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December 2018

Interview with Frida Forshallen

In this month's interview we talk to Frida about wh at her influenced you to become a therapist/instructor?

“As a teenager I did a lot of sports, mainly orienteering and cross country skiing. During an orienteering competition I jumped down a ledge and landed badly and tore a ligament in my knee. It was bad enough that I needed surgery on it and with this had a lot of physiotherapy. I got interested in the physio side, but felt like I wanted to do something more hands on. My mum went to a chiropractor and I went with her to observe her treatment and felt like that was more right for me”

Click here to read the full interview

What's On

Our What's On guide gives information about visiting workshops, special events and offers.

This month includes information about:

  • Sue Masters Holistic and Beauty offer of the month.

  • Mindfulness Workshop - Babs Lehner-Freeman 

  • Alexander Technique course - Jane Baker

Read more

Top Tips

Healthy Posture Christmas!

Your Christmas turkey may look all “butter-wouldn’t-melt” as it sits in the supermarket freezer, but weighing in at around 25lb, it can become a back busting heavy weight when you’re bending over to get it out of a hot oven!

A happy back means a happy Christmas so use these tips to make sure the festivities run smoothly.

Read this month's  Top Tips about having a Healthy Posture Christmas! click here


Tis the season to be jolly and perhaps buy gifts for loved ones.

How about vouchers to help you avoid the socks rut!

We offer vouchers for Studio classes and the beginners barre workshop for those who want to give the gift of exercise therapy, as well as massages, foot care and beauty treatments for those wanting to offer your loved ones a more relaxing present!  

Vouchers can be purchased in person or by telephone via both Fleet and Farnham reception.  

We are attending many of the Christmas markets in the local area, so look out for the Durham House stand.  If you know of someone who might benefit from a free exam and diagnosis send them along to talk to our Chiropractors at one of the following Christmas festivities, or just pop along yourself and say hello:

Thursday 6th December - Hartley Wintney Christmas Market

Sunday 9th December - Farnham Christmas Market


Health benefits of ginger

A popular ingredient in many world dishes, ginger has an unmistakable aromatic and spicy flavour, adding heat and depth to many a recipe. Not only is it really tasty, but good for you too! 

It's historically healing! 

Ginger is part of the same plant family as cardamom, galangal and turmeric, where the 'rhizome' or root like stem of the plant is most commonly used. The therapeutic uses of ginger have been documented for thousands of years in traditional Indian and Chinese medicine, as well as widely adopted in the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean and Europe too.

Now modern day science backs up traditional and anecdotal claims about ginger, as well as revealing more interesting findings about its powerful healing properties. This amazing spice has been found to possess broad spectrum anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger also contains many types of powerful antioxidants.

Ginger is known for its characteristic 'heat'. This, along with its unique flavour, is down to the presence of volatile oils. These plant oils, the “gingerols” have analgesic, sedative, and antibacterial properties, as well as exerting positive effects on the gastrointestinal tract.

Long used in herbal medicine as a good “digestive”, it is both a practical and very effective antidote to indigestion, bloating, stomach pain and nausea. Modern science has found ginger root eases morning sickness in pregnancy, as well as post-surgery nausea. 

In addition, ginger is fast becoming noted for its ability to reduce joint inflammation, and the pain associated with arthritis. It does this by lowering levels of certain tissue hormones called prostaglandins that can induce pain and inflammation. 

How to use ginger

Ginger root freezes very well, so it’s easy to keep plenty in stock. Ginger root can be chopped, sliced thinly or grated. This is by far the best form to use for teas, salad dressings or stir-fries. In addition to the root, both ginger extract and ground ginger (ginger powder) have powerful therapeutic effects.

Ginger powder has a lot of “heat” and works well for curries, or added to soups. How you use ginger therapeutically depends on what you are using it for, so seek advice from an experienced health practitioner to benefit from its full effects.

So, all in all ginger is pretty good stuff! Have a go at incorporating it into your diet and see how much better you feel for it!

