How exercise helps your bones

How exercise helps your bones,
Bones are remodelled throughout their life, as they respond to stresses put on them by activity, and every day, millions of old bone cells get replaced by
new ones. Fibres within the bone matrix act like bridge girders and need weight bearing exercise to trigger reactions at connecting stress points. This
triggers a cascade of biochemical reactions which, in turn, stimulates bone growth. In space, weightlessness cannot trigger bone matrix repair and bones thin. Remember the film Gravity? Sandra Bullock had wobbly legs
when she landed from space. George Clooney gives me wobbly legs, but that’s a whole other story…
In the same way as being in space, running, cycling, and swimming is not enough to reverse osteoporotic changes. In one study of mature ladies looking at a year of aerobic exercise resulted in an average of 4% bone loss. Weight
building exercises took two years to reverse the loss. The American College of Sports medicine and the Osteoporosis Society (to name just two) insist, on the prescription of cardio exercise to include weights.
Did you know?
Just three hours of immobilisation, and we start to rot. Disuse means death.
Don’t be a couch potato.
Exercise is vital for healthy ageing, so get out of that chair!
Also want to keep your own joint?Then use MRT [magnetic resonance.]That means treatment that helps to regrow cartilage cells without stem cell work or surgery.
Gone are the days where we doomed to inactivity and pain in later life. Exercise helps your bones if done with weights,get good nutrition inside you,lead a purposeful life and give a youthful bounce back to your step. Exercising your bones is much like medicine – it doesn’t have to taste nice, but the outcome
is more than worth it. Being disciplined about getting your exercise is your key to longevity, so exercise regularly and effectively. Most people will say they don’t like it, that it’s boring or painful, that they have no time to do it,but they’re just in denial for the need to move. Well, couch potatoes, here
are some more facts for you:
• In the UK, in the 16 to 24 age group, 42% failed their recommended activity level. At 65 years old, 93% of men and 96% of ladies failed too.
Embarressed you should be.

Traffic light approach to health

Traffic light approach to health, what do I mean ?Traffic Light Approach to Health
At my clinic, I always ask my patients to fill in a questionnaire about their
current health, and their answers are incredibly useful in letting me see
where they need to improve their mindset, their nutrition, their fitness and
their lifestyle. I call it the traffic light approach to health because we analyse
these areas by saying whether the patient is green (good), amber (room for
improvement) or red (poor). These are your fitness keys, and they will tell
you where you need to improve. With this in mind, I have developed four
questionnaires – one for each key – and have placed them in the appendix
of this book. If you want to get the most out of this book, I urge you to
complete the questionnaire at the start of each chapter, and again after
you’ve absorbed the knowledge and implemented some of my suggested
changes into your life. Soon, you should start to see your traffic light scores
changing from red or amber to green on all counts. When this happens, you
are likely to be at your optimal health for your age, which means you’ll be
giving yourself the best possible chance if a disease or injury should occur.
So, to those therapists and doctors who want to go beyond their specific
training and look at the synergy of everything they know in order to create
their own map, here is mine.
If you don’t want to commit to a new, healthy you, then now is probably a
good time to leave my blogs. If, however, you desire to work towards a healthy, fit,
pain-free body, here we go. It’s time to take your health into your own hands
and get rid of all the pain that has been holding you back

The 4 keys to health

The 4 keys to health, what is it about? A question that now rings in my ears most days from those that as yet have not read my book.This book is life transforming if you take in the advice and act on it.My dear friend who had always said she would love a book dedicated to her, died yesterday with the book in her room knowing the healing work we started, so many years ago will go on, in this and future books and talks.Rest in peace June.
Everyday I bump into people telling me their life story and how the 4 keys to health has changed the way they think about life and empowered them to make the changes they needed to.This warms my heart, and today it was suggested I regularly blogged about it.
Here is an exert from my book describing what it is about.
I have spent my life searching for ways to treat pain, and I have travelled
all over the world, meeting and learning from countless specialists and
professionals during this quest of mine. Now, I want to pour all of that
knowledge and all of my experience into this book, so that my methods can
become your methods, and so that you can conquer your pain, allowing
you to have a long, happy life. It sounds relatively simple, doesn’t it? Well, it
may be simpler than you think.
This book will discuss healing through an understanding of how neuroscience
works, and I believe that this holds the keys to wellness, mental excellence,
physical fitness, prosperity, relationship skills, society contribution and
having a purpose to live – not to mention, of course, keeping out of pain. I
like to imagine all of these things as breaking down into four main sections:
the four keys of health, featuring mindset, nutrition and hydration, fitness,
and lifestyle. You will be able to read about each of these four keys in the
following chapters, and you can learn about the fifth key – how to deal with
individual health problems – in my next book, The Human Garage. This
will talk about what is lovingly nicknamed the ‘clinic of last resort’ by my
Drawing from both modern medical technology and ancient healing
wisdom, this book will guide you through your health journey, giving you
the knowledge and the tools you need to create the best lifestyle for you. Say
goodbye to pain and say hello to a fitter, healthier, happier you.

