Rugby Players and Texting

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I was in London yesterday for the first General Meeting of the Royal College of Chiropractors (have I mentioned that we have a Royal College now?). This was a chance to catch up with chiropractic friends and to hear about developments in the Profession.

There were speakers from the USA, Sweden, Canada and Australia, reporting on some of the great research being done by chiropractors around the world.

There was the brilliantly named “OUCH” study from Australia comparing the effects of real and sham chiropractic treatment.

A Swedish study uses mobile phones and texting to stay in touch with chiropractic patients and monitor their progress over time. Response rates using this contact method are remarkably high.

Another study showed that neck movement in the typical male rugby player is seriously restricted (and is usually worse after a game than before). By comparison, the neck movement of American football players is relatively normal – apparently that body armour they wear really does work.

Look after your back – choose the right bed

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Every year up to 40% of the population – over 16 million of us – will suffer a bout of back pain and if you’re one of the unlucky ones, you will find that the state of your bed will quickly become a priority. A good bed, providing correct support and comfort, has an important role to play in relieving and preventing back pain. Here are some tips:

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EMMETT Technique

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EMMETT Technique is a gentle body therapy developed by Ross Emmett, an Australian practitioner.  It is based on the belief that light touch can trigger a relaxation response in the soft tissue of the body, and the therapist may help relieve tensions resulting in feelings of improved comfort within the body. I did some EMMETT training back in 2011 and have been using bits of it ever since as a complement to the McTimoney chiropractic I use in clinic.

I was so impressed by the results I was getting I carried on with the training and qualified as an EMMETT practitioner (December 2012).

I use the Technique in clinic as an adjunct to other therapies and I also offer it as a standalone treatment for those people who just want an EMMETT Technique treatment without any chiropractic.

The EMMETT Technique is not intended to replace or substitute any medical advice or treatment. It is recommended that you consult your General Practitioner about any health concerns. 

Give the clinic a call if you are interested in this approach (01733) 750893.

Neuromuscular Reeducation (NMR)

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What is it?

Neuromuscular Reeducation (NMR) is a soft-tissue technique that addresses the pain and loss of function caused by many of the most common injuries affecting the nerves, muscles, connective tissue and joints. It combines elements of sports massage, trigger point therapy, fascial release and active release techniques.

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Chiropractic and clay pigeon shooting

Chiropractors with guns ... be afraid!
Chiropractors with guns ... be afraid!

An interesting piece of training on Saturday 12th September. Chiropractors were given the opportunity  to try their hand at clay pigeon shooting and then take part in a discussion about the sorts of injuries seen among people who use guns for sport or work.

As you can imagine, shooting folk tend to get a lot of neck and shoulder problems – particularly when using guns with heavy recoil. Many people put up with these aches and pains because they don’t realise that anything can be done about them – but it’s always worth discussing them with a chiropractor or other professional as such conditions can often be improved or managed.

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