow the link here. Once you have read that, feel free to read on as we are going to start with how to get out of bed….
What is the best way to get out of bed?
When we first wake after a night’s sleep our lumbar discs are particularly vulnerable. This is because after lying horizontally for so long they are well hydrated and slightly plumper than normal. Getting out of bed in the wrong way can lead to disc damage or back strain and significant pain as the body has not yet warmed up for movement. For the same reason, it’s not a good idea to leap out of bed and start doing yoga exercises first thing in the morning – something that the more energetic among us may be inclined to do! So, how you get out of bed is important. Firstly, roll onto your side and bend your knees allowing your feet to drop from the side of the bed. After that keep your back straight and push yourself up with your hands into a sitting position. Take your time and make sure you keep your back straight.
Getting out of bed in this way will ensure that you don’t do what most people do, which is a combined movement of lumbar flexion and twisting in an effort to go from a supine face-up lying position immediately into a sitting position.
Lifting heavy items, for example shopping
This is a very important change to make. Many of the patients who come in our doors at Lushington Chiropractic Clinic in Eastbourne with low back injuries have done the damage through poor lifting techniques. Let’s face it, most of us try to make life as easy as possible for ourselves, which means that when putting the shopping in the back of the car we tend to combine the movements of bending forward, lifting bags and twisting to turn to put them in the car. In fact, what this does is that it combines all the activities that the low back does not like and leads to a far greater chance of lumbar sprain/strain injuries.
A better switch is to separate the movements. With your shopping at your feet, keep your low back straight and bend your knees so you can go into a squat. Tighten your abdominal muscles to brace your low back and lift your shopping so that you straighten into a standing position. Once you are upright keep your abdominal muscles braced and turn your whole body so that you can put your shopping in the car, or onto the kitchen work surface, etc. By separating the lumbar flexion and the twisting movements into two distinct movements, and keeping your abdominal muscles raised, you are far less likely to suffer a lumbar injury in this way.
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How Can I Strengthen my Neck at Home, and Why Would I Need To?
Here are some quick and easy neck exercises to help strengthen your neck, that you can do in the convenience of your own home.
How many of us suffer from neck aches and pain? Well, of those coming in to see us at Lushington chiropractic clinic in Eastbourne, a fair number!! In combination with chiropractic treatment and a program of home-stretches, there are some fantastic strengthening exercises that you can do at home. These will effectively help to strengthen the neck muscles, alleviate your pain and improve your neck function.
Which muscles should be stronger, and why?
Firstly, let’s focus on which neck muscles need to be stronger. Typically, people with neck issues, pain, or just neck and shoulder stress or tightness are prone to becoming weak in the lower trapezius muscles, and tight in the upper trapezius muscles. The upper trapezius muscles are the ones that you feel on the tops of your shoulders, and they attach at the neck right to the top. You can see in the picture below where the upper trapezius muscles are found (under the model’s hand)….
These muscles tend to tighten in the ‘fight-or-flight’ response, so are often tense in people with anxiety, stressful jobs or busy lives. Additionally, they can cause headaches in a specific referral pattern. The referral headache is usually felt at the back of the head, over the top of the head, and behind the eye. To help release these muscles you need to work to strengthen the antagonistic muscles, that is the muscles that do the opposite action across the same joint of the body. In this instance that is the lower trapezius muscles and rhomboids which pull the scapula (shoulder blades) downwards and hold them stable.
How to strengthen the lower trapezius muscles and rhomboids…
Stand straight with your best posture. Now, ‘open up’ the chest and pull your shoulder blades together using the muscles in between them. Hold for a few seconds and squeeze tightly, then release, and repeat 10 times. As with most exercises, little and often is the key so do this a few times daily until the posture is better.
How to strengthen the lower trapezius muscles and rhomboids…
The other muscles that frequently get tight and cause neck pain are the suboccipitals. When tight and dysfunctional, these can cause headaches that are felt at the back and top of the neck, where the neck meets the skull. They are small muscles but can cause painful headaches.
