Welcome to Creative at Christmas!

The Creative Chiropractic Christmas Open House is back for 2017 and you’re invited to come in and enjoy delicious homemade mince pies, sausage rolls, festive biscuits and bite-sized sweet treats accompanied by a Christmas Mocktail from Monday 18th to Thursday 21st December!

Next week, between Monday and Thursday from 9am to 6pm, the Creative Chiropractic team welcomes you to our Christmas Open House at the Practice. We look forward to seeing you!

Need a last minute gift?

If you’re searching for perfect treats for your loved ones (and a free gift for yourself!) then click here to read Mr. Bownes’ best gift ideas for a Creative Christmas and a Healthy New Year!

Elf on the Shelf

Just two weeks until Christmas Day and Mini Bownes and his mischievous companion, Buddy the Elf (right), have been getting us in the festive mood with their naughty antics at the Practice (click to see the photos on our Facebook page!)

Hasn’t this year flown by!

clockIt’s been a busy year, so we’ll be using this festive period to take time out and recharge our batteries in readiness for 2018! Take a look at our opening times below…

Friday 22nd December 8:30am-1pm
Saturday 23rd December CLOSED
Christmas Eve CLOSED
Christmas Day CLOSED
Boxing Day CLOSED
Wednesday 27th December 8:30am-5pm
Thursday 28th December 8:30am-6pm
Friday 29th December 8:30am-1pm
Saturday 30th December CLOSED
New Year’s Eve CLOSED
New Year’s Day CLOSED
Open as normal from Tuesday 2nd January 8:30am-6pm
Friday 5th January CLOSED for team training day.

Christmas, Mr BownesFrom Mr Bownes and the team, we hope you enjoy the holidays. Have a Creative Christmas and an ‘Elfie New Year!

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New exhibition at Pensthorpe…

Michael I'Anson, Photography, Pensthorpe Natural ParkThe talented photographers on the Portfolio Development course @ Pensthorpe, including Creative Practitioners, Susi and Michael, share new work in their second exhibition…

This is the second exhibition by this group and it is well worth a visit. There is a wonderful vibrancy about this new work – beautiful colours and also muted, soft tones.

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James Brown’s work explores the light and plants at Pensthorpe and he has used a range of techniques to produce delicate split toned images as well as gorgeous full-colour studies.

Creative’s Michael I’Anson shares a powerful group of monochrome images that grab the attention and are bold in their use of black & white – stunning. Congratulations to Michael as he has just gained his LRPS.

Maggie Mole’s work is gentle, and has an abstract quality as she explores the gardens and plants at Pensthorpe. This is a carefully considered set of images that beautifully complement one another and create a sense of peace and calm.

Creative’s Susi Hancock has a lovely mix of images with a muted high key piece entitled: ‘Seeds Blowing’ which contrasts with the colourful plant portraits and vibrant ‘Desert Cacti’.

Bruce Page shares his strong and colourful work which is bold and arresting – the deep blacks provide a dramatic backdrop for the colourful plants.

And finally, Rhonda Pike with her ethereal series of images which use split toning and duo-tone techniques. Her panel work so well together and demonstrate the wonderful skills of this talented photographer.

Pensthorpe Natural ParkFrom 29 November 2017 to spring 2018, you will be able to view the work of this talented group of photographers in The Exhibition Room at Pensthorpe. Entry is free.

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Mr Bownes’ Top gifts for a Creative Christmas and a Healthy New Year!

Christmas, Mr BownesJust six weeks to go until Christmas Day and if you’re searching for perfect treats for your loved ones, then look no further as Mr. Bownes is here to take the stress out of your Christmas shopping with his best gift ideas for a Creative Christmas and a Healthy New Year!

Treat a loved one to a Creative Christmas and receive a luxury free product worth up to £15 when you buy a gift voucher!

RECEIVE A FREE GIFT WORTH UP TO £15! Creative Chiropractic, gift voucher, christmas giftBuy a Creative Chiropractic gift voucher and receive a free luxury Neal’s Yard Remedies gift worth up to £15 for yourself. We only have 20 free gifts to give away, so hurry and get yours today!

All you have to do is order a gift voucher which can be redeemed against all Creative Chiropractic treatments or you can click here to choose a specific treatment to buy. Whether a relaxing Aromatherapy Infused Massage, Hopi Ear Candling, Reflexology or the luxurious Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic Signature Body Treatment, find a Creative gift experience to wow.

To order gift vouchers, call the friendly Reception team on 01328 854325, email them at: info@creativechiropractic.co.uk or pop in and see us at the Practice. There’s only 20 free gifts available, so be quick! (To qualify for a free gift, minimum voucher spend of £15 and gifts will need to be collected from the Practice.)

Why not order Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic treats online!

