Simple Ways To Be Healthier In 2019

Happy New Year from our team at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic and our sister clinic – City Chiropractic in Stoke on Trent.

A common New Year’s Resolution is be more healthy in the coming year and if you have set this as your resolution our chiropractors at our clinic in Newcastle under Lyme and Stoke on Trent have good news for you. Some simple lifestyle changes can really make a big difference to your health.

Here are our chiropractors top 5 changes you can start to make now:

  1. Spend less time sitting: Sitting for long periods can have a negative impact on your overall health and the health of your spine. Take regular breaks from sitting whether it’s at your office desk or slouching on the sofa, straighten up and move around.
  2. Stretch your joints: Improve your flexibility, muscle tone and posture by undertaking regular joint mobility stretches.
  3. Make exercise a part of your daily routine: This doesn’t need to mean you have to hit the gym every day. Incorporating as little as 30 minutes of walking into your daily routine can make a difference.
  4. Cut out the processed foods and eat more whole foods: You can start with gradual changes to eliminate low quality foods from your diet and incorporate more fruit, vegetables and whole grains. Be sure to drink plenty of water.
  5. Be more aware of how you move your body: Often injuries are caused by the simplest of movements, however, being mindful of how our bodies are positioned could eliminate many of these. Maintaining a good posture helps protect the spine so check your posture and straighten up.

And our bonus tip: Visit a chiropractor: Our chiropractors at our clinics in Newcastle under Lyme and Stoke on Trent are passionate about helping you achieve your health goals and live a full and active life.

Why not call the most convenient clinic for you and book an appointment with one of our chiropractors. Contact  Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic on 01782 711 191 or City Chiropractic Clinic in Stoke on 01782 848 184.

Don’t Cook Up Back Pain This Christmas!

Nothing much beats a traditional Christmas dinner – the roast, crispy roast potatoes, roasted veggies, cauliflower cheese, red cabbage, gravy … the list goes on! Of course getting the Christmas feast on the table is no mean feat! There’s lots of preparation and near military precision execution required in getting the food on the table and often quite a lot of stress!

It’s often easy for those putting on the feast to underestimate the physical demands that it can place on their bodies.

Our chiropractor at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic says “It’s so easy to forget your posture when cooking which can often put you at risk of suffering back pain. Bending, lifting and standing for prolonged periods when not done correctly can cause problems. Preparing the Christmas Dinner can be very stressful and often involves cooking much larger portions than normal. It’s easy to forget this!”

Our chiropractor reminds you to check your posture when cooking and follow a few tips to help reduce the risk to your back:

  1. In the lead up start moving the ingredients and cooking equipment you’ll need on the day to elbow or shoulder height to avoid having to overstretch on the day.
  2. Use a chopping board to bring the counter top to the right height for you. If you are tall you may need to adjust your standing position by widening your legs to prevent stooping over.
  3. There’ll be plenty of bending and lifting to do so remember to keep your back straight and bend at the knees and do the same when lifting.
  4. Stay relaxed – this may be easier said than done on the day. Check your shoulders and if they’re starting to tense and lift up take a deep breath and readjust your posture.
  5. After all the hard work, hopefully someone else will step in to do the washing up! But if not, don’t fall into the trap of slouching over the sink – stand in a comfortable position with your feet shoulder width apart.

Happy back pain free cooking this Christmas from all our team at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic.

 

 

 

Driving Home For Christmas?

It won’t be long now until we hear that great Christmas classic from Chris Rea on our radios – ‘Driving Home For Christmas’. As so many people take to the roads over the Christmas period, travelling to see family and friends, our chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic thought it was a good time to remind people that driving can put a strain on your back.

