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An Eastbourne Chiropractor’s Wellness Tips

March 22nd, 2017 203 post views

I’m the Clinic Director here at Lushington Chiropractic Clinic in Eastbourne. As such I’ve had the opportunity to work with some excellent chiropractors, sports massage therapists and other practitioners over the years. Within the team we often share knowledge, ideas and research or techniques we’ve specialised in. I’ve learnt a lot from my chiropractic colleagues and in this blog, I’m sharing some Wellness Tips I’ve picked up from one of our chiropractors.

Picture showing Eastbourne Chiropractor James Revell Doctor of Chiropractic, LRCC, MSc (Chiropractic Sciences), BSc (Chiropractic Sciences) with a large glass of water next to his chiropractic notes

Your Eastbourne Chiropractor keeps himself well watered

These Wellness Tips were originally created by one of our lovely associate chiropractors Caroline Mulliner, when she lived in Eastbourne. They were so good I wanted to share them on a blog, not only for our local community but for anyone who’s looking for some practical advice to keep themselves and their spines a little healthier.

Caroline was a very popular chiropractor with us. In 2016 she moved to practice abroad. I’d like to thank Caroline for her time with us and these fantastic wellness tips:

Image of Caroline Mulliner Doctor of Chiropractic at Lushington Road, Eastbourne. Caroline shares her tips on office wellness with us.

Caroline Mulliner shares her Wellness Tips with us

A large majority of guests visit Lushington for bad back pain, quite often there has been an incident which has triggered these events, although many guests struggle with ways of best looking after their backs. Most of us find it easy to forget to look after ourselves properly. Lots of us take more care of our teeth than our spine.

Keeping healthy and active is great but take care to avoid these common pitfalls. The more abuse you put your body through the more wear and tear can build up.

Remember, there’s no such thing as a replacement spine, so look after it today to protect yourself for tomorrow.

 Wellness tips to look after yourself at home:

  • NEVER bend forward during the first hour of the day – it puts your back more at risk of injury.
  • Find a way to de-stress. Fatigue and stress lowers our pain threshold, making any aches and pains feel worse. When this is the case we’re less likely to do the things that are good for us like sit properly, drink water (not coffee) and do our stretches etc.
  • Caroline loved cooking and found that it helped her to unwind. She often juiced and made healthy meals but occasionally enjoyed an unhealthy treat, too!  As yourself what is your relaxation and unwinding trick? Find the best way to switch off and then try to make time to indulge in that activity. Have you tried cycling, baking, an exercise class, walking etc? If not, why not give them a go.
  • Get sweaty and exercise for at least 20 mins a day, 3 times a week. Find an activity or sport you enjoy; this helps to make it less of a chore and more for enjoyment. Regular exercise is great – find something you’re going to stick with.
  • Remember to evenly distribute bags when carrying them. Laptops and those large heavy handbags are the worst offenders. Almost everyone seems to have them hung over their shoulder on a long strap. A back-pack with two straps is best.

 Office wellness tips:

As we all work more and more around technology, it has never been more important to think of ways we can make our workplaces a healthier environment.

So, start making some small changes to your routine and build a better workplace. Not only will you feel better at the end of the day, you will hopefully start to feel better about your whole job. Here are some easy to change tips and advice which can help your body function better whilst being at work.

 Office chair

If you are sitting for long periods of time it makes sense that an old basic office chair isn’t doing you any favours. This is because it allows you to slump and lose the natural S shape protective curve in your spine. The best thing to do is invest in a quality chair with good lumbar support, or buy an extra lumbar support pillow to force that curve into your low back. The cheapest and simplest option is to roll up a towel and put that behind your back around the area of your trouser waist line.

Image shows Eastbourne Chiropractor Mykel Mason demonstrating a slumping position at his desk, with his shoulders rounding forwards. Follow our wellness tips to avoid this.

Don’t slump at your desk, follow our Wellness Tips

 Standing desk

Standing desks have become very popular and it makes sense. It isn’t healthy to sit all day; we’re not made for this! It also can become a little uncomfortable standing all day as well.  Regular interchanges between sitting and standing is not just beneficial to our physical health, standing has a great effect on your tone of voice when on the phone as well as promoting creativity.

Image shows Eastbourne Chiropractor Mykel Mason standing at work which is one of our wellness tips

Try standing at work

 Regular breaks

This is an obvious one but you do need a break from the screen, even for just a minute or two. Set a subtle alarm for every 30 minutes, when you hear it, just stretch, stand up, make a cup of tea, or go visit a colleague. Anything just to be away from the screen and your desk for just 5 minutes whilst getting your body moving. The best thing to do is pop outside and get some fresh air every couple of hours, this helps to rest your eyes, refocus your mind and de-stress. Cigarette breaks don’t count!

 Computer screen height

This is something that we chiropractors in Eastbourne see regularly. You want your computer screen to be at the same height as your eyes. It’s cheap to buy a couple of blocks to build it up or simply use some big heavy books to rest it on. If your neck is in a straighter position you are more likely to use the muscles around your neck and shoulder girdle appropriately, so less likely to suffer with neck, shoulder pain and/ or headaches.

 Ergonomic mouse

Another common work place injury is RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) from constantly using the mouse and typing all day. A good way to get around this is to evaluate your desk area, make sure your mouse, keypad and computer screen are all in alignment. Another thing to think about is an ergonomic mouse, these slightly change the position of your hand creating less stress through the area.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these simple but effective tips from Caroline Mulliner.

Remember that simply reading them won’t help – you need to get start following this chiropractic advice. If you need advice specifically on back pain, then please visit my own  website for further help and advice.

Thanks for sharing these with us Caroline.

 James 

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4 responses to “An Eastbourne Chiropractor’s Wellness Tips”

  1. Claire says:

    Enjoyed the blog James and thank you for sharing the lovely Caroline’s wellness tips. It’s always good to have a reminder of how to look after ourselves. I am also well watered now! this also helps me to avoid headaches from being dehydrated. I also changed my handbag to a smaller one and emptied out! Less strain on my shoulders and neck now. These are all small changes to do with great health benefits 🙂

  2. Mykel Mason says:

    As a chiropractor posture is always something that resonates with me as I have found it so useful myself. De-stressing is so important though and I see it in day to day practice those that don’t. I lime to go for a walk or let the tension out at karate. A nice hot bath is always good to unwind also.

  3. James Revell James Revell says:

    Thanks Carole,

    I often say in my chiropractic talks, that dehydration is the biggest “deficiency” in the UK.

    The added bonus is that although it’s “hard”, here in Eastbourne our water is wonderfully clean, filtered through the chalk.

    Tap water is free!

    Thanks, James

  4. Carole Henderson says:

    James
    Nice to see you ‘well-watered’! It is one of the many tips that I’ve picked up since working here – drink plenty of water. You hear it everyday – drink more water but it’s great that you encourage us and the guests to drink plenty of it. It’s amazing how many times a day we refresh that water jug in reception!
    Thanks to Caroline too for great tips.
    Carole

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