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Why You Should Try The New Warm-up Program For Rugby

New Warm-up Program For RugbyThe Rugby Football Union (RFU), have announced that they are rolling out a new warm-up program this summer across all levels of the community game. This simple to implement, four-stage workout, developed as part of a study on young Rugby players, by the University of Bath, reduced injuries among the young players who participated, by at least 70% and the incidence of concussion by 59%.

Winchester Chiropractor, Max Atkinson, says that this program, focusing on balance, strength and movement demonstrated a significant positive benefit for the children and teenagers who did these exercises regularly during training sessions and pre-match warm-ups. Continue reading

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Preventing Common Cycling Problems

cycling injuryThere are a number of high profile campaigns that urge us to ‘get on our bikes’ with the dual aims of reducing pollution and making us healthier and more active.

While cycling is a great way to exercise and an exciting sport to participate in, unfortunately it is often a cause of injury with Casualty departments and GPs seeing additional cases of cycling injuries around the time of the Tour de France as ‘armchair cyclists’ attempt to emulate their heroes!

In this article however, we look at preventing cycling problems not caused by a traffic accident. Continue reading

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The Health Dangers Of Belly Fat

mens health weekMen’s Health Week runs from June 12th to June 18th in 2017. This year, it focuses on alerting men to the fact that excess belly fat is a major risk factor in conditions such as Diabetes, Cardiovascular disease, raised blood pressure, problems with getting or maintaining an erection, colorectal cancer, sleep apnoea and, in fact, the risk of premature death from any cause.

Winchester Chiropractor, Max Atkinson, says that the problem with belly fat is that it does not just sit beneath the skin – deeper, visceral fat wraps itself around your vital organs. Continue reading

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Arthritis Care Awareness Week

arthritis care awareness weekArthritis Care Week in the UK runs from the 14th – 21st of May this year. This event, designed to highlight the work of the charity, Arthritis Care, raises awareness and improves support for those who suffer from the pain, inflammation and joint stiffness that characterise this condition.

Winchester Chiropractor, Max Atkinson wholeheartedly supports the aims of the charity and this year’s theme, “Wake up to Arthritis” and says that he would like more people to “wake up to the benefits of Chiropractic” for joint pains from osteoarthritis. Many people are unaware of the improvement in mobility and pain relief that Chiropractic can provide to sufferers, as an adjunct to core osteoarthritis treatments – a fact highlighted in Arthritis Care’s own leaflet on Complementary Therapies in the care and treatment of Arthritis. You can access the complete leaflet here. ¹

If you are an osteoarthritis sufferer, Chiropractic could be of benefit, reducing pain and improving joint mobility! To find out more about the treatment options and alternatives available to you, call the Bradford House Practice today on 01962-861-188 and arrange your initial assessment appointment. Continue reading

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Get On Your Feet with ‘On Your Feet Britain’

on your feet BritainPublished statistics show that the average time spent sitting, daily, is 8.9 hours! ‘Get Britain Standing’ is holding another ‘On Your Feet Britain’ day, on the 28th of April 2017 to educate us on the major health problems that sitting too long every day, could be heading us towards, and to motivate us to get on our feet and do something about it for ourselves! We might all want to be more active, but as Max Atkinson, a Winchester Chiropractor at Bradford House Chiropractic explains, back pain while standing or walking, or lack of mobility due to joint and muscle problems are problems that hold many of us back. Experiencing pain and discomfort in our joints and soft tissues, often arising from simple to fix, biomechanical causes can make us more inclined to sit on the sidelines. Walking and standing is good for us and by spending too much time sitting, we miss participating in physical activities such as sport, gardening and all the other elements of everyday life that we used to enjoy. Continue reading

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A Complete Approach To Back Pain

back_sciatic_painYour Winchester Chiropractor, Max Atkinson, can tell you from experience that more than 85% of us will suffer from back pain at some point. At his Bradford House practice, treatment for patients with back pain is a holistic, complete approach to back pain. Treatments that work well for one person, do not work as well for others so it is vital that after a thorough assessment and diagnosis, combination of treatment approaches are offered in each case.

The aim of Chiropractic is to address the underlying cause of back pain and to advise on the treatment options and alternatives available with the aim of getting the patient out of pain and back to normal, as quickly as possible. In conjunction with Chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue work, joint mobilization and other techniques form part of the Chiropractor’s arsenal. Continue reading

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Healthy Heart Tips

healthy heartValentine’s Day has come and gone – and although February is the month of romance, hearts and flowers, it is also the month when in the US in particular, (as it is American Heart Month), we are reminded of the need to take care of the physical health of our hearts as well as the emotional aspects!

To help you, we’ve compiled some heart-healthy tips that will help you take care of your heart all year round. Obviously please check with your GP to see if these are appropriate for you.  However, please feel free to share these with friends and family as small changes can have a big impact on heart health. Continue reading

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Keeping Fit During Winter

winter exerciseFor those of us who prefer to exercise outside, whether walking, running, cycling or gardening, the winter months can present a few challenges when it comes to keeping fit! For some of us, the solution is often to ‘hibernate’, foregoing the trainers or gardening shoes for some slippers and a seat by the fire.

However, as Winchester Chiropractor, Max Atkinson points out, this is not an ideal solution, particularly as we get older – as it is important to keep active, with strong muscles and good flexibility in our limbs and spine. So he has put together a few, helpful tips, that will (we hope), motivate you to keep active during the winter months. Continue reading

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A Toast To Health this Christmas

dreamstime_m_7759622The festive season is a time when we all want to look and feel at our best so that we can enjoy time with friends and family. We all tend to ‘over-indulge’ a little, – not surprising with all the festive goodies and Christmas drinks offers at every turn in supermarkets, plus all those extra family and social get-together, office parties, etc., to attend!

Winchester Chiropractor, Max Atkinson wholeheartedly agrees with the saying “there is no wealth but health” but also points out that just because we want to balance our healthy eating priorities, we do not have to turn into ‘party poopers’ – even during the festive season! Below, you will find some of his top tips for staying in shape through Christmas, New Year and beyond! Continue reading

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The Gluten-free Diet – Is It For You?

shutterstock_245254981The gluten-free market is growing globally. In the UK, for example, Waitrose reports an increase in sales of g-free kitchen cupboard staples, up 25% in the past year alone and an amazing increase of 105% on frozen foods.

What is Gluten?

The grains wheat, barley, rye, spelt and triticale all contain the gluten protein and it may also be found in oats (by cross-contamination only). It is contained in bread, cakes, pastries and pasta. It may be a hidden ingredient in sweets, chocolates, processed foods, sauces and gravies, soups and even in prescription medications and over the counter supplements and medicines.

For those with celiac disease, this protein must be avoided as it leads to an autoimmune response, damaging the lining of the intestine and causing problems with the absorption of essential vitamins and minerals from the diet. In fact, coeliac disease is often diagnosed during investigation of another health problem such as anaemia or osteoporosis for example. Continue reading

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