Getting stressed out!!

Stress and how it affects our necks and backs:   There’s no question that tension and stress can manifest itself in the body. Whether it’s a headache or tight muscles, psychological factors can take a toll on our physical body. … Continue reading

Going anywhere nice this year?……

Flying away this winter?   How to look after your back when you are flying:   Whether you’re flying abroad this winter for a sunny escape or for a skiing trip here are some tips of how you can look … Continue reading

Vitamin D- Taking care of our bones, teeth and muscles.

Vitamin D is an important vitamin that keeps our bones, teeth and muscles strong and healthy. It is made in our bodies through the help of sunlight and sourced from certain foods. A lack of vitamin D can lead to bone deformities … Continue reading

Giving a Thumbs Up?

Text Thumb- A modern day problem on the rise.   Repetitive strain injury of the thumb better known as ‘text thumb’ is on the rise. As we spend more time on our mobiles phones and other tablet devices, we increase the … Continue reading

Digital detox- Part 2

Digital Detox Part 2- The Blue Light Hazard!   Modern society is becoming increasingly reliant and addicted to the benefits and lures of digital devices of all forms, but as with all good things, there are downsides.  In this series … Continue reading

Off to a Tee!

Golf is hard, let’s make it easier.   Tour golfers are surrounded by a team of professionals whose aim is to ensure that they achieve the optimal performance and as the Olympic cycling team showed, incremental improvements add up to … Continue reading

Massage for Body AND Mind

Massage Therapy is more than just relaxing ‘me’ time and often gets misconstrued as a pamper treatment rather than something that aides physical and emotional well-being. Its not thought of as anything medical at all or related to anything medical, … Continue reading

Digital Detox Part 1- Tech Neck!

Modern society is becoming increasingly reliant and addicted to the benefits and lures of digital devices of all forms, but as with all good things, there are downsides. In this series articles I will cover the health issues surrounding our … Continue reading

Wear and Tear…..

Is ‘wear and tear’ causing my back pain? At the clinic we often see people coming to our clinic in pain stating that they have been told that ‘it is due to their age’ or ‘wear and tear’. In this … Continue reading

Summers Here!!

As plants blossom and grow, hanging baskets become laden and the demand for water is incessant, keeping on top of your garden becomes an increasingly physical affair.   Here at Harding Chiropractic we have put together a few tips that … Continue reading

Getting to the Core…..

Over the past few years core stability training has exploded and became its own entity entirely. Many discussions are now held regarding the importance of core stability. Due to this I am going to construct a series of weekly articles … Continue reading

The Shoulder: Part 2.

By Associate Chiropractor Drew Smy   In this article I will discuss: The structure of the Shoulder Blade (Scapula). The function of the Scapula How Scapula dysfunction can lead to injury How to rehabilitate or prevent scapular dysfunction   Structure … Continue reading

Preventing Back Pain – Tips For Choosing A School Bag

Each school year millions of children walk to, from, and around school carrying backpacks filled with books and materials. Parents should be aware that overly stressing the back with a heavy backpack could cause back pain in their child.   … Continue reading

How Your Home Could Be Causing Your Back Pain

Whether its cleaning, tidying, washing or sweeping, at some point while undertaking general maintenance of your home you will suffer from back pain and stress caused to muscles by lifting, bending and twisting. Below are some common injuries caused in … Continue reading

10 Surprising Causes Of Back Pain

Back pain is the most common cause of people having to take time off work and is the second most common ailment that GPs see in their surgeries, with the NHS spending around £1 billion on the condition. Many people … Continue reading

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Back Pain – A Sofa to Relax on

Over the years, sofas start to lose their support which increases pressure on your spine and back muscles as they work harder to keep you upright and aligned as you sink into those soft, un-supportive cushions. If your sofa is causing you more discomfort than pleasure and are in the market for an upgrade, consider the following points when out shopping to ensure you sofa is comfortable, supportive and sustainable.

advice-comfort-chair-supportSofas can often be too deep, ideally you should be sat with the back of your knees resting on the front edge with your feet flat on the floor. If your feet do not sit comfortably on the floor with your back resting on the back of the sofa if might be that the sofa was designed with longer legs in mind. Put a cushion behind your back, you want to be sat in an ‘L’ shape rather than the common ‘C’ posture which will put stress on the muscles.

sittingRather than sitting on the fleshy part of your bottom, sit more on the boney part and then try and relax the muscles in your back. When you sit rigidly upright, the muscles in your back are still contracting and working. For this reason, healthcare professionals commonly recommend reclining sofas. This way, you can take the weight off your back and rest the spine.

The advantages of reclining sofas

reclinerAs mentioned above, reclining sofas will take the weight off your back and allow your spine to rest. As well as this however, they also can increase the flow of blood to your heart and when elevated can decrease inflammation in the legs. A semi-reclined position will also assist with medical conditions related to difficulties with breathing such as sleep apnoea and snoring. For more advice on the best sleeping positions, see our related post here.

The firmness of the cushion is down to personal choice as long as it is going to support your upper and lower back. Sit on it, stand up and notice how it makes you feel. Do you feel comfortable as well as supported? Is your back telling you something? For further advice on sitting postures when sitting at a desk, click here now.

For more advice on back, neck and shoulder pain and if you wish you make an appointment to see us, contact us on 01244 880186

Using a Laptop – Tips for Maintaining a Good Posture

We covered ideal desk posture when using a desktop computer in a previous post, but due to low prices and an increase in home working, laptops are everywhere and using them can lead to stresses and strains on the body. … Continue reading

Neck and Back Pain – Advice on Pillows

A good pillow should provide you with two things; comfort and support. It should improve the quality and aid in a good night’s sleep, as well as maintain a good posture ensuring your head, neck and spine remain aligned preventing … Continue reading

Headaches and Chiropractic

Headaches are so common that almost everyone takes the odd one now and again for granted, but you may be suffering more than you can cope with. What do you do when you suffer from a pounding headache? Do you … Continue reading