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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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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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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

 

 

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 >

Are you suffering from hip-pocket syndrome? By Neil Thomas DC

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As a chiropractor I am used to seeing people with back problems on a daily basis due to injury, repetitive spinal stress or poor core stability but did you know that a simple thing like wearing your wallet in your back pocket could be the cause of your pain. 80% of people will suffer from an episode of back pain at some point in their lives and a lot of these are easily preventable.

Many men carry a wallet in their back pocket, some for many decades without a thought as to how this may be affecting their spinal health. Wallets can be filled with essential items such as credit cards, driver’s license, cash, receipts and other useful or even useless bits and pieces which can result in quite a chunky piece of pocket-wear.

Imagine this chunky wedge nestled in your back pocket every day while you are sitting on a chair or in your car; one side of your pelvis is now higher than the other instead of being even. The wallet will not only affect your spine but also the tissues and structures underneath the wallet. If you are new to wearing a wallet in your back pocket then you may notice it is slightly uncomfortable at first but then after a while you stop noticing it.  Your body has an amazing ability to adapt and compensate for imbalances and believe me, it will have to do some compensating for that chunky wedge! Let’s talk about why.Read More >

A Warm Welcome-a forgotten gesture or a meaningful experience?

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Our smiles are real and we are genuinely interested in you and your health and wellbeing.

We have all experienced that dreaded moment when we walk into a busy waiting room and are not acknowledged, or even worse ignored!

Why do they do this?

Especially when we all know that you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression on anything in life. This is the experience that stays with us for ever.Read More >