Mar 07

Minimising back strain this calving season

Minimising back strain this calving season by Olivia O’ Leary D.C BSc Hons Chiropractic

As we progress through calving season, how is your back coping with the strain ?
It’s that time of year in farming when the pace and intensity of the workload has increased rapidly and farmers often faprevent back injury this calving seasonll into the habit of pushing themselves too hard and injuring themselves and only drawing breath when the body is at breaking point or in pain.

As Chiropractors in a rural community dealing and treating  significant numbers of farmers daily, we understand the day to day physical challenges posed by the demands of the farm and the injuries that it can cause particularly at calving time.

Our advice for farmers: Think of the long term and plan for the future. Don’t ignore your back, and when you’re tired don’t take  risks lifting or otherwise, it can be a costly, painful mistake  in the long term. So think of these tips…

Back pain at calving can generally be avoided through good forward planning, using a knowledge of safe lifting and body positioning principles, safe work practices as well as using mechanical aids wherever possible.

Calving related back pain often develops from
• Handling Accidents (getting crushed or knocked down by heifers/cows wary of human contact at calving or just after calving.
• Getting stuck in awkward positions; trying to get a calf out (not leaving enough space behind the cow to get the calf out)
• Long hours and regular night work increases the risk of back pain during this busy time of the year due to fatigue; meaning farmers are more of risk of forgetting to lift properly, take chances hauling things around, falsely believing they’re saving time:-(

• Well designed calving pens and gates minimise the direct physical contact between the cow/heifer and the farmer reducing handling accidents.
• Calving jacks if properly used can reduce the risk of back injury.
• Mechanical lifting aids such as a pulley system in the calving pen is a useful tool to reduce back strain.

The financial costs to the farmer of a back injury are high, do not ignore back pain believing it will go away, if affected, get early evaluation, treatment and appropriate exercises as necessary to help you recover faster, properly and to minimise the chances of getting injured again so as to avoid time lost unable to work through injury.

Offering comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for injuries relating to the back and neck as well as trapped nerves, shoulder, hip, knee and foot joint and muscle problems, Gorey Family Chiropractic also offers clients on site X-ray services, onsite computerised gait scanning, prescription medical insoles and can arrange direct refferal for MRI where medically necessary.

Gorey Family Chiropractic Clinic is registered with VHI, Aviva/ Irish Life Health and Laya Healthcare allowing clients to claim reimbursement for treatment if covered by their health Insurance policy.

For advice or further information T 053 94 83338

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Mar 07

Frozen shoulder, the most restrictive shoulder problem of all?

It is on frozen shoulder gorey, e of the most common, frustrating and painful conditions to affect the shoulder especially in the 45+ years age group. It can develop following a trauma or an accident with your shoulder, such as dislocation or fracture, or can slowly develop for no clear apparent reason.

Usually, clients present to us when the arm becomes very painful and when it feels stiff and weak and when they are getting unable to work, sleep, or use it properly because of the pain. Female patients often complain that they cannot hook their bra, or dress easily and men say that they cannot reach their wallet in their back pocket!

If ignored with time the situation progressively deteriorates leading to more extreme restriction of the arm and to an immobile painful shoulder.

It can’t be stressed enough that early evaluation is always the best approach in order to avoid progression and deterioration of a frozen shoulder. Shoulder exercises alone do not effectively stop progression and often patients then may be given the impression nothing can be done. Left to progress, it is not uncommon that a frozen shoulder can last 2 years or more.

Our chiropractors are specialised and extremely experienced in the examination, treatment and rehabilitation of frozen shoulder and it is a special interest area of both chiropractors. We would be delighted to offer guidance and help to anyone potentially affected by the condition which is both a frustrating and painful condition to suffer.

After a thorough and careful initial assessment of your shoulder which may include x rays (x-ray facilities onsite) or further imaging our chiropractors can confirm the presence of frozen shoulder or another potential shoulder disorder and specific advice will be given to you as to how your condition should be best treated and managed.

The focus of chiropractic treatment and rehabilitation of the shoulder will be to help you regain movement and flexibility in your shoulder which will significantly ease the shoulder and arm pain. Specialised chiropractic manipulative and soft tissue treatment techniques are used to help your shoulder, together with specific prescribed exercises that clients are taught to perform at home.  Our focus will be to bring your shoulder back to proper mobility and strength through non invasive physical treatment in the fastest possible time allowing you to feel that life can go back to normal!

