Clinic is Re-opening

We are excited to announce that the clinic will be re-opening, in a slightly reduced capacity, on the 18th May from 2pm.  We have carried out a full risk assessment, which will be re-assessed weekly.

Mike and Carran will be available for appointments Monday afternoon 2-7pm, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings 8-30 to 1pm.

Rachel will only be available on Saturday mornings from 8-30 to 1pm due to a lack of childcare.  Although Rachel would love to do more hours, she is lucky enough to have an incredible team in Mike and Carran, who she would recommend to anyone of her clients.

Please email info@peacehavenchiropractic.co.uk  or text 07868655419 (before Monday only) to book your appointment. 

From the 18th May please call 01273 584812.

 Unfortunately, we still cannot offer massage at the clinic.  As soon as Sasha and Alex are back, we will let you all know.

Due to the close proximity of Chiropractic care, we cannot stress for everyone’s safety, the importance of adhering to the following.

DO NOT come to clinic if;

  • You have any symptoms of COVID-19 (cough +/or high temperature.)
  • You have been in contact with anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 (cough +/or high temperature.)
  • You are in a highly vulnerable ‘shielded’ group.

We ask you to obey these rules not only for your own health and well-being, but that of our staff and families, and to allow us to continue to treat those who need us.

Please do not be offended if you are sent home if we deem it unsafe to treat you.

What to expect when you visit the clinic:

Our wonderful assistant Aldona will be there to greet you Monday to Wednesday, making sure that social distancing is maintained and that the clinic rules are being followed.

If your appointment is on Saturday and the door is locked, please wait patiently.  Rachel will let you in as soon as she has finished with the client before you.

  1. You must use the hand sanitiser as soon as you arrive.
  1. Aldona will take your temperature upon arrival.  You will be asked politely to go home and will not be seen if it is high.
  1. Please do not lean on the reception desk or place your hands upon it.
  1. You will be asked to take a short walk if you are early for your appointment and there is nowhere to wait at a safe distance.
  1. Aldona will take payment before your appointment. If you know when you will be returning, she will book your next appointment.  If you do not know what recommendations your Chiropractor is likely to make, wait until your appointment and your Chiropractor will book it for you at the end.
  1. You will be asked to remove the head paper from the bench after your appointment and put in it in the bin provider (foot pedal must be used.)
  1. After your appointment is finished you will be asked to leave the premises through the back door. Until lockdown is fully lifted and the COVID-19 threat markedly reduced, we will be maintaining a one-way system through the clinic.

We cannot thank you all enough for your patience and understanding as we try our very best to balance caring for you, and protecting you, our wonderful clients.

Wishing you all health, well-being, and the warmest regards

Rachel and the Peacehaven Chiropractic team

Yoga Breathing Practices

For increasing energy, strengthening cellular and immune function, for relieving stress and anxiety, useful as self -help for managing COVID19 and chronic disease and aiding continued health and wellbeing.

General Notes:

It is best to practice regularly at the same time each day as this will strengthen will-power and increase the benefits. Practice on an empty stomach. Make sure you are comfortable and warm. Drink plenty of water as initially there may a reduction in urine and slight constipation this will settle if more water is taken.

Those with any serious underlying health conditions should just practice Abdominal Breathing.

Abdominal Breathing

Benefits:

To encourage full utilisation of the lungs and stimulation of lymphatic drainage in the lungs. The main complication of COVID19 is the build-up of mucous in the lungs that inhibits breathing. To encourage relaxation and grounding and activation of the parasympathetic nervous system, the emotion of fear creates fight and flight/activation of the sympathetic nervous system which inhibits the immune system function.

This is practised by enhancing the action of the diaphragm and minimising the action of the ribcage. This is achieved by conscious expansion of the abdomen, the area just around and beneath the naval. As you expand the abdomen on the inhalation the diaphragm moves down and the abdominal contents are moved downwards and outwards. During exhalation the diaphragm moves upwards and the abdomen inwards. Movement of the diaphragm signifies that the lower lobes of the lungs are being utilised. The proper use of the diaphragm causes equal expansion of the alveoli, improves lymphatic drainage from the basal part of the lungs, massages the liver, stomach, intestines and other organs that lie immediately beneath it, exerts a positive effect on the cardiac functions and coronary supply and improves oxygenation of the blood and circulation. Abdominal Breathing is the most natural and efficient way to breathe. Slowing the rate of breathing down, we slow the heart rate and bring the body and mind out of the fight and flight state, from sympathetic to parasympathetic nervous system functioning. We move very quickly from being in a fear state to a calm and relaxed state and this is crucial for the efficient functioning of the immune system. Once correct breathing is restored there is great improvement in physical and mental wellbeing.

