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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Creative’s Serena and Jess take on sore muscles for Big C at this year’s Run Norwich 10K!

Creative Chiropractic Massage Therapists, Serena and Jess will be volunteering their ‘healing hands’ for the Big C’s army of fundraising runners at this year’s Run Norwich 10K on Sunday 6th August…

Mr Bownes, Serena, Jess, Creative Chiropractic, Big C, Cancer charity, Run Norwich 10K, massage, running

Mr Bownes with Creative Chiropractic Massage Therapists Serena (left) and Jess (right) ready to support Big C runners at Run Norwich 10K in August.

Over 260 runners are raising money for The Big C at this year’s race and our Serena and Jess will be on hand with RockTape to ease any aches, pains and niggles and set them on their way before the race.

Once racers have battled through 10K with 6,000 other racers in Norwich, a post-race massage will be just the tonic to help with recovery and get hard-working legs back in motion as quickly as possible.

Why is massage good for runners?

Having a regular massage should be key to your training plan. In addition to our chiropractic treatments, Creative Chiropractic offer sports massage and pre and post-race treatments from our Practice in the stunning location of Pensthorpe Natural Park. Here’s Serena’s top four ways massage can benefit runners:

  1. Race day treatments, Serena, massage, sports massage, runners, creative chiropracticIncreases flexibility: when we move better, we run better.
  2. Speeds up healing: increased circulation and blood flow releases toxins such as lactic acid into the tissue.
  3. Reduces fatigue and muscle pain which prevents tissue damage.
  4. Relaxation: relax the mind, reduce stress and feel re-energised for your big race.

Preparing for Run Norwich 10K?

Consider booking in a massage a day or two after your long training runs when you’re more vulnerable to injuries. A pre-race massage should be scheduled 3-5 days before the race and, likewise, a comprehensive post-race massage scheduled 3-5 days after when muscles don’t feel sore to touch. As ever, in-between massages, drink lots of water, stretch and use your foam roller to really optimise your massages!

Click here for the Creative Chiropractic Massage Menu, call 01328 854325 or email info@creativechiropractic.co.uk to book in.

Good Luck!

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Know the risks of dehydration this summer…

Michael I'Anson, creative chiropractic, chiropractor, pensthorpeAs Bob Marley once said, “You ain’t gonna miss your water until your well runs dry.” Whether you like drinking water or not, your body needs water, but during these warm, summer months, what can happen if you don’t drink enough? Read Michael’s latest advice and top tips to avoid dangerous dehydration over the holiday period…

Water water everywhere…

Michael I'Anson, creative chiropractic, water, drink water, dehydrationEvery day, your body uses water in all its cells, organs and tissues, transporting oxygen and nutrients, regulating temperature and digestion and acting as a lubricant for joints and aiding shock absorption.

It also protects your organs and tissues, moistens your mouth, eyes and nose, reduces the burden on the kidneys and liver by flushing out waste products and helps prevent constipation.

With the recent bouts of hot weather and all the extra outdoor activity that warmer conditions might entail, not drinking enough water can be extremely hazardous and dehydration can set in within an hour. In severe heat, you can lose as much as 1.5 litres of water through excessive sweating and if you don’t replace this fluid, your body temperature will rise, risking heat stroke. Drinking water cools you down and lowers your core temperature.

Recognising dehydration…

Dehydration starts out initially with mild symptoms of thirst and a dry mouth but quite quickly, you can start to feel tiredness, headaches, constipation, dizziness, mood change, irritability, increased anxiety, sunken eyes, shrivelling of the skin, muscle cramps and achy joints. If the situation worsens, the symptoms become more severe, including: low blood pressure with a rapid heartbeat, fever, delirium, unconsciousness, severe diarrhoea and/or vomiting and an inability to keep fluids down.

Weight gain

Yellow meter belt slimming and a bottle of water on a blue background, waterThe average male adult human body is made up of 58% water and the female is 48%. The body water in a newborn infant can constitute as much as 73% of total body weight whereas in obese people, the number can be as little as 45%.

Consistently not drinking enough water for an extended period of time can have underlying effects on your health and your weight…

  • Low water = slow metabolism Your body’s ability to remove waste and detoxify is inhibited. A study found that drinking 470ml of water daily increases your metabolic rate by 30% percent (equivalent of 0.83 pints).
  • Increased hunger When you are dehydrated, your body confuses this for the feeling of hunger which naturally causes you to eat when it’s probably not necessary.
  • Slowed circulation and irregular body temperature Your cardiovascular system will be affected causing your body’s equilibrium to alter.
  • Digestion problems Constipation will become a regular occurrence leading to weight gain.
  • General fatigue Your energy levels will suffer meaning a constant feeling of tiredness, an inability to do exercise and an incapacity to concentrate properly. This can lead to comfort eating and weight gain.
  • Increased blood sugar If you are diabetic, this is especially dangerous as your body needs water to break down sugar.

Health risk

But the final stage of dehydration can do more than just make you gain weight and the life threatening symptoms associated require emergency medical intervention: heat injury, brain swelling, seizures, kidney failure, hypovolemic shock (aka haemorrhagic shock, a life-threatening condition resulting in the loss of more than 20% (or about 1/5) of the body’s blood or fluid supply. This severe fluid loss makes it impossible for the heart to pump a sufficient amount of blood around the body leading to organ failure) or coma and death, so don’t ignore the early signs of dehydration.

Stay hydrated

hydrate, drink water, exerciseIf you’re well hydrated, the colour of your urine should be pale and you’ll be urinating more frequently. We know that we can’t survive without water and our health can suffer surprisingly quickly if we don’t top up our fluid supply regularly, so this Summer:

  • Have a glass of water on your desk, take water with you on a walk or when you go to the gym.
  • Snack on fresh fruits like berries, watermelon, peaches and nectarines.
  • Choose electrolyte-replacing drinks for maximum water absorption.
  • If you’re going out on a hot day, wear loose-fitting clothes and a hat and stay in the shade.
  • Train or play sports in the early morning or late afternoon/ evening.

In Leonardo Da Vinci’s own words:  “Water is the driving force of all nature”. What more is there to say?

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Motivational Monday Stretch #4 Triceps

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 #4 Triceps

This triceps stretch targets the triceps, one of the major muscles within the arms. It can help with your range of motion and reducing muscle fatigue from activities such as golf, racket sports and upper body weight training…

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

How to do it:

  1. Stand with legs hip width apart. Raise your right arm behind your head and bend at the elbow, resting your right hand just behind the neck (palm against your body).
  2. Hold your right elbow with your left hand and gently pull your elbow towards your head.
  3. Breathe deeply and hold for 20-30 seconds.
  4. Repeat on each side 3 times.

This stretch should be completed daily.

Attention: Stop the 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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