To help release them you once again need to strengthen the antagonistic muscles, which do the opposite action. Here that is the deep neck flexors located at the front of the neck. These muscles help the chin to tuck downwards. To strengthen the deep neck flexors, lie down on your back, on your bed or sofa, with your head hanging off the edge. Make sure that your chin is tucked down (this is very important) and that your spine is straight, and hold the weight of your head up to work those muscles at the front of the neck. You should be able to last up to one minute – if your neck starts shaking or if your chin juts out then stop, and try again. Do daily for best results.
Thanks for reading. Read my previous blog for information on how to stretch out the tight and tender muscles that typically cause you neck pain.
What is the Best Sleeping Position for my Back Pain?
Sleeping positions and their impact on your back pain, explained!
In Lushington chiropractic clinic in Eastbourne, we are often asked “what’s the best sleeping position for my back?” and “why does my lower back hurt so much and feel so stiff in the mornings?” Well, unsurprisingly, the two issues are related!
If you are a long or a short-term sufferer of back pain, then you may know that feeling of being stiff and achey in the mornings. What a horrible way to wake up! This blog will help you to minimise or even avoid this feeling, and better prepare your body for a more pleasant, less painful wake-up.
Why does my back hurt so much in the mornings?
Any tissues in the body that are inflamed, whether they be muscles, ligaments, joints or around nerves, can become more inflamed with inactivity. This is because when you’re lying still all night (or sitting still in the day) the fluid collects in those irritated tissues and the result is pain when you do finally go to move! Now, of course it’s not practical or desirable for you to get up and exercise during the night, BUT, there are a few changes you can make to your sleeping position that will help to minimise and alleviate that morning pain. You can do this by putting your body in a better position at night so that those tissues are not stretched and strained and to minimise aggravation as much as possible. You’ll be surprised how much it can help!
Remember, the spine is a column of vertebrae (bones) with fluid-filled, shock-absorbing discs in between to stop those bones rubbing on one another. In the daytime when you’re standing and mostly vertical the pressure of gravity, and your bodyweight, compresses these discs very slightly (don’t worry, you don’t lose height!). On the reverse, when you’re asleep there is much less pressure on these discs and so overnight, they become plump and hydrated. This means that first thing in the morning they are most susceptible to being damaged or injured, and are particularly vulnerable to flexion (leaning forward) and twisting injuries. So, wait an hour before doing yoga and other exercises as they’re not the best movements to do as soon as you wake!
What is the best sleeping position? On your back!
Studies have shown that the lying position where the least pressure is placed on your lumbar discs is supine, i.e. lying on your back, face up. You can see from the picture here that if standing vertically is considered a baseline of ‘100%’ of your normal spinal disc pressure, then sleeping while lying on your back puts only 25% of that pressure on your discs. When sleeping on your back, in the supine position, it’s best to only use one pillow under your head for comfort (any more that this and your neck will be tilted upwards). Another good tip is to put two pillows underneath your knees, to make them slightly bent; this will take the pressure off the hamstrings, the lumbar facet joints, the pelvis and the sciatic nerves, and will feel very comfortable when you get used to it.
On your side…
Since not all of us are able to sleep on our backs, then the second-best position would be to lie on your side. If you do this it is very important to make sure that you assess your lying position when you’re in it, and ask “is my spine in line?”. You should be looking for a straight spine where your head and neck are properly supported by pillows. Too many and your neck will be tilted upwards, too few and it will be tilted downwards. Two pillows is usually about right for most people. Go for supportive synthetic pillows or an orthopaedic one if you prefer, as feather pillows are not supportive once the weight of your head is on them (the feathers push out to the sides and leave your head tilted downwards towards the mattress). The spine should be in alignment through the low back as well; bend both knees and keep them together without sprawling into the recovery position. You can put some of your duvet or a pillow in between the knees if it’s more comfortable. If it helps, you can ask a friend or partner to look at you and help with the “is my spine in line” check, if you wish.
So, if you suffer from back pain in the morning then perhaps it’s time to do the “is my spine in line” check at home tonight! Please ask your chiropractor if you have any questions.
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What is the difference between a Physiotherapist or Chiropractor?
