Past Editorials

Some of the great press that Cowes Chiropractic Clinic receives

ISLAND LIFE – Jan/Feb 2017
Why Massage?

We’ve all heard the stories about the A list who refuse to travel without their personal masseuse but why exactly? Massage can be for relaxation, making you feel soothed and pampered, which typically focuses on the whole body, or it can be a form of treatment that encourages better overall health, focussing on improving circulation, easing muscle spasms, reducing pain and aiding recovery from injury.

Anna Benwell, proprietor of the Treatment Room which is based at Cowes Chiropractic Clinic has a passion for massage. She has been part of the team for over 3 years and offers Swedish, remedial, Indian head and deep tissue massage.  No two treatments are ever the same and she prides herself on always treating each patient as an individual, listening to their feedback, tailoring her pressure and technique accordingly and keeping their particular needs in mind.

Prior to the first treatment patients are asked to complete a health questionnaire and, if appropriate, an analysis of posture and range of movement is undertaken. Advice may be given on diet and hydration levels, along with simple exercises to do at home.

by Anna Benwell – Massage Therapist

ISLAND LIFE – Aug/Sep 2016
What is Whiplash? whiplash

According to the Association of British Insurers, 1500 whiplash injury claims are made in the UK every single day at a cost of £2 billion a year. Whiplash injuries commonly occur in motor vehicle accidents, but can also occur from a number of accidents such as falling, running and a variety of activities where the neck is accelerated

Mild whiplash injuries usually settle after a few days or weeks, but those that don’t may last for years or even a lifetime. In some cases symptoms may take up to two weeks to manifest. I feel it’s always best to get seen after any whiplash injury to ensure proper care as the initial treatment can have a lasting effect on how well the person recovers.

The injuries sustained from a whiplash can be multi-faceted and involve more than just the neck. In fact it can involve all three regions of the spine, along with injuries to surrounding tissue. Even injury to the jaw has been implicated in a myriad of whiplash symptoms. The connective tissue such as muscles, tendons and ligaments are vulnerable to tears and in many cases trauma to neural tissue is seen. This can lead to a collection of symptoms, abbreviated as WAD.

This term, whiplash-associated disorders (WAD), describes the complex condition with varied disturbances in motor, sensorimotor, and sensory functions and psychological distress. When treating these there is no generic formula but instead each case needs to be tailored according to the type of injuries sustained. I will describe the treatment of the injuries sustained to tissue and its repair without going into the associated disorders separately, due to its complexity. But having said that, I have found that most of these symptoms resolve with chiropractic treatment.

The chiropractor would typically take a detailed history before performing an examination to determine the extent of the injury. This would entail orthopaedic testing and usually a neurological examination. If the chiropractic suspects a more serious trauma he may request x-ray or MRI. From these specific tests and the history, he would come up with a working diagnosis of the injury. If the chiropractor comes to suspect a more serious injury that falls out of his/her scope of care, the patient would then be referred out to the appropriate specialist.

Ian Nothling – Chiropractor

ISLAND LIFE – Jun/Jul 2016

When people think about what a chiropractor may be able to help with they generally think of conditions such as low back pain, sciatica, whiplash and frozen shoulder; generally musculoskeletal ailments which are proven to respond well to chiropractic care. What most people do not realise is the profound effect that chiropractic adjustments can have on the nervous system and therefore pretty much everything that happens in the whole of the human body.

This was made particularly clear to me recently when I spoke about the way the dizziness and vertigo responds well to McTimoney chiropractic treatment, because of the gentle and specific nature of the neck adjustments and the corresponding potential to improve nerve supply to the inner ear, part of our balance mechanism. The talk led to two, very different, new patients presenting at the clinic with dizziness and vertigo.  One male, one female.  One in their 20’s, one in their 70’s.  Both with misaligned necks, one as the result of an accident, one as the result of a bad habit (wedging the telephone between your ear and your shoulder so you can hold a pen – a very bad habit indeed!)   They were treated by different McTimoney chiropractors at Cowes Chiropractic Clinic and are both now markedly better.  As would be expected the younger patient healed slightly more quickly than the older one but both report being able to do things that they had previously been struggling with.   Interestingly both report increased energy levels as they are no longer finding balance difficult.

