Tuesday, 16 January 2018

How a Chiropractor specifically helps spinal conditions

In our last Blog we looked at what a Chiropractor is and why the Nervous system plays an important role in our health.

Chiropractors mostly use manual therapy (i.e their hands) to provide care but some also use other tools to help, however arguably the most important and effective aspect of chiropractic care is the adjustment!

The spine has 24 movable joints known as vertebrae, and these can become misaligned or dysfunctional.

A chiropractor will first identify which of your vertebra may be misaligned or dysfunctional and how they relate to your symptoms.  a vertebra which has lost its normal position and/or motion in relation to neighbouring vertebrae. 

Vertebrae which do not function properly within the spinal framework generate mechanical stress. This accelerates the wear and tear on the surrounding spinal muscles, ligaments, discs, joint and other spinal tissues. Pain, palpatory tenderness, inflammation, decreased spinal mobility, and muscle spasm and hypertonicity will eventually follow.

There are 5 main components of a misaligned or dysfunctional vertebra and they are;

  • Kinesiopathology – the loss of normal vertebral positioning and motion in relation to neighbouring vertebra.
  • Myopathology – pathological changes occurring in the spinal musculature which includes hypertonicity, spasming, fibrosis, weakness and improper or inappropriate functioning.
  • Neuropathology – irritation or injury to spinal nerve roots through compression, stretch or more commonly chemical irritation from nearby spinal structures
  • Histopathology – pathological changes which occur to the spinal tissues such as abnormal bony growths off the vertebral bodies and joints, fibrosis and adhesions of spinal muscles and ligaments, as well as dehydration and degeneration of spinal discs.
  • Pathophysiology – the biochemical changes taking place in the spinal region which include inflammatory biochemicals from injured tissues and biochemical waste products

What is an adjustment?

An adjustment is a highly skilled and precise movement usually applied by hand to a joint of the body. Adjustment loosens the joint to restore proper movement and optimize function.

When a joint is adjusted, a gas bubble escapes causing the popping noise you may have heard about.
Chiropractic adjustment techniques have been researched extensively. Complications are rare and side-effects, such as temporary soreness, are usually minor. Your chiropractor is well-trained to determine if your problem will respond to chiropractic care or if you require referral to another health care provider

If you want to get yourself booked in to AMI Clinic feel free to contact us
 at www.amiclinics.co.uk or call us at 01234 0307565

#AMIClinic #Acdjustment #Arthritis #BedfordChiropractic #Backpain #BedfordAcupuncture #Manipulation #Vertebrae #Spine #Vertebra #Chiropractic #Chiropractor #Chiro #Movement 

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Looking for a Doctor or practitioner to help with your Health?

With many problems in our life that are out of our own scope or we cannot solve we often have to find someone with expertise to help. Whether looking for an accountant to do our taxes, a mechanic to fix our car, sometimes no amount of googling or youtubing will find the solution. 

When it comes to our health there is a wealth of information about symptoms, conditions, diseases, exercises, nutrition etc. the list is seamlessly endless. However, where there is a vast amount of information there is very little wisdom.

Chiropractic is one of the professions which help people find that wisdom specific to their health problems.

Very little people actually truly know what chiropractors do?  With the most common answer probably being someone who cracks their spine. So here I will try to simply break it down for people to better understand for themselves and how to explain it to others.

What is a Chiropractor?

A chiropractor is a health care professional focused on the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders, with an emphasis on treatment through manual adjustment and/or manipulation of the spine.
Most chiropractors seek to reduce pain and improve the functionality of patients as well as to educate them on how they can account for their own health via exercise, ergonomics and other therapies to treat back pain.

Why the Spine?

The questions is why or how does the spine play an important role in our health.
It’s not necessarily the spine that’s important but what it contains, which is the nervous system. Your Central nervous controls and coordinates all functions in the body. Not only does your spine protect your nervous system it is also designed to move.

If there was a change in structure or function of your spine the knock-on affect would impact your nervous system and its ability to function normally. Any alteration of spinal structure or function may cause irritation of the central nervous system or the outer spinal nerves that are protected as they travel to organs or muscles. Repeated physical stresses or instantly in a physical accident, but often it is brought on by too much psychological stress or lifestyle factors like inadequate nutrition or exercise.

