We wanted to apologies for the lack of appointments at the clinic due to the amount of time for sterilisation of rooms and equipment between patients. Our dedicated therapists who have been at the clinic for many years are working flat out but unfortunately cannot see the number of patients they saw pre- COVID.
The Good news, we have two chiropractors starting in August and September in Sutton. Jennifer Garratt will be re-joining us in September. Rhys Newman will be joining us in August.
This will mean that there will be significantly more treatment times available particularly on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s and late evenings on Tuesday’s and Friday’s until 8pm.
In our Crawley clinic, Oliver who has been at the clinic for many years is working flat out but unfortunately cannot see the number of patients he saw pre- COVID.
Rhys Newman will be helping Oliver on a Tuesday and Friday mornings between 9 and 12 to cope with the demand.
To book an appointment or discuss availability please call Sutton on 020 8661 1613 or Crawley 01293 614127
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.
In line with guidelines issued from the British Chiropractic Association, we are pleased to announce that as from Monday 15th June we will be able to resume appointments for all patients including routine appointments.
We will of course still observe social distancing, be extending the time between appointments to enable all equipment to be cleaned and ensuring that all necessary safety measures are followed, including the wearing of PPE for both yours and our safety. Where possible we would prefer contactless payments.
We will continue to ask patients to wear mask and gloves when at the clinic and to remove your shoes when you come into the practice.
We hope this information comes as welcome news and we look forward to helping you all once again.
To book an appointment or for further information please call us on 020 8661 1613
We hope you are all keeping well and healthy during this difficult time. We wanted to update you on our re-opening and new policies.
Here at Chiltern Health Centre – Sutton Chiropractic Clinic we take your health and that of any visitors and staff at the clinic very seriously. We have had the clinic completely deep cleaned again this week and the new cleaning policies we introduced in March, on top of our normal hygiene routines, will continue along with some new procedures to ensure the clinic is as clean and safe as we can make it for everyone.
We will be open from 8am on Monday 18th May for emergency patients.
All patients must consider if their condition is severe enough to warrant the risk involved in attending the clinic and we will be asking you to sign a consent form.
To enable social distancing we will be limiting the number of people in the clinic. We will be asking you to wait in your car or outside until your appointment time. You will then be allowed to enter the clinic which will be by different entrances depending on which treatment room your therapist is using. The receptionist will direct you to the appropriate entrance at your appointment time.
We would ask you, where possible, to wear loose clothing and to bring your own PPE of mask and gloves with you. If you do not have these we will supply these to you. We will not be supplying dressing gowns but back opening gowns will be available if needed. We will also be asking you to remove your shoes on entering the clinic.
We will be allowing 1/2 hour for all appointments to allow us to clean and sanitise the room and equipment between patients.
All therapists and staff will be wearing PPE and they will be socially distancing where possible.
We have removed all literature from the reception area.
We would also prefer contactless payment if possible.
We would ask, if possible, for you to attend on your own unless you need assistance.
We will be reviewing and changing our policies where needed in line with new information and official guidance.
To book an appointment please call 020 8661 1613 and leave a message.
Here at Chiltern Health Centre – Sutton Chiropractic Clinic we take your health and that of any visitors and staff at the clinic very seriously.
As such, we have had the clinic completely deep cleaned this week. We have also introduced new cleaning policies, on top of our normal hygiene regimes, to ensure the clinic is as clean and safe as we can make it for everyone.
There is antibacterial gel in all the treatment rooms for use by staff before and after any contact with patients. Our receptionist will also be using antibacterial gel, along side, normal hand washing. Our credit card machine will be disinfected before you use it. All door handles will be disinfected hourly. Normal soap and water is available in all toilet areas.
We are open as usual for anyone needing treatment. We would ask patients, during this difficult period, to follow any advice or guidance given by the Government and the NHS regarding coronavirus or COVID 19. If you have either a high temperature or a new continuous cough we would ask you to stay at home, and if possible, inform us that you will be unable to make your appointment.