ISLAND LIFE – Jan 2016

It was a busy and exciting start to 2016 at Cowes Chiropractic Clinic, with lots to celebrate. In January the clinic was awarded the prestigious Royal College of Chiropractors Patient Practice Quality Mark for a second term, valid until the end of 2018. The award recognises the high standard of care and patient satisfaction that Cowes Chiropractic Clinic offers.

Also in January the clinic was joined by Maria Nicholson, a recently qualified McTimoney Chiropractic College graduate with a previous career in caring for the elderly. Maria brings hugely valuable experience to the team. In line with the clinic’s tradition of mentoring, she will be working closely with Clinic Director Rebecca Taylor during her first year in practice.

The team has also been strengthened by the addition of Dr Ian Nothling. Ian has over 18 years experience as a diversified chiropractor, having trained at Life College in the USA. He works in a holistic manner, using Sacro- Occipital Technique, Activator and prescriptive exercises.

Esme Connelly and Philippa Wilmot continue to further their paediatric training to help the Island’s babies and children thrive and survive. A growing number of babies are receiving chiropractic care at Cowes Chiropractic Clinic with Esme and Philippa. Chiropractic treatment can also be given during the mother’s pregnancy, after the first 12 weeks; helping with the changes the body will undergo in preparation to give birth. Recent courses include Toddlers to Teens and Spinning Babies, and there are more to come. The clinic will be taking part in the Bump and Beyond event at the Riverside Centre on 9th July for parents who would like to come and find out more about chiropractic care for their little ones.


If you have any questions about whether or not chiropractic care is suitable for you, the clinic offers a free

15-minute ‘spine check’ assessment to discuss your needs. Just call 01983 282810 to arrange an appointment.


– MARCH 2013

Choices! Choices! Choices!
Award winning Cowes Chiropractic Clinic has been established for over 10 years and is well known for providing high quality McTimoney chiropractic care.

Chiropractic, as a profession, has undergone significant changes in that time – a statutory regulatory body, The General Chiropractic Council, has been created by a Act of Parliament to ensure that anybody calling themselves a chiropractor is qualified and registered. The College of Chiropractors has achieved a Royal Charter. The profession as a whole has become more unified and open to sharing ideas and techniques.

Reflecting these changes, graduates of the McTimoney College are now also trained in the more traditional Diversified chiropractic technique. This uses more vigorous adjustments and has not recently been widely available on the Isle of Wight. Phil Milner, who has been in practice at Cowes Chiropractic Clinic since 2010 and has undertaken further training in the Diversified technique, is fully insured and ready and waiting for those patients who prefer their adjustments with more of a ‘crack’ than a ‘flick’!

To discuss which technique is most appropriate for your needs, more information, or free initial 15 minute consultation, please call Cowes Chiropractic Clinic on 01983 282810.


New Year’s Resolutions – how to increase your chances of keeping them!
January is traditionally a time for wanting to make changes – losing weight, stopping smoking, doing more exercise – all very worthwhile goals. So why do we find ourselves making the same resolutions year after year?

Although human beings have free will – we can choose how we spend our time, what we eat, who we associate with etc – there is a part of us that remains a little more primitive. In the animal kingdom the familiar keeps you safe – “I didn’t get eaten today so if I repeat what I did yesterday today I’ll survive….” In humans this instinct manifests as habits so although we know what we are doing is bad for us we find it very frightening to try and change it.

At Cowes Chiropractic Clinic there are a number of different therapies available to help you work through this pattern and achieve your New Year goals. The chiropractors can make sure you are as physically fit and well as possible to work on improving your fitness. The massage therapists can ease your aching muscles if you’ve overdone it! The acupuncturist will balance your Qi (energy) and the homeopath can strengthen your constitution. Counselling, NLP and hypnosis are all available to help you get your head around the changes you want to make.

