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An Interview with Eastbourne Chiropractor Victoria White: Part 2

If you’ve been to Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne, you may have spotted a tall lady with brown hair and a large smile on her face. That’s Victoria!

Dr White joined Lushington Chiropractic 4 years ago after moving back to the UK from the Middle East. I thought it would be a good idea for everyone to get to know Victoria a little better.

Image shows Eastbourne Chiropractor Victoria White with fellow Chiropractor Gemma Crouch sitting on the chiropractic bench at Lushington Chiropractic.

Chiropractor Victoria White with fellow Chiropractor Gemma Crouch

If you missed part 1 you can read it here

Part 2 of this interview is getting to know Dr Victoria White’s special interests!

The Interview

We’ve spoken about chiropractic and how you became interested in chiropractic. My next question for you is, do you have a special interest in any particular conditions or groups of people?

Actually yes. I love treating people with headaches and migraine headaches, as they do very well very quickly and it is wonderful to see that fast response to chiropractic care.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, I also love seeing people who are older and have had chronic problems. For them it’s less the case of “fixing the pain” entirely and more a case of helping them manage their condition and still do the things that they want to do in life. I feel that you can make a great difference to someone’s quality of life in this way, and by keeping people mobile so that they can enjoy their golf, gardening, or whatever other hobbies they may have.

Chiropractors are regulated by law and are required to maintain up-to-date knowledge and skills by regularly attending CPD courses.

Talk to me about your favourite CPD (continued professional development) seminar that you’ve been to so far and how it’s helped you as a chiropractor.

One of the most useful CPD courses I did was in dry needling, or western medical acupuncture.

When I was a teenager and suffering with headaches, this was one of the techniques that my chiropractor used. It has been one of the best things I have had as part of my own treatment which inspired me to learn how to do it too.

I did the dry needling course when I was at chiropractic college and found it very useful for my patients at the time. It’s a really great technique for loosening tight muscles and works really nicely for treating people with neck-related headaches, lumbar aches and other muscular type problems.

I therefore use the dry needling technique on patients here in Eastbourne, both of my own and those who are referred to me by the other chiropractors and practitioners.

Is there a particular case that you’d like to share with us today which has been the most rewarding so far in your chiropractic career?

It’s really difficult to choose one.

There are so many people who are in such a bad state by the time they come to see a chiropractor, that when you make a difference to how they feel and how they function, they are thrilled with the results. This is why it is so difficult to pick only one.

I understand this is a hard question because you must have helped thousands of people over the years.

Yes absolutely, there are so many local people to Eastbourne that I have helped it really is impossible to narrow it down. I could give you one though…

Yes, please let us hear the story!

One that particularly sticks out is a lady I treated several years ago who used to be a competitive swimmer in her youth. By the time I saw her, she was into her eighties and had not swum for years because of low back pain and immobility. I did a lot of work to help her with her mobility and she ended up back in the pool and exercising again, which was fantastic to hear.

It’s great to hear success with chiropractic as we can help people of every age and stages of life.

That’s true. I think that a lot of people don’t realise that we treat the very young, like you do Gemma, and through to the elderly as we all do here at Lushington Chiropractic.

It’s interesting you say this, Vicky, because in fact today I had my current youngest patient, followed directly after by my oldest patient!!

How old were they?

My youngest patient I first saw when he was 5 weeks old, and my oldest patient straight after him is 99!

In fact, my eldest patient today said to me, “Gemma, am I your oldest patient here at the clinic?” and I replied, “yes you are and look how well you’re doing!”

That’s amazing. I also think it shows how adaptable chiropractic care can be in that we can tailor and personalise treatment to be appropriately gentle for a tiny baby, an older person and everyone in between.

Thank you so much for your time today, Vicky. It’s been a pleasure hearing about how you became a chiropractor. I actually did not know this – I’d always been meaning to ask you, so it’s interesting to hear why you chose to come here and not back to Torquay.

