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From the 22nd of February Kenworthy Chiropractic will be open on Mondays for the very first time. The clinic is open from 2pm-8pm, although chiropractic treatments will only be available from 2pm until 6pm initially. When we open the evening slots we will let you know know. So, banish the Monday blues and book yourself in online, or call the clinic during our opening hours.
Back to my dad’s side of the family this week in the quest for Kenworthy links to the fair city of Preston. My grandfather was Harold Kenworthy, the son of Joshua and Mary, and he grew up in a house just off Bow Lane which has since been demolished to make way for the LCC car parks. Harold started work as a runner for the Post Office, but soon worked his way up through the organisation. His expertise in signals and telecommunications was put to use in WW2 where he rose to the rank of Major. Harold was involved in most of the largest European campaigns and we even found copies of the top secret plans for Operation Overlord (the Normandy landings) in an old cabin he used to rear turkeys after the war. Harold married Doris Huyton before the war and their reception was held in a tea room at Lane Ends. Doris was raised in Plungington as one of six children and she went on to raise four sons of her own, including my dad, Ian. After the war Harold and Doris travelled widely and even relocated to Malta for a while. However, they spent most of there retirement just outside Preston in Longton. Today you will find a memorial bench in their name on Longton Brickcroft Nature Reserve.
Kenworthy Chiropractic is four years old today (Wednesday 3rd). The peace lily in the photo was a gift to Johanna from the NHS staff she worked with whilst she was training to be a chiropractor. It is also the longest surviving plant Johanna has ever owned. Anyway, it’s been a hectic, but rewarding four years and we really have loved most of it. Thanks to all of you for helping to make the clinic such a success. When we started out it we were just a husband and wife combo, but in that short time we now have a team of seven - And they’re helping us go from strength to strength. Here’s to the next four years.
After the rather macabre history last week I’ve switched to my (Stuart) dad’s side of the family, although it’s not exactly a barrel of laughs. Pictured below are my great grandparents, Joshua and Mary Kenworthy. Joshua and Mary lived in a house (now demolished) in the Bow Lane area, just off Fishergate Hill. Joshua worked as a labourer and railway worker, whilst Mary raised two sons and also worked as a cleaner at County Hall. In spite of the physical demands of his job Joshua found time to play football for Chorley FC in the club’s earliest incarnation and was a keen supporter of Preston North End. Unfortunately, whilst watching PNE from the terraces Joshua got a soaking, developed pneumonia and eventually died at the age of 56. Mary was left to raise her two sons alone and garnered a reputation as quite a stern Victorian matriarch. However, Mary, or Nana as I knew her, was still with us when I was a little boy and I remember visiting her shortly before she died. This old, old lady from another era was all smiles and kindness towards me and she even gave me a silver sixpence (which really ages me). Today, Johanna and I live a stones throw from the site of Joshua and Mary’s old house and Kenworthy Chiropractic is just up the road on Theatre Street. I wonder what they would have made of us and our chiropractic clinic?
Preston & Kenworthy Chiropractic
Johanna is a relative newcomer and covert to Preston, but clinic manager and co-owner Stuart Kenworthy (me) has deeper roots. In the coming weeks I’m going to post a few pieces about my predecessors and their place in Preston’s history.
My great, great, great aunt on my mother’s side was Annie Ratcliffe. Annie’s story is both tragic and well-documented. Annie lived at the Blue Bell pub on Church Street where her father, Alfred, was the landlord. The 3rd of August 1881 was supposed to be Annie’s wedding day. That morning she left the Blue Bell and headed out to meet her fiancée John Aspinall Simpson at the Sir Walter Scott pub on the old North Road. It was reported that the landlady left the two of them alone, but rushed back into the bar after hearing a scream to find Annie dying with her throat cut. Annie was only 16 years old when she was killed and she was also reported to pregnant. To my knowledge a motive was never established for her killing. John was subsequently convicted of murder and was executed by hanging at Strangeways Prison in Manchester on November 28th (Johanna’s birthday) 1881. Annie was buried in Preston Old Cemetery where her tomb stone still stands (lies) to this day. The Sir Walter Scott pub profited from its notoriety and it was reported that ghoulish patrons would seat themselves at the table where Annie was murdered and where her blood stains still remained. The Sir Walter Scott pub was demolished some time ago, but it was said to have stood more or less where the bus station taxi stand is located today. At the time Johanna and I got married we weren’t familiar with the details of this story, but it’s a rather strange coincidence that the venue in which we chose to be married in 2005 was Sir Walter Scott’s courtroom in Selkirk. We’ve also been known to stop by the Blue Bell for a pint, or two just to show solidarity with poor Annie.
