Back Pain The Billion Pound Problem

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10 million work days were lost last year due to back pain at a cost of more than 1 Billion pounds to business.


A sedentary lifestyle is only making things worse, as sitting for prolonged periods of time increases the compressive forces on the structure of the spine and muscles leading to increased muscle and joint fatigue and ultimately muscle strain, joint sprain and chronic back, neck and shoulder pain.


Around 4.2 million working days were lost by workers aged 50-64 alone in 2014.


Those aged 25-34 were absent for 1.89 million days due to back pain, while those in the 35-49 bracket missed 3.86million work days.


In 2013 the figure was 7.7 million lost days, up to 9.96 million last year, and is likely to get worse due to the sedentry lifestyle that much of the population leads.


If you are one of the many sufferers you may find that chiropractic treatment can help alleviate the pain and get you back to work sooner.


If you are one of the many sufferers you may find that chiropractic treatment can help alleviate the pain and get you back to work sooner.

Free Posture Assessment

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Free Posture Assessment

Good posture is essential for a healthy spine, therefore claim your free posture assessment and see how far you deviate from the ideal.  The ideal posture, can be demonstrated by a plumb line falling through the profile of the body.  In profile the mid position of the ear should align with the back of the shoulder, the mid line of the hip, the mid line of the knee and the lateral malleolus of the ankle.  looking from the front the ears, shoulders and pelvic crests should be level.

Forward Head Carriage

The posture typically deviates from the head down.  Many people adopt a forward head carriage, where the ears fall forward of the shoulders and consequently this increases the downward force created by weight of the head on the neck.  The supporting muscles can become strained and in turn lead to muscle and joint pain.  For every inch that the ears deviate forward of the shoulders, the downward force of the head is doubled.  Your free posture assessment will help you identify these changes and your chiropractor at Basingstoke Chiropractic can help you improve your posture and spinal health.

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Posture can be improved by restoring the proper tension in the muscles and functional alignment of the joints.  This can be helped through chiropractic treatments, which in turn helps reduce pain and stiffness. For a chiropractor in Basingstoke look no further as our clinic is known for it’s quality and affordable levels of care.  Your free posture assessment will also include a full case history of the condition that is of concern to you.  A series of orthopaedic, neurological and chiropractic tests. A thorough explanation of findings and the probable causes of the condition.  Your chiropractor will then advise you how chiropractic can help to treat the condition.  Call today to book your free postural assessment.

Why Pain Keeps Coming Back.

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Pain Keeps Coming Back

Pain has a habit of returning time and time again. When repetitive tension, or severe increases in tension build in the muscle and the connective tissue, neuromyofascial trigger points can develop.  Neuro refers to nerves, myo refers to muscle and fascia refers to connective tissue. Lets call them trigger points for short.  These trigger points are hyper contracted fibres of muscle and connective tissue. Hyper sensitised pain receptors are interwoven into the tissue.


Tension is synonymous with stress.  We are exposed to four major stresses; physical stress (of which postural stress is a form), emotional stress (which include our worry patterns), thermal stress (exposure to hot and cold environments, heat stroke, hypo and hyperthermia) and oxidative stress (the stress on our body due to the toxic by-products of metabolism).  All these stresses erode the integrity of the muscle and skeletal system and activate pain receptors.  The body has a large capacity to be able to deal with stress.  However when a threshold is breached, it can be difficult to  restore balance to the system.

Faulty Biomechanics

It is these trigger points that can lead to the faulty biomechanics of the joints, and the development of many  pain syndromes. Over time the build up of trigger points leads to stiffness weakness and pain in the muscles and joints. This brings about faulty movement patterns in the joints and can eventually lead to degenerative changes – osteoarthritis.  The longer these trigger points have been building up the more painful a condition can be.

Pain Receptors

The pain receptors in the trigger points become hyper-sensitised which means that the longer they are active the less stimulus it takes to continue to activate them- peripheral sensitisation .   These pain receptors are firing pain signals into the spinal cord and brain, causing them to be hypersensitised – central sensitisation.  The consequence of this is that our perception of the pain is increased.  So as the trigger points become more deeply rooted, it takes less stress to stimulate them and the perception of the pain increases.