Instructions:

Lie on the floor or sit upright in a chair. Close the eyes if you feel comfortable. Relax the body.

Place right hand on the abdomen and left hand on the chest/heart. Observe natural breathing flow.

Feel as though you are drawing the breath in and out of the navel. Feel the right hand move up as you breathe in, the navel will move to its highest point, and down as you breathe out, the navel will move to its lowest point. Left hand is still. Keep the abdomen relaxed don’t force the movement.

The chest and shoulders are completely still. Continue breathing slowly and deeply.

Now inhale expanding the abdomen as much as is completely possible, without expanding the ribcage or chest.

Exhale let the abdomen relax completely down, the abdomen will be gently contracted and the navel compressed towards the spine.

Continue for as long as is comfortable then stop any effort and relax completely and watch again the natural spontaneous breathing pattern. Be aware of the environment and slowly open the eyes

Energetic Practice:

Feel yourself breathing and absorbing light energy into the abdomen and organs in the area and that this energy moves into every cell of your body to energise and strengthen especially your immune system. The exhalation naturally helps the energetic body, the physical body and mind to relax deeply and let go and release toxins, feel and command yourself release all energetic and physical toxins.

Bhramari should not be practiced with any serious ear infection. Practice slowly. If you have never done any breathing practices before start with Abdominal breathing, then move when you feel comfortable.

Bhramari:

Benefits:

This practice helps relieve stress and cerebral tension, so alleviating anxiety, anger and insomnia. It induces a deeply relaxed state by harmonising the mind and directing awareness inwards. The vibration of the humming sound creates a soothing effect on the mind and nervous system. It stimulates the Vagus Nerve promoting parasympathetic nervous system function and therefore stronger immune function, when the body and mind is anxious it is in fight and flight or sympathetic nervous system function which suppresses the function of the immune system fundamental to the regulation of microbe and viral expression. It aids the healing of any sinus issues.

Nasal Nitric Oxide is known to be increased 15- to 20-fold by humming compared with quiet exhalation. Nitric Oxide is known to be broadly antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial i.e. antimicrobial. There are published medical papers in www.PubMed.gov. (Eby GA. Strong humming for one hour daily to terminate chronic rhinosinusitis, a microbe condition, in four days: a case report and hypothesis for action by stimulation of endogenous nasal nitric oxide production.  Med Hypotheses. 2006;66(4):851–854. doi:10.1016/j.mehy.2005.11.035 )

 

Instructions:

Sit upright in a chair. This should not be performed lying down. Close the eyes if you feel comfortable. Relax the body.

Lips remain gently closed and teeth slightly separate throughout the practice to allow sound vibrations to be felt and heard more distinctly. Bring the hands to the ears with the elbows out above the shoulders. Press the middle or index finger on the flaps of the ears to close the ears. Bring awareness to the centre of the head, keep the body still.

Inhale through the nose slowly.

Exhale very slowly and with control while making a deep, steady, even and continuous humming sound like that of a bee. The sound should be soft and mellow, making the front of the skull reverberate. At the end of exhalation the hands can be kept steady or returned to the knees and then released again for the next round. Practice as many rounds as is comfortable without straining then stop, bring the hands down, relax completely and watch again the natural spontaneous breathing pattern. Be aware of the environment and slowly open the eyes.

If this practice is difficult then to get the benefit of increased Nitric Oxide you can simply hum as you go about your daily life!

