Team News

This Summer we have much to celebrate at Creative Chiropractic. It is time to say au revoir (but not goodbye) to Nichola as she begins her maternity leave later this month. Chris will be celebrating his 1 year anniversary at the practice…. and in April, Nikki joined us as a new member of the team.

Congratulations and Au Revoir…

Starting out on a Modern Apprenticeship Scheme, Nichola became part of Creative in 2015. She has grown to become an integral, important and popular member of the practice both with the team and patients alike. Her hard work, organisational ability and natural creative skills have seen Nichola promoted to Practice & Marketing Co-ordinator and Personal Assistant to Business Director, Linda.

“This is a really exciting (and terrifying!) time for me as I will soon be welcoming a tiny human into this world. Thank you for all your good wishes and kind words. Until we meet again…
Lots of love, Nichola”

We are delighted for her that a little girl is due to arrive in July and we send her our love and best wishes at this exciting time.

Michael, Linda and the team at Creative xx

And one year on…

In the year since Chris joined Susi as part of the Reflexology team, he has built up a loyal following with patients such as Sue who has this to say about her experience…

“I could feel the benefits after my first treatment, my head felt lighter and I generally felt better. After doing my exercises Chris could see an improvement and I have been recommending Chris to friends and colleagues” – Sue Morris

To meet demand, Chris now provides Saturday appointments as well as his regular Tuesday slots. He continues to offer the 30 minute Reflexology Taster Treatment for just £20.00.

For more details call the reception team on 01328 854325 or click here to send an email to: info@creativechiropractic.co.uk.

Welcome…

We are delighted to welcome Nikki who has joined us as a Practice Co-ordinator and Social Media Assistant. Nikki will be working alongside Helen and Clare keeping reception running as smooth as always as well as focusing on our Social Media and keeping an eye on our new website and re-branding (more on that coming soon…).

“I am delighted to join the great team here at Creative and I’d like to thank everyone for such a warm welcome”  – Nikki

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Click, Crack, Pop….

Chiropractors use a technique called Spinal Manipulative Therapy which is where a quick and short thrust is applied to a joint.

What is that sound?

The technical term for the sound heard during a Chiropractic adjustment is a ‘cavitation’. This is caused by small pockets of air in the fluid that surrounds your joints. When the joint tissues are stretched during an adjustment, the pockets of air “pop” which creates the cracking sound you can sometimes hear (not your bones cracking!).

Is clicking your own neck and back effective/safe?

Is it safe to do?

Safety is the first thing we need to address. One to three patients out of every 100 presenting with a new back or neck complaint will have a serious underlying cause, i.e a fracture, tumour, stroke, cancer etc…

When seeing a Chiropractor, the initial consultation involves an in-depth assessment. They will use their full knowledge of a 5-year Masters degree (plus annual on-going training to ensure professionalism is maintained) to help assess patients and rule out any serious underlying causes of specific pain. They will devise a plan of management to relieve the pain and reduce the chances of it returning. On occasions they may refer out to another specialist for further investigation.

Is it effective?

Self-adjusting may provide you with short term relief but in the longer term it can actually make your problem worse.

The damage can be done when you make your neck crack by pulling or twisting on your head with your hands. The reason? You might have a disc that is dislocated and your motions would actually be pulling it in the wrong direction, or are even wrenching on other vertebrae instead of the one that actually needs work.

The more you force any joint beyond its natural range of motion, the more you stretch the attached ligaments. When ligaments are repeatedly stretched they can stay that way. This can lead to joint instability and a constant battle with misalignments.

The only thing worse than cracking your own neck? Getting an untrained person to do it for you. Seriously. Don’t do this! Doing your own self adjustment is bad enough, but at least you are not likely to force yourself past the point of discomfort. When an untrained person does it they can easily go too far, putting you at serious risk of major injury and even worse.

Like welding and dentistry, some things are better left to the professionals. At Creative Chiropractic our Chiropractors are  highly skilled at using precise and gentle adjustments on your joints to ensure the best alignment and treatment outcome.

So, how can we help you…

If you would like to take the opportunity to have a chat with one of our highly qualified health professionals, but feel you do not want to commit to anything definitive as far as treatment is concerned, then why not utilise our FREE 30-minute Pain Assessment. If you suffer from neck, shoulder back, hip or knee pain or sports injuries, click here to get your voucher for a FREE 30 Minute Pain Assessment or contact the Practice on 01328 854325.

