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Maesteg Chiropractic Open Day

To celebrate our first 3 years of opening, we are happy to announce our first open day. On Wednesday 28th February, Chiropractors Laura Young and Sian Lowe along with Sports Massage therapist Naomi Cornellius will be available to answer your musculoskeletal concerns. Chiropractic is a unique healthcare system aimed at helping neuromusculoskeletal problems such as neck pain, low back pain with or without sciatica, headaches, shoulder and knee pain, arthritic pains, sports injuries and other aches and pains. We will be offering free 10 minute consultations to discuss your concerns and advise appropriately. prebooking is available but not necessary. There will also be a 30% discount on all bookings made on the day. In addition we will be doing a raffle of chiropractic goodies to raise funds for the Bromorgannwg baby loss support group. Please feel free to come and see if we can help you. tel no. 01656 856162 e-mail
Do Chiropractors only treat backs?

This is a common assumption and I can certainly say No. The most common reasons people seek chiropractic treatment is for low back and neck pain. But there are also many other conditions that people seek chiropractic treatment for. The most common include headaches, hip, knee and shoulder conditions.

Around about half of patients at Young’s Spinal Health are seen for low back and neck conditions, the other half make up a myriad of additional musculoskeletal problems. These too can have many causes. For example, a runner with a bad knee could have meniscal (Cartilage) damage, Osteoarthritis, repetitive strain or altered muscle activation due to previous trauma or poor technique. It is the job of the chiropractor to determine the cause and therefore the potential improvement that can be made.

The same goes for the shoulder although this is a very complex joint. It is primarily controlled by the exact muscle activation surrounding the joint as the ball and socket of the bony structure is relatively unstable. It is very important that your practitioner spends time assessing the function and muscle activation this will form the basis of your rehabilitation. The exercises can sometimes seem too easy but they are designed that way to retrain the basic muscle function on which more complex manoeuvres are performed.

It is often very easy to overlook limb pain as you can compensate and avoid painful activities. This too can lead to additional stress and strain to other structures such as the spine.  For this reason we often see people in the clinic after they have experienced limb pain for a number of months and years which has progressed to a more debilitating condition involving one or more other area. This also makes treatment a longer process as your practitioner will almost have to “peel back the layers” of musculoskeletal dysfunction.

Our Chiropractor Laura Young explains “Chiropractic treatment is directed at restoring normal function and reducing the strain on the body. If there are bones, muscles, ligaments and cartilage involved, chances are chiropractic can help”

If you are unsure whether chiropractic is a viable treatment option for you, please contact the clinic and book in for a 5 minute free consultation where you can briefly discuss your problem with one of our chiropractors. We will endeavour to advise you of the route of appropriate care. For all enquiries, please call 01656 856162 or email on
Preparing your back for a car journey

This month we have 2 bank holiday and many of us will be planning day trips. With that in mind here are some tips to ensure your day trip doesn’t lead to a pain in the back! Make adjustments - If you share a car, make sure the seat position is adjusted to suit you each time you get in. - The back of the seat should be set slightly backwards, so that it feels natural and your elbows should be at a comfortable and relaxed angle for driving. Steering wheel - Once you have adjusted your seat correctly, your hands should fall naturally on the steering wheel, with just a slight bend in the arms. If the wheel is too high and far away, tension will build up in your shoulders and upper back. If it is too low and close to you, the wheel may be touching your legs, which will reduce your ability to turn it freely, putting strain on the wrists and the muscles of the upper back. Mirrors Your reactions must be quick, so you should not need to move your head a lot. The mirror positions should allow you to see all around the car with the movement of your eyes with minimal head movement. - Set your mirror positions to suit you before you drive off. Seatbelts - Your seatbelt should always lie across the top of your shoulder and never rub against your neck or fall onto the top of your arm. - Depending on your height, you may need to adjust the position at which the seat belt emerges from the body of the car. (If the adjustments available are insufficient, it is possible to purchase clips that help you adjust your seat belt height without impairing safety.) Footwear - Once you have adjusted your seat correctly, your feet should fall naturally onto the pedals. You should be able to press the pedals to the floor by mainly moving your ankle and only using your leg a little. - Avoid wearing wear high heels, or very thick-soled shoes, as you will have to over-extend the ankle in order to put pressure on the pedals. As well as making it much harder to deal with an emergency stop, this position will raise your thigh from the seat (reducing support to your leg) and create tension (and possibly cramp) in the calf. This, in turn, will impair the blood flow on a long journey. Relax - A relaxed driving position reduces stress on the spine, allowing your seat to take your weight. - Take regular breaks - stop and stretch your legs (and arms!) at least every two hours, more often if possible. You should certainly stop more frequently if you are feeling any discomfort. - Clench your cheeks - If you are stuck in traffic, exercise in your seat. Try buttock clenches, side bends, seat braces (pushing your hands into the steering wheel and your back into the seat – tensing and relaxing) as well as shoulder shrugs and circles. - Leave the tight clothes at home - They will restrict your movement. - It’s all in the timing - Allow plenty of time for journeys to avoid stress. Good luck and enjoy your extra 2 days off this month.
Is work literally a pain in the butt?

Increasing numbers of workers could be risking their back health by not working in posture-friendly environments at home, according to new research from the British Chiropractic Association (BCA). New findings from the BCA revealed that many Brits are opting for home-comforts over health, with just under a fifth (19%) of those working remotely on a laptop /desktop computer admitting to working from the sofa and more than one in ten (11%) saying they work from their bed. Work was cited as a trigger of back or neck pain by nearly a fifth (19%) of sufferers, but despite this, more than a quarter (26%) of workers admit to taking no proactive measures to protect their back whilst at work; whether at home or in an office. Young’s Spinal Health has the following tips for people working at home: • If possible, designate a specific area in your home for working and always work at a table, sitting on a chair, rather than on the sofa or in bed. • The top of your screen should be level with your eyebrows and if you are working from a laptop, make sure you are not hunching over the screen. If you don’t want to invest in a computer stand, place sturdy books, for example shopping catalogues, under your laptop so that you can adjust the level of the screen to fit your eye line. • Use a detachable keyboard and mouse whenever possible, as this will ensure that your movement is not restricted and you are not placing unnecessary strain on your back. • Taking regular breaks is extremely important and the BCA recommends workers move around every 20-30 minutes. An easy way to ensure that you get away from your desk is to set a loud alarm in another room. • When making phone calls, take the opportunity to get up from your desk and move around as you talk. • Embrace the privacy of working from home by doing regular stretches. The BCA has developed a series of simple exercises to improve posture and help prevent back pain. Our chiropractor, Laura Young, recommends that, if you are experiencing pain for more than a few days, then you should seek professional help, as an undiagnosed problem could lead to longer-term problems if left untreated. To find out where your local chiropractor is, please visit and search for a chiropractor. The research was carried out on behalf of the British Chiropractic Association. * Referenced here: 1 Taken from the TUC’s analysis of unpublished data from the ONS Labour Force Survey
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

Latest News

Maesteg Chiropractic Open Day
To celebrate our first 3 years of opening, we...

Do Chiropractors only treat backs?
This is a common assumption and I can certainly...

Preparing your back for a car journey
This month we have 2 bank holiday and many...

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