You’re so welcome. I’ll be interviewing you soon to find out more about your chiropractic work, Gemma.

An Interview with Eastbourne Chiropractor Victoria White: Part 1

If you’ve been to Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne, you may have spotted a tall lady with brown hair and a large smile on her face. That’s Victoria!

Image shows Eastbourne Chiropractor Victoria White with fellow Chiropractor Gemma Crouch sitting on the chiropractic bench at Lushington Chiropractic.

Chiropractor Victoria White with fellow Chiropractor Gemma Crouch

Dr White joined Lushington Chiropractic 4 years ago after moving back to the UK from the Middle East. I thought it would be a good idea for everyone to get to know Victoria a little better.

Part 1 of this interview is getting to know why Dr Victoria became a chiropractor and her experiences with living and working in Eastbourne.

The Interview

Good morning Vicky, thanks for meeting me today to talk about your experiences with chiropractic.

You’re very welcome!

I’d like to be able to find out why you became a chiropractor and what you find most interesting about chiropractic.

Ok sure I’d be delighted to share my story, where would you like me to start?

So, let’s start from the beginning. How did you find out about chiropractic?

Well…

I first encountered chiropractic when I was about 14 or 15 years old. I had had low back pain for a few months and it was mostly caused by sitting and studying hard at school… and probably poor posture as well.

I was a very tall teenager, which made me feel a little self-conscious so I don’t think my posture was the best whilst I was growing up. My mum took me to see a chiropractor in Torquay, where I lived growing up, and the experience I had was fantastic!

They performed a chiropractic consultation; diagnosed me with a musculoskeletal problem and then they started to begin treatment. I had a short course of care that sorted out my low back pain and allowed me to become interested in keeping my back healthy.

My chiropractor did give me exercises to do but I distinctly remember not doing them [which is very naughty!]. It is actually something that I tell patients off these days for, because I understand now how important they are!

Despite that, my back became much much better and I was able to walk with more confidence. I continued seeing many different chiropractors over the next few years. I also had trouble with neck pain and headaches which I think were also related to studying when I was a university doing my first degree.

So all through those teenage years and my early twenties, chiropractic has helped me manage several different issues with a lot of success. Most places that I have lived I have had a chiropractor that I could go to who was nearby.

That’s a really interesting story. So, what made you choose to change your career to become a chiropractor whilst you were living in the Middle East?

Well, I was doing financial admin work when I was living in Dubai and found it very dry and although it was a great job, I found that I missed the social interaction of dealing with people. I started considering alternative careers and I was talking with my mum about it on the phone one day and she mentioned that a couple of people at my school had gone on to re-train as chiropractors. Suddenly it hit me that that could be a great plan for my future. I then started applying for the course and travelled back and forth to do interviews. I managed to secure a place at the Anglo European College of Chiropractic (AECC). The college is now known as the AECC University College Bournemouth.

Over the next few years, I worked in both Dubai and Bahrain and saved enough money to help me fund the Masters degree. I then moved back to the UK to re-train with a postgraduate degree in chiropractic.

Once you had finished your Masters in chiropractic, why did you choose to work in Eastbourne?

I chose to become a chiropractor in Eastbourne because of the clinic here. Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne is a very ethically run clinic and so I felt comfortable with the high values that they placed on patient care and with the way that the clinic was run. I also immediately liked the team and thought that the support staff were amazing and the other clinicians excellent at what they do. I just knew that I wanted to be a part of that team. Also, I grew up in Torquay and really liked living on the coast!

Find out more about Dr Victoria White in part 2 of the interview!

Interview with Eastbourne Chiropractor Mykel Mason – Part 3

We continue our interview with Mykel Mason, a chiropractor who works at Lushington Chiropractic Clinic in Eastbourne, East Sussex…

 So, Mykel, do you treat many older patients here in Eastbourne, and how are you able to help them? Is treating people from different age brackets different?