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Pregnancy Massage

Expecting a baby is one of the most exciting times of your life but it can take its toll on your body! Ease away the stress of life with a massage in our stunning Practice at Pensthorpe Natural Park.

About Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy massage is similar in many ways to a normal massage, the main difference being that the techniques used in pregnancy are adapted to maintain the wellbeing of mother and child. Techniques vary from a firmer and deeper massage to relieve sore muscles or a softer massage to help relax the expectant mother. Pregnancy pillows are used during the massage for added support, comfort and to relieve pressure on your back. It’s a perfect opportunity to unwind and reconnect during these overwhelming but precious days.

The Key Benefits

As well as a feeling of wellbeing and relaxation, this treatment can help to: reduce levels of stress and anxiety, ease aching muscles and joint pains and enhance your sleep. It also improves comfort by reducing general water retention and swelling by focusing on increasing blood circulation around the affected area, as well as addressing upper and lower back issues.

We recommend booking a pregnancy massage any time after the first trimester (12 weeks).

Kinesiology Taping

The third trimester of any pregnancy is often filled with excitement and preparation for the birth and the baby.  It is also a common time for a woman to feel the effects of her ever-growing baby on her body. Lower back, hip and pelvic discomforts are often common complaints in the final stretch of pregnancy.

For most women, the opportunity to get a few days of relief from any pregnancy discomfort is a blessing. By applying just a few strategically placed strips of this often colourful tape to the abdomen and back, RockTape can instantly provide relief to the discomforts of a growing baby bump. Unlike a pregnancy belt, RockTape is comfortable and allows you to move and sleep while still getting relief. The tape can be worn for days at a time and reapplied to suit your needs when necessary.

A simple belly belt and sling (as demonstrated in the photo above) can be applied by your Practitioner after treatment or partner at home. This application will help to lift and support your bump, distribute the weight of the baby evenly, reduce pressure on nerves and ligaments, stimulate muscles for improved posture and improve circulation in restricted areas.

How it works

When applied correctly, RockTape’s unique elasticity causes the skin to form convolutions and wrinkle. This decompresses the tissue immediately below the skin.  It is believed that this has three main effects:

  • Fluid effect- improving blood and lymphatic flow in the taped area
  • Mechanical effect- improving the slide and glide between tissue layers
  • Neurological effect- altering the perception of pain and improving body awareness

Ready for a Treat?

If you would like to book a pregnancy massage at Creative Chiropractic, you can call our friendly reception team on 01328 854325 or email info@creativechiropractic.co.uk. Please do not hesitate to contact the Practice if you would like to find out more information about the treatments that we offer or for further advice on your pregnancy.

1 hour – £48
30 minutes £32
Kinesiology tape – additional £3

Gift Vouchers

Thinking of someone else? This is the perfect present for all mums-to-be. Gift Vouchers are available for all of our treatments from Reception.

RockTape

Learn more on how RockTape can help you during pregnancy with this article by .

RockTape for Pregnancy

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Chiropractic Awareness Week 2019

People in the East of England encouraged to stay active this Chiropractic Awareness Week

British Chiropractic Association (BCA) discovers half of people in the East of England fail to prevent or manage back pain

This Chiropractic Awareness Week (8th – 14th April) the BCA is encouraging people in the East of England to keeping moving, after finding that 46% of people in East of England don’t take any steps to look after their back health.

The findings come from a survey conducted by the BCA, which unearthed that 26% of people in East of England don’t take any action when they experience back or neck pain and 8% wouldn’t seek help from a health professional if they were experiencing these issues.

Chiropractic Awareness Week aims to educate people about the easy ways they can avoid or alleviate back pain, which on average 80% of the nation has experienced. Regularly changing posture and remaining seated for no longer than 30 minutes at a time are just a couple of the simple ways to prevent or reduce pressure on the back.

