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Medication madness.

Hello everyone, welcome to my first blog post, I know you are all very busy (especially at this time of year) so I’ll keep it short and sweet.
Yesterday (December 10th 2014), the BBC published an article stating that 50% of women in England and 43% of men are on prescription medication.
Whilst younger people are less likely to be on any medications, 50% of those over 75 were on more than five different medications. Reading further into the article reveals that the most common medications are for blood pressure, cholesterol and antidepressants. I personally find it quite frightening how many people are on these medications. I have no end of patients inform me that their ‘cholesterol was borderline; so the GP has put me on medication anyway…’
At this point I could get onto a soap box and moan about the huge power the pharmaceutical industry holds over the medical profession and our National Health Service, but I promised to keep it short!
I could also link to articles that my Chiropractor friends are quoting about a study in the USA where patients under chiropractic use 53% less drugs than those not under care, but I am honest and open with my patients and this study is purely related to back pain and surgery not about other medications such as those for cardiovascular disease. It’s still fantastic news that we can help reduce the number of painkillers and likelihood of surgery for the majority of back pain sufferers but our patients already know that –it is why they come to see us and why they recommend us to friends and family.
So instead I’d like to remind you that your health is your responsibility, that the majority of medications can be avoided with a healthy diet and exercise. I know at this time of year there are plenty of parties and meals out to indulge in, that it is dark early; icy cold and windy so the thought of exercise is bleak. However, if you can get out for a walk over lunchtime then hopefully you will blow the cobwebs away, get some vitamin D if the sun makes an appearance and make your heart work harder which is the start of making it (and you) healthier. Don’t put it off to the New Year –start now and still enjoy everything over Christmas -just in moderation!
At the clinic we will be happy to answer any questions you have to address your diet and lifestyle, either ask your chiropractor in your next treatment session or join us for one of the spinal healthcare classes in the New Year –they are free and limited to small groups so that the chiropractor can answer questions. They need to be booked via reception, Wednesday 7th January 7pm, Thursday 22nd January 7pm and Tuesday 3rd February 7pm are all available to book now but we expect them to fill up quickly!
Enjoy the festivities and we look forward to helping keep you happy and healthy in 2015!


Christmas and New Year opening times


Wednesday 24th December 8.00 am to 12 noon

Sophie Nicholls/ Rob Dobbs/Nathan Chilton

Thursday 25th December Closed

Friday 26th December Closed

Saturday 27th December 8.00 am to 12.00 noon

Alex Newton/Nathan Chilton

Monday 29th December 8.00 am to 8.00pm

Alex Newton/Rob Dobbs/Nathan Chilton

Tuesday 30th December 8.00 am to 8.00 pm

Alex Newton/Robb Dobbs

Wednesday 31st December 8.00am to 12.00 noon

Robb Dobbs/Nathan Chilton

Thursday 1st January 2014 Closed

Normal Hours resume Friday 2nd January 2015 8.00 am

Clinic Help Line   07854707873


Spinal health care class on the 7th of January @ 7PM.

This is a  FREE class provided for you, your friends and family to help you to understand about maintaining a healthy spine.

 It will explain what Chiropractic is and its role in maintaining  health.

 It will also touch upon exercise, posture and diet, and the importance each have when looking after your spine.

Come along with friends and family to find out how to maintain a healthy spine and claim thier discount voucher for their first visit (terms and conditions apply). 

For more info please contact the clinic on 0115 9225085.

Places are limited so please book early.


Health in Our Own Hands

One reason that the Web is such a great complement for all manner of heath and wellbeing services is that its structure promotes deep understandings of any topic. That structure is nonlinear, and, anybody’s experience will tell them that a lot of the time Web content that is really relevant somehow arrives against the odds — washing onto our screen from an ocean of content. We have resources like Google and other indexing tools to thank for the usability of such a massive range of materials. But the underlying structures and functions of the Web (inter-linking of sites, peer reviews, keywords and so forth) do indeed foster miraculous discoveries.


The Game of Health


Being healthy is fun! There is no reason that therapies and medical services should not tap into this inherent drive we all have to feel good — it is somewhat like playing the game of our bodily experience. Interestingly, online medical content was one of the first major types to incorporate gaming ideas into its presentations. The reason is that an engaging game of some sort can be used to convey vital information and help in more efficient ways that the old paper methods of research.


