Proudly Announcing the Renewal of our Award for Excellence in Patient Partnership

PPQM 2016

Here it is, all shiney and bright, and lovely!  Our PPQM renewal!

PPQM stands for Patient Partnership Quality Mark.  It’s awarded to clinics that meet the Royal College of Chiropractor’s strict standards of excellence in meeting patient expectations.

We work really hard towards being the best that we can be, and to provide the best care that we possiblty can to each and every individual patient.

It makes us very proud to achieve recognition for this from the RCC, and to be able to give you that extra bit of peace of mind.

Well done team.

Leah Rose

PS – apologies for the dreadful photography, it was my best effort!!

Christmas Gift Vouchers for Massage Therapy! Great Idea!

Reception at Longlevens Chiro Clinic

It’s all getting very Christmassy here at the Longlevens Chiropractic Clinic! Ho Ho Ho!

We may not be the obvious choice for Christmas presents, but in actual fact, our Christmas Gift Vouchers for Massage Therapy are flying out the door!!

Available to the value of your choice, you can buy your loved ones a single session or a package deal. See our fees page for further details. There’s a massive range of massage therapy available – the recipient chooses from sports massage, relaxation massage, remedial massage, Indian Head massage, pregnancy massage or hot stone massage!! Who wouldn’t like that???!!!

Call us now or pop in – 01452309372

Caring for Carers – Back Pain Awareness Week

This week is Back Pain Awareness Week – a campaign run by the charity Backcare – Visit their website to find out more, and to see their useful tips and information.

Back Pain is well documented for costing the UK economy millions of pounds in time lost to sickness, each week. What is less documented is the strain on the backs of people who are carers – lifting, carrying and helping others everyday, despite the toll on their back. This is the theme of this year’s Back Care Awareness Week.

If you are a carer and would like advice on posture and lifting, or are suffering with back pain due to your lifestyle as a carer, please do get in touch with us to find out about our consultations and our posture analysis.


Award Winning Clinic and Chiropractors – That’s Us!!!

It’s exciting times for the Longlevens Chiropractic & Sports Injury Clinic!  On 30th January 2013 we will be awarded the prestigious Patient Partnership Quality Mark (PPQM) 2013 – 2015 by the College of Chiropractor’s, who were themselves recently awarded Chartered status by the Queen.

The College of Chiropractor’s states: “The College of Chiropractors believes that chiropractic services should be centred on the users of those services. The College supports the delivery of services that are flexible and responsive to the needs of patients, acknowledging them as partners in their own care.” (Tim Jay DC FCC, President)

The award recognises the achievement of outstanding levels of care and service provided to patients, in areas including cleanliness and safety, communication and patient education, privacy, accessibility and record keeping.  More information will follow and of course pictures, after the 30th January ceremony!

In addition to the PPQM award, one of the Longlevens Chiropractic & Sports Injury Clinic’s Chiropractors, Danny Adams, will be presented with an award identifying him as Outstanding PRT Chiropractor of the Year on the College of Chiropractor’s postgraduate Training Scheme, under Mentor and Clinic Director, Simon Rose.

Congratulations also to Danny (who has been busy!) for recently achieving his International Chiropractic Sports Science Diploma, awarded by the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic.  This post doctoral qualification ensures extremely high standards of theoretical and practical competency in treating sports injuries and qualifies him to participate in major national and international events such as the Olympic Games.

More information will follow soon about all of the above.



Kate’s Write Up of the Paralympics

What a fantastic yet exhausting week at the paralympics! The response for the massage was brilliant everyone kept coming back for more!

Most clients were media people carrying cameras all day long who were looking for relief for their shoulders.  Firstly I would ask them to take 3 deep breaths in to relax.  Then I started on their lower back to make sure they felt a release of tension all over the back, not just at the shoulders. Every person I saw had shoulders up by their ears with tension and the muscles that run parallel to the spine (Paraspinals) were solid too. I would use broad techniques with the palm of my hand to begin with to warm up the muscles, then move onto using my thumbs (butterfly technique) to increase the pressure to release tension. I then moved onto specific stretch technique, in which I apply pressure down into the muscle as the client stretches out the muscle that has been pinned by me. This is a fantastic technique that has instant results, however it is sometimes quite tender. I used this technique on the paraspinals, upper trapezius, and neck muscles with which you can see visible increases in range of movement of the cervical spine (neck) straight after the technique has been used.

The therapists I got to work with at the paralympics were fantastic, it was lovely to meet new faces and learn from other people. All in all it was a great experience and I even got to meet some famous faces!!

Our Massage Therapist Kate West will be helping at the Paralympic Games!

From the 3rd to the 7th of September Kate will be practicing 8am until 8pm massage shifts.  She will be taking care of the masses of media, support and technical teams that lug heavy cameras and equipment around the stadiums, catching those perfect shots of the athletes that we are all waiting for with eager anticipation.  She’s ready for a tough but fantastic week, gaining ever more experience to bring back to patients here at the Longlevens Chiropractic & Sports Injury Clinic.

The Paralympic Torch was lit this morning and I heard someone say on the radio – “it’s a chance to really concentrate on people’s abilities, not their disabilites…”  Absolutely.  We can’t wait.

Best Wishes and Good Luck to all those participating in any aspect of the event – including Kate!!

Are You in Pain from a Scar or Trauma to Your Body? Look at Myofascial Release. Written by Kate West

Myofascial Release is an effective, hands on technique that involves applying gentle, sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain, discomfort and get the body back to full function.

It is best performed directly onto the skin, without the use of oils or creams. This enables the therapist to spend time focusing on what they feel and sink into the layers of skin and fascia.

There are indirect techniques that are very gentle and slow which are applied in the direction the fascia wants to go, and direct techniques that require more pressure and encourage the fascia to go in the direction of discomfort to get a release of tension from the fascia.

The picture shows the fascia that lies between the skin and underlying tendons as described by Dr J. C. Guimberteau in the book Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists.