Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic is fully open!

Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic is fully open and accepting new patients although we are very busy so I’m afraid you may have to wait longer than normal for your appointment at the moment – apologies.

Our Chiropractor Catherine is working without a receptionist during the pandemic to keep numbers of people in the clinic room to a minimum, this means she may take longer than normal to return you call or email – please be patient, if you leave an answerphone message with a contact telephone number she will get back to you in a few hours. It is often quicker to send an email if you are looking for an appointment time, then Catherine can reply with available appointment options – [email protected] is the address to use.

As we have no receptionist at the moment it will be our Chiropractor Catherine herself who meets you in reception, takes payment and arranges your next appointment – her admin skills are improving and she’s even worked out how to use the printer so everything is now running smoothly!

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Catherine has received two Covid vaccinations and is still working in full PPE with enhanced cleaning in between each patient so our clinic is a very safe environment, she hopes to see you soon!

Cheltenham Chiropractor Catherine Owers in full PPEs

Chiropractor Catherine in full PPE

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

Christmas Opening hours 2020

That’s it – we’re closed for Christmas! 🎄
 
Our festive opening hours for 2020 will be:
 
Dec 24th – Dec 28th: CLOSED
Tuesday 29th Dec: Open 2pm – 6pm
Wednesday 30th Dec: CLOSED
Thursday 31st Dec: Open 9am – 1pm
Friday 1st Jan: Closed
From Monday Jan 4th: Open as normal.
 
We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our lovely patients a wonderful Christmas and a peaceful New Year – here’s hoping for a better 2021!
We will be staying open no matter what tier the Cheltenham area is placed in so if you need an appointment just ring 01242 51359 or email us on [email protected]. You can also keep up to date with clinic news by following our social media channels:

Cheltenham Chiropractor Catherine Owers

Our Lovely Receptionist is back!!

Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic Receptionist Mandy
Look who’s back!!!

From Monday 2nd November our lovely receptionist Mandy will be coming back to work part time, Hooray!! Catherine is very pleased about this as she is not very good at working the card machine or the printer 🤦

Having Mandy running the front desk and answering the phones should mean we can fit more patients in per day so hopefully you won’t have to wait as long for an appointment. Her office hours will be: Monday and Tuesday 2-6pm and Thursday and Friday 9am-1pm so if you ring during these times you should be able to talk to her directly, if you call outside these hours Catherine will be in charge of the phone but as she can only get back to people in between treating patients you may have to wait a bit longer for a call back.

If you do get our answerphone please DO leave a message with your contact telephone number and we promise to get back to you as soon as we can, the answerphone is checked at regular intervals throughout the day,
Cheltenham Chiropractor Catherine Owers
Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic receptionist Mandy
You can see flowers and fizz in the photos because Mandy had a big birthday last month – 21 again!

The other bonus of Mandy coming back to work is she can help with the cleaning – 4 Marigolds are better than 2!

We will be staying open no matter what tier the Cheltenham area is placed in so if you need an appointment just ring 01242 51359 or email us on [email protected]. You can also keep up to date with clinic news by following our social media channels:

Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic is now fully back up and running

 

We are pleased to say that Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic is now fully back up and running – our registered Chiropractor Catherine Owers has been hard at work for the last 5 weeks and is finally getting used to working in full PPE (although that hasn’t been much fun in this heatwave – especially as we aren’t allowed to use fans at the moment!!)

Cheltenham Chiropractor Catherine Owers in full PPEs

Catherine is leaving a 20-minute gap between each appointment to thoroughly disinfect all contact surfaces (treatment bench, reception desk, chairs, door handles etc.) between each and every patient. We take your safety very seriously and uphold the highest standards of cleanliness but this does mean that our appointment capacity is significantly reduced and you may need to wait a bit longer for an appointment at present, apologies.

Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic Reception Desk Screen

We have installed a perspex safety screen on the reception desk and all patients are asked to wear a mask for their appointments – Catherine is wearing a surgical mask, safety googles and single use apron and gloves for every treatment and all windows are open for good ventilation. Both treatment benches have been covered in anti-microbial vinyl and all chairs are now plastic covered for easy cleaning.

We are still working without reception cover at present so we may well take longer to return your call or answer your email – please bear with us, if the phone is not picked up please do leave a message with a contact telephone number and Catherine will return your call as soon as she has a gap between patients. Email is the most efficient way to contact us at present so if you would like to make an appointment please send a message to [email protected] including your preferred date/time of appointment and we will do our best to fit you in.

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Thank you for your support – we really appreciate all the kind words and messages we have received, take care everyone and stay safe!

Cheltenham Chiropractor Catherine Owers and receptionist Mandy in masks

Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic has a theme song!!

Here’s something to cheer you all up in these dark days…. our very talented patient Peter Stone has written a song about our clinic – what an honour!! I give you (some of) the B-flats with their lockdown lullaby “Chiro’s back.” 🎼🎸🎶🎵😀

 

https://www.facebook.com/CheltChiro/videos/749916862420390/?t=13

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!”

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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:

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Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic safe gardening tips

During lockdown a lot of us are spending more time in the garden (when the weather allows!) but it is very important to treat garden jobs like any other form of exercise and warm up to prevent injury. Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic Director Catherine shares some great tips from the British Chiropractic Association on how to keep flexible and pain free when out in the garden.

“As a nation, we love our gardens and spend a considerable amount of time and money on
them. As we rush to get those jobs in the garden done, there is a risk that gardeners may
injure themselves. What everyone wants is to be fit and healthy enough to actually enjoy
sitting in their garden and enjoy the fruits of their labours come summer time, so here are
some helpful tips from the British Chiropractic Association.”

Clothes
– Don’t wear clothes that are tight or could constrict your movement.

Warm Up
– Gardening is like any other exercise; you need to warm up first. Don’t go straight
into heavy garden work; start off with lighter jobs as this will lessen the chance of
muscle strain.

Using a ladder
–  When using a ladder or steps, make sure you are always facing it, keeping your
shoulders, hips and knees pointing in the same direction.
– Rather than leaning or reaching, move the ladder or step regularly to keep up with
where you are.
– Any kind of ladder must be firmly and safely planted in position and, if possible, have
someone else there to keep an eye on things.

Clever pruning
– Get as close as possible to the things you are pruning and avoid overstretching to
reach the area you are dealing with.
–  Invest in some long handled secateurs to reach plants and bushes that are beyond
normal reach.

Take a break
– Vary your activity by spending no more than 20-30 minutes on any one thing and
make sure you take regular breaks.

Be clever with the paving
– If laying a patio, keep the slab close to your body and bend your knees; it is
sometimes better to bend one knee rather two, as your supporting leg gives you a
position of strength.
– If using railway sleepers, two people will probably be needed.
Plan ahead
– If you are planning a trip to the local DIY store to buy heavy items such as cement
or gravel, buy smaller bags rather than one big bag as they are easier and safer to
carry.
– If you do buy heavy items, use a trolley and if on your own, ask an assistant at the
store to help you.
– If buying things like compost, sand or gravel in bulkier amounts, shovel the contents
of the large bags straight into smaller containers or wheelbarrow from the back of
the car.
– Don’t lift with your arms straight out, keep the elbows bent and to your side to
minimise the stress on your back.
– If having items delivered, have them unloaded as close to where you need them as
possible; this will save the effort of moving them again.
–  A specialist garden trolley might be worth investing in to move these sorts of
materials around, especially if you have lots of patio pots to move around as well.

Being active outside in the fresh air has lots of benefits for your physical and mental health so especially in these strange times gardening can prove very therapeutic – if you have been enjoying your gardens during the last few months we’d love to see your photos! 🌸🌳🌿🌷🌼🌻🌱

For more information on general garden health and safety visit the Royal Horticultural Society’s website here.