Going To A Festival This Summer – Take Care of Your Back

Summer is in full swing and up and down the country there are festivals galore planned. It doesn’t matter what your taste is, it could be music, literature or food, there’s a festival to suite your taste.

Unfortunately festival going can take its toll on our backs. The chances are that you will find yourself standing for long periods, sitting on hard surfaces, carrying bags and picnics and if you are planning on camping over well there’s even more carrying and hard ground!

Our chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic want to make sure that you are adequately prepared to protect your back during your Festival outing and they have put together some tips for you to follow.

Carrying: If you have a lot to carry then split the load across two bags as it’s better to carry two evenly balanced bags, one in each hand, than carry one heavy bag. Using a rucksack is the best option for carrying your things. However, use both straps over your shoulders and ensure you adjust the straps so that the rucksack sits evenly on your back as close to your body as possible.

Standing: Check your posture on a regular basis and straighten up if you find yourself slouching. To give your back the best possible support, stand with your feet shoulder distance apart.  Wear comfortable shoes which will give you support and be more comfortable for all the walking you’ll be doing!

Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water.

If you are planning to attend a festival (or more) this summer our chiropractors in Newcastle under Lyme hope you have a great time and follow their tips to help keep your back safe.

 

Take Care Of Your Back This Summer Of Sport

Well summer is here and while there is no guarantee that the sun will shine and temperatures will keep soaring, we can be assured that there will be a feast of sport for us to watch on TV. For some this is something to get super excited about, for others not so much!

If you are someone who can’t wait to plonk yourself on the sofa or in your favourite chair for hours on end to watch some sport, you may want to heed the advice of our chiropractor at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic and make sure that you keep your back safe.

Many people are unaware that sitting for prolonged periods of time can trigger back pain. Whilst sitting may appear to be passive, sitting incorrectly can put almost twice as much pressure on the back as standing.

If you are going to spend hours watching your favourite team or sports person on telly this summer then follow the following tips that our chiropractor has put together for you to keep your back safe.

  • Change you seated position at least every 20 minutes. The best way to do this is to stand up and move around.
  • Whilst there’s a break in play, e.g. at half time, do some simple stretches.
  • Check your posture at regular intervals. Your back should be firmly against the back of the sofa or chair you’re sitting on. This will ensure your back is upright and you’re not slouching or slumping.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

Enjoy your summer of sports and keep your back safe.

Get On Your Bike And Get Peddling

back car advice from our chiropractor in stoke on trentCycling UK annually organises Bike Week to promote cycling with the aim to get more people cycling as part of their every day lives. Events are held across the country and this year Bike Week is on from June 9th – 17th.

Cycling is a great activity and all the family can get involved. It has so many benefits including health, social and environmental.

Our chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic encourage everyone to be physically active and take regular exercise. It so important for the health of our backs as well as our overall health and well-being.

Unfortunately our increasingly sedentary lifestyles are causing havoc with our backs and overall health, come to that. Moderate exercise is vital to building and maintaining strength and flexibility and improving posture which all help in protecting our backs.

If you’re suffering back pain then you may believe, as do many back pain sufferers, that resting is the best thing for it, however, in many instances this is not the case. Contrary to popular belief taking a moderate level of exercise can be the best thing. However, it’s always best to check with your chiropractor or health professional to determine what’s right for you.

Our team of chiropractors are here to help if you are suffering back pain. You can call us on 01782 711 191ti book an appointment. After a thorough consultation and examination they will be able to advise you on the best treatment for your back pain.

If you haven’t taken any exercise for sometime or are in pain or discomfort it is always advisable to check with your chiropractor or health care professional before starting.

If you are ready to saddle up and get peddling then we are very fortunate that we have many great places to cycle around our areas of Newcastle under Lyme and Stoke on Trent. Staffordshire Council have produced a sets of cycle maps for each district of Staffordshire to help cyclists plan their journeys. Here’s one for around Newcastle under Lyme. The Visit Stoke on Trent website also offers information on cycle routes around Stoke which takes in some of the 150kms plus of cycle routes around.

Why not give a cycling a go during Bike Week. Get active, get peddling and take in the local sites at the same time – what could be better.

 

How Heavy Is Your Handbag?

