What To Do If You Think You Have a Sports Injury

Taking part in sports is a great way to have fun, relax and get some exercise, but sometimes it can lead to injuries. You can minimise the risks by making sure that you warm up properly, make use of the correct safety equipment and don’t push yourself beyond your sensible limits. But just like any other physical activity, sometimes accidents just happen.

If you feel any pain while exercising you should always stop, whether you have noticed a sudden onset or the pain has developed slowly over time. If you carry on exercising on an injury it could make things worse and ultimately slow down your recovery.

If you suffer a sudden trauma, a deep cut or show signs of concussion following a blow to the head then you should go to your nearest emergency department as soon as possible. However, if your injury does not require immediate medical assistance then a chiropractor may provide a better solution for you.

Here at Kenilworth Chiropractors we have years of experience treating a range of sports injuries, from professional sportspeople to the Sunday leagues. Our fully qualified team will spend time carefully assessing the nature of your injury and work with you to create a tailored treatment plan.

If you live in Coventry, Warwick, Kenilworth, Leamington Spa or the surrounding areas and are concerned about a sports injury, then we could help. Call us on 01926 865985 to speak to a member of our friendly team, or fill in our online enquiry form.

Posture Perfect – Taking Care of Your Back Every Day

With our busy modern lifestyles, many of us take risks with our backs on a daily basis and we aren’t always quick to heed the warning signs of any emerging problems. But taking care of your back is vitally important to help prevent discomfort now and more serious conditions in the future.

Here are a few common scenarios where you should take extra care to look after your back:

Sleeping: Your sleeping posture is especially important because you tend to move around less during the night, so a bad position often has several hours to take its toll. Different people need different things from their mattress, but the key is to make sure it’s supportive. Your spine should be parallel to the mattress without sagging or bowing, which includes the level of your head on the pillow.

Using Computers: We are spending more and more time at computers so it’s worth taking some time to make sure your set up is correct. Make sure your chair supports your lower back without tilting you too far forward or back, and that your feet reach the floor comfortably. If you use a laptop, invest in a stand that raises it to eye level.

Gardening and DIY: As with any other exercise, you should warm up by tackling the little jobs before you build up to any heavy duty lifting or bending. Make use of any tools that are available to take the strain off you, and remember to vary your position and activity every half an hour or so.

Driving: It’s important to set your car up to a suitable position, even if you share a car and this means tweaking the seat every time you drive. Your hands should rest comfortably on the steering wheel with a slight bend at the elbow and the mirrors should be positioned so that you can see without moving your head very much at all.

Back pain is one of the most common conditions that we see here at Kenilworth Chiropractors, so we understand the importance of looking after yourself in those day to day situations. If you do suffer from discomfort in your back, we will take care to assess the specific cause of pain and formulate a treatment to suit you.

To find out more about our friendly and professional chiropractic services in Kenilworth, call us on 01926 865985 or fill in our online enquiry form.

How to Cope with Arthritis During the Winter Months

If you suffer from joint pain or arthritis you probably find that the pain gets worse during the cold, damp winter months. Making it more difficult for you to carry out your day to day chores or your exercise routine and it can just leave you feeling downright miserable. So what can you do this winter to alleviate the pain of arthritis?

Dress Warmly:

It may sound completely obvious and something your mum has been telling you to do for years but it really does help. If it’s really chilly outside make sure you wear gloves to keep your hands nice and toasty and wear an extra layer over your legs and your knees in particular.

Warm Water:

Having a long soak in a warm bath is both extremely relaxing as well as soothing for your joints. Swimming in a heated pool is also very beneficial for you, just ensure you don’t rush out into the cold as soon as you get out the pool, be sure to let your body’s temperature normalise a bit first.

Exercise Inside:

As we know exercise is highly beneficial for everyone no matter your age or ability, but even the most energetic of us aren’t eager to go for a run on a cold and frosty morning. Indoor exercising will be just as good for you and easier on your joints. Using a treadmill or even just taking regular walks around your indoor shopping centre would be beneficial and you could even get some Christmas shopping done while you were there.

