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Welcome to the Kenworthy Chiropractic news page. Check in frequently to find out what’s happening at the clinic. We’ll be posting all the latest news as well as hints and tips to improve your health, chiropractic articles, videos and even the occasional competition.

There are lots of magazine articles, memes, personal trainers and motivational gurus laying down the maxim ‘Never Give Up’. Whilst this advice is meant to get us all fired up and focused it is actually misguided, dangerous and potentially lethal. In the clinic we see patients that struggle to recover because they won’t (can’t?) stop training even though they’re injured. Changing track, even to recover, is perceived as giving up and we all know yous should 'never give up'. Or should you?

So, what if your Three Peak Challenge ended as a Two Peak Challenge, or your marathon was more of a Snickers ? So, what if you did give up? Does it make you a bad person? No. Did you fail? ….In a way...Maybe...But it’s not really a failure if it means you’ll recover and live to try again another day. That is, you didn’t give up as such, you simply postponed your goal attempt until you were better equipped to achieve it. Indeed, listening to your body and acting responsibly ought to be seen as a huge achievement in itself. If your body is hurting, don’t push through the pain. Try to figure out what’s hurting, why it’s hurting and come up with a plan to stop it hurting.

Now, some athletes might contend that they’d never be competitive if they didn’t ignore their pain and go that extra mile. Fair enough, if you’re going to win a gold medal and have a dodgy knee for a couple of weeks it might be worth it. However, many people put their health and lives at risk because giving up simply can’t be entertained (don't forget, giving up is for losers).

In his book Destructive Goal Pursuit: The Mount Everest Disaster, Christopher Kayes gives examples of climbers that could have saved their lives by giving up. However, they were so intent on attaining their goal and reaching the summit of Everest, they pressed on, even though THEY KNEW it would kill them. Kayes argues that this obsession with setting goals is misguided. He terms this form of ‘destructive goal pursuit’ as goalodicy. Kayes argues that one problem with setting goals is that they can become obsessive and inflexible i.e. The goal becomes almost impossible to abandon no matter how much the circumstances change.

Kayes also points out that setting inflexible goals actually restricts learning i.e. The obsession with goal achievement precludes all other experiences. So, you climbed a mountain but you trod on a family of gophers and knocked three other climbers off the mountain because you were too focused on that all important flag selfie at the summit. Other issues with goal obsession include a potential for increased and unnecessary risk taking. Moreover, if goal achievement is one's sole focus it can lead to unethical behaviour (Lance Armstrong anyone?).

In conclusion (at last) don’t give up your evening run just because it’s spitting, or you've swallowed a midge - But if you’ve a fat ankle and hip pain give yourself a break. If you’re on mile 16 of your marathon and you’d rather have an ice cream and a lie down, don’t give up. However, if you’re in agony and feel like you might die, then pull out, regroup and try again another day.

Thanks to everyone that entered our 'Name The Skeleton' competition. The winner was selected by Johanna McCormick DC and she picked Casey (or KC) which was suggested by Katie G. Many congratulations to Katie from everyone at Kenworthy Chiropractic. There were some great suggestions and an honourable mention goes to Helen N for Pelvis Costello and Michael M for Hurt Backarach.

Kenworthy Chiropractic now treats a number of athletes that attend the clinic on a regular basis in order to stay at the peak of fitness and maximise their performance. These include martial artists, mma, boxers, wrestlers, golfers, runners, cyclists and parkour enthusiasts amongst others. Indeed, the benefits these athletes experience is supported by a wealth of scientific research. In one study (see below) 50 athletes were divided into two groups. In a hand reaction test measuring the speed of reaction with the hand in response to a visual stimulus, the control group exhibited less than a 1% response while the chiropractic group exhibited more than an 18% response after 6 weeks. After 12 weeks the chiropractic group exhibited more than a 30% improvement. Now, that has got to give you an edge.

*Lauro A. Mouch B. Chiropractic: The Journal of Chiropractic Research and Clinical Investigation. 1991; 6: 84-87

Doctor of Chiropractic Johanna McCormick will once again be offering free posture screens at the Preston Health Mela on Saturday 14th of April. Last year's even was a huge success and the Kenworthy Chiropractic stand was busy all day. In fact Johanna was screening other health care professionals before the event started and was still examining members of the public long after all the other stands had closed down. This is a great opportunity to get your musculoskeletal MOT absolutely free of charge, so do come along.

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To enter just like this post and then think up a fun name for our resident clinic skeleton and post it in the comments section (it can be male, female, pet, or totally surreal, it’s up to you).

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Kenworthy Chiropractic will be closed on Good Friday (and Easter Monday, but we're always closed on a Monday). Otherwise we're ope as usual across the Easter break.

As I mentioned in a previous post, many of our patients have been kind enough to leave us glowing Google reviews. It means a lot to both of us. Here's another five star cracker from Anella: "If I could have a session every day, I would!! Having scoliosis has caused quite a few problems for me. Johanna has not only helped to massively relieve these problems already in just two sessions, she's also helped make sense of why I have them and what can be done to ease them as much as possible. I leave feeling lighter, empowered with a newfound understanding of my condition/problems and in a lot less pain. Thank you thank you thank you! Can't recommend her enough."