Energetic Practice:

Inhalation involves not only inhalation of air but also energy as according to quantum physics the foundation of the universe is energetic, the space around us is waves of energy moving faster or slower in resonance to create objects that are perceived by the energetic functioning of our senses or not! Know that as you inhale you are also inhaling subtle energy that also is needed by our energetic body. Bioenergetics is the scientific study of the exchange of energy between organisms and the environment, photosynthesis by plants is a good example, and it is now scientifically researched that humans also absorb energy and need this for optimum functioning which is why we all feel better in the sunshine. Feel yourself breathing and absorbing light energy into the body and that this energy moves into every cell of your body to energise and strengthen your brain, nervous system and immune system. The exhalation naturally helps the energetic body, the physical body and mind to relax deeply and let go and release toxins, feel and command yourself release all energetic and physical toxins.

 

Thoracic Breathing

Benefits:

To encourage full utilisation of the middle lobes of the lungs. Thoracic breathing expends more energy than Abdominal breathing for the same quantity of air exchange. It is more associated with physical exercise but also stress and tension. We tend to shallow breath from the chest area when we are not relaxed especially if we are anxious. The tendency is to continue with this type of breathing instead of abdominal breathing long after the stressful situation has passed and especially if we are feeling stressed in an ongoing situation as for example the current situation. However, when combined with Abdominal breathing it helps the body to obtain more oxygen. Oxygen is a powerful antimicrobe as well as being essential for all body functions including energy production and immune function needed to regulate COVID19.

Instructions:

Lie on the floor or sit upright in a chair. Close the eyes if you feel comfortable. Relax the body.

Focus on the natural spontaneous breath in the sides of the chest. Then slowly inhale by expanding the ribcage. Feel the movement of the ribcage upwards and outwards and feel this drawing air and energy into the lungs. Expand the ribcage as fully as possible.

Exhale by relaxing the chest muscles. Feel the ribcage contracting and forcing air out of the lungs.

Continue breathing slowly and deeply in the chest with complete awareness. Do not use the diaphragm continue for as long as you feel comfortable pausing slightly after each inhalation and exhalation. Then stop any effort and again watch the natural spontaneous breathing pattern. Be aware of the environment and slowly open the eyes.

Energetic Practice:

Feel yourself breathing and absorbing light energy into the chest, lungs and organs in the area and that this energy moves into every cell of your body to energise and strengthen especially your immune system. The exhalation naturally helps the energetic body, the physical body and mind to relax deeply and let go and release toxins, feel and command yourself release all energetic and physical toxins.

Clavicular Breathing

Benefits:

Clavicular Breathing is the final stage of total ribcage expansion. It occurs after thoracic inhalation is complete in order to bring more air into the lungs and energy into the throat and thyroid. The upper ribs and collar bone are pulled upwards by the muscles of the neck, throat and sternum. The upper lobes of the lungs are ventilated. In daily life this only occurs under conditions of extreme exertion or when having a disease that obstructs the airways such as asthma.

Instructions:

Lie on the floor or sit upright in a chair. Close your eyes if you feel comfortable. Relax the body.

Focus on the natural spontaneous breath in the sides of the chest. Perform thoracic breathing for a few minutes then when the rib cage is fully expanded inhale a little more until expansion is felt in the upper portion of the lungs around the base of the neck. The shoulders and collar bone should also move up slightly. This will take some effort.

Exhale slowly, first release the lower neck and upper chest, then relax the rest of the ribcage completely.

Continue for a few minutes. Observe the effect of this type of breath. Stop any effort, relax completely and watch again the natural spontaneous breathing pattern. Be aware of the environment and slowly open the eyes.

Energetic Practice:

Feel yourself breathing and absorbing light energy into the throat and other organs in the area and that this energy moves into every cell of your body to energise and strengthen especially your immune system. The exhalation naturally helps the energetic body, the physical body and mind to relax deeply and let go and release toxins, feel and command yourself release all energetic and physical toxins.

Yogic Breathing

Benefits:

It is a combination of the previous three techniques. So adds the benefit of each. It is used to maximise inhalation and exhalation. Its purpose is to gain control of the breath, correcting poor breathing habits so that deeper breathing becomes automatic and natural. It is not practiced all the time. Deeper breath into the lungs will increase the uptake of more oxygen and therefore increase all energy production in the cells and all body functions including immune system function, it also increases immune function and lymphatic drainage from the lungs. Also microbes such as viruses are anaerobic in their metabolism so introducing more oxygen will help prevent their functioning, especially in the lungs. Deeper exhalation also removes more toxins from the lungs and body. It is also extremely useful in situations of high stress or anger as it will slow heart rate and bring the body from Sympathetic to Parasympathetic Nervous system function which will reactivate immune system function. It is a combination of Abdominal, Thoracic and Clavicular Breathing. Starting with Abdominal, then Thoracic, then Clavicular on inhalation. On exhalation start with Clavicular, then Thoracic, then end with Abdominal complete relaxation.