Treat Yourself to a Massage:

Yes, you have permission to indulge yourself a little bit as a massage can release any tension and tightness in sore muscles and aching joints. And a massage will also leave you feeling completely relaxed and spoilt.

Acupuncture:

Acupuncture is another treatment than can reduce arthritic pain. Acupuncture can release pain by increasing the release of endorphins into the body, which in turn help to block pain. It is commonly used to treat arthritis as well as treating chronic pain cause by headaches, back and neck pain and muscle pain.

So when you feel that cold winter weather getting closer, dig out your winter woollies, plan an indoor exercise schedule and treat yourself to some treatments here at Kenilworth Chiropractic Clinic. We are a team of highly experienced chiropractors in Coventry, and are always on hand to offer any advice and information on dealing with arthritis. If you would like to know more get in touch with us today using the online enquiry form.

Prevent Back Pain by Sitting Correctly at Work

Millions of us work in offices across the country and regardless of the industry and specialism, there’s one thing that a lot of us have difficulty with and that’s back pain. Back pain can become a real problem in an office environment due to prolonged periods of sitting and limited movement. Here at Kenilworth Chiropractic we see a lot of office workers with bad back pain in Coventry coming to us for treatment but there are ways to prevent back pain and that’s by sitting properly. Here are a few tips to help you prevent back pain:

Seat Height

It’s amazing how much difference adjusting your chair to the correct position can improve and prevent developing back pains. Your chair should be at the right height to allow you to use your keyboard with your forearms and wrists parallel with the floor. If they’re sloping down or up, adjust your seat height accordingly.

Feet Flat On the Floor

Placing your feet flat on the floor will give better support to your back and your hips. If to have your seat at the right height for your arms, your feet are not flat on the ground then use a footrest. Having both feet flat on the ground also means that you shouldn’t be crossing your legs and it’s highly recommended that you don’t tuck one foot behind the other knee while sitting.

Screen Height

To avoid neck and back problems, you should have your screen at eye level so you’ll no longer have to tilt your neck up or down to see your screen properly. Aim to have the top of your screen at eye level and if the correct seat height does not allow for this, place your monitor on a stand.

If you’re sitting correctly at work and your back pain persists, please visit us to see how we can help you to enjoy a better quality of life without pain. Why not visit our website today or contact us for more information?

Treat Yourself to a Sports Massage in Leamington Spa

A common misconception of a sports massage is that the only people that benefit from sports massage are athletes in training or footballers with muscle injuries. But the reality is that almost everyone can benefit from a sports massage. It could be just what you need after a long week at work sat in an unforgiving chair staring at a computer screen. Here at Kenilworth Chiropractic Clinic we specialise in sport massage in Leamington Spa.

Sports massage is a very versatile therapy which can help with a large number of problems including:

–    Back pain
–    Generalised aches and stiffness
–    Tennis elbow
–    Post-surgical stiffness
–    Soft tissue injuries involving muscles, tendons and ligaments
–    Muscle dysfunction associated with broken bones

How does sports massage work?

Every move we make puts stress on our body and if it is a repetitive movement, the same muscles are used every time and eventually they become fatigued. For you to carry on the movement other muscles step into to take the strain and when this happens those muscles that aren’t used to working so hard can leave you with aches and pains around your body. A sports massage will help alleviate the pain by increasingly the blood flow to the tight and tired muscles. This process re-oxygenates the muscles whilst at the same time breaking down harmful lactic acid and any scar tissue. Sports massage is proven to be a very effective method, allowing your muscles to work as efficiently as they can.

So whether you are a swimmer training for the Olympics, or you spend all day lifting heavy objects or sitting in an uncomfortable position at your desk you could benefit from a sports massage. So why not treat yourself and let the experts here at Kenilworth Chiropractic Clinic rid you of those uncomfortable knots and you can leave us feeling relaxed and unwound.

