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Chiropractic and Weight Lifting 9 December 2014

Posted by davidghallam in shoulder pain, sport, weight lifting.
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A great ‘before and after’ photo set:

Wassim is a serious weight lifter who recently took part in his first competition. He had been suffering for over a year with pain and tension in his left arm and shoulder that was affecting his ability to train and to keep the bar level when squatting.

Before treatment:


Two days later, after a single McTimoney chiropractic treatment at the Peterborough clinic:


Wassim noticed an immediate reduction in pain and an improvement in the range of motion of his left shoulder after the treatment. After his second appointment he took part in a 24 hour charity rowing challenge and was able to complete it without any pain from his left arm. After 4 visits his arm and shoulder movement were normal and he was ready to resume his full training programme.

I was particularly pleased with the results here as I deliberately didn’t do any heavy duty soft tissue work on Wassim’s arm and shoulder. Other therapists had already worked on the tight muscles there but had failed to loosen them. The gentle adjustments of McTimoney Chiropractic alone were sufficient to correct Wassim’s structural alignment and the brain-body connections that were keeping his arm muscles in a state of tension.

What is the difference between Chiropractic and Osteopathy? 3 August 2009

Posted by davidghallam in back pain, frequently asked questions.
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This is a question that comes up a lot and it’s one that I find increasingly difficult to answer as I learn more about the wide range of approaches used in my own profession and in osteopathy.

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There are more similarities than differences between the two professions. Chiropractors and Osteopaths both believe that many health problems are caused by poor posture and misalignment of muscles and joints. They believe that if the structure of the body can be improved and the spine put back into alignment, many problems will be alleviated and the body’s own healing mechanisms will work to restore good health. Misalignment (or ‘subluxation’ to use the chiropractic term) is usually caused by external factors, such as falls or accidents,  stress, or poor posture.


NICE Guidelines for Low Back Pain 22 July 2009

Posted by davidghallam in back pain, research.
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Assessing the low back

Assessing the low back

The publication of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) Guidelines for ‘Early management of persistent non-specific low back pain’ in May 2009 caused something of a stir in medical circles. For the first time, treatments like chiropractic, osteopathy and acupuncture, are included in the recommended approach for tackling low back pain within the National Health Service. I’ve been banging on about the importance of these guidelines to anyone within earshot since they came out.

Who produced these Guidelines?

The NICE Development Group responsible for the Low Back Pain Guidelines was chaired by Professor of Primary Care Research, Martin Underwood, and included various medical doctors, a professor of pain management, a spine surgeon, a physiotherapist, a nurse clinician, a psychologist, patient representatives, an osteopath and a chiropractor.