I am so excited to announce my first UK Hello Wellness retreat! I have chosen the luxury five-star Vineyard Hotel and Spa, Newbury to host my Hello Wellness...Read More »
Wellness for absolutely everybody!
For people everywhere who have their whole life ahead of them!
Melina is delighted to invite you to join her for her inaugural UK Hello Wellness program.
As well as being Founder and Director of The Harrison Clinic in Berkshire, osteopath Melina...Read More »
Parents! I’m talking to you.
Is this the time you are saying ‘my life as I know it is on hold’? ‘My regular routine is not happening until September 7th, then I’ll need another week to recover’ etc?
Hot tips for you
So the school holidays may prevent you going to...Read More »
Myofascial Release (MFR) is a comparatively new soft tissue treatment modality which is becoming more popular.
Fascia is the all-pervasive network of connective tissue which connects each component of the body so giving it it’s structure. It surrounds and intertwines the muscles, organs, nerves, bones, blood and lymph vessels....Read More »
Clinic director Melina Harrison is a firm believer in caring for your body. She say’s ‘Your body is your housing, the structure you get to live in. It’s the machine...Read More »
Travelling, especially long haul can put a...Read More »
We’re incredibly excited to introduce a new osteopath to our team. Welcome, Juliet! Juliet brings with her a wealth of professional expertise.
In her career, Juliet has worked in NHS and private clinics and her areas of specialism include cranial osteopathy, paediatrics, women’s health, chronic health conditions and recovery...Read More »
Know a Dad who spends too much time watching football, or playing games on the computer? Has life caught up with him to give him aches and pains? Do you wish he could move more freely when attempting “Dad dancing?” If any of these are true, then...Read More »
The Harrison Clinic is delighted to announce that Callum Watson M.Ost is joining the team at The Harrison Clinic. Callum trained at The British School of Osteopathy, London. He has gained a wealth of experience in specialist clinics and looks forward to bringing his skills to the Harrison Clinic.
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Part 2 Shortened Hip Flexors
In the last episode I left you on the bombshell that the forward tilted pelvis can have other implications other than just a feeling of tight hamstrings. So I thought I’d put down a few words of explanation.
There’s quite a bit of science in this...Read More »
Cyclists and their tight hamstrings
I treated a lovely gentleman at the clinic the other day. Phil is his name and apparently he’s well in with the Clinic owner, so I was on my best behaviour. It also turns out that he is big in the cycling events industry. During...Read More »
Friday 23rd 8.00am-7.00pm
Christmas Eve – Closed
Christmas Day – Closed
Boxing Day – Closed
Tuesday 27th – Closed
Wednesday 28th – 10.00am – 8.00pm (reception is open from 8.45am)
Thursday 29th – 9.00am – 7.00pm
Friday 30th – 8.00am – 7.00pm
Saturday 31st – Closed
Sunday 1st – Closed
Monday 2nd – Closed
Tuesday 3rd open at 8.00am and...Read More »
What has Kinesio Tape ever done for me?
“K” tape has been around since the 1970s when Dr Kenzo Kase began experimenting with elasticated tape to reduce pain felt by his patients. Since then the tape has made a colourful appearance in elite sport and there is barely any skin...Read More »
At this time of year many of us are thinking about the year ahead. This brings with it things we’d like to do differently moving forward and the idea of new year resolutions. Improved health and wellbeing is the most popular ‘resolution’ by a mile. Breaking this down further,...Read More »
Thank you so much to all our fabulous patients at The Harrison Clinic. You make our work an absolute pleasure! Thank you so much for your continued support, we truly appreciate it.
Enjoy the festivities over the holiday season and we wish you an amazing 2016 ahead.
Melina Harrison and...Read More »
Practitioner: Tom Morgan
Title of course/Subject: UK Lower Limb Specialists Conference
Organiser: Health Education Seminars
Lecturers/Key note speakers: Fraser McKinney; Paul Harradine; Nick Grantham; James Moore; Claire Minshull; Lee Herrington
There is a muscle in your calf that gives you around 30% of your forward propulsion when walking and running. ...Read More »
Practitioner: Vicky Mynott
Title of course/Subject: UK Lower Limb Specialists
Date: September 18th 2015
Venue: The Ageas Bowl, Southamptom
Organiser: Health Education Seminars
Lecturers/Key note speakers: The Reality of Lower Limb Rehabilitation and Reconditioning by Mr Nick Grantham MSc, CSCS, ASCC Performance Enhancement Specialist
Nick gave a great lecture on trying to prevent lower...Read More »
Practitioner: Vicky Mynott
Title of course/Subject: UK Lower Limb Specialists
Date: 18th September 2015
Venue: The Ageas Bowl, Southampton.
