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Maria Laoudikou

Maria Laoudikou

Lockdown #2, mental health and chiropractic

Blog Tuesday, 03 November 2020 08:57

1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year in England. 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem like anxiety and depression in any given week in England. It said that since the first lockdown, the psychological health of the UK population has suffered greatly, with significant increases in reported stress, anxiety, depression; escalating alcohol consumption and domestic abuse; and increases in suicidal thoughts, especially among young adults. With the pandemic and the lockdown measures there has been a deterioration in people’s mental health, regardless of whether they had the mental health problem before.

2020 hit us all as a huge wave of anxiety and lockdown No2 starts Thursday, so things are changing. Again.

We all know that our mental health can be impacted by physical illness, but have you ever thought about how that connection goes both ways? Have you ever really thought about all the various physical symptoms we get with mental illness?

For many pregnant women, aches and pains in the lower back and hips are part of the experience. In fact, approximately 50% of pregnant women will experience back pain at some point before they deliver.

Luckily, relief may be just a chiropractor visit away. 

Chiropractic care is a completely natural, non-invasive way to keep your body healthy and functioning optimally. It is safe and beneficial for people of all ages and stages of life, but it does have some particular benefits for pregnant mothers. Regular chiropractic adjustments can help ensure a healthier and more pleasant pregnancy, labor, and birth. Many chiropractors are specifically trained in special adjusting techniques for pregnant women. Make sure your chiropractor knows when you're expecting so they can adjust their technique accordingly. 

Gone are the days when lifting weights was just for bodybuilders and pro athletes. In fact, the NHS Physical Activity Guidelines for adults recommend that all adults should do at least two full-body strength-training workouts a week.That's not because we should all aspire to bulging biceps or sexy abs — although weight-lifting can and will change the appearance of your muscles. The recommendation to strength train comes from the combination of all the benefits, from the physical to the emotional and mental.

What are the health benefits of lifting weights and the reasons why those that are into weight training would benefit from a visit to a chiropractor? 

That’s something I hear 99% of the time when I have a client that works in a physical job. Well let’s agree to disagree here.  Tree surgeons, bricklayers, firefighters, builders, painters, engineers, carpenters, drivers and other manual workers are indeed at higher risk for work-related aches and pains because their tasks always require greater exertion. LBP (lower back pain) is one of the most common disorders people employed in manual labour positions experience.

However, that doesn’t mean their jobs have less benefits, especially coming to fitness and mental health or that they should accept their back pain is going to be part of their lives .

 

But how manual labourers can prevent low back pain?

Maria gives the low down on repetitive strain injuries.

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