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Why Choose Chiropractic For Neck Pain?

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Chiropractic restores mobility

Chiropractors use their hands to make spinal adjustments, along with massage, traction and exercise, to properly align the body’s musculoskeletal structure. These chiropractic adjustments restore mobility to joints, caused perhaps by falling over, a car accident, a sports injury or repetitive stress.

Study on Neck Pain

In a study published in the British Medical Journal, 183 patients with neck pain were randomly allocated either chiropractic treatment (with massage, exercise and education), physiotherapy (mainly exercise) or general practitioner care (drugs, counseling and education) in a 52-week study. The clinical outcome showed that chiropractic adjustments resulted in faster recovery than physiotherapy and general practitioner care.

See your Chiropractor for neck pain, if…

  • The pain or stiffness does not improve after a few days
  • You cannot look to the right or left without pain
  • You feel that you must use over-the-counter pain medication just to get through the day and are using it regularly to treat your neck pain
  • Your pain started in the neck, but has moved to numbness or tingling in your hands
  • Your neck pain is worse when you first wake up in the morning, but begins to feel a little better as the day progresses
  • You have frequent headaches associated with your neck pain

Chiropractic Help

Doctors of Chiropractic help people every day, naturally, without medication or surgery. If you would like to know whether chiropractic care could help you, please get in touch with us at Lagos Health Chiropractic Clinic.

Text Neck or Tech Neck: It’s Time To Be Careful

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We see them in restaurants waiting for their Cataplana de Peixe, in the coffee shops waiting for their Pastel de Nata and in the Finanças waiting to pay for something – people who seem inseparable from their mobile devices!

Heads down, shoulders hunched, you can see them, young and old, texting or scrolling through their messages on social media. Keeping the head and shoulders in this position for prolonged periods can lead to what is now commonly called ‘text neck’ (the Americans call it ‘tech neck’).

But what causes it and how can it be alleviated?

  • Pain In The Neck: One of the main signs of text neck is a stiff or aching neck, caused by spending too much time with the neck in a downward position while looking at the phone or laptop. We tell our patients to try to hold their phone in such a way so as they won’t be tilting their head down as much. Gentle neck stretches may also help.
  • Shouldering The Burden: In addition to neck pain, the other tell-tale sign is shoulder pain. Many people hunch their shoulders while holding onto their phone and texting. We suggest giving your shoulders a rest by stretching them out periodically and practicing gentle forward and backward shoulder rolls.
  • Headaches: Headaches can be common, either from tilting the head down to look at the phone display or having the head too far forward over the shoulders while reading from a tablet or laptop. Try to lift your phone up to eye level or re-adjust your sitting position.

Chiropractic care has long been proven to help relieve neck pain, shoulder pain and headaches. If you’re in pain, come and see us at Lagos Health Chiropractic…we’re in the big, pink building just across the road from the Lidl Supermarket in Lagos. Or call us on +351 282 768 044.

Chiropractic Care of the Upper Back

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There are many sources of dysfunction in the upper back (thoracic spine), especially when we consider the numerous joints and the interlacing of muscles that comprise the thoracic spine and rib cage.

Thoracic Spine

The mid and upper back is known as the thoracic spine. It’s the largest portion of the spine, consisting of 12 of the 24 spinal bones (vertebrae). By comparison, the neck (the cervical spine) has 7 vertebrae, while the lower back (the lumbar spine) has 5 vertebrae. All of the thoracic vertebrae are connected to your ribs by cartilage and together protect the thorax – hence the name, thoracic spine.

Muscles

In addition to the many joints and bones that comprise the thoracic spine, there’s also a network of interwoven and layered muscles that stabilize and move the spine, aid in respiration and allow you to move your shoulders and arms. Therefore, if one muscle or joint becomes injured or inflamed, it can lead to a great deal of pain and discomfort.

Upper Back Pain

Upper-back pain is a phenomenon that affects all age groups. Yet, while common, it seems to receive far less attention than neck pain and lower back pain. Furthermore, there’s less research carried out on the identification and treatment of mid- and upper-back pain compared to that of the neck and lower back.