Pictured: Annie Ratcliffe and her killer, John Aspinall Simpson.
We would like to extend a very warm welcome to Janine Cotterill, a highly talented and exceptionally friendly chiropractor that will be joining Kenworthy Chiropractic in the New Year.
Janine is a local lass hailing from the idyllic shores of Lytham St. Annes. She has a BA (Hons) in Western Philosophy and has numerous diplomas for a range of complementary therapies.
After spending some time as a complementary therapist on the cruise liners visiting exotic locations around the globe Janine returned to make her home in Manchester, where she now lives with her husband Paul and daughter, Mia.
Back on dry land Janine worked as a complementary therapist at the MS Therapy Centre (North West) for 13 years and it was this experience that led to her interest in chiropractic. Like Johanna and Tom, Janine trained at the McTimoney College of chiropractic which makes her the perfect fit for the clinic. In fact, some of you will all ready have met Janine as she has been performing posture screens and observing in clinic since the very first year Kenworthy Chiropractic opened back in 2017
As soon as we have all Janine’s paperwork sorted out we will be opening up her calander appointments on Cliniko, which we hope will be in early January 2021. What a great start to our New Year. We simply cannot wait to have Janine become a part of our team.
It’s that time of the year where we’re all obligated to furnish our loved ones with gifts that will light up their eyes and warm the very cockles of their hearts. This process isn’t always as enjoyable as the Christmas adverts would have us believe. Jolly winking snowman, comedic carrots and attentive robins are replaced by hatched-faced shoppers with thousand yard stares and “currently out of stock” notices. If that wasn’t tough enough, Dad wants a Tesla and Mum fancies a course of Tango lessons in Havana, but you were thinking of something a little more affordable. Well, allow us to remedy the situation with our gift vouchers for chiropractic care (£20 each), or our trusty Dr. Graeme massagers (£49.50). Getting enough excercise throughout the Covid months has been tricky and many of us are less flexible and fit than we were last year at this time. That’s why either of these gifts are likely to be one of the best presents you could possibly buy for you loved ones - Especially the ones that tend to grumble about their aches and pains, but have always fallen short of doing anything about it. I’ve even made you a sparkly picture to get you in Christmas spirit
The safety measures implemented at Kenworthy Chiropractic are stringent and that is what allows us to stay open throughout this ongoing crisis. Of course, we couldn’t make this work without a little assistance, so we’d like to thank all of our patients for helping us keep the clinic open during these difficult times. Everyone has pitched in by filling out their health declaration forms allowing us to identify anyone that might be considered a risk. All our patients wear masks whilst in clinic and our practitioners are dressed in full PPE. We have also implemented rigorous cleaning procedures and we disinfect all relevant surfaces between patients. We even use a spray that takes down any particles in the air and disinfects them. As the figures rise we are researching additional ways to make the clinic as safe as possible. Recently, we read a new scientific report that focused on the benefits of air filtration/ventilation in minimising the risk on infection indoors. That’s why we’ve just taken delivery of three air filtration units that filter all the air every 15 minutes (see rather boring picture below). By keeping up to date with all the latest developments and following strict hygiene regimes we hope to be able to keep the clinic open permanently. Thanks again for your cooperation.
