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.
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.
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.
Exercise For The Faint-Hearted
Exercise for the faint-hearted – Confession time!
Like a lot of the guests I see at Lushington Chiropractic Clinic I am not a fan of the gym. When someone suggests I exercise, my response tends to be a groan and an eye roll. However, I’ve found that keeping fit can be done in Eastbourne in many ways and some of them are even enjoyable!
My first experience of fun, organised exercise was salsa dancing near Eastbourne seafront. As a beginner, I spent more time trying not to step on my partner’s feet than anything else but it really adds to your step count. I wear a pedometer and on a ‘dancing day’ can easily do 12,000 steps. Perhaps you prefer line-dancing? Or tango? They would also be a superb way of getting fit without even realising it, as well as learning body control and balance.
Swimming is also a great way of exercising in a non-arduous way. It allows core strength to build without putting weight on the joints so is brilliant for people who prefer more gentle exercise or who don’t think they are ‘gym people’. Try it and see if you like it. If you do then Eastbourne has several pools for you including the Sovereign Centre and Motcombe Pool.
I know that working my core muscles makes them stronger, that swimming strengthens my shoulders and makes them less likely to get injured in the course of my work and that better flexibility and endurance are good things for my body. However, it is the feeling of alertness I get after a fast swim that is well worth it. I know it is that feeling which keeps me going to the pool.
So my advice is to try a few sports and exercise classes and see which ones make you look forward to doing them again, as making yourself do things is rarely sustainable unless you have incredible willpower. And even if you do have that willpower, why do exercise you don’t enjoy when there are so many fun and exciting ways of getting fitter?!
Are there any sports or classes you enjoy locally?
Exercise for the faint-hearted… it doesn’t get more fun than running a pancake race in Eastbourne!
For more exercise and health tips, read our other posts – we have plenty to keep you going.
Thanks for reading!
Are you overusing your baby’s car seat?
Mums and dads are being urged not to overuse baby’s car seat?
The advice comes from the United Chiropractic Association (UCA), which says the habit of carrying a baby around in a car seat may be harmful to both child and parent. The UCA, which has around 600 members across the UK, warns that prolonged periods on their back, in a rigid car seat risks the development of plagiocephaly, or flattening of bones in the infant’s skull (miss-shapen head). Research has linked plagiocephaly with a risk of not reaching full coordination and learning potential later on.
At Lushington Chiropractic we understand that it’s very difficult to know what to do for the best as a parent. So we thought we’d review this latest recommendation for our patients and add some explanation.
Babies spines and craniums (newly formed skulls) are delicate during these early stages of development. So we shouldn’t leave them in a rigid seat or any fixed position for a long time. Too long in any position will eventually cause problems. Baby car seats are obviously essential for travel. However, our advice is to avoid using them for all-day baby transport. Our chiropractors suggest a more upright position in a good quality baby sling is a much better carrying option than the rigid car seat, or simply moving baby from the car seat to a pram will help. We also advise parents to allow their babies as much supervised ‘tummy time’ as possible to enable good spinal development.
The UCA says that keeping your baby in a car seat for long periods means their spine remains in a C-shape, preventing the natural curves of the neck and lower back from forming.
At Lushington Chiropractic we always advise our new parents to be careful of carrying the car seat around because it can be bad for them too. The seat is rigid and heavy. It’s bulky nature means you hold it away from you. The weight of baby plus the seat can put quite a strain on the adult’s back – especially if it’s a new mum who’s still recovering from birth (or even a c-section). It’s easier to pick baby up out of the seat, hold them close to you and move with them close to you.
James Revell – Doctor of Chiropractic say: “I struggle when I drop our baby off at nursery and have to take her in with her car seat for my wife to collect her (with the car seat) later”.
It’s easier (and better for your back) to lift baby out of the seat and carry them or put them into a pram or soft baby sling.
This is backed by research, which shows that carrying your baby in a sling saves 16% of your energy.
The UCA points out that infants who are carried for three hours or more each day in their first three months of life cry 43% less often than those carried less frequently. Supervised tummy time and crawling should also be encouraged. These activities are excellent for developing the spine properly as they allow the baby to lift the head off the ground and develop the arch of the neck.
Tummy time is a great way of helping baby get into good habits right from the start. If you’re concerned about your child or baby then remember that chiropractors are well versed in the requirements of children at this tender age. Not only will a chiropractor help to assess the development of your child, they can also educate you on what to look out for through the development stages and advise on the best activities to initiate good posture and alignment in later life.
