Discs

Discs

We are not talking about LP’s, vinyls or even mini discs… This may be music to your ears but you have discs in your spine too.

The discs in our bodies are great, they are a series of flat, fluid filled gel-like discs, their main job is to aid movement and to provide stability in the spine. So every time we move forward, twist then these discs absorb some of that impact and also facilitate some of that movement, it’s not just joints that move!

different stages of disc degenertion

There’s two parts to a disc a tough outer layer which is a series of fibres that helps to contain the second part of the disc, the inner gel like layer that is made up of a stonking 88% water. Also the disc makes up 25% of the overall height of the spine.

It’s essential that we keep these discs healthy by providing them with adequate water, good nutrition, and good movement/spinal function and minimise bad habits that could affect the health of discs. Surprisingly one of the key things to avoid is smoking as this can affect the chemistry of the disc itself and then ends up affecting the make up of the disc which can result in higher incidence of disc degeneration or even prolapse.

Disc problems can result in back pain, buttock and leg pain and in severe cases can even lead to changes in sensation or muscle strength in the leg. A lot of people think nothing can be done for degenerated discs, and although we can’t undo the degeneration that is there we really want to maximise the function that remains before it to deteriorates. Our job at Chiropractic Works is to restore spinal function as best as possible which is aimed at reducing pain and improving the symptoms and function of the spine.

✔ You got this!

  • Keep mobile, movement is key for the spine.
  • Drink plenty of water – keep those discs hydrated.
  • Watch your sitting and driving position!
  • See your Chiropractor!

 ✘ Not this!

  • Any neurological change (loss or change in sensation/muscle strength) should always be thoroughly assessed.
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome is a serious condition where the discs in the lower part of the spine compress the nerves and can cause permanent damage.
  • If you have a change in baldder/ bowel habits or a loss of sensation in the genitals/saddle area seek immediate advice.

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Backcare Awareness Week 2018

Backcare Awareness Week 2018

The theme of this years #Backcare Awareness Week is Back Pain in Older Adults.

For many older adults this is something that people live with on a daily basis, whether it’s a niggle here and there or something more persistent that affects how you do the things you enjoy and the jobs around the house. All too often I have patients who come in and have been told ‘Oh, it’s arthritis, there’s nothing we can do’ or ‘It’s just your age’.

Well at Chiropractic Works we don’t say the ‘A’ word. We find that many people who have a condition such as osteoarthritis or spondylosis can be helped, and whilst we aren’t saying we can do miracle cures, for many we can help manage the problems they are having in a better way.

What is osteoarthritis anyway? Osteoarthritis is when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones breaks down, causing pain, swelling and problems moving the joint. Bony growths can develop, and the area can become inflamed. When this happens it is irreversible, what we can have an impact on is how the joint functions and moves. This will reduce the pain and discomfort people experience from osteoarthritis.

Chiropractic offers relief for many back and neck pain sufferers. It’s not a long term fix, it is gentle, it can be very effective in increasing the range of motion within the area i.e. flexibility and also reducing pain and stiffness levels.

It is well known that exercise helps with many conditions of the body. This is true of many back conditions too. However, sometimes you need that relief of discomfort or pain before you feel you can exercise. This is where Chiropractic can help. It could be the stepping stone you need in order to do that exercise which will help you feel fitter and keep you well.

Quite often it is a concerned family member who recommends chiropractic care. So if you think it may help someone then we suggest a 15 minute complimentary chat as an introduction to your chiropractor and allow any of your queries to be answered.

For more information about backcare and what they do check out their website backcare.org.uk.

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Migraine Prevention Week 2018

Migraine Prevention Week 2018

This week is Migraine Awareness Week (here’s a link to the Migraine Trust). In this blog post I’ll be looking at what a migraine is, common triggers and what we can do to help migraines.

First of all, some migraine facts:

  • 1 in 7 people suffer with migraines.
  • Migraines affect three times as many women as men.
  • Severe migraine is classed as amongst the most serious debilitating disease.
  • Migraines are the second most common reason for short term absence from work.

What are migraines?

The latest evidence suggests migraines are a genetic condition ref. In clinic I will quite often see familial links, especially where mothers and grandmothers have also suffered with migraines.

Older theories focused on a problem to do with the blood vessels in the brain but it is now believed that these changes to the blood vessels contribute rather than initiate migraines.

So what are the symptoms of a migraine?

The most common symptoms of migraine are throbbing headache, sensitivity to light, lethargy, feeling sick and being sick. Another common feature of a migraine is an ‘aura’, this is most commonly a visual disturbance such as tunnel vision, zig-zag lines or flashing lights. Not all migraines have auras.

What can we do about migraines?

Firstly identify if there are any triggers, these can often initiate or exacerbate migraines. The most common triggers are: 

  • Changes in routine.
  • Stress.
  • Sleep (too much or too little).
  • Caffeine.
  • Hormone changes
  • Environment/Work
  • Certain foods
  • Lack of food
  • Additives
  • Alcohol
  • Cheese
  • Dehydration

What next?

The second thing to do is if you haven’t already is to speak to your GP regarding any treatment options you have.

Then what?
After that the best thing to do is to see if there is anything else that can help to reduce or manage your migraines. We’re big fans of chiropractic care for migraines. Chiropractic care for migraines works on the basis that when the joints of the spine are unable to move correctly this creates joint and nerve irritation which can then sensitise other structures and contribute towards neck problems which can then trigger the migraines. We find this especially useful for people who find stress and work ergonomics contribute to their migraines.

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