Posted By Alex Symington D.C / 27th March 2015
Watch Your Posture: Lifting and Carrying with Camden Chiropractic – Chiropractor Camden offers advice to keep you standing tall.
Our bodies are very well adapted to a variety of tasks, but we need to be careful not to take advantage of this and push our bodies to breaking point!
Lifting and Carrying with Camden Chiropractic.
Face the direction in which you want to carry the weight. Always lift using a relaxed, neutral and straight back. Make sure your legs are at least your hips’ width apart with the knees bent. Keep your head and shoulders directly above your waist and keep the weight you are carrying as close to you as possible – avoid twisting.
Avoid bending from the waist, which increases the stress on your lower back. Never keep the knees straight, as this will lead to over-stretching and damage to your back and never lift while twisting from the waist. Try and lift with a ‘broad base’ i.e. your feet about shoulder width apart or more. This will make you more stable.
Make sure you balance or secure the weight before you start moving. (It is easier to carry a bowling ball in a bowling ball bag than in large cardboard box where it can roll around.)
Putting the weight down can often cause just as many injuries as lifting it up. If possible, put the weight on something waist height rather than the floor. If you do have to put it on the floor, try and keep you shoulders hips and knees pointing in the same direction, have a ‘wide base’ and bend your knees rather than your back
Loading a weight into a car or van is difficult at the best of times, so it is even more important to use the best technique possible. If you have been sitting in the car/van for a while, go for a short walk to loosen your muscles and joints before lifting. Having lifted the weight, rest it on the bumper where possible and then push it into the vehicle, keeping your back straight and your knees bent. Always put lighter objects in first, pushing towards the back, so that it is not too strenuous to push them in or to pull them out when you reach your destination.
Never lift and then twist and avoid the temptation to straighten your legs. This is just as important when taking bags or boxes out of the vehicle.
When putting your baby into the car, hold the baby close to you as you move towards the vehicle. Keep your back straight and only bend your knees when you have got as close to the car seat as possible. Only at this stage should you reach out to put the baby in the seat. If you’re carrying the baby in a chair, rest the chair on the edge of the car seat, then manoeuvre it into position within the car, keeping your knees bent and back straight.
These are simple and easy to do tips that will help limit the chances of injuring your back when Lifting and Carrying with Camden Chiropractic. If you have any pain or restricted movement in your spine do not hesitate to contact Camden Chiropractic who will carry out a complete assessment to get to the bottom of your issues and if appropriate help alleviate them.
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Posted By Alex Symington D.C / 3rd September 2014
How to ease back and neck stiffness by your local Chiropractor Camden
Are you waking up each day with stiffness of neck and back? It is no a pleasant experience and can ruin your day from the onset. There are numerous reasons why you might be stiff. Your pillow may have been too firm, too high, or too low. You could have fallen asleep while watching TV and your head tilted to one side. Maybe you were using the laptop or iPad for too long. And perhaps, it could have been from an accident, such as whiplash or a fall. Here at Camden Chiropractic Chiropractor Camden we will talk you through steps to help alleviate your stiffness.
According to certain studies, Chiropractic, the art of manipulation of the spine to alleviate problems, and rehabilitative exercises that are used to treat patients at Camden Chiropractic – Chiropractor Camden are effective in treating stiffness. Generally, the aim is to increase the flexibility and strength of your neck and back muscles. Because aside from stiffness of neck and back, weak neck muscles can cause fatigue, irritability, headaches, and loss of sleep. Your core muscles, the hip, the back, and the abdominal muscles, also play in on this. Non-use of these core muscles, can lead to back stiffness.
Certain simple exercises can be carried out each morning. These exercises, based on Chiropractic studies, have been proven to increase flexibility and strength of your neck muscles; thereby, reducing stiffness. These exercises are incorporated as part of any treatment plan at Camden Chiropractic – Chiropractor Camden.
If you have tightness and pain at the back of your neck you could try cervical flexions. Tuck your chin in, and flex you head forward attempting to touch your chin and chest. Repeat this 5 times.
If you have stiffness of neck on the sides, perhaps after leaning your head to one side for 10-15 seconds, you could also try lateral flexions. Bend your head so that your left ear and left shoulder touches. Make sure not to rotate or turn your head while doing this. Hold the position for 10-15 seconds. Perform on the other side and repeat for 5 times.
If the base of your neck is the problem, you could try cervical rotations. Turn your head to one direction as far as it will go reaching for the shoulders. Make sure not to raise your shoulders. Perform on the other side and repeat for 5 times, make sure you do not cause pain when doing these movements.
For stiffness in the back, there are also several simple exercises that you can do. According to several prominent clinics, the pelvic tilt and the spinal twist are suggested exercises to relieve back stiffness. To perform the pelvic tilt, lie flat on the floor with knees bent and with each exhalation, contract your abs and move your belly toward the floor. To perform the spinal twist, sit up straight on a chair, fold your arms over your chest and twist your torso to one side.
Simple exercises coupled with Chiropractic are a good way to relieve daily nuances like stiffness of neck and back. The relief gives you piece of mind and a heightened sense of well being as you are no longer daunted with the pain and the inflexibility of your neck and back. If you suffer any of the symptoms mentioned don’t hesitate give Camden Chiropractic – Chiropractor Camden a call today to book an appointment.
