Back pain Chiropractor

How a Chiropractor helped his own back pain (part 2)

The results are in! Following on from part 1 (which you can find here), my recent blood results came back in, with some interesting findings.

Just as a recap: earlier this year, I’d had chronic stiffness and pain in my lower back which wasn’t resolving with all the typical treatment and exercises. An MRI and bloods indicated inflammation as a factor.

As part of my continuing education as a chiropractor, I currently study functional medicine, which looks to identify root causes of disease and modify diet or lifestyle to help.

One thing I will emphasise is that before you make any significant changes to your diet, you need to discuss and work with your healthcare provider. Some diets require monitoring, particularly if you are on certain medications or have some health conditions.

I always thought my diet was good, eating mostly quality meats, vegetables, brown rice, bread and pasta, fruit, porridge and natural honey. Minimal sugar or “junk”. All the things that are good for us right? Well, it turns out they’re not so good for inflammation or blood glucose/insulin control.

So, what did I do? After much research, I started a low carb, high fat diet (LCHF) combined with daily vitamin D3 and magnesium supplements. Keeping carbs to less than 50g/day, it meant no bread, potatoes, pasta, rice, beer or oats but plenty of green cruciferous vegetables, healthy saturated fats and protein. I now tend to eat things like full fat dairy, oily fish, meats, chicken, nuts and wine instead. I also practice intermittent fasting during the week (16 hours fasting, and an 8 hour window of eating). Combined with my usual exercise, I found that my back pain and stiffness improved immensely, but I also had some other interesting changes.

My GGT (fatty liver) dropped massively from 132 to 40 IU/L, and my CRP (inflammation) from 2.64 to 1.84 mg/L but there’s still improvements to be made. My total cholesterol was now 8.8, with high LDL BUT most importantly all triglyceride and HDL ratios were perfect. I’d also lost 6kgs of body fat!

My changes are very personal, and if you suffer similar issues I suggest you do your own research and see someone for guidance. But, I’m now changed for life and won’t be going back!

We can help you to achieve better health. Why not come and see what our chiropractors and massage therapists in Stafford and Newport can do for you. We look forward to seeing you.

Chris Mallett
Principal Chiropractor
Pure Health Chiropractic & Wellness (Stafford and Newport)

Chiropractic and Massage Christmas hours

Merry Christmas! Our Chiropractic, Massage & Shockwave opening hours

Wishing all of our clients a happy Christmas and New Year. We will be closing the chiropractic, massage and shockwave clinics in Newport and Stafford over the festive period to spend some quality time to relax with family and friends.

We feel it’s so important for our physical and mental health to take some time out and unwind after a rather stressful year for everyone. We hope you find the time to do the same.

If you are struggling over Christmas, and in pain then please contact us. We may not be able to do hands-on treatment but we are more than happy to try and give some free, helpful advice (Sorry, existing patients only as we can’t give advice without a previous examination).

Chris and Liesa are off from 24th December and back on 4th January.

Christmas hours

Wishing everyone a fantastic break over the holiday period 🙂

Chris & Liesa
Pure Health Chiropractic & Wellness

Providing quality Chiropractic & Massage in and around Stafford and Newport

Back pain Chiropractor

A Chiropractor with back pain? What did I do?

A Chiropractor with a bad back and back pain sounds a bit ironic, but the truth is that many of us started out with back problems before we learned how to fix them!

Personally, I started having issues in my twenties after years of sitting for upwards of 12 hours a day writing computer programs for a living. As I often tell my patients, all that sitting does you no good, and eventually after 2 years of seeing various “experts”, I ended up having disc surgery.

Twenty-two years and a change of career later, it’s perhaps not surprising that (along with thousands of my patients), I’ve learned how to manage my back well. However, I’ve had my ups and downs.

