Where Fear meets Love


Looking outwardly there can be many things to fear. It may be fear for our physical safety or the inability to provide for our loved ones. For me (and I expect many others), when I drill down, fear is mostly about loss. Loss of ability to do the things I value. When we become fearful of loss, we can become oversensitive, over protective and can lose sight of what really matters.

It is possible to be struck by lightning. Statistically, highly unlikely but a very real possibility and every year people die and property is damaged from lightening strikes. I can live in fear and not leave the house when the weather turns or at the extreme, never leave the house. Or I can choose to become really observant of the weather conditions. A few years ago I went cycling on a frosty morning and fell on some black ice and fractured my radius. It meant a period of loss for me and I am scared of it happening again. But I love cycling and being active in nature is super important for me. So, now when it gets to 4*C or below or there is any sign of frost, I don’t go out on my bike and will rather drive to meetup with my cycling buddies or do a session on the indoor trainer. Risk management.

What was the thing that stopped me selling my bike or only cycling in summer? Love. I love moving my body and being outdoors. My wife, Janet, and I love travelling and having a sense of adventure. So 2 summers ago when our family was caught up in the Indonesian earthquakes, there were periods of genuine fear. Some people know said, “Well I’m never travelling there.” Fear will stop them experiencing all that is amazing (and challenging) in Lombok and Bali. Love is the thing that steers us to explore and experience these different cultures and places.

As we face up to real challenges and risks. We can choose to either approach them with LOVE or FEAR. When I’m on a cliff face on ChiroWild I use my fear to manage the risk. I’m very vigilant to safely clip my harness into the cables on the Via Ferrata but I open my heart to the experience of being active in Nature. I overcome my fear and that enhances my experiences. Ultimately – I choose love over fear.

One of my other highest values, is helping people generally and specifically through chiropractic. From the first moment I held someone’s head in my hands and made a thrust to move a cervical vertebra, I loved it. It felt right, natural and easy for me. Many chiropractors would agree that adjustments to the upper neck can be some of the most powerful and life changing adjustments, we as chiropractors will deliver in practice. Recently I read of a colleague, here in the UK, who had adjusted an elderly man and due to a rare set of circumstances, he subsequently died. I became “full of fear”. I would set up for an adjustment and wonder if I was missing something and be fearful that I would inadvertently hurt this person. I realised I could 1) stop adjusting the neck, 2) I could start mobilising every subluxated neck (it also helps, right?) or 3) I could make sure I check the “weather conditions” by taking X-rays and keep assessing for risk. Basically, just carry on adjusting within known safety parameters. Nothing really would change? Yet, I would still be motivated and be coming from a place of fear. Or I could choose to do all of these three things … but be motivated by love; knowing that every adjustment I give, is coming from this place. When I’m heart centred, in a loving state it doesn’t mean I’m not using my head. It just means I won’t let my head based fears, run the show.
For there is no room in LOVE for fear.

Where are you making decisions from?

Back to School – FREE Spine and Posture Check


Can your Kid “Hold their head up high”?

Bring your kids to ChiroLife for a no obligation, free Posture Check. This takes less than 10 minutes and you will immediately know how good (or bad) your child’s posture is. You will also get a copy of their results emailed to you.

Book your visit here Back to School - Free Posture Check

This offer is for children, from ages 6 to 18 and runs over the last three Thursdays in August (15, 22, 29th).

You do not have to be registered client with us, for your child to get a Free check.

We see toddlers on iPads and our teenages are constantly looking down at their phones. In practice, I’ve seen teenagers with early arthritis and deformations of the spine. Just from using tech! Even the sporty and fit kids are showing worrying spinal changes. I’m very concerned for the long term health of our children, as poor posture is not just linked with spinal issues and arthritis. It is also associated with lower mood, poor concentration, decreased lung capacity, bloating and other digestive problems … and even higher blood pressure!

Constantly looking down can deform a growing spine.

Book your visit here Back to School - Free Posture Check

1st Newsletter for 2019


Friends & Family February

Chiropractic has so much to offer: from increased energy, improved sleep, better posture, improved focus and concentration.
Why not share these be benefits with your loved ones.
We are a family practice and LOVE to see our families thrive.

Friends & Family February is about giving the people you love, a chance to experience all the benefits you’ve received from chiropractic.

We came up with this offer to help make our community a healthier more connected place.

  • Kids under 16 get a FREE Spinal Health Check
  • Adults, Full Consultation with X-rays (if needed) for £49 (normally £185)
  • 25% OFF  £30 minute MASSAGE with the amazing Rachael

Looking ahead to March

Look out for our

New Name and Logo
Redesigned and redecorated interior
New Chiropractic Benches

   Edna’s Story   

Edna is a lovely positive lady in her 70s. She she came to us after a friend, concerned for her health, suggested she take us up on the Special Offer we had given to their Church members.

I asked her if we could share her story, as she so perfectly highlighted some of the most important things for all of us on a healing journey.

She had been suffering long term neck pain that could go up into her head and over her eye. She also said her hip and knee on the one side felt weak. We did a detailed examination including X-rays of her neck and low back. These showed a fair bit of “wear and tear” but I was still confident we could help her.
She followed our recommendations and came in twice a week for 6 weeks.

At her Progress Check she was thrilled as she not only felt TALLER but she was now able to walk up stairs, without having to pull herself up using the handrail. Her neck however was only very slightly improved but she trusted that it was just a matter a time before this also improved. She was right, just a few visits later and her neck had improved enough for her to receive the adjustment that made the functional change she had been waiting for.

