Using technology to stay in touch during the lockdown

Video calling apps like Zoom and House party are a great way to stay in touch with your friends and family during the lockdown.

This was Chiropractor Catherine talking to her University chums last night – they’ve been friends for 22 years!

A meeting of friends using the ZOOM App


Zoom was created as digital conference calling software, but its popularity has rocketed in recent weeks outside of work circumstances too.

The software is now being used for everything from streaming live yoga sessions to hosting family quiz nights.

For standard users, sessions are capped at 40 minutes – but you can pay to upgrade for longer conversations if you need them. Go to to find out more.

Catherine also managed to take part in her weekly Pilates class via Zoom video. Technology really is bringing people together in this lockdown….as you can see Magic the cat is keeping an eye on proceedings!

Pilates via the ZOOM App Pilates via the ZOOM App



This is one app that’s gone somewhat viral since the social distancing measures were put in place last month.

Allowing you to be a full-blown social butterfly without ever leaving your sofa, you can drop in and out of your mates’ group video chats whenever you fancy it – probably making some new virtual friends in the process.

There are games you can play through the app too, including Heads Up and Quick Draw. If you want to have a private chat with your friends or family you can lock the room – if not random strangers can pop in, which can be very entertaining! Go to to find out more.


Ergonomics and exercise advice for home workers

For those of you working from home this is the best infographic I have found on setting up an ergonomically correct work station.

Diagram of good workstation ergonomics

It’s important to have the TOP of your screen at eye height, keep your elbows tucked into your ribs and to have your lower spine fully supported by the chair. Also try to get up and move around at least every 30 minutes (it’s worth setting a reminder on your phone or computer in case you get engrossed in your work.)

If you have any other advice, tips or exercises you would like to hear more about just get in touch – I am open to suggestions!!


Exercises to improve posture

If you are worried about your posture while working from home or you feel like being stuck in the house is making you feel tight and round-shouldered this is the work out for you! There are versions for adults and children so get the kids involved – it could be a useful home schooling break!

Straighten Up UK Kids exercises


Straighten Up UK

Your posture is important.

Having and maintaining a good posture is a major step in preventing back pain and, whilst no one is immune from back pain, there are some simple things you can do to promote a better posture and help reduce the risk of back pain.

Straighten Up UK is an exciting programme from the British Chiropractic Association (BCA), designed to improve posture and help prevent back pain by promoting balance, strength and flexibility in the spine.

Chiropractors want to encourage adults and children alike to start using this set of simple, three minute straighten up exercises. They are designed to be done on a daily basis and become part of the daily routine, just like brushing our teeth.

Straighten Up UK Adult exercises

The programme is divided into three simple segments:

Stars: Warm Up

Flying Friends: Posture Care

Core Balance: Finish the Session

The exercises can be adapted to suit individual capabilities (discuss with GP, chiropractor or other healthcare practitioner).

Easy to learn and do, the sequence of exercises consists of precise, slow stretches, each with a specific purpose. The Straighten Up materials have been developed with both adults and children in mind.

For the FREE online video go to:

Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic Temporarily Closed Due To Coronavirus

Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic - Closed due to Coronavirus


A statement from Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic director Catherine Owers:


To all my wonderful patients,

I’m sorry to announce that as of today (Sunday 22nd March) we are temporarily closing the clinic. Despite ramping up our infection risk control measures, spacing out patient visits and implementing every way possible to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus, it no longer feels right to be continuing to be open. I’m so, so sorry, it’s the first time in 18 years of practice that I will intentionally not be able to treat my patients.

I will continue to support you all in every way I possibly can. As of Monday 23rd March the clinic phone (01242 513459) will be diverted to my mobile so I am still at the end of the phone if you need me for help and advice. We will still be receiving emails from the clinic address ( and I am looking into the possibility of video consultations. Over the next few weeks I will also be creating some home exercise videos to try to keep your joints healthy and mobile while we are all socially isolating.

Any patients with booked appointments will be contacted over the next few days, I’ll be watching the situation carefully and will also be advised by my professional association. As soon as it’s safe to do so, I’ll announce when we can re-open. To keep up to date with the latest clinic situation please follow us on social media.