Have you stopped to consider how heavy your handbag is? It is not uncommon for some bags to weigh as much as up to 3kgs. Unfortunately carrying these heavy and often unwieldy bags can pose a risk to your posture or contribute to back or neck problems.

As chiropractors we are committed to helping people avoid back pain in the first instance. With this in mind our team of chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic have put together their top tips for keeping your back bag safe:

  • Keep it light: The lighter the bag the better so first things first is to empty it out and remove unwanted items. You’ll probably be surprised how much lighter your bag will be!
  • Use the strap: Often larger bags come with a strap so use it. Keep your bag as close to your body as possible and alternate the shoulder you are carrying the bag on. If the strap is long enough then wear it across your body.
  • Holding your bag:  Avoid holding a bag that has long straps high up in the crook of your arm or down towards your knees as this will put an even load on your body.

Keep your back bag safe by following the above advice.

If you are suffering back pain then our chiropractors are here to help. Why not give us a call on 01782 711 191 to book an appointment.

Is Life Damaging Your Spine?

Is modern life becoming a pain in the neck? Are you like the millions of people who spend hours on end every day using a Smartphone or another mobile device? If so, you could be at risk of “text neck”, a new age epidemic that could lead to permanent damage.

You probably don’t put that much thought into the hundreds of messages you send every week on your Smartphone, but texting it is a dangerous habit. The posture we adopt as we stare at our phones significantly increases the stress on the neck and can lead to excessive wear and tear. This is how bad it can be: our heads weigh between 10lb and 12lb, but as we bend our heads downwards to use our phones, the effective weight on our necks increases – a lot! At a 15-degree angle, the head weighs about 27lb, and rises to 60lb at 60 degrees!

With most of us now spending an average of two to four hours a day with our heads dropped down, this results in about 700 to 1,400 hours a year of excess stresses on the cervical spine! This can cause head pain, neck pain, arm pain and even numbness.

Eventually, in conjunction with a sedentary lifestyle, “text neck” could lead to serious consequences. With “text neck” on the rise as more and more people carry out their lives over a mobile phone, it’s important that we’re all aware of how to reduce our risk of developing this modern condition.

The best thing anyone can do to lower the risk of “text neck” is to use voice recognition and make phone calls instead of text messages. It’s also important to take regular breaks and alter your texting positions to avoid problems. You can find a list of useful exercises on the NHS website.

Modern technology moves at a quicker speed than the human body can adapt to, and this is not the first time we have been warned about the dangers of texting.  In 2011, mobile phones were blamed for an increase in pedestrian deaths in the US, with some towns even considering issuing fines for people who text while walking.  Then of course, there was “Blackberry thumb” (repetitive strain injury caused by texting) and “iPad hand” (aches and pains caused by swiping and typing on a tablet).

The list of ailments grows longer with every new piece of technology, and while we can’t ever expect anyone to ditch their devices, we can all put the measures in place to stay healthy as we move with the times.

Suffering Back Pain? Don’t Try These ‘Cures’

If you’re suffering back pain you may be tempted to try just about anything to get rid of it. The lengths that some people go to to get relief from their back pain often surprises us. Chiropractors who are members of the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) shared some very interesting ‘cures’ people suffering back pain had tried including, drinking ones own urine and applying WD40! Neither of which our chiropractors recommend by the way.

For many what seems like the most obvious ‘cure’ is to rest. However, in most instances of back pain this is not something our chiropractors would recommend you do. Staying mobile and taking moderate activity is in the long term a better option.

With back pain affecting increasing numbers of people we as chiropractors in a busy chiropractic clinic in Newcastle under Lyme cannot recommend enough that people learn to take great care of their spine. Taking moderate levels of exercise is essential to build and maintain strength in the spine and improves posture which in turn helps protect you from back pain.

If you are suffering back pain, chiropractic offers a safe and effective treatment. Our experienced team of chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic will not only treat you but will offer you advice to keep your back safe in the future.

The State Of British Back Health Revealed

back care advice from our chiropractor in newcastle under lymeConsumer research from the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) has revealed the state of back health across the various regions of the country. What’s particularly interesting to note are the wide variations found across the regions of the number of people experiencing back and neck pain.