So, please don’t struggle alone, allow the team at Cowes Chiropractic Clinic to help you achieve your goals for 2013 and call 01983 282810 to book a free 15 minute consultation.


Peak Performance
Inspired by the Olympics? Wondering how the athletes achieve those amazing physical feats? It may, in some small part be down to the wonders of chiropractic…..

High performance racing cars are finely tuned machines with a stable of specialist mechanics to keep them going. Olympic athletes are the same, and one of their mechanics is quite likely to be a chiropractor. Chiropractors make sure that the skeleton is in the correct alignment, allowing the nervous system to function effectively. This means that every cell in every organ is getting the right instruction (nerve impulses), allowing the body to function to maximum effectiveness. Joints, muscles and ligaments can then work to their absolute best and sporting performance improves.

So, if the Olympics have inspired you to start taking your fitness more seriously and maybe work towards some goals – give your body an MOT, a chiropractic treatment, and watch as your performance improves! Free spine checks to assess what help could be given are always available at Cowes Chiropractic Clinic – telephone 01983 282810.


As any parent will know, one of the inevitable happenings during the school summer holidays is the sorting out of school uniform and kit…. What has that got to do with chiropractic I hear you ask? Well, quite a lot would be my reply! There are two areas that I would like to address – bags and shoes.

Children seem to be required to carry more and more to and from school. The combined weight of text books, PE kit, musical instrument, packed lunch, laptop etc can be considerable and a strain on a young and changing body. The best type of bag for anybody to use is a good quality back pack/rucksack type, with wide straps and always worn over both shoulders. This spreads the loading on the spine in the best possible way and prevents twists and strains occurring.

School shoes are equally important. The fashion for very flat ballet style pumps is not healthy for young feet – they give no arch support and the toes have to ‘claw’ to hold the shoe on. A more substantial dolly style with a single strap is a much better alternative. Boys should avoid wearing the very flat canvas pumps or trainers with the laces undone for the same reason. Unsupportive footwear can lead to foot and knee problems later in life.

Children do not generally invent backache or pain so if your child is complaining please bring them in for a free assessment – it can save years of problems in later life!


Not just for backs! Cowes Chiropractic Clinic treats all bits of all bodies.


Cowes Chiropractic Clinic is known for offering high quality McTimoney chiropractic care, with four chiropractors available to help get and keep you well, however recently a new treatment has been added to those available.

NLP – neuro-linguistic programming – neuro meaning from the brain, linguistic meaning communication with self and others and programming meaning behaviours and habits. Simply put, it is a way of changing your mind to help you feel and behave better! Michael Holley of Clear Lantern NLP Coaching and Personal Development is a Master Coach and uses NLP to help clients with a variety of conditions, including stopping smoking, stress management, weight control and general self esteem issues. He works with the client to identify the changes necessary, set the goals and supports them though the change process.

As with all the practitioners at Cowes Chiropractic Clinic Michael is happy to offer a free 15 minute consultation to establish whether NLP would be beneficial in the individual’s particular case.

Please call 01983 282810 for further information – reception is open 8:30 to 5:30 Mon – Fri – appointments available at other times.

Isle of Wight Country Press – November 2011

Business Cowes Chiropractic Clinic
Established 2002
No in team 12
Website www.coweschiropracticclinic.co.uk
Contact details 83 Mill Hill Road, Cowes, IW PO31 7EQ
Telephone 01983 28281

Cowes Chiropractic Clinic – ‘Helping Your Body to Heal Itself….’

Rebecca Taylor opened Cowes Chiropractic Clinic in 2002. The clinic aims to be a place where people come to have a problem solved, experience healing and become inspired to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing. The practitioners work as a team to support the patients’ recovery and help them to discover their body’s amazing ability to heal itself.

