It’s best to explain this with the help of an analogy. When you buy a brand new car, it comes with a warranty. There’s a reason for this. The manufacturer is basically guaranteeing, that provided you look after your car as specified, you are going to be very unlucky if anything goes wrong under the warranty period. Once past this honeymoon period, you know that you must carry out regular preventative maintenance at set intervals, in order to continue with many more miles of trouble-free motoring.
Eventually, you will get to that time when things start to wear out and go wrong. Some parts will corrode, weaken and eventually fail. How fast your car gets to the junkyard depends very much on how well you looked after it and the difference can be many years.
Just as with a car, how many problems you will have and how long your body will last depends very much on how well it is maintained and that’s where we can help you.
Nicky has devoted her life to finding better knowledge on how to help people get better results from their treatment and to live a longer, healthier life. In her books she developed the concept of a Human Garage and also the importance of overall health, or Wellness, which she defined in her 4 Keys model.
She has built a powerful team of highly experienced therapists and together they offer you the expertise of looking not only at the problems caused by a recent injury or of a longer term chronic condition, but also look at your health keys to get even better long-term results.
Wellness encompasses all of you, your fuel (diet & nutrition), your servicing ( exercise & fitness), how hard you press your right foot (stress) and your environment (lifestyle). The intent of Wellness is to achieve better long-term health.
If you feel you have Wellness factors that are impacting your ability to heal or want to find out more about living a longer healthier life, then we can help.
Energy Balls Recipe
- 100g (1/2 cup) almonds or cashews
- 200g (1 cup) dates (medjool dates can be used without soaking, deglet
- noor dates should be soaked in hot water for 2-3 minutes first)
- 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1 ½ tbsp nut butter
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Pulse the almonds/cashews in the food processor until they are nicely crushed.
- Add the dates and coconut oil and pulse until it’s fully mixed
- Add the nut butter and cacao and then mix again in the food processor.
- Take a tablespoon of the mixture and roll into a ball. Continue doing this until the mixture has finished.
- Place the rolled balls into the freezer for around 1 hour, then remove and store in an airtight container in the fridge.
You can substitute desiccated coconut or sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds or linseeds for some of the nuts if preferred.
Recipe kindly supplied by Katharine Kerr
This Valentines why not consider a beautiful sterling silver pendant necklace for your loved one, not only is it unique to the Nicky Snazell Clinic's it also as you might expect is contains stones with powerful properties to provide a beautifully unique and highly desirable real silver neckless.
There are four important stones in the healing jewelry the details for this are on this page:
4 Stones; Turquoise [blue/green] is perhaps the oldest stone in man's history, the talisman of kings, shamans, and warriors. Turquoise is the crystal healing master stones. Its protective strong, healing powers can benefit the whole body, with special strengths in healing ailments of the immune, respiratory, waste and skeletal systems
Amber [orange] is fossilized tree resin, a powerful healer, painkiller & de stressed.It absorbs pain and negative energy, to alleviate stress. Amber clears depression, stimulates intellect & promotes self-confidence & creative self-expression. It encourages wise patient decision-making, & a balance of spontaneity. Amber kills pain & disease, healing and renewing the nervous system and balancing the right and left parts of the brain. It also gives psychic protection & cleanses the environment.
Charoite [purple] Dragons Stone of Transformation.Gives deep powerful spiritual healing to the physical & emotional body, Heart & Crown Chakras. Charoite has the power to transmute illness into wellness. It's effective in easing both body & mind, aches & pains, fear & frustration, & helps speed up the healing process. It's been known to relieve symptoms of ARTHRITIS & provide quick relief from headaches & migraines & exhaustion. [Again helps BP]
Malachite [green] crystal, known as a stone of transformation, it is excellent for strong healing, both physical & emotional wounds. Flows through heart chakra [also helping blood pressure] & giving you a new sense of change, vitality, and spiritual renewal.
If you are interested in the healing properties of stones and their benefits to spiritual health, then please speak to Nicky next time you she her.
The link to buy these gorgeous necklaces
Osteoporosis is a silent disease of bone thinning that many people suffer from with no awareness until the bones start breaki
ng or crumbling, most often at the spine, hips and wrists. The pain associated with this condition can be very severe and
effectively destroy any quality of life.
The statistics for osteoporosis don’t make happy reading, particularly for post menopausal women. Typical bone density loss is around 0.5% to 1% per year, but for post menopausal women can rise to 4% per year. Hence women are 4 times more likely than men to suffer osteoporosis. One in two women and one five men over 50 will suffer a bone fracture due to osteoporosis. In the UK there are around 3 million sufferers.
