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My sciatica is playing up…will chiropractic care make it better?

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Research has shown that chiropractic treatment is certainly effective for sciatica.

In the last few months, we’ve had lots of patients coming into our Algarve clinic complaining of sciatica pain, either due to too much golf, too much gardening at their villas, or other strenuous activities…and we do tend to do a bit more when the Algarve weather is so lovely!

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

What Causes 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.

The pain from sciatica can be severe, and it can also be very sharp. It may be associated with numbness, burning or tingling sensations.Sciatica and leg pain

Chiropractic Care For Sciatica

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 for three or four hours.

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 the clinic on +351 282 768 044 to make an appointment.

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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.

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.

 

Hip degenerative joint disease (DJD)

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DJD is a common cause of hip pain that affects thousands of people. This condition can result in a reduced quality of life and less active lifestyle. There are different types of DJD that may cause hip pain. Read on to find out more:

  • Osteoarthritis (OA) also called “wear-and-tear arthritis,” in which cartilage wears down over time
  • Post-traumatic arthritis, which results from a severe fracture or dislocation of the hip
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an inflammatory arthritis of the joints
  • Avascular necrosis (AVN), a condition where the “ball” or femoral head has lost a healthy supply of blood flow causing the bone to die and the femoral head to become misshapen
  • Hip dysplasia, a condition where bones around the hip did not form properly, which may cause
    misalignment of the hip joint.

What causes degenerative joint disease?degenerative joint disease and hip pain...and how chiropractic care could help

  • A previous hip injury
  • Repetitive strain on the hip
  • Improper joint alignment
  • Being overweight
  • Exercise or sports-generated stress placed on the hip joint.

What are the symptoms?

The most common symptom of DJD of the hip is pain which may occur in four places:

  • Groin
  • Outside the hip
  • Lower area of the back
  • Thigh to the knee (or below).

Pain from the hip is commonly mistaken for back pain, and may be treated as such until the diagnosis of DJD is made.

What causes the pain?

DJD of the hip is a loss of cartilage, or lining, of the hip joint. The cartilage serves as a cushion and allows for smooth movement of the hip.

When the cartilage wears away, the ball-and-socket bones touch creating bone-on-bone contact. This contact creates pain from rubbing together, swelling, and stiffness.

If you think you may be suffering from one or several of these symptoms please do not hesitate to contact us at Lagos Health Chiropractic Clinic to discuss treatment options.

I’ve Got Arthritis…Can Chiropractic Help?

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Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain of the joints and bones. The main symptoms of arthritis include pain, stiffness and restricted movements of the joints. And Chiropractic Care can help with the management of that pain.

There are many types of arthritis, but the most common form is osteoarthritis (OA), where the affected joints are typically in the hands, spine, knees, and hips. You may also have heard of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), which is an auto-immune disease where the body’s immune system attacks the cells lining the joints, resulting in the joints becoming stiff, swollen and painful.

You may be surprised to hear that OA affects around 8.5 million people in the UK alone.

You may hear people tending to pass off osteoarthritis as ‘wear and tear’ and saying that the symptoms they experience are just ‘a part of getting older’. This leads to many sufferers believing that very little can be done to help, or that their only option is going to the chemist and buying painkillers.

Chiropractic Really Can Help Arthritis

Because it’s a condition that gradually worsens over time, it’s important to try to take steps to limit the further progress of osteoarthritis…and this is where chiropractic comes in!

Clearly, the joints in your body are meant to be moving, but when you stop using them due to discomfort or pain, you’ll find that they’ll deteriorate further. This will lead to an increase in symptoms, such as neck pain, back pain, hip pain or shoulder pain.

Non-impact sports like swimming can help arthritis sufferersTherefore, it’s important to keep as active as you can. However, try to avoid high-impact activities that put stress on your joints…avoid jogging, for example. You should choose activities that don’t place too much stress on the joints. Swimming is particularly helpful.

Chiropractic Can Help Mobilise Your Joints

In addition to keeping active, chiropractic can be extremely beneficial in relieving the symptoms of arthritis by getting your joints moving properly again. Remember, it’s what chiropractors do…they help get your joints moving again!

So if you are looking for relief from arthritic pain, or help for arthritis pain in hands, hips or knees, your doctor of chiropractic will find a way to help. A typical chiropractic treatment for arthritis sufferers will include very careful and gentle joint mobilisation, some therapeutic massage and special individualised exercises to get the best possible results.

Here’s The Good News!

There’s a lot that can be done to help you. Principal Chiropractor at Lagos Health Chiropractic, Dr Wen Oates, has several patients who come to her for help for their arthritic pain…so you can too! To make an appointment, please call the clinic on +351 282 768 044.

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