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Full Patient Story - A. Johnston

I have suffered many years with back pain and severe sciatica due to a prolapse disc. I have undergone two spinal operations to remove the prolapse disc and then to stabalise the facet joints.

Although the surgery helped, I still had post operative pain due to nerve damage and due to lack of core stability and poor posture, pain was still causing me a huge problem.

Laura has worked with me to alleviate the pain and to build my core stability. I now see Laura on a maintenance based approach. this enables me to be active and maintain a normal healthy life. When I first met Laura my quality of life was pretty poor, I can now enjoy family life and holidays, I would recommend her services to anyone. As far as I am concerned she has healing hands.
Back to School

September's here and children and parents alike are preparing for the new school year. Often parents look at durability when buying school supplies including uniform, stationary and possibly the most important item, the back pack. But it is also important to consider function.

For a long time concern has been raised about the demands placed on the developing spine when carrying heavy back packs to and from school. Whilst there has been a lot of research into the matter, there are still no definitive guidelines as to a safe weight limit. Some authors have suggested 15-20% of the child's body weight but other authors refrain from offering suggestions. Even though, this is the case, we can all use some common sense.

For this month's news item, please see the advice below, as this may help a little spine you know:-

• Lightweight material (canvas as opposed to leather)
• Two padded, wide (2-inches), adjustable shoulder straps on the backpack
• Padded back
• Individualized compartments
• Hip strap, waist belt, or frame to redistribute the weight of the backpack from the shoulders and back to the pelvis
• Wheels so that the backpack can be pulled rather than carried
• Consider using a separate bag for the child's laptop or other heavy items

If you have a child complaining of back pain, please put this advice into action. It is also important to have an assessment as to ensure there are no other considerations to be concerned with, for more information contact Dr. Laura Young on 01656 856162
Video from the British Chiropractic Association

A recent video was produced by the British Chiropractic Association and broadcast on NHS TV.

It beautifully explains the practice of Chiropractic, what it treats, how it treats and what you should expect as a patient.

If you are thinking about starting Chiropractic treatment but you're not too sure if it's the correct discipline for your problem, then take time out and watch this short video.

If you still have questions then please contact Laura Young M(Chiro) on 07591 424338 or by e-mail
Green Fingers - Advice for gardeners

As the weather (hopefully) improves and the green fingered among us venture into the garden for some “light” horticultural work, Chiropractic clinics often see a dramatic rise in patients suffering with musculoskeletal complaints like the sudden onset of low back pain. For this reason, Young's Spinal Health is here to advise you on the best and safest approach to minimise the risk of injury while maintaining and enjoying the fruits of your gardening labour!

Ensure clothing is loose fitting and doesn't restrict your movement.

Warm up
As with all exercise, it is hugely important to warm up. Avoid tackling the more strenuous tasks straight away. Loosen yourself up first with the lighter activities on your to do list before building up to the heavier ones involving digging and lifting

If you are kneeling use a soft cushion to protect your knees and don't hold this position for too long. Keep changing your posture - our bodies are designed to move!

Be careful not to overstretch your arms - keep movements close and compact. If you cannot comfortably reach, invest in long handled instruments like shears.

Lifting and twisting
When lifting, keep the load close to the body and bend at the knees, not at the hips. And refrain from twisting the torso without moving your pelvis - turn your whole body

Regular breaks
As with all physical activity, you should take regular breaks every 20 - 30 minutes. Stretch out and relax.

In buying and transporting supplies protect your back by reducing the load placed on it. If possible, buy smaller, more manageable bags of compost/gravel rather than one large, awkward bags and don't be proud - use a trolley and ask for assistance when lifting!
When receiving deliveries, get them left as close to where you need them as possible. And if the movement of heavy supplies after delivery is unavoidable, then consider investing in labour saving devices like gardening trollies. Above all, give yourself time - gardening doesn't have to be rushed!

Remember, gardening involves many activities you haven't performed throughout the colder months and can therefore come as quite an unexpected workout. So, dress sensibly, warm up, think about your activities and plan ahead to enjoy comfortable and safe gardening this summer!

