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Deposit required

Posted on: June 14th, 2022 by Luke

Hey guys, unfortunately due to the amount of new patient bookings cancelling within 24 hours we will now require a 50% deposit upon booking a new patient appointment.

If you cancel or try to reschedule within 24 hours of your appointment you will unfortunately lose your deposit, and will not be able to rebook until it is paid in full.

It is unfortunate that these measures are having to be put in place, but due to how busy we are it is causing disruption to therapists diaries and meaning those of our current patients are unable to book.

Thank you

Should I crack my own back?

Posted on: March 2nd, 2022 by Luke

💥SHOULD I CRACK MY OWN BACK?💥 Listen to my thoughts on cracking your own back/neck, is it dangerous? Does it help? Should I get my spouse to walk on my spine

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Do I have a Cervicogenic headache?

Posted on: January 30th, 2021 by Luke

Cervico-genic headaches

In todays blog we are going to talk about 1) what is a cervicogenic headache 2) where do they come from 3) what do they feel like 4) what are the treatment options.

What is a cervicogenic headache?

A cervicogenic headache is a headache that arises from the neck, this quite ambiguous statement has made it hard to pin down in the research and thus cervicogenic headaches have had a hard time until more recently. The top suspects for these headaches are the top three vertebra in the neck, however the muscles, ligaments have also been implicated. These top three vertebrae converge on an area in the brain called the Trigeminocervical nucleus, this area also has input from the trigeminal nerve, and thus sensitisation can occur from corresponding areas.

Where do they come from?

Cervicogenic headaches seem to have no definite onset, however can arise from a number of different situations that put stress on the structures in the neck, such as whiplash, sports injury, certain postures. In my opinion the trauma in the neck produces dysafferentation of the proprioceptors around the facet joint, leading to poor sensimotor control inappropriate muscular contraction and neurological sensitisation, this hypothesis supports the authors positive experience in treating the issue with spinal manipulative therapy.

 

What do they feel like? Do I have one?

We often try to start piecing together the diagnostic clues for a cervicogenic headache in the case history, we are looking for a few idiosyncratic signs such as:

  • Pain is usually at the base of the skull, over the head and above the eye, and usually one sided
  • Pain is made worse by neck movements
  • There is often tenderness on the top three vertebrae
  • Headache is usually “Episodic” and chronic.
  • Usually non throbbing
  • Very occasionally can have sensitivity to light/sound, dizziness or nausea.

Treatment for Cervicogenic Headaches

Treatment for cervicogenic headaches is often multi-model, which means we use a number of different approaches in conjunction. We often use spinal manipulative therapy, mobilisations, soft tissue work, acupuncture and stretching as our first approach. This “hands on” care aims to reduce down symptoms and speed up the reported outcome measures. These hands on therapies have been found to be effective in the research.

We also employ therapeutic exercise, such as craniocervicoflexion exercises, shoulder strengthening amount other approaches. This is done to correct the weakness in the deep neck flexors that is often found, and seems to particularly help long term with symptoms.

 

For more information please see the great blog post here

 

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Corona Virus: Update

Posted on: June 9th, 2020 by Luke

Corona Virus: NDCC update, please read

 

Please see our Facebook page here for video updates such as this

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We are open for patients who are in pain, or who will be in pain if they do not attend for an appointment (please call us if you are unsure if you fall into this category)

We are asking all patients: Arrive no more than 5 minutes early, wear a mask (or buy one at clinic) sanatise hands, confirm you social distancing throughout, do not attend with COVID symptoms.

What we are doing : PPE for therapists, patient appointment spacing, full updated cleaning routines, telephone risk assessment and triage for each patient prior to appointments.

As Chiropractors we fall under the NI Governments “essential” workers under the Corona Virus Restrictions 2020 (section 2 schedule 3) so we never were asked to close by either the government or our regulating body (GCC). We did however take the decision close to protect you the patients and our staff.

Please if your unsure of any information:

1) Call our dedicated reception team on 02891859990
2) Message the page
3) Email info@www.northdownchiro.co.uk

Kind regards
Team at NDCC

30% off one to one specialist Pilates Therapy

Posted on: September 24th, 2019 by Luke

From the months of October to December we will be running a 30% reduction on prices for our one to one pilates therapy.
Fiona McRoberts is a highly qualified Body Control Pilates Therapist with years of experience managing back pain and neck pain.
The ability of having Fiona spend an hour for one on one classes is especially relevant for those of our patients (and others) who suffer with back pain were classes may not be appropriate

In a class situation there is often 6-20 people present, all doing the same (or thereabouts exercises) this is fantastic if you are pain free and confident in your back, but what if you are just coming back from a episode of severe pain? or maybe you have chronic pain?
We think this is where one to one Pilates comes to the forefront. Fiona will help guide you through a progressive rehabilitation program to get you from back pain back into a class situation. Fiona will also work alongside your chiropractor to prescribe the correct exercises for your condition, this is another huge benefit of having onsite Pilates!

A course of 10 sessions was £380 and is now £266
A course of 5 sessions was £200 and is now £140
A single session was £45 and is now £31.50

Please either speak to your chiropractor or give the clinic a call on 02891859990 for further information

Sarah Brunton

Posted on: September 23rd, 2019 by Luke

The treatment here is great.

