Chiropractic Awareness Week. Keep Back Pain At Bay – Keep Moving!!

New research finds increasing numbers of people in the North West are suffering from back and neck pain New research released to mark Chiropractic Awareness Week (9 – 15 April), has found that more than two fifths (46%) of people in the North West are currently experiencing back or neck pain, a 13% increase on 2017. The … Continue reading

Spring has Sprung! – How to look after your body after winter hibernation, when you get exercising again.

A lot of us will be out and about on these lovely spring days, whether that’s on bicycles, jogging, picking daffodils or even Easter egg hunting! So here are some tips to help ease you back into exercise: When bending … 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

Making the “Transition”

n this article we will discuss: What are transitional Zones? Why do these areas produce pain? Where do these areas cause pain?   What are transitional zones? The transitional zones of the spine are junctions at which the 4 main … Continue reading

Low Back Pain – Some Common Causes

A lot of patient’s consult us with generalised lower back pain of varying intensity and duration. As primary health care officials are primary job is to determine the cause of your lower back pain. Hopefully in this article I will … 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

Avoiding Back Pain – Summer Holidays

Whether you’re holidaying here in blighty or heading further afield, you don’t want back pain to spoil your trip. We have put together a few tips to help you avoid any unnecessary injuries this summer. Pack Wisely Buy the lightest … 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

How To Avoid Back Pain When Camping

With the summer holidays looming and the festival season upon us, it’s that time again to grab the tent and pack up the car. For the majority of us, camping means exploring the great outdoors and getting close to nature. … Continue reading

Back and Neck Pain – Advice on Driving Postion

Whether it’s the daily commute to work or an extended road trip, the miles start to accumulate putting stress on the neck and the upper and lower back. Adjusting the driver’s seat to the perfect position can enhance both the … Continue reading

Choosing the Best Mattress for Lower Back Pain

We all come in different weights, shapes and sizes, but have one thing in common; we spend more than a third of our lives in bed. For sufferers of back pain sleeping on the wrong mattress can cause or even … Continue reading

Back pain – Advice on lifting

One of the commonest causes of back injury is handling of lifting objects incorrectly. Learning and following the correct technique for handling and lifting can help to prevent injury and avoid back pain. Think before you lift. Plan where the … Continue reading

Back Pain in Golfers

Many high profile professional golfers, such as Lee Westwood suffer from back pain, despite being physically fit and having excellent swing mechanics.  The amateur player may in fact be more at risk than the professionals.  Poor technique, inadequate stretching prior … Continue reading

Avoiding Back Pain when Gardening

As the weather starts to warm up (hopefully!), we spend a considerable amount of time and money on our gardens. Back problems can make gardening a painful experience. By following a few of these simple rules you can make gardening … Continue reading

What is Sciatica?

“I have sciatica!” Three words I commonly hear from patients in my clinic suffering with lower back and/or leg pain. What many don’t realise is that sciatica is actually a symptom and not a medical condition in its own right; … Continue reading

Back and Pelvic Pain during Pregnancy

Many expectant mothers will develop back and/or pelvic pain during pregnancy. Pain during pregnancy can start from as early as the first trimester and during this time hormonal changes start to have an effect. The release of the hormone relaxin … Continue reading