The team working at Kenworthy Chiropractic continues to grow and grow and grow. Consequently, we thought it was a good time to update all our portrait photos for this very website. We believe we've made a great contribution to Preston since Kenworthy Chiropractic opened in 2017 and we're proud of the city we call home. To reflect this, each portrait will be overlayed over a famous Preston landmark. Doctor Of Chiropractic, Johanna McCormick has opted for the Brutalist beauty of the bus station as seen here. Moreover, to illustrate the bond between our clinic and Preston the landmark backgrounds will be in the Kenworthy Chiropractic colours. So, keep your eyes peeled as they will be being uploaded to this website very shortly.
Trying to get from A to B in Preston city centre these days can feel like you're playing a game that's almost impossible to win. Fishergate has been blocked off to all but business traffic. Pop up cycle lanes have cut other access points to the city centre and the Adelphi roundabout is still a no-go zone. So, here are some tips on strategy that should help you reach Kenworthy Chiropractic with the minimum of stress and make you feel like a winner in the game of Preston.
If you are visiting the clinic the main advice we can offer is to head for one of the main car parks that fringe the city centre. You can still get in and out of the St. George's Shopping Centre car park on Lune Street. You will also find easy access to the Avenham car park if you're coming in from London Road.
However, the best options overall are still the Fishergate Centre car park, or the St. Wilfred's Street Car Park (Behind Caffe Nero & Bruciannis). Stick to these car parks and you won't have any issues and you won't have very far to walk.
For those with impaired mobility we realise this is not much use at all. Those of you in possession of a disabled parking permit can park almost opposite Theatre Street in two spaces alongside Caffe Nero (which can still be accessed from ringway). However, if you need direct access to the clinic it might be worth calling the council to ask them how they might assist you.
We’ll be taking our Daverob design print along to be framed later this week. In the mean time we’ve had these splendid mugs made and an order of tote bags with the same design is heading our way. If you’d like to sign up the very talented Dave Robinson up for a commission of your own click on the link above. If you’d like to buy some of his other rather wonderful Preston projects go to his site at: daverobdesignshop.myshopify.com
Kenworthy Chiropractic is open again this week for the first time since the 13th of March. Johanna is very excited to see all her patients once more and you can expect the same friendly welcome even if you cannot see her smile. Johanna is having to work alone for the time being which means that any enquiries to the clinic will not be answered until she has a break. We are looking into ways of improving this situation, but please bear with us for the time being. I (Stuart) acted as a patient on Monday to trial a treatment in full PPE. My experience was that from a patient's perspective the treatment felt almost the same and it was just as effective as it was previously. Johanna found her experience a little different, but manageable. However, I think working in PPE for a full day will prove to be quite exhausting. Johanna has booked in a high volume of patients as she wanted to help as many people as possible. Please do be gentle with her as this is a brave new world and we are still figuring out the best way to make it all work. See you all soon.
From the 30th of June Kenworthy Chiropractic will be opening the clinic to patients in urgent need of treatment. The guidelines from our governing body mean that we can only treat patients that have a ‘medical need’. We interpret this as any discomfort/pain that is affecting your daily activities and that cannot be managed without a chiropractic treatment.
We have put numerous measures in place to create a safe clinic environment for both the Kenworthy Chiropractic team and our patients. In the very near future Johanna will be contacting all the patients whose care was disrupted to see if they still require a treatment and meet the necessary guidelines.
The online booking system will remain closed until we are able to offer a full service to all our patients. However, if you are suffering please do call the clinic and leave a message, or send us an email, or contact us via Messenger and we will get back to you.
Thank you to all our patients who have been in touch to see how we are doing; Johanna and the team cannot wait to get back to work. We look forward to seeing you all again soon.
Kenworthy Chiropractic is now closed for the next two weeks and online bookings can no longer me made via Cliniko. We will re-open as soon as we are able. Please keep up to date with all new developments via our Facebook page and website ‘news’ section.
We haven’t taken this step lightly, but having read the official research and advice it seems that social distancing is key in preventing more serious outbreaks of Covid-19. As a medical facility we have a duty to act earlier than many other institutions. The protection of our patients is imperative and we believe that by taking this action quite early we have done all we can to help you stay safe.