If you don’t want to end up with a back ache this Christmas then here are our chiropractors top tips for setting yourself up for back pain free driving.  There are four key positions to adjust to ensure you maintain a good posture and keep your back safe:

  • Seat – adjust the back of the seat to tilt slightly backwards so that feel comfortable in a seated position.
  • Steering wheel – adjust the steering wheel so that your hands should rest on it with a slight bend in your elbows.
  • Mirrors – adjust these to ensure you have visibility around the car while needing to make only the minimal of head movements.
  • Seat belt – your seat belt should rest across the top of your shoulder and should not rub against your neck or fall off your shoulder.

You can also watch a video that steps you through setting up your driving position and other useful advice on the Pain Prevention page on our website.

If you are suffering back pain or discomfort then why not get it checked and helped before Christmas. Our team of chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic are here to help you. Call us on 01782 711 191 to book an appointment.

Simple Ways To Avoid Common Causes Of Back Pain

Back pain is one of the world’s most common health problems.  According to the World Health Organisation, it is also in the top 10 diseases and injuries accounting for disability-adjusted life years (number of years lost due to ill-health).  It can affect people of any age, potentially affecting their work life and general well-being.

Fortunately, there are some simple techniques that you can use to avoid the common causes of back pain.  This article will identify those techniques and explain how they can also reduce the level of back pain you are currently experiencing.

What are the common causes of back pain?

The human back is a complex system of muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments.  These components must work together to support the body and enable movement.  The spine also contains cartilage-like pads which are called discs.  They provide cushioning between the components of the spine.  Problems affecting any of the components of the back can lead to back pain.  The most common causes of back problems include:

Physical overexertion

Incorrectly picking up very heavy items or repeatedly bending over can strain the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the back.  Pain from overexertion can occur quickly or take many months to appear.

Injury
Back pain is often caused by an injury from an accident.  The most common accidents that cause back injuries include car crashes, collisions on the sporting field, and falls.  These injuries might include ruptured discs, broken bones, and torn ligaments or tendons.

Medical conditions
A variety of medical conditions can cause back pain, including osteoporosis, cancer of the spine, sleep disorders, kidney problems, arthritis, and sciatica.  In some cases, these conditions cannot be cured, so the pain they cause can only be managed.

Ruptured or bulging discs

The discs between each vertebra in the spine can sometimes rupture or change shape.  When this happens, more pressure is placed on the nerves in the back, potentially causing back pain.

Poor posture

Having poor posture can eventually contribute to back pain and may even cause long term damage.

How to avoid the common causes of back pain

Seek chiropractic help

Obtaining chiropractic treatment is one of the most effective ways to reduce back pain.  A chiropractor is a medical professional who is trained to identify and treat musculoskeletal problems of the human body.  They can identify the root causes of back pain and suggest treatments that address them.

Some of the ways that a chiropractor can help you avoid causes of back pain include:

  • Ensuring your spine is correctly aligned
    Chiropractic treatment involves alignment of the spine and other joints in the body. Correcting the alignment of your joints will prevent premature wear and can reduce the likelihood of back pain occurring.
  • Identifying any issues with your posture
    Chiropractors can diagnose and correct postural problems that cause back pain.
  • Diagnosing any serious underlying illnesses or injuries causing back pain
    Chiropractors can also identify other serious health problems that may potentially contribute to back pain like ruptured discs and sciatica.

Sleep on your back

When you are sitting down, walking, running, and lifting objects all day, your spine can become compressed.  Laying down on your back gives your spine a chance to recuperate, reducing the likelihood of back pain.  

Exercise more
Exercise that strengthens the core muscles can be very useful for reducing or avoiding back pain.  The core muscles are the muscles found in the abdominal region and lower back.  If these muscles are well developed, they will take strain off of the ligaments and tendons in the back which can reduce pain levels.  Having a strong core also reduces the risk of a back injury occurring. 

Get a good pair of shoes

If you are on your feet for long periods, purchase a high quality pair of shoes that fit your feet well.  This will ensure that your body has a stable and well-balanced base that supports your legs and back.  It will help you avoid back pain associated with ligament, muscle or tendon strains. 