Here’s our top three picks…

Neal's Yard Remedies, For Him, giftsFOR HIM – Men’s Everyday Collection: £35 Practical and classically stylish, this handy wash bag with body wash, face wash and moisturiser is a joy to discover under the Christmas tree. Click here to order online.

NOURISH Hand Cream Collection – £19 From organic moisturising honey to balancing geranium and uplifting, festive orange essential oils, this trio of naturally nourishing hand creams is the perfect gift for hardworking hands. Click here to order online.

Revive, Neal's Yard Remedies, giftsREVIVE Orange and Geranium Collection – £30 Our signature aroma of balancing geranium and uplifting organic orange essential oils has been lovingly blended in this naturally reviving trio of shower gel, body lotion and hand cream – ideal for someone in need of a little TLC. Click here to order.

For many more Neal’s Yard Remedies products and gift ideas for Christmas, click here to view the online catalogue.

From everyone at the Practice, we wish you a Creative Christmas and a Healthy New Year!

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Meet the Daily Mail award winning illustrator who brought Mr. Bownes to life!

From the drawing board to annual Creative calendar superstar, we chat to Mr Bownes creator, Andy Ward (www.andyward.com) about drawing, deadlines and designing for the Daily Mail…

“Yesterday I drew an illustration for the cover of The Daily mail for a piece on the rise of Centenarians for their Good Health section.”

Daily Mail, andy ward, illustrator“I drew a colourful happy, dancing, silver-haired lady partying with her friends in a pair of pink spotted glasses in the shape of the number 100. This woman (left) was my Nan, who would have also been 100 this year had she just managed a couple more years. Super positive, I never heard her grumble once and the perfect reference for that illustration.”

“I often reference people I know and meet in the illustrations I do for the newspapers and magazines as my life experience is where my ideas are drawn from. I observe and file away character traits that are pulled into my work on demand. Commissioning deadlines for the daily papers can be as little as 45 minutes and there is often no time to reference, just speed draw from memory. The pressure is great as editors often change their minds as the clock ticks and the art desk will often change the size and format of an illustration when in progress as they lay out a page, so flexibility and a well-stocked memory bank of ideas and references is essential. There is nothing like a blank page, a 45-minute deadline and a slot in a national newspaper to focus the mind. Ideas have to come.”

“So much like a writer may store to memory experiences for future use, illustrators store visual experiences for future use in their work. Life is work, work is life. The flip side of this is never switching off, always being in work when busy and all of this time is spent hunched over a drawing tablet. Needless to say, my back has taken years of abuse and this is where I make my point. Mr Bownes, the character I created for Creative Chiropractic is referencing myself. My life experience of suffering a bad back as a result of my work offered first hand reference for Mr Bownes. Over the years Mr Bownes has developed from a character in a medical chart, through to this year’s 2018 calendar which sees him travel the world taking extreme selfies with photo-bombing animals. Happiness and health are one and the same. Hats off to Michael and the team at Creative Chiropractic, thanks for keeping me happy and healthy at the drawing board!”

New 2018 calendar out now!

The new Creative Chiropractic calendars, designed by Andy Ward, are here.
Pick up yours from the Practice today!

Mini Bownes, Mr Bownes calendar

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It’s about the ‘roar’ in your core!

Creative Chiropractic at Pensthorpe celebrate the arrival of their newest team member, Rehabilitation Specialist, Rachael Curnow, who explains: “Whether you’re an international cycling professional or simply wanting to be able to do the gardening again, I am confident that I can help you return to your day-to-day living and sporting activities that have been affected by injury, illness or surgery…

Rachael Curnow, rehab, creative chiropractic, rehabilitation, pensthorpe, core, treatment, sports injury, north norfolkWe all know that dreaded feeling of being told we need to go to the gym. Getting a ‘sweat on’ and working our core can all seem like quite a chore! Gym invites sent through the door with pictures of glamourous females and muscly men may only allow us to notice how far from that picture we actually feel, leading to discouragement and pessimism.

But perhaps it isn’t all about that… would a supercar be known just for its pretty exterior or even an old classic for its retro design? Maybe it helps a little, but let’s strip all that back, after all, what’s the use of a beautiful machine that doesn’t function properly? Isn’t it the ‘roar’ of the engine from the fine tuning, to the efficiency in performance, the movement and the strong structure that creates this wonderful mechanism? Welcome to Rehabilitation at Creative Chiropractic, where I would like to invite you down a whole new road of discovery. A road that will lead you to encouragement and optimism and one that is about you and your engine, it’s about the ‘roar’ in your core!

So let me introduce myself…

I’m the newest member of Creative Chiropractic’s unique team, where our beautiful home is within the stunning grounds of Pensthorpe Natural Park. Having worked within my field for over ten years, my greatest reward is experiencing positive successes helping people from a wide variety of backgrounds and of different ages.

