There’s no mistaking that Christmas is approaching fast! There’s lots to get done in the lead up to the big day and of course on the big day itself! For many people their stress levels increase over this period.
The stress response is a the bodies way of preparing us for a potentially dangerous situation – it’s often referred to as the flight or fight response. The body goes through various changes to prepare us for flight or fight. Putting our bodies under stress frequently can be harmful to our health.
There are a variety of techniques that can be use to reduce stress and our chiropractors recommend that if you under stress that you do the following:
- get more sleep
- improve your diet
- use some relaxation techniques
- practice mindfulness
- spend more time with people you love
- exercise regularly
Here’s to a happy an stress free time.
It’s never too early to get your body ready for the winter months. Colds and bugs abound during the winter months but following a few simple tips can help prepare your body and keep it healthy during the winter.
Our chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic suggest the following tips to get you started:
Start your day the healthy way: A healthy breakfast will set your body up for the day ahead. A great option for your breakfast is porridge. It’s filling and warm. Use water or a non diary milk alternative like almond or oat milk and top with nuts and fruit. Delicious!
Keep up your 5 a day: It’s time to think about including more root vegetables such as carrots, parsnips and turnips into your diet. Think about adding them to soups and casseroles. Keep your fruit bowl topped up and keep dried fruit and nuts at hand so you don’t end up reaching for the sweets and biscuits. Think Vitamin C – satsumas and clementines are great at this time of the year.
Get outdoors and exercise: Don’t let the cold weather put you off getting out of doors and taking regular exercise. Exercise is great for boosting your immune system.
Start now to get your body ready for a healthy winter.
As we start to leave summer behind and head into Autumn now is a great time to brush off your walking shoes and take a walk. The evenings are still light enough to get familiar with walking routes that suit you. The temperature should have cooled off but not be too cold! So no more excuses now is a great time to get off the sofa and get some exercise in.
Our chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic and our sister chiropractic clinic in Stoke on Trent can’t stress enough the importance of taking regular exercise for your overall health and well-being. It’s also really important for the health of your back. Walking is an excellent form of exercises for people of all ages.
We are very fortunate in the opportunities we have for great areas to walk in around Newcastle under Lyme and Stoke on Trent.
You may not be aware that Stoke on Trent is the greenest city in the UK. We are surrounded by green space, beautiful parks, gardens and open spaces.
So get outside, get walking and enjoy the open spaces we have around Newcastle under Lyme and Stoke on Trent.
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.
Two weeks of watching Wimbledon can have many people reaching for their tennis racket and heading to the tennis courts. Our chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic encourage people to get more active and to take regular exercise, however, it’s important to do it in a safe way. After all taking the exercise is meant to make you be and feel healthier and not find yourself with an injury!
Whether you are planning on hitting the tennis court or taking some other form of exercise our chiropractors have some simple steps they recommend you take to stay injury and strain free:
- Be sure to warm up before starting
- Ease yourself gradually into the exercise
- Keep your fluid intake up to prevent dehydration
- Be mindful of the pressure you are putting on your joints especially if you are repeating the same actions
- Always allow time to warm down as part of your exercise
Before starting any new form of exercise and especially if you have a pre-existing condition it may be advisable to seek medical advice from your chiropractor or other medical professional who will be able to advise you appropriately.
It’s Mother’s Day this coming Sunday and we wish all you mums a happy and healthy day.
Mums often underestimate just how much pressure they put their backs under on a daily basis. Our Newcastle under Lyme chiropractor offers this general posture advice to all mums to help them keep their backs safe.
Improving your level of fitness, gaining muscle tone and developing your core strength help to make you less likely to injure yourself. Your chiropractor, GP or health care provider can provide advice on exercises that can help you achieve these things.
Simple activities such as stretching and shoulder shrugging can help keep your back in line.
Sitting for prolonged periods is not good for your back or your general health. Stand up regularly and walk around, this would also be a good time to do some simple stretches.
