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.

Don’t Hurt Your Back Cooking This Christmas

back care advice from our newcastle under lyme chiropractorChristmas: it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also one of the busiest. For many of us, much of the festive period is spent standing in the kitchen, slaving over a hot stove. And of course, time in the kitchen means time on your feet, and that can lead to neck or back pain.

So with just a few weeks left before the Christmas cooking marathons begin, we thought it was best to share some spine-friendly tips that you can use in the kitchen:

Get your moves right

The way you move in the kitchen may not be something you particularly think about, but it should be! According to our Newcastle chiropractor, proper bending, lifting and reaching techniques are essential while cooking.  To begin with, make sure you keep your go-to ingredients on a lower shelf to avoid straining your neck from reaching too high. Whether you’re lifting a 20-pound turkey out of the oven or popping in a tray of roast potatoes, make sure you lift or bend with your legs instead of your back as this will to reduce the risk of injury.

Keep a level head

Heard of “dish neck”? Ok, so it may not be such a well known term as text neck, but it comes with the same risks of back pain. Remember that the average person’s head weighs 10 to 12 pounds in a neutral position. Leaning your head forward just 15 degrees can equate to your neck supporting 27 pounds! That’s a lot of extra weight to carry! Try to keep your neck as straight as possible when doing the dishes to avoid any unnecessary pain.

Share the foodie fun

Putting together the perfect Christmas meal isn’t an easy goal to reach on your own.  Recruiting a few helping hands means sharing some of the work while making it fun for everyone. Not only will this relieve stress on your neck and back, but enjoying the social aspect of cooking can release endorphins that help reduce muscle tension.

Being the Christmas chef should be fun, and with these top tips, neck or back pain while cooking shouldn’t be on your festive menu this year!