The human foot is a highly developed, bio-mechanically complex structure. It serves to bear the weight of the body as well as forces many times the weight of the human body during propulsion. Together, the feet contain 52 bones, which is a quarter of all the bones in the body. All the foot bones work together with numerous ligaments and tendons to make up 3 arches. Therefore a strong foot gives the body a perfect
Almost every day I see patients that are coming to me for help with neck pain. Many of them tell me that they have no idea why the neck pain started, but when I question them about their sleep hygiene and posture, all sorts of reasons start to become apparent. Sleeping posture…why is it so important? Our spine is designed to be maintained in a neutral position. Any sustained position outside of neutral places unnecessary
Almost all of us own or have access to a laptop these days. How often have you looked around on the bus or train and seen people head down into an email or film? School children are now even given laptops to use at home for their homework – but has anyone ever considered the impact of this on a growing child or adult’s spine?
Cycling is an excellent exercise but taking it to an elite level can lead to a variety of health problems. The latest advances in bicycle design and technology, coupled with more aggressive training, has led to a higher incidence of injuries among competitive cyclists. Pain in the lower back, knee, shoulder, and neck, as well as stiffness and numbness in the hands are common complaints among riders who spend long hours on their bikes. A
Gardening is an excellent outdoor activity. Sun, fresh air and physical work are all great for our health, but it can also be very stressful on the spine. Pain from sciatica and bulging or herniated discs can be aggravated or even caused by the bending over and twisting forces that put strain through the spine. When gardening, you may potentially spend hours hunched over and carrying heavy things. Follow these 10 tips to keep your
Motorised Flexion Distraction Therapy (MFD-T) is a traction based treatment option for the relief of sciatica (pain down the thigh and leg), back pain, and even neck pain. By placing the affected disc into a pressure position, we can gently stretch the muscles, ligaments and even the disc, to restore function, relieve pain and improve outcomes, without the need for highly invasive surgery. This works by repetitively “cycling” the back through stretch and relaxation phases,
Recently, I have had quite a few patients complaining of hip pain. Most of these patients have been young and quite active. This is not the typical population to suffer from Hip OA (Osteoarthritis). Most of the time these patients are younger (under 45), quite active (play sport at least 4-6 times a week), and have day jobs as well. Once we assess the patient, and rule out the usual chiropractic suspects (pelvic rotation or
More often than not, sitting still in a car for too long can result in crippling back pain, either in your lower back, between the shoulder blades or at the base of the neck. Sitting, even in the best posture possible, places significant stress on your spine, so it is vital that you get it right, as a poor sitting posture places significant load through our discs and joints (something we all already know). These
It’s that time of the year when the kids are wrapping up school, and starting to prepare for the onslaught of presents about to come their way. Oblivious to the preparation and costs that we as parents put into their forthcoming return to school. Well this year lets kill two birds with one stone and get them ready for school next year as a part of their Christmas presents this year. Whether its new shoes
Why should the older population adopt chiropractic care? You can’t help growing older but you don’t have to grow old. You can stay flexible, energetic, upbeat and enjoy life to its fullest way into your triple digits. Centenarians (the fancy word for people who are over 100) generally often live healthy lives – and rarely take medicine. Time, gravity, stress and injuries cause restrictions in your spine. Longstanding restrictions cause degeneration and osteoarthritis around joints.