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Staying On Your Feet: Chiropractic Care for Standing

Whilst it’s true that jobs that are heavy in sitting, such as office work, can lead to a whole range of joint and muscle issues, that doesn’t mean that standing jobs are exempt. If you’re spending a lot of time on your feet at work, you can suffer from just as many painful problems. To help you ease these, or maybe even stop them from happening in the first place, our team have put together different chiropractic treatments you could try out.

Posture Analysis

If you know you’ll be standing a lot, making sure your posture is correct is a great preventative measure you can take to prevent problems such as back pain, but also for resolving issues that have already occurred. At CW Chiropractic, we’ll analyse your posture as you stand, pointing out problem areas that could or have caused other issues. Once these are identified, we can then begin treating them and help you stay on your feet comfortably for longer.

Easing Back Pain

Back pain is a common problem amongst people who stand a lot for work, and yours might begin gradually or hit you suddenly. Either way, it can be hugely painful and even put you out of work for a while, which you definitely don’t want. We can help you improve back health and treat any issues with chiropractic treatments, identifying what exactly is causing your pain and providing the correct help. This can include:

  • Spinal manipulation,
  • Stretching exercises,
  • Acupuncture,
  • Muscle techniques.

Your back is incredibly fragile, so making sure you come to us before your problems become serious is vital – even if it’s just a twinge, it’s better to get help than wait.

Preventative Measures

If you find a problem keeps coming back because you’re standing for so long, preventative treatments are a great way to finally resolve the issue. This involves finding out which treatment gives you the best chiropractic benefits, be it stretches or avoiding certain positions, and repeating it. Chances are if a treatment works it’ll continue to keep your pain away even after the initial problem has cleared up, so it’s definitely worth carrying it on.

If you’re on your feet a lot and want to stop any potential issues or clear up a current problem, be sure to check out more of our services to find the one that’s right for you. Not sure what that is? Get in touch with us directly instead and we’ll use your symptoms to help you pick the right treatment. The chiropractic benefits are definitely worth it!

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How Poor Posture Can Affect your Digestion

Everyone’s guilty of poor posture once in a while, but if you often catch yourself hunched over when you’re sitting, standing, or walking, you could actually be harming your health. Bad posture can lead to a number of problems, including commonly known issues like back pain and spinal issues. But, constantly slumping can also have a variety of less talked about side effects, including causing digestive problems. 

The Effects of Poor Posture on Digestion

When you eat, your diaphragm works to move food through your oesophagus and down to your gut, with a system to prevent stomach acid from rising up and into your mouth. But, if you eat in a slouched position, you put a whole lot of tension on your diaphragm that its not used to, causing it to stop working as it should. The result of this can be a mixture of acid reflux, heartburn. and bloating – neither of which are very comfortable.  So, if you find yourself having to take tablets after you eat to prevent these unwanted problems, it could be time to take a look at your posture as you eat instead.

Tips to Improve Your Posture

If you think you might have some issues with posture and digestion, there are plenty of ways you can improve yours and help your food go down a little better. 

  • Eating at work – If you eat at your desk at work frequently it’s likely your hunching over your table, bending down to eat, which definitely won’t help with your digestion. To help stop this, make sure you have a comfortable chair that’s optimized to help posture, and hold what you’re eating in your hands, bringing the food to your mouth rather than going down to it.
  • Eating at home – A lot of us have switched to eating at the table for slouching on the sofa, which is terrible for posture. Try and make more of an effort to sit at the table on a proper chair when you eat; this simple change will do wonders for your posture. As when at your desk, make sure you’re bringing the food to your mouth rather than bending to it, too.
  • Be mindful – Try and think of your posture as you eat, making it a conscious decision to sit straight if your automatic response is to slouch. Eventually, you’ll retrain your brain to automatically sit like this.
  • Workout – Strengthening your core muscles is a great way to improve your posture and help digestion. Take a look at yoga or pilates – both have great, gentle exercises that anyone can do to improve core strength.

Postural Correction Services

At Canary Wharf Chiropractic, we can help correct bad posture to ease a whole range of problems, including posture-related digestion. Our experienced chiropractitioners can show you how you should be standing and sitting, analyse how you currently are, and direct you to the right correctional treatments. 

If you’d like to know more, get in touch with our team and we’ll answer any questions you have, or book in for a consultation today.

Facet Joint Osteoarthritis

What is Facet Joint Osteoarthritis and how to treat it?