You may not only need treatment in your shoulder joint where you feel the pain, but also in your upper back and the back of your shoulder neck and shoulder pain Goreyblade, since these areas are often affected by the frozen shoulder. Advice may also be given concerning your posture for those clients with shoulder pain that may be linked to poor posture.

Gorey Family Chiropractic is covered by VHI, Irish Life Health, Laya as well as smaller health Insurance companies such as HSA, Garda Medical etc.

For further information please call 053 (94) 83338
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Mar 07

6 Tips for choosing a Good Mattress

6 Tips for choosing a Good Mattress

by Olivia O Leary D.C BSc Hons


For a back pain sufferer the correct mattress with proper support is vital to a good nights sleep

The type of mattress you sleep on plays a key role in the health of your spine and preventing unneccessary back pain. But one style does not fit all when it comes to mattresses.

Your body weight, shape and personal preferences determine whether an pocket sprung or a foam mattress will be most comfortable for you.

Clues that you may need a new mattress include:
•    Morning pain or stiffness
•    Restless sleep
•    Sleeping better when you’re away from home
•    Visible mattress sagging or lumpiness

Modern beds are made from a vast number of different materials and technologies, which can be confusing to a person considering a new mattress. The chiropractors at Gorey Family Chiropractic have put this guide together for this very commonly asked question.



A good mattress is designed to provide support for your body at all points and keep your spine in the same shape as a person with good standing posture.

The choice and quality of mattresses can vary greatly dependent on budget and personal preferences.

•Open Coil: One of the most common foundations in mattresses is the open coil spring providing you with a cheaper and durable but less supportive mattress foundation.

•Pocket Sprung: Adapts8-12-2013-1-53-46-PM-sleep-mattress-up to the contours of your body providing support and minimal partner disturbance with minimum roll together. As Chiropractors this is one of the most recommended types of mattress for the cost versus the benefit ratio.

Foam mattresses

Memory Foam mattresses like this one from Tempur come backed by state of the art technology which dramatically increases the purchase cost

•Dual Coil: Provides double the support, with a unique inner coil responding to variable pressure providing a second tier of back support. Another excellent choice for a back pain sufferer.

• Foam:  Memory foam mattresses popularised this type of mattress. It seems a love or hate relationship amongst buyers with some expecting the high price tag to improve symptoms beyond what a mattress is able to do, which is to offer support and good alignment to the spine and body thereby reducing strain.

2). Durability:

It’s the quality of the materials used and how they’re put together that determines how long a mattress and mattress base will provide comfort and support.

1.    Spend at least 10 minutes on a mattress you want to buy. Lie in all positions, to make sure the mattress is right for you. It will be a wise investment of time, and your back will thank you for it, compare how different types of mattresses feel to your back and body.
2.    Weigh the benefits of foam versus pocket sprung. A medium firmness Pocket sprung mattresses offers excellent support for the average person. Foam mattresses contour to the entire body, but can make it more difficult to turn and get out of bed.
 Clients with Hip bursitis or shoulder tendonitis may the find the softer moulding nature of the foam comfortable for their conditions.
3.    Consider your body type. If your hips are wider than your waist, a softer mattress can accommodate the width of your pelvis and allow your spine to remain neutral. If your hips and waist are in a relatively straight line, a more rigid surface offers better support.
4.    Make sure there are enough coils. If you go with an pocket sprung mattresses, more coils mean more support and firmness. The thicker the coil, the firmer the mattress, with heavy-gauge coils providing the most support. There are no magic numbers for coils, but steer clear of mattresses with few of them.

6.    There is no necessity to spend money on expensive upholstery. Fabric layers provide insulation and cushioning between your body and the mattress springs. But these layers are easily compressed and can make your mattress feel as though it is sagging long before the springs give out. Foam mattress toppers are inexpensive alternatives that can be changed easily when the foam wears out.


Our specialist Chiropractic team are trained and hold extensive experience both in Ireland and the U.K and are specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of back pain, neck pain nerve and disc disorders as well as sports injury and osteoarthritis management. No GP referral is necessary.