Have regular massages

Massages can help to relax the muscles in your back and increase blood flow.  This can help you remain flexible, preventing pain relating to sore muscles and ligaments. 

Have medical problems diagnosed

If you have unexplained back pain, it is a good idea to see a doctor.  They will be able to run tests to check your overall health and identify any health conditions that may be causing your pain.  Your doctor may also help you identify health problems before they worsen and cause even more back pain. 

Practice good ergonomics and improve your posture

Good posture involves standing, sitting, and moving in a way that reduces the amount of strain on your body.  When you exhibit good posture, your joints will be well aligned — reducing the risk of injury or wear-and-tear on the joints in the back.  This reduces the risk of long term injuries occurring which cause back pain.

 

Never Too Early To Plan Your Post Xmas Lunch Walk

exercise advice from our newcastle under lyme chiropractorYes, we know many of you are still planning for Christmas day and all that entails, so thinking about your post Christmas day activities may be a little early. We just wanted to get in there with a gentle reminder that getting outdoors and enjoying a walk can be both beneficial to you  and fun.

After all most of Christmas Day afternoon is spent watching old movies on the TV for the hundredth time (or so it feels like) or falling asleep on the sofa! Why not blow away the cobwebs and work off some of the excess calories that Christmas lunch will have added to your daily intake.

Our chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic are keen to encourage everyone to get in some daily exercise and what better way than walking. It’s simple, free and almost everyone can do it. Here are just a few of the benefits of walking to your health and well being:

  • helps prevent or manage various health conditions which are prevalent in our society such as type 2 diabetes
  • aids in strengthening bones and muscle
  • improves mood and
  • reduces stress.

The great news is that we are fortunate to have some fabulous areas to get outdoors to enjoy a walk around Newcastle under Lyme. Newcastle under Lyme is surrounded by stunning countryside. Staffordshire, as a county, boasts a National Park, areas of outstanding natural beauty, national forests and National Nature Reserve. Off road paths, greenways, canal towpaths and river routes are all on our doorstep.

Of course for your post Xmas walk you may want to take a walk around the area you live in, it’s often surprising what is just on our doorstep. However, you may want to get out somewhere a bit further afield. A place we enjoy visiting is Apeldale Community Country Park.

Stoke on Trent is on our doorstep and is one of the greenest cities in the UK – if you didn’t know! Westport Lake and Park Hall Country Park are great places for taking a walk.

If you’re looking for some more walking trails around Newcastle, the Ordnance Survey #GetOutside website offers up some suggestions.

There are lots of places to get out and enjoy so make the most of them this Christmas.

It’s never too early to plan your post Xmas lunch walk.

Don’t Let Christmas Stress You Out

There’s no mistaking that Christmas is approaching fast! There’s lots to get done in the lead up to the big day and of course on the big day itself! For many people their stress levels increase over this period.

The stress response is a the bodies way of preparing us for a potentially dangerous situation – it’s often referred to as the flight or fight response. The body goes through various changes to prepare us for flight or fight. Putting our bodies under stress frequently can be harmful to our health.

There are a variety of techniques that can be use to reduce stress and our chiropractors recommend that if you under stress that you do the following:

  • get more sleep
  • improve your diet
  • use some relaxation techniques
  • practice mindfulness
  • spend more time with people you love
  • exercise regularly

Here’s to a happy an stress free time.

Common Myths About Back Pain

At our busy chiropractic clinic in Newcastle under Lyme our chiropractors treat a wide variety of patients every week. Out patients range from the very young to the elderly and active sports people to the not so active. The one thing many of these patients have in common is back pain.

Back pain can be caused for a variety of reasons. In order to be able to diagnose our patients condition our chiropractors undertake a full consultation and examination. They are then in a position to get to the cause of the patient’s problem. During the consultation phase our chiropractors will ask questions in order to better understand the patient’s symptoms, medical history and lifestyle. Of course the patient may have questions of their own that they want to get answered too.