Kenworthy Chiropractic has been awarded the title of Best Chiropractic Clinic 2018 - Lancashire in The GHP Alternative Medicine and Holistic Health Awards. Why not come along and see for yourself?

Recently, Kenworthy Chiropractic has been on the receiving end of some wonderful Google reviews. Here's one of them:

"The pain has been going on for years gradually restricting my life more and more . I’ve had massage of every description, lifts for my shoes , podiatry sessions, an operation booked, courses of physiotherapy and copious quantities of drugs to just “take the edge off” ... after my back woke me again in the middle of the night I found myself once again researching/trying to self diagnose - I came across Kenworthy Chiropractic ...I read the 5 star ⭐️ reviews and at 3am booked an appointment online! ...what can I say - I just wish I had done it months / years ago!!! Johanna and Stewart have created a modern practice that aim to treat in a few sessions as possible , there’s no ‘ cracking ‘ of backs/bones just a thorough assessment , a quick diagnosis and gentle but effective treatment that actually gives relief!!! Just do it !!!!!!! They’re are bloody lovely people too !" - Alexandra

We have Janine Cotterill observing in the clinic today. Janine is a 3rd year student of the McTimoney College of Chiropractic in Manchester. Janine first visited Kenworthy Chiropractic last spring when she helped us give free posture screens on Miller Park as part of Spinal Awareness Week. It's great to have her back for the day.

The new floor is now finished. Now all we need is a new ceiling and a treatment room building and we're good to go. Watch this space.

Martial arts expert Nicola Jane Aindow was all set to compete in the Tokyo International Open IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship when she injured her right knee. With only a few weeks until the competition Nicola feared the worst, but after her visit to Kenworthy Chiropractic she was soon back on the road to recovery and her Japanese dream was kept alive. Some of you may know Nicola from the women’s self defence classes she runs at Gracie Barra Preston. Nicola is a martial arts expert with over 25 years experience and a PhD to boot. Whilst Nicola hails from Tarleton she is now based in Oslo, Norway. Nicola pointed out that “the two main reasons I return to Preston is for my Jiu-Jitsu training and to visit Kenworthy Chiropractic. I’ve tried numerous chiropractors in the past, but this is the only treatment I’ve had that fixed my issues without making me feel like I’d taken a kicking." Indeed, Doctor of Chiropractic Johanna McCormick treats a number of wrestlers; MMA artists, boxers and Jiu-Jitsu specialists at Kenworthy Chiropractic and she works hard to keep them fighting fit and injury free between bouts.

"If I could have a session every day, I would!! Having scoliosis has caused quite a few problems for me. Johanna has not only helped to massively relieve these problems already in just two sessions, she's also helped make sense of why I have them and what can be done to ease them as much as possible. I leave feeling lighter, empowered with a newfound understanding of my condition/problems and in a lot less pain. Thank you thank you thank you! Can't recommend her enough."

Kenworthy Chiropractic is growing. We're having a new floor put into the back room so that we can build a second treatment room. We won't be hiring a second chiropractor immediately, but it's very much in the pipeline. We're also putting in a floor covering and some heating in the staff toilet so it can be used by our patients.

Kenworthy Chiopractic is now providing free hot beverages for all our patients. The clinic manager will be happy to prepare you a cup of his own blend freshly ground coffee, a good old cuppa, or a herbal tea.

What better way to show your partner you care then buying them a treatment at Kenworthy Chiropractic? Okay, you could maybe buy them a car...Or a weekend break, but failing that a chiropractic treatment is pretty amazing. Just call in to the clinic and we'll be happy to help.

Here we are catching some rays on Avenham Park before starting work on the cusp of our one year anniversary. Here are a few stat. facts from our first year in business:

Nationality of Patients Treated = 22 Average New Patients Per Week = 6.7 Most Popular Woman’s Name = 1st Christine; 2nd Joanne; 3rd Kate Most Popular Man's Name = 1st John; 2nd Chris; 3rd David Furthest Distance Travelled To Visit The Clinic = 2160 miles Youngest Patient Treated = 2 weeks Oldest Patient Treated = 90yrs. Missed Appointments = 113 Five Star Reviews = 57

Whilst on holiday in Goa Johanna McCormick DC felt a little out of shape after the 9 hour flight. So, she dropped in on her friend Alison Bale and swapped treatments (a real case of 'you fix my back, I'll fix yours'). Johanna felt fully revived after one treatment and would highly recommend a visit to Walking Tall in Candolim/Margao if you ever find yourself down that way.

Kenworthy Chiropractic is in the Home Handbook for Longridge & District, including Grimsargh & Goosnargh. So, if you're from the area and you've had a copy delivered, you can find us on page 46.

If you want to be Christmas ready there are still a few appointments available on Tuesday 19th, Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st of December. Then we're back on Thursday28th, Friday 29th and Saturday 30th of December. In the New Year the clinic will be open from Tuesday 2nd of January until Thursday the 4th of January. The clinic will then be closed until Tuesday 23rd of January. We've already taken a number of bookings for that week, so if you're thinking of booking don't leave it too long.