According to the BCA’s survey, when it comes to back and neck pain, they found that people in East of England:
46% don’t take any steps to look after their back health
– Only 54% have taken preventative steps to protect themselves from developing back or neck pain
80% have experienced back or neck pain
8% wouldn’t seek help from a health professional for back pain and, 31% would wait a month or longer
– Only 11% would make changes to their daily routine if experiencing back or neck pain
16% choose their mattresses bases on price, rather than comfort

Local chiropractor, Michael I’Anson from Creative Chiropractic in Pensthorpe Natural Park, Norfolk commented on the findings:

“There are so many people in East of England living with neck or back pain because they don’t know what preventative steps they can take, so we want to shine a light on the simple changes which can help. Chiropractic Awareness Week is designed to educate everyone on the best ways to prevent and tackle back or neck pain, from changing up your posture when sat at a desk, to sleeping on the right mattress.”
“Easy changes to your day-to-day life can make a significant difference, but if your pain doesn’t reduce or is prolonged, you should always see a health professional for further guidance.”

Michael I‘Anson’s top tips for keeping on top of neck and back pain include:

Keep on moving: Physical activity can be beneficial for managing back pain, however it’s important that if this is of a moderate to high intensity that you warm up and down properly to get your body ready to move! If a previous injury is causing you pain, adapt your exercise or seek some advice. Activities such as swimming, walking or yoga can be less demanding on your body, while keeping you mobile!

Take a break: When sitting for long periods of time, ensure you stand up and move around every 30 minutes. When at work, also make sure your desk is set up to support a comfortable position. This is different for everyone so if you don’t feel comfortable in your current set up, try altering the height of your chair or screen.

Other things which people can bear in mind include:

Lifting and carrying: Remember to bend from the knees, not the waist when lifting heavy items. Face in the direction of movement and take your time. Hold the object as close to your body as possible, and where you can avoid carrying objects which are too heavy to manage alone, ask for help or use the necessary equipment.

Sleep comfortably: The Sleep Council recommends buying a new mattress at least every 7 years. Mattresses lose their support over time, so if you can feel the springs through your mattress, or the mattress is no longer level, your mattress is no longer providing the support you need. Everyone has different support requirements, so when purchasing your mattress ensure it is supportive for you. If you share a bed and require different mattress types, consider two single mattresses which are designed to be joined together, to ensure you both get the support you need.

Straighten Up!: The BCA has created a programme of three-minute exercises, Straighten Up UK, which can be slotted in to your daily schedule to help prevent back pain by promoting movement, balance, strength and flexibility in the spine.

Michael I’Anson
Practice Director

If you would like to take the opportunity to speak with one of our Chiropractors then why not utilise our FREE 30-minute Pain Assessment.  If you suffer from back, knee, shoulder pain or sports injuries, click here to download your Free 30-minute Pain Assessment voucher or contact the Practice on 01328 854325 to book an appointment.

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Digging Your Heels In…

Did you know that there are over 75000 nerve endings in your foot that connect to other parts of the body?

No wonder so many people suffer a variety of issues with their feet! As a Reflexologist I treat patients with a lot of physical issues, one of the most common being Plantar Fasciitis (1).

Recently a gentleman, Ronald aged 84, came to me with great discomfort and a “10/10” pain in the heel, with a simultaneous “surging pain” to the side of his foot when applying any pressure; resulting in having difficulty walking any distance in comfort. After our initial consultation we decided to treat for Plantar Fasciitis and agreed on a treatment plan going forward.

The treatment plan would include three intense 1 hour hands-on sessions over a six week period, a review of any lifestyle or footwear changes since the pain started, postural analysis VRT (2), foot movement exercises and other homecare advice, with the latter being as essential as the treatment itself.

During Ronald’s visits to Creative Chiropractic, and following our treatment plan, he saw noticeable improvements in his pain level, gradually moving down the scale from the original 10.  At the end of the 6-week plan, we had him back in his original footwear, rolling a massage ball to loosen and manage any tension in the heel (this was done whilst he watched TV), and we worked on his balance and posture with the help of VRT.  Ronald can now walk 2 miles, something he enjoyed doing prior to the Plantar Fasciitis.  The pain is now a zero and the plan going forward is for regular ongoing (monthly) sessions, just to make sure it doesn’t return.

Ronald says; “Reflexology got rid of a lot of pain in the feet and I do walk better than I did. I feel I am more upright than before”

Remember, Reflexology can help in so many ways, for example, why not manage your stress with the help of reflexology?

If you would like to find out more about Chris and how Reflexology can benefit you, click here or why not try our 30-minute Taster Treatment for only £20? Call 01328 854325.

(1) Plantar Fasciitis is pain on the bottom of one or both heels, caused by irritation to the plantar fascia, which are the dense tissue bands that connect the heels to the toes.