Mary Strutt

Posted on: September 23rd, 2019 by Luke

Having been unlucky and disappointed with a few other chiropractors, I was referred to Luke through a friend. I was initially dubious as to whether Luke could help me with what I thought was a particularly painful perifumus muscle injury in my hip (other chiropractors diagnosis).
However, upon a very thorough examination, Luke discovered that it was not that muscle at all! He then proceeded to do treatment on the hip and back. It transpired that the pain was originating from back to hips, in particularly my left one which made walking very difficult The excruciating pain was due to bad posture and sitting for long hours.
Luke told me exactly where the muscle was affected and after first session I was able to walk using both feet more easily. I’ve been back for supportive treatment but my pain has been treated and thankfully because of Luke I can go to the gym and start squatting again. Something I had not been able to do for ages!
Luke is one of the most sincere, empathetic and caring guy I have known. It was Luke who diagnosed the cause of my young son’s lower back problem! One leg very slightly shorter than the other one… But enough to affect his sports!
So Luke, on behalf of the Strutt family, a very BIG THANK YOU and a huge hug!!!

Noel Hunt

Posted on: September 23rd, 2019 by Luke

Can’t fault it – yes it can be pricey but the attention to the issues and the service is great.

Caroline Stoneman

Posted on: September 23rd, 2019 by Luke

Would highly recommend this place. Staff very professional and friendly. I fell and pulled ligaments in my knee. Which is being worked on and only after two sessions i feel the benifets already.

Amanda Hill

Posted on: September 23rd, 2019 by Luke

Been in pain for years. Endless amounts of drugs give over the years for back pain and constant visits to my doctor. Now after 2 visits I have had a pain free day after so many years.

Geoff Angus

Posted on: September 23rd, 2019 by Luke

I could not praise Luke and the team highly enough.

Lisa Parker

Posted on: September 23rd, 2019 by Luke

Wouldn’t go anywhere else. Helen was literally my saviour 8 years ago & still is !

Hannah Foreman

Posted on: September 23rd, 2019 by Luke

Simon is fantastic!
I couldn’t recommend him enough. Very knowledgeable and gave me great home exercise advice.
All the other staff I’ve met are lovely too.
It really is a great practise.

Thank you so much!

Colin Maxwell

Posted on: September 23rd, 2019 by Luke

Luke has been a a life saver. Work as a photographer and my back has been killing me for years with carrying all the camera equipment. He has helped massively. Highly recommend

Chris Magee

Posted on: September 23rd, 2019 by Luke

Came to Luke 6 months ago for prevention treatment given my line of work. Luke treats and gives me excellent knowledge about my body and what i should and shouldn’t be doing. Top quality service.

Bangor FC players treated at North Down Chiropractic

Posted on: September 18th, 2019 by Luke

Luke Neal has been providing the care for local team Bangor FC since last season. Luke provides all the care which the team need including:
Spinal Manipulation, Massage, Active Release Technique, Acupuncture, Corrective Rehabilitation (exercise in onsite gym), as well as Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilisation. We have already helped rehabilitate a few of the players who have suffered pretty severe injuries back to full game status.

It has been great to help support the local team as they steadily climb back up the league table, we hope this to be a long standing fruitful relationship for us both. We are able to provide everything that a team needs for injury care as well as strength and conditioning as we have onsite facilities.

Luke is currently completing his diploma in FIFA football medicine. For more information on the services provided by Luke please see here.

Barefoot shoes; are they worth the hype?

Posted on: April 10th, 2019 by Luke

Recently i purchase a pair of VIVOBAREFOOT shoes, the trend of minimal shoes has been gathering momentum for a few years, in this article we will look at the positives and negatives associated with barefoot training. This is quite a lengthy article aimed at the interested individual, practitioner, athlete it may be a little wordy for the layman. By the end of the article I hope to give a better impression of reasons for switching, neurological basis for barefoot, associated gait changes, injury reduction/risk in order to give the reader the ability to make an informed decision themselves. (read time 10 minutes)

Whats it all about….

VIVOBAREFOOT has recently released a short film called “shoespiricy” a catchy title, the film focuses on the premise that the shoe industry has developed a problem for our feet by creating shoes that are over designed and created for fashion rather than function. The ability of companies to sell simple solutions for complex problems is a ubiquitous practice and is to blame for a lot of mis information. You can watch the film here

Our foot has evolved, or been created to perfection, each of our feet absorbs around 640 tonnes of pressure a day, there is 26 bones and 33 joints that all have relative motion to one and another. Our feet are the most constant part of our organism in contact with the environment. The ability of the body to efficiently distribute the 640 tonnes of pressure is of upmost importance, thankfully our foot has inbuilt mechanisms to store and release energy with each step.

The trend more recently, not just in manual therapy and health care, but in general life is to get back to the basics. Cut the unnecessary complexity, get back to what works, we have seen a trend moving away from complex exercises back to simple ones like walking, these barefoot shoes follow along the same paradigm. Move back to letting the body do what it was created/evolved to do, even in the modern climate of healthcare it seems our innate ability to heal still (most of the time) trumps the most advanced pharmacology and it is this inborn intelligence that the theory aims to channel.

What does the research say?

Just like most decisions in life, there isn’t particularly a right and wrong, but rather a better and worse. It’s often not the situation but how you handle it, this runs true fort barefoot running. Its not particularly the concept that is right or wrong, but is it suitable for you? and if so how do you need to adapt your running/training to accommodate it? As with most clinical decisions there has been numerous studies conducted on this topic, here’s a few quotes that we can try to simply after (skip this if your not interested in the quotes as ill try to summarise them in the next paragraph:

“It was concluded that when performed on a sufficient number of steps, barefoot running leads to a reduction of impact peak in order to reduce the high mechanical stress occurring during repetitive steps. This neural-mechanical adaptation could also enhance the storage and restitution of elastic energy at ankle extensors level.”

