What Is Inflammation? Our Chiropractor in Stoke on Trent Explains

At Newcastle chiropractic clinic it is not uncommon for patients visiting our chiropractors to present with some form of inflammation. They are usually worried about the pain caused by their inflammation or the impact that it has on their mobility and overall wellbeing.

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to physical injury, infection, or disease. There are also several autoimmune conditions that can cause inflammation. These conditions can be quite painful and debilitating.

Our clients are excited to discover that chiropractors are very familiar with the causes of inflammation. We can offer useful advice on how to relieve the pain and pressure associated with chronic inflammation.

Do you have questions about inflammation? Book an appointment with our experienced Stoke Chiro at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic by ringing 01782 711 191 or you can book an appointment online on our website here.

 

What is Inflammation? Our chiropractor in Stoke on Trent Explains

Inflammation is a normal physiological process that happens in everyone. Whenever the immune system detects that an area of the body is injured or exposed to dangerous pathogens/toxins, it will send additional cells to that area to facilitate healing. This includes neutrophils, eosinophils, lymphocytes, plasma cells, and histiocytes. The presence of these cells causes inflammation.

There are two types of inflammation:

  • Acute inflammation
    This is inflammation that only occurs for a short period of time. It is typically the result of a short-term illness or injury like an abrasion or influenza. Once you have recovered from the injury or illness, the inflammation goes away.
  • Chronic inflammation
    This is a less severe form of inflammation, but one that is long-lasting. Chronic inflammation can occur without the presence of obvious injuries and is usually linked to autoimmune disorders and other diseases.

The symptoms of inflammation include redness, loss of function, heat, pain, and swelling. Chronic inflammation can have a much wider set of symptoms because of its prolonged nature and various causes.

One example of a condition that causes chronic inflammation would be rheumatoid arthritis. It is not uncommon amongst patients who visit our Newcastle chiropractor clinic. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks its own tissue. It results in chronic inflammation and the following symptoms:

  • Joint pain
  • Loss of function in the affected joints
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Numbness and tingling

Inflammation caused by autoimmune conditions will not go away unless you can treat the disease itself. However, symptoms can often be mitigated by visiting our Stoke chiro to receive treatment on the affected parts of the body.

Inflammation can also be caused by diet. Foods including alcohol, sugar, refined carbohydrates, and trans fats can all elicit an inflammatory response.

 

How Can A Chiropractor Help You Manage Inflammation?

There are two ways that a chiropractor can help clients suffering from inflammation:

  1. Performing adjustments for healthy joint function
    Chiropractors can perform adjustments to the vertebrae and other joints in the body to ensure they are correctly aligned. This can help reduce inflammation associated with incorrect alignment and joint injuries.
  1. Useful lifestyle advice
    Chiropractors take a holistic approach when it comes to your health. In addition to ensuring your musculoskeletal system is functioning well, our Stoke chiro will help you develop healthy eating and exercise habits. Patients who visit our Newcastle chiropractic clinic receive personalised advice on: 
  • Anti-inflammatory diets
    We can help you plan a new diet that reduces the amount of inflammation in your body. This diet will be focused on foods renowned for their anti-inflammatory capacity, like fatty fish, green tea, turmeric, avocados, berries, and tomatoes.
  • Stress management
    Stress is a major contributor to inflammation. Our chiropractor in Stoke on Trent can provide you with advice on how to incorporate various stress management techniques into your life.
  • Exercise
    Exercise can be one of the most effective ways to reduce inflammation. Our chiropractor can help you develop an exercise program that is appropriate for your current fitness level and any health conditions that you are dealing with.

 

To learn more, book an appointment at our Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic by ringing 01782 711 191 or you can book an appointment online at our website here.

Our Stoke Chiropractor Explains Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractic remains one of the most popular forms of complementary medicine in the United Kingdom. Although it was first developed over 100 years ago, it is a constantly evolving discipline, with new types of chiropractic adjustments being created over time.

