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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 Sciatica and how can Chiropractic help?

What is Sciatica and how can chiropractic help? At the chiropractic clinic here in Eastbourne, we hear a lot of people talking about sciatica and asking if chiropractic can help them. Like many people with sciatica, it is often a confusing time when trying to find the right treatment that will work for you. You can sometimes feel ‘left in the dark’ without knowing what to do.

Eastbourne Chiropractor Dr Gemma Crouch has written this blog to help answer your questions about sciatica and explain the benefits of chiropractic treatment for sciatica.

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is the name given to any type of pain or neurological symptom occurring along any part of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body and runs from the back, through the buttocks and down to the feet on both sides.

Irritation to the sciatic nerve is what causes sciatica and the symptoms normally associated with it. This is usually caused by a nerve compression somewhere along its path.

The symptoms caused by irritation to the sciatic nerve may include: pain, numbness, tingling or a loss of sensation in the legs or feet. You may feel one or more than one of these symptoms.

How do I know if it is Sciatica?

We understand that having sciatica and the intense pain it can cause is frustrating and sometimes quite scary. There are lots of different causes and types of sciatica, so it is important to know what may be causing your symptoms in order to receive the most beneficial treatment for you.

Chiropractor’s perform an initial consultation involving a thorough medical history and physical examination of the neuromusculoskeletal system (muscles, joints and nerves) to find out the root cause of a problem or problems. We especially check through the nerves to see if there may be an underlying problem as we can detect trapped nerve type problems early.

Following the initial consultation, your diagnosis and personalised treatment plan is discussed with you.

If you suspect you may have sciatica, it is always best to speak to your chiropractor about any questions or concerns you may have before the problem starts to get worse. As they say, the longer you leave a problem, the worse it gets.

How can Chiropractic help with Sciatica?

Chiropractors are specialists in the detection, diagnosis, correction and prevention of muscle, joint and trapped nerve type problems. Sciatica and the symptoms of sciatica are usually related to the muscles, joints and nerves in the body.

Chiropractic care is effective for treating sciatica and for the relief of the symptoms related to sciatica. The treatment involved for sciatica is a combination of manual therapy, manipulation, soft tissue massage work and function rehabilitation and exercises. We will always explain the treatment to you and will never do any treatment that you are uncomfortable with.

Image shows Eastbourne chiropractor Gemma Crouch in the reception area of Lushington Chiropractic to accompany her blog on What is sciatica and how can chiropractic help?

Eastbourne Chiropractor Gemma Crouch talks about sciatica

Here at the chiropractic clinic in Eastbourne, we see a lot of people who have a history of sciatica. Due to this, some of my colleagues have written other blogs on sciatica which explore different angles and even some real-life cases of people who have had success with chiropractic here in Eastbourne for their sciatica.

Search for ‘sciatica’ on our blog web site backblog for more information.

Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne is a well-known local clinic and most people who see us are recommended by someone else at the clinic.

If you would like to learn more about the clinic or about how chiropractic care could help you, please click here or call us at 01323 722499.

Thank you,

Gemma Crouch DC, LRCC, MChiro, BSc(Hons)

Doctor of Chiropractic

An Interview with Eastbourne Chiropractor Victoria White: Part 2

If you’ve been to Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne, you may have spotted a tall lady with brown hair and a large smile on her face. That’s Victoria!

Dr White joined Lushington Chiropractic 4 years ago after moving back to the UK from the Middle East. I thought it would be a good idea for everyone to get to know Victoria a little better.

Image shows Eastbourne Chiropractor Victoria White with fellow Chiropractor Gemma Crouch sitting on the chiropractic bench at Lushington Chiropractic.

Chiropractor Victoria White with fellow Chiropractor Gemma Crouch

If you missed part 1 you can read it here

Part 2 of this interview is getting to know Dr Victoria White’s special interests!

The Interview

We’ve spoken about chiropractic and how you became interested in chiropractic. My next question for you is, do you have a special interest in any particular conditions or groups of people?

Actually yes. I love treating people with headaches and migraine headaches, as they do very well very quickly and it is wonderful to see that fast response to chiropractic care.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, I also love seeing people who are older and have had chronic problems. For them it’s less the case of “fixing the pain” entirely and more a case of helping them manage their condition and still do the things that they want to do in life. I feel that you can make a great difference to someone’s quality of life in this way, and by keeping people mobile so that they can enjoy their golf, gardening, or whatever other hobbies they may have.