Waiting for a bone to break before you sit up and think about the terrible consequences of osteoporosis doesn’t make a lot of sense and with a 50% chance of suffering, women in particular should start thinking as early as possible about prevention measures.
Trials have shown that our MRT technology can increase bone density by as much as 10% in one course of treatment and thus an annual treatment could more than offset the bone density loss even for post menopausal women.
Other treatments we can offer which will help include acupuncture for pain relief, physiotherapy with exercise prescription including weight bearing exercises and nutritional advice.
Musculoskeletal (MSK) pain is any pain caused from the bones, joints, tendons, ligaments or muscles. This may include things such as a sprained knee/ankle, arthritis in a joint, tennis/golfers elbow, pulled muscles and many other conditions.
When you come into our clinic you can be assessed by a Physiotherapist or a Sports Therapist. Depending on the area of the pain, the assessment can look at your posture, range of movement, strength and special tests that can assess stability, proprioception and joint integrity. These findings will help your therapist to develop a working hypothesis, which they will use in consultation with yourself to direct them to the most appropriate treatment for your condition.
There are many treatments on offer at the clinic for those with MSK problems. Some of the treatments offered in-house include:
Soft tissue work/massage- Massage can be used to increase the mobility in stiff arthritic joints or break down scar tissue after muscle strains or operations. It is commonly used to reduce muscle tone, tightness or spasms and decrease the stress placed on bones/joints whilst promoting relaxation.
Acupuncture– This traditional Chinese technique is used in clinic to treat lots of conditions such as headaches/migraines, neck, back, shoulder and other joint pains. Acupuncture will be discussed in more detail in another newsletter.
Electrotherapy – We are lucky here to have access to a wide variety of electrotherapy modalities including Robotic Spinal Manipulation, Shockwave, Ultrasound, Deep Oscillation, Shortwave, and Laser.
Joint mobilisations/manipulations can be used to increase a range of movement in joints and decrease pain.
Individual exercise programmes- We are able to tailor personalised exercise programmes for your injury /condition that may include strengthening, stretching and mobilising work.
Next month we will look at Wellness
Growing Old, Stave Off Ill Health
Part of life is growing older and we should all plan for that stage of our lives. The good news is that with correct lifestyle choices and planning, the later years can be just as much fun as any other part. The first and most important step in this process is aligning your beliefs with this reality.
What do I mean by this? Well if you believe that when you get older you won’t be able to do much, will spend a lot of time sitting in a chair because moving around is too painful and you will need a cocktail of drugs to keep you going, then probably that will all come true for you. If on the other hand you believe it doesn’t have to be that way and that you can still be active, healthy and enjoying life then probably that’s how it will be for you. The reason for this is that the mind is immensely powerful in determining outcomes. And if you strongly believe something, your mind will subconsciously move you towards decisions that support that belief.
I once spoke to someone who said ‘I’m 50 now and I need to slow down’ and guess what, she visibly aged as all her thoughts supported that belief. On the other hand, I know people who are in their late 80’s who go to the gym and swim three times a week, run to the shops and take no medication and never have. And they see no reason for anything to change.
So, my advice is to really think about what you believe because that is likely to be your future. Question your beliefs. Ask yourself why is it that different countries have widely different life expectancies. Why is it that some countries have much lower risks of cancer than the UK has. Your beliefs will be based on what you learned as a child and what hear and see is normal around you. But what is normal here is not normal elsewhere. Understand this and you will be more open to questioning and changing your beliefs.
It's your life. You reap what you sow.
If you found this interesting and would like to know more, get a copy of ‘The Mind’ at the clinic and ask about the 2018 Seminars and Meditation classes.
What type of practitioner is best suited to help your problem?
For sudden onset soft tissue trauma, arthritic joints and sports injuries
For serious unresolved chronic spine and joint pain
For chronic unresolved MSK conditions such as Rheumatoid, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis or Disc Degeneration
For specific sports rehab advice
For recent onset nerve pain, i.e. carpal tunnel/sciatica
For a wholistic approach embracing 4 Keys To Health
For a neurological problem such as Parkinson’s, Motor Neuron, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Head and Spinal Injury
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy
Musculoskeletal (MSK) pain is any pain caused by the bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, muscles or nerves. This may include things such as a sprained knee/ankle, arthritis in a joint, tennis/golfers elbow, pulled muscles and many other conditions. Some physiotherapists specialise in MSK , whereas others might specialise in respiratory medicine, pediatrics, neurology or other areas.
