Our Stoke Chiropractor Is Here To Help You Create A Healthy New Year Plan

The Christmas and New Year period is an exciting time of year, as you get a chance to catch up with friends and family. Most people will also spend the holiday break reflecting on the year that has passed and thinking about what will happen in the year to come.

It is a fantastic time to set goals for the future, including goals relating to your personal health. However, to achieve these goals you really need a New Year plan.

In this post, our Stoke chiropractor is going to share some tips for creating a plan that will result in a healthier you in the year to come. These tips will help you achieve any health and fitness goals you decide to set.

If you want to learn more about setting a healthy new year plan, why not book a visit with our experienced and leading chiropractor in Stoke on Trent at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic by calling 01782 711 191 or you can book only here.

Our Stoke Chiropractor Offers This Advice For Setting New Goals For The New Year

The team at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic enjoy helping patients reach important health and fitness goals like:

  • Eating healthier
  • Exercising regularly
  • Reducing stress levels

We focus on these three goals as they can deliver the most significant health improvements for our patients. They can also provide you with additional energy and inspiration necessary to take on tougher challenges.

The best approach to tackling these goals is to start small and work your way up. For example, to achieve the goal of exercising regularly, begin by walking 10 or 15 minutes per day. This is much more achievable than signing up with a gym for hours of classes each week at great personal expense.

In terms of healthy eating, you could begin by adding a little more fruit to your daily intake or an extra serving of vegetables at dinner. Once you have gained some momentum, you could work with our Stoke chiro on a more comprehensive healthy eating plan.

Regardless of the New Year’s resolutions that you are setting, remember to start small and focus on gradual improvement.

As you work through your health and fitness goals, you should continue seeing our Chiropractor in Stoke on Trent. They will be able to perform adjustments which reduce tension in your muscles and joints. This may help to make it easier to continue exercising and reduce any stress in your body.

Our chiropractor will also be able to provide you with general advice on diet, exercise, stress reduction, and finding additional motivation.

 

Dealing With Holiday Fatigue

Christmas is an enjoyable time of year, but it can be very tiring. Tasks like preparing your home for visitors, shopping for presents, and preparing meals all require a ton of energy.

Aside from that, you may have a few late evenings over the Christmas period, as you overindulge on food and alcohol. While socialising with friends and family in this way is a lot of fun, it can be physically and mentally exhausting.

When Christmas is over, you may find yourself feeling fatigued and carrying a few extra pounds from the delicious food and drinks you have enjoyed.

The New Year brings an opportunity to get back on track. It’s the perfect time to commit to losing a few pounds, get more energy, and be healthier. The best way to achieve these goals is by focusing on nutrition. Here are a few simple tactics to help you get started:

  • Decrease processed food intake
  • Eat more fresh foods including fruits, vegetables, nuts, and lean meats (salmon and other fatty fish, skinless chicken, steak without the fat)
  • Eat carbohydrates earlier in the day for additional energy and reduce carbohydrate intake in the evening. Evening meals should focus on vegetables and protein.
  • Snack on nuts, blueberries, strawberries, sun dried tomatoes and other health foods

Following these four simple tips can have a dramatic impact on your health and energy levels. For more nutrition tips, why not book a visit with our Chiropractor at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic.

 

New Year Less Stress

Everyone suffers from stress to a certain extent. In fact, about 54% are actually stressed about the level of stress they have!

Although most people come to accept stress as being a ‘normal’ part of life, it is important to be mindful of the risk it poses and take steps to reduce it.

Stress can increase the risk of several serious illnesses, including heart diseases, depression, and diabetes. It can also cause various musculoskeletal and neurological problems including headaches, back pain, neck pain, and muscular tension.

Fortunately, there are several effective strategies you can use to reduce your stress levels:

  • Exercise more often
    The human body is designed to move. When it does not have that opportunity, it can contribute to feelings of stress. Even a 10 minute walk can make a difference.
  • Visit a chiropractor in Stoke on Trent
    Have an examination performed by a Stoke chiro to determine if there are any restrictions in your spine, which can cause stress in your body. A restriction prevents the spine from moving freely, which can cause pain, decrease energy levels, and make you feel stressed.
  • Try relaxation techniques
    Many people find relaxation techniques like mindfulness meditation, yoga, aromatherapy, massage, breath focus, and guided imagery to be very effective at relieving stress. This website has more information on some of the best relaxation techniques for stress relief. 

It is estimated that between 80 to 90% of illnesses can be traced back to having too much stress in your life, so it’s important to take action as soon as possible.

 

If you have any further questions or would like to book an appointment with a chiropractor contact Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic by calling 01782 711 191 or emailing us at enquiries@chiropractorinstoke.co.uk.