Instructions:

Lie on the floor or sit upright in a chair. Close your eyes if you feel comfortable. Relax the body.

Inhale, slowly expanding the abdomen slowly and fully breathing deeply with little sound. Feel the air reaching into the bottom of the lungs. Then expand the chest outwards and upward, Thoracic breathing. When the ribcage is fully expanded inhale a little more until expansion is felt in the very upper part of the lungs at the base of the neck. Feel the air filling the upper lobes of the lungs. This completes one inhalation. It should be one continuous movement like a wave up from the abdomen to the chest to the throat without unnecessary strain.

Exhale, first relax the lower neck and upper chest, Clavicular, then allow the ribcage and chest to contract downwards and inwards. The diaphragm will push upwards and towards the chest, feel the lungs empty as much as possible by drawing or pulling the abdominal wall as near as possible to the spine. This should be felt as a wave moving down through the body from the throat to the chest to the abdomen.

The main requirement in all breathing practices is that respiration is comfortable and relaxed as is the body. Once awareness and control of the breathing practice is established, the clavicular breathing is dropped and yogic breathing becomes a combination of abdominal and thoracic breathing which should be natural and not forced and eventually established as an automatic way of breathing more deeply at all times.

Energetic Practice:

Feel yourself breathing and absorbing light energy into the navel, abdomen, chest, lungs and other organs in these areas and that this energy moves into every cell of your body to energise and strengthen especially your immune system. The exhalation naturally helps the energetic body, the physical body and mind to relax deeply and let go and release toxins, feel and command yourself release all energetic and physical toxins

By Emma Tyson, copywrite 2020

Emma is a local yoga practioner and friend of the clinic.  She is a qualified and insured Complementary Medical Practitioner, and has been practising Complementary Medicine for over 30 years using a variety of techniques including Energy Medicine/Healing/Yoga Therapy/Counselling.  She has established many self- healing and development courses in local communities, including running her own Healing and Yoga Centre for 7 years in Goa, India.

Disclaimer: The information is for educational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. If you have a medical concern you must consult with your Doctor or seek other professional medical treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this educational matter or linked materials. If you have an emergency call your Doctor or emergency services immediately.

Liability: On practising the above you accept full responsibility for your health and safety and participate and practice any practices/techniques shown or advised with absolute care and due diligence being responsible for any effect on your body and mind.  I understand and agree that Emma Tyson does not make any claims whatsoever, expressed or implied, regarding effects or outcomes of the therapies or practices provided and shall not be liable in any way for any outcome of my practice of them whatsoever.

Temporary Clinic Closure – COVID-19

As a business that works face to face, it’s become increasingly difficult to ensure that we adhere to being at a safe distance from our patients.  Following advice from the Government and the United Chiropractic Association it is with a heavy heart that I have decided to temporarily close the practice as from Tuesday 24th March.

This has been extremely difficult decision for all of Peacehaven Chiropractic as caring for you is our utmost priority, but Covid-19 is bigger than us, and we now must all follow the guidelines to stem this global pandemic as soon as possible.

However, just because we can’t meet you in person it doesn’t mean our commitment to you, your health and your wellbeing goes away.

Over the coming weeks we’ll be spending more time using ‘virtual’ means to keep in touch and support you and your health.

I’ll be looking to post regular videos to ensure you’re practicing self care and will also be ensuring we stay in touch with valuable articles on health and wellbeing on our website (and via email) and also on social media through Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

I’m also looking at ways we can still provide personal advice and guidance via teleconference facilities – look out for more on this soon.

We may not be with you in person, but that doesn’t mean we stop caring about you and your wellbeing.  Your optimal health and well-being is our priority.

This is a temporary measure and we look forward to seeing you all on the other side and being part of your future health journey.

Stay safe, keep your distance from others, get fresh air and exercise and eat healthily.

