In A Nutshell

October 2018

Welcome Back Lisa Williams

We are pleased to welcome back Lisa who will be at the Clinic on Friday’s as a Cranial Remoulding Specialist
and Custom made Orthotics.





September 2018


A helping hand with your Pregnancy

Many pregnant women experience musculoskeletal symptoms or symptoms linked to the musculoskeletal system in pregnancy.
Body goes through huge change, not just weight and shape but also hormones that effect a variety of systems but also the laxity of the ligaments throughout the body. These hormones are active in the first trimester not just at the end. If you are already a bit mobile then this increase in ligamentous laxity can have an effect on a variety of structures in the back, shoulders, elbows, feet etc…




August 2018

Prevention better than cure

How often have we heard this – how much do we live by it?
And what does this word prevention mean – prevention from what, nuclear attack???!!!
None of us can predict the future for our health – we don’t know what cards we were dealt with our genes, so should we just give up and let nature take its course or should we give it some help?

August 2018



July 2018

Pilates at Walnut Grove

The moves may look simple, but they take a lot of precision and control. It’s not like doing a bunch of crunches; there’s a strong emphasis on technique.
You can do Pilates on an exercise mat, either in a class or at home, or you can go to a gym or studio that has special equipment, a class, or a trainer who can supervise you.
You’ll get stronger, more sculpted muscles and gain flexibility. You may also have better posture and a better sense of well-being.
It’s demanding, but it’s not the kind of workout that always works up a sweat. It’s all about concentration and breathing. But you’ll definitely feel it in your muscles during each exercise.
Pilates’ main focus is on core, however, you can expect to see strength gains in your arms and legs. Positions and movements used to activate core rely on extremities to control &/or apply loads to the core and likewise will benefit from Pilates.

July 2018



June 2018

How Gross is it to Wear Your Shoes in the House?

You’ve always been a bit of a germaphobe. Your hermetically sealed home is a wonderland of disinfectants, antibacterial soaps and air purifiers. Say you invite a couple other friends over for a book club meeting and one of them strolls into your immaculate home wearing their nearly new Reebok Classics. She heads to the kitchen to assess the wine situation and you unleash a bloodcurdling scream: “TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES!”

June 2018



May 2018


Acupuncture is recommended for treating painful conditions in many international and national guidelines based on systematic reviews of the evidence. In the UK this includes NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidelines for headache and migraine and in the USA the American College of Physicians guideline for back pain; just two examples among many authoritative guidelines.

May 2018



April 2018

EXERCISE – a helpful approach

1. Is working out in the morning better for you?
You should exercise at a time that suits you and your body. There’s no evidence to suggest
that an early morning workout is better for you, but some people are just more efficient at this
time. You’ll get results regardless of the time of day, as long as it works for you.
Remember in the first hour of waking our brains don’t work our bodies so efficiently, so go

April 2018


March 2018

Physiotherapy and Whiplash

Whiplash is a common injury in which the soft tissues in the neck are sprained as a result of the body being moved backwards and forwards by an unexpected strong impact.  Symptoms often include stiffness in the neck and back of the head, and headaches.  Some people also feel pain in the shoulder, between the shoulder blades, or temporary dizziness.

March 2018


February 2018

Functional Fitness @ Walnut Grove Studio

We are pleased to be involved with Jo Gallagher with our new Studio –
Functional Fitness @ Walnut Grove Studio,
Unit 10 Kestrel Court,
BS20 7AN
The Gym studio has been set up using the latest equipment and training techniques.
There are 1-2-1 Personal Training sessions available, 25 minute workouts, Boot Camp and Suspension Training sessions.
Sessions can be booked on line (once you are registered).
Jo offers a monthly membership or there is PAYG available.
Although born in Liverpool, Jo feels like a Portishead person having lived here for over twenty years.
Jo has run competitively for many years and originally came to Walnut Grove as a patient. She discovered how Suspension Training improved her own fitness and decided to train as an instructor so that she could help others.
Jo has a particular interest in using her knowledge to rehabilitate people, helping those overcome injuries and mobility problems.
Functional Fitness @ Walnut Grove Studio
Jo will still be available at Walnut Grove Clinic for her Suspension class on Tuesday at 11:30 followed by 3×1 hour 1-2-1 sessions and also for 1-2-1 session on Friday morning at 11:30 and 12:30.

February 2018


January 2018

Are you making a resolution for 2018?

Warning: More than half of all resolutions fail, but this year, they don’t have to be yours.
Identify the right resolution to improve your life, create a plan on how to reach it, and become part of the small group of people that successfully achieve their goal.
Pick the Right Resolution.
You’ll give yourself your best shot at success if you set a goal that’s doable — and meaningful too.
If it’s improving your fitness, starting a new exercise regime, giving up smoking, losing weight or just improving your wellbeing, to name but a few.

