Achoo! Hay fever bothering you? Try this Herbal remedy suggested by Melanie at Cliffs Chiropractor Southend

Achoo! Hay fever bothering you? Then you are not alone!

Hay fever has become more common worldwide than ever before, particularly among children and young adults. Among all ages, one in five people now gets hay fever. There are many natural remedies but here are my (Melanie’s) top tips.

All of these are best started before symptoms start.

1. Eating local honey has a reputation for desensitising the body to local pollen. Although there is no scientific evidence this works people have sworn by this remedy for many years. Make sure it is local and unprocessed.
2. Make a tea from the following herbs. A small handful steeped in boiling water for a few minutes and sipped regularly will help.
a. Lemon balm, chamomile, nettles or feverfew all have anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory properties.
b. Elderflower tones the lining of the nose and helps desensitise it to allergens.
3. Take immune stimulants such as Echinacea or Siberian ginseng.
4. Take a supplement of vitamin C with bioflavonoids. These can prevent the formation of histamine. Foods rich in the bioflavonoid quercetin include onions, garlic and cayenne peppers. The recommended dose for vitamin C is 2,000-3,000mg per day in divided doses.
5. Omega 3 fatty acids can ease allergic symptoms. Flaxseed oil and fish oils taken as capsules daily are the best way to ensure an adequate intake.
6. Inhaling peppermint oil may help you breathe more easily.
7. Cutting out cows’ milk products is often helpful. These are mucous forming in the body.
8. Finally here is a simple home remedy for alleviating the symptoms.

Salt Wash
Make a solution by adding half a teaspoon of salt to a quarter litre of warm water. You can also make a herbal tea and add the salt to that. The best ones would be those in point 2 above. Put the solution into an eyedropper or syringe. To use turn your head to one side and lower it over the sink. Keeping your forehead slightly higher than your chin, gently pour the solution into your upper nostril. The solution will drain out of your other nostril. Some of it may run down your throat so don’t breathe whilst you are doing this. This form of irrigation helps flush out pollens and thins the mucous making it easier to expel.

Melanie focuses on taking a holistic approach to all her patients and can combine chiropractic, medical acupuncture and herbalism if patients so wish.

Why not make an appointment with Melanie to find out if she can get you back up and running as soon as possible. You can contact us at Cliffs Chiropractor Southend on 01702 430430.

It’s not just sunburn that can hurt your back this summer suggests Cliffs Chiropractor Southend

Whilst most people have learnt that slapping on the suntan lotion is a good thing to do before spending time lounging in the sun, most people are unaware of the impact that lying or sitting for long periods can have on their back.

If you’re planning some R&R in the sun this summer, here are our top tips to keep your back safe:

• Take a break from sitting or lying every 20 – 30 minutes. Stand up and move around – include a few simple stretches too.
• If you’re planning on reading on your lounger, put your book/ipad/kindle on the floor and read over the edge of the lounger. Placing a small pillow under your lower abdomen will help you avoid arching your back and neck upwards and causing unnecessary strain. You may want to consider listening to audio books!
• Keep hydrated and drink plenty of water
• If you do decide to get active and play some outdoor games remember to warm up before getting too strenuous!

Why not incorporate a great and simple exercise programme into your daily routine that will improve your posture and help reduce the risk of back pain. The Straighten Up UK  programme put together by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) for all ages.

If you are suffering from back or neck pain or if you have any other concerns please get in touch with us as we offer a lot of help and advice to get you back up and running as soon as possible. You can contact us at Cliffs Chiropractor Southend on 01702 430430.

30+ and male – watch your back advises Cliffs Chiropractor Southend

Consumer research undertaken by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) earlier this year revealed that many men will start to experience back pain at around 37!

The BCA findings have also found that 82% of men in the UK expressed that they have or have suffered back and neck pain. This number has risen from 75% a year ago.*

Almost half (47%)of men claimed that moving heavy objects is a top trigger for causing back and neck pain, 41% admitted they do nothing to proactively care for their backs.

The impact of back and neck pain

As an experienced team of chiropractors in Southend, we see first-hand the impact that back and neck pain has on our patients’ lives. It can be significant from affecting their ability to work, lifestyle and overall health

How can you protect your back and neck?

We are passionate about helping people be pain free here at Cliffs Chiropractor Southend and we have included basic advice to help you keep your back and neck safe when performing the most common problematic activities.

Lifting & Lowering:
When lifting a heavy object, or even your kids, remember to bend your knees. Avoid bending from your waist as this increases the stress on your lower back.
Putting an object down can often lead to as many problems as lifting. Whenever possible put objects down onto a surface at waist height rather than on the floor.

Carrying:
To reduce the strain on your back and neck keep objects you are carrying as close to your body as possible.

Sitting:
Whether you’re sitting on the sofa watching TV, using your laptop or sitting at your desk, being mindful of the way you’re sitting is really important. Always make sure you are sitting comfortably with good back support at the base of the chair. Check your head position – your head needs to be directly over your body to reduce the strain on your neck and back.

Finally, it is important to keep active. Move around and changing position every 20 to 30 minutes. Taking regular exercise can be beneficial but you want to be mindful of the exercise you are taking and ease yourself in gradually to any new form of activity. Remember that high endurance based activities can put your body under huge amounts of stress.

If you are suffering from back or neck pain or if you have any other concerns please get in touch with us as we offer a lot of help and advice to get you back up and running as soon as possible. You can contact us at Cliffs Chiropractor Southend on 01702 430430.
* Consumer research conducted 07.01.2015 to 20.01.2015 on behalf of the British Chiropractic Association (BCA). Sample – 2,127 UK adults of which 908 were men between the ages of 16 and 55+. 2014 figure taken from the BCA’s 2014 consumer research of a sample of 956 men.