The Chiros Clinic: Best Complementary Therapy Centre in Hampshire!

The Chiros Clinic is delighted to announce that we are the winners of the Best Complementary Therapy Centre in Hampshire, as voted for by YOU in the Muddy Stilettos Awards.



Chiropractic Babies are Well Adjusted!

The thought of sending your new born baby to a Chiropractor may seem a little drastic, maybe even over-indulgent; but have you ever really considered what your baby has just been through and how that may have affected their body?

Think of your baby before it was born.   Floating, warm and safe in the womb.   Over time, it starts to become a little cramped and before baby knows what’s going on they’re squeezed through a narrow birth canal and out into the big wide world.   But that journey from womb to world is a traumatic one; not only on the mother’s body but on baby’s too.   The power of the uterus is such that it can crush the baby’s sciatic nerve to the extent that they have no reflex in their knees or ankles for up to seven weeks after birth.    It could possibly be the most physical strain that any body will go through in their entire lifetime.

But how does a mother know to take their baby to see a Chiropractor?   It’s not as if your baby can tell you that they are in pain.   Nick Richmond of The Chiros Clinic in Andover believes that mothers intuition is a magical thing and that even though she may not know exactly what is wrong with her child, she will know all is not right.   But Nicks more practical advice is this:  As a rule of thumb if your child sleeps OK; eats OK and fills the nappy OK; then they’re OK.   If any of these are difficult or if your child cries continuously, then there is likely to be a problem.    But more than that, if you are in doubt, take your baby anyway.   A chiropractic check up is a good way to ease any doubt and put mothers mind at rest and since The Chiros Clinic offer free baby assessments to all children up to nursery age, there really is no reason not to go.

Nick is well known amongst the maternity fraternity in Andover.  Not only is he in regular contact with all of the midwives but he also treats most of them and their children as well.   There is no minimum age to see a chiropractor but Nick advises to wait until you are settled and in a routine with your child, usually at around 4 – 8 weeks old.

Examples of instances where you may feel a visit to the Chiropractor is in order:

  • If a baby cries through breast feeding and doesn’t latch on. This could be a sign that being in the crook of your arm is painful for their neck or back.
  • If a baby has disturbed sleep patterns. We all know that it will take time for a baby to get into the night time routine but if their sleep patterns are more disrupted than the normal waking for feed every few hours then this could be a sign that they are in pain, especially if they curl into a ball.
  • If the contents of your baby’s nappy is more pellet-like than soft it could be due to a twisted pelvis leading to digestive issues.

The good news is that babies are easy to treat and are usually back in alignment and their happy and gurgly selves after 2-3 sessions.

If you would like to hear what some of the mothers of our clients thought, read our Testimonials.

Chiropractic Dressage – The Best Advice… EVER!


Sometimes, for reasons best known to the greater universe, a friend will offer a suggestion to a problem that will seem ridiculous and pointless but actually turns out to be the best piece of advice you ever received. This is exactly what happened to one dressage rider after her trusty horse of many years started to be less responsive to her commands and her standard of dressage went rapidly downhill. Mentioning her predicament to a friend, Jo Simmonds, 49, was surprised to hear that her solution might lie in visiting renowned chiropractor, Nicholas Richmond.

With much scepticism and absolutely no pain or physical abnormalities of any kind, Jo made an appointment to see Nick, who had already helped a number of professional show jumpers, event riders and international dressage riders with similar problems. When she first entered Nick’s practice, Jo felt somewhat foolish explaining that she was there because her horse was not behaving in its usual manner or reacting correctly to her commands. Nick soon put her at ease and after his initial assessment he explained that Jo’s pelvis was heavily tilted down on the right side, due to a weak musculature on her right side, which meant that when sitting astride her horse, Jo was leaning to the right, without noticing, thinking she was sitting up straight. As a result, Jo’s horse was getting an input from her to turn right when in fact she actually wanted him to go forward or left. Another aspect of the pelvis tilting was that the corresponding ankle and leg were clattering against the horse, reinforcing the unintended command to turn. When it came to introducing a command to the horse to turn left, Jo found she was having to pull on a huge amount of extra rein to get the horse to turn. Under these circumstances it was impossible for the horse to understand the rider and therefore get the precision they needed for the standards required in the dressage arena.

Although Nick has no experience in riding at all, his knowledge and interest in biomechanics (the study of the skeletal system and how it moves), meant that he knew, without asking, that she had an extra hole in her stirrup leather and how her horse had been behaving, just by looking at her. Amazed, Jo realised that this had not been a waste of time after all!

Nick was able to realign Jo’s pelvis and spine and gave her some corrective exercises to complete at home to keep them in place. When Jo came back for her second treatment she was delighted to tell Nick that she had her old, trusty horse back who was doing everything that he should do because Jo was now able to give the correct instructions and commands to her horse. Before her appointment with Nick, her horse could only do a half pass one way, now he could do both directions again with ease. All of the problems that Jo had found with communicating with her horse were corrected after just one session with Nick.

