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Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year!!!

The clinic will reopen on Thursday 4th January 2018.

If you need to make an appointment please use the instant online booking facility via the website.
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Portsmouth Chiropractic : Autumn in the garden https://buff.ly/2iAfMoP Autumn brings a whole raft of garden tasks; time to cut back the dead plants, clear up leaves, do winter planting and get ready for winter. Our bodies are very well adapted to a variety of tasks, but we need to be careful not to take advantage of this and push our bodies to breaking…
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Portsmouth Chiropractic : Autumn in the garden http://www.portsmouthchiropractic.co.uk/2017/12/01/autumn-in-the-garden Autumn brings a whole raft of garden tasks; time to cut back the dead plants, clear up leaves, do winter planting and get ready for winter. Our bodies are very well adapted to a variety of tasks, but we need to be careful not to take advantage of this and push our bodies to breaking…
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Spring is arriving

Ensure your back and neck are in great shape as the weather is warming up!!

Winter hibernation is coming to an end and many will be starting to think about Spring gardening jobs. It's great to get outdoors and blow the cobwebs away but take care of your back with our great advice.
 
Clothes
- Don’t wear clothes that are tight or could constrict your movement.
Warm Up
- Gardening is like any other exercise; you need to warm up first. Don’t go straight into the heavy work; start off with lighter jobs as this will lessen the chance of muscle strain.
Take a break
- Vary your activity by spending no more than 20-30 minutes on any one thing and make sure you take regular breaks.
Clever spring pruning
- Get as close as possible to the things you are pruning and avoid overstretching to reach the area you are dealing with. 
- Invest in some long handled secateurs to reach plants and bushes that are beyond normal reach.  
Plan ahead
- If you are planning a trip to the local garden centre store to buy heavy items such as compost, buy smaller bags rather than one big bag as they are easier and safer to carry. Better still, have it delivered direct to your home.
- Don’t lift with your arms straight out, keep the elbows bent and to your side to minimise the stress on your back.
- If having items delivered, have them unloaded as close to where you need them as possible; this will save the effort of moving them again.
- A specialist garden trolley might be worth investing in to move these sorts of materials around, especially if you have lots of patio pots to move around as well. 
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Back Pain  and Neck Pain Treatment  at Portsmouth Chiropractic Can Make All the Difference:-

New consumer research from the British Chiropractic Association shows that 71% of those suffering with back pain have been doing so for up to 10 years but, amazingly, many admit to not taking proactive measures to take care of their backs.

The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) is encouraging people to practice greater self-care and incorporate simple steps into their daily routine to help prevent back and neck pain before it causes longer term problems.

The new findings by the neck and back care experts at the BCA revealed that 40% of people surveyed admit they have never done anything to actively protect their backs. Even more worryingly, just under a third (29%) confessed that they have been unable to work due to their back pain. Research from the UK Statistics Authority has also shown that the number of sick days taken due to back pain increased by 29% in the last year, from 7.7 million in 2013 to 9.9 million in 2014*.


Over half (54%) think that sitting in the same position for long periods of time has the most negative impact on their back health. Despite recognising the source of pain, almost one in 10 (8%) of those who spend the day mainly in one position don’t take regular breaks.
In terms of what measures people would consider taking to protect their backs, while 7% would see a trained health professional, many more said they would try home remedies such as heat treatment (53%), rest (48%) or over the counter medication (39%) to solve their back problems.
BCA chiropractor Katherine Jassar says: “As modern lifestyles put increasing amounts of strain on our backs and necks it’s becoming even more important for people to take proactive measures to protect their back health. Yet, we are seeing more and more people who have been struggling with back pain for longer periods of time. Prevention is always better than cure and it’s encouraging to see that some people told us they are taking steps to maintain a healthy posture, including limiting the amount of time they spend on laptops. However, there are a number of other simple processes that people can incorporate into their daily routine to reduce the effect that back and neck pain can have on their everyday lives. For example, people are often surprised at the positive impact that simply ensuring you take regular breaks when sitting for long periods of time, or walking regularly can have on your back.” 