The research indicates that the region with the best back health is the South East where 40% of people complain of back and neck pain. However, in Northern Ireland this number jumps to 57% of people currently having back and neck pain. That’s a 17% variation.

As with many research findings published, this research confirms that back and neck pain is on the increase across Britain, with numbers showing a 12% increase in back and neck pain since 2017.

As far as taking a proactive approach to prevent back and neck pain, Londoners lead the way, followed by those in the South West.

Across all regions the research showed that lifting and carrying were the prime triggers for back and neck pain.

As chiropractors we know only too well the impact that back pain can have on people’s lives. Across the majority of regions the most likely impact of back and neck pain was reported as preventing sleep, followed by preventing exercise.

As chiropractors in our busy clinic in Newcastle under Lyme we are committed to help people prevent back and neck pain. However, if you are currently suffering back and neck pain then our highly experienced team of chiropractors are here to help you.

Chiropractic offers a gentle but effective non-invasive form of care of the spine. At Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic our objective is to provide the highest standard of care to all our patients and we want to erase the phrase “you have to live with it” from our patients’ lives. Our team is committed to helping each patient to improve the quality of their life and empower each individual patient so that they can work and achieve their health goals and live each day at their optimum.

If you are suffering back or neck pain why not call us on 01782 711 191 to books an appointment with one of our chiropractors.  They are here ti help.

 

 

 

Green Fingers Don’t Necessarily Make For A Well Back

We Brits love our gardens. We spend a lot of time and money on them. Now the sun is starting to shine and with longer hours of daylight, gardeners across the country will be spending time get their gardens into shape.

Gardening is a great form of activity regardless of age and it also gets people outdoors which has all kinds of health benefits. Our chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic therefore encourage people to do some gardening. However, gardening isn’t without it’s downsides as far as incurring injuries and strains are concerned.

With this in mind our chiropractors want to ensure that everyone stays safe and recommend that before rolling up your sleeves and getting stuck in that you spend 3 minutes of your time watching a video that the British Chiropractic Association has made. This video is full of advice on what you can do to keep your back,muscles and joints safe when gardening.

Please watch it as it may prevent you having to visit the Clinic!

If you do find yourself suffering back pain or muscle or joint pain the don’t hesitate to call us on 01782 711 191. Our chiropractors are here to help you.

 

 

It’s Time To Get On Your Feet

It’s time to get ‘On Your Feet Britain‘ again on 27th April when Get Britain Standing in association and Active Working launch their annual day to promote sitting less and moving more during the working day.

As chiropractors in our busy clinic in Newcastle Under Lyme we see first hand the impact that sedentary lifestyles are having on people’s lives. Sitting for prolonged periods can lead to back pain and worryingly research shows it can lead to increased risk of a host of other health problems including:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Cancer
  • Depression

The average time a British person sits for in a day is 8.9 hours! That’s a lot of time. However, it’s surprising how the time mounts up. There’s a useful calculator on the Get Britain Standing website that allows you to calculate how many hours a day you spend sitting. Try it – the results may surprise you.

If you are suffering back pain then our chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic are here to help you. Why not call us on 01782 711 191 to book an appointment.

Hitting The Golf Course?

The US Masters has rolled around again. It never ceases to amaze us how beautiful and challenging the Augusta course is.

Of course as chiropractors we can’t help but think about the golfing injuries and strains we treat!  Unfortunately most of these can be put down to a few things, namely, poor technique, inadequate stretching both before and after playing and finally incorrectly carrying heavy golf bags!

If you’re a golfer, following a few simple tips before teeing off could save you a whole heap of problems down the line. Our chiropractors have put together these tips for you:

Keep it light and even: Lifting and carrying a heavy golf bag can place strain on your neck and back so invest in a light weight model to reduce the risk when carrying and lifting your bag. Also look for a bag with dual harness straps over the shoulders which will help distribute weight more evenly.

Warm Up & Down: Spend a few minutes warming up before teeing off by doing some simple stretches. You want to stretch your hamstrings, quads, chest and shoulders. Likewise stretch out after finishing your round – before heading to the bar!

On the Course: Wear good fitting shoes that provide you the best stability. Always bend your knees when picking up your golf bag. Consider using a power or electric caddy instead of a trolley. Pulling a trolley puts your body in an awkward position which can result in injuries and strains.