Over £70 Raised for the British Heart Foundation

Bone We are proud to say that our “Wear It Red Day” raised well over £70 for the British Heart Foundation.  Thank you so much to everyone who took part.

Congratulations to Mr Holyhead who came first in our “how many feathers in a 4 foot feather boa?” competition and won a large bottle of biofreeze 🙂 .

Best outfit of the day goes to Bone… you can see why, he speaks for himself.

Getting Fit in 2015

running30Feeling enthusiastic about losing weight and improving your health through exercise for 2015? After an over-indulgent Christmas, take care before launching yourself into a full-on physical programme as you could be at risk of injury.Tim Hutchful, British Chiropractic Association (BCA) chiropractor, comments: “It’s great to have the will and motivation to get fitter but bear in mind that exercise puts added pressure on our joints and muscles which could cause issues for your back and neck if not introduced to your body in a safe way.”
Kick-start your New Year routine and maintain optimum posture with advice from the British Chiropractic Association (BCA):
It’s All in the Prep
•    Before you begin any exercise programme, it is really important to check that there are no medical reasons why you cannot commence the activity, particularly if you are not normally physically active. Consult your GP if in doubt.
•    A BCA chiropractor can advise you on how to approach a new exercise routine and tell you what signs to look for if you’re overdoing it
•    Make sure you get the right attire for your chosen activity.  Wearing clothes that are too tight when exercising could constrict your movement and lead to injury. You should also make sure you have appropriate footwear for the type of exercise you are doing – most specialist sportswear retailers will be able to guide you on this.
•    With all exercise, you need to warm up first.  Don’t go straight into it, start with lighter movements like walking or jogging to lessen the chance of muscle strainUse Equipment Properly
•    When using weights, make sure your legs are at least hips’ width apart and lift with bent knees.  Never keep the knees straight, as this could lead to over-stretching and cause damage to your back.  Avoid bending from the waist too, as it will increase stress on your lower back
•    A weight held at arm’s length can have the effect of being up to five times heavier, so try to work with weights closer to the body to help avoid injury.  Always face the direction you want to carry the weight and lift using a relaxed, straight back without twisting
•    If using machines, make sure the seat is positioned correctly for your height.  You want to avoid stooping or reaching when using equipment, or you could over stretch your backDedicate Time to Your Back
•    Whilst you are ‘in the zone’, why not throw in some stretches and exercises specifically designed to strengthen your back?  Easy to learn and do, the British Chiropractic Association has developed a sequence of precise, slow stretches, each with a specific purpose. Visit www.chiropractic-uk.co.uk

British Chiropractic Association, 7 January 2015

Christmas Opening Hours

clinic christmasWednesday 24th 9am – 4pm

Thursday 25th CLOSED

Friday 26th CLOSED

Saturday 27th CLOSED

Sunday 28th CLOSED

Monday 29th 8am – 8pm

Tuesday 30th 8am – 7pm

Wednesday 31st 9am – 4pm

Thursday 1st  CLOSED

Friday 2nd 9am – 5pm

24 Hours of STRAIN!!!

The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) is urging people to think about what they put their backs through during an average day, as research findings reveal that sleeping and sitting are two of the main culprits for triggering neck and back pain in the UK.

More than three quarters (77%) of people surveyed say they are currently experiencing back or neck pain or have done in the past. Nearly a quarter (24%) say they suffer on a daily basis.
Surprisingly, it’s not strenuous exercise putting most people’s backs out – 43% of respondents pin sleeping as their most common pain trigger and 44% said sitting is also a trigger.
It seems modern lifestyle could be to blame; 82% of those surveyed say they spend up to six hours a day sitting in front of a computer screen and almost one in five (19%) spend more than 4 hours a day watching TV.
The BCA is warning that inactive lifestyles could be causing unnecessary pain and is encouraging the nation to make small adjustments to daily routines, to help improve their back health.
Breakdown of a sedentary day:
•    73% spend more than six hours sleeping
•    28% spend over six hours sitting
•    33% spend between two and six hours looking at a laptop or tablet
•    49% spend between two and six hours watching TV or a film
•    82% spend up to six hours a day sitting in front of a computer screen
BCA chiropractor, Rishi Loatey comments: “As a nation we’re becoming increasingly sedentary and struggle to switch off – whether it’s sitting at a desk or lounging on the sofa, hunching over a mobile device or lying in bed for too long, the effects of modern lifestyles are taking their toll. Understanding how to sit properly and keeping active will help improve posture, strengthen muscles and therefore reduce neck and back pain.
“With 35 million working days a year lost to back and neck related problems* it’s really important that people think about their back health when going about their daily business, and that they seek help from an expert if they are in pain to avoid more long term problems.”  
The BCA’s TOP TIPS for maintaining a healthy back and neck:
•    Sit up straight – keep arms close to the body and supported if possible. Make sure the top of the screen is level with the eyebrows and the chair is titled slightly forward, allowing for the knees to be lower than the hips and the feet to be flat on the floor. Sit into the back of the chair and use as much of the chair for support.
•    Keep moving – if sitting in the same position all day take regular breaks – ideally every 30 minutes. It’s good to stretch your arms, shrug your shoulders and move your fingers around – this helps to keep the muscles more relaxed.
•    Switch off – try to limit the time you spend leaning over your mobile devices or with your laptop on your knees especially after a day spent in front of a screen, to help improve your posture and relieve neck strain.
•    Sleep easy – test out your mattress before you buy it to find the perfect one and lie on your side rather than lying on your front with your neck twisted to one side.

