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We had a great time this past week end at Brunswick Fair. Met loads of new people but also saw a lot of familiar faces; really nice to catch-up.

Here are some pics of Richard Clements, Osteopath and Andrew Robson, Chiropractor at work ( none of me, darn – what a pity!).

Andrew - telling it like it is at Brunswick Fair

Andrew – telling it like it is at Brunswick Fair

 

Free spine check anyone?

Free spine check anyone?

Richard explaining - the elbows connected to the...
Richard explaining – the elbows connected to the…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United we stand.

United we stand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love the last pic as it shows the mindset of Coast. Chiropractor or Osteopath – the patients preference comes first.

 

Hope you are all having a wonderful summer.

Anne French

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If I had known that buying a garden broom for Neil (our gardener), would make him so happy, I would have done it ages ago.

Neil, our guerrilla gardener

Neil, our guerrilla gardener

Neil has been caring for the clinic garden for the past couple of years and has transform it into this beautiful, colourful haven for bees, birds and humans alike and from which I personally get so much pleasure.

Neil has been very busy

Neil has been very busy

These just make me smile

These just make me smile

The view from my clinic room window. Lucky me!

The view from my clinic room window. Lucky me!

 

 

 

 

If you dabble in the garden and find that you then suffer from aches, pains or worse after; you may like to check out our blog on ‘Staying safe in the garden.’ You could also give us a call if the pain persists as I’m sure we could help you. We like making gardeners happy.

THANK YOU NEIL. X

After 77 years of waiting, a man born in Britain has finally won Wimbledon, our signature tennis tournament. The annual summer surge in Britons dusting off their tennis rackets has been inflated thanks to the Andy Murray effect. Kids who haven’t touched a racket in years have managed to persuade their parents (or vice versa) to give the sport another chance.

In the mid-to-late nineties I counted myself amongst the ranks of the July surgers, although it was the valiant defeats of Henman and Rusedski that inspired me. Having had no coaching since about 1992, I was usually left with a few aches and pains in my (dominant) right arm after going tennis mad for several weeks. These were usually concentrated in the back of the right forearm, especially near the elbow, commonly known as Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis). I hit a single-handed backhand, but not particularly well, and where possible I tried to run round onto the forehand. Returning a fast shot on the backhand was difficult, as I couldn’t stabilise the racket unless I caught the ball exactly on the sweet spot. When I didn’t, (easily fifty per cent of the time), the impact pushed my wrist backwards, and the ball would embarrassingly come to rest by my feet.

Extensor muscles of the wrist resulting in Tennis Elbow

Extensor muscles of the wrist resulting in Tennis Elbow

Research states that 40-50% of recreational tennis players suffer from Tennis Elbow. It should follow therefore that pros, who regularly play 5-6 hours per day and practice against people who hit the ball over 100 mph should permanently suffer from this debilitating condition. Why then have I never heard of any of the top pros having to miss time due to Tennis Elbow?

There are a number of reasons that explain this apparent paradox. Firstly, these pros are younger than most recreational tennis players. However, the things that set these pros apart is that they all have a sufficient foundation of conditioning in strength and coordination, which means that when they hit the backhand, they do so with the wrist in neutral, thereby avoiding injury. Tennis elbow therefore isn’t really about the elbow at all; it’s a whole body problem that merely manifests itself in the elbow.

Keep the wrist in the neutral position

Keep the wrist in the neutral position

Key areas of concern are good footwork, the ability to rotate one’s hips when hitting the backhand and strength/stability in the upper arms and shoulders. A good training/treatment programme should concentrate on mobility in the ankles, hips and mid-back; stability in the core and shoulders; and strength in the hips and shoulders. Weakness or lack of mobility in any of these areas causes the backhand to be hit in a weak position, (often early or late), with the wrist flexed.

Tennis elbow can be treated successfully, but why not stop it from cropping up in the first place! If this rings true for you, why not give us a call so that we can help you play sport at the level you desire and reduce your chance of injury or re-injury.

Written by Andrew Robson

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