On site x ray is offered and for your convenience all of our Gorey Family  Chiropractic team are registered with VHI, Glo, Aviva and Laya Healthcare allowing clients claim reimbursement from a wide range of private healthcare Insurance providers including the GAA Scheme.

For further information on our range of services to private individuals or companies contact or alternatively call 053 94 83338



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Feb 27

5 Tips to Keep your Spine Healthy

by Olivia O Leary D.C BSc Hons

Learn simple tips to keep your back happy and healthy.

Up to 90 percent of the Irish population will suffer back pain at some point in their lives. A little preventive effort could go a long way to reducing your chances of suffering from debilitating back pain.The team at Gorey Family Chiropractic provide comprehensive care and education concerning the back, muscles, nerves and joints allowing you to enjoy life to the fullest.

These nerves, muscles and ligaments from your spine provide support to your entire body, which is why a healthy back is so important to your overall health & wellbeing.

5 spine-healthy tips

1. Practice good posture by standing, walking, sitting, lifting and lying in positions where the least strain is placed on supporting muscles and ligaments.

2. Maintain a weight that is appropriate for your height and frame.

3. Take part in strength, stretch and aerobic programs to improve your fitness level, make you more resistant to injury, and speed recovery if you are injured.

4. Wear shoes that are well balanced, flexible and comfortable or supplement your shoes with custom made Orthotics to improve alignment from the feet up if your arches are fallen.

5. Stop smoking, as smokers experience more spine pain and heal more slowly.


Gorey Family Chiropractic; Here to Support your Recovery

Feel free to contact our Gorey Family Chiropractic Clinical Team at or 053 94 83338 if you are an existing patient with any questions or if you are a new patient with neck, low back pain, sciatica or disc problems seeking diagnosis and treatment.

For your convenience all our clinical team is registered with VHI, Glo, Aviva and Laya Healthcare allowing clients of Gorey Family Chiropractic to claim reimbursement from a wide range of Private Health Insurers. We are also covered under the GAA Injury Scheme.


Feb 27

Returning to sport after back pain and injury

By Olivia O Leary D.C BSc Hons

imagesYou may play sports only rarely, play a sport on a regular basis, or play a sport at a competitive level. No matter how involved you are in a sport, we need to consider a number of questions before returning to your sport after back pain and injury:

•    Do you want to still play the sport, even though in some cases it might stress your back and  If you continue with the sport, will you continue at the same level or play at a less intense level?
•    When did your back injury occur? How severe was your injury?
•    Have you talked about how to return to sport with one of our Gorey Family Chiropractic team, or another specialist health care provider?
•    Have you been doing exercises to strengthen and stretch the muscles that support your back?
•    Are you pain-free when you do the movements your sport requires?
•    Have you regained all or most of the range of motion (flexibility) of your spine?


When you are deciding when and if to return to a sport after having low back pain, the amount of stress that any sport places on your spine is an important factor to consider. If you would like to return to a more intense sport or a contact sport, talk about whether you can safely do this with one of our Gorey Family Chiropractic team.



images-2•    You have had surgery on more than one level of your spine.
•   You have had repeated injury or surgery in the same area of your spine.

Bear in mind that performing heavy physical activity over too long a period of time can cause back pain and injury. Activities that involve contact, heavy or repetitive lifting, or twisting (especially when moving or at high-speed) can contribute to the development of back pain and injury.


These are some general tips about when to return to sports. It may be safe for you  to return to your sport when you have:
•    No back pain or only mild back painbce531277751f32e51a588bf7c91b85a-150x150-1
•    Normal or almost normal range of motion (flexibility) of your back without pain
•    Regained enough strength in the muscles related to your sport
•    Regained the endurance you need for your sport
The type of back pain or injury you are recovering from is a key factor in deciding when you can return to your sport.


•    After a mild back sprain or strain, you should be able to start to return to your sport within a few days to several weeks if your symptoms have resolved.
•    After a prolapsed disk in one area of your spine, with or without having a surgery called micro-diskectomy, most people recover  between  3- 6 months. You must do back exercises to strengthen the muscles that surround your spine and hip for a safe return to sports. Many people are then able to return safely to a competitive level of sports.
•    After having disk and other problems in more than one area of your back, returning to sports needs to be done carefully. You should be under the care of a chiropractor or other appropriately trained and experienced healthcare professional.


