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Low Back Pain – Don’t Let Back Pain Slow You Down

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Back Pain – many episodes of low back pain are caused by damage to the muscles or ligaments in the lower back, leading to inflammation and muscle spasm, which results in severe pain and you subsequently having difficulty moving.

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Low Back Pain – Common Causes

The usual culprits are either lifting a heavy object such as your suitcase, lifting something while twisting, or a sudden movement or fall. Sports injuries are also a frequent cause of back pain, especially with those sports that involve twisting, such as surfing, golf and tennis. Losing your footing on the uneven cobbles in town, or being hit by a large wave while paddling in the ocean, can also cause problems, as many of our patients will testify.

Low Back Pain – The Solution

By incorporating specific gentle chiropractic adjustments of your spine to get your joints moving again, along with some deep tissue massage to help loosen those tight lower back muscles, we help lots of patients with these typical ‘holidaymaker’ injuries. We can usually fit you in on the same day you call…but until you can get to our clinic, try these two things for temporary relief:

·       Place ice or a cold pack on the area for 10 minutes every hour to reduce inflammation.

·       Take anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) to also help reduce any inflammation.

Remember, if you’re suffering from back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain (in fact, any kind of musculoskeletal pain), come and see us at Lagos Health Chiropractic. Or call us to make an appointment on +351 282 768 044.

Dor Nas Costas – Não deixe que a dor nas costas o ponham em baixo

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Muitos episódios de dor nas costas e dor-nas-costasdor lombar são causados ​​por danos nos músculos ou ligamentos na parte inferior das costas, levando a inflamação e espasmos musculares, o que resulta em dor severa e, posteriormente, tem dificuldade em se mover.

Dor Nas Costas – Causas Comuns

Culpamos de levantar um objeto pesado, como uma mala, levantando-a e ao mesmo tempo torcendo o corpo, ou um movimento súbito ou queda. As lesões desportivas também são uma causa frequente de dor nas costas, especialmente quando o desporto envolve torção, como surf, golfe e tênis. Encalhar com o pé nos paralelepípedos irregulares na cidade, ou ser atingido por uma grande onda quando vai nadar à praia, também pode causar problemas, como muitos dos nossos pacientes testemunham.

Dor Nas Costas – A Solução

Fazer ajustamentos quiropráticos suaves específicos da coluna vertebral para que suas articulações se movam de novo, juntamente com algumas massagens profundas para ajudar a relaxar os músculos da parte inferior das costas, ajudamos muitos pacientes com essas lesões típicas de “férias”. Normalmente, podemos marcar no mesmo dia em que você liga … mas até que possa chegar à nossa clínica, experimente estas duas coisas para alívio temporário:

  • Coloque gelo ou um pacote frio na área durante 10 minutos a cada hora para reduzir a inflamação.
  • Tome medicamentos anti-inflamatórios (como o ibuprofeno) para ajudar a reduzir qualquer inflamação.

Lembre-se, se você está sofrendo de dores nas costas, dor no pescoço, dor no ombro (de fato, qualquer tipo de dor musculoesquelética), venha nos ver na Lagos Health Quiroprática. Ou ligue para marcar uma consulta no +351 282 768 044.

My sciatica is playing up…what can I do?

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In the last few weeks, we’ve had lots of patients coming into our clinic complaining of sciatica pain, either due to too much gardening or maintenance work in and around their villas, or other strenuous activities…and we do tend to do a bit more when the weather is wonderful!

When sciatica flares up, it is helpful to know what can be done to alleviate the pain and stay active.

Sciatica and leg pain

The term ‘sciatica’ is used to describe pain that radiates down the sciatic nerve, which starts from each side of the lower back, extends down the back of the thigh and into the foot. It’s caused by compression of nerve roots in the lower part of the spine, which merge together to form the sciatic nerve in the pelvis.

Sciatica and leg pain

Chiropractic Care

As you may know, chiropractors use their hands to gently adjust the part of the spine that is misaligned and causing the pain. Once the skeletal joints are moving freely, you will experience less joint irritation and less inflammation.

