30.8 million days lost to musculoskeletal problems (including back pain, neck and upper limb problems)

As an employer, it’s inevitable that some of your employees will be absent due to sickness or illness. This type of absence will naturally resolve itself, but for a small number of employees, sickness absence can lead to much longer time off work.

Most absence is for genuine reasons and is likely to end within seven days and the most common reasons for this kind of short-term absence are:

  • minor illness;
  • stress;
  • musculoskeletal disorders;
  • recurring medical conditions;
  • back pain.

Most long-term absence is caused by:

  • Acute medical conditions.
  • Musculoskeletal injuries.
  • Stress.
  • Mental ill-health.
  • Back pain.

An estimated 137 million working days were lost due to sickness or injury in the UK in 2016, according to a new report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This was equivalent to 4.3 days per worker, one public service who also reported chronic back pain as top of the illness list was the NHS.

“Staff are taking more time off work because of illness, with the total now close to 17m days a year. Mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression, and musculoskeletal problems including chronic back pain, are the two main reasons NHS staff fall ill and have to take time off to recover.”

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Minor illnesses (such as coughs and colds) accounted for the most days lost due to sickness in 2016, with 34 million days lost (24.8% of the total days lost to sickness) followed by musculoskeletal problems (including back pain, neck and upper limb problems) at 30.8 million days (22.4%). Mental health issues (including stress, depression, anxiety and more serious conditions such as manic depression and schizophrenia) resulted in 15.8 million days being lost (11.5%).

@ www.ons.gov.uk/news

At Corrective Chiropractic we can attend your work place if there are more than 10 members of staff. Along with our Spinal Analysis Machine (SAM®) which is fitted with two, properly aligned weighing scales we can check for any weight imbalance, and check your posture. 

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Usually it is due to poor posture and improper use of the body, such as regularly carrying heavy loads on one side of the body, or sitting at an angle for prolonged periods, such as working at a computer that is placed to one side. After a long time, the muscles on one side of the body might become permanently tensed, the pelvis or hip might tilt or the spine might start to curve.

We work with all major insurance companies if your workplace has health insurance for your employees, and they would like to be seen at our clinics in Milton Keynes or Aylesbury.

Contact us today if you would like us to help your employees with chronic back painhttps://miltonkeyneschiropractor.co.uk/contact/

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What is Sciatica?

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a symptom that consists of leg pain. It can vary from a mild ache to an excruciating, shooting pain. The pain might be worse when you sit, sneeze, or cough. Sciatica can occur suddenly or it can develop gradually. You might also feel weakness, numbness, burning or a pins and needles sensation down your leg, possibly even in your toes.

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Sciatica is usually a symptom of a “pinched nerve” affecting one or more of the lower spinal nerves that run down your leg. The nerve might be pinched inside or outside of the spinal canal.

The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It runs from the back of your pelvis, through your buttocks, and all the way down both legs, ending at your feet.

The pain of sciatica is usually felt in the buttocks and legs.

Most people find it goes away naturally within a few weeks, although some cases can last for a year or more. The pain can range from being mild to very painful, and may be made worse by sneezing, coughing or sitting for a long period of time.

While people with sciatica can also have general back pain, the pain associated with sciatica usually affects the buttocks and legs much more than the back.

The most common causes of sciatica:

  • A trapped nerve in the lumbar spine affecting the sciatic nerve
  • A disc herniation – one of the discs in the spine bulges out to the side (‘slipped disc’) and presses on the lower lumber nerve roots (that form the sciatic nerve)
  • Piriformis syndrome – the piriformis is a muscle in your buttocks that the sciatic nerve runs under, and sometimes through, and if it gets tight it can irritate the sciatic nerve
  • Trigger point referral – knots in the muscles of the buttocks or low back, called trigger points, can cause the sensation of pain down the leg (referral) that can mimic sciatica

How do you treat sciatica?

A combination of Chiropractic adjustments, massage, stretching and cryotherapy (using an ice pack or Biofreeze) could help greatly.  With this approach you are addressing any misalignments of the spine and pelvis through the Chiropractic adjustments; this takes the pressure off the nerves and aides the recovery of any disc herniation (‘slipped disc’).  Massage relaxes the tight muscles around the spine and the piriformis if needed, this encourages what the Chiropractic adjustments are doing and relaxes any trigger points in the muscles of the lower back and buttocks.  The stretching helps between your Chiropractic appointments, and the ice pack reduces the inflammation around the nerve, again aiding a speedier recovery. An important final note.  The symptom sciatica can be caused by serious underlying complaints and should be checked thoroughly by a trained physician who performs a complete physical examination of your muscles and joints and neurological examination of your nerves.  If you have any change in your bowel or bladder habits (unusually can’t control or go!) or numbness in your ‘saddle’ area, coupled with severe back or leg pain, then you should see your GP as soon as possible.

As a Chiropractor it is our job to ensure that the complaint you have is a Chiropractic case.  At Corrective Chiropractic: Milton Keynes and Aylesbury, we ensure that we give you the best treatment and advice to help you with your sciatica, and in those few cases that we feel that physical interventions like Chiropractic and massage are not the most suitable option, we refer you to the person who is right for you.

 

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Preventing sciatica

You can minimise your risk of a further episode of sciatica by:

  • adopting a better posture and lifting techniques at work
  • stretching before and after exercise
  • exercising regularly

While sleeping, your mattress should be firm enough to support your body while supporting the weight of your shoulders and buttocks, keeping your spine straight. If your mattress is too soft, place a firm board under the mattress. Support your head with a pillow, but make sure your neck isn’t forced up at a steep angle.

