Our Stoke Chiropractor Is Here To Help You Create A Healthy New Year Plan

The Christmas and New Year period is an exciting time of year, as you get a chance to catch up with friends and family. Most people will also spend the holiday break reflecting on the year that has passed and thinking about what will happen in the year to come.

It is a fantastic time to set goals for the future, including goals relating to your personal health. However, to achieve these goals you really need a New Year plan.

In this post, our Stoke chiropractor is going to share some tips for creating a plan that will result in a healthier you in the year to come. These tips will help you achieve any health and fitness goals you decide to set.

If you want to learn more about setting a healthy new year plan, why not book a visit with our experienced and leading chiropractor in Stoke on Trent at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic by calling 01782 711 191 or you can book only here.

Our Stoke Chiropractor Offers This Advice For Setting New Goals For The New Year

The team at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic enjoy helping patients reach important health and fitness goals like:

  • Eating healthier
  • Exercising regularly
  • Reducing stress levels

We focus on these three goals as they can deliver the most significant health improvements for our patients. They can also provide you with additional energy and inspiration necessary to take on tougher challenges.

The best approach to tackling these goals is to start small and work your way up. For example, to achieve the goal of exercising regularly, begin by walking 10 or 15 minutes per day. This is much more achievable than signing up with a gym for hours of classes each week at great personal expense.

In terms of healthy eating, you could begin by adding a little more fruit to your daily intake or an extra serving of vegetables at dinner. Once you have gained some momentum, you could work with our Stoke chiro on a more comprehensive healthy eating plan.

Regardless of the New Year’s resolutions that you are setting, remember to start small and focus on gradual improvement.

As you work through your health and fitness goals, you should continue seeing our Chiropractor in Stoke on Trent. They will be able to perform adjustments which reduce tension in your muscles and joints. This may help to make it easier to continue exercising and reduce any stress in your body.

Our chiropractor will also be able to provide you with general advice on diet, exercise, stress reduction, and finding additional motivation.

 

Dealing With Holiday Fatigue

Christmas is an enjoyable time of year, but it can be very tiring. Tasks like preparing your home for visitors, shopping for presents, and preparing meals all require a ton of energy.

Aside from that, you may have a few late evenings over the Christmas period, as you overindulge on food and alcohol. While socialising with friends and family in this way is a lot of fun, it can be physically and mentally exhausting.

When Christmas is over, you may find yourself feeling fatigued and carrying a few extra pounds from the delicious food and drinks you have enjoyed.

The New Year brings an opportunity to get back on track. It’s the perfect time to commit to losing a few pounds, get more energy, and be healthier. The best way to achieve these goals is by focusing on nutrition. Here are a few simple tactics to help you get started:

  • Decrease processed food intake
  • Eat more fresh foods including fruits, vegetables, nuts, and lean meats (salmon and other fatty fish, skinless chicken, steak without the fat)
  • Eat carbohydrates earlier in the day for additional energy and reduce carbohydrate intake in the evening. Evening meals should focus on vegetables and protein.
  • Snack on nuts, blueberries, strawberries, sun dried tomatoes and other health foods

Following these four simple tips can have a dramatic impact on your health and energy levels. For more nutrition tips, why not book a visit with our Chiropractor at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic.

 

New Year Less Stress

Everyone suffers from stress to a certain extent. In fact, about 54% are actually stressed about the level of stress they have!

Although most people come to accept stress as being a ‘normal’ part of life, it is important to be mindful of the risk it poses and take steps to reduce it.

Stress can increase the risk of several serious illnesses, including heart diseases, depression, and diabetes. It can also cause various musculoskeletal and neurological problems including headaches, back pain, neck pain, and muscular tension.

Fortunately, there are several effective strategies you can use to reduce your stress levels:

  • Exercise more often
    The human body is designed to move. When it does not have that opportunity, it can contribute to feelings of stress. Even a 10 minute walk can make a difference.
  • Visit a chiropractor in Stoke on Trent
    Have an examination performed by a Stoke chiro to determine if there are any restrictions in your spine, which can cause stress in your body. A restriction prevents the spine from moving freely, which can cause pain, decrease energy levels, and make you feel stressed.
  • Try relaxation techniques
    Many people find relaxation techniques like mindfulness meditation, yoga, aromatherapy, massage, breath focus, and guided imagery to be very effective at relieving stress. This website has more information on some of the best relaxation techniques for stress relief. 

It is estimated that between 80 to 90% of illnesses can be traced back to having too much stress in your life, so it’s important to take action as soon as possible.

 

If you have any further questions or would like to book an appointment with a chiropractor contact Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic by calling 01782 711 191 or emailing us at enquiries@chiropractorinstoke.co.uk.

 

Can A Standing Desk Really Help Your Posture? Our Stoke Chiropractor Explains …

back care advice from our newcastle under lyme chiropractorMany of the patients visiting our Newcastle under Lyme and Stoke on Trent Chiropractic Clinics have occupations that force them to remain seated for many hours each day. These patients are often concerned about the impact that extended sitting may have on their posture and general health.

