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Sciatica: a case study

Lots of people don’t know who to see for sciatica.

Most people don’t have a true understanding of what sciatica is so to give you a bit more understanding I am going to talk to you about Brian.

Brian is a 60 year old male who over the past 25 years has had episodes of low back pain with occasional episodes of leg pain in the right upper thigh going into his posterior leg. This all began after lifting a heavy box of China at work where he felt a pain in his lower back. These episodes vary as to how bad they are and there has been times when he has struggled to walk because of the pain in his leg.

Image shows Lushington Chiropractic guest Brian who has a history of sciatica

Brian didn’t know who to see for his 25 year history of sciatica and then he saw a chiropractor.

This episode began roughly four weeks prior to him presenting to the clinic and there is nothing apparent that he had done that had brought the pain on. This was initially just in the lower back but then progressed into the right posterior thigh down to the ankle with numbness. This was aggravated by sitting for longer than 15 minutes and by doing things like putting his socks on and eased by walking. This leg pain tended to come and go and was worse in the morning after five minutes of standing.

Brian had no idea where to go and he actually decided to come and see us only because he saw Lushington Chiropractic with a stand in the Eastbourne town centre and saw on our list of presenting conditions sciatica. Prior to this he had never seen anyone for his sciatica, he had just put up with these episodes. Brian also came along to one of our open days at our clinic in Eastbourne where he had a chat with one of our chiropractors and from that booked a consultation.

The Initial Consultation & Examination.

This consultation was one hour long and consisted of a thorough history and examination of his muscles, joints and nerves to understand exactly what was involved and therefore what the best treatment type for him would be. The purpose is always to understand what the route problem is and whether we can help.

On his examination we could see that there was nerve involvement as he had weakness within the right leg compared to the left and a reduction in vibration sensation. Nerve tension tests were also positive with him meaning that there was irritation of the nerve in the lower back.

The Treatment.

In Brian’s case it was decided that treatment with sacro-occipital technique would be the most effective. This involves using triangular wedges placed in a specific position to ease irritation on the nerve/nerves. This is a very gentle technique and very effective in sciatica cases. I have been using this technique for around three years now and have found in very effective in multiple sciatica cases.

Brian started improving after his first session with us and reported an 85% improvement following ten treatment visits over a five-week period. As we have progressed with treatment with have done regular progress examinations to assess progress and any potential issues. Brian is now back to where he should be, without any sciatica, and gets no episodes of this pain. He now comes in for monthly check-ups to ensure everything is working well and is very happy with the improvement he has had. He also gets regular massage to keep all his muscles working well.

If you have a case like Brian’s and don’t know who to see, then give us a ring at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne on 01323 722499 and hopefully we can help you just like we helped Brian.

 

Yours in health,

 

Mykel your Eastbourne chiropractor.

What is the difference between a Physiotherapist or Chiropractor?

Physiotherapist or Chiropractor?

I frequently get asked by patients here at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne, what is the difference between a chiropractor and a physiotherapist? Well, there are a lot of similarities between both professions. We both use manual therapy and prescribe exercises to help people move and feel better. So it’s an understandable question, but like most things in life the devil is in the detail as to what the differences are. My personal view is from that of a chiropractor, but I have worked alongside physio’s in the past and will be as impartial as I can be.

Image of James Revell - Doctor of Chiropractic at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne to accompany his blog on the differences between Physiotherapy and Chiropractic.

James Revell – Doctor of Chiropractic

What do physiotherapists and Chiropractors have in common?

Based on the NHS choices website definition of physiotherapy, it is described as a profession that helps to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness, disability. It can also help to reduce the risk of injury or illness in the future. It takes a holistic approach that involves the patient directly in their own care. From this definition you can see there are a lot of similarities between physiotherapists and chiropractors. The most obvious being the focus on restoring movement and function. We both share those goals of wanting you to move and feel better. We also both use manual therapy to help achieve that goal. Generally manual therapy is used more by physiotherapists working within private practice than those working within an NHS hospital setting which is moving more towards exercise based treatment approach.

What kind of manual therapy techniques do chiropractors and physiotherapists use?