For additional queries, please feel free to contact Dr. Laura Young on: 07591 424 338 or via e-mail -
January Newsletter - return to exercise

Advice for January

The first Monday in January is invariably the busiest day in the gym and you'll be hard pressed to get on your favourite machine. This enthusiasm however, is often short lived. Sometimes, it's not just a general dip in motivation that causes us to slowly break our resolutions, but underlying musculoskeletal aches and pains, only made worse by periods of inactivity.

There is now a wealth of evidence that points to aerobic exercise, strengthening and Chiropractic treatment helping those with low back pain. If you want to make the most of improving your fitness and wellbeing this coming new year then make sure you are “gym ready” first. Here are a few points:-

1. Stretch – Make sure you stretch before and after an exercise routine. By stretching before it helps prevent injury whilst exercising, whereas stretching after helps to prevent the onset of post exercise soreness and muscle tension. Note, hold a stretch for 10 seconds and don't bob back and fore as this can cause micro tears in the muscle and ligaments.
2. Warm up – Always build up to the physical peak of your activity, never throw yourself straight into high cardiac output or heavy weights.
3. Choose your exercise carefully – If you have a pre-existing problem discuss the exercise programme with your Chiropractor. For example, if you have had a history of knee, hip or low back problems, running isn't for you. Instead choose a type of exercise that puts less impact on the joints such as using a cross trainer or swimming. If you know you have heart or lung problems, it is advisable to speak with your general practitioner first.
4. Musculoskeletal preparation - If you have “a niggle” or even a “slight ache” it is advisable that you see your chiropractor before starting a new exercise regime. That slight ache is your body telling you that something isn't right. By ignoring it and exercising regardless can cause more damage.

Take control of your health and make some positive changes.

If you would like further information or to book an appointment please call 07591 424338 or contact Dr. Laura Young on
Posture, Posture, Posture!!

Posture is extremley important, not only can it create back and neck pain but it can also prolong and exacerbate existing instances of these aches and pains.

For this reason, it is a problem that is often seen in Chiropractic clinics, so postural advice plays a large role in any treatment plan.

Small postural improvements result in major major benefits to the body, please see below for some general advice on improving your posture.

Don't just sit there
  • A lack of exercise is your worst enemy. Regular exercise is essential as the fitter you are, the less likely you are to injure yourself.
  • Do not sit for prolonged periods. After 20-30 mins of sitting at a desk, get up and move around.Simple activities such as stretching and shoulder shrugging can all help to keep your back in line.
  • If you are sat at a desk, ensure your chair is close to the desk and the right height for you. At no point should your knees be higher than your hips. Use a chair with back support, arm rests and a swivel function.
  • Those big squishy comfy sofas aren't always recommended for the low back. Again your hips should be higher than you knees and you shouldn't lean to one side. If you find you do, get a foot rest and lean back into the chair.
Give your posture a sporting chance
  • Any unaccustomed exercise can put you at risk of back pain. You might only play a relaxed, low-risk sport once a week, but you still need to prepare yourself sufficiently – mentally and physically.
  • Warming up and warming down is essential to ensure that your joints and muscles don't get a shock.
Don't drive yourself around the bend
  • Driving long distances for work, on the school run or picking up the monthly shop,the last thing on our minds is the state of our backs whilst in the driving seat.What many people do not realise is that There is almost twice as much pressure on your back when you are sitting, so stop regularly and allow the body to recover.
  • When you are driving try not to hunch over the wheel, and yet again, make sure you are high enough that your knees are positioned no higher than you hips. you may need to make use of an extra cusion.
Remember, we are dynamic creatures, we are designed to move. Take a look at the image to the right it depicts 2 different postures. The one on the left is typical of many a modern day posture whereas the one to the right is what we should be aiming for.