More recently, and after a rather difficult 18 months for everyone, I had a flare up of back and nerve pain. This went on for months, and despite regular exercise and a seemingly healthy diet of home cooked meals, wholegrain carbs, salad, and moderate alcohol intake, it just wouldn’t shift. It seemed that all the stress, poor sleep, and long hours had taken it’s toll. I decided to have an MRI scan at Heath Lodge.

For anyone not familiar with MRI scans, the circled area above shows quite a lot of degeneration and inflammation. Although the changes were a little surprising, it didn’t concern me too much. What I was really interested in was the inflammation – no wonder I was struggling!

I also had some bloods tested with Thriva. They showed a CRP of 2.64, high total cholesterol at 6.7 (but good ratios), and very high GGT (fatty liver) despite not drinking much. All of this pointed to INFLAMMATION and explained all the unrelenting stiffness and pain I’d been having. Luckily, after studying the nutritional and lifestyle changes that could help, I knew that, along with the typical hands-on treatment and exercise, it was time to make some serious changes! In part 2, I’ll let you know what I did.

We can help you to achieve better health. Why not come and see what our chiropractors and massage therapists in Stafford and Newport can do for you. We look forward to seeing you.

Chris Mallett
Principal Chiropractor
Pure Health Chiropractic & Wellness (Stafford and Newport)

Sports massage Stafford

Stafford sports massage – helping you recover

Our Stafford sports massage therapists could help you to recover from muscle soreness, and a recent study backs this up. 

It’s great to be able to exercise regularly, and it is well established that keeping active benefits human health, especially reducing the risk of obesity and cardiovascular disease. However, occasionally you can overdo it, causing temporary muscle damage and what is often known as delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).

DOMS can often cause stiffness, reduced range of motion and even a drop in performance for those that like to train regularly. People often try all sorts of recovery methods including ice, stretching or low intensity exercise. But, as a review of clinical trials concluded, there is some evidence that sports massage reduces delayed onset muscle soreness.

Getting a good sports massage after training might mean you get fewer aches in the following days.

The effect of massage therapy is thought to be to increase skin and muscle temperature, blood and lymphatic flow, and parasympathetic activity. As a result, the effects include relief of muscle tension and stiffness, reduction of muscle soreness, and increased joint range of motion. Which then means you can get back to training at your full potential quicker!

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Book in for help with DOMS

Why not book in with our excellent Stafford sports massage therapist Liesa? She is a BTEC Level 5 Sports and Remedial massage therapist (the highest level you can achieve), and a keen runner so knows all about DOMS! Whether it’s helping you to recover from training, or for general lifestyle aches and pains – she’s got you covered.

For more information, visit our Meet The Team and Sports & Remedial Massage Therapy pages.

We can help you to achieve better health. Why not come and see what our chiropractors and massage therapists in Stafford and Newport can do for you? We look forward to seeing you.

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Hip or groin pain

If you regularly read my articles, you may know that I love to be active. Recently though, low back, hip or groin pain have stopped me in my tracks. Yes, even us chiropractors aren’t immune from pain or injury! Fortunately, I know how to deal with it which often means that I can help you too!

For those that are also struggling and can’t get around so easily, I know how frustrating it can be and I’ll do all I can to help you back to activity. However, when it comes to more complicated joints like the hip, it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of the pain. It may not be the hip at all!

The hip joint is a hugely important joint in our ability to move well and stabilise through the rest of the body, particularly the spine. There are a multitude of muscles and other tissues that attach across the hip, pelvis and torso which help to keep us stable through our everyday movements like squatting or bending. If these tissues are not coordinating and contracting adequately, possibly due to injury, restriction or neurological misfiring, then pain and dysfunction can often occur. Over time this can lead to poor movement, weakness, instability and (if long-term), arthritic changes.

Hip and groin pain

It could even be that your pain is not coming from the hip at all – it may be your lower back or sacro-iliac joint thats causing all the trouble. The best way to find out is to get checked over.

No matter what your problem, we will look to help you to address any underlying causes, empowering you in improving and maintaining your health.

We can help you to achieve better health. Why not come and see what our chiropractors and massage therapists in Stafford and Newport can do for you. We look forward to seeing you.