Organiser: Health Education Seminars
Lecturers/Key note speakers: The Essential Components of Dynamic Joint Stability: Rehabilitation of the emergency response by Dr Claire Minshull PhD, Advanced Rehabilitation Research Fellow: University of Edinburgh; Queen Margaret...Read More »
Practitioner: Physiotherapist Vicky Mynott
Title of course/Subject: UK Lower Limb Specialists 2015
Date: 18th September 2015
Venue: The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Organiser: Health Education Seminars
Lecturers/Key note speakers: Functional Hip Mechanics in gait, running and rehabilitiation by Mr James Moore M Phty (Manips), Bsc (Hons) MSCP, CSCS
James gave us a detailed lecture on...Read More »
In a slump…
A friend and I were recently discussing the ‘midlife crisis’ and what’s actually happening in that moment when middle aged men go and buy that very expensive sports car. (Obviously it’s not just men, it’s just a convenient analogy). People often say it’s about recapturing youth, but...Read More »
Watching the Tour de France, there are horror injuries that seem to be happening every day. Tonight the Yellow Jersey (leader) Tony Martin fell and broke his collar bone. His team put him back on his bike and he rode the last 2 kilometres to the line, where he...Read More »
While sitting in the sauna a week ago I found myself unashamedly eavesdropping on a conversation going on between the only 2 other chaps in the room. The two were talking about experiences they had had being treated by various manual therapists. Chap 1 (as he shall be known)...Read More »
Whilst running and cycling are my chosen methods of getting a sweat on at the weekend, I have always been pretty broad minded in my enthusiasm for all sports. As such, I was very excited recently when a member of Reading Football Club’s physiotherapy team got in touch to...Read More »
I should take my own advice. I should stretch out my tired muscles, I should eat less sugar and I should get more sleep. But how? This is sometimes easier said than done. The daily routine of our lives takes up enough time without adding extra things to do....Read More »
Can singing help me manage chronic pain?
Its probably not the first thing that crosses your mind when life has become a daily struggle from the myriad of unpleasant chronic pain conditions that can strike at anytime. Arthritis, sciatica, lower back pain to name but a few.
Management of chronic pain...Read More »
Once again the news has stories of the growing obesity problem in the UK and other countries – England is currently running at an obesity rate of around 24% for our adult population. In many instances bariatric surgery is providing a successful result for the super obese both in...Read More »
Over the Christmas festivities I was chatting to friends over a glass of mulled wine. We were talking about cycling; how each of us were getting on with our new bikes and how many times we had fallen off while trying to get used to the cleats (if you...Read More »
Shrek: For your information, there’s a lot more to ogres than people think.
Shrek: Example ….. Uh…. Ogres are like onions!
Who’d have known, that much like Shrek, us normal folk are also very much like onions. No we don’t stink, we all have layers, lots and lots of layers! ...Read More »
Our fabulous Nicola was one of four physiotherapist supporting the competitors at this years Invictus Games. Nicola holds the rank of Major in the Royal Army Medical Services. She has completed two operational tours in Iraq (2007) and Afghanistan (2009). She is also the head physiotherapist for the Army...Read More »
I’ve just spent the weekend at an Osteopathy workshop on the biodynamics of injury. It’s a follow-on workshop from some other work I’ve been doing in this field. It might not mean anything to you but Biodynamic is becoming an increasingly trendy word and I’ve been coming across it...Read More »
As I sit here writing this article, my nose is both congested and running at the same time, my head aches and my body cries out for more sleep. Although I am absolutely certain that I am on the brink of death and that no amount of modern medicine...Read More »
Team Harrison complete the Olympic Distance Triathlon Relay on Sunday 14th September at Dorney Lake. It was an amazing day for everyone at the clinic, stunning performances and brilliant times achieved by all. We can’t wait for the next one!
