One of the leading Chiropractic and Sports Injury Clinics in Gloucestershire, our focus is on providing the very best professional and effective care to each patient that we see
Our aim is to help you to achieve your best possible health. From us you will receive a clear understanding of what your problem is, what your treatment options are, and how you can help yourself to prevent future relapse.
These are the fundamental principals of care upon which Founder and Principal Chiropractor Simon Rose has based the clinic. The Longlevens Chiropractic & Sports Injury Clinic is a friendly and welcoming family run clinic.
Our team of professionals consists of patient focused and fully qualified mainstream Chiropractors, and fully qualified and experienced Sports and Massage Therapists. We are an evidence based clinic. Each of our practitioners place an emphasis on their continued professional development and learning, and are held in high regard by other healthcare professionals, both locally and nationally.
Managed by Practice Manager Leah Rose, Simon’s wife, a team of extremely friendly, efficient and knowledgeable receptionists will ensure that your journey through the clinic is a smooth one.
Patient comfort and safety is of paramount importance to us. For achieving excellence in meeting patient expectations, ensuring the safety of our patients, and for working towards continual improvement, we have been awarded the Patient Partnership Quality Mark (2013-2015, and 2016-2018) and the Clinical Management Quality Mark (2014-2016) by the Royal College of Chiropractors.
The Longlevens Chiropractic & Sports Injury Clinic is furnished to the highest possible standard. We have new “state of the art” digital x-ray facilities, we are family friendly, free parking is available, and we have full disabled access. Our ever increasing catchment area draws patients from all parts of Gloucestershire, Bristol, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire, and other surrounding counties.
We have worked closely with many of Gloucester’s key employers such as British Energy, EDF Energy, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue, Gloucestershire Police, C&G, University of Gloucestershire, Gloucester City Council and GCHQ. We also operate numerous sports partnership schemes in conjunction with many of the local Rugby, Rowing, Hockey, Netball, Football, Cricket, Athletics and Golf Clubs.
Back Pain At Work
Not all back pain is caused by work, but factors at work which may trigger it, or make it worse, may be some of the easiest to tackle effectively.
An active approach to recovery that includes appropriate treatment and home/work self-help plans that result in return to work, is better for everyone. It is also usually better than inactivity and bed rest which may actually worsen some problems.
The British Occupational Health Research Foundation states:
- Back pain is the largest single reported cause of absence from work
- 40% of the population are affected by back pain
- 50 million working days per year are lost due to back pain
- Approx £5 billion a year in sickness and absensce costs is lost due to back pain
At Longlevens Chiropractic & Sports Injury Clinic we work closely with a number of Gloucester’s employers with successful and well respected referral schemes that ultimately help to reduce time and money lost to sickness and absenteeism caused by injuries such as back pain, neck pain, repetitive strain and other musculoskeletal problems.
- Visit your premises and hold injury assessment days
- Offer ergonomic work station assessments and advice
- Give informative and industry relevant talks and presentations
- Take part in health and safety events and other day events
- Attend and support sporting events and team building events
We provide effective and professional chiropractic care. The earlier treatment is sought, the quicker and more effective it is likely to be, and so a referral scheme is of paramount importance in helping to keep your workforce happy, healthy and free of back pain. Contact Practice Manager, Leah Rose, today on 01452309372.
Getting better after a back injury is sometimes only the beginning. For some people with long standing problems, further episodes of back pain are quite common as time passes.
Whether you have just recovered from an injury or even surgery to the low back, the best way to avoid or minimise the severity of recurrences is to follow a course of Spinal Rehabilitation.
While some of the muscles that support the low back are used in everyday life, most do not get an adequate level of exercise from daily activities.
Lack of the correct level of activity leaves a muscle tight, weak and poorly coordinated at working as a team with neighbouring muscles. Gradual deterioration of muscle and joint function is compounded by common factors such as inactivity, wear and tear, injury and chronic pain.
The spine’s 3 types of muscles
Straighten and lift spine
Bend and support spine
Hold up & rotate spine
What is ‘Spinal Rehabilitation’?