It is true that prolonged sitting is associated with several health conditions. This is the reason why so many people have started using standing desks in recent years. But are standing desks really that useful? In this post, our Stoke chiropractor explains what happens to your body when you sit all day and offer some tips for using a standing desk.

 

What Does Sitting Do To Your Body?

Sitting for long periods is unnatural to the human body and it can cause some dramatic changes to your musculoskeletal system over time, including:

  • Tight hips

    Excessive sitting can cause your hip flexors to shorten and become tight. The hip flexors are a group of muscles near the top of the thighs which connect the upper leg to the hip. Tight flexors can eventually change the angle of your pelvis and may lead to back pain relating to tight hips.

 

  • Weak abdominals

    When you are in a sitting position, you aren’t flexing your abdominal muscles. As a result, your core can become weak, which puts more pressure on your back.

 

  • Weak legs and glutes

    The same applies for your leg muscles. Because they are used less often, they will begin to decline in strength, which can impact your health in various ways.

 

  • Stiff shoulders and neck

    If you have ever sat hunched over a computer screen for hours, you would know how much it can affect the neck and shoulders. This occurs because your head tends to move forward when using an electronic device, placing more strain on the neck and shoulders. This can eventually lead to forward head posture.

 

Does Standing Help With These Issues?

Yes, standing more often can help you avoid the problems caused by excessive sitting. However, when it comes to standing desks, the answer is slightly more complex.

A standing desk is only useful if you use it correctly. Improper use can lead to health problems, including varicose veins, postural issues, muscle fatigue and lower limb swelling.

While a standing desk might improve your posture, it will not cure conditions like scoliosis or a bulging disc.

It’s also important to understand that if you have poor standing posture while using a standing desk, you may continue to suffer from back pain. Here are a few tips that our Stoke chiropractor has for using a standing desk correctly:

 

Adjust the desk to the right height

If you set your stand desk too high or too low, it may force your body into an unnatural position, placing additional strain on your muscles and joints. Adjust the height of the desk so your:

  • Spine, neck, and head are aligned
  • Spine has a relaxed “S” curve and your head is slightly back
  • Wrists sit comfortably on the desk and your forearms are be parallel to the ground
  • Computer monitor is at or slightly below eye level (if using one)

 

Take time transitioning to a standing desk

A number of people wind up at visiting our chiropractor in Stoke on Trent with a sore back after using a standing desk for a few weeks. That’s because they have suddenly made the transition from sitting all day to standing — and their body simply isn’t used to it.

When your bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons are used to sitting all day, it is a huge shock when you start standing for hours on end. You might experience a moderate amount of leg pain and back pain.

Avoid this issue by giving your body plenty of time to adjust. Start by standing for 20 minutes at a time a few times per day. Gradually increase the duration of your standing until you reach 30 minutes of standing every hour. This is when the health benefits of standing really start to kick in. Just take your time and listen to your body.

 

Think about your feet

Standing in one spot for an extended period can lead to sore feet and sore leg muscles. Make it easier on your feet and legs by wearing comfortable footwear with good arch support. Also, consider using an anti-fatigue mat, which has plenty of cushioning to improve your comfort levels.

 

Be mindful of posture and move about when possible

It’s important to understand that standing for long periods can be as bad for your health as sitting for long periods. It’s important to remember that standing for several hours with poor posture can cause back pain, sore muscles. and swelling.

To avoid these issues, take a short walk every 30 minutes. Use this time to go to the toilet, get a glass of water, chat to a colleague or if at home do some housework. This will help you avoid any issues that occur because you have stayed in one position for too long. Alternately, incorporate some stretches and short bursts of exercise throughout the day.

 

Digital Posture Analysis at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic

Your posture is vital to how your body looks and feels.

Our chiropractor at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic has been helping people regain a great posture for over 25 years. In addition to neurological and orthopedic examinations, we use the latest digital technology to accurately assess a patient’s posture. We are the only chiropractic clinic in Staffordshire to use Digital Posture Pro.

You can read more about the powerful tests we undertake to evaluate a patient’s posture here.

If you are suffering back pain or you think your posture is not as good as it could our experienced team of chiropractors are here to help. You can arrange a consultation at tNewcastle Chiropractor Clinic by calling 01782 711 191 or booking online on our website here.

Our Stoke Chiropractor explains how chiropractors can help arthritis sufferers

Arthritis is a very common medical condition in the United Kingdom, affecting about 10 million people. It is a potentially debilitating condition that causes swelling and pain in the joints. Arthritis sufferers often struggle with mobility and find that the condition severely impacts their lifestyle.

Our Newcastle under Lyme and Stoke chiropractic clinics often receive new patients who are suffering from arthritis. They are usually in a great deal of pain and wondering if a chiropractor in Stoke on Trent can help them obtain some pain relief.

We are happy to inform these clients that chiropractic can reduce the symptoms of many types of arthritis. In most cases, obtaining treatment from a Stoke chiro will significantly reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and restore some mobility. In this post, our Stoke chiropractor explains precisely how chiropractic care can help arthritis sufferers.

 

What is Arthritis?