This misconception with Eastbourne is that everyone is old. I do treat older patients and many other ages. At the moment, I have three patients who are over 90. Obviously with older patients’ treatment has to be tailored for them. I wouldn’t do the same treatment with a 90-year-old as with a person who is in their twenties! Often, I will use lighter techniques and concentrate on the muscles a little bit more. With older patients, it is important to keep them mobile and give exercises to work on improving their balance as poor balance is an issue I commonly see. Poor balance can lead to falls so it’s important to improve balance when we can.

And do you also see children and babies, Mykel?

 I see children, but predominantly the paediatric patients are seen by my colleague, Gemma Crouch as she has a specialist interest in this area.

Image shows Eastbourne Chiropractors Mykel Mason and Victoria White

Chiropractors Mykel Mason & Victoria White

How long have you been working at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne and do you expect to be here for many years to come?

I have been working at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne since January 2014, so almost four years now. It has been lovely moving back to Eastbourne as I grew up down here. My wife and I got married not far from here in Hellingly and have bought a house near to Eastbourne town centre. At the moment our future lies here, but you never know what is going to happen! My wife and I have always wanted to travel, and we are getting the opportunity to do that this year. We will be travelling around South East Asia and New Zealand between November 2017 and April 2018. It’s great to have this opportunity, as we have always wanted to do this, but it’s even better being able to come back to a job that I love here in Eastbourne after my travels have finished.

Lucky man! So, you’ll return to Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne after your trip then?

 Yes. My first day back will be 9th April 2018.

And what will happen with your patients while you are away?

 Dr Josh French and Dr James Revell will be looking after my patients while I am away. We have been working together over the past couple of months to understand exactly how I work so as to allow continuity of care for my current patients. They will all be in great hands and I just hope that they will want to see me when I get back.

I’m sure they will, and that they will miss you while you’re gone. But it will be lovely to have you back after your trip. I must say we are all very jealous here! Will you be doing any chiropractic work on your trip, or is it just a holiday?

It is predominantly a holiday, but of course in my free time I will probably be reading about chiropractic.

Well, we wish you a wonderful trip, but in the meantime, you’ll still be seeing patients at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne. Thank you for taking the time to do this interview with me – as always, we appreciate your time and advice.   

 It was a pleasure. See you at your next adjustment!

This concludes my interview with Mykel, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about him.

Vicky

 

Interview with Eastbourne Chiropractor Mykel Mason – Part 1

You’ve all seen Mykel around the clinic but I thought it it would be really interesting to get to know him a little better and find out what motivated him to become a chiropractor.

Image shows Eastbourne Chiropractors Mykel Mason and Victoria White

Chiropractors Mykel Mason & Victoria White

So, Mykel, tell me how you came to be a chiropractor in Eastbourne.

Well, that’s a very long story. Do you want the long version or the short version?

The long version, please – let’s hear it all!

I first got into chiropractic after I needed a chiropractor myself. This was while I was studying for my GCSEs in Eastbourne. Prior to this, I had no idea what a chiropractor did and I just hoped that they could help me.

What problems did you have which made you see a chiropractor?

I had low back pain which I had been told was growing pains, but it clearly wasn’t. My mum’s friend, who lives in Eastbourne, recommended that I see a chiropractor after she had had success with treatment herself. After seeing a chiropractor in Eastbourne, the results were fantastic and I realised that more people needed to see chiropractors right from the start, rather than putting up with the pain as we so often do.

Did you know immediately that you wanted to be a chiropractor, or did it take some time to realise that?

Not immediately. I, like most people in their teens, had no idea what I wanted to do. Throughout my youth what I wanted to do changed a lot – at times I wanted to be a medical doctor, and then at other times I wanted to be a fireman – and then one time I wanted to be Superman! But I was always interested in how the body worked and how amazing the body was. Chiropractic was a good way for me to continue learning about something I enjoyed so much.

