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.

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.

 

The Modern Causes of Back Pain

Back pain is not as uncommon as you may think. Increasingly our lifestyles are placing a great strain on our backs.

Pressure and stress are all too common symptoms of the hectic lives we lead. Unfortunately they can contribute to back and neck pain as we physically and emotionally tense and round up our shoulders.

In addition, we continue to work (a lot of us) in environments where we sit for long periods of time, mainly at desks glued to our computer.  For some people, sitting in a chair for 40 hours plus per week is the fastest way to develop back pain that seriously hurts! And what’s worrying is that for some people, they have never even experienced back pain before; they have never had lower back pain, shoulder issues or neck pain, but suddenly notice these symptoms coming on. Even if the symptoms don’t last for very long, they can start affecting people on a daily basis.

The worst part is that when you do get lower back pain, it can seem so hard to get rid of. You try adjusting your posture and it still hurts. You try rubbing it or massaging it or stretching it out quickly – and yet it still hurts.

You try getting up and walking around and then it hurts again ten minutes later. It can be incredibly frustrating.

So here are some exercises you can do right now for lower back pain relief.

Exercises For Your Lower Back

The underlying premise is simple: you’re experiencing pain because of chronic inactivity and stress and this weakens certain muscles and tightens others. So here are two effective exercises that we know work. (Even famous celebrities and professional athletes do these to manage their back pain)

Exercise one – (Duration: 5-10 minutes)

How to do it:

  • Lie on your back with both legs bent at right angles either on a chair or block
  • Rest your hands on your stomach or lay with your arms out at the side below shoulder level,  with your palms facing up
  • Breathe from your stomach. Let the lower back relax.
  • Hold the position for 5-10 minutes

Exercise two

How to do it:

  • Lie on your back with one leg resting on a chair, with your knee bent at 90 degrees, while the other leg is extended straight out and resting on the floor.
  • Make sure both legs are aligned with your hips and shoulders
  • The foot of your extended leg should be propped upright to prevent it from rolling to one side
  • Hold this position for a few minutes then do the same on the other side.

Exercise three

Make sure you move and walk even if you can only manage 10 minutes at a time. Try and do your 10 minute walk 3 times a day.

We also recommend doing the exercises that can be found on our website http://chiropractorinstoke.co.uk/rehab-posture-exercises in particular the Cat and Camel, Leg and Arm raises and Curl Ups.

These exercises can go a long way in helping to maintain the health of your spine. Start today and you may be able keep back pain at bay! After all, no one wants to deal with a sore or achy spine.

We do recommend that you always consult your health care professional before beginning any exercise programme.