Spriggs Nutrition is part of family owned clinic led by husband and wife team, Mark and Helen Spriggs. The clinic officially opened in February 2017 offering chiropractic care. Introducing nutrition services was the next step once Helen qualified as a Registered Nutritional Therapy Practitioner that summer. Together the clinic prioritises patient-centred and evidence-based care. Specialising in musculoskeletal and connective tissue conditions, headaches, migraines and providing functional medicine support through nutrition and lifestyle interventions.
What do you offer support for?
We primarily provides one-to-one Nutritional Therapy consultations for those with chronic health conditions, specialising in hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS), Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders (HSD) & the co-occurring conditions, which includes migraines, chronic headaches & bone health support. If you would like to know if we can support you, contact us to arrange a ‘Can we help’ call.
Who would I see for nutrition help?
Our principle Registered Nutritional Therapy Practitioner is Helen Spriggs MSc, who is registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Commission (CNHC) and British Association of Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT). As members of both, you can find Helen listed on the BANT website and search via the CNHC site, or search via membership number CNHC01433. Being CNHC registered and a BANT member require practitioners to train at an accredited institutions as well as undertake a minimum of 30 hours continuing professional development annually. The CNHC is both NHS and Government recognised and the only regulator for Nutritional Therapy Practitioners that is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Helen Spriggs ~ DipNT, MSc Advanced Nutrition (Research & Practice)
Registered Nutritional Therapy Practitioner mBANT, rCNHC, mIFM, asRSM
BANT Registered Nutritionist®
MSc level Research Lecturer & Supervisor
What training & experience do you have to specialise in EDS care?
In addition to Helen’s three-year clinical training qualification, she continued her formal education by undertaking a four year MSc in Advanced Nutrition (Research & Practice), a course accredited by Middlesex University studying with the Northern College of Acupuncture in York.
Research within the nutrition profession, helping drive up professional standards. Whilst there is a growing body of nutrition based evidence, it is an evolving field and there is a need for more, especially in specific fields such as chronic health conditions. Delving further into research has become a new driver for Helen to improve care standards, for this reason Helen chose to focus her piece of primary research for her thesis on the role of nutrition in Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, with the project entitled:
“Nutritional interventions for symptom management in Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of patients’ lived experience”
You can find the research poster presentation below – if you would like to know more about this research please contact us.
Additionally, Helen is a member of Diet & Nutrition Working Group for the The International Consortium on Ehlers Danlos Syndromes & Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders.
As part of her commitment keeping up to date with the latest developments in EDS care Helen regularly participates in continuing professional development. Of note some of this continuing education has included:
- The Ehlers Danlos Society’s Project ECHO including the very first one Spring 2019 Clinicians plus Allied Health, Genetics & Genomics
- EDS ECHO Summits including; Inaugural Summit for Clinicians in 2020, Pain management A European Summit 2021, Neurologic Complications 2021, Allergy & Immunology 2022, Pediatric & Adolescent Concerns 2022.
- On-going attendance to monthly EDS ECHO Clinicians Drop-In sessions.
- Royal Society of Medicine CPD event; Hypermobility Syndrome – A practical guide to assessment, management and community care.
Helen also spends time delivering education to others. For this, it is in accordance with professional and regulatory guidance, Helen uses the title ‘BANT Registered Nutritionist®‘. This is to help distinguish between offering personalised therapy consultations and general nutrition promotion. Helen’s passion is delivering education on Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, examples of this include:
- Helen was part of the team creating & delivering the first ever EDS Society ECHO Nutrition programme during the Autumn of 2023.
- Panel Chair for Nutrition Workshop at EDS Society International Scientific Symposium Rome 2022.
- Speaker at EDS Society Global Learning Conference Dublin 2023 ~ Topic: Migraines are not headaches: Practical nutrition & lifestyle considerations for managing flares & associated fatigue.
- ION 5 hours CPD course for practitioners; Hypermobility & The Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes: Clinical considerations – ION interviewed Helen on EDS you can read the article here.
Where does chiropractic fit in?
2017 saw the opening of the Spriggs Chiropractic clinic, with principal chiropractor Dr Mark Spriggs DC. The clinic provides a wonderful diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation facility and is also the home for Spriggs Nutrition. Having additional practitioners on-site provides the opportunity for in-clinic referral and collaborative care where appropriate. Importantly, because we also work with other practitioners and healthcare professionals, we can ensure you have access to the most appropriate support.