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5 back pain exercises to do at home

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Since more people have started to work from home. It’s unsurprising that we are seeing an increase of lower back problems. If you have started to work from home you might have started to notice aches and pains from having a different work setting.

What is the correct sitting position?

We have made a few pointers on how to have the correct posture in this new environment:

The goal of sitting correctly is to minimise the stress and strain on muscles and joints. Also, to allow good circulation and a relaxed posture that allows you to breathe normally.

To help facilitate this there are certain things you should aim to do.

  • Aim to keep your feet flat on the floor
  • Have your chair at a height that allows your thighs to be parallel to the floor
  • In addition, let the arms rest flat with wrists straight (not cocked at an angle)
  • Ensure the top of the screen is at eye-level to keep the head in a balanced position
  • Crucially, make sure the base of the spine is properly supported.

These are some of the most important pointers. But the list is not exhaustive. A good DSE (Display Screen Equipment) assessment will cover everything you need to know.

 

prevent back pain with the correct posture

Prevent back pain with the correct posture

 

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What are the benefits of acupuncture? – a quick review

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Different approaches to health

There are numerous benefits of acupuncture. If you have had a positive experience you will no doubt be an advocate.

Some people, however, are more skeptical. It might not fit their model of how health care should work.

But the doubters should think again. Acupuncture is becoming more accepted by the medical community. It has been the subject of numerous medical studies. And these have by and large been extremely positive.

Acupuncture is now broadly accepted as a valid treatment for chronic pain. And the placebo effect has also been largely discounted.

Undoubtedly, the difference in opinion stems from the ideas of how our bodies work. Traditional medicine treats bodies as broken and in need of repair.

Conversely, acupuncture puts more faith in our body’s ability. It treats us as an organism that ordinarily functions well.  One that is capable of healing itself.

So how is this beneficial?

Benefits of Acupuncture

Benefits of Acupuncture

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Does acupuncture work? – What the studies tell us

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Staying on point

Does acupuncture work? Certainly, it has caused a lot of debate over recent years.

The mainstream often tries to discredit certain types of therapy. Acupuncture was often labeled ‘alternative’ in the past. Almost as an attempt to undermine its credibility.

But things have changed. It has gained in prominence. Of course, once celebrities started using it interest rose. For example, Chris Evans and Gwyneth Paltrow are both fans.

Remarkably, treatments have increased to over 4 million a year in recent years. People have turned to acupuncture more and more in the last 25 years. This coincides nicely with the formation of the British Acupuncture Council back in June 1995.

But do the studies back up the popularity? Let’s take a look.

Does Acupuncture Work?

Does Acupuncture Work?

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What’s the difference between an osteopath and a chiropractor

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A common goal

Which should you choose, a chiropractor or an osteopath? Rather than answer that directly, we will try and outline how they differ. And then you can decide which best suits your tastes.

Without a doubt, both have a place. Also, they share a common goal. To get you out of pain. But what are some of the differences between the two? Let’s take a look.

Chiropractor or Osteopath

Chiropractor or Osteopath

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Fixing a weak immune system – can it be repaired?

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Do you have a weak immune system?

Having a weak immune system can be a real set back. It stands to reason, therefore, that you should do everything you can to boost it. Nevertheless, not all immune systems are created equal.

For example, it is possible that you were born with an inferior immune system. This is even given a name, primary immune deficiency.

Equally, your immune system can be weakened by disease. This is known as acquired immune deficiency. Or in some instances, your immune may work against you. You may have heard this referred to as an autoimmune disease.

The truth is your immune functions somewhere on a continuum. You can take measures to improve it however weak it is. And, in addition, you can avoid certain behaviours that will have an adverse effect.

Let’s dig deeper into it.

Weak Immune System

Weak Immune System

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The immune system – and how it can help to fight a virus

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The immune system – a good friend

Your immune system is like a good and loyal friend. It not one of those loud friends that take front and center at a party.

It just works behind the scenes making sure everything is ok. But it is always there when most needed.

Moreover, you often overlook this vital defense system. So, it’s time to check in with your old friend and see what it’s up to.

Immune System and viruses

Immune System and viruses

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Can osteopath help with back pain? – We investigate

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A problem that won’t go away

When you need help with back pain you want to be confident it will work. Worryingly, back pain is now a real problem among the general public. And it is a major reason why people take time off work.

Understandably, however, you’ll be most concerned about how to treat your individual case. Nevertheless, the scale of the problems means there are a number of scam treatments out there. And we are keen to separate the wheat from the chaff.

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Help with back pain

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Does acupuncture help pregnancy? – a closer look

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Acupuncture and pregnancy

Can acupuncture help with pregnancy? That can be considered as two different questions.

Either, it is questioning if acupuncture can increase your chances of getting pregnant? Or, it is asking if acupuncture can help reduce side-effects during pregnancy?

We explore both questions and see what the evidence suggests.

Acupuncture help pregnancy

Does acupuncture help pregnancy?

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Acupuncture Treatments – what conditions can acupuncture treat?

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The rise of acupuncture

Acupuncture treatments are on the rise in the UK. It was once considered a quirky kind of alternative therapy. But now, it is growing in recognition.

It is very well researched. In fact, it is probably the most research form of complementary therapy there is.

And the number of people receiving acupuncture treatments may well surprise you. Even a decade ago, there were as many as 4 million individual sessions a year.

There is growing confidence in its effectiveness. And research has shown repeatedly that there are no long term side effects. So, more and more people are giving it a go.

But what treatments is it effective for? Let’s take a look.

Acupuncture treatments

Acupuncture treatments

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