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As Chiropractors, one of the most common areas we get asked about is sleep. I have put together a guide to help you tackle some of the issues that might be affecting your sleep.  But bear in mind there are lots of mixed opinions and what is right for one person, isn’t right for everyone! What position should I sleep in? Out of all the positions it is equally fine to be a side sleeper or back sleeper; the only position we suggest you avoid is sleeping on your front.  The issue is that in order to breath when face[...]
The what Every few years there seems to be a different trend that catches on in the health and fitness industry. In the last few years a simple, but very effective technique called foam rolling has become very popular. As the name suggests, this self treatment method involves rolling a body part up and down over a tube of foam in order to relieve pain, reduce muscle tightness and improve mobility. As I recommend it to at least 75% of patients I see, I thought I would run through some techniques and a bit of the reasoning behind it. If done correctly it[...]
At the start of the year I wrote an article about the pro’s and con’s of running in barefoot, ‘minimalist’ type shoes and how to make the transition from one to another. In this article I want to talk about the benefits of wearing such shoes in everyday life. Having recently made the transition myself I am going to discuss some of the reasons why you should consider it too. Before I get stuck in, for those of you who haven’t heard of what a ‘minimalist shoe’ is, let me explain. It is a shoe that has little to no[...]
Now the cold seems to be setting in we are all seeing the spectacular array of winter illnesses spreading through the town. Rather than wait until either your family or you fall victim to the viruses, let’s cover some top tips on how to keep healthy and avoid contracting whatever it might be that is going around. 1. Keep your hands off (your face) Many common germs and viruses enter the body through your eyes, nose and mouth, which invites them directly into your body. It’s like encouraging a robber straight into your home through an open door. Avoid rubbing[...]
Last month I participated in the Bristol Harbourside triathlon and I’ve decided to share my experiences of the training, preparation and the event itself, in case you are new to the sport or thinking of taking one on for the first time (not that I consider myself an expert though!) This was the fourth triathlon that I had completed having previously completed one at each of the three standard distances: Sprint, Olympic and 70.3 (or half iron distance). I chose to take part in the Olympic distance again (1500m swim, 40km Bike and 10k Run) for a few reasons. Although[...]
Acupuncture works on the brain (but not in it!)… In this article I have decided to provide you with an overview of acupuncture and hopefully extinguish some of the common myths that surround the ancient procedure, whilst we delve into some of the scientific understanding behind it. Definition of Acupuncture Before we start, just for those of you who have heard little to nothing about acupuncture itself: “The practice of Acupuncture involves placing fine needles into the body in order to elicit a positive change, whether that be a local effect on a muscle, or more of a generalised whole-body effect”.[...]
Around 90% of runners actually run with a heel strike technique and recently this seems to have received much attention. We do know that the heavier the heel strike, the greater the shock that is produced between the heel-bone and the ground, as opposed to a forefoot strike, (landing on the balls of the feet), that results in a more cushioned stride. Excessive shock then passes up through the leg and body and must be absorbed elsewhere, which can result in injury at joints other than just the ankle. But changing from a heel strike to a forefoot technique can[...]