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Your Spine And How Important It Is – Lagos Health Chiropractic

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Do you have one spine…or several? The answer, of course, is that you only have ONE. And, as it’s in use every minute of every day, it’s vitally important to look after it!

There are five important functions of the spine:

Your spine and how important it is

In the words of that old spine song, “Your hip bone’s connected to your back bone…”

  • Movement: With 24 vertebrae, it’s able to twist and bend. However, because it can move a little in many directions, you can easily injure it.
  • Protection: The vertebrae protect your spinal cord and all the nerves that come from it. As you may know, the spinal cord is the first thing that develops in life and it controls every single organ and function of the body.
  • Posture: The spine holds up upright. Therefore, if it’s crooked, your posture will also be crooked.
  • Support: The vertebrae in the neck support the head, which weighs 9-13lbs (or about 5kg). Lower down, we have just TWO vertebrae in the lower back that support all the weight above, which is about two-thirds of your total body weight.
  • Attachment: Your back and neck muscles attach to your spinal column. If the spine is not straight, the muscles on one side of your body will not be balanced and therefore will stretch to compensate, while the muscles on the other side will shorten. Muscle imbalance pulls the vertebrae out of alignment.

Finally, take a look at yourself in a full-length mirror. If you see that one shoulder is lower than the other, or your pelvis appears twisted, it really is time for a chiropractic check-up.

Back Pain & Chinese New Year

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After the Christmas and New Year festivities, did you notice that your back was aching a bit more than usual, or you were feeling a bit stiff? Too much sitting about during the holiday probably affected your back muscles and may have put the vertebrae in your spine out of alignment, so it might be a good time to get any back pain checked out by your Chiropractor.

Be Careful, If You’re Off To The Gym

Perhaps you put on a couple of extra kilos over Christmas! Being overweight puts extra stress on your spine and can give you back pain, so you may be considering going to the gym to lose that weight or get fit. If you do, please don’t overdo it…do things gradually and carefully. And if you DO pull a muscle or put your back out, we’re here to help!

Chinese New Year…The Year Of The Rooster

If you came into our clinic during January or February, you may have spotted some chickens…they were for Chinese New Year, celebrated this year (2017) on 28 January. It’s the Year of the Rooster, so if you are 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72 or 84 years old, you should wear something red for good luck! People born in a year of the rooster are typically hard working, courageous, talented and healthy, enjoying sports such as hiking and swimming. Plus, they don’t get ill very often…so we may not see you in the chiropractic clinic anytime soon!

Happy Chinese New Year to you and your loved ones.

 

Suffering from Golfer’s Elbow or Back Pain? We Can Get You Back On The Fairway

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What are the most common injuries suffered by golfers? Golfer’s Elbow, Back Pain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? How do you recognize them and what treatment is available?

Golfer’s Elbow

Golfer’s elbow is inflammation, soreness or pain on the inside of the upper arm near the elbow. Tennis elbow is similar, but on the outside of the upper arm near the elbow. Tennis elbow is actually more common among golfers than golfer’s elbow.

Back Pain

The golf swing (not to mention the hunched-over putting stance) puts great stress on the golfer’s back, so it’s no surprise that back pain is the most common problem for golfers. The discs, ligaments, muscles and  joints can all be affected.

Shoulder Pain

Golfer with golfer's elbow and shoulder pain still trying to get his ball into the hole

“I’ve got Golfer’s Elbow AND shoulder pain…but I still come here every weekend!”

Shoulder pain in a golfer might be caused by several underlying conditions, including rotator cuff tendonitis, an impingement in the rotator cuff, arthritis of the shoulder or instability in the joint.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a repetitive stress disorder that occurs in the nerves of the hands. At its worst, it’s extremely painful and sometimes incapacitating.

DeQuervain’s Tendonitis

DeQuervain’s causes pain in the wrist near the base of the thumb and is caused by inflammation in the tendons that control the thumb.