Although arthritis is a common condition, it is not well understood by the general public. “Arthritis” is not a single disease, but a term used to describe many different joint diseases and conditions that cause joint pain.

In total, there are over 100 types of arthritis and associated conditions. These conditions can affect people of any race, age, and gender. The most common arthritic conditions include:

 

Osteoarthritis

Affecting about 9 million people across the UK, this is by far the most common type of arthritis. It usually occurs in older adults and is more prevalent in people with a family history of the condition.

Osteoarthritis causes the cartilage lining the joints to roughen and become thinner. This makes the tendons and ligaments in joints work harder. It then leads to swelling and the formation of bony spurs in the joints.

Eventually, the bones in the joints begin to rub against one another, which is extremely painful. The joints most commonly affected by osteoporosis arthritis are in the hands, spine, knees and hips.

 

Rheumatoid Arthritis

This is an autoimmune disorder where the body’s immune system mistakenly targets the joints. This leads to pain and swelling. Eventually, it causes the bone and cartilage in the joints to break down.

 

Ankylosing spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory condition that primarily affects the muscles, bones, and ligaments in the spine. It leads to stiffness and causes the joints to eventually fuse together.

 

Cervical spondylosis

This form of arthritis primarily affects the joints and bones in the neck. It causes a great deal of stiffness and pain.

 

What Can Chiropractors Do To Help Arthritis Sufferers?

Chiropractic is effective at treating many types of arthritis. It is an all-natural, safe, and non-invasive treatment that does not involve any pharmaceuticals.

Arthritic patients who visit our Newcastle under Lyme and Stoke chiropractic clinics receive gentle adjustments to their joints which correct misalignments and reduce joint restrictions. These adjustments can reduce joint inflammation while improving the function of the affected joint.

Chiropractic adjustments can also boost nervous system function, which makes it easier to manage the symptoms of both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Visiting a chiropractor in Stoke on Trent and Newcastle under Lyme can lead to:

  • Reduced pain levels
  • Less inflammation around the joints
  • Better flexibility and improved range of motion
  • A more active and enjoyable lifestyle

To establish if chiropractic care is appropriate for a new patient, we perform a consultation and initial examination. This helps us discover the severity of the patient’s arthritis and determine if chiropractic treatments will be appropriate. We then work with the patient to devise a treatment plan that delivers results.

 

If you are suffering with arthritis and are looking for help with your symptoms or would like learn more about the ways that our Stoke Chiro can help you, contact Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic by calling 01782 711 191 or City Chiropractic Clinic in Stoke by calling 01782 711 191

Our Stoke Chiropractor Explains Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractic remains one of the most popular forms of complementary medicine in the United Kingdom. Although it was first developed over 100 years ago, it is a constantly evolving discipline, with new types of chiropractic adjustments being created over time.

The evolution of chiropractic care means that patients visiting Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic have several types of chiropractic adjustments available. Your chiropractor will choose the right adjustments to perform based on your symptoms. However, you can also request to have a certain type of adjustment performed.

In this post, our Stoke Chiropractor will explain how the most common chiropractic adjustments work. This information will make you better informed when you visit a Stoke chiro and help you make the most of your visit.

If you are interested in learning more about the chiropractic, contact our leading Stoke Chiro at Newcastle Chiropractor Clinic on 01782 711 191.  You can also read on to learn more about common chiropractic techniques.

 

Direct Thrust Technique (Spinal Manipulation)

This technique is the most well known chiropractic adjustment. It involves using high-velocity thrusts to correct vertebral misalignment in the spine. Each thrust is very short and just strong enough to ensure each vertebrae is in its correct position.

The direct thrust technique generates a small cracking sound. This sound is created by the change in pressure that occurs within the joint, which forces the release of gas bubbles. Although many people visiting our chiropractor in Stoke on Trent for the first time are shocked to hear a cracking noise, it is completely safe and does not cause any pain.

Chiropractors only use the required amount of pressure to adjust the vertebrae they are working on. Although the procedure is typically done by hand, small instruments can also be used.

 

Spinal Mobilisation

Spinal mobilisation also focuses on correcting vertebral misalignments in the spine. However, it is a gentler technique which is sometimes used on patients who are suffering from degenerative bone conditions like osteoporosis. This type of adjustment uses a combination of firm pressure and stretches instead of thrusts. The pressure encourages spinal joints to move back into correct alignment.

 

Myofascial Release

The body’s muscles are surrounded and supported by a soft membrane of myofascial tissue. This tissue can sometimes become overly tight or sensitive, leading to a condition called myofascial pain syndrome.

Chiropractors can treat this condition by performing an examination of your body’s myofascial tissue and performing “myofascial release”. This treatment involves the massage and stretching of any tight or rigid myofascial tissue. This helps to release pressure, relieve pain and restore mobility.

 

Muscle Energy Technique

This is another form of myofascial release that targets any “trigger points” for pain found in your myofascial tissue. Unlike standard myofascial release, this treatment requires client participation.

The client will be asked to tighten various muscles in their body as the chiropractor applies counter pressure for several seconds. It may be repeated numerous times on each muscle in an effort to stretch myofascial tissue in the area. This treatment can relieve pain, promote healing, and increase mobility.

