Spring Brings – Changes at Maple Leaf

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Over the last few weeks we have been busy improving our reception area. We have invested in a lovely big Poster Display Unit which has all our Notices and our Monthly Education Theme. 

Notices and Monthly Education Theme

Notices and Monthly Education Theme

 

 

 

On the opposite wall a TV for our rolling presentation with tons of interesting information and lots of top tips for living the Wellness Lifestyle.

Educational Presentations

Educational Presentations

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Tim and Emma

Tim and Emma showing off their new kit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also have our new snappy new TEAM KIT to show off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which Selma and Tim have also been wearing at our Community Events. Like this Posture Screening at Purford Golf Club.

Selma & Tim at Posture Screening event

Selma & Tim at recent Posture Screening event

iPad Tips: Avoiding Neck, Back and Hand Pain

Mind the lap

Mind the Lap

Having the tablet on your lap means you really have to drop your head forward. This massively increases the load of all the structures in the neck. If you normally have a good posture you will notice discomfort and then pain within minutes of adopting this position. If you can do this for extended periods there is a good chance that you have been doing this type of activity for a while and that your body has already started to adapt. “Yay!” I hear you say. Unfortunately, this is not good, as these adaptations are actually the start of deformations in the neck muscles, discs and bones. This will progress to wear and tear arthritis.

Lift the tablet off your lap, if at all possible, and onto a table. This will immediately decrease the load on your neck and upper back.

Shift and move, wriggle and shuffle

In each of your joints are little position and movement sensors called mechanoreceptors. They tell the brain where each joint is in space and how it is moving. The highest density of these little sensors are in the spine (and within the spine the neck has the most out of any area in the body!). When you adopt a posture or sitting position, after a while you’ll get sensations telling you to move. Listen to these “voices”: shuffle, shift, fidget and move.

It’s when we are engrossed in a task and ignore these healthy signals that we start doing damage. This “soft trauma” is a major cause of visits to my chiropractic clinic.

If you aren’t that “body aware” then a general rule is to shift your position every 15 minutes.

Use a stand

Many tablet cases or covers have built in stands. Ideally these should have a few settings to allow for multiple angles so you can adjust for table height and seat set up. Propping the tablet up decreases the “looking down” posture and can also help with glare.

Use a keyboard

Tablets were designed for multi-media interaction not for word processing. If you’ve ever tried to do lots of typing on an iPad you will know what I’m talking about. The keypad is small and wrists and fingers are put in awkward positions when tapping the screen. The device also has to be quite flat, again, making you look down. I quickly realised that using my iPad for even short letters or reports was not going to work. I bought a Bluetooth keyboard (for about £40) which allowed me to: 1) prop the iPad up to improve my neck angle and 2) type without my fingers and wrists getting sore and tired. Some tablets have an add-on Keyboard-Stand that makes the device feel more like a small laptop and sorts out the 2 above problems, in one.

Laptop Typewriter

I hope these tips help you decrease your aches and pains. They will certainly help your overall spinal health.

If you have any questions or comments please use the boxes bellow.

Thanks

Tim Wood    (Doctor of Chiropractic & Wellness Physiologist)

Training for the Marathon?

Calling all Marathon Runners

Have you got a place in next years London Marathon?  Congratulations if you did! If you didn’t, have you signed up for a different race around marathon season?

Injuries are very common in marathon training

Injuries are very common in marathon training

Hopefully you would have started your basic training but don’t get too excited and do too much too soon. You should be thinking of starting your officially training in early December. Hopefully getting through the tough Christmas period and staying on track. Marathon training can be very tough, not just for first timers. A seasoned pro may have developed imbalances or niggling injuries from underlying mechanical problems

Unfortunately the injury rate in marathon training is extremely high. This is usually due to over training or underlying weakness or injury.

 

Now is the perfect time to come in and see our Sports Rehabilitation Specialist for pre-hab assessment to identify any weakness/imbalances you may have …. and improve them before it’s to late!

The best way to make sure you reach your goal and finish the Marathon is to get to the start line without injuries.

Pre-hab assessment involves :

  • functional movement screening,
  • muscle testing
  • video running analysis.
  • Identifying any minor or major challenges to running long distance,
  • recommendations around exercises and training schedule
  • Options and ways to correct or minimise problems.

Call Maple Leaf on 01932-820 400 to book your Assessment with Emma Manaton.  Allow 30 minutes for the regular screen and 1 hour if you also want to have the running analysis (Please bear in mind that video can only be done during daylight hours).

“Flip Flops” – Fun in the Sun but not for your Feet

By Emma Manaton

The summer is well upon us which means good weather (hopefully), BBQ’s, holidays and a chance to release our toes from the imprisonment of footwear of the winter months!

But are flip flops best thing for our feet?

Flip Flops Feel Fun Fail your Feet

Flip Flops Feel Fun but Fail your Feet

Although lovely to feel our feet are free, this can also lead to a few problems. Flips flops are generally made from thin flat plastic with no additional heel or arch support. Often requiring you to grip with your toes to keep the flip flop on your foot. This is a drastic change from the footwear you have been wearing all winter. This can cause added stress and excessive motion to your foot, when it’s used to being much more supported. This can give you problems like calf tightness, heel or Achilles pain, plantar fasciitis (sole of foot) and shin pain.

Now I’m not saying NEVER wear your flip flops and keep your toes locked up forever. By all means set your toes free but if your going for a walk or know you will be walking a lot that day. Think about wearing more supportive footwear (think trainers or more comfy sandals with a strap at the back) and save yourself an injury!

If you are suffering from any of these, maybe it’s time to address your footwear and if it still persists give us a call and get checked out?

Mainstream medical approach to Low Back Pain = Placebo

A study just published in the prestigious Lancet journal: Efficacy of paracetamol for acute low-back pain: a double-blind, randomised controlled trial shows that the standard medical approach for Low Back pain is no better than a sugar pill.

Surprised?

Not really.

The vast majority of back pain is mechanical in nature. That is, faulty vertebral alignment and joint movement cause injury to structures in and around the vertebra (muscles, discs, capsule, cartilage, ligament, tendon and nerve).

So, how in the name of all things logical will a there be a chemical solution to a mechanical problem?

Yes, drugs may interfere with the perception and transmission of pain signals and this may diminish pain for a while or make it bearable. But it will NEVER speed up or aid the healing process. At the very best the body does all it can to heal up around the faulty system, this still leaves the original problem and you are still vulnerable to the same injury. More likely, you continue to have repeated minor injuries, stay in low grade back pain until something completely fails and you become a surgical candidate.

This is not new information. Medical doctors have chosen to ignore this and continued to prescribe a nonsensical approach. That is: taking away the pain temporarily fixes the problem. Would taking the batteries out of a fire alarm take away the fire? Of course not, that’s ridiculous! But this is exactly what pain killers like paracetamol do, dull your alarm system.

It may be easy to swallow but the evidence isn't

It may be easy to swallow but the evidence isn’t

Why not choose an approach that addresses the mechanical problem and allows the body to heal up around an aligned, well functioning joint? Chiropractors have been serving millions of people worldwide with this kind of approach – for over 100 years – without drugs and surgery! It’s your health and your choice.

(If you know someone who regularly takes painkillers like paracetamol, please send them this article, there are other options)