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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

 

Neck pain when cycling 100 miles? The PRU ride 100

Neck pain when cycling

Some of you may have noticed the pictures from this weekend’s Prudential Ride London on the Facebook page. I’ve also treated a few cyclists recently complaining of neck pain when cycling.

 What causes neck pain when cycling?

Quite simply as human beings we are not designed to be on a bike. We are designed to be upright on two feet. On a bike, in order to be able to see the road ahead, the neck is pulled back into extension. This causes the joints to jam against each other and leads to neck pain when cycling. Riding with the arms outstretched for 2 or 3 hours at a time can also cause fatigue and neck pain when cycling long distances. If the neck and shoulder muscles are not strong enough to support the weight of the head (typically 6kg!) in this position then tension will build up in the neck muscles and lead to neck pain.

What can be done to prevent neck pain when cycling?

A combination of chiropractic treatment to loosen restricted joints in the spine and massage to specific tight neck muscles will help ease neck pain when cycling. Usually a course of treatments are required, typically 6 to 8 treatments.

There are also some great exercises that you can do lessen neck pain. These can all be found at leedschiro.co.uk/blog or by searching “Revive Chiropractic Leeds” on YouTube. There are some great general neck stretches to be found on the blog and chin tuck and wall angels are also a great start. It can take 8 to 10 weeks of doing the exercises daily to really strengthen the neck muscles and improve neck pain when cycling.

Also don’t forget a bike fit! The strongest neck and shoulder muscles won’t be much help if the setup of your bike is incorrect.

If you need further advice you can call and book an appointment with Alison Eaves at Revive Chiropractic in Leeds, West Yorkshire by calling 0113 347 2801.