January 2018


December 2017

The difference between an Osteopath and a Chiropractor

This is probably one of the most commonly asked questions in the clinic and answering it from an osteopath’s perspective is likely to be contentious in the eyes of a chiropractor and vice-versa.  However, the general consensus is that whilst they are similar in many respects, there are subtle differences between osteopathy and chiropractic approaches.

Both share a common history and philosophy which set them apart from the more traditional allopathic fields of medicine.
The primary objectives of both osteopathy and chiropractic are most frequently the relief of aches and pains in the body.

Both treat more than just spinal, joint and soft tissue injuries.

Both work on the nervous system and blood supply in order to influence all the bodily systems. This makes them capable of alleviating the symptoms of many diagnosed medical conditions such as circulatory problems, digestive disorders and migraine prevention to name a few.

In diagnosing patients, osteopaths and chiropractors both use observation, touch and treat patients not the conditions.

The founder of osteopathy, Andrew Taylor Still taught the founder of chiropractic, Daniel David Palmer.

Chiropractors tend to focus mainly (but not exclusively) on the alignment of the spine as the primary means to relieve pain by preventing any compromise of the nervous system, whereas osteopaths look at the body as a whole and help improve its function by correcting the overall structure.

Osteopaths treat a broader range of functional problems, including issues such as circulatory and digestive system disorders.
Chiropractors use more diagnostic procedures such as X-rays, whereas Osteopaths place more emphasis on physical examination, and will generally refer patients on for more diagnostic procedures if required.

Osteopaths tend to use a greater variety of techniques to influence the body’s own innate healing system such as muscle and soft tissue work, joint articulation and manipulation, whereas chiropractors use a wider number of techniques for the “adjustment” on the vertebrae, similar to osteopathic manipulation, to facilitate optimal nerve transition.

Chiropractic appointments tend to be shorter (in most cases) as they primarily focus on adjustment techniques which are quicker to carry out.

Osteopaths spend more time with their patients per visit as their approach is broader and treatments tend to be spaced out over a longer period of time.

Chiropractors tend to see patients more frequently.

December newsletter pdf


November 2017

  Zara does it again

Some of you know, Zara is a world renowned Windsurfer and has been an international team rider for Simmer Sails for 9 years achieving major success with them including 2 world speed championship titles, 6 European speed titles, 2 world speed records and 3 times British slalom champion. Until recently she has been using RRD windsurf boards for competition but now Simmer Style have developed their own completely new range of Speed and Slalom Boards for her to use, which will suit Zara down to the ground, especially with Zara returning to the Canal in Luderitz again this November, to try and regain her world speed record.

The new Simmer slalom boards and Speed boards were put to immediate use by Zara at Weymouth Speed week. With Zara riding the new Speed Demon 43 braking the long standing harbour record 500m for the event at 32.82 knots. This combined with Zara currently achieving the women’s highest speed of 2017 on the worlds GPS rankings of 40.66 knots, gives her huge confidence going to the Luderitz world record attempt. We wish her good luck and strong winds.

November 2017

Rethink Needed On Vitamin D Guidance

Health authorities around the world are being urged to rethink official guidance around vitamin D supplementation following the publication of a groundbreaking study which showed vitamin D2 and D3 do not have the same nutritional value. Current guidance given by a number of government bodies around the world states that the two forms of vitamin D are equivalent and can be used to equal effect.  In this new study, vitamin D levels of 335 South Asian and white European women were assessed over two consecutive winter periods. The women were split into five groups, with each group receiving either a placebo, a juice containing vitamin D2 or D3, or a biscuit with D2 or D3.  Scientists found vitamin D3 was twice as effective in raising levels of the vitamin as D2, with vitamin D levels
in women who received vitamin D3 via juice or a biscuit increasing by 75 per cent and 74 per cent respectively compared to those who were given D2 through the same methods. Those given D2 saw an increase of 33 per cent and 34 per cent over the course of the 12-
week intervention. Those who received the placebo experienced a 25 per cent reduction in vitamin D levels over the same period.

To download the pdf of September’s edition of ‘In A Nutshell’ click on the link below.

September 2017

Focus on Dr Tong – Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine is built on a foundation of thousands of years of Chinese medical practice that includes various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, exercise and dietary therapy.  It’s based on each individual having a certain amount of chi, or energy, and about protecting that chi and keeping the body, mind and soul balanced.

Dr Tong is qualified in both Western and Chinese Medicine. He has worked in a prominent Beijing hospital as a Consultant Neurologist and has been involved in important neurological studies at the Neurological Institute, Queens Square in London.

As Dr Tong enters the room you can’t help but notice the air of calm about him. He is gently spoken and extremely polite, you feel you could tell him anything and he would understand. He explains how looking at a patient helps him assess them, he listens, he examines and he treats.

