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breathing

Breathing dysfunctions and chiropractic

Breathing is an overlooked yet fundamental aspect of our health. Its significance in relation to our spinal health is often underestimated. In this post, we explore how chiropractic adjustments and certain breathing exercises can play a crucial role in improving you breathing pattern and enhancing overall health.

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Metamorphoses

How our practice works

What we do, how we do it and why we do it at Alive Chiropractic Clinic. How chiropractic differs from medicine, our view on health, the role of the nervous system, what is wellness care and much more. With this post we want to give you a complete overview of our modus operandi

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Intervertebral discs

What should you know about the intervertebral disc

We have 23 discs that separate each vertebra. Commonly, we think their main function is to act as shock absorbers; we could say this is true, but even more importantly, those 23 discs act as "spacers". They create the necessary space for the nerve roots to come out without compression.

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Standing desk photo

Are standing desks a good idea?

During the past 5-10 years, standing desks have grown a lot in popularity, reshaping home and work environments. Backed up by the relevant research, in this post I will answer the question: are standing desks a truly advantageous addition, or just a trend? 

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Posture

Posture: the language of the body

What is it that affects our posture and why do some people have better posture than others? Does it affect how the body works or is it merely an aesthetic aspect of our bodies? What does someone’s posture SAY about that person, and why?

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McGill

Stuart McGill: building a strong and resilient spine

In the world of strength and conditioning, Stuart McGill is a renowned figure who has dedicated his career to understanding the mechanics of the human spine and developing strategies to enhance its strength and resilience.

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Kinesio taping

Kinesio Taping: what is it? How does it work?

Increasingly popular, kinesiology taping is a drug free alternative which can help to restore proper joint motion and decrease inflammation. You do not have to be an athlete to experience the benefits of Kinesiology taping.

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Injury prevention

How do I avoid injuries?

What happens when we get injured? Is there something we can do to prevent injuries from happening when we play a sport, both professionally or recreationally?

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Catching a cold

5 ways to avoid catching a cold

With autumn and winter approaching, with the kids returning to school where germs breeds, let's talk about 5 ways in which you can prevent the common cold. Although it's usually ntohing serious, catching a cold can be quite annoying.

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Horse rider

Chiropractic care for horse riders

The relationship between horse and rider is a unique and powerful one, built on trust, skill, and physical synergy. Whether you're a competitive equestrian or a passionate enthusiast, maintaining your well-being and performance is paramount. Today we explore the world of chiropractic care and its role in enhancing the health and performance of horse riders.

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Chiropractor

Today's chiropractic licensing requirements

Chiropractors in the UK are regulated by the General Chiropractic Council (GCC), which sets the standards for education, training, and practice. To become a licensed chiropractor in the UK, individuals typically need to complete an accredited chiropractic degree program, which involves 5 years of training. 

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Foot

Different types of imaging technologies

Imaging techniques have revolutionized how we visualize and diagnose the human body. X-rays, MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), and CT (Computed Tomography) scans are among the most prominent tools in this field.

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Nutrition importance

Nutrition: the body fuel

Proper nutrition forms the cornerstone of optimal health. It provides the essential building blocks for cellular function, tissue repair, and overall vitality.

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Sunshine2

The Vitality of Vitamin D Supplementation for UK Residents

Living in the United Kingdom brings its fair share of cloudy and rainy days, which can sometimes limit exposure to natural sunlight—the primary source of vitamin D. This essential nutrient plays a crucial role in maintaining our overall health and well-being.

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patient

Patient based care

In our opinion and experience, patient based care means putting our client's interests and goals first. It means using a tailored approach to each individual. 

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food preservatives

The truth about preservatives, emulsifiers, and other food additives

We all know food additives are bad, but what do they do to our bodies? What are the direct and indirect effects of digesting food additives? Let's discover it in this blog post.

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Activator

Activator method: what does it do?

The question I hear more often when I am using the activator is: what does it do?. In this post I want to clarify a few concepts about what this instrument is, when it's used, for which reason and how it works. 