 

Best Wishes

Rachel Hodson
Clinic Director & Chiropractor
Peacehaven Chiropractic

Coping with COVID-19

 

In light of the recent Corona virus (COVID-19) outbreak, we realise it is important to keep appropriate perspective and balance the risk by taking measures to limit the spread and prtectc particularly vulnerable from infection withour inciting undue fear.

As always, your optimal health and wellness is our priority and is at the core of our mission.  Your safety and the safety of your loved ones is our primary concern.

COVID-19 is ever evolving and we will be following the advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) to keep you safe and encourage you to read their guidelines.

Chiropractic is a fully regultd health profession and our practice has robust infection control measures in place.

Cleaning:

Continual cleaning of the floors, benches, door handles, children’s toys and other hard surfaces.  The benches are cleaned with anti-bacterial wipes between every client and the children’s toys are also cleaned between each use.  The headrest paper is changed between every client.

The clinic has a deep clean once a week.  Our Chiropractic assistants, Aldona and Debra also follow a daily clean of surfaces as well as checking and cleaning our facilities (toilet and baby change).

We have asked all our team members to remain vigiliant in keeping high standards of hygeine at all times.  We have also been asked our regulator to monitor the advice regularly issued to the public and healthcare professionals by Public Health England which we contiue to do so on a daily basis.

General Hygiene:

Antibacterial soap is available in the toilet, for staff and clients and in the kitchen for staff to use.  All our therapists are washing their hands and using hand sanitiser between every client.

Antibacterial hand sanitiser is available at reception and in the clinic rooms.  We ask that you please use it when you enter and exit the premises.

Water filter:

Water will still be available in clinic; however we ask you to provide your own water bottles.

Payments:

Unfortunately, until further notice we will be unable to accept cash payments.  We have a card payment machine and can accept payments of £5 of more.

Appointments:

We are asking any staff who are unwell to stay at home, either of they have a cough and sore throat and/or a fever.  We ask the same of yourselves.  If you think you have any symptoms, please reschedule your appointment for over a week later.  We all need to help each other at this time and whilst having your adjustments is important, we at the clinic, see quite a large proportion of those in a more vulnerable category.

To reiterate, please reschedule your appointment if you:

  1. Recently visited any of the affected countries
  2. Are experiencing a cough or flu like symptoms.  Where possible please give us 24 hours notice so we can make arrangements.  (Whilst we have a 24-hour cancellation policy, we do not want you to attend clinic if you are experiencing symptoms).
  3. Our therapists and Chiropractic assistants will not enter the clinic should they develop a cough, sore throat or fever.  We have 3 chiropractors and 2 massage therapists.  One of the others will be available to cover care.  Should your therapist develop any symptoms shortly after seeing you, will endeavour to let you know so you can make suitable arrangements yourself.

We are a small business at the heart of the local community and your wellbeing is paramount to us.  We know just how important your regular adjustments and massages are, especially at times of stress.  We wanted to reassure you we are doing all we can to keep the clinic safe and open.

In the meantime we would also recommend focusing on good nutrition easting fresh fruit and vegetables and taking any recommended supplementation to help boost your immune system to fight any virus regardless of this recent outbreak.  Keep yourself active, ensuring you are well hydrated and access the news to gain information in relation to planning how to deal with changes in daily life.

We will send updates if the situation changes.

Thank you all for being wonderful chiropractic advocates.

Peacehaven Chiropractic

Helping you achieve optimal health and wellness

25 years of MACS

MACS was formed 25 years ago by a group of parents whose children were born without eyes, or with underdeveloped eyes.  These conditions are known as Microphthalmia, Anophthalmia and Coloboma.  In the UK 100 babies are born each year with these conditions, our daughter Renie was one of them.  The MACS chairty provides invaluable support to those who need it.  You can find out more about these conditions by visiting their website.

They support families emotionally through tough times, provide a platform for people to share experiences and support each other.  They share information and resources.  They organsie social and sporting activities to help those with MACS build confidence and independence and they also help fund research into genetic causes of MACS conditions.

To mark their 25th anniversary MACS decided to have their first ever awareness week 1st-7th July.  Peacehaven Chiropractic supports the chairty and we wanted to help raise awareness.  Not only is it close to our hearts because Renie has micropthalmia and coloboma, awareness week also falls right by her birthday!

