Will You Be Stuck To the Sofa This Summer?

back care advice from chiropractor leigh on seaAhh, summer is such a wonderful season; long lazy days, relaxing weekends… it’s all about sand, sea and… sports!

If you’re a sporting fan then the perfect summer’s day probably involves you relaxing in front of the tele watching your favourite players battle it out against the rival competition. While the country goes “beach and barbeque crazy”, you’re more likely to be found fixated with the small screen schedule.

But while your sporting heroes may come out on top this summer, becoming a “seasonal couch potato” could mean your spine health may take a few knocks and blows.

Sitting incorrectly puts almost twice as much pressure on the back than when standing. Arif, one of our experienced team of chiropractors at our clinic near Leigh on Sea, warns that sitting for long periods of time could cause or worsen back pain. With 35% of people experiencing back pain after sitting for extended periods*, this common trigger is a real concern.

But it’s not all doom and gloom! By following our simple advice, you can enjoy watching all your favourite sports this summer without putting strain on your back:

1: Make sure that you change position every 20 minutes. It will significantly help your spine so stand up and move around regularly.

2: Use any mid-game breaks to do some light exercise. Instead of flicking through the TV channels during the 15 minute interval, get those back muscles moving by taking a walk round the block or even around the garden.

3: Avoid slouching and be mindful of your posture. If you’re sitting on a sofa, make sure you sit right back so that your spine rests against the back of the seat.

4:   Dehydration can contribute to muscle inflammation which is a major cause of back pain – so drink as much water as possible. If you’re partial to a beer (or three!) when you’re watching sports, drink plenty of water in between.

Small changes can make a big difference to your back health. It’s really worth following this advice – good health is the best goal you’ll ever score!


Don’t Turn Your Back on Back Health, Warns Leading Chiropractor in Southend

For many of the patients who visit Cliffs Chiropractor Southend, back pain is a long-standing nemesis. With some sufferers coming to us after years of battling with discomfort and pain, we are on a mission to help prevent back pain before it goes on to cause chronic problems.

But it seems that patients visiting our Southend chiropractor are not the only people who have left their back pain go untreated in the past. A recent study by the British Chiropractic Association reveals that a worrying 71% of people with back pain have been suffering for up to a decade! * What’s even more concerning is that many of those surveyed admitted to not taking positive measures to look after their backs.

As a leading chiropractor in Southend, we pride ourselves on working together with each of our patients to incorporate simple lifestyle changes to help prevent back conditions from developing and to aid the recovery of existing back problems. The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) is doing the same. Following the revelations from the study, the BCA is encouraging everyone to implement small steps into their day-to-day routines to lessen the risk of back and neck pain developing. And with a whopping 40% of those surveyed confessing to have never taken any regular measures to protect their backs (!)*, it seems like this advice is very much needed!

So how can you close the door on back pain before it becomes an unwelcome daily visitor?

Here are three simple and practical tips from our leading chiropractor in Southend.

1: Slouch means “ouch!” so sit up straight…

Relaxing and sitting comfortably doesn’t have to mean slumping into a damaging curve – quite the opposite, actually. When you sit down, make sure your bottom and your shoulder blades touch the seat back. Your hips should be higher than your knees with your feet resting flat on the floor.

When you’re driving, tilt the seat slightly backwards. This will create a comfortable driving angle and will allow your elbows to relax at the steering wheel.

2: Create a 30 minute movement rule…

Every 20 – 30 minutes, stretch, change your position and walk around for a few minutes. If your job makes it difficult to get away from your desk or workstation, gently massage the back of your head and neck while taking slow, deep breaths. These small daily actions will help prevent and reduce back pain by encouraging balance, flexibility and strength in the spine.

3: Drink more to do more…

Drinking plenty of water is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to keep healthy, so ditch those caffeine and sugar-rich drinks and get sipping that H20! An increase in your daily water intake is sure to boost your energy levels, so get moving too! Making small changes such as taking the stairs instead of the lift and walking to the shops instead of driving can make all the difference to back health.

Are you going to join us on our mission to get Britain back healthy?

To book an appointment with our dedicated team of chiropractors, contact Cliffs Chiropractor Southend on 01702 430430.

*Based on new consumer research by the British Chiropractic Association