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Back Rehabilitation Post Injury

Why You Need to Strengthen Your Back

The back and abdominal muscles are not exercised enough through normal daily activities. They require regular work to develop and maintain strength. You may otherwise become prone to injury if these muscles are weak or tight. After a back injury has occurred, it is vital to start a back strengthening and stretching routine to rehabilitate the back. Your deep core stability muscles automatically turn off when there is pain, leaving your spine vulnerable to further injury and persisting chronic pain. However, you can re-activate these muscles via specific retraining.

Healing

You may be tempted and go about your daily life and exercise like you did before your injury.  It is vital that you take time to rest and recover. By diligently following a specific rehabilitation program, you will be able to eventually return to your regular activities. You will also be less likely to become injured again when you keep up with a back workout routine.

During the time of healing and rehabilitating it is important to:

  • Pay attention to your breathing and remember to take deep soothing breaths. If you’re feeling impatient and anxious about your back pain, then consciously take several slow deep breaths, as it will help you relax. Tense muscles will hinder your recovery.
  • Learn body awareness and take notice of how you move, sit and stand. This will help with recovery and prevention of another back injury. Pay attention to your posture and learn about specific postural exercises. Correct postural alignment using classes such as pilates and yoga. Poor posture is a common cause of back pain and is a major issue for most people. They are unaware of their poor posture and require someone to identify it for them. During the day, if you notice yourself slouching, consciously straighten your spine and lift your chest. With practice, you will improve your posture and help ease your back pain.
  • Accept that your body is injured and it needs to heal. A lot of people who are fitness fanatics or even athletes want to rush their recovery time. They are desperate to continue their gym training, or run hard as they did before.  Therefore, it’s important to be patient with your body and accept that you are hurt. You will further cause damage and prolong the healing process if you push yourself too far physically and don’t follow a structured rehab plan.

Rehabilitation

Your back is weaker after an injury, so it’s important to commit time towards rebuilding the muscles and making them stronger than before. It may already have been weak before you became injured and therefore may have been part of the cause. To create a strong healthy back, you must regularly exercise the abdominals, obliques, hip muscles, back muscles, and glutes. Each of these muscle groups adds support to the spine.

The most important thing to remember when you start doing exercises is to avoid anything that hurts your lower back. Your injury needs a chance to heal, and moving your spine in the wrong direction can injure it even more. There are three basic ways that your spine can move: forwards and backward, side-to-side, and rotational. Your rehabilitation should include only the motions that don’t hurt. Below are some examples of exercises to help rehabilitate the back:

Back Strengthening Exercises and Stretches

Kneeling all fours extension

Start this move by kneeling on all fours.  Your hands should be beneath your shoulders and your knees directly below your hips. Activate your core muscles and on a breath out, slowly lift your right arm and extend it straight forward whilst simultaneously lifting your left leg and extending it straight back. Breathe in and slowly lower to starting position. Repeat three times on each side.

Hip Lifts

This exercise is to strengthen you core muscles, lower back and buttocks. Lie on your back with your knees bent and your arms flat on the floor on either side of you. Activate your core muscles, then push through your feet equally and lift your buttocks up. Holding this position for 10 seconds and then lower. Use your legs, arms and shoulders to balance. Repeat five times.

Swimming

Lie on your stomach with your forehead down.  Stretch your arms out in front of you with the palms down and your legs  stretched behind you with toes pointed down. Lift your arms, legs, chest, and head up on one count and hold (A). Inhale and exhale normally as you alternate lifting right arm/left leg (B) and left arm/right leg (C) without touching them down to the mat. Count slowly from 1 to 10 as you swim, lifting higher and reaching longer with each progressive count. Sit back to your heels for a counter stretch in your lower back, if needed.

Stretches for Low Back Pain

Hold each stretch for 40-60 seconds 2 times per day.

  • Back Flexion Stretch. Lying on the back, pull both knees to the chest while simultaneously flexing the head forward until a comfortable stretch is felt across the mid and low back.
  • Knee to Chest Stretch. Lie on the back with the knees bent and both heels on the floor, then place both hands behind one knee and pull it toward the chest, stretching the buttock muscles.
  • Chair Hamstring Stretch. Sitting on a chair, place one leg straight out on another chair in front of the body. Reach toward the toes and stretch one leg at a time.

Remember, preventing back pain before its onset is they key to a healthier back. Back pain is a serious subject. As you recover from a back injury, it is important that you begin to learn how to safely strengthen your back. To help prevent injuries to your back later. To create a strong healthy back, you must regularly exercise the abdominals, obliques, hip muscles, back muscles, and glutes. Each of these muscle groups adds support to the spine. Our chiropractors at Chiro & Sports Med can teach you specific exercises that will help reduce your back pain now – and help you begin a new set of habits that will help keep your back healthy.

Chiro & Sport Med

Our chiropractors at Chiro & Sports Med are committed to providing chiropractic solutions to address your unique needs, whether you are experiencing a pinched nerve, bulging disc, back painneck pain,  headaches or even muscular tightness and tension. You may be searching for pain relief after an accident, experiencing injury or suffering from a specific condition like chronic back pain or a spinal condition. Our mission is to help reduce or eliminate pain. To help prevent future problems and injury. To improve your quality of life, your well-being and your ability to live an active healthy lifestyle.

