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’.

 

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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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Research Reviews – Importance of Chiropractic

CHIROPRACTIC & HEALTH

A Natural Connection

March 2018

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Ph.D. in Biomechanics Explains Importance of Segmental Motion and Chiropractic

McGill, S. Ph.D. Stability: From Biomechanical Concept to Chiropractic Practice. Journal of Canadian Chiropractic Association. 1999;43 (2)

QUOTE BOARD: “There is evidence that these muscles (intersegmental muscles) are highly rich in muscle spindles (at least four to seven times higher than multifidus). It would seem that these organs are not functioning to produce force given their minimal cross-sectional area but are, rather, position transducers for each lumbar joint enabling the motor control system to control overall lumbar posture and avoid injury.” Conclusion: “Nonetheless it appears that the chance of the motor control error which results in a short and temporary reduction in activation to one of the intersegmental muscles would cause rotation of just a single joint to a point where passive or other tissues become irritated or possible injured.” [This is segmental neuromuscular dysfunction (vertebral subluxation complex/joint dysfunction)]

Key Concepts:

Without proper segmental motion in your spinal segments the messages from the joint and muscle motion receptors get interrupted making it impossible for your brain to sense joint position and/or muscle length/tension. This “garbage in” creates errors in brain output (garbage out) called motor control errors. Your brain can only properly coordinate joint and muscle position and movement if proper signals from the joints and muscles get sent to the brain. Proper segmental motion is the key component for the delivery of proper joint and muscle signals.

Key Take Home Points:

Without proper segmental motion in your spine the messages between body and brain become diminished and/or distorted. Not only do the tissues become inflamed and begin to degenerate but the brain becomes less able to coordinate movement and motor control errors result which predisposes the tissues to injury. Chiropractic is so effective because it restores segmental motion and thus restores the proper communication between body and brain. This allows for better coordination of movement, the reduction of motor control errors, and less susceptibility to injury. A healthy spine requires proper segmental motion. Chiropractors are the world’s leading experts in detecting and correcting areas of segmental neuromuscular dysfunction and this is why chiropractic is so effective for spinal health.

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Love, Health and Happiness

Health, Love and Happiness begin with you!

This month our clinic theme is love, health and happiness, as its February and all! These 3 things are all completely in your control and all inter-related.  No one else has the capacity to control these things, only you!

The way you respond to what’s around you is choice.  We all have negative reactions sometimes,  the key is to notice them and then tell yourself something positive.  My biggest bug bear is aggressive drivers, especially those who tailgate and speed.  Sometimes I get irritated with them and upset with the injustice of their behaviour.  Other times I just notice them and consciously decide to keep smiling, when they find a safe place to overtake they can.  The more I practice the latter, the more it has started to become a habit and the happier my days are!

Be Grateful

Be grateful for life everyday, remember the small things.  Our brains are wired to seek the negative, it is a form of protection.   A good example is dog mess, we learn to look out for it and not stand in it.  Now it is law to pick up your dogs doings, however instead of us appreciating and being grateful for the lovely clear pavements we have the majority of the time, we instead moan when we see mess!

A good practice to get into is picking 5 things that happened in the day you are grateful for.  Either write them down or say them out loud to yourself every evening.  The positive mind set this leaves you it will make you feel great.  The small things that erk you really are just small and insignificant so do not warrent any energy spent.

Realtionships

Surround yourself with friends and family.  Be picky about who you spend time with.  Choose people that energise and support you.  If you find someone a constant drain perhaps it is time to consider whether you need them in your life.  Sometimes it can be hard to let people go, however in the long run you will be thanking yourself for it.

If something is on your mind, don’t let it fester.  Talk to your loved ones about it, they love you and will support you.  Sometimes it may even been an issue you are having in your relationship with them, if you do not communicate with them, they will never know.  Try and find ways to speak to your loved ones without blame.  A good way to do this is to talk about your feelings and how sometimes they make your feel a certain way.  Communication is the key to a happy relationship.

Nutrition and Water

If you look after your body, it will look after you.  Your body and all its components are only as good as the food you feed them.  Food can be the greatest medicine or the slowest posion! We are made from nature and therefore our body needs food from nature.  I have never seen a packet of biscuits growing from a tree, have you!?

Try and eat more than 5 portions of fruit and vegetables daily and regularly drink water.  Not only will your skin glow, your bowel movements will improve and your overall energy will pick up.  Providing good healthly food shows your body you love yourself.  You deserve it.

When your overall health improves, instantly it makes you feel more positive and your sense of wellbeing increases.

Saying all that, moderation is key! If you deny yourself all the little pleasures in life, then all you will do is crave them. If you want some chocolate, have it and feel good about it, no guilt.   Enjoy it and remind yourself that this was my choice today and I loved it!

Nature

Get outside amongst nature.  I always feel absolutely fabulous when I have spent time outside.  Just feeling the breeze (wind if you are in Peacehaven) on your skin makes you feel alive!  Yes its cold at the moment, all these sensations are amazing and we should feel grateful to be able to experience them.  For me going for a brisk walk 20 minute walk along the coast or in the woods rejunvinates me.  I take the time to let my senses take everything in, from the sound of the waves crashing and birds tweeting to the smells in the air.

Exercise

Get 30 minutes daily.  Exercise improves blood flow and nerve flow.  When everything is moving your brain is active, firing and strengthening.  Exercise has been shown to releases cannabinoid type molecules into the bloodstream, these give you an instant high! No wonder exercise makes you feel great!  The article below is a study that details some of the reasearch done in this area.  If you like a complex read then this can explain a little further.

https://cloudfront.escholarship.org/dist/prd/content/qt426788xv/qt426788xv.pdf

Find your Passion

This doesn’t have to be your job.  Luckily for me mine is, however for my partner it is music, not just any music mind.  He loves anything with skilled muscians (so modern day pop is out, sorry Taylor Swift) and is constantly writing lyrics himself and learning new instruments.  He is never happier than when he has accomplished a new riff!

Whatever yours might be, prioritise it, the dishes can wait (unless its your turn darling!)

Finally with the growing awareness of mental illness and understanding how to support someone, scientists are trying to discover the secret to happiness.  The link below is to a short survey.  If you have the time please do take part.

https://secretsofhappiness.co.uk/

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