Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic will remain OPEN during the new national lockdown.

Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic will remain OPEN during the new national lockdown, here is an important announcement from the British Chiropractic Association (BCA):

Chiropractic services remain open across the UK.
It is important that chiropractors can continue to offer their services to their patients for several reasons. These include:
🧑‍⚕️Patient care, particularly when a patient is in pain and needs to seek a consultation.
👨‍⚕️Offering a chiropractic service to key/essential workers, including those in the NHS.
👩‍⚕️Reducing the musculoskeletal care burden on the NHS, particularly if patients are finding it hard to access these services due to the pandemic.

Patient and public information: COVID-19

BCA position on COVID-19

We know that patients and the public want to know more about how chiropractors are responding to patient need during COVID-19.

BCA advice on face-to-face consultations

5th January 2021

The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) represents the majority of chiropractors in the UK and has at its core the values which have been its ethos for 95 years.  These include the placing of patient care and safety above all other considerations. Our chiropractors also have a duty of care to their staff and associates and to the wider community, most particularly in this period of national crisis.

Latest COVID-19 restrictions across the UK (4th January 2021)

We have reviewed the regulations announced this evening and chiropractic services can remain open in all four UK countries.

In addition to the fact that it is legally permissible, it is important that chiropractors can continue to offer their services to their patients for several reasons.  These include:

  • Patient care, particularly when a patient is in pain and needs to seek a consultation.
  • Offering a chiropractic service to key/essential workers, including those in the NHS.
  • Reducing the musculoskeletal care burden on the NHS, particularly if patients are finding it hard to access these services due to the pandemic.

We have advised our members to:

  • Act with caution – the latest lockdown restrictions are part of a national effort to reduce COVID-19 infections significantly and chiropractors and their patients must play their part.
  • Update their risk assessments (including on the use of PPE) in light of the most recent Government announcements.
  • Ensure that their clinics are as safe as they can be.
  • Ensure that home visits (if they choose to carry these out) are subject to the most stringent risk assessments.
  • Consider the use of telehealth/virtual consultations as a first step to decide whether a patient needs to be seen face-to-face.
  • Consider the use of telehealth as an alternative to face-to-face consultations.
  • Consider seeing those who present with urgent symptoms only.
  • Consider the need to minimise travel, particularly across national UK borders.

It is for the chiropractor to make these professional/clinical judgements in consultation with their patient.

Patients should also be aware that:

  • Gyms (where they are a part of the clinic facility) can only be used if the patient is under active supervision for a treatment need.
  • Other therapists in a clinic should have checked with their own professional bodies for advice on the conditions under which they should continue to practise.
  • We have reiterated to our members the importance of referencing local restrictions when decision-making, including keeping up to date with advice from the local Director of Public Health.

You can find the latest government advice here:

England

Scotland

Wales 

Northern Ireland


To make an appointment please ring 01242 513459 or email us at [email protected].

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Stay safe everyone!

Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic will remain open in tier 4

Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic will remain OPEN now that Gloucestershire has moved into tier 4.

Chiropractic is a government regulated healthcare profession and we are classed as essential, attending a Chiropractic appointment is a valid “medical reason” for going out in a tier 4 area.

Treating musculoskeletal injuries in our clinic takes the pressure off NHS services and the government are encouraging everyone to keep accessing their routine medical care. We are here for you!

We will continue to provide a safe environment following strict infection control guidelines from our professional association, regulators and Public Health England as we have been since July.

Keep an eye on our social media accounts to stay up to date (see links below)

Stay safe everyone.

Tier 4 Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic will stay OPEN

Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic will remain OPEN during the new national lockdown.

Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic will stay OPEN during the new national lockdown.
Chiropractic is a government regulated healthcare profession and we are classed as essential, attending a Chiropractic appointment is a valid reason for going out during lockdown.
Treating musculoskeletal injuries in our clinic takes the pressure off NHS services and the government are encouraging everyone to keep accessing their routine medical care. We are here for you!
We will continue to provide a safe environment utilising full PPE and following strict infection control guidelines from our professional association, regulators and Public Health England as we have been doing since July.
For more information please email [email protected] or ring 01242 513459 – if you are vulnerable, shielding or would just feel more comfortable rescheduling your appointment we will of course understand.