Physiotherapist or Chiropractor?
I frequently get asked by patients here at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne, what is the difference between a chiropractor and a physiotherapist? Well, there are a lot of similarities between both professions. We both use manual therapy and prescribe exercises to help people move and feel better. So it’s an understandable question, but like most things in life the devil is in the detail as to what the differences are. My personal view is from that of a chiropractor, but I have worked alongside physio’s in the past and will be as impartial as I can be.
What do physiotherapists and Chiropractors have in common?
Based on the NHS choices website definition of physiotherapy, it is described as a profession that helps to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness, disability. It can also help to reduce the risk of injury or illness in the future. It takes a holistic approach that involves the patient directly in their own care. From this definition you can see there are a lot of similarities between physiotherapists and chiropractors. The most obvious being the focus on restoring movement and function. We both share those goals of wanting you to move and feel better. We also both use manual therapy to help achieve that goal. Generally manual therapy is used more by physiotherapists working within private practice than those working within an NHS hospital setting which is moving more towards exercise based treatment approach.
What kind of manual therapy techniques do chiropractors and physiotherapists use?
We both use a variety of soft tissue techniques such as massage or trigger point therapy for treating stiff and sore muscles. We can combine that with different stretching techniques to help reduce stiffness that can build up within muscles. To help joints move better, we both use joint mobilisation techniques. These are repetitive movements of joints into a specific direction, usually into the direction of joint stiffness. Looking at the updated guidelines from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) for the treatment of lower back pain. Spinal manipulative therapy is recommended. Incidentally NICE is the organisation that recommends the best practice for the treatment of certain conditions. These guidelines are often used by GPs, consultants and other health care professionals. Chiropractors and osteopaths are trained to manipulate the spine within their education. Whereas if a physiotherapist or GP wants to use spinal manipulation, they have to undergo additional post graduate training.
What sort of education does a chiropractor or physiotherapist have?
To become a qualified chiropractor involves undergoing a four or five year undergraduate degree programme where students learn to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate a wide range of disorders affecting the musculoskeletal system. They will also learn how to take and read x-rays, as well as interpret MRI scans. Once graduated chiropractors will continue their professional development with additional training. To become a qualified physiotherapist involves a three year undergraduate programme or a two year Masters programme for someone who has a relevant degree such as sports science. The focus is not just on the treatment and management of the musculoskeletal disorders. But will learn how to rehabilitate other disorders such as cardiac and respiratory conditions. This is something chiropractors or osteopaths are not trained to do. Physiotherapist do get good training opportunities in their post graduate training working within the NHS.
So who should I see about my back or neck pain?
The answer to that question is it doesn’t matter. As long as you find a good chiropractor or physiotherapist, they will both help you with your lower back or neck pain. If you would like to find out a bit more about what I can do to help you, have a look at the Lushington Chiropractic website.
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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.
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?
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.
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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.
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Eastbourne Chiropractor Discusses Hip Pain
Here at Lushington Chiropractic Clinic in Eastbourne, I often get asked about hip pain. If you have hip pain, you are probably trying to find ways to reduce your pain. Walking around Eastbourne isn’t fun when you have hip pain!
What to do? Lushington Chiropractic Clinic is here to help, not only will we be excited to help you walk without pain, we plan our care so that it is specially designed for you and your individual case.
Types of Hip Pain
You probably want to find out what we can do at Lushington Chiropractic Clinic in Eastbourne to help manage your hip pain, but since your care plan is tailored to you we have to know what’s going on with the hip first. Here are the most common reasons people see chiropractors for hip pain and some of these may be familiar to you.
- Inflammatory diseases (like osteoarthritis): This is one of the most common causes of hip pain among the older population. It is a degenerative condition of the joints and has no specific cure, however you could potentially slow the progression and possibly prevent the symptoms from getting worse.
- Inflammation: There are many ways the hip or surrounding ligaments can become inflamed. One is a trauma triggering the space in the hip to become filled with blood or fluid, preventing the femoral head from moving and functioning as it should. Another is bursitis, this is inflammation of the sac outside the hip, which can be caused by overuse or minor trauma.
