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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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This week (11th-17th April) is Chiropractic Awareness Week. This week the theme is “Working hard for your back”. Did you know that in the South West 43% of back and neck pain suffers have taken time off work due to their pain. On top of this 40% report that sitting at work in the same position contributes to their pain. Despite this one in five workers admits to doing nothing to actively look after their neck or back. Work habits these days aren’t helping matters… more and more people are spending the vast majority of their day sat in front[...]

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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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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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So, people generally know that we treat backs, necks and most things in between. But how many people actually know exactly what it is we do and why it works… our clinical experience suggests not many! I often ask new patients what they know about what I do, and the most common answer is usually something along the lines of “well you crack bones don’t you!” Depending on the chiropractor you see you could get one of a hundred different explanations, but here is my attempt at explaining what we do, from the cause of your pain, to the treatment,[...]

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Migraines affect a huge number of people to varying degrees. Many people suffer regular migraines for years, and this can have a serious effect on quality of life. They can impact your physical and emotional well being, as a direct result of the pain. Along side this, the debilitating nature of some migraines can have secondary effects, such as regular absences from work or school. Here at Dixon Health, we have found chiropractic can be of great help to those suffering with migraines. The reasons for this are multifactorial: Firstly many migraines are related to dysfunction of the neck, especially[...]

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Is your neck weak? This is a fantastic exercise to strengthen the deep neck flexors, which are often chronically weak in neck pain sufferers. To see whether or not yours are weak, first lay on your back. Lift your head up off the ground. can you hold this position for 30 seconds without discomfort or shaking? If not – get stuck into these chin tucks. Sit in a chair (or stand if you prefer!) Now sit up tall, shoulders back. Then draw your head backwards a couple of inches by tucking your chin in and lengthening your neck at the[...]