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What’s Holding you back from your New Years’ Resolution?

The start of the New Year is the perfect time (and most popular time) of year to start up a new hobby, improve your diet, become more active or just generally improve your overall health and wellbeing.

With 26 million British people starting a New Years’ Resolution (with lots in Eastbourne) a staggering 80% of these are said to fail by February. It is thought that most people struggle to keep their motivation towards the end of the four-week mark due to ‘something’ holding them back.

Whether it be time, money, or even aches and pains that are holding you back, there’s always a simple solution to get you back on track to achieve your healthy goals.

Eastbourne Chiropractor Gemma Crouch explores some of the reasons which may be holding you back from completing your active goals and gives some chiropractic tips on how to overcome these barriers.

 “My neck Hurts!” “My Back Can’t Take Anymore!” “My Headaches are Worse!” “I’m Bored of the Same Gym Routine”

Do any of these statements sound familiar to you? Then you are not alone!

Some of the most common reasons why motivation starts to fade towards the four-week mark when starting up a new exercise regime or improving health and wellbeing include:

  • general aches and pains associated with movement
  • joint pains
  • a lack of motivation
  • fatigue and boredom

As a chiropractor, I see people of all ages and stages of life complaining of these types of problems. Chiropractic is a safe treatment for everyone, including pregnant mums-to-be and children of all ages. Here’s how chiropractic could help you to get back on track with your health goals.

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractors are specialists in the detection and correction of mechanical musculoskeletal (muscles and joints) problems throughout the body and hold an emphasis on helping people achieve a healthier spine.

Chiropractic not only helps to alleviate general aches and stiffness but it also helps your body to function at its best and to help your body to repair itself. You may even notice that your energy levels start to improve.

How could Chiropractic help me?

With today’s modern lifestyle and pressures, it is quite common to experience some tension relating to stress. You may also feel the inability to relax.

When starting a new exercise regime or becoming a little bit more active, underlying joint and muscle dysfunction can become more pronounced and a ‘niggle’ can often become more of a constant problem.

Some of the most common problems chiropractors can help with include neck and back pain, prevention of migraine headaches, sciatica and other types of joint pain.

If it’s just health and wellbeing that you’re looking to improve, taking simple steps can really help such as:

  • Drinking more water (at least 2-3 litres per day)
  • Eating more portions of fruit and veg per day (at least 5)
  • Walking or cycling to work or the train station (30 minutes each day)
  • Taking vitamins or supplements (for more information click here)
  • Getting enough sleep (8 hours per night)
  • Doing the exercises your chiropractor gives you regularly 😊

What’s the Best Way to Get Active, from a Chiropractic point of View?

There are many different ways to get active and to keep on track with your goals. Some of the best exercises include brisk walking, swimming and gentle jogging. These exercises are good for your spine as they prevent your spine from becoming over-flexed.

It’s a great time of year to get the pedometer up by going for long walks on Eastbourne’s beach with beautiful early sunsets and crisp winter weather.

It’s a great time of year to get the pedometer up by going for long walks on Eastbourne’s beach with beautiful early sunsets and crisp winter weather.

Make the most of Eastbourne’s seafront by taking a walk along the beach or even the dog for a jog. You may prefer taking a trip to one of Eastbourne’s swimming pools and doing a few lengths in the pool.

The most important thing to remember is to listen to your body and seek help with any problems you may have.

Stay active this winter,

Gemma Crouch

Eastbourne Chiropractor

An interview with Eastbourne Chiropractor Dr Gemma Crouch: Part 1

You may have noticed recently that there are some new faces at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne. One of our new faces is the lovely Dr Gemma Crouch, a fantastic Chiropractor who specialises in pregnancy and paediatrics. One of the obvious things about Gemma is how passionate she is about chiropractic, so we thought it would be an excellent idea to sit down and have a chat about all things chiropractic and learn more about her!

Hi Gemma, thanks for agreeing to be interviewed. How are you settling into life at Lushington Chiropractic?

I love working at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne. It’s so nice to work alongside a team of friendly, warm and caring individuals, as well as being able to work alongside other practitioners who are from a multi-disciplinary background. I find that my patients from Eastbourne benefit greatly from seeing massage therapists, acupuncturists and other practitioners within the team.

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

Dr Josh sat down with Dr Gemma Crouch recently to ask some questions and find out more about her and why she chose to be a chiropractor.

So why did you choose to move to Eastbourne?

Whilst I was practicing chiropractic I had a fantastic opportunity to come and visit Lushington Chiropractic clinic here in Eastbourne and observe many of the practitioners who work here. As soon as I came to Eastbourne and saw the clinic I knew that it was the right clinic for me to work in. Being so close to the sea really resonates with me and I am looking forward to exploring more of Hailsham, Hastings and the surrounding area.

So how did you first get into chiropractic?

When I was younger, my mother always used to take me to see a chiropractor with my brother. I was always fascinated by the gentle chiropractic care as I was really interested in the human body and its function. When I was at university in Bath, I was training for my first half marathon and started to get quite severe low back and leg pain and was struggling to do any sports or training. As a sports person this was quite frustrating for me, as I was quite fit at the time. I saw many different people about my problems but never seemed to get many results and was even told that my problem could not be sorted. My Mum told me to go back to my chiropractor I had seen as a child to see if she could help me. I am so glad I listened to my Mum because within a couple of visits time the chiropractic care I was receiving had resolved my symptoms. From this point onwards I decided to pursue a career in chiropractic as my goal was to help other people like chiropractic helped me.

What inspired you the most about the first chiropractor you saw?

