Health, Fitness and Video Games
Yesterday, The Independent reported that David Beckham has teamed up with video game manufacturer EA to publicise their new video game. This caught our attention - as it's no ordinary video game! The game, EA Sports Active 2 comes complete with a heart rate monitor and arm and leg motion sensors. The game will be released on a huge variety of gaming platforms, including the Nintendo Wii, the Playstation 3 and the Xbox 360 as well as variations for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The game will be released before the end of the year – probably just in time for the Christmas rush!
Here at Glasgow Chiropractic, we were particularly interested in this story because of something we blogged about earlier this month. This blog post was entitled “Parents Warned About Dangers of Children Watching Too Much TV.” It mentioned the spinal dangers of children and teens spending too much time watching TV and playing video games. However, as we said in the original blog post; such spinal problems are often caused by the way young people sit while engaging in these activities – not the activities themselves. This suggests, then, that chiropractors and parents alike should celebrate the popularity of more active video games such as this new one!
However, it's important to remember that gamers should warm up thoroughly before getting involved in exercise-style video games. A thorough warm up will help to reduce the likelihood of muscle injuries, as well as injuries to tendons, ligaments and other connective tissues. Of course, warming up properly will also reduce the risk of damaging the spine.
To really get the spinal benefits of playing this sort of video game rather than inactive ones – make sure the kids don't slouch on the sofa in-between goes!
You can read the original article on the video game from the Independent here.
Chiropractic Holiday Advice
It's mid-August in the UK – which means that it's prime holiday season. However, the majority of people don't realise that travelling does bring with it some chiropractic issues. Whether you're jetting off somewhere sunny or just getting the train up to the countryside for a long weekend, it's important to consider the issues involved.
It is estimated that eight out of ten people people will suffer from back pain at some point in their lifetimes – and it is often on holiday that these problems occur. This is because people are out of their normal routine, and are often engaging in more active pastimes than usual.
For a happy and back-pain free holiday, make sure to take account of the following pointers;
Choose your suitcase carefully: Make sure to choose a lightweight one, as this will mean that you'll be reducing the weight you're carrying about once it's full! Most suitcases now come on wheels, which is definitely a benefit. However, most people don't realise that it is far more beneficial to PUSH wheeled suitcases ahead of you rather than pulling them behind you. This means that you are less likely to be twisting your spine, and thus less likely to suffer from related back pain.
Do regular exercises: Whether you're driving, getting the train or flying – travelling often means sitting still for long periods of time. Make sure you release the tension by doing regular small exercises. Shoulder shrugs and foot circles are both very easy to do, and will help to keep your muscles loose and relaxed. Also remember to take regular breaks whenever possible!
Be careful when lounging by the pool: It may be good for your tan, but lying on your stomach on a sun lounger to read is not good for your back! Instead, place your reading matter on the floor. This will stop you from arching your neck and back, and will ensure that you're back is in a much healthier position.
Test your hotel bed carefully: It may sound picky, but do test out the bed in your holiday accommodation before you commit to sleeping in it. Hotel's will be happy to provide an extra quilt or blanket if it is too hard, and if necessary you can also ask to test out the beds in other rooms.
Holidays are supposed to be relaxing breaks – and can offer a great opportunity to relieve stress. Just make sure you're not putting your back under too much pressure, or you may end up with more than you bargained for!
Clinic Spotlight: Ayr
Our Spinal Care clinic in Ayr is one of the leading chiropractic clinics in Ayrshire. It's run by two very experienced chiropractors, Jodi Dorpinghaus and Elains Tritschler, with the help of a number of chiropractic assistants. The assistants are Kate and Hazel – and you can be sure that you'll be very well looked after! At our Ayr Clinic, we have treated all manner of patients, from children right up to octogenarians.
Like all our clinics, our Ayr clinic is set up to be open and available to everyone – so you don't need to worry about visiting whether you're a seasoned chiropractic patient or are trying it out for the first time. Our friendly and professional staff will talk you through every step of the treatment.
