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Back Doctor Chiropractic Clinic

Back Doctor Chiropractic Clinic

  • Medication-Free Relief from Discomfort
  • Treating Causes not Symptoms
St. Asaph Chiropractic ClinicChester Chiropractic Clinic

If you are suffering from a sudden attack of severe pain we will help get rid of it fast. We will diagnose the problem, treat you, give you advice and a long term rehabilitation programme. For advice and downloads take a look at our Emergency Back Pain page.

If you  have suffered for more than a few weeks you may need a more holistic approach. We will work with you to get to the root of the problem and to help resolve it for good.

After taking a full medical history and performing spinal, orthopaedic and neurological examinations, we rule out any serious pathology and make a medical diagnosis (eg slipped disc)

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back pain and sleep

Back Pain and Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation is not only bad for your health, it can also worsen existing problems. According to some studies, lack of sleep can make you more sensitive to pain and can cause fatigue, which can make the pain even worse. However, when you have chronic back pain, it can be hard to find a comfortable position for you to fall asleep. Lack of sleep impairs descending pain-inhibition pathways, which are vital in controlling or coping with chronic pain symptoms.

Sleeping Positions to Ease Back Pain

Finding the most comfortable sleeping position to ease back pain may be somewhat of a challenge. Trying one position after another may be a bit frustrating in the beginning because all you want to do is get comfortable enough to fall asleep, but you can’t. So here are some tips on how to get a good night’s sleep.

back pain and sleep

1. Avoid sleeping on your stomach.

Sleeping on your stomach puts your spine in an awkward angle. First, because sleeping on your stomach means your neck is rotated to the side and second, because it flattens the normal curvature of your spine. Both of these put a lot of strain on your back and neck muscles, which is why you wake up with worse pain.

2. Use a pillow for support.

For stomach sleepers, if you cannot sleep in any other position, place a pillow under your lower abdomen and pelvis to reduce the strain on your back. You may also try to place another pillow under your head to support your neck, unless it puts a strain on your back.

For side sleepers, draw your legs very slightly toward your chest and put a pillow between your knees.

For back sleepers, place a pillow under your knees to keep the normal curve of your back as well as under your head and neck for additional support. You may also try to place a rolled towel under the small of your back.

You don’t need to worry about staying in the same position the whole night. A little movement is helpful in reducing your back pain. If you stay in the same sleeping posture for too long, it might cause you more pain. Besides, you will not be able to sleep well if you keep worrying about your position.

Additional Tips to Help with Sleeplessness Due to Back Pain

1. Invest in a good mattress and pillow

These are important in getting a comfortable sleep. Make sure that your mattress and pillow provide the support that your back needs. It is important to choose something that give equal support from head to toe.

2. Try some herbs that help with sleep

Natural sleep remedies such as herbs do not just help you fall asleep and stay asleep, but it can also promote muscle relaxation. In addition, herbs are known to be a lot safer than over-the-counter medicines. You could get herbs such as valerian, chamomile, St. John’s Wort, hops, wild lettuce, and many others, either as a supplement or in tea form. You could also try some aromatherapy using lavender.

Chiropractic, Back Pain and Sleep

If you are still having difficulty falling asleep because of the pain and discomfort or if you still wake up with worse pain, you may visit Back Doctor Chiropractic Clinic in Chester or St. Asaph. Chiropractic is not only known to treat the cause of the disease, but it is also known to improve the quality of sleep.

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If you want to suffer from less aches and pains, and if you want to improve the quality of the music you play there are seven things that you should do. These are not things you will learn from a traditional music teacher. First, let me explain.

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Is planking dangerous?

If you are aiming to strengthen your core, planking is a good exercise for you. That is if it is done correctly. Doing a plank in an incorrect manner can cause injury.

But how do you know if you are planking correctly and not putting too much strain to your muscles? When is planking dangerous?

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What is Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?

Lumbar spinal stenosis is often associated with ageing. It is caused by a narrowing of the spinal canal in the lumbar area (lower back). The spine changes as we age and this leads to the degeneration of the intervertebral discs and facet joints. The ligaments also become thicker with age, which also contributes to the narrowing of the spinal canal. [1]

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back pain remedies

Many people are looking for easy back pain remedies, but it is hard for some patients to find what works for them, as both management and treatment depend on their history as well as the type and severity of their pain.

If you are suffering from backaches, here are four tips that will help relieve your symptoms and make your daily activities less troublesome and more enjoyable.

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