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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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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