(2) Vertical Reflexology Techniques (VRT) are a unique method of weight-bearing reflexology which is briefly applied to the dorsal feet and hands. It was developed by Lynne Booth over a period of 20 years and her accredited classes have been taught to over 8000 reflexologists internationally

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Blog by Julia Rafferty (Michael’s Photographic Tutor)  

We are proud to announce, that Michael I’Anson’s panel: ‘Ready, Prep, Grow!’ – shown here, was awarded 2nd place in the Portfolio section of Competition 12 of the ‘International Garden Photographer of the Year’. He was also presented with the Royal Photographic Society Silver Medal. The presentation ceremony was on Friday 8 February, at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, where the President of the RPS presented Michael with his medal. Michael’s portfolio of images is in the exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew until 10th March 2019 and are published in the wonderful book that is published with this exhibition and competition. Congratulations Michael!

I asked Michael if he would share his journey, from starting this portfolio to being presented with these prestigious awards. Here is his response:

Photography means different things to different people. To some, it is a source of income and a commitment to running their own professional business. To others, it’s a platform to educate and teach individuals who are interested and passionate about the subject.

Amateur photographers can also have a dedication and obsession, particularly in wanting to get their pictures ‘just right’ and as perfect as possible. Equally, for some, they love nothing more than happily snapping away when a scene or occasion presents itself as it’s about capturing the moment and not necessarily worrying about depth of field, perspective or composition.

My photographic journey started five years ago when I attended one of Julia’s weekend courses and then subsequently enrolled on the six-week program to gain my ‘City & Guilds Level One’ certificate in photography. Lots of water has flowed under the photographic bridge since then but during April of 2018, Julia mentioned to our photographic class at Pensthorpe about a competition, ‘International Garden Photographer of The Year (IGPOTY)’ being held at ‘Kew Gardens’ and in conjunction with the ‘Royal Photographic Society’ (RPS).

Initially I was not going to enter as I felt the standard of work required was far and above anything I could produce. However, I purchased some previous IGPOTY books and, after studying them in detail, I came up with a black and white concept (my preferred genre) to produce a series of six images in the form of a portfolio. The idea had come about after watching my parents gardening one afternoon and, in particular, seeing how my father tendered the seedlings in his vegetable plot.

As a Chiropractor, I work with my hands as they are the way I experience my professional world through touch, feel and sensation. Just like a face, hands can be full of expression, emotion and passion and I wanted to capture all this through my black and white photographic images.

With the idea in place and the concept realised it was now a matter of taking the correct shots. This involved my father needing to get into some quite sinuous poses whilst at the same time avoiding him from putting his back out! My mother found the whole process hilarious, especially as my father is very much the other side of eighty years old! However, we successfully achieved the shots I wanted and, after each of the sessions, we dutifully rewarded ourselves with a well-deserved cup of tea and piece of cake!

The photographs were edited totally within ‘Lightroom’ as I felt this software gave me more freedom to achieve the hard, grainy, tough-looking detail I was looking for. Submission deadline was at the end of October and although I was pleased with the end result, I had no sense that they would be anything other than just another entry. The previous competitions were of an extremely high-level, professional and expertly edited.

The first I knew something positive might be happening was when I received an email in November saying my portfolio had been shortlisted. No sooner had I digested this news that another email arrived saying that my portfolio was a winner (we did not know what though) and an invitation was attached to attend the Awards Ceremony on 8th February 2019 at Kew Gardens.

The day was fantastic and the venue (The Nash Conservatory) professionally laid-out with boards displaying all the winning photographs. It was also full of judges, dignitaries, journalists and the participants themselves along with staff serving up some very delightful glasses of champagne and bite-sized nibbles! I have to say that my wife, Linda, and I were beyond shocked to see my portfolio all framed-up with an accompanying small panel detailing the achievement of 2nd place in the overall portfolio section and also the winner of the coveted RPS silver medal! It was a very humbling experience and I am still quite amazed. However, the most memorable and special part of this whole process and experience has been the privilege of capturing, what will now be, a true family legacy.

Here’s to you Dad!

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We are looking for a Practice Co-ordinator and Social Media Assistant to join our team

Situated at the stunning Pensthorpe Natural Park (www.pensthorpe.com), Creative Chiropractic has grown to become a renowned patient centred Practice in Norfolk and has been Awarded the coveted Patient Partnership Quality Mark at ‘outstanding’ level. 