When watching dressage, the bond between horse and rider is a wonder to behold. It makes sense therefore, for the link between the two to go beyond the arena and into the realms of health. If a horse is musculo-skeletally healthy but the rider is not and they continue to ride together, the horse will eventually become imbalanced. Likewise, if the horse is out of alignment, this will transgress to the rider over time. In order to have the best possible performance from your horse, both you and your horse must be as mechanically sound as possible. This applies to all riding activities, from dressage to hacking out. Another client of Nick’s, who is a professional dressage rider, always makes an appointment with Nick two days before each and every event. Taking this line further, it is therefore also essential to get your horse checked for musculo-skeletal misalignment too.

All riding is about strength, balance and posture. In order to get these right, a visit to a chiropractor such as Nick is essential, to ensure the rider is able to communicate effectively with the horse when in the saddle.


By Nick Richmond, Head of Practice & McTimoney Chiropractor

In the last year I have treated dozens of babies, toddlers, and young children for digestion related conditions; constipation, diarrhea, fecal incontinence, and urinary incontinence to name a few. These poor children were living half-lives, too afraid to go out and play just in case they might have an “accident”. Having checked my records, 98% have made full recoveries. I have just discharged a four year old who has suffered severe constipation, abdominal pain that stops him from sleeping or being cuddled for the last 3 years. In that time he has been continuously pumped full of laxatives which, according to his mother, have made no difference whatsoever. He has had two sessions and is now returning to normal bowel function. The problem was a misaligned pelvis and spine, and the total bill was £68. The child’s GP admitted to the mother that they have hundreds of cases identical to her little boy’s situation. His mother is furious with the GPs and their approach to this common problem and she, like all the previous mothers/parents, cannot understand why her child or all those other “hundreds” of children cannot access the services of Chiropractors and Osteopaths.

The only way this will change is when GPs are able to access selected private healthcare services such as Chiropractic and Osteopathy for their patients.
We do not just treat bad backs!!!!!



The Bowen Technique is now recognised by the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council – a major step forward in the recognition of Bowen as an acceptable complement to conventional medical treatment. Bowen is one of only a small number of therapies so far recognised by CNHC.

Melinda and Neil Beaufoy, members of the Bowen Therapists European Register, the largest association of qualified Bowen therapists, are now also registered with the CNHC. They have become one of the first in the country to achieve a new national standard of excellence for their therapy. It means that they are at the forefront of a national strategy to provide a guarantee of standards and safety for the public, and to encourage complementary therapy to be available through the NHS.

The CNHC was set up by the Department of Health with full government backing. It provides assurance to the public, health insurance companies, doctors and other health professionals that the Registered Practitioner has met all recognised standards for safe practice.   Registration with CNHC is seen as the ‘gold standard’ for complementary health practitioners. (

Comment by Nick Richmond, Chiropractor and Head of Practice at The Chiros Clinic

As with numerous previous newspaper articles about back pain I am frequently asked my opinions and thoughts by patients and friends.   I thought it would be useful for clinic patients if I posted a comment to represent my personal views on this and future articles.

Article in the Sunday Telegraph (2/8/09): Patients forced to live in agony after NHS refuses to pay for painkilling injections. Tens of thousands with chronic back pain will be forced to live in agony after a decision to slash the number of painkilling injections issued on the NHS, doctors have warned. Read more…

Naturally, I endorse the idea of GPs being able to refer to alternative practitioners such as Osteopaths, Acupuncturists, and Chiropractors for the treatment of back pain. This is a great step forward for patient choice, and I believe will ultimately improve the nation’s musculo-skeletal health as well as reduce NHS expenditure on back care.

However, I am hugely disappointed that conventional treatments may be significantly reduced as a result of the NICE recommendations. I believe that injection therapy is absolutely needed for some back pain cases, where surgery is not indicated or recommended. The newspaper article suggested that a patient would only qualify for a Cortisone injection if they had been suffering significant pain (without known cause) for more than a year. Having had horrendous back ache in my twenties for several months, I cannot begin to imagine how awful it would be to suffer that pain for a year or more.

The article also suggested that people in this predicament would have to pay upwards of £500 to have private treatment. From my own perspective, I cannot ever recall of giving a course of treatment that cost anywhere near that figure. However, while this might be true of some clinics and musculo-skeletal specialists, I would like to point out that I know of two musculo-skeletal Physicians (GPs with a special interest in musculo-skeletal medicine) in the Andover area who treat in the private sector. From personal experience as well as those patients I have already referred for injection treatment   I can happily say that these Doctors have an excellent reputation and are incredibly good at what they do. Reassuringly, I feel that they also have a very reasonable fee structure (and nowhere near the £500 suggested by the article).

I will leave you with this thought. It is possible that if more patients are able to access other forms of treatment such as osteopathy and chiropractic when conventional treatments have proved unsuccessful, then there may not actually be the need to have the amount injection therapy that is currently used. However, I sincerely hope that the equation is allowed to find a natural balance and people are not left in excruciating pain for longer than is humanely necessary.