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Herniated Disc

When you hear the term “slipped”, “ruptured” or “bulging” disc, what this actually means is a herniated disc – a common cause of pain in the necklower back, arms, or legs.

Discs anatomy

Discs are soft, rubbery pads found between the hard bones (vertebrae) that comprise the spinal column. The discs between the vertebrae enable the back to flex or bend and also act as shock absorbers.

Herniated disc causes

A disc herniates or ruptures when part...

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Headaches

Headaches affect many people, and can be very debilitating. Because they are so common, the majority of people believe that getting a headache is a normal part of life. However, this is not the case, it can be a sign that something is wrong. Although medication may help relieve the pain they do not correct the actual cause and can produce unwanted side effects.

Anatomy of the neck

When the bones (vertebrae) in the neck are not supporting your head adequately, this will affect the nerves, muscles and blood flow to...

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Neck Pain

Each year between 30-50% of the general population suffer from neck pain and almost 50% of all chiropractors patients seek help for different neck pain problems, including acute and chronic neck pain, neck kink and whiplash injury. Although there may be many reasons for these problems, the most common are: past trauma, hereditary and attitude-related symptoms such as stress at work and awkward postures.

Anatomy of the neck

Your neck is made up of vertebrae that extend from the skull to the upper torso. Cervical discs absorb shock between the bones. The...

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Shoulder Pain

All arm movements are dependent on a good, normal rhythmic movement between the shoulder blades, spine, clavicle and shoulder. If shoulder mechanics do not work, this can result in neck, arms, back and shoulder pain.

Shoulder anatomy

Your shoulder consists of three bones: your upper arm bone (humerus), your shoulder blade (scapula), along with your collarbone (clavicle). Your arm is held in your shoulder socket by the rotator cuff. These muscles and tendons create a covering across the...

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Sciatica

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is pain arising from the pressure in a large nerve that passes through the buttock, called sciatic nerve. The nerve is formed from nerve roots that originate from the spinal cord, pass out between the disc spaces into the buttock, then into the back of the thigh and leg. The sciatic nerve controls sensation and function to the leg and foot.

Sciatica Symptoms

When you suddenly start feeling lower back pain and/or hip pain that radiates towards the back of your thigh and into your leg, you possibly have a protruding or herniated disc in your spinal column that may be pressing on the nerve roots in...

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What does a chiropractor do?

Chiropractic is one of the oldest forms of ‘hands-on’ musculoskeletal medicine. The diagnosis and treatment are based on the philosophy that the body operates as a total functional unit with all the body’s systems. This means that your muscles, nerves and joints are working together to maintain normal function and health. The human body is both self-regulating and self-healing, and it is the control of the brain, spinal cord and nerve function that allows this. By detecting structural imbalances and nerve interferences throughout these systems the chiropractors ensure they are treating the cause and not just the symptoms.

Chiropractor Education

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Lower Back Pain

Four out of five Australians will suffer from lower back pain at some point in their lives. It is the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed workdays. The good news is that a sore back is usually temporary and with the right chiropractic treatment one can see improvement within a few days or weeks.

Acute back pain vs. Chronic back pain

Acute back pain accounts for most lower back pain cases, and lasts a few days to a few weeks. The majority of acute low back pain is mechanical in nature, meaning that there is a disruption in the way the components of the back (the spine, muscle, intervertebral discs, and nerves) fit together and move.

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6 Reasons why you should be stretching

Stretching benefits go beyond the already known injury risk decrease. It can calm your mind, decrease back pain risk, give you an energy boost to start the day well and at the same time, improve your sleep. Even a short amount of time (10 – 15 minutes) of this practice can bring amazing results to your quality of life. So why not starting it today? Here it is a list of benefits to inspire you to.

Benefits of stretching

  1. Stress Relief: Stretching makes our body release endorphins, dopamine and serotonin, which help to decrease anxiety, motivate you and fight off depression.
  1. Energy Boost: Due to the release of dopamine, stretching is...

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How to feel a better burn in the saddle

Sport specific training is a must, whether you are a weekend warrior who goes cycling on the weekend to grab a coffee with a couple of mates or looking to take your pedal to the next level. Not only will it reduce the risk to injury, it will also increase performance. In the previous blog “5 ways to get the best from your pedal” we introduced the concepts of the power phase (12 o’clock to 6 o’clock) and the recovery phase (6 o’clock) and discussed the prime movers...

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Why lower back pain may not be from your lower back

Approximately 25% of Australians experience lower back pain, with the majority being classified as “non specific lower back pain”. The pain may be from structures in the spine or from another area in the body. It has long been known by health care professionals that there is a direct correlation between tight hamstrings and low back pain. The hamstrings are made up by a group of 3 muscles in the posterior thigh (semimembranosus, semitendinosis, and biceps femoris). All...

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5 ways to get the best from your pedal

Cycling is predominately a lower limb sport. The main movers of the posterior chain are the hamstrings, gluteals and the calves and are active when out of the saddle. When in the saddle the anterior chain (hip flexors and quadriceps) drive the pedals down and around. To get more from your next cycle, give these 5 tips a try to increase performance and endurance. We begin in the saddle with the pedal at 12 o’clock and see the gluteals, quadriceps drive movement on the downward sweep of the pedal. On the way back up the...

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What is Glucosamine?

Essentially the most effective supplements for osteoarthritis is a compound called glucosamine. It is an amino sugar manufactured from the shells of chitin (shellfish) and is an essential component of cartilage. Also, it actively works to stimulate joint function and repair. It has been determined efficient at numerous scientific trials for relieving osteoarthritis pain, aiding in the rehabilitation of cartilage, renewing synovial fluid, and repairing joints which have been damaged from osteoarthritis. Each individual generates a specific amount of glucosamine for their body.

As you age, your body lose the ability to make enough glucosamine....

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