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Self adjustment

Can I adjust myself?

Can you really "adjust" yourself? Oftentimes clients come to see me and they tell me they have been "cracking their back" or "cracking their neck" on their own. What are the limitations and risks of such manouvres?
I would like to give you my professional advice while reminding you importance of professional chiropractic care. Aim of this blog post is to provide good insights to help you make informed decisions about your spinal health.

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Pinched nerve

What is a "pinched nerve"?

Probably the most common expression we hear as chiropractors: "I have a pinched nerve" (or "trapped nerve"). Can a nerve be "pinched" or "trapped"? In this post we clarify some "pre-consultation" jargon  in order to give you a better understanding of what happens when you feel like "a nerve is trapped". 

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Opioids

Is chiropractic the solution to the opioid crisis?

Have you ever heard the expression "opioid crisis"? Do you know what opioids are? Do you know what physical pain is and what is its function? I would like to answer these questions by giving you my view on the subject and by bringing some frightening data on the table.

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Golf court

Why golfers love chiropractic

Oftentimes, golfers who visit the clinic are not in excruciating pain. They seek to enhance their game and maintain optimal performance. Chiropractic care can be a valid aid to improve alignignment and flexibility of the spine.

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Breathing and pain

Breathing and pain perception

Breathing is an inherent part of our lives, yet its influence on pain perception is often overlooked. By recognizing the power of breath and its ability to modulate our experience of pain, we can tap into a natural and accessible tool for pain management

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Food additives

E Numbers food additives: the hidden risks of processed foods

In today's fast-paced world, processed foods have become an integral part of our diets. These convenient food options often come packed with flavor, color, and extended shelf life, thanks to the inclusion of food additives. However, the widespread use of these additives has raised concerns about their potential negative impact on our health

