Parents at risk from back and neck pain. North London Chiropractor offers some advice to avoid injuries

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 02:04 Written by Dylan Paydar Tuesday, 7 May 2013 01:58

low back pain treated at Muswell Hill Chiropractic ClinicAccording to recent consumer research commissioned by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA), 79% of the UK population has suffered from some form of back/neck pain at some point in their lives with 61% of these people being parents. Over half of these parents (55%) responded that their back or neck pain had prevented them from lifting or carrying their child.

As a Chiropractor in North London, I see patients on a daily basis suffering from back or neck pain and am not surprised with these findings. However, it is upsetting to see the effects that back and neck pain has on parents’ ability to undertake day to day activities such as lifting their child, picking up their toys and for some even playing with their children becomes impossible.

Here are some tips to ensure you keep your back safe when carrying out the following that as a parent you’re probably doing on a daily basis.

Carrying your baby or toddler

  • Make sure you carry your baby as close to your centre of gravity as possible. Using a carrier or sling will help with this.
  • Always make sure that your baby’s weight is distributed evenly. If you’re using a carrier then select one which criss-crosses at the back which will help.
  • As your child grows and becomes heavier, encourage them to do more for themselves such as getting into their car seat.

Putting your baby in the car

  • Hold your baby as close to you as possible before reaching into the car.
  • Make sure to keep your back straight and only bend your knees when you are as close as you can be to the car seat. At this stage you can reach out to put your baby into the seat.
  • Avoid over reaching into the car while holding your baby and avoid bending from the waist. These two put too much strain on your back.

Playing with your child 

  • Always get down to your child’s level without bending over.
  • If you are kneeling then make sure your back is straight. However, you want to avoid kneeling for too long as it will put a lot of pressure on your knees.
  • Use a cushion if you are going to sit on the floor to help support your back and keep it straight.
  • Remember to keep changing positions regularly.

If you are suffering from back or neck pain then why not visit us at Muswell Hill Chiropractic Clinic and get some help from our chiropractors.

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Never Visited A Chiropractor Before? This 1:04 Min Video will give you an idea of what to expect

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 March 2013 05:47 Written by Dylan Paydar Monday, 18 March 2013 02:06

Chiropractic Visit at Muswell Hill Chiropractic ClinicVisiting a Chiropractor for the first time can be a bit of a nervous time for some patients. People might have preconceived ideas as to what may be involved.

The vast majority of our patients at Muswell Hill Chiropractic Clinic are pleasantly surprised with their experience and, after they have received the results of their examination, leave encouraged that they have a clear understanding of their condition and a recommended way to proceed.

As a new patient at Muswell Hill Chiropractic you can expect to receive a very thorough consultation and examination when you first visit us.

We’ll start by getting to know you, your health and the reasons you are seeking chiropractic care.

You may feel some of the questions are irrelevant but as an experienced chiropractor I can assure you that they are extremely important for me to establish your overall health picture.

If I believe that chiropractic care is not suitable for you then I will refer you to the appropriate medical profession, be it your GP or relevant specialist.

As a registered chiropractor and a member of the British Chiropractic Association, I have included a video that the BCA has put together that will give you a very good idea as to what to expect when you visit a registered chiropractor such as myself at Muswell Hill Chiropractic Clinic.

It runs for 1:04 and you can view it here.

If you have any questions prior to your visit to our clinic then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Dylan Paydar at Muswell Hill Chiropractic Clinic

Committed to improving the health and well-being of people in North London
Including Muswell Hill, Finchley, Highgate, Crouch End and Southgate

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Back Pain – it could be your mattress. Dylan Paydar from Muswell Hill Chiropractic Clinic in North London offers this advice

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 January 2013 11:58 Written by Dylan Paydar Tuesday, 22 January 2013 11:53

back pain advice from north london chiropractorDid you know that your bed could be the cause of your back pain?

The results of research undertaken by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) in 2011 showed that 41% of women and 36% of men who said they experienced back pain also said that their back pain could be brought on by a night’s so called ‘rest’.

Choosing the right bed and mattress can minimise factors that lead to and aggravate back pain. Given that it is estimated that we spend more than a third of our lives in bed, choosing the right mattress can have a significant impact on the quality of our lives.

As a chiropractor in North London, Dylan often gets asked by his patients for advice on selecting a new mattress. Here are a few questions that patients often ask about their mattress with some answers:

How do I know if my mattress needs to be replaced?

The first question to ask yourself is whether you and your partner are getting good quality comfortable night’s sleep. If you are not then your mattress may be the problem.

If your mattress is older than 10 years then it is probably time to consider purchasing a new one. Mattresses just like most things wear out and with time start to sag and lose support.

A good sign that your mattress is on its last legs is when you can feel the springs through the mattress. If your mattress has reached this point, then it’s time to visit your local mattress shop.

Should I sleep on a hard or soft mattress?

The main factor to consider is whether the mattress provides you with the support you need. Some of this comes down to your weight. For examples a heavier person may need a firmer mattress than a lighter person.

How do I decide what’s right for me?

A best test to determine whether the mattress is too soft or too firm is to lie on it. When you lie on it your spine should be parallel to the mattress. If you find your spine is sagging then the mattress is too soft. If your spine is bowing then the mattress is too hard.

And remember, your pillow should be an extension of the mattress and allow your neck to continue in line with your spine.

What if my partner needs a different type of mattress?

When choosing a mattress it is important to go with your partner to ensure that the mattress you choose is right for both of you. If you find that you need different types of mattresses you should consider choosing a bed from a range that allows for two single mattresses to be zipped together.

In summary, you have to remember that choosing a mattress is a very personal thing and there is no ‘one fit suits all’ solution. If you think you need a new mattress then spend as much time as possible looking for the right one for you. You’ll be glad you did.

The British Chiropractic Association has put together a video with more information to help you choose a mattress that’s right for you. The video is 3:30 minutes long so please take a look at it here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=j-YFOKmUaC0#!

Here is an advice sheet to accompany the video. http://www.chiropractic-uk.co.uk/gfx/uploads/member%20area/Posture%20sheets/Mind%20your%20posture%20-%20buying%20a%20bed%20-%20sleep.pdf

Sometimes people find that having replaced an old mattress they still experience back pain, if this is the case for you then professional advice or even treatment may be needed. Our chiropractor at Muswell Hill Chiropractic Clinic who will be able to advise you on this. Why not take advantage of our First Visit Special Offer.

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