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News regarding Coronavirus (covid-19)

Unfortunately, there is quite a lot of misinformation out there regarding the Coronavirus (covid-19). Although we may be living in strange and somewhat uncertain times, it is vital to keep a level head and look at the facts. Please see the News Page for details about recent developments and how we are supporting patients in these difficult times.

The Musculoskeletal Chiropractor's wellness blog

The Blog and Self-help pages are intended to be a useful patient resource over time and include articles relating to various aspects of individual wellbeing, Corporate Wellness, Health, Sports Injuries and work-related injuries.

Latest Article - a Chiropractors perspective

Resilience in the face of adversity, uncertainty and covid-19

Resilience in the face of adversity, uncertainty and covid-19Any crisis can prove hugely challenging and stressful, both physiologically and psychologically. The Coronavirus Covid-19 situation is no different and fear, uncertainty and the changes that everybody has to make all add to the stress. Yet, some people seem more resilient and able to cope much more effectively than others in a similar situation. People deemed as resilient appear to have common shared characteristics and behaviours, which may indeed explain why they are more resilient. Resilience becomes more critical over time and, as one weathers the storm, but storms do end. The full article Resilience in the face of adversity, uncertainty and covid-19 looks in much more detail at the behaviours and characteristics found in resilient people and how they may help us deal with stress.

Coronavirus (covid-19) home working computer setup survival guide

Coronavirus (covid-19) home-working computer setup survival guide - a chiropractors perspectiveDuring the Coronavirus (covid-19) situation, many people are currently home-working, which may present many new and interesting challenges. The home-working computer setup survival guide aims to help people avoid some common mistakes that one can easily make while working from home. Life will be stressful enough for many people, without the addition of some easily avoided additional musculoskeletal related aches and pains. The article not only covers ideal computer setups but also highlights the importance of other aspects of home-working and separating work from home life. The full article on Coronavirus (covid-19) home-working computer setup survival guide can be read here.


Musculoskeletal Pain / MSK Pain - a Chiropractors perspective

Back Pain - A Chiropractors perspective, causes, treatment

Back Pain - A Musculoskeletal / MSK Chiropractors perspectiveBack pain is invariably something that the vast majority of the population will experience at some point in life. Symptom severity and can vary from person to person, as can the duration of back pain episodes. There are multiple possible causes of back-related pain and not purely mechanical or soft-tissue based. The article on back-pain looks in more detail at some possible causes and treatment. Back Pain - A Chiropractors perspective, causes, treatment.

Neck Pain - a Chiropractors perspective

Neck Pain article - a Chiropractors perspectiveBusy modern-day life and the increasing use of smart devices can take a toll on our musculoskeletal system and especially our necks. Terms such as "text neck" have become popular as a means of describing the specific occurrences of neck pain. The article "Neck Pain - a Chiropractors Perspective." looks at several possible causes of neck pain and some strategies to help limit, or avoid some of the effects of such problems. Neck Pain - a Chiropractors perspective can be found here.


Musculoskeletal System - Adaption, Biotensegrity, Healing and Trauma

Healing, Adaption, Biotensegrity - A Chiropractors perspective

Healing, Adaption, Biotensegrity - A Chiropractors perspectiveThe article about healing and scar tissue is the third in a series of four related articles, the others being the topics of adaption, trauma and biotensegrity. The bodies survival strategy to repair instead of to regenerate tissues has connotations for adaption, biotensegrity, injury prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. For further details, please view the link on Healing, Adaption, Biotensegrity - A Chiropractors perspective.

Biotensegrity and its relevance - A Chiropractors perspective

Biotensegrity and its relevance - A Chiropractors perspectiveThe article on Biotensegrity is the second in a series of four related articles, the others being the topics of adaption, trauma and healing. Biotensegrity looks at how everything in the body is connected and how changes in compressive and tensile forces can impact us. Changes in Biotensegrity have connotations for injury prevention, recovery, training and general musculoskeletal health. Read more here Biotensegrity and its relevance - A Chiropractors perspective.

