Parents, how many times have you heard yourself say to your child “stand up straight” or “stop slouching”? We all know that trying to get our child to sit up straight or avoid slouching is a common struggle. But did you know that good posture is just as important as eating healthily, getting enough sleep and exercising. Poor posture can lead to neck pain, lower back pain and even carpal tunnel. It can also cause long-term abnormal bone growth and be linked...
This month of August is Tradie Health Awareness Month. So all tradie’s listen up. We know it’s hard work being a tradie. Waking up at dawn, getting straight into a physically demanding job and the prolonged strain on the body over long hours all adds up. It’s not surprising that according to statistics from Safe Work Australia in 2016 “labourers accounted for the highest percentage of serious musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) claims with the highest frequency rate”. This was three times higher than the rate of all employees.
‘Shin Splints’, or medial tibial stress syndrome, is a term that is used for pain felt anywhere along the shinbone from knee to ankle. It is a result of overworked muscles, tendons and bone tissue and often occur in athletes who’ve recently intensified or changed their training routines. People that play sports that involve a lot of running are particularly prone to this type of injury.
Causes of shin splints
The pain associated with shin splints results from excessive amounts of force on the shinbone and the tissues attaching the shinbone to the...
International Scoliosis Awareness Day (ISAD) falls on the last Saturday of each June. It’s a very special day for all of your calendars – so save the date, 30th June 2018. This day unites people across the world to create positive public awareness of scoliosis. To promote education and bring together those affected by the condition.
Scoliosis is a condition that describes a sideways curvature of the spine that gives an “S” or “C” appearance of the spine rather than a straight “I”. This condition can result in the bones of the spine...
The hips are designed to bear a lot of weight and force. They help us to walk, sit, bend and move due its wide range of motion. It is one of the largest joints in the body and a healthy hip can support your weight and allow you to move without pain. So anytime there is a problem with the hips it can have an enormous affect on your whole body.
As we get older many of us will experience some sort of hip pain. It takes a great force to seriously damage the...
If you have a desk job or spend lots of time in front of the computer or viewing your mobile, driving or even reading a book every day – then you are more than likely to suffer from Upper Crossed Syndrome (UCS). Constantly having your head tilted forward causes postural alterations, often leading to faulty movement patterns, increasing the stress placed on the neck, shoulders and head. This syndrome can cause a multitude of dysfunctions within the body including headaches, early degeneration of the
Overtraining occurs when an individual increases their exercise volume and/or intensity while not allowing for enough recovery time and rest. The performance maybe reduced and plateau as the body is pushed physically further than it can handle. It’s ability to recover cannot keep up with the load it is placed under. An imbalance between the workouts and recovery is created resulting in stress and physical trauma to the body.
Overtraining is often seen in athletes who are training for a competition, a special event, or who are very active but it’s actually more common...
One condition that many people are not aware they suffer from is “Stress – The silent killer”. Stress isn’t always bad. In small doses, it can help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best. But when you’re constantly running in emergency mode, it can have so many negative effects on the body and mind and you eventually pay the price. Most of the time sufferers seek treatment for another condition and their stress goes unaddressed thus causing other health issues.
What is Stress?
When working properly, stress helps you stay focused,...
Yoga was developed in India nearly 4000 years ago. Making this form of exercise an ancient practice that is now very popular around the world. There are many different types of yoga styles. These styles incorporate various breathing techniques with basic and complex body postures. It is designed to provide a number of physical and mental benefits. Some of these include: improved cardiovascular, digestive, lymphatic and nervous systems, increased joint mobility, enhanced sleep quality and reduced stress and anxiety.
Yoga is also...
Did you know that this common sports injury can be treated by your chiropractor? A hamstring injury is a strain or tear to the tendons or large muscles at the back of the thigh. It is one of the most common muscle injuries and can be very sore and painful. It is typically caused by rapid acceleration activities when running or initiating running activity and strikes athletes of all sorts – including runners, skaters, football, rugby, and basketball players.
What is a hamstring?
The hamstrings are tendons (strong bands of tissue) at the back of the...
What is it?
Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common problems of Heel Pain. Your foot is made up of a thick, fibrous band of tissue (Fascia) that runs under the foot from the heel bone to the toes. These tissues support the muscles and the arch of your foot. When the tissues are overly stretched, tiny tears can occur on the surface and cause pain under the heel and inflammation. Some people may experience pain under the arch of the foot as well.
Having poor foot
Inflammation is your body’s natural way of protecting itself when you are injured or sick. It stimulates the healing process and helps your body defend itself against any foreign invaders. These intermittent bouts of inflammation are your body’s own immune response designed to protect your health. This type of inflammation is classified as acute and short term and would arise alongside a sprained ankle, appendicitis, tonsillitis or an infected ingrown nail.
However, there are some medical conditions that cause a long term and persistent inflammatory response referred to as chronic low-grade inflammation. It occurs...