Click here to try our recipe of the month

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November 2018

Hip Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis or wear and tear of the hip is something many people fear.
There are many things that can cause wear and tear in the hip

  • Previous injury to the hip

  • Being born with a joint defect, such as a cartilage defect

  • Putting excessive strain on the hip, including repetitive activities

  • Being overweight

Symptoms of Hip Osteoarthritis
True pain from the hip joint is felt in the groin and can sometime refer pain down to the inside of the knee. Normally the hip will feel stiff, especially in the morning and can sometimes hurt when walking.
The diagnosis is normally made with the help of a medical history, physical diagnosis and a hip x-ray.
Read the article to find out more about prevention and treatment.

What's On

Our What's On guide gives information about visiting workshops, special events and offers.

This month includes information about:

  • Sue Masters Holistic and Beauty offer of the month.

  • Mindfulness Workshop - Babs Lehner-Freeman 

  • Restorative Yoga - Babs  Lehner-Freeman

  • Alexander Technique course - Jane Baker

  • Back bending workshop with Craig Norris hosted by Harbour Yoga

  • Kirtan and Yoga Nidra - Harbour Yoga

  • Winter Warriors - Yoga Flow and Yin Yoga with Natalie and Yvette

Read more

Top Tips

Looking After Your Hips

If you’re feeling discomfort, even something minor, your body is telling you a vital message: “something isn’t right”.

Hip pain can have any number of causes, from unseen fractures to inflammation, from long term medical conditions to minor, treatable inconveniences. The cause might not be obvious – even foot or gynecological issues can be to blame. Don’t wait for the discomfort to pass; the sooner you can identify what’s wrong, the more confidently and effectively you’ll be able to treat it.

Here are some of the best lifestyle choices that could reduce your risk of long term hip issues.

Read this month's Top Tips about looking after your hips click here


This month looks at the health benefits of apples. Check out our recipe to put these to good use.

Apples are nutritious:

A medium apple is equal to 1.5 cups of fruit and they're a good source of vitamin C and fibre. They also contain polyphenols, which can have numerous health benefits.

Apples may help with weight loss:
Apples are filling due to their high fibre content. The water within them will also help you feel fuller quicker. Other natural compounds within them may also help promote weight loss.

Apples may be good for your heart:
Apples promote heart health in several ways: they're high in soluble fibre, which helps lower cholesterol and they also have polyphenols, which are linked to lower blood pressure and stroke risk.

They're linked to a lower risk of diabetes:
Eating apples is linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. This is possibly due to their polyphenol antioxidant content.

Substances in apples may help prevent cancer:
Apples have several naturally occurring compounds that may help fight cancer.

Click here to try our recipe of the month - Tarte Tatin

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October 2018

Interview with Jane Swales

Jane tells us what influenced her to become a podiatrist.

In her interview, Jane says "the ethos of the clinic is exactly what I want for all my clients; that you consider each person individually and refer to other members of the clinic who have specialised expertise for their input when needed. The patient is always at the centre of everything we do to help them reach optimum health".

Click here to read the full interview

Top Tips

Your feet take the weight of your whole body, so foot problems can quickly lead to discomfort and affect the way you walk.

This can, in turn, cause knee, hip and back pain. Research from The College of Podiatry shows that nine in ten of us experience some sort of foot problem, with one in five admitting to suffering with foot pain often or constantly. What this research shows is that a huge amount of people, are willing to put up with sore, aching and painful feet.

Your feet shouldn't hurt on a daily basis. If you're experiencing discomfort, it could be because you aren't wearing the right footwear. However, you don't need to put up with pain so do seek professional advice.

Click here to learn more about how to look after your feet, which includes special advice for the over 60’s.

Recipe of the month

What can you do with the pumpkin flesh you carved out to make a lantern? Don't throw it away!

It makes a delicious soup and is full of nutrients and vitamins which provide various health benefits from weight loss, to better immunity, to helping with vision, to helping regulate blood pressure.

Click here to try this delicious pumpkin soup.

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September 2018

What influenced Gal to become a chiropractor ?

Galin tells us what influenced her to become a chiropractor, how the Farnham clinic started and how the Studio came about.