“compared to the shod runners the barefoot runners landed with more plantar flexion at the ankle this produced reduced impact forces. In particular significantly shorter stride length and contact times and higher stride frequency was observed”

“Other evidence suggests that sensory feedback largely from the glaborius epithelium of the foot is the element of the barefoot activity which induced these adaptations, the sensory insulation inherent in the modern running shoe appears responsible for the high injury frequency associated with running”

 “Masai barefoot technology has never been documented in detail concerning changes in movement pattern or muscle activity. This study showed that Masai barefoot technology changes movement patterns, especially at the ankle, and increases muscle activity. It may therefore be a useful training method for strengthening the muscle groups of the lower leg”

“Based on their strike index, participants in this study appeared to alter their footfall pattern from a rearfoot to a midfoot pattern when changing from running shod to barefoot”

“Barefoot and barefoot inspired footwear may serve to reduce the incidence of knee injuries in runners although corresponding increases in Achilles tendon loading may induce an injury risk at this tendon.”

“It is acknowledged widely that unacceptable numbers of runners — between 30% and 70% — incur running-related repetitive stress injuries per year , but there is no consensus on how to prevent these injuries. The lack of any apparent decline in running-related injuries over the last 30 yr , despite much attention, considerable research, and sophisticated shoe designs, suggests that current approaches are not working effectively”

“Plantar proprioception activates reflexes and helps the central nervous system make decisions that help increase stability and avoid injury. If so, then the way in which people run when barefoot likely is to reflect the effect of ancient evolved proprioceptive adaptations to maintain stability, to avoid painful impacts, and to modulate leg stiffness. In turn, these feedback mechanisms, which are curtailed in a shoe, may help avoid some traumatic and repetitive injuries .”

“individuals who grow up wearing highly supportive shoes may develop abnormally weak feet, especially in the muscles of the longitudinal arch. Such weakness may limit the foot’s ability to provide stability and other key functions. This hypothesis never has been tested rigorously , but unshod populations are reported to have less variation in arch form, including a lower percentage of pes planus, and a lower frequency of other foot abnormalities .”

“In addition, there are some data that show using minimal shoes strengthens the foot . A strong foot may be more flexible and better able to control excess pronation and other movements that have been implicated in some running injuries .”

And my personal favourite study ever conducted:
“Noted that blindfolded individuals who were dropped from a elevated chair onto a gymnasium floor with their feet anaesthetised were unable to continue standing”

“ith increased loading of the longitudinal arch, the CNS increases the contractile activity of the plantar intrinsics and with electrical stimulation of these muscles, the plantar intrinsics have the ability to elevate the longitudinal arch.2″

So, does it work?

Ok, so there seems to be a fair bit of information on running barefoot, and it seems to be relatively indecisive. The first question seems to be why should anyone want to change from the normality of cushioned shoes to shoes with no cushioning? why change from the accepted norm to something different. Choosing to do something different always comes with an innate risk so the outcome needs to be worth it.

It seems that there are two different possible benefits from minimal shoes:

Neurological Theory

Our feet are incredibly densely innervated, this means there are lots and lots of nerves in our feet. Wherever the body packs in nerves is often an important area, our tongues, our hands, our genitals, our faces and our feet all are very sensitive to touch. Touch goes from the skin and associated areas to the brain, the brain is then able to create a constant detailed living map of our bodies, this map enables us to make decisions about movement that can be very important. The better the detail in our brain map the better we can accurately and quickly respond to our environment. In laymans this can be one deffiniton of the word proprioception. Proprioception is our body knowing what each of the joints muscles and bones is doing at every single second of every day.

So the more in touch we are with our environment the more able we are to make split second decisions that can have huge consequences. Take for example someone who has great balance, great proprioception and is highly in touch with their body, as they step down a curb they slip and quickly make the adjustment to correct this slip before they injure themselves. Take patient two, poor balance, feet in shoes from a very early age and a lack of proprioception, they experience the same environmental factor, a slip, however they are unable to make a quick adjustment and thus fall fracturing their ankle. The same situation but two very different outcomes which are mediated by the persons ability to make quick adaptations using the nervous system.

Not only is the nervous system used to make snap adjustments when unpredicted things happen, it is also monitoring and balancing muscle tone to adapt to the task at hand. Take for example, king Arthur pulling the sword excalibur out of the stone, the sword only looks mildly lodged in the rocks, so he uses what he thinks is the right amount of muscle power to pull. Nothing happens. He pulls more, and more and more, still no movement. The graded progressive power he is using is the nervous system first underestimating the task, then recruiting more and more power to a task it assumed was easy. If our nervous system used the MAXIMUM amount of power for every task we would be perpetually exhausted and continuously breaking things. Our nervous system estimates the power/activity needed for each task by gathering information from past experiences and the environment. The better in touch we are with out environment, the better the ability to recruit the correct amount of muscle activity and protect us from injury and overuse.

When running in cushioned shoes our portal to the environment is cut off, the delicate process of modulating the muscular activity on each step is affected. These heavily cushioned shoes also often have a toe box that is too small, this inhibits our toes ability to spread out with each step. The ability of the toes to spread out in normal gait is incredibly important as there are small muscles in-between our toes, as our toes spread these muscles send signals to our brain that causes a reflex contraction in our quadricep (thigh muscles). So by compressing the toe box we are reducing down the natural reflexes that provide efficient locomotion.

