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Chiropractic and fitness

Craig McLean
Craig McLean
Dr Craig McLean graduated as a chiropractor in 1994 and runs Putney Chiropractic Centre in London. He is chiropractor to the likes of Graham Bell and Konrad Bartelski and knows all about how to get your body ready to ski or snowboard.

Getting Fit

  • Q: I'm due to go skiing in 4 weeks, but just pulled a hamstring and am told it will take 2 or 3 weeks before I can do any training. Am I likely to be fit to ski and what can I do to improve my chances please? View answer

  • Q: I skied recently and I started to get the usual leg burn towards the end of day one and by day 4 it was there within an hour of skiing. What do you recommend for lessening the burn in the first place and post recovery? View answer

  • Q: I'm trying to get to a good standard of fittness for my Easter Skiing break. I'm gradually building up my stamina, but would welcome your suggestions for strength exercises? View answer

Leg Pain

  • Q: I had an operation for a herniated disc. After extensive re-hab I can ski but the worst after-effect is stiffness in my leg and particularly foot, which is partly relieved by exercise. Any comments and are there any exercise you think will help? View answer

Back pain

  • Q: I've got sciatica, should I avoid a ski holiday this winter? View answer

  • Q: Skiing moguls or hitting that unexpected bump on a flat light day really kills my low back area. Why is this? View answer

  • Q: I really struggle with low back pain after my second or third day skiing, it ruins the rest of my ski week and I feel like I don't get value for money from my ski holiday. What can I do? View answer


  • Q: I wrenched my neck skiing last week in a fall and suffered whiplash. My neck has not felt right ever since and I find it hard to turn my head in one direction - now I'm back in the UK what should I do? View answer

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