Proper warm up and stretching is important to reduce the risk of injury while playing. You can download a Golfer’s Exercise Sheet from the Sports Injuries section on our website that will help you avoid injury.

Of course, if you’re concerned about ANY pain, come and see us at Lagos Health Chiropractic. We’ll tell you what’s causing your pain and what can be done to make it go away…whether that’s rest, exercise, a chiropractic adjustment, applying Kinesio taping or just an ice pack! We’re the experts in golfing injuries.

Have you ever experienced any of the conditions mentioned here? If so, we’d like to hear about what you did to relieve the pain…did you go to a chiropractor, an osteopath or a physio…or did you just take some painkilling tablets or rub in a cream? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

Is Poor Posture Causing Your Back Pain? Here’s What You Can Do About It

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Having good posture (head up, shoulders back) looks amazing, but good posture also plays a key role in your spinal health, helping to prevent back and neck pain.

The following are warning signs of poor posture:

  • Back pain that is worse at certain times of the day
  • Pain that starts in the neck and moves downwards into the upper and lower back
  • Pain that goes away after changing sitting or standing positions
  • Back pain that comes and goes for months

Variations in posture, forward head posture, poor posture, kyphosis of the spine

Everyday activities

It’s easy to forget about good posture when you’re on your smartphone or on the go, but try to use these times to notice when certain postures and back pain episodes coincide.

Sit with support

The act of sitting requires an incredible amount of muscular effort to keep the body erect, so a good sitting posture is important. For example, don’t sit on the edge of your chair and lean towards your computer…sit back and utilise the chair’s back support.

Keep moving

Maintaining a static position for more than twenty minutes is tough on the back, so by simply changing position or stretching, the tissue elasticity needed to protect your joints can be restored and any associated discomfort reduced.


Have you ever experienced any of the problems mentioned h
ere? If so, we’d like to hear about what you did to relieve the pain or discomfort…did you go to a chiropractor, an osteopath or a physio…or did you just take some painkilling tablets or rub in a cream? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

Aching Backs and Stiff Necks

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During the holiday season we see lots of patients with bad backs and stiff neck issues! Research has shown that sleeping in a strange bed is one of the culprits! Judging from what our patients say, their aching back and stiff neck has been caused by either sitting for hours in a cramped aeroplane seat, sleeping in a different hotel bed or sleeping underneath the air conditioning that’s blasting out cold air.

So, these tips should help…

  • Try to stretch your legs a bit on the flight home…if, of course, you can squeeze past the refreshment trolley!
  • You can’t change the hotel mattress, so try to have a stroll before breakfast to loosen up muscles and joints.

    tips and help to avoid neck pain at Lagos Health Chiropractic

    “I knew I’d get a bad back after sleeping on that lumpy mattress!”

  • Finally, to avoid a stiff neck, DON’T sleep with the air-con on all night! Have it on for half an hour before you go to bed to cool the room, but then turn it off once you snuggle down. If you wake up sticky during the night, turn it on for 5 minutes and then switch it off. In the morning, get up slowly and try not to make any sudden neck movements.

Come and see us

If you do have problems, come and see us at Lagos Health Chiropractic…we’re in the big pink building by the Lidl roundabout, about 10 minutes walk from the Marina. We’ve helped so many people these last few weeks, I’m sure we’ll be able to help you too.

By the way, have you ever experienced any of the issues mentioned here? If so, we’d like to hear about what you did to relieve the pain…did you go to a chiropractor, an osteopath or a physio…or did you just take some painkilling tablets or rub in a cream? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

The Amazing Benefits of Good Posture…And How Chiropractic Can Maintain Them

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Good posture is the position that is attained when the joints are biomechanically sound and able to move in the direction they are designed to and the spine is aligned. Maintaining posture involves learning how to train your body to move and function where the least strain is placed on bones, joints and soft tissues.

A body in equilibrium will attain its alignment and continue proper mobility.