The heel strike

We also know that using cushioned shoes, particularly the heel cushioning, often leads to a “heel strike gait”. A heel strike pattern implies that as the foot swings forward the first impact happens on the heel bone, this is a normal event for walking, but it is argued that when running, if we didn’t have cushioned shoes we would not land heel first as the bodies ability to distribute the force of the footfall is reduced. When we land heel first we often have an out stretched leg, with the knee straight, reached in front of us, this very different from a mid foot or forefoot pattern, where we tend to land with the knee bent, allowing the body to absorb the shock slightly better. Not only is the knee bent in a forefoot/midfoot pattern but the ankle is also in a position to absorb force, these two joints form a great mechanism to distribute the pressure of running. The heel strike pattern tends to attenuate force through the boney system as there is a direct link from heel bone to shin bone to thigh bone to back bones are quite rigid and therefore not great at this, this is in direct contrast to the mid foot pattern were the ankle is bent, and the knee is bent, when the joints are bent the force can be attenuated by the muscle, which is in a far better position to distribute the force of running as muscle tissue is able to actively absorb force.

what about arches?

Have you been diagnosed with “fallen arches” or “hyperpronation”? have you been given expensive orthotics to lift there fallen arch and restore “normality”? This is common practise for some practitioners, however more recently the ubiquitous perscription of these orthotics is under question. Let us have a quick look at the structure of the arch, which will lead us to how it can collapse, and thus how to prevent or possibly reverse these effects and why orthotics could actually be worsening the situation.

The support of the arch (LLSS)

Every biological system uses two principals to function: Tension and compression, together the distribution of force across the two we have named tensegrity.
The compressive element of the foot are the bones, for the medial arch these are the calcaneus, talus, navicular cuneiform and metatarsal. these form the building blocks of the arch.
The tension element comes from a few different structures that can be split into passive and active subsystems.

Passive : Plantar fascia, Deep ligamentous support (spring ligament) these are not controlled by the central nervous system and therefore provide passive support. They are however elastic, and can store and release an enormous amount of energy. Over long periods of time they can lose their elasticity and become lengthened, which is very difficult to reverse.

Active: The active component is split into intrinsic and extrinsic muscles
Instrinsic: Flexor digitorium brevis, Abductor hallicus, Quadratus Plantae.
Extrinsic: Tibialis Posterior, Peroneals, Flexor hallicus longus, Flexor digitorium longus.

We know that when we expose ANY muscle to increased stress, so long as we give it adequate time to recover, it will become stronger. This rule equally applies to the muscles that support the arches of the feet, the more we can expose them to stress, in the form of barefoot training/running/walking, the more the muscles will respond by strengthening, and thus lifting the arch.
With the same logic we can affirmatively say that if we give the arch a passive support in the form of orthotics/high arch support shoes the muscles (active support) of the arch will over time both weaken and atrophy, with a lack of active stability the arches, when not supported will rely on the passive support of the deep ligaments.
Over time, without the active support of the muscles these ligaments will become stretched, and due to the viso-elastic nature of the tissue, once stretched it is incredibly difficult to re-shorten the ligament. Therefore we have taken out both the active and passive support to the arch and become completely reliant on the external support.

Conclusion

So what are we to make of the barefoot trend? positive or negative? as always the answer is it depends…
The shift from cushioned to barefoot shouldn’t be taken lightly. The risks of transferring should be weighed up against the benefits, the choice of the individual will have to be weighed up against the overall condition of the individuals body.
How far gone are the arches? is there reduced passive stability of the arch? is there any issues at the knee, hip, back? How are the rest of the individuals tissues? is there systemic inflammation? how is the microcirculation? how active is the individual? do they work on their feet? all these and more need to be taken into account. If it is deemed worth while to try to switch over the process should be looked at in the same manner as a gym program allowing for the adaptation and recovery of the tissues of the feet. If you made it this far, well done! the article was heavy going at points but hopefully you’ve learned a lot!


Luke Neal DC LRCC Chiro




Tommy Kirkpatrick

Posted on: December 1st, 2018 by Luke

1st Class treatment on a neck injury. Have not looked back since.

Tracey Rooschuz

Posted on: December 1st, 2018 by Luke

Due to a past knee injury and some heavy weight training, I unknowingly caused damage to my skeletal structure of my right leg.
When training, some muscles, ligaments and forms were being overcompensated to protect the knee. After one heavy leg training session I was in constant pain from the right hip down to the toe. I had a variety of issues, pain, pins and needles, my muscles would cease up
even with doing no activity and I had constant cramping in the foot. I didn’t think much of it at the time so I rested for a few days but that didn’t resolve the issue. I went to see a physio and his treatment didn’t help at all. The treatment of deep sports massage would ease the pain for a day or two. I just wasn’t getting anywhere and I was still in absolutely pain. I couldn’t train, I couldn’t walk and I was getting no relief. I felt like there was nothing I could do and just had to live with my issues.

A friend referred me to see Dr Luke Neal and from the first consultation, I was absolutely amazed. I got a complete diagnosis of my issue at hand. I finally had an answer for all my pain and was told how much damage I had done over time, including damage to the sciatic nerve. Luke discussed a treatment plan for me and I realised how serious my injury was. Under Luke’s recommendation, I really had to take things easy and take a step back from all training. I had to unlearn all the forms of exercises I had learnt and build my form from scratch.
I saw Luke twice a week at the start of my treatment and was given rehab exercises as well as exercises to build my form correctly. Even though the exercises were challenging to start, I have gained strength and mobility in my leg. My pins and needles, and pain have completely disappeared and I can now focus my attention to get back into training one step at time.