 

Can A Standing Desk Really Help Your Posture? Our Stoke Chiropractor Explains …

back care advice from our newcastle under lyme chiropractorMany of the patients visiting our Newcastle under Lyme and Stoke on Trent Chiropractic Clinics have occupations that force them to remain seated for many hours each day. These patients are often concerned about the impact that extended sitting may have on their posture and general health.

It is true that prolonged sitting is associated with several health conditions. This is the reason why so many people have started using standing desks in recent years. But are standing desks really that useful? In this post, our Stoke chiropractor explains what happens to your body when you sit all day and offer some tips for using a standing desk.

 

What Does Sitting Do To Your Body?

Sitting for long periods is unnatural to the human body and it can cause some dramatic changes to your musculoskeletal system over time, including:

  • Tight hips

    Excessive sitting can cause your hip flexors to shorten and become tight. The hip flexors are a group of muscles near the top of the thighs which connect the upper leg to the hip. Tight flexors can eventually change the angle of your pelvis and may lead to back pain relating to tight hips.

 

  • Weak abdominals

    When you are in a sitting position, you aren’t flexing your abdominal muscles. As a result, your core can become weak, which puts more pressure on your back.

 

  • Weak legs and glutes

    The same applies for your leg muscles. Because they are used less often, they will begin to decline in strength, which can impact your health in various ways.

 

  • Stiff shoulders and neck

    If you have ever sat hunched over a computer screen for hours, you would know how much it can affect the neck and shoulders. This occurs because your head tends to move forward when using an electronic device, placing more strain on the neck and shoulders. This can eventually lead to forward head posture.

 

Does Standing Help With These Issues?

Yes, standing more often can help you avoid the problems caused by excessive sitting. However, when it comes to standing desks, the answer is slightly more complex.

A standing desk is only useful if you use it correctly. Improper use can lead to health problems, including varicose veins, postural issues, muscle fatigue and lower limb swelling.

While a standing desk might improve your posture, it will not cure conditions like scoliosis or a bulging disc.

It’s also important to understand that if you have poor standing posture while using a standing desk, you may continue to suffer from back pain. Here are a few tips that our Stoke chiropractor has for using a standing desk correctly:

 

Adjust the desk to the right height

If you set your stand desk too high or too low, it may force your body into an unnatural position, placing additional strain on your muscles and joints. Adjust the height of the desk so your:

  • Spine, neck, and head are aligned
  • Spine has a relaxed “S” curve and your head is slightly back
  • Wrists sit comfortably on the desk and your forearms are be parallel to the ground
  • Computer monitor is at or slightly below eye level (if using one)

 

Take time transitioning to a standing desk

A number of people wind up at visiting our chiropractor in Stoke on Trent with a sore back after using a standing desk for a few weeks. That’s because they have suddenly made the transition from sitting all day to standing — and their body simply isn’t used to it.

When your bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons are used to sitting all day, it is a huge shock when you start standing for hours on end. You might experience a moderate amount of leg pain and back pain.

Avoid this issue by giving your body plenty of time to adjust. Start by standing for 20 minutes at a time a few times per day. Gradually increase the duration of your standing until you reach 30 minutes of standing every hour. This is when the health benefits of standing really start to kick in. Just take your time and listen to your body.

 

Think about your feet

Standing in one spot for an extended period can lead to sore feet and sore leg muscles. Make it easier on your feet and legs by wearing comfortable footwear with good arch support. Also, consider using an anti-fatigue mat, which has plenty of cushioning to improve your comfort levels.

 

Be mindful of posture and move about when possible

It’s important to understand that standing for long periods can be as bad for your health as sitting for long periods. It’s important to remember that standing for several hours with poor posture can cause back pain, sore muscles. and swelling.

To avoid these issues, take a short walk every 30 minutes. Use this time to go to the toilet, get a glass of water, chat to a colleague or if at home do some housework. This will help you avoid any issues that occur because you have stayed in one position for too long. Alternately, incorporate some stretches and short bursts of exercise throughout the day.

 

Digital Posture Analysis at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic

Your posture is vital to how your body looks and feels.

Our chiropractor at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic has been helping people regain a great posture for over 25 years. In addition to neurological and orthopedic examinations, we use the latest digital technology to accurately assess a patient’s posture. We are the only chiropractic clinic in Staffordshire to use Digital Posture Pro.

You can read more about the powerful tests we undertake to evaluate a patient’s posture here.

If you are suffering back pain or you think your posture is not as good as it could our experienced team of chiropractors are here to help. You can arrange a consultation at tNewcastle Chiropractor Clinic by calling 01782 711 191 or booking online on 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.