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New Year, New You?

Are you one of the many people with renewed enthusiasm and commitment to make 2014 healthier than 2013 and planning to take more exercise? Then ease yourself into new habits – don’t launch yourself full-on into a physical programme, which could come to an abrupt halt due to back pain, neck pain or other painful injuries.

Exercise puts extra stress on you body, which could cause problem for your muscles and joints.

Follow our guide to exercise, and you will hopefully enjoy and healthy and injury free year.



•    Check that there are no medical reasons why you cannot commence the activity, particularly if you are not normally physically active. Consult your GP if in doubt.

•    We can advise you on how to approach a new exercise routine and tell you what signs to look for if you’re overdoing it.

•    Wear the right clothing for your chosen activity.  Too tight and it could restrict your movement and lead to injury. Make sure you have appropriate footwear for the type of exercise you are doing – most specialist sportswear retailers will be able to guide you on this.

•    You always need to warm up first.  Don’t go straight into it, start with lighter movements like walking or jogging to lessen the chance of muscle strain.

Use Equipment Properly!

•    When using weights, make sure your legs are at least hips’ width apart and lift with bent knees.  Keeping your knees straight could lead to over-stretching and cause damage to your back.  Do not bend from the waist as it will increase the stress on your lower back.

•    A weight held at arm’s length puts five times the stress on your joints, so work with weights close to the body to help avoid injury.  Always face the direction you want to carry the weight and lift using a relaxed, straight back and crucially, without twisting.

•    If using machines, position the seat correctly for your height.  Avoid stooping or reaching when using equipment, or you could over stretch your back.

Dedicate Time to Your Back

•    Whilst you are ‘in the zone’, do some stretches and exercises specifically designed to strengthen your back?  Easy to learn and do, the British Chiropractic Association has developed a series of exercises which are easy to incorporate into your daily routine.

Come and see us.

•    Exercise is a personal thing, so what suits your friends and your family may not suit you. Therefore, regardless of whether you want to go to a gym, join a class, exercise in the fresh air or do some stretches in the comfort of your own home, we are always happy to provide help and advice on what is right for you. We can obviously only provide this service to our patients, who we know well.

All our best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year.

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