Working alongside our highly skilled Chiropractor and Massage Therapists, I will provide you with an individual and tailored treatment plan to realise your personal goals and challenges, whatever they may be.

You may still be wondering what rehabilitation is and what does it mean?

The mechanics of it… Let’s go back to the car analogy, strangely we are very similar in principle. A car needs oil, we need water, a car needs fuel, we need food, a car needs servicing, we need restoration time, if the car has been sat a while… yes, you get the picture. If we don’t look after the car it will only breakdown, why would our bodies be any different? It really is as straight forward as that, but the key is getting a good mechanic to keep everything running smoothly and to your personal optimal level.

At our first appointment, we will discuss where you feel you need some guidance. Have you suffered from a sprain or fracture, or maybe you have had a trauma causing injury? It could be an illness which has affected your ability to do things or maybe you just don’t feel as co-ordinated and balanced as you used to.

Sports person? No problem! Never exercised before? No problem! We can work together to help you perform more effectively whatever your history and starting point. Rehabilitation is about restoring you, ‘getting your old self back’ and bringing the best out of you. A little progress every day adds up to big results. I will help you understand how, with appropriate exercises and your commitment, we can improve your posture, build joint stability, prevent injury or enhance your performance.

A human mechanic would perhaps be an easier way to understand what I do, so let’s retune that engine, rewire a few things, oil those rusty joints (I said rusty, not old!) and get the ‘roar’ back into your core. A helping hand is here and I look forward to meeting you at Creative Chiropractic.

For Rehabilitation & Sports Therapy treatment prices, click here or give the Creative Chiropractic team a call on 01328 854325, email info@creativechiropractic.co.uk to book an appointment.

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Creative Chiropractic Patient competes in World Martial Arts Games for Great Britain!

Local Martial Arts Coach, Wayne Baker (46), of SESMA (South Eastern School of Martial Arts www.sesma.co.uk/) in Norwich is fighting fit as he flies out to Orlando this week to represent Great Britain in the Kata and Kumite teams at the World Martial Arts Games (www.wmagc.org/)…

Wayne Baker, SESMA, World Martial Arts Games, Creative ChiropracticWayne, who has been teaching Martial Arts for 25 years, started karate when he was just nine years old, achieving his Black Belt at 16 before going on to represent England four times in Karate winning gold, silver and bronze medals. In 2017, Wayne has continued with competing and is currently 2nd place in the Norfolk Open Grand Prix and the Peterborough Grand Prix Series.

Due to recent success, he was invited to compete in the National Martial Arts Commission qualifying series for the Great Britain Team in Florida this month. After over 20 years retirement from competitive martial arts, being selected for Team GB is a fantastic achievement!

On Saturday 9th September, Wayne will be competing in Japanese Kata and also Korean Forms. Since competing last minute in Kumite (sparring) at a GB qualifying competition, he was also asked to enter the Kumite competition which required him having to lose over a stone to get into the weight category, so Wayne will also be fighting in the Kumite competition on Sunday 10th September.

Michael I'Anson, Wayne Baker, Linda I'Anson, creative chiropractic, pensthorpeTo attend the World Championships, competitors have to fund their own campaign, so Creative Chiropractic, among other local businesses, is co-sponsoring Wayne. Creative Chiropractic’s Linda says: “Wayne has been a patient at the Practice for two years, receiving chiropractic and massage treatments.”

Michael I'Anson, creative chiropractic, wayne baker, SESMA, World Martial Arts Games, FloridaWayne often gives his sponsors a shout out on social media from his Facebook Page: “Creative Chiropractic do wonders for me! In particular, my glutes, hamstrings and IT (iliotibial) bands take a lot of punishment from my sport, so regular treatment prevents me from getting serious injuries.”

Everyone at Creative Chiropractic wishes Wayne the very best of luck at the World Martial Arts Games!

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Motivational Monday Stretch #8 Piriformis Stretch

Bespoke stretches and advice are part of the service we offer to our patients at Creative Chiropractic and stretching is a great way to compliment the treatments we provide at the Practice as well as additional benefits, including:

  • Helps improve range of motion by lengthening tight muscles and increasing blood and nutrient supply to them.
  • Calm the mind, allowing your emotions and body to recharge.

The best time to stretch is after activity or exercise as your muscles are warmer and will lengthen easier.

These short and snappy videos are designed to help you do these simple but effective stretches correctly…

Stretch #8 Piriformis

This stretch targets the piriformis muscle which is located deep in the buttock behind the gluteus maximus. It can help to relieve pain caused by sciatica and improve movement in the lower back and hips.

Our Massage Therapist, Jess, performing a fantastic stretch… The body achieves what the mind believes!

How to do it:

  1. Come on to all fours with your hands shoulder distance apart.
  2. Bring left knee forward with shin on a diagonal and heel pointing towards the opposite side.
  3. Straighten right leg and tuck toes under keeping hips square.
  4. Hold position for 20 seconds and repeat on the other side.

