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Skelian’s clinic director, Stuart Smellie, has been announced as winner of the 2016 UK Chiropractor of the Year Award. Matthew Bennett, president of the British Chiropractic Association, presented the award at a ceremony in Leamington Spa on 1st October. In his speech, he praised Stuart for his 25 years of work for the profession, and in particular the writing of a set of Quality Standards for the Royal College of Chiropractors.
We are pleased to announce that Ben Evans will be joining the chiropractic staff at Skelian. Ben has a Masters degree in chiropractic and is a graduate of the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic. We are delighted that he has agreed to cross the border into England and move to Cheltenham. He loves the outdoor life and recognises the importance of sport and physical activity, at whatever level that might be.
After working with us for the last few years, Nadine Harrison is leaving to spend 12 months volunteering as a chiropractor for World Spine Care in Botswana. This is a fantastic opportunity for her and an extremely worthy cause but she will be sorely missed by patients and staff alike. We are very fortunate that her position is being taken over by Alex Broomsgrove, who is a good friend and contemporary of Nadine.
The Clinic is delighted to announce that it has been awarded the Patient Partnership Quality Mark (PPQM) by the Royal College of Chiropractors. This is the fouth time the clinic has won this award, which is a fantastic achievement given the ever increasing standards required.
The PPQM is awarded to clinics that demonstrate excellence in meeting patient expectation in a range of areas including accessibility, cleanliness and safety, and patient communication. The decision to award the PPQM is made by a panel of patients and public who form the Royal College of Chiropractors Lay Partnership Group.
Over half of mobile phone users suffer numbness or neck aches. One study discovered that 83% of people reported hand or neck pain while texting. The problem is due to bending the neck and looking down, which 90% of people do when using their smartphones. This is resulting in a “forward head posture”. This can result in neck pain, headaches, reduced lung capacity, and lead to chronic pain.
Vitamin D deficiency is extremely common. A recent study showed that over half of adults in the UK did not have enough vitamin D. Skelian Chiropractic Clinic test results show that 80% of those tested were below optimal levels, with 1 in 5 being severely deficient. There is clearly a major problem. Vitamin D in essential for growth and strong bones, but also for numerous other health conditions. Often the only symptoms are vague aches and tiredness. Vitamin D is produced in the skin with UVB from sunlight, but the sun is not strong enough for 6 months through the winter. Vitamin D supplements are the answer in many cases. Simple vitamin D blood tests are provided at Skelian Chiropractic Clinic.