Actually, the entire Internet and WWW could be viewed (in the most favourable light) as the world’s largest ever health clinic. In this space, all kinds and second and third opinions (infinite perspectives, in truth) are accessible. A person using the Web to investigate any physical conditions and potential treatments take on the proactive role of being one’s own doctor, prior to contacting formal medical guidance and treatment.


That means that online resources assume the very human function of helping people deal with their most intimate physical realities — quite the opposite of the cold technology that those who do not use the Web might imagine.


Future of Human Health


The fact that the health concerns reflected by the Internet, social networks, forums, online wikis, databases, clinic listings and so forth all exist now, and are developing every day, bodes well for worldwide health-related institutions. Any health professional in practice today could be said to be better equipped and better informed than every before. Patients, too, are more knowledgeable and engaged with their own situations and treatments.


There are numerous unexpected boons emerging from Internet culture besides enriching content related to staying healthy. Various forms of medical aid, information and even charities for underprivileged groups are getting mobilised in the online space. For example, many outlets for entertainment and popular websites by high-profile companies often transmit valuable messages concerning health, or even contribute directly to world health organisations.


Charitable causes, for instance, are not unheard of as the focus of humanitarian efforts made by online casinos that wish to share their immense profits. The game sites listed by contain options for players who prefer to support pro-social campaigns through their entertainment budgets. This is just a single example of how unexpected corners of the online community are contributing to the emerging new paradigm of human health in this century.


Is your work station the source of your back pain?

Many people who suffer from chronic back pain could find that by making subtle changes during the work day that their symptoms are greatly reduced. We spend a large portion of our lives at work yet often forget that what we do during these hours impacts on our lives just as greatly as our downtime.

 It is estimated that 15 million days at work are lost in the UK due to back pain. The usual causes of this tend to be strained muscles, torn ligaments, wear and tear, bad posture and stress. Whilst some of these often can’t be avoided; the vast majority can. Most people will experience back pain at some point and usually it isn’t serious. You could find however, that on this topic prevention is a better course of action than cure. Whilst you could take over-the-counter painkillers the best approach could be to simply tweak your habits to avoid any strains in the first place.

When you stay sedentary for long periods of time your back muscles often feel the strain. The best way to relieve this is simply to try to stay active. No, we know you can’t run laps around the office and still get all your work done but you can move around once in a while to stretch your legs. It is estimated that you should punctuate every half an hour of sitting down with a one to two minute break. It may sound ridiculous to give yourself a break from sitting but it is necessary.

It’s often unavoidable that at work you will have to sit at a work station for longer than you’d like. Therefore you should ensure that the chair itself isn’t going to cause you discomfort. The law states that all work chairs must be stable. The height has to be adjustable and the back rest must be adjustable in height and tilt. You should aim to sit as close to your work desk as possible. Stretch your elbows out to a 90 degree angle with the desk, if your arms do not sit flush with the top of the table then you need to adjust the chair up or down. You should aim to have a cushion. Your bottom should be pressed right to the very back of the chair with the cushion behind your back. This will prevent you from slumping down or slouching forward which puts extra strain on your lower back- particularly your lumbar muscles.

It’s important to check the height of your computer screen. Your eyes should aim to hit the centre of the screen. If it’s higher or lower then you should aim to bring it up or down in order to minimise the strain on your upper spine.

Don’t forget to incorporate these practices out with the workplace. Your sitting posture can harm your back no matter where you are. Whether you are sitting on the couch watching television, playing free no deposit bingo or at the dinner table; don’t let bad posture ruin your day.


Macmillan cancer support

A big thank you to all the pateints who contributed and supported our coffee morning, cake stall and tombola on Thursday 2nd October 2014

We raised a current total of £358.00 for this workthy cause.

If you would like to share yourdelicious cake receipes with us we will produce a leaflet to help raise further funds.

Please send them by email if possible to



Ice packs – Life time guarantee

If you have purchased an Icepack from us and it splits or starts to leak, you can have a free recplacement.

However, to order your free replacement you need to visit the manufactures web site at


We are sorry that we are no longer able to exchange them at recpetion.

Thank you for your understanding and sorry for any inconvenience.