There are a number of things a person has to do to keep themselves in great shape. With all of the different factors that go into maintaining a high level of well-being, you will have to make sure you devote the right amount of time to it. If you are able to follow the warning signs your body gives, you will be able to address your health issues as they arise. One of the best ways to feel better in your daily life is by having routine chiropractic care. The following are a few signs you need to schedule an appointment with your chiropractor.
Noticeable Pain in Joints and Muscles
If you start to notice that the pain you feel in your joints and muscles is becoming more severe and frequent, then you will need to call in a chiropractor to give you some help. The more stress you put on your muscles and joints on a daily basis, the higher your level of pain and discomfort will be. By getting the treatments you need, you will be able to alleviate this pain and discomfort and get on with your life.
Sedentary Job Life
Another sign you need to call on a professional chiropractor for help is having a job that requires you to remain still for more than 8 eight hours a day. This level of inactivity can start to weaken the muscles you have and create a number of different issues for you. By taking proactive measures, you will be able to avoid injuries which are caused by having weakened muscles. The chiropractor you see will be able to let you know what you can do to combat the weakened muscles you have and reduce injuries in the process.
Trauma from an Accident
One of the worst experiences a person can be involved in is being involved in an accident. There are a number of different injuries that can be caused by this type of situation and getting treatment for them should be a top priority. If you are experiencing aches and pains well after the accident has happened, then you will have to get some professional help. By visiting a chiropractor, you will be able to get the relief you need to back to a normal way of life. Make sure to do some research in your area before choosing the chiropractor to use.
Choosing the right chiropractic health centre is a big part of getting the right care. Taking the time to weigh the options in an area will help a person make the right decision.
Cast Life – A Parent’s Guide to DDH was launched in October and I hope it will offer a vital lifeline to parents with children suffering from Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH).
DDH occurs when the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit snugly together and whilst it affects between one and three children in every thousand, information and support is shockingly poor leaving parents feeling confused about what happens next.
Inspired by her son who was diagnosed at four months, the author, Natalie Trice, knows all too well that whilst DDH is not life threatening, it certainly is life changing.
Natalie passionately believes that there needs to be more awareness of DDH, which if left untreated, can lead to long term disability, hip replacements and life long pain.
Cast Life is a comprehensive book that covers everything from easy to understand explanations about the condition and the treatments involved to the products available to make life easier for children in casts. It also looks at family life, dealing with emotions as well including first person stories and parent comments.
Professor N. M. P. Clarke ChM, DM, FRCS Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, who wrote the foreword for Cast Life, commented, ““DDH is one of the most common congenital abnormalities and it is remarkable that there is so little information out there. This book is essential reading for the parents of children with the condition, as well as health professionals working with them, and I would love to see it in all clinics around the world.”
Natalie added, “When a child is diagnosed with any illness, the parents often feel overwhelmed and want know as much about the condition as possible. When Lucas was diagnosed with DDH I was terrified and my initial search for information threw up horrific images and worst-case scenarios that simply compounded my fear.
“With Lucas facing more surgery this autumn, I am really pleased to have done something to help others as I know how hard the waiting and recovery periods are. Cast Life isn’t loaded with medical jargon, but it gives the reader the knowledge and facts they need to get to grips with DDH so they regain a little bit of control and power in what can be a tough situation.”
Cast Life is available on Amazon in the UK and US and Natalie has also set up Spica Warrior a charity offering information about DDH, 10% of the royalties will be going to this cause, and blogs about the condition at Just because I love
To look more closely at the risks surrounding osteoporosis and the condition in general PatientTalk’s Mason Jones interviewed Claire Severgnini, Chief Executive of the National Osteoporosis Society and Dr Rob Hicks. You can read the interview below!
New research released on World Osteoporosis Day shows that only 3% of all adults surveyed in the UK are aware of the risk of men suffering a fracture due to osteoporosis; and of the 50+ men surveyed, again only 3% correctly estimated the risk.
Almost a quarter of the 2,424 people surveyed perceived the risk to be 1 in 1,000 where in reality the risk is 1 in 5.2 Furthermore, the results show that doctors are not making men aware of the condition, which can result in late diagnosis.
Osteoporosis can lead to painful fractures, disability and even early death, but it can be neglected by doctors during routine consultations. Among the at-risk 50+ men surveyed, 73% said that their doctor had never asked them about their bone health, discussed the risk factors or offered them a bone density scan.
Many people with osteoporosis are living every day in pain and in fear; their lives are shrinking along with their bodies, and they are struggling to hold on to the moments and people they love.4 These are just some of the dramatic findings from the recently commissioned NOS ‘Life with Osteoporosis’ landmark research project.