What we can all learn from Edna’s story:

  • Someone cared enough to prompt her to seek help.
  • She was positive and engaged in the process, looking forward to her visits.
  • She kept to the recommended schedule of her Care Plan.
  • She was patient. She knew Nature takes time to heal.
  • She showed us that Chiropractic is for ALL ages and that wear & tear / arthritis doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from chiropractic.

You can hear all about her recovery in her own words 

Raffle Winners

The winning tickets in our Social Media Raffle are:

3rd prize £30 iTunes or Google Play voucher – (# 31) – Alyson Stephenson

2nd prize £50 John Lewis voucher – (# 22) – Marysia Holden

1st prize FitBit Inspire HR (£90) – (# 51) Michaela Rysalkova

Congrats to all 3. Please contact us so we can arrange your prize for you.

A big Thank You for everyone who took part

Summer Newsletter

Tim says  …. it’s time to celebrate!

We’ve just finished our busiest week in practice, which tells me our community focus and Wellness Club are exposing more people to the benefits of regular chiropractic care. More of our clients are bringing friends and family to the Induction Talk and we have a growing number of parents bringing their kids in to get checked. I love the vibe when the whole family are gathered around the adjusting table. It’s also good to know that we still have spare capacity in our current schedules to see more people.

Thank You for continuing to help us realise our vision of a truly healthy, connected community.

UBUNTU ( Zulu)
“I am, because you are”
The connectedness between people. Generosity of spirit. The spiritual element that binds us as a community.

Clinic information …… Holidays

While I am very fortunate to choose my working hours and have plenty of free time during the week. Taking long holidays, as every small business owner knows, is not easy. In fact, over the last 10 years I haven’t had more than 9 days off in a row. With my kids now 11 and 14, Janet and I decided it’s time to take a longer holiday. This could only be possible by getting locum chiropractor who would fit in with our approach and someone I can fully trust with all our clients. That’s’ why I am really chuffed to let you know that Dr Nicky Kirk will be taking over while I’m away for 4 weeks in Indonesia (end of July into August).

Nicky was one of our top achievers at the University of Surrey. Since then I have watched his career take off. He is now well known in the arena of performance chiropractic; both as a speaker and as one of the most knowledgeable practitioners in the field of sports and injury recovery. I can now totally relax on my holiday, knowing you are all in expert hands. Rachael, Selma and Cathy will all be around to make sure everything keeps running as usual.

Member’s feedback 

We are delighted to welcome Irfan, to the Wellness Club.  He has also brought in his two beautiful kids for their important first spinal check.

Here, in his own words, is Irfan’s review:

“A lower back injury sustained in the gym, brought me to Maple Leaf Chiropractic.  Dr Wood and his team are very professional. I like the friendly ambience of Maple Leaf and the passion the team have towards the improvements to my quality of life.

I felt supported when I had fallen ill during my course of care with the team being considerate and flexible when rearranging my appointments – with no last minute cancellation costs charged to me.

I am on my way understanding the term ‘Chiropractic care’ and will recommend Maple Leaf Chiropractic to my family and friends.  Well done Maple Leaf, the team get five out of five stars from me.”

Cathy’s Kitchen

Thank you Cathy for your delicious home baked Friday morning treats. All treats don’t have to be full of preservatives, sugars and saturated fats and can be enjoyed guilt free!!!!!

Here is some information about SUGAR:

Sugar is the generic name for sweet-tasting, soluble carbohydrates, There are various types of sugar derived from different sources. Simple sugars are called monosaccharides and include glucose (also known as dextrose), fructose, and galactose. The “table sugar” or “granulated sugar” most customarily used as food is sucrose, a disaccharide of glucose and fructose. Sugar is used in prepared foods (e.g., cookies and cakes) and is added to some foods and beverages (e.g., coffee and tea). In the body, sucrose is broken into the simple sugars fructose and glucose. Other disaccharides include maltose from malted grain, and lactose from milk.

Longer chains of sugars are called oligosaccharides or polysaccharides. Some other chemical substances, such as glycerol and sugar alcohols may also have a sweet taste, but are not classified as sugars. Diet food substitutes for sugar include aspartame and sucralose, a chlorinated derivative of sucrose.

Sugars are found in the tissues of most plants and are present in sugarcane and sugar beet in sufficient concentrations for efficient commercial extraction. In 2017–18, the world production of sugar was 185 million tonnes. The average person consumes about 24 kilograms (53 lb) of sugar each year (33.1 kg in developed countries), equivalent to over 260 food calories per person per day.

Since the latter part of the twentieth century, it has been questioned whether a diet high in sugars, especially refined sugars, is good for human health. Over-consumption of sugar has been implicated in the occurrence of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia and tooth decay.

This month’s recipe is: Breakfast Bars


250g medjool dates

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

325ml cold water

75g goji berries

75g pumpkin seeds

150g brown flaxseeds

50g cocoa nibs

25g chia seeds

25g cornflakes (gluten free if required) (I did not use these)

100g organic porridge oats (not instant)

  • Preheat oven to 180 C/gas mark 4, and line 1 x 20cm square baking tin with baking parchment.

  • Pit the dates if needed and place in a saucepan with the cinnamon, cover with the cold water, bring to the boil and let it bubble for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and beat with a fork until you have a rough puree. (I did mine in a food processor)

  • Put all the remaining ingredients into a large bowl, add the date mixture and mix until everything is combined. Wear a pair of disposable vinyl gloves for this.

  • Push into prepared tin and bake in the oven for 30 minutes, until firm and set.

  • Leave to cool in the tin before cutting into pieces

  • Store in an airtight container in a cool place or in the fridge for up to one week.

    Bake it and enjoy it!