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Drink Water To Help Healing

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The importance of high quality drinking water is vastly understated. Comprising approximately 75 percent of the body, water is found both inside and outside the cells and is the basis of all body fluids including blood, lymph, saliva, digestive juices, urine, and perspiration. Therefore, an unadulterated source of pure drinking water and learning how to optimize hydration is one of the most fundamentally important things one can do for their health.

Because of this I encourage all my patients here at Lagos Health Chiropractic Clinic, to drink plenty of it all year round, not just when the sun comes out.

Water’s role in the body

Since water is the regulator of all the body’s functions, it is equated with life. It is the main source of energy transport for every cell in the body, conducting electrical and magnetic energy that supplies the power to live.

Water also facilitates energizing the skin’s many photo-sensitive and energy-sensitive nerve endings that receive and transmit signals, making them more responsive and enhancing the skin’s vitality. It also protects both the skin and mucous membrane barrier functions and acts as an antioxidant by flushing oxidants and other toxins out through the kidneys. In addition, the sinuses drain better when they are well hydrated and their mucous membrane is more resistant to infection.

One must also consider that the brain is made up of 80 percent water. Severe dehydration can lead to the inability to think clearly, and in severe cases, mental derangement.

Conditions and habits related to dehydration

According to Dr. Batmanghelidj, author of Your Body’s Many Cries For Water, most people unknowingly suffer from chronic dehydration. This condition contributes to toxic overload in the body, which can lead to a hyperactive immune system and cause or contribute to a variety of diseases, including:

• Arthritis
• Asthma
• Colitis
• Depression
• Diabetes
• Dyspeptic ulcer
• Duodenitis
• Gastritis
• Heartburn
• Headaches
• High blood pressure
• High Cholesterol
• Low back pain
• Neck pain
• Osteoporosis
• Kidney problems

Instead of water, most people drink alcohol, coffee, non-herbal teas, fizzy drinks, and other caffeine-containing beverages. These liquids tend to further exacerbate the dehydration, making it much worse.

Recommendations for optimal hydration

According to Dr. Batmanghelidj, the body needs an absolute minimum of 6 to 8 glasses a day. Other sources suggest up to half your body weight in pounds should be consumed in ounces of water on a daily basis. For someone who weighs 160 pounds, that’s 80 ounces (10 glasses) of pure water on a daily basis.

The best time to drink water is first thing in the morning to wake up the digestive system from its dehydrated and contracted state, and 30 minutes before each meal. Water should be avoided during meals so as to not interfere with stomach acid and proper digestion. It should also be consumed around room temperature, save exceptionally hot days where extra cooling of the body may be required.

Since tap water all too often contains a variety of unhealthy contaminants, including microorganisms, heavy metals, chlorine, fluoride, and other impurities, it is recommended that this water be filtered to remove these harmful impurities.

Water is available in a wide variety of formats. Some of the most common ways people consume it is through bottled water and filtering units such as reverse osmosis and alkaline water systems. Each of these ways has varying levels of convenience, purity and minerals, and the benefits and drawbacks should be closely considered with each before choosing.

Bottoms up!

 

Good Posture – It’s Not Just To Look Good

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Good posture – head up, shoulders back, rear tucked under – and light bracing of key areas in the body, such as the abdominals, plays a key role in your spinal health, helping to prevent back and neck pain and even injuries to spinal structures. If you have a spinal condition, try to be aware of your posture and make good posture part of your normal routine.

If you suffer from back pain, you may consciously or subconsciously adopt an unnatural posture to try to limit movements that you fear will create potential pain. However, unless there is a fracture or other serious problem, try not to take on an unnatural or stiff posture.

Be on the lookout for any of the following possible warning signs of poor posture:

  • Back pain that is worse at certain times of the day or week
  • Pain that starts in the neck and moves downwards into the upper back, lower back and extremities
  • Pain that goes away after switching positions while sitting or standing
  • Sudden back pain that is experienced with a new job, a new office chair, or a new car
  • Back pain that comes and goes for months

If any of these warning signs apply to you, take note of your posture, seek help to identify the problem and areas that may need work, not only to reduce or manage the symptoms but help identify the cause. At Lagos Health Chiropractic Clinic we will identify and treat your problem and advise on the best way to manage it. Call us on +351 282 768 044 to book an appointment.

Discomfort from Text Neck is nothing to LOL about

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Reading and sending text messages and emails on a mobile device all require an awkward downward tilt of the head for extended periods of time. This can lead to a condition that popular and medical media are calling TEXT NECK.

Heavy Burden

The human head weighs about the same as a tenpin bowling ball at about 5 kg (12lbs). But as the neck bends forward and down, the weight on the cervical spine begins to increase. At a 15-degree angle, this weight is about two bowling balls (12kg or 27lbs) and at 45 degrees it’s almost four balls (22kg or 49lbs).

text neck and how to avoid neck painThat’s the burden that comes with staring down at a smartphone. Over time, this poor posture  can lead to severe neck and upper back pain, as well as choking the nerves of the neck leading to tingling in the fingers. It could also lead to degeneration of the spine and perhaps surgery.

