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.
Thanks for reading,
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.
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.
An Interview with Eastbourne Chiropractor Dr Joshua French: Part 1
If you’ve been to Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne, you may have spotted our friendly sports chiropractor Dr Joshua French. Dr Joshua started at Lushington Chiropractic in the spring after moving to Eastbourne from his home town in Surrey. With a keen interest in sports, I thought it a good idea to get to know how Joshua became inspired to be a chiropractor.
The interview is split into three parts, I hope you enjoy getting to know him!
So, Josh, what made you want to become a chiropractor?
Well, when I was twelve years old I was very interested in playing rugby and over the course of a season I started developing some pain in my calf muscles. I tried going to different medical professionals for help, but the problem did not start to improve until I saw a chiropractor near me and started receiving chiropractic care. The treatment I had absolutely fascinated me, and I was amazed that my chiropractor knew so much about the human body. After this experience, I found chiropractic care really interesting and decided that it would be a fulfilling career path to choose. After studying chiropractic at university, I was lucky to find such a good chiropractic clinic here in Eastbourne to work at, which has made my decision even more rewarding.
Is it true you worked alongside a premiership football club before you moved to Eastbourne?
Yes, it is true!
Before I moved to Eastbourne to start working at Lushington Chiropractic, during my final year at chiropractic university I worked alongside the medical team at AFC Bournemouth as a chiropractic intern. This was a position that I had wanted to achieve for a few years and for me it was a very fulfilling and rewarding role. It was especially interesting to see how chiropractic care could be implemented into such an advanced and well-funded medical team. While I was there I worked alongside the head physiotherapist and team doctor, and head chiropractor to ensure that the players were functioning at their best. This meant assessing the players and prescribing them specific corrective exercises to ensure that they were at their most injury resilient throughout the football season.
How did you become interested in sports chiropractic?
Growing up, I was always passionate about playing sports – from football to golf and rugby. My sporting career’s highlight was going on a rugby tour to New Zealand and during this tour I experienced first-hand the help that a sports chiropractor can give to a team; not just for pain relief, but for maximising performance day-to-day and enabling the team to achieve higher goals throughout the season. Now that I am working in Eastbourne as a chiropractor, I am looking forward to working with the local sports teams that we have here and helping them chase optimum performance.
If you play sports for a local Eastbourne sports club and would be interested in how I could help you and your team, please feel free to contact us at Lushington Chiropractic.
How would you be able to help Eastbourne sports clubs and Eastbourne athletes?
Due to my past experiences working within a premiership football club, I believe I can offer a distinct advantage to a sports team. Specifically, I can perform movement screening and functional assessment to analyse the injury risk of the players. Treatment wise I can offer multiple modalities favoured by athletes worldwide such as taping, dry needling, iastm and also adjustments and manipulations for the spine and the extremities. On top of this, I can work with the team in the delivery of a strength and conditioning programme or rehabilitation programme. Overall, the combination of all the above can help a team excel.
Thank you Joshua for your time today!
Look out for part 2 of an interview with Eastbourne Chiropractor Dr Joshua French.
Thanks for reading,