The evolution of chiropractic care means that patients visiting Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic have several types of chiropractic adjustments available. Your chiropractor will choose the right adjustments to perform based on your symptoms. However, you can also request to have a certain type of adjustment performed.

In this post, our Stoke Chiropractor will explain how the most common chiropractic adjustments work. This information will make you better informed when you visit a Stoke chiro and help you make the most of your visit.

If you are interested in learning more about the chiropractic, contact our leading Stoke Chiro at Newcastle Chiropractor Clinic on 01782 711 191.  You can also read on to learn more about common chiropractic techniques.

 

Direct Thrust Technique (Spinal Manipulation)

This technique is the most well known chiropractic adjustment. It involves using high-velocity thrusts to correct vertebral misalignment in the spine. Each thrust is very short and just strong enough to ensure each vertebrae is in its correct position.

The direct thrust technique generates a small cracking sound. This sound is created by the change in pressure that occurs within the joint, which forces the release of gas bubbles. Although many people visiting our chiropractor in Stoke on Trent for the first time are shocked to hear a cracking noise, it is completely safe and does not cause any pain.

Chiropractors only use the required amount of pressure to adjust the vertebrae they are working on. Although the procedure is typically done by hand, small instruments can also be used.

 

Spinal Mobilisation

Spinal mobilisation also focuses on correcting vertebral misalignments in the spine. However, it is a gentler technique which is sometimes used on patients who are suffering from degenerative bone conditions like osteoporosis. This type of adjustment uses a combination of firm pressure and stretches instead of thrusts. The pressure encourages spinal joints to move back into correct alignment.

 

Myofascial Release

The body’s muscles are surrounded and supported by a soft membrane of myofascial tissue. This tissue can sometimes become overly tight or sensitive, leading to a condition called myofascial pain syndrome.

Chiropractors can treat this condition by performing an examination of your body’s myofascial tissue and performing “myofascial release”. This treatment involves the massage and stretching of any tight or rigid myofascial tissue. This helps to release pressure, relieve pain and restore mobility.

 

Muscle Energy Technique

This is another form of myofascial release that targets any “trigger points” for pain found in your myofascial tissue. Unlike standard myofascial release, this treatment requires client participation.

The client will be asked to tighten various muscles in their body as the chiropractor applies counter pressure for several seconds. It may be repeated numerous times on each muscle in an effort to stretch myofascial tissue in the area. This treatment can relieve pain, promote healing, and increase mobility.

 

Articulatory

This is another very common chiropractic adjustment. Articulatory involves slow movements of a limb throughout its entire range of motion in an effort to improve mobility, remedy stiffness, and relieve pain.

 

Cervical Spine Manipulation

The cervical spine is located in the neck. If it is misaligned, it can cause headaches, muscular tension, upper back pain, limited range of motion, and problems affecting the jaw. Chiropractors use both direct thrust and spinal mobilisation to treat these problems.

 

Indirect Positional Technique

Many of the people who visit a Stoke chiro suffer from “hypertonic muscles”, which are muscles that are overly toned. This condition can lead to tightness and pain. It’s common for people with sedentary jobs who only get a chance to exercise a couple of times a week to suffer from this kind of issue. Individuals who exercise for several hours at a time are also prone to suffering from hypertonic muscles.

A chiropractor can help by using the indirect positional technique. They will start by holding the joint in a neutral position before applying force to lengthen the muscles in that region. This can release tightness and restore mobility.

If you are in pain our chiropractors at our chiropractors at our two clinic – Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic and City Chiropractic Clinic Stoke on Trent are here to help. To make a booking with one of our team, contact Newcastle Chiropractor Clinic on 01782 711 191 or book an appointment online on our website here.

Shovelling Tips From a Stoke on Trent Chiropractor

back care advice from our stoke on trent chiropractorAt our award winning chiropractic clinic we often see clients who have sustained a back injury while working. In many cases, it is an injury that has occurred while using a shovel.

Shovel-related injuries are common in the United Kingdom because so many people use shovels regularly in the garden. It’s also common for UK citizens to use snow shovels in winter when there is heavy snow covering their driveway and paths.

