Rita is enjoying her retirement!

Chiropractor Catherine had a lovely catch-up with retired Clinic founder Rita Hemmings in Cheltenham yesterday. As it was such a beautiful day they were able to sit outside at 131 on the Prom and were entertained by Julian Dunkerton inspecting his new garden design! Rita would like to pass on her good wishes to all her past patients and let you know she is very much enjoying her retirement 😊


Message from Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic founder Rita Hemmings

We’ve just had a lovely message from Rita Hemmings – (the founder of our Clinic who retired in 2015) who’s currently enjoying a holiday in the winter sun of Madeira: “It’s too warm to sit in the sun but I am drinking a toast to Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic as it is 40 years on Saturday since I saw patient No.1! Glad that the clinic is still in good hands! ☺️

Catherine Owers (The current clinic owner) worked with Rita from 2002 until she retired and is now looking after the clinic full time – we are very proud to be the longest running Chiropractic Centre in Gloucestershire – heres to another 40 years!

Christmas opening hours 2018

Here are our Christmas opening hours for 2018.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our patients a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2019!

Cheltenham Chiropractic’s Chiropractor Catherine gets hitched!

Our Chiropractor Catherine got married on Saturday 8th September to her Handsome fiance Mark at Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire. It was a truly magical day in beautiful surroundings and Catherine would like to thank her patients for the many lovely cards and good wishes that have been sent to the clinic. As many of the patients have been asking to see photographs we’ll put a few of the best up here and a full wedding photo album should be avaliable in the clinic reception from next week so if you would like to see a few more snaps of Catherine on her big day leave extra time for your appointments!!



Chiropractor Catherine is off on Honeymoon for 3 weeks!

Well – that’s it – Chiropractor Catherine is now off work for over 3 weeks (back on October 4th), keep your fingers crossed for no rain this Saturday for her wedding please! Thank you for all your cards and good wishes – her bookcase is looking very festive! If you have any problems in the next few weeks don’t forget that Catherine’s colleague Stephanie Wilson will be holding the fort so just ring 01242 513459 as normal if you need an appointment, Helen and Mandy will still be manning the phones!



Locum Chiropractor Stephanie Wilson

Are you getting enough exercise?

Are you getting enough exercise? It can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%.

Exercise is the miracle cure we’ve always had, but for too long we’ve neglected to take our recommended dose. Our health is now suffering as a consequence.

Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Have a look here to find out if you’re getting enough exercise for your age-range: https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/whybeactive.aspx

At Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic part of our package of care is help and advice regarding exercise and rehabilitation – just ask our Chiropractor Catherine for more information!


Chiropractic Awareness Week 2018!

New research released to mark Chiropractic Awareness Week (9 – 15 April), has found that nearly a half (47%) of people in the South West  are currently experiencing back or neck pain, a 15% increase on 2017.

The research, which was carried out by the British Chiropractic Association, found that for sufferers in the South West, the top triggers for this pain were;

      • Lifting or carrying heavy objects (60%)
      • Sitting for long periods of time (52%),
      • Poor posture (35%)

Notably, incidences of neck and back pain among younger people are also on the rise, with 23% of people in the South West experiencing neck or back pain by age 20.

Local chiropractor, Catherine Owers from Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic comments on these findings:

“The BCA’s research findings align with what I see in my clinic on a day to day basis, however it’s particularly interesting that lifting and carrying was the most cited trigger for neck and back pain. It really highlights the importance of maintaining a strong and active body that can move well and cope with the demands you are making of it.

“For those people from the South West who are finding that sedentary lifestyles and sitting for long periods are causing them a problem, we would encourage they make a change. We are designed to move and if you hold your body in any position for an extended period of time, it is likely that you will feel pain.

“To help counteract the effects of a sedentary lifestyle, and help prevent back and neck pain occurring, there are a number of simple exercises and small changes you can incorporate into your daily routine. For example, shrugging and circling your shoulders whilst sitting and taking the stairs are easy ways to improve your back health – these may sound simple but I know from my patients that they really work!”