Large muscles o77e440f96827c2acee4870b1a96bdcf3-150x150f your abdomen, upper legs, and buttocks attach to your spine and pelvic bones. They help stabilize and protect your spine during activity and sports.

Weakness in these muscles may be part of the reason you first injured your back and developed back pain. After resting and treating your symptoms after your back injury, these muscles will most likely be even weaker and less flexible.

Getting these muscles back to the point where they support your spine well is called core strengthening. Our Gorey Family Chiropractic team will teach you the necessary exercises to strengthen these muscles. It is important to do these exercises correctly and consistently to prevent further back pain and injury.




•    Warm up your back with an easy movement such as walking. This will help increase blood flow to the muscles and ligaments in your back.

•    Stretch the muscles in your upper and lower back and your hamstrings (large muscles in the back of your thighs) and quadriceps (large muscles in the front of your thighs).

When you are ready to begin the movements and actions involved in your sport, start slowly. Before going full force, take part in your sport at a less intense level. See how you feel that night and the next day before you slowly increase the force and intensity of your movements.


Our specialist Chiropractic team are trained and hold extensive experience both in Ireland and the U.K in back pain diagnosis, back pain treatment and back pain rehabilitation. We have treated players from amateur level right up to to professional level from a  range of sporting backgrounds. We consider not only your back pain, but the root cause of your back problem and will work with you to get you out of back pain and back to participation in your chosen sport in an effective, safe, timely manner.

For your convenience all of our Gorey Family  Chiropractic team are registered with VHI, Glo, Aviva and Laya Healthcare allowing clients claim reimbursement from a wide range of private healthcare Insurance providers. We also provide care under the GAA injury scheme.

Opening hours Mon 8-7, Tues 9-5, Wed 8-7, Thurs 9-5, Frid 8-7

Tel: 053 94 83338   or alternatively email    


Oct 14

Neck strengthening exercises, a patient guide

Doing regular of exercise is important for so many reasons, but in this situation let’s look at how it can help the neck. Our necks do an an often underrated, difficult job, holding up and back our heads, which in itself weighs a little bit more than a bowling ball. This job becomes increasingly harder if we spend our days at a computer or in the car or carry ourselves badly letting our head sit out in front of our neck.

Getting the right sets of exercises done to help keep the head over the neck and help get the shoulders back and get the cervical stabilising muscles stronger helps to support the spine and helps reduces stress to the static structures like the discs and the facet joints which can’t get our of the way of the postural strain otherwise.  Doing these exercises can go a lot of the way to preventing neck pain and if you suffer from neck pain, it’s all the more important to take the pressure off your neck  by helping to support and strengthen the neck muscles. If you have an existing neck problem it is prudent to mention that these exercises must be done at the appropriate time of recovery and seek advice if you are not certain.


This is one of the most effective postural exercises for combating neck pain.chin-tuck1 This exercise not only helps strengthen the muscles that pull the head back into alignment over the shoulders but it also stretches the scalene and suboccipital muscles (important muscles that can cause neck pain and even contribute to headaches) .The chin tuck exercise can be done numerous times throughout the day, such as while sitting in the car or at the desk at work. The repetition of this exercise throughout the day also helps develop good postural habits.

It is especially important to perform this exercise when the neck and shoulder blades first begin to hurt.To perform the exercise for the first time it is often recommended that patients stand with the spine up against a door jamb and the feet out about 3 inches from the bottom of the door jamb (Figure 1).

•    Keeping the spine against the door jamb, pull the upper back and head chin-tuck2back until the back of the head touches the door jamb. It is important to make sure that the chin is down so that the head is pulled straight back and is not looking up (Figure 2).
•    Hold the head against the door jamb for 5 seconds.
•    Repeat this ten times.
•    After performing this exercise in a door jamb about ten times, start doing the exercise in standing or sitting without a door jamb.
•    The exercise can be done 5 to 7 times per day.
•    When in the car, use the headrest as a point to aim for when pulling the head back.

•    Patients may feel some stretching of the muscles on the side of the neck that go down to the collarbone. These are the scalene muscles. These muscles along with the muscles at the top of the neck at the base of the skull are generally the tight muscles. The muscles in the front of the neck and muscles of the upper back are generally the weak muscles that need to be strengthened.

•    Another important postural exercise is the back burn exercise.

This exercise is done standing with the back up against a large flat wall and the feet about 4 inches out from the bottom of the wall.

