Wednesday, 12 June 2019


The Brain And Spine Connection


Bottom Line: 
Every thought and movement in your life occurs through your brain and spinal cord, which is collectively known as the central nervous system. Your spinal column acts as the armor and pathway for your spinal cord to travel down and split into the nerves that reach every cell of your body. Every moment and millions of messages and bits of information are moving along your spinal cord this very moment to maintain the delicate balance between your brain and body.

Why it Matters:
Recent research has shown that the type of movement which happens during a Chiropractic adjustment can change the chemistry of your brain. Pretty far-out right? Chiropractic adjustments can alter the biochemical markers in your brain. These changes can result in everything from increased endorphin release (a feel-good hormone) to pain relief. Emerging research has even indicated increased strength (or cortical drive) following an adjustment!

-       Your brain and body are in constant communication through via your central and peripheral nervous systems:
  •        The spinal cord can send information up to your brain at a rate of over 250 mph!
  •        Chiropractic adjustments to the neck or back have been shown to influence brain function resulting in pain relief, endorphin release, and more.



Next Steps:
For the past 100 years, scientists and doctors have learned a lot about the brain/body connection, but we still have a long way to go. Aging, healing, and your entire life experience happen through the communication and coordination of your brain and body. Keeping both healthy and active will help you continue to live your best life. Need help? Just ask!

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Wednesday, 29 May 2019




Facet Joints: Gliding Your
Way To Better Health



Bottom Line:
So, what are facet joints?

Facet joints are the tiny joints within your spine. There are 24 individual vertebrae that are connected to one another by facet joints on either side.

Each facet joint is lubricated by synovial fluid. It is the lubrication and alignment of the facet joint that allows the normal slide and glide motion to occur. These joints that enable us to move our spine forwards, backwards, side to side and rotationally.

These joints are special and they are unique and have a key responsibility in each part of the spine. The angle of the joint’s changes in the spinal structure to help manage its weight loading ability, and the degree of movement and stability required at that particular level. For example:

  • In your neck the cervical spine the joints are angled at 45 degrees.
  • In your mid back, the thoracic spine, the joints are angled at 60 degrees.
  • In your lower back, the lumbar spine, the joints are angled at 90 degrees
As you go through life or encounter a spinal injury, your facet joints end up taking on extra load, and this excess stress and pressure can cause inflammation within the synovial fluid and accelerate the wear on your facet joints – if neglected. This results in the beginning of the degenerative process - this causes changes in the joint size, shape and surfaces effecting the normal slide and glide movement. When these bones spurs and adhesions build up, it restricts the normal movement and eventually leads to pain and dysfunction.

Next Steps:
Here at the AMI Clinic we see lots of patients with facet joint problems and through spinal manipulations/mobilizations, various exercise and myofascial release therapies and lifestyle modification we can restore that natural slide and glide movement and eliminate your pain and restore your dysfunction.

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Wednesday, 22 May 2019




The Bowling Ball and the Pin:
How Poor Posture Causes Neck Pain




Bottom Line:
The average human head weighs about 8-10 pounds. Each day we all walk around with a bowling ball (our head) balancing on a pin (our neck). 

Driving a car, working on the computer, and using a tablet/phone all usually result in less than ideal posture.

With every inch our head learns forward an addition of 10 pounds of weight is added on our muscles, joints, tendons ligaments, discs and nerves etc. The more the head leans forward, the more the pin is under stress! Unfortunately, the neck is not designed to hold this extra weight and this is where the problem starts… As your head leans forward the shoulder start to roll with it causing stress in the shoulders, upper back and mid back. It is crazy how poor posture can lead to so many health problems!

How We Can Help:
Here at the AMI clinic in Bedford we see lots of patients complaining of neck pain that is a result of an anterior head carriage – the head leaning forward. Through chiropractic adjustments, postural correction, muscle/joint rehabilitation and lifestyle advice we can correct and balance that bowling ball on that pin.

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019




Taking Control of Your Health:
Slowing Down the Degenerative Process







Bottom Line:
We are all subjective to the law of breakdown - whichever way you look at it! Degenerative changesare inevitable but occur at different rates amongst us all; otherwise, we all would have the same problems at the same age! Unfortunately, it is a process we cannot revert but we can take control and slow it down.

Why it Matters: 
Just because all of us will experience degenerative disc disease as we age doesn’t mean that process is the same for everyone. Research has shown that by taking a pro-active approach with your spinal health, you may be able to slow down the degenerative process.

  • Degenerative changes are part of the normal aging process due to the weight of gravity, injuries, and repetitive stress on your spine.
  • Researchers have found a correlation between the amount of arthritis in the spine and the severity of degenerative changes.
  • Stretching, exercising and chiropractic care are thought to improve spinal biomechanics which could contribute to slowing down the degenerative process.