So, tell me about your studies while you were training to be a chiropractor.

My studies took place at the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic. I chose to go here over the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic because it was in a full university setting. Meaning that other subjects were being studied and there were halls of residence. I felt that that would be more suited to me. Being from Eastbourne and studying in Wales meant I was away from my family a lot, which was a shame, but also a good thing in that it taught me to be really independent, as opposed to other people who were going home every weekend with their washing! The studies themselves were very good. There was a lot more to it than I thought, but I was always happy to be learning new things.

And how long was your course?

 My course was four years, but I have continued to learn since graduating and still enjoy it as much as I did then!

That takes us on to continuing professional development. What courses have you done since graduating that you particularly enjoyed, and can you explain to people why CPD is important.

 CPD is important because knowledge and techniques in the chiropractic profession are always evolving. Since being a chiropractor in Eastbourne, I have really noticed through working with other chiropractors that there are many other skills to learn. CPD courses that I have particularly enjoyed – well, most of them really! Ones of note would be one that I did on lumbar disc derangements (which is a slipped disc), which I found particularly interesting and really useful. I have been able to apply this to many cases, including those without lumbar disc derangements. I also did a seminar on a technique called ‘sacro-occipital technique’ with YOU (points to interviewer)!! I really enjoyed using this, as I found it very, very useful. The diagnostic techniques and the treatment techniques have been invaluable with some of my patients, especially some that weren’t improving as quickly as I felt they should have been and this shows how important it is to do CPD so that we can deliver the best possible chiropractic care in Eastbourne.

This interview is continued in Interview with Eastbourne Chiropractor Mykel Mason – Part 2…

 

Thanks for reading

Vicky

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’s Self Help Advice for Neck Pain and Headaches

So, you have probably read my previous blog post about Chiropractic Treatment for Neck Pain and Headaches

The post (read here) which detailed some of the types of neck pain and headaches that people such as yourself can suffer from. At the end of that article I mentioned that this following blog would discuss some very useful self-help tips that you can do at home. These will allow you to manage your symptoms and will give you a measure of control over how you are feeling. These small everyday actions achieve this by keeping your joints moving well and releasing your neck muscular tension in between your treatments, and therefore making your spine function better in general. We will discuss posture and ergonomics, but firstly, we will go through a few key neck stretches.

Neck Stretches

These are simple to do and will help to relieve your muscular tightness and can help you avoid headaches. Do them regularly (every day) and also when you feel a headache coming on. The upper trapezius muscles are the ones that you feel at the tops of your shoulders, going up into the neck, and when tight these muscles can often contribute to headaches felt up and over the head and behind the eyes. To stretch the upper trapezius muscles, begin by standing (or sitting) tall with your shoulders straight, then bring your right ear down to your right shoulder so that your head is tilted, and use your right hand to very gently pull down the head to increase the stretch. Repeat on the left side to keep it even.

The small suboccipital muscles are at the back and top of the neck. They go from the top of the neck to the base of the skull and when tight can cause headaches to be felt in that same area. To stretch the suboccipital muscles keep your shoulders and back straight (as always!) and tuck your chin down to give yourself a double chin. Then use your hands to gently pull to increase the stretch.

Eastbourne Chiropractor Vicky White shows us an example of good and bad posture. to accompany her blog on neck pain and headaches.

Eastbourne Chiropractor Vicky White gives us an example of good and bad posture.

Posture

Improving your posture is vital when you suffer from neck pain and headaches. Simply put, if you are constantly putting your spine in awkward positions then how can you expect the joints and muscles to function normally?

Awkward postures/positions and how to fix them are detailed here…

Problem    Lying on your side on the sofa.

Fix –            Sit straight on the sofa, with cushions behind you so your back is straight and with both feet flat on the floor.  The TV should be directly in front of you so you don’t need to turn your head.

Problem    Sleeping with the incorrect number of pillows (or even worse, on your front).