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If you have been in the clinic recently you will have seen the blackboard. Each week there is a message up there to inspire those of us who were crazy enough to sign up to the Harrison Clinic team triathlon. In a few days we will be swimming, cycling...Read More »
It was meant to be a sunny weekend in August – that was the plan anyway – when I entered my first sprint triathlon in 16 years. But early Sunday morning the aftermath of hurricane Bertha was upon us. I was stood in my wetsuit waiting for the pre-race...Read More »
Everyone knows what pain is. We have all experienced it at some point to a greater or lesser degree. Many of us experience pain on a daily basis, some of us are lucky enough to be pain free most of the time. However lucky, tough, careful you are though at...Read More »
I attended the very first European class for level 3 in Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT).
NKT is a treatment modality that I have been using for some time now to help patients leave my treatment room in less pain and moving better.
In its simplest form NKT is a method of manually...Read More »
As an Osteopath, I am often asked the question “do you guys crack peoples’ backs”?
Well, the honest answer to that is that some osteopaths (but not all), as a small part of the overall treatment use a technique called manipulation in which a quick movement is put through a...Read More »
Sunday opening is here at The Harrison Clinic.
We will be offering appointments between 10.00am to 2.00pm.
Our popular evening and Saturday morning slots are bursting so we’ve opened Sundays for your convenience.
If you are working all week, or a busy parent with out child care all week then hopefully this...Read More »
I have had a number of patients come and see me recently with the same complaint of tennis elbow. What struck me was they had all heard of acupuncture, or had acupuncture treatment for something else but hadn’t thought acupuncture could help with pain in the elbow. There are...Read More »
The Harrison Clinic is delighted to announce that Aaron Shewring is joining the team. Owner of the clinic Melina says, “ I was impressed with Aaron as soon as I heard of him and wanted him on my team. His skill level and meticulous approach will fit in perfectly...Read More »
We are opening on Sundays from 29th June! Our clinic will be offering appointments every Sunday from 10.00am-2.00pm. Evening and Saturday appointments are always in demand, so for your convenience you can now see us on Sundays. Bookings now open. We hope this helps our super busy patients!
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Cracking knuckles causes arthritis
Although a good way to annoy people and lose friends, several studies have shown no evidence that knuckle cracking causes arthritis. Anecdotally, Dr. Donald Unger spent over sixty years cracking the knuckles of his left hand but never his right. He reported no arthritis or other...Read More »
Event season is definitely underway; with the weather finally starting to look a bit better we are seeing more and more people out on the roads running and cycling; and with the lakes starting to warm up we are gradually seeing them being opened for the open water swimmers,...Read More »
A very good friend of mine broke her knee this week. It’s a bad break and she’s been told she won’t work for at least three months, the recovery will take at 2-3 years and that most likely it will never be the same again. She’s devastated and so...Read More »
I am really enjoying the brighter nights and pleasing weather we are currently having. However, I am aware that for hay-fever sufferers this will often be a time when they have to start preparing for some potentially debilitating symptoms including itchy and runny eyes, runny nose, sore throat and...Read More »
Consultations with our Clinic Director Melina Harrison, are now available.
If you would like to consult with Melina and have her design and oversee your treatment program, she is now offering weekly clinics.
This is of particular benefit to new patients who are unsure of the best care for them. It also...Read More »
I bumped into a patient and his father recently and was charmed to hear what they had to say.
The 15 year old patient called Aaron is an all round sportsman, playing for his school, Leighton Park in all sports. However, his exceptional abilities lay on the cricket pitch.
Aaron had...Read More »
I know it seems like it’s dragged on forever, but I honestly think we’re nearly through it… I’ve seen a few spring flowers popping up and wiping the sleep from their eyes and perhaps even more excitingly, I’ve had a couple of runs wearing shorts rather than fully wrapped...Read More »
I am currently suffering with the most debilitating sports injury that I’ve had in a couple of years. After taking a heavy fall in my sport of inline hockey I now have all sorts of issues that have forced me to take a step back and rethink my rehabilitation and...Read More »
To mark this year’s Acupuncture Awareness Week we are offering 5 acupuncture treatments for the price of 4.