We are now looking for a dynamic individual to join our exceptional team. We have a genuinely strong team ethos and an environment which is warm, friendly and professional and encompasses a culture of individual development and support.  Our Practice simply loves what it does!

The position is full-time and offers 35 to 37 hours per week consisting of shifts as follows:

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8.15am to 6.15pm (3 x 9-hour days), Friday 8.15am to 5.15pm (8-hours)
Plus, one Saturday morning a month, 8.15am to 1.15pm (5-hours)

On occasions, there may be the opportunity / requirement to work up to an additional 2 hours per week flexibly on extra marketing-related tasks.

Overall Job Purpose:

To fulfil a co-ordination role within the Practice to ensure that it is well-organised, efficient, professional and welcoming and is effectively and innovatively promoted and marketed through social media and Practice marketing materials.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To deliver exceptional patient care via face-to-face, telephone, e-mail and social media communication within a vibrant, active and busy environment
  • To deal with patients and visitors in a respectful, warm and polite manner so that they are made to feel welcome and put at their ease
  • To assist the Practice Manager in the implementation of her role and in doing so maintaining the smooth running of the Practice.
  • To support with the creation of content for and management of Creative Chiropractic’s social media presence, ensuring accurate, engaging and informative content.
  • To work in partnership with internal and external personnel to assist in the delivery of marketing campaigns, including the updating of practice marketing materials
  • To assist with marketing and patient statistics, including data gathering
  • To maintain administration systems, including producing letters, e-mails and invoices in line with relevant procedural manuals and Governing Body Organisations
  • To ensure the accuracy of appointments within the Practice for multiple Practitioners by accurately recording information in the computerised booking system
  • To take payment from patients and carry out the associated recording procedures
  • To assist with the monitoring and ordering of stock
  • To comply with legal requirements including health and safety, equal opportunities, data protection and disability discrimination

Person Specification

The Practice Co-ordinator and Social Media Assistant is crucial to the patient’s impression of Creative Chiropractic both within the Practice and via social media.

This role can be seen as a ‘bridge’ between the patient, the team and the business social media content and an extremely vital part of ensuring the smooth-running of the Practice.

For many people, an appointment with a healthcare professional can be stressful, particularly if they are in pain.  Being able to put the patient at ease, whether through face-to-face, telephone, email or social media contact, makes a vital contribution to the consultation and appointment with the Practitioners.

It is desirable for a successful Practice Co-ordinator and Social Media Assistant to have the following experience, skills and qualities:

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written with a focus on attention to detail
  • Competent and confident level of I.T. Skills (preferably MS Office) and social media platforms
  • The ability to work under pressure and to multi-task (imperative)
  • Experience within both a customer-facing and telephone environment, preferably (but not essential) in a medial or healthcare environment
  • Customer focused with a calm, warm and reassuring approach
  • Confidence and a can-do attitude
  • Assertiveness and use of own initiative
  • Positive and enthusiastic approach
  • Reliability
  • Flexibility
  • Innovative and creative thinker
  • Numeric skills
  • Planning and monitoring skills
  • Discretion and confidentiality
  • An interest in healthy living

From time to time it might be necessary to undertake work not within this Job Description to meet the operational needs of the Practice.

How to apply

Please email info@creativechiropractic.co.uk or telephone 01328 854325 for a complete application pack.

The closing date for applications is Friday 22nd February at midnight.

A selection event will be held on Friday 1st March between 8.30am and 1.30pm.

If you wish to have an informal discussion, please telephone Linda on 07825 730876

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Warming Up Those Winter Days

To quote the title of the famous Beach Boys album, an “Endless Summer” is something most of us can only dream of – in the meantime, there’s the enviable challenge of getting back into some kind of routine after the festive break, whilst simultaneously dodging the inevitable wintery showers.

This time of year also sees the beauty of the picturesque morning dew as we open our bedroom curtains, but it can also mean that our work place air conditioning units are turned up to the max, a perfect environment for germs and bugs to be exchanged. For some of us colds and fever symptoms can be a sign of stress or SAD (1), as our bodies lack the sunlight and natural vitamin D to fully function.

However, this should not be a reason to neglect our health, and for a Reflexologist, this can be a challenging time of the year, for all of the above reasons and more.