Memory For Pain

Over time the nervous system develops a memory for the trigger points and a memory for pain, and they return time and time again.  If we keep doing what we have always done, we will keep getting the same results, Pain

Chiropractors Recommend Vitamin D

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Chiropractors recommend vitamin D to treat lower back pain, and to reduce inflammation that causes muscle pain, stiffness and weakness.

Vitamin D3 is essential to maintain health and well-being.  It has been long thought that vitamin D3 was only essential for strongs bones and to prevent rickets in children and osteomalacia (bone softening) in adults.  However research into the vitamin has intensified over the last 10 years, and the science identifies the need to increase our vitamin D3 levels above what was historically thought necessary so that we can protect ourself against many forms of cancer, including ; breast, colon and prostate cancer – reduce our risk of heart disease, heart attack and diabetes, and reduce our risk of infection (including viral infection such as influenza). Therefore Chiropractors recommend vitamin D.

The body of scientists at the forefront of this research recommend increasing our blood serum levels to between 50-70 ng/ml.  Their research indicates that 85% of the American population are deficient in the vitamin and that this may be associated with the epedemic of chronic diseases present today.

Vitamin D3 is produced in the skin from UVB rays in sunlight.  Research shows that the use of factor 15 sunblocks reduce vitamin D3 production by as much as 99% and that this is having a devastating effect on peoples health.   During the winter months we are in a UVB winter and do not produce any vitamin D3.  We therefore have to rely on the stores we have produced over the summer months.  However if we are not producing Vit D3 in the summer months then we are risk of being Vitamin D3 deficient.

Chiropractors recommend vitamin D and advise supplementing with vitamin D3.   Dosing is measured in International Units (IU) or micro-grams.  If your vitamin is in micrograms then use the conversion factor 1 microgram equals 40 IU.  Evidence indicates that for every 1000IU of Vitaminn D3 taken orally, blood serum levels increase by 10ng/ml.  Remember the advise is to get blood serum levels to between 50-70 ng/ml.

If you are interested in further information on dosing or on the benefits of vitamin D3 call us at the clinic or look at the research data at

Muscle Joint Pain

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Muscle Joint Pain

Muscle joint pain affects up to 80% of the population at some time in their lives.  For many these painful conditions are a constant source of misery. Muscle joint pain in many cases is due to the faulty biomechanics of the spine.  This can come about from a build up of tension in the supporting muscles and connective tissue, when there is an increase in load to the spine. This is the case when trauma effects the spine and when repetitive postural and occupational stress is present.  Typical traumas would be a whiplash injury to the neck, falling on an outstretched hand or falling onto the back or bottom.  Postural stress can be due to sitting at a computer for many hours or manual handling heavy loads.

Emotional Stress

Emotional stress, depression and anxiety also cause a build up of tension in the muscles and connective tissue. They also cause the release of the steroid hormone cortisol which suppresses the bodies immune response and weakens the body and it’s systems.  The muscle joint complex can be significantly weakened.

Trigger Points

As tension builds in the muscles and connective tissue, micro tearing occurs which leads to bleeding and inflamation.  Over time these tissues lose their ability to contract and relax effectively and can develop scar tissue.  This causes the tissues to become weak, stiff and very painful.  Over time as the tissues become more stressed they develop what are called neuromyofascial trigger points.  These are hyper-contracted bands of muscle and connective tissue, interwoven with hyper-sensitised pain receptors.  Lets call them trigger points for short.  These trigger points are responsible for much of the muscle joint pain, stiffness and weakness, suffered.  Overtime they lead to faulty movement patterns in the joints and degenerative changes in the joints. This degeneration is called osteoarthritis and can lead to chronic long term muscle joint pain.

Sports Injuries


Sports injuries can be brought about by traumatic events or repetitive stress patterns. This will cause deformity of the muscles, tendons and ligaments.  This will lead to a build up of trigger points in the muscles of the legs and arms, rotator cuff and shoulder girdle and the postural muscles of the spine and pelvis.

Trigger points are hyper-contracted bands of muscle and connective tissue with hyper-sensitised pain receptors interwoven into them.  Trigger points cause pain, stiffness and weakness in the effected area, but can also lead to pain referral, stiffness and weakness in neighbouring areas. Over time the build up of trigger points will lead to faulty biomechanics of the spine and pelvic joints and the peripheral joints of the body, such as the knees, ankles, shoulders, elbows and wrists.  This in turn will lead to wear and tear or what is better know as osteoarthritis.

