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Autumn back care

Autumn can be a wonderful time of year, yet there can also be unexpected problems. Sudden drops in temperature causing us to bundle up in lots of layers, which we then struggle to peel off when the sun briefly pops out again! As the leaves start to drop, they can make the pavements slippy. If you are gardening and raking up these leaves, this can also cause problems with shoulders and backs unaccustomed to these repeated one-sided movements.

Autumn back care tips

Some good tips for caring for your back during the autumn include:

  • Warming up before any activity. This doesn’t just mean throwing on an extra jumper and downing a bowl of hot soup! Whether you are heading out for a walk, going for a run or stacking logs ready for winter, do some simple stretches first. The gentle movement will help get the blood flowing to your muscles and decrease the risk of you hurting yourself once you start the activity.
  • If you are working outdoors, use tools to help. Rather than carry heavy objects to and fro, invest in a good wheelbarrow or garden trolley. If you’re collecting bags of apples or blackberries, distribute the weight evenly either side of your body, or use a comfortable rucksack!
  • Wear sensible footwear appropriate for what you are doing. Slipping on wet autumn leaves can lead to serious injury! However, wellies may not be suitable for a long walk over rough terrain, as they can restrict ankle movement. Look at hiking boots, trail running shoes and other options that will keep your feet both dry and comfortable.
  • Choose clothing wisely! Wearing too many layers can restrict your movement, meaning you have to compensate or put strain elsewhere. Not wearing enough layers and getting cold can make your muscles stiff, which often means your back will feel worse.
  • Take regular breaks. It may be tempting to do all your outdoor work in one go so you can get inside and put your feet up. However it is usually best to do little and often. Take time to stretch, grab a cup of tea, and pace yourself.
  • Those crisp mornings and all the beautiful colours of the autumn season are a great incentive to get outside in the fresh air. However the shorter days can make it harder to exercise. Therefore it’s good to plan some time into your day to move about, or start exercising indoors.
  • Maintain healthy eating habits. Not only will this help you fight off any colds going round, it will keep your body in better condition. Autumn may be the perfect time for mugs of creamy hot chocolate and toasting marshmallows over the fire. However there is an abundance of filling, nutritious vegetables available at this time of year! Why not try swapping out that sugary pumpkin spice latte for a hearty bowl of butternut squash soup? Try our recipe for pearl barley and kale soup here.

What other steps can I take?

If you want more advice on caring for your back this autumn, your chiropractor or osteopath will be able to help. Why not book a visit to ensure you can enjoy the upcoming bonfires and fireworks with your back in cracking condition too?

Find out more about Osteopathy, Sports therapy and Chiropractic here.

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Fascial blading- how it can help reduce pain and improve function

Fascial blading is a form of gentle, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilisation. The blade itself acts as an extension of the practitioner’s hands and allows the clinician to gently identify and breakdown scar tissue adhesions and fascial restrictions.

Fascia is the cling-film like tissue that connects everything in the body. It runs along and through all our muscles, organs, vessels and nerves and even attaches on to our skeleton, forming a continuous 3D web of connective tissue. Traumas or scars to any area or the body can lead to problems in other areas through disruption of this connective tissue web.

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Patient Partnership Quality Mark and Clinical Management Quality Mark Awards 2019

We received our plaques today for our Patient Partnership Quality Mark and Clinical Management Quality Mark, now proudly displayed on the wall in reception!

We are proud to be the only clinic in the Emsworth and Havant area to hold these two national awards presented by The Royal College of Chiropractors. We have held these awards every year since the clinic opened, which is a huge achievement for our small business, but most importantly, demonstrates our dedication to you, our patients, year after year.

The Patient Partnership Quality Mark is awarded to clinics that demonstrate excellence in meeting patient expectations in a range of areas including accessibility, cleanliness and safety and patient communication.


The Clinical Management Quality Mark is awarded to those clinics that demonstrate excellence in terms of operating within a structured and managed clinical environment. The clinics must demonstrate excellence in a range of areas including clinical audit, incident reporting and patient satisfaction.

It’s so important to us that we meet the high standards of excellence set by the Royal College of Chiropractors as we want to provide the very best care and service to you that we can, and these awards let us know that we are achieving this.


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Your words matter: How to explain your pain

If you’ve ever been asked to rate your pain on a 0-10 scale, you’ll know how hard that can be. It might change. It might be a 3/10 in the morning, but a 9/10 when you start moving. So when someone asks you to rate it out of 10, what do you do? Do you put it as a 3 or a 9? Or do you go somewhere in the middle and say a 6/10? Taking the middle road might seem like a good idea, and is often what happens. The problem is- that doesn’t explain to your chiropractor that sometimes it’s not so bad, and sometimes it’s a heck of a lot worse and completely stops you from doing anything with your day.

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World Spine Day 2018

World Spine Day 2018

Today is World Spine Day and the theme this year is “Love your Spine”. Too often, we hear from our patients “my joints are wearing out”, “I’ve got a bad back”, “I’ve got a weakness there”, “my back’s gone again.”

…. When did we all stop loving our spines?

Let’s learn to love our spines again with some quick back pain facts from our chiropractor Philippa Oakley:

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