The first chiropractor I saw was very warm, gentle and caring about me as a person, especially as I was a young child when I first went to see her. She always listened to me and my family and always gave us the best healthy and chiropractic advice. I saw her for many, many years especially as a teenager when I was at university and it was actually her and the chiropractic treatment, which inspired me to become a chiropractor myself. I guess the inspiration came when nobody else was able to help me with my problem and she was able to tell me exactly what was going on and the root cause of that problem.

What do you enjoy most about being an Eastbourne Chiropractor?

Since I moved to Eastbourne and worked at Lushington Chiropractic I have been able to experience how friendly Eastbourne is as a town and been able to experience the community feel, which I am sure the local residents would agree with me. Eastbourne is a great place because it has a lovely seaside and is very close to the Downs, so you’ve got beautiful scenery, as well as lovely people. Overall, being an Eastbourne chiropractor has been very satisfying so far and I am looking forward to knowing Eastbourne even better over the coming months and years.

That’s all we have time for in part 1, but come back for part 2 where we will discuss more about Gemma’s specialisation – pregnancy and paediatric chiropractic.

Josh French

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

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

 

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.

Picture of a right Hip X-ray showing degeneration to accompany the blog by Eastbourne Chiropractor Carran Lefever on hip pain

Picture of a right Hip X-ray showing degeneration.

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.

Carran Lefever

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…

Picture of a lady holding her elbow in pain to accompany the blog from Eastbourne Chiropractor Carran Lefever on elbow pain.

Are you suffering from elbow pain?

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.

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.

 

Eastbourne cyclists and runners discover Sports Massage

The growing popularity of cycling and running in Eastbourne has led to an increased demand for Sports Massage. Massage is no longer just a luxury for elite athletes, it’s for everyone. One of the reasons that more people are joining in with these sports is that Eastbourne has been hosting some fantastic events which have inspired all ages to take part. Fitness enthusiasts are taking advantage of the great natural outdoor playing field that Eastbourne is.

As the popularity of outdoor pursuits continues to grow in Eastbourne, cyclists and runners seek support for performance and sports injury management from therapists at local clinics. Sports Massage is now also a large part of Chiropractic clinics in Eastbourne and for those who are yet to discover it I’ve opened up the benefits of it here.

So, what is Sports Massage for?

Sports Massage uses a variety of different techniques to soften the stress and tension which can build up in the tissues of the body after any physical activity. Micro tears and damage are quickly broken down during a treatment. Whether you are just beginning to run or cycle or if you are a dedicated athlete training hard for a future event, Sports Massage can keep those niggling injuries away that can slow achievement and affect performance.

How does it feel? – Will it hurt?

Sports Massage can be a deeper and more intense experience than having a softer massage like perhaps ‘aromatherapy’ It’s purpose is to ‘fix’ the problem. One of the reasons that some treatments can be a bit painful after training/exercise is because the muscles have been contracted during the workout and the massage is stretching them out, lengthening the muscle fibres and increasing blood flow which promotes speedy healing. A painful massage usually means that you need to have treatment more often. Supple relaxed muscles do not hurt when pressed and squeezed.

How do I know when I need a Sports Massage?

You don’t have to be injured to have a Sports Massage. If you are feeling stiff and it’s difficult to stretch and do ordinary movements then you may have left it a bit long in between treatments. As soon as you feel fatigue and a few tight muscles during your training, book in straight away and keep it regular. Maintenance treatments once or twice a month are usually enough unless you increase your training hours.

The key muscles for cyclists to look out for:

For a cyclist, the main muscles used are in the hips and legs, revolving at 80 – 100 reps per minute they are responsible for producing speed and power. These muscle groups include:

  • The Quadriceps- Thigh muscles. A group of four muscles working together.  Used at the top of the ‘push ‘ phase of a pedal rotation for forwards propulsion.  Look out for Quadriceps Tendinitis- painful thigh muscle where it joins the knee.
  • Hamstrings- At the back of your legs. Susceptible to microtear and shortening (feeling tight) especially during strenuous cycling in a low gear. Used during the ‘push ‘ phase of a pedal rotation with the Glutes.
  • Calves – Used during the ‘pull-up’ phase of a pedal rotation, calves can become tight and overused this can travel into the Achilles tendon and create irritation and inflammation or Achilles Tendinitis/Tendinopathy.
  • Glutes. – Around your bottom. Here you have a group of three muscles working in synchronicity at slightly different points of the ‘push’ phase:  a large band of muscle (Glute. Max.) overlaying slightly smaller band (Glute. Medius) which overlay the smaller band of bottom muscles (Glute. Min.) Seated Climbing in too heavy a gear can lead to micro-tear, dysfunction and painful cycling.
  • ITB Syndrome (Ilio-Tibial-Band)- A strong band which lies on the outside of the thigh and joins into the Glutes. Biomechanical issues, bad bike set-up and overuse can all lead to the ITB becoming shortened and tight. Left untreated irritation can occur at the knee where the ITB joins into. Known as ITB Syndrome. Painful and restrictive.

The key muscles for runners:

Running is one of the simplest ways to stay fit but it has its down side. Due to the forces placed on the body on impact and propulsion, it has the highest incidence of injuries of all sports. This impact will also create tightness, shortening and hardness of the muscles involved which is why regular Sports Massage is important.

Common running injuries to watch out for are:

  • Plantar Fasciitis- under the sole of the foot, this band will become irritated if you run too far too soon or run too much on hard or undulating surfaces.
  • Calf strain or tears – forefoot runners are more susceptible to calf problems.
  • Achilles Tendinopathy- inflammation of the tendon above the heel. Overuse.
  • Hamstring tear or strain.
  • Glute tear or strain.

At my Eastbourne runners’ clinic, I encourage athletes to have regular monthly maintenance treatments to avoid injuries.

If you would like to find out how I can help you then book a sports massage with me by telephoning Lushington Chiropractic on 01323722499.

Kim