Fortunately, it is possible to use a shovel safely and avoid back injuries. In this post, I’ll share several shovelling tips which will help you get your work done without risking your back.

 

Are you already suffering from back pain? Book a visit with an experienced chiropractor in Stoke on Trent and Newcastle under Lyme area at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic by calling 01782 711 191 or emailing us at enquiries@chiropractorinstoke.co.uk.

 

#1 – Choose the right shovel for the job

As the old saying goes, you should always use the right tool for the job. This is particularly true when it comes to shovels as using the wrong one may see you arriving in our chiropractic clinic in Stoke on Trent with a back injury!

There are several types of shovels available:

  • Digging shovels
    These long-handled shovels feature a slightly curved scoop with a pointed or flat tip. They are ideal for digging in the garden or making trenches. The scoop is usually medium-sized and designed to carry a few kilograms of material. A digging shovel weighs anywhere between 1.5 to 3 kilograms.
  • Trenching shovels
    These are more specialised long-handled shovels designed to dig deeper holes and trenches. They have a very thin and narrow scoop.
  • Drain spaces
    Designed for clearing existing trenches and for precise garden digging. They feature a short handle and narrow scoop.
  • Scoop shovels
    Scoop shovels feature a reasonably short handle and extremely broad scoop. There are several designs available which are useful for shovelling for different materials including snow, leaves, coal, and stones. They are poor at digging.
  • Scrapers
    Scrapers have long handles attached to a small blade or scoop. They are designed for removing ice from roofs and driveways.

Using the wrong kind of shovel can make the job much more strenuous on your back, leading to muscle strains which might require treatment at our chiropractic clinic in Stoke on Trent. The right shovel will have the correct handle length for the job (digging deep is easier with a longer handle) and a scoop size that is appropriate for the weight of the material being picked up.

 

#2 – Consider using an ergonomic shovel

Some shovels have a curved handle, which allows you to pick up material without being tempted to bend over. This can be useful if you suffer from lower back pain.

 

#3 – Warm Up Before You Shovel

This tip is particularly important if you are shovelling in cold weather or your muscles are feeling a bit stiff. The main areas to focus on will be your back, neck, and legs (hamstrings specifically). Perform these stretches and exercises to get your blood pumping: If you have a preexisting health condition be sure to seek appropriate medical advice before undertaking any new form of exercise or stretching.

  • Squats
    Stand with your feet about hi-width apart. With your weight in your heels bend your knees so you go into a squat position. Engage your abs and only go as low as is comfortable. After crouching, return to a standing position. Repeat 10 to 15 times.
  • Standing forward bend
    From a standing position, pivot at the hips to lean forward, touching the ground with your hands. Repeat several times.
  • Arm circles
    While standing, hold your arms parallel to the floor and rotate them in circles (backwards and forwards) for 15 repetitions.
  • Torso rotation
    Start in a standing position with by slightly bent knees. Rotate your torso as if you were attempting to look at something behind you without moving your feet. Perform the action on both sides 10 times per side. Make your movements smooth and gentle.
  • Hamstring stretch
    Perform one of the hamstring stretches on this page.

 

#4 – Pay attention to your technique

Be mindful about your shovelling technique as you work. Stick to the following rules as much as possible:

  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart
  • Position your hips and shoulder towards the load
  • Keep your knees slightly bent and back straight
  • Move your weight from your back to front leg as you work
  • Always lift with your legs instead of bending at the waist
  • Place the shovel scoop close to the material before you pick it up
  • Avoid picking up too much material in one scoop
  • As you lift, use your legs, keep your abdominal muscles engaged and maintain a flat back
  • Avoiding performing any twisting motions as you shovel

Refer to this YouTube video to see the best way to shovel soil.

 

#5 – Take regular breaks

Take regular breaks so you can relax your muscles momentarily. You can also use this time to drink some water, perform some stretches, and remind yourself about maintaining good posture.