Facet Joint Osteoarthritis is also referred to as degenerative arthritis, it is a condition that causes the breakdown of cartilage between your facet joints.

Who is prone to Osteoarthritis?

Generally, Facet Joint Osteoarthritis becomes more common with age, meaning the older you get, the more likely you are to develop the condition. With Facet Joint Osteoarthritis, patients usually notice two main processes of the condition, which we’ll discuss below.

The first, is a breakdown of the cartilage in the patients facet joints. These are the bits in your spine which link the vertebrae together. The second, is the development of abnormal bony growths. These growths are referred to as osteophytes or bone spurs and they develop on the vertebrae.

What are the symptoms of Facet Joint Osteoarthritis?

Facet Joint Osteoarthritis is a degenerative process, and for most people who suffer from it, it can cause intense pain, aching, stiffness and decreased mobility. The reason for the pain is the lack of cartilage, as the joints and vertebrae aren’t protected anymore. The process itself (highlighted above) may take years to occur, and many people notice their symptoms on a small scale, or in tandem with other spinal issues.

How can you stop the pain?

Most people consider non-surgical treatments to be the most effective when dealing with Facet Joint Osteoarthritis. Treatments that focus on restoring movement and motion, and relieving pressure and pain tend to be the most life-changing for those who suffer from Facet Joint Osteoarthritis.

Treatments that work for Osteoarthritis below: 

Chiropractic sessions: Manipulation of the muscles and gentle stretching can help relieve pressure and pain and realign your body to ensure weight is distributed properly.

Stretching exercises: Focussing on the leg muscles (hamstring and quads) as well as the hip joints, can help strengthen the back. It can also help build flexibility and mobility, which can ease a lot of the pain associated with Osteoarthritis.

Water therapy: This can be a useful form of therapy for Osteoarthritis as it allows the patient to be ‘weightless’ which often means movements and motion causes less pressure and less pain. During water therapy you may practise a range of motion and movements, that would ordinarily be too painful.

Acupuncture: Medical Acupuncture can help encourage the body to release important healing and restorative chemicals, which can help with pain relief and healing.

Sports Massage: Sports Massage is a key treatment to relaxing muscle and joint pain, and keeping joints nimble and flexible too. Regular sports massages can help aid in pain relief and pain management.

How does Good Breathing Prevent Muscle Pain?

How does Good Breathing Prevent Muscle Pain?

Muscle pain, whether it be from an injury or as part of a chronic condition, can be a debilitating condition to live with every day. For many people, small movements and simple tasks such as walking can be easily taken for granted. However, for those suffering with constant muscle pain, the smallest tasks can often be the most difficult.

If you’re suffering with regular muscle pain, you’ll have likely sought out many different ways to cope with the pain. For those with more mild cases of muscle pain, certain creams or heat patches may provide the much needed relief. However, for people with more intense pain, it’s likely you’ll be combining a few different methods to ease the pain.

One method of pain relief, is actually (and surprisingly) breathing correctly. Breathing, when it is controlled and considered, can aid your body into lowering pain levels, and can help you focus on getting through the pain too.

Diaphragmatic breathing 

When we talk about breathing ‘correctly’ we’re talking about using your diaphragm. This method of breathing tends to allow us to breathe more deeply, and is different to ‘normal’ breathing because it expands out stomach, instead of our ribcage. 

This kind of deep breathing is considered healthier, and also allows our bodies to better digest the oxygen in the air. But how does this help with muscle pain and chronic pain?

Reason 1: It helps to relax the muscles. 

Breathing deeply helps to relax your muscles. You’ll feel it as you take deep breaths, that your muscles naturally relax. 

Reason 2: Distraction strategy

Deep breathing is a fantastic distraction from pain. If you breath deeply whilst counting (for example) you’ll notice your brain focussing more on the numbers and counting than on the pain itself. 

Reason 3: Reverses physical symptoms 

There are many physical symptoms of pain, and one of the main ones is anxiety. The quickening of breath, clenching of fists (etc) are all things our body does when it senses pain or danger. By breathing deeply, we’re relaxing our body and telling it not to panic. So we’re reversing those physical symptoms of pain and anxiety. 

Reason 4: It increases our oxygen supply 

We all know that oxygen is what gives us life and energy. Oxygen is perhaps the most important thing we intake and we do it through breathing. The better our breathing techniques are, and the deeper our breaths, the more oxygen we’re taking in. The more oxygen our body has, the better it can function. 

