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Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

It has been a tough and strange year for all of us in one way or another. All I can say is, as long as we are healthy then we should all be thankful.

Christmas is just a week away and we would like to let you know our opening times during this period.

Monday 21st December – normal hours 8am to 8pm

Tuesday 22nd December – normal hours 8am to 8pm

Wednesday 23rd December – normal hours 9am to 7pm

Thursday 24th December – Christmas Eve – 8am to 1pm

Friday 25th December – CLOSED

Saturday 26th December – CLOSED

Monday 28th December – 9am to 1pm

Tuesday 29th December – normal hours 8am to 8pm

Wednesday 30th December – normal hours 9am to 7pm

Thursday 31st December – New Year’s Eve – 8am to 4:30pm

Friday 1st January – CLOSED

Saturday 2nd January – 9am to 3pm

Here’s to you all for a healthy Christmas and New Year.


We are still open !

We are still open !

As we head into another lockdown today, we want to reassure you that we will be remaining open during this period for your Chiropractic, Osteopathic and Chiropody appointments.

We are Allied Health Practitioners (AHP’s) and in accordance with Government Guidelines, you will still be able to leave your home to attend your appointments.

We would like to assure you that we take the health and well-being of our patients and staff very seriously. We have rigorous procedures in place with regards to PPE, social distancing and disinfecting the clinic to help ensure both yours and our safety during the pandemic. We will continue to ask patients to wear mask and gloves when attending the clinic and take your temperature when entering the clinic.

Like you, we’re closely monitoring the quickly developing effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and when any changes are made with regards to how we practice we will keep you informed.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us by phone on 020 8661 1613 or by email at

We hope you all stay healthy and safe during these difficult times.


Sorry we have been so booked up!!

Sorry we have been so booked up!!

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.


We are now re-open for all patients

We are now re-open for all patients

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



COVID 19 – Re-Opening

COVID 19 – Re-Opening

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.


Coronavirus – Our commitment to our Patients, Visitors and Staff

Coronavirus – Our commitment to our Patients, Visitors and Staff

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.


A Parents’ Guide to Safeguard Kids Spinal Health

A Parents’ Guide to Safeguard Kids Spinal Health

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.


Driving posture, Do you sit correctly in your car ?

Driving posture, Do you sit correctly in your car ?

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.”




Could sleep actually be causing you pain ?

Could sleep actually be causing you pain ?

Could sleep actually be causing you pain?

 The way you sleep could be causing you unnecessary aches and pains. We are told time after time that we should be sleeping flat on our backs, but many of us have already developed habitual sleeping patterns, which are hard to get out of. However, if you suffer from neck or shoulder stiffness, muscle tension or more commonly back pain, you might want to think twice about curling up into a ball next time you reach for the sheets.

Incorrect alignment and poor support of your spine and limbs will put pressure on different areas of the body, which is why you may sometimes wake up with pain or discomfort.

Your spine also plays a huge role in sending nerve signals around the body; delicate nerve tissues helpcontrol your critical organs, so any damage to these tissues can lead to problems affecting impairment in balance, vision, temperature regulation, digestion and hormonal regulation problems.

Follow these sleeping tips and give your back a break:

  • Refrain from sleeping on your stomach as this causes your spine to arch unnaturally and usually results in both back and neck stiffness
  • Laying on your back or side is the ideal position, however to perfect your alignment try to use an orthopaedic pillow to give your neck adequate support
  • If you sleep on your side, consider placing a pillow in-between your knees for support to prevent your back and pelvis from twisting
  • If you sleep on your back, consider placing a pillow under your knees to take the tension off your lower back
  • Acknowledging and correcting your posture throughout the day will help you find ease when it comes to sleep

Importantly, remember that an underlying neck can cause poor quality sleep or back problem causing increased muscle tension. So if you are experiencing poor sleep, see a chiropractor to have your neck and back checked.


Stepping it up !

Stepping it up !

Stepping it up!

It’s recommended that we take 10,000 steps a day. However, a recent study conducted at Stanford University found that the global average for steps taken per day is 4,961. Though the UK’s average is above this stat, it’s a far cry from the suggested amount.

Local chiropractor Jenny Garratt from Chiltern Health Centre – Sutton Chiropractic Clinic in Sutton, highlights the many benefits of walking; from reducing the risk of heart disease to helping you sleep easy! Swapping walking on pavements for paths in green spaces, you’re likely to improve your mood, get the creative juices flowing and reduce feelings of depression. With so many lovely green areas around Sutton and Surrey, a little change in your daily routine can do wonders for your wellbeing!

“A good walking technique is key to ensure your back is properly supported. Tighten your stomach muscles to engage your core and support your entire body weight. Spinal alignment is vital; try to stand up straight and keep your chin parallel to the ground. Let your arms swing naturally and roll through your foot from heel to toe.”

“As you move your body weight from heel to toe try and make a slight rolling motion inwards. This will help you when you push off with your foot and will give you a faster stride. Speed-walking can burn as many calories as jogging especially if your posture is correct. Try and hold your ribcage up and your tummy muscles in.”

It’s also a good idea to shorten your strides; this will reduce the strain on your knees, calves and shins. Make sure you get the right technique as you start off so that bad habits don’t develop! Getting the right footwear is key to ensuring you establish a good walking method. When buying shoes you’re going to walk in make sure you go at the end of the day as your feet will be a little swollen meaning you’ll purchase the right size. Its important that your toes have room to move and that your heel doesn’t slip. This will give you ample support both in your ankle and further up in your lower back.

Local chiropractor Jenny Garratt encourages incorporating a walk into your daily routine. By releasing endorphins and boosting vitamin D levels, walking’s benefits are sure to leave you feeling refreshed and energized.