Taking To The Air To Reach Your Holiday Destination?

back care advice from our newcastle under lyme chiropractorThe school holidays are nearly here and for many the airport calls to whisk them away to sunnier climes (not sure it can get much sunnier than the UK has been!). If you are one of these people who is taking to the air to reach your holiday destination this summer, our chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic have put together some advice for you to help keep your back safe.

Holidays are a great break away from our everyday lives and stresses, however, this is also the time when we are out of our usual routine and doing things we wouldn’t normally do, like lifting heavy cases, which can be the very time we hurt ourselves.

Here is the advice our chiropractors have put together for back safe flying this summer:

Packing and prepping:

  • Choose the lightest case you can find which also has wheels that enables you to push the case in front of you.
  • Pack as light as you can. We’re all guilty of packing the extra pair of shoes or two but think of that extra weight!
  • Make sure you can easily identify your case. Picking it out on the carousel from the hundreds of other cases will prevent you from having to lift off lots of other cases to check if they’re yours.
  • Have a good night’s sleep before heading off to the airport.

Avoid Trolleys & Travelators:

  • Avoid using luggage trolleys if possible. Wonky wheels make it difficult to control trolleys and can put a lot of pressure on your back.
  • It’s tempting to hop on a travelator and let it do the moving but when you get off your flight you want to move your body as much as possible to prevent stiffness.

On the flight:

  • Do some simple exercises to prevent stiffness. Try some shoulder shrugs, buttock clenches and foot circles in your seat.
  • Take a walk if it’s convenient to get up out of your seat and walk around the aisle.

On the other side:

  • Walking is the best way to get some movement into your body and prevent stiffness.

Follow our chiropractors’ advice and happy flying this summer.

 

 

Keep Active And Have Fun – It’s Important For Your Back

Keeping active and taking exercise doesn’t necessarily mean going to the gym. After all most gym memberships never get used!

However, staying active and taking regular exercise is important to our health and the health of our backs. Finding a form of exercise we enjoy is more likely to mean that we will do it and stick to it.

Our chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic want to encourage people to be active and take regular exercise and here they share their top 3 ways to do this:

Walking: This is by far one of the best forms of exercise that can be taken. Most everyone can do it and it can be taken at your own pace and the pace can be built up over time. It offers so many benefits from helping weight loss, preventing and managing various health conditions, aiding in strengthening bones and muscles and helping improve your mood and and reducing stress levels.

Swimming: This offers an all-round form of exercise that is low impact. Whatever your age or ability it is a great activity that helps you get fit, stay active and feel great. The Jubilee 2 pool is convenient if you live in Newcastle under Lyme or if you live in Stoke on Trent there is the Dimensions Leisure Centre.

Dancing: Programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing have brought a new interest in taking up dancing. It really is a great fun way to get active and take some exercise. Whatever moves you want to perform on the dance floor there are classes held regularly in dance schools in Newcastle under Lyme and Stoke on Trent. So what are you waiting for ” Get Dancing”!

Remember to seek the advice of your chiropractor or health care professional before starting on any new exercise regime.

Our chiropractors are here to advise you and help you.

 

 

 

Helpful Advice to Help Increase Your Pain Tolerance

If you must deal with pain on a regular or even daily basis, increasing your tolerance to pain should be up there on your priority list. Unfortunately, many people put up with high levels of pain unnecessarily. There are lots of ways that you can manage your pain and help your body and mind to deal with it better.

Here are some helpful tips that can be incredibly effective.

Use guided imagery

If you suffer with chronic pain, guided imagery can help you to increase your pain tolerance and reduce the intensity of the pain you feel. This popular technique helps replace negative images of pain in your mind with something more positive.

Start by breathing deeply. Then just focus on the breaths you take in and let out. Try and completely relax and let go of all your worries as you inhale cleansing oxygen and exhale. Continue taking these breaths until you achieve a state of relaxation.

Next, scan your body for areas that feel pain. As you identify an area, take a deep breath and when you exhale, blow the pain away and breathe in again to replace it with healing air. After you have done that, imagine a beautiful place. What do you see, hear, feel, smell and taste? Continue to imagine yourself being present in this wonderful, happy, pain-free zone.

Use autosuggestion

Autosuggestion was developed as a way to help people cope with and manage chronic pain. It’s simply a form of self-hypnosis that can help you take control of your pain, and it works best if you have a positive mind set.

To start, sit in a relaxed position in a calm and quiet area. Take a few deep breaths to help you focus on your thoughts. Next, stroke the area where you feel pain and repeat the phrase, “It is going.” Continue telling yourself that the pain is lessening until you start to feel better.

Increase physical activity

Although you may not feel like exercising when you’re in pain, it can help increase your pain tolerance through the endorphins it helps your body to release! To reap the benefits, you need to be taking part in regular aerobic exercise at least three times each week for thirty minutes.

Exercising with a friend or in a group can also increase your tolerance to pain. Being around others increases your endorphins even further, so you end up benefiting from physical activity and from being social!

However, seek medical advice before undertaking any form of new exercise.

Don’t put up with pain when you don’t have to!

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.

From school ride to school stride

It’s Walk to School Week (May 21 -25). Every May, Living Streets, organises a fun themed challenge to encourage children and their families to walk to school and start to experience it’s many benefits. Last year 400,000 children and their families participated in the challenge.

As chiropractors at a busy family chiropractic clinic in Newcastle under Lyme we congratulate you if you are participating in this years challenge. If your not then it’s never too late to go from school ride to school stride.

Why not create your own mini challenge and leave the car at home and walk to school for 5 days? If you have a long school run then leave your car 10 minutes away for the school gates and walk the rest of the way?

As chiropractors we are concerned with the increasing numbers of children and young people who are suffering back pain. Taking regular exercise is so important for the health of children’s spines so incorporating a simple form of exercise such as walking into their daily routines is important.

What better way to do this than walking to school.

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.