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Stay safe everyone, we’re all in this together – #Stayathome 

Catherine Owers

Corona Virus Statement

Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic are taking the risk of Coronavirus seriously and are doing everything we can to ensure that both patients and staff stay safe. At present we intend to keep calm and carry on by following infection control procedures as recommended by Public Health England which include:

• Extra measures such as regular cleaning of door handles and other more high risk surfaces with disinfectant

• We have hand sanitisers in every room

• Our Chiropractor thoroughly washes her hands and uses alcohol sanitiser between patients.

If you are over the age of 70, have an on-going health condition or just do not feel comfortable going out and about at the moment we will COMPLETELY understand if you would rather postpone your appointment for a few weeks or months’ time. If you are unsure what to do please ring us on  prior to visiting the clinic.

The Government yesterday updated their advice and now recommend self-isolating at home if you have either of the following symptoms:

• a high temperature

• a new continuous cough

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Ring 111 for further information and advice.

If you are suffering from even a mild case of fever, dry cough, generalised fatigue or muscle aches please rearrange your appointment for at least 2 weeks’ time. The same principle applies to anyone who has visited any high risk areas (China, Iran, Italy, Korea) and we would advise you to stick to the self-isolation protocols.

We are keeping up-to-date on the advice from Public Health England and will react appropriately to any recommendations. For further information about Coronavirus please visit:

Take care everyone, look after yourselves and most importantly – don’t panic!


Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic Chiropractor Catherine Owers attends educational elbow and wrist lectures at the Cobalt Centre

On Thursday 27th February our Registered Chiropractor Catherine Owers attended a fascinating talk on Wrist and Elbow assessment at the Cobalt Centre in Cheltenham. Consultant Radiologist Dr Umesh Udeshi gave a very useful talk on analysing the wrist and elbow via MRI scanning, CT and X-ray.

Did you know that Dr Udeshi offers a one stop MRI service on a Saturday morning? This includes a consultation with Dr Udeshi, an MRI tailored to your needs plus a report of findings on the scan results on the same day! See for more details.

One Stop MRI Service with Dr Umeshi Udeshi at the Cheltenham Cobalt Centre

One Stop MRI Service with Dr Umeshi Udeshi

MRI Scan of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Umesh Udeshi, Cheltenham Cobalt Centre

MRI scan of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

MRI Scan of Elbow Sprain - Umesh Udeshi, Cheltenham Cobalt Centre

MRI scan of elbow ligament strain

Elbow Anatomy - Umesh Udeshi, Cheltenham Cobalt Centre

Elbow anatomy with Dr Umesh Udeshi


Many thanks also to Mr Ewan Bigsby, Consultant Orthopaedic surgeon for a fascinating talk on elbow surgery at the Cobalt Centre last night (Monday 2nd March.) 💪💪💪 It was also a useful update on the research behind conservative care (i.e. Chiropractic!) for multiple elbow and upper limb disorders. It’s always worth trying a course of joint and muscle mobilisation and rehabilitation for any injury as our treatment is much safer than surgery…. If conservative care doesn’t work we can always refer you to a consultant for a second opinion, But surgery should always be a last resort (even the surgeons say this!) Have a look here for more details of Mr Bigsby’s private clinics in Cheltenham and Gloucester:

Mr Ewan Bigsby - Consultant Upper Limb surgeon in Cheltenham and Gloucester

Mr Ewan Bigsby – Consultant Upper Limb surgeon in Cheltenham and Gloucester

The Upper Limb Clinic - Cheltenham and Gloucester

Mr Bigsby’s clinic

Elbow Treatment with Mr Ewan Bigsby, Cobalt Centre Cheltenham.

a description of Tennis Elbow Treatment with Mr Ewan Bigsby, Cobalt Centre Cheltenham.

Mr Ewan Bigsby, Consultant shoulder and elbow surgeon describes an elbow MRI scan. Cobalt Centre - Cheltenham

Elbow MRI scan



Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic Christmas opening hours 2019

Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic Christmas opening hours 2019

Here are our opening hours for the festive period – we are open the Monday before Christmas so please ring up soon if you need a treatment as appointments are filling up fast!

Did you know we also offer treatment vouchers if you are looking for a healthy Christmas gift? Just ring 01242 513459 for more details. 🎄🎁☃️🎅

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our patients a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year for 2020!

