Posts from October, 2013

Market Harborough chiropractor back pain treatment

Written By, On October 28, 2013

Back pain sufferers often left disappointed when all the get is signed off work and given some painkillers.  To only concentrate on pain reduction does not treat the cause of back pain. So who should you see if you have back pain.

Back pain is best addressed by a good Chiropractor. Studies have shown manipulation is superior to all other treatment methods for both acute and chronic pain.

Back pain is now considered an epidemic, and lost time from work and chronic disabling pain is resulting from the attitude that people can “deal with it on their own” or by taking medication that covers up the problem. Worse, sometimes this medicine causes new problems on top of the back pain.

It takes primary spinal care practitioners, such as an expert chiropractor, along time to train and their specialist training allows them to diagnose and rehabilitate weakened and damaged spines more effectively.

Treatment is more effective the earlier you can see a chiropractor. Do not wait to see if gets better by itself as the more you delay treatment the longer it takes to treat. Call and speak to a chiropractor in Market Harborough or in Melton Mowbray sooner rather than later.

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Market Harborough Chiropractor advice on how to avoid back pain at Christmas.

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Even Santa Can Have a Bad Back!

It is a well documented fact that the run up to Christmas sees the inevitable onset of physical and emotional stress manifesting in head, neck and back pain.  It is not just the anxiety of competition for parking spaces and goods on the shelves, but also the physical stress of prolonged carrying and queuing with heavy and awkwardly shaped packages.

If you think you have found the easy way to beat the Christmas rush by shopping online, think again!

Market Harborough  chiropractor, David Casey from The Chiropractic Clinic in Market Harborough, says “far more people will develop head, neck and back symptoms whilst sitting and working at a computer for hours on end”.

He adds, “Chiropractors are all too familiar with this kind of presentation as well as problems that may develop in the wrist and hand from overuse of the computer mouse”.

Here are five top tips to help yourself avoid the worst of the winter retail stress:

1      Look around first and make notes.  Collect your shopping later to reduce the time carrying weights

2)      Balance your shopping equally to reduce spinal strain and make use of the trolley and car boot

3)      Walk at a sensible pace, don’t amble slowly and if standing in queues keep moving

4)      When internet shopping don’t stay in one position for too long, move regularly

5)      Ensure that your work station is set up correctly to reduce the strain on your neck and back and don’t hover on the mouse

There are many wonderful aspects of christmas, that we enjoy – festive spirit, visiting family, seeing our children opening their presents, to name a few. It is also a time when some of the old aches and pains tend to come out, resulting in a visit to the chiropractor in the following days!

Here are some of reasons, with some suggestions as to how you can stay out of pain.

  1. Sitting in armchairs and sofas. Yes – we do this all year around, but we tend to spend more time with relatives sitting down at Christmas. Ensure you prop yourself up, using a pillow if necessary, as straight as you can. Don’t be sat down for too long – stand up, even if only to walk around the house and do some simple stretches.
  2. Playing with the children. There’s nothing the children enjoy more than playing around with uncles, aunties and grandparents, often being carried or climbing all over them! Of course, we all enjoy this, but do watch those back muscles. Use all the usual care when lifting. Maintain a straight back as far as possible and engage those core muscles.
  3. Exercise. As far as your back is concerned, Christmas is no different to any other time of the year, and just as it is important to exercise those muscles, throughout the year, we especially need to do a little stretching throughout the festive season.
  4. Go easy on those mince pies! Those extra calories not only cause us to gain weight, but leave us feeling more lethargic. Poor diet can also increase inflammation, and any achey joints are then likely to feel worse.

 Invest In Your Health.

Last and by no means least, if you’ve had problems before, have a check up so that you know you’re working better and not on the verge of an injury. Christmas time means less availability and it’s a time for enjoying yourself in the company of others. Don’t ruin it with a bad back or neck, have a check up and make the most of it.

Have fun and enjoy it.

To ensure your Christmas is not ruined  by back pain why not have some treatment at the Chiropractic Clinic in Market Harborough or Melton Mowbray Chiropractic Clinic first and have a stress free Christmas.

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Market Harborough Chiropractor explains why do we get back pain

Written By, On October 26, 2013
Market Harborough Chiropractor explains why we get back problems.

