Those hitting middle age are most likely to be blighted by back or neck pain aggravated by sleeping than any other age group, according to new research from the British Chiropractic Association (BCA).
Middle age is the time when people are most likely to see the cumulative effects of poor posture, which can in turn trigger back and neck pain. The research into this age group (45-54) found that nearly two fifths (39%) who have suffered from back or neck pain identify sleeping/mattress as the trigger for those aches, and over half (58%) admit pain keeps them from sleeping.
To help stop sleep from becoming a painful experience, here are some things to try:
It is so important to get a good nights sleep and so frustrating if you can’t sleep well. Never just suffer if you are in pain as normally there is a lot that can be done to help. I hope you find these suggestions helpful. If you do have any questions or want to know how else to help your back or neck pain please call the clinic on 01763 878087 and book a free 15 minute chat with one of our practitioners. We can find out whats wrong and either treat you or refer you to a doctor for further investigation.
Are you feeling a bit low this winter time? Fed up of being in pain and struggling to do the things you love? It doesn’t have to be this way. At Attend2Health we are trained to diagnose your pain or refer you for further investigation.
No one should have to suffer from muscle or joint pain without finding out whats wrong. At Attend2Health we can come up with a personalised treatment plan which would include hands on treatment such as mobilisation, massage or manipulation as well as exercises to do at home. I have found most people can get benefit from chiropractic treatment and even if the pain doesn’t completely go they feel so much better and understand how they can manage and listen to their body. Its such a great feeling when you are able to make such a difference to peoples lives. We offer a free 15 minute chat so why not book one today and see how you can get your life back.
By coming to Attend2Health we treat the cause not just the symptoms. We can set some realistic goals so you will have more energy to play with the grandchildren, be able to get out in the garden this spring and not need so many painkillers. Here’s what some of our patients say:
The back is the most vulnerable the first hour after awakening so take extra care during this time. This is because the discs have the most water content in the morning making you also around 1 cm taller in the morning.
Bending puts a lot of pressure on the discs in the spine and over time this can lead to the discs becoming aggravated. Try to kneel on a cushion if putting washing in the washing machine or when washing up try and change position so you are sometimes sideways onto it so you are not constantly leaning forwards for a period of time. When going to sit down stick your bottom out to keep your back straight.
It is really important to strengthen your spine with pilates type exercises or things like the plank if you are able to. Any exercise should be performed pain free so start slowly and build up what you can do.
Although it is important to strengthen your core muscles, sit ups curve your spine and put extra pressure on the discs so this exercise should be avoided.
When you are walking think about being pulled up from your head, and push your sternum up. This will take the pressure off the bottom of your spine. At some point during the day take some time to lie down. If you are sitting and standing a lot of pressure is being put through your spine. When you are lying down your body is in a great position and gives your spine a chance to relax. This is a great thing to do in the evening for 5 minutes in front of the TV.
More information, stretches and videos can be found in the members area of our website or call 01763 878087 and see how we can help.
I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year and keep you up to date with all we offer at the clinic. As some of you may have seen, on our website we now have a members area. Please join up to this area to access lots of videos on stretches and exercises you can do to help. Patients of the clinic will be upgraded to the Silver membership for free so its definitely worth a look.
If you do experience any pain it is always worth getting checked out by a doctor or one of our team to make sure what is going on. If we feel you need further investigation we will always refer you on. The longer a pain is left the longer it takes to go and the more it can impact on your life. Why not book a free chat to see how we can help? Call 01763 878087 to book.
We hope you have a fantastic year and please let us know if we can help in anyway.
All the best
As the weather gets warmer and the garden starts calling we thought you may appreciate a few little tips to keep you fit and healthy whilst you work outdoors.
Follow these helpful hints and you will stay pain free and be able to sit back in comfort and enjoy gazing at your efforts.
– Gardening is like any other exercise; you need to warm up first. Don’t go straight into the heavy work; start off with lighter jobs as this will lessen the chance of muscle strain.
Take a break
– Vary your activity by spending no more than 20-30 minutes on any one thing and make sure you take regular breaks.
If you reach to prune or get a weed this places massive pressure on your spine and muscles and is likely to lead to muscle strains. Make sure you are as close to the plants as you can be.
– If you are planning a trip to the local garden centre store to buy heavy items such as compost, buy smaller bags rather than one big bag as they are easier and safer to carry. Better still, have it delivered direct to your home.
– Don’t lift with your arms straight out, keep the elbows bent and to your side to minimise the stress on your back.
– If having items delivered, have them unloaded as close to where you need them as possible; this will save the effort of moving them again.
– A specialist garden trolley might be worth investing in to move these sorts of materials around, especially if you have lots of patio pots to move around as well.
If you feel any pain always stop and seek advice. At Attend2health we offer a free 15 minute chat so if you have any concerns pop in and see if we can help. Call 01763 878087 to book your chat today!
Louise Hampton has developed these top tips to help people protect their backs wherever they are working:
If working from home: