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.

Back Aches & Pains Are Not Uncommon During Pregnancy

During pregnancy a woman’s body goes through a lot of changes. Many of these changes will result in extra pressure and stress on the joints of the spine and for some women this can result in back aches and pains.

Some of the more common reasons for back aches and pains during pregnancy include:

  • increased lumbar curving due to the increase in weight being carried at the front of the body
  • increased breast size
  • softening of the muscles, ligaments and tendons due to the release of relaxin leading to an increase in risk of problems resulting from overstretching and lifting

Stretches and exercises may be able to help you during pregnancy and our chiropractor in Newcastle under Lyme recommends that you visit your healthcare professional who should be able to advise you on stretches and exercises that are appropriate for you.

You may also want to do the following if you are experiencing back pain during pregnancy:

  • sleep with a pillow between your legs
  • get measured for bras regularly to ensure you get the maximum support
  • keep your legs elevated as much as possible to offset the extra pressure.

We wish you all the best during your pregnancy.

 

Who Bears Back Pain The Longest – Men or Women?

back care advice from our newcastle under lyme chiropractorThe British Chiropractic Association (BCA) recently published the results of consumer research* that was undertaken on their behalf. The research revealed some interesting results with regards to how British people tolerate back and neck pain.

The research reveals that 34% of British people would wait a month or more before seeking professional help for their back or neck pain. However, women bear the pain for twice as long as men, with women taking on average six weeks and men taking on average three weeks.

The fact that people do bear back pain for weeks and sometimes months does not come as a complete surprise to our chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic in Newcastle under Lyme. They often treat patient who have been suffering back pain for some time before seeking help or may have been self medicating with over the counter medication before seeking professional help.

Our chiropractors recommend that anyone suffering back pain for more than a few weeks do seek professional help. Some of the  patients who visit our clinic have come to think that back pain is something “you have to live with“. Our objective at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic is to erase this phrase from patients’ lives.

Our chiropractors are committed to providing the highest standard of care to all our patients. Every one of our patients is treated as an individual and you can rest assured that your problem will be taken seriously.

As a patient of our clinic, our highly trained and experienced chiropractors will spend the required time finding out your problem and considering the best solution for you. You will receive a consultation, where we discuss your history and investigate the cause of your complaint. We will then undertake a detailed examination and conduct X-Rays if necessary.

If our chiropractors cannot treat you, we will refer you to the appropriate specialist.

Whilst our chiropractors are experienced at treating patients suffering back pain, they advocate that prevention is better than cure. Many people are suffering back pain in this day and age due to the lifestyles that they lead. Increasingly people are moving less and leading stressful lives. This kind of lifestyle does not help the health of our spines and backs.

Simple lifestyle changes can help prevent and improve back pain. These changes include moving more, taking regular exercise, stretching, getting a good night’s sleep and maintaining good levels of hydration.

You can find information on our website that provides advice and tips on how to achieve these changes. You can also find videos with pain prevention advice when undertaking many day to day activities.

If you are suffering back or neck pain right now then our chiropractors are here to help. You can call us on 01782 711 191 to book an appointment with one of our team.

*Consumer research carried out between 28/02/2018 and 07/03/2018 on a sample of 2,066 UK adults aged 16 + on behalf of the British Chiropractic Association.

Can A Chiropractor Help Your Lower Back Pain?

Lower back pain is a very common condition that most people experience at some point in their lives.  In the United Kingdom, almost 10 million Britons deal with lower back pain daily and it is now considered to be a leading cause of disability by medical experts.

Fortunately, there are some very effective treatments available for lower back pain.  One of the most best options is chiropractic treatment.  It involves the non-surgical manipulation of the spine to correct alignment issues and ensure the body’s musculoskeletal structure is correct.  This article will explain how a chiropractor can help you alleviate lower back pain.

Common causes of lower back pain

There are multiple potential causes of lower back pain, but the most common include:

Strains or tears in muscles and ligaments (mechanical pain)

Many people suffer from lower back pain because they have injured the muscles or ligaments in their back.  Often, this has occurred from sports injuries, picking up heavy objects, lifting while twisting the spine, or a serious accident.  Damage to your muscles and ligaments can even be caused by sleeping in an awkward position or having improper posture for many years.

Slipped (herniated) disc
The spinal column consists of a series of bones that are stacked upon one another.  It includes bones in the cervical spine, thoracic spine, lumbar spine, sacrum, and coccyx.

Each bone is cushioned by a disc, which helps your body absorb shocks.  The discs have two sections — a soft inner section and an tough outer ring.  If a disc has been damaged or weakened, the soft section may push through the tough outer lining.  This is called a herniated or slipped disc.  It can be very painful and cause inflammation in your lower back.

Pinched sciatic nerve
The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body.  It consists of many nerve roots that branch out from the spine in the lower back.  If a part of the sciatic nerve is compressed by a poorly aligned spine or an injury, it can cause a significant amount of back pain.  The pain from a pinched sciatic nerve can also appear in the buttocks and legs.