Human Evolution: Gain Came With Pain

Humans are the most successful primates on the planet, but our bodies wouldn’t win many awards for good design. That was the consensus of a panel of anthropologists who described in often-painful detail  Using props and examples from the fossil record, the scientists showed how the very adaptations that have made humans so successful, such as upright walking and our big, complex brains, have been the result of constant remodeling of an ancient ape body plan that was originally used for life in the trees. “This anatomy isn’t what you’d design from scratch,” said anthropologist Jeremy DeSilva of Boston University. “Evolution works with duct tape and paper clips.”

Starting with the foot, DeSilva held up a cast with 26 bones and said: “You wouldn’t design it out of 26 moving parts.” Our feet have so many bones because our ape-like ancestors needed flexible feet to grasp branches. But as they moved out of the trees and began walking upright on the ground in the past 5 million years or so, the foot had to become more stable, and bit by bit, the big toe, which was no longer opposable, aligned itself with the other toes and our ancestors developed an arch to work as a shock absorber. “The foot was modified to remain rigid,” said DeSilva.  But the bottom line was that our foot still has a lot of room to twist inwards and outwards, and our arches collapse.

This results in: ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, shin splints, and broken ankles. These are not modern problems, due to stiletto heels; Fossils show broken ankles that have healed as far back as 3 million years ago.

A better design for upright walking and running, DeSilva said, would be a foot and ankle like an ostrich. An ostrich’s ankle and lower leg bones are fused into a single structure, which puts a kick into their step and their foot has only two toes that aid in running. “Why can’t I have a foot like that?” asked DeSilva. One reason is that ostriches trace their upright locomotion back 230 million years to the age of dinosaurs, while our ancestors walked upright just 5 million years ago.

Turning up the pain threshold a notch, anatomist and paleoanthropologist Bruce Latimer of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, limped to the podium, dangling a twisted human backbone as evidence of real pain. “If you want one place cobbled together with duct tape and paper clips it’s the back,” said Latimer, a survivor of back surgery.

When humans stood upright, they took a spine that had evolved to be stiff for climbing and moving in trees and rotated it 90 degrees, so it was vertical balancing a head on top. But so as not to obstruct the birth canal and to get the torso balanced above our feet, the spine has to curve inwards (lordosis), creating the hollow of our backs. That’s why our spines are shaped like an “S.” All that curving, with the weight of the head and stuff we carry stacked on top, creates pressure that causes back problems, especially if you play football, do gymnastics, or swim the butterfly stroke.

In the United States alone, 700,000 people suffer vertebral fractures per year and back problems are the sixth leading human malady in the world. “If you take care of it, your spine will get you through to about 40 or 50,” said Latimer. “After that, you’re on your own.”

Paleoanthropologist Karen Rosenberg of the University of Delaware, Newark, moved beyond pain. As our bodies had to adapt to upright walking and bigger brains, they had to balance both of those changes with the limitations of the birth canal and allowing enough mothers and babies to survive that the big-brained, upright walking species didn’t go extinct. “Death in childbirth used to be leading cause of death for women in reproductive years.” That’s because compared with other primates, humans give birth to babies with larger bodies and brains—on average, human babies are 6.1% of their mother’s body size compared with chimp babies (3.3%) and gorilla babies (2.7%).

Despite the high risks for death and injury in childbirth, our ancestors’ solution to the problem was to give birth with social support. Today, humans rely on culture, often in the form of modern medicine, to change that outcome, using assisted birth with doctors or midwives, for example. One sign of that is that is that caesarean sections account for about 30% of all births in the United States, Rosenberg said.

The point of citing all these problems? Evolution doesn’t “design” anything, says anthropologist Matt Cartmill of Boston University, a discussant on the panel. It works slowly on the genes and traits it has at hand, to jerry-rig animals’ and humans body plans to changing habitats and demands. “Evolution doesn’t act to yield perfection,” he says. “It acts to yield function.”

So humans and back pain seem to doomed to be constant companions now and into the future. What you need to ask yourself is can this problem be controlled and reduce the human suffering, the answer is yes if you act to maintain a healthy spine. If you wait for back pain to start you miss the point completely and will suffer more back pain in the future. Act now and call to speak to a chiropractor. Their are many ways to maintain good quality movement in the spine but a combination of spinal manipulation matched to a specific exercise regime has been proven to be an effective approach, just don’t wait for back pain to start before you act.

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