10 Tips for Back Pain Prevention

1. Regularly exercise. 45min of moderate to fast walking daily (without a bag) is one of the best types of exercise you can do for your back. Also helps to clear your head.
2. Stick to a healthy diet with plenty of fruit/veg. Make your plate colourful.
3. Maintain good posture. Avoid slouching and low soft seats. And keep your feet on the floor
4. Warm up and cool down before and after physical activity.
5. Keep your backpack or shoulder bag as light as possible. Take out what you don’t need.
6. Don’t sit for more than an hour without getting up for a wander around or a stretch.
7. Never cradle the phone between your neck and shoulder or sit with your head down while on your phone or tablet ( put a couple of cushions on your lap and pop the phone/tablet on top bringing it up to eye level)
8. Sleep on your back or side, avoid sleeping on your stomach.
9. Invest in a good chair that suits your height and a good pillow and mattress. Money well spent.
10. Have regular spinal check-ups to catch issues early ( a bit like dental check ups). If you are in pain for more than 2-3 days, get checked over.

The Elderly and the Benefits of Chiropractic Care

One thing in life is certain – we will all AGE.

Recently we have all heard “60 is the new 50”, “70 is the new 60”, etc. being talked about by the media and this is certainly true as people are taking more care of themselves and adopting lifestyle choices to ensure that they go into retirement and beyond in the best possible shape.Continue reading

Sitting is the New Smoking!

Modern day living seems to involve more and more time spent sitting down. Our commuting to work, desk-jobs, TV watching, web-browsing lifestyles are becoming detrimental to our health. Until recently it was believed that getting your recommended daily dose of physical exercise was enough to maintain a healthy lifestyle.Continue reading

Mette Stopa (Doctor of Chiropractic*)

Originally from Denmark but has lived in Scotland for so many years that she is practically Scottish.

After graduating as a chiropractor from the AECC chiropractic school in Bournemouth in 1993 Mette established her clinic in Bearsden, Glasgow. She has undertaken 3 years of postgraduate studies in Holland, London and America with the renowned Carrick Institute and is a qualified Chiropractic Neurologist.

During her free time, Mette enjoys a spot of cooking, long walks and agility competitions with her cocker spaniels and can regularly be found on a Pickleball court at Scotstoun Badminton Academy.

Obsessed by coffee, Mette is currently trying to perfect the art of coffee roasting on her induction hob at home. The independent roasters in Glasgow have nothing to fear unless there is demand for popcorn-tasting coffee!!

*We are Doctors of Chiropractic, not Medical Doctors. We, therefore, take a holistic approach and do not use drugs or surgery in our treatments.

David (Massage Therapist)

David is a personal trainer as well as a massage therapist and has built up quite a fan base over the years. He specialises in deep remedial and sports massage and may give you a couple of stretches/exercises to do at home.

He loves the outdoors and regularly heads up to the Isle of Skye for some serious hill walking, biking and climbing. The clinic’s very own “action man”.

David is the biggest foodie we have ever met and will have tried most restaurants in Glasgow. He’s our resident “Where To Eat Trip Advisor”  and always comes good with a recommendation if you need one.

Lesley (Receptionist)

Lesley lives in Bearsden with her husband, two kids and her babies – the two cats, Peachy and Sherman !

She used to be a Bank Manager and will get us all into trouble if the petty cash is as much as 50 pence out!

Lesley is a very positive person, always happy and smiling. So if you’re having a bad day just pop in and she will have you cheered up in no time

Emmie (the clinic dog)

A black working cocker spaniel named after Emmeline Pankhurst as this little dog has attitude! Although spending much time in the kitchen and garden, Emmie loves a visit from anybody attending the clinic and will happily give a paw! She takes pet-therapy to  higher level!

Sheena Wotherspoon (Doctor of Chiropractic*)

Sheena has travelled extensively, and has lived in both Japan and Australia, but with Glasgow in her blood she was always destined to return.

Sheena has worked in marketing and has an honours degree in Japanese (こんにちは, 元気ですか). She initially utilised her language and marketing skills in the field of diagnostic medical imaging. This sparked an interest in anatomy and the human body and ultimately resulted in Sheena retraining to become a chiropractor after experiencing the benefits of chiropractic firsthand.

In her spare time Sheena enjoys swimming, reading or planning her next parachute jump (despite being scared of flying – how does that work?!!).

*We are Doctors of Chiropractic not Medical Doctors. We therefore take a holistic approach and do not use drugs or surgery in our treatments.

Sarah Donnelly (Doctor of Chiropractic*)

Sarah is a Scottish lass who used to travel the UK as a professional ballerina both performing and coaching. During a ballet performance, a complicated lift went wrong and Sarah sustained multiple injuries requiring surgery. Chiropractic treatment came to the rescue taking her post surgical rehab to another level. This inspired Sarah to change career and off she went to Wales for 5 years to gain her chiropractic qualification.

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys vegan cooking, yoga and pilates and still does some ballet….so, if you’re lucky, you may just catch her do a plié or a pirouette!

* We are Doctors of Chiropractic not Medical Doctors. We therefore take a holistic approach and do not use drugs or surgery in our treatments.