Good Posture Checklist

Training your body to sit upright can be a challenge. Follow this checklist to learn the proper way to sit with good posture:good posture and poor posture when sitting at a desk

  • Keep a straight back, maintaining all three natural curves in the spine
  • Distribute weight evenly on both hips
  • Keep head and neck aligned over shoulders
  • Sit back in a chair – your back should be supported by the seat back

Health Benefits of Good Posture

There are many benefits associated with standing tall or sitting upright, such as a boost in self-esteem and reduced negative mood. Good posture can:

  • Optimize breathing and circulation
  • Maintain bones and joints in correct alignment, so that muscles are used properly and efficiently
  • Decrease stress on soft tissues: ligaments, muscles, tendons and discs
  • Prevent neck or back pain

Remember, if you’re ever troubled by neck or back pain, or have concerns about your muscles and tendons, come and talk to us at Lagos Health Chiropractic – we’re the experts in spine, muscle and joint pain. We’re in the big, pink building by the Lidl roundabout. Find us online or call 282 768 044. 

By the way, if you’ve ever tried to improve your posture in the past, we’d like to hear about your experiences…did you go to a chiropractor for advice, an osteopath or a physio…or did you just read a book about it or see something online? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

Basics of Spinal Anatomy…and why you might get back pain!

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Look first at your lifestyle! Perhaps it’s no wonder you sometimes feel a twinge!

Your spine is an intricate structure of bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles and highly sensitive nerve roots that provide you with four main benefits:

  • Protection – for the spinal cord and nerve roots to safely relay messages between your brain and the rest of your body.
  • Shock Absorption – accepting jolts and stresses as you move about.
  • Flexibility – especially in the lower back and neck, allowing you to bend and twist.
  • Strength – provided by the bones, discs, muscles and connective tissue that allow you to stand upright and move about with precision.

Top to Bottom

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Your very important spine…from top to bottom. It’s no wonder you sometimes feel a bit of a twinge!

Let’s start at the top – the cervical spine supports the weight of your head and protects the nerves that run between your brain and the rest of your body. Your neck has seven vertebral bones that get smaller – and provide more rotation – as they get closer to the base of the skull.

The vertebrae in the upper back are attached to the rib cage and make up the thoracic spine, providing stability, structural support and protection for the heart and lungs.

Moving down to the lower back, the lumbar spine carries the most load with the least structural support, so this is the most likely area of the spine to wear out or sustain an injury.

Remember, if you are suffering with any kind of neck or back pain, get it correctly evaluated by a trained and qualified Doctor of Chiropractic. Call +351 282 768 044 or check our www.lagos-health.com website. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Chiropractic Care For Low Back Pain

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Got low back pain from working in the garden or playing golf? Maybe it’s time to see your chiropractor!

Seeing a Doctor of Chiropractic, otherwise known as a Chiropractor, can be a beneficial step towards effectively treating low back pain. Similar to a medical doctor or a dentist, qualified chiropractors undergo a minimum of 4 years of specialist training, so you can be assured that we know more about your spine, joints and muscles than anybody else…and that includes many osteopaths and physiotherapists!

What Chiropractors Do

Chiropractors utilize a series of treatments designed to manipulate the spine, joints and tissues of the body to relieve pain and improve functional ability.

Examination Procedure

If it’s your first visit, your chiropractor will examine you thoroughly before making any sort of diagnosis or treatment plan, as there are many reasons why low back pain occurs. In addition to discussing your ‘health history’, your doctor will test your reflexes, sensory nerves, joints, muscles and other areas of the body to determine the most appropriate treatment.

I've got low back pain...what can I do?

Ouch, my back really hurts…what can I do?

Treatment Plan For Low Back Pain

If a patient is suffering from ‘acute’ low back pain (usually lasting for up to six weeks), a typical treatment plan is 2 or 3 weekly sessions over the course of 2 to 4 weeks. Often, this can be sufficient to completely resolve the pain. After this period of intensive treatment, it would be beneficial to consider regular maintenance care – one visit, every four weeks or so.