This stretch should be completed daily.

Attention: This stretch should not be done if you have lower back pain or if you have had a hip/ knee replacement.

Stretching shouldn’t cause undue pain, shortness of breath or dizziness. Please seek advice from your GP if you have any concerns before undertaking these stretches.

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Motivational Monday Stretch #7 Shoulder Stretch

Bespoke stretches and advice are part of the service we offer to our patients at Creative Chiropractic and stretching is a great way to compliment the treatments we provide at the Practice as well as additional benefits, including:

  • Helps improve range of motion by lengthening tight muscles and increasing blood and nutrient supply to them.
  • Calm the mind, allowing your emotions and body to recharge.

The best time to stretch is after activity or exercise as your muscles are warmer and will lengthen easier.

These short and snappy videos are designed to help you do these simple but effective stretches correctly…

Stretch #7 Shoulders

This stretch is great for loosening the shoulder muscles and improving mobility and range of movement in the arms. Really good for people that play a lot of racket sports and work at a computer daily.

Our Senior Massage Therapist, Serena, performing a fantastic stretch… The body achieves what the mind believes!

How to do it:

  1. Sit comfortably on a straight-backed chair or stand with knees slightly bent.
  2. Raise left arm across your body to shoulder height, slightly bend arm at elbow.
  3. Pull elbow with right arm gently
  4. Hold for 20-30 seconds on each side.
  5. Repeat 3 times on each arm.

This stretch should be completed daily.

Attention: Stop this stretch if there is any increase in your shoulder pain

Stretching shouldn’t cause undue pain, shortness of breath or dizziness. Please seek advice from your GP if you have any concerns before undertaking these stretches.

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Motivational Monday Stretch #6 Deep Hamstring Stretch

Bespoke stretches and advice are part of the service we offer to our patients at Creative Chiropractic and stretching is a great way to compliment the treatments we provide at the Practice as well as additional benefits, including:

  • Helps improve range of motion by lengthening tight muscles and increasing blood and nutrient supply to them.
  • Calm the mind, allowing your emotions and body to recharge.

The best time to stretch is after activity or exercise as your muscles are warmer and will lengthen easier.

These short and snappy videos are designed to help you do these simple but effective stretches correctly…

Stretch #6 Hamstrings

The hamstrings are the muscles along the back of the thigh that help us to walk, run, sit and stand, so this Stretch is great for both the active and those that lead a more sedentary lifestyle. This is a great hamstring stretch for the active and the more desk bound. Hamstring flexibility is important for the health and flexibility of your back, hips and knees.

Our Massage Therapist, Jess, performing a fantastic stretch… Healthy isn’t a goal, it’s a way of living!

How to do it:

  1. Lay flat on the floor.
  2. Bring your left leg into your chest and extent your heel upwards.
  3. Hold under your left knee and gently pull towards your body. Hold here for 10 seconds and release slowly.
  4. Repeat three times on each side.

This stretch should be completed daily.

Attention: Stop this stretch if you develop signs of increasing pain in your groin.

Stretching shouldn’t cause undue pain, shortness of breath or dizziness. Please seek advice from your GP if you have any concerns before undertaking these stretches.

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Motivational Monday Stretch #5 Hamstrings

Bespoke stretches and advice are part of the service we offer to our patients at Creative Chiropractic and stretching is a great way to compliment the treatments we provide at the Practice as well as additional benefits, including:

  • Helps improve range of motion by lengthening tight muscles and increasing blood and nutrient supply to them.
  • Calm the mind, allowing your emotions and body to recharge.

The best time to stretch is after activity or exercise as your muscles are warmer and will lengthen easier.

These short and snappy videos are designed to help you do these simple but effective stretches correctly…

Stretch #5 Hamstrings

The hamstrings are the muscles along the back of the thigh that help us to walk, run, sit and stand, so this Stretch is great for both the active and those that lead a more sedentary lifestyle.  This stretches the hamstring, as well as some of the lower back and gluteal muscles and the hip flexors, leading to more long term flexibility and increased range of motion.

Our Senior Massage Therapist, Serena performing a fantastic stretch… Healthy isn’t a goal, it’s a way of living!

How to do it:

  1. Lay flat on the floor.
  2. Leave your right leg where it is, bring your left knee towards your chest and interlock your hands around your knee, pressing your lower back into the floor.
  3. Pull this knee in towards your chest and hold in place for 20 seconds.
  4. Repeat three times on each side.

This stretch should be completed daily.

Attention: Stop this stretch if you develop signs of increasing pain in your groin.

Stretching shouldn’t cause undue pain, shortness of breath or dizziness. Please seek advice from your GP if you have any concerns before undertaking these stretches.

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