Chris Mallett
Principal Chiropractor
Pure Health Chiropractic & Wellness (Stafford and Newport)

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Massage Therapy Stafford

Massage therapy Stafford booking available!

Hello everyone! We hope you are well during these tough times, and getting a bit of spring sunshine. We are pleased to say that we are now taking bookings again for massage therapy in Stafford! BOOK ONLINE or call 01785 530911 for an appointment.

From 12th April we are back, fully open for Chiropractic, Shockwave and Massage Therapy with all appropriate “Covid Safe” procedures in place (as we have always had since we opened).

I know Matt and Liesa are really pleased to be back after not being able to work since December. Online bookings are now open for all of our services again, particularly sports and remedial massage in Stafford, but you can also call 01785 530911 for an appointment.

SPorts and Remedial Massage

There’s been a few small updates to our procedures and changes since we re-opened. If you’d like to keep up to date with them, please visit our page at https://purehealthchiropractic.co.uk/covid-19-information-a….

You can book online on our website, call us on 01785 530911 (Stafford) or 01952 825042 (Newport), or Contact Us and we will book you in or get in touch ASAP.

Thanks so much for your support, and we look forward to seeing you!

Best wishes,
All the team at Pure Health Chiropractic & Wellness

Gardening and Chiropractic

Gardening and back pain

Well, we’ve had a miserable and wet winter, but things are looking up! Recent events can all soon get you down, but my hope grows that we might finally get some sunnier and drier weather so we can all brighten up and get outside more with family and friends. I think we are all looking forward to that again. Many people (including my other half), are also looking forward to being back in the garden and getting their hands dirty, but sometimes gardening can give you back pain!

Most of the painful conditions I see are typically avoidable. If you struggle with poor mobility in the spine, hips or ankles then bending or squatting to work in the garden can leave you open to an increased risk of injury. This risk is increased further if you also spend a long period of time in one position or doing the same repetitive task under load.

Don’t start with heavy-duty gardening. Warm up with the lighter jobs, like mowing the lawn, and then move on to something else.

Mix it up. It is important to vary your activity every 30 minutes or so rather than be in one position for too long.

If you are laying a patio or dong any heavy lifting, keep the object close to your body and bend through your knees and hips. It is sometimes better to bend one knee rather than two to pick up or move objects (also known as a ‘golfers lift’) as your supporting leg gives you a position of strength.

If you are having any problems or gardening causes you back pain, then Chiropractic care could help. This may be in the short term for symptomatic relief, or with long term preventative or maintenance care to maintain good movement and function.

No matter what your problem, we will look to help you to address any underlying causes, empowering you in improving and maintaining your health.

We can help you to achieve better health. Why not come and see what our chiropractors and massage therapists in Stafford and Newport can do for you. We look forward to seeing you.

Chris Mallett
Principal Chiropractor
Pure Health Chiropractic & Wellness (Stafford and Newport)

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Working from home – tips for your health

Welcome to 2021 and hopefully a new start to a better year! We hope you had a chance to at least get together with a few family members over the holidays to cheer you up, I know we all need it at the moment.

It used to be that working from home was seen as a great way to get up later, ease into those emails with a few cups of coffee, and sometimes not even get dressed for the whole day! It was a rare luxury, that could be construed as a bit of an excuse to skive off a bit.

How it’s all changed! With the advent of Covid-19 and the current lockdowns, many businesses have been encouraged (forced?) to allow staff to work at home, and have soon realised that they can be just as productive as they are in the office without the need for that tedious daily commute.

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However, as good as this all is for the environment, time savings and productivity, I’ve seen quite a few cases of patients adversely affected by a lack of activity, interaction, and poor posture and workstation set-up. Here’s some helpful tips to hopefully keep you going:

The best posture is one that changes regularly.

Make sure you change your position or get up and move every 30-40 minutes. Standing desks can often help, but make sure you don’t stand all day either!