Long-Term Back Pain

Living with long-term ‘chronic’ back pain is more of a challenge, but chiropractors try to emphasize to patients that self-therapy at home (eg range-of-motion exercises) is a vital component of pain management. However, chiropractors may also encourage other approaches, such as massage therapy, yoga and making lifestyle changes, all of which can be highly beneficial. Once again, the treatments used and the benefits gained will vary with each individual, which is why it is important to be in a proactive, communicative relationship with your chiropractor.

Have you ever experienced any type of back pain? If so, we’d like to hear about what you did to relieve it…did you go to a chiropractor, an osteopath or a physio…or did you just take some painkilling tablets or rub in a cream? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

Fibromyalgia – can chiropractic help?

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As you may know, Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic disorder involving widespread pain and sensitivity in the entire musculoskeletal system. In addition to pain, patients will also report long-term fatigue, disturbed sleep and mood. With the cause still not known, and with no proven prevention, or known cure, treatment is typically aimed at symptom management.

Muscle aches and stiffness due to Fibromyalgia?Trained Fibromyalgia Specialists

Chiropractors are trained as neuro-musculoskeletal specialists, and evidence suggests that those with FM consult chiropractors quite regularly…but does chiropractic work for them? Some recent studies indicate it does.

In one example, chiropractors surveyed Fibromyalgia patients before, during and after a series of treatments to see if they responded favourably to chiropractic adjustments. 60% of the subjects in the study said they experienced a significant improvement with regard to pain reduction, improved sleep and decreased fatigue. What was especially encouraging was that these improvements were maintained in a 1-month follow up.

Dr Wen Oates at Lagos Health Chiropractic in Portugal’s Algarve says, “In recent weeks, we have been treating a holidaymaker with FM at our clinic and he too has responded very well. After the first session, he reported feeling better and, despite the recent chilly weather in the Algarve (Fibromyalgia sufferers prefer warmer conditions), he now feels able to do more and enjoy his holiday…and, of course, I am happy to see a satisfied patient”.

Seems like chiropractic care can certainly help!

If you are suffering from Fibromyalgia and think chiropractic care will help ease your discomfort and improve your lifestyle, please come and see us at Lagos Health. You can make an appointment by calling +351 282 768 044.

By the way, have you ever experienced the condition mentioned here? If so, we’d like to hear about what you did to relieve the pain…did you go to a chiropractor, an osteopath, a physio or your GP…or did you just take some painkilling tablets or rub in a cream? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

Chiropractic or Massage…Which Is Best For Me?

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Here at Lagos Health Chiropractic, we are often asked by patients whether we think chiropractic or massage would be the best choice for them.

To be honest, the answer is usually a combination of the two…but why?

Your muscles attach to your bones and, whether or not they are tight and contracted, are controlled by nerves. If bones don’t move, the muscles will have no reason to lengthen. But how do you know if your bones are moving properly?

  • First of all, is the motion in your neck restricted when you look at the ceiling?
  • When you try to look round while driving, do you have to rely on your mirrors because your neck is too stiff?

If you answered yes to both questions, then the problem stems from a skeletal issue and so chiropractic would be your best choice.

tingling or numbness in hands? See your chiropractor!Do you ever have tingling or numbness in your fingers or toes? Do you have referred pain down an arm or leg? These things point toward an issue with your nerves and so your problem needs chiropractic attention.

Massage is a wonderful thing. It stimulates blood flow and just the simple act of someone touching you is relaxing. But does it correct the underlying cause?

Actually, no! The reason your muscles are too contracted is often much more complex than a simple muscle issue. It often relates to poor posture or a sedentary lifestyle.

When faced with the choice of chiropractic or massage, go to a chiropractor first to get your spine moving better and then supplement that work with a soothing, cozy and comforting massage.

If you’d like to know more, or make an appointment, contact Lagos Health on +351 282 768 044.

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