The team is made up of three McTimoney chiropractors – Rebecca Taylor, Esme Connelly (loves treating pregnant women, babies and children) and Phil Milner (who also uses Diversified Technique where appropriate and likes treating sports injuries). Beth Caws (a trainee McTimoney chiropractor) provides remedial massage, reflexology and Indian Head massage, alongside Emma Lloyd who practises massage and skin care, supported by Environ products. Martin Harley is available Monday to Thursday for Five Element Acupuncture, Catherine Flury for homeopathy and Richard Evans for clinical hypnotherapy. Recent additions to the team are Hilary Symanns who offers Body Control Pilates and Kathy Godolphin a counsellor specialising in treating addiction. The team is expertly organised by Karen Cheverton, Practice Manager and reception is open Monday to Friday 8.30 – 5.30. Evening and Saturday morning appointments are also available.

For patients who are not sure what treatment is appropriate for their needs free telephone or in clinic 15 minute appointments are recommended.

COWES BEACON – July 2011

Change for Life Counselling and Addiction Therapy is based at Cowes Chiropractic Clinic. Kathy treats all addictions; Alcohol, Drugs, Prescription medication, Gambling, Food (including binge eating, bulimia and anorexia) etc.

A range of treatment and interventions are carefully chosen at the consultation stage between the person seeking help and the therapist, this gives individuals the chance to explore and understand their addiction. Kathy believes strongly that with the right help and motivation anyone can change their patterns and habits and experience a new life full of endless opportunities. Change sometimes seems so elusive when you are stuck in a destructive pattern or lifestyle but that’s where Change For Life can help, offering everyone that wants help, the support, skills and insight to achieve this.

Kathy has worked in the addiction field for 8 years now and is a qualified and insured addiction therapist and counsellor, so whether you have an addiction problem or just need the space to explore different aspects of your life then she can help.

Telephone Cowes Chiropractic Clinic – 01983 282810


Faking It?!

Parents often say that they were not sure if their child really had a problem or was just looking for attention. In 15 years of chiropractic paediatric practice I have never come across a child that had invented their pain. Kids have more interesting ways of using their time!

It is not normal for children to suffer from headaches and if the common causes (dehydration, fatigue, eyestrain) have been eliminated then it may well be that their neck is out of alignment. Muscle spasm in the neck can also make it difficult for a child to concentrate and if the cause was birth trauma they may not even know they’ve got spasm and discomfort – it’s been there all their life………

“Growing pains” or leg cramps are often a sign that the pelvis is our to alignment – adult patients with long term lower back problems will often tell me they suffered as a child.

So, please listen to, and observe, your children and if they are uncomfortable – get a McTimoney chiropractor to check them over.

Rebecca Taylor DC McTimoney Chiropractor, GCC Reg 00916, BUPA Registered


Beth Caws qualified as a remedial massage therapist three and a half years ago and has been working at Cowes Chiropractic Clinic since November 2008. As well as massage, other treatments available include reflexology and Indian head massage. These treatments can be of benefit to both chronic conditions and recent injuries, as well as an aid to relaxation. Longer evenings and warmer weather encourage more sporting activity, so why not consider adding massage to your training programme?

Appointments are now available evenings and Saturdays.

To make an appointment with Beth, please call Cowes Chiropractic Clinic on 01983 282810.


Here at Cowes Chiropractic Clinic Esme Connelly & Rebecca Taylor see many VERY new patients – only a few days or weeks old.

Everyone’s route into the world is deemed to be the same but not every birth is without it’s complications – long labours, the cord around the baby’s neck, caesarean delivery, breech positioning etc. This can cause the baby’s skeleton to misalign which affects the way nerves function and can also cause discomfort. These factors can have a bearing on the baby’s future development and affect their feeding and sleeping. Babies generally respond well to receiving chiropractic treatment and often enjoy it!

Many symptoms an older child may display; lack of concentration, disruptive behaviour and poor co-ordination, can be attributed to their complicated birth or a recent trauma. In addition to Rebecca and Esme, Phil Milner also offers chiropractic treatment to children to help maintain their sporting fitness to compete at the highest level.