Fix –            Sleep on your back with one pillow or on your side with two. Speak to your chiropractor for more details as this is a whole topic in itself!

Problem –   Holding the phone between your shoulder and your ear for prolonged periods of time

Fix –            Avoid this completely

Problem –   Reading with your head tilted downwards towards your book/phone.

Fix –            Bring your book or phone up towards your face, not the other way around

Ergonomics

Check that your desk is set up in an ergonomically correct position, and that everything you need to reach is within arm’s length. Speak to your Eastbourne chiropractor for more details, or take a photo of yourself sitting at your desk in with you to your chiropractic treatment to ask for individual detailed advice.

I hope you have found these tips useful to help control your neck pain and headaches. Please ask your chiropractor if you are ready to do these stretches at home or if you have any questions regarding your individual treatment for your neck pain and headaches.

Thanks for reading,

Vicky

Chiropractic Treatment for Neck Pain and Headaches

How Common are Neck Pain and Headaches?

Neck pain is very common, and so are headaches. Here at Lushington Chiropractic Clinic in Eastbourne we frequently meet patients who come in to see us complaining of neck pain and headaches. In some cases, they come in for other problems and when asked they also tell us about their headaches, not realising that chiropractors could treat these issues as a matter of course. From personal experience, I had neck pain and associated headaches myself as a teenager, which is when I saw my first chiropractor for treatment that helped tremendously and allowed me to manage the problem. So, you could say that without my neck pain and headaches I wouldn’t be a chiropractor today!

Image shows the brain lit up like a lightbulb with the words "Headaches are frequently caused by compression of cervical nerve roots and prolonged tension of the neck muscles". This accompanies the blog by Eastbourne Chiropractor Vicky White on Chiropractic Treatment for Neck Pain and Headaches.

Chiropractic Treatment for Neck Pain and Headaches from Eastbourne Chiropractor Victoria White

Can Chiropractic Treat These Problems?

During your initial consultation we take a very thorough history and do an in-depth neuro-orthopaedic examination. The purpose of this is to find out the cause of your neck pain and headaches, and to rule out any serious pathology that would warrant a referral to your GP or elsewhere. Once we have ascertained the cause of your headaches, and ruled out more serious causes then we diagnose the headache type. If they are the types that we can tackle with chiropractic treatment, then we will go on to discuss your options for care with you.

Chiropractors can treat cervicogenic headaches (this translates to ‘coming from the neck’) and we can also help people with the prevention of migraine headaches.

Cervicogenic headaches originate from the stiff joints and tight muscles of the neck, so our aim with treatment is to release the tension in those affected muscles and to enable the joints to move more freely with specific chiropractic adjustments. Improving the function of your neck will allow it to work as it should and will reduce the pain you feel from irritated tissues. You will notice, as you go through a course of care for your neck pain and headaches, that your mobility improves and your neck feels looser. A lot of patients tell us that they no longer have problems looking over their shoulder when they are driving, or that they feel much less aching in the mornings when they used to wake with significant pain and stiffness.

As chiropractors, we focus on improving the function of the spine and rest of the body, so we will be keeping a close eye on your clinical progress with regular review sessions throughout your course of care. This means that we can assess you clinically to see how your symptoms (including pain levels) and function (such as range of motion and mobility) improve with care.

What Advice Will Be Given During Treatment?

During your course of chiropractic care at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne you will also be given self-help advice, including stretches and tips, for you to do at home so that you may better control your symptoms yourself. This helps you to release the tension of the muscles in between your visits for chiropractic treatment. Well also give you ergonomic advice so that your workstation is set up as well as it can possibly be, to allow you to sit straight and in the best possible position for your muscles, joints and nerves. Improving your posture is key to healing as it means that there is minimal extra strain on the body, allowing it to recover faster and more effectively. All of these tips will be covered in much more detail in next month’s blog: Self-Help Advice for Neck Pain and Headaches. Please read the blog for more information, and of course, ask your chiropractor if you have any questions regarding your individual treatment for your neck pain and headaches.