Ice Pack At Home

For sciatica pain, you can use an ice pack (or a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a towel) and place it over the lower back, as that is where the sciatic nerve is usually pinched. Keep it in place for 15 to 20 minutes and repeat each hour.Remember though that there are other causes of pain in the leg that may not actually be ‘sciatica’. Therefore, get ANY pain checked out by Dr Wen at Lagos Health Chiropractic. Call us on +351 282 768 044 to make an appointment. You can also check the other blog pages on our website for articles on various health issues, plus you can get tips and news by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

A minha Ciática está me aborrecendo!

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Nas últimas semanas, temos tido muitos pacientes na nossa clínica queixando-se de dor ciática, devido a muita atividade de jardinagem ou outras atividades extenuantes. Quando a ciática aparece, é útil saber o que pode ser feito para aliviar a dor e permanecer ativo.

Dor ciática e nas pernas

O termo “ciática” é usado para descrever a dor que irradia longo do nervo ciático, que começa de cada lado da parte inferior das costas, se estende para baixo na parte de trás da coxa e no pé. É causada pela compressão de raízes nervosas na parte inferior da coluna vertebral, que se fundem para formar o nervo ciático na pélvis.

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Cuidados Quiropraticos

Como deve saber, os quiropráticos usam as mãos para ajustar suavemente a parte da coluna que está desalinhada e causando dor. Quando as articulações esqueléticas se movem livremente, você terá menos irritação nas articulações e menos inflamação.

Pacote de gelo em casa

Para um alívio da dor ciática rápido, pode usar um pacote de gelo (ou um saco de ervilhas congeladas enroladas numa toalha) e colocá-lo sobre a parte inferior das costas, pois é aí que o nervo ciático geralmente é comprimido. Mantenha-o no lugar por 15 a 20 minutos e repita a cada hora.

Lembre-se, porém, que existem outras causas de dor na perna que na verdade podem não ser “ciática”. Portanto, obtenha QUALQUER dor verificada pela Lagos Health Chiropractic. Ligue-nos para +351 282 768 044 para marcar uma consulta. Também pode ver as nossas outras páginas de blog de artigos sobre vários problemas de saúde, além de obter dicas e notícias seguindo-nos no Facebook e no
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Como está se sentindo hoje…Rigidez e dor nas costas?

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Como se sentiu quando acordou esta manhã? Algumas dores? Alguma rigidez? Dor nas costas?  Talvez tenha carregado algo pesado recentemente? Talvez algo que pesa cerca de 70 ou 80 kg?

Na verdade, é o mesmo peso de sua cabeça, ombros, braços, caixa torácica, coluna superior e músculos adicionados juntos. E notavelmente, apenas duas vértebras (L4 e L5 … sim, elas são numeradas) na sua coluna lombar apoianm todo esse peso … 18 horas por dia … 7 dias por semana … 12 meses por ano!

Não é de admirar que tenha dor lombar!

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Além disso, é claro, o resto da sua coluna trabalhadora tem que fazer muitas outras coisas – permitindo que você se mova e segurando você na vertical, enquanto protege sua medula espinhal. Mas isso não é tudo. Saindo de entre as vértebras e os discos, são os nervos da medula espinhal, indo para todas as partes do corpo, enviando mensagens de volta ao seu cérebro.

Imagine se esses nervos ficam comprimidos, torcidos e derrubados também! Você vai sentir alguma dor. Deve tomar um comprimido ou esfregar um creme? Lembre-se, qualquer medicação para matar a dor pode reduzir a dor por um tempo, mas a causa subjacente da dor permanece.

Talvez agora seja a hora de considerar o tratamento quiroprático.

Você só tem uma coluna vertebral realizando várias funções vitais, é importante cuidar dela. E em Lagos Health Chiropractic, podemos tratar disso! Venha nos ver. Estamos no grande prédio cor de rosa do outro lado da estrada do supermercado Lidl. Ou ligue para 282 768 044.

How Are You Feeling Today…Aching, Stiffness, Back Pain?

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How did you feel when you woke up this morning? Any aches and pains? Any stiffness? Perhaps you’ve been carrying something heavy recently? Perhaps something that weighs about 70 or 80kg?