Chiropractors are highly trained to recognise when someone shouldn’t be adjusted and will refer them back to their medical practitioners and paediatricians as appropriate.
Here at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne our treatments are gentle, effective and suitable for all ages from birth to ninety (plus), so we can help you and your children. Our highly qualified and genuinely caring team have over 80 years’ experience between them. Call us today on 01323 722499.
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Carole- Your Clinic Assistant
Hope you enjoy the read.
What would your perfect Sunday consist of:
A late breakfast/brunch maybe along the seafront somewhere followed by a walk in the sun.
Dover sole with burnt butter sauce with new potatoes & baby veg from my allotment.
Favourite TV show:
Recent favourite – Poldark!
The unsung heroes at St Wilfrid’s hospice.
I like to watch the track cycling on TV especially the team events, very exciting.
My husband – he has a knack of making me laugh which I love.
A black Cocker spaniel called Marty, who seemed to smell of wet dog most of the time.
Makes people’s lives just a bit easier
The world is just a great big onion – Marvin Gaye & Tammy Tyrell
If you were an animal what would you be and why:
I think I’d like to be bird – just to see how they cope with flying thousands of miles.
What was your favourite toy as a child:
A black china doll which my brother smashed when he threw it on the floor in a temper tantrum.
Can you play any instruments?
No – I learned to play the clarinet at school but have not played since.
Any unusual hobbies:
Claire – Your Clinic Assistant
Claire – A little bit about me:
What would your perfect Sunday consist of:
It would be a warm and sunny day so my husband and I can get out on our Harley. We would ride into the countryside and find a lovely peaceful spot by a river to enjoy a great picnic and then a meander along the river.
In the evening we would find a lovely country pub to sit outside and enjoy a cold cider.
I love hot and spicy food so would have to be Indian and Thai.
Favourite TV show:
I don’t really have any favourite shows. I do however enjoy watching bake off and strictly come dancing.
My Mum, she is amazing. Nothing is ever too much trouble for her and she is always there for me.
This would have to be dancing. I love dance, husband and I enjoy rock and roll and have also done a couple lessons in Salsa and Ballroom.
Me, as I have a habit of saying silly things. My husband always says he should start writing all my faux pas down as there will be enough for a book!
If you can call a goldfish a pet, I had one which I won at a fair year’s ago. Sadly it didn’t stay around for long. My next pet was a bit larger, a hamster; she was white and called her snowy, a good original name!
Enjoy life, work hard, spend lots of time with family/friends and have many new adventures.
How many places have you travelled to:
In the UK I have been to Devon and Cornwall quite a bit, visited Wales where it rained every day for 14 days!
When I was at school I went on a school trip to Holland for a week. I have also been to Spain, Menorca, travelled the west coast of America, got married in Las Vegas and honeymooned in the Canadian Rockies.
Oh goodness can’t remember what this was. I know it was a LP and in the song was ‘eye of the tiger, no idea who this was by but at the time I liked it.
If you were an animal what would you be and why:
You get so many beautiful colours in a butterfly and I love colour. They are also very strong but delicate which I am. I also enjoy the beauty and freedom of being outside in the country amongst the wildlife and flowers.
What was your favourite toy as a child:
I had a few. A tree house I loved, it had these funny little people in it, bit like weebles! I would sit for ages playing with the tree house which had a great slide and swing.
I also enjoyed etch a sketch, producing many weird images but don’t think I ever managed to get a straight line!
I also loved my tricycle, it was blue and I rode this everywhere my mum and dad would allow!
Can you play any instruments?
I played the recorder, treble and tenor at school along with the clarinet. Later I got a keyboard and had a few lessons. Also had a number of lessons to play the piano but sadly I haven’t practised for a long time. My piano had to go when I moved, no room!
I also enjoy the sound of acoustic guitar and one day would like to learn this.
Any unusual hobbies:
I have loads of hobbies, none are that unusual though.
I am very arty and love anything where I can create. I enjoy sugar craft and have sculptured/ decorated cakes for special occasions. Designed and made a couple of commissioned mosaic pieces along with painting and I have also this year started to learn to sew. I have made my first dress which still needs altering, but look forward to making more.
I am also fond of music and dancing.
Active isolated stretching
What is Active Isolated Stretching (A.I.S)?
The experts at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne explain what active isolated stretching is and how it can be used effectively as part of a health and wellbeing programme.
Active Isolated Stretching is a stretching technique used by the massage therapists here at Eastbourne Chiropractic to help relieve tight and aching muscles. It is a technique created by Aaron Mattes, an American kinesiologist and massage therapist.
