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The squat is hands down one of the most fundamental movement patterns we have as human beings. If you don’t believe me, watch a small child playing. Their natural resting position when playing with a toy is a beautiful, natural deep squat. No one has taught them how to do this, and in the west it is very unlikely they have copied an adult, it is part of our DNA. So why do so many people struggle with this most fundamental movement pattern? Let me give you a clue: That’s right… once again it’s a chance for us to bang[...]

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It’s that time again! Time to dig out the school jumper, dust off the pencil case and get ready for homework, dirty PE kit and grubby knees. One thing you may not have thought about is how well your child’s spine is equipped to deal with the stresses and strains of going back to school. New school year, new challenges for the body The start of the school year brings a number of challenges, not least of which is the stress that can be put on the body. To go from an active summer spent outside, to sitting in a[...]

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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”.[...]

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Enjoy your time in the garden this spring with these 5 top tips from chiropractor Josh Dixon As the days get a little longer, and more and more stuff starts to pop out of the ground you may find yourself itching to get out in the garden or hesitant to get out there for fear of the effects the day after. Gardening can be an extremely satisfying and therapeutic activity as well as a great source of exercise helping to keep you more active and more healthy. For some however it is a daunting task which inevitably leads to days,[...]

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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[...]

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Poor posture affects a huge number of us in the western world. Increasing use of computers and smart phones means it is only going to increase in the coming years! It can have serious effects on the body including pain, stiffness and headaches, but it doesn’t stop there! Coming up are 6 simple facts everyone should know about posture.   #1 You could be walking around with a small child on your head! Recent research has brought the phenomenon of “Text Neck” into the public eye. This is the forward head posture caused by spending long periods of time looking[...]

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Here at Dixon Health we’ve got a lovely warm fuzzy feeling… we have had so many expecting mums coming through the clinic in the last few months, there must be something in the water! Sadly, what should be the most exciting times in a woman’s life can be hampered by nagging, and often severe back pain. Many people don’t realise that chiropractic can help with back pain during pregnancy, and unfortunately some people don’t even know if it is safe to see a chiropractor when pregnant. The first thing i have to say is that categorically YES it is safe[...]

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It was June 1984 when I graduated as a fresh faced (see below!!) enthusiastic new Chiropractor.  There were only 140 of us in the UK then, and we were considered very ‘fringe’ as a profession.  Indeed many would question whether we were even a profession.  I started working for Michael Copland-Griffiths in Trowbridge, and he was then at the forefront of formalising and modernising the profession.  I remember the challenges and excitement of the campaign for the Chiropractors Act in the early 1990s, and following it’s enactment we had to build the institutions of a regulated profession; now we have[...]

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In our practice, we have noticed gradually increasing numbers of school kids, particularly those aged between 13 and 18, coming in with complaints of back pain, particularly towards the end of the school day. Could this just be a nice way to get out of the last lesson? We think the problem runs a little deeper than that… Dare I say it but…. When i was young! we would get home, and either sit in front of the telly, or go out and play. Now I’m not here to lament the demise of kids playing outside, because the obviously still[...]

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We all know the old saying “lift with your legs, not your back”, and that poor lifting technique is a major cause of low back pain, but what is good technique, and how can we achieve it without someone standing over our shoulder criticizing our form? The first and most fundamental aspect of good lifting form is to maintain what is referred to as a ‘neutral spine’ throughout the lift. The ‘neutral spine’ position can be found by tilting your pelvis forward (or sticking out your bottom) as far as you can, then tilting back (tucking your bottom in) The[...]