Thanks for reading,

Vicky

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunglasses and Why They Are Important

Why are sunglasses important?

What damage can sunlight cause to the eyes?

There are several well-known effects of over-exposure of the eyes to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight. Included in these are cataracts, which are a clouding of the lens of the eye which causes distortion of the vision. According to research, some twenty percent of cataracts are caused by ultraviolet exposure to the eyes. Too much sun exposure can also damage the retina and lead to macular degeneration, which affects the vision in the centre of the field of view. In addition, sunlight damages the pterygium, the layer of tissue located over the white of the eye. Damage here may change the curvature of the eyeball and result in astigmatism which again damages your vision.

What to look for when buying sunglasses?

I will admit, I have been very bad at this myself for many years. For a long time, I only purchased cheap sunglasses that in hindsight (ha!) didn’t block a high proportion of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays, simply because they are cheaper. Sadly, I’d always find out they were cheaper because they were badly made and they would fall apart within a year or two – a false economy in the end. Now I purchase decent eyewear that blocks 99-100% of UVA/UVB radiation and often will use a hat as well, to shield my eyes especially if I’m abroad. I use my sunglasses when driving on a sunny day, even in winter in the UK, after all Eastbourne is known as sun trap of the south!

Polarised sunglasses are great because they also block horizontal light waves, the waves which are reflected from surfaces such as water or the road. This means that when you’re wearing them you will get less eye fatigue and damage. A good trick to finds out if your sunglasses are polarised is to look at a LCD computer or phone screen with them on. If they’re polarised, then you won’t be able to read it properly as it will be darker due to the blocking of the horizontal light. Go for these but avoid the brands that only paint a cheap polarising layer on top of the lens as it can easily scratch and lead to UV exposure.

Image shows view of sunset with the sun cupped in hands and a reminder to wear sunglasses. Eastbourne chiropractor Vicky White reminds us how important it is to wear your sunglasses.

Eastbourne chiropractor Vicky White reminds us to wear sunglasses when its sunny, and protect your eyes from UV damage.

So who should wear sunglasses?

Everyone! Particularly children as they have larger pupils which naturally let in more light. This makes them particularly susceptible to sun damage of the lens and retina.

I hope you’ve found this blog useful. You can find lots of hints and tips from the chiropractors and other practitioners here at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne by looking at our website and our chiropractic blog site.

Perhaps now is a good time to book that eye test that you’ve been meaning to have…? I’m off to book mine….!

Thanks for reading,

Vicky

 

 

What’s the difference between a probiotic and a prebiotic? Read on to find out.

So what is the difference between a probiotic and a prebiotic?

If you have read my most recent blog on probiotics and their use (read it here) then you know all about the importance of taking probiotics at certain times in your life. Here in this blog I’ll explain what prebiotics are and why they’re useful. In addition, you don’t even necessarily need to buy them as an extra supplement; you can eat them as part of your normal diet.

Prebiotics are substances that are not able to be digested by the human body, but that within the body stimulate the growth and successful multiplication of beneficial probiotic bacteria.

This all happens within the intestine and colon, where digestive probiotics mainly reside. The prebiotic substances are usually dietary fibres and non-digestible sugars (by humans) that give probiotics a good ‘boost’ by providing them immediately what they need to be successful. This allows the probiotics to thrive and take up residence on the gut lining so they can do their work and help with your digestion and immune system function.  By providing this probiotic-nurturing environment in the colon and small intestine it encourages the healthy bacteria to proliferate, which in turn means there are less pathogenic bacteria in the gut. There is only so much space, after all, and if it’s being taken up by probiotics then bacteria like E.Coli and Salmonella have less chance of thriving.

Another benefit of prebiotics is that they aid with removal of cholesterol from the body.

