Is Life Damaging Your Spine?

Is modern life becoming a pain in the neck? Are you like the millions of people who spend hours on end every day using a Smartphone or another mobile device? If so, you could be at risk of “text neck”, a new age epidemic that could lead to permanent damage.

You probably don’t put that much thought into the hundreds of messages you send every week on your Smartphone, but texting it is a dangerous habit. The posture we adopt as we stare at our phones significantly increases the stress on the neck and can lead to excessive wear and tear. This is how bad it can be: our heads weigh between 10lb and 12lb, but as we bend our heads downwards to use our phones, the effective weight on our necks increases – a lot! At a 15-degree angle, the head weighs about 27lb, and rises to 60lb at 60 degrees!

With most of us now spending an average of two to four hours a day with our heads dropped down, this results in about 700 to 1,400 hours a year of excess stresses on the cervical spine! This can cause head pain, neck pain, arm pain and even numbness.

Eventually, in conjunction with a sedentary lifestyle, “text neck” could lead to serious consequences. With “text neck” on the rise as more and more people carry out their lives over a mobile phone, it’s important that we’re all aware of how to reduce our risk of developing this modern condition.

The best thing anyone can do to lower the risk of “text neck” is to use voice recognition and make phone calls instead of text messages. It’s also important to take regular breaks and alter your texting positions to avoid problems. You can find a list of useful exercises on the NHS website.

Modern technology moves at a quicker speed than the human body can adapt to, and this is not the first time we have been warned about the dangers of texting.  In 2011, mobile phones were blamed for an increase in pedestrian deaths in the US, with some towns even considering issuing fines for people who text while walking.  Then of course, there was “Blackberry thumb” (repetitive strain injury caused by texting) and “iPad hand” (aches and pains caused by swiping and typing on a tablet).

The list of ailments grows longer with every new piece of technology, and while we can’t ever expect anyone to ditch their devices, we can all put the measures in place to stay healthy as we move with the times.

The State Of British Back Health Revealed

back care advice from our chiropractor in newcastle under lymeConsumer research from the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) has revealed the state of back health across the various regions of the country. What’s particularly interesting to note are the wide variations found across the regions of the number of people experiencing back and neck pain.

The research indicates that the region with the best back health is the South East where 40% of people complain of back and neck pain. However, in Northern Ireland this number jumps to 57% of people currently having back and neck pain. That’s a 17% variation.

As with many research findings published, this research confirms that back and neck pain is on the increase across Britain, with numbers showing a 12% increase in back and neck pain since 2017.

As far as taking a proactive approach to prevent back and neck pain, Londoners lead the way, followed by those in the South West.

Across all regions the research showed that lifting and carrying were the prime triggers for back and neck pain.

As chiropractors we know only too well the impact that back pain can have on people’s lives. Across the majority of regions the most likely impact of back and neck pain was reported as preventing sleep, followed by preventing exercise.

As chiropractors in our busy clinic in Newcastle under Lyme we are committed to help people prevent back and neck pain. However, if you are currently suffering back and neck pain then our highly experienced team of chiropractors are here to help you.

Chiropractic offers a gentle but effective non-invasive form of care of the spine. At Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic our objective is to provide the highest standard of care to all our patients and we want to erase the phrase “you have to live with it” from our patients’ lives. Our team is committed to helping each patient to improve the quality of their life and empower each individual patient so that they can work and achieve their health goals and live each day at their optimum.

If you are suffering back or neck pain why not call us on 01782 711 191 to books an appointment with one of our chiropractors.  They are here ti help.

 

 

 

The Modern Causes of Back Pain

Back pain is not as uncommon as you may think. Increasingly our lifestyles are placing a great strain on our backs.

Pressure and stress are all too common symptoms of the hectic lives we lead. Unfortunately they can contribute to back and neck pain as we physically and emotionally tense and round up our shoulders.

In addition, we continue to work (a lot of us) in environments where we sit for long periods of time, mainly at desks glued to our computer.  For some people, sitting in a chair for 40 hours plus per week is the fastest way to develop back pain that seriously hurts! And what’s worrying is that for some people, they have never even experienced back pain before; they have never had lower back pain, shoulder issues or neck pain, but suddenly notice these symptoms coming on. Even if the symptoms don’t last for very long, they can start affecting people on a daily basis.

The worst part is that when you do get lower back pain, it can seem so hard to get rid of. You try adjusting your posture and it still hurts. You try rubbing it or massaging it or stretching it out quickly – and yet it still hurts.

You try getting up and walking around and then it hurts again ten minutes later. It can be incredibly frustrating.

So here are some exercises you can do right now for lower back pain relief.

Exercises For Your Lower Back

The underlying premise is simple: you’re experiencing pain because of chronic inactivity and stress and this weakens certain muscles and tightens others. So here are two effective exercises that we know work. (Even famous celebrities and professional athletes do these to manage their back pain)

Exercise one – (Duration: 5-10 minutes)

How to do it:

  • Lie on your back with both legs bent at right angles either on a chair or block
  • Rest your hands on your stomach or lay with your arms out at the side below shoulder level,  with your palms facing up
  • Breathe from your stomach. Let the lower back relax.
  • Hold the position for 5-10 minutes

Exercise two

How to do it:

  • Lie on your back with one leg resting on a chair, with your knee bent at 90 degrees, while the other leg is extended straight out and resting on the floor.
  • Make sure both legs are aligned with your hips and shoulders
  • The foot of your extended leg should be propped upright to prevent it from rolling to one side
  • Hold this position for a few minutes then do the same on the other side.

Exercise three

Make sure you move and walk even if you can only manage 10 minutes at a time. Try and do your 10 minute walk 3 times a day.

We also recommend doing the exercises that can be found on our website https://chiropractorinstoke.co.uk/rehab-posture-exercises in particular the Cat and Camel, Leg and Arm raises and Curl Ups.

These exercises can go a long way in helping to maintain the health of your spine. Start today and you may be able keep back pain at bay! After all, no one wants to deal with a sore or achy spine.

We do recommend that you always consult your health care professional before beginning any exercise programme.

The Lazy Way to Beat Neck Pain From Our Newcastle Under Lyme Chiropractor

It’s not easy being in pain. So when it comes to getting rid of those aches and niggles in your neck, you want it to take as little effort as possible, right? That’s why our Newcastle under Lyme chiropractor has three lazy ways to beat neck pain:

1: Take a load off; it’s as simple as that! When your neck feels tight, sore or painful, it’s time to give those aching muscles a rest. Lie down, but don’t use a thick pillow.

2: Grab the Epsom Salts from the cupboard. One of the most effective and easiest ways to soothe sore muscles is probably already sitting in your medicine cabinet!

3: Drink water. Other than oxygen, there is nothing your body needs more than H20! Every cell in your body requires water to function properly, so make sure you are getting enough!

Sometimes the simple things are all it takes to make a world of difference!