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Chiropractic Treatment Can Help Relieve Stress as well as Pain

If stress seems to follow you around, no matter what efforts you put into place to get rid of it, you might want to begin looking at alternative therapies and methods. Chiropractic care is something that many people are surprised helps with their stress, as well as their back pain.

Reduce Stress in your Body

When stress takes hold of your body it can impact so many things. Many people experience muscle tension, headaches, migraines, joint pain, back pain – all triggered by stress and (sometimes) anxiety. Stress can make even the smallest tasks difficult, and can make everyday life difficult and a struggle for so many people.

There are many ways a chiropractor can help you combat your stress levels, here are just a few of them:

Reduce muscle tension

When we’re stressed, muscle tension is one of the biggest changes we notice in our body. Muscle tension can make life uncomfortable… It can limit movement, stop you being active and even cause pain. A chiropractor through their treatments with you, can ease the pain and help relax the body and the muscles. This lowering of tension will hopefully help ease any stress that was occurring because of it.

Restore function to the body with adjustments

You might be feeling stressed because you know your body isn’t functioning how it should. This is really common, and it’s something chiropractors see a lot. People notice their joints or body isn’t functioning how it should be (maybe it’s back pain or hip pain) and then they become stressed from worrying about the pain. When you take steps to eliminate the pain, and when you begin to feel improvements, a lot of that stress naturally disappears because you’re feeling improvements.

Counsel you about nutrition

Stress can sometimes be linked to what you’re eating and drinking, and so if you address any stress-inducing eating habits, you’ll hopefully notice those stress level lowering. Your chiropractor will be able to counsel you on what to do more of, and what to avoid.

Offer relaxation tips

A big part of tackling stress, is learning how to control it. Chiropractors may be able to offer you relaxation tips for getting your stress under control, as well as breathing tips, and even special stretches and movements to help loosen any problematic muscles or joints. Feeling more relaxed can also help you sleep better – and better sleep is one of the things proven to reduce stress levels.

Chiropractic and eye health

Chiropractic and eye health

Chiropractic care, despite being around for many many years, is often still met with scepticism from people who don’t know enough about it, or don’t understand the benefits. There are over 3,000 registered chiropractors in the UK, which shows evidence that this field of care is effective and popular amongst the British public.

But if you’re still feeling a little sceptical about chiropractic care, we thought we would address some of the common misconceptions people often have.

Misconception #1 – It’s bad for your eye health

A recent medical study found that high-velocity neck manipulation (like the kind some people may experience during their chiropractic sessions) has sometimes been associated with eye pain. A case emerged in the USA which led the American Heart Association to issue a warning statement in 2014.

In short, the rapid movements of neck manipulation has been shown to result in stress on the eye and lead to spotty vision. However, this is only in rare circumstances and because of the focus on the neck, shouldn’t be a problem if your treatments are focussed on your back, lower back or legs. The risk is rare, extremely uncommon, but it’s something you should discuss with your practitioner if you’re worried.

Misconception #2 – You have to be referred by a doctor

This is untrue. Because chiropractors work independently and are classed as ‘independent practitioners’ you don’t need to be referred by any medical facility. If you feel like a chiropractor could help any ailments you’re experiencing, you can contact them independently. Many people choose to do this if they don’t want to wait for a referral (which can often take months).

Misconception #3 – They’re not as qualified as doctors

You are right, chiropractors are not trained as doctors, and it’s important to remember this. They can’t technically diagnose you with anything, however they are trained specialists in their field, and so they know your back and spine very well. Many chiropractors will have years of training in their field, as well as many years treating the back and spine – and various different problems and conditions – they are truly experts in their field.

Misconception #4 – It’s painful

Many people who haven’t experienced chiropractic care believe that it is almost like a ‘rough’ massage, with tossing, clicking and manipulating of the body in extreme movements. This isn’t the case, and actually, adjustments to your spine and joints generally shouldn’t hurt. Chiropractors and chiropractic care can actually be a very gentle treatment, and many people find it quite relaxing.

Misconception #5 – You have to have repeat appointments

You’ll be under no obligation to have repeat appointments with your chiropractor, and many people can experience vast improvements to their discomfort or pain after just one session. You chiropractor will likely recommend a number of sessions to you, judged from the time they think will be needed.

How chiropractic care can help with leg pain

How chiropractic care can help with leg pain

If you’ve been suffering with leg pain, whether it’s rooted in muscle discomfort, joint problems or even a trapped nerve – looking for a solution is likely you biggest priority. Living with leg pain is difficult and make even the smallest tasks (such as walking to the shops) painful and uncomfortable.