•    Assume the same position as the chin tuck exercise with the back of the head against the wall.
•    Try to flatten the lower back against the wall.
•    Place the elbows, forearms and the backs of the hands and fingers on the wall with wriback-burn2sts about shoulder height (Figure 3).


•    Keeping the arms, hands, head and fingers all touching the wall as best possible, slowly slide the hands up above the head (Figure 4) and slowly back down (back to Figure 3).

•    Repeat this 10 times, 3 to 5 times per day.



•    A more advanced exercise that strengthens the muscles of the shoulder girdle as well as the neck and prone-cobra1upper back is the prone cobra exercise. This is done lying on the floor face down. The face down position uses gravity as resistance in the strengthening process.
•    Lying face down, place the forehead on a rolled up hand towel for comfort.
•    Place the arms at the side, palms down on the floor.
•    Place the tongue on the roof of the mouth (this helps stabilize the muscles in the front of the neck to assist in strengthening) (Figure 5).prone-cobra3
•    Pinch the shoulder blades together and lift the hands off the floor.
•    Roll the elbows in, palms out and thumbs up (Figure 6).
•    Gently lift the forehead about an inch off the towel keeping the eyes looking straight at the floor (do not tip the head back and look forward) (Figure 6).
•    Hold the position for 10 seconds.
•    Perform 10 repetitions.

We advise doing all exercises slowly and carefully with no jerky or sudden movements and avoid pushing too hard in beginning, if in doubt please contact a member of our chiropractic team or a specialist spinal healthcare practitioner to seek advice and guidance. / telephone 053 93 83338

Sep 24

How to tell if you have good posture


When a person stands tall with their head facing forward in the correct position and back straight they naturally look more confident and healthy, because this reflects good health and good posture.

Apart from looking unattractive, bad posture can also lead to serious back and neck injuries and problems later on in life because the muscles, ligaments & discs are under extra stress when the spine is not in proper alignment.


Ask yourself, do you think you have good posture? Do you think you can recognise the signs of poor posture in yourself?


Try standing how you would normally, then try looking in the mirror, or ask a friend to take a picture of your whole body from your side profile.  Relax and have a good look from head to toes. Starting from the head down, check to see if your head is poked forward, do you have a slight hunch or is your head leaning to one side, or shoulders drooping forward or too far back. Look to see whether one shoulder is higher than the other.  From the side, tummy sticking out, or bottom sticking out.  You may find you have your knees touching, or flat feet, or that one hip is higher than the other.
Any extremes of posture can be improved by using chiropractic treatment, the correct exercise program, and lifestyle changes.

There are basically three positions, in which to consider improving your posture:- lying, sitting and standing and walking.
1.    Lying – Fist things first – Your bed must be correct. Too soft, or too hard can cause poor sleeping posture and result in waking with pain. Sleeping on your tummy can also cause serious problems to both your neck and lower back. A good, well supporting pillow of the correct size for you is also essential. This is where good quality orthopaedic pillows have an advantage over a traditional feather or foam type. Our bodies heal during sleep, so if your rest is poor, your body will be slow to heal, which is some gives rise to chronic pain syndromes.xray-computer

 2.    Sitting. Both at home, at school or in work and in your car, all your seating should be appropriate and comfortable. Lumbar support is essential when seated for long periods, and get up to take regular walking breaks to avoid sustained postural positions. If at work,  instead of sending an email to a colleague, walk to their desk, walk to the café on your lunch, or perform some desk exercises.

    3.    Standing or walking – Practice standing with your back to the wall and you should notice whether your shoulders and head touch the wall.

Head retraction exercises can help with the poked head posture. Shoulder and upper back strengthening exercises will also help to correct rounded shoulders. If your spinal joints are stiff, working poorly or fixed in position, it will be extremely difficult to get good changes with exercise alone.
Various wedges can help with seated posture problems. A new, well-designed, adjustable chair is the best option. Orthotics foot insoles can help with foot problems, combined with chiropractic spinal manipulation would be a great help at the outset when trying to improve your posture.
Correct posture when lifting anything is also very important to prevent injury. Never lift a weight, which is too heavy for your strength, and always bend your knees and keep the object as close to your body as possible.