This offer is available to new and existing patients and you will be able to purchase your five treatments for the reduced rate of £168 before the end of Acupuncture Awareness Week (payable...Read More »
I’ve just watched Jenny Jones, Team GB, win a bronze medal in the snowboard ladies’ slopestyle in the winter Olympics. It was amazing watching her fly off the jumps, spinning round and round. How do you become that good? How do you pluck up the courage to do your...Read More »
The Harrison clinic is delighted to announce a new member to the team! Joff Brown has recently joined us as a Sports Massage Therapist with additional training in Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT™).
NKT is an assessment...Read More »
Good nutrition is essential during pregnancy as your baby is built from the nutrients you eat. However, it is also worth highlighting the importance of stress reduction, keeping fit and taking a considerable amount of rest, together with good levels of hydration. These areas are equally important in providing...Read More »
Reading man explains; “After years of trying and trying and failing and failing, I have found the perfect fool proof way of achieving permanent weight loss and it’s actually saving me money!!!”
He goes on to say;
“As a kid I seemed to be naturally fit!! This has always confused me...Read More »
Have you ever heard anyone tell you their arthritis is much worse in the cold damp weather?
Is it just an old wives tale or is there any truth in it…..
A recent study found that 67.9 percent of arthritis sufferers were aware of an increase in joint pain with the...Read More »
It’s Saturday 16th November 2013 and I find myself standing on a packed train (with a lot of rugby fans) heading to Waterloo…. and I am dressed as a superhero! I take my time to look around at my 9 fellow superhero friends and wonder who talked me into...Read More »
“Learn it, Love it, Nurture it!!”
While studying Sport Rehabilitation all those years ago, anytime our lecturer introduced us to something new he would close the lecture with the phrase “ Learn it, love it, nurture it and it will serve you well”! I believe the same tenet can be...Read More »
Stress and loneliness have made headlines again in the news recently. Figures have shown over 1 million of us in England are lonely and well over half of the rest of us are chronically stressed. If you fall into these categories (and most of us do), it’s worth remembering...Read More »
Everybody is talking about Pilates these days. It may be your friend
raving about their amazing new class or the national papers talking about
how Pippa Middleton got her beautifully pert bottom for the royal wedding!
If you are thinking “maybe I should be doing Pilates?” but don’t know...Read More »
Last December I started thinking that I needed to do some exercise. I was feeling unfit. I thought running would be good, it was free and it takes place outdoors. Brilliant! I used to run when I was younger and I remember the exhilarating feeling that I’d get after...Read More »
You have trained for months, busted your gut every day to improve your fitness, eaten healthily, crammed in those carbs and protein rich foods and finally all that hard work has paid off, you accomplished your goal, completed that marathon, improved your triathlon time, what do you do next? ...Read More »
Along with many other amateur athletes and “weekend warriors” I can get very caught up in my cycling and running always having to be focused and purposeful as a training session. It’s too easy to feel that the activity is only worthwhile if I can measure my efforts in...Read More »
We are delighted to announce the return of
Imogen has had a wonderful time on maternity leave and is excited to be returning to The Harrison Clinic from 4th July 2013.
Imogen will be offering Acupuncture and Acupressure Massage and...Read More »
Have you ever seen that coloured tape on your favourite footballer or wondered why most of the Olympians last summer seemed to have tape all over them? The answer is Kinesio Tape. Over the last few years this tape has seemed to have engulfed the sporting world and there...Read More »
Working as a sports massage therapist I am faced every day with having to explain the importance of stretching and prescribing stretching routines for patients. On return to the clinic I would say that 90% of patients have to confess that they have not done any stretching since their...Read More »
Let’s say you have woken up with neck pain. We are sometimes keen to blame the bed or the pillow, but this is rarely the true cause. You have slept on that bed hundreds of times without problems. So why has your neck which has worked painlessly for decades...Read More »
We have a fabulous offer running for all our clients who are training for an endurance event in 2013.
As an aid to recovery and regeneration through your training programme you can take advantage of our 4 for 3 sports massage offer. Just book in three sessions of sports massage...Read More »
After a fantastic weekend mountain biking in the Yorkshire Dales, my lovely bike limped down the final descent on Sunday feeling distinctly worse for wear. A clunking noise and a vibration through the pedals indicated it could be serious. So, needing my bike to be in perfect working condition...Read More »
At this time year a lot of people are getting into training for assorted athletic challenges ahead, be it the Reading Half, the London Marathon, a cycle sportive, a local 10k or for the hardcore few, an Ironman triathlon. For myself, the Brighton marathon beckons this April and I’m...Read More »
What will you give this mothers day? Flowers, chocolates or a more youthful, radiant and firmer completion delivered via a fabulous, relaxing Japanese face massage.
The face is an excellent indicator of health. Japanese face massage works to improve skin tone and stimulate lymphatic drainage. Muscle tone is...Read More »
I know, know, I’m always going on about Hydration! Well, I thought a little information may provide some inspiration )
Over 70% of the earth’s surface is water, 98% of it is saltwater, therefore, only 2% is drinkable and fresh, the majority of this is trapped in glaciers...Read More »
Ever thought of trying Acupuncture?
Why not take advantage of our half price treatment offer with our Acupuncturist, Clare Venters-Smith. Acupuncture Awareness Week runs from 25th February to 3rd March 2013. The aim is to educate people about how acupuncture can help improve sleep and aid relaxation.
Sleep is often taken...Read More »
Reflexology is known to step up libido in men and women by:
- Eliminating stress and inducing a state of deep relaxation.
- Boosting circulation………. think about it!!!!!
- Restoring physical, emotional and hormonal balance.
- Ridding the body of toxins and facilitating the smooth flow of energy!!!
Book your partner in today and take advantage of our fabulous...Read More »
Reflexology improves the body’s assimilation of nutrients, elimination of wastes and boosts the immune system. By supporting the body in its process of self healing and by rebalancing the internal systems, reflexology naturally leads to good health and a overall sense of wellbeing – plus, it feels great! Most people...Read More »
Did you know that in 75% of illness stress is a causative factor?
Reflexology can be a natural, low cost option to offsetting the effects of stress on the heart and overall health. Reflexology endeavours to help the body, mind and spirit. By targeting root cause of disease not its symptoms, it...Read More »
Have you considered having Reflexology?
Book and have your first appointment with Verity Paz at The Harrison Clinic in February and receive every alternate treatment thereafter for HALF PRICE!! There is no limit to how many treatments you have until our offer ends on 30th April 13.
Our resident Reflexologist has...Read More »
So who is training for something big this year?
Whether you are training to lose weight or you are training for the that all important marathon this spring/summer. You DON’T want to be stopped by injury!
So how are you going to avoid injury? Many injuries can be prevented and most...Read More »
Life can be incredibly stressful at times but can it really cause back pain?
Stress is not just a state of mind. When we are stressed the body produces the “stress hormones” adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones increase our heart rate, increase blood sugar, enhance the brains use of sugar and...Read More »
The difference between doing something and not doing something, is actually doing it!
So we are a month into 2013 and this is usually the time we are all bored of lettuce, dying for a drink and will already have missed at least one Zumba class. All those life changing intentions...Read More »
Physical activity is so very good for you. We’ve all grown up knowing 20 minutes of cardio vascular exercise three times a week is great for us.
BUT BUT BUT………………
Yep, there is always an excuse!
Health club’s rely on the fact that eventually you won’t attend anymore (but still pay the fee’s...Read More »
As health professionals we understand the physiology of ageing in detail. These are hard facts.
So why do some people age so well and others don’t?
The answer to this is complex. It involves genetics, environment, culture and a whole host of multi factorial layers. Some of these things we can’t change...Read More »
The Harrison Clinic welcome’s patients of all ages. Optimal health is for all, no matter what your age. Our youngest patients have been only days old.
We have Children’s clinics every day and our environment couldn’t be more welcoming for mums-to-be, new mums and dads, toddlers and teens.
Our reception team and...Read More »
We all work, often feel like we do nothing but work. House wife? CEO? Doesn’t matter, the principle of ‘balance in our lives’ remains the same.
Everything we do for others, be it our boss or our children, is improved if we feel better in ourselves.
Be a little bit selfish. It’s...Read More »
At The Harrison Clinic we can do a lot of wonderful things to enhance your health. We can assist in putting things right when they go wrong. We can give you the most up to date advise about how to stay fit and well. What we can’t do however, is...Read More »