Tag Archive:chiropractor

ByLouise Hampton

‘I just bent over and my back went!’

This is a saying I hear a lot. Someone simply reaches for a piece of paper or bends to pick a toy off the floor and their back goes. It can be very frustrating and hard to understand why something so simple can cause so much pain.

Usually however the cause can be a build up over time with that last reach being the final straw. Think of you spine a bit like a paper clip. You can bend it forwards and backwards a number of times no problem and then all of a sudden it just snaps and this can be the same with the ligaments and muscles around the spine or with the discs.

Before the back finally goes sometimes you can get a few twinges. Think of these as warning signs and look back on things you have been doing recently. Try to change the everyday tasks you do like loading the dishwasher or how you watch television to try and minimise the pressure on the spine. Make sure you take regular breaks to walk around as the back has a relatively poor blood supply and so gets its oxygen from you moving around.

Bending to unload the dishwasher.

At Attend2Health we offer a free 15 minute chat to see if we can help or to give advice. If you do get any twinges why not come and see us to see if we can prevent your back from going.

Simply call 01763 878087 and book an appointment today!

ByLouise Hampton

How to prevent a fall

As we get older or after an injury our ability to balance decreases.  This means if we trip on uneven ground or wobble on an ankle we are then more likely to fall over rather than being able to catch our self and correct the wobble.

Things to look for in the home:

1. Have you got any loose rugs you could slip on?

2.Do you make sure you have well fitting slippers for indoors?

3. Don’t walk in a darkened room

4. Keeps floors clean and tidy

 

Below are some exercises to try which will help to improve your balance.  Try to do the exercises everyday – once you are confident at doing the exercises you could try them whilst brushing your teeth as that will act as a good memory aid.

 

 

 

ByLouise Hampton

Why use a foam roller?

Ever wondered what foam rollers are for?  Here’s a bit more information:

Foam rolling is another way to help stretch out your muscles and stop them becoming too tight.  Its just like you are giving yourself a massage and can be great to use after exercise or in between treatments if you are recovering from an injury.

 

Our practitioners can show you some exercises especially for you and we sell the foam rollers at the clinic.  I have also made a short video below showing a few exercises you can do with a foam roller.  If you are finding the exercises painful try to take more weight off of the area you are rolling and gradually increase the pressure through the roller.  A smooth roller will be easier and then once you can do that try progressing to the roller with ridges in it to work your muscles harder.  If you are in pain see your GP or one of our practitioners first before using a roller to make sure it is suitable for you to use.

 

We have more exercises on the members area of our website https://www.attend2health.co.uk/index.php/members-menu/.

Attend2health also offers a free 15 minute chat so you can find out if any of our practitioners can help.  Please call 01763 878087 to book.

ByLouise Hampton

Which supplements are good for joint pain?

Here are three supplements to try if you suffer from joint pain.

As with all supplements the research supporting them varies but it is always worth trying them for around 3 months and see if they help

 

Turmeric

This has been getting a lot of press lately and it seems from the research that it is very good to help reduce inflammation and for spinal cord injuries. One study was published in the journal Neurology Research International was called The potential of Curcumin ( the Indian spice Turmeric) in treatment of spinal cord injury and is worth a read.

Combined medical and surgical treatment after acute spinal cord injury: results of a prospective pilot study to assess the merits of aggressive medical resuscitation and blood pressure management. Fernando L. Vale, M.D., Jennifer Burns, M.D.,  Amie B. Jackson, M.D., and Mark N. Hadley, M.D.

Division of Neurosurgery and Department of Rehabilitative Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama

 

Glucosamine Sulphate

Glucosamine has had mixed research reviews but it is worth trying this supplement if you suffer from arthritis in the joints.  Glucosamine has been shown to help rebuild the cartilage in joints and decrease inflammation.  1500mg should be taken a day but this supplement should be avoided if you are diabetic, pregnant or allergic to shellfish.

Derfoul A, Miyoshi AD, Freeman DE, Tuan RS. Glucosamine promotes chondrogenic phenotype in both chondrocytes and mesenchymal stem cells and inhibits MMP-13 expression and matrix degradation. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. 2007;15(6):646–655. [PubMed]

Dodge GR, Jimenez SA. Glucosamine sulfate modulates the levels of aggrecan and matrix metalloproteinase-3 synthesized by cultured human osteoarthritis articular chondrocytes. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. 2003;11(6):424–432. [PubMed]

 

Omega-3

Omega-3 fish oil are made up of essential fatty acids which are known as EPA and DHA.  Omega 3 is an excellent supplement to help rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and is also good for the heart.  This meta-analysis below showed reduced consumption of painkillers when taking 2.7g of Omega-3 a day for people with RA.

AMR – Omega-3 PUFA and Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis  Lee YH1, Bae SC, Song GG. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis: a meta-analysis. Arch Med Res. 2012 Jul;43(5):356-62

 

I hope you have found this information helpful.  All these supplements are for sale at the clinic.  Ask your practitioner to see if any would be suitable for you to take and see how you get on.  They don’t suit everyone but some people have seen enormous benefit from them.

For a free 15 minute chat to see how we can help call the clinic on 01763 878087.