If you or a family member or friend is suffering with poor posture or symptoms relating to poor posture  please feel free to contact one of our chiropractors for a thorough and professional evaluation and assessment. Our chiropractors can evaluate and provide the best treatment and exercise plan to help correct your posture. Gorey Family Chiropractic clinic is also registered with all major health insurers allowing you to claim reimbursement for your treatment.
For a new patient consultation please contact our Gorey Family Chiropractic Team on 053 94 83338 or email



Jun 05

How to avoid neck and back pain during your exams

It’s that difficult time of year again for our Leaving and Junior cert students.   Not only are writing exams stressful on you emotionally, but also sitting for hours on one is not really what our bodies were designed for, and it takes its toll on our back and neck.

shutterstock_73357207As a university student, I used to prefer to study at the university library. Not only was it comforting to see that thousands of other students going through the same tiredness, “a ha” moments of clarity and countless cups of coffee, but it was also quiet (which made concentrating so much easier), and I seemed to have had the ability to sit at my workstation for much longer than at home. The reason…. my workstation’s ergonomics (how the desk and chair was set up) was right. Wherever you are studying here are a few tips to follow:

Your desk should:
•    have sufficient knee room so that one can scoot close to the front of the desk;
•    have sufficient desk top area to place the computer in a position whereby the monitor is approximately an arm’s length away;
•    be at a height such that one is able to maintain the wrists in a neutral position when using a computer while the shoulders remain relaxed.
Your chair should:
•    be adjustable, comfortably padded with no sharp edges on the seat;shutterstock_190601990-e1432191225850-1024x555
•    maintain the spine in a vertical or slightly reclined position. If the chair does not provide adequate low back support, then a lumbar cushion, rolled up towel, or folded sweatshirt should be used. And, once good support is available, remember to use it. Do not have the tendency to sit on the front of the seat and not use the back support;
•    allow for the hips and knees to be on roughly the same level and for the feet to be placed flat on the floor. A foot rest may be needed if this is not possible;
•    preferably have arm rests that comfortably support the elbows and forearms and allow one’s shoulders to relax. The arm rests should not prevent one from scooting forward to the front of the desk.

Having only a few light sources results in lots of shadows. Whenever possible, always have at least 3 light sources from various angles.

Now, having the correct desk space cannot solve all posture problems. Sometimes, while reading or writing we do force our bodies into awkward positions. And repeatedly maintaining the same posture for hours and hours is stressful to both the spine and supporting muscles. At the clinic we find that students receive a great amount of back pain and neck pain relief when coming in for treatment  to address these issues.

If you are drained and tired from posture related back pain or aching muscles or even worse burning at the base of your neck and shoulders try to follow these tips and consult one of our highly experienced chiropractic team for some professional help where necessary.
Importantly Best of Luck to everyone :-))

For an appointment call 053 94 83338 or email

Mar 23

Treating a common cause of shoulder pain

shoulder strecthShoulder impingement syndrome is a common shoulder condition causing shoulder pain and restricted movement. Often the cause of this pain is related to injury to the the rotator cuff  (a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint and help to keep it stable) which occurs when the tendons of the rotator cuff muscles become irritated and inflamed.

Certain movements, such as lifting the arm upwards and outwards, will cause one of these tendons to become intermittently trapped and compressed within the shoulder joint. Often patient’s report being unable to lie on the affected shoulder due to significant pain and soreness.

Causes of Shoulder Impingement Include:
* Injury to the shoulder causing inflammation of the supraspinatus tendon ( either due to trauma or repetitive injury)
* Weakness or malfunction of the rotator cuff muscles of the shoulder sometimes aggravated by shoulder arthritis
* Instability of the shoulder joint
* Poor posture including forward head carriage and rounded shoulders
* Inflammation of the subacromial bursa, a fluid filled sac in the shoulder joint


* Shoulder pain when your arm is at shoulder height and or when your arm is raised overhead
* Shoulder pain that can travel from the shoulder to the elbow
* Pain when lying on a sore shoulder
* Shoulder pain at rest as your condition deteriorates.
* Muscle weakness or pain when attempting to reach or lift the arm
* Pain when putting your hand behind your back
* Pain when reaching for a seat belt
* Pain on combing hair
Shoulder pain can also increase lying on the shoulder at night. Other symptoms include a grinding or popping sensation during movement of the shoulder.