Our Ayr clinic is situated at 84 The Sandgate, right opposite the popular pub The Treehouse. Conveniently, we're also located just opposite the bus station, which does lend itself to easy access. It's also only a five minute walk to the seafront, too, which is great on sunny days!
Our Spinal Clinic in Ayr is associated with BNI Ayr. We also work closely with Beauty Therapist Gail Wood and Physiotherapist/Acupuncturist Michelle Pollock along with Pliates trainer Lesley MacPherson. We're also proud to work with the Ayr Rugby Club and Valspar Football Club.
To contact our Ayr Clinic or to make an appointment, feel free to drop into see us on Sandgate. Alternatively, contact us on 01292 880 892. The clinic is open from 8.30am – 12.30pm and 2pm – 6pm every weekday and 9am – 12.30pm on Saturdays for your convenience.
Parents Warned About Dangers of Children Watching Too Much TV
It has been reported today that excessive TV viewing for children can cause back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and headaches.
A study published in the BMC Public Health Journal has found a significant link between the amount of time young people spend playing computer games or watching TV and the prevalence of headaches and back, shoulder and neck pain.
Of course, this link may not be due to the usage of technology itself, but more to do with the way children tend to sit when doing so. Young people especially tend to slouch on the sofa while watching TV – and it's well known that slouching is very bad for the spine.
Slouching tends to increase the pressure on the spine, and this effect can be multiplied when the person in question is a child. Increased pressure on the spine can lead to fatigued spinal muscles, back pain, or even early degenerative changes.
Now, we're not suggesting that parents should stop their children from watching TV or playing computer games entirely! Instead, we're suggesting that some moderation is important. It can be beneficial, too, to encourage children not to slouch while they partake in activities. Parents could perhaps invest in a more supportive desk chair or arm chair, which tends to discourage slouching.
If you're worried about the effect this might be having on your children, visit http://www.betterseating.org/ for advice on more supportive seating. They have some great tips on how to make sure your sofa isn't damaging to your posture, and what to look for when investing in a new desk chair.
Many of our patients come to us for treatment for back pain. Chiropractic care has been proved to be very effective in the treatment of back pain, and in some cases it can be more effective than traditional medical care. Our chiropractors have enabled many of our patients to stop taking endless painkilling medication to treat their back pain - which we think is a very good thing.
A large number of the clients who come to us with back pain problems are suffering from "non-specific back pain." This means that there is no apparent underlying cause or reason for the pain. Because of this, many of these patients have been told by their GPs or specialists that they'll "have to learn to live with it." We obviously disagree with this, and have been helping our patients to manage or be free from back pain for the past thirteen years!
Some other common causes of back pain are sports injuries, bad posture, work-related injuries, stress, anxiousness and being overweight. Pregnancy is also well known as a cause. In cases such as these, the problem is often fairly easy to solve. A small lifestyle change, for example, or even just using a more supportive office chair!
Obviously, in some rare cases back pain can be a symptom of a more serious underlying issue. Illnesses such as TB, cancer, vertebrae infections and osteoporosis can all cause back pains - as can spinal malfunction and slipped discs. For these reasons, if you are suffering from back pain it is important to get it checked out by your GP in order to rule out any of these more serious problems.
It is estimates that 8 out of 10 British people will suffer from back pain at least once over their lifetime. If you're one of these eight people - don't suffer in silence! Get in touch with one of our clinics to discuss how we can help to manage the problem.
Clinic Spotlight: Anniesland
Our Clinic on Crow Road has been serving the community in Anniesland for more than thirteen years. That's an awful lot of backs that we've treated there! In fact, the Anniesland clinic was our first ever chiropractic clinic in Scotland, so it definitely holds a special place in our hearts (as we're sure it does for our clients).
