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My Chiropractic Journey

How I Moved & Opened My Own Chiropractic Clinic in Dublin

My Chiropractic Journey Started in my early teenage years with a sports injury, that wasn’t recovering, until I had a Chiropractic Treatment!

However I was always sure from an earlier age that my passions lay with helping and healing people in need!

From Studying & Graduating in Wales to moving to Dublin in 2010.

Learn about my journey to opening a clinic at the age of 24years old and how Ive gone on to help thousands of people get better over the last 10 years, including famous actors and professional sports people.

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Headaches Migraines a Chiropractic Guide

Headaches are one of the most common conditions we treat in Clinic, with exceptional results

Accoording to the World Health Organisation (WHO) Over 50% of the population suffer with migraines with a great percentage suffering with persistant frequent headaches.

Most people will reply on over the counter medication to try and manage the symptoms, then potentially consult their GP or a consultant where scans and more medication changes nothing.

At Dublin City Chiropractic we try and analyse using a multi factored approach to this complicated issue to create positive effects to areas that can be identified as a contributor.

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Shoulder Pain Stretches

5 Easy Daily Stretches to help with shoulder pain and mid back pain and tension

chiropractic shoulder stretches

As always these exercises should be done when prescribed during the correct phase of your chiropratic treatment.

Stretches should be slow and controlled not aggravating and forced. Its normal to feel a tension or light ache but stay away from sharpness and pain. For these exercises you’ll need a towel and a light weight.

  • Shoulder Rolls – Tall, clockwise and anticlockwise rotations through the shoulders shoulder blades, chest and mid back.
  • Shoulder Extension – With towel behind the back in two hands pull back and separate with the towel to create tension
  • Shoulder Towel Rotation – With the towel again behind the back, one hand going over the top and one going under to the low back gently pull the towel as high then as low as the shoulders will allow.
  • Shoulder Weight Rotation – With the head supported on your side, the arm should be resting at the waist with the elbow at 90degrees. Holding a light weight then let the arm rotate in and out
  • Scapular Press Ups – On the floor in either a conventional press up or modified on your knees. The aim is to lock the arms out and and move the body up and down using the shoulders and shoulder blades. This will be a much smaller movement then you’d expect. 3

For more information regarding the foundations of exercise please read, breathing, bending and bracing.

Patient Education Programme

A series of training articles for health education and videos of stretching & strengthening to help support your chiropractic treatment


Articles – Chiropractic key lessons that build a foundation to health & movement!

  • Pain – What you need to do during an acute flair up of back pain
  • Stress – Easy things steps you take to help reduce stress
  • Breathing – How to breath properly and relax your body
  • Brace/Core – How to find and start using your core muscles
  • Hinging – How to safely move through your pelvis, hips and low back
  • Sleep – Mattresses, Positions & Pillows, the essentials on how to sleep
  • Supplements – Aid your healing & health

Videos – Chiropractic Stretches & Exercises to help maintain a healthy spine!

VIDEO SECTION UPDATING ALL EXERCISE VIDEOS CAN BE FOUND ON YOUTUBE TEMPORARILY >>>HERE<<<

  • Stretches – we want to start with movement
    • Neck – 5 Best Stretches for Neck Health Tension & Pain
    • Mid Back – 5 Best Stretches for Upper Back & Shoulder Health Stiffness & Pain
    • Low Back – 5 Best Stretches for Low back and Pelvic Health, Stiffness & Pain
    • Hip&Pelvis – 5 Best Stretches for the Pelvic & Hip Health, Stiffness & Pain
    • Shoulders – 5 Best Stretches for Shoulder and Upper Back Health, Stiffness & Pain
    • Posture – 5 Best Exercises to Improve Anterior Head Carriage & Posture
  • Strengthening — only once progressed through your treatment
    • Core – Starting Point to activate the muscles and develop control,
    • Advanced Core – Once control has been gained and you’re comfortable carefully and safely start into these much more dynamic core strengthening exercises.


Some Condition we treat and explained simply;

—> Sciatica —-> Headaches —> Disc Herniation —–> Posture

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Neck Stretches

5 Simple Neck Stretches

Daily exercises to help with neck & shoulder pain and tension

5 Easy Daily Neck Stretches!

Perfect for neck or shoulder pain, stiffness or tension & headaches. Aim to do these twice a day each exercise for 20-30seconds.

1)Shoulder Rolls– Twice Daily, Clockwise 10seconds Counterclockwise 10seconds

2)Trap Stretch – Twice Daily, Hold for 10 Seconds and repeat three times,

3)Levator Scap Stretch – Twice Daily, Hold for 10 Seconds and repeat three times,

4)Scalene Stretch – Twice Daily, Hold for 10 Seconds and repeat three times,

5)Chin Tucks- Twice daily, Hold for 10seconds repeat three times. You should pull into tension and feel stiffness but aggravate creating pain.

Never pull into pain but feeling tension, ache or stiffness is okay. You are in control of the stretch, stretch to your own tolerance levels.