For many people seeking a solution and relief from the pain quickly, they may turn to seeking help from independent practitioners, but not knowing with kind of treatment is going to be best for leg pain. If you’ve been looking into chiropractic care as a solution to leg pain, but you’re not sure if it will help – hopefully we can reassure you here.

Yes, a chiropractor may be able to help

Chiropractors don’t just deal with spinal pain, in fact they offer treatments to people suffering with lots of different kinds of pain. Leg pain is one of the most common types of pain, behind spinal or back pain that a chiropractor will help patients with.

Leg injuries can be caused by a variety of things, including:

  • Injury
  • Fracture
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Nerve damage
  • Sciatica
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Infection
  • Arthritis
  • Over use
  • Muscle strain
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Tendonitis

With the human body, often pain is linked to other parts of the body – without you even realising it. This is especially the case for leg pain linked to sciatica, over-use, muscle strain and nerve damage. For example, pain in your left leg may actually be stemming from your left hip or lower back. A chiropractor will be able to help identify and treat this over time, gradually bringing balance and harmony back to your legs and joints.

During your treatment, chiropractors will deliver a gentle, non-invasive, and non-medication therapy. Chiropractic adjustments can help to reduce your joint restrictions, or misalignments, which can result in reduced inflammation and improved function too. This isn’t restricted to the spine – this can be across many areas of the body.

If you’re unsure, just ask

Most chiropractors will offer an initial consultation where they will discuss your pain with you in-depth and in detail, and aim to identify the causes and treatment cause needed going forward. It’s during this time that they will be able to outline the length of treatment, but also the effectiveness too. If you’re still unsure about whether a chiropractor can help with your leg pain, the best thing to do is ask during this consultation.

Your chiropractor will be able to look over your legs, and your joints and assess whether or not chiropractic care is the right choice for your situation. In some cases it may not be, and they may be able to refer someone else who can help.

Things you should tell a Chiropractor before starting treatment

Things you should tell a Chiropractor before starting treatment

If you’re starting a course of treatments with a chiropractor and you haven’t had any chiropractic care before, you might have a few questions about what to expect. One of the things many people wonder is if there’s anything they need to disclose to their chiropractor before starting any treatments, and what these things are.

The answer to this is, yes. As with any physical treatment, you’ll want to let you chiropractor know as much as possible. But don’t worry – they will also ask you plenty of questions too – so that they have all the information they need.

Here are some things you’ll want to be sure you’ve brought up with them before starting treatment:

Any past (or present) injuries

You may be receiving chiropractic care because of a past or present injury, or you may just need to disclose an injury so they know to be gentle around a specific area. Whichever applies to you, if you’ve suffered any kind of sprain, fracture, break or bruising in an area that might undergo treatment – you’ll want to make sure they know about it.

Any medications you’re on

This is standard with any chiropractic care, or any kind of treatment to the body. Even though your medication may not affect your treatment, it’s still good to be transparent about any that you’re currently taking.

If you’re pregnant

If you’re pregnant (even in the early weeks) it’s highly important to tell your chiropractor. Your pregnancy may make treatments unsuitable, or they may change the approach your chiropractor takes, or the methods they use.

Any muscle tightness

If you suffer with muscle tightness, or if you have certain areas of muscle that seem to seize up (or cause you pain) this is definitely something you’ll want to let your chiropractor know about. Not only will they aim to help ease that tightness and pain, but they’ll also try to work on the areas surrounding it too – to ensure the surrounding muscles or joints don’t end up compensating.

How long you’ve been experiencing pain for

The duration of your pain can often say a lot about the kind of pain it is, or the kind of treatment (or the length of treatments) that will be needed to see results.

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What’s the Difference: Physiotherapist vs Chiropractor

If you are experiencing back, muscle or joint pain, you might be considering alternative treatment for the area. The good news is, there are lots of different therapists and techniques to explore and even though initially you may assume a lot of these techniques are similar, they actually have key differences it’s important to be aware of.

Two treatments you may be considering are Physiotherapy and Chiropractic. These two treatments are extremely beneficial for back, muscle and joint pain – and great results can be seen over time with an effective therapist.  But what are the differences between a Physiotherapist vs Chiropractor?