Acupuncture is one of the treatments Dr Tong uses to restore, promote and maintain good health in his patients. He is quick to explain that there is no pain.  Dr Tong has patients of all ages who he treats for a wide variety of conditions.  Patients come back for many
different things during their life to see Dr Tong.  From emotional disorders to aches and pains, many find Dr Tong knows exactly what to
do to restore their health.  Too many people believe they have to accept aches and pains, but in many cases that is not so at all.  We
are here to help and are very happy to talk to people, without any obligation, to see where we can help improve their wellbeing.

We invite people to pick up the phone, drop us a line, email or call in to see how we can help. Our door is always open.

To download the pdf of August’s edition of ‘In A Nutshell’ click on the link below.

August 2017

Fennel Is A Natural Alternative To HRT

Fennel is nature’s HRT for post-menopausal women. The herb is as effective as the drug for treating all the symptoms of the menopause—and without the side-effects, a new research study has discovered.

It can counter hot flushes, sleeplessness, vaginal dryness and anxiety, and is an effective alternative to HRT (hormone replacement therapy), which has been associated with a wide range of serious side effects, including heart problems and cancer.

Researchers in Tehran discovered the powerful effects of fennel when they gave it to a group of 79 women who were all going through the menopause. They were either given a 100 mg capsule of fennel, which they took twice a day for eight weeks, or a ‘dummy’ capsule. Those who were given the fennel reported a “significant difference” in their menopausal symptoms from four weeks onwards.  The symptoms didn’t return, even two weeks after stopping treatment.

Fennel has phyto-estrogenic properties, which means it includes chemicals that can counter the symptoms of the menopause.  Although it’s been used before the onset of the menopause to lessen symptoms, this is the first time it’s been studied as a way of countering the worst effects of the menopause once it’s started.

To download the pdf of June’s’s edition of ‘In A Nutshell’ click on the link below.

June 2017


Preparing Your Body For Summer

(May 2017)

Summer is not too far away and it’s almost time for shorts and bathing suits.  Time to prepare the body for the effects of the heat and sun.  Three important steps for preparation includes exercise, eating food high in antioxidants, and drinking plenty of water.

The advantage of regular exercises not only includes weight loss, but more important is that consistent exercises results in body fat loss and development of muscle tone.  When you feel fit, you start to hold yourself up, stronger and prouder.  Posture improves and you just look better overall.  For someone who has not been exercising regularly, simple walking can be a great way to get started!

In order for exercise to be effective, you have to do it on a regular basis; at least 3-5 days a week. When just starting out, 3 days a week of 20 minutes per walk may be plenty. As it gets easier, progression to 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week will be more effective.

Although this will only result the loss of a few pounds, the increase in your resting metabolic rate will increase with regular exercise.  The higher your metabolic rate, the more calories you burn when sitting!  Without even changing the way you eat, you’re already working towards some weight loss.

Foods rich in anti-oxidants help protect the skin from the harmful, oxidation effects of the sun and toxic chemicals from the hot air.
They have also been shown to help fight against heart disease, cancer and obesity.  Anti-oxidants will fill you up on fewer total calories because they are high in fibre and bulk.  If a person eats 5-10 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, which is the recommendation of many health organizations, they will feel fuller on fewer net calories by the end of the day.  Plus, you would feel better, your hair, skin and nails would look better, and you would become more regular.

The final important step, is to increase your intake of water. Sixty percent of our body is water.  Studies have shown that a diet adequate in water helps with weight loss, help moisten skin, decreases dryness, can help prevent the development of wrinkles, keeps hands and lips moist and fight heat exhaustion.  A good rule to follow is to drink enough water so that your urine is clear by the afternoon.  Worried about staying up all night going to the bathroom? Then drink most of your water in the first half of the day.  Don’t like water? Then add a slice of lemon or orange to your water.

Now is the time to start getting ready for Summer! It is not too late.

If you start on these steps now, you will be well on your way to feeling great, looking great, and be prepared for a new you.

To download the pdf of May’s edition of ‘In A Nutshell’ click on the link below.

May 2017

Are you considering a Marathon?

(April 2017)

When training for a marathon, most people will decide simply to go out each day and run the same route around the block, and now and again, normally at the weekend, do the route twice.  This is fine for building up a base stamina, and will certainly help a lot of people achieve their aim.

However, if your aim is not only to finish the run, but also to complete in a good time, then a training schedule which includes both speed and endurance training should be undertaken.

Do not over train as this is a high impact activity which can lead to a multitude of injuries, normally shin splints.

It is easy to keep fit without having to run; try rowing, cycling or swimming – anything that increases the heart rate will help keep you fit as long as it’s not stressful.

Positive thinking and a good mental attitude is one of the biggest areas that most people can improve, with little or no physical effort needed.

There is no reason why someone of average to good fitness level should not be able to run a whole marathon.  Prepare both your body and mind and you will finish.

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April 2017