If you would like to make an appointment with one of the chiropractors at Chiro & Sports Med simply call our office on 9817 2005 and one of our friendly staff will organise an appointment for you.

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Core Activation and Back Pain

Your core muscles are the most important muscle group in your body. A strong core helps support your spine and promotes good posture. The muscular system relates to both local and global muscle groups. Local muscles, being our core, are the deep stabilizers and global muscles are the larger, superficial muscles that generate movement. Every move you make originates in your core. These muscles are vital to many common movements, such as lifting, twisting, reaching, and bending. Normal, everyday life requires almost constant use of the core muscles.

It is important to strengthen both muscle groups to avoid muscle imbalances. Developing strong abdominal muscles help prevent back pain by making you less prone to back injuries, having proper spinal alignment and better bladder control.

What are the core Muscles:

Five muscles make up your deep core. They are the transverse abdominis, multifidus, internal obliques, pelvic floor and diaphragm. They lie below your abdominals and wrap around your midsection connecting to your spine. The muscles occupy areas in your lower back, hips, glutes, trunk, and stomach and work together to stabilise your lower back.

Your abdominals are the front anchor of your spine. When they are not strong enough the other structures supporting your spine (e.g. your back muscles) will have to work harder. The muscles of the abdomen and lower back combine to hold your spine and pelvis in place.  If these muscles are weak, your body will be unstable, and you won’t be able to sit or stand erectly for more than a short period. Instead you will slouch or slump, which in turn will strain your muscles.

Your core muscles stabilize your entire body. Muscular weakness in any part of the body can be a sign of an inadequate core. The core generates power and stability for most of all body movements e.g. throwing, kicking and punching and also your ability to balance. A weak core will affect virtually everything you do.

Back Pain

Many people suffer from back pain and weak abdominals may be the cause of it. The lower back is one of the most common sources for recurrent pain. When your core isn’t as strong or balanced as it should be, the curvature of your lumbar spine can change. Even the slightest difference can place undue pressure on the vertebrae, discs or articulate facets that make up your spine, as well as the muscles, tendons and ligaments that surround it, making you much more prone to injury. If you do not have a more serious back condition, any lower back pain is likely a result of core weakness.

Therefore it is essential for the local muscles to be targeted and trained in order to avoid an imbalance in muscle recruitment. These muscles need to be activated first and taught motor control. It is important to know how to appropriately activate the core muscles before you begin a program to improve strength and stability.

Core Activation

Your deep abdominal muscles (local muscles) work to assist spinal and pelvic control. They run from the front of your abdomen, around your waist and insert via connective tissue into your spine. These deep stability core muscles include the transverse abdominals, multifidus, diaphragm, pelvic floor, and many other deeper muscles.

By developing stronger core muscles, you will be less likely to injure or strain your back muscles.  The challenge for people with a weak deep core is learning to activate those five muscles without using their abdominals. The good news is that you can learn to activate and strengthen your deep core.

When activating the deeper muscles, it should feel like a gentle tension under your fingers. The best way to feel your deeper muscles is by wrapping your thumbs and forefingers around your waist. Your fingers will rest directly above your core abdominal muscles, just inside your pelvic bones. You can do this whilst lying down with knees bent, or sitting on a chair or stability ball.

How to activate your Core Muscles

Good posture is essential for core activation. If your posture is slumped you won’t be able to activate the core abdominal muscles properly. Make sure you sit straight with your chest lifted, spine tall and have a small inward curve in your low back before beginning activation exercises.

Gently draw in your lower abdominal wall towards your spine – it’s a slow and controlled activation. Try to slightly draw in the area where your fingers are resting. Remember this is a very subtle and gentle contraction; it should not be too strong or forceful. Try to breathe normally and start with up to 10 second deep abdominal muscle holds. Progress the duration of your holds as your core control improves with practice.

Try to avoid these common mistakes during core activation training.

  • Slumped posture
  • Over bracing all abdominal muscles
  • Breath holding
  • Doing intense exercises for the core before understanding correct activation
  • Performing intense core exercises with pelvic floor problems

Once you have achieved activation for the deeper muscles correctly, it is safe to start core-strengthening and stabilization exercises. The best place to go is a pilates class to ensure you are working under supervision with instructors who specialise in this area.

Chiro & Sport Med

Our chiropractors at Chiro & Sports Med are committed to providing chiropractic solutions to address your unique needs, whether you are experiencing a pinched nerve, bulging disc, back painneck pain,  headaches or even muscular tightness and tension. You may be searching for pain relief after an accident, experiencing injury or if you suffer from a specific condition like chronic back pain or a spinal condition. Our mission is to help reduce or eliminate pain and to prevent future problems and injury and to improve your quality of life, your well-being and your ability to live and active healthy lifestyle.

If you would like to make an appointment with one of the chiropractors at Chiro & Sports Med simply call our office on 9817 2005 and one of our friendly staff will organise an appointment for you.

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Poor Posture

Poor posture is today’s new world health problem. It causes more mental and physical health complications than most people realise. The human body was designed to move and not sit in a chair for several hours at a time. Posture is an