 

#6 – Stretch after shovelling

If you have been shovelling for an extended period, you may also need to perform some stretches after you have finished. Once again, focus on stretches that target the hamstrings, back, and neck.

 

I hope you found this article useful. If you would like to book a visit with an experienced chiropractor in Stoke on Trent and Newcastle under Lyme area contact Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic by calling 01782 711 191 or emailing us at enquiries@chiropractorinstoke.co.uk.

Simple Ways To Be Healthier In 2019

Happy New Year from our team at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic and our sister clinic – City Chiropractic in Stoke on Trent.

A common New Year’s Resolution is be more healthy in the coming year and if you have set this as your resolution our chiropractors at our clinic in Newcastle under Lyme and Stoke on Trent have good news for you. Some simple lifestyle changes can really make a big difference to your health.

Here are our chiropractors top 5 changes you can start to make now:

  1. Spend less time sitting: Sitting for long periods can have a negative impact on your overall health and the health of your spine. Take regular breaks from sitting whether it’s at your office desk or slouching on the sofa, straighten up and move around.
  2. Stretch your joints: Improve your flexibility, muscle tone and posture by undertaking regular joint mobility stretches.
  3. Make exercise a part of your daily routine: This doesn’t need to mean you have to hit the gym every day. Incorporating as little as 30 minutes of walking into your daily routine can make a difference.
  4. Cut out the processed foods and eat more whole foods: You can start with gradual changes to eliminate low quality foods from your diet and incorporate more fruit, vegetables and whole grains. Be sure to drink plenty of water.
  5. Be more aware of how you move your body: Often injuries are caused by the simplest of movements, however, being mindful of how our bodies are positioned could eliminate many of these. Maintaining a good posture helps protect the spine so check your posture and straighten up.

And our bonus tip: Visit a chiropractor: Our chiropractors at our clinics in Newcastle under Lyme and Stoke on Trent are passionate about helping you achieve your health goals and live a full and active life.

Why not call the most convenient clinic for you and book an appointment with one of our chiropractors. Contact  Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic on 01782 711 191 or City Chiropractic Clinic in Stoke on 01782 848 184.

Don’t Cook Up Back Pain This Christmas!

Nothing much beats a traditional Christmas dinner – the roast, crispy roast potatoes, roasted veggies, cauliflower cheese, red cabbage, gravy … the list goes on! Of course getting the Christmas feast on the table is no mean feat! There’s lots of preparation and near military precision execution required in getting the food on the table and often quite a lot of stress!

It’s often easy for those putting on the feast to underestimate the physical demands that it can place on their bodies.

Our chiropractor at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic says “It’s so easy to forget your posture when cooking which can often put you at risk of suffering back pain. Bending, lifting and standing for prolonged periods when not done correctly can cause problems. Preparing the Christmas Dinner can be very stressful and often involves cooking much larger portions than normal. It’s easy to forget this!”

Our chiropractor reminds you to check your posture when cooking and follow a few tips to help reduce the risk to your back:

  1. In the lead up start moving the ingredients and cooking equipment you’ll need on the day to elbow or shoulder height to avoid having to overstretch on the day.
  2. Use a chopping board to bring the counter top to the right height for you. If you are tall you may need to adjust your standing position by widening your legs to prevent stooping over.
  3. There’ll be plenty of bending and lifting to do so remember to keep your back straight and bend at the knees and do the same when lifting.
  4. Stay relaxed – this may be easier said than done on the day. Check your shoulders and if they’re starting to tense and lift up take a deep breath and readjust your posture.
  5. After all the hard work, hopefully someone else will step in to do the washing up! But if not, don’t fall into the trap of slouching over the sink – stand in a comfortable position with your feet shoulder width apart.

Happy back pain free cooking this Christmas from all our team at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic.

 

 

 

Christmas Decorations Going Up Soon?

It seems that people are putting up their Christmas decorations earlier and earlier every year! Maybe this is fuelled by celebrities (used in the loosest sense of the word!) are busy posting images of their decorations? Or could it be the start of the battler for the best Christmas TV Ad? Well whatever the reasons we’re sure that in many households the next few weeks will see the annual task of decorating our homes for Christmas get underway.