FREE 15 minute chiropractic assessments available

01983 282810 – www.coweschirpracticclinic.co.uk


You wouldn’t think that chiropractic is a seasonal profession but after 17 years I can safely say that it very definitely is!

The Autumn term is always our busiest time of year – whether because of the change in temperatures, less sunlight, more jobs to do in the garden, the busiest school term and the looming deadline that is Christmas, all the therapists at Cowes Chiropractic Clinic are ready and prepared to cope with the rush! Children respond particularly well to McTimoney chiropractic (good for sporting bump and bruises!) and Homeopathy (down with colds & flu!), in fact, treating babies is a clinic speciality. Whether it is simple low back pain or more subtle problems with mood or energy levels please feel free to call in and find out what might be a suitable treatment to help.

Alternatively gift vouchers are available for all the therapists should you wish to gently aid a friend or relative with their recovery. Reception is open from Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 5:30pm and some treatments are also available on Saturdays. For more information please call 01983 282810 or view our website coweschiropracticclinic.co.uk.

IW COUNTY PRESS – Cowes Week 2010

Cowes Chiropractic Clinic is uniquely placed to help all sorts of sailors get the most out of their time on the water. Not only does it have a seven year history of looking after both local and international sailors but the practitioners themselves all have their own water sports and sailing experience! Therapies on offer include

  • Massage – ease those aching muscles at the end of the racing day
  • McTimoney Chiropractic – bring your skeleton and nervous system back into balance – help your whole body work properly
  • Homeopathy – get the perfect remedy to help your ‘boat bites’ and bruises heal
  • Acupuncture – maintain your energy levels and concentration
  • Hypnotherapy – realise your racing and performance goals
  • Nutrition – find out what fuel your body needs

The practitioners at Cowes Chiropractic Clinic are happy to answer any questions and the clinic will be open in the evenings during Cowes Week. Rebecca Taylor, Clinic Director, is currently hoping to repeat last year’s Cowes Week win!

For further information please call 01983 282810 or visit the website coweschiropracticclinic.co.uk

COWES BEACON – July 2010

Improving your skin – from the outside and in!

Feeling well and being healthy can contribute to a glowing complexion and air of well being. Two therapists have joined the team at Cowes Chiropractic Clinic to help you do just that…..

On the inside –
Jan Thwaites, a Nutritional Therapist with a BSc in Nutritional Medicine can help with all kinds of skin related issues as well as general health problems. She can, if necessary, arrange comprehensive testing and always offers nutritional support and guidance through the patients’ healing process.

On the outside –
Emma Lloyd is offering skincare and facials using the Environ range of products. These products contain a high doses of Vitamins A,C & E which strengthen and support the skin’s renewal process. She also offers therapeutic massage and advice on how to deal with sun damaged skin.

For an appointment please call Cowes Chiropractic Clinic on 282810

COWES BEACON – June 2010

Cowes Chiropractic Clinic
Saturday appointments – AT LAST!!/

And not just one therapist – two! Phil Milner DC offers McTimoney chiropractic and is available Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with some evening appointments available. His areas of interest include working with sports people, particularly riders and golfers.

As always, if you are not sure whether chiropractic can help you please book in for a FREE spine check. We’ll always tell you if we don’t think we can help!!

Also joining the team and working weekdays and Saturdays is Emma Lloyd. Emma specialises in massage and skincare and has over 15 year experience. She will be working with the Environ range of skincare products which is particularly effective at preventing and dealing with sun damage.

To make an appointment with any of our therapists please call 282810 between 09:00 and 5:30pm.

IW GAZZETTE – March 2010

Cowes Chiropractic Clinic offers not only four McTimoney chiropractors, with evening and weekend appointments available, but a wide range of treatments to support recovery and wellbeing. Acute muscle pain and stiffness responds well to the combination of McTimoney and massage. Inflammatory symptoms can be eased by acupuncture and homeopathy in conjunction with McTimoney chiropractic. Hypnotherapy can offer a gentle way of dealing with anxiety and phobias to give you the confidence to make lifestyle changes. For those patients looking for help with their weight loss and exercise regimes hypnotherapy with nutritional advice and support can be a very powerful combination.