Luke helped me understand that once you break down and identify the basic building blocks of any movement, you can begin to focus on where the deficits or weaknesses are and slowly build strength in those areas correctly. I am able to move without restriction and activate and coordinate my movements correctly without any pain.
Luke has an exceptional amount of knowledge of the human body and total body correction, it is outstanding. I fully trust Luke with my treatment and I highly recommend him. He is genuine in his assessment and really has a personal interest in healing his patients. Without him, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I am looking forward to continue my treatment with him.

Simon Thompson

Posted on: December 1st, 2018 by Luke

In January 2016, following years of failed physio from various practitioners, I had successful surgery for shoulder decompression. About 5 months ago, the pain started returning, presenting in exactly the same fashion as before. I more or less resigned myself to more months/years of discomfort and pain followed by more surgery. Fortunately, I made an appointment with Simon in North Down Chiropractic. He treated me with laser therapy, which I was initially extremely sceptical about, but the improvement was dramatic and immediate. Three weeks and three treatments later, I am completely pain-free and have a full range of motion. It is obviously impossible to say that if I’d had this three years ago I would have avoided a painful and expensive surgery, but I certainly would have liked to try it! I feel this treatment has been little short of miraculous!

Ryan Alcock

Posted on: December 1st, 2018 by Luke

I have been getting treated by Luke for over a year now, recently I occurred a hip impingement leaving me in severe pain. After a few treatments with Luke and following his professional advise I am now back to training. Luke has a great way about him, from how he treats the patient to how he explains the current situation. Highly recommend.

30% off your first deep tissue massage!

Posted on: October 12th, 2018 by Luke

Through the month of October….

We are running an offer which enables any new massage customer to receive 30% off their first deep tissue massage, this offer will expire in November, so if you are thinking of booking please call us today!

Our highly skilled massage therapists are available Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays.

To receive this offer please use the code ONLINE1

 

Welcome Part 2: Fiona McRobert

Posted on: September 18th, 2018 by Luke

Welcome, Fiona

 

Secondly, it is my pleasure to introduce Fiona! Fiona is a body control pilates instructor after qualifying in 2009 and has undertaken extensive training after her qualification. Fiona has completed the level 4 REPS accredited Low Back Pain Course which has lead to the qualification of “Back Pain Specialist” and a membership of BackCare.

Fiona has undertaken extra training in the areas of:

  • Foot and ankle biomechanics
  • Hip functionality
  • Neck and shoulder function
  • Performance pilates
  • Pilates for Bone Health (Osteoporosis and Osteopenia)

We are proud to have Fiona on board and know you will all get along with her fantastically!

Welcome Part 1: Helen McCann (Massage)

Posted on: September 18th, 2018 by Luke

Welcome, Helen

 

We are very proud to announce that we have a new massage therapist joining out ever expanding team! Helen McCann has studied a varied assortment of massage techniques including but not limited to:

  • Holistic massage
  • Sports massage
  • Seated massage (acupressure)
  • Hands free massage

Helen is ever expanding on these techniques and her knowledge base and brings a fantastic energy to the clinic. In the short space of time we have had Helen at the clinic she has had fantastic feedback from her patients and we look forward to the future!

Working hours:

Helen is currently working wednesday 10-7 and friday 9-6.

Bangor Baby Bump and Beyond!

Posted on: August 20th, 2018 by Luke

 Our own Luke and Andrea…

 

had a great time at the Bangor Baby Bump and Beyond event this month. there was an eclectic mix of pregnancy and toddler stalls from hypno-birthing to baby reflexology!

We had lots of great chats with local mums to be and a few new mums too! we love doing events like this because it enables us to maintain an active role in the community helping to dissipate knowledge out to the general public.

Pelvic girdle pain

Andrea had a few interesting chats, particularly one topic that seemed to arise multiple times was Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP). PGP is a umbrella term that unifies a number of pregnancy related painful conditions, most commonly we see issues with the sacroiliac joints. Andrea was able to help give useful advice to the mums to be, they all seemed very grateful as some of them were just suffering in silence.

If you are a prospective mum to be and are suffering with lower back or neck pain, why not give us a ring today and see if we can help?

BetterYOU: Topical Magnesium sprays

Posted on: July 5th, 2018 by Luke

DID YOU KNOW?

We now sell transdermal magnesium !

Magnesium deficiency is thought to be a poorly defined wide spread problem, intensive farming and processed foods have added to this problem.

The BetterYou magnesium is:

  • Essential for a healthy functioning body
  • A pure source of magnesium chloride
  • Free from pollutants and heavy metals
  • Industry leading and award winning

The magnesium spray is trans-dermal which means it is sprayed directly onto the skin where magnesium is quickly absorbed into the highly porous epidermis, through to the blood vessels and muscles beneath, completely bypassing the digestive system where many nutrients are lost.

There are 4 different blends of the spray we supply:

  1. Goodnight – It is common knowledge that poor sleep can have a dramatic effect on our health and wellbeing. What is less known is that even just a small drop in magnesium levels can affect a person’s quality of sleep.
  2. Joint – keeping our joints healthy is more important than ever. Supplementing with magnesium coupled with glucosamine can be hugely helped. This spray has combined both magnesium and glucosamine for rapid relief.
  3. Recovery – Whether you’re a beginner just starting out or a successful athlete, the benefits of magnesium supplementation can have a huge impact on your athletic performance
  4. Original – Magnesium is a vital component of a healthy body, it is involved in energy production and enables our millions of cells to function effectively, allowing them to detox and repair.

If you suffer from any of the symptoms in the picture chat to your chiropractor today!