Who suffers from Impingement?
Impingement syndrome is most likely to occur in people who engage in physical activities that require repeated overhead arm movements such as tennis, golf, swimming, weight lifting or throwing a ball.
Sedentary lifestyles where a person has already developed rounding of the shoulders and occupations that require overhead lifting or work to be done above shoulder height are also at risk of rotator cuff impingement.

Treatment options for Shoulder Impingement

Recovery and treatment depends on diagnosing the cause of your shoulder pain and restricted movement. Your chiropractor or other specialised health professional will be able to conduct a series of orthopaedic tests and carefully examine your shoulder physically to determine the cause of the shoulder problems. On occasion an x ray made need to be taken , or you may need to be referred for MRI to better evaluate the extent of the shoulder condition.

Various physical treatments methods including stretching and massage are administered to improve the function of the shoulder and  to help restore the movement of the shoulder, ease the pain and promote healing.

Sometimes poor flexibility and alignment of the spine may also need to be addressed simultaneously through manipulation/ mobilisation of the spine.

Specific exercises are used to help to regain shoulder strength and flexibility. Muscle rehabilitation is extremely important for the recovery and maintenance of shoulder injuries. Postural advice and corrective treatment is necessary particularly if you noticeably carry your head forward of your body or if you are round shouldered.

Occasionally  surgery is required if a tendon tear is larger or if significant shoulder arthritis is present and your chiropractor or healthcare practitioner can determine if this type of referral is necessary.


If you or a family member or friend is suffering with shoulder pain, or symptoms resembling shoulder impingement please feel free to contact one of our chiropractors for a thorough and professional evaluation and assessment. Our aim is to help you regain function through accurate diagnosis and timely treatment delivery.
For a new patient consultation please contact our Gorey Family Chiropractic Team on 053 94 83338 or email your enquiry to

Jun 10

Top tips for keeping your back healthy and strong

by Olivia O Leary D.C BSc Hons Chiropractic

e29ff6c89dFor patient’s that have just joined us at the Gorey Family Chiropractic you’ll often hear us mention that strengthening your back through exercise is one of the best ways to keep back pain at bay once your problem has been treated.  It can also be very helpful in treating back pain whilst in chiropractic care.

We encourage you to choose a low-impact, gentle exercise that will help strengthen the muscles in your back, without the risk of strain or sudden jolts that might aggravate your existing back pain.  Swimming, yoga and pilates are very good for improving the flexibility and strength of your back.

Stretching is another key way of helping your back.  The best way of maximising the benefits of stretching is to make your specific exercises part of your everyday routine and not just using them as a short term measure whilst you have back pain.

Lifting can also strain  your back and lifting badly can often lead to injury hence a trip to chiropractors ensues.


Follow these simple tips from our chiropractic team to avoid damaging your back:
•    Think before lifting.  Plan your lift.
•    Adopt a stable position.
•    At the start of the lift, slight bending of the back, hips and knees is preferable to fully bending the back or fully bending the hops and knees.
•    Change directions with your feet, not your back, to avoid a twist.
•    When lowering, face the place you have selected and lower the load slowly, bending your knees, never your back and let your legs do the work.

Sitting in the wrong position or for too long can cause and can considerably aggravate back pain.
•    Sit up with your back straight and your shoulders down and back, elbows relaxed at your sides. Your buttocks should touch the back of the chair.
•    Don’t sit in one position for long stretches of time.
•    If you drive for a living try to adjust your seating to support your spine and if you have the choice consider the different types of seating within car models some of which vary in quality.

By changing your sleeping position you can take some of the strain off your back and ease the back pain.  If you sleep on your side, draw your legs up slightly towards your chest and put a pillow between your legs.  If you sleep on your back, placing a pillow under your knees will help maintain the normal curve of your lower back and also help ease back pain.


Our specialist Chiropractic team are trained and hold extensive experience both in Ireland and the U.K  in the diagnosis and treatment of back pain, neck pain, nerve and disc disorders as well as treating and managing sports injuries and conditions like osteoarthritis.

On site x ray is offered and for your convenience all of our Gorey Family Chiropractic team are registered with VHI, Glo, Aviva and Laya Healthcare allowing clients claim reimbursement from a wide range of private healthcare Insurance providers including the GAA Scheme.

For further information contact or call 053 94 83338.