Chiropractors are regulated by law and are required to maintain up-to-date knowledge and skills by regularly attending CPD courses.

Talk to me about your favourite CPD (continued professional development) seminar that you’ve been to so far and how it’s helped you as a chiropractor.

One of the most useful CPD courses I did was in dry needling, or western medical acupuncture.

When I was a teenager and suffering with headaches, this was one of the techniques that my chiropractor used. It has been one of the best things I have had as part of my own treatment which inspired me to learn how to do it too.

I did the dry needling course when I was at chiropractic college and found it very useful for my patients at the time. It’s a really great technique for loosening tight muscles and works really nicely for treating people with neck-related headaches, lumbar aches and other muscular type problems.

I therefore use the dry needling technique on patients here in Eastbourne, both of my own and those who are referred to me by the other chiropractors and practitioners.

Is there a particular case that you’d like to share with us today which has been the most rewarding so far in your chiropractic career?

It’s really difficult to choose one.

There are so many people who are in such a bad state by the time they come to see a chiropractor, that when you make a difference to how they feel and how they function, they are thrilled with the results. This is why it is so difficult to pick only one.

I understand this is a hard question because you must have helped thousands of people over the years.

Yes absolutely, there are so many local people to Eastbourne that I have helped it really is impossible to narrow it down. I could give you one though…

Yes, please let us hear the story!

One that particularly sticks out is a lady I treated several years ago who used to be a competitive swimmer in her youth. By the time I saw her, she was into her eighties and had not swum for years because of low back pain and immobility. I did a lot of work to help her with her mobility and she ended up back in the pool and exercising again, which was fantastic to hear.

It’s great to hear success with chiropractic as we can help people of every age and stages of life.

That’s true. I think that a lot of people don’t realise that we treat the very young, like you do Gemma, and through to the elderly as we all do here at Lushington Chiropractic.

It’s interesting you say this, Vicky, because in fact today I had my current youngest patient, followed directly after by my oldest patient!!

How old were they?

My youngest patient I first saw when he was 5 weeks old, and my oldest patient straight after him is 99!

In fact, my eldest patient today said to me, “Gemma, am I your oldest patient here at the clinic?” and I replied, “yes you are and look how well you’re doing!”

That’s amazing. I also think it shows how adaptable chiropractic care can be in that we can tailor and personalise treatment to be appropriately gentle for a tiny baby, an older person and everyone in between.

Thank you so much for your time today, Vicky. It’s been a pleasure hearing about how you became a chiropractor. I actually did not know this – I’d always been meaning to ask you, so it’s interesting to hear why you chose to come here and not back to Torquay.

You’re so welcome. I’ll be interviewing you soon to find out more about your chiropractic work, Gemma.

An Interview with Eastbourne Chiropractor Victoria White: Part 1

If you’ve been to Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne, you may have spotted a tall lady with brown hair and a large smile on her face. That’s Victoria!

Image shows Eastbourne Chiropractor Victoria White with fellow Chiropractor Gemma Crouch sitting on the chiropractic bench at Lushington Chiropractic.

Chiropractor Victoria White with fellow Chiropractor Gemma Crouch

Dr White joined Lushington Chiropractic 4 years ago after moving back to the UK from the Middle East. I thought it would be a good idea for everyone to get to know Victoria a little better.

Part 1 of this interview is getting to know why Dr Victoria became a chiropractor and her experiences with living and working in Eastbourne.

The Interview

Good morning Vicky, thanks for meeting me today to talk about your experiences with chiropractic.

You’re very welcome!

I’d like to be able to find out why you became a chiropractor and what you find most interesting about chiropractic.

Ok sure I’d be delighted to share my story, where would you like me to start?

So, let’s start from the beginning. How did you find out about chiropractic?

Well…

I first encountered chiropractic when I was about 14 or 15 years old. I had had low back pain for a few months and it was mostly caused by sitting and studying hard at school… and probably poor posture as well.

I was a very tall teenager, which made me feel a little self-conscious so I don’t think my posture was the best whilst I was growing up. My mum took me to see a chiropractor in Torquay, where I lived growing up, and the experience I had was fantastic!

