A Horse will often need certain treatments. We work with common TMJ problems from chewing or effects from using the Bit in their mouths. Equine with a limp, digestion problems, eyes that weep or has constant tears is an indicator that they need our immediate attention.
A lack of exercise is your worst enemy. Regular exercise is essential as the more fit and flexible you are, the less likely you are to injure yourself. Simple activities such as stretching and shoulder shrugging can all help to keep your back in line. Do not sit for prolonged periods.
Face the direction in which you want to carry the weight and always lift using a relaxed, straight back. Make sure your legs are at least your hips’ width apart with the knees bent. Keep your head and shoulders directly above your waist and keep the weight you are carrying as close to you as possible – avoid twisting.
Try and adopt a sleeping position which creates less physical stress on the back first thing in the morning. For example, lay on your side and not on your front with your neck twisted. When you wake up, try some gentle stretches, such as drawing your knees to your chest, before getting out of bed.
Always take the time to adjust your chair, particularly if you share your computer with others. Your seat should be adjusted so that your feet are flat on the ground, your knees bent 90, eyes at bottom of the computer screen. You may need to put the screen on a stand. This ensures slight elevation of chin while viewing center of the screen.
If you share a car, make sure the seat position is adjusted to suit you each time you get in. The back of the seat should be set slightly backwards, so that it feels natural and your elbows should be at a comfortable and relaxed angle for driving, most importantly that you head is resting against the head rest. This decreases the chances of injury if you are in a collision. It also decreases the amount tension from hunching forwards.
Gardening is like any other exercise; you need to warm up first. Don’t go straight into heavy garden work; start off with lighter jobs as this will lessen the chance of muscle strain.
If you need to use a ladder, make sure you are always facing it and move the ladder regularly, rather than leaning to reach your goal. Always keep your shoulders, hips and knees pointing in the same direction.
The lighter you keep your bag the better, especially if you have to carry it about all day. Check the contents of your bag(s) each day and only carry those items you need for the day ahead – it is surprising how many people carry unnecessary weight in their bags.
Bras are like suspension bridges, you need a well-engineered bra so your shoulders don’t take all of the strain and end up doing all of the work; spreading the load is important. Bras that don’t fit will affect the shoulders and chest and may cause back pain as you get older. It is also important to make sure a bra gives you enough support as possible. Regular changes in bra brands/style is recommended to decrease the amount of stress across the same spinal level.
If you've noticed one of your shoulders is higher/lower than the other, you may be showing early signs of Scoliosis.
Women experience an increase in lumbar curving during pregnancy due to the increased weight being carried out in front. This puts more pressure on some of the joints of the spine, causing discomfort and, for some women, pain.
Chiropractic is very useful during Pregnancy...
Did you know the "Leopold’s Manoeuvre" is an Obstetrician technique (also used by Chiropractors) used to help the placement of the baby. This allows for an easier delivery, especially when they are in breech position.
Did you know that new born babies benefit from Chiropractic also?
Overlapped cranial bones are gently adjusted into proper positions to allow better brain development.
A new born neck adjustments are done with the activator instrument, or our "pinkie" or little fingers also help realignment. This is only done with the same light pressure as you would check a tomato for ripeness.
An easy home check to see if your baby needs alignment is determined by the ability to breastfeed equally as well from either breast, if not, they are likely to have a neck injury from childbirth.
Chiropractors are trained in using manipulation to free stiff or restricted joints. This can also be called ‘adjustments’ or ‘manual therapy’. Manipulation involves the chiropractor using their hands to apply quick, precise thrusts to the restricted joints. During manipulation there may be popping sounds (similar to the ‘crack’ heard when people flex their knuckles). This is quite harmless, and has no correlation with arthritis. It is just the sound of nitrogen gas.
Treatment may also include deep tissue acupressure, stretching, electrotherapy and the gradual moving of joints (‘mobilisation’). Some chiropractors use medical acupuncture techniques, while others may use a hand-held instrument called an ‘activator’ to manipulate joints.
Self-help advice and rehabilitative care form an important part of chiropractic treatment. You will be given advice on how to manage your condition and prevent it from recurring. This may involve the application of ice or heat to reduce pain and inflammation, and advice on activity, posture and exercises you can do at home.
Chiropractic treatment often takes place over a number of weeks, particularly if you have had the problem for a long time. Your chiropractor will discuss your programme of care with you, which will usually involve a series of treatments being given at defined intervals.