In most instances this is a ‘fun’ time but it’s not without its dangers too! As chiropractors we can’t but focus on your back and offer some advice to help you keep your back safe while doing the Christmas decorating!

Buying the Tree: If you’re planning on buying a tree this year then it may be a good idea to take someone along to give you a hand to lift and carry it and get it into the car.

Putting up the decorations: Putting up the decorations can be more strenuous than it looks – there’s lifting, carrying and stretching involved so be mindful of your back when doing all of these. You may need to use a ladder to put up the decorations so take care and use the ladder safely – definitely no overstretching whilst on the ladder please! Always best to get someone to hold the ladder for you.

Wrapping the presents: The floor may start out as being a good idea to do the wrapping on but it really isn’t. Use a raised surface like a table or work top to avoid straining your back.

Whatever activity you are doing remember to take regular breaks and do some simple stretches to loosen off.

Happy decorating from our team at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic.

Can A Chiropractor Help With Sports Injuries?

Chiropractors specialise in the treatment of disorders of the musculoskeletal system.  They use various techniques to treat common ailments arising from musculoskeletal  disorders, including generalised back pain, leg pain, neck pain, arm pain, headaches, sacroiliac joint pain, and repetitive strain injury.

Chiropractic care can also be beneficial for the treatment and prevention of sports injuries.  This article will explain how a chiropractor can help you recover from a sports injury or make adjustments that reduce the risk of an injury occurring in the future.

How are sport injuries caused?

Although playing sport can be a lot of fun and is beneficial for your health — it does carry some risk.  It is common for people playing sports like football or rugby to injure their joints or even suffer from concussions.  Even non-contact sports which are perceived as being less dangerous can cause injury if participants do not warm up correctly.  Most sports injuries arise from:

  • Forceful impacts
    When participants collide into one another it can cause bruising, concussions, sprains, and other injuries. These kinds of injuries are particularly common in football, rugby, ice hockey, and basketball.  Injuries from forceful impacts are even possible while playing non-contact sports like volleyball and squash as players can run into one another
  • Repetitive motions
    Certain sports and forms of exercise require participants to perform repetitive motions, which can cause injury. Sports like rowing, cycling and running are often associated with these types of injuries.
  • Over-training
    Sportspeople who don’t spend enough time recovering between sessions are at greater risk of suffering injuries from overuse of muscles or joints.
  • Failure to warm up properly
    Failure to warm up is one of the most common causes of injuries.

How chiropractic care can treat sports injuries

Here are some of the ways that chiropractic care can resolve sports injuries:

Realigning the spine after a neck injury

Neck injuries are quite common amongst sportspeople who play very physical sports like rugby and basketball.  Neck muscle strains and whiplash injuries can cause swelling around the neck along with pain and inflammation.  A chiropractor can perform some gentle adjustments to restore movement and alleviate neck pain.

Pinched Nerves

A pinched nerve occurs when a nerve is compressed by ligaments, tendons or bones.  This kind of injury often happens as a result of repetitive motions or over training.  A chiropractor can help by readjusting the alignment of your bones to relieve pressure on the nerve.

Muscle strains

Chiropractors can work with soft tissue strains, helping to restore movement and relieve pain.  Some chiropractors will use kinesio taping to support strained muscles, reduce inflammation, and resorted mobility.   The Graston Technique, heat therapy, and Active Release Therapy may also be used to heal muscle injuries caused while playing sport.

Back pain

Back pain is a very common sports injury.  It is associated with many sports including rowing, tennis, and rugby.  A chiropractor can help you deal with back injuries by realigning the spine in a way that relieves pain and restores mobility.

Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow

These conditions are caused by repetitive motions like swinging a tennis racket or golf club hundreds of times.  A chiropractor can provide treatments to help you regain mobility in the affected joint. 