If you would like any more information or want to find out how sports massage can help you then please don’t hesitate to get in touch, we are always on hand to offer advice on the best therapies for you.

How Olympic Athletes Avoid Sports Injuries

As the nation prepares for the Greatest Show on Earth to roll into the Capital, it may have inspired many of you to get out and try your hand at a little bit of sport. Following the exercise you may well have been left wondering how exactly professional sportsmen do it as you nurse your sore muscles. At Kenilworth Chiropractic many of our team have experience of providing physiotherapy to Premiership footballers and Olympic athletes, but how do top athletes limit sport injuries in Coventry?

By Being Fit & Healthy

Undoubtedly the best way to avoid picking up sports injuries is to possess a decent level of physical fitness. If you play sports casually at the weekend or once a week, it is important to train adequately for that sport. The sport itself isn’t enough to get you fit, and you are liable to injure yourself if it is the only exercise you get.

Wear Appropriate Protective Clothing

Even sports that don’t require too much physical effort can inflict an injury on you if you don’t wear the necessary equipment. For example, horse arena surfaces may be relatively soft, but if the equestrian competitors at this year’s Olympic Games didn’t wear helmets and padding they could suffer a serious injury if they fell from the horse.

Get Plenty of Rest

You may be the sort of person that can’t think of anything but rest after a heavy exercise session, but some people don’t leave adequate recovery time between sports. Olympic athletes who have high consecutive days of training suffer more injuries, and it is a mistake to think that training all of the time will make you a better sportsmen.

Unfortunately, no matter how much care you take, injuries are an inevitable part of playing sport. If you do pick up an injury, either by playing sport or just in your daily life, you should get in touch with the experts. Give us a call on 01926 865 985 to discuss how we can help you with neck, back and soft tissue injuries.

Acupuncture in Warwickshire Explained

If you’re battling with back ache or are having hassle with a headache that just doesn’t seem to go away, you will undoubtedly reach for the medicine cabinet or visit your local GP, but there are alternative treatments that can have the same levels of effectiveness. Here at Kenilworth Chiropractic Clinic, we have years of experience in treating patients with a range of solutions, including acupuncture. Established since 2007, we have a number of highly trained chiropractors who will work with you to devise a treatment plan for your individual needs. We pride ourselves on the customer service we deliver, and will ensure that you are put at ease throughout, talking you through the whole process from start to finish.

Many people are put off by treatments they don’t know much about, but read on as we give you a guide to acupuncture.

What it is?

A traditional Chinese therapy, acupuncture works on the principle that we have energy, called qi, flowing through our body. The Chinese believe that when this energy can’t flow freely through your body, you are more susceptible to illness and disease. As a result, the treatment is designed to elevate any disruption in your qi to allow it to flow with ease.

How does it work?

Using a variety of thin needles, your acupuncturist will penetrate the skin at a range of stimulating points on your body; this will relieve pressure and will correct any imbalance in the flow of your qi.

Does it hurt?

This is a commonly asked question when it comes to acupuncture because of the fear many have of needles, however pain is only felt when things penetrate the outer layer of your skin, and you can rest assured that because we have years of experience in carrying out this treatment, you will feel little to no pain.

Rather than head to an online pharmacy for painkillers, visit us here at Kenilworth Chiropractic Clinic and find out more about how acupuncture in Warwickshire will help your condition.

Be Careful of Getting Back Pain from Gardening in Leamington Spa

Gardening isn’t exactly viewed as the most arduous of tasks, instead presenting a time when you can quietly get back in touch with nature and green up your fingers at your own pace – however it is also a pastime which can put a lot of strain on your back due to the amount of bending and kneeling that has to be done to reach the level of your flowerbeds. While you may pass off some of this pain and strain as being a minor problem that comes with the territory, this back pain could develop into something much worse if it isn’t treated – and that is where we at Kenilworth Chiropractic come in.

