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Driving posture, Do you sit correctly in your car ?

Driving posture, Do you sit correctly in your car ?

Driving posture, do you sit correctly in you car?

You might love going on road trips and feel quite comfortable sitting in your car seat for hours on end but be aware that you may be setting yourself up for future spinal problems.

With back pain being the number 2 reason why we visit our GPs and costing the NHS £1.3Million per day, it is not surprising to see that over 60% of drivers in this survey agreed with the statement ‘my car seat can make my back ache worse after a long trip’ and maybe more importantly, over 40% of drivers said that the car seat was the main cause of their backache.

According to a recent survey commissioned by AutoExpress magazine, a poor seating position in your car can lead to both back in neck problems while a slouched position can also compromise your safety.

Local Chiropractor Jennifer Garratt explains; “a slouched position can alter the way you wear the seat belt, reducing its effectiveness while an uncomfortable car seat can also lead to driver distraction and loss of concentration.”

Jennifer shares some tips on how should a car seat should be set up to protect your back and neck:

“Make sure that your car seat is not too far away from the pedals. When you fully depress the clutch your legs should remain slightly bent.”

“Make sure that your backrest is not tilted back too far. Your elbows should be slightly bent when you position your hands correctly on the steering wheel in the ‘10 to 2 position’.”

“Make sure that you increase the lumbar support as much as possible to support the natural arch in your back to avoid slouching. If you do not have a lumbar support built-in, you can use a portable, dedicated lumbar support cushion or roll up a towel and put it behind your back.”

“Make sure that the top of your headrest is above the top of your ears. If it is too low it can increase the risk of neck injuries in case of an accident.”

“Now, stretch yourself up and make your spine as tall as possible sitting in an ideal posture. Set the rearview mirror so you can just about see the traffic behind you. This will help to correct your posture every time you look in your rearview mirror, because if you slouch you will not be able to use the rearview mirror.”

“Make sure that your seatbelt is correctly positioned. If possible, adjust the height so it is not sitting on your neck and according to the Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), the belt should be worn as tight as possible, with no slack and the lap belt should go over the pelvic region, not the stomach.”

Why not call in to the clinic and speak to a chiropractor if you are concerned about your spinal health and get your car seat checked as part of our service.”

 

 

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Could sleep actually be causing you pain ?

Could sleep actually be causing you pain ?

Could sleep actually be causing you pain?

 The way you sleep could be causing you unnecessary aches and pains. We are told time after time that we should be sleeping flat on our backs, but many of us have already developed habitual sleeping patterns, which are hard to get out of. However, if you suffer from neck or shoulder stiffness, muscle tension or more commonly back pain, you might want to think twice about curling up into a ball next time you reach for the sheets.

Incorrect alignment and poor support of your spine and limbs will put pressure on different areas of the body, which is why you may sometimes wake up with pain or discomfort.

Your spine also plays a huge role in sending nerve signals around the body; delicate nerve tissues helpcontrol your critical organs, so any damage to these tissues can lead to problems affecting impairment in balance, vision, temperature regulation, digestion and hormonal regulation problems.

Follow these sleeping tips and give your back a break:

  • Refrain from sleeping on your stomach as this causes your spine to arch unnaturally and usually results in both back and neck stiffness
  • Laying on your back or side is the ideal position, however to perfect your alignment try to use an orthopaedic pillow to give your neck adequate support
  • If you sleep on your side, consider placing a pillow in-between your knees for support to prevent your back and pelvis from twisting
  • If you sleep on your back, consider placing a pillow under your knees to take the tension off your lower back
  • Acknowledging and correcting your posture throughout the day will help you find ease when it comes to sleep

Importantly, remember that an underlying neck can cause poor quality sleep or back problem causing increased muscle tension. So if you are experiencing poor sleep, see a chiropractor to have your neck and back checked.

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Stepping it up !

Stepping it up !

Stepping it up!

It’s recommended that we take 10,000 steps a day. However, a recent study conducted at Stanford University found that the global average for steps taken per day is 4,961. Though the UK’s average is above this stat, it’s a far cry from the suggested amount.