We decided to donate £5 from every appointment during this week and also promote awareness through social media, just check out our facebook page.

Overall we managed to raise an amazing £500! Thank you everyone who donated through our facebook page and in clinic.  Also to all our amazing patients who came in for their adjustments during the week.  

Welcome Elise and Luke

The last four months living in East Sussex has flown almost quicker than the flight from Perth (Western Australia) to this destination. I (Elise) am so grateful I landed employment right at Peacehaven Chiropractic for my Saturday mornings where I get to experience another world of incredible health care. As the receptionist I’m blessed to interact with so many great patients who are receiving a holistic treatment and are seeing rewards from it – myself included!

My story seems a little bit crazy whenever I say it out loud (or even write it) but I would have it no other way! I’m a young 20 year old who came on an adventure to England to support my best friend and love as he does a fine furniture course at Robinson House Studios – we got married ten days before coming here!

I have put on hold studying a Bachelor of Chiropractic at Perth’s Murdoch University whilst we are living here for the year, but I am very keen to finish it when we return home. I am fascinated by our body’s complex design and love learning about how brilliantly we’ve been made.

As we all have probably noticed for ourselves, our bodies undergo all types of stress throughout life and many of us search for an option to help our bodies repair to their full potential again. The knowledge that chiropractors have about the way our bodies move and function is something I am so excited to continue learning about!

Chiropractic adjustments have not only personally helped a soccer (or as you call it ‘football’) injury but continually help with my desk-work related tightness and maintaining my general wellbeing. My husband Luke also looks forward to coming into the practice for his overall health! I’m a big supporter of being in tune with how your body is feeling and being educated about how you can lead a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. Chiropractic care supports your body to not just cope but to thrive in this busy, fast paced world we live in. I’m stoked seeing so many people of all ages looking after their body and mind by visiting us and look forward to what this year holds … hopefully some more sunshine like on the Easter weekend!

ME TIME Clinic event Saturday 23rd March 2019 1-4pm

Join Marijana Dragojevic and Sarah Gaddie on Saturday, the 23rd of March 1pm at Peacehaven Chiropractic Clinic

 

Relax, Restore and Energise your body and mind with Mindful Eating, Pilates, Meditation and EFT for Food Cravings.

 

This is for you if you are stressed, don’t know how to relax, or just need Me Time.

 

We will begin with Mindful Eating – please bring a healthy light lunch. Opportunity to see how mindfulness works better then dieting!

Followed by a gentle matwork Pilates session and Meditation, including Pelvic Floor Awareness

We will explore your Food Cravings and show you how EFT could reduce it.

Please bring a food that you crave but would like to give up (chocolate, biscuits, crisps???) What’s you’re poison?

Closing with relaxing Meditation.

Cost £30

 

Marijana Dragojevic is a mind, body, nutrition coach, EFT practitioner and Meditation Teacher. She helps people to change their relationship with food.

Sarah Gaddie is a Pilates Instructor and Health and Wellness Consultant.

Please contact us to book or for more information: Sarah Gaddie 07912011273
Marijana Dragojevic 07960561874

Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage

This deeply relaxing, powerful and cleansing treatment is not your typical massage, it’s gentle rhythmical movements stimulate and influence the direction and speed of the lymph through the lymphatic vessels and nodes to great effect.

The lymphatic system moves slowly due to not having a pump, which means it can easily become overloaded, sluggish and congested. The lymph vessels lie just beneath the skin and facilitate the removal of metabolic wastes, excess water, toxins, bacteria, large protein molecules and foreign substances from the tissues.

MLD (manual lymphatic drainage) relaxes the sympathetic nervous system, reduces pain and enhances the activity of the immune system. It is effective in the treatment of a wide variety of problems including oedema (swelling), skin disorders, headaches, sinus congestion, stress, sprains and aches and before and after surgery to remove tissue congestion. It is particularly useful in improving the healing process and reducing recovery time after surgery, post-mastectomy therapy and cosmetic surgery such as liposuction, breast surgery or facial surgery.

 MLD (manual lymphatic drainage) is extremely gentle and wonderfully relaxing.

Sasha Ball is one of our wonderful massage therapists and this facebook review sums up just how well Chiropractic and massage complement each other.

