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A couple of weeks ago two members of our team got together for a colorful 5 km fun run around Wembley stadium. For our team it was a fun way to work out a little before the summer. The run was accompanied with music and color powder thrown all over by a group of enthusiastic onlookers. This created a cheerful atmosphere, in order to, hopefully, make the runners run faster.

As many people are partaking in fun runs this summer we put together a few tips on staying fit, healthy and well stretched to reduce the risk of injury, especially if it is your first of many.

Before the run:

The warm up: okay it's not a marathon but still. The shorter the run, the more people will start to run fast (too fast) and...

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Sleep - Choosing the Right Pillow


In our next article on sleep, we are looking at Pillows. 

Pillows are used to provide support for the head, neck, and upper spine while the body is lying in bed in a resting position but also create a feeling of comfort, important for a good night’s sleep and feeling well rested. Rest and sleep are the body's chance to heal itself from the postural, physical and emotional stresses of the previous day.
 
The Pillow should be designed to keep the spine in natural alignment.
The human neck curves slightly forward (to sustain the weight of the head when upright), and it’s important to maintain this curve when in a resting position. If the height of the pillow is too high when sleeping sideways or...
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Sleep - The best position for a good night’s sleep

Sleep - The best position for a good night’s sleep

Do you sleep well? Different factors such as pillow, mattress, sleeping position and room temperature all have an effect on the quality of sleep you get. In the first of a series of articles on sleep, we are going to look at sleep position.

                           

Side is best...

Sleeping on your side is best to ensure you rest more comfortably and makes it less likely your sleep will be interrupted. While there are many variations of sleeping on your side, all of which are beneficial in helping to alleviate insomnia and chronic sleep deprivation, the most comfortable...
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What's really causing your back pain? Eight everyday habits that could be to blame

What's really causing your back pain? Eight everyday habits that could be to blame


This article was written by Caroline Jones for the Mirror on the 5th September, 2013, and discuused  a survey carried out by the British Chiropractic Association:


It’s no wonder back problems are the ­biggest cause of time off work in the UK, and the second most common reason for going to the GP

A shocking survey ­carried out by the ­British ­Chiropractic Association has found two in three of us have suffered serious neck or back pain by the time we hit 35.

Add in people over 35 and the figures reach eight in 10.

It’s no wonder back problems...
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Getting Backfit Whilst Sitting? The Dynair Cushion


Getting Backfit Whilst Sitting? The Dynair Cushion

When you come for treatment, you may have noticed a strange blue cushion sitting on or near the chair and wondered what it is. in this article we will be exploring this, and why so many of our patients use this product.

The Dynair® Ballcushion

What is a Dynair® Ballcushion?


It is a space saving alternative to an exercise ball. The Dynair Ballcushion is an inflated and dynamic therapy and training tool made of patented Ruton. It is used as an unstable surface for back and fitness training.

What is it good for?

For a strong and healthy back and a stable core. The back is very effectively...
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Yoga or Pilates? A Guide

Yoga or Pilates? A Guide.


As Chiropractors, we are often asked which forms of exercise are good to complement treatment and help prevent reoccurrences of back pain. Yoga and Pilates are both forms of exercise that we commonly recommend. We might sometimes recommend one over another if we think either flexibility or strength is a factor in a particular patients problem.

If you are wondering which one to choose, this guide may help you in your decision.


Both yoga and Pilates improve muscular and postural strength. That is not to say yoga does not strengthen core posture muscles. But working the core is a key primary intention of Pilates, while in yoga it is one of a number of benefits. Both systems...
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My love of Coconut Water

I confess I have a new love - Coconut Water. One of my patients raved about the benefits of Coconut Water a couple of years ago and I admit I was slow in trying it. But the last few months I have becoming addicted to its fresh taste and am really noticing how much softer and hydrated my skin feels all the time (and noticing how it helps after a glass or two of wine the evening before!!). It is expensive but I have one glass a day and this is enough to reap all the benefits.

It has been drunk for years in countries where the coconut palm grows (Brazil, India, south east Asia, the Caribbean. I do remember trying fresh coconut water straight through a straw in a coconut in India years ago. But now, it is harvested, pasteurized and sent over here for...

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Essential Fatty Acids

Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)


We are taking a look at Essential Fatty Acids - EFas, and how they are soooo important for pretty much everything in the body, and why most of us should be taking supplements of extra Essential Fatty Acids.

What Are Essential Fatty Acids?


Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are necessary fats that humans cannot synthesise, and must be obtained through diet.

Fatty acids are the building blocks of fats. Chemically speaking, a fatty acid is a chain of carbon atoms with hydrogen atoms attached and a carbon-oxygen-oxygen-hydrogen group (the unit that makes it an acid) at one end.

There are two families of EFAs: Omega-3 and Omega-6. Omega-9 is necessary...
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Chiropractic Awareness Week - Back Advice for Parents

This week, April 15th – 21st, is Chiropractic Awareness Week. Each year, the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) chooses a different topic to spread awareness about. This year, they are  encouraging parents to straighten out their approach to back care as new consumer research shows that 79%* of the UK population has suffered from back / neck pain  at some point in their lives – 61%* of those being parents.

The research commissioned by the British Chiropractic Association also shows that over half (55%*) of parents’ back or neck pain has prevented them from lifting or carrying their child.

According to these new statistics, parents are not just limited in lifting and carrying their children. 40%* of women...

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6 Top Tips for Monitor screens

Considering the majority of our patients are stuck at a desk for most of the week, we thought it a great idea to share this article from Alison Biggs, Director and Occupational Therapist at Healthywork!!!


                                            

6 Top Tips for Monitor screens

1.Ensure your monitor is positioned central to your sitting position (centre of the screen in your midline) so that you are sitting symmetrically.

2. If you have more than one screen in use (equally in...

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7 Top Tips for sitting on an office Chair!!

Considering the majority of our patients are stuck at a desk for most of the week, we thought it a great idea to share this article from Alison Biggs, Director and Occupational Therapist at Healthywork!!!

                                 7 Top Tips for sitting on an office Chair!!
   

                                 
1.Get to know all of the levers/knobs on the chair by trying them out. All chairs usually have a lever which allows...
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Bad Backs Are Global

The ‘Bad back’ is a global phenomenon, according to recent worldwide research published in the Lancet.

In a landmark and comprehensive study of the worldwide impact of diseases (Global Burden of Disease Study 2012) published in the Lancet on 15th December, musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions, including back and neck pain, were found to be affecting over 1.7 billion people.

This staggering figure has increased by 45% over the last 20 years and, with the current estimate for the number of people suffering from back and neck pain alone standing at nearly 1 billion, it is not surprising that there are fears over the impacts, both physical and economic.

The Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health, an influential...

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TMJ (jaw) Dysfunction and Headaches


We will explain why your jaw (TMJ) can have so much involvement in your neck problem or headaches. At the Hampstead Chiropractic Clinic, we will always a include a TMJ check as part of our history and examination, with relation to your neck or back problem.

                     

Medical researchers estimate that at least 20% of the population suffer from a daily, or weekly headache or common migraine.

Many headache sufferers go from doctor to doctor looking for some kind of answer.  These people typically learn to live with their pain as they have often been told to accept and cope with headaches as a part of their normal daily life.

Anatomy...
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Couch Potato




Happy New Year!!!!

Yes, its that time of year!! Most of us are feeling a renewed enthusiasm to be fitter and healthier in 2013. However, there are things you can do to prevent back pain when the winter weather makes an evening cuddled up on the couch more appealing!!

With 36%* of Brits saying that their back pain is triggered by sitting still for long periods of time, the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) offers the following advice on how “couch potatoes” can keep their backs healthy:

•    Vary your seating position – you should alternate sitting on the sofa to sitting on the floor with your back rested firmly against the base of the sofa to keep your...
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Adrenal Fatigue





Adrenal Fatigue is a condition that you may or may not have heard of, but is well known to many Health Professionals as it is a response to our busy modern lives and nutrition. Here is an article written by the team at Shaping Change.

Excerpt from:

Adrenal Fatigue

Have you ever woken up weary-eyed, looked at your alarm clock, and wanted to crawl back under the sheets, still feeling tired, despite the 9 hours of sleep? Can’t seem to regain your normal energy, no matter what you do or how many doctors you visit?

The problem? Our lifestyles have changed, but our bodies haven’t.

The result you are looking at is Adrenal Fatigue (technically called...
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Back Pain Guide




Please Read This if You Want to Know How to Look After Your Back!!


By the Chiropractors At Hampstead Chiropractic Clinic.