The clinic is situated at number 994 Crow Road, just opposite the junction with Fulton Street. There's plenty of on-street parking right outside, so you can be sure of a convenient trip.
The chiropractors based in this branch are Hooman Zahedi, Andrew Lambert and Emma Crane. All three of these chiropractors are highly trained and brilliant at what they do! They're supported by chiropractic assistants Hilary Hutchinson and Barbara Bennie. Over the course of our 13 years in Anniesland, the staff have built fantastic relationships with local patients, and have put a smile back on many a face after curing their back pain!
The clinic is open from 8.45 in the morning to 6.45 at night Monday to Friday. This means that you can make an appointment with us without conflicting with existing work commitments. We're more than happy to get you an appointment at a time that works for you, so do give us a call. Failing that, we're also open between 9am and 11.45am on a Saturday morning!
You can get in touch with the Anniesland branch of Glasgow Chiropractic by calling 0141 434 0370.
We look forward to seeing you there!
A Relaxing Visit to the Chiropractor
There has been some research recently into the affect fear and nervousness can have on the effectiveness on chiropractic treatment. (View the article here). According to a small study done earlier this year, when a customer feels apprehensive about visiting a chiropractor they're likely to experience less beneficial results.
We think that this is likely to be the case with all homeopathic medicine types – largely because if a client is tense beforehand then they're not going to experience the full relaxing effect. With chiropractic care particularly, it's important for clients to be relaxed in order for manipulation to be fully effective.
It's really important, then, for our clients to know that they're in safe hands when they visit our chiropractic clinics. We have designed all our clinics with a friendly and calming atmosphere in mind, and always endeavour to make our clients feel as comfortable as possible. You can be sure, too, that every single one of our chiropractors is a registered member of the General Chiropractic Council (view the organisation's website here). The General Chiropractic Council was put into place to regulate and support the chiropractic profession and is a brilliant resource for anyone interested in the chiropractic practice.
In fact, for those clients who are a little bit nervous, the General Chiropractic Council can be a great website to visit to learn more about the kind of treatment they'll be receiving. Of course, according to the study we mentioned above, soothing their nerves in this way before they visit our clinics should help clients get more out of their treatment!
Worrying Rise in Reliance on Painkillers
27th July 2010
Recently there have been many stories in the media about an alarming rise in the number of people taking, and relying on, painkillers. This is a very worrying trend – and something that we think should be taken very seriously. Over-reliance on painkillers can cause significant and worrying side effects, and often patients who are treated in this way begin to find that the painkillers are causing problems to a greater extent than they are solving them. For this reason, we believe that in the instance of chronic pain, other medicinal methods such as chiropractic care should be explored rather than doctors simply prescribing indefinite courses of painkilling medication.
Dr Cathy Stannard, author of 'Opiods in Chronic Pain' has recently released statistics that show that prescriptions for painkillers rose from 6.2 million in 1999 to a staggering 14.8 million in 2008. It is unlikely that there are significantly more people suffering from chronic pain now than there were ten years ago in order to legitimise these figures – instead it is more likely that the condition is being treated differently.
Of course, one of the many problems of prescribing painkillers to a patient long term is the addictive nature of the medication. Earlier this month, Reuters reported that in the last ten years the USA has experienced a massive 400% rise in the proportion of citizens being treated for painkiller addictions. This huge rise is almost certainly being mirrored here in the UK.
The Telegraph has noted that the majority of painkillers prescribed are to treat symptoms such as back pain. (Read the Telegraph article here). We believe that the large majority of these sufferers would experience much better results at that hands of a chiropractor than they do with painkillers. Plus, chiropractic care comes with an awful lot less side-effects and is medically non-addictive (although once you've visited our chiropractors once you may be hooked!)
Chiropractic Care for Children
23rd July 2010
A couple of days ago we came across an editorial article on a study entitled “Chiropractic Care for Children; too much, too little or not enough?” The article was written by Simon French, Bruce Walker and Simon Perle and was published earlier this year. The full article can be accessed here.