I see many cases of common colds and flu-like symptoms, from the occasional sniff, to the feeling when we wake, where we want to just pull the duvet over us for another 10 minutes.

This story was reminiscent of a recent patient I had seen, where the symptoms of “feeling down, the winter blues and trouble lifting myself” had made an unwelcome visit.  In Reflexology terms, we head straight to the root of the problem, starting with the head by focusing on the big toe; this area can help with headaches, sinus congestion and a sore throat.  After this we work the rest of the body as best practise, including the Lymphatic (Immune) and Respiratory (Breathing) systems and, along with some rest, the patient should see immediate signs of improvement.

Remember, Reflexology is perfect for boosting your natural immune system and lymphatics, as well as giving your self-esteem a much-needed kick in the morning.  So, why not help your body get through the winter, long before you need to reach for the night nurse, and give Reflexology a try?

To find out more about how Chris and Reflexology can benefit you and to book your 30-minute taster session for just £20, click the link below:

http://www.creativechiropractic.co.uk/2018/11/22/reflexology/

(1) seasonal affective disorder (SAD) a mood disorder characterised by depression, extreme lethargy, increased need for sleep, overeating, and carbohydrate craving. It recurs each year in one or more specific seasons, most commonly the winter months

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Doing Good Does You Good

“Depression stops you doing the things you love.”

While many of us feel too stressed and our lives full to bursting already, the idea of being able to help others can seem just a little too much.  We would really like to say that we’ll focus on doing good deeds in that spare time we would like to create. Interestingly, evidence shows that helping others is actually beneficial for our own mental health and wellbeing and provides a deep sense of self-worth.

Here we outline just a few of the physical, mental and health benefits of helping others…

1. IT REDUCES STRESS

Doing things for others helps maintain good health.

Positive emotions reduce stress and boost our immune system, and in turn can protect us against disease.

2. IT HELPS GET RID OF NEGATIVE FEELINGS

Negative emotions such as anger, aggression or hostility have a negative impact on our mind and body.

Engaging in random acts of kindness can help decrease these feelings and stabilise our overall health.

3. HELPING OTHERS FEELS GOOD

When you help others, it promotes positive physiological changes in the brain associated with happiness. These rushes are often followed by longer periods of calm and can eventually lead to better wellbeing.

How the Practice supports our patients

In order for us to help our patients with their wellbeing and to provide the next level of patient care to support our Move Well, Eat Well, Think Well strategy, the Practice moved to Pensthorpe Natural Park in Fakenham (www.pensthorpe.com). We were delighted to be invited to become part of their strategy and commitment to health and wellbeing. In January 2016, we opened the doors of our spacious new Practice in this stunning setting, which is a unique and very special location and we feel privileged to be an independent part of it.

Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to do something for others and research shows that it benefits people of all ages through increasing feelings of self-esteem, respect, motivation and wellbeing.

Pensthorpe Natural Park, offers the opportunity to become a Volunteer and to get out and surround yourself with nature. Volunteers are key to the success of Pensthorpe Natural Park and their aim is to provide an environment where individuals and groups can take time to learn something new and contribute to the maintenance and development of their beautiful park.

Allan Archer, Volunteer at Pensthorpe. Photo by Steve Adams

Allan Archer, a Volunteer at Pensthorpe Natural Park has written about his experience and how volunteering has helped his mental health and wellbeing. Click here to read Allan’s experience at Pensthorpe Natural Park.

“After a period of treatment I started to get my depression under control and that’s when I began volunteering. I saw it as an opportunity to reconnect with my hobby – nature” Allan comments.

“Not only has volunteering helped me to get my mental wellbeing back on track but it’s given me an opportunity to do something I love.

To find out more about volunteering at Pensthorpe Natural Park click here.

Statistics used in this blog are from the Mental Health Foundation.

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The Power of Essential Oils

It is widely recognised that massage can be great for you!  However, did you know that its benefits can actually be heightened just by using essential oils?

At Creative Chiropractic we use products by Neal’s Yard Remedies, a British company specialising in all natural and organic skincare. Their products smell amazing and when used during these treatments, will help to moisturise the skin and make it suppler. More importantly, the essential oils are drawn into the body through the skin, circulating around the bloodstream and travelling to different organs or body systems. Many are highly antiseptic and can also stimulate the production of endorphins which have a pain-relieving and anti-depressant effect.