Next Steps:
Research has shown that degenerative changes accelarate on joints hat are not moving correctly. Research has also shown that by taking a pro-active approach to your spinal health, may slow down the degenerative process in your joints and discs. This will result in less pain and improved function!

Here at the AMI Clinic in Bedford we encourage our patients to take control of their spinal health through exercise, stretching, diet and nutrition, lifestyle advise and periodic chiropractic adjustments. Having the correct tools in your tool box will give you the best opportunity to slow this process down!


Check out this weeks YouTube video for more on this weeks topic - 
The Bowling Ball and The Pin: How Poor Posture Causes Neck Pain



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Wednesday, 8 May 2019




Your Arm Pain Could Be
Caused By A Neck Issue



Bottom Line


Pain in your hand, wrist, or arm can be frustrating. You may not realize how much you use your arms and hands each second of the day until pain, numbness, or tingling gets in the way. But, getting rid of the pain may be easier than you think.

Why Does It Matter?

Hand, wrist, and arm pain often starts with a neck problem. When a spinal disc in your neck irritates or presses on a nerve, it can result in arm pain. Just like the power lines that bring electricity to your house, your brain and spinal cord split into individual nerve roots that deliver information to every part of your body. The nerves in your neck are specifically focused on providing strength and sensation to your head and arms.
  •      A bulged or herniated disc in your neck can irritate or compress the nerves that travel to your hands, arms, and shoulders.
  •       A recent study of people with cervical (neck) disc herniation showed improvement in over 86% of those who received chiropractic adjustments.
  •       Improving spinal mobility, decreasing inflammation, and improving your posture may help prevent future episodes of neck and arm pain.

Check out this weeks YouTube video for more information on this weeks topic:
Your Arm Pain Could Be A Neck Problem!



Next Steps:

A painful arm as a result of a pinched nerve in your neck very rarely requires surgery. Getting rid of the inflammation, decompressing the nerve, and giving the disc time to heal is all part of the process we offer here at the AMI Clinic in order to help our patients reduce their symptoms and get their life back.


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Wednesday, 1 May 2019




Is Your Phone Causing Tech Neck?




Bottom Line:

Staying connected to friends and family, catching up with emails, reading the latest news, watching our favourite TV episodes and playing games can come at a price! As a society we are spending to much time looking down at our mobile phones. Screen time may be anything from 1, 2, 3 hours or more depending on your use. Let's face it, a lot of these hours are spent in an awkward forward head posture that experts have begun to call 'tech neck'.

A 'tech neck' can result in neck and upper back pain, stress and tension, headaches, spinal disc issues, and even trapped nerves.

Here at the AMI Clinic in Bedford we work with people who are experiencing these symptoms associated with a 'tech neck'. We offer advise our patients on how poor posture using a mobile phone can lead to dysfunction and symptoms abd advise on how simple stretches, using the correct posture  and postural exercises can help you to overcome the aches and pains associated with a 'tech neck' - keeping you connected!




Sounds like a plan! So next time you are on your mobile phone, stop for a moment and see if your head is forward and your chin is tucked down and your ears are in front of your shoulders - if so you are in the forward head posture we call 'tech neck'! It would therefore be a good time to take a break, stretch and reset.

Check out this weeks YouTube video for more on this weeks topic:
Is Your Mobile Phone Causing Tech Neck?




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Wednesday, 24 April 2019



How To Prevent
Spinal Disc Injuries




Bottom Line:
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. I often wonder if the author of that quote happened to have a disc herniation. By investing in a pro-active approach to your spinal health now, you may be able to avoid suffering from a disc injury later in life. And, while there is no specific protocol to guarantee you will never have a disc herniation, there are a few action steps you can take now to lower your risk. In fact, researchers have recently discovered that you can reduce your chances of suffering from a herniated disc by keeping your spinal muscles strong.

Why it Matters:
An active lifestyle, regular exercise, and even Chiropractic adjustments are all considered essential aspects of optimal spinal health. Degenerative changes to your spinal discs and weakened muscles around your spine can increase your risk of a disc herniation. In our practice, we focus on helping you live an active and healthy lifestyle to keep your spine both durable and flexible. When you receive an adjustment from us, your spine is better able to move freely as a result, and this is thought to help slow down the degenerative process.

  • Spinal disc degeneration and weakened muscles can increase your risk of disc herniation.
  • An active lifestyle consisting of exercise and Chiropractic adjustments may be able to lower your risk.
  • Taking a pro-active approach to your spinal health can help improve your overall quality of life.

Next Steps:
We have found that a pro-active approach to spinal health can lead to a significant improvement in your quality of life. If you have any questions about how you can get more active just ask! Our chiropractors here at the AMI Clinic in Bedford love helping our patients reach their healthcare goals.



Check out this weeks YouTube video for more exclusive information and advice on
how you can prevent spinal disc injuries!




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