Catherine’s top tips to help local residents to prevent and manage neck and back pain are:

  • Take a break: When sitting for long periods of time, ensure you stand up and move around every 30 minutes. When at work, also 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.
  • Keep on moving: Physical activity can be beneficial for managing back pain, however it’s important that if this is of a moderate to high intensity that you warm up and down properly to get your body ready to move! If a previous injury is causing you pain, adapt your exercise or seek some advice. Activities such as swimming, walking or yoga can be less demanding on your body while keeping you mobile!

Other things which you can bear in mind are:

  • Lifting and carrying: Remember to bend from the knees, not the waist when lifting heavy items. Face in the direction of movement, and take your time. Hold the object as close to your body as possible, and where you can avoid carrying objects which are too heavy to manage alone, ask for help or use the necessary equipment.
  • Sleep comfortably: The Sleep Council recommends buying a new mattress at least every 7 years. Mattresses lose their support over time, so if you can feel the springs through your mattress, or the mattress is no longer level, your mattress is no longer providing the support you need. Everyone has different support requirements, so when purchasing your mattress ensure it is supportive for you. If you share a bed and require different mattress types, consider two single mattresses which are designed to be joined together, to ensure you both get the support you need.
  • Straighten Up!: The BCA has created a programme of 3-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


The BCA recommends that, if you are experiencing pain for more than a few days you should seek professional help, for example from a chiropractor, who can assess you and help you to get moving again without pain. You can book an appointment with Cheltenham Chiropractor Catherine Owers by calling 01242 513459.


New research shows movement and physical activity are very important for treating back pain.


New research, published in the Lancet and which included chiropractors as contributing authors, shows movement and physical activity is the best treatment for backpain.

BCA President, Catherine Quinn, said “The British Chiropractic Association welcome the publication of the Lancet’s series on low back pain which suggests that in the West, we are over medicalising low back pain. With the global burden of low back pain forecast to increase in coming decades, ensuring that there are options available to patients who are experiencing this is paramount. Chiropractors provide the safe and effective hands on care which has been suggested within the first steps for the treatment of low back pain. This involves a package of care including education and advice to stay active, such as the Straighten Up UK exercises available for free from the BCA, spinal manipulation, massage and exercise therapy. Chiropractors are well positioned to provide this care.”
“This series comes at an important time. With the recent attention given to the use of opioid prescriptions for non-cancer pain becoming a complex public health crisis, chiropractors are able to provide non-pharmaceutical care options in the management of back pain, neck pain and other joint and muscle problems for which opioids are often prescribed. This paper recognises the use of medication in limited circumstances but also advises caution. It is great that the Lancet have produced such an important series of papers and we are proud to see two of chiropractics leading researchers Jan Hartvigsenn and Alice Kongsted as contributing authors.”

See here for more info and top tips on avoiding back pain: https://chiropractic-uk.co.uk/new-research-shows-movement-…/

Happy Easter from all at Cheltenham Chiropractic Clinic!

For all those patients who have been bored by Chiropractor Catherine going on about her chickens (which is most of you!!) here is a photo of her prize hen “Fat Ethel” to say we hope you all had a wonderful Easter and ate lots of eggs!


Therapy EXPO 2017

There was a big focus on the treatment of sports injuries at the TherapyExpo at the Birmingham NEC this year with Registered Chiropractor Catherine attending lots of fascinating lectures and demonstrations. Some of the most interesting points raised include the importance of Gluteal strengthening, particularly single leg squats; new research into effective treatment of Iliotibial Band Syndrome and how fascial trains often cause pain on the opposite side of the body to the causative injury.

If you suffer from any of these problems, (particularly if you are a runner!) Catherine would love to share her new knowledge and skills with you to help reduce your pain – just ring 01242 513459 to make an appointment.