How chiropractic care help you avoid sports injuries

Not only can a chiropractor help you treat sports injuries, they can help you avoid them by ensuring your musculoskeletal system is correctly aligned.  Some of the benefits of a correctly aligned musculoskeletal system include:

  • Less wear and tear on the body
    When your joints are aligned, you can avoid unnecessary wear and tear while playing sports. This means less strain on your muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
  • Better balance
    Correct alignment of the musculoskeletal system can improve your balance and athleticism — which reduces the risk of falls and joint injuries.
  • Better flexibility
    Your flexibility will also improve by visiting a chiropractor regularly. This results in better agility on the sporting field, which helps you avoid collisions and resulting sports injuries.
  • Better muscle performance
    Having correctly align joints make it easier to harness the strength in your muscles. You will have great control over your strength, which helps you avoid injuries.

If you suffering from a sports injury why not visit our experienced chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic.

Give Your Back A Gift This Winter

back care advice from our newcastle  chiropractorIf you are suffering back pain then you’re not alone. One in four people will suffer back pain at some stage in their life. This of course is of little consolation to you. There is a high chance that you have been suffering back pain or recurrence of back pain for some time as research undertaken highlights that people in the UK will suffer for back pain for a month before seeking help with one in the never seeking any help.

You may have turned to over the counter medication to help relieve you pain. In some instances it may have helped, however, research indicates that medication may not be the answer for many cases of back pain. It may be surprising to know that exercise and stretching can prevent and improve back pain and along with manipulation can be the most effective treatment.

At our busy chiropractic clinic in Newcastle under Lyme our chiropractors are well used to treat patients who have been suffering back pain for some time. Many patients have come to accept their back pain as being something they have to live with even though it can often be having a detrimental impact on their life.

Our chiropractors at our award winning clinic are committed to erasing the phrase “you have to live with it” from our patients lives.

Chiropractic is a safe, effective and gentle treatment for patients of all ages. Chiropractors use techniques which focus on the gentle but effective non-invasive care of the spine (by aiming to maintain correct spinal alignment), joints and nervous system. You can read more about how chiropractic works here.

You really don’t need to live with your back pain – give your back a gift this Winter and visit our experienced chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic.

Here are just a few comments from patients who we have helped:

“Having suffered with my back for several years I was unsure which direction to take. I was advised to see a Chiropractor and that Newcastle was the best. They were spot on and I’m several months into my treatment and always improving.” – Danny B (Google review)

“After suffering from a bad back, I was prompted to come to this clinic, and I can honestly say, it was the best decision I have made for a long time, superb service.” Gillian W, Alsager (Google review)

“Was recommended Dr Finn to treat my back from a colleague. I have been on a journey from chronic back pain to relatively pain free. The treatment plan was explained thoroughly with regular reviews and progress discussion. A professional service with warm and welcoming staff. Would definitely recommend.” Kate H (Google review)

“Following months of excruciating pain following a slip disc & sciatic nerve problems, I nervously visited Dr Robert Finn to see if he could help. The treatment & care I have received from Robert & his team over the last 4 years has been amazing. He has given me my mobility back so that I can once again enjoy life! I now visit just once every 6 weeks to keep me in tip top shape.

Call us on 01782 711 191 to arrange an appointment.

 

 

 

Get Your Body Ready For A Healthy Winter

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.

 

 

 

Don’t Let The ‘Horror’ of Back Pain Drag On

Halloween is nearly up on us. For some it’s a lot of fun but for others not so much. At least Halloween is only for one night of the year!

The ‘horror’ of back pain for many can drag on for longer than one night. Our chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic recommend that if your back pain has been dragging on for some time you should seek professional advice.

Our aim at our clinic is to ensure that our patients don’t have to live with their back pain and we want to erase the phrase “you have to live with it” from our patients’ lives.

Our team are here to ensure that each one of our patients is treated as an individual and will receive the highest standard of chiropractic care.

Our highly trained and experienced chiropractors are here to help you by offering you the best solution for your condition and if they can’t treat you then you will be referred to the appropriate specialist.

Let us help you leave the ‘horror’ of back pain behind.