Why you get back pain when you are expecting

Having a child can be a wonderful experience – and while it can be an anxious nine months for any parents-to-be, pregnancy can also be an enjoyable time. Unfortunately, all pregnancies are going to come with their fair share of side effects, including swollen feet and ankles, weight gain and regular pain – the good news is that it is all considered completely natural, but at the same time, there are a number of ways in which pregnancy pain can be combatted or alleviated at least short-term.

Symptoms and Causes

pregnant women with her hands on her stomachLower back pain is particularly common in expectant mothers for a number of reasons. During pregnancy, your body is going to have to adapt hugely to cope with the addition of a growing child within your uterus – meaning that ligaments and muscles are going to need to adapt and move aside, and particular pressure is going to be placed upon your pelvis. Doing regular activities may also become difficult or even painful – and not only because you will have a bump in the way! Pregnancy can be fatiguing to many women, but there’s no reason as to why pain and stress should be a regular facet of life during the nine months. By consulting with a professional and licensed chiropractor, or practising massage or home remedies, it is likely that you will breeze through the final months of your pregnancy.

Common activities such as carrying objects, bending and twisting are all likely to become difficult as your belly gets bigger – and the bigger your belly gets, the more pressure is placed upon your body. Your back is likely to feel this more than many other areas of your body as it is responsible for supporting you and keeping you upright as well as supporting your baby – and as months go by, you’re both going to be putting on weight, meaning that you may experience more aggravation in the final weeks than in any other. It’s a fact of pregnancy – but why should your back have to suffer?

Simple Solutions

Massage and maternity aids such as cushions and supports are always recommended to expectant mothers who are experiencing more than their fair share of back pain during gestation – and a professional, licensed chiropractor will also be able to analyse the best possible options for your body in helping to relieve some of the pressure and the stress that your back may be under. It is also always recommended to rest as much as you possibly can – as any sudden movements may cause unnecessary pain not only in your back but elsewhere.

If you’re pregnant and are concerned about regular back pain, whether it be dull or particularly aggravating, our team of experts here at The Didcot Chiropractic Clinic can help. Simply contact us today on 01235 510097 or drop us an email and we will be happy to consult with you one-on-one as to how we can help make your pregnancy a happy, healthy and as pain-free and experience as we possibly can.

Sleeping positions you need to try

While you may not think much about the way that you sleep when it comes down to getting some rest, it may be worth giving some thought as to the position you adopt that you comfortably sleep in – as research and discussion has found that some sleeping positions are considerably healthier or more beneficial for your body long-term than you may think! For example, sleeping on your front may be considered harmful to both your back and your organs – whereas other arrangements are more likely to support you comfortably and naturally. While the best position for you will naturally be whichever arrangement you find the most comfortable long term, if you are concerned about preserving your joints and muscles as much as you can, it may be time to start considering what a healthier alternative could be to your default sleeping position. While it is likely that you may fall into one of the below positions naturally, it makes for some interesting reading from any perspective!

Side Sleeping

sleeping ladyLeft or right, up or down, diagonally – no matter how you sleep on your side, if this is natural for you, you fall into one of the more common groups of sleepers worldwide. While this is a fairly well-practiced position, there are schools of thought out on whether or not it is the healthiest – but as research stands, it is ideal for people such as pregnant women who need to keep weight off of their back and neck as much as possible during the night. It is also said to help aid digestive problems such as acid reflux and heartburn, making it a viable option if you are likely to suffer from late-night aggravation to your oesophagus. Side sleeping can also be referred to as ‘foetal’, as it can mimic how babies appear in the womb. Many people who sleep on their sides find doing so preferential to sleeping on their backs for comfort reasons, and for matters relating to sleep apnea or other conditions that could make it painful or aggravating.

Back Sleeping

Back sleeping, providing that it is healthy for you to do so personally, is widely regarded as one of the most natural ways to sleep – after all, you are laid wide open without scrunching your body up or putting any pressure on your bones or organs. Sleeping your back really makes sure that you get the most out of your mattress, too – it’s built to support your back and neck as opposed to your side or front, and therefore you can always be assured of a safe, comfortable and refreshing night’s sleep. Sleeping on your back feels natural to many people, and while it may not be physically possible for some to adopt the position – such as pregnant women – it is advisable that you consult a chiropractor or general practitioner if you feel you may be taking a risk by sleeping in such a manner long term. The chances are, unless you suffer from conditions that prevent you from doing so, you will likely find it comforting in the long term.

The best sleeping position for you depends entirely upon what you find comfortable and convenient – and in the first event of making considered changes to your sleeping position or arrangement, there is always the option to consult an experienced chiropractor to make sure that you are physically ready to take on such a change! For a friendly and experienced chiropractor that can talk through the merits of sleeping positions with you in further detail, call The Didcot Chiropractic Clinic  today on 01235 510097 or email via our web form – and we will be happy to arrange a consultation with you at your convenience!

What’s really causing your back pain?