We are not for a second suggesting that you shouldn’t continue with this much loved hobby, but instead that, like with many other physical activities, you should practice some caution and make the right choices if you are beginning to be affected by back pain. Our highly trained and skilled chiropractors can provide you with all the help you need to make gardening more strain-less, and that doesn’t just apply to the chiropractic methods we will use, but also the advice we can give on how to garden comfortably – such as how to position your back best when planting flowers or the best garden equipment to use so that you’re not bending or stretching your back too much.

Continued pressure on your spine and its nerves can lead to serious conditions such as Sciatica, and you will surprised at just how many avid gardeners have come through our doors complaining of back pain. If you are in fact suffering from a back problem, your skilled chiropractor will use advanced spinal manipulation methods to protect your spine and ensure that your pain is eased and the chances of further problems developing are reduced. For more information, get in touch with us today.

Car Whiplash Injuries in Warwickshire

If you’ve suffered a whiplash injury during a car accident, you’re certainly not alone. Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD) make up the majority of claims handled by UK insurance companies, with 430,000 people claiming for WAD in 2007. At Kenilworth Chiropractic, we specialise in helping you recover from whiplash as well as a multitude of other neck and back injuries.

If you’re unfortunate enough to have been in a car that another car, van or used truck crashed into the back of, it is highly likely you will contract a WAD. The mechanism of the injury is described as Cervical acceleration-deceleration (CAD) which refers to the sudden changing velocities exacted on the spine caused by a vehicle collision, though there is debate over the real cause.

At Kenilworth Chiropractic, we have been practicing since 2007, and our friendly and experienced team of chiropractors are committed to relieving you from the pain and stress of your injury. Our doctors have worked with sports professionals including Premier League footballers and top athletes, and two of our doctors are official chiropractors of the World Wrestling Entertainment team.

We are BUPA registered so we provide care for BUPA customers, as well as for patients with AXA Healthcare, Healthsure, Simplyhealth and other private medical insurance companies. We can also treat children if it’s deemed necessary, using very gentle specialist paediatric methods to restore movement and flexibility.

If you’re struggling with a whiplash injury, you need to employ the services of a chiropractic team who will put your recovery first. At Kenilworth Chiropractic, our staff are all fully qualified B.C.A and G.C.C registered and our treatments all comply with the relevant national standards. You can find out more by calling us on 01926 865985, and if you mention to us you heard about Kenilworth Chiropractic from our website, we’ll give you a 50% discount on your consultation.

How Can Sports Massage Help Improve Health?

With the Olympics just around the corner, there will be athletes across the country getting prepared and ready to compete in their chosen sports. Asides from mastering their skills and abilities, many may choose to have sports massage as part of their regular fitness regime. Here at Kenilworth Chiropractic we offer a full range of services, all designed to help our patients get back to health and fighting fit. Our team are well known for their friendly and professional approach to all manner of problems and you can rest assured that our service will be second to none. Our chiropractors carry out an extensive range of services, so whether you have pain or discomfort in your back, neck or legs, we are the team to call upon for assistance.

Read on as our team of experts discuss the commonly asked question of whether sports massage really does help to improve your health.

Who Can Have It?

Although mainly aimed at athletes, sports massage is just as effective for an office worker too as our team work with the deep tissues to improve movement in your muscles. Whether you’re struggling to perform with your cricket bat or you have stiffness in your neck from staring at your computer all day, sports massage may be ideal for you.

How Does It Work?

The results of a sports massage will be different for each individual, but the basic principles of how it works are the same. By massaging the deep tissue, the blood flow to any tight muscles will increase, which will re-oxygenate and flush out any acid whilst also breaking down scar tissue. By carrying out a sports massage, it will allow the muscles to work effectively and to their maximum capability.

If you think you’ll benefit from a sports massage, why not contact one of our team here Kenilworth Chiropractic? Call now on 01926 865985 or browse our website to find out more.