Should the Government decide we have to close for a short period we will ensure that email and telephones will be manned during normal clinic hours.
Dr Hammond often quotes Louis Pasteur “the germ is nothing, the terrain is everything”.
Whilst we know that some viruses such as Ebola, SARS and Cornoavirus are particularly virulent and contagious, there are many things that people can do to increase their immunity and decrease their chances of acquiring infections. A recent release by the College of Medicine highlights the following ways we can defend ourselves against the Coronavirus.
There is no treatment or vaccine currently available. As with other viral infections antibiotics will not be effective (unless there are secondary bacterial infections).
Although with current rates of spread we must now expect more cases near us, so far this strain of coronavirus is relatively mild but there are good reasons to build up our resilience. The main risks are to people who are already vulnerable or infirm, the very young and old, or with pre-existing conditions like lung disease and diabetes. For these groups active health-promotion will be particularly important.
Below are some home remedies with evidence for improving defences against respiratory viral infections. This evidence relates to other respiratory infections but the principle of improving resistance is likely to apply to protection against this strain of coronavirus.
In the unlikely event that you do contract the virus, the remedies recommended to relieve the symptoms of flu and the common cold may also be helpful.
Home remedies with evidence for improving defences against upper respiratory viral infections.
Fruit & Vegetables
Polyphenols, such as flavonoids and anthocyanidins, are very common constituents of plants, fruit and vegetables, especially those that are coloured. Supplementation with polyphenols has been shown to reduce the incidence and shorten the duration of colds and viral infections. High natural sources of polyphenols are red grapes (and red wine), cocoa (as in 70% + chocolate!), blueberries, any other coloured fruit, and pomegranate.
There is clinical trial evidence that mushroom supplements (containing β-glucans and other immunoactive constituents) reduce the incidence of respiratory tract infections. The main species studied are reishi (ganoderma), shiitake, and maitake mushrooms. Yeast supplements may also be helpful and are generally more available.
If choosing medicinal mushroom supplements, it is wise to choose a reputable supplier rather than buy indiscriminately on the internet.
The benefits of supplements may also be obtained by eating a range of mushrooms in the diet, and these are widespread as foods around the world. However there is no direct evidence for this.
In research studies of mixed quality, various probiotic supplements, especially containing strains of Lactobacillusand Bifidobacteria, have been shown to reduce the frequency, duration and intensity of respiratory infections, especially in children.
All these benefits were seen after at least several weeks consumption of these probiotics and it is less likely that short term use will have much impact. Probiotics may therefore best be seen as preventative rather than as treatments.
There is good quality evidence that vitamin D supplements can reduce the risk of catching colds or other respiratory infections.
Regular dosing is more effective than taking the vitamin intermittently and benefits will be felt most by people who are depleted in the vitamin. However in Britain and other urban cultures and where there is less exposure to sunlight, vitamin D deficiency is quite common.
* Official guidance from the UK government, the UK NHS and World Health Organisation
The priority in managing the risks from this new strain of coronavirus is to follow latest guidelines above, so that any cases are isolated (including self-isolation if there is a reasonable risk you have been infected). Notification is also vital, so that public health measures can be applied. However this should be by phoning (111 in the UK): health centres do not need the risk of further contagion.
It is most important that we do all we can to stop the spread of the virus. It appears to be relatively contagious and there is already evidence that it can spread before there are symptoms like coughing. This means that as well as airborne transmission it could be transmitted by direct contact. The advice is to wash hands frequently with soap or sanitary hand gels, and carefully dispose of tissues and other possibly contagious materials.
Knowledge and best practice in the health field are constantly changing. Each person and illness is also unique and no general information can anticipate every circumstance, nor be appropriate for every reader. Each individual case is best assessed in person by a qualified health advisor.
In the case of remedies or other products, users should read the label carefully for detailed information about safe use and in the case of natural products should choose responsible manufacturers with independently assured quality standards and safety monitoring procedures.