Back pain, unfortunately, comes in all shapes and sizes and can occur to all manner of people from all walks of life.  It’s unfortunate that there isn’t a catch-all solution to every pain in the back.  There are, however, a select number of conditions and causes that may well point towards the reason(s) as to why you are finding your back straining on a regular basis – and sometimes, the reasons can point away from your back altogether!

Back Strain leading to back painBack pain and strain

Common pain in younger people and those that work in physical labour is very likely to be attributed to problems related to posture and improper form when lifting and carrying heavy objects.  If this sounds like something that you carry out on a daily basis, it is always important to learn and observe the basics of lifting and handling processes to avoid both long and short term pains in the back.

Downward Tilting

The world is evolving to the point where many of us find ourselves glued to our smartphones and tablets on a regular basis!  While health and safety procedures are in place at all legitimate businesses and corporations the world over when it comes to using a PC for long periods of time, the ‘smartphone neck’ is a relatively new phenomenon – meaning that if you spend a fair amount of your day craning and poring over your social media or text messages, you’re likely to be contributing heavily to both a stiff neck and considerable lower pain in the back both short and long term.  This type of downward tilt may even lead to spinal misalignment or problems that could prevent you from carrying out work or other activities without considerable back strain.

Misalignment

A misaligning of hips can occur if you are experiencing lower back pain as a resulting carrying a heavy object or two regularly on one particular shoulder or arm, or side of the body.  This can also occur as a result of weak muscles in your lower back, core or pelvis, or can even happen as a result of improper footwear.  In any case, physiotherapy and a change of footwear to balance your walk can be of huge benefit.

Sitting

Believe it or not, even by doing absolutely nothing, you’re running the risk of causing yourself considerable pain in the back.  By sitting for long periods at a desk or in a position by which you are slouching or not moving, you are running the risk of spine compression – this, and any associated pain, can be remedied with regular exercise and movement, ergonomic or specifically-designed seating or equipment, and proper form when using PCs or desk equipment for prolonged periods.

If you are concerned about back pain and would like to know more about the potential causes and treatments available to relieve pain and provide long-term relief, Didcot Chiropractic Clinic can help – simply call us on 01235 510097 and we will be happy to discuss your concerns and arrange for a one-to-one session with a qualified and expert chiropractor at your convenience.

Reduce Head, Neck and Back pain by Improving Posture

Young man with a pain in the neck
Hundreds upon thousands of people suffer from regular pain associated with the head, the neck or the back on a daily basis – and while there may be a number of reasons for such aggravation that may vary from person to person, a major cause of this type of pain can be sourced back to the way that they are sitting.  Believe it or not, while sitting may well be the easiest thing any of us do today, the way in which we do so can have a huge impact on how we feel later on in the day, the week, and even in longer term.  It’s all down to posture.

Poor posture affects many people, however, those with neck pain, back pain or headaches are most likely to have earned them by sitting at a desk or at a computer in a position that their body is not used to being put into – and, over time, slouching can strain the body to the point where pain can be a regular occurrence.  However, this does not mean that such pain or habits can be eradicated altogether, as there are a number of great ways to get you thinking more about your posture and how you can mould your body back into a safe and healthy seated position, ready for work and leisure.

Ways that you can improve posture

While working at a computer or desk, you should ideally be making sure that your chair supports your muscles rather than your back doing all of the hard work is essential – there are a number of supports and chairs which actively help back pain and strains, however, providing you sit as far back in your chair as you can while still being able to perform your work, you’ll reduce the risk of pain and strain dramatically.  Further to this, make sure that your feet are firmly on the floor – this way, you’re not dangling and making sure that your body is firmly and securely rooted as much as possible.  Adjusting all of the above could make a serious difference to any neck, head or back pain you have been experiencing – and ahead of consulting any chiropractic care.

Make sure that your set up is correct

It’s important to ensure that the equipment or furniture that’s in use is also supporting you as best as it possibly can to provide a healthy posture.  Make sure, if you’re using a computer, that your monitor is an absolute maximum of 60cm away from your eyes (with a minimum suggestion of around 40cm), and that your eyes are in line with the top of your monitor’s screen.  This will make a huge difference in particular to neck pain and eye strain.  In addition to this, make sure that any desk you are using is at a height that allows you to bend and move your arms comfortably, and that you are relaxed in using the keyboard at all times.  This way, you can prevent back pain by slouching less.

Be sure to take some breaks

No matter where you work or how you may sit, it is always essential to break regularly.  Moving and stimulating your joints and muscles at least briefly every 30 minutes will be far healthier than keeping perfectly posed for hours at a time – why not take a brief walk if you can, or get up and do some simple stretches?  Your body will thank you, and not just in the short term!  However, if you do notice head, neck or back pain regularly, you may benefit from close chiropractic care.

 

If you’re suffering from back pain, neck pain or headaches and feel that it may be the result of posture problems or the way in which you conduct yourself or your work, Didcot Chiropractic Clinic will be happy to hear from you.  To organise a consultation at your convenience, simply contact us on 01235 510097 and we will book you in for a visit as soon as we can.

Keeping Up with the New Year’s Resolutions

Here we go again – 4 months into the New Year!