When talking with clients our chiropractors often hear some common myths that exist about back pain. Some of the most common being:

  • Back pain is uncommon
  • Resting a bad back is best
  • Taking painkillers will help

Unfortunately these myths can slow down a patient’s recovery and in the worst case can prevent recovery.

If you have been suffering back pain for some days then it’s best to seek professional advice. Our chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic are trained and experienced in diagnosing and treating back pain.

 

Christmas Decorations Going Up Soon?

It seems that people are putting up their Christmas decorations earlier and earlier every year! Maybe this is fuelled by celebrities (used in the loosest sense of the word!) are busy posting images of their decorations? Or could it be the start of the battler for the best Christmas TV Ad? Well whatever the reasons we’re sure that in many households the next few weeks will see the annual task of decorating our homes for Christmas get underway.

In most instances this is a ‘fun’ time but it’s not without its dangers too! As chiropractors we can’t but focus on your back and offer some advice to help you keep your back safe while doing the Christmas decorating!

Buying the Tree: If you’re planning on buying a tree this year then it may be a good idea to take someone along to give you a hand to lift and carry it and get it into the car.

Putting up the decorations: Putting up the decorations can be more strenuous than it looks – there’s lifting, carrying and stretching involved so be mindful of your back when doing all of these. You may need to use a ladder to put up the decorations so take care and use the ladder safely – definitely no overstretching whilst on the ladder please! Always best to get someone to hold the ladder for you.

Wrapping the presents: The floor may start out as being a good idea to do the wrapping on but it really isn’t. Use a raised surface like a table or work top to avoid straining your back.

Whatever activity you are doing remember to take regular breaks and do some simple stretches to loosen off.

Happy decorating from our team at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic.

Can A Chiropractor Help With Sports Injuries?

Chiropractors specialise in the treatment of disorders of the musculoskeletal system.  They use various techniques to treat common ailments arising from musculoskeletal  disorders, including generalised back pain, leg pain, neck pain, arm pain, headaches, sacroiliac joint pain, and repetitive strain injury.

Chiropractic care can also be beneficial for the treatment and prevention of sports injuries.  This article will explain how a chiropractor can help you recover from a sports injury or make adjustments that reduce the risk of an injury occurring in the future.

How are sport injuries caused?

Although playing sport can be a lot of fun and is beneficial for your health — it does carry some risk.  It is common for people playing sports like football or rugby to injure their joints or even suffer from concussions.  Even non-contact sports which are perceived as being less dangerous can cause injury if participants do not warm up correctly.  Most sports injuries arise from:

  • Forceful impacts
    When participants collide into one another it can cause bruising, concussions, sprains, and other injuries. These kinds of injuries are particularly common in football, rugby, ice hockey, and basketball.  Injuries from forceful impacts are even possible while playing non-contact sports like volleyball and squash as players can run into one another
  • Repetitive motions
    Certain sports and forms of exercise require participants to perform repetitive motions, which can cause injury. Sports like rowing, cycling and running are often associated with these types of injuries.
  • Over-training
    Sportspeople who don’t spend enough time recovering between sessions are at greater risk of suffering injuries from overuse of muscles or joints.
  • Failure to warm up properly
    Failure to warm up is one of the most common causes of injuries.

How chiropractic care can treat sports injuries

Here are some of the ways that chiropractic care can resolve sports injuries:

Realigning the spine after a neck injury

Neck injuries are quite common amongst sportspeople who play very physical sports like rugby and basketball.  Neck muscle strains and whiplash injuries can cause swelling around the neck along with pain and inflammation.  A chiropractor can perform some gentle adjustments to restore movement and alleviate neck pain.

Pinched Nerves

A pinched nerve occurs when a nerve is compressed by ligaments, tendons or bones.  This kind of injury often happens as a result of repetitive motions or over training.  A chiropractor can help by readjusting the alignment of your bones to relieve pressure on the nerve.

