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BCA Chiropractor of the Year 2022

Local Chiropractor Philippa Oakley wins the prestigious Chiropractor of the Year Award.

Amesbury-based Chiropractor Philippa Oakley has won the renowned “Chiropractor of the Year” award, the most prestigious award presented by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA). This award is presented to one chiropractor each year in recognition of their outstanding achievements within the chiropractic profession.

Philippa comments, “This award comes following an exciting year for me, after relocating my clinic to Amesbury at the beginning of the year. I am thrilled to have been recognised as Chiropractor of the year for my contribution to the promotion and understanding of healthcare inequalities and the impact these can have on people’s health and well-being, which has seen me support healthcare organisations from around the world to improve their services in this area.”

Catherine Quinn, President of the British Chiropractic Association comments, “Philippa Oakley is recognised by the Board for the outstanding contribution she has made in the promotion and understanding of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in chiropractic. As well as providing multiple CPD sessions for the BCA Family this year, Philippa has shared her passion for EDI with chiropractors as far and wide as Canada and South Africa. It is rare to find individuals who will make significant impact on the profession and Philippa, together with Rhiannon has certainly done so. Congratulations to Philippa and thank you to her for highlighting such important topics for our profession and the wider healthcare family, we are proud that she is an active member of the BCA family.”

Philippa graduated from the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic in 2012 with a Master of Chiropractic degree, and her commitment to clinical excellence has been recognised through the awarding of several prestigious accolades. She began her career working with NHS patients, before establishing her clinic, Acorn Health, in 2014. 

Acorn Health has received awards from the Royal College of Chiropractors in recognition of their commitment to patient care and clinical excellence. In addition to her role as a Chiropractor, Philippa is also a qualified Coach and Mentor with the NHS Leadership Academy, working to support individuals in meeting their personal and professional goals, and is a professional member of the Royal College of Chiropractors Pain Faculty.

To make an appointment please visit acornhealth.org.uk and follow the online booking details. 

Watch the video from the event here!

Understanding your Glutes

Understanding your Glutes

The glutes, or gluteal muscles, are a group of three muscles that make up the buttocks: the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus. These muscles are pivotal in maintaining our body’s posture, supporting a range of movements, and ensuring overall lower body strength and stability. So let’s first talk about the anatomy.

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Back Pain’s Coming Home! How to Avoid ending up in injury time. 

Football and sports injuries tend to go hand in hand and with the Euros just around the corner, now seems the right time to discuss how to avoid injury while playing. Now if you really want a pain free tournament we strongly advise not watching England play, but there are also lots you can do on and off the pitch to help yourself stay injury free. Furthermore keep an eye out for our videos on how to stretch out some of the key injury-prone muscles in our legs and low backs. 

Read more: Back Pain’s Coming Home! How to Avoid ending up in injury time. 

Let’s kick off.

So proper warm-up and cool-down routines are essential. A dynamic warm-up, including activities like light jogging, high knees, and leg swings, prepares the muscles and joints for the intense activity ahead. It increases blood flow, enhances flexibility, and reduces muscle stiffness. After the game, a cool-down involving static stretching and gentle movements helps in gradually lowering the heart rate and preventing muscle tightness.

Next, don’t neglect training both on the pitch and in the gym. Strengthening the core, legs, and upper body not only improves performance but also stabilises joints and reduces the risk of injuries. Exercises like squats, lunges, deadlifts, and bench presses are beneficial. Additionally, incorporating plyometric exercises enhances explosive power, which is vital for sprints and sudden movements in football. We can put together personalised programs for our patients as well as communicate rehab needs with your own personal trainers should you want us to.

What else?

Make sure you incorporate flexibility and mobility exercises into your training. Tight muscles can lead to strains and tears. Stretching routines, yoga, and foam rolling are effective in maintaining muscle flexibility and joint mobility. Your chiropractor can assist in identifying areas of tightness and prescribe specific stretches to address these issues. We can also help release tension and focus on restoring healthy joint mechanics , which can be tricky on your own. There is a reason a lot of professional sports teams employ chiropractors! 