She also talks about how she found her way to become a chiropractor, what she enjoys most and what spurred her to continue with the Farnham clinic at such a difficult time.

Click here to read the full interview

Have you slacked off on your exercise routine?

Maintaining motivation is very important when developing a healthy lifestyle. Creating a solid routine is imperative to maintaining discipline and sparking motivation.

Think and plan small. It's small, consistent and steady changes to daily habits that, in turn, lead to a healthy lifestyle that gets results.

Click here to learn more about how to get back on track after the summer break.

Recipe of the month

We all know about the wonderful benefits of oily fish in our diet. But do you know about the health benefits of courgettes? Great for those wishing to lose weight, helps strengthen bones and teeth, helps maintain good vision, helps maintain a healthy heart and can help fight asthma.

Click here to try this Smoked Mackerel Carbonara with Courgette.

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August 2018

Top Tips

6 Myths & Misconceptions about Back Pain

To help you look after your back, neck and posture, we bust some of the common myths and misconceptions around back and neck pain.

Click here to read more


Meet Elliot Goodrich

Elliot is a registered chiropractor who graduated from the Anglo-European Chiropractic College in Bournemouth with a Masters of Chiropractic.

Elliot Goodrich expalins why he became a chiropractor after visiting a local chiropractor to help put him back together during his rugby playing career.

Click here to read the full interview


Recipe of the month

This month’s recipe of the month is a delicious and nutritious Chicken and green bean Caesar salad.

Prepared and cooked in 25 minutes, it sure to be a winner of a chicken dinner.

Try it for yourself.

Click here for the recipe

National Grief Awareness Day 30th August 2018

Today is National Grief Awareness Day and we would like to help spread the message that help and support is available should people need it.

Below are a list of ways you can help raise awareness or support someone who you feel is in need. 

1. Share on social - download this image and share as your facebook page header for 24 hours.

2. Click on the link for 115 websites with information about coping with loss  https://goo.gl/6PKY6s

3. Share this excellent Grief and loss quiz to help someone close to you understand if they are dealing with loss. https://goo.gl/2XyFTw

To learn more about Grief Awareness Day please visit www.change.org

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July 2018

10-year Anniversary

This September marks the 10-year anniversary of Durham House Farnham. And, with just 10 weeks to go we are beginning to get excited. So, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for various news, competitions, and features, from the last 10 years of Durham House, Farnham.


Meet Sarah Sewell

Sarah Sewell tells us more about working as a sports massage therapist. Sarah qualified in holistic massage in 1999 and decided to expand her training by studying and qualifying in BTEC level 5 Sport and Remedial Massage with the highly regarded North London School of Sports Massage.

Click here to read the full interview


Recipe of the month

This month’s recipe of the month promotes some of the amazing benefits of salmon, whilst also being tasty and versatile it is also one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids which has several health benefits such as decreasing inflammation, lowering blood pressure, reducing the risk of cancer and improving the function of the cells that line your arteries. Try it for yourself.

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June 2018

Recipe of the month

This months recipe is for Beetroot truffles. Give it a go at home and let us know what you think over on our Facebook page.

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May 2018

Annual Survey results announced 

We are pleased to announce our 2017 annual survey results. Over 300 patients took part this year as we surveyed our new brand, service delivery and treatment quality. Click here to see the full results summary

Click here to read the full report



Recipe of the month

Each month we provide our patients with a healthy recipe to try at home. This month our recipe includes rhubarb. We hope you try this rhubarb and apple chutney which can be enjoyed all year round.

Click here for the recipe. 



Discount code for Aruna Shields guided meditation.

Durham House Chiropractic have partnered with Aruna Shields to bring our followers a discount on her guided meditations.

Aruna Shields is a Bollywood star turned therapist, meditation teacher and mentor based in Venice Beach, LA.

When prompted use the discount code ‘Galin’ and get 20% off.

Be quick as a limited amount of discount codes are available.

To visit the website click here 

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April 2018

Interview with Paul Monks.