Chiropractor Catherine attends Knee Sports Injury lecture at the Cobalt Centre

Our Registered Chiropractor Catherine attended a fascinating talk on sporting injuries of the knee at the Cobalt Centre in Cheltenham last night presented by Consultant Orthopaedic surgeon Mr Navraj Atwal. The lecture included updates on the most cutting edge surgical techniques for ligament and cartilage injury repair, video footage of keyhole surgery procedures and discussions on the latest research regarding knee rehabilitation and stabilisation programs.

Our Chiropractor Catherine specialises in sports injuries and rehabilitation exercise plans to strengthen damaged joints – if you are suffering from recurrent joint or muscle pain come and see us  – we can help! Just ring 01242 513459 for an appointment, if we think you need a second opinion from an orthopaedic consultant we have a good referral relationship with the surgeons at the Cobalt centre and can also refer you for cutting edge MRI, CT and even Cone Beam scanning in Cheltenham – all within a few days of referral.

Mr Atwal undertook advanced Fellowship training at the internationally renowned North Sydney Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre where he developed his expertise in lower limb surgery including the treatment of knee injuries in elite athletes and hamstring ruptures. He has been a Consultant based at Cheltenham General Hospital since January 2014 specialising in trauma, knee and hip surgery. His practice comprehensively covers all aspects of knee surgery including knee replacement surgery, ‘keyhole’ surgery, ligament reconstruction, sports injuries and the treatment of patella dislocations. See for more details.

Mr Navraj Atwal, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon discussing sporting injuries of the knee at the Cobalt Centre, Cheltenham.

Mr Navraj Atwal, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon discussing sporting injuries of the knee at the Cobalt Centre, Cheltenham.


Back Care Awareness Week 2019 (7th-11th October)

Description of Back Care Awareness week 2019  by the British Chiropractic Association

Back Care Awareness Week 2019

Technology has been found to be the biggest growing cause of back pain in the UK:

The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) reveals an increase in clients seeking treatment for back pain caused by sedentary lifestyles

This Back Care Awareness Week (7th-11th October), the BCA is encouraging people in the UK to get moving, after finding over 70% of chiropractors have treated patients with injuries linked to sedentary lifestyle habits, such as screen time (78%), commuting (88%) and sitting for too long (93%). Technology has been found to have the biggest growing impact on people’s back health.

The findings come from a recent survey conducted by the BCA of its members from across the UK, which also unearthed that 68% of chiropractors have seen an increase in children with issues linked to screen time, in the last five years in particular. In a very extreme case, one BCA chiropractor reported that a child as young as four had complained to their parents of back pain, linked to using a tablet device for hours each day.

Lower back pain was revealed to be the most common complaint BCA members treat among all their patients, as a growing number of people continue to replace regular exercise with sedentary habits. This fits with statistics from across the world which suggest that low back pain causes more global disability than any other condition .

Catherine Quinn, President of the BCA, said:

“Almost everyone will have low back pain at some point in their lives. It can affect anyone at any age, and it is increasing – disability due to back pain has risen by more than 50% since 1990 so it’s no coincidence that our findings echo similar reports from other researchers and organisations in the chiropractic profession.

Our members are seeing more and more cases of back and neck pain amongst a much younger age group, which is a sign of how our lifestyles are changing. Back and neck pain can of course develop at any age and is usually not serious, however many of us are spending more time being sedentary, whether that’s sat at a desk, watching TV or using tablets in the evening. Research shows us that this lack of physical activity is a major risk factor for lots of health concerns, including back pain, and that intensified efforts and initiatives are clearly needed to address the burden of low back pain as a public health problem .

“This Back Care Awareness Week we want to shine a light on the easy steps people can take to improve their back health and mobility, whatever your age. It’s not about drastically changing your routine, or never using a device again, it’s about incorporating simple steps into your day to day routine to break up the periods of sitting or being still. We’re often sold technology on the basis that it will make our lives easier, but it’s important to remember that a lot of the tech we have in our home encourages to stay still, so the key thing is to bring movement and balance into your day.”

The BCA’s findings follow on from a recent report by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, which revealed that less than 10% of British teenagers meet the recommended guidelines for sleep, exercise and screen time . In addition, it found that more than three-quarters of teenagers spent more than the recommended two hours a day interacting with screens.
One respondent to the BCA’s survey suggested that they will often see the onset of back problems in children and young around the age of 11, when they go to secondary school and their parents have less control over their phone use and screen time.

