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Hip Hinging & Lifting

How to lift and protect your lower back….

Avoid straining your low back!

An extremely common scenario is lifting or bending to pick something up, putting socks on, getting something from a cupboard then BOOOM a big excruciating back spasm.

Bending is the process of flexing through the lumbar spine, taking it away from its strong, healthier position, which in the low back we call a lordosis and is a tall soft inner arch.

Problems arise when your lumbar spine becomes unhealthy and dysfunctional, allowing the the perpendicular forces move against the longitudinal gravity and weight bearing structures creating a shearing movement error and subsequent inflammatory reaction.

How to bend correctly & support your low back

Its all about keeping support and height in the soft inner lumbar curve (lordosis). We’ve previously learnt how to breath and how to brace, good lifting technique requires these two elements.

safe spinal lifting

Bending should come through the legs hips and pelvis, creating a deep hinge at the hips which will protect the lower spine. A deep breath and abdominal bracing should be held through the movement

note- if its too heavy get assistance, avoid first thing in AM, make sure you’re feeling good and warmed up.

Exercise One;

  • Get a long hard stick like a broom, stick or mop,
  • Initially stand tall and straight,
  • Then hold the pole behind you centrally over your spine with a hand behind the head and the other hand down to wards your bottom,
  • Take a deep breath and brace the core,
  • Then Pivot through the hips whilst keeping the stick flat to your spine

You should be trying to use your pelvic and legs, sitting deep, to primarily drive this movement and not your low back.

Exercise Two

Repeat the hinge movement smoothly and safely as far as you’re able to pivot through pain free. Keep the back straight and put the movement through the buttocks and hamstrings. If you’ve very tight hamstrings don’t lock the knees, have a soft slight bend to them.

You can do three sets of 8-12 repetitions dependent on personal comfort levels.

Chiropractic Care: What to Expect

Chiropractors provide the third largest healthcare group in the world, yet particular in Ireland so little is known and worse a lot of of general assumptions are incorrect founded on misinformation and hearsay.

This is detrimental to the treatment and recovery of so many people suffering with back pain, who would highly benefit from early chiropractic treatment.

YES- we have some of the highest level neuromusculoskeletal training- 4/5years full time, regulated by an association (CAI), we can take a read x-ray&mri, safer than taking paracetemol or neurofen, researched & recommended.

NO- it doesnt hurt, make people worse, take much time to help or you have to get treated for ever.

What to Expect;

Do you suffer from constant pain and discomfort? For most, this is due to an injury. For others, there is no explanation. Pain can easily be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers, but relief is short lived.

Deal with the source of your unfllammation and pain and don’t mask the symptoms.

Since pain relievers do have risks, especially with prolonged use, it is important to seek proper medical care. One of your options is chiropractic care.

If you weren’t already aware, chiropractic care is a form of medicine. Some classify it as alternative medicine, as the treatment options are very different.

There is a high difference between the care provided by a chiropractor and a primary care physician.

Chiropractors believe & utilise in manual therapy. This is a natural therapy with the use of the hands and a promotion of preventative wellness care.

Common methods of solving pain problems include manipulation, mobilization and various specialist spinal techniques. For example, neck pain may be treated with a neck adjustment to help correct the alignment.

If you like the sound of chiropractic care, the first step is to schedule an appointment with us. We can be found online with a standard internet search or an online business directory and have over 500 5star patient reviews.

There are a few local options but we provide best care with the most affordable price in a friendly personable evidence based setting. Most insurance providers do cover chiropractic care. If covered by insurance, speak to a representative to see if your care qualifies for coverage.

We aim to see most new patients within 24-48hours, so not long after making your appointment, you will arrive for it. As for your first visit, it will be similar to a consultation appointment. Your chiropractor will take a full detailed medical history understanding your complaints and assessing factors that are contributing or aggravating and underlying conditions. From there a full physical examination will be carried out to determine the source of your problems and other compounding physical factors.

Chiropractors can diagnose a problem by simply testing and assessing your source of pain. However, additional tests may be needed. These may include an MRI or x-ray.

We will generally begin treatment immediately, usually a few sessions are needed to fully rectify the underlying stresses and damage in the spine. It will depend on the length of your appointment, the type of care needed, and how soon a course of treatment was decided on.

In addition to wondering about chiropractic treatment, many patients are also curious about payment. Most insurance providers cover chiropractic care. If you are uninsured and paying out-of-pocket, this should not be a concern for you. As we offer an extremely affordable service for the quality and level of service that we aim to give.

We accept accept cash, credit cards, debit cards, and checks, while others only take cash.

Returning back to insurance coverage, do not make any assumptions. Always speak to an insurance provider first.

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Inflammation, Pain and Super Foods

Inflammation can be causes by lots of different things including

  • Burns
  • Chemical & Toxins
  • Exposure to pathogens (virus/bacterium/fungus/prion)
  • Physical Trauma
  • Immune reactions
  • Radiation Exposure
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Alcohol

Here are some natural foods which have anti inflammatory properties don’t be reliant on superficial damaging medications look to natural alternatives.

Here are some super foods what will help;

Olive Oil, Almonds, Wild Salmon, Spinach, Brocolli, Ginger, Chili, Jalapeno

New Patients Video

A great introductory video for any new chiropractic patients, wanting to know what an initial consultation entails.

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