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Richard
Richard
12:52 03 May 24
Fantastic informative straightforward information looking forward to working with Edo
Linda Jukes
Linda Jukes
18:07 01 May 24
I have had back pain for many years and tried lots of different ways to ease it, with no success. From my first appointment at Alive Chiropractic Clinic, I could feel an improvement. I am so pleased with the results after a 12 week course. The clinic is superb and Edo is friendly and supportive. I will continue to visit the clinic and recommend to everyone!
Gary Rolls
Gary Rolls
19:48 24 Apr 24
I have been a patient of the Alive Chiropractor clinic for the last six weeks. Following a stroke in March 2022 I had been suffering with a walking imbalance and general lack of mobility. I would say that my improvement stands somewhere between 60-70% already. I would happily recommend the clinic to anyone that is suffering to book themselves an appointment.
Peter Waller
Peter Waller
11:29 15 Apr 24
After visiting Dr. Edoardo at the Alive chiropractic clinic, I booked a block booking of 12 sessions. From start to finish he made me feel very comfortable, and as each session went on i began to feel much better within myself.As well as the work he done with me in the clinic, he has taught me many different exercises to help me with the problems in which i suffer with, as well as explaining to me how my diet can also help me going forward.He has been a great help, and i shall continue to see him in the future so that he can help me maintain ( and improve) my well being.RegardsPeter
leonie macdonald
leonie macdonald
16:15 18 Mar 24
I was greeted by an interested and professional person. I was helped to deal with a recent trauma, not only with deep breathing techniques and compassion but also accurate chiropractic treatment. Every time I left my appointment I felt a profound sense of healing.
Emma Simmons
Emma Simmons
20:34 07 Jan 24
My experience from the very first consultation has been excellent! Edo is extremely knowledgeable and a great professional. His holistic outlook and advice brings benefits beyond his chiropractic adjustments, which is an added bonus! I would highly recommend his practice.
olly morency
olly morency
09:16 21 Nov 23
An excellent service; Edo helped me with corrections for my back, and advice on how to improve my health span with breath work and improved movement. Strong recommend!
Moira Priestley
Moira Priestley
20:18 15 Oct 23
I found the treatment I received very beneficial. My sciatica has eased a lot and I am sleeping much better. I would highly recommend Alive Chiropractic.
Ben Boughton-White
Ben Boughton-White
06:04 15 Oct 23
A fantastic chiropractic experience!Dr Edo provides a whole body approach to resolving chiropractic issues. His care plan to help solve your unique issues is fantastic, short and simple adjustments rather than long sessions of big adjustments has worked brilliantly for me. Communications are easy and booking ahead is brilliant for me and my schedule.I can’t recommend Alive highly enough!
Benny Clifford
Benny Clifford
15:53 25 Sep 23
Dr Edo has been a great help in getting me moving again, and he is a trustworthy pair of hands in his field of work. Top man!The reception is also very welcoming. I very much recommend this place!
Jane Bygraves
Jane Bygraves
12:30 14 Sep 23
I have a better range of movement and am moving more freely after a course of gentle, thorough treatment with Alive Chiropractic. My energy levels have improved.
Sarah Spadon
Sarah Spadon
18:48 10 Sep 23
I’ve been adjusted by Dr Edoardo for a number of years now, since I’ve been under care I’ve never had any problems but most importantly he helps me keep my nervous system healthy through maintenance care which allows me to be more in control in all of my day to day activities and keeps my mind healthy. His adjustments are gentle and precise and he is really kind and makes you feel at ease in any moment. Highly recommend!
Morgex
Morgex
11:05 10 Sep 23
This is my first experience with chiropractic ever, and it has been life changing! I have a slipped lumbar disc and I was in lots of pain and had very limited mobility. I saw Edo for a few appointments and not only did my back get better, it has stayed that way since! I am doing the exercises he prescribed and now I am only seeing him for maintenance and I feel better than ever, more relaxed and aware of my posture overall . He is a good listener, very informative, professional and communicative.
Isabella White
Isabella White
07:15 08 Sep 23
A wonderful experience so far with Dr Edo at his clinic in Poundbury. I have come away from my first six sessions feeling so much more aware and in tune with my body, and I have experienced noticeable changes in my body and mindset also.Dr Edo is professional, knowledge, and believes firmly in his work which he is clearly passionate about. I feel he has an empowering vision, cares deeply, and has a refreshing balance of western and eastern understanding. Because of this, Dr Edo has a deeper, holistic approach by taking into account all aspects of one's lifestyle (diet, exercise, mental/emotional state) in sessions. For someone like myself who values a holistic perspective on health, Dr Edo's approach is invaluable and helped me relax and feel at great ease. Sam in reception is lovely and you instantly feel welcomed when coming in for a session also. Thank you to you both. Highly recommend!
Chris Copeland
Chris Copeland
20:59 16 Aug 23
Dr. Edo has a very calm temperament and his knowledge aids in your own relaxation, which is a help when your own flexibility, mobility or posture are far from relaxed. Sam, the Chiropractic assistant, is the first person to greet you when you arrive and will explain the fundamentals of the practice. The practice is clean, modern and has ample road side parking. The whole experience has been a success and I am now able to move without pain, the new mobility gained will enable me to get on with life and have new experiences and adventures, for this I thank you.
Sonya Hendry
Sonya Hendry
18:21 16 Aug 23
I have been coming to see Ed at Alive Chiropractic since opening. Visiting regularly is enabling me to have a more comfortable and mobile life. The ambiance and warm welcome, along with total professionalism means so much.
Alison Michele Williams
Alison Michele Williams
20:49 30 Jul 23
A great, professional, friendly service. A whole rounded approach to better well being and healthy body.Thank you!
Tessa Aindow
Tessa Aindow
16:58 13 Jul 23
Brilliant experience. My back has improved so much and I don’t have the same aches and pains. Dr Edo is very professional and gives great advice and exercises to help alongside the adjustments at the clinic.
Malwina T
Malwina T
15:56 19 Jun 23
Great and unique treatment. Eased the lower back pain significantly! Changed my outlook on chiropractic treatments and self care. Highly recommend!!!
jill cheng
jill cheng
09:17 16 Jun 23
I visited the clinic after suffering with low back pain for nearly ten years. The chiropractor helped me regain functionality and quality of life. More importantly, he helped me understand and connect some aspects of my life to my body and how it works, strongly recommended 👍🏻
Chirosofia
Chirosofia
20:41 14 Jun 23
I have known Edoardo since day one at Chiropractic College, and I have witnessed his growing passion for this profession. His long time experience as a Yoga Instructor, combined to his deep knowledge into the Chiropractic art, science and philosophy, will make your journey towards healthy-living a very pleasant experience. Book that appointment and enjoy feeling better!
Paul Ansell
Paul Ansell
12:33 08 Feb 23
All my life I’ve had bad posture and bad back I’ve been to doctors specialists and always same outcome I’ve got to live with it. At the age of 58 I went to this practice and he has done wonders this is the best I have ever been since I can remember. Highly recommend
Zoe Ratcliffe
Zoe Ratcliffe
17:05 30 Jan 23
I attended Alive chiropractor after seeing a special offer they were offering and suffering from a bad back for a long time it felt like a good idea to go see what they said. Since this I have been attending twice a week and the improvements are happening. Edo is very knowledgeable and really wants the best for you he doesn't just care about the back or other pains you may be having but also acknowledges the impact these things can have on you emotionally and personally. I can't recommend this service enough.
Michelle Lambell
Michelle Lambell
21:55 24 Jan 23
Regular sessions with Dr Edo at Alive Chiropractic have made such a big difference to my posture, my way of working at my desk and taught me how to manage my breathing, all of which have led to a big shift in my mindset towards looking after myself and my body.I will happily recommend Alive Chiropractic to my friends.
Paul Nicol
Paul Nicol
08:22 30 Sep 22
I have just finished initial treatment for my back problem. Appointments with the NHS in the past have never resulted in a diagnosis let alone treatment. However at Alive I received a diagnosis and treatment plan on the initial consultation. This set out exactly how I was going to be treated and cost. Following the treatment I could not be healthier or happier. An exceptionally professional service in which Dr Edoardo Elisei seems passionate about what he does. It is more than just a hands on treatment on his 'couch', but a full lifestyle treatment ensuring exercises and diet are in balance to assist recovery and as a preventative for the future. I would be happy to recommend to anyone.
claudia marcela lopez gallardo
claudia marcela lopez gallardo
08:05 30 Jul 22
Edo is a great professional, very friendly and knowledgeable. He corrected my posture in only few months, he said this was going to happen and I couldn't believe it, it was so fast and happened, the changes not only I could feel them but also you can see them. He did the adjustments with a lot of care, with a lot of patience he took the time to give the advices and exercises that I could benefit my posture in the future. I totally recommend him.
TheLizwalker
TheLizwalker
10:18 18 Jul 22
When I first met Dr Ed I had problems bending, and worst of all I could hardly move my neck. I was a total painful wreck.Ed takes a very holistic approach, encouraging me to lose weight and work on different rehab exercises to reinforce the manipulations and adjustments he made.Here I am some three months on, I weigh a lot less, I have incredible flexibility in my lower back and can now touch my toes and, best of all. I have full flexibility of my neck.Eds holistic approach really works, he is very approachable and easy to chat about things with.One caveat, Ed knows when you haven't done your exercises so don't cheat. :)I cannot thank him enough for the massive improvements in my health and his encouraging me to make little changes for a healthier long term lifestyle.
Elaine Daniel
Elaine Daniel
13:05 07 Jul 22
I saw Edo in March and he was so informative regarding my spinal issues. I have had many treatments from him over the past few months and feel so much better and have more movement and less pain. He provides exercises for clients to help with strengthening muscles which is all part and parcel of chiropractic healing. I would recommend going to see him anytime.
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