Is Your Child At Risk Of Back Pain?

back care advice for you child from our stoke chiropractorMost people assume that back pain only affects older adults who have injured their back at work or are suffering from a degenerative disease.  Unfortunately, researchers have discovered that back pain also affects many children.  They found that 1% of seven year olds have back pain, a figure that increased to 6% for 10-years-olds, and 18% for 14 to 16 year-olds.

These figures are very concerning for any parent who is worried about their children unnecessarily being in pain.  To help your child avoid back pain, you should be aware of common back pain risk factors.  Our chiropractor in Stoke shares those risk factors and explain how chiropractic care can help your child avoid back pain.

Risk factors for back pain in children

There are several risk facts that increase the likelihood of a child experiencing back pain. They include:

Excessive weight

Childhood obesity has become a serious problem in recent years, particularly in developed countries.  In the UK, about 28% of children aged between 2 to 15 were considered overweight or obese in 2016 — a very worrisome statistic.  Unfortunately, being overweight or obese can have a significant impact on a child’s health, increasing their risk of diabetes and high blood pressure.

Obesity can also contribute to lower back pain because it adds weight to a child’s midsection.  This causes the pelvis to shift forward and makes the spine curve excessively inward.  Obesity forces the musculoskeletal system into an abnormal shape that can cause lower back pain.  If your child is overweight, speak with your doctor about implementing a weight loss strategy.

Poor posture

Poor posture is sitting or standing in a way that places additional strain on the musculoskeletal system.  When you are slumped at a desk, for example, although you may feel relaxed you are placing additional strain on your neck, lower back, and shoulders.

Having poor posture can lead to a wide variety of health problems including rounded shoulders, poor circulation, a slanted neck, poor digestion, joint pain, muscle soreness and of course — back pain.

If your child has poor posture, have them assessed by a chiropractor.  A chiropractor will be able to determine how your child’s posture is incorrect and develop a plan to address it.  Obtaining chiropractic care can help your child avoid back pain and many other health problems.

A sedentary lifestyle

If you child spends a significant amount of time sitting each day, they will have a much greater risk of experiencing back pain.  This occurs because sitting for extended periods causes abdominal muscles to become weak.  This makes back and shoulder muscles become stressed — leading to back pain.  To avoid this risk factor, encourage your child to be physically active every day.

Failure to get enough exercise each day will also lead to other muscles becoming weak.  Without a strong core, shoulder muscles and back muscles, the likelihood of back pain will be much higher.

They sleep in a bad bed

It’s common for adults to spend a lot of money on their own bed and mattress.  They do so because they know how much a quality mattress improves how well they sleep and how good they feel in the morning.

But when it comes to their children, they often skimp and buy a cheap foam mattress.  In some cases, the child may be given a high-quality mattress but it doesn’t get replaced for many years.

Most parents assume that if the child is not complaining about the quality of their bed, it must be acceptable.  Unfortunately, children often won’t mention the fact that they find their bed uncomfortable — they will just soldier on.  This can eventually result in your child developing a bad back.

Weight of schoolbags

Researchers have found that the incorrect handling of heavy schoolbags is a common cause of back pain in children between the ages of 8 and 13.  If you suspect that your child is carrying a very heavy bag to school, check the contents of the bag and remove unnecessary items. 

Inappropriate seating

Children who sit in uncomfortable chairs while at school are at risk of developing poor posture and back pain.  Another common problem with seating arrangements at school is that many students are not directly facing the teacher.  One research paper found that 74% of children sat with their sides facing the teacher.

Being seated sideways to the teacher causes students to twist their torso to look at them, placing strain on their lower back.  If you are concerned by the seating arrangement in your child’s classroom ask your teacher if it can be changed.

As you can see, there are many potential risk factors that can lead to a child suffering from back pain.  If your child mentions they are in pain or is clearly vulnerable to these risk factors, take action as soon as possible.

If you have concerns about your child’s back health then our chiropractors in Stoke and Newcastle are here to help. You can book an appointment at either Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic or City Chiropractic Clinic in Stoke.

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.

 

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.