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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.

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.

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.

 

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.

 

Mum Was Right…Sit Up Straight As It Helps Prevent All Sorts Of Things

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Remember when you were little, your mum was always telling you to “sit up straight”? As usual, mum was probably right, as research in America recently warned that bad things can happen to your body if you sit for too long.

High Blood Pressure

Prolonged sitting has been linked to high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol, and people with the most sedentary lifestyles are more than twice as likely to have cardiovascular disease than those with the least.

Dr Wen Oates DC MChiro of Lagos Health Chiropractic & Wellness Clinic in Portugal says, “If most of your sitting occurs at a desk, craning your neck forward towards the keyboard, or tilting your head to cradle a phone while typing, can strain the cervical vertebrae and lead to instabilities”.

Think Twice Before Stretching For That Cuppa

“Furthermore, spines that don’t move become inflexible and susceptible to damage in everyday activities, like reaching for a cup of tea or bending down to tie up shoelaces. When we move around”, says Dr Wen, “the soft discs between the vertebrae expand and contract like sponges, soaking up fresh blood and nutrients. When we sit for a long time, those soft discs are squashed unevenly and lose their sponginess”.

Always Listen To Your Mum…And Dr Wen!

So what can we do? Dr Wen suggests sitting on something wobbly (like one of those big fitness balls), or a backless stool to force your core muscles to work. “If you’re sitting in your home office, try not to lean forward, keep your shoulders relaxed, asit up straight to avoid back pain and other problemsnd keep your arms close to your sides with your elbows bent at about 90 degrees. Ensure your lower back is supported by your chair or use a rolled up towel to do the same job. But don’t sit for too long – stand up every half hour or so and walk about”.

If you’d like to find out more about chiropractic care for you or members of your family, look at our other website pages. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Can I exercise with my back and neck pain?

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The use of some type of physical therapy or exercise is integral to almost all forms of back and neck pain treatment. Sometimes physical therapy and exercise are the first lines of treatment, other times it may help manage chronic pain, or provide rehabilitation after surgery. But did you know that both gentle exercise and physical therapy play a vital role in relieving pain?

Physical therapy and exercise are perhaps the most mainstream of all non-surgical treatments for back pain and neck pain. And unlike other treatments (medication, injections, etc.), physical therapy can also help prevent and/or lessen future recurrences of back pain or neck pain. Below are a few steps you can take to get pain relief from incorporating physical therapy or another kind of exercise into your routine.

  1. Find the right type of help.

Depending on your condition, you may need a healthcare professional to help you develop an appropriate list of activities to engage in and to avoid, as well as to develop and instruct you on an appropriate exercise program.

Several different types of health professionals may provide physical therapy, including physical therapists, chiropractors, and physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians.

  1. Alleviate the acute pain before you begin to exercise.

When you’re in a lot of pain, the thought of active rehabilitation and exercise can be pretty daunting. one or a combination of the following passive pain-relieving techniques (modalities) may be used:

    Electrical stimulation (e.g. TENS units)
    Heat and/or cold therapy
    Ultrasound
    Massage therapy
    Manual manipulation

Other treatments may also be needed to sufficiently reduce your pain. All of the above therapies are designed with one goal in mind: providing enough pain relief to help you progress to an active exercise program.

  1. Get others in your camp.

The common belief is that to heal back problems, those who experience pain should refrain from physical activity. Consequently, many of your friends or family may encourage you to rest if the exercise is causing you to struggle. By explaining ahead of time, they can understand how active rehabilitation is best for managing your condition. If you want support or help, you can also ask them to join you or encourage you during your exercises.

This type of plan is encouraged here at Lagos Health Chiropractic clinic, as soon as the problem is under control, movement and exercise is encouraged and we will show you how and what to do for your particular case.

Any questions, or to book a consultation, please contact Lagos Health Chiropractic on +351 282 768 044.

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!”

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

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