Here is confirmation from www.gov.uk that the draft legislation published on Tuesday allows medical clinics (and Chiropractors are specifically named) to stay open during the upcoming lockdown, see no.47:
Lockdown November Covid Legislation Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic


From November 6th until November 15th our Chiropractor Catherine was supposed to be going on holiday to this beautiful house in Cornwall….. 😭😭😭
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St. Agnes Beach

Although she now can’t travel Catherine will still be having that week off work as, quite frankly – she needs a rest!

Mandy our receptionist will be holding the fort and manning the phones/email – her office hours will be: Monday and Tuesday 2-6pm and Thursday and Friday 9am-1pm. You will be able to talk to her directly if you ring during these times but please DO leave a message at any other time and she will get back to you as soon as she can – the same applies to email.
Stay safe everyone.

We’re here for you! Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic is reopening on July 6th

We can’t wait to catch up with all our lovely patients when we reopen next week! It’s been a long old lockdown and our registered Chiropractor Catherine Owers has really missed chatting with her patients and hearing all their news – there’s going to be a lot to catch up on!

We are offering face-to-face treatments starting from Monday 6th July – we will be spacing out appointment times so there is no danger of patients crossing over and we are leaving lots of extra time for cleaning and PPE change over. This means that we can’t fit as many people in as normal and to minimise contamination risk we will have no receptionist cover for the first couple of months so please bear with us if we take a little longer to answer the phone or reply to your email.

If you would like to book an appointment please send a message to [email protected] or ring 01242 513459.

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We’re here for you! 🌈

Clinic Update from Catherine – Routine appointments available  from July 6th

 

Here is an important clinic update from Catherine Owers, our Clinic Director and Government Registered Chiropractor: 

 

“I am working very hard behind the scenes to make Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic as safe as possible for our patients and staff once we reopen for face-to-face treatments. I want to be absolutely confident that I have done everything in my power to get the clinic Covid secure and this includes sourcing enough protective clothing and equipment to keep us all safe. Unfortunately some items of PPE are proving very difficult to get hold of I have therefore made the decision to delay re-opening for face-to-face treatments until Monday July 6ththis will be for all treatments however, not just urgent cases, so if you are feeling in need of a check-up after the rigours of lockdown please get in touch. I am very sorry not to be opening sooner but I hope you will all understand that I have to be totally confident with my safety preparations, I want to get this right and not rush re-opening. If you are really struggling in the meantime I am still available for telephone and e-mail consultations and I will do my very best to help you remotely – please email [email protected] or ring 01242 513459 for help and advice or further information.

We are well on the way to re-organising the clinic rooms with a protective reception screen, hand sanitiser stations, antimicrobial vinyl wipe-clean covers on the treatment benches and chairs, Covid-secure signage and information posters plus removing any multi-use items such as magazines or leaflets. Our cleaning regime will be intensive with a full wipe-down of all multi-contact surfaces (door-handles, treatment bench, chairs, reception desk, surfaces etc.) with anti-viral disinfectant between EVERY patient – plus a gap of 15 minutes to air the rooms fully as recommended by Public Health England. We will be sending out a detailed information sheet to every patient prior to their appointment detailing the new clinic protocols and what to expect when they arrive, we will also be taking a lot of our case history notes over the phone to minimise physical time spent in the clinic room. I will be wearing full PPE (face shield, face mask, single use plastic gloves and apron) for every treatment – please don’t be scared, although I look like a spacewoman I’m still the same person underneath and will appreciate any funny stories, bad jokes or interesting facts as per usual!

If you would like to book an appointment, ask for more information or just have a chat please send an e-mail to [email protected] or ring 01242 513459 (Please leave a message with a contact telephone number if there is no answer.) I’m really looking forward to catching up with you all, stay safe and I hope to see you soon!”

