English Schools U18 3k Championships

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puxy cross country

James Puxty (the son of our Sports Massage Therapist, Richard) has continued to achieve in athletics at a National level.  He followed up his Nation U17 cross country win in the winter with a win at the English Schools track and field championships where he won the Senior Boys U18 3000m race in a time of 8.32.87.  This is even more impressive as this category is a two-year span and he is in the younger year, allowing an opportunity to defend the title again next year.

The English School Championships is seen as the premier athletics championships for junior athletes and was held at Birmingham Alexander Stadium.  James runs for Tonbridge Athletics and will now start to look ahead to the Road Relay and Cross Country season.


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We are now a ‘Sevenoaks Star Business’ on the Sevenoaks Mums website! 




If you haven’t visited the site before, Sevenoaks Mums is an interesting and informative website for all things local.  Please take a look at our listing on the site under the Sevenoaks Stars Business Directory.  Our customers can rate and review their experiences here at the clinic and we would very much appreciate a couple of minutes of your time to let us know what you think of the service we provide.  To access our listing simply click on the following link:  http://www.sevenoaksmums.com/directory/ and search for Springbank in the business directory.  Scroll down to the bottom of the listing and leave your review at the Post my Review section.  Thank you!




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We are sure many of our patients will be pleased to hear that Renate Blacker, our acupuncturist, has had some fantastic athletic success in recent weeks:

Renate2On 7th May Renate took part in the 7oaks Triathlon and was the first female to finish out of the 50 taking part, taking home an impressive trophy in recognition.
She completed the race in 1 hour 40 mins – four minutes faster than last year!




Later the same month, Renate took part in the Larkfield 10k, finishing in 43mins 38secs.
Renate competed as part of the Swanley Athletic Club.  Despite being a flat course, the conditions were very hot and sunny but she still managed to take 3mins off her Personal Best and 7mins off her previous time over the same course!

Reflexology for Anxiety

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Anxiety develops when we are first faced with a stressful situation – moving house, redundancy, bereavement or a breakdown of a relationship. These feelings of anxiety are the body’s early warning system. Your body feels that some form of danger is near, so you are kept alert in order to cope with what your body perceives as a potentially life-threatening event. In healthy individuals, the difficult situation is met, overcome and we move on. For some people, it isn’t so simple. When anxiety symptoms prevent you from coping with everyday life, then you may have developed an anxiety disorder

Everyone experiences anxiety in different ways. Some of the most common symptoms include: feeling overwhelmed, obsessive worrying, insomnia, difficulty concentrating, fluctuating emotions, changes in appetite.

Reflexology is a very relaxing treatment and may encourage you to breathe slower and deeper and generally calm down all the physical indications of stress. Your reflexologist can also show you how to use hand reflexology in between sessions in order to manage your response to your anxiety symptoms yourself. The techniques are subtle and people around you are unlikely to notice you doing them.

If you’d like to give Reflexology a try, please call to book an appointment with Kate, our reflexologist


Defibrillator at Springbank

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Every year in the UK between 80,000 and 120,000 people suffer a sudden cardiac arrest while in a public place.  A cardiac arrest occurs when the heart’s electrical activity is disrupted causing it to beat dangerously fast or irregularly.  This altered heart rhythm (arrhythmia) stops the heart pumping blood effectively.  This in turn stops blood flow to the brain and other vital organs which can result in death or serious damage to the brain if not treated quickly and effectively.

Automated External Defibrillators (or AEDs) are life saving devices which can be used together with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in an emergency situation.  CPR can be administered manually to keep blood flowing to the heart and brain for a time after cardiac arrest, but only an AED can restore the heart’s normal rhythm.     The initial response time after someone has suffered a cardiac arrest is crucial to their chances of survival.  The chances of resuscitation fall by at least 10% with every minute that defibrillation is delayed so there is a very real advantage in having an AED on site.

Currently the only AED registered in central Sevenoaks is located within the Tesco store on the High Street.  The need for an AED is assessed using several risk factors such as numbers of people passing by and the average ages of those people.  It is also highly recommended for healthcare facilities to have access to an AED locally.    Statistics show that there is a reasonable possibility of a cardiac arrest occurring in most locations.  Unfortunately there is very little that can be done to reduce this risk.  This means that the only practicable action possible is to ensure that in an emergency the location and accessibility of an AED is easy and well known to the community.