We both use a variety of soft tissue techniques such as massage or trigger point therapy for treating stiff and sore muscles. We can combine that with different stretching techniques to help reduce stiffness that can build up within muscles. To help joints move better, we both use joint mobilisation techniques. These are repetitive movements of joints into a specific direction, usually into the direction of joint stiffness. Looking at the updated guidelines from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) for the treatment of lower back pain. Spinal manipulative therapy is recommended. Incidentally NICE is the organisation that recommends the best practice for the treatment of certain conditions. These guidelines are often used by GPs, consultants and other health care professionals. Chiropractors and osteopaths are trained to manipulate the spine within their education. Whereas if a physiotherapist or GP wants to use spinal manipulation, they have to undergo additional post graduate training.

What sort of education does a chiropractor or physiotherapist have?

To become a qualified chiropractor involves undergoing a four or five year undergraduate degree programme where students learn to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate a wide range of disorders affecting the musculoskeletal system. They will also learn how to take and read x-rays, as well as interpret MRI scans. Once graduated chiropractors will continue their professional development with additional training. To become a qualified physiotherapist involves a three year undergraduate programme or a two year Masters programme for someone who has a relevant degree such as sports science. The focus is not just on the treatment and management of the musculoskeletal disorders. But will learn how to rehabilitate other disorders such as cardiac and respiratory conditions. This is something chiropractors or osteopaths are not trained to do. Physiotherapist do get good training opportunities in their post graduate training working within the NHS.

So who should I see about my back or neck pain?

The answer to that question is it doesn’t matter. As long as you find a good chiropractor or physiotherapist, they will both help you with your lower back or neck pain. If you would like to find out a bit more about what I can do to help you, have a look at the Lushington Chiropractic website.

Thanks for reading.

James

 

Do I need acupuncture or a chiropractor to treat my lower back pain?

Acupuncture v Chiropractor

At some point in your life the chances are you will experience lower back pain. You may have heard acupuncture and chiropractic care are both good for treating lower back pain. So who do you go and see? Well, like my last blog comparing chiropractors and osteopaths the answer is not black and white. This is due to differences that occur within each profession and personal preferences of the individual seeking treatment. So the aim of this blog is to explain and compare what each profession does, so you can make an informed choice as to whether you would prefer to see an acupuncturist or a chiropractor.

Doctor of Chiropractic James Revell

Doctor of Chiropractic James Revell

Traditional Acupuncture

Starting with acupuncture there are two distinct schools of thought. The first is Traditional acupuncture and the second is western medical acupuncture or also called dry needling. A description from the British Acupuncture Council describes traditional acupuncture as a Health care system based on ancient principles of Chinese medicine that dates back more than 2000 years. It is concerned with the health and function of an individual, and looks at illness and pain as signs the body is out of balance. Balance can be restored by enhancing the flow of Qi or vital energy through the body. The flow of Qi is improved by inserting acupuncture needles at specific points within the body to remove blocked energy. Qi or vital energy is described as life energy that needs to flow freely through the body to maintain good health. To train and become a qualified acupuncturist, normally takes about three years to complete.

Western Medical Acupuncture

Image shows Doctor of Chiropractic at Lushington Chiropractic James Revell showing an example of an acupuncture needle in position.

An example of an acupuncture needle in position.

The second school of thought is Western medical acupuncture, although acupuncture needles are used it is based on an entirely different rationale. This has evolved from traditional acupuncture, where needles are inserted into areas based on current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology. As opposed to the traditional acupuncture which is based on mapped out areas of the body where qi is thought to be blocked. The western medical acupuncturist will look to insert needles into trigger points, which are essentially knots that can build up within the muscle either through trauma or over use. This style of acupuncture is typically used by chiropractors, osteopaths, GPs or physiotherapists who have attended post graduate courses.

What the guidelines say

The recently updated NICE guidelines (The guidelines used by the NHS as to being best practice for health professionals) recommend spinal manipulative therapy (also known as chiropractic adjustments), massage techniques and combined psychological and physical exercise programmes. These are all treatment modalities I use with the guests at Lushington Chiropractic Clinic. Acupuncture was recently dropped from the updated guidelines, but that is not to say it does not work, just more research is needed. I know through my personal experience patients who have chiropractic treatment and see an acupuncturist, do very well.