Please get in contact if you have any questions, keep an eye on social media (see links below) and the NEWS section of this website for further updates.

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Cheltenham Chiropractor Catherine Owers in PPE

Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic treatment benches

Both treatment benches newly upholstered in antimicrobial vinyl

Easy Hip and Shoulder Mobilisation Exercises

If you’re feeling a bit stiff today why not try these easy hip and shoulder mobilisation exercises with our Registered Cheltenham Chiropractor Catherine Owers:

For more tips and advice plus updates on when the clinic will be re-opening for face-to-face treatments please follow us on social media:

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Chiropractic Clinic is Moving!

From Monday November 9th 2015 Catherine and the team will be relocating to our lovely mew modern premises at : Pure Offices, Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham. GL51 6SH. Just follow the road into ASDA supermarket then go straight over the mini roundabout and you’ll see signs for PURE offices on the right, the new site is just behind the Nuffield Hospital and has a large FREE car park. It’s also very handy for getting some groceries after you’ve had your treatment! See map for further directions.

We will be taking all our equipment, files, phone number and e-mail address with us so your treatments will carry on in exactly the same way – just two minutes down the road! Just press the buzzer marked Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic at the front door when you arrive and Mandy or Pauline will collect you and show you to our new clinic room. There are no steps or stairs and the new building is smart and well appointed.

 

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Wearing a school Backpack correctly is important

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Increasing numbers of school children are reporting spinal pain in clinical practice. Sometimes this can go unnoticed or may be overlooked until it is too late. One of the major causes of back pain in younger age groups is carrying excessive loads to and from school in an ill-fitted or inappropriate school backpack. Recent research has shown a relationship between school bag loads, posture problems and spinal pain.

Choosing an appropriate school bag, having it fitted correctly and wearing it properly is extremely important to ensure healthy development of your child’s spine. A poorly fitted, inappropriately worn or excessively heavy school bag can cause a number of health issues for your child – potentially leading to problems later in life. Any of these issues, particularly when combined with over 12 years of schooling, can lead to such health and spinal problems as scoliosis, kyphosis, neck pain, headaches, shoulder pain, lower back pain and poor posture.

Posture problems and spinal pain in children and adolescents have the potential to lead to permanent spinal damage in later years. However, many of these issues can be prevented by following some simple steps when choosing, and wearing, a school bag.

Choosing a School Bag

When choosing a school bag the following tips and design features should be considered:

  • Opt for a backpack with two even straps which allow the weight of the load to be distributed evenly over the body. Bags with only one strap can cause injury to the shoulder, back and neck from uneven load distribution.
  • The centre of mass of the bag should be at waist height.
  • Choose a bag that fits your child and is appropriate to their body size. It should rest comfortably against their back. Avoid bags that are wider than your child.
  • The bag should have adjustable buckles or straps to lower or lift the pack into the appropriate position.
  • Choose a backpack with a moulded frame and an adjustable waist belt, so that the weight of the backpack can rest on your child’s pelvis instead of their shoulders and spine.
  • The waist belt will also help keep the bag close to the body and in place when moving around.
  • All straps should ideally be padded and wide to help distribute the weight of the bag more evenly and over a larger area. This should include both the shoulder straps and the waist belt.
  • The bag should also be padded where it touches the back.

Perfect your golf posture

Tiger Woods has just pulled out of a golf tournament due to back pain. Golfers are susceptible to these kinds of problems so, whether an old hand or new to the sport, the British Chiropractic Association has some top tips to help golfers with a pain-free swing.

Having just one joint or muscle out of line can make 18 holes seem like 108 and it’s no wonder if you have to swing your club 70-100 times with an injured back or wrist. By simply aligning the body perfectly, everyone can play golf better, with less effort and have more fun at the same time.

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High profile professional golfers can suffer injuries, but the amateur player may be more at risk than Rory, Justin or Tiger! Poor technique, inadequate stretching prior and post-match and incorrectly carrying heavy golf bags are the main causes, but following a few simple tips can solve the problem.