 

Articulatory

This is another very common chiropractic adjustment. Articulatory involves slow movements of a limb throughout its entire range of motion in an effort to improve mobility, remedy stiffness, and relieve pain.

 

Cervical Spine Manipulation

The cervical spine is located in the neck. If it is misaligned, it can cause headaches, muscular tension, upper back pain, limited range of motion, and problems affecting the jaw. Chiropractors use both direct thrust and spinal mobilisation to treat these problems.

 

Indirect Positional Technique

Many of the people who visit a Stoke chiro suffer from “hypertonic muscles”, which are muscles that are overly toned. This condition can lead to tightness and pain. It’s common for people with sedentary jobs who only get a chance to exercise a couple of times a week to suffer from this kind of issue. Individuals who exercise for several hours at a time are also prone to suffering from hypertonic muscles.

A chiropractor can help by using the indirect positional technique. They will start by holding the joint in a neutral position before applying force to lengthen the muscles in that region. This can release tightness and restore mobility.

If you are in pain our chiropractors at our chiropractors at our two clinic – Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic and City Chiropractic Clinic Stoke on Trent are here to help. To make a booking with one of our team, contact Newcastle Chiropractor Clinic on 01782 711 191 or book an appointment online on our website here.

Our Stoke Chiro Outlines 5 Incredible Benefits Of Chiropractic For Sportspeople

sports injury treatment with our stoke chiroA significant proportion of the clients visiting our Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic or City Chiropractic Clinic do so because they have sustained a sporting injury. Our Stoke chiro will firstly assess their injury, then perform the necessary joint adjustments and soft tissue treatments to help their body heal more efficiently. These treatments also help to reduce their pain levels during the recovery period.

Many of the sportspeople visiting our chiropractor in Stoke on Trent are surprised to discover that our chiropractic treatments lead to better performance on the sporting field once they recover. That’s because regular chiropractic care can change your physiology in a way that improves performance. In this post, we’ll share some more incredible benefits of chiropractic care for sportspeople.

Are you interested in improving your sporting performance? Book a visit with our Stoke Chiro at  Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic by calling 01782 711 191 or booking online on our website here. You can also read on to discover the incredible benefits of chiropractic for sportspeople.

 

#1 – Stronger Performance

The most exciting benefit of chiropractic care for sportspeople is obviously better performance. The main reason for this occurring is that chiropractic treatments are effective at improving the motion of the spine. This can lead to better nervous system function and better “sensorimotor integration”. Sensorimotor integration being the relationship between the sensory system (nerves) and the motor system (muscles).

Improved sensorimotor integration means the central nervous system can more easily control task-specific motor output. In other words, your brain can control your body more efficiently. This can lead to better hand-eye coordination, more strength, and more fluid movement.

Another performance boost occurs because of the effect that chiropractic treatments have on the joints. When you visit our Stoke chiropractor, they will assess the performance of your joints and determine if any are poorly aligned. Once adjustments have been performed, your musculoskeletal system will be functioning far more efficiently, with greater flexibility and power. This delivers an incredible performance boost.

 

#2 – Pain Reduction

Pain is the most common reason why people visit our Stoke chiro. Fortunately, chiropractic care has proven to be effective at relieving pain. A chiropractor will perform a combination of joint adjustments and soft tissue therapy to alleviate your pain quickly and help you get back on the sporting field sooner than expected.

 

#3 – Less Risk Of Injury

All forms of exercise will place additional strain on your body, with the muscle, joints, tendons, and ligaments being the most affected. Seeing our chiropractor in Stoke on Trent will help you prevent this additional strain from becoming an injury.

A chiropractor will:

  • Ensure your joints are correctly aligned, which reduces the risk of acute and repetitive strain injuries
  • Provide soft tissue therapy to help you deal with muscle, tendon and ligament
  • Offer advice on dealing with recurring injuries

 

#4 – Chiropractic Care is Completely Drug-free

If you visit a doctor for sports injury treatment, they are very likely to use pharmaceuticals as a part of their treatment approach. This is different to a chiropractor, who will treat your condition without the use of drugs. This can help you avoid potentially addictive pain killers and drugs with serious side effects.

 

#5 – Chiropractic Care Makes Recovery Faster

Sportspeople who visit our Newcastle or Stoke chiropractic clinics are often amazed by how quickly they recover from their injuries after receiving chiropractic care. That’s because a chiropractor can address any misalignments of the musculoskeletal system which are impeding the healing process. They can also help you reduce inflammation and provide rehabilitative treatments to further speed up the healing process.

 

If you are suffering a sports injury or are in pain for some other reason our Stoke Chiro is here to help you. Why not book a visit at our Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic by calling 01782 711 191 or booking online on our website here.

7 Ways To Reduce Lower Back Pain At Home Suggests Our Stoke Chiropractor

back care advice from our newcastle under lyme chiropractorBack pain is an extremely common medical problem amongst people living in the United Kingdom. Researchers estimate that 2.5 million UK citizens experience back pain every day and about one-in-five people are suffering from back pain so bad that it affects their ability to work.

