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By Penny Henderson, Jan 10 2018 02:31PM

Either through pain or injury you may feel that you don’t fit to a standard class. Our colleagues, Judy and Anne-marie are physiotherapists with a wealth of experience in this field.

Open to all, they are offering a unique 8 session package will contain elements of education, exercise and relaxation to help you to move forward with exercise in a safe, effective and controlled manor. Classes are small and you will be supervised at all times. Initial assessment is compulsory.

Venue: The Isis Centre

Dates: 22nd February, 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd March, 19th and 26th April

Investment: £300 plus assessment charge.

For further information and dates please contact Anne-marie at or Judy on 07797718403.

By Penny Henderson, Dec 9 2017 07:20AM

With children in the house, Lavender is one essential oil that should definitely form part of your First aid kit at home, says Penny Henderson, qualified Aromatherapist, Chiropractor and mum of 3 and granny of 3!

Essential oils are thought to help fight infection, promote healing, providing parents with an excellent natural remedy for treating their children. Lavender oil is a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, anti-depressant and is sedative. It promotes healing and prevents scarring and also stimulates the immune system, contributing to the healing process by stimulating cells to regenerate more quickly.

Cuts and grazes. Bathe area with 1 pint warm water with 10 drops of Lavender, it stings less than disinfectant and the aroma is calming for both mum and child. If using a plaster, put 1 drop of lavender on the plaster before applying.

Minor burns, run under cold water for ten minutes if possible, if not, add ice cubes to small bowl of cold water, moisten flannel in the iced water, add 2 neat drops of lavender and apply to the burn. In older children or adults you can apply a few drops neat to the burn. This prevents blistering and promotes fast healing of the burn. It works like magic.

Insomnia or difficulty relaxing - you can’t beat a nice warm bath with a few drops of lavender diluted in a teaspoon of milk, add to bath once its run. For infants twelve months – 5 years, use 1 drop per year to a maximum of 3. Then 3 drops until 7 years, 4 drops between 7-10 years and 5 drops 11-12 years.

Massage for insomnia and other little worries! Add 1 drop of lavender to a teaspoon of almond oil and enjoy massaging your little one’s back or feet. This should send you both to sleep!

Penny suggests a wonderful book, The Fragrant Pharmacy by Valerie Ann Worwood. After 34 years of parenting, Penny says her copy is well thumbed, well used and barely held together with sellotape. Penny buys locally produced lavender from Jersey Lavender.

By Penny Henderson, Oct 18 2017 07:11PM

We often tape patients after their chiropractic and/or acupuncture treatment. Our patient's have found it helpful for joint and back pain.

Read what RockTape have to say about kinesio tape (KT) and email us if you want to know if KT might help you. Or book in on line if this blog has reminded you to book your check-up with us!

"RockTape turns down the volume on pain

More specifically, it runs interference on pain. Ever whack your shin and rub it, and suddenly realize you feel better? RockTape on the skin can interfere with painful signals which are directed to the brain.

When the signals arriving to the brain are altered, it does not produce the sensation of pain. When kinesiology tape is properly applied, many of our customers call it “magic” or think that it fixed their injury instantly. In fact, it helps to change how your body interprets pain, turning down the pain “volume” that your body hears.

Decompresses an area of swelling and inflammation

When RockTape is applied to the skin, it has a microscopic lifting effect underneath the skin and between the many layers. This allows the by-products created by inflammation to be removed more quickly.

It delays fatigue

Research has shown that RockTape on skin can attenuate muscle fatigue. In rehab, this is very important, not only for the parts of your body that are currently hurting, but also for the surrounding areas as they help to pick up the slack for muscles that are currently not working well.

It normalizes muscle tone

When someone is injured, fatigued, sick, or inflamed, the symphony of muscle action that normally takes place with great accuracy often falls out of tune. This can happen all over the body. For instance, research has shown that people who sprain their ankle tend to have altered activity of their hip muscle as a result. RockTape helps bring dormant muscle back to life and help calm down the overactive muscles. It helps your body coordinate movement as if it weren’t hurt, hence allowing it to heal properly.

It distributes physical stress

Unlike conventional taping, which prevents movement – RockTape allows full movement of a taped area. Through elastic properties and quick recoil, RockTape can help distribute forces to other nearby areas through the fascia, ligaments, and even bones."

By Penny Henderson, Nov 18 2015 08:22AM

This week we are using the essential oil Eucalyptus in clinic, either in a diffuser or as a blend in massage cream.

Eucalyptus is best known for its antibacterial properties, and is traditionally used to relieve breathing problems caused by colds, asthma and bronchitis, reducing swelling in the mucus membranes, reducing inflammation, easing sore muscles and headaches.

A good oil to keep at home too, add 3 drops to 5ml of oil for massage or 5 drops into an oil burner. Ward off those germs! You can also add 8-10 drops in a hot bath for adults, breathing in the vapours will help relieve symptoms of a cold

Penny purchases our Eucalyptus oil from Jersey Lavender .

The Fragrant Pharmacy by Valerie Ann Worwood is an invaluable book to have for the use of essential oils in the home.

By Penny Henderson, Oct 6 2015 12:04PM



In 2015 BackCare surveyed 900 secondary school pupils (11-16 years) across the UK and discovered that two thirds of UK secondary pupils have experienced back pain. One in four suffers from back pain regularly or daily, this was higher amongst girls (27%) than boys (19%). Neck and shoulder pain were also very common, affecting a similar number.


School bag burden was found to be common and strongly linked to back pain. Half of those surveyed said their school bag often or always felt tiring or too heavy for them. Back pain was ten times more common amonst pupils with heavy or tiring school bags.


Prolonged sitting – Pupils were asked to estimate the number of hours they spend sitting per day during school, mealtimes and home time. The survery revealsed that UK secondary pupils sit for an average of 9 hours per day! Back pain was almost doubled amongst pupils with higher than average sitting times.

Studies have linked sitting for more than 4 hours per day with increased risk of diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancer, depression and dementia.


Our lifelong relationship with health begins in childhood. But are schools creating the next generation of back pain patients?

Thanks to Backcare for this article, more information can be found on their website,