AIS is a system of stretches done in a specific way to bring oxygen and nutrients to muscle tissue. The stretches are done in a specific order and a very specific way. It makes use of reciprocal inhibition that says if you contract the thigh muscle the muscles at the back of the leg will relax and lengthen thus providing these muscles with a stretch.
In A.I.S the stretches are also done in a unique manner the stretch is applied to the muscle and a few extra pounds of pressure is applied until mild discomfort is felt in the muscle this is then held for around two seconds then released back down in a controlled manner.
How does AIS work?
The idea behind this is to encourage something called the stretch reflex in the muscle, which switches on after a few seconds to stop the muscle being overstretched. The theory is that once the stretch reflex is initiated, the muscle is in a held state and this constricts oxygen and nutrient flow to the muscle which in turn delays the repair process.
This principle follows the same theory that if you want to increase the muscle strength and size you would use resistance and repetitions to facilitate better function. The stretches will be done for repetitions usually around ten with an aim of increasing the range by two degrees with each repetition, thus gaining an improvement of twenty degrees in the range of motion.
Active isolated stretching uses stretching protocols done in a specific order to address imbalances in the muscles. These stretches are then combined with strengthening exercises to remedy any imbalances.
A.I.S is a really effective aid in reducing tension and tightness in the muscle and as a warm up or cool down before and after sport or physical activity. For more information on A.I.S in Eastbourne, why not consult the team at Lushington Chiropractic to discuss your needs.
Health Benefits of Love
Whether you have been married for years or are single and looking for that special 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 well-being.
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 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.
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. And the great thing is that your loved ones can play an important role in helping you to achieve those goals. With the right support and motivation, you can conquer some of the greatest health challenges facing you.
Whether it’s quitting smoking, shedding excessive weight, working through stressful situations or developing a more active lifestyle, having a loved one by your side can help to spur you on when the going gets tough.
Love the benefits of Eastbourne Chiropractic
The influence of your loved ones can be huge. But sometimes it can take the guidance of an experienced health professional to get your health and wellbeing on track. The team at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne are on hand for that very reason. We can advise not only on the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions but also on broader healthcare matters. can give you the advice and support you need to change and apply new health strategies.
Call us now on 01323 722499
Lushington Chiropractic is a multi-award winning clinic in Lushington Road, Eastbourne. We provide a range of treatments from expert chiropractic care to nutritional therapy, podiatry, acupuncture counselling and more. We genuinely care about our patients and we have a passion for improving their quality of life.
‘Health is the greatest possession’
Lushington Chiropractic Survey Results
THANK YOU to all 315 Lushington Chiropractic guests who kindly completed our survey questionnaire. Findings are below:
- Overall Satisfaction with the clinic – 98% found this excellent/very good.
- Friendliness, speed & efficiency of service at front desk? – 98% found this excellent/very good.
- How easy is it to get through on the telephone? 94% had no problems, 6% occasionally difficult.
- What’s the customer service like ? – 98% found this excellent/very good.
- How thoroughly did your chirporactor assess your condition when you first visited? – 98% extremely/very well.
- How caring was your chiropractor? – 98% gave extremely/very caring.
- General waiting times? – 88% Excellent/very good.
- The amount of time you had for your treatments? 95% plenty of time/enough time.
- Have you been given practical tips on how to help yourself? 98% yes.
- Was your treatment value for money? 77% found this excellent/very good, 23% found this good/fair
- Satisfaction with your treatment so far? 96% excellent/very good, 4% Good.
- How satisfied were/are you with the improvement in your condition so far? 86% excellent/very good, 14% good/fair.
- Would you recommend the clinic to a friend/family member? 98% Yes.
It was great to see what we are doing right but also where we can improve. We are always happy to receive feedback to help us continue to give the best possible customer service, expert diagnosis and personalised healthcare.
Suffering with back pain, neck pain, muscle spasms or joint aches then call today to see why over 8,000 local people have already chosen Lushington to help them: 01323 722499.
The end of January is nearly upon us….
As we come to the end of January, what does it mean for those goals you set and those plans you made?
So the end of January is nearly upon us and I’m interested in hearing about how everyone’s New Year’s Resolutions have come into place. What have you stuck to and what have you achieved? Perhaps most importantly, will you be continuing those good habits through into February?
Within this blog I just wanted to offer a different perspective on those New Year’s Resolutions. Looking at what you would like to do more of in 2013, rather than what you would like to do less of (giving up). We still have a little time to add in a couple more resolutions, so why don’t you think about it.