The study explores the concept of chiropractic care for children, and looks at the benefits that this can have, as well as exploring if there are any disadvantages. There has long been some controversy around chiropractic care for children, although chiropractors have maintained that their methods can be extremely beneficial. The study aims too “provide an up-to-date overview for clinicians and researchers interested in the role of chiropractic care for children.”
The study in question advises that chiropractors should play a part in paediatric healthcare teams. It mentions that there is evidence that Chiropractors can be very beneficial to infants suffering from colic or asthma – as part of a multidisciplinary approach. They also report that “chiropractic care for children seems to carry a very low risk of adverse events.” This is very reassuring to parents who wish to explore chiropractic care for their children.
Overall, the article calls for further research into the field – which we at Glasgow Chiropractic support wholeheartedly. We strongly believe that our methods can be of huge benefit to children as well as adults, and would love to be able to show more academic proof to our clients. However, as the article points out, hight quality research is very expensive – and so we could be waiting for this additional research for some time.
The History of Chiropractors
21st July 2010
Here at Glasgow Chiropractors we practice an alternative healthcare discipline that has been around since the 1890s. It was the brainchild of D D Palmer from Iowa, who believed that the manipulation of the spine could cure diseases. In 1898 Palmer founded the 'Palmer School of Chiropractic' where he began to teach the discipline to others. Of course, with the creation of this new healthcare discipline came controversy, and an alternative strain of “mixer” chiropractors broke of from what Palmer called “straight” chiropractors soon after this.
Despite this controversy, the practice has always had a strong political backing and plenty of demand from the public – and this demand has increased twofold in the last few decades. A large variety of studies and trials have taken place during this time, many of which have praised chiropractors for their effectiveness, especially in the treatment of headaches, back pain and neck pain. You will see that earlier in the week we blogged about one of these studies, released earlier this year from Professor Scott Haldeman and Martin Underwood.
Although historically chiropractors have focused on management of the neuromusculoskeletal system without the need for medicine of surgery, in some parts of the world chiropractors now have the ability to write prescriptions for their patients.
The treatment that chiropractors provide often overlap with over types of therapy such as massage and osteopathy. In addition to this, modern chiropractors tend to work alongside mainstream medicinal professionals to provide the best care possible for their patients.<br>
At Glasgow Chiropractors, each one of our 21 clinics is dedicated to providing the best care possible to its patients. All our chiropractors are registered with the General Chiropractic Council and have spent 4-5 years at University studying the discipline. With Glasgow Chiropractic you can be sure that you're in good hands.
Chiropractors Really Work!
17th July 2010
In recent years, it's become increasingly important for health professionals such as ourselves to back up their work with strong scientific proof. A couple of months ago, a report came out that has enabled us to do just that. the report, from Professor Scott Halderman and Martin Underwood was released on the 25th February. It states; "Chiropractors are extremely fortunate in these times of evidence based health care. There is little dispute amongst knowledgeable scientists that manipulation is of value in the management of back pain, neck pain and headaches, that make up 90% or more of all patients that seek chiropractic care." This paragraph alone shows that Chiropractors are accepted by scientists as being hugely beneficial to patients who suffer from back pain, neck pain and headaches.
This view has been developed over the past two decades in line with the large number of clinical trials in manipulation, mobilisation and massage that have taken place. The report goes on to state that; "The chiropractic profession is to be congratulated on formulating this Evidence Report. It should be of considerable help to practicing chiropractors who are trying to practice according to the best scientific evidence, to patients who are seeking care and trying to decide whether chiropractic is a reasonable option, to other physicians who wish to refer patients to or work closely with chiropractors and to policy makers who have to decide what treatments should be paid for." Here at Glasgow Chiropractic, we believe that it's really important to take note of scientific trials and studies surrounding Chiropractors. By learning from these studies we can be sure that we're offering our patients the best care possible.