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.
We will ideally spend one third of our lives sleeping. During sleep, your body’s activity is reduced, as the heart, lungs, digestive and other functions slow down. Your muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons relax, and are therefore rested. You release a hormone called Melatonin, which promotes deep sleep, decreases cortisol (our stress hormones), which promotes healing and helps you to relax. In the spine, the intervertebral discs – compressed during the day by sitting and
Motorised Flexion Distraction Therapy (or M-FDT for those in the know) M-FDT is a doctor controlled traction technique able to be applied to a specific level of the spine, therefore avoiding stress to unstable parts of the spine. It consists of a uniquely designed motorised therapeutic table with two movable sections connected to one another by a pivot. By placing a particular spinal joint (disc or facet articulation) over the pivot opening, the M-FDT table
As chiropractors, we see the lead into summer become an overly stressful time of year. Bills are piling up, the desire to be “summer-ready”, Christmas around the corner, and work is looking like a long, dark, tunnel with no end in site. Stress related illnesses are becoming ever more frequent; it can be linked to heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, and a suppressed immune system which can make you more susceptible to common illnesses.
There are many misconceptions about the use of ice versus heat for pain. Even though ice may not be as comfortable as heat, heating can actually make your problems worse when used inappropriately. Here’s what you should know about icing and how to do it the right way. Ice causes tissues to contract, slows down circulation and in doing so reduces inflammation (swelling), and numbs the affected area. Ice should be applied to areas of