1. Keep Moving        

  Warning - Sitting at a desk all day is bad for your musculoskeletal and nervous system health!! The Proprioceptors (movement receptors) in your postural muscles need to be firing regularly in order to maintain good tone in your back. Sitting or standing in the same position for long periods means there is no firing and postural muscles become weak, causing instability and pain. No amount of lunch break gym sessions will compensate for this. You need to be taking regular movement breaks....
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Exercise Series - Why Exercise Is So Good For Your Brain




In this part of our series on exercise, we will are looking at how regular moderate to high intensity exercise can not only maintain good cognitive/brain function but may also help prevent neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer's.

Physical exercise has shown to be not only important for your body's health- it also helps your brain stay sharp. Your brain is no different than rest of the muscles in your body--you either use it or you lose it.

The research.....

The benefits of physical exercise, especially aerobic exercise, have positive effects on brain function on multiple fronts, ranging from the molecular to behavioural level. According to a study done by the...
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Nutrition Series - Conception and Pregnancy and the Sunshine Nutrient

The Sunshine Nutrient (in Conception and Pregnancy) - by Monique Palmer (Nutritionist to Hampstead Chiropractic Clinic).


   

Vitamin D has regularly been in the health, nutrition news, with many studies showing there to be a growing deficiency amongst the UK population.

    Here I will introduce you to up to date information on why this nutrient is so important, and its special requirement for pre - conception and pregnancy.

    Vitamin D's important roles:  Vitamin D is required for both calcium and phosphorous absorbtion and utilization. It is also necessary for growth, development and the maintenance of bones and teeth in both...
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Exercise Series - High Intensity Exercise




This is the start of a more regular articles section, in which Nina and I will endeavour to bring you interesting and topical health news, as after all, chiropractic is about whole body health not just spinal health!

In this first article we are going to be looking at the science behind HIT, thats High Intensity exercise and finding out why it's so in vogue (as opposed to slow burn activities such as walking, jogging and running).



A few weeks ago, BBC 2 aired a programme: Horizon: The Truth About Exercise (BBC2, 9pm). 

It discussed the recent research into exercise and NEAT which is short for Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis, pretty much everything you do that isn't...
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Horses and Courses

Nina and I have both been busy over the past few months. Loving our career/vocation/chiropractic as much as we do, we are always looking to expand our skill set  on yet more post graduate courses!!

I have been on two weekends already this year, and am about to go on the third one this weekend, furthering my interest in SOT (sacro-occipital technique). See http://www.sotoeurope.org/ for more information. This weekend is all about the Temporo Mandibular Joint (the Jaw - for those of you who haven't yet had a lateral pterygoid release from Nina or myself yet!!).

And Nina has been on weekend seminars studying Equine Chiropractic - that if the treatment of Horses! This may sound completely bizarre for those of you who haven't...

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Summer Round Up

Well, its been a long time since I posted an article and a lot has happened since! The main reason why it has been so long, is that Jerry and I became proud parents of our second little girl Kateia Nepia (pronounced Kar-tay-a) in addition to our two year old daughter Kiriana (both Maori names). She was born on the 3rd June weighing 9lb and 6oz (she has Jerrys maori genes!) and she is just gorgeous - very placid and smiley.

I started back in clinic three weeks ago and I have to say, I am genuinely really enjoiyng being back, particularly in our new premises. Our new space has a lovely atmosphere to it, very modern, professional and the combination of the parking, the use of the gym (obviously just for staff or members!) and the proximity of all the...

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Pregnancy is in the air!

There must be something in the air! There is a heavy theme of pregnancy and maternity in the clinic for as well as the clinic treating a lot of pregnant women (and babies of course), I am now on maternity leave and am due in a few days time (not that that means anything!), but also Elise, our friend and previous associate has now launched her own company, venturing into the world of maternity clothes.

Her website 'Bundle O Joy' (http://bundleojoy.co.uk/) creates and sells beautifully packaged bundles of maternity clothes, taking the hard work out of all the shopping.

Elise says: "Bundle-O-Joy began on a quest to provide pregnant women with fabulous wardrobes without the hassle of retail store shopping. With each of my three...

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New Year Clinic News

Well, yes, its been a long time since we posted any news. But lots has been happening at the clinic in the past few months!!

Christmas and January have been very busy times at the clinic. With a lot of our patients having their travel plans disrupted by the pre-Christmas snow, Nina was wondering if she would ever get back home to South Africa for Christmas!!! But luckily, she flew out Christmas day and spent an amzing three weeks with her family! So I (Lyana) covered all the patients and was kept very busy!! On the whole we both have been packed full with new and old patients and lots of recommendations which is fantastic - Thank You!