They performed a chiropractic consultation; diagnosed me with a musculoskeletal problem and then they started to begin treatment. I had a short course of care that sorted out my low back pain and allowed me to become interested in keeping my back healthy.

My chiropractor did give me exercises to do but I distinctly remember not doing them [which is very naughty!]. It is actually something that I tell patients off these days for, because I understand now how important they are!

Despite that, my back became much much better and I was able to walk with more confidence. I continued seeing many different chiropractors over the next few years. I also had trouble with neck pain and headaches which I think were also related to studying when I was a university doing my first degree.

So all through those teenage years and my early twenties, chiropractic has helped me manage several different issues with a lot of success. Most places that I have lived I have had a chiropractor that I could go to who was nearby.

That’s a really interesting story. So, what made you choose to change your career to become a chiropractor whilst you were living in the Middle East?

Well, I was doing financial admin work when I was living in Dubai and found it very dry and although it was a great job, I found that I missed the social interaction of dealing with people. I started considering alternative careers and I was talking with my mum about it on the phone one day and she mentioned that a couple of people at my school had gone on to re-train as chiropractors. Suddenly it hit me that that could be a great plan for my future. I then started applying for the course and travelled back and forth to do interviews. I managed to secure a place at the Anglo European College of Chiropractic (AECC). The college is now known as the AECC University College Bournemouth.

Over the next few years, I worked in both Dubai and Bahrain and saved enough money to help me fund the Masters degree. I then moved back to the UK to re-train with a postgraduate degree in chiropractic.

Once you had finished your Masters in chiropractic, why did you choose to work in Eastbourne?

I chose to become a chiropractor in Eastbourne because of the clinic here. Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne is a very ethically run clinic and so I felt comfortable with the high values that they placed on patient care and with the way that the clinic was run. I also immediately liked the team and thought that the support staff were amazing and the other clinicians excellent at what they do. I just knew that I wanted to be a part of that team. Also, I grew up in Torquay and really liked living on the coast!

Find out more about Dr Victoria White in part 2 of the interview!

Interview with Eastbourne Chiropractor Mykel Mason – Part 3

We continue our interview with Mykel Mason, a chiropractor who works at Lushington Chiropractic Clinic in Eastbourne, East Sussex…

 So, Mykel, do you treat many older patients here in Eastbourne, and how are you able to help them? Is treating people from different age brackets different?

This misconception with Eastbourne is that everyone is old. I do treat older patients and many other ages. At the moment, I have three patients who are over 90. Obviously with older patients’ treatment has to be tailored for them. I wouldn’t do the same treatment with a 90-year-old as with a person who is in their twenties! Often, I will use lighter techniques and concentrate on the muscles a little bit more. With older patients, it is important to keep them mobile and give exercises to work on improving their balance as poor balance is an issue I commonly see. Poor balance can lead to falls so it’s important to improve balance when we can.

And do you also see children and babies, Mykel?

 I see children, but predominantly the paediatric patients are seen by my colleague, Gemma Crouch as she has a specialist interest in this area.

Image shows Eastbourne Chiropractors Mykel Mason and Victoria White

Chiropractors Mykel Mason & Victoria White

How long have you been working at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne and do you expect to be here for many years to come?

I have been working at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne since January 2014, so almost four years now. It has been lovely moving back to Eastbourne as I grew up down here. My wife and I got married not far from here in Hellingly and have bought a house near to Eastbourne town centre. At the moment our future lies here, but you never know what is going to happen! My wife and I have always wanted to travel, and we are getting the opportunity to do that this year. We will be travelling around South East Asia and New Zealand between November 2017 and April 2018. It’s great to have this opportunity, as we have always wanted to do this, but it’s even better being able to come back to a job that I love here in Eastbourne after my travels have finished.

Lucky man! So, you’ll return to Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne after your trip then?

 Yes. My first day back will be 9th April 2018.

And what will happen with your patients while you are away?

 Dr Josh French and Dr James Revell will be looking after my patients while I am away. We have been working together over the past couple of months to understand exactly how I work so as to allow continuity of care for my current patients. They will all be in great hands and I just hope that they will want to see me when I get back.

I’m sure they will, and that they will miss you while you’re gone. But it will be lovely to have you back after your trip. I must say we are all very jealous here! Will you be doing any chiropractic work on your trip, or is it just a holiday?

It is predominantly a holiday, but of course in my free time I will probably be reading about chiropractic.

