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.

 

Can A Chiropractor Help With Sports Injuries?

Chiropractors specialise in the treatment of disorders of the musculoskeletal system.  They use various techniques to treat common ailments arising from musculoskeletal  disorders, including generalised back pain, leg pain, neck pain, arm pain, headaches, sacroiliac joint pain, and repetitive strain injury.

Chiropractic care can also be beneficial for the treatment and prevention of sports injuries.  This article will explain how a chiropractor can help you recover from a sports injury or make adjustments that reduce the risk of an injury occurring in the future.

How are sport injuries caused?

Although playing sport can be a lot of fun and is beneficial for your health — it does carry some risk.  It is common for people playing sports like football or rugby to injure their joints or even suffer from concussions.  Even non-contact sports which are perceived as being less dangerous can cause injury if participants do not warm up correctly.  Most sports injuries arise from:

  • Forceful impacts
    When participants collide into one another it can cause bruising, concussions, sprains, and other injuries. These kinds of injuries are particularly common in football, rugby, ice hockey, and basketball.  Injuries from forceful impacts are even possible while playing non-contact sports like volleyball and squash as players can run into one another
  • Repetitive motions
    Certain sports and forms of exercise require participants to perform repetitive motions, which can cause injury. Sports like rowing, cycling and running are often associated with these types of injuries.
  • Over-training
    Sportspeople who don’t spend enough time recovering between sessions are at greater risk of suffering injuries from overuse of muscles or joints.
  • Failure to warm up properly
    Failure to warm up is one of the most common causes of injuries.

How chiropractic care can treat sports injuries

Here are some of the ways that chiropractic care can resolve sports injuries:

Realigning the spine after a neck injury

Neck injuries are quite common amongst sportspeople who play very physical sports like rugby and basketball.  Neck muscle strains and whiplash injuries can cause swelling around the neck along with pain and inflammation.  A chiropractor can perform some gentle adjustments to restore movement and alleviate neck pain.

Pinched Nerves

A pinched nerve occurs when a nerve is compressed by ligaments, tendons or bones.  This kind of injury often happens as a result of repetitive motions or over training.  A chiropractor can help by readjusting the alignment of your bones to relieve pressure on the nerve.

Muscle strains

Chiropractors can work with soft tissue strains, helping to restore movement and relieve pain.  Some chiropractors will use kinesio taping to support strained muscles, reduce inflammation, and resorted mobility.   The Graston Technique, heat therapy, and Active Release Therapy may also be used to heal muscle injuries caused while playing sport.

Back pain

Back pain is a very common sports injury.  It is associated with many sports including rowing, tennis, and rugby.  A chiropractor can help you deal with back injuries by realigning the spine in a way that relieves pain and restores mobility.

Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow

These conditions are caused by repetitive motions like swinging a tennis racket or golf club hundreds of times.  A chiropractor can provide treatments to help you regain mobility in the affected joint. 

How chiropractic care help you avoid sports injuries

Not only can a chiropractor help you treat sports injuries, they can help you avoid them by ensuring your musculoskeletal system is correctly aligned.  Some of the benefits of a correctly aligned musculoskeletal system include:

  • Less wear and tear on the body
    When your joints are aligned, you can avoid unnecessary wear and tear while playing sports. This means less strain on your muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
  • Better balance
    Correct alignment of the musculoskeletal system can improve your balance and athleticism — which reduces the risk of falls and joint injuries.
  • Better flexibility
    Your flexibility will also improve by visiting a chiropractor regularly. This results in better agility on the sporting field, which helps you avoid collisions and resulting sports injuries.
  • Better muscle performance
    Having correctly align joints make it easier to harness the strength in your muscles. You will have great control over your strength, which helps you avoid injuries.

If you suffering from a sports injury why not visit our experienced chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic.

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.

 

 

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.