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May Bank Holiday with Chiropractor Camden

May Bank Holiday with Chiropractor Camden
The first May bank holiday is here and, with weather conditions improving, it’s a time many of us think about getting out into the garden to do those tidying/improvement jobs. When tackling those heavy outdoor jobs, be careful not to push your body to breaking point.
Take a look at this advice from Camden Chiropractic.
Elizabeth from the Camden Chiropractic says:
– Always lift using a relaxed, straight or neutral back.
– Face the direction in which you want to carry the weight and make sure your legs are at least a hips’ width apart with the knees bent. This will make you more stable.
– 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 as this increases the pressure on your lower back.
– Don’t keep your straighten at the knees as this will lead to over-stretching and damage to your back.

– Don’t lift with your arms straight out, keep the elbows bent and to your side to minimise the stress on your back.

Putting the weight down can often cause just as many injuries as lifting it up so be wary of this.
– 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 your shoulders, hips and knees pointing in the same direction; bend your knees rather than your back.
Remember these simple tips and this May Bank Holiday with Chiropractor Camden you will stay happy and healthy even if your garden needs some TLC.
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National Gardening Week with Camden Chiropractic – Chiropractor Camden

It’s the Royal Horticultural Society’s National Gardening Week from 13th – 19th April. This national celebration of gardening, coinciding with a week of wonderful weather, will certainly encourage both the novice and seasoned gardener out amongst their lawns and beds. National Gardening Week with Camden Chiropractic – Chiropractor Camden and whatever task you are looking to undertake in the garden, follow our simple advice to keep the focus away from aches and pains.

Warm Up
– Don’t wear clothes that are tight or could constrict your movement.

– Gardening is like any other exercise; you need to warm up first. Don’t go straight into heavy garden work; start off with lighter jobs as this will lessen the chance of muscle strain.

Using a ladder
– When using a ladder or steps, make sure you are always facing them, keeping your shoulders, hips and knees pointing in the same direction. Keeping your spine neutral is important to prevent injury.

– Rather than leaning or reaching, move the ladder or step regularly to keep up with where you are. Grasping or reaching further away from the body increases the forces acting on your spine, the closer to your body they are the less force they exert.
– Any kind of ladder must be firmly and safely planted in position and, if possible, have someone else there to keep an eye on things.

Clever spring pruning
– Get as close as possible to the things you are pruning and avoid overstretching to reach the area you are dealing with.
– Invest in some long handled secateurs to reach plants and bushes that are beyond normal reach.

Take a break
– Vary your activity by spending no more than 20-30 minutes on any one thing and make sure you take regular breaks.

Plan ahead
– If you are planning a trip to the local DIY store to buy heavy items such as cement or gravel, buy smaller bags rather than one big bag as they are easier and safer to carry.
– If you do buy heavy items, use a trolley and if on your own, ask an assistant at the store to help you.
– If buying things like compost, sand or gravel in bulkier amounts, shovel the contents of the large bags straight into smaller containers or wheelbarrow from the back of the car.
– Don’t lift with your arms straight out, keep the elbows bent and to your side to minimise the stress on your back.

We have certainly seen an increase in gardening related injuries over the last few weeks since the weather has improved. Now that National Gardening Week with Camden Chiropractic – Camden Chiropractor is in full swing keep these simple tips in mind when you are out enjoying yourself in the sunshine.

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Lifting and Carrying with Camden Chiropractic

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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High Heels and back Pain Chiropractor Camden

Well-heeled?

High heels and back pain Chiropractor Camden Elizabeth talks about new research that has found that when a woman puts on a pair of high heeled shoes she is putting an incredible strain on her joints leading to possible long term joint issues. The research carried out at Stanford University, USA  found that high heeled shoes, along with additional weight, may contribute to an increased risk of osteoarthritis.

When standing barefoot, the perpendicular line of the straight body column creates a ninety degree angle with the floor. On a two-inch heel, were the body a rigid column and forced to tilt forward, the angle would be reduced to seventy degrees, and to fifty-five degrees on a three-inch heel. Thus, for the body to maintain an erect position, a whole series of joint adjustments (ankle, knee, hip, spine, head) are required to regain and retain one’s erect stance and equilibrium.

The slope or slant of the heel, rear to front, is called the ‘heel wedge angle’. The higher the heel, the greater the angle. On the bare foot there is no wedge angle.

High heels and back pain Camden Chiropractor – Tim Hutchful, Chiropractor Camden and member of the British Chiropractic Association comments on the posture implications of wearing high heels:

“Our feet carry all of our weight and the shoes we chose have a lot to do with the way we walk and the pressure we put on the rest of the body. Feet need a surface which allows them to bend, grip and roll as you walk, which is difficult to do when constantly wearing heels. It would seem sensible to wear high heels only in moderation and look to lower the heel height you wear in order to avoid too many problems”.

Top tips for walking in heels:

o Tense your pelvic floor muscles

o Keep your head upright and don’t stick your chest out

o Put your shoulders back and chest in

o Spread weight evenly over the whole shoe when walking

o Don’t walk too fast, be elegant

Cracking your own neck by our North London Chiropractor

Are you one of those people that click their own necks? Lots of people do it; sometimes for relief, sometimes for dramatic effect, sometime just because they can, often without trying to.  But what is the difference between clicking it yourself and a Chiropractor doing it?

The need to click one’s own neck is potentially a sign of an underlying problem.  Often the need to do it is down to poor posture that puts excess stress on the joints in the cervical (neck) spine.  Due to the stresses on the spine, the joints become restricted and uncomfortable.  If an on-going problem, it may get gradually worse. When you click your own neck (self adjust) you are mostly ‘clicking’ either the joint above or below the restricted one that needs to move properly.  Chiropractors like our North London Chiropractor Elizabeth train over 4 years to adjust the right joint in the right way (see picture below).  This relieves the restricted joint and frees up any trapped nerves.

Is there anything wrong with clicking my own neck?

Most people are unaware of the danger of doing it yourself is that you’re clicking the wrong joints.  When you self adjust it may make the same ‘popping’ noise (air being released from the joint) as a Chiropractic adjustment; it might provide some short term relief.  But it can cause damage.

When a joint is restricted, the joints above and below work harder to compensate for the lack of movement in the stiff joint.  So these joints are moving too much already and when you self adjust you are forcing them to move even further, I found this great illustration below that shows exactly what is happening (see picture).  This can, over time, cause stretching of the ligaments that support the spine and lead to instability and future problems.

Self adjusting neck - clicking

So what should I do if I always click my own neck?

From what we’ve learnt so far, you potentially have an underlying problem and are causing damage to the ligaments of your spine.  The first thing is to review your posture to prevent unnecessary stress on your neck and shoulders.  The next thing is to have a full examination with our North London Chiropractor Elizabeth to assess the movement and function of the individual joints of the spine.  The Chiropractor at Camden Chiropractic – North London chiropractor will then be able to recommend stretches, postural advice, and, if necessary, a course of a Chiropractic adjustments to restore the correct movement to the spine.

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