Making a January resolution you’ll be able to keep up
A resolution is something that you decide or intend to do. New Year’s Resolutions are very popular because a New Year is the perfect time to make a change. It is a time for a fresh start and great for creating a “new you.”
You need to choose a resolution that really means something to you and that you are dedicated to completing. Too many people fail to follow through with their resolutions. Most of the time, this is because you make general resolutions instead of setting specific goals that are more likely to be achieved.
For example, set yourself time aside to go out and socialise with people/friends/family if you have missed out a little lately. Maybe you plan to dance more. To book more holidays….etc etc. Head out of the norm, think from a different angle. (Our board in Reception that I have put up touches of this a little, so if you haven’t seen it already pop and have a look.)
Coming into the New Year, I suggest you don’t always think about cutting down or giving up on your favourite foods (don’t get me wrong, I believe in these resolutions) but more than often you can think to yourself, deep down, I don’t really want to do this and then soon enough it ends. Be happy with your decisions whatever they may be and DO MORE OF SOMETHING!
A poem for you all to read and to finish up!
Tapped at my door today.
And said, “Put on your winter wraps,
And come outdoors to play.”
Is always full of fun;
Until the set of sun.
Will stay a month with me
And we will have such jolly times –
Just come along and see.”
– Winifred C. Marshall, January
If you are looking to make improvements in your life, you should consider consulting with a chiropractor. Chiropractic is about much more than just tackling lower back pain (although it is a great treatment for this issue), it is about getting to the root of issues to find solutions. From musculoskeletal health to stress and the immune system, the benefits of chiropractic can be wide ranging.
If you are looking for a chiropractor in Eastbourne, visit the award-winning team at Lushington Chiropractic.
Discovering an all-new you through acupuncture
Could you be saying hello to an all-new you this year with the help of acupuncture?
January is always a good time of year to reflect on what has gone before, as well as setting a course for the New Year. For many people it is the time of year to focus on their health and look to effective treatments such as acupuncture.
It’s not unusual for people to succumb to seasonal bouts of coughs, colds and flus during these post-Christmas winter months. But why is it that some people are affected more or less than others?
For an acupuncture practitioner this is due, not solely, to the many germs and viruses around, but largely to the relative deficiency of one’s own vital energy or Qi. When one’s energy is low this can result in a weakened immune system, allowing colds and flus to flourish.
There are many factors that can deplete your energy and consequently weaken your overall health. These may include diet and nutrition, stress, lack of exercise, lifestyle, overworking and many external factors.
By tackling these issues it should be possible to increase one’s energy reserve and bring the body’s inner landscape into better balance. The result of this is typically a stronger immune system and an increased sense of wellbeing.
Acupuncture works on balancing and increasing this energy throughout the body and I find it interesting to note that people who receive regular acupuncture treatments suffer much less with colds and other minor illnesses.
So what else can we do to improve things as we start the New Year?
After the rich foods and revelry of December, January is the perfect time to take an interest in one’s diet and begin to choose healthier options – ones that bring us closer to vibrant health. Choosing an exercise that is stimulating and keeps you interested will also help to keep you going throughout the year.
Finding ways to lead a better work/life balance is vital and will enable you to avoid burning out and will enable you to enjoy more fully your leisure time. Stress and emotions are two huge factors that drain energy and are well worth considering.
Like all of the team members at Lushington Chiropractic, I believe in the importance of self-care, and I encourage clients to be aware and vigilant of the stresses and strains that impact on their daily lives. It is a well known fact that constant worry and anxiety have a dramatic effect on the body. They act like a leaky tap, constantly draining our vital energy. Understanding where and why this is happening will have an immediate effect. It is a topic that I am passionate about as an acupuncture practitioner, so expect some more blog articles on this in the near future.
Finally, there is one more way you can rev up your energy reserves. It is one which has had the most powerful and enduring effect on my own life and the one I now teach to many students in my classes around the local area. Tai Chi and Qigong are gentle, yet thorough, therapeutic exercise systems which have stood the test of time. They were specifically developed hundreds of years ago to not only work on the musculo-skeletal system but also to enhance the body’s natural energy reserves through specific movements, breathing techniques and internal awareness.
If you would like to find out more about how acupuncture could help you please drop the clinic a call or email, contact us via our Facebook page or come and have a chat with me at the clinic.
I hope that you have enjoyed reading this and look forward to your comments.
Have a great New Year