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by Craig de Groot, chiropractor at Willow Brook Clinic

Good reasons to stretch – Part one Posture and Confidence It’s easy to forget to stretch. It’s often overlooked because the results are not as visible as lifting weights and squatting – or so you think. Stretching can lead to better posture, fewer aches and pains, greater confidence, and a more positive outlook on life. Stretching increases your blood flow and circulation for a healthier body and sends oxygen to your brain for a clearer mind and confident mood. Your gluteal muscles We do a lot of sitting, but did you know sitting is tough on your body, especially on your glutes? When you are sitting, the nerves that activate your glutes can shut down in a very short period of time. When your glutes shut down, other muscles and joints in your body become over-stressed and can result in pain in places such as the knees and lower back. The most effective way to combat this problem is to keep your glutes active. Getting up and stretching your glutes and hip flexors is a good first step to wake up these muscles. Whether you work out or not, stretching these tight muscles can reduce future injury and pain.

Your thoracic spine Your thoracic spine, which is located in the middle of your back, is very important to stretch and keep moving. Simple spinal rotation exercises throughout the day are extremely important if you drive, sit, or just stay in one place for a few hours of the day. When the thoracic spine becomes tight, it can create many problems up and down the chain of the body. Your neck, shoulders and chest can tighten up or become unstable and weak with a tight thoracic spine. If you would like to become more supple and able to do the things you want to do, contact your chiropractor or physiotherapist today and ask for help. Happy stretching!

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Appeal to support charity Superhero Day SOUTHMEAD Hospital Charity is asking ordinary people to do something extraordinary and become a Hero for a Day. On Friday 6th October, schools, nurseries, businesses and workplaces across Bristol will become superhero headquarters as children and adults dress as superheroes for the day to raise money for the charity’s Prostate Cancer Care Appeal. Whether it’s Batman, Superman, Ironman or Wonder Woman – Hero for a Day is a fun way for people to transform from their usual clothes and change into a caped crusader. Schools, workplaces or other organisations who wish to take part can get a free fundraising pack which includes a superhero mask template that can be decorated.

The Prostate Cancer Care Appeal aims to raise £2 million to purchase two surgical robots for the hospital to meet growing demand, fund new diagnostic and treatment options and to support the training of the next generation of robotic surgeons – improving outcomes for men with prostate cancer. To sign up your school or workplace for Hero for a Day contact 0117 414 0170 or visit www.southmeadhospitalcharity.

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illow Brook Centre based Aspirations Financial Advice Ltd, providers of independent financial advice, have recently welcomed a new team member, Richard (‘Rocky’) Riccalton DipCII CeMap TAP.dip, who will be their mortgage and protection specialist covering the M4 corridor from Bristol along to and including Chippenham, Calne and surrounding towns and villages. Originally from Newcastle upon Tyne, Rocky is married and lives with his wife and two boys in north Wiltshire. He has a banking background and over 25 years’ experience of financial planning, as an adviser, manager and consultant within a large learning and development function. Rocky is a strong advocate of providing personal customer service and ensuring he listens to and acts upon the needs of his customers. Least to say, excellent communication lies at the heart of what Rocky does. Outside of work, Rocky is a qualified cricket umpire and, in

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the winter, follows his beloved football team, Newcastle United. He also enjoys time with his family and going for walks in the countryside accompanied by the family dog. To contact Rocky about any of your mortgage or protection requirements, give him a call on 07407 273331 or email ask@ For details of other financial services offered by Aspirations, visit ● See advert on page 34.

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October 2017  

October 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine.

October 2017  

October 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine.