The Great North Run is This Sunday– Leeds Chiropractor goes for glory!

Finally, after all the training plans, updates and training tales, this Sunday Leeds Chiropractor Alison Eaves to take on the Great North Run. This is the final blog before the big day and includes last minute changes to the race plan and preparations for race day.

I’m a competitive soul and it is with a tinge of annoyance that I have to tell you that instead of running the race as fast as I possibly can to achieve the quickest time I’m going to take it a bit steadier. I’m running with a friend and being the good soul I am, have promised to run it with her. I think we will end up a bit slower than I would have aimed for but nevertheless it will be a great day out and lots of fun.

What isn’t there to enjoy about running with 40,000 or 50,000 others for 13.1 miles? I’m really excited, just a shame that the weather looks it might be a bit on the damp side. I just hope there will be plenty of enthusiastic support and lots of Jelly Babies.

For those of you on tenterhooks following the mystery shower incident (see earlier blog), I’m pleased to say I’m back to full fitness and no further heel pain. I will update the blog on Monday to share photographs and evidence that I actually completed it.

Chiropractor in Leeds Runs Wetherby 10K and Suffers Unusual Heel Pain

What a great weekend! I went into the Leeds clinic for a few emergency chiropractor appointments on Saturday morning, caught up with family on Saturday afternoon and then ran the Wetherby 10K on Sunday. One slight problem…with just a week to go until the Great North Run I’m having a bit of heel pain.

There is some irony in a chiropractor suffering from any type of joint pain but when you have just written blog entries discussing the causes of heel pain it is even worse. If you are a regular follower of the blog for Revive Chiropractic then you may recall a couple of posts about heel pain. Just in case you missed them here are the links (you may need to copy and paste the link into your browser)–Part-2-Exercises/5962948

Following the 10K I felt some pain on the inside of my heel and it hurt to walk. So I poked my plantar fascia, no pain beyond the usual tightness I’d expect after a race. I checked the achilles tendon and this was not inflamed but when I rubbed a particular spot on the inside of my heel it really hurt. So I took off my sock for closer inspection and found that the painful spot was the exact same point where I had dropped the shampoo bottle on my foot in the shower that morning! There was a little red mark and a small bruise from the impact. Bizarre injury! I have obviously inflamed it a little by racing so I’ve had the ice on it. I’m actually quite relieved that it is nothing more than a bit of local irritation so it should settle fairly quickly with regular icing.

Leeds Chiropractor Alison Eaves can diagnose your cause of heel pain or any other running related injuries. For an appointment call 07828 686026 or visit

And for those interested I completed the course in 50.31. A couple of minutes outside my previous best but quite happy considering I’d been suffering with a cold all last week (good excuse!).

Back to school – Make sure your children don’t succumb to back pain

The children may be back at school this week but make sure you are helping them to avoid back pain. Alison Eaves, chiropractor here at Revive Chiropractic in Leeds, discusses some research from the British Chiropractic Association on increasing rates of back pain in children.

So why is back pain affecting children and why is it getting worse?
Children of today’s generation are much more sedentary than they have previously been, largely due to the amount of time spent on mobile phones, tablets, computers and social networking sites. Children are also getting much less exercise. Sitting for long periods of time can lead to the muscles, joints and soft tissues becoming stiff and painful. The use of handheld devices such as mobile phones and tablets only adds to the slumped posture and rounded shoulders.

Is back pain in children normal?
No – but don’t panic. Whilst back pain in children can be a sign of more underlying conditions this is very rare. Most back pain is easily treated with just a few sessions and some simple exercises and advice. Kids respond really quickly to treatment and it is important to get to the root cause of any back pain so that they do not grow up thinking back pain is ‘normal’.

What can be done?
Firstly, get your children up and about. Limit them to about 40 minutes of sedentary activity and encourage them to get up, move about and get active. If they are sitting for any length of time, make sure they are sitting upright and not lying on their front propped up on elbow or sat slumped on the floor.

If they complain of back pain or neck pain for a period of several weeks then it may be worthwhile booking an appointment to see a chiropractor who is used to treating young children. Alison is a chiropractor in Leeds and has experience treating young children and teenagers.

You can visit or call 0728 686026 to book an appointment with Alison.