The Pressure Points

– The lower back, shoulders and wrists are the most obvious joints at risk for golfers through the repetitive nature of the golf swing, but carrying a golf bag can also place an enormous strain on your neck. Take advantage of the latest golf accessories specially designed to help such as lighter bags and dual harness straps over shoulders to distribute weight evenly.

Warm Up

– Golfers often don’t warm up properly before playing – if muscles are not prepared by a good stretching routine, this can lead to a lack of flexibility and injury. Spend two or three minutes warming up before teeing off. Stretch hamstring, quads, chest muscles and shoulders.

On the Course

– Drive – make the most of your swing; warm up on the driving range.
– Don’t forget that, like any sport, a good post-event stretch is also required.
– When picking up golf bags, bend carefully from the knees.
– Contrary to popular belief, trolleys are not the best way to caddy clubs as this builds unnecessary pressure from pulling and bending in the wrong positions. A power or electric caddy is the safest way to go around.
– Wear proper shoes for stability and to help avoid twisting the back and hips.

Is bedtime a pain in the neck?

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Research shows people don’t make the link between back pain suffered at night and their beds.

New research from the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) and Sealy beds reveals that neck or back pain has prevented nearly half (48%) of people from sleeping.

The research indicates that people are not making the link between their pain and their beds. Despite 43% of people saying that sleeping can cause them to suffer from neck or back pain, nearly two thirds (61%) do not think that their sleeping position is important for their back or neck health.

Worryingly, a staggering 96% said that they do not think that the way they get in and out of bed is important for their back or neck health, which chiropractors regularly attribute to triggering back problems in patients.

Chiropractor, Rishi Loatey, from the British Chiropractic Association, said: “Despite complaining of back and neck pain occurring after sleep, most people don’t think that getting in and out of bed is important to their back health.

“In fact, disc injuries are more likely to occur with bending movements first thing in the morning. As you sleep, the discs in your back hydrate and increase in size. This makes the disc fibres more susceptible to injury. Try and avoid bending movements for the first hour after waking. Your chiropractor will be able to recommend some gentle stretches you can do in the morning”.

The findings come as the 24th annual National Bed Month gets underway, prompting the BCA to urge people to pay more attention to their bed and indeed the way they get in and out of it, particularly as over a third (36%) of people reported not to have even considered their neck or back when they last bought a new mattress.

Neil Robinson, Marketing Director of Sealy UK, comments: “An important part of a good night’s sleep is a supportive mattress. You should change your mattress every seven years and if you’re in pain at night, it might be that you need to buy a new one. If you are buying a new mattress, it’s vital to try it before making the purchase – you wouldn’t buy a pair of shoes without trying them on and mattresses are no different, especially as we all spend such a large amount of our lives in bed.

“At Sealy we are conscious that one size does not fit all, so we stock a wide range of mattresses to make sure that people have as many options as possible.”

Top tips for buying a mattress and protecting your back in bed:
• Try before you buy: If you are lying on your side, your spine should be parallel to the mattress and your spine should not sag (bed too soft) or bow (bed too hard). The longer you can spend lying on a mattress before you buy it, the more accurate this feeling will be.
• Don’t go it alone: Always shop with your partner as your respective ideal mattress tensions could be very different.
• Wake your body up slowly: Don’t leap out of bed first thing in the morning as this can damage the back. Instead, gently get out of bed and avoid bending or doing anything sudden or strenuous until your back wakes up.
• Adopt a good sleeping position: Lie on your side rather than lying on your front with your neck twisted to one side.

For more information on how to maintain a healthy posture, the BCA has developed ‘Straighten Up’ – a simple, three minute exercise programme for all ages, designed to help strengthen the spine and improve posture and help joints. To watch a video of the exercises you can do, please visit: http://bit.ly/straightenup You can also find a lot of valuable posture advice at http://bit.ly/bcapostureinf