Sports injuries of the hamstrings, knee and ankle muscles, can be aggravated by a build up of trigger points in the pelvic muscles (primarily the gluteus muscles) and lower back muscles (primarily the quadratus lumborum).  Many shoulder, elbow and wrist injuries can be aggravated by faulty biomechanics of the neck and a build up of trigger points in the supporting muscles of the neck and shoulder girdle.

Chiropractic treatment at our clinic in Basingstoke at the Aquadrome, can help restore function to the injured muscle, tendon and ligament joint complex. This works through deep pressure therapy into the trigger points, helping them to diminish, and manipulation of the joint, helping to restore their movement patterns. This in turn restores strength to the affected muscle and removes pain.

Seek Sports Injury Help for:

  • Running Injuries
  • Rowing Injuries
  • Tennis Injury
  • Football Injuries
  • Swimming Injuries
  • Golf Injury

Why Aquadrome Chiropractic Clinic?

  • Conveniently located at the Basingstoke Aquadrome
  • Ample car parking
  • Experience sports injury chiropractor on site
  • Fast, effective sports injury rehabilitation
  • Get you back to sport quickly

Probiotic Pain Relief

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Probiotic Pain Relief

Probiotic pain relief, can be effective at healing the gut which can be a source of widespread pain syndromes in the body. The health of your gut is vital to maintaining good health and so it is important to optimise the life supporting bacteria in your gut.  This can be achieved by seeding your digestive tract with a good quality probiotic.

The digestive tract is a continuous tube reaching from the throat via the oesophagus, the stomach, the small intestines, the large intestines, the rectum to the anus.  Even though this tube appears to be contained within the body, it is actually outside the body and acts as a barrier to prevent harmful microbes and toxin from entering into the body, just as the skin protects us from our external environment.

Life Supporting Bacteria

The digestive tract is colonised by life supporting bacteria along its’ entire length.  It is estimated that there is about 100 trillion of these bacteria, weighing about three pounds in weight.  There are about 500 different species of bacteria supporting life and ensuring well-being.  It is postulated that 80% of your immune system lives in the gastro intestinal tract because of the important role theses bacteria paly in protecting us.

Probiotics will take between one to three months to normalise the micro-flora of the intestine.

Life supporting bacteria prevent the growth of pathogenic bacteria, protozoa and fungi by competing for nutrients and attachment sites in the tissues of the digestive tract.  The ratio of good to bad bacteria should not fall below 85% to 15%. This ratio becomes one of the critical factors in determining optimal health. Maintaining great intestinal health is a prerequisite for maintaining great overall health.


Dysbiosis is the growth of unwanted and pathogenic microbes along the digestive tract.  These microbes produce waste products referred to as endotoxins, which causes inflammation in the intestine and other areas of the body. This can cause damage to the lining of the small intestine, causing increased absorption of unwanted products of metabolism and of the waste products from these unwanted microbes.

Dysbiosis can be a major factor in chronic myofascial pain and degenerative disease. Studies show dysbiosis is associated with many chronic pain disorders including; IBS, fibromyalgia, chronic myofascial pain (joint pain), intersticial cystitis, and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Dysbiosis can causes tearing in the intestines, leading to increased permeability of the intestines to partially broken down proteins (from our food), which can lead to food sensitivity and food allergies.  These partially digested proteins are seen as foreign bodies by the immune system and so an inflammatory response is initiated.  Over time this leads to what is known as chronic low grade systemic inflammation. These partially digested proteins are carried to different parts of the body by way of the blood.  Where ever they settle inflammation can occur.  This can take place in the sinuses, the skin, the myofascial tissue and the joints, leading to pain and degeneration.

A high potency probiotic of 30 – 50 billion viable organisms may be needed to correct severe gastrointestinal dysfunction due to dysbiosis.

Endotoxins are absorbed into the body and interfere with normal cellular and body functions leading to chronic inflammation due to a process known as oxidative stress. This is basically rusting of the body by the action of very reactive molecules known as free radicals on the cells, tissues and organs.  This is a major cause of degenerative diseases and chronic pain syndromes.

Free radicals are known to activate pain receptors (nocioreceptors) in the muscles and connective tissue causing chronic pain syndromes. They also damage the mitochondria of the cell, which are the structures that produce energy for the cell and the body.  This can lead to chronic fatigue syndromes.

