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 >

The real effects of flip flops on your body. By Claire Hawes

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During these summer months most of us ladies love to get our feet into those flip flops. We love to let our feet breathe and show off our painted toes.  Well that all sounds wonderful, and who am I to spoil that, particularly as I love to wear them too! However it is a growing concern that heel pain is growing among young people ages 15 to 25 years. Some experts and parents cite wearing flip flops daily as the main cause. Flip flop wearers take short strides and turn their ankles inward. Long term ankle and hip problems are a cause for concern.Read More >

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

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Welcome_

 

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 >