Our Blog: Some Interesting Things

Back In Action. Experts in clinical chiropractic & remedial massage; local to Tewkesbury

NB: This is a blog of our personal opinions, and is provided as a brief overview of things we think you might find interesting.

  • BlogRSS

  • There is a lot of misinformation, and fear in relation to posture; but ultimately there is no such thing as a frankly “wrong posture”; or a “right posture” for that matter. What is most important is that you don’t maintain any one posture for too long. Having said that, there are variations of “relatively better posture” and “relatively worse posture” that people can use. The better the posture the better the bones and joints aligned, reducing fatigue, strain and overuse. More to the point though, the better the posture, the longer you can hold that one position before fatiguing, straining or overusing your muscles, ligaments and tendons. You can have textbook perfect posture… and still develop fatigue and pain after a couple of hours; or posture to make any therapist flinch and be happy there… for a few minutes.

    The best posture is your next posture; and keeping mobile is what your joints really want – it’s what they’re for after all!

    As a rule of thumb, we recommend against holding any one posture for more than 10 minutes at a time. Where that’s not practical (long car journey, board meeting etc) then take a break every hour; and use that break to return mobility to your joints (as opposed to sitting in a different chair).

     

    #Posture #Ergonomics #Chiropractic #Massage

     

    You can find out more here:                                                                                                                                                                                      

    http://www.physio-pedia.com/Posture

    https://www.physioadvisor.com.au/health/ergonomics/posture/

    Good Sitting Posture

    Good Standing Posture

    Read more ›

    Tension headache is a neurological disorder characterized by a predisposition to attacks of mild to moderate headache with few associated symptoms. This is the most common type of primary headache: its lifetime prevalence in the general population is estimated as up to 70-75%. The pain from tension headaches typically comes from muscle tension, often the muscles of chewing, or those which hold the head stable at the top of the neck. Consequently there is a large overlap between tension headaches and cervicogenic headaches; where the same headache could be correctly classified both ways simultaneously.

     

    #Headaches #Massage #Stress

     

    You can find out more here:
    www.nhs.uk/Conditions/headaches-tension-type/Pages/Introduction.aspx

    www.chiro-trust.org/headaches/tension-type-headaches/

    Tension headache

    Tension Headache

    Types of Headache

    Read more ›

    Whiplash, or acceleration / deceleration injury as it is also known, is injury to the neck, caused by a rapid forwards and backwards motion of the head. This occurs most commonly from a car accident, although can also be sustained through sports involving direct contact or a fall onto the head. Whiplash tends to be a very complicated injury, involving many different structures including muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, joints and the bones of the neck &/ shoulder; and can even involve the lower back.

     

    #Whiplash #Chiropractor #Massage

     

    You can find out more here:
    www.webmd.com/pain-management/guide/pain-management-whiplash

    www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/sport-injuries/upper-back-neck/whiplash

    www.chiro-trust.org/whiplash/brief-look-whiplash-injuries/

     

    Basic Symptoms of Whiplash

    Effects of Whiplash on X-Ray

    Read more ›

    First of all – what is meant by your Core Musculature? Well, this largely depends on who you ask. As physical therapists, we mean the deep muscles that stabilise your body, and allow other, larger muscles to create movement from a firm base – the foundations if you like. The 2 most important areas for this core stability are for the pelvic girdle and lower back; and for the shoulder girdle and neck (the subject of this post).

    As humans, we’re evolved originally to be 4 legged animals, with pillars (arms), our spine suspended from here by lower shoulder stabilisers (rhomboids, lower trapezius), and reinforced by bracing from below (clavicle). The lower shoulder stabilisers are therefore postural in nature and, in bipeds, provide stability of the shoulder girdle, for the arms and neck that use that as a base. This is doubly important as the clavicle provides stability at the front upper quadrant; whilst these muscles provide stability at the lower rear quadrant of the shoulder girdle; which is great for stability. However, most of us have poor strength and control here, as our bipedal posture prefers to use the upper trapezius and levator scapula muscles to resist the downwards pull of gravity, so that muscular stability comes from the upper upper quadrant, alongside the clavicle; whilst the core stabilisers waste away.

                                                                                                       

    #ShoulderStability #UpperCore #Chiropractic #Massage

     

    You can find out more here:

    https://www.physioadvisor.com.au/exercises/strengthening-joints/shoulder-blade/

    http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/rehabilitation-exercises/shoulder-exercises/wobble-board-for-shoulders

    Lower Shoulder Stabilisers, Core

    Wall Angels Lower Shoulder Stability

    Read more ›

    First of all – what is meant by your Core Musculature? And this largely depends on who you ask. As physical therapists, we mean the deep muscles that stabilise your body, and allow other, larger muscles to create movement from a firm base – the foundations if you like. The 2 most important areas for this core stability are for the shoulder girdle and neck; and for the pelvic girdle and lower back (the subject of this post).

    As humans, we stand upright, using our spine as a pillar, which needs to be supported to stay that way; that support largely comes from the deep intrinsic lumbar muscle group (especially multifidus) which tether each vertebra onto the one below, alongside the transverse abdominus muscle which acts more like a weight-lifter’s belt… that’s active, in the right place, and with you 100% of the time. Unfortunately, the deep intrinsic muscles are directly inhibited by pain in the lumbar or pelvic areas, and waste away quite quickly; it is also a muscle group for which you have no conscious control. Despite having no control over these muscles, they will contract alongside the transverse abdominus muscle; which is how you can go about strengthen and stabilising an unstable spine. Once you have that stability your lumbopelvis will move more efficiently, with less chance of injury, and if/when injured, should recover more quickly.

     

    #LumbarStability #Core #Chiropractic #Massage

     

    You can find out more here:

    https://www.physioadvisor.com.au/exercises/popular-programs/core-exercises/

    https://chiro-trust.org/back-pain/tried-back-pain/

    Deep Intrinsic Lumbar MusclesCore StabilityCore Stability

    Read more ›

    Facet syndrome is the irritation of the structures that form the facet joints – the small joints in the spine, which control movement. These can be irritated by pinching or stretching of the capsular ligaments which surround the joint, or as a result of local inflammation. Facet syndrome classically includes pain referred away from the location of the injury, which may follow typically pain referral patterns. Pain at the site of the facet is often a local, sharp sensation, whilst the referred pain is often duller and more diffuse. Stiffness or locking of the affected joint is a common sign, and the surrounding muscles may tense up, or even go into spasm, to protect the damaged joint.

     

    #ReferredPain #Chiropractor #Massage

     

    You can find out more here:
    www.physio-pedia.com/Facet_Joint_Syndrome

    chiro-trust.org/back-pain/what-is-facet-syndrome/

     

    Facet SyndromeFacet Syndrome Pain Referral

    Read more ›
    1 2 3 Next
Further Information on the Chiropractor and Massage Therapist in Tewkesbury      Our Blog - the information contained is our opinion, and does not consitute a diagnosis, or mscientific fact
Back In Action, Chiropractic and Massage in Tewkesbury    Aidan Barry and Alison Roux, Chiropractor and Massage Therapist in Tewkesbury    Chiropractor / Chiropractic Clinic in Tewkesbury    Clinical Massage, Remedial Massage, Therapeutic Massage in Tewkesbury    Price List and Opening Hours for Chiropractor and Masseuse in Tewkesbury    General Advice from Chiropractor in Tewkesbury    Contact Information for Chiropractor and Massage Therapist in Tewkesbury