Now for diet: proper hydration and nutrition play a significant role in injury prevention. Dehydration can lead to muscle cramps and fatigue, increasing the risk of injury. Players should be encouraged to drink water before, during, and after the game. A balanced diet rich in proteins, carbohydrates, healthy fats, and micronutrients supports muscle recovery and overall health.

Now if you want to go for the full 90 minutes, rest and recovery are as important as active training. Overtraining can lead to chronic injuries and burnout. Incorporating rest days and ensuring adequate sleep allows the body to repair and strengthen. Techniques such as massage therapy, ice baths, and compression garments can aid in the recovery process, reducing muscle soreness and inflammation.

Last but not least…

Finally, don’t leave it to stoppage time and hope for a late winner. Regular assessments and screenings by a manual therapist can help in early detection of potential issues. Functional movement screenings and physical examinations identify imbalances, weaknesses, and areas of concern. Early intervention with corrective exercises and treatments can prevent minor issues from escalating into major injuries. It can also help with mental preparation by reducing stress and anxiety that often effect focus and increasing the risk of injury. Ask us about diaphragmatic breathing, it’s a game changer. 

By working with your chiropractor, you can significantly reduce your risk of injury while playing football. We are also checking for an offside flag regarding these awful football related puns. However, if you have found this helpful, book a free 15 chat or new patient consultation to see how we can get you to the top of your game. In the meantime, enjoy the Euros and remember, it’s the taking part that counts! (This blog was written by a Scotland fan). 

Find out more about Glen, the author of this blog, here.

Understanding Disc Injuries- Back to Basics

Understanding Disc Injuries- Back to Basics

First and foremost, what is a spinal disc?

A spinal disc, also known as an intervertebral disc, is basically a cushion located between each of the joints of our back. These discs act as shock absorbers, providing flexibility and support to the spine while allowing for movement. Each disc has a tough outer layer called the annulus fibrosus and a gel-like inner core called the nucleus pulposus. They play a crucial role in maintaining the structural integrity and function of the spine.

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Stepping lightly: A guide to managing plantar fasciitis

Stepping Lightly- Avoiding Plantar Fasciitis

22 January 2024

Plantar fasciitis is a common and painful foot condition that occurs when the thick band of tissue running across the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, becomes inflamed. Whether you’re an avid runner, spend long hours on your feet at work, or simply want to maintain good foot health, preventing plantar fasciitis is crucial. In this guide, we’ll explore effective strategies to keep this condition at bay.

Read more: Stepping lightly: A guide to managing plantar fasciitis

Choose the Right Footwear:

Let’s start out on the right foot, investing in proper footwear is a must. Opt for shoes that provide adequate arch support, cushioning, and a comfortable fit. Avoid high heels or shoes with inadequate support, as they can contribute to strain on the plantar fascia. Regularly assess the condition of your shoes and replace them when they show signs of wear, as worn-out footwear can contribute to foot problems.

plantar fasciitis heel pain plantar fascia running runner foot pain heel achilles tendon run pain chiropractor chiropractic treatment
Source: D Max. https://www.flickr.com/photos/35080385@N08/30956691112 No changes made

Gradual Exercise Progression:

Sudden increases in physical activity, particularly high-impact exercises like running, can strain the plantar fascia and lead to injury. Gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workouts to allow your feet to adapt. Incorporate low-impact activities like swimming or cycling to reduce stress on the plantar fascia while maintaining overall fitness.

Stretching and Strengthening:

Performing regular stretching exercises can help keep the plantar fascia flexible and reduce the risk of injury. Focus on calf stretches, toe stretches, and Achilles tendon stretches to improve the overall flexibility of the foot and lower leg. Additionally, incorporating exercises to strengthen the muscles supporting the foot can contribute to better stability and reduce strain on the plantar fascia.

Maintain a Healthy Weight:

Carrying excess weight puts additional stress on the feet, increasing the risk of developing plantar fasciitis. Maintain a healthy weight through a balanced diet and regular exercise. Losing even a small amount of weight can significantly alleviate pressure on the plantar fascia and decrease the likelihood of developing foot-related issues.