So, how can we battle back pain before it becomes a problem?
The BCA offers the following top tips to help people keep back pain at bay:
• Stop the slouch: Relax when sitting into your seat, making sure you have your bottom against the seat back with your shoulder blades touching the back rest of the chair. Try to ensure that your hips are higher than your knees. For drivers; the back of the seat should be set slightly backwards, so that it feels natural and your elbows should be at a comfortable and relaxed angle for driving.
• Get up, stand up: Don't sit for more than 20-30 minutes at a time - stand up to stretch, change position and walk around a little. If you struggle to get away then take time to gently massage the back of your head and neck as you relax your stomach region with slow easy breathing. This will help to improve posture and reduce back pain by promoting balance, strength and flexibility in the spine.
• Walk on: Adding just a few minutes walking to your daily routine could be of benefit. For example, walk to the shops instead of driving; try walking a little faster to boost the exercise benefit; take the stairs instead the lift.
• Drink up!: Try drinking water instead of tea or coffee; it will be healthier and keep your body hydrated.

* Source: Letter from the Office of National Statistics 2015
1. Office of National Statistics 2015  
2. The research was carried out between: 07/01/2015 and 20/01/2015. Sample: 2,127 UK adults aged 18 – 65 on behalf of the British Chiropractic Association. 


 
  
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Easter Holiday Travel Tips To Reduce Low Back Pain and Neck Pain.

If you are in discomfort before your trip, remember to book in and receive some low back, neck or shoulder treatment so You can face the holidays relaxed, refreshed and ready for the journey!

As the Easter holidays approach, whether returning from a break, taking a last minute weekend away or just a day trip with the kids, if you are going to be spending some serious time in the car, look at our top tips to help keep your back in shape.


Make adjustments

- If you share a car, make sure the seat position is adjusted to suit you each time you get in. 
- The back of the seat should be set slightly backwards, so that it feels natural and your elbows should be at a comfortable and relaxed angle for driving.

Steering wheel

- Once you have adjusted your seat correctly, your hands should fall naturally on the steering wheel, with just a slight bend in the arms.
If the wheel is too high and far away, tension will build up in your shoulders and upper back. If it is too low and close to you, the wheel may be touching your legs, which will reduce your ability to turn it freely, putting strain on the wrists and the muscles of the upper back.
Mirrors

Your reactions must be quick, so you should not need to move your head a lot. The mirror positions should allow you to see all around the car with the movement of your eyes with minimal head movement.
- Set your mirror positions to suit you before you drive off. 

Seatbelts

- Your seatbelt should always lie across the top of your shoulder and never rub against your neck or fall onto the top of your arm. 
- Depending on your height, you may need to adjust the position at which the seat belt emerges from the body of the car. (If the adjustments available are insufficient, it is possible to purchase clips that help you adjust your seat belt height without impairing safety.)

Footwear

- Once you have adjusted your seat correctly, your feet should fall naturally onto the pedals. You should be able to press the pedals to the floor by mainly moving your ankle and only using your leg a little. 
- Avoid wearing wear high heels, or very thick-soled shoes, as you will have to over-extend the ankle in order to put pressure on the pedals. As well as making it much harder to deal with an emergency stop, this position will raise your thigh from the seat (reducing support to your leg) and create tension (and possibly cramp) in the calf. This, in turn, will impair the blood flow on a long journey.

Relax

- A relaxed driving position reduces stress on the spine, allowing your seat to take your weight.
- Take regular breaks - stop and stretch your legs (and arms!) at least every two hours, more often if possible. You should certainly stop more frequently if you are feeling any discomfort.
- Clench your cheeks - If you are stuck in traffic, exercise in your seat. Try buttock clenches, side bends, seat braces (pushing your hands into the steering wheel and your back into the seat – tensing and relaxing) as well as shoulder shrugs and circles.
- Leave the tight clothes at home - They will restrict your movement.

- It’s all in the timing - Allow plenty of time for journeys to avoid stress.
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We see patients routinely for low back pain, neck pain, headaches, shoulder and knee pain. 

When you meet Katherine for the first time, she will start with a discussion about you, your health and your reasons for asking for chiropractic care.
 
You will be asked for a great deal of information, not just about the pain or complaint that may have brought you to the clinic, but also about your past health history. Some of the questions may appear irrelevant, but they are extremely important. To ensure that chiropractic care is appropriate for your condition, she will need to establish your overall health picture. If chiropractic appears not to be suitable for you, you will be referred to your GP or relevant specialist.
 
Your details are confidential. No one else will be allowed to see your notes without your permission.
 
This video may give you some idea of what to expect. If you have any questions prior to your visit to a chiropractor, call the clinic to discuss them.
 
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Kings Road Clinic has changed it's name to Portsmouth Chiropractic.  To make an online booking go to
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New consumer research from the British Chiropractic Association shows that 71% of those suffering with back pain have been doing so for up to 10 years but, amazingly, many admit to not taking proactive measures to take care of their backs. The British…
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