New Year's ResolutionHow are you keeping up with the New Year’s resolutions? Have you started to go to the gym more often to lose those extra pounds that you wanted to get rid of for ages or did you promise yourself on New Year’s day to finally change your diet but forgot all about it a week later? You are not alone!

According to the NHS just 1 in 10 people actually achieve their New Year’s resolution goals like weight loss, more exercising or to finally quit smoking. So why do we resolve at the beginning of every New Year to finally start changing our lives and to realize a couple of months down the line that we are not achieving our goals?

Professor Richard Wiseman from the University of Hertfordshire who conducted a study about New Year’s resolutions suggests that the trick is to keep it simple.

Just make one New Year’s resolution, break it down into small steps and reward yourself after achieving your goals. But most importantly, be realistic! Nothing is more depressing than making a New Year’s resolution that is impossible to achieve. Therefore it needs to be something that you can integrate into your daily routine without much hassle.

Your Didcot Chiropractic Team suggests ways to make the rest of your 2016 a healthier one! Here are 5 amazing tips to help you keep on track with your healthier future.

 

Here are our 5 tips

1. Practice your balance! Stand on one leg while brushing your teeth. ​ ​ The older you get the harder it is to keep your balance as you lose your proprioceptors with age. Make sure you have a good balance to prevent injuries and falls!

 

2. Do some stretches! ​ No more waiting around when you put the kettle on – do hamstring, quadriceps and calf stretches while you wait. Stretch each side 3 times for 30 seconds. Even though the research found stretching just to be very slightly beneficial for injury prevention, it is still great for your flexibility.

 

3. Stand up straight!​ If you have a look into the mirror, don’t just check how amazing you look, also check if you are standing up straight. According to the NHS bad posture can potentially lead to pain due to the increased strain and tension in the muscles from prolonged slouching.

 

4. No more sitting around!​ Sitting at work all day? Make sure you get up once an hour and walk around for a bit. Sitting is a static posture that increases the load on your discs in your spine which can potentially lead to back pain.

 

5. Use your legs!​ ​​ Now that the weather is getting better, leave the car at home and don’t use the escalator, use your legs. The American Heart Association suggests to walk 10.000 steps (approx 5 miles) every day to reduce the risks of heart disease and improve overall health.

 

If the New Year has been holding you back because you have been suffering from back pain, neck pain or any other aches and pains, get in touch with the Didcot Chiropractic Clinic to find out how chiropractic treatments can be suitable for general aches and pains including those of joints, muscle spasms and cramp, prevention of ‪‎migraine, and more. You can contact us on 01235 510097 for a free chat and advice from the Didcot Chiropractic Clinic.

Causes of Acute Back Pain

Back pain will, sadly, affect most people at some point in their lives – however, how this pain comes about can vary from person to person, lifestyle to lifestyle, and it can also be brought on through certain incidents or accidents.  Causes of pain will vary, however, the difference between acute pain and chronic pain in the back must also be differentiated.
Man with dorsal pain

Acute pain is brought on typically following tissue damage, or strains made to the back, and while it may persist for a relatively short space of time, it candevelop into chronic pain if left untreated.  Lower back pain can be treated in a variety of different ways, just as how it can be caused by a number of different factors.  Improper lifting of heavy items, poor posture, sleeping positions or sudden movements could cause damage to your lower back – and while pain symptoms may come and go from a minor annoyance to an aggravating and regular problem, it is strongly advised that such back pain does not go untreated for too long.

Does Acute Back Pain Lead to Chronic Pain?

Acute pain, in the lower back or elsewhere in the body, can develop into chronic pain, which develops following poorly-treated or untreated acute problems, and is generally seen as unhelpful and unwarranted – as it is essentially an echo of a problem that once existed, and can reoccur without there being any biological need to warn the brain.  Chronic pain can last on a long-term basis, which is why it is all the more important to nip back pain in the bud as soon as possible.  This may involve changing some lifestyle choices, how you conduct yourself and hold your posture, your diet or even the way that you walk.  There are a whole host of ways in which the causes of pain can be wiped out and kept out of the way for future.

Where can you be treated?

At the Didcot Chiropractic, we offer a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment scheme for anyone suffering with lower back problems or general back pain, whether they are experiencing acute pain or problems on a more chronic basis – and we are keen to prescribe preventative measures to patients as much as we are a cure.  Our simple and straightforward diagnostic procedure will see you being asked a few questions about your back history, any work or leisure conditions that could be aggravating your pain symptoms, any medication you may have taken, and, where necessary, we may need to access details relating to any operations or medical procedures that you have undergone to tackle the problems head-on.

Back pain needn’t exist – and we understand that many people suffer on a daily basis with both acute pain and pain symptoms that point to a more long-term cause – however, in any case, our team have the experience and willing to help you in any way they can.  If you are experiencing lower back problems or are curious regarding the causes of pain, why not call us today on 01235 510097 – and we will be happy to talk with you about any concerns or queries you may have, and can arrange a consultation with you at your convenience.


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