Actually, that’s about the same weight as your head, shoulders, arms, rib cage, upper spine and muscles added together. And remarkably, just two vertebrae (L4 and L5…yes, they’ve got numbers) in your lumbar spine are supporting all that weight…18 hours a day…7 days a week…12 months a year!

It’s no wonder you get lower back pain!

your spine and how important it is

Plus, of course, the rest of your hard-working spine has to do lots of other things – allowing you to move and holding you upright, while at the same time protecting your spinal cord.   But that’s not all. Coming out from between those vertebrae and discs are the nerves from your spinal cord, going off to every part of your body, sending messages back to your brain.

Imagine if those nerves get compressed, twisted and knocked about too! You’re going to feel some pain. Should you take a pill or rub in a cream? Remember, any pain-killing medication may reduce the pain for a while, but the underlying cause of the pain remains.

Perhaps now is the time to consider chiropractic care.

You only have one spine. Peforming several vital functions, it’s important to look after it. And at Lagos Health Chiropractic, we can look after it! Come and see us. We’re in the big pink building just across the road from the Lidl supermarket. Or call us on +351 282 768 044.

How to choose the best mattress for your low back pain

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If you’re here in the Algarve on holiday, there’s not much you can do about the hotel bed…but at home, not sleeping on the best mattress can cause, or worsen, lower back pain. Lack of support from your mattress can cause poor sleeping posture, muscle strain and a misaligned spine, which all contribute to pain.

Top Tips To Choose The Best Mattress For Your Back Pain

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Goldilocks must have found the best mattress, because it felt just right and in no time at all she fell fast asleep.

If you suffer from back pain, the following guidelines should help you choose the best mattress that combines back support with sleep comfort:

  • Understanding the physical components of the mattress. The coils or inner springs of a mattress provide support, with different mattresses varying in the number and arrangement of coils. Padding on top of the mattress comes in many different thicknesses, while mattress depths typically range from 7 to 18 inches. Your eventual choice of mattress should be based on what feels right for you according to your own (and your partner’s) individual preferences.
  • Achieve a balance between back support and comfort. A good mattress should provide support for the natural curves and alignment of the spine. Perhaps Goldilocks got it right with her choice…”it was neither too hard nor too soft. In fact, it felt just right, and in no time at all she fell fast asleep”. While there is little clinical data about mattresses, one study found that medium-to-firm mattresses provide more back pain relief than firm mattresses, because they allow the shoulders and hips to sink in slightly. Sleeping on a mattress that is too firm can cause aches and pains on pressure points.

Be Wary Of So-Called ‘Medical’ Slogans

With a variety of mattresses on the market, choosing the right one can be difficult. Be sceptical regarding claims that a mattress is “orthopaedic” or “medically approved”…there has not been extensive medical research or controlled clinical trials regarding mattresses and low back pain.

Breakfast In Bed?

If, unlike Goldilocks, you wake up one morning aching all over, come and see us at Lagos Health Chiropractic. Alternatively, call us on +351 282 768 044…we can’t offer you a bowl of porridge or cup of tea in bed, but we can offer professional help for your back pain!

 

Escolhendo o melhor colchão para dôr lombar

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Se está cá de férias no Algarve, não há muito que possa fazer sobre a cama do hotel … mas em casa, dormir no colchão errado pode causar, ou piorar a dôr lombar. A falta de apoio do seu colchão pode causar uma postura péssima para dormir, tensão muscular e uma coluna desalinhada, que provocam dôr.

Com uma variedade de colchões no mercado, escolher o caminho certo pode ser difícil. Seja cético sobre alegações de que um colchão é “ortopédico” ou “medicamente aprovado” … ainda não houve pesquisas médicas ou ensaios clínicos controlados sobre a relação entre colchões e dôr lombar.