More information can be found @ www.nhs.uk/conditions/sciatica

 

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“Like keys on a piano, all of your spinal nerves work in conjunction to create a beautifully working body. A key out of tune might not be such a big deal. After all, it’s just a song, right? But when a spinal nerve malfunctions…now things may start to get serious. Maybe you can withstand some back or leg pain, but what if that nerve is carrying power to your heart or stomach? A single misalignment is one too many! To express your healthiest life, be sure maintain a properly tuned nervous system through regular Chiropractic adjustments.”

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From #HarleyStreet to #MiltonKeynes with Corrective Chiropractic @chiropractic_mk

A respected Harley Street chiropractor has launched his own clinic in Milton Keynes that specialises in structural spinal careDr Lawrence King has opened Corrective Chiropractic, based at Warren Park in Wolverton Mill, which is open from 8am until 8pm on weekdays.

Dr King made his name over the last 10 years including time at the Gonstead Clinic in central London, which has been long-established on Harley Street.

Corrective Chiropractic specialises in structural chiropractic care, which is different to what most people in the UK are accustomed to from a chiropractor.

Dr King and his team work with patients to produce measured improvements in their health by focussing on guiding the spine back towards its normal position, using the Gonstead chiropractic system.

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The MK clinic is Dr King’s second Corrective Chiropractic clinic, after he opened one in Aylesbury last year.

Dr King explained: “No-one has perfect spinal alignment but there is a normal range for the spine – just like a normal range for blood pressure – and this is what we work towards.

“By addressing structural shifts in the spine we are often able to address the underlying cause of many secondary conditions, commonly known as symptoms.

“I’m looking forward to helping people across Milton Keynes. I’m really fond of MK and I believe it’s a great place to open a new business.”

The new MK clinic is based at Wellbeing @ Warren Park, a business park situated just off Stratford Road between Stony Stratford and Wolverton.

You are welcome to attend an open day on Saturday September 2 from 10am to 4pm, where a local VIP will cut the red ribbon to officially launch the clinic.

Please use the voucher below to receive 50% off your initial structural analysis consultation and X-rays, if clinically required. September 2017 only

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Corrective Chiropractic commonly sees patients with back pain, leg pain, neck pain and headaches. Schedule an appointment on 01908 774058 or visit http://www.correctiveclinics.co.uk

With huge thanks to Celebrate:MK for this fantastic article

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From #HarleyStreet to #MiltonKeynes with Corrective Chiropractic @chiropractic_mk

See us in Celebrate:MK Magazine this September

Corrective Chiropractic

A respected Harley Street chiropractor has launched his own clinic in Milton Keynes that specialises in structural spinal careDr Lawrence King has opened Corrective Chiropractic, based at Warren Park in Wolverton Mill, which is open from 8am until 8pm on weekdays.

Dr King made his name over the last 10 years including time at the Gonstead Clinic in central London, which has been long-established on Harley Street.

Corrective Chiropractic specialises in structural chiropractic care, which is different to what most people in the UK are accustomed to from a chiropractor.

Dr King and his team work with patients to produce measured improvements in their health by focussing on guiding the spine back towards its normal position, using the Gonstead chiropractic system.

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The MK clinic is Dr King’s second Corrective Chiropractic clinic, after he opened one in Aylesbury last year.

Dr King explained: “No-one has perfect…

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Five Habits of a Happy Spine

Your spine is a channel for communication between your brain and the rest of your body, so it’s vitally important you keep it as healthy as possible. The following is a set of FIVE quick tips that will help your spine stay healthy.

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It is vital to practice these points even when you feel fine, as creating healthy habits helps prevent future problems.

 1. It’s carried well.

For a healthy spine, good posture is crucial. Are you sitting or standing up straight as you read this? If you were to look at yourself from the side, is your ear, middle shoulder, hip, mid knee, and ankle in a line? They should be! Commonly the head and shoulders creep forward – this is poor posture and can cause problems. 

2. There’s always time for exercise.

Stretch your legs and back after each hour of sitting: Whether in a car or at a desk, stretching regularly will help keep you from tightening up or injuring yourself. Movement is the key! If you sit for a prolonged time, your muscles and joints become stiffer.

Regular breaks and stretches help to maintain healthy joint and muscular function.

A happy, healthy spine needs regular exercise to function well. So, what’s the best way to exercise your spine? You’ve heard it before, but getting your recommended 30 minutes minimum of moderate intensity exercise on all or most days of the week will give you general health benefits as well as keeping your spine strong and healthy.

3. It gets proper nutrients.

When we eat healthily, chances are we’re more conscious of how it may help our clothes fit well than what it does for our nervous system. A healthy diet high in leafy greens and vegetables can help our body better accommodate stress and allow our nervous system to function optimally. Eating organic, unrefined food and drinking at least eight glasses – two litres – of pure water every day. Our cells are our body’s building blocks and they need fuel to stay healthy.

Aim for five serves of vegetables and two serves of fruit per day.

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4. Your spine is well rested.

Not getting enough sleep each night can wreak havoc on our entire body—including our spine. Your spine helps you stay upright all day, and it needs its time to relax and rejuvenate just like the rest of you. Make sure your spine is supported during sleep and avoid stomach slumber when possible. 

Sleep on your back or side, never your stomach: Avoid sleeping on your stomach; it twists your neck. Also, avoid the fetal position; it reverses your spinal curves.

5. Don’t overload your backpack, purse or wallet.

  • Remember to carry your backpack over both shoulders to balance the load (if possible).
  • Children are advised to carry less than 10 per cent of their body weight in a school backpack and this is also sound advice for adults.
  • Keep your wallet out of your back pocket when sitting, especially when driving.

 

If you have chronic stress or pain, consulting the experts is essential, so don’t delay. Contact Corrective Chiropractic today to book an appointment              #Aylesbury #MiltonKeynes

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