Finally, we will still be around if you’d like a chat. You can contact us via Messenger on our Facebook page. If you want any advice on managing a condition until we’re able to treat you in clinic we’ll be more than happy to help (unless we fall ill).
Stay safe everyone and we hope to see you all again sooner, rather than later.
The spread of the Coronavirus is a matter of concern, but the focus of the media on 'worst case' scenarios has led to a great deal of anxiety. At Kenworthy Chiropractic we always maintain high standards of hygiene. However, we are now increasing our precautions ahead of any potentially serious outbreak. That is, our practitioners will be washing their hands thoroughly after treating each patient (instead of sanitising) and the benches will also be disinfected, as will the communal areas. Hand sanitiser is also available for patients in the waiting room. This will ensure that our regime is keeping you all as safe as possible. It's not really necessary at this stage, but it means we'll have a functioning regime in place should the need arise. Here is a quote from Bruce Aylward, the World Health Organisation's Assistant Director General and veteran epidemiologist, that we found to be reassuring.
"...what China demonstrates is if you settle down, roll up your sleeves, and begin that systematic work of case finding and contact tracing, you definitely can change the shape of the outbreak, take the heat out of it, and prevent a lot of people from getting sick and a lot of the most vulnerable from dying."
Here we are in the depths of a drenched February with days so dull you almost need a torch to venture out. If that’s not tough enough the news is filled with woe and anger it's easy to fall into a funk. However, it is worth remembering that there is still a lot of good in the world and that kindness is a lot more common than one might think. Indeed, we see and hear about great acts of kindness and compassion almost every single day in the clinic. For example, Rory has been a patient at Kenworthy Chiropractic since our first year of opening. Rory was a very premature baby and as a result he has multiple serious health issues. Consequently, Rory must see a vast array of health care professionals in order to get the care he needs to live day to day. Some of this care is provided by the NHS, but others, such as his chiropractic treatment, has to be paid for privately. One of our regular patients heard about Rory’s plight and immediately offered to help out by paying for all Rory’s future treatments. This was an altruistic act of kindness that has had a significant and positive impact on Rory’s life. This isn’t a standalone case either. We have many other patients that pay for the treatments of their friends, or family members without any thought of reciprocity. They’re just good people doing good things. Have a nice, if soggy, day.
We'd like to offer a huge thank you to Sally and family for this amazing belated Christmas present. Johanna always admired the art work on Sally's son's wheelchair, so she went to the trouble of commissioning this portrait from the same artist. Johanna's so impressed with the result that we'll be putting it up on the website as well as in the clinic. We might even commission some more portraits for the rest of the staff (although I bet mine won't get as big a frame as Johanna's).
The day to day work of the chiropractor is physically demanding. So, to counter the wear and tear on their bodies these body manipulators practice what they preach with regular chiropractic treatments. This type of wellness care allows them to address any issues before they become problematic. Now that Tom has joined the Kenworthy Chiropractic team he will serve as Johanna's number one chiropractor and vice versa. This will give them both the very best chance of remaining fit and able as they tackle the many challenges of life in the clinic.
Please be aware that Kenworthy Chiropractic will be closed from Thursday 23rd of January and we will re-open from Tuesday 11th of February. We (Johanna and Stuart) will be in India until the 9th of February so we won’t be able to answer any enquiries until we return. When the clinic re-opens we will have our new chiropractor, Tom Roselle, working alongside Johanna which will mean more appointments will be available. As mentioned previously our prices will increase from February, but in most cases not by very much. We look forward to seeing you all when we return as the clinic grows and moves into this new and exciting phase.
It's been very difficult watching the devastation caused by the bush fires in Australia, so we've decided to make a small donation and become a koala protector via the WWF. For a mere £25 you can help them to help the koalas right now and re-plant their habitat for the future (this helps all the other animals too). If you'd like to become a koala protector can do so at https://support.wwf.org.uk/koala-protector