The health of your gut is vital to maintaining good health and so it is important to optimise the life supporting bacteria in your gut.  This can be achieved by seeding your digestive tract with a good quality probiotic.


Probiotic means pro-life.  They are live microorganisms that replenish micro-flora in the intestine and infer vital life supporting functions to the host organism.

Probiotics are commonly consumed as part of fermented and pickled foods and soured milk products.  These include sauerkraut, pickled fermentations of cabbage, turnip, aubergine, onions, squash, and carrots and yogurts, lassies and curd.

Unfortunately today, these types of foods are consumed by select groups of people only due to diet based on national and cultural bias.  Massive swathes of the population take very little probiotic in their diet and are more likely to adopt what is called the Standard American Diet (SAD).  This is a diet rich in fat and refined sugars which has very little nutritional value but is highly calorific.  This type of diet is known to be very inflammatory to the body as it aids the growth of pathogenic bacteria in the gut and contributes to dysbiosis. Pasteurisation and sterilisation of our foods by the food industry destroys the probiotic in our food.

Vegetable fibre and water soluble fibre acts as  food for our life supporting bacteria and probiotic.

A good probiotic needs to survive our stomach acid before they reach the intestine.  Taking with food and water raises the PH of the stomach to 3 to 4 making it a less hostile environment.

Probiotic will take between one to three months to normalise the micro-flora of the intestine. A multi strain probiotic is preferable as it infers a broader range of benefits. Strains should include lactobacillus acidophilus, lactobacillus rhamnosis, bifidobacteria lactis,  bifidobacteria bifidum.

A high potency probiotic of 30 – 50 billion viable organisms may be needed to correct severe gastrointestinal dysfunction due to dysbiosis.  It is important to buy from a reputable source as the potency can be questionable.

Avoid probiotics containing magnesium sterate or titanium dioxide, as they can promote the growth of a biofilm layer in the intestines which limit absorption.

Reduce sugar and processed foods in your diet, as these acts as a food for the bad bacteria and yeast.  Replace with vegetable fibre and water soluble fibre which acts a food for our life supporting bacteria. Through optimisation of gut bacteria, probiotic pain relief can be achieved.

The Role of Omega 3


Omega -3 ; promote a healthy heart – support for concentration, memory and learning – blood sugar health – healthy joints with an increase in joint comfort – fighting signs of ageing – healthy brain and nervous system function and development – protection for cell membranes – cholesterol and other blood lipid health – healthy liver function – bolstering your immune system – healthy mood support –  optimal skin health.

Respiration is the process whereby the body converts glucose and oxygen to energy and vitality.  This occurs at the level of the cell, by structures known as mitochondria.  A by- product of this process is what we term free radicals.  Free radicals are very reactive molecules which react with the cells and tissues of the body, causing oxidation of the tissues and chronic systemic inflammation. This inflammatory process wears out the tissues and organs of the body and is a leading cause of degeneration, degenerative disease and chronic pain.

The essential fatty acids are omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9.

To combat free radical attack we take into our body anti-oxidants, through the fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and the oily fish that we eat.  Anti-oxidants are the vitamins and the essential fatty acids present in our food.  They work by modulating inflammation in the body.  Many of the foods that we eat are actually inflammatory to the body and are a major cause of the health crisis that industrialised populations face.  Foods that are high in saturated fats, trans- fats, sugars and simple carbohydrates, cause inflammation in the body and are termed inflammatory foods.

The ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 in our diet should be 1:1.

Optimal health is achieved by ensuring a plentiful supply of anti-oxidants and therefore, natural anti-inflammatories in our diet.  Essential fatty acids (EFA) are a vital source of anti-oxidants.  Since the body is unable to make its’ own, it is necessary to include them in our diet.

The essential fatty acids are omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9.  Omega -3 is present in oily fish, flaxseed, and walnuts.  Omega-6 is present in nuts and seeds and other vegetable oils and omega-9 is present in olive oil.

EPA is essential for the functioning of the brain and for nerve stimulation.

The ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 in our diet should be 1:1.  However, the western style diet heavily favours omega-6 and is low in omega-3.  This ratio is closer to 1:20 making it detrimental to health due to the increased risk of systemic inflammation and thus degeneration of the body. These conditions contribute to chronic pain syndromes.

