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Gardening

Taking care in your BACK Garden As we move into summer many of us will take to the garden and begin our preparations for this year’s crop. But before you grab your spade spare a thought for your back! The first few weeks of the growing season shows the highest prevalence of back injuries among recreational gardeners. Back injuries related to gardening can affect anyone but are much more common in those who do not usually participate in physical activity, fail to take care in the garden or have a previous back injury. So the big question is what can you do […]

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Avoiding DIY SOS Moments

Spring time is the perfect time to get the house in order.  The evenings are lighter, the weather is drier and warmer and bank holiday weekends for extra time to throw yourself into that bit of decorating or spring cleaning you’ve been talking about for ages! What we must all remember is that those jobs you have planned, no matter how big or small, are types of physical activity. This is a good thing; your body will thank you for being active!  However, it is also a classic time for those little niggles to aggravate or for your body to shout ‘SOS’. These incidents […]

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Don’t Let Your Back Drive You Around the Bend

So, will you be one of the thousands of people taking to your car this weekend for a mini getaway??  If you are planning on driving any kind of distance, read the pointers and advice below to avoid the journey giving you back ache. Approximately 30-60% of drivers report back pain that is caused or made worse by driving. On bank holiday weekends, as we all head to the coast hoping for some sunshine, it is likely that we will spend much longer in the car (stuck in traffic) than we would usually.  The driving position and the length of time […]

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Juicy Juices

It is no secret that eating fruit and vegetables is good for you.  The department of health now promotes eating a minimum of 8-10 portions of fruit and vegetables per day (predominantly vegetables due to the high sugar content of fruit).  With health benefits such as lowering the risk of heart disease, improving our musculo-skeletal system, improving our immune system and giving us more energy it seems like some advice we should all be following! However, recent surveys show that many of us only eat 3 portions of the good stuff per day!! Fruit and vegetables are low in fat and high in […]

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Holiday Hints

Keep your back safe this summer! Here are some handy holiday hints to ensure your back doesn’t get in the way of you enjoying your well-earned holiday this year: Travelling: Whether travelling in the car or by plane, minimise your sitting time to prevent joint stiffness.  Regular service station stops and walks up and down the aeroplane aisle will help to keep your joints mobile and reduce pain. Baggage: Take care moving your bags as they can be surprisingly heavy!  Lift with both hands, move your feet to avoid twisting and keep items close to your body to prevent unnecessary strain. Hotel Beds: Sleeping in […]

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The Power of Pilates

Did you know that our very own Chiropractor, Sharon is also a Pilates Instructor (Advanced Level 3)?? Sharon has been teaching Pilates in Taunton for many years now.  In between her busy clinic times she currently runs 3 classes a week that are suitable for beginners or mixed ability level.  She says, “the classes attract both male and female clients who are either recovering from an injury or are hoping to improve posture, flexibility or want to prevent injury.” Read on to find our more about Pilates and whether is might suit you…… What is Pilates? The Pilates technique is […]

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Skiing Survival Hints and Tips

Every year thousands of people hit the slopes to enjoy the fresh air, beautiful scenery and an active holiday. Although lots of fun, skiing can be tough on the body. We see quite a few skiing related injuries in our clinic each year. So, to help you stay safe this ski season and get the most amount of time on the slopes, here are some simple hints and tips to follow: Preparation is key! Many people will spend the early winter months in hibernation or glued to their desk at work and then head off on a skiing holiday expecting their bodies to cope with […]

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Sharon’s Half Iron Man

Chiropractor Sharon has been working at the Taunton and Chard Chiropractic Clinics for many years and she has a strong following of patients.  As well as being a busy Chiropractor, Sharon also runs local Pilates and pure stretch classes.  As if this wasn’t enough, in her (minimal!) spare time she is a keen runner, with Taunton Running Club, she often takes part in local events like the Taunton Half marathon.  More recently Sharon has started cycling, with some rides at the weekend of more than 100km, and swimming training!  Can you guess what she’s up to??? Swim, Cycle, Run…. Yes […]

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Working From Home

Home Desk Set-Up Hint and Tips Are you working from home more? Are you feeling the strain in your shoulders, neck or back? Here are some helpful and practical tips to help lessen the load with your new temporary (or permanent) home office.  We understand that not every home office has all the correct ergonomic equipment. 1) Take regular breaks: No matter how good your desk set-up and posture are, ‘motion is lotion’ so get up and move at least every hour. 2) Get your screen right: The top of your screen should be slightly below your eye line. Prop up your […]

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Spring into Cleaning!

Start Slow and Warm-up Warming-up your body before you start any type of exercise or physical activity is incredibly important. We recommend you start by doing some light stretches – why not check out our Facebook page for more stretching ideas at www.Facebook.com/TauntonChiropracticClinic. Make sure you start with slower, lighter tasks before diving into those more intense task that involve reaching and lifting. Divide heavy loads Divide heavy loads into a smaller, more manageable size to carry! Although it may be tempting to “save a trip” by carrying a large load of laundry up the stairs all at once or all the […]

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