Spinal Rehab is an exercise program that aims to help improve strength and stability to the back.
Depending on the specific diagnosis and level of pain, the exercise program is prescribed specifically for your injury.
The aim is to develop an appropriate exercise program that can eventually be recreated in your front room or the local gym. This enables a quick and solid recovery that you are fully in charge of!
The 3 components of rehab are Stretching, Strengthening and Basic Conditioning
Inactivity will always cause gradual onset of stiffness. Therefore, it is necessary to gradually improve the back’s flexibility. Stretching focuses on improving flexibility and elasticity in the joints and muscles.
The primary reason for strengthening (alongside stretching) the key structures of the low back is that this will ensure that future episodes of back pain are less likely to occur. If a back is supported by good, coordinated and strong muscles it has the raw material to help get out of trouble!
- Basic Conditioning…
Finally, conditioning through light activity is very important for both the successful flow of rehab and the maintenance of the lower back. Good examples include hydro-therapy, regular walking and cycling.
What is involved?
A course of rehab designed to help YOUR back, no matter what level of fitness or age!
To make a robust and long lasting improvement to your low back pain, you will need to follow a course of exercise. Normally between 8 and 12 sessions of rehab are recommended (over 2-3 months) to get your back functioning close to its best. However, you are welcome to choose how many and how often sessions are completed in a way that suits you.
The rehab team, led by the Chiropractor, are always on hand to advise on the best route forward. At all stages of rehab, you are always supervised one-to-one with our personal trainer and closely monitored by the referring practitioner.
A low back with good flexibility and strong supporting muscles can maintain a good level of activity through out a lifetime. However, with both poor flexibility and weakness of surrounding muscles, function of the low back is diminished. Spinal rehabilitation aims to redress this balance and get your low back firing on all cylinders!
A course of spinal rehabilitation is designed to restore normal levels of strength and flexibility in a safe and long lasting way. After following a prescribed course, you will be taught how to maintain the progress made, beyond the clinic and into the future. By putting you in charge of your recovery, there is a far greater chance of long term success and management of low back pain.
Research & Chiropractic
The current health care system in the UK is heavily involved in the research of back pain. The question still remains as to why certain sufferers of back pain recover relatively well and make full recoveries, whilst other sufferers of back pain seem to never fully regain normal function? Their back pain seem to continue despite multiple attempts to ‘fix’ the problem. This is a small clue as to how complicated back pain is and how difficult it is to treat successfully across the broad spectrum of people whom suffer back pain, sciactica and back aches. Believe it or not, a lot of research in the last 20 years has looked into chronic sufferers of back pain and found that there are certain specific neurological changes that occur in the brain that make continuation of chronic back pain more likely. Some people show this neurological change or ‘re-wiring’ whereas some do not. This could be helpful in determining which members of society are more likely to go on further with back pain and be at a far higher risk of long term chronicity. Treatment of back pain could therefore be adapted accordingly and research in this area is ongoing.
Funnily enough, a lot of research now concentrates back on the disc between the vertebrae as a key cause of the chronic and degenerative low back pain that some people suffer in their spine. Research is heading in the direction of understanding what happens at a molecular level to the disc as it wears over time. A weak link seems to be that the treatment and easing of back pain and disc damage is abruptly impeded by the simple fact that cartilaginous structures ( ie: squashy bits between the bones in a joint) cannot regenerate itself like for like. With this in mind, stem cell research is attempting to uncover advances in future. Stem cell research is looking into the possibility of ‘growing’ disc tissue to help repair degenerative parts of the disc….research again continues!
A recent study implemented by the NIH into epidural injections of steroid drugs looked at its use when treating back pain and sciatica. Injections are used for back pain sufferers as they reduce the tissue inflammation that often will aggravate nerve pain, joint pain, muscle spasm and other surround structures. This interesting back pain research continues into the link between back pain, sciatica, nerve pain and inflammation. Studies are now using state of the art computer imaging modalities to measure and assess specific signs of inflammation in the hope that an understanding of back pain can be improved.