Back to School!

The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) is urging parents to think about their children’s posture as part of the preparation for the new school term. Whilst stationary and school books are important, it’s how your child carries them that can have the most impact on their health.
According to new research from the BCA, over a third (33%) of parents say that their child has suffered from back or neck pain in the past and, whilst back pain can be caused by a number of different factors, overloaded school bags are a common trigger.
Despite most people knowing that a rucksack is the best type of bag to use to promote a more healthy posture, nearly a third (31%) of children carry a one-strapped bag which can cause a number of problems due to the weight being loaded to just one shoulder.
When parents were questioned about what their children usually carry in their school bags, the most common items included books (87%), lunchbox (59%), sports gear, including trainers (43%) and mobile phones (32%). Collectively, these items can become a heavy weight and, if carried incorrectly, that weight can cause aches and pains. With 16% of parents admitting to never checking their child’s school bag, the BCA is calling for more parents to keep an eye on what their children carry around with them on a daily basis.
•    Keep it light – make sure your child is not carrying any unnecessary excess weight – check that all the items in their bags are essential for the day’s activity.
•    Check it out – make sure you know what your child is taking to school with them every day as they may be carrying heavy items with them unnecessarily.
•    Choose the right bag – a rucksack is the best option as long as it is carried over both shoulders and the straps are adjusted so that the bag is held close to the back and weight is evenly distributed. If your child has a one-strapped bag, make sure they carry it across the body and alternate which shoulder they carry it on.
•    Footwear is key – Make sure your child has good footwear; soft-soled shoes that are supportive and have a good grip will make it easier for the child to carry a school bag.
Call us on 01452309372 to book a consultation for your child with one of our chiropractors if your child is suffering with back pain.

Team Bike Ride July 2014

Woohoo!  What a great day!

Our team get together this quarter saw our professionals and their team complete a fun-filled 15 mile off-road bike ride around Buckholt Woods, Prinknash and Painswick.

They were greeted and congratulated at the end of their wet and muddy expedition by the rest of the team with drinks and munchies and a jolly good time was had by all!! 🙂

We thought you might like to see a couple of pictures from the day…

team shot at the start








team shot coopers hill

Massage Therapy Gift Vouchers – Perfect for Father’s Day!







If you’re still hunting around for that perfect gift then look no further!  Give your dad a Massage Therapy Gift Voucher! He’ll love it!

A 45 minute sessions costs £42 (a 30 minutes time – saver option is available for £32, and packages are also available), and your dad can choose on the day whether he wants to opt for sports massage or something more relaxing.

Call us on 01452309372 if you are happy for your voucher to travel by post (we’ can’t guarantee timely delivery), or pop in and buy your voucher at reception.

Pushed for time?  Call us and pay over the phone and we will put the funds on dad’s account.  You can tell him what his gift is, or write it in his card, and there’s no need for the physical voucher!

We Welcome our Newest Team Member!

JulieBy now many of you will already have met the lovely Julie, the newest member of our reception team, but for those of you who haven’t yet here she is!

Julie is local to Longlevens.  Her friendly approach and her background in busy administrative roles (incl 15 years at Sir Thomas Rich’s!) make her a perfect and very complementary addition to our clinic team.  I am sure you will join me in giving her a warm welcome.  She is certainly looking forward to getting to know you all.

Please bear with us while we show Julie the ropes on the desk.  She is a very fast learner but there is quite a lot to show her and we really appreciate your patience 🙂

I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who applied to work with us – we received an astounding 130 applications in total!

We are Recruiting Now!

It is with much sadness that we bid a fond farewell to Nic, our receptionist of over 2 years, and we wish her all the best for her future.

We are now recruiting her role, and have a number of shift options available.  Mornings are 8am to 1pm and afternoons are 1.30pm to 7pm (Mon, Tues, Thurs) or 1.30pm to 5.30pm (Weds and Fri).  Confused?  Call 01452309372 and ask to speak to Leah to discuss further.

The key attributes that we are  looking for are energy, enthusiasm and most importantly, we need a “people person”.  The ability to use word and to write and send emails is essential, but the successful applicant does not necessarily need to have worked in reception roles before.

We’re not a bad bunch, so go on, spread the word….







Free Consultations for Under 18s!!!

THIS WEEK ONLY! In conjunction with this week’s BCA Chiropractic Awareness Week, we are offering free consultations to under 18s.  All treatment fees will apply as normal.  Please note that under 16s need to accompanied by an adult.

Call 01452309372 to book.