When you are sitting, let the seat take your weight and keep as much of your body in contact with the seat as possible ensuring that your knees are lower than your hips.
Always lift with your spine straight and your knees bent.
Keep your backs safe mums.
Exercise may be the last thing you feel like doing when you feel chronic pain. But if you’re inactive, your muscles lose their conditioning, your body won’t function as well as it could do and you’ll actually feel more pain!
As difficult as it may sound, exercise and general physical activity is likely to be part of your ongoing treatment for chronic pain. Your doctor or chiropractor may tell you to rest for a little, but gone are the days when you’ll be advised to take it easy in bed! If you want to ease pain, then get moving!
There are simply too many benefits to exercise to list, but some specific ones for chronic pain sufferers are:
1. It helps to keep your joints moving well.
2. It helps to keep your muscles strong.
3. It helps to maintain a positive mood.
Remember that those who don’t make room for exercise will sometime or another, probably have to make room for illness.
It’s January and you’re probably feeling bombarded with advice on healthy living. From diet fads to miracle weight loss gadgets, every page we turn and channel we flick to will no doubt promise us a quick and easy path to our New Year health goals. But here, our Stoke on Trent chiropractor sorts out the myths from the facts with our top 5 ways to improve your health this January:
1: Do not ‘go on a diet’; even if Vanessa Feltz’s two-week tummy trimming recipes guarantee to shred you of all your festive weight, don’t go on a diet. Instead, switch to healthier eating habits that you can continue long term. When you lose weight gradually, you are more likely to keep it off.
2: Eat a varied diet. Look for different, brightly coloured fruits and vegetables as these provide plenty of nutrients.
3: Exercise regularly. Activities such as walking, jogging and cycling are easy enough to fit into your weekly routine and will help to improve your overall health and fitness.
4: Laugh a lot. Not only does laughing release the happy chemicals in your brain, but it also strengthens your tummy muscles and relaxes knotted muscles.
5: Stand up straight. A good posture offers a host of health benefits, including a healthier spine.
It doesn’t have to be complicated or costly to make a positive difference to your health this year. Sometimes, it’s the simplest things that have the biggest impact.
Want to know three easy ways to avoid back pain? Our Newcastle under Lyme chiropractor has them right here:
Work Your Core!
You spine loves exercise! And it needs it to function properly. Unfortunately, most of our core muscles (which are vitally important to good spine health) are not used much during the day. These muscles need to be toned through targeted exercise – even just 20 minutes a day can help support your spine and take pressure off your lower back.
Wear Good Shoes
Your shoes need to support your spine, whether you’re walking for exercise or just going about your daily business. Buy shoes from a reputable shoe shop and ask a store assistant to point you in the direction of shoes that provide a supportive base.
The discs in your lower spine are under 3 times more pressure while sitting than standing, so avoid sitting for long periods whenever you can. You should also maintain good posture – whether you’re seated or not!
Put these tips into practice and you could significantly reduce your risk of developing a painful back condition.
Back pain is an indication that something isn’t working quite the way it should. So when something is wrong on the inside, it’s time to look on the outside to see what you could be doing to reduce you symptoms.
Here are three positive habits from our Newcastle under Lyme chiropractor that will help to keep your spine in good health:
Exercise is one of the cornerstones of a healthy spine. Put simply, if you want your body to function well, then you need to maintain a healthy weight and keep your muscles strong and flexible. It’s especially important to work your core muscles to help keep your spine in optimum condition.
A healthy spine depends on healthy nutrients. A diet full of fresh fruits, leafy green vegetables and whole grains will help your body to handle stress better and keep your central nervous system functioning properly.
See the Chiropractor
One of the best ways to keep your spine in optimum health is to see a chiropractor. Regular chiropractic adjustments can help to keep your body functioning as it should and keep your spine healthy too!
We hope these tips help!