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.

Stress

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 www.grassrootshealth.net

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.