Supportive Insoles:

Consider using supportive insoles or orthotic inserts to provide additional cushioning and support to your feet. These can be particularly beneficial if your regular footwear lacks proper arch support. Customised orthotics, prescribed by a podiatrist, can address specific foot conditions and help prevent plantar fasciitis.

Mind Your Walking Surface:

Be mindful of the surfaces you walk on, especially if you’re prone to foot pain. Hard, uneven surfaces can exacerbate strain on the plantar fascia. Whenever possible, choose softer surfaces for walking or exercising. If you’re a runner, vary your running routes to avoid consistently pounding the same pavement.

Conclusion:

By incorporating these proactive measures into your daily routine, you can significantly reduce the risk of developing plantar fasciitis. Remember, prevention is key when it comes to foot health. Listen to your body, invest in quality footwear, and adopt a well-rounded approach to maintaining strong, flexible, and pain-free feet. Your foundation for a healthy, active lifestyle starts from the ground up.

Chiropractic care can prove highly effective for the treatment of plantar fasciitis. Watch the video below to see how we can help you.

Philippa Oakley

Principle Chiropractor and founder of Acorn Health. BCA Chiropractor of the Year 2022 for her work in LGBTQ+ EDI and a specialist interest in chronic pain.

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Essential Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Back While Driving

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8 Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Back While Driving
 

The other day I was stuck in traffic, again, and two thoughts crept into my mind. Firstly, for all the roadworks I see, how can there be quite so many potholes still? However, secondly, and more importantly, do you ever stop to think just how much of our lives we spend sat in cars? Prolonged periods behind the wheel can take a toll on your back if you’re not careful. Poor posture, inadequate support, and prolonged sitting can contribute to back discomfort and even lead to long-term issues. To ensure a comfortable and pain-free driving experience, here are some essential tips for looking after your back while on the road: 

 

  1. Adjust Your Seat Properly: One of the fundamental aspects of back care while driving is setting up your seat in an ergonomic position. Start by adjusting the seat height so that you have a clear view of the road and easy access to the pedals without straining. Ensure that your seat is not too far from the pedals to avoid overstretching your legs, which can strain your lower back. 
  1. Maintain Proper Posture: Maintaining good posture while driving is crucial for preventing back pain. Sit upright with your back against the seat and your shoulders relaxed. Keep both hands on the steering wheel at the 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock positions to distribute the workload evenly and minimise strain on your arms and shoulders. Prolonged leaning onto one arm or out a window might work wonders for casual driving image, but your body won’t be impressed, sorry! 
  1. Use Lumbar Support: Many modern cars come equipped with adjustable lumbar support to help maintain the natural curve of your spine and alleviate pressure on your lower back. If your car doesn’t have built-in lumbar support, consider using a lumbar roll or cushion to provide additional support and promote proper spinal positioning.
  1. Take Regular Breaks: Prolonged sitting, even with proper ergonomics, can still strain your back muscles over time. To combat stiffness and improve circulation, make it a habit to take regular breaks during long drives. Plan a quick stop every hour or two to stretch your legs, walk around, and perform simple back stretches to relieve tension.
  1. Adjust Your Steering Wheel and Mirrors: Ensure that your steering wheel and mirrors are properly adjusted to minimise the need for twisting and reaching while driving. Your steering wheel should be positioned in a way that allows you to maintain a relaxed posture with your arms slightly bent. Adjust your mirrors to provide optimal visibility without straining your neck or back.
  1. Stay Hydrated and Avoid Caffeine: Proper hydration is essential for maintaining the health of your spinal discs, which act as shock absorbers for your back. Drink plenty of water during your journey to keep your discs hydrated and flexible. Avoid excessive caffeine consumption, as it can contribute to dehydration and exacerbate back pain. I should add I am not telling you that coffee is off limits at the next service station, I’m not that brave, but to try and drink it in moderation. 
  1. Invest in Supportive Accessories: Consider investing in supportive accessories such as seat cushions, ergonomic seat covers, or backrests designed specifically for driving. These accessories can provide additional comfort and support, especially during long drives or if you have a history of back problems. They are easy to find and relatively cheap to get hold of. 
  1. Perform Regular Back Exercises: Strengthening and stretching exercises can help improve the flexibility and resilience of your back muscles, reducing the risk of discomfort and injury while driving. Incorporate exercises targeting your core, back, and hips into your daily routine to keep your back strong and supple.