Description of sedentary lifestyles by the British Chiropractic Association

Did you know?

Catherine Owers, Registered Chiropractor from Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic commented on the findings:

“Our lifestyles have completely changed in the last 20 years, with advances in technology like mobile phones and smart devices meaning we’re spending less time on the move, and more time looking at screens. We now spend so much more time at a desk working from a laptop or computer too. All of this is having a direct impact on our general back health.

“With young people particularly, it’s important to remember that their bones and skeletons are still developing. This means that habitual behaviour, like bending your head over your phone, is more likely to lead to postural issues.
“Easy changes to your day-to-day life can make a significant difference, but if your pain doesn’t reduce or is prolonged, you should always see a health professional for further guidance.”

Back Care Awareness Week aims to raise awareness about the ways we can reduce the burden of back and neck pain, which, according to a recent report published by Arthritis Research UK, affects 10 million people in England and Scotland alone .

Regularly changing posture and remaining seated for no longer than 30 minutes at a time are just a couple of the simple ways to prevent or reduce pressure on the back. Research by Arthritis UK also proves that physical activity can reduce the risk of developing join and back pain by 25% ; a claim supported by the BCA, with 68% of its members believing that exercise is the single most important element for maintaining good back health.

The BCA’s top tips for better back health

With devices and new technologies now a staple in both homes and workplaces, Catherine Owers has shared the BCA’s top tips for keeping mobile and your back healthy…

• Sit up: If you’re watching TV or using a computer or mobile device for a prolonged period of time, make sure you are sitting comfortably with your back supported in the base of the chair. Sitting with your head forward adds strain on your neck and back, so also make sure that you are sitting with your head directly over your body.

• Get moving: You back loves to stay active, so try and move around every 20-30 minutes, whether at home or at work (an easy trick is to stand up every time you’re on the phone). Being active is also a great way to keep back pain at bay, but don’t be tempted to go straight in, full throttle with high endurance-based activities, especially if you haven’t exercised in a while. You can gradually build up your exercise load with swimming, walking or yoga which can be less demanding on your body, while still keeping you physically active.

• Check your workspace: If your job primarily involves sitting at a desk and staring at a computer for hours at a time, make sure your desk is set up to support a comfortable position. This is different for everyone so if you don’t feel comfortable in your current set up, try altering the height of your chair or screen.

• Straighten Up!: The BCA has created a programme of three-minute exercises, Straighten Up UK, which can be slotted in to your daily schedule to help prevent back pain by promoting movement, balance, strength and flexibility in the spine.

Description of Straighten Up UK exercises by the British Chiropractic Association

Straighten Up UK!


The back injury “costing the NHS millions”

This is a must-read article for anyone who has suffered from severe sciatica and disc injuries (Chiropractor Catherine has personal experience of a disc prolapse as many of you know.) Cauda Equina syndrome is rare but can cause permanent paralysis – it must be treated within 24 hours.

Here are the signs and symptoms that mean you should go straight to A+E – Bilateral severe leg pain, pins and needles and/or numbness around the groin region and changes to bowel or bladder control.

If you’re ever unsure, you can always ring your Chiropractor for advice.

It is likely that every Chiropractor will advise someone to go to A+E for this condition at some point in their career.

Research from the British Chiropractic Association finds that prolonged sitting at work is a leading cause of Back Pain.

Do you find that sitting down at work aggravates your back pain? New research from the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) has found that two fifths of workers (40%) who spend the majority of their time at work sitting don’t feel like they are able to take regular breaks, with only 6% reporting they are actively encouraged to. This is in spite of almost half (45%) of people who have experienced back or neck pain identifying sitting for long periods of time as a trigger for their condition and getting up from your desk being one of simplest and most effective ways to combat the pain.

Have a look at this article for some top tips on avoiding spinal pain in the workplace:

At Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic we specialise in postural correction programs and home strengthening exercises to improve the way you sit, stand and move. If you are worried about your posture or are suffering from back or neck pain just give us a ring on 01242 513459 – our Chiropractor Catherine Owers has 17 years of experience in treating musculoskletal complaints and she will do her best to help you!