In fact, in the UK, while only one-third of all hip fractures occur in men, men are in fact twice as likely to die within the first 6 months following injury to their hip when compared with women.
JONES -So first of all only 2% of men over 50 are aware of the risk of Osteoporosis, can you tell me why that is and is that something we should be concerned about?
DR HICKS -I think the fact that only 2% and 1 in 50 man over the age of 50 is aware that they too can be affected by Osteoporosis is something that we should be very concerned about, I mean for a long time many people, men and women alike have thought that Osteoporosis is purely a women’s disease but it’s not although its more common in women, men can be affected too and that’s why we want to raise awareness about this condition Osteoporosis which is often known as brittle bone disease because over the age of 50 within the lifetime 1 in 5 men will suffer a fracture related to having brittle fragile bones , it may be in the wrist , it may be in the spine or it may be in the hip and the knock off affect that is not only the fracture painful and inconvenient but many men are left with long term pain, left disabled, they are less independent than they would like to be and sometimes the consequences of those things a man can become depressed. So we want to raise awareness that men should be thinking about their bones too and off all the different things they can do to look after their bones.
JONES -And obviously people like your selves are trying to do exactly that but should doctors / G.Ps be doing more for that?
DR HICKS -I think this is everybody’s responsibility , I think it’s a team approach so it’s not just the men themselves or the women in their life’s pointing in the direction of Osteoporosis and what it means but also health care professionals and doctors , nurses and pharmacists as well being alert to this fact and I hope that in time we will have the same success over the years that’s already been achieved with making women aware of Osteoporosis so that we won’t need to do surveys about who’s aware within the male community about Osteoporosis because they will be saying , oh I know about that, I’ve had my check up and had a chat with my doctor and I’m taking all the right steps to protect my bones, I’m doing lots of weight bearing exercises , I’m making sure I get calcium and Vitamin D , I’m eliminating the risk factors that increases my chances of Osteoporosis so I’ve stopped smoking, I’m no longer drinking too much alcohol, you know all those sort of things that make Osteoporosis more likely , things that each and every one of us can do to keep our bones strong and healthy.
JONES -And if we do do these things is it fair to say that Osteoporosis is preventable then?
MS SEVERGNINI -Well Osteoporosis itself is often hereditary so it means you are pre disposed to having slightly weaker bones however that said we have actually seen people who have had a bone density scan where you can look at the density of someone’s bones and it might be border line Osteoporosis and through improved diet and improved exercised and a very good conscious effect they have actually improved their bone strength so we know that with peoples bone bank is built up to the age of thirty so a very positive lifestyle in your younger years , good diet , good exercise etc. means that you can actually carry your bone health through later life and by continuing those habits you give your bones the best chance.
JONES -And are there any particular early symptoms people should watch out for?
MS SEVERGNINI – I mean there are some early clinical symptoms especially in women that we’ve talked about before so an early menopause or sometimes people on cancer treatments and then there are diseases and conditions that can impact on Osteoporosis but unfortunately Osteoporosis is known as the silent disease and people don’t know that they have had it until they have broken their first bone , the issue is is that when that first bone is broken it’s incredibly important to know whether it’s a fragility fracture or something more trauma based, so if you just brake a bone through bumping into a doorframe or just slipping of a kerb or noting really traumatic that’s not right and therefore we should be investigating and checking for Osteoporosis and see whether or not it was a fragility fracture to avoid them happening again in the future.
JONES -Today is World Osteoporosis Day, where can people go for more information on the subject?
MS SEVERGNINI – Please visit my charity’s website www.nos.org.uk and if anyone is particularly worried about their bone health we do have nurse helpline and that is 0845 4500 230
Access the NOS ‘Life with Osteoporosis: the Untold Story’ Report, based on the experiences of 3,228 people living with osteoporosis in the UK – see Gary’s Story (age 56) on page 21 and link to video www.nos.org.uk/page.aspx?pid=1622
About the National Osteoporosis Society
The National Osteoporosis Society is the only UK wide charity dedicated to improving the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and fragility fractures. We want every person over the age of 50 who breaks a bone to be assessed and treated for osteoporosis. The charity was established in 1986 and has since grown into a well-respected national charity with approximately 25,000 members and over 50 members of staff.
The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) is the world’s largest Non-Governmental Organisation dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and related musculoskeletal diseases. IOF members, including 225 patient, medical and research societies, work together to make bone, joint and muscle health a worldwide health-care priority. www.iofbonehealth.org; www.facebook.com/iofbonehealth; www.twitter.com/iofbonehealth #LoveYour Bones