With the busy lifestyle we all lead these days, it’s just another big stress if we can’t do the activities we want at the speed we need to without pain because of a sports injury.
I experienced this earlier in the year, rushing in the gym and my knee swelled up so badly I could hardly walk. The pain was immense.

I knew what I had to do; ice and elevate, reduce weight bearing activities, move muscles and stretch only within pain tolerance. Then change my fitness activities to reduce loading on the knee, while preserving as much general fitness as possible. Eat anti inflammatory foods i.e. up my raw veggies and supplements intake and yet…..

My mind was jumping thru hoops. I imagined I had severe arthritis… in my mind I was on the operating table having surgery again …… my mind had gone into overdrive, telling me my fitness days were over. Having had previous surgery for a torn cartilage I was concerned.

I attempted to self diagnose by bending my knee around in various positions and prodding it vigorously, but this only fuelled my imagination. Common sense took over and being fortunate to have an orthopaedic surgeon on site, I got my knee looked at and scanned.

This proved to my unhelpful conscious mind that there was no terrible injury and my subconscious kicked in to step up the healing rate. This experience reminded me of the importance of peace of mind with sports injury and gave me a nudge to include this in my series of articles.

I believe a fast diagnosis and rehab plan is imperative to a fast recovery and return to sport.

We give free advice via our website and we are soon to launch a major upgrade which will guide you through an explanation of different injuries.  So use us and get rapid feedback through blogging as well.

Anyway I went onto have MBST treatment to repair and regenerate the damaged cartilage, and with a tailor made fitness program by my team, I was up and going, pain free in a matter of days.

Mentally the relief was immense. I knew exactly how hard to push my knee and could enjoy a structured return to everything.

You see with sporting injuries fear of the unknown causes more problems than its worth. Fear of not being able to play at your best any more, fear of letting the team down, fear of letting the community down.

The pleasures of sport go beyond exercising our muscles, joints, heart and digestive system. Most importantly it enhances our community spirit.  Hence our latest venture with Stafford Hockey and Cricket Club as the chosen Sports Injury specialists, to boost injury prevention, recovery and moral. It’s nice to share happy successful news in the local community and help put our local town on the map for sporting excellence in the coming years.

If you need help with a sports injury, then call my team on 01889 881488 or visit

Arthritis & How You Can Prevent The Worst Of It

We march into joint problems with innocent ignorance. A poor diet full of processed sugar, excess fat, caffeine and alcohol, leading to obesity, compounded by poor posture and footwear. These dark winter days we rarely get the correct amount of exercise to protect our joints, putting our bodies through repeated stresses and strains with weak muscles. On top of this it is difficult to keep a positive mindset with such negative world news.

 No wonder arthritis creeps in.

My patients often ask if they have arthritis and what type. They often think that fibromyalgia is a form of arthritis.

Broadly speaking there are two kinds; osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis(RA). An examination by your physiotherapist or GP with xrays and bloods, should determine which it is.

OA, the most common type, is wear and tear in the smooth cartilage protecting the bones in joints, which eventually leads to bone erosion, bone spurs and unsightly bony end thickening. The joint juice, the synovial fluid, swells and becomes inflamed and sticky. The attacked bone haemorrages precious calcium. By 50 years old 8 out of 10 of us have OA and by 60, 9 out of 10. Left untreated, OA can have a massive negative impact on quality of life and eventually need surgery. When bone is very fragile, it becomes osteoporotic and breaks easily. By the age of 70, 1 in 3 ladies suffer this.

Clearly, for everyone, it is well worth investing time to prevent the worst. I have mild OA in my right knee following surgery and if I follow the plan enclosed, I keep the symptoms at bay.

RA is totally different to OA, whereby the  malfunctioning of the immune system is self destructive to joints and muscles. It is linked to genetic makeup and believed to be triggered by a viral attack.

I am frequently asked about Fibromyalgia, but this is not arthritic or inflammatory. The symptoms of fatigue, sleepless nights and muscle pain are believed to be a malfunction of the mitochondria energy processing system in the cell.

