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.

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.

 

Take Care Of Your Back This Summer Of Sport

Well summer is here and while there is no guarantee that the sun will shine and temperatures will keep soaring, we can be assured that there will be a feast of sport for us to watch on TV. For some this is something to get super excited about, for others not so much!

If you are someone who can’t wait to plonk yourself on the sofa or in your favourite chair for hours on end to watch some sport, you may want to heed the advice of our chiropractor at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic and make sure that you keep your back safe.

Many people are unaware that sitting for prolonged periods of time can trigger back pain. Whilst sitting may appear to be passive, sitting incorrectly can put almost twice as much pressure on the back as standing.

If you are going to spend hours watching your favourite team or sports person on telly this summer then follow the following tips that our chiropractor has put together for you to keep your back safe.

  • Change you seated position at least every 20 minutes. The best way to do this is to stand up and move around.
  • Whilst there’s a break in play, e.g. at half time, do some simple stretches.
  • Check your posture at regular intervals. Your back should be firmly against the back of the sofa or chair you’re sitting on. This will ensure your back is upright and you’re not slouching or slumping.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

Enjoy your summer of sports and keep your back safe.

Get On Your Bike And Get Peddling

back car advice from our chiropractor in stoke on trentCycling UK annually organises Bike Week to promote cycling with the aim to get more people cycling as part of their every day lives. Events are held across the country and this year Bike Week is on from June 9th – 17th.

Cycling is a great activity and all the family can get involved. It has so many benefits including health, social and environmental.

Our chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic encourage everyone to be physically active and take regular exercise. It so important for the health of our backs as well as our overall health and well-being.

Unfortunately our increasingly sedentary lifestyles are causing havoc with our backs and overall health, come to that. Moderate exercise is vital to building and maintaining strength and flexibility and improving posture which all help in protecting our backs.

If you’re suffering back pain then you may believe, as do many back pain sufferers, that resting is the best thing for it, however, in many instances this is not the case. Contrary to popular belief taking a moderate level of exercise can be the best thing. However, it’s always best to check with your chiropractor or health professional to determine what’s right for you.

Our team of chiropractors are here to help if you are suffering back pain. You can call us on 01782 711 191ti book an appointment. After a thorough consultation and examination they will be able to advise you on the best treatment for your back pain.

If you haven’t taken any exercise for sometime or are in pain or discomfort it is always advisable to check with your chiropractor or health care professional before starting.

If you are ready to saddle up and get peddling then we are very fortunate that we have many great places to cycle around our areas of Newcastle under Lyme and Stoke on Trent. Staffordshire Council have produced a sets of cycle maps for each district of Staffordshire to help cyclists plan their journeys. Here’s one for around Newcastle under Lyme. The Visit Stoke on Trent website also offers information on cycle routes around Stoke which takes in some of the 150kms plus of cycle routes around.

Why not give a cycling a go during Bike Week. Get active, get peddling and take in the local sites at the same time – what could be better.

 

How Heavy Is Your Handbag?

Have you stopped to consider how heavy your handbag is? It is not uncommon for some bags to weigh as much as up to 3kgs. Unfortunately carrying these heavy and often unwieldy bags can pose a risk to your posture or contribute to back or neck problems.

As chiropractors we are committed to helping people avoid back pain in the first instance. With this in mind our team of chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic have put together their top tips for keeping your back bag safe:

  • Keep it light: The lighter the bag the better so first things first is to empty it out and remove unwanted items. You’ll probably be surprised how much lighter your bag will be!
  • Use the strap: Often larger bags come with a strap so use it. Keep your bag as close to your body as possible and alternate the shoulder you are carrying the bag on. If the strap is long enough then wear it across your body.
  • Holding your bag:  Avoid holding a bag that has long straps high up in the crook of your arm or down towards your knees as this will put an even load on your body.

Keep your back bag safe by following the above advice.

If you are suffering back pain then our chiropractors are here to help. Why not give us a call on 01782 711 191 to book an appointment.