- Trauma: If you damage your hip via a trauma it is most likely going to hurt. Broken hip bones are more common in the elderly, but strained ligaments in the hip from an accident can hurt too.
- Overuse: Overuse of the hip joint can cause arthritis or inflammation. Everyday activities and routines can place stress / strain on the hip and can inflame the surrounding ligaments, tendons and muscles. This pain can build up gradually overtime.
- Referred pain: Patients often complain of pain in the hip that is originating from nearby nerve pain. For example, a Lushington Chiropractic patient will often complain about hip pain when the actual cause of the pain originates from the back, where bones and muscles are pressing on the nerves due to spinal degeneration.
Do any of those sound familiar to you? As you can see, there are many reasons for a hip to hurt. At Lushington Chiropractic Clinic in Eastbourne we will determine what is causing the pain, so that we can treat it properly. So now that we know why you are suffering from hip pain let’s look at what chiropractors can do about it.
How Chiropractic May Help
After determining the underlying cause of the hip pain, as chiropractors we use chiropractic adjustments of the spine and hip bones as well as incorporate other therapies like exercise, posture advice, stretching, massage, acupuncture and more. For example, if your hip pain is being caused by back pain then spinal adjustments will probably be effective in reducing the pain in the hip.
Your care plan will consist of chiropractic adjustments as the main treatment, however there is lots you can do at home to help yourself. Your chiropractor will discuss and show you exercises, stretching and posture correction exercises to help alleviate your hip pain. At Lushington Chiropractic Clinic in Eastbourne we also have massage therapists that work closely with us, therefore we may refer you to them to help reduce your pain further, depending on where your pain is derived from.
If you would like to find out what the underlying cause of your hip pain may be then please come and visit us.
Lushington Chiropractic Clinic 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.
Eastbourne Chiropractor Discusses Elbow Pain
At Lushington Chiropractic, we have had many patients come in to the clinic complaining of elbow pain. Are you experiencing elbow pain and are you unable to relieve the soreness? Or maybe you have noticed a reduction in your grip strength in your hand?
If so Lushington Chiropractic Clinic in Eastbourne is the right place for you…
First let’s explore the anatomy of the elbow…
There are three bones that join at the elbow, these are the humerus, that connects the elbow to the shoulder, the ulna which is the stationary bone in your forearm connecting the elbow and the wrist and the radius is the bone that rotates around the ulna allowing the lower arm to twist.
There are many muscles that flex the elbow in the upper arm, these are the brachialis, brachioradialis and biceps brachii. The muscles that extend the elbow are the triceps brachii and the anconeus. You also have muscles in the forearm that extend and flex the wrist. When these muscles aren’t working properly the elbow pain may occur.
Causes of Elbow Pain
In my experience at Lushington Chiropractic Clinic in Eastbourne, the most common elbow complaints that I see in patients are caused by overuse, fractures or dislocations:
- Tendonitis: is a common complaint and is can be caused by overuse of the tendons in the joint. Tendonitis is on the outside of the elbow and is commonly referred to as “tennis elbow”. Pain experienced on the inside of the elbow is called “golfer’s elbow”.
- Fracture: there are three bones at the elbow joint and any combination of these bones may be involved in a fracture which is a crack or a break in the bone. If you can move your elbow correctly with no restrictions then it is likely not fractured, however an x-ray is the best way to rule this out.
- Dislocation: is when one of the bones in the elbow joint moves completely out of place. This usually happens due to trauma with hyperextension of the elbow joint.
- Bursitis: bursae are located at the points where muscles and tendons attach at the joints. There function is to protect the joint. When the bursae become inflamed they start to cause pain and swelling. This can be caused by overuse of the elbow.
Conservative care is the primary form of treatment that should be diagnosed for most patients as long as they do not have a dislocation or fracture. Conservative care means care that involves not operation or intervention.
Conservative such as chiropractic care involves teaching the patient how to move there elbow correctly in order for the elbow to heal and function in the correct way without the use of surgery and medications.