At Nicky Snazell’s we have MSK Physiotherapists and Sports Therapists, the latter only being MSK. In simple terms, the skills of these therapists overlap quite a lot, but whereas Physiotherapist training covers a broad range of medical training, a Sports Therapist focuses instead on injury rehab.
Treatment of Neurological Problems
When you come into our clinic you can be assessed by a Sports Therapist or a Physiotherapist. Depending on the area of the pain, the assessment can look at your posture, range of movement, strength and special tests assess stability, proprioception [balance] and joint integrity. These findings will help your therapist to develop a working hypothesis, which your therapist will use in consultation with yourself to direct the most appropriate treatment for your condition.
Treatments offered in-house include soft tissue work, massage, acupuncture and joint mobilisations/manipulations, plus classes for both functional rehab and yoga pilates, supported by a wide range of technology, including robotic spinal manipulation, shockwave, ultrasound, deep oscillation, shortwave, laser and magnetic resonance treatment.
While MSK physiotherapy does a fantastic job of treating acute injury and inflammation, it falls short in dealing with long-term (or chronic) pain. This type of pain is often puzzling and can lay hidden within a diagnosis of tennis elbow, back pain, repetitive strain, frozen shoulder, whiplash, and fibromyalgia. The root cause of these types of problems is a condition called neuropathy. You cannot kill this pain by cutting it out with surgery and it cannot be hidden by drugs. The only way to deal with this type of problem is to desensitise it, by relieving the irritation at its source. Invariably this is at a nerve root in the spine.
If nerves are supersensitive, desensitising treatment is required. Perhaps an analogy helps. If an intruder alarm goes off when it shouldn’t, it’s probably over sensitive and needs adjusting.
Sensitive nerves cause muscle contractures, which deep in the spine cause disc compression and can lead to conditions like sciatica, shortened tendons such as Achilles tendonitis or tennis elbow. It can also reduce both nutrient and blood flow to joints, aggravating osteoarthritis.
Treatment requires a GP or physiotherapist who is qualified in GunnIMS with a wholistic approach.
Wellness and Physiotherapy
It’s best to explain this with the help of an analogy. When you buy a brand new car, it comes with a warranty. There’s a reason for this. The manufacturer is basically guaranteeing, that provided you look after your car as specified, you are going to be very unlucky if anything goes wrong under the warranty period. Once past this honeymoon period, you know that you must carry out regular preventative maintenance at set intervals, to continue with many more miles of trouble-free motoring.
Eventually, you will get to that time, no matter what maintenance you do, things will start to wear out and go wrong. Some parts will corrode, weaken and eventually fail. How fast your car gets to the junkyard depends very much on how well you looked after it.
You may have a problem with the headlights, the bulbs keep blowing. No matter how many times you replace them, they keep blowing. Eventually, you get it properly checked and the cause of the problem was a corroded wire in the fuse box. The headlights were just the symptom and you could have kept changing them forever if you didn’t fix the cause.
Chartered Physiotherapist BSc (Hons)
Since graduating in 2000 from the University of Ulster, I have worked in many different private and NHS settings. Working initially in Northern Ireland, I then spent four years working in New Zealand before returning to the UK to do locum work before joining Nicky Snazell Wellness & Physiotherapy Clinic. I have been a Senior MSK Physiotherapist at the clinic since 2014.
I have wide experience in treating MSK problems including general and sporting injuries as well as longer-term chronic conditions.
I have a particular interest in ‘Dry Needle Acupuncture’ and gain great satisfaction from seeing patients becoming pain-free and getting back to normal activity.
I have done many courses since qualifying including acupuncture, dry needling, NOI, McKenzie, tendinopathy.
In my spare time I enjoy playing tennis, day walks, gym, running with my local ‘Hash House Harriers’ running club, travelling and visiting new places.
Osteoarthritis (OA), which the most common type of arthritis, is wear and tear in the smooth cartilage protecting the bones in joints. This eventually leads to bone erosion, bone spurs and unsightly bony end thickening. The joint juice (synovial fluid), swells and becomes inflamed and sticky. The attacked bone haemorrhages precious calcium. The result tends to be pain and stiffness, worsening as the severity increases.
