Neck Pain

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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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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Headache treatment at Camden Chiropractic

Today’s lifestyle means we are constantly putting our spines under strain from a number of sources. Sitting in the car, constantly straining to look at your phone, lying awkwardly when watching TV. Any number of factors can influence and cause neck pain and headaches. Patients treated at Camden Chiropractic are often unaware of the link between neck pain and headaches.

Primary Headaches are present in about 16% of the population and almost 5% of adults suffer from headaches on a daily basis. That is a lot of people in a lot of pain. As a broad rule there are 3 distinct categories of headaches; migraine, tension type and cervicogenic. Cervicogenic headaches are what we will focus on in this blog however as a note migraine headaches respond very favourably to Chiropractic treatment that we offer at Camden Chiropractic Clinic.

There have been a number of studies into Chiropractic treatment, the same treatment that our Guildford Chiropractor carries out at Camden Chiropractic that show improvement cervicogenic headache intensity, frequency and duration. A study showed that with 3-4 weeks of Chiropractic treatment headaches can be cut by half. One high quality study showed Chiropractic treatment to be superior to deep massage, placebo and no treatment.

I personally over my time in practice, both as a Chiropractor in Camden have found very favourable outcomes in patients with headaches. If you are suffering don’t delay and give Camden Chiropractic Clinic a call to arrange an appointment to ease your headaches as soon as possible.

Elizabeth at Camden Chiropractic Clinic.

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Headaches

A ‘headache’ is defined as pain in any part of the head, including the scalp, face and inside of the head. Headache is one of the most common reasons patients seek medical attention (Merck Manual).

Many people are aware of the common types of headaches with the two most common types;

1. Migraine

2. Tension-type

Headaches are due to the activation of pain-sensitive structures in or around the brain, skull, face, sinuses or teeth.

There are also a number of serious underlying causes of headaches this is why if your headaches have come on recently, changed in character or are very severe it is always advisable to seek a professional opinion.

Common symptoms and presentation of migraine headaches are single sided and pulsating or throbbing pain that in general lasts for 4-72 hours occasionally with aura (seeing lights or stars in the vision or limited vision), nausea (the feeling of sickness or physical sickness), photophobia, sonophobia (uncomfortable when exposed to lights or sounds), worse with activity and preference to lie in the dark and relief with sleep. Often those that suffer with migraines will want to go to a dark quiet room and simply sleep it off for the duration of the migraine.

There is also a common type of headache that Chiropractors, physiotherapists and osteopaths see and treat on a regular basis named a cervicogenic headache. Broken down; cervico-means from the cervical spine or the neck, genic-generated/originated. So headache generated or originating from the neck, this type of headache can commonly occur in office or desk workers who spend prolonged periods at the computer where the neck muscles become tired and fatigued and therefore the joints in the neck become tight, locked and inflamed. Suffers often describe the headache as a deep ache in the forehead behind the eyes or radiating over the ear. This is not however limited to people who work at a desk or computer for a long time and are seen in a huge number and diverse range of people.

The good news is both cervicogenic headaches and migraines can be helped with Chiropractic treatment. Chiropractic adjustments of the neck have been shown to relieve cervicogenic headaches by releasing the stiffness in the neck, relaxing the musculature and inhibiting pain. Chiropractic adjustments have also been proven to reduce the frequency, and severity of migraine headaches and is especially effective when used in a prophylactic manner.

If you live or work in London, or commute through north London please contact Camden Chiropractic and make those headaches a thing of the past, otherwise have a look at the website www.camdenchiropractic.co.uk or give me a call and we can have a chat.

Alex Symington

Doctor of Chiropractic