There are many other examples of conservative care to treat elbow pain such as massage therapy and acupuncture. We are fortunate at Lushington Chiropractic Clinic in Eastbourne to have massage therapists working alongside the chiropractors and many of us perform acupuncture.
At Lushington Chiropractic Clinic in Eastbourne, we work through the following steps when evaluating patients experiencing elbow pain; an in-depth assessment of the joint and arm/shoulder complex will be completed; including range of motion, orthopaedic tests, muscle tests and neurological test, and a physical examination will be performed of the local area to evaluate tight muscles.
If you have noticed your grip strength has got worse and you are experiencing pain near the elbow, the wrist extensors may be overworking and taking over the job of the tiny grip strength muscles in your hand. All muscles throughout the body are connected therefore the whole group or area including muscles and joints should be evaluated because if the joint isn’t functioning properly then the symptoms may never fully be resolved.
What to do about Elbow Pain in Eastbourne?
If you have been complaining of elbow pain, then do not hesitate to come in and talk to me about it. I am here to help and educate people about various treatment options. 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.
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.
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Understand your pain
Most of the patients who come to see us in our chiropractic clinic in Eastbourne do so because they are in pain. Some of them are in acute pain, which has only been going on for a very short period of time. But the majority of patients who come to see us are in chronic pain, which has been going on for months or even years, in this blog I hope to help you to understand your pain.
Inflammation and pain: acute and chronic
Inflammation often causes pain in the body. Pain varies in a lot of ways. It can be constant or intermittent. It can feel like stiffness and aches. It can be sharp, pinching, burning, and throbbing. The inflammation that caused the pain is either acute inflammation or chronic inflammation.
Acute inflammation occurs when there is an injury to the body.
The body naturally responds to this injury by creating an inflammatory response that is mediated by the immune system. It is the body’s way of trying to heal and protect itself. It does this with the purpose of repairing damage done to cells and tissues. Inflammation occurs in stages: first, there is the irritation stage. Something has happened to the body, or irritated it, and the inflammatory process begins. You can observe this phenomenon in progress when you fall and scrape your knee. It will become red, swollen, and sore. That is your body getting to work right away to heal the tissue. White blood cells come to the area and sometimes you can see pus in a wound. This is the suppuration stage. Your body is trying to destroy and expel damaged tissue and cells from the body.
Chronic inflammation is when this same process goes on, but for a prolonged period of time in the body.
This can last several months to years. The body is failing at its attempt to heal itself. This chronic state of inflammation in the body can lead to an auto immune response where the body starts to see itself as harmful and foreign, and an immune response mediates an attack on tissue that was once otherwise healthy. This type of pain is usually less intense and persistent, but not necessarily constant.
Inflammation has five things associated with it:
- Loss of function.
However, inflammation can be present in the body without all five being present. For example, you can have a bleeding ulcer but not know it because there are not a lot of sensory pain receptors on organs. But when tissues such as muscles and joints get injured, they are able to communicate much better with pain receptors, especially when there is swelling, and then pain can be felt more easily.
Different types of pain
Pain comes in a few different types.
The first type is nociceptive pain.
This pain is caused by damaged tissue releasing certain chemicals that bind to receptors (nociceptors) in the body and trigger pain. Anti-inflammatory medications work here to interrupt this process and block pain. There is also non-nociceptive pain which occurs inside of the nervous system itself.
Then we have somatic pain.
This is sharp and localised pain and occurs within the musculoskeletal system which involves muscles, joints, ligaments, bones, and tendons. As a chiropractor, I see and treat this type of pain most often.
And finally, we have visceral pain.
Visceral pain is not easily localised. It is often a pain that is felt deep in the body and is coming from the organs, aka viscera. Kidney infections and menstrual cramps are two types of visceral pain. And they are often mistaken for pain that is arising from the back muscles and joints, aka somatic pain.
When you come to see us at our clinic in Eastbourne, our chiropractors are specialists in muscle, joint, and nerve-type pain. We know how to diagnose, manage, and treat your somatic pain through chiropractic treatments, massage, and acupuncture and we help you to understand your pain And we also advise our patients on nutrition and lifestyle changes to improve their overall health.
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