Good stretches – how to safely twist the spine.

What is the difference between an osteopath, a chiropractor a physiotherapist and a holistic therapist? They all claim to have a unique philosophy. My impression is that chiropractic focusses on the alignment of the spine and the health of the spinal nerves. “If the spine is in line you feel fine.” Their emphasis is wellness not disease.

Here is a great example of chiropractic treatment that is close to what I do myself. Dr David Russ, NE Oregon


A physiotherapist Adam Meakins wrote, “We do know that staying active helps,” he says. “The lines between physiotherapy, chiropractic and osteopathy have become blurred. As physiotherapists we should be giving only education and exercise-based advice. We believe in self-management, giving patients ownership to get themselves better and not looking for repeat business.”



According to the British Medical Journal:

“Compared with placebo, glucosamine, chondroitin, and their combination do not reduce joint pain or have an impact on narrowing of joint space. Health authorities and health insurers should not cover the costs of these preparations, and new prescriptions to patients who have not received treatment should be discouraged.”

The researchers studied an average age range of 58 to 66. 800 mg of chondroitin and 1550 mg a day of glucosamine were the minimum doses. 12 out of 58 reports were considered representing 10 trials.

The key phrase was ‘clinically significant’. In some studies there was a difference of 3 to 5% in pain scales. Glucosamine Hydrochloride was fairly represented in only one trial. As advisors to the Health Food trade we have known for many years that glucosamine sulphate and chondroitin are poorly absorbed into our digestive system. Glucosamine Hydrochloride is tolerated much better. Indeed one of the main suppliers Higher Nature, only use glucosamine hydrochloride in their supplements. One person reported to me that he found a difference in different suppliers. He noticed a positive effect when a supplement had manganese added. In 1993 I heard a speaker for Forever Living Products point out that manganese had a positive effect in reducing back pain.

The researchers are not saying, ‘Stop taking supplements’. They are simply saying that the health service does do not have sufficient research available to justify funding these supplements. It is a shame that the prescribed medication could lead to thinning of the mucous lining of the gut and potential internal bleeding.

Pelvic Girdle Pain

Pelvic Girdle Pain

Pelvic Girdle Pain or Symphysis Pubis Disorder (SPD) affects about 70,000 women a year. It can cause extreme discomfort and difficulty in walking especially during pregnancy. There is no medication that will cure it . In our experience pelvic girdle pain is a condition that starts before pregnancy. It affects men & women but hormones soften the ligaments in women during pregnancy.

It is also a major factor in groin strain suffered by sports people. Sometimes it is diagnosed as osteitis pubis (inflammation of the pubic bones).  My colleague Vanya and I have successfully treated hundreds of people who suffer from groin strain by using non-painful muscle energy techniques.

A lady who first came in hobbling with the condition during pregnancy said to me after three sessions that successfully resolved her pain,

“I wish that this treatment was available on the NHS.”

The symphysis pubis forms the two bones that meet just above the clitoris in women and just above the penis in men. The bones are the lower part of the pelvic girdle. A fibrous disc joins them. The disc is a web of ligaments, mainly collagen. If the joint becomes strained or unstable the bones do not quite meet symmetrically.

The enclosed x ray shows what happens when the joints are strained. The pelvic girdle is not quite symmetrical, that shows the lady was not lying flat. However the pubic bones still do not align in the x ray.

The following scan shows a male pelvis where the pubic bones are aligned. Both of these people suffered major trauma before theses scans were taken.

If someone has pelvic girdle pain the legs might give the appearance of one leg being longer, or of one side of the pelvic dropping forwards and downwards. Because the pubic bones act like a hinge they are a fulcrum for movement. You might for instance feel pain in the lateral part of your hips. In our experience common conditions like trochanteric bursitis or iliotibial band syndrome are often resolved when we successfully treat pelvic girdle pain.

back pain, neck pain, pelvic pain,

Back pain mainly comes from strained muscles or ligaments. When your muscles are fatigued, or you sit for too long in a poor posture they become weak. Stretching or twisting strains the ligaments that supports your spine, shoulders and pelvis. Ligaments  resist being stretched and create pain.

The obvious causes are likely: poor posture, bad habits, crossing the legs, sitting awkwardly, draughts and cold muscles, sudden movements, reaching out and twisting, lack of exercise or holding the body in one position like cycling all day.

People describe pain very accurately. A dull ache refers to muscles. An sharp focus of pain often refers to ligaments, shooting pain refers to nerves.

  1. I take the view that most of us were born symmetrical. By restoring your body to symmetry we lessen the pain.
  2. Examine yourself. Try crossing your legs one way then the other. Which is easier? Stand and feel the bump at the front of your hips. Does one side feel forward or high compared to the other? Do you have a lump in the back just above your hips? Then I can help you to rapidly overcome your pain.
  3. You might experience headaches that relate to tension in your neck muscles or lower down your spine. A girl of 15 used to come with her mother. She had suffered headaches for 12 years. After careful history taking we worked out that she had first tried judo aged 3 and had fallen on her coccyx. The coccyx pain had tethered the spinal chord which linked to the membranes inside her head. She made a dramatic improvement with muscle energy techniques and craniosacral therapy.

Phone 01908 502015 / 503274 for an appointment.