And It’s Becoming More Common

Smartphone users spend, on average, two to four hours a day hunched over reading e-mails, sending texts or checking social media sites. That’s 700 to 1,400 hours a year that people are putting stress on their spines. And for teenagers, it’s worse – they are spending an additional 5,000 hours in this position!

“It’s extremely common.” says Dr Wen Oates of Lagos Health Chiropractic. “Just look around you – everyone has their head down…on the street, in restaurants and at home.”

Not Just Youngsters

“But now, it isn’t only young people.” says Dr Oates. “The older, retired generation are sitting up in bed at night reading their Kindle or tablet for several hours. In recent months, I’ve seen more and more patients complaining of neck and shoulder pain that has developed solely from prolonged, late-night ‘mobile-technology’ reading”.

Some Good Advice

“Be aware of the position of your head. Instead of bending your neck, try to look down at your device with your eyes, or try holding the screen close to eye level. To relieve pain, exercise your neck muscles and improve the range of movement of your neck, you can try gently moving your head to its end-range up and down, turning left and right, and bending side to side a few times every day.

Continue to enjoy your smartphone and tablet…just make sure your head is upright!”

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.

Why have I got neck and back pain…and can a chiropractor help me?

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Did you know that more than 2 hours’ of continuous sitting is considered a mild spinal strain? Long hours of sitting still can jeopardize your lumbar spine and can even be felt in the middle-back and neck. You feel neck pain and back pain as a result of the curves in your spine straightening, which, over time, deform and damage the ligaments and discs in your spine that are meant for support.

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 and are linked to increased back and neck pain.

Get Off The Sofa

This process begins all too early in life. So maybe it’s time to ask: “How many hours a day do I spend sitting?” Back pain usually strikes well after the problem first began. So, is it time for you to get off the sofa and get your spinal alignment checked by a qualified and registered chiropractor?

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How to avoid neck pain and back pain

In the meantime, here are some things to think about:

  • You should adjust your seat so that your feet are flat on the ground or on a foot rest.
  • You should be sitting with your hips higher than your knees and your eyes level with the centre of the computer screen.
  • Relax when sitting into your chair, making sure you have your bottom against the seat back and your shoulder blades are touching the back-rest of the chair.
  • 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.
  • Make sure you take regular breaks. Never sit at the computer for more than 40 minutes. When you take a break, walk around and stretch a little.

Get Checked Out

If you have back or neck pain, or are just feeling a slight twinge somewhere, perhaps now is the time to have a comprehensive examination by our Principal Chiropractor at Lagos Health – we promise to advise you on all posture and pain-related issues. Find us online and follow us on Facebook and Twitter…but don’t spend more than two hours at a time doing it!

I’m In Pain. What Can I Do About My Bad Back…See A Chiropractor?

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Have you ever heard friends or family say, “My back’s playing up, I can’t do any gardening today!” or, “I can’t help you move those boxes, I’ve got a bad back!”

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“Ouch, I’ve got a bad back!”

A bad back is often an indication of a chronic, long-standing injury or a problem that was never detected or corrected when it first occurred. Often, “bad back” sufferers will experience repeated acute episodes.

The key to avoiding these episodes is to get to the source of the problem and not simply mask it with ‘over-the-counter’ medication or fool yourself into thinking that “it will go away”.

Why is it happening?

Often the cause of a bad back is not a major single incident, but a series of minor or micro-traumas that slowly accumulate and which will, over time, weaken the spine and connected tissues.

The normal curves of the spine are essential for shock absorption and normal biomechanical movement of our bodies. These curves can be lost or straightened over time as a result of the major and minor traumas we endure on a daily basis. This improper alignment places extra stress and pressure on the joints and discs in your spine.

Also, the surrounding ligaments that support the spine’s normal alignment can deform, resulting in the surrounding muscles over-reacting because of the increased demand…and giving you your ‘bad back’. These muscles are the ones that can get stiff and sore during or after our favourite activities, such as golf, sailing, surfing, gardening or walking.

All of these physiological changes can irritate the delicate nerve fibres located in and around the soft tissues of the spine, which then respond by sending messages of pain to our brain.

The reason it keeps re-occurring is often because the underlying cause is going undetected and uncorrected.

The good news is that a thorough examination from your chiropractor will often reveal the underlying cause. As chiropractors have studied and trained for more than four years to become qualified doctors, they are specialists in detecting and correcting vertebral misalignments and back pain. They are the REAL ‘spine experts’ and therefore have an excellent success rate in easing these chronic problems, so you never again have to give that age-old excuse of having a “bad back”.

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