Well, we wish you a wonderful trip, but in the meantime, you’ll still be seeing patients at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne. Thank you for taking the time to do this interview with me – as always, we appreciate your time and advice.   

 It was a pleasure. See you at your next adjustment!

This concludes my interview with Mykel, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about him.

Vicky

 

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

Eastbourne Chiropractors Blog on Improved Sleep

Here at Lushington Chiropractic I often get asked by my guests how they can increase the speed of their recovery, feel more energetic and be healthier.  This blog will give you advice on how improved sleep will help you benefit more from your chiropractic care here at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne. 

Picture of a man sleeping in bed to accompany the blog on improved sleep by Eastbourne Chiropractor Carran Lefever.

Sleeping soundly!

Sleep is an essential part of feeling well and feeling happy, but almost everyone experiences problems sleeping at certain points in their life.

Sleep disruption is common, especially during times when you may feel emotionally overwhelmed, anxious, and stressed about the events of the day which may all significantly interfere with your sleep.  Lack of sleep steals you of needed rest that your body requires to heal and repair.

Bringing sleep patterns under control is important – you need your rest!  However, it often takes some time to get problematic sleep under control and rarely can this be done overnight!

The most common cause of insomnia is a change in your daily routine or stress.  For example, travelling, exams, work stress, change in work hours, disruption caused by eating, exercise, or leisure, relationship conflicts, etc. may all cause problems.

Being aware of good sleep hygiene is the most important thing you can do to maintain good sleep.

Your chiropractic also helps you function better via the spine to the nervous system, and there are many things you can do to support this care and improve its effectiveness for optimal benefit.

One of which is SLEEP!

High quality sleep strengthens your immune system, balances hormones, boosts your metabolism which in turn may help you lose weight, increases physical energy and improve your memory.  With all these essential benefits, you will only have the health you want if you get the right amount of sleep.

Sleep comfort is essential for quality and this is one of the areas that chiropractic helps, by reducing your pain and easing your movement you are less likely to wake.  There are many tips to help you improve your sleep further:

  • Create habits to improve your sleep, have a regular bedtime routine and wake up time, even on your days off. Create a routine that you do before bed, so that you start to get ready for sleep before you lie down. Consistent sleep habits improve quality of sleep over time.
  • Make your bedroom a place for sleep, remove all other distractions, TV, Phones and tablets, know that when you go into that room at night it is for sleep. Create a space that is dark and quiet, we also sleep better in cooler conditions but if your feet get cold wear a pair of socks as cold feet can keep you awake.
  • Stop using all phones, tablets and TVs at least an hour before bed. These devices emit blue light convincing your brain it is daytime. Human animals evolved sleep/wake cycles called the circadian rhythm, these match light of the day and dark of the night, as it gets dark an important sleep hormone melatonin is released, our devices stop this happening.
  • Exercise early in the day and get out into nature and sunlight. These all help with creating and supporting the natural rhythms of your body and mind.

If you find your mind whirling at bedtime put a notepad next to your bed and scribble the thoughts down, this way you take them out of your head and can review them in the morning, allowing you to relax and sleep.  If you have constant stream of thoughts then having a daily meditation practice can help calm this, which ultimately will help with your sleep.

Disconnect Before Bedtime

Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, emails, TV, podcasts, Instagram, texting, WhatsApp, the list goes on.

We are constantly connected and being bombarded with messages from all avenues.  It can be so stressful keeping up with it all and trying to respond to all messages and emails etc.

Consider if you really need so many ways for people to be able to connect with you.

Turn off notifications for these things on your phone or delete them from your phone entirely, and try to limit your checking of these apps to once a day at the most.

Aim for at least one day per month for a complete and utter digital detox that means no phone, TV, internet, iPad, etc for the whole day.

Instead read a book, speak to people, and discover just how beautiful the world really is.

It’s an amazing experience.

Lushington Chiropractic is Eastbourne largest and most award-winning chiropractic clinic.   We are based in Eastbourne’s town centre, with easy parking and accessible rooms.  Our chiropractic clinic is open late and Saturdays.  We have a lovely team of chiropractors serving the people of Eastbourne so if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me on 01323 722499.