To the fullest extent of the law, neither the College of Medicine nor the authors, contributors or editors, assume any liability for any injury and/or damage to persons or property as a matter of products liability, negligence or otherwise, or from any use or operation of any methods, products, instructions or ideas contained in the materials herein.
Reliable Ways to Look after yourselves, – Self care and Social prescription resources from College of Medicine.
Every parent wants the best for their child, especially when it comes to health. Children go through developing stages and each one has an impact on their bones and spine, from the first lost tooth to the last sport injury. It’s important to check in with kids about how their back feels and get a check-up if they think that something doesn’t feel right. Just like going to the dentist for a check-up, a chiropractor will check your child’s spine for any misalignment or imbalance, and the aim is to restore the child’s natural posture and health.
There are ways to prevent children from experiencing back pain during their developing years, and it all starts with being physically active and how they carry their school rucksack. Here are four tips to safeguard your child’s spine:
1. BAG IT LIGHT: school bags are often filled with more than what a child really needs. Backpacks are the best bags because they spread the weight evenly on each shoulder. Try to keep the backpack to a light/medium weight, filling it only with what is required. Remember to adjust the straps so that the bag so that weight is evenly distributed and the child’s spine doesn’t have to compensate.
2. WALK ON AIR: supportive footwear is essential to maintain a healthy posture. Soft-soled shoes that have good inner arch support will keep the kid happy and balanced. It is worth considering replacing the insole that comes with the shoe (which are normally of low quality) with a soft supportive insole. This will usually make a difference to the aches and pains that a child may feel late in the day after being on their feet for most of it.
3. EXERCISE: 21st century kids tend to spend more time in front of a screen compared to older generations, lowering the time spent being physically active. It would be ideal to set aside the same time that a child spends sitting in front of a screen, to time being physically active. Dance or run breaks are great family activities.
4. GAMING POSTURE: Videogames tend to distract your kid from maintaining a comfortable posture while playing. If your kid is playing with videogames make sure their spine is supported while doing it.
80% of UK adults will experience back pain at some point in their lives – so what is causing it? With this rate being so high, it is important to highlight some of the everyday activities, which, if conducted wrongly, can lead to back pain. One of the main ones to focus on is sleep – everyone does it, so it is important to know how to do it properly!
Below are some of the sleep positions that can cause you pain:
• When sleeping on your front, your head is turned slightly to the side as not to suffocate completely. As a result, this can cause a large amount of strain on the neck, which could lead to pain throughout the day. This position also means that your spine is completely unsupported, which could lead to extreme back pain.
• When sleeping on your left side with your arms completely out, you are essentially restricting blood flow and putting a large amount of pressure on your nerves; which can result in soreness in the shoulders and arms. Like sleeping on your front, the spine is completely unsupported in this position and therefore could lead to both upper and lower back pain.
• Whilst sleeping in the foetal position is a favourite amongst many, it is actually one of the worst sleep positions because of its complete lack of support for the neck and spine. As a result of the curvature of the spine in this position, neck and back pain is extremely common.
These positions can ease back pain:
• By sleeping flat on your back, your spine is completely supported, which will help ease the pain caused to the neck and back. By keeping your arms by your side, you are reducing strain on the shoulders as well.
• If you continue to feel soreness in your back after sleeping on your back, try the exact same position but with a small pillow underneath your knees. This helps your body to maintain a healthy curve in the lower back.
• If you want to sleep on your side, you absolutely can by just making sure your arms are kept down by your side instead of being stretched outwards. This actually supports the spine in the position of its natural curve.
Top Tips to Avoid Back Pain at Christmas
As we approach the Christmas season, you might be more worried about piling on the pounds and feeling like a Christmas Pudding on the big day than anything else, but you’d be surprised how many people hurt their back over the festive period.
Chiltern Health Centre Chiropractor Jennifer Garratt explains, “Surprisingly, we often see an increase in patients visiting the clinic with back aches and pains which have appeared during the Christmas period.”