 Action Plan

Exercise regulary every 48 hours, include gentle exercise like Tai Chi or Yoga when you are feeling sore and stressed up, and try to exercise outside to get your daily sunshine, vital for vitamin D.

Consult a nutritionalist to check for food allergies and consider a liver function test. Many natural products support the liver, milk thistle, artichoke and dandelion.

Increase fruit and vegetable intake, especially raw. Best for arthritis are; carrots, green peppers, watercress, tomatoes, beetroot, berries, grapes, cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts and kale.

Eat less red meat, dairy, sugar laden and deep fryed food, drink less alcohol and caffeinated drinks.

Increase water, ionised if possible.

Consider supplementing, check with a nutritionalist. I take high quality antioxidants, minerals and Omega 3 & 6 every day. Calcium, magnesium and phosphorus are very important for arthritis.

For fibromyalgia, 5 HTP can help sleep, try malic acid with magnesium for pain and to boost ATP energy cycle, manganese and coenzyme Q10.

Check your blood sugar level. Vitamins C,E, manganese and chromium can help with this.

Menopause can increase the problems with arthritis and fragile bones. Mineral uptake can be poorer, vitamin D low in winter, hormone levels of oestrogen and progesterone and parathyroid can be out of kilter. There are great self help books out there, and your GP can advise you on your hormones and bone density.

If pain worsens on walking, consider a biomechanical check for your footwear.

For preventive treatment ask us about on the revolutionary German MBST technology that repairs and regrows cartilage and bone cells for osteoarthritic and osteoporotic sufferers.

 Suitable Therapies

For RA( rheumatoid arthritis):  laser, acupuncture, physiotherapy and massage

For Fibromyalgia: the above plus Gunn IMS dry needling.

For Osteoarthritis: in addition to all the above, shockwave and MBST are excellent.

For Osteoporosis: MBST


If you would like help, please contact Nicky Snazell Clinic, 01889 881488.

Honda win at Suzuka – with a little help from Staffordshire Clinic

The most important motorbike race of the year to Japanese manufacturers is the Suzuka 8 hour race in Japan. Winning this race is especially important to Honda.

The winners this year were Leon Haslam and Michael Van Der Mark, both of whom recently came to Nicky Snazell’s Pain Relief Clinic for treatment. Michael was able to attend for more sessions of treatment than Leon, and Michaels rapid recovery following a crash at Monza has been commented on by the TV media. Michael broke four bones in his foot and on returning to Holland was advised that all that he could do was rest for 8 weeks.

Fortunately Leon knew of our clinic and he got Michael to fly over for treatment with us and he walking pain free after just 3 treatments and then racing at Donington the following weekend.

There is a good chance that Michael would not have been able to race at Suzuka without our breakthrough technology helping him.

Leon & Michael won the race for Honda with their riding skills, and just a little help from us.

Michael Van Der Mark Rapid Recovery with MBST

Michael Van Der Mark suffered four fractures in his left foot following a crash at the Monza World SuperSport Motorcycle race on 12th May. He returned to Holland where he was advised to rest for at least 6 weeks. Leon Haslam, also in the Pata team, got Michael to fly to the UK for treatment at Nicky Snazell’s Pain Relief Clinic.

Michael Van Der Mark Receiving MBST

Michael Van Der Mark receives treatment on MBST Open 700

Just one week after the crash and after only three MBST treatments, Michael was walking around pain free. Due to other commitments Michael was only able to complete four of the required nine MBST treatments, but he was able to ride at Donington the following weekend, where he was catching the leading group until he crashed.


At the Portimão round on 9th June he not only caught the leading three, but got into second place and looked like he could possibly win. The TV commentators noted that he had recovered very quickly from his Monza crash to top form.

MBST Capacity Doubled

We have recently taken delivery of our second Open 700 MBST machine. The Open 700 is the latest generation technology and currently only three machines are available in the UK. (more…)

Treatment of Osteoarthritis with MBST – A 10 Year Study


MBST was developed in Germany in the 1990’s as a derivative of MRI technology.

For a cell to function and survive it needs a constant supply of adequate energy. MBST saturates targeted cells with energy, which stimulates the growth of new cells. Thus in areas where body tissue, such as cartilage or bone, has been worn away or reduced for other reasons, MBST can stimulate new growth of tissue and rebuild cartilage and bone. (more…)

MBST 5 Year Follow Up

NHS Orthopaedic Surgeon

“ I have never seen anything like this”

“Based on your Xray five years ago you should have crawled in here on your hands and knees, begging for the hip surgery but you walked in here with only a minor discomfort”