The NIH is also looking into the non-surgical methods of treating back pain that is chronic. Chiropractic is a method that has received close scrutiny in recent years as it has grown and received greater acceptance within the healthcare community. Research regarding back pain and Chiropractic has been concentrating on programs of treatment for back pain that are run by the Chiropractor and involve exercises that engage the core muscles of the low back, and rehabilitation exercises that strengthen the supporting muscles so that back pain sufferers are far more self sufficient in the long term.
Manipulation is also being researched for its effectiveness as part of a package of care for back pain. Chiropractors have been implementing this method of treatment for over 100 years, although the modern day Chiropractor when treating back pain will often turn attention to rehabilitation of weak muscles that support the back and spine once the spine is best placed to receive such intervention.
Though limited in the present day, the psychological and emotional state of back pain sufferers is also a key topic of research. The management of ‘pain’ and its consequences is an area that will gain more attention into the future. Back pain is an obvious candidate for research in this regard as it is so common and indeed back pain is in great need of improved understanding in future as the number of people affected by back pain grows.
Bronfort et al, 2010; Effectiveness of Manual Therapies, The UK Evidence Report.
UK Beam Trial; Back pain, exercise and manipulation (UK BEAM) randomised trial: effectiveness of physical treatments for back pain in primary care. British Medical Journal Nov 2004; 329; 1377 (doi: 10.1136 /bmj. 38282. 669225.AE)
Medical Research Council; ‘Low Back pain of mechanical origin: randomised comparison of Chiropractic from hospital outpatient treatment’; Meade et al.
Medical Research Council (Follow-up-study; Trial ‘Randomised comparison of Chiropractic and hospital outpatient management for low back pain; results from extended follow up’; Meade et al.
RCGP – Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Acute Low Back Pain 1996, 1999, 2001.
Clinical Standards Advisory Group; Backpain Report 1994.
Acute Back Pain – Primary Care Project; The Wiltshire and Bath Health Commission.
Carter JT, Birrell LN (Editors) 2000. Occupational health guidelines for the management of low back pain at work – principal recommendations. Faculty of Occupational Medicine. London. Occupational health guidelines for the management of low back pain at work – leaflet for practitioners. Faculty of Occupational Medicine. London. 2000. Waddell G, Burton AK 2000. Occupational health guidelines for the management of low back pain at work – evidence review. Faculty of Occupational Medicine. London.
Chiropractic Treatment in Workers with Musculoskeletal Complaints; Mark P Blokland DC et al;Journal of the Neuromusculoskeletal System vol 8 No 1, Spring 2000
House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology report on Complementary and Alternative Medicine November 2000
History of Chiropractic
Manipulation of the joints of the body has been recorded as far back as the early Greek civilizations. D. D. Palmer was the founder of Chiropractic after performing the first chiropractic adjustment and later opening the world’s first College of Chiropractic in Davenport, USA in 1897.
In the late 19th century, a gentlemen and bone manipulator known as A. T. Still founded the belief that ‘the artery is supreme’ and that good improved blood flow was essential for a healthy bodily environment. D. D. Palmer however believed nerve function was of greater importance for optimal health. Both developed the art of spinal or vertebral manipulation to improve body function, yet this philosophical difference in opinion was significant. A. T. Still went on to become known as the founder of Osteopathy and the osteopathic profession. D. D. Palmer was seen as the founder of Chiropractic and the Chiropractic profession.
The word “chiro-practic” was coined by Rev. Samuel Weed from the Greek “to practice or treat by hand”. Palmer was initially jailed after a lawsuit taken up by the osteopathy profession for attempting to practice medicine without a licence. However, during the early 1900’s, chiropractic was recognized as its own specific and credible profession. New technologies were introduced such as the use of xrays by D.D. Palmer’s son, B.J. Palmer who oversaw the further growth and development of Chiropractic. Unlike osteopathy and physiotherapy, education in radiology and use of xray technology would later become a large component of modern day chiropractic.
The profession has grown a tremendous amount in the last 100 years and is now a globally accepted primary healthcare profession. An excellent standard of modern day quality scientific research has also assisted the worldwide development of Chiropractic.
Modern day Chiropractic is also now internationally governed and has established international standards for education and practice.