We have also developed our own 30-minute super boosting treatments to restore your body and enhance your wellbeing using some of the most popular essential oils.

The essential oils in these treatments can stimulate the production of several hormones in the body controlling our mood (for example: dopamine known as “the happy hormone”, serotonin “the calming hormone” and endorphins “the body’s natural pain relievers”). We’ve selected three of our favourite essential oils and outlined their properties and how they can benefit your mental health. 

LAVENDER

Oil From: Flowering tops

Properties: pain-relieving, anti-depressant, antiseptic, anti-viral, decongestant, deodorant, sedative, infection fighting, lowers blood pressure, calms the nerves

This cleansing and refreshing oil is steam distilled from the flowers and leaves of French lavender. Naturally soothing, it’s calming for your body, mind and wellbeing.

Lavender increased slow-wave sleep, the very deep slumber in which the heartbeat slows and muscles relax. Sprinkle a few drops on a piece of tissue and tuck it under your pillow.

  • Country of origin: France
  • Blends beautifully with: Clary Sage and Marjoram

BERGAMOT

Oil From: Peel of the nearly ripe fruit

Properties: relaxing, pain-relieving, anti-depressant, antiseptic, calms muscle spasms, promotes formation of scar tissue, deodorant, digestive, reduces fever, sedative

This uplifting and fruity oil is expressed from the citrus fruit’s peel. It’s great for balancing your body, mind and emotions, and particularly useful if you’re feeling anxious.

In terms of mental health, Bergamot is known for having a relaxing effect reducing anxiety, nervous tension and the symptoms of insomnia. Bergamot also has a pain-relieving properties that is useful for headaches, muscle tension, cramping and restless legs.

  • Country of origin: Italy (Sicily)
  • Blends beautifully with: Black Pepper, Cypress, Frankincense, Neroli and Melissa

 SANDALWOOD

Oil From: the dried heartwood and roots

Properties: anti-depressant, antiseptic, calms muscle spasms, aphrodisiac, relieves flatulence, promotes formation of scar tissue, respiratory clearing, sedative, soothing

With a rich, woody and calming aroma, Sandalwood helps to promote a profound feeling of wellbeing. Highly valued around the world, sandalwood has been used for thousands of years as incense during spiritual rituals and religious ceremonies. Deeply restful and indulgent, it’s ideal to diffuse during daily mindfulness practices and is softening for the skin when added to a carrier oil and combined with a therapeutic massage.

  • Country of origin: Australia
  • Blends beautifully with: Rose and Frankincense

Just £20 each, choose from…

F A C E

A restoring treatment to revive the senses, this wonderful therapy uses a combination of gentle acupressure points on the face with aromatherapy oils to recharge, revive and lift your spirits. Includes a full facial acupressure massage followed by Neal’s Yard unique Remedies to Roll. Choose from invigorating, comforting, calming or revitalising to suit your mood and needs. Perfect for absolutely everyone.

H A N D S

A must for those dry, sore or cracked hands or just some extra ‘me’ time, choose a pampering and enriching hand and arm treatment. This luxury restorative treatment includes a gentle exfoliation to soften and soothe followed by a luxurious hand and arm massage using the Wild Rose hand cream by Neal’s Yard for the extra moisture boost and to condition the skin!

F E E T

Great for tired and achy feet or simply for a little TLC, enjoy a recharging and uplifting treat for your feet!
This reviving pick-me up includes a softening foot exfoliation using the Neal’s yard Frankincense and Mandarin Body Polish to buff away any dry skin followed by a wonderful soothing foot and leg massage.

30-minute Treatment | £20

Neal’s Yard products are made with the highest quality, organic plant based ingredients, you won’t find anything in them that could cause you or the planet harm, just lots of ethically sourced, natural and organic herbs, botanicals and essential oils – making them kinder to the earth & kinder to you!

Ready for a Treat?

If you would like to book a treatment at Creative Chiropractic, you can call our friendly reception team on 01328 854325 or email: info@creativechiropractic.co.uk.
Thinking of someone else? Gift Vouchers are available for all of our treatments on reception.
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Order Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic Products

Creative Chiropractic is a Neal’s Yard Remedies Independent Consultant, so you can buy Neal’s Yard Remedies products from in the Practice or online. Click here to visit the Creative Chiropractic Neal’s Yard Remedies shopping page.

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