Local chiropractor Jenny Garratt from Chiltern Health Centre – Sutton Chiropractic Clinic in Sutton, highlights the many benefits of walking; from reducing the risk of heart disease to helping you sleep easy! Swapping walking on pavements for paths in green spaces, you’re likely to improve your mood, get the creative juices flowing and reduce feelings of depression. With so many lovely green areas around Sutton and Surrey, a little change in your daily routine can do wonders for your wellbeing!

“A good walking technique is key to ensure your back is properly supported. Tighten your stomach muscles to engage your core and support your entire body weight. Spinal alignment is vital; try to stand up straight and keep your chin parallel to the ground. Let your arms swing naturally and roll through your foot from heel to toe.”

“As you move your body weight from heel to toe try and make a slight rolling motion inwards. This will help you when you push off with your foot and will give you a faster stride. Speed-walking can burn as many calories as jogging especially if your posture is correct. Try and hold your ribcage up and your tummy muscles in.”

It’s also a good idea to shorten your strides; this will reduce the strain on your knees, calves and shins. Make sure you get the right technique as you start off so that bad habits don’t develop! Getting the right footwear is key to ensuring you establish a good walking method. When buying shoes you’re going to walk in make sure you go at the end of the day as your feet will be a little swollen meaning you’ll purchase the right size. Its important that your toes have room to move and that your heel doesn’t slip. This will give you ample support both in your ankle and further up in your lower back.

Local chiropractor Jenny Garratt encourages incorporating a walk into your daily routine. By releasing endorphins and boosting vitamin D levels, walking’s benefits are sure to leave you feeling refreshed and energized.

 

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Surrey Musculo-skeletal Meeting 20th June 2019

Surrey Musculo-skeletal Meeting  20th June 2019

Representatives from Sutton Chiropractic Clinic will be attending the second Surrey Musculo-skeletal meeting this evening at Denbies  to discuss Manual Therapy in Surrey.

Our Chiropractors and Osteopaths will meet with Physiotherapists and General Practitioners to promote the use of manual therapy in treating back and neck pain.

To find out more about how chiropractic can help your back condition chiropractic-uk.co.uk

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Three Types of Care – Chiropractic and Osteopathy

Three Types of Care – Chiropractic and Osteopathy

Our chiropractors and osteopaths are highly trained in diagnosing the cause of your symptoms, whether you are complaining of pain, pins and needles, lack of movement, numbness or a combination of all of them.

The correct diagnosis or cause of your symptoms is important to establish before treatment commences in order to provide you with the correct treatment management. Our practitioners will use a combination of physical assessment, clinical tests and orthopaedic tests and/ or combined with diagnostic imaging such as x-rays, ultrasound scans or MRI scans if deemed necessary.

When making a diagnosis the practitioner will be taking into consideration the reasons why you are experiencing the symptoms, for example why one side of the body is affected more than the other. They will assess your posture, looking for asymmetry and for muscle imbalances and weaknesses that can be addressed and corrected.

They will ask you questions about your day to day activity, sleeping pattern/ position and hobbies or personal interests in order to determine how this may be affecting your posture and therefore symptoms.

We want our patients to understand that pain is just a symptom of an underlying cause and that treating the underlying cause will prevent the symptom/s from returning.

The “Three Types of Care” chart demonstrates the progression of spinal health from the first time you visit it us with spinal related symptoms to being symptom free and with improved mechanical spinal health. Symptoms arising from dysfunction in the spine are varied and can be widespread, such as neck pain, back pain, muscle spasm, arm or leg pain with or without pins and needles, numbness or weakness.

Many patients consult our practitioners after an acute attack of back or neck pain. At this stage, your treatment will be focused on “Pain Management Care” and you can expect to be receiving this type of care twice a week until your symptoms improve. It is common to have good days and bad days during this period, with minor relapses as you try to increase your activity levels. As your pain level and relapses decrease so will the frequency of your visits to your practitioner, at which point the main focus of treatment is on restoring the health of your spine and muscles through “Functional Corrective Care”.

It is common for patients to stop coming for treatment at this stage as they are feeling symptom free and have returned to normal activity levels. However research has shown that 25% to 50% of people after an acute episode of back pain; will experience additional episode over the following year. It is therefore a recommendation that our patients continue with “Maintenance and Preventative Care” which may vary from one patient to the next on the frequency of the visits, dependent on their general spinal health, lifestyle and social factors. The aim is to try to space out the interval of your maintenance visits to once every 3 months. Of course how long you decide to benefit from chiropractic or osteopathic treatment is always up to you.

