A reminder to all Chiros Clinic patients, and their friends, that our fabulous osteopath, Ellie  Andrews of  EA Osteopathy, will be offering treatments for animals, particularly horses, dogs, and cats from this April. Ellie is a very keen horsewoman herself and as such has an excellent understanding of the need to treat horses for mechanical skeletal problems, as well as providing soft-tissue treatments to improve their conditioning and performance.



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 Chiros Clinic is very pleased and excited to announce that we can now offer Osteopathy. Eleanor Andrews of EA OSTEOPATHY is available for consultations and treatments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, as well as some evenings. Having had several treatments, I can say that Ellie’s approach is very holistic, whole body, and patient centered. Her techniques are very gentle, effective, and delivered with minimum force.


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 practise.   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 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 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 any where 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.