Are you interested in helping your family with their posture as the new year dawns? Between heavy schoolbags, perennial teenage slouching and our own reliance on smartphones and laptops, people of all ages can do with some pointers on how to correct their posture – saving us from lives filled with bad posture and neck and back pain.
Luckily, we have a solution: Peter Brierley, our Alexander Technique instructor, is now offering Family Workshops in his dedicated treatment space in Ware. For a family of four, we offer a Saturday morning filled with advice, techniques and hands-on treatment to strengthen your posture.
For prices, availability, or just to ask us a little more about the sessions, drop us a line on 01763 87 80 87, or email us at email@example.com
Now, we’re not sure if we’ve mentioned it recently, but we had plans this weekend…
We’ve just completed a fundraising day at Attend2Health to celebrate our fifth birthday, where we were raising money for Jake’s Journey, a trust fund for a local teenager with a brain tumour. We offered half-price treatments with our head chiropractor, osteopath and physiotherapist, and thanks to the generosity of the local community managed to raise over £450 for this great cause.
We’d like to thank each and every one of you who came down for a treatment, a cupcake, or just to say “hi!” for helping to make the day such a great success – we couldn’t do this kind of thing without your support and we love being able to give back to the community whenever we can.
Now, onto the photos!
The saying goes that doctors make the worst patients. Unfortunately, chiropractors and other health professionals are just as fallible as everyone else, and while we’re fully aware of what we should and shouldn’t do, we all slip into bad habits occasionally. Here are some of the habits we’re guilty of, and how to correct them.
Now for some content that isn’t full of Nana’s wisdom.
Attend2Health now has an osteopath.
We’re bold-italics excited to announce that as of September 1st, Sam Bloomfield will be joining the clinic on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Chiropractic and osteopathy are both similar practices and both help with many conditions, and we’re delighted to add Sam’s osteopathic expertise to our stable of professionals .
We now have eight therapists working within Attend2Health, offering treatments from acupuncture for fertility through to diabetic foot care, so whatever you may be struggling with, call us on 01763 87 80 87, or drop Kat or Nikki an email at firstname.lastname@example.org (they get lonely) and see if we offer a treatment that’s right for you.
On Monday 23rd April, our Head Chiropractor, Louise Hampton spent the day at Ralph Sadlier School teaching the children the importance of good posture and doing exercise. “I went through some stretches with the children which would be good for them to do on a daily basis and taught them about the spine and the importance of keeping healthy,” Louise said.
She continued, “All the children really seemed to enjoy the sessions and asked some very good questions. They were keen to learn what they could do to look after their backs like carrying their school bags correctly and I highlighted the importance of not sitting for too long in the same position and to move around. I seem to be treating more and more young people suffering from back pain so if I can get children to do some stretches and prevent back pain it can only be a good thing. It was a pleasure to teach such an enthusiastic group of children.”
If you worry about your child’s back, follow these simple tips from the British Chiropractic Association.
· Bag it up – if your child has to carry a bag to school – a rucksack is the best option as long as it is carried over both shoulders, and the straps are adjusted so that the bag is held close to the back. Loads are easier to carry when held closer to the body and symmetrically (try not to have a load held off to one side), ensuring weight is evenly distributed
· Check it– make sure your child is not carrying any unnecessary excess weight – check daily that all the items in their bags are essential. Ensure school bags are packed correctly – heavy objects should be packed first and placed on the inside of the bag, close to the spine and pelvis
· Best Foot Forward – Make sure your child has good footwear; soft-soled shoes that are supportive and have a good grip will make it easier for them to carry a heavier school bag
· Exercise – lack of exercise is your child’s worst enemy. Encourage your child to take regular exercise as, the fitter your child is, the less likely they are to injure themselves
· Don’t ignore pain or discomfort – If your child can’t stand up straight easily or they complain that the bag limits their movement – then it is too heavy. Encourage your child to tell you about pain or discomfort that may be caused by a heavy schoolbag. Pain in a child or teenager should not be ignored
Speaking as someone related to a seventy-year-old who takes the dog for daily walks of ten miles or more, I am very aware that health and exercise doesn’t stop as soon as you hit fifty.
However, we live in an ageing population, and the number of those aged 55+ who worry about their health paints a worrying picture:
· One in five (20%) aged 55 and over are most worried about becoming less active as they age.
· 48% of over 55’s admit that they are a lot less active than 20 years ago.
· 51% of over 55 year olds are currently suffering from back or neck pain with 33% of those complaining that they suffer daily and 24% stating they have endured some kind of back or neck complaint for more than 10 years.
At the start of Chiropractic Awareness Week 2012, the British Chiropractic Association is joining forces with the European Year of Active Ageing.
Active Ageing doesn’t mean daily 10 mile walks like I mentioned in the first sentence (I couldn’t manage that, and I’m only in my mid-twenties!), but small changes can make a big difference – just a couple of minutes stretches a day could help improve how limber you are, and that’s a good start. Walking is definitely an underrated form of exercise: try walking to the next bus-stop along (difficult in Buntingford where there are only three bus-stops in total!), or parking the car further away when doing the weekly shop. These little things can snowball.
Swimming is an amazing form of exercise which is normally subsidised for the over 60s, and helps tone the whole body and is less intensive – and more importantly, less hard on the joints – than running.
Lastly, if something hurts, stop doing it! If you suffer pain beyond a simple ache, make sure you visit your chiropractor – as I often state, we do so much more than just backs! We offer free consultations, as well as exercises to strengthen any damaged muscles and joints after your initial course of treatment is completed.
We hope this piece has given you some ideas about keeping active, and we always hope you’ll stay healthy along with us at Attend2Health.