We both want to improve your health

Chiropractic care and acupuncture are both more than treating a back pain, they are about improving overall health – see our blog what is chiropractic. As a chiropractor my main goal is to improve the movement of your musculoskeletal system, and understand how that can reduce your pain and have other health benefits. The acupuncturists goal is also to promote health, so from that point of view we have similar goals. If you are not sure who to see for your back pain, see what approach resonates with you. Speaking as a chiropractor I would say that if you came to see me, I would make sure you get a good diagnosis and a personalised treatment package which would be appropriate to your needs. I am confident I can help with most types of mechanical back pain, but am also sure an acupuncturist might say the same thing. If I felt acupuncture would be a useful adjunct to your treatment, I can refer you to my colleague Victoria White a chiropractor here at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne who practices western medical acupuncture.  I have done my best to give a balanced opinion on the different approaches and be as accurate as possible. However, I am a chiropractor and not an acupuncturist, so you might get a different opinion from an acupuncturist.

Thanks for reading.

James

 

 

 

 

 

 

Differences between Osteopathy and Chiropractic

Chiropractors and Osteopaths both treat back pain using a variety of techniques to improve musculoskeletal function. But what is the difference between Osteopathy and Chiropractic?

Chiropractic or Osteopathy?

This is a question I get asked all the time by guests at the clinic here in Eastbourne. Unfortunately, the answer to this question is not black and white due to professional differences within both professions. It is worth bearing in mind that chiropractic and osteopathy are not techniques but are the title of the professions. So I will do my best to explain the different approaches for treating back pain that exist between an osteopath and a chiropractor.

What are the similarities between an osteopath and a chiropractor?  

Both osteopaths and chiropractors are statutory regulated health professions, the osteopaths by the general osteopathic council and chiropractors by the General Chiropractic Council. In terms of education, both have to complete a four or five-year degree level course. Based on a definition taken from the General Osteopathic Council, osteopathy is described as a primary health care profession. This is similar to chiropractic and means you do not need a referral to visit an osteopath or Chiropractor. In the same way you do not need a referral to visit a NHS dentist or GP. This means both a chiropractor and osteopath have the necessary diagnostic skills to know what we can treat and when to refer.

The NHS describes osteopathy as being based on the principle that the wellbeing of a person depends on their bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue function smoothly together. They can help prevent health problems through the use of physical manipulation, stretching and massage techniques. With the aim Increasing mobility of joints, relieving muscle tension, enhancing blood supply to tissues and helping the body to move. As a chiropractor I would agree that a musculoskeletal system functioning to the best of its capability is beneficial for your overall health and wellbeing.  We all have experienced days where are muscles and joints ache, leaving us feeling tired and down. I would say we both share the goal of wanting to reduce back pain and improve musculoskeletal system function. With an understanding how that can have a positive impact on your wellbeing.

Doctor of Chiropractic James Revell explains the differences between chiropractic and osteopathy

Doctor of Chiropractic James Revell explains the differences between chiropractic and osteopathy. Pictured here with Founder of Chiropractic Daniel David Palmer

What techniques do Osteopaths and Chiropractors use?

Both Osteopaths and Chiropractors use manipulative techniques to treat and improve movement within the spine. Chiropractors call these spinal manipulations, chiropractic adjustments. These manoeuvres involve a quick but gentle thrust to the spine that sometimes causes the characteristic click or pop sound to come from your joints. As a chiropractor my goal is to improve the movement of the joint and recognise the beneficial effect this can have on your nervous system. I would expect an osteopath would also have a similar goal. But there are slight differences in the techniques used.

Osteopaths and chiropractors treat joints and muscles using massage and stretching techniques. Personally as a chiropractor I like to adjust, use a facial edge tool to break up any scar tissue within the connective tissue surrounding muscles and combine this with other massage techniques, rehabilitative exercise, and stretching of stiff muscles to improve your musculoskeletal health. Both chiropractors and osteopaths will develop their own style of practicing and this will be based on their own experience with patients and the type of courses they choose to attend after University. It is not unusual for chiropractors and osteopaths to attend the same courses and learn techniques from each other.

Are there any differences between chiropractors and osteopaths?