For the foundations look at how to breath, brace and hinge.

Click here for Stretches for the upper back and shoulders.

Beds, Pillows & Back Pain!

I’ve changed my mattress and I still have back pain??

One of the constant most common questions with new patients is what mattress is best for the back and back pain.

Simply as firm as comfortable is the answer.

The bigger answer to the question though is a good back + a good mattress = perfect solution.

When we were young healthy and vibrant it didn’t matter where how or what we slept on.

Pain or stiffness at night or in the morning when waking it an extremely common symptom of a progressed bad back, which confuses people.

At night we need to have the ability to relax and rest as well as move with rotation whilst horizontal. Characteristics an unhealthy spine is incapable of.

What is important to realise whilst a better mattress is a positive change it isn’t going to fix the underlying problem that have usually taken years to develop.

Pillows and Positions

A pillow supporting and keeping the neck in a straight neutral position through the length of the night.

Side or back sleeping is advisable whilst trying to avoid front sleeping.

Side sleepers will generally require more pillow height then back sleepers.

Chiropractic Care: What to Expect

Chiropractors provide the third largest healthcare group in the world, yet particular in Ireland so little is known and worse a lot of of general assumptions are incorrect founded on misinformation and hearsay.

This is detrimental to the treatment and recovery of so many people suffering with back pain, who would highly benefit from early chiropractic treatment.

YES- we have some of the highest level neuromusculoskeletal training- 4/5years full time, regulated by an association (CAI), we can take a read x-ray&mri, safer than taking paracetemol or neurofen, researched & recommended.

NO- it doesnt hurt, make people worse, take much time to help or you have to get treated for ever.

What to Expect;

Do you suffer from constant pain and discomfort? For most, this is due to an injury. For others, there is no explanation. Pain can easily be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers, but relief is short lived.

Deal with the source of your unfllammation and pain and don’t mask the symptoms.

Since pain relievers do have risks, especially with prolonged use, it is important to seek proper medical care. One of your options is chiropractic care.

If you weren’t already aware, chiropractic care is a form of medicine. Some classify it as alternative medicine, as the treatment options are very different.

There is a high difference between the care provided by a chiropractor and a primary care physician.

Chiropractors believe & utilise in manual therapy. This is a natural therapy with the use of the hands and a promotion of preventative wellness care.

Common methods of solving pain problems include manipulation, mobilization and various specialist spinal techniques. For example, neck pain may be treated with a neck adjustment to help correct the alignment.

If you like the sound of chiropractic care, the first step is to schedule an appointment with us. We can be found online with a standard internet search or an online business directory and have over 500 5star patient reviews.

There are a few local options but we provide best care with the most affordable price in a friendly personable evidence based setting. Most insurance providers do cover chiropractic care. If covered by insurance, speak to a representative to see if your care qualifies for coverage.

We aim to see most new patients within 24-48hours, so not long after making your appointment, you will arrive for it. As for your first visit, it will be similar to a consultation appointment. Your chiropractor will take a full detailed medical history understanding your complaints and assessing factors that are contributing or aggravating and underlying conditions. From there a full physical examination will be carried out to determine the source of your problems and other compounding physical factors.

Chiropractors can diagnose a problem by simply testing and assessing your source of pain. However, additional tests may be needed. These may include an MRI or x-ray.

We will generally begin treatment immediately, usually a few sessions are needed to fully rectify the underlying stresses and damage in the spine. It will depend on the length of your appointment, the type of care needed, and how soon a course of treatment was decided on.

In addition to wondering about chiropractic treatment, many patients are also curious about payment. Most insurance providers cover chiropractic care. If you are uninsured and paying out-of-pocket, this should not be a concern for you. As we offer an extremely affordable service for the quality and level of service that we aim to give.

We accept accept cash, credit cards, debit cards, and checks, while others only take cash.

Returning back to insurance coverage, do not make any assumptions. Always speak to an insurance provider first.

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The Body, Dysfunction & Symptoms

99% of patients attending the clinic for the first time are doing so because they are going through an acutely active inflamed episode of pain. Unless it has been caused by a trauma or serious physical injury then it tends to be an innocuous movement or position. Either way the body is signalling through the negative feeling of pain that there is a serious problem and an inflammatory process in the area-that needs to be protected.
For the innocuous causes of pain flair ups the patient won’t be able to understand how something so simple has caused such a strong reaction as it was a usual movement or position that they are have completed successfully 100s of times before.
Here’s why……….we have to look at the accumulative factors that affect you over time not at that singular one event.
The body is adaptive to the environment that we live and surround ourselves in on a daily basis. Unfortunately with the demands of modern work and living we are becoming more and more sedentary and less physically active.
That is the problem………our backs are becoming excellent at sitting and not moving but then when we call upon it to move and active-it’s unable to do this.
The bodies inability then to complete and carry out what tend to be quite physically easy jobs becomes impeded by the bodies progressive negative changes that effects on it- this negative can take months or even years to reach a level of dysfunction that can now become inflamed and symptomatic.

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