 

Low Level Laser Therapy at North Down Chiropractic

Posted on: June 15th, 2018 by Luke

 

Introducing:
Low Level Laser Therapy

  • Increased healing response

  • Increased circulation

  • decreased swelling

  • decreased pain

We are proud to now offer a new adjunct therapy at our clinic. Simon Pullen (Chiropractor) is fully certified in KLASER. This novel drug free treatment has many uses and we are one of the few private clinics in Northern Ireland able to offer this. Low Level Laser has been around in Europe since 1970 however it is only recently that it has started to gather increased momentum

 

What is low level laser therapy?

Low Level Laser therapy uses specific red and near ultra-infrared wavelengths of laser light to induce a therapeutic effect within the body. These specific frequencies of light correspond to certain cellular processes in the body, the light lends more energy to these processes and allows the cells to speed up their energy production thus giving the diverse aforementioned benefits.

How often do i need to be treated and how long does it take

This very much depends on the nature of the injury/condition. The more acute and severe the condition will require an increased number of treatments. Your chiropractor will discuss this with you. Treatments with the laser take 10minutes, and just like your chiropractic treatment, you may need to return a few times to receive the full benefits.

 

Is there any research to back these claims up

Yes! there are thousands of published papers to corroborate these claims. If you would like to see some please email info@www.northdownchiro.co.uk.

 

Does it hurt? and can i receive it with other forms of care?

There is little or no sensation while being treated with the laser, there may occasionally be a mild soothing warmth or tingling. Your chiropractor will adequately discuss your plan of management with you, but most of the time laser is a helpful addition to the care you are already receiving.

 

Simon pullen (Chiro)

Our chiropractor Simon Pullen has undertaken extra training in the use of the Laser and all appointments are under his watchful eye.

Simon practices in the true, traditional manner of Chiropractic. He also uses additional techniques as appropriate that integrate well with Chiropractic, such as Activator and Dry-needling (acupuncture). He is also trained in the use of Laser therapy for musculo-skeletal conditions, which can be very beneficial when used in conjunction with Chiropractic.

Of particular importance to Simon is how we ‘do’ things in our everyday life:Ergonomics. How we sit, work, sleep etc. Simple analysis and advice can lead to dramatic changes in a person’s well being, and can minimise and prevent many types of bodily discomforts.

Simon has a straightforward, caring approach to caring for his patients and his favourite quotation of all time comes from Thomas A Edison:

“The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease. ~ ”

Kris Gardener

Posted on: June 2nd, 2018 by Luke
Excellent clinic, professional and friendly. Dr Luke Neal has treated me for a number of issues and I can’t recommend him highly enough

Sam Cambell

Posted on: June 2nd, 2018 by Luke

First class chiropractic treatment.
I had been struggling for close to a year with shoulder, neck and back issues and tried everything from private physio to being referred by GP for help through NHS. All helped only for a very brief period, but probably because all believed the issues to be muscle related problems.
After my initial assessment with Luke he quickly identified that it was in fact a nerve issue and the extremely tight muscles were a result of this. I’ve now been treated extensively to promote smoother and unimpeded ulnar nerve movement and as a result I am seeing very positive results. I am also being shown and taught how to self manage these problems so I will keep getting better, and hopefully in time the issues will be eradicated. I still have a few sessions to go but I am now back to playing golf and playing quite well.
Nearly a year on from first noticing symptoms I now see light at the end of the tunnel, all from a handful of sessions since the end of February at North Down Chiropractic Clinic.
My only regret is I didn’t get this treatment done sooner which would’ve meant a shorter recovery period.

Many thanks to Luke and the staff at
North Down Chiropractic Clinic

Marc Foster

Posted on: June 2nd, 2018 by Luke
Great clinic and great Chiropractors. Professional, relaxed and friendly environment. Dr Luke really helped me to understand what was causing my lower back and neck pain. 5 years of pain and discomfort gone after a course of chiropractic care and rehab. Highly recommend.

Ivan Paul

Posted on: June 2nd, 2018 by Luke
I damaged a nerve on the back off my leg which led to something called foot drop, I couldn’t lift my foot up at all and there was no feeling from shin down, which made me walk funny……This led to alsorts off problems wif my lower back, I was busted.doctor told me I maybe won’t walk properly again for a least a year. Then I met Luke. In a matter of weeks I started to see process in my foot, with his help and knowledge it took 10-12 weeks to get me bk to where i wanted to be, Jims rehab was also available to strengthen my leg and foot even more after. 5 star highly recommended

Jenny Leishman

Posted on: June 2nd, 2018 by Luke
Very professional.Excellent service.Staff very helpful and friendly.

Paula Jackson

Posted on: June 2nd, 2018 by Luke
I have been seeing Luke for four years now and he has worked miracles!!!I was suffering from chronic headaches on a daily basis which was causing me great worry and distress,I saw numerous doctors,had scan after scan and was prescribed drug after drug and told they didn’t know what was causing the pain and basically I had to just live with it…..then I went to see Luke who diagnosed me on the first session and within a month my headaches had gone, I only have the odd one now.As a mummy to three young children,it means alot to b pain and drug free.I cannot recommend Luke and the clinic highly enough,the staff are always helpful and friendly and provide a excellent service.

Michael Worthington

Posted on: June 2nd, 2018 by Luke

I’ve been getting treated by Luke for various sports related injuries for the past 18 months or so and he always manages to get me back training quickly. He provides the highest quality of service and is extremely knowledgeable.

I couldn’t recommend him and his Practice highly enough.

