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.

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.

 

 

 

Will You Be Doing Your Christmas Shopping Online?

The clocks have gone back, half term is over and the countdown to Christmas is underway. For many people this means one thing starting the Christmas shopping.

In the good old days this meant hours of parading around shops coming up with ideas and finding the perfect gifts. However, in the digital age we live in, it means opening up the laptop and spending the hours searching online for the perfect gifts.

If you are an online shopper then our chiropractors want to remind you that shopping from the comfort of your own home can have its own hazards. In particular hunching over you laptop on your sofa or sitting with bad posture in front of your PC can be harmful to your back.

Before starting on your online Christmas shopping be sure to set your self up to maintain good posture and reduce the risks of back pain.

Our Pain Prevention page on our website has a great video you can watch to ensure you maintain a good posture when using your computer. Take some timeout now to watch it and keep your back safe.

Don’t Let The ‘Horror’ of Back Pain Drag On

Halloween is nearly up on us. For some it’s a lot of fun but for others not so much. At least Halloween is only for one night of the year!

The ‘horror’ of back pain for many can drag on for longer than one night. Our chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic recommend that if your back pain has been dragging on for some time you should seek professional advice.

Our aim at our clinic is to ensure that our patients don’t have to live with their back pain and we want to erase the phrase “you have to live with it” from our patients’ lives.

Our team are here to ensure that each one of our patients is treated as an individual and will receive the highest standard of chiropractic care.

Our highly trained and experienced chiropractors are here to help you by offering you the best solution for your condition and if they can’t treat you then you will be referred to the appropriate specialist.

Let us help you leave the ‘horror’ of back pain behind.

 

 

New Research Highlights The Common Triggers For Back Pain

back painThe British Chiropractic Association (BCA) have revealed the result of recent consumer research that has been undertaken to look at the trends surrounding back pain. Trends for the past 5 years were assessed including the most common triggers for back pain. Interestingly, there have been changes to the most common triggers that people believe cause their back and neck pain.

Sitting still for long periods has been reported by 45% as being a trigger for their back or neck pain. This number has risen from 35%. A fifth of people reported their job as being a trigger.

Housework and DIY have dropped out of the the top five triggers with sport and exercise now included. The ‘gentle’ act of sleeping remains a key trigger with women in particular reporting it as a trigger.

Disturbingly, but unfortunately not unsurprisingly, the trend over the past 5 years for people experiencing back or neck pain on a weekly basis is upwards from 40% to 49% . An increase of 16% is seen in the numbers of people experiencing these conditions on a monthly basis from, meaning that over two thirds of people experience back or neck pain monthly.

At our busy chiropractic clinic in Newcastle under Lyme our chiropractors treat patients on a daily basis that are experiencing back pain often associated by the top five triggers identified in the research. Unfortunately, back pain is quite common. However, for many patients chiropractic treatment along with appropriate exercise programmes and lifestyle changes can help prevent further occurrences.

It’s disappointing to see that sports and exercises are considered triggers as one of the best ways to prevent back pain is to stay active. However, as our chiropractors highlight often sports and exercise related back and neck pain can often be as a result of ‘overdoing’ exercises that the body is not yet ready for. This is why it is important to build up your body gradually and not push it too hard before it is ready.

As can be seen from the results of the survey, most common triggers for back and neck pain are daily activities that we are all undertaking. Our chiropractors believe that a few simple changes can make a significant difference to managing and preventing back and neck pain.

Stand up and move around: Our increasingly sedentary lifestyles are having a significant impact on the health of our spines and bodies. Whether sitting at our desks, driving or lounging on the sofa, set a timer and get up every 30 minutes and move around. Doing a few simple stretches at each break can help too.

Get active: A stronger back is better placed to help us cope with the stresses and strains we put on it. Taking regular exercise is important to strengthen it. It’s important to remember to builf up the intensity of your exercising gradually and to include warm up and cool down periods each time.

At your desk: For many working at  their desk in front of a PC is the norm. It’s important that you are positioned comfortably with your back and neck in mind. You can watch a video on how to set up your positioning at your desk on our Pain Prevention page

Keep your head up: Most of us use our mobile devices on a daily basis, some people are even glued to them more or less all the time! The head is extremely heavy so keeping it bent over a mobile puts a lot of strain on your neck and back.

Improve your posture: A good posture goes a long way to supporting a healthy back. If your posture is not so good right now why not incorporate a 3 minute programme developed by the BCA into your daily to improve your posture. The programme is specifically designed to develop balance, strength and flexibility in the spine. You can watch the video below.

Visit a chiropractor: A chiropractor will be able to identify any issues with your back and neck. Chiropractors are trained to treat back and neck problems with appropriate techniques and in addition to provide advice and guidance for exercises, nutrition and lifestyle changes that can help.

If you are suffering back or neck pain or want to maintain a healthy spine our chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic a re here to help you. You can call us on 01782 711 191 to book an appointment with one of our chiropractors.