‘Most patients come to us in pain, and stay when they realise their full health potential through Chiropractic’
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Posted By Alex Symington D.C / 1st September 2014
What You May Not Know About Us at Camden Chiropractic (Yet)
Questions about chiropractic? Let us clear up any misconceptions you might have.
While chiropractic care has been around for over a hundred years, there are still many misconceptions about what chiropractic is all about, what it feels like, sounds like and why. And, if you’re hesitant about giving it a try, we’re here to calm your nerves and tell you a little bit more about what we’re all about.
We don’t snap, crackle or pop — we adjust.
At Camden Chiropractic an adjustment is a specific, highly accurate thrust that gently aligns your spine, as it should be, with absolutely no cracking of anything. Sometimes a popping sound is heard which is just the gas being released when your body moves into place.
Chiropractors have many years of education.
Today’s chiropractor receives a broad education very similar to medical doctors. In fact, it’s quite comparable to the education received by medical practitioners.
A medical doctor (MD) and a chiropractor (DC) while different have both received a degree from a government accredited medical school or chiropractic college and are licensed to practice.
Once you go, you don’t have to go forever… but you’ll probably want to!
Your health is completely up to you. You can come for relief, or to keep your body in shape and functioning as it should. Preventative care keeps you feeling your best and helps your body prevent aches and pains in the future. It’s just like visiting your dentist regularly!
Yes you can see a chiropractor after surgery.
Have you had surgery in the past? We’d love to sit down with you and talk to you about how chiropractic care can help. Rest assured that we would avoid the surgically modified areas of your spine. At Camden Chiropractic we take detailed history and further imaging if needed to make sure we can modify our techniques to help your body.
Adjustments are gentle.
Most people explain that they feel calm and refreshed after an adjustment. Since repeated adjustments may be necessary, an adjustment must feel good to get the patients to return to finish their care… and they do! We’re experts at making adjustments feel good and ensuring you’re comfortable.
Chiropractors don’t just adjust your spine.
Wrist. Jaw. Shoulder. Elbow. Hip. Ankle. We adjust them all!
Chiropractic care works so well and can be used virtually anywhere in the body and has effects on virtually every function of your body, at Camden Chiropractic we treat the whole person top to toe.
We’re here to support you.
Being a chiropractor is more than just helping your body realign itself, it’s about supporting you and helping you achieve your best potential, goals and a truly joyous life. We’re here to encourage you while you discover true wellness.
If you have questions and would like to sit down and talk, we’d love to listen. Remember, the whole reason why we’re here… is you.
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Posted By Alex Symington D.C / 6th March 2013
So after a long abscence the Camden Chiropractic blog is back! With a new and improved website that is easier to use and get information about the clinic and Chiropractic. www.camdenchiropractic.co.uk
This week I have had a number of interesting patients in and two cases with the same issue and unusual symptoms of Neurogenic claudication causing leg and back pain. This caused them both leg pain while walking and also in one case severe back pain.
Neurogenic claudication is the medical term to describe the symptom of pain that comes on while walking. This pain can often be dispersed over a variety of poorly defined areas in the lower back and legs. In the instance of one patient the pain experienced was in the lower back with the sensation of ‘heavy legs’ while walking.
Neurogenic claudication is caused by damage to the nerves, namely the spinal cord and the nerves that exit at each level known as the nerve roots. The pressure on the nerves is caused by narrowing of the spinal canal called spinal stenosis, this in turn can be caused by a number of different factors, osteoarthritis (wear and tear) on the spine can cause pressure on the nerve or even a slipped disc (disc protrusion) that pushes on the nerves. Some people have a narrow spinal canal which can leave them more prone to these issues. Commonly patients with these problems are over 60 years old and can be caused by ageing where the ligaments of the spine can calcify and thicken with age as well as the bones and joints.
Commonly in patients with neurogenic claudication, leg pain while walking will occur but if they bend forwards from the lower back this eases their pain. This is due to some of the pressure on the nerves being eased in this position. Sitting can also ease the pain as again this stretches the spine opening up the spaces between the vertebrae. There are two types of claudication, neurogenic with nerve compression and vascular, where narrowing of the arteries causes a reduced blood flow. I won’t go into too much anatomical detail of vascular claudication as that is a subject on its own, however a bike test is the test that would distinguish between the two causes.
A physical examination, full case history and possible further tests that may include an MRI or CT scan or vascular testing may be performed.
Treatment is dependant on the person and symptoms. Initaly treatment is conservative such as Chiropractic care. At Camden Chiropractic this would usually involve relieving muscular tension in the surrounding soft tissue, mobilising the lumbar spine and relieving pressure and inflammation on the lumbar spinal nerves through a variety of mobilisation and manipulative techniques.
If this is ineffective steroid injections or surgery may be the next step, however we do all we can at Camden Chiropractic to prevent the need for this.
If you think you may have symptoms of claudication or any back related issues, please don’t hesitate to contact Camden Chiropractic, Camden Town, London on 07592 399 551.