Tissue Adaption - A Chiropractors perspective

Tissue Adaption - A Chiropractors perspectiveThe article on adaption is the first in a series of four highly related and overlapping topics, the others being the topics of trauma, healing and biotensegrity. Musculoskeletal adaption looks at how our bodies respond and adapt to various forces, which has connotations for injury prevention, recovery, training and our musculoskeletal health in general. Further details here Tissue Adaption - A Chiropractors perspective.


Self-Treatment and Maintenance Techniques

Self-Myofascial Release (SMR) routine for the legs

Coronavirus (covid-19) home survival pack - self myofascial release (SMR)During the current Coronavirus (covid-19) lockdown situation, many people are spending prolonged periods sitting at home while working or otherwise. Leg tension can be a consequence of prolonged sitting, though athletes and runners are not immune either. The self-myofascial release article looks at some simple ways to help maintain or limit leg tension during the lockdown and afterwards. The Self-Myofascial Release (SMR) for the legs and not just runners can be read here.

Self Trigger Point Therapy (TPT) and Massage Balls

Self Trigger Point Therapy (TPT) and Massage BallsAs with “Foam Rollers”, Self Trigger Point Therapy (TPT) can prove to be a reasonably effective self-maintenance or treatment technique and useful addition to general treatment. However, it is helpful to understand something about muscle anatomy, physiology and the basis of the method. Read more about Self Trigger Point Therapy (TPT) and Massage Balls here.

Self-Massage Foam Rollers - Myofascial Release

Self-Massage Foam Rollers - Myofascial ReleaseThe vast majority of the population have probably seen or used a “Foam Roller”, of which there are now all types, shapes and sizes. However, to get the best out of self-treatment with a “Foam Roller”, it helps to understand the basis of the technique and something about muscle anatomy and physiology. Foam Rollers can also be a useful addition to general treatment and maintenance. Find out more about Self-Massage Foam Rollers - Myofascial Release here.


Stress, Wellness and Performance

Stress, the Individual, Wellbeing, Performance and the Workplace (Part One)

Stress, the Individual, Wellbeing, Performance and the Workplace (Part One)Stress is a relatively common fact of modern day life, and the human body has always had to deal with “stress” in one form or another. Not all “stress” is bad and “stress” can prove to be very positive. To combat the negative impacts of too much “stress,” one needs to understand something about the “Human Stress Response”. Learn more about Stress, the Individual, Wellbeing, Performance and the Workplace (Part One).

Stress, the Individual, Wellbeing, Performance and the Workplace (Part Two)

Stress, the Individual, Wellbeing, Performance and the Workplace (Part Two)The second part of the article about “Stress, the Individual, Wellbeing and Performance” looks at the mid to long-term effects of excessive “stress” on the human body, various bodily systems and human performance. Find out more in Stress, the Individual, Wellbeing, Performance and the Workplace (Part Two).

Stress, the Individual, Wellbeing, Performance and the Workplace (Part Three)

Stress, the Individual, Wellbeing, Performance and the Workplace (Part Three)The third and final part of the “Stress, the Individual, Wellbeing and Performance” related article looks at possible interventions to mitigate or reduce the impacts of perceived and sustained levels of “stress”. Stress, the Individual, Wellbeing, Performance and the Workplace (Part Three) here.


Sports Injuries

Achilles Tendinopathy Pain

Running Related Sports Injury Series - Achilles Tendinopathy PainAchilles Tendinopathy is a fairly common condition, which can affect people from all walks of life. The condition can also easily affect both highly active sports people, including runners through to sedentary and inactive people. The Achilles Tendinopathy article covers the condition in some detail, along with possible causes and treatment options. Read more about Achilles Tendinopathy here.

Plantar Fasciopathy or Plantar Fasciitis foot pain

Plantar Fasciopathy or Plantar Fasciitis foot painAlthough the article on Plantar Fasciitis / Plantar Fasciopathy is from a “Running” perspective, many people can suffer from this condition. The article describes some typical symptoms, possible causes and treatment options. Learn more about Plantar Fasciopathy or Plantar Fasciitis here.

