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.

 

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.

 

 

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.

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.