We have established a lot of similarities between chiropractors and osteopaths. But the biggest difference to the best of my knowledge is chiropractors are trained to take x-rays. Both professions are taught to read and interpret x-rays and MRI scans. Chiropractors can organise a private referral for an MRI scan if you require it. As you can see the answer is not straight forward and it is about finding the right practitioner for you. If you want to find out more about what I do look for James Revell on the Lushington Chiropractic website.

Thanks for reading.

James

Interview with Eastbourne Chiropractor Mykel Mason – Part 2

So, Mykel, we continue our interview. Can I ask how you monitor your patients’ progress through a course of care and make sure that they are progressing as they should?

I do this in many different ways. Obviously, monitoring the patient’s symptoms plays a huge part, but the most important part to me is actually seeing functional change in the patient. This is why I do progress exams where I re-do some of the tests that I did when they first came in to directly compare and ensure that things are improving at the rate that I think they should be. I will often bring this review forward if I feel it is necessary.

Image shows Eastbourne Chiropractors Mykel Mason and Victoria White

Chiropractor Victoria White interviews fellow chiropractor at Lushington Chiropractic Mykel Mason.

Can you explain to people what you mean by “functional change”?

 What I mean by functional change is rather than just focusing on the symptoms, I want to make sure that my patients can do everything that they want to be able to do. I also want to make sure that the joints are moving as they should be and that the nerves are functioning well. Common things that I’ll test are range of motion to make sure that movement is smooth, even and as good as I would expect for that person.

Can you describe for us a typical course of chiropractic care?

With everyone who comes into Lushington Chiropractic Clinic in Eastbourne, they get a 45-minute to one hour consultation. This is to ascertain exactly what’s going on and to make sure that we are the right people to be treating them at this stage. Once we have ascertained that we are the right place for them, a treatment plan is put together based on our experience and success with previous cases that are similar. Each person is different and therefore care plans will vary and will be adjusted as necessary throughout the course. The initial phase is to help reduce the inflammation and improve the function of the patient, then moving forward making functional change and working as hard as possible to prevent any future episodes.

Can you give me examples of what advice you would give a patient to help prevent future episodes?

 It’s very difficult to give specific examples, as each individual patient is different and therefore the advice I give is tailor-made. The most common advice that I will give often comes down to posture. The majority of people these days have very poor posture from desk work, driving, etc., so posture-related and ergonomic advice is incredibly common in my day-to-day practice in Eastbourne.

Do you give people stretches?

I do commonly give stretches, yes. There do tend to be specific stretches that I give as certain areas of the body are more prone to becoming tense than others. Specific stretches that I give to most people are the ones that stretch the tops of the shoulders and the front of the chest.  Often, if appropriate, I will recommend that people also see the massage therapists here for stretching and deep-tissue massage techniques, and I will also sometimes recommend yoga or Pilates.

We offer a health class to all new patients here at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne. Can you tell us a little bit more about that?

This talk is incredibly useful. I used to give talks like it in my last practice and found that patients who came along to the talk usually did better with their care. This talk gives a little bit of an insight into what we are trying to do as chiropractors, but predominantly is about self-help advice and patients trying not to undo what we have done in the treatments! The Lushington health class talk is generally about an hour long, and in my experience, everyone takes something away from it that they can work on to help themselves get better.

So, it’s important for patients to participate in their care then?

For the best results, it is absolutely essential.

This interview is continued in Interview with Eastbourne Chiropractor Mykel Mason – Part 3…

 

Interview with Eastbourne Chiropractor Mykel Mason – Part 1

You’ve all seen Mykel around the clinic but I thought it it would be really interesting to get to know him a little better and find out what motivated him to become a chiropractor.

Image shows Eastbourne Chiropractors Mykel Mason and Victoria White

Chiropractors Mykel Mason & Victoria White

So, Mykel, tell me how you came to be a chiropractor in Eastbourne.

Well, that’s a very long story. Do you want the long version or the short version?

The long version, please – let’s hear it all!

I first got into chiropractic after I needed a chiropractor myself. This was while I was studying for my GCSEs in Eastbourne. Prior to this, I had no idea what a chiropractor did and I just hoped that they could help me.