Indicators of OA are painful joints and especially more pain and stiffness when you wake or start moving. By 50 years old 8 out of 10 of us have OA and by 60, 9 out of 10. Left untreated, OA can have a massive negative impact on your quality of life untreated may need surgery. In fact, 95% of surgery on knees and hips is OA related.
Could you have OA even though you don’t hurt much?
Perhaps surprisingly, the amount of pain felt does not always match the amount of wear and tear. Hence you need to be examined by experts. Cartilage itself has no pain receptors, so it can’t send an Ouch signal to the brain. Modern research also shows little correlation of wear and tear to pain severity. Hence pain alone cannot be used to determine the need for highly invasive joint surgery.
Pain signals are sent to a nociceptive part of the brain (the part which processes pain from tissue damage) and Mr Pain starts shouting out, in a way that is a million times more distracting than your conscious thoughts. More over, after just 3 months Mr Pain moves into the emotional centre and hardwires himself into your mood and previously innocuous lifestyle activities. What this means is that your brain memorises and associates Mr Pain with an activity that should normally be enjoyable. Mr Pain becomes Mr Chronic Pain.
Can we help you with OA and Chronic Pain?
The good news is mindfulness physiotherapy can massively reduce Mr Chronic Pain. We advocate working towards optimum health with our 4 Keys approach. Nicky’s favourite treatment combination of modalities are: Wellness physiotherapy with a good exercise prescription and mindfulness, dietary advice and supplementation, MRT to help regenerate cartilage, acupuncture to give some immediate pain relief, and in less severe cases, shockwave for stiffness.
“I was resigned to a lifetime of maintenance treatment, constant pain and not being able to do what I wanted. Now I’m doing all the things I want to do, I’m pain-free and I haven’t needed hands-on treatment for 4 years”
Beverley joined the police force when she was 19 and she realised that her job would put her at risk and she needed to be able to defend herself. She had always had a strong interest in sport and her need for self-defense logically took her to the gym, where she started an interest in weightlifting.
By her mid 30’s she was experienced with free weights and constantly pushed herself to achieve more. Cycling was also a keen hobby.
This all came to a grinding halt when she injured her back while sledgehammering a path at home. In reality, the years of weightlifting had taken their toll and the sledgehammering was the final straw. The result was a bulging disc and serious pain. A friend recommended she should see a chiropractor.
After several weeks of daily treatment with the chiropractor, it was explained that she had wear and tear and that she would need maintenance care for the rest of her life, which would require her to return for treatment every 3 to 4 weeks. Despite the treatment, she was forced to give up cycling and the gym. Everyday tasks like vacuuming and mowing the grass were difficult. She had always wanted to take up golf and had even been given a set of clubs, but the constant back pain ruled any chance of that out.
By this time she had moved into a CID role in the police, which at times involved a mixture of desk work and operational duties. Sitting at a desk or in car for more than an hour was impossible and getting in and of cars was both difficult and painful.
Beverley had driven past Nicky Snazell’s Clinic many times on her way to 8 years of chiropractic treatment, but had given little thought to trying something else as she was resigned to a lifetime of maintenance. It was only when a colleague, who had been hurt badly in a car crash and had been helped a lot at Nicky Snazell’s, recommended she should try us, that Beverley took the plunge.
She saw Nicky only once and was dramatically better, so much so that in her first year she dropped from every 3 to 4 weeks, down to twice a year. As soon as she had completed her first treatment she was confident enough to take up golf.
In the following 4 years, Beverley needed at most 4 treatments a year. Nicky Snazell’s then started offering Magnetic Resonance Treatment and Nicky convinced Beverley that this would really help her spine condition even more.
Beverley started MRT in 2014 and has not needed any hands on treatment since, apart from one single treatment following a golfing injury. But it’s not the lack of treatment that has been the biggest impact, it’s the fact that she is able to live the life she had before her injury and wanted again. She had returned to the gym, where she still attends several times a week. She walks her dog 2 hours a day and covers 3 to 5 miles a day. All pain-free and with no medication. She is also playing a lot of golf.
Not only can she play golf, she can manage 5 days of back to back golf. She loves walking and had given this up for years. Now she manages 3 walking holidays a year in the hills of the Lake District and has completed a 40 mile walk without difficulty. She has no back pain at all. For Beverley the most important thing is being fit and healthy enough to be able to live life to the full and she is so thankful that she found Nicky Snazell’s Clinic.
“The only downside is that I don’t get to see Nicky anymore and I miss that. I’m looking forward to meeting up again at Nicky’s new health seminars in 2018”