Our chiropractic clinic in Stoke on Trent and our other one in Newcastle under Lyme see the impact of lower back pain first hand, with hundreds of clients visiting us each year to obtain help. We address their back pain with soft tissue treatment, spinal adjustments, and a variety of other techniques.

Unfortunately, many people suffering from back pain cannot make it into our Stoke chiropractic clinic anytime soon. If this describes you, try using the 7 ways to reduce lower back pain at home listed below.

Note: These techniques are useful for dealing with mild back pain. If you are experiencing severe pain, numbness, weakness, or tingling in the legs, call a doctor or visit a hospital immediately. 

Are you interested in discovering how chiropractic care can help reduce your back pain? Or Stoke Chiro is here to help. Book a visit with our leading chiropractic clinic in Stoke on Trent — Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic by calling 01782 711 191 or emailing us at enquiries@chiropractorinstoke.co.uk.

 

#1 – Keep it cool

If you have a mildly strained your back while at work or playing sport, chill it during the first 24 to 48 hours. This will reduce inflammation and soothe the muscle. After the first 48 hours, you can switch to heat for relaxation and pain relief.

The best way to chill your back is with a frozen bag of peas, ice pack, or ice cubes wrapped in a tea towel. Give your back a break from the cold every 20 minutes or so and assess how you are feeling. If your back is still in pain after 48 hours, book a visit with our Stoke on Trent chiropractor or talk to a doctor.

 

#2 – Stretch

If you spend a lot of time sitting down or bending while at work, it can take a toll on your body. Spend some time stretching when you get home to loosen tense muscles and joints. As little as 10 minutes of stretching can improve mobility and reduce work-related back pain.

 

#3 – Buy A New Bed

A bad mattress is one of the leading causes of back pain. So, what is a ‘bad’ mattress? It is any mattress that you find uncomfortable because it is too old (7 years or older), low quality, or it doesn’t suit your sleeping preferences. This tip is particularly important for people who regularly suffer from back pain in the morning.

 

#4 – Stay Active

One of the most common mistakes made by people with lower back pain is spending too much time laying down. They assume that rest is the best approach to healing their back, so they lay on the couch or on their bed for an extended period. Unfortunately, this only causes the muscles and joints to become stiff, leading to even more pain.

You should continue performing most of your normal daily activities even when you are suffering from mild back pain. That includes walking the dogs, jogging, making your bed, cleaning the house, and so on. Just take it easy as you perform these everyday activities and don’t push yourself too hard.

 

#5 – Create An Ergonomic Home Environment

Ergonomics refers to the efficiency and comfort of your immediate environment. This includes the furniture, footwear, tools, and other objects you use on a daily basis.

Take a closer look at the ergonomics of everything around you. Do you have to bend over 20 times a day to reach objects on a low shelf? Is your favourite chair becoming uncomfortable and rubbing into your back? Does your lounge sag and encourage poor posture? Are your high heels uncomfortable and causing pain? Fixing these ergonomic issues could resolve your back issues.

 

#6 – Stay Fit

The stronger your body’s core, shoulder, hip, pelvic, and back muscles are, the less likely you are to experience back pain. These muscles help to take the load off the back and make injuries less likely. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, including a combination of strength and cardiovascular training.

 

#7 – Improve Your Posture

Many people who experience lower back pain do so because they have poor posture. They often spend many hours hunched over a computer or sitting on a sofa. You can visit our either our Stoke chiropractic clinic or Newcastle under Lyme chiropractic clinic to obtain some advice on improving your posture, then make some improvements to it in your home. This will relieve the pressure on your back and may reduce the pain you experience.

 

Thanks for reading! If you would like to discuss more strategies for relieving back pain, book a visit with our leading chiropractor in Stoke on Trent — Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic by calling 01782 711 191 or emailing us at enquiries@chiropractorinstoke.co.uk.

Shovelling Tips From a Stoke on Trent Chiropractor

back care advice from our stoke on trent chiropractorAt our award winning chiropractic clinic we often see clients who have sustained a back injury while working. In many cases, it is an injury that has occurred while using a shovel.

Shovel-related injuries are common in the United Kingdom because so many people use shovels regularly in the garden. It’s also common for UK citizens to use snow shovels in winter when there is heavy snow covering their driveway and paths.

Fortunately, it is possible to use a shovel safely and avoid back injuries. In this post, I’ll share several shovelling tips which will help you get your work done without risking your back.

 

Are you already suffering from back pain? Book a visit with an experienced chiropractor in Stoke on Trent and Newcastle under Lyme area at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic by calling 01782 711 191 or emailing us at enquiries@chiropractorinstoke.co.uk.

 

#1 – Choose the right shovel for the job

As the old saying goes, you should always use the right tool for the job. This is particularly true when it comes to shovels as using the wrong one may see you arriving in our chiropractic clinic in Stoke on Trent with a back injury!