What problems did you have which made you see a chiropractor?

I had low back pain which I had been told was growing pains, but it clearly wasn’t. My mum’s friend, who lives in Eastbourne, recommended that I see a chiropractor after she had had success with treatment herself. After seeing a chiropractor in Eastbourne, the results were fantastic and I realised that more people needed to see chiropractors right from the start, rather than putting up with the pain as we so often do.

Did you know immediately that you wanted to be a chiropractor, or did it take some time to realise that?

Not immediately. I, like most people in their teens, had no idea what I wanted to do. Throughout my youth what I wanted to do changed a lot – at times I wanted to be a medical doctor, and then at other times I wanted to be a fireman – and then one time I wanted to be Superman! But I was always interested in how the body worked and how amazing the body was. Chiropractic was a good way for me to continue learning about something I enjoyed so much.

So, tell me about your studies while you were training to be a chiropractor.

My studies took place at the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic. I chose to go here over the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic because it was in a full university setting. Meaning that other subjects were being studied and there were halls of residence. I felt that that would be more suited to me. Being from Eastbourne and studying in Wales meant I was away from my family a lot, which was a shame, but also a good thing in that it taught me to be really independent, as opposed to other people who were going home every weekend with their washing! The studies themselves were very good. There was a lot more to it than I thought, but I was always happy to be learning new things.

And how long was your course?

 My course was four years, but I have continued to learn since graduating and still enjoy it as much as I did then!

That takes us on to continuing professional development. What courses have you done since graduating that you particularly enjoyed, and can you explain to people why CPD is important.

 CPD is important because knowledge and techniques in the chiropractic profession are always evolving. Since being a chiropractor in Eastbourne, I have really noticed through working with other chiropractors that there are many other skills to learn. CPD courses that I have particularly enjoyed – well, most of them really! Ones of note would be one that I did on lumbar disc derangements (which is a slipped disc), which I found particularly interesting and really useful. I have been able to apply this to many cases, including those without lumbar disc derangements. I also did a seminar on a technique called ‘sacro-occipital technique’ with YOU (points to interviewer)!! I really enjoyed using this, as I found it very, very useful. The diagnostic techniques and the treatment techniques have been invaluable with some of my patients, especially some that weren’t improving as quickly as I felt they should have been and this shows how important it is to do CPD so that we can deliver the best possible chiropractic care in Eastbourne.

This interview is continued in Interview with Eastbourne Chiropractor Mykel Mason – Part 2…

 

Thanks for reading

Vicky

Health Benefits of Love

Love can positively affect your health and wellbeing.

Whether you have been married for years or are single and looking for that right someone it is important to make room for love in your life. Love doesn’t just put a sparkle in your life – love can positively affect your health and wellbeing.

Love has a physical, mental and emotional impact on your life. Making time for a special someone can motivate you and help to keep you in better physical and mental shape.

Romance can bring you more than just butterflies in your stomach. It can:

  • Lead to a longer life – The National Longitudinal Mortality Study, which has been tracking more than a million people since 1979 has found that married people live longer.
  • Improve your Physical Fitness – Couples who exercise together have more success than people who exercise alone. Both men and women work between 12 – 15% harder when training with a romantic partner.
  • Reduce Stress – People in happy relationships experience less stress and less stress means better health
  • Protect your Heart – A University of Pittsburgh Study found that women in good marriages have a much lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

Hugging a loved one daily has also been linked to higher oxytocin levels and lowers blood pressure which is also great for your heart.

Image shows two hands making a heart shape to accompany the blog by Eastbourne Doctor of Chiropractic James Revell

Love and Health

While LOVE can bring some surprising health benefits it is also important that you live a healthy lifestyle if you want your heart to keep loving for many more years to come.

Reduce the Risk Factors that are under your control such as smoking, excessive weight, stress, lack of exercise and poor diet TODAY. If you are in a happy relationship, why not work together to tackle those areas that you know could do with improvement. This could include a better fitness regime, improved fruit and vegetable consumption or giving up a vice – such as smoking – with proper support.

Your Chiropractor here at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne can give you the advice and support you need to change and apply new health strategies.  Call us to book your appointment on 01323 722499.