Thanks for reading,

Carran Lefever

 

Eastbourne Chiropractor’s Self Help Advice for Neck Pain and Headaches

So, you have probably read my previous blog post about Chiropractic Treatment for Neck Pain and Headaches

The post (read here) which detailed some of the types of neck pain and headaches that people such as yourself can suffer from. At the end of that article I mentioned that this following blog would discuss some very useful self-help tips that you can do at home. These will allow you to manage your symptoms and will give you a measure of control over how you are feeling. These small everyday actions achieve this by keeping your joints moving well and releasing your neck muscular tension in between your treatments, and therefore making your spine function better in general. We will discuss posture and ergonomics, but firstly, we will go through a few key neck stretches.

Neck Stretches

These are simple to do and will help to relieve your muscular tightness and can help you avoid headaches. Do them regularly (every day) and also when you feel a headache coming on. The upper trapezius muscles are the ones that you feel at the tops of your shoulders, going up into the neck, and when tight these muscles can often contribute to headaches felt up and over the head and behind the eyes. To stretch the upper trapezius muscles, begin by standing (or sitting) tall with your shoulders straight, then bring your right ear down to your right shoulder so that your head is tilted, and use your right hand to very gently pull down the head to increase the stretch. Repeat on the left side to keep it even.

The small suboccipital muscles are at the back and top of the neck. They go from the top of the neck to the base of the skull and when tight can cause headaches to be felt in that same area. To stretch the suboccipital muscles keep your shoulders and back straight (as always!) and tuck your chin down to give yourself a double chin. Then use your hands to gently pull to increase the stretch.

Eastbourne Chiropractor Vicky White shows us an example of good and bad posture. to accompany her blog on neck pain and headaches.

Eastbourne Chiropractor Vicky White gives us an example of good and bad posture.

Posture

Improving your posture is vital when you suffer from neck pain and headaches. Simply put, if you are constantly putting your spine in awkward positions then how can you expect the joints and muscles to function normally?

Awkward postures/positions and how to fix them are detailed here…

Problem    Lying on your side on the sofa.

Fix –            Sit straight on the sofa, with cushions behind you so your back is straight and with both feet flat on the floor.  The TV should be directly in front of you so you don’t need to turn your head.

Problem    Sleeping with the incorrect number of pillows (or even worse, on your front).

Fix –            Sleep on your back with one pillow or on your side with two. Speak to your chiropractor for more details as this is a whole topic in itself!

Problem –   Holding the phone between your shoulder and your ear for prolonged periods of time

Fix –            Avoid this completely

Problem –   Reading with your head tilted downwards towards your book/phone.

Fix –            Bring your book or phone up towards your face, not the other way around

Ergonomics

Check that your desk is set up in an ergonomically correct position, and that everything you need to reach is within arm’s length. Speak to your Eastbourne chiropractor for more details, or take a photo of yourself sitting at your desk in with you to your chiropractic treatment to ask for individual detailed advice.

I hope you have found these tips useful to help control your neck pain and headaches. Please ask your chiropractor if you are ready to do these stretches at home or if you have any questions regarding your individual treatment for your neck pain and headaches.

Thanks for reading,

Vicky

Chiropractic Treatment for Neck Pain and Headaches

How Common are Neck Pain and Headaches?

Neck pain is very common, and so are headaches. Here at Lushington Chiropractic Clinic in Eastbourne we frequently meet patients who come in to see us complaining of neck pain and headaches. In some cases, they come in for other problems and when asked they also tell us about their headaches, not realising that chiropractors could treat these issues as a matter of course. From personal experience, I had neck pain and associated headaches myself as a teenager, which is when I saw my first chiropractor for treatment that helped tremendously and allowed me to manage the problem. So, you could say that without my neck pain and headaches I wouldn’t be a chiropractor today!

Image shows the brain lit up like a lightbulb with the words "Headaches are frequently caused by compression of cervical nerve roots and prolonged tension of the neck muscles". This accompanies the blog by Eastbourne Chiropractor Vicky White on Chiropractic Treatment for Neck Pain and Headaches.

Chiropractic Treatment for Neck Pain and Headaches from Eastbourne Chiropractor Victoria White

Can Chiropractic Treat These Problems?

During your initial consultation we take a very thorough history and do an in-depth neuro-orthopaedic examination. The purpose of this is to find out the cause of your neck pain and headaches, and to rule out any serious pathology that would warrant a referral to your GP or elsewhere. Once we have ascertained the cause of your headaches, and ruled out more serious causes then we diagnose the headache type. If they are the types that we can tackle with chiropractic treatment, then we will go on to discuss your options for care with you.