 

And there you have it! Implementing good back health is important in all aspects of life, but maintaining a healthy spine will at least give you one less thing to worry about out on the roads. Furthermore, for those standstill moments such as at the traffic lights you can always take the opportunity to do other exercises such as neck stretches. Please do remember to put safety first and while driving keep your focus on the vehicle and the road. Safe Travels!  

Glen Wyatt

Glen comes from an emergency medicine background having spent 8 years working as part of an ambulance crew. He recently then graduated as a chiropractor from AECC College.

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Stepping lightly: A guide to managing plantar fasciitis

Introduction:

Plantar fasciitis is a common and painful foot condition that occurs when the thick band of tissue running across the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, becomes inflamed. Whether you’re an avid runner, spend long hours on your feet at work, or simply want to maintain good foot health, preventing plantar fasciitis is crucial. In this guide, we’ll explore effective strategies to keep this condition at bay.

Read more: Stepping lightly: A guide to managing plantar fasciitis

Choose the Right Footwear:

Let’s start out on the right foot, investing in proper footwear is a must. Opt for shoes that provide adequate arch support, cushioning, and a comfortable fit. Avoid high heels or shoes with inadequate support, as they can contribute to strain on the plantar fascia. Regularly assess the condition of your shoes and replace them when they show signs of wear, as worn-out footwear can contribute to foot problems.

plantar fasciitis heel pain plantar fascia running runner foot pain heel achilles tendon run pain chiropractor chiropractic treatment
Source: D Max. https://www.flickr.com/photos/35080385@N08/30956691112 No changes made

Gradual Exercise Progression:

Sudden increases in physical activity, particularly high-impact exercises like running, can strain the plantar fascia and lead to injury. Gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workouts to allow your feet to adapt. Incorporate low-impact activities like swimming or cycling to reduce stress on the plantar fascia while maintaining overall fitness.

Stretching and Strengthening:

Performing regular stretching exercises can help keep the plantar fascia flexible and reduce the risk of injury. Focus on calf stretches, toe stretches, and Achilles tendon stretches to improve the overall flexibility of the foot and lower leg. Additionally, incorporating exercises to strengthen the muscles supporting the foot can contribute to better stability and reduce strain on the plantar fascia.

Maintain a Healthy Weight:

Carrying excess weight puts additional stress on the feet, increasing the risk of developing plantar fasciitis. Maintain a healthy weight through a balanced diet and regular exercise. Losing even a small amount of weight can significantly alleviate pressure on the plantar fascia and decrease the likelihood of developing foot-related issues.

Supportive Insoles:

Consider using supportive insoles or orthotic inserts to provide additional cushioning and support to your feet. These can be particularly beneficial if your regular footwear lacks proper arch support. Customised orthotics, prescribed by a podiatrist, can address specific foot conditions and help prevent plantar fasciitis.

Mind Your Walking Surface:

Be mindful of the surfaces you walk on, especially if you’re prone to foot pain. Hard, uneven surfaces can exacerbate strain on the plantar fascia. Whenever possible, choose softer surfaces for walking or exercising. If you’re a runner, vary your running routes to avoid consistently pounding the same pavement.

Conclusion:

By incorporating these proactive measures into your daily routine, you can significantly reduce the risk of developing plantar fasciitis. Remember, prevention is key when it comes to foot health. Listen to your body, invest in quality footwear, and adopt a well-rounded approach to maintaining strong, flexible, and pain-free feet. Your foundation for a healthy, active lifestyle starts from the ground up.

Chiropractic care can prove highly effective for the treatment of plantar fasciitis. Watch the video below to see how we can help you.