On this basis the clinic has decided to invest in an AED and will train some of our staff to react appropriately in an emergency situation.  We would like our patients to help us to raise awareness locally and let people know that this is available here at the clinic.

The AED will be accessible within clinic hours : weekdays 8am to 7pm (until 10pm on Mondays and Wednesdays) and between 9am and 5pm on Saturdays.  We hope that this will be of benefit to our patients, local residents and local businesses within the immediate vicinity of Pembroke Road, if required.

Of course we very much hope that we will never have to use our AED but should the need arise this device could make a huge difference to the chances of someone surviving and making a full recovery after a cardiac arrest.

Homeopathy at Springbank Clinic

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Homeopathy is used to treat a lot more than just asthma and hay fever. A recent 4Homeopathy study (http://www.findahomeopath.org/) revealed that Brits are visiting homeopathic practitioners for everything from IBS (27%) through to depression (18%). Out of those who use homeopathy, over 77% of teenagers and 41 % of adults receive homeopathic treatment for skin problems, while 35% of adults and 41% of teenagers visit their homeopathic practice for issues related to anxiety and stress.

Currently, the Homeopathy Research Institute (HRI) (https://www.hri-research.org) is supporting the following projects looking at areas where homeopathy could be of particular value: ADHD, depression, IBS, fracture healing.

Nathalie Robeyns
Registered Homeopath
Certified CEASE therapist

Self Management

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Self management refers to the wide range of things you can do to help yourself live a better life if you have a long-term health condition. It includes making informed choices about which services and support work best for you, maximizing your independence and allowing you to be the best you can be. The biggest challenge can often be identifying the right services and support for you as an individual.

Here at Springbank Clinic we are committed to maximizing individual potential and offer a range of services to promote functional independence and improve quality of life. One of the services we offer (with NeurorehabKent) is Neuro physiotherapy and the ways in which it can help are many and varied, including individual treatment, long term management plans, or signposting to other relevant services. Our neuro physiotherapists have undertaken specific training with Bridges self-management and are well placed to work with you towards achieving goals that are meaningful for you.

If you would like to discuss ways in which NeurorehabKent can help you, please call the clinic on 01732 453956.


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Reflexology is a gentle and non-invasive natural treatment designed to assist in maintaining optimal wellness in healthy individuals and alleviating the symptoms of a variety of disorders. It seems to be particularly effective for treating hormonal imbalances. Why is this so?

In both women and men, hormone levels need to be finely balanced in order to maintain optimal health. If the scales are tipped too much in one direction or another, problems can develop. Two of the most frequent causes of hormonal imbalance are nutritional deficiencies and stress. Of these, stress is probably the most common. When we experience stress, our bodies release high levels of the cortisol hormone. This is part of our natural “fight or flight” response to danger. Cortisol raises our heart rate, dilates the bronchial tubes and releases fat for use as fuel in response to a crisis. The problem is that in our modern society, stress can become chronic and elevated cortisol levels are very common. Some of the negative effects of this include: high blood pressure, weakened immune system, PMS, infertility, mood swings, lack of energy, weight gain, inflammation and pain.

Reflexology can work in a number of ways to correct hormonal imbalances. It works directly on reducing stress and therefore in correcting cortisol levels. In addition, reflexology is believed to be of benefit in a number of other important ways, including: removing toxins from the body, improving circulation and the functioning of the immune system, stimulating reproductive glands, stabilizing moods, increasing energy levels, reducing pain by releasing endorphins (natural painkillers) into the system and helping to alleviate menstrual or menopausal issues.

If you’d like to give Reflexology a try, please call to book an appointment with Kate, our reflexologist. At the very least, you’ll come away feeling relaxed and refreshed. You may even find that reflexology is the key you’ve been looking for to correct nagging hormonal imbalances safely and naturally.