Chiropractors can treat cervicogenic headaches (this translates to ‘coming from the neck’) and we can also help people with the prevention of migraine headaches.

Cervicogenic headaches originate from the stiff joints and tight muscles of the neck, so our aim with treatment is to release the tension in those affected muscles and to enable the joints to move more freely with specific chiropractic adjustments. Improving the function of your neck will allow it to work as it should and will reduce the pain you feel from irritated tissues. You will notice, as you go through a course of care for your neck pain and headaches, that your mobility improves and your neck feels looser. A lot of patients tell us that they no longer have problems looking over their shoulder when they are driving, or that they feel much less aching in the mornings when they used to wake with significant pain and stiffness.

As chiropractors, we focus on improving the function of the spine and rest of the body, so we will be keeping a close eye on your clinical progress with regular review sessions throughout your course of care. This means that we can assess you clinically to see how your symptoms (including pain levels) and function (such as range of motion and mobility) improve with care.

What Advice Will Be Given During Treatment?

During your course of chiropractic care at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne you will also be given self-help advice, including stretches and tips, for you to do at home so that you may better control your symptoms yourself. This helps you to release the tension of the muscles in between your visits for chiropractic treatment. Well also give you ergonomic advice so that your workstation is set up as well as it can possibly be, to allow you to sit straight and in the best possible position for your muscles, joints and nerves. Improving your posture is key to healing as it means that there is minimal extra strain on the body, allowing it to recover faster and more effectively. All of these tips will be covered in much more detail in next month’s blog: Self-Help Advice for Neck Pain and Headaches. Please read the blog for more information, and of course, ask your chiropractor if you have any questions regarding your individual treatment for your neck pain and headaches.

Thanks for reading,

Vicky

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunglasses and Why They Are Important

Why are sunglasses important?

What damage can sunlight cause to the eyes?

There are several well-known effects of over-exposure of the eyes to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight. Included in these are cataracts, which are a clouding of the lens of the eye which causes distortion of the vision. According to research, some twenty percent of cataracts are caused by ultraviolet exposure to the eyes. Too much sun exposure can also damage the retina and lead to macular degeneration, which affects the vision in the centre of the field of view. In addition, sunlight damages the pterygium, the layer of tissue located over the white of the eye. Damage here may change the curvature of the eyeball and result in astigmatism which again damages your vision.

What to look for when buying sunglasses?

I will admit, I have been very bad at this myself for many years. For a long time, I only purchased cheap sunglasses that in hindsight (ha!) didn’t block a high proportion of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays, simply because they are cheaper. Sadly, I’d always find out they were cheaper because they were badly made and they would fall apart within a year or two – a false economy in the end. Now I purchase decent eyewear that blocks 99-100% of UVA/UVB radiation and often will use a hat as well, to shield my eyes especially if I’m abroad. I use my sunglasses when driving on a sunny day, even in winter in the UK, after all Eastbourne is known as sun trap of the south!

Polarised sunglasses are great because they also block horizontal light waves, the waves which are reflected from surfaces such as water or the road. This means that when you’re wearing them you will get less eye fatigue and damage. A good trick to finds out if your sunglasses are polarised is to look at a LCD computer or phone screen with them on. If they’re polarised, then you won’t be able to read it properly as it will be darker due to the blocking of the horizontal light. Go for these but avoid the brands that only paint a cheap polarising layer on top of the lens as it can easily scratch and lead to UV exposure.

Image shows view of sunset with the sun cupped in hands and a reminder to wear sunglasses. Eastbourne chiropractor Vicky White reminds us how important it is to wear your sunglasses.

Eastbourne chiropractor Vicky White reminds us to wear sunglasses when its sunny, and protect your eyes from UV damage.

So who should wear sunglasses?

Everyone! Particularly children as they have larger pupils which naturally let in more light. This makes them particularly susceptible to sun damage of the lens and retina.

I hope you’ve found this blog useful. You can find lots of hints and tips from the chiropractors and other practitioners here at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne by looking at our website and our chiropractic blog site.

Perhaps now is a good time to book that eye test that you’ve been meaning to have…? I’m off to book mine….!

Thanks for reading,

Vicky