 ‘I’ve been attending this clinic for around a year. I first came with sciatica and now, incredibly, it’s gone.  Rachel has a deep insight for healing through her practice. I have regular monthly adjustment and I’m now better than I’ve been for years.  I complement this with regular massage therapy from Sasha at the clinic.  This practice is unique as it offers a fully holistic treatment plan that lifts, heals and rejuvenates.  Thoroughly recommended’.

 

 Contact us today: 01273 584812, email info@peacehavenchiropractic.co.uk or BOOK APPOINTMENT

 

Back Care – Prevention begins at school!

Back and neck pain is often seen as only an adult problem but new statistics, along with our own experience of treating children and teens at the Peacehaven Chiropractic, suggest this is sadly not the case. One quarter of UK secondary school pupils report that they suffer from regular or daily back and/or neck pain.
The Stats:
One quarter of UK secondary school students suffer from regular or daily back pain
School bag burden has been associated with a ten-fold increased rate of back pain
Back pain was also linked to prolonged sitting (something no student gets away from – now with more sedentary past times, gentle stretches and exercises are paramount on a daily basis, please see links below.
The British Chiropractic Association’s have some good advice on how to make sure your child’s backpack is loaded and carried safely. They also have a series of exercises, from the  Straighten Up campaign, designed to keep the spine moving well, appropriate for both children and adults and they also include computer posture tips and breathing exercises.  You would think breathing came naturally, and whilst we all do breathe, many of us don’t do it well!
Here’s some fun and kid-friendly stretches we like! Movement is key.  Another fabulous set of exercsies can be found on youtube, ChiroMoves designed by a UK Chiropractor.  This is also avaliable as an app.
If you have any questions about your childs spine then please do call, remember we also offer a free 15 minute consultation in clinic.  Please call 01273 584812 or book an appoinment using our request form.  Rachel Hodson is fully accredited to work with children and has further qualifications in this field.
Contact us today: 01273 584812, email info@peacehavenchiropractic.co.uk or BOOK APPOINTMENT

Our Birth Story

I can honsetly say it was an amazing experience! It is astonishing what both my body and little Renies’ did to bring her into this world.  I won’t lie, it was much much much harder that I expected and I suspect Renie did even more work than me!

My contractions first began on Monday evening around 5pm.  In the day I had been for a sea swim and then came home and decided to just relax, rather than do all sorts of crazy jobs, which I had previously been doing.  That should have been a sign.  I decided perhaps I should look into hyponbirthing as our due date was 2 days away, definitely too late in pregnancy to start wondering about this, but heyho thats me all over! I spent the afternoon doing breathing exercises, pregnancy yoga and eating chocolate! (something that needs to stop if I ever want to get back into my jeans!)

37 weeks pregnant.

Monday morning Ben had a migraine, so rather than cycle to work I had dropped him off.  I was due to collect him at 5-30pm. I was just about to leave when I started to get what I would describe as intense period type pains below the bump, they came every 15 minutes or so.  Some how wisdom prevailed, (I am a bit of a doer and usually carry on regardless) and I decided driving was probably not wise.  I texted Ben, ‘please get the bus home,’ his thoughts went along the lines of ‘S*@t! NOT NOW I have a migraine!!’  Babies come when babies are ready!

When Ben got home, he started to time the contractions.  We both had a big meal once the realisation hit that these weren’t just braston hicks.  We would defintiely need the energy and then Ben sent me to bed to try and get some rest before what was to come, however it was little good because by this point the longest break between surges (contractions) was 8 minutes.  They were still very sporadic all night, ranging from super intense, insides turning out and being squeezed simultaneously (little did I know this was nothing) to a mere mild rippling.  They were anything from 3 minutues apart and lasting 30 seconds to 8 minutes apart and lasting 60 seconds.  Eventually we called the midwife, who arrived around 6am.  I was 1cm dilated (is that all) and so she left and told us to call back when the contractions were 3 minutes apart and 60 seconds each – for at least 30 minutes (or something like that, honestly Ben was in charge of this and all I did was press the buzzer on a bell when a contraction started and stopped.)