Mother’s Day Treats

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Can’t think what to buy your mother this Mother’s Day?
Don’t want to buy another box of chocolates or a bunch of flowers?
Then why not spoil your mum this Sunday and treat her to a relaxing Reflexology or Indian Head Massage treatment with Kate Haas.
Alternatively, an invigorating Sports Massage with either Richard Puxty or Catherine Alexander may be an appropriate gift for some mums.
Whatever your mother’s treatment of choice may be, Gift Vouchers are available from the clinic.  Either pop in or call us on 01732 453956 and we will do the rest!


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We are very fortunate and proud at Springbank Clinic to be able to offer a wealth of experience in treating and managing sports injuries (most of our practitioners participate in sporting events and activities and can therefore draw on their own personal experience of sports related injuries when treating patients.)  Our team of therapists compete at high levels of varied, age-group competition:

RICHARD PUXTY (SPORTS MASSAGE) was an international Triathlete and more recently has completed the Nice Iron Man Triathlon.  He is a regular cyclist and a Coaching Assistant at Tonbridge Athletics Club.  His son, James, is one of the leading U17 runners in the country, recently running the fastest legs at both the South of England and the National Road relays.

CATHERINE ALEXANDER (SPORTS MASSAGE) has been involved in various sports including running, but her main sport is diving, which she coaches in Tunbridge Wells.

MARK PITCAIRN-KNOWLES (OSTEOPATH) is a competitive runner and was part of the Tonbridge Athletics Men’s 50 team which won a gold medal in the South of England Road Relays at Bedford in October last year.   By his own admission, he is competitive and always looking for PB’s or age group positions in races.  However, although driven by these goals, he appreciates that other people have different reasons for taking part in sport – be it for social, mental/physical health or medical reasons – and he is therefore very supportive of whatever the aim.    Mark has been assisting coaching at Tonbridge Athletics Club (15-18 year olds) and recently completed an Athletics Assistant Coaching Course.   He has also enjoyed playing tennis, triathlons, skiing and golf over the last 20 years, having played both rugby and cricket before that.  Therapists are not immune to injury and Mark has had his fair share of injuries, but always ensures he uses these as a learning experience within his profession.

DR LINDSAY GORRILL (CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST) has taken part in several marathons and half marathons over recent years.    She has a good understanding of the psychological obstacles involved in doing exercise.

HARRIET HEAL (CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST) is also a regular athlete who set up the “Up and Running” group (along with Shona Campbell  http://www.shonasrunners.co.uk/home/4575760389l )  whose aim is to use running as a tool to help with mental health issues.

KELLY CLEWS AND RICHARD LANG (PODIATRISTS) are on hand to keep your feet in good health as they tend to be involved with most sports.  They can deal with skin and nail problems, as well as mechanical issues.  They use Laser, Microwave and manual techniques, as well as a scanner to assess your feet for bespoke orthotic designs.

RENATE BLACKER (ACUPUNCTURIST) is a talented runner and cyclist.  She often comes first within her age group in running races, despite having to manage a long-term knee condition and is a regular in the Kent Fitness League.   She also takes part in long distance cycling trips in the UK and other parts of Europe.

The key to treating any sports injury is understanding the needs of the athlete, the mechanics of the injury and the mechanical limitations of the individual and the experience in recognising what is not ‘right’ and needs further investigation.

Often therapists will try to completely change the mechanics of an athlete to perfect them, but what is perfect? We are all different shapes and sizes.   An athlete may not have imperfect form but may also have been symptom free for many years, so the need is to understand what has changed to cause the injury.  This may be nothing to do with the mechanics but could be a lifestyle change (job, commute, etc.)  or perhaps a shift of training emphasis to distance or speed.    Age is a significant factor to consider before deciding whether to interfere with the mechanics.   A recent case was that of a teenager who, after being made to change his running technique due to some knee pain, gained a stress fracture of the femur:  Was this significant in the injury process?   Both younger and older athletes yield to a shape and we need to make sure that this shape works and functions without specific stress on any one part.

We hope that the years of sports-related involvement across our whole team enables us to recognise, treat and empathise much more readily with those injuries experienced by our patients.  And we hope it reassures our patients that our knowledge is drawn not only from professional expertise but also from personal experience.

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