Are Sports Injuries or Niggles Holding You Back?

Whatever sport you play  and whatever level you play it at there is a high probability that at some stage you will suffer an injury or a niggle that may prevent you from continuing or affect your performance. Whether it’s a pain or a niggle our chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic recommend that you seek advice and treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you seek care the sooner that the problem can be addressed and treated appropriately. Injuries and niggles that are allowed to continue can get worse and take longer to treat.

Our chiropractors in Newcastle under Lyme do  treat patients who are suffering sports injuries and frequently these patients have had to stop their sporting activities after ignoring their symptoms for too long. Most frequently the types of sporting injuries that our chiropractors treat relate to the back, neck, shoulder, elbow, hip, knee or ankle.

Our chiropractors are trained and specialise in assessing, diagnosing and managing conditions relating to the musculoskeletal system i.e. the bones, joints and muscles. Whatever your injury, we are committed to finding the cause of your problem and developing a treatment plan that is unique for your condition.

When you visit out clinic 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.

If treatment is appropriate, we will give you a full verbal report of our findings and start the appropriate treatment. Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic will always keep you updated about your condition.

Don’t let a sports injury or niggle hold you back our chiropractors are here to help you.

 

 

Has Wimbledon Got You Reaching For Your Racket?

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.

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.

Suffering Back Pain? Don’t Try These ‘Cures’

If you’re suffering back pain you may be tempted to try just about anything to get rid of it. The lengths that some people go to to get relief from their back pain often surprises us. Chiropractors who are members of the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) shared some very interesting ‘cures’ people suffering back pain had tried including, drinking ones own urine and applying WD40! Neither of which our chiropractors recommend by the way.

For many what seems like the most obvious ‘cure’ is to rest. However, in most instances of back pain this is not something our chiropractors would recommend you do. Staying mobile and taking moderate activity is in the long term a better option.

With back pain affecting increasing numbers of people we as chiropractors in a busy chiropractic clinic in Newcastle under Lyme cannot recommend enough that people learn to take great care of their spine. Taking moderate levels of exercise is essential to build and maintain strength in the spine and improves posture which in turn helps protect you from back pain.

If you are suffering back pain, chiropractic offers a safe and effective treatment. Our experienced team of chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic will not only treat you but will offer you advice to keep your back safe in the future.

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.