There are several types of shovels available:

  • Digging shovels
    These long-handled shovels feature a slightly curved scoop with a pointed or flat tip. They are ideal for digging in the garden or making trenches. The scoop is usually medium-sized and designed to carry a few kilograms of material. A digging shovel weighs anywhere between 1.5 to 3 kilograms.
  • Trenching shovels
    These are more specialised long-handled shovels designed to dig deeper holes and trenches. They have a very thin and narrow scoop.
  • Drain spaces
    Designed for clearing existing trenches and for precise garden digging. They feature a short handle and narrow scoop.
  • Scoop shovels
    Scoop shovels feature a reasonably short handle and extremely broad scoop. There are several designs available which are useful for shovelling for different materials including snow, leaves, coal, and stones. They are poor at digging.
  • Scrapers
    Scrapers have long handles attached to a small blade or scoop. They are designed for removing ice from roofs and driveways.

Using the wrong kind of shovel can make the job much more strenuous on your back, leading to muscle strains which might require treatment at our chiropractic clinic in Stoke on Trent. The right shovel will have the correct handle length for the job (digging deep is easier with a longer handle) and a scoop size that is appropriate for the weight of the material being picked up.

 

#2 – Consider using an ergonomic shovel

Some shovels have a curved handle, which allows you to pick up material without being tempted to bend over. This can be useful if you suffer from lower back pain.

 

#3 – Warm Up Before You Shovel

This tip is particularly important if you are shovelling in cold weather or your muscles are feeling a bit stiff. The main areas to focus on will be your back, neck, and legs (hamstrings specifically). Perform these stretches and exercises to get your blood pumping: If you have a preexisting health condition be sure to seek appropriate medical advice before undertaking any new form of exercise or stretching.

  • Squats
    Stand with your feet about hi-width apart. With your weight in your heels bend your knees so you go into a squat position. Engage your abs and only go as low as is comfortable. After crouching, return to a standing position. Repeat 10 to 15 times.
  • Standing forward bend
    From a standing position, pivot at the hips to lean forward, touching the ground with your hands. Repeat several times.
  • Arm circles
    While standing, hold your arms parallel to the floor and rotate them in circles (backwards and forwards) for 15 repetitions.
  • Torso rotation
    Start in a standing position with by slightly bent knees. Rotate your torso as if you were attempting to look at something behind you without moving your feet. Perform the action on both sides 10 times per side. Make your movements smooth and gentle.
  • Hamstring stretch
    Perform one of the hamstring stretches on this page.

 

#4 – Pay attention to your technique

Be mindful about your shovelling technique as you work. Stick to the following rules as much as possible:

  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart
  • Position your hips and shoulder towards the load
  • Keep your knees slightly bent and back straight
  • Move your weight from your back to front leg as you work
  • Always lift with your legs instead of bending at the waist
  • Place the shovel scoop close to the material before you pick it up
  • Avoid picking up too much material in one scoop
  • As you lift, use your legs, keep your abdominal muscles engaged and maintain a flat back
  • Avoiding performing any twisting motions as you shovel

Refer to this YouTube video to see the best way to shovel soil.

 

#5 – Take regular breaks

Take regular breaks so you can relax your muscles momentarily. You can also use this time to drink some water, perform some stretches, and remind yourself about maintaining good posture.

 

#6 – Stretch after shovelling

If you have been shovelling for an extended period, you may also need to perform some stretches after you have finished. Once again, focus on stretches that target the hamstrings, back, and neck.

 

I hope you found this article useful. If you would like to book a visit with an experienced chiropractor in Stoke on Trent and Newcastle under Lyme area contact Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic by calling 01782 711 191 or emailing us at enquiries@chiropractorinstoke.co.uk.

8 Best Ways To Stay Active During The Work Day

back care advice for office workers from our stoke chiropractorAs the owner of a chiropractic clinic in Stoke on Trent and Newcastle under Lyme, I see and treat many patients a week.  Many of these patients are experiencing back pain and poor posture caused by spending too much time sitting down.

When I explain that the health issues they are experiencing are exacerbated by a sedentary lifestyle, they often reply “I have to sit down all day at work”.  The key challenge that these patients face is finding ways to be more active while at work.

To help you avoid back problems associated with sitting down too often, this post will share the 8 best ways to stay active during the work day.  If you require any more assistance, please contact Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic or City Chiropractic Clinic in Stoke.

#1 — Ride or walk to work

If you live within a short distance of your workplace, consider walking or riding a bike to work instead of driving or taking public transport.  This single change can help you maintain a healthy weight, improve your posture, and keep your musculoskeletal system in top shape.

Obtaining some exercise in the morning and afternoon is also a great way to be more productive at work and decrease your stress levels.  If you live too far away to walk or ride, consider parking further away from your workplace to enjoy a quick 5 to 10 minute walk before you start work.

#2 — Stay mobile while at work

You may be surprised by how many opportunities there are to move around more while at work.  Here are a few ideas:

  • Stand when you are taking phone calls
  • If you are having a one-on-one meeting, do it while walking around the office.
  • Instead of sending an email to a colleague, walk to their desk and talk to them.
  • Ask your boss for a standing desk to avoid sitting.

#3 — Volunteer to get out of the office

When your boss is looking for a volunteer to pick up coffee or deliver a package, put your hand up.  This will give you the opportunity to get away from your desk and grab a few minutes of additional exercise each day. 

#4 — Exercise while at work

Many employers have discovered that allowing their staff to exercise during the workday reduces their stress levels, increases productivity levels and reduces the number of sick days that employees take.  If your employer hasn’t realised this yet, bring some of the available research to their attention.  A quick 10 minute stretching session or blast of cardio can help employees re-energise, become mentally alert, and boost their motivation levels.  Some of the best exercises to incorporate into the workplace include:

  • Stretching
    Sitting down for long periods can cause additional strain on certain parts of the body while causing other parts to atrophy. Avoid this by regularly performing stretches throughout the day.  The best approach is to set a timer which reminds you when it is time to stretch.  There are many stretches which can be performed at your desk — check out this list to get started.
  • Perform a quick cardio workout
    Run up and down the stairs a couple of times, perform some squats or walk around your office building. This will get blood flowing and keep your joints moving.  Performing a quick cardio workout before a meeting is particularly useful as it is mentally stimulating.
  • Lift some weights
    You can also use dumbbells and resistance bands while at your desk to increase muscular strength.

#5 — Have an active lunch

Make the most of your lunch break by getting active,  Instead of sitting down in a restaurant or eating while hunched over in a cubicle, eat while on the move.  Go for a walk to a local park and enjoy your lunch as you walk around.

#6 — Track your steps

One of the best ways to assess how active you are each day is to track the number of steps you take.  This is simple to do with a mobile phone app or fitness tracker like the Fitbit.  You can set movement goals each day and attempt to beat your record for most steps taken while at work.  This will help you avoid spending too much time sitting at your desk.

#7 — Take the stairs

This is a simple yet effective tip for staying active — whenever you are given the choice between stairs and an elevator or escalator, take the stairs! 

#8 — Start an office fitness challenge

Consider starting an office fitness challenge where participants have to walk a certain number of steps each day or lose a certain amount of weight in the next 3 months.  This will encourage everyone in your office to maintain a positive attitude towards health and fitness.

For more helpful health and fitness articles, follow us on social media. We also regular publish useful advice and exercise information on our website. You will can find exercise videos here  and advice videos here.

Our team of chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic and City Chiropractic Clinic in Stoke on Trent are here to help you.

Choosing The Best Chiropractor In Stoke On Trent

chiropractic treatment advice The effectiveness of chiropractic treatment has made it very popular in the UK in recent years.  There are now more patients seeking chiropractic treatment than ever before, particularly in Stoke on Trent.

Many of these patients will simply do a quick Google search to find the number of a nearby chiropractor in Stoke.  This approach is usually fine, but some patients find that they don’t enjoy the demeanour or technique of the chiropractor that they find.  For these patients, a bit more research may have been required before choosing a chiropractor.

In this post, I’ll share a few simple tips to help you find the best chiropractor in Stoke on Trent.  These tips will help you find a professional chiropractor that you feel completely comfortable with.

#1 — Ask friends and family for a referral

The simplest way to find an excellent professional chiropractor is to ask your friends and family who they use.  If they have found a great chiropractor in Stoke on Trent, they will be more than happy to tell you about them.  In fact, chiropractic treatment can have such a dramatic impact on a person’s health and well-being that they will probably be raving about how good their chiropractor is.

#2 — Check the credentials of each chiropractor

All chiropractors are highly trained professionals regulated by the General Chiropractic Council (GCC).  However, they do have vastly different backgrounds, with some chiropractors having additional training that affects how they deliver chiropractic care.  That’s why you should take a closer look at the academic history of a potential chiropractor to learn more about the type of care they provide.

Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic is owned by Dr Robert Finn who has a B.Sc. (Hons.) B.Sc. D.C. MCC (Doctor of Chiropractic) — along with more than 25 years of experience.  This has given him a vast amount of specialised knowledge regarding the musculoskeletal system and human physiology more generally.  You can check if a chiropractor is registered with the GCC by visiting this page.

#3 — Consider the gender of the chiropractor

It is important that you feel relaxed and comfortable when talking with your chiropractor as you will be discussing personal medical issues.  Your chiropractor will also be touching many parts of your body as they make various adjustments.  For these reasons, some people find it more comfortable to use a chiropractor of the same or opposite sex.

#4 — How much experience does the chiropractor have?

Experience really matters when dealing with complex musculoskeletal problems.   That’s why it is a good idea to seek out a highly experienced chiropractor.  Fortunately, there are many experienced in our chiropractic clinics in Stoke on Trent and nearby including Dr. Finn, who has over 25 years of experience.

#5 — What is their communication style?

As mentioned earlier, it’s important to have a chiropractor that you feel comfortable talking to.  They must be able to convey sometimes-complex medical concepts in a way that you can understand.  This will ensure that you know how healthy your musculoskeletal system is and what treatment is being proposed by your chiropractor. 

#6 — Check online reviews

There are online reviews for everything these days.  You can read what others have said about a specific chiropractor by visiting websites like Yelp and looking at their Google reviews.

#7 — Visit the chiropractor’s website

A chiropractor’s website can tell you a great deal about their practice.  It might include details like:

  • The chiropractor’s treatment philosophy
  • Which services are available
  • How many staff work at the clinic
  • What the premises look like
  • Their fees
  • Where they are located, and much more.

The appearance of the website and the amount of information it contains can also give you a sense of how professional a chiropractor is.

If you are still unsure about which Chiropractor in Stoke on Trent you should be visiting, contact our friendly staff at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic or City Chiropractic Clinic in Stoke on Trent.  We’ll explain why our practices offers the most comprehensive and effective chiropractic care in the local area.

Chiropractic Care — 11 Things That May Surprise You

chiropractic at stoke on city chiropractic stoke on trent Chiropractic is one of the most misunderstood medical professions.  Although therapeutic spinal manipulation has been around for thousands of years, chiropractic has only been used in Western countries for about 100 years.  This makes it a relatively new field compared to most other medical specialisations and research and evidence in chiropractic continues to grow.  To help you gain a little more insight into the field, here are 11 surprising facts about chiropractic and chiropractors that our chiropractors in Stoke on Trent and Newcastle Under Lyme want to share with you.

#1 – Chiropractic care is worldwide

Chiropractic originated in the United States in 1895, when Daniel David Palmer hypothesised that manipulation of the spine could cure disease.  In the 1960’s it became popular in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.  It then swept across Europe, Asia, and Latin America to the point where you can now find a chiropractor in virtually every major city on the planet. 

#2 – The chiropractor helps your body heal itself

Chiropractic care doesn’t magically heal your body.  It simply restores the proper range of motion to your musculoskeletal system.  By fixing mobility problems that your musculoskeletal system has, chiropractic care takes stress off of the central nervous system and allows the body to heal itself naturally.

#3 – Chiropractors can treat a wide range of health problems

Most people associate chiropractic care with the treatment of back problems.  However, there are many more health conditions that can helped with chiropractic care.  These include headaches, certain types of dizziness,  poor posture, shoulder problems, sporting injuries.

#4 – Most professional athletes visit the chiropractor

It’s common for professional athletes to visit chiropractors to maintain the health of their musculoskeletal system and to treat sporting injuries.  Some famous athletes who have used regularly used chiropractors include Usain Bolt, Tiger Woods and Tom Brady.

#5 – Most chiropractic adjustments don’t hurt

If you have seen a chiropractor performing adjustments on a patient, you might assume that it is painful due to the cracking noises that are sometimes heard.  Surprisingly, the chiropractic adjustment process is completely painless most of the time.  Chiropractors only use a small amount of force to guide your musculoskeletal system back into alignment and it is very rare to experience any pain.

#6 – Chiropractic is beneficial for people of all ages

While it’s no surprise that adults and the elderly turn to chiropractors for help, you might be surprised to learn that young babies and children can also benefit from chiropractic care.  People of all ages can experience issues with their musculoskeletal system, including misalignment of joints and injuries.

In fact, school children who carry heavy backpacks around all day at school often develop sore backs and require chiropractic care.  It is a good idea for parents to have their children assessed by a chiropractor to diagnose any issues and address them before they become a more serious problem.

#7 – One of the leading chiropractors was blind
Chiropractors develop an incredible familiarity with the human body.  They can feel if a spine is correctly aligned by simply running their finger along it.  This familiarity is exemplified by Dr. Charles Robinson Johnson, a blind man who graduated from the Palmer School of Chiropractic in 1918.  Dr. Johnson went on to have a highly successful career, treating thousands of patients around the United States in a career that lasted more than 25 years.

#8 – Chiropractors often have to visit a chiropractor

Working as a chiropractor can be very physically demanding.  They are often forced to stand in uncomfortable positions as they make adjustments and are constantly on the move.  This can sometimes result in back injuries or misalignments.  As a result, it’s very common for chiropractors to need to the services of a fellow chiropractor.

#9 – People who visit chiropractors tend to be healthier

A study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that people who used a chiropractor as their primary healthcare provider had 60% fewer hospital admissions and 83% less pharmaceutical costs.

#10 – It is claimed that the first chiropractic treatment restored a man’s hearing

The first procedure performed by Daniel David Palmer was on a man who had lost his hearing after suffering from a back injury.  17 years after the injury occurred the patient visited Palmer and received a spinal adjustment.   It is claimed that after the treatment the patient regained his hearing!

#11 – Fundamental principles of chiropractic treatment go back many years

Although chiropractic has only been around for 124 years, its fundamental principles go back much further.  Ancient Greek and Chinese doctors were known to make physical adjustments to the spine to correct common ailments and treat injuries.  Hippocrates himself suggested that the physical structure is the basis of all medicine. They believed that if a person’s physical structure (musculoskeletal system) is misaligned, it can lead to a variety of ailments.

Chiropractic is a safe and effective treatment for patients of all ages. Our team of experienced chiropractors at our award winning chiropractic clinics in Stoke on Trent and Newcastle under Lyme are her to help you. You can contact City Chiropractic Clinic in Stoke on 01782 848 184 or Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic on 01782 711 191 to book an appointment.