Ankle injuries (Inversion, Eversion)

Ankle injuries (Inversion, Eversion)Ankle injuries can affect virtually anybody and can cause a multitude of other niggles or problems if left untreated and not rehabilitated correctly. The article about ankle injuries discusses different types of damage, severity, the possible impacts of such injuries and treatment options available. Read more about Ankle injuries (Inversion, Eversion) here.

Patellofemoral Syndrome, Runner's Knee, Rower's Knee Pain

Patellofemoral Syndrome, Runner's Knee, Rower's Knee PainKnee pain (Runner’s Knee / Rower’s Knee) and problems affecting the knee are relatively common in certain types of activity including sports like Rowing, Running and Football. The article about Patellofemoral Syndrome covers more details about the symptoms of this condition, possible causes and treatment options. Read further about Patellofemoral Syndrome, Runner's Knee, Rower's Knee here.

Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS), Runner's Knee Pain

Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS), Runner's Knee PainAnother form of knee pain and sometimes hip pain can occur due to Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) or (ITB) Syndrome. The condition commonly affects Runners and hence is also known as Runner’s Knee. The article on (ITBS) covers symptoms associated with the condition, possible causes and treatment options. Further details about Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS), Runner's Knee can be found here.

Shin Splints - Shin Pain

Shin Splints - Shin painMany runners and military personnel are likely to have encountered the unpleasant and sometimes debilitating pain associated with Shin Splints. The condition can easily be made worse and be very debilitating. The Shin Splints article discusses possible causes, symptoms of the condition and treatment options. Learn more about Shin Splints here.


Sports Injury Prevention

Basic Running / Sports Injury Preventive Measures

Basic Running / Sports Injury Preventive MeasuresMany of the concepts covered in the “Sports Injury Preventative Measures” article, don’t just apply to “Runners” or just people participating in sport. The principles equally apply to multiple forms of physical activity, injury prevention, or exercise in general and recovery from injury. Further details on Basic Running / Sports Injury Preventive Measures can be found here.

New Years Resolutions and sports injury prevention

New Years Resolutions and sports injury preventionWell, the Christmas and New Years festivities are now behind us, and many people will have made new years resolutions to get fit and or lose weight. Unfortunately, many people give up on their new year's resolutions due to injury early on. The article on injury prevention, a Chiropractors perspective helps explain why many injuries occur (injury mechanisms), and some strategies to help avoid them. Happy New year and enjoy being or getting active. Further details on New Years Resolutions and sports injury prevention can be found here.


About the Chiropractor Author

The author possesses an unusual background for a Chiropractor (McTimoney). His education, training and practical experience span over two decades and relate to both physical and mental aspects of health. He has also needed to push his own body and mind to the limits of physical and psychological endurance as part of his time serving in Britain’s elite military forces. His education includes a bachelor of science degree in Business Management, with a specialisation in psychology and mental health in the workplace, an Integrated Masters in Chiropractic, MChiro and a multitude of soft-tissue therapy qualifications. His soft tissue qualifications range from certificate level right through to a BTEC Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Clinical Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy. Terry also has extensive experience in security, work, health and safety and holds relevant certifications. He has also taught at Advanced Diploma level (Myotherapy / Musculoskeletal Therapy) in Australia, both theoretical and practical aspects including advanced Myofascial Release Techniques and has certification in training and assessment. Terry’s combination of knowledge through, education, training, his elite military experience and personal injury history have paid dividends for the patients he sees and has treated. Terry is still extremely active and enjoys distance running, kayaking, mountain biking and endurance-type activities.


Chiropractic and Massage Registrations

Patient's can be safe in the knowledge that all of our therapist's hold relevant professional registrations and or memberships. Our principal Chiropractor Terry Davis MSMA is registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and holds additional memberships and registrations for Massage Therapy with the Complementary & Natural Health Council (CHNC) and the Sports Massage Association (SMA). He is also BTEC Level 5 Clinical Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy qualified and holds numerous other soft-tissue therapy qualifications. Furthermore, he has also taught at Advanced Diploma level (Myotherapy / Musculoskeletal Therapy) in Australia, including theory, practical and advanced Myofascial Release techniques.


Complementary & Natural Health Council (CHNC)
General Chiropractic Council (GCC)
Sports Massage Association (SMA)