If you want to get yourself booked in to AMI Clinic feel free to contact us
 at www.amiclinics.co.uk or call us at 01234 0307565

#AMIClinic #Acupunture #Arthritis #BedfordChiropractic #Backpain #BedfordAcupuncture #MedicalAcupuncture #Dryneedling #SportsMassage #Spine #Vertebra #Nutrition #Chiro #Movement 

Thursday, 4 January 2018

New Year Same You but with some Improvements

Entering the new year, one cannot help but think of aspects in your life.
Looking back on how your last year went and how you may want to go on into the next year or to make changes.

We all have different value systems in place; they may be family (ie to find a partner or to have a child) they may be work (finding a new job or studying something to move you further in your career).

Our job as Health care practitioners is to shine the spotlight of focus into valuing health. When it comes to musculoskeletal issues that have been bothering you sometimes you need someone else to fix that problem for you, however the majority of your health comes down to how you look after yourself and no one else.
A simple way to take ownership of your own health is to break it down to basic components you can control.
3 obvious and easy ways to make simple small long-lasting changes is to look at;

-    Sleep: Appropriate sleep is necessary for your body to rest and recharge, sleep is as important to our health as eating, drinking and breathing. It allows our bodies to repair themselves and our brains to consolidate our memories and process information. Poor sleep is linked to physical problems such as a weakened immune system and mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Sleep Matters provides sound, evidence-based advice on how to improve the quality of your sleep. This includes simple ways to improve your 'sleep hygiene', such as adjusting the light, noise and temperature in the bedroom and changing your eating, drinking and exercise routines

 Nutrition: The nutrients in the foods you eat support the activities of day-to-day living, protect your cells from environmental damage and repair any cellular damage that might occur. Protein rebuilds injured tissue and promotes a healthy immune system. Both carbohydrates and fats fuel your body, while vitamins and minerals function throughout your body in support of your body’s processes. Vitamins A, C and E, for example, act as antioxidants to protect your cells against toxins, and B vitamins help you extract energy from the foods you eat. Calcium and phosphorus keep your bones strong, while sodium and potassium help to transmit nerve signals. Without a healthy diet, you might compromise any of these essential function

Movement: Sitting at work is a modern invention. Up to about 200 years ago sitting was a “matter of one’s standing”. Sedentary activities were primarily reserved only for persons of high standing like pharaohs, emperors and kings. The human being moved in the course of work, stood still or squatted. Only about 50 years ago did hours of sitting become part of daily life at work. A development that has taken our backs off guard. From the evolution point of view, we are simply not adapted to this.

If you want to get yourself booked in to AMI Clinic feel free to contact us
 at www.amiclinics.co.uk or call us at 01234 0307565

#AMIClinic #Acupunture #Arthritis #BedfordChiropractic #Backpain #BedfordAcupuncture #MedicalAcupuncture #Dryneedling #SportsMassage #Sleep #Nutrition #3Doctors #Movement #NewyearNewyou 

Tuesday, 19 December 2017


Your Chiropractor is still available during the Christmas period but the times have been altered to allow for the Jolly season!

Opening hours between: 23rd December - 2nd of January
Saturday 23rd Dec: 8.30am – 12pm
Sunday (Christmas Eve) 24th Dec: Closed
Monday (Christmas Day) 25th Dec: Closed
Tuesday (Boxing Day) 26th Dec: Closed
Wednesday 27th Dec: 10am -8pm
Thursday 28th Dec: 10am – 8pm
Friday 29th Dec: 10am -8pm
Saturday 30th Dec: Closed
Sunday (New year’s Eve) 31st Dec: Closed
Monday (New year’s Day)1st Jan: Closed

Tuesday 2nd Jan: Open as usual

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The AMI Clinic Christmas Voucher

The AMI Clinic will be offering vouchers for all your winter aches and pains, treat yourself or even your family and friends with our Christmas Voucher.
A different type of gift other than the latest gadget or in mode piece of clothing; instead of material wealth give the gift of physical Health.