Muscle strains

Chiropractors can work with soft tissue strains, helping to restore movement and relieve pain.  Some chiropractors will use kinesio taping to support strained muscles, reduce inflammation, and resorted mobility.   The Graston Technique, heat therapy, and Active Release Therapy may also be used to heal muscle injuries caused while playing sport.

Back pain

Back pain is a very common sports injury.  It is associated with many sports including rowing, tennis, and rugby.  A chiropractor can help you deal with back injuries by realigning the spine in a way that relieves pain and restores mobility.

Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow

These conditions are caused by repetitive motions like swinging a tennis racket or golf club hundreds of times.  A chiropractor can provide treatments to help you regain mobility in the affected joint. 

How chiropractic care help you avoid sports injuries

Not only can a chiropractor help you treat sports injuries, they can help you avoid them by ensuring your musculoskeletal system is correctly aligned.  Some of the benefits of a correctly aligned musculoskeletal system include:

  • Less wear and tear on the body
    When your joints are aligned, you can avoid unnecessary wear and tear while playing sports. This means less strain on your muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
  • Better balance
    Correct alignment of the musculoskeletal system can improve your balance and athleticism — which reduces the risk of falls and joint injuries.
  • Better flexibility
    Your flexibility will also improve by visiting a chiropractor regularly. This results in better agility on the sporting field, which helps you avoid collisions and resulting sports injuries.
  • Better muscle performance
    Having correctly align joints make it easier to harness the strength in your muscles. You will have great control over your strength, which helps you avoid injuries.

If you suffering from a sports injury why not visit our experienced chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic.

Give Your Back A Gift This Winter

back care advice from our newcastle  chiropractorIf you are suffering back pain then you’re not alone. One in four people will suffer back pain at some stage in their life. This of course is of little consolation to you. There is a high chance that you have been suffering back pain or recurrence of back pain for some time as research undertaken highlights that people in the UK will suffer for back pain for a month before seeking help with one in the never seeking any help.

You may have turned to over the counter medication to help relieve you pain. In some instances it may have helped, however, research indicates that medication may not be the answer for many cases of back pain. It may be surprising to know that exercise and stretching can prevent and improve back pain and along with manipulation can be the most effective treatment.

At our busy chiropractic clinic in Newcastle under Lyme our chiropractors are well used to treat patients who have been suffering back pain for some time. Many patients have come to accept their back pain as being something they have to live with even though it can often be having a detrimental impact on their life.

Our chiropractors at our award winning clinic are committed to erasing the phrase “you have to live with it” from our patients lives.

Chiropractic is a safe, effective and gentle treatment for patients of all ages. Chiropractors use techniques which focus on the gentle but effective non-invasive care of the spine (by aiming to maintain correct spinal alignment), joints and nervous system. You can read more about how chiropractic works here.

You really don’t need to live with your back pain – give your back a gift this Winter and visit our experienced chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic.

Here are just a few comments from patients who we have helped:

“Having suffered with my back for several years I was unsure which direction to take. I was advised to see a Chiropractor and that Newcastle was the best. They were spot on and I’m several months into my treatment and always improving.” – Danny B (Google review)

“After suffering from a bad back, I was prompted to come to this clinic, and I can honestly say, it was the best decision I have made for a long time, superb service.” Gillian W, Alsager (Google review)

“Was recommended Dr Finn to treat my back from a colleague. I have been on a journey from chronic back pain to relatively pain free. The treatment plan was explained thoroughly with regular reviews and progress discussion. A professional service with warm and welcoming staff. Would definitely recommend.” Kate H (Google review)

“Following months of excruciating pain following a slip disc & sciatic nerve problems, I nervously visited Dr Robert Finn to see if he could help. The treatment & care I have received from Robert & his team over the last 4 years has been amazing. He has given me my mobility back so that I can once again enjoy life! I now visit just once every 6 weeks to keep me in tip top shape.

Call us on 01782 711 191 to arrange an appointment.