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Women's Health

With Mother's Day fast approaching on 31st March, this month's newsletter is focused all on women's health. Feel free to share this information with others. 

Consumer research from the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) has found that three quarters (73%) of women have suffered with back pain. 

Chiropractic can help women throughout all stages of life, from teenagers who may have joint problems from dancing to older women suffering from chronic disease. One of the most common time for women to see us is during pregnancy. We have looked after many women throughout all stages of their pregnancy. Research shows that chiropractic helps improve comfort by balancing the pelvis and shortens labour times. At Summit we have a specialised Belloost pregnancy cushion to help aid the comfort for pregnant women.

If you know someone who could be helped with chiropractic please let us know how we can help. In the mean time here are some top tips:

• Put the bag down: Heavy handbags are a particularly common cause of back pain in women. Pay attention to the bag you carry around and regularly check for and empty your bag of unnecessary items. Backpacks are the best design for your posture as they distribute weight evenly across both shoulders, so it’s great that these are back in style.

 Put your best foot forward: High heels force you to hold your body in a manner which promotes tension in your spine so, if you wear high heels, counteract any potential damage by

wearing trainers or shoes with a lower heel from time to time and try to choose a wedge or chunkier heel over a stiletto.

• Get the right support: Clothes are important but what you wear underneath can also affect your posture. Bras need to fit properly so that your shoulders don’t take all the

strain. Getting a fitting at a shop is the best way to get a good fit.