I vomited, A LOT. We thought at about 10am I should eat something for energy.  We tried dried frut and nuts, not bad and then one tiny little mistake, a chunk of chocolate. DO NOT do it!  Just as the chocolate melted in my mouth and made that cloggy seal, the mother of all contractions was upon me (it seemed it at the time anyway).  I managed to just make it to the bathroom, where I remained, face on toilet seat for a good 30 minutes.  Flashbacks to my uni days, hugging the toliet bowel and curling up in a ball on the bathmat. Except I couldn’t curl up in a ball and sleep this off, there is no way out, it is unrelenting! Ben managed to prise my face off the loo seat, after my protests. ‘It’s fine darling I cleaned the toilet yesterday!’

At 11am another midwife arrived.  I was so lucky that my community midwife who looked after us during pregnancy turned up.  What a priviledge to have the woman who saw me through pregnancy there to hold my hand and help deliver our baby.  Ellie is quite possibly the most laid back person I have met, must be a midwifery requirement.  Between 11am and 2pm everything is a bit of a blur, I was delerious, although apparently still not in active labour.  This is NOT something any woman wants to hear after almost 20 hours of contractions! My waters still hadn’t broken, so at the next examination, when I was still only 4-5cm dilated, Ellie broke them for me.  I had thought the contractions were intense before this, wow how wrong I had been! Now everything ramped up.  Renie had decided to turn back to back too, so as well as lower abdominal contractions, they were also in my back and radiating into my right pelvis and leg.

I spent my time moving from being on all fours on the bed, sitting on the toilet and being in the bath.  I tried to grab Bens manlyhood, he managed to maneover himself out of the way just in time, so I bit his hand instead. I did immediately apologise, honest!   Not long after this and me wimpering ‘I can’t do this’ and both Ben and Ellie replying ‘But you are doing this’ for the 100th time, Ben reminded me I did have options.  My birth plan was clear – minimal intervention, but after 20 hours I was exhasuted and I really felt ready to give up (not that you can when in labour, but I know my eyes were pleading to be taken to hospital and have pain relief).  My mind had jumped straight to epidural, not that I vocalisd this as I knew I would be disappointed if we went to hospital.  Ben again kept reminding me I had options, but I still didn’t get it.  Eventually Ben said ‘You have options, DOWNSTAIRS!’  The penny dropped, gas and air!

I got through almost 2 cannisters of gas and air, the intensity of contractions didn’t go, but I just didn’t care anymore!.  At this point I got in the pool and moved into the second stage.  Although the pushing stage requires a lot of effort and energy, it is also a relief to know you are in the final stretch and meeting your baby is imminent.  Pushing your babies head out takes all your power and strength, its primal and takes over your body, as were the noises I was making apparently!  There were times when I thought this is never going to happen, but when it does its absolutely amazing, words cannot describe.  Once babies head was out the final few pushes were easy, (not for Ben because he was literally holding up my entire body weight with his thumbs!)  First we had to wait for Renie to be ready, she needed to turn herself so her shoulders were at the right orientation and I could feel her wriggling, then whoosh she arrived and before I knew it we were a family.

Ben was my absolute rock in labour.  He made the appropriate amount of jokes, kept me smiling with his silliness. Tickled my back for about 24 hours (so much for all the massage techniques we had practised thinking I would like them), made a labour playlist, which I loved up until pushing stage. Never in my life did I think I would state ‘Turn this F@*!”ing S@*t off’ when listening to MJ, but I did! Always asked me if I needed anything, then noted himself it was at the crescendo of a contraction everytime, so waited patiently before asking again afterwards, the answer was usually ‘Yes Water!’

Ben and Renie 30 minutes after birth

I know my body went through a lot as did Renie’s, but never underestimate what yor birting partner did too.  He nearly lost the ability to ever make us a family of 4, almost lost his thumbs when I was pushing and literally held me up when I was in the bath and birthing pool!  Along with all this Ben had to deal with his emotions.  He had to watch me go through the most intense thing he will ever see me do.  He had to clean up afterwards and during labour (yes I pooped in the birthing pool – A LOT apparently) and most importantly he was about to become a father.  Yes there had been an entire pregnancy to realise this, but men are literally not connected to the tiny human growing in their partners tummy.  Its a lot to deal with a very short period of time. Ben I love you.

Renie 1 day old

Renie 4 weeks old (sucks the same fingers that Mummy did!)

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