DHA is now thought to constitute the building blocks of the brain.

Omega-3 fatty acids are used in the building and functioning of cell membranes.  They are therefore essential for maintaining the integrity of the cell, by influencing the transport of life supporting molecules into and out of the cell, and acting as a barrier to unwanted molecules.  Omega-3 also act as the precursor for cell messengers called prostaglandins. Prostaglandins help mediate inflammation in your tissues and are essential for combatting chronic inflammation due to free radical attack.

Omega 3 is present in oily fish and krill as the active ingredients eicosapentaenoic acid ( EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid( DHA) and in plants such as flaxseed, hemp, and walnuts as the active ingredient, alpha-linolenic  acid (ALA).  Plant based ALA is converted to EPA and DHA by way of an enzyme mediated process. However age and well- being status reduces the efficiency of this conversion process and scientists believe that even though it is important to take in plant based omega-3, it is even more vital to get adequate level of fish or krill based EPA/DHA.

DHA is now thought to constitute the building blocks of the brain, forming about 8% of the brain by weight.  This is why it is important for pregnant mothers to maintain an adequate supply during pregnancy.  EPA is essential for the functioning of the brain and for nerve stimulation.

There is debate about whether Krill oil is superior to fish oil and whether EPA is more potent than DHA. Also not all omega-3 products are created equal so make sure you buy quality products that guarantee their potency as well as their purity.

Triglyceride fish oils are at risk of going rancid due to oxidisation and as such they need to be taken with high dose anti-oxidants to reduce the effect of free radical attack.  Krill oil is at less risk of this as it contains the potent anti-oxidant, Astaxanthin.  Krill oil is a phospholipid rather than a triglyceride like the omega-3 fish oils.  This enhances it’s bio-availability which means it can be taken in smaller doses than fish oil to achieve the same effect.  Krill oil is also less likely to leave a fishy after taste.

If you are suffering from a chronic pain syndrome you may benefit from supplementing with omega -3.  If you would like any further advice then feel free to call us at the Aquadrome Chiropractic Clinic.

Does the posture kneeling chair reduce the risk of back pain?


In the lower back the lumber spine maintains a curvature known as the lumbar lordosis, which balances the compressive forces through the spine, between the lumbar discs and the facet joints.

In the sitting posture the lumbar spine straightens and consequently these compressive forces are disproportionately managed by the disc.  For those who sit for long periods at a desk, it can be very difficult not to slump.  This in turn can cause a reverse curve in the lumbar spine and therefore increase the stress through the discs even more, which can cause dehydration and fatigue of the disc, ultimately leading to degeneration and pain.

The disc is made up of a fibrous outer layer the annulus fibrosis and a gel nucleus. Increased force through the disc can lead to tearing of the annular fibres allowing the nucleus to prolapse posteriorly. The posterior outer fibres of the disc contain pain receptors that can be activated by continuous strain through the disc.  The postural muscles of the lower back also contain pain receptors, which can become active as the these muscles fatigue under the strain of the compression to the spine  If the outer fibres of the disc are breached, the nucleus will enter the spinal canal where the spinal cord is housed or reticular canal, where the nerve roots are housed. This can cause major irritation to the membranes covering these structures, causing severe back and leg pain, often referred to as sciatica.


The anatomy of the spine is not really designed to be in a seated posture for long periods.  Ancient civilisations and indigenous populations of today, tend to squat, rather than sit.  In the squat position the lower back adopts the lumbar lordosis of the standing posture and balances the compressive forces through the discs and facet joints reducing the risk of degenerative changes and pain.


It is important therefore for those that sit for long periods to use an ergonomic chair that promotes good posture.  There is debate as to whether the kneeling posture chair is better suited to this role than the straight back chair.  Studies are mixed on the superior benefits of the kneeling posture chair which is designed to share the strain of sitting through the shins and the buttocks, so as to reduce the compressive forces through the lumbar spine.  One study found that the posture kneeling chair allowed the lumbar spine to adopt a curvature closer to that of standing posture, during sitting, typing and writing.  It suggested that this may aid treatment of lower back injury.   This design ensures the thighs are dropped to an angle of 60-70 degrees from vertical, whereas in a straight back chair the thighs are at 90 degrees.  This modification in the angle of the thighs tilts the pelvis to promote the standing lumbar curvature.