‘Health is the greatest possession’ – United Chiropractic Association.

Reference: Health Benefits of Love.  United Chiropractic Association Press Media Statement Feb 2014

Your Eastbourne Chiropractor James

 

Top tips for managing stress

Managing stress

The team at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne share their tips on how to reduce and manage stress.

The spine and posture are important factors in the ability of the body to cope with stress. In fact, a healthy spine and nervous system can help to manage stress more effectively.

Everyone experiences stress on a daily basis due to the modern world that we live in and the increase in demand for our time and attention. Stress, in its negative sense can be defined as an imbalance of the bodily system(s) due to excessive stimulus that upsets normal functioning and disturbs mental or physical health.

The most common symptoms of stress include headaches, backaches and fatigue, as well as cardiovascular disorders (high blood pressure) digestive problems and sleeping difficulties.

At Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne, the chiropractors and massage therapists tailor treatment to get to the root of each individual’s problem

Image shows women with eyes closed and holding her head to accompany the blog written by Eastbourne Doctor of Chiropractic James Revell

Manage stress by recognising some of the symptoms

Tips on managing stress

  • Recognise Stress – Acknowledging that the fact that you are feeling under the weather may be a reaction to too much pressure. Know yourself and your limits.
  • Set Priorities – Examine what in your life is causing stress. What can be changed to help you introduce a better balance between work, social life and home life. Set priorities each day (no more than 3) and make a separate list for long term things to be addressed.
  • Learn to say “No” – This is not a sign of weakness. It is easy to say ‘yes’ and difficult to say ‘no’ but in the long run, doing less will benefit everyone in your life.

Learn to Relax:

  • Yoga – can be effective in reducing stress and anxiety, lowering blood pressure and heart rate. The concept behind all relaxation therapies is the relationship between mind and body; when the mind is restless and agitated the health of the body will be affected
  • Meditation – can be extremely effective in that is slows the breathing rate, increases oxygen consumption, creates a relaxed brain rhythm and increases blood flow.
  • Exercise – make time to exercise regularly. Not only is it good for your health but exercise can also make you feel good too. Exercise decreases the stress hormones, such as cortisol, and increases endorphins which are the body’s natural feel good chemicals.
  • Diet – avoid caffeine and food additives. Reinvigorate your diet and gradually introduce healthy fresh whole foods to your daily intake.
  • Sleep – sleep is an important resource that keeps you healthy, mentally sharp and able to cope with stress more effectively. Make sure that you stop doing mentally demanding work several hours before going to bed. This gives your brain time to calm down before you try to sleep. Try reading a calming, undemanding book for a few minutes to relax your body, tire your eyes and help you forget about the things that are worrying you.
  • Indulge yourself – If you are unable to take time off work or have the resources for a holiday then find a way to indulge yourself. Spend a little extra money on a luxury item, even if it is a more expensive shampoo or bubble-bath that you wouldn’t usually buy. Set aside time each day for yourself even if it is just 10 minutes.
  • Confide in someone – don’t keep emotions bottled up. A well-known saying is ‘A problem shared is a problem halved.’

Focus on the positive aspects of your life.

 Steve Clifford, Psychotherapist at Lushington Chiropractic, says, “Most of the time we cope very well in spite of incredible stresses.  At other times even the simplest request feels impossible.  From time to time each of us may experience problems and difficulties which we feel unable to resolve.  Having the opportunity to explore them with another person may help a great deal”

Visit www.chirocare.co.uk for further information and advice or call us on 01323 722499

Your Eastbourne Chiropractor James Revell.

Spinal Awareness – The key to a Healthy Spine

A healthy spine is an amazing thing

Your spine holds everything together in the body! So it goes without saying that taking care of it should be one of your main health priorities. In this article, the team at Lushington Chiropractic is provide some top tips on how to keep your spine in tip-top shape.

The good news is that in many of cases, the wellbeing of your spine and health is in your own hands; it’s simply a case of changing lifestyle habits and committing to regular stretching and strengthening exercises.

The key to a healthy spine and, therefore, a healthy you, is the ‘P’ word: Posture.

Posture has been an overlooked factor in our health in the past. But research is now helping to raise awareness of the issues surrounding poor posture and explain why it is so important to make changes.

