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Rugby Players and Texting 30 January 2014

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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 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 25 October 2013

Posted by davidghallam in back pain, healthy living, muscle pain, neck pain.
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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 10 December 2012

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Emmett technique is a gentle body therapy developed by Ross Emmett, an Australian practitioner.  It uses light pressure and movement on specific points of the body to relieve muscle tension and restore balance. I did some Emmett training back in 2011 and have been using bits of it ever since as a complement to the McTimoney chiropractic moves I use in clinic.

I have seen some very good results with Emmett: particularly with persistent muscle problems that have failed to respond to other approaches. It’s also very comfortable to receive and has quick results so you can see (and feel) whether it has helped straight away. I have used it to help people with assorted muscular aches and pains including: neck and shoulder pain, low back pain and knee pain. It does not work for everybody but can be remarkably effective when it does.

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

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

Give the clinic a call if you are interested in this approach. David Hallam

Neuromuscular Reeducation (NMR) 17 November 2012

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What is it?

Neuromuscular Reeducation (NMR) is a soft-tissue technique that offers rapid and lasting relief from 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 14 September 2009

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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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