If you must sit for long periods minimise stresses on the body.

A good workstation setup and the right equipment is essential to preventing painful postural conditions.

Make sure that you get outside regularly.

Being stuck indoors for hours can also be a bit of a drag. Take a daily walk for 15-20 minutes. We need fresh air and daylight to elevate mood, and for vitamin D. If there’s no sunshine (particularly at this time of year), consider a daily supplement.

We can help you to achieve better health. Why not come and see what our chiropractors and massage therapists in Stafford and Newport can do for you. We look forward to seeing you.

Chris Mallett
Principal Chiropractor
Pure Health Chiropractic & Wellness (Stafford and Newport)

We are open

We are back!

Hello again! We hope you are well during these tough times, and at least enjoy some sort of Christmas 🙂 Although Staffordshire is still in Tier 3 after the latest lockdown, we are now able to offer you all of our services again 🙂

Chiropractic and Shockwave Covid

That means that we are back, fully open for Chiropractic, Shockwave and Massage Therapy with all appropriate “Covid Safe” procedures in place (as we have always had since we opened).

I know Matt and Liesa are really pleased to be back after not being able to work in November. Online bookings are now open for sports and remedial massage again in Stafford, but you can also call 01785 530911 for an appointment.

Massage Therapy Stafford

There’s been a few small updates to our procedures and changes since we re-opened. If you’d like to keep up to date with them, please visit our page at https://purehealthchiropractic.co.uk/covid-19-information-a….

You can book online on our website, call us on 01785 530911 (Stafford) or 01952 825042 (Newport), or Contact Us and we will book you in or get in touch ASAP.

Thanks so much for your support, and we look forward to seeing you!

Best wishes,
All the team at Pure Health Chiropractic & Wellness

SPorts and Remedial Massage

We are now open for massage, chiropractic & shockwave!

Hello again! We hope you are well 🙂 We’ve been back open for Chiropractic and Shockwave for over a month now with our qualified Chiropractor Chris, and even though it’s been different, we hope you haven’t noticed too much of a change.

Although all of the extra cleaning procedures, spacing out of appointments and PPE mean that our costs have actually increased and we are seeing less people, to help our patients during these tough times, we are keeping our prices the same for now. Hopefully it’ll get back to normal soon, but unfortunately we may have to see how it goes over the next few months as to whether we need to increase our charges a little to cover the extra costs.

It’s been a tough time for small businesses like ours over the last few months, and will continue to be tough for a while yet. We are asking for your help by simply letting other people know we are here. It only takes a few minutes, so if you’re happy to help us please do.

You can do this by giving us positive reviews on Google, or by hitting the like or “Invite friends” (click the three dots “…” then “Invite friends” option in the page menu next to the “Share” button) on our Facebook pages. We would really appreciate the support 🙂

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That being said, we are relatively busy at the moment. Lock-down seems to have brought about a few aches and pains! Chris has increased his clinic hours from the start of August to cope with demand, and also started seeing new chiropractic patients face to face again. He will also be changing his hours slightly from September.

The biggest news is that Sports and Remedial massage therapy will be starting up again from August! Yay!

SPorts and Remedial Massage Therapy

Yes, Matt and Liesa are back! Again, there will be some procedural changes, but hopefully you won’t notice anything significant. Online bookings are now open for sports and remedial massage in Stafford, but you can also call 01785 530911 for an appointment..

There’s been a few small updates to our procedures and changes since we re-opened. If you’d like to keep up to date with them, please visit our page at https://purehealthchiropractic.co.uk/covid-19-information-a….

Best wishes, All the team at Pure Health Chiropractic & Wellness

You can book online on our website, call us on 01785 530911 (Stafford) or 01952 825042 (Newport), email or message via FaceBook (see links at bottom of page) and we will book you in ASAP. Those who have been in touch, we will try and contact you directly to get you booked in.

Thanks so much for your support, and we look forward to seeing you!

Best wishes,
All the team at Pure Health Chiropractic & Wellness