This occurs because they bulk up the volume of indigestible fibre passing through the intestine, increasing the amount of waste solids you pass and therefore the cholesterol that is removed along with it. This helps keep your intestine and colon healthy because it doesn’t allow carcinogenic toxins or waste products from digestion to sit too long in contact with the gut wall – it flushes them through your body the same way that water flushes out your renal system. In addition, high fibre diets are correlated with lower bodyweight.

Image is of multi coloured fruit and vegetables with a caption by Linus Pauling saying good nutrition will prevent 95 per cent of all disease

Eastbourne Chiropractor Vicky White explains why a healthy diet with good nutrition is essential.

Whole grains (for example flaxseeds, wheat germ and oats) have prebiotic chemical properties, because they are not absorbed in the gut but break down by fermentation into short-chain fatty acids which are used by the beneficial bacteria to survive. Probiotics sources also include Spirulina, raw chicory root, Jerusalem artichoke, garlic and leeks, banana, wheat bran and flour, and fermented dairy products like kefir, cheese and sour cream. So add them to your shopping list!

Thanks for reading. If you have any questions, please ask your chiropractor next time you come in to see us in Eastbourne.

Vicky

Supplements for Energy

Feeling tired and lacking energy? This blog will help you decide on the best supplements to take in order to feel more energised

We are all accustomed to that feeling you get when the alarm clock goes off early in the morning and all you want to do is ignore it. Most of us have also experienced that sense of mid-afternoon exhaustion when your body is crying out for a nap to recharge (but the boss wouldn’t appreciate it!).

Do these sound familiar to you? If they do, then perhaps its time to reassess your diet and look at taking certain supplements to improve your energy levels.

In any discussion surrounding supplements it is important to say that nothing makes up for a poor diet. It is really necessary to assess what you are eating and decide if there are vital nutrients and minerals missing before you look at any other form of sustenance. Eating a well balanced meal and enjoying adequate sleep are by far the best ways of keeping your energy levels high throughout the day.

If you’ve done this already and think that you have a pretty good diet, then read on for some tips about how to get more energy.

Vitamins

A good multivitamin is a great place to start. It can be difficult to get all the vitamins and minerals you need every day unless you are single-minded enough to plan each perfectly balanced meal. There will be days when your body needs more of certain nutrients than usual. For example when your muscle cells are healing after a hard gym session. Because of this, it’s a good idea to take a high-quality multivitamin on a regular basis. I use BioCare but there are many others out there such as Lamberts.

Image shows a container of One a day vitamins & minerals, food supplement to accompany the blog written by Eastbourne chiropractor Vicky White.

One a day vitamins & minerals, food supplement. These can be purchased from Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne

Vitamin D

I find that taking additional Vitamin D is a great way of keeping my energy levels up. Vitamin D is used by the body to help with calcium absorption, so it supports the building of strong bones (deficiency is linked with soft bones, or rickets).

Vitamin D is fat-soluble so is best taken in liquid form. You can buy capsules or use a dropper. The one I take requires only one drop to be placed under the tongue, once a day.

Vitamin B

Also good are daily Vitamin B complex solution/suspensions (as they are water-soluble). Vitamin B in its various forms is used by the body during energy metabolism, so it is absolutely crucial for sustaining life. Vitamin B9 is used in the repair of damaged DNA; vitamin B2 helps to activate other vitamins; vitamin B1 allows the body to gain energy from carbohydrates taken through the diet. These are just a few of the many functions of B vitamins! A good quality complex will often contain vitamin B1 (which is thiamine), B2 (also called riboflavin), B3 (niacin), and also vitamins B6 and B12. Taking these supplements daily may help you feel much better on first waking up, and hopefully to avoid the groggy early-morning feeling!

I hope this post has been useful, thanks for reading

For more information, hints and tips from all of the chiropractors here in Eastbourne, why not explore the rest of www.backblog.co.uk

Vicky