Isaac Cowan

Posted on: June 2nd, 2018 by Luke

Staff friendly fab clinic for Chiropractic or massage
Ask for Rosie brilliant at her job you will benefit greatly

Graham Alexander

Posted on: June 2nd, 2018 by Luke
Luke successfully treated a chronic low back pain issue for me. He is very knowledgeable, be patient and follow his instruction and you will see results. I have already referred my father on to him for treatment and my wife will be starting with him soon also. Highly recommended!

Nicola Gardiner

Posted on: June 2nd, 2018 by Luke

Having been heavily involved in various sports for years, I’m a waiting room regular for various forms of treatment, both proactive and reactive in a variety of practices.

Without question, Luke is the only person I trust to keep me moving. He gives honest, practical and expert treatment and advice …… and he doesn’t shy away from the odd ticking off 😄

If u could sum up the difference , it’s about treating the cause, not the symptoms.

Keith Hamilton

Posted on: June 2nd, 2018 by Luke
Have been going for over a year now due to constant pain in my lower and mid back. Thanks to Luke I am now much freer and have cut back on the amount of painkillers I was having to take. Appointments now are stretched out as far as possible, so now it is prevention and management of my back rather than intense treatment. Would fully recommend to anyone if you have any issues either muscular or skeletal

Sonia Ackerman

Posted on: June 2nd, 2018 by Luke
I have been attending North Down Chiropractic Clinic for the last five weeks and can honestly say the only regret I have is that I did not attend sooner than I did. I have had ongoing problems with my elbow over many years due to putting my arm out behind me when I took a fall, with my elbow taking most of the impact. Over the last two years especially the pain in my elbow and forearm, swelling and pins and needles going down in to my last two fingers had become very significant. So much so I saved and paid privately to see orthopedics, they felt it was medial epicondylitis and injected it, with no relief of symptoms. I then attended physio, who felt after three sessions there wasn’t anything they could do. Feeling a little hopeless, I came across the clinic on fb, and booked in realizing I had nothing to lose. I am so glad I did because in the 4 sessions I have had with Luke, he gave me a clear indication from his expertise of what he felt was the source of my issues (feeling symptoms were more to do with the ulnar nerve than epicondylitis), an action plan as to what he could do, and I have seen positive results really from as early as the second session which surprised me greatly after my prior experiences with orthopedics and PT. Luke has shown a great depth of knowledge, and has been nothing but professional and other staff I have come in contact with have been so welcoming. I would highly recommend the clinic, and would advise anyone to not leave it as long as I did as I know no matter the issue your facing staff will be honest and upfront with you from the get go.😀

Catherine Hanna

Posted on: June 2nd, 2018 by Luke
I have been a patient with this practice for at least 4 years. I have found the Chiropractors extremely professional and very helpful. They care for you in a holistic way. So you can have your chiropractic treatment but also deep tissue massage and Craniosacral therapy, this definitely enhances your treatment experience and recovery. I can’t recommend this practice highly enough. Thank you.

Hanni Reindardt

Posted on: June 2nd, 2018 by Luke
Talking about a life changing experience. Well this happened to me 6 years ago. I had been suffering from terrible back pain for a good few years. A friend of mine, who had been to see Dr. Helen Worthington about her back problems, told me to go and see what the North Down Chiropractic Clinic could do for me. The treatment I am receiving from Dr. Worthington makes me able to function and lead a normal life.

Karen Davidson

Posted on: June 2nd, 2018 by Luke
I am so glad I found this place, I have been to Andrea several times in the past couple of months, best money I have spent!! Her treatment has had such a great effect on my shoulder, neck and lower back, I feel so much better as the pain was really starting to bring me down!! I can’t recommend this place enough, they are very friendly, great value for money and have a great attitude in helping patients and getting the best results for them!!

Joanna Logan

Posted on: June 2nd, 2018 by Luke
Great Chiro, they always fix me, even when I haven’t been for ages

Kieran Mulligan

Posted on: June 2nd, 2018 by Luke
Hi. I had a long term “backs of my knees” issue. after several years of Physio, Xrays, Scans, Chiro etc, I was recommended to go to Luke, given his particular Chiro and sports knowledge. The key thing for me is he took the time to go over my history to try to find the root cause. After several sessions of knee, back, hips and CORE treatments and plenty of exercises at home I am now at the level where I am pain free and no need for the regular dose of 5 tablets when my knees were really sore . My golf scores have also improved. All good going forward.

Victoria Waugh

Posted on: June 2nd, 2018 by Luke
I have being seeing Luke for over a year now and he has worked wonders. I was on loads of pain medication for back issues and migraines before attending the practice. It is now a rarity that I need any at all. I have been to various doctors and had lots of scans in recent years but I could not get any answers or relief. I was recommended by my sister to try Luke. I was hesitant but gave it a shot. I am so glad a did. I wished I had seen him years ago! He was able to diagnose my problems and sort a plan for my recovery straight away. I am so pleased with the treatment I have received. I would highly recommend Luke and the practice. Fabulous customer service and extremely friendly and welcoming staff. 😃

Jonny Hall

Posted on: May 29th, 2018 by Luke

I’ve been getting treated by Luke over the past few months and I would highly recommend him. Turning 34 and feeling pain in my back, hips and hamstrings, I was ready to quit playing football. Thankfully I went to Luke and now I feel great. I have been to many physios over the years and most of them simply don’t compare. Luke clearly knows his stuff and is also very honest.