There are many ways you can hurt your back at Christmas. Bending and lifting heavy items like Christmas trees, furniture or even the turkey can easily strain your back or exacerbate existing aches and pains.
If you do hurt your back or neck during the holidays, your first thought might be to put your feet up on the sofa and watch some festive films and wait until the pain disappears. Although this may seem like a tempting option, it is much more beneficial for your back to keep your muscles moving.
Jennifer Garratt explains, “Try to stay as active as possible, sitting around for long periods of time can strain your neck and back, so why not go out for a walk on Christmas day!”
Going for a walk can also be a good break from wrapping presents! Spending hours on the floor slouching over wrapping paper and Christmas cards can hurt your back if you are in that position for too long.
“If you’ve left it to the last minute and have a lot of wrapping to do, make sure you sit or stand at a table to stop you bending over too much. If you’re sat down, make sure you’re supporting your back at all times with a small cushion.”“If you’re lifting heavy or awkward objects like the Christmas tree or furniture, always ask for help and make sure you also bend your knees when lifting heavier items! When you’re putting up decorations, use a step ladder to avoid over stretching or straining your back or neck.”
For further information, please contact Chiltern Health Centre on 020 8661 1613.
We are open normal hours all over Christmas except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day when we will be closed. We will also be closing early at 1pm on Christmas Eve. An answerphone will be available when we are closed and we will get back to you as soon as reception is open again.
Christmas Opening Hours
Monday 23rd Dec 8am – 8pm
Tuesday 24th Dec 8am – 1pm
Christmas Day Closed
Boxing Day Closed
Friday 27th Dec 8am – 8pm
Saturday 28th Dec 8:30am – 1pm
Monday 30th Dec 8am – 8pm
Tuesday 31st Dec 8am – 5pm
New Year’s Day Closed
Thurs 2nd Jan 8am – 8pm
Fri 3rd Jan 8am – 8pm
Sat 4th Jan 8:30am – 1pm
Driving posture, do you sit correctly in you car?
You might love going on road trips and feel quite comfortable sitting in your car seat for hours on end but be aware that you may be setting yourself up for future spinal problems.
With back pain being the number 2 reason why we visit our GPs and costing the NHS £1.3Million per day, it is not surprising to see that over 60% of drivers in this survey agreed with the statement ‘my car seat can make my back ache worse after a long trip’ and maybe more importantly, over 40% of drivers said that the car seat was the main cause of their backache.
According to a recent survey commissioned by AutoExpress magazine, a poor seating position in your car can lead to both back in neck problems while a slouched position can also compromise your safety.
Local Chiropractor Jennifer Garratt explains; “a slouched position can alter the way you wear the seat belt, reducing its effectiveness while an uncomfortable car seat can also lead to driver distraction and loss of concentration.”
Jennifer shares some tips on how should a car seat should be set up to protect your back and neck:
“Make sure that your car seat is not too far away from the pedals. When you fully depress the clutch your legs should remain slightly bent.”
“Make sure that your backrest is not tilted back too far. Your elbows should be slightly bent when you position your hands correctly on the steering wheel in the ‘10 to 2 position’.”
“Make sure that you increase the lumbar support as much as possible to support the natural arch in your back to avoid slouching. If you do not have a lumbar support built-in, you can use a portable, dedicated lumbar support cushion or roll up a towel and put it behind your back.”
“Make sure that the top of your headrest is above the top of your ears. If it is too low it can increase the risk of neck injuries in case of an accident.”
“Now, stretch yourself up and make your spine as tall as possible sitting in an ideal posture. Set the rearview mirror so you can just about see the traffic behind you. This will help to correct your posture every time you look in your rearview mirror, because if you slouch you will not be able to use the rearview mirror.”
“Make sure that your seatbelt is correctly positioned. If possible, adjust the height so it is not sitting on your neck and according to the Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), the belt should be worn as tight as possible, with no slack and the lap belt should go over the pelvic region, not the stomach.”
Why not call in to the clinic and speak to a chiropractor if you are concerned about your spinal health and get your car seat checked as part of our service.”