Back Pain - Advice

Back pain in Timperley? Don't suffer! Make this the week you do something about it. Our experienced osteopaths can help you!

Osteopaths give advice on many areas to avoid day to day causes of your back pain in Timperley - one unexpected cause of problems is your bed! Is your bed helping or is it part of your back problem?

Here is some bedtime advice to ensure your body is as refreshed as you are in the morning:

- Most mattresses need to be turned at least once every 3 months. Memory foam should be rotated. Get someone to help to avoid back strain

- Your mattress should be supportive enough to take your body weight without sagging yet comfy enough to cushion the body's bony curves

- Don't be shy to lie on a on a showroom bed for 20 minutes. It is the only way to know if it is right. You'll be on it at night for much longer!

- A heavy mattress needs a strong base. Best to buy both together but if not ask advice from the salesman. Ideally try together before you buy

- If your partner is a restless sleeper, make sure you have a big enough bed to avoid the kicks and elbows!

- If you and your partner are very different weight/heights consider a zip and link bed. Different mattress types on both sides for duel support

- Ensure good ventilation and hygiene of mattress and covers to allow for evaporation of perspiration and avoid aggravation of asthma and allergies

- If you sleep on your side, help back pain by putting a pillow between your knees. This keeps your spine straight whilst sleeping

- If you sleep on your back, put a pillow under your knees to help maintain the normal curve of your lower back. keep a pillow under your head

- Sleeping on your front puts lots of strain on your back and neck. Use a pillow under your pelvis and lower abdomen if you must!

- Don’t stay in bed too long, it may increase muscle stiffness and back pain in the morning. When you wake up, roll on your side to get out

Most importantly, take time to find out what is actually causing your pain to correct the real problem by seeing an osteopath. They can prescribe exercises and stretches that can stretches can help with your Timperley back pain.

Back Pain in Ladies - 'Poshitis'

Ladies...

Do you suffer from 'Poshitis'? Looking glam with your one strapped handbag but feeling the consequence with a stiff shoulder or shoulder pain?

It may be trendy but actually carrying your bag on one shoulder can cause severe damage to muscles and joints.

As you can see from this picture, when carrying your bag on one side your shoulder is lifted and your body is shifting away to compensate.

In time it can lead to neck and back pain, repetitive strain injuries, postural misalignments, headaches and even arthritis.

Here are some helpful tips for you to stay ‘on trend’ the smart way:
- Select a handbag that is proportionate to your size
- Swap straps from one shoulder to another, regularly giving muscles on either side a time to rest
- A bag with wide straps will better distribute the pressure on one shoulder
- Look for bags with multiple pockets so you can divide your things evenly inside
- Only carry what you need in your bag... How often have people said to you 'have you got a brick in here?!’
- For minimal strain wear a bag which has a strap diagonally over the body or a backpack style over both shoulders (geek chic is in remember!)
- Do some gentle stretching and strengthening exercises for your shoulder and neck muscles, such as swinging your arms, rolling your shoulders and turning your head from side to side
- See an osteopath to reverse any stiff shoulder pains, trains, tightness or misalignment and for further advice

iBad Posture and Neck Pain

Do you suffer from poor posture? Or are you suffering from neck pain?

Due to the development of mobile phones, tablets and other devices from the likes of Apple, and Google there has been a marked increase in poor posture and problems relating to the vertebrae.

The image on shows that humans have developed 9 new postures due to our increased phone and tablet usage.

Equally, as this article in the Daily Mail shows, texting is having a real impact on young people's necks - dubbed as 'text neck':

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3274835/Shocking-X-rays-teenagers-text-neck.html

Osteopathy treats poor posture and your osteopath treats neck pain. Osteopathy can help with the likes of text neck by relieving strain felt in the muscles with massage and exercises to strengthen affected areas - to stop deterioration occurring again.

If you have not tried to treat neck pain with osteopathy, or perhaps you haven't considered that your osteopathy can help with poor posture - don't hesitate to find out the benefits of osteopathy at The Village Osteopaths.

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Hard Work Continues

Lots of activity in our new Timperley health clinic today..

We have had a new wall erected, phone lines installed, carpets laid and the front fascia painted, getting your new Timperley health clinic ready for the end of the month!

It's amazing what can be done in a day!

NB: Workmen have to look after their backs - remember to bend from the knees when lifting... not the waist!