Franco had a busy year last year and as always, was kept busy with his group of celebrity clients,...

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Marathon season coming up

Marathon season coming up!

We have quite a few patients that are running marathons over the next couple of months. We all wish them the best of luck. Just in case you missed our last feature on marathon prep, here it is again:

n this article we focus on one of our patients, Padeepa Manoj, who runs marathons regularly in fantastic times. We also have information on carbohydrate loading in the days leading up to a marathon.

So Padeepa, how long do you typically train for a marathon?
20-25 weeks, with varying distances but ranging from 70-100km per week. In total I ran 1.300km this year.

How many days a week do you train?
4-5 days a week

What injuries have you...

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World Cup fever

Even though I happily admit I am not the world's biggest football fan (give me rugby, cricket, golf over football!), it is hard not to get carried away with World Cup fever. The atmosphere is fantastic, and the fact that it is in South Africa (homeland of our chiropractor Nina) seems to make it even more special. As well as the controversial 'Vuvuzela', the whole African style of celebrating seems to really be infectious. It also seems to have a deeper meaning. Its very soul warming to see the feeling of hope staging such a massive event brings to a country with such a turbulent recent history, as well as to see different cultures mixing and celebrating together.

For any footie fans out there...

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Marathon Focus

Congratulations to all our patients who ran in the London marathon! In this article we focus on one of our patients, Padeepa Manoj, who runs marathons regularly in fantastic times. We also have information on carbohydrate loading in the days leading up to a marathon.

So Padeepa, how long do you typically train for a marathon?
20-25 weeks, with varying distances but ranging from 70-100km per week. In total I ran 1.300km this year.

How many days a week do you train?
4-5 days a week

What injuries have you sustained throughout the training?
None this year, but last year I did my achilles heel.

Do you do any psychological preparation, and if so which technique do...

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Grow your Own this Easter!

Boost your health  this Easter - Grow your own!

There are sooo many benefits to growing your own fruit and vegetables. And living in London doesn’t mean you can’t try it. All you need is a a window with plenty of light, as many crops can be grown in containers.

The benefits are financial, environmental but most of all healthy!

• With climate change and the resultant extreme weather conditions, the price of fruit and vegetables has started to rise. Take lettuce and salad leaves - its estimated that over a course of a year, growing your on salad leaves saves you £75!
• But also the vegetables are fresher than from the shops and taste better.
• Having your own fruit...
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Spring time madness

What an amazing bout of weather we've been having recently (yes you can tell I'm British and love to talk about the weather!). I have been out in the garden (a new interest of mine) and last weekend saw me back out rowing again as I went for a single scull on a beautiful Sunday morning.

It seems all of you have been busy too, as the clinic has been particularly busy over the last two weeks. Chiropractors definitely see seasonal patterns. Gardening, spring DIY and the uptake of sports and fitness at this time of year always leads to the clinic getting busy at this time of year! Sports and activities impact our bodies immensely, especially when we return after a break. So it's no wonder our golfing patients are all calling now the greens...

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Paediatric seminars and Lyana's experience of chiropractic in pregnancy

I recently completed the 4 weekend paediatric seminar series by renowned paediatric Chiropractor Steve Williams. The course looks at the chiropractic and cranial approach to treating children. It focuses on mainly gentle, indirect cranial and fascial releases. As well as furthering my skills in tthe treatment of babies and children, I have recently been on the receiving end of chiropractic in pregnancy and babyhood.

In December 2008 I gave birth to our beautiful baby daughter Kiriana (although it seems funny that she is not a baby anymore and is already a toddler!). I loved being pregnant and was very comfortable, a large part of which I feel was down to the fact that I had regular chiropractic treatment throughout my pregnancy. I only suffered from...

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NICE guidelines

Hampstead Chiropractic Clinic welcomes recent guidelines from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) on Lower Back Pain. As many of you may have seen in the media recently, manipulative therapy got the thumbs up from NICE with regard to treatment of chronic low back pain.

NICE has recommended up to nine sessions of spinal manipulation or 10 sessions of acupuncture to be provided for people with persistent, non-specific, low back pain over a 12 week period. £16m worth of NHS funds are to be allocated for the use of ‘manipulative therapies’ such as chiropractic and osteopathy as a result of these guidelines. A further £24.4m of will be made available for the use of acupuncture.

The provision of NHS...

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