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Practitioner Interview: Perfect Balance Clinic

Stephen Makinde is the founder and director of Perfect Balance Clinic. With seven practices across London and St Albans, Stephen and his business partner have become the latest health professionals to promote the benefits of Mammoth mattresses to their patients.

Read on to find out why he believes our mattresses are effective in complementing the work done by his team at Perfect Balance.

Hi Stephen,

Can you tell us about the clinic/unit you work in and the kind of patients you cater for?

For the last 6 years my efforts have been focused on establishing the Perfect Balance Clinic. Myself and my partner, who is an Osteopath and a midwife saw an opportunity to create an integrated care clinic around different specialities. We now have Consultants, GP’s, Nutritionists, Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Podiatrists, sports therapists, sports massage practitioners and Pilates instructors.

I’d like to say we all work together really well all the time but as with any team we have challenges. But I’m very proud to say that we are gaining momentum growing our locations and clients are coming back with other new problems and most importantly happily referring friends, family and colleagues.

We actively try and restrict our insurance clients as we hope our clients value our treatment and advice enough to self-fund, which many do (80% and upwards). We, like many specialists reading this, understand the current insurance issues with healthcare and how this affects everyone from a one man band to the bigger practices. Our aim was to avoid this trap and by providing strong evidence based practice, being results focused and ensuring we develop ourselves we feel we are achieving this.

Our main clients range from 2 day old newborns to Olympic athletes.


Can you tell us a little bit about what the average day looks like for you, and the most common problem patients come in to see you about?

“My average day” is quite a good mixture of clients, management and thinking. Lots of thinking!

The most common complaints clients come in with to see me for often related to trauma historic or recent that is not getting better. We use several advanced forms of technology to help accelerate recovery and our team of specialists integrate well to work on getting results for clients.

What importance do you place on sleep and comfort, and why?

“Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.” – Ghandi

This quote really rings true for me as it is a rather philosophical description of the restorative nature of sleep, albeit a tad dramatic referring to death. Nonetheless sleep, for me as a clinician, is an important part of a person’s recovery and ensuring this is part of a training program or approach is essential to understand.

What do you consider to be the major implications of poor sleep habits?

These for me relate mainly back to the restorative nature of sleep. The circadian rhythm has been described in the past as being regulated by light in response to the release of melatonin hormone from the pineal gland (a neuro endocrine organ). This is controlled by cues coming from the suprachiasmatic nucleus which is responsive to light/dark cycles, exercise and nutrient intake.

Things that occur at night time include cellular development, memory processing, cellular repair and brain development. Disturbing the balance of this affects glucose tolerance, insomnias, obesity and reduced life expectancy (Hardeland 2012)

Where did you first hear about Mammoth?

Perfect Balance first got involved with Mammoth when an athlete of ours was looking for advice on choosing the best mattress. We did some research and we loved the brand and the attention to detail our clients got when they were discussing with the team about which mattress worked better for a specific body type.

What are the benefits of Mammoth that stand out to you as a health professional and why is it that you believe a mattress can help your patients?

Mammoth for us provide great customer service and ensure their product is the right product for the client’s requirement. Rather than just selling the same thing they have a number of different options that play to the varying needs of each individual.

What would be your top tips to maintaining a healthy sleep routine?

  • Sleeping position is key and being supported in the right way ensures a more comfortable night’s sleep
  • Just going for the most expensive mattress doesn’t guarantee a good night’s sleep
  • Sleeping on your side (once you are supported better) seems to affect your neck less than sleeping on your front with your head rotates to one side. There is less loading through the facet joints and the muscles often remain more even in tone than in the other example
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