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

High Heels – Are Your Shoes Causing Your Back Pain?

With Christmas just around the corner, thoughts turn to that perfect outfit. Wearing high heels can make you feel taller, glamorous, and fashionable. But are these benefits worth the painful consequences? High-heeled shoes significantly affect your body’s centre of gravity … 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

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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

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

Back Pain – What’s the Best Position to Sleep in?

For many suffering with lower back pain finding a comfortable sleeping position can be a challenge.  Supporting the injured structures at night can help to reduce the stress on the area. If you prefer to sleep on your side, try … Continue reading