GDPR: New Guidelines 2018

Posted on: May 29th, 2018 by Luke

 

 

 

 

 

(Why we collect your personal data and what we do with it) 

ICO REGISTRATION NUMBER: A8284374 

 

 

Clinic patient privacy statement  

North Down Chiropractic Clinic is a data controller and is aware of its obligations under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  The Clinic is committed to protecting the privacy and security of your personal information.  We want you to be absolutely confident that we are treating your personal data responsibly, and that we are doing everything we can to make sure that the only people who can access that data have a genuine need to do so. This privacy notice summarises how we collect and use personal data about you during and after your time as a patient of this clinic.  It applies to current and former patients.  

  1. We need to collect personal information about you and your health, in order to provide you with the best possible treatment. Your requesting treatment and our agreement to provide that care constitutes a contract. You can, of course, refuse to provide the information, but if you were to do that we would not be able to provide treatment. 
  2.  We have a “Legitimate Interest” in collecting this information, because without it we couldn’t do our job effectively and safely. 
  3. We also think that it is important that we can contact you in order to confirm your appointments with us or to update you on matters related to your medical care. This again constitutes “Legitimate Interest
  4. We have a legal obligation to retain your records for 8 years after your most recent appointment (or age 25, if this is longer), but after this period you can ask us to delete your records if you wish.
  5. Your paper file is stored in locked filing cabinets, the keys are locked in a safe, and the offices are always locked and alarmed outside working hours. Paper records are never removed from the Clinic premises. 
  6. Your electronic file is stored “in the cloud” using encrypted practice management software. We have a contract with this provider which includes a written declaration that they are fully compliant with the General Data Protection Regulations. Access to this data is password protected. Treatment notes and medical histories are not recorded on your electronic file.     
  7. SMS appointment reminders are set up for each patient, but patients can opt out of this service if they wish.  We do not use SMS or email marketing communications. 
  8. Occasionally we will need to contact you in writing or provide a medical or solicitor report on your behalf.  Such letters are saved securely on to our office computers, which are password protected and the offices are always locked and alarmed out of working hours. 
  9. We will never share your data with anyone who does not need access, without your written consent. Only the following people/agencies will have routine access to your data:
    Your practitioner(s) in order that they can provide you with treatment.  Self-employed Associates and Therapists have a signed contract with the Clinic which includes obligation to maintain confidentiality of information relating to clients.
    Our clinic manager and reception staff who have signed contracts of employment including strict clauses re data confidentiality.
    The practice management system that stores and processes our electronic records 
  10. You have the right to see what personal data of yours we hold, and you can also ask us to correct any factual errors. 
  11. Provided the legal minimum period has elapsed, you can also ask us to erase your records. 
  12. Should your personal data that we control be lost, stolen or otherwise breached, where this constitutes a high risk to your rights and freedoms, we will contact you to explain to you the nature of the breach and the steps we are taking to deal with it. 

 

Making a complaint 

You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) via their website: www.ico.org.uk    Tel: 028 90278757 

If you have any questions about this Privacy Notice or how we handle your information, please contact Luke Neal, North Down Chiropractic Clinic, 43 Gray’s Hill, Bangor, BT20 3BB.  Telephone number 028 91 859990.  Email: info@www.northdownchiro.co.uk 

 

PLEASE SPEAK WITH OUR RECEPTIONIST IF YOU DO NOT CONSENT TO RECEIVING SMS OR EMAIL APPOINTMENT REMINDERS / IMPORTANT CLINIC UPDATES.  WE WILL MAKE SURE YOUR RECORD IS UPDATED TO REFLECT YOUR CONSENT AND PLEASE BE AWARE THAT YOU CAN OPT OUT OF THIS SERVICE AT ANY TIME.  WE WILL NOT SEND YOU MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS. 

Peter Lyons

Posted on: May 28th, 2018 by Luke
A great place to go to to get caring and effective treatment for your aches and pains. My back has improved greatly since attending this clinic

Kasisa Piekutowska

Posted on: May 24th, 2018 by Luke

Best chiropractor in NI! I was struggling with dizziness for months, seen many different GPs, private doctors and been in hospital at least twice a week- every time with different diagnosis. Luck was the only person who connected my back problems with my dizziness took care of me, and treated me seriously mentally and physically. I can’t recommend him enough. All staff members are fantastic, friendly and most important – professional ❤

Christine Wilton

Posted on: April 2nd, 2018 by Luke

Having suffered from neck pain for approximately 30 years, I had many physiotherapy sessions, which helped at the time but the pain returned following treatment. I thought that I just had to accept the pain and get on with things, as I had been told on many occasions. However, following a chronic episode of pain, I really needed treatment and decided to try a Chiropractor for the for first time. I cannot believe how good this treatment has been or that I would ever be pain-free – I wish I had tried this treatment years ago! I attended Luke, Chiropractor and Marie for Craniosacral treatment – both treatments compliment each other with amazing results, not only physically but it also enhances your mental wellbeing, your confidence and motivation! I can thoroughly recommend both practitioners and this practice – I am so pleased I decided to give this a try!!!

Margret Bunting

Posted on: April 1st, 2018 by Luke

I have been attending this clinic for almost 10 years and I have had excellent treatment both by Helen and Luke. Wonderful service and individual treatment that is tailored to your specific needs. I have been treated for pain in my neck, shoulder and pelvis. Their knowledge of the human body is vast and what a radiographer has deemed as nothing abnormal detected they have dug deep into the xray and got to the root of the problem. I would highly recommend them.

Heather McMillan

Posted on: January 1st, 2018 by Luke

Dr Luke Neal and all the staff are friendly, knowledgeable, effective and accommodating. I’m very happy with the care and treatment provided by the team. Thank you all.