Good posture is an easy and very important way to avoid pain such as back and neck pain, knee pain, pulled muscles and stiff joints
Along with the appropriate treatment, good posture can also help to alleviate many of these common problems.
In many cases, these problems can actually stem from other parts of the body – a postural assessment can help to confirm the location of these areas, and provide information to ensure the appropriate advice is given for helping in the future.
At the Longlevens Chiropractic & Sports Injury Clinic, our computerised postural assessments are accurate and the results are available immediately.
Your assessment will include:
A one to one session with an experienced Therapist who will discuss the findings with you in depth and answer any questions you may have
Photographs of you standing, with relevant points and lines drawn on you (in the photos!) for you to see what we measure, analyse, and how
A full report that is yours to keep, along with useful and practical help and advice to make permanent improvements to your posture
Whether you’re looking to relieve pain, improve your range of movement, flexibility or mobility, prevent injury, or are looking to escape the stresses of daily life, we can help.
Massage therapy and Chiropractic
Muscles attach to the bones and joints via tendons, so if the muscles are holding tension and are too tight, they can pull on these structures, affecting alignment and function. This is where the connection is between Massage Therapy and Chiropractic. The combination of both treatments can dramatically improve recovery time in many cases.
Chiropractic and Massage Therapy are compatible and share the goal of total well being. Both offer natural hands-on techniques and can be used as preventative as well as restorative techniques. Used in combination, they can help you to achieve and maintain your optimum health, and enjoy life to the fullest. Our Chiropractors may refer you for Massage Therapy and vice versa, as part of you long term treatment plan.
We offer free 20 minute massage taster sessions to help you find out which treatment is right for you. Call 01452309372 to book.
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Manipulation of the joints of the body has been recorded as far back as the early Greek civilizations. D. D. Palmer was the founder of Chiropractic after performing the first chiropractic adjustment and later opening the world’s first College of Chiropractic in Davenport, USA in 1897. In the late 19th century, a gentlemen and bone manipulator known as A. T. Still founded the belief that ‘the artery is supreme’ and that good improved blood flow was essential for a healthy bodily environment. D. D. Palmer however believed nerve function was of greater importance for optimal health. Both developed the art of spinal or vertebral manipulation to improve body function, yet this philosophical difference in opinion was significant. A. T. Still went on to become known as the founder of Osteopathy and the osteopathic profession. D. D. Palmer was seen as the founder of Chiropractic and the Chiropractic profession. The word “chiro-practic” was coined by Rev. Samuel Weed from the Greek “to practice or treat by hand”. Palmer was initially jailed after a lawsuit taken up by the osteopathy profession for attempting to practice medicine without a licence. However, during the early 1900’s, chiropractic was recognized as its own specific and…
Bronfort et al, 2010; Effectiveness of Manual Therapies, The UK Evidence Report. UK Beam Trial; Back pain, exercise and manipulation (UK BEAM) randomised trial: effectiveness of physical treatments for back pain in primary care. British Medical Journal Nov 2004; 329; 1377 (doi: 10.1136 /bmj. 38282. 669225.AE) Medical Research Council; ‘Low Back pain of mechanical origin: randomised comparison of Chiropractic from hospital outpatient treatment’; Meade et al. Medical Research Council (Follow-up-study; Trial ‘Randomised comparison of Chiropractic and hospital outpatient management for low back pain; results from extended follow up’; Meade et al. RCGP – Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Acute Low Back Pain 1996, 1999, 2001. Clinical Standards Advisory Group; Backpain Report 1994. Acute Back Pain – Primary Care Project; The Wiltshire and Bath Health Commission. Carter JT, Birrell LN (Editors) 2000. Occupational health guidelines for the management of low back pain at work – principal recommendations. Faculty of Occupational Medicine. London. Occupational health guidelines for the management of low back pain at work – leaflet for practitioners. Faculty of Occupational Medicine. London. 2000. Waddell G, Burton AK 2000. Occupational health guidelines for the management of low back pain at work – evidence review. Faculty of Occupational Medicine. London. Chiropractic…
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