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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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Easing Neck and Back Stiffness – Chiropractor Camden

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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Misconceptions About Chiropractic – Chiropractor Camden

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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Realise your full health potential with Camden Chiropractic Clinic.
Your premier Camden Town Chiropractor, London.