Chiropractic consultation/report of findings and 1st treatment
£35 – save £10 off

Acupuncture consultation and 1st treatment
£35 – save £10 off

30 mins: £20 – save £5 off
45 mins: £30 – save £5 off
60mins: £40 – save £5 off

Voucher valid Until 31st of January 2018 - ask Vanessa for further details

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Feeling SAD 

Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, also known as winter depression is an affective, or mood disorder, a syndrome typically used to describe a recurrent, seasonal pattern of depressive episodes
Most SAD sufferers experience normal mental health throughout most of the year, but experience depressive symptoms in the winter or summer.
Seasonal mood variations are believed to be related mostly to daylight, not temperature.
The etiology of SAD is not completely understood. A combination of physiologic, psychologic, genetic and environmental factors likely plays a role. Circadian phase delay, retinal subsensitivity to light, altered neurotransmitter release (e.g., serotonin, melatonin, dopamine), hypovitaminosis D and genetic variations in clock, monoamine and retinal photopigment genes have all been proposed mechanisms underlying the etiology of SAD.

What to do  

  • Get bright daylight exposure, ideally around solar noon, for at least a half-hour or more each day. This will “anchor” your circadian rhythm and make it less prone to drifting if you’re exposed to light later in the evening.
  • Then, in the evening, put on blue-blocking glasses and/or dim environmental lights and avoid the blue light wavelength (this includes LED light bulbs, TVs and most electronic gadgets.
  • When it’s time to go to sleep, make sure your bedroom is pitch black. I recommend installing blackout shades for this purpose or using a sleep mask. Also keep in mind that digital alarm clocks with blue light displays could have a detrimental effect, so if you have to have an LED clock, opt for one with a red display, and set it on its dimmest setting. You can also try a dawn-simulating clock that imitates a natural sunrise in the morning.
  • Consume high quality animal-based omega-3 fats – Your brain consists of about 60 percent fat; DHA specifically, so you need a constant input of essential omega-3 fats for your brain to work properly. The most beneficial source I know of is krill oil, which has been found to be 48 times more potent than fish oil.
  • Exercise – In addition to a large number of other health benefits, physical exercise is one of the most potent strategies you can employ to prevent and treat all kinds of depression. 
  • Abstain from sugar – Sugar (and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), has a very detrimental impact on your brain function

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

How Cold weather affects your aches and pains?

Its officially winter time with the weather dropping below 0 degrees and getting our first frost of the season, some people may start notice more aches and pains in their joints than they are used to.

But why does the cold give us those aches and pains?

Is it in in our heads?

Or is there something actually going on?

Some people report they can even tell when it’s going to rain?

Do these people have special powers or can it be explained?

The Effect
Some studies have found a strong relationship between short, cold, damp days and arthritis flare-ups. Some research suggests changes in barometric pressure worsen knee pain in people with arthritis, while colder temperatures can cause painful changes in joint fluid thickness. Cold weather can actually shrink the tissues causing them to pull on the nerve endings, thus causing joint pain. When it is cold, your nerve endings are extremely sensitive and the muscles surrounding your nerves tense up. 

When the barometric pressure drops, there is less atmospheric pressure to the tissues back and it causes more inflamed tissue to swell, thus cold weather causes pain.
The cold and damp weather can also cause changes to people’s exercise plans. We have an instinct during winter to hibernate; however, a lack of physical activity will cause joints to become stiff.  

How to combat the Cold
 Exercise eases arthritis pain. It increases strength and flexibility, reduces joint pain, and helps combat fatigue. To manage arthritic conditions during the cooler months, individuals need to plan physical activities that are easy to do during winter, such as;
  • Dressing up warm and cosy, so that your muscles do not contract around your nerve endings, thus minimizing the pain you feel.
  •  Make sure you stretch in the morning and the evening, helping you to stay limber and not tense up. 
  • Make sure you regularly exercise, preferably inside. It is important to stay active to avoid your joints from getting stagnant. When you don’t move your muscles, or joints they will stiffen up and make it more painful when you do move.
  •  Swimming can help as well.

Having therapy over the winter months can help from Chiropractic, massage or acupuncture. A British analysis of nearly 100 high-quality systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials found that manipulation was beneficial for acute and chronic low back pain, neck pain and knee osteoarthritis. And a 2013 study published in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage found that patient education combined with 12 chiropractic treatments (twice a week for six weeks) were more effective for hip OA than a daily stretching program or patient education alone.

If you want to get yourself booked in to AMI Clinic feel free to contact us
 at www.amiclinics.co.uk or call us at 01234 0307565
#AMIClinic #Acupunture #Arthritis #BedfordChiropractic #Backpain #BedfordAcupuncture #MedicalAcupuncture #Dryneedling #SportsMassage #Kneepain #Osteoarthritis #Barometricpressure #Winterpain