If you are suffering aches and pains or have concerns with your posture, please contact Dr. Laura Young M(Chiro) on 07591 424338 or e-mail
Winter walks

Walking is one of the best forms of exercise available and as a Chiropractor I regularly encourage patients to walk more. Given the current icy weather conditions people are rightly concerned about causing injury and as a result they are missing out on a fantastic exercise. Not only are people more likely to slip and fall but this increased likelihood of injury leads to people adopting an altered walking pattern, which in itself can result in back ache. To help get people out and walking safely here is some advice that we can all follow: -

Best foot forward
- It is a good idea to have two pairs of shoes, one for walking in the ice and snow, the other for indoors or whilst driving.
- Waterproof or other, lined shoes are preferable as are thermal socks, as these items will help keep your feet warm. Cold, numb feet are less able to sense and adapt to changing conditions.
- Footwear should have a solid and large, raised treads on the sole; essential for maximising your grip on the ice.
- Shoes with support features are important – walking shoes with a firm ankle support are ideal as they help prevent you ‘going over' on your ankle and help you feel more stable in slippery conditions. If shoes have laces, they should be firmly laced to give a close fit without limiting the circulation.
What to avoid…..Wellingtons can be practical, but they often don't give enough support and can be difficult to take off. Also avoid walking outside in leather or other, smooth soled shoes.

Top Gear
- Clothing should be warm and allow you to move freely. Anything that impedes you from walking ‘normally' could make you more prone to falling over or lead to you walking in an unnatural way.

Be Prepared
- There are things you can do to prepare yourself for better balance. Standing on one leg, as an exercise, is a great way to help improve your balance.
- When you are out and about, keeping your hands out of your pockets (use gloves) so that you can use your arms for better balance is a great idea too.
- Watch out for parts of the pavement that may have been in shadow or under trees, where there is more likely be black ice, but make sure you pay attention to what is ahead too!

Falling Gracefully
If you do fall, try and curl up and 'roll' with the fall and stay relaxed, this will minimise any jarring to your body. Whilst it may be an automatic reaction, try to avoid putting your hands out to save you - this may cause wrist injuries.

Keep Your Wits
Try to avoid alcohol. Not only will you be more prone to feeling the adverse effects of the cold (because alcohol causes loss of body heat) but it may also cause you to take risks that you wouldn't normally do and, of course, make you more unsteady on your feet. Keep topped up with warm drinks to keep your temperature up.

If you have any questions or require a check up before or after a walk please contact Dr. Laura Young on 07951 424338 or e-mail her on
The Happy Commuter

We all spend a fair amount of time commuting, new research from the TUC has found that the average commute is just over 52 minutes per day.

This can play a large part the development of back ache, The British Chiropractic Association has found that one in three commuters (32%) are suffering from back pain. With this in mind, Young's Spinal Health has some great advice for travel-worn commuters.

Commuting by car may be seen, by some, like the easy route, but driving remains a key trigger of back pain, contributing significantly to the length of time spent sitting inactive each day at both work and home. Sitting down can put twice as much pressure on the spine as standing up.
- If driving (as we are all different shapes and sizes), make sure you adjust car seats, head rests and steering wheels to meet your individual requirements. This will not only improve your comfort in the car but also your safety.
- When dirving long distances, make sure you stop regularly and go for a walk. aim for a break every 30-40 minutes.

Public Transport
- If you mainly stand on your commute, make sure you wear comfortable shoes and loose clothing. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and hold onto a rail comfortably, don't over stretch.
- If you do get a seat, relax when sitting into your chair, making sure you have your bottom against the seat back and your shoulder blades are touching the back rest of the chair. Avoid stiffness by doing shoulder shrugs, buttock clenches and foot circles.
- If using a laptop, don't sit in the same position for long periods, as you are looking down onto the screen with your head unsupported. Rest the laptop on a table, not on your lap, arms should be flat and your elbows level with the desk or table you are using.

Don't forget........Muscles and joints are designed for movement so, where possible, walk as it will help improve muscle tone, improve circulation and posture. Walking also works to reduce the appetite so is very good for all those looking to get fit and lose weight.

If you are suffering with niggling pains or would like a check, contact Dr. Laura Young M(Chiro) on 07591 424338 or by e-mail,
Can Chiropractic help With Headaches?

