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Should I see a chiropractor?

Should I see a chiropractor?

Do you have back pain or neck pain? You may be thinking should I see a chiropractor? The answer is definitely yes! Our chiropractor at Revive Chiropractic in Leeds is Alison Eaves. Alison has some advice and reassurance if you are thinking about your first visit to a chiropractor.

First of all, as a chiropractor I spend the majority of my day helping patients with back and neck pain. It is what I do. If you have just woken up with excruciating back or neck pain for the first time it can be quite frightening. Or maybe you have been living with aches and pains in your neck or low back for months or even years. Either way it could be the time for you to come and talk with me here at Revive Chiropractic.

Why should I see a chiropractor?

You many have back pain or neck pain. This is what we see the most of day in day out in the clinic and I am great at sorting out these problems. But I also see a lot of shoulder pain, elbow pain and hip and knee pain. So I am pretty good at sorting that out for you too.

How many treatments will I need?

Good questions and one with lots of different answers! But as a rough guide, pain of less than six weeks duration should respond favourably within six to eight visits. If you are very fortunate you might find you are better in half of this time or occasionally it can take around twelve visits. If the pain has been there for longer than six weeks then it is more likely you are looking at six to 12 visits, but it could be quicker.

The Revive Chiropractic ethos

I want patients to be as mobile and pain free as possible. Any chiropractic treatment suggested for you will aim to restore and improve joint mobility and release any tight muscles. So you have better movement and less pain. Simple isn’t it? (Actually, it’s a bit more complicated than that. But I’m always happy to discuss the ideas behind your treatment plan if you want to know things in more detail). At Revive Chiropractic we will try to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have. We believe in listening to our patients.

 If you would like to book an appointment at Revive Chiropractic you can book online at www.revivechiropractic.co.uk or call 0113 347 2801

 

Running Injuries Part 1

Following on from last weekend’s London Marathon, it seems a great time to discuss some of the most common running injuries and how low back pain can occur in runners. So look out for the next series of articles and blog posts from Revive Chiropractic all about running injuries and back pain in runners.

We see lots of runners here at Revive Chiropractic; from parkrun first timers to athletes training 5 or 6 times a week and no group are immune from running related injuries. From a back pain point of view, one of the first things to look at is tight hip flexors.

The hip flexors are the psoas muscle and the iliopsoas muscle that run from the low back and pelvis and attach onto the top of the thigh bone.

The job of the hip flexor is as the name suggests flexing the hip! In layman’s terms this is lifting the leg up in a bent position as if you are marching on the spot. Because when you run you use your hip flexors repeatedly there is a tendency for the hip flexors to over-tighten and become chronically shortened. This in turn leads to anterior tilting of the pelvis and resulting additional pressure on the lumbar facet joints (the joints of the spine).

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The psoas and the iliacus muscles make up the hip flexors

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Lower cross syndrome placing additional strain on the lumbar facet joints through anterior pelvic tilt and increased lumber lordosis

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Tight hip flexors causing anterior pelvic tilt

 

 

 

 

If you are feeling a bit tight and achy after a run then stretching is a good place to start. The quadriceps also works as a hip flexor so good to stretch that out too!

Stretches should be held for at least 30 seconds and repeated at least daily and definitely after any running. Chiropractic treatment can also help to mobilise or free-up the restricted lumbar facet joints and help to restore normal pelvic movement. This in turn will allow for a more fluid and energy efficient running style so you waste less energy and run quicker.

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Quadriceps stretch

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Psoas muscle stretch