Younger people are now at an increased risk of having problems through the top of their neck and back because of the effects on posture of the modern lifestyle. Spending many hours each day sat at a computer, staring at a mobile device or in front of a TV screen gradually causes a change to the curvature of the back. This can not only cause serious pain but also lead to more long term health problems.

Pressure on the joints and discs in your neck when you text or read your tablet

Pressure on the joints and discs in your neck when you text or read on your tablet.

Pressure on the joints and discs in your neck when you text or read on your tablet.

 If you’re reading this blog post on your tablet or another mobile device, why not take a second to consider the position of your own neck right now. Hold your tablet up to eye level and you can help to reduce the pressure on the joints and discs in your neck.

Modern life is also behind the increasing use of very heavy bags. As our lives have become busier, so we tend to carry more and more things around with us on a day-to-day basis – this applies to schoolchildren as well.

The spinal health experts at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne have some great tips on how to prevent injury and chronic problems as a result of lugging around heavy bags:

  • Use a bag with lightweight material and multiple compartments to distribute the weight
  • Pack only what you really need
  • Use both shoulder straps when carrying a rucksack
  • Alternate shoulders regularly to avoid strain
  • Ensure the rucksack sits above the waist to reduce pressure on the spine and nervous system;
  • If you can’t pack light, then use two bags.

Great posture begins with the spine – and chiropractic is a safe and effective way to achieve a healthy spine.

At Lushington Chiropractic we know all about posture and healthy spines, we genuinely care about our patients and improving their quality of life. We have an extremely professional and dedicated team who deliver the highest service and have over 80 years expertise between them. Call today on0 1323 722499 to see why over 8,000 local people have already chosen us to help them.

 

mobile phones and posture: Is your PC and mobile device changing your posture?

How are mobile phones and posture related?

Think about it: when using our mobile we tend to drop our heads forward. This rounds the shoulders and this is what we term forward-leaning posture. People are now definitely at an increased risk of having problems through the top of their neck due to this change in posture as it causes a change to the curvature of the back. And the link between mobile phones and posture isn’t just something that can affect older people? Due to the increasing length of time that young people spend sat at computers or using mobile devices, the risk of misalignment is now greater than ever from an early age.

The problem is that when someone drops their head forward and rounds their shoulders, it becomes impossible for them to take a full breath in because of the restriction through the muscles and because the ribs can’t move properly. So the heart and lungs can’t function to their full effectiveness. Research is suggesting that the decrease in life expectancy may come from this. Think how many times each day we use our mobile.

Pressure on the Joints and Discs in Your Neck When you Text or Read Your Mobile

Pressure on the joints and discs in your neck when you text or read your mobile

If you’re reading this blog on your tablet then how’s your neck looking? Hold your tablet up to reduce the pressure on the joints and discs in your neck.

Whether the benefits are large or small it’s always worth improving your posture.  If you want posture advice, just ask your chiropractor when you are next in.  They’ll love it that you’re interested and will be able to give you some really useful tips.

Lushington Guest Caroline

Lushington Guest Caroline

One of our guests (patients), Caroline, had been suffering with back and neck pain, which was aggravated by bad posture using her laptop. As well as hands on chiropractic care, she found the self-help posture advice and explanations of why posture is so important really effective.

“I really feel they have improved not only my physical self but given me an understanding of the cause & effect of bad posture and how to combat it.

“I highly recommend Lushington Chiropractic, their team is extremely helpful, easy to talk to and you can feel secure knowing you are receiving the best professional care available.”

Caroline, from Eastbourne

If you are suffering with posture problems, back pain, neck pain, muscle spasms or joint aches then call today to see why over 8,000 local people have already chosen Lushington Chiropractic to help them: 01323 722499.

We regularly see patients who are suffering from the close link between mobile phones and posture. In these cases we welcome patients in for an initial consultation before explaining how our range of treatments can help.

The Lushington Chiropractic team in Eastbourne also treat an array of other issues. Alongside expert chiropractic care, we also offer services such as nutritional therapy, podiatry, acupuncture, counselling and more.  We have an extremely professional and dedicated team who deliver the highest service and have over 80 years’ expertise between them.

This article was written by James Revell.