Escolhendo o melhor colchão para dôr lombar

Se sofre de dôr nas costas, os seguintes princípios podem ajudá-lo a escolher o melhor colchão que combina o apoio das costas com o conforto no sono:

  • Compreender os componentes físicos do colchão. As bobinas ou molas interiores de um colchão fornecem suporte, variando no número e disposição de bobinas de colchão para colchão. O almofadado em cima do colchão vem em muitas espessuras diferentes, enquanto a altura do colchão varia tipicamente de 7 a 18 polegadas. A sua escolha final do colchão deve ser baseada em no que sente que seria melhor para si (e companheiro) e as vossas preferências individuais.
  • Atingir um equilíbrio entre o apoio de costas e conforto. Um bom colchão deve fornecer suporte para as curvas naturais e alinhamento da coluna vertebral. Embora haja poucos dados clínicos sobre colchões, um estudo descobriu que os colchões não muito firme or rijo fornecem mais alívio da dor nas costas do que os colchões firmes, porque permitem que os ombros e os quadris afundem ligeiramente. Dormir num colchão que é muito rijo pode causar dores nos pontos de pressão.

Se, acordar de manhã com dores no corpo, venha nos visitar em Lagos Health Chiropractic. Como alternativa, ligue para 282 768 044 … não podemos oferecer uma xícara de chá na cama, mas podemos oferecer ajuda para sua dor nas costas!

Top Tips On Posture And How To Prevent Back Pain Infographic

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Long hours of sitting can jeopardize your lumbar spine and can even be felt in the middle-back and neck. Furthermore, you put the surrounding muscles under undue strain, only adding to the pain. Unfortunately, long periods of sitting are becoming more commonplace in today’s computer age.

Posture Infographic from Lagos Health Chiropractic

Top Tips on improving your posture and reducing irritating back and neck pain.

This process begins all too early in life, so maybe it’s time to ask: “How many hours a day do I spend sitting down?” If it’s two or more, perhaps it’s time to get off the sofa and get your spinal alignment checked by a qualified and registered chiropractor.

5 Top Tips On Posture and How To Prevent Back Pain & Neck Pain

1. Adjust your seat so that your feet are flat on the ground or on a foot rest.

2. Sit with your hips higher than your knees and your eyes level with the centre of the computer screen.

3. Relax when sitting in your chair, making sure you have your bottom against the seat back and your shoulder blades are touching the back-rest of the chair.

4. Your arms should be flat and your elbows level with the desk or table you are using. Try to use a seat with arm rests.

5. Don’t sit at the computer for more than 40 minutes. When you take a break, walk around and stretch a little.

Get Checked By Your Chiropractor

If you have back or neck pain, or just feeling a slight twinge, perhaps now is the time to have a comprehensive examination by a trained, qualified and registered Doctor of Chiropractic, who can also advise you on all posture and pain-related issues.

By Dr Wen Oates DC MChiro (Principal Chiropractor at Lagos Health Chiropractic Clinic).

 

9 Top Tips On How To Stop Back Pain And Feel Better – Lagos Health Chiropractic

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  1. Go and see your chiropractor.
  2. If you have’t got one, ask within your circle of friends for recommendations.
  3. Make the appointment…this first visit may take up to an hour.

    Tips on how to stop back pain

    “My arms ache and my back hurts!”

  4. Until you can get to your appointment, do the following:
  5. Use an ice pack on the area to reduce the pain (20 minutes every hour for a few hours).
  6. Take simple pain medication, such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen.
  7. Find a comfortable position for sitting or lying down (at night, when sleeping on your back, use a pillow under your knees. When sleeping on your side, place the pillow between your knees).
  8. Keep moving – Try to walk about a little (even if it’s just to the kitchen and back).
  9. Follow your chiropractor’s advice regarding treatment and rehab.

Qualified Chiropractors ARE doctors

You WILL feel better after seeing a Doctor of Chiropractic. Chiropractors have studied and trained for more than four years to become qualified and therefore know more about your bones, joints, spine, muscles and ligaments than most physiotherapists, osteopaths and general medical doctors. Chiropractors are the REAL spine experts. By: Dr Wen Oates DC MChiro. Lagos Health Chiropractic, Algarve, Portugal

Lagos Health Chiropractic can ease your Back and Neck Pain in the Algarve

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