Chiropractic is a low risk, hands on approach for dealing with a variety of disorders. Some of which you may not automatically think about, and headaches are one of them. As with all medical conditions, there are many classifications, in fact there are 150 diagnostic classifications for headaches. Chiropractic is not suitable for all but it is suitable for some of the more common varieties, including migraines and cervicogenic headaches (headaches resulting from neck pain).

Both of which are highly prevalent, recent research shows between 22-25% of adults suffer from cervicogenic headaches, with women being four times as likely. And migraines stand at around a 5-12% of the overall population.

Cervicogenic headaches can arise from relatively common irritants including, poor posture, whiplash, uncomfortable sleeping arrangements or repetitive strain injuries. Aspects of life that most of us can associate with. It is through a series of abnormal muscle and joint movements and heightened pain sensitive nerve signals within neck pain that develop into a headache. In a nutshell, the brain gets confused as to the location of the pain and it presents in the head, often as a one sided head pain around the eye.

A cervicogenic headache can also act as a preceding factor for migraines and can lead to an increase in the frequency, duration and severity of pain during a migraine attack. Once a migraine has started, many patients state there is little that improves the symptoms indicating prevention is better than reactive treatment in such instances.

Chiropractors are ideally placed to treat cervicogenic headaches as we are concerned with improving the function of joints and their supportive tissues. When your chiropractor is treating you for migraines he or she is looking to affect 2 of the 3 main aspects. (Frequency, Duration and severity of pain.) We often find this dramatically reduces patients discomfort and improves quality of life.

The British Chiropractic Associate suggests that manual therapy is a low risk intervention that may offer relief to those who do not wish to take medication.

So, if you or someone you know is suffering, then contact Young's Spinal Health. With our mobile operation we will arrange an appointment you at your convenience. Take control of your health today and make some positive changes.

Dr. Laura Young M(Chiro) Tel: 07591 424338 E-mail:
Arthritis care

Arthritis is a broad term, basically meaning joint pain. As a result it is a common complaint presented to chiropractors. Many people don't realize that there are over 200 different types of arthritis affecting any age group and any joint in the body. The most predominant that I personally see is osteoarthritis also known as wear and tear or degeneration. During treatment I often find simple advice regarding things like diet and exercise, as detailed in this article, can have a profound effect on my patients' quality of life. 

  • There have been no definitive links between given food groups and inflammatory flare ups, although certain foods are known to reduce pain and inflammation, including; apples, berries, cherries and citric foods. 
  • Certain types of arthritis such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, long term steroid intake and/or inactivity can lead to bone density issues so it's important to get Calcium and vitamin D from dairy products and leafy greens like spinach, kale and broccoli. 
  • Essential fatty acids (EFAs) can help some people with arthritis. Including; Omega 3 and Omega 6, usually found in oily fish, nuts, meat and cheese. (Beware, Omega 6 may be linked to an increase in inflammation). 
  • Popular supplements include glucosamine chondroitin, Aloe Vera and Evening Primrose Oil. Always check with your health care provider if on medication before taking these. 
  • Control your weight; less weight means less pressure on aching joints. 

  • Combat morning stiffness by taking time to mobilise joints. Draw circles with your neck, shoulders, wrists, pelvis and ankles. You can also try lying on your back and bringing your knee to your chest. This is a gentle way to improve motion. 
  • Fitness in the pool is another way to gently improve function. If you don't like swimming there are many Aquafit and Aqua Zumba classes. 
  • Strength training - you don't have to be lifting heavy weights, resistive bands will often suffice. 
  • Remember that with inactivity comes osteoporosis, so use it or lose it! 

My patients who suffer with Osteoarthritis or cervical spondylosis often report increased mobility and less pain when undergoing chiropractic treatment. Those who adopt the lifestyle changes relating to diet and exercise understand it is a way of life and not a one off stretch or supplement.

Take control of your health today and make some positive changes.

To book an appointment please call Dr. Laura Young M(Chiro) on 07591 424338 or email on

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Full Patient Story - A. Johnston
I have suffered many years with back pain and...

Back to School
Back to School
September's here and children and parents alike are preparing...

Video from the British Chiropractic Association
Video from the British Chiropractic Association
A recent video was produced by the British Chiropractic...

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