This month we speak to Paul, one of our yoga teachers. You can get to know him more and read the full interview by clicking the button at the bottom of this introduction.

Paul sought out Astanga yoga following some years practicing martial arts, as a keen club runner he has used yoga to counteract the shortening effect running has on the muscles and further drawn by the connection of body to breath as a way to maintain and increase health. Over time Paul has trained/ studied with various teachers in order not to become dogmatic.

Click here to read the full interview


Recipe of the month. Lovely Lamb shank.

Last month we learnt about the benefits of eating leeks. Here we team leeks with rosemary and thyme in a delicious, yet simple dish.

The lamb shanks are slow-cooked and can be served with the sauce juices poured over mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, risotto or even soft polenta, alongside your favourite vegetables.

Rosemary is a good source of iron, calcium and vitamin B6. Iron boosts haemoglobin formation, improves muscle function and increases brain function amongst many other benefits. Our bodies need calcium to build and help maintain strong bones. It is also needed by our heart, muscles and nerves to function properly.

Thyme is packed with vitamin C and a good source of vitamin A.

Click here for the recipe

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March 2018

Interview with Jon Walsh,

Jon graduated from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine with a BSc (Hons) degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. During his clinical training, Jon was very fortunate to be mentored by some of the UK’s most experienced and respected acupuncturists.

Since his late teens, Jon has been inspired by a deep interest in healing. Via a path through many disciplines, Jon found a love for acupuncture and has found that treatment, combined with lifestyle advice, can be an extremely effective method of promoting healing and well being. 

Jon is a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC). This guarantees the highest standards of training and professionalism. All members adhere to a strict code of conduct and are professionally insured.

Click here to read the full interview


Helpful tips for when your out of the slopes

Still plenty of time to get out to the slopes and enjoy some skiing or snow boarding. Read our Top Tips this month to help keep you prepared and safe on the slopes.

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February 2018

Interview with Sam Hendy

Sam graduated from Winchester University in 2011 with a degree in sports studies. She then went on to study sports massage and qualified in 2012. 

Sam has been part of the team here at Durham House since 2006. She started off as a receptionist covering weekends and holidays, which is where she developed her passion for sports massage. 

Sam believes that sports massage not only helps to cure, prevent and maintain sports injuries, but it also improves people’s quality of life in so many ways.

Sam is also qualified in ultrasound therapy which helps to speed up the healing process as well as kinesio taping which helps to support muscles in movement, reduce lymphatic fluid congestion and decrease pain.

Click here to read the full interview


Recipe of the month

We are still in the winter months, with the hope of Spring around the corner. This month's recipe will provide you with many important and vital vitamins to look after your body whilst still being a tasty dinner.

Both chickpeas and butternut squash provide us with fibre and both contribute to building and maintaining bone structure and strength, amongst other health benefits. Butternut squash composes of many vital antioxidants and has high levels of vitamin A, a natural antioxidant. Vitamin A is also an essential vitamin for healthy eyesight.

Click here for the recipe

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January 2018

Interview with Emma Reade

Each month we give you the opportunity to get to know members of our team. This month we speak to Emma our Barre Pilates instructor. Emma Reade is an experienced Barre Pilates instructor. She trained professionally as a dancer studying all areas of dance and musical theatre which then led her to a career in performing and teaching dance

Click here to read the full interview


Help us to help you.

Our Members Survey begins January 2018 until March 2018

This month we will be launching our patient and member survey. This survey provides us with invaluable feedback which we can use to improve our service. The survey will be sent via email to all patients and we will also provide copies you can collect and fill out at both the Fleet and Farnham clinics.  Should you have any questions please ask at either reception.


Top tips for "Ice walking"

With the temperatures hitting some icy lows, perfect your ‘ice walk’ this winter with top tips from Durham House. Snowy and icy roads and pavements mean potentially hazardous conditions underfoot and a rise in injuries caused by slips and falls. It is quite natural, therefore, for us to be wary when walking outdoors and adopting our ‘ice walk’; the problem is that an unnatural walking posture could cause as many problems as the icy conditions themselves.

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