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

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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!


July Special Offer!

                                                                    *JULY OFFER*
For the whole of July if you recommend a friend or family member to our clinic as a New Patient we are offering you £5 OFF your next treatment, plus – they’ll get £5 off their first appointment too! Just pick up some of our patient referral cards next time you’re at Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic or tell your friend or family member to give your name when they book in as a new patient.
   (New patient consultantion £45 – usually £50, reduced treatment price £31 – usually £36)

Catherine is back from her hols!

Chiropractor Catherine is on holiday for the next 2 weeks but Stephanie Wilson will be holding the fort!

Chiropractor Catherine Owers is off on her holidays tomorrow to Kefalonia (anyone got any island tips or suggestions for sight-seeing?) She will be back on June 17th but until then the clinic is in the capable hands of her friend and colleague Stephanie Wilson (see pic.) If you come in for a treatment while Catherine is away ask Steph about her Grand Designs experience, she’s also an expert on ponies and sheep – as well as Chiropractic!

Locum Chiropractor Stephanie Wilson

Shoulder Radiology lecture

Our Chiropractor Catherine Owers attended a really interesting lecture last week at the Cobalt Imaging centre. Mr Udeshi the consultant Radiologist was discussing imaging of the shoulder and gave many fascinating examples of injuries and diseases picked up on MRI, CT and Ultrasound scanning. Catherine got to have a catch up with her friend Geoff from Gloucester Chiropractic Clinic too!

If you’d like to find out more about Mr Udeshi’s consultant services at the Cobalt centre please look here:


Catherine and her friend Geoff – a fellow Chiropractor from Gloucester Chiropractic Clinic.

Mr Udeshi explaining ultrasound imaging of the shoulder tendons.

Shoulder anatomy

MRI scans of the shoulder joint.

It’s Chiropractic Awareness Week!

It’s Chiropractic  Awareness Week at Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic! Are you one of the 80% of Brits with Back pain or Neck Pain? Have a look at this article for some tips on self-help or come and see us – our Chiropractor Catherine specialises in home rehabilitation plans to help correct postural problems. If you have recurrent muscle or joint pain it’s often linked to the way you sit or move – Chiropractic gets to the root of the problem to work out why the pain is there in the first place and correct the cause. If you know someone who is suffering, send them our way! 💪🏋️‍♀️🏊‍♂️🚴‍♀️⛹️‍♂️


Make the most of the sunshine and top up your Vitamin D!

What glorious weather we are having at the moment!! ☀️😎 An excellent opportunity to get outside and top up your Vitamin D reserves – don’t forget that the health of your bones and muscles depends on your body having enough Vitamin D, it also helps your immune system function too! On less sunny days you can get good amounts of Vit D from your food – see this article for more info:…/…/vitamin-d-foods/