However, you’ll be pleased to hear that chiropractors know all about upper back pain, so if you’re suffering at the moment, call +351 282 768 044 or pop in and see us. We’re next door to the coffee shop in the big pink building on the other side of the Lidl roundabout in Lagos.

Happy New Year and a Happy New You…with Good Posture

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What does good posture mean to you? Head up, shoulders back, chest out? Along with your bottom tucked under and a mild tightening of your abdominals, your mum was probably right when she nagged you about standing up straight.

Prevent back and neck pain

Your posture plays a key role in your spinal health, helping to prevent back and neck pain and even injuries to spinal structures. In any event, even 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 be consciously or subconsciously adopting an unnatural posture to try to limit movements that you fear will create potential pain. Unless there’s a fracture or other serious problem, try not to take on an unnatural or stiff posture.

Warning signs of poor posture

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

  • Back pain that’s 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’s experienced with a new bed, a new sofa or a new car

If you’re experiencing any of these warning signs, take note of your posture and seek professional help. At Lagos Health Chiropractic Clinic we can identify and treat your problem and advise you on the best way to manage any symptoms. Call us on +351 282 768 044.

Happy New Year…and a Happy New You!

The Chiropractic Care Christmas Alphabet

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Dickie Valentine sang about something similar in the 1950’s. If you remember the tune, you can sing along…you’ll notice that we’ve changed the words a bit!

C is for your Chiropractor, sorting out your ills,

H is for the Headaches that come from taking pills.

R is for your Reflexes that Doctor Wen will test,

I is for Impingement of your nerves that mean that you move less.

S is for your Spine and vital Spinal cord,

T is for the Treatment that to miss, you can’t afford. 

M is for your Muscles that you pull and stretch and strain, 

A is for the Aches that give excruciating pain. 

S is for old Santa who’ll need Doctor Wen’s support, after sliding down the chimney on December 24th.

As you know, chiropractic care has been proven to help with all types of musculoskeletal pain, including low back pain, neck pain and shoulder pain, so make it a New Year’s Resolution to come and see us at Lagos Health. Remember, it’s important to take good care of your spine because it supports your weight, holds you upright, allows movements in your body and, most importantly, protects your spinal cord and nerves.

Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year from Dr Wen and her team at Lagos Health Chiropractic.

Backpacks…And How To Prevent Back Pain In Children

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Summer 2017 was the busiest ever at Lagos Health Chiropractic…Dr Wen and her team helped more holidaymakers with back and neck pain than ever before. We also saw plenty of golfers struggling with shoulder and elbow pain.

Heading into autumn, we will certainly see more golfers…and probably a few school children walking through our door!

Avoid heavy backpacks to prevent back pain in children

The cause of pain for the children often comes from overloaded backpacks. Although the back is pretty good at compensating for any load applied to it for an extended period of time, extra-heavy backpacks can:

  • Distort the natural curves in your child’s middle and lower backs, causing muscle strain and irritation to the spine joints and rib cage.
  • Pull on the neck muscles, contributing to headaches, shoulder pain, lower back pain and/or neck and arm pain.

Remember too that carrying backpacks over one shoulder will make your child’s muscles strain to compensate for the uneven weight. The spine leans to the opposite side, putting extra stress on the middle and lower back more on one side than the other, leading to muscle strain, muscle spasm and back pain.

So here are a couple of tips to help prevent pain:

  • Always use both shoulder straps and wear the backpack on the back, rather than over one shoulder.
  • Lift the backpack by using the leg muscles, not by bending over with arms extended.
  • Do not lean forward when walking. If you have to, there is too much weight in the backpack.

If your youngster comes home from school complaining of back pain, come and see us at Lagos Health Chiropractic…we’re in the big, pink building by the Lidl supermarket in Lagos. Or call us on +351 282 768 044.

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!

 

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).

 

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.

 

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