Referred pain

Referred back pain is pain caused by the legs, ankles, feet, and hips that affects the back.  This can often be corrected by improving a person’s posture.

How can a chiropractor help your lower back pain?

Chiropractic treatments involve a hands-on manipulation of the body to properly align the spine and the body’s musculoskeletal structure.  This helps the body heal without the need for surgery or medication and can relieve lower back pain. 

Chiropractors often perform a spinal adjustment to realign the spine and surrounding muscles.  This procedure involves the use of controlled force to the joints of the spine to bring the spine back into its natural position.  This kind of procedure can restore mobility, help the body heal and relieve pain in the lower back.  

Some of the techniques that may be used by a chiropractor when performing a spinal adjustment include:

  • Direct thrust technique
    The chiropractor uses high velocity force to realign a specific part of the back. This is what people commonly called having your back cracked.
  • Functional technique
    Force is gradually applied to a joint until a release is felt and the joint is re-aligned.
  • Table adjustments
    The chiropractor may use a table with a drop piece that releases when they apply pressure to the spine.
  • Pelvic blocking
    The chiropractor places wedges under the patient’s body, then gently moves a spinal disc away from a nerve. The wedge helps the chiropractor move the spine with less pressure.  This technique is often used to treat a pinched sciatic nerve or slipped disc.
  • Articulatory
    The chiropractor will move joints through their full range of motion.

Over the years, various studies have looked at the effectiveness of chiropractic treatments for dealing with lower back pain.  One study, published in 2013, found that chiropractic treatments significantly decreased pain and improved function in military veterans suffering from back pain.

Other studies have found that:

  • Chiropractic treatments produce equivalent or superior results compared to other treatment methods like medication and exercise for lower back pain relief.
  • Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy in conjunction with standard medical care offers a significant advantage for decreasing pain and improving physical functioning.
  • Patients with chronic low-back pain treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement and satisfaction at one month than patients treated by family physicians.

If you are suffering from lower back pain, consider visiting a chiropractor.  They may be able to correct any issues that you are experiencing and help you enjoy life without lower back pain.

Don’t Let Summer Travel Hurt Your Back

In our recent post ‘Taking to the air to reach your holiday destination’ our chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic shared their top pieces of advice for keeping our back safe when flying. However, we recognise that not everyone in Newcastle under Lyme, Stoke on Trent and the surrounding areas will be jetting off this summer. Whether you are driving, letting the train take the strain or hopping on a bus to whisk you to your holiday destination our chiropractors want you to keep your back safe getting there.

Here are three things that out chiropractors want you to do:

Keep moving: We can’t stress enough how important this is. Travelling usually means long periods of time sitting in confined spaces which isn’t good for our backs. There are simple exercises such as shoulder shrugs, buttock clenches and foot circles you can do even in confined spaces, so do these on a regular basis. If you are the designated driver then only do these when your car is stationary and it’s safe to do this. If you can get up and move around then do so. Once you reach your destination then get moving as quickly as possible.

Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water to keep your body and spine hydrated.

Mind your back when you are lifting and carrying: Remember to keep your back straight, feet shoulder distance apart and bend your knees when lifting your luggage. Avoid twisting your body when lifting.  Reverse the process when putting the luggage down.

Keep your back safe travelling this summer and have a wonderful time away.

Taking To The Air To Reach Your Holiday Destination?

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

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

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

Packing and prepping:

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

Avoid Trolleys & Travelators:

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

On the flight:

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

On the other side:

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

Follow our chiropractors’ advice and happy flying this summer.

 

 

Going To A Festival This Summer – Take Care of Your Back

Summer is in full swing and up and down the country there are festivals galore planned. It doesn’t matter what your taste is, it could be music, literature or food, there’s a festival to suite your taste.

Unfortunately festival going can take its toll on our backs. The chances are that you will find yourself standing for long periods, sitting on hard surfaces, carrying bags and picnics and if you are planning on camping over well there’s even more carrying and hard ground!

Our chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic want to make sure that you are adequately prepared to protect your back during your Festival outing and they have put together some tips for you to follow.

Carrying: If you have a lot to carry then split the load across two bags as it’s better to carry two evenly balanced bags, one in each hand, than carry one heavy bag. Using a rucksack is the best option for carrying your things. However, use both straps over your shoulders and ensure you adjust the straps so that the rucksack sits evenly on your back as close to your body as possible.

Standing: Check your posture on a regular basis and straighten up if you find yourself slouching. To give your back the best possible support, stand with your feet shoulder distance apart.  Wear comfortable shoes which will give you support and be more comfortable for all the walking you’ll be doing!

Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water.

If you are planning to attend a festival (or more) this summer our chiropractors in Newcastle under Lyme hope you have a great time and follow their tips to help keep your back safe.