All the practitioners at Cowes Chiropractic Clinic are used to working as a team so for advice on the best treatments to help you – just call 01983 282810 for a free 15 consultation.

COWES BEACON – February 2010

Traditionally January is a time of New Year resolutions – get fit, give up smoking, lose weight… What a lot of people don’t realise is that their chiropractor may be just the person to help. To explain, McTimoney chiropractors treat the whole body, and are uniquely placed to advise and support your own efforts. With chiropractic, massage, acupuncture and hypnotherapy treatments at Cowes Chiropractic Clinic it’s a lot easier to exercise, maintain energy levels and motivation to achieve your health related resolutions.

IW COUNTY PRESS – January 2010

Keep those New Year’s resolutions going…..

How many people have resolved to be fitter or thinner this year and are struggling to find the willpower to keep those resolutions going?  What a lot of people don’t realise is that their McTimoney chiropractor and, in particular, Cowes Chiropractic Clinic may be uniquely placed to help them.  Most people first go and see a chiropractor because they are in pain and have a problem to be solved.  Some people then realise that, once the pain has gone, not only are they no longer in pain but they feel better than they did before they had the problem.  McTimoney chiropractic treatment allows the patient’s nervous system to function to the best of it’s ability which means that the patient is as healthy as they can possibly be.  Once the patient starts to feel better they then have an additional incentive to make the changes to their lifestyle which will allow their overall health to improve.

If your nervous system is working as well as it possibly can it stands to reason that it will become easier to exercise!  In addition, your McTimoney chiropractor will be able to advise you on the most appropriate form of exercise for you, that is to say the one where you are the least likely to injure yourself and therefore most likely to stick with in the long term…

At Cowes Chiropractic Clinic the three McTimoney chiropractors work in conjunction with a massage therapist (particularly popular with sports people and those who carry a lot of work related stress), two homeopaths and an acupuncturist.  They have recently been joined by a clinical hypnotherapist (very good for reinforcing willpower) and a nutritionist.  As the clinic team regularly meet to consider which treatments best suit which conditions Cowes Chiropractic Clinic is able to provide the individual patient with the combination of treatments best suited to their particular needs.

If any of this has got you thinking please feel free to telephone 01983 282810 or call in with any questions – free 15 minute introductory appointments are available.  We’ll do our best to help you heal itself!

NOVA LIFESTYLE – October 2009

Not for nothing can the birth process be described as ‘the most dangerous journey you will ever make’. The passage down the birth canal and out into the world places huge strains on both the baby and the mother. Delivery by Caesarean section makes different but equally rigorous demands – few people realise that forceps are often used to bring the baby out of the womb. If the birth has been difficult there may be misalignments of then baby’s neck, spine and pelvis. If the bones are misaligned they can cause pressure on the nerve roots which in turn can cause pain and muscle spasm.

Newborn babies are programmed to eat, sleep, and poo and the only way that they can communicate that they have a problem is if they have difficulties with any of the above. Plus of course screaming and yelling! Babies that will not be put down often need the warmth of the person holding them to relieve their muscle spasm. Breastfeed babies that can feed well on one side but not on the other may have a twist in their neck which makes it uncomfortable for them to feed in that position. Acute neck misalignments may compromise nerve supply to the soft palate, meaning that the baby can’t suck effectively.

McTimoney chiropractic is such a gentle technique that babies generally love receiving treatment – parents often comment on how relaxed their child becomes. The youngest patient at Cowes Chiropractic Clinic (so far!) was 3 days old and our oldest is 94 years old – yes, the technique is suitable for every age in between! One of the 3 chiropractors is always available to answer questions on the telephone – 01983 282810 – the clinic is open between 8:30 and 5:30, Monday to Friday.