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Are exams becoming a pain in the neck?

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books-927394_1920The exam period can be wreak havoc on a students health and stress levels

Consumer research (2017) by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) found that 37% of 16-24 year olds have struggled with back or neck pain in the past.

Our Chiropractor, Stuart Bennett says: “Exam pressures mean that a lot of time can be spent behind a desk and whilst stress doesn’t cause back and neck pain it can exacerbate the symptoms, so it’s important that students take steps to ensure this doesn’t affect their work. Simple actions such as taking regular breaks, drinking water and doing exercise can help prevent these symptoms and keep you focused. “

We at Durham Family Chiropractic have helped many of our students through this “dreaded” period and this is what  Megan has to to say:

 Exams and writing my dissertation, totally stressed me out and I was constantly suffering with tightness in the shoulders and headaches. Thanks to regular adjustments from my chiropractor, I kept my head clear and survived exams in one piece!

 

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British Sandwich Week

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british sandwich weekEnjoy your sandwiches this British Sandwich Week and grab some proper break time to enjoy them

British Sandwich Week is a week-long celebration of the greatest food to go and quite possibly the most iconic British culinary invention, the Sandwich.

Ever since John Montague, the 4th Earl of Sandwich ordered cold beef between slices of toast, to avoid getting up from his cards game, his name has become synonymous with the delectable dish.

In today’s world  we want to get on with our lives and grab a sandwich, the ultimate food to go. So much so that in Britain alone we buy over 3.5 billion sandwiches a year.

Whether you experiment with healthy home made or bought, sandwiches are a popular food to take to work and many people will happily snack on their sandwich at their desk over their lunch break.
The British Chiropractic Association has some great advice for desk hoggers looking to maximise their lunchbreaks.

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New Acupuncture Treatment

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Imagine living a life free of the chronic pain that has affected your quality of life and ability to do what you love.

IMG-20170502-WA0001Neil Thomas, Doctor of Chiropractic and Medical Acupuncturist has successfully trialed a new acupuncture treatment that is  being introduced at Durham Family Chiropractic that reduces pain very quickly with lasting effects.

The new system of acupuncture will allow patients with chronic pain complaints to seek another avenue of care other than chiropractic and osteopathy. Battlefield or ‘Rapid’ acupuncture will be available for any chronic pain related complaint where chiropractic or osteopathy may not be suitable or if the patient requires quicker pain relief while undergoing co-management with another therapy.

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Walking Fit

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Whether it is a walk in the park, or hike in the hills, enjoy the health benefits of walking and make every step count!

Now that the days are longer and warmer, it is time to grab your dog and possibly a raincoat and get yourself outside to enjoy our beautiful countryside.

Not only is walking simple and free, it is also one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight (if needed) and become healthier. Walking is ideal for all age groups and all levels of fitness, what a great way to spend some healthy family time!

 

According to the NHS, “Regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers.”

 It is recommended by the NHS that you start slowly and try to build your walking regime gradually. To get the best health benefits from walking, it needs to be of moderate-intensity activity. In other words, it needs to be faster than a stroll.

Set yourself a goal and try to walk 10,000 steps a day, if you would like to track this and don’t have a smart watch, there are some fun apps available as a free download. Here is the “PACER” app to start you off on your adventures. Read More >

Spring has Sprung

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ladybird-449333_1920Protect your back whilst enjoying your time pottering in your garden.

It is that time of the year that the sun is starting to shine and the surrounding countryside is full of  golden daffodils, fragrant blossoms and bouncing lambs. Just the motivation needed to get ourselves outdoors and start think about our own gardening needs and jobs.

Here is some great advice from the British Chiropractic Association on how to best protect your back whilst enjoying your time pottering in your garden

 

Spring has Sprung

 

 

Be Ski Fit and Ski Safe!

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ski-2098120_1920 (1)Be safe on the Slopes!

For those of you thrills seekers venturing out onto the slopes for a final run this Easter, here is some great advice on pre ski fitness and also some safety tips for the slopes, from the British Chiropractic Association.

Have fun, stay safe and don’t forget to get adjusted before you go!

Be safe on the slopes

Run Every Day by Kerry Charlton

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download (1)Our guest blogger Kerry took on the challenge of Running Every Day through January!

Follow her progress here:

RED JANUARY WEEK 1

 

 

Cutting out Sugar by Emily Hunter

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sugar-1692209_1920 (1)Follow our  guest blogger Emily, as she shares the effects that her giving up sugar for the month of January has had on her life and body!

The results are in…..

Progress…

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What’s the Crack? by Dr Stuart Bennett

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Stuart Bennet chiropractor explains –  What is a crack or a pop? Because quite simply,

We don’t crack bones,

We do adjust joints

The joints we adjust are usually synovial (two bones or more with a joint capsule), which basically contain fluid. This fluid helps to protect your joints acting as a shock absorber.

This fluid absorbs gases from the body,(mostly CO2 and Nitrogen) and when we adjust a joint, we stretch that joint capsule and a small amount of the gas is released and makes a ‘popping’ sound (just like opening a bottle of pop).

Sometimes this popping sound is loud, sometimes quiet and sometimes no sound is made at all.

So here is the secret

  • The crack has nothing to do with what we as chiropractors do.
  • We adjust to increase mobility, stimulate the neurology and realign the spine.

Vacate from Stress

IMG_0964Through working closely with health practitioners here at Durham Family Chiropractic I am exposed to the impact that stress has on one’s daily life.

I am no expert, but research has shown that chronic stress takes its toll in part on our body’s ability to resist infection, maintain vital functions, and even ability to avoid injury. When you’re stressed out and tired, you are more likely to become ill, your arteries take a beating, your muscles become fatigued which often leads to tension headaches and you’re more likely to have an accident. Your sleep will suffer, you won’t digest your food as well, and even the genetic material in the cells of your body may start to become altered in a bad way. Mentally, not only do you become more irritable, depressed, and anxious, but your memory will become worse and you’ll make poorer decisions. You’ll also be less fun to be with!

Although I may not experience major work related stress, as I actually enjoy my job, I do however admit that just meeting the demands of my busy and full life is pretty hectic and stressful at times!

I find that the solution for me is to take a hard earned and much required vacation. The secrets to my successful holiday type are lots of sunshine, a bit of thrill seeking adventure, absorbing the local history and culture, plenty of good food and wine and of course great company.Read More >