The treatment you may expect to receive during visits is varied and dependent on what your practitioner thinks is suitable for you at the time and of course what you feel comfortable with.

Pain Management Intensive Care:

  • Cryotherapy or the use of cold packs
  • Soft tissue work
  • Intereferential therapy (minute electrical pulses used to treat pain and muscle spasm)
  • Therapeutic ultrasound (to speed up healing and reduce inflammation)
  • Dry needling (to reduce muscles spasm or tension)
  • Spinal manipulative therapy or spinal mobilization

Functional Corrective Care:

  • Soft tissue work
  • Interferential Therapy
  • Dry needling
  • Spinal manipulative therapy or spinal mobilization
  • Rehabilitation through a specific exercise program tailored to your condition. The NICE guidelines for low back pain recommend rehabilitation exercise for up to 8 sessions over 12 weeks.

Maintenance and Preventative Care:

  • Soft tissue work
  • Interferential Therapy
  • Dry needling
  • Spinal manipulative therapy or spinal mobilization
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Shoulder Pain

Shoulder Pain

A common cause of shoulder pain is damage to the rotator cuff muscles and tendons, which support the shoulder joint and allow for a wide range of movement. Damage may be the result of an injury to the shoulder or from progressive wear and tear that you might expect from repetitive shoulder activity.

Over time old shoulder injuries and repetitive activities can cause the development of bone spurs or build up of calcium deposits within the tendons, causing irritation or damage. This persistent irritation can cause inflammation, tearing or even a complete rupture of the tendon resulting in pain and reduced range of movement.

Often pain from a rotator cuff injury is described as a dull deep ache in the shoulder. Lying on the affected side may disturb sleep and it may be difficult to comb your hair, fasten a bra or scratch your back. Often the arm feels weak so that simple things like lifting a kettle or opening a door are painful and awkward.

How do you know you have a rotator cuff injury?

There are a number of orthopaedic tests that your chiropractor or osteopath can perform to indicate whether there is damage or irritation to the rotator cuff.

Diagnostic Ultrasound of the ShoulderDiagnostic ultrasound of the shoulder is a fast, affordable and dynamic way to examine the rotator cuff and has been shown to be as reliable as MRI.

X-ray is helpful for the diagnosis of bone spurs but is not able to assess the tendons or muscles.

What treatment should I have?

Depending on the severity of the injury, chiropractic and osteopathy can help to reduce pain and increase range of movement. In more severe cases surgical intervention may be needed, therefore a quick diagnosis is needed, as some surgical procedures are time sensitive.

If you are concerned that you have damage to the rotator cuff tendons it is wise to have it assessed as soon as possible. The Chiltern Health Centre can offer both chiropractic and osteopathic consultations and can also provide a diagnostic ultrasound and x-ray service.

 

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Chiltern Health Centre Wins Prestigious Business Award

Chiltern Health Centre Wins Prestigious Business Award

The Chiltern Health Centre (Sutton Chiropractic Clinic) is not only celebrating 40 years of health care provision, but now has the prestigious Sutton Business Excellence Award for Customer Service to add to its collection.

Brian Hammond, founder of the clinic attended the gala dinner held at the Holiday Inn in Sutton on Friday 6th November on behalf of the clinic and it’s team of practice staff. The awards, backed by Sutton Council are open to any business throughout the borough and aim to recognize dynamic, innovative and successful businesses in Sutton. Potential award recipients are evaluated on a number of business aspects including demonstrating ‘first class” customer service, market and customer engagement excellence and training/ motivation of staff. The winners are then selected by an independent judging panel made up of local industry leaders and business experts.

The Chiltern Health Centre is honored and delighted to receive this award as it shows recognition for our efforts and dedication to our patients, community and the chiropractic and osteopathic profession. None of this would be possible without the back up and support from our team of practitioners and administrators and we would like to thank them for all their hard work and commitment over the years to make the Chiltern Health Centre the practice it is today.

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