The three main differences between Chiropractors and Physical Therapists are the techniques used, treatment philosophy

Difference 1: The techniques of the treatment

One of the main differences you’ll find between Chiropractors and Physiotherapy is the range of movement and the techniques used for addressing issues and pain. Generally, Chiropractors will use their hands to manipulate and adjust the alignment of your spine. A chiropractor’s key principle is that the right alignment of the spine is the key to relieving stress, tension or pain the patient may be feeling – so their attention will focus on this area, and they will tend to use their manipulation techniques in this area. For some adjustments, the focus areas will be small, so you may not need to move very much during the appointment at all.

During a physiotherapy appointment, you may experience a wider range of manipulation techniques. For example, a physiotherapist may use massage techniques, electrical therapies and even exercises and stretches to help ease pain, restore movement.

Difference 2: Treatment focus

Both treatments can help ease pain, soreness or stiffness in the bones, joints and muscles. They can also help improve the mobility of certain areas of the body. However, the wider focus of both treatments does differ slightly. A Chiropractor will mainly focus on your musculoskeletal system and nervous system, and any effect, issues or problems caused by these things. Whilst Chiropractors treat lots of areas and problems, their main care helps to relieve issues such as back pain, neck pain, headaches, and other pain in joints, arms, and legs. These are usually areas of localised pain, which can be assisted and helped using the methodologies of chiropractic techniques.

Physical therapists, however, tend to focus more on evaluating, diagnosing and providing treatment to restore the body’s strength, range of motion and balance. A physical therapist may be dealing with patients who are in recovery, patients who need to build strength slowly and steadily, or patients who are seeing problems due to ageing, injury, disease or environmental factors. Physiotherapists do treat back and neck pain as chiropractors do, but they’re also likely to see a range of other issues too, such as arthritis, sports injuries, swelling, repetitive strain injury, and cartilage, ligament and tendon damage.

Physical therapists are also involved in promoting health, wellness, and fitness through risk factor identification and preventative care. Although they use different techniques, both Chiropractors and physical therapists use their expertise to help rehabilitate and relieve pain in their patients.

What to expect when you visit a Chiropractor

What to expect when you visit a Chiropractor

If you’ve never had an appointment with a Chiropractor and you’re thinking of booking one, you might be curious (or even a little nervous) as to what to expect. It helps to be as at ease as possible before receiving any kind of physical treatment, so the more relaxed about your appointment you are, the better for you. Knowing what to expect when you arrive, and during the course of the consultation is helpful, reassuring and takes away any of the nerves you might have.

Before you arrive

Before you arrive at your consultation, it’s important you feel comfortable with your consultant, and you should feel free to ask any questions you have. This obviously applies to during the appointment too, but most patients tend to have lots of burning questions before the appointment too – so don’t be afraid to ask!

During your first consultation

Your first consultation might be over the phone, or it might be in-person. The aim of your initial consultation is for your chiropractor to gather as much information as possible about the issue or pain you’re experiencing, so they can tailor the treatments and techniques specifically to you. Don’t consider any detail to small or insignificant – make sure you tell your chiropractor everything you think might be helpful. The better they understand the issue, the better they can treat you.

You might also be asked to fill in your medical history or fill in a form with lots of questions on it. This is totally normal, and the kind of questions to expect are:

  • When did the pain begin?
  • Do you remember if anything caused the pain?
  • Where is the pain located?
  • Describe the pain in detail. When does it occur? Is it sharp or dull?
  • Does the pain come and go, or is it continual?
  • Is the pain worse at certain times of day?
  • What activities/circumstances makes it better or worse?

If your first consultation is in-person, you might begin your treatment immediately afterwards and go straight into a session, or you might need to rebook for a following date. This differs from practitioner to practitioner.

During your first appointment

Usually, your first appointment with your Chiropractor will be a session to determine what the issue is, and how it can be resolved. This means you’ll most likely be given a  thorough chiropractic exam, including tests such as blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and reflexe. You might also be checked for range of motion (especially if your pain is related to this). Some chiropractors will also do posture analysis, or give you x-rays (if they deem it necessary) during this first appointment. The point of this is to give the chiropractor a clear and broad impression of the problem so that they can treat it effectively and efficiently.

Once your initial visit has finished, your chiropractor will explain their findings, usually including:

  • Diagnosed condition
  • Your personal chiropractic treatment plan
  • Anticipated length of chiropractic care

This will give you an idea of the care that will follow, including the timescale and the cost too. It’s a good idea to ask for this in written form, so you can take it away with you and study it closer, do additional research.