 

It’s BackCare Awareness Week 8th – 13th October 2018

This year’s BackCare Awareness Week focuses on back pain in older adults. Back pain is one of the major disabling health conditions among older adults aged 60 years and older. Research highlights the lack of awareness, especially i older adults as to the causes and effects of back pain and pain management. This is the very reason that the Back Care awareness campaign is focusing on this issue.

Here at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic we are also pulling out all the stops to bring attention to this issue. Our chiropractor has written a great article that offers 3 top tips ho help keep your spine healthy.  You can view the article by clicking on this link BackCare Awareness Week Article

In the article you will see a £10 for your First visit offer, so if you are a new patient of ours then do make use of the offer.

In addition we have an Open Day on Saturday 13th October from 10 -12 and are offering a limited number of Free Spinal Assessments. You will need to call us to reserve an assessment, however,. they will be allocated on a first come first served basis and when all the spots are filled there will be no more available.

Here at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic our chiropractors are committed to keeping your spine healthy whatever you age. Call us now on 01782 711 191 to book an appointment.

 

Is Your Back Ageing You?

A side effect of suffering back pain can often be that it makes people feel older than they are. If you are suffering back pain and you feel this way then all is not lost.

Our chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic in Newcastle under Lyme are here to help you. Our friendly and caring team are committed to helping you feel better, achieve your health goals and live a full and active life.

Chiropractic is a safe and effective treatment for back pain. At our award winning clinic we treat patients of all ages.

Here is what a few of our patient say about their treatment at out clinic

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 (Google review)

The treatment & care I have received from Robert & his team over the last 4 years has been amazing.
Erica A (Google review)

I’ve had treatment from other doctors with no success so my only regret is not going to this practice earlier.
Tracy T (Google review)

You can read more comments from our patients here.

If you are suffering back pain and feel or have been told that “you have to live with it” then our chiropractors are here to erase that phrase.

Call us on 01782 711 191 to book an appointment with one of our team at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic.

 

 

The Great British Bake Off Is Back …

baking back care advice from our newcastle under lyme chiropractorThe new series of The Great British Bake Off is underway and we’re excited. This years batch of eager bakers seem like a talented bunch if the rate that Paul is handing out his handshakes is anything to go by. It’s very easy to get caught up in the baking bug watching the programme.

Over the years since the show started there has been a surge in baking. Taking to the kitchen and baking can be a great thing, however, as always our chiropractors at our chiropractic clinic in Newcastle under Lyme are keen to make sure you keep your back safe. Yes, there are even hazards to your back when baking (and shopping for those heavy ingredients!).

Stocking the cupboards for your baking exploits can include heavy food items such as bags of flour, sugar and fruit. Lifting and carrying can frequently be the cause of back pain which could be avoided by following some simple advice:

  • Don’t overload one shopping bag and carry that. Pack your groceries into many bags and distribute the weight evenly across them.
  • Use a trolley, however, avoid using an unwieldy trolley as you may find yourself twisting and contorting your body to keep it under control.
  • When lifting your bags, remember to lift by bending your knees and not your back.
  • Always face in the direction you want to go in to avoid twisting your body.

If course, it’s not just ingredients that can be heavy – pots, pans and cooking equipment such a mixers can also be heavy and cumbersome.

At home, avoid over reaching or twisting your body when reaching for ingredients or cooking equipment.

Bakers and chefs often suffer back pain and one of the main culprits is often the height of the counter top they are working at. If you are finding yourself working at a counter top that’s too low  then you may find yourself putting more strain than is necessary on your back when stooping over the counter. If your counter top is too low then spread your feet wider to lower your body down. You can also use a chopping board with enough height to make a difference.

Remember to take regular breaks when you are baking, especially if you are doing a few hours worth! It’s advisable to do a few simple stretches to also help prevent stiffening up.

Keep your back bake safe by following these simple pieces of advice from our chiropractors.

If you are suffering back aches and pains our chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic are here to help. You can call to book an appointment on 01782 711 191.

Back Safe – Back To School

The Bank Holiday Weekend is over and for most parents their attention will be turned to preparing for the new school term. For some this will be the first time with all the excitement and trepidation that brings. Whether your children are heading off to school for the first time, starting a new school or simply moving up a class, our chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic want to help you to keep your child’s back safe with these few tips:

Backpacks

Backpacks are a great carry option, however, there are some things to be aware of.

The backpack needs to be carried and adjusted properly. The backpack should be carried on both shoulders with the straps adjusted to ensure that the backpack rests as close as possible to your child’s back.

Most children carry way to much weight in their bags. It’s a good practice to empty out the contents on a regular basis and remove unnecessary things from the bag.

Posture

Maintaining a good posture is important for a healthy spine. Nagging your child to sit up straight or stand up straight may not get you very far. To help improve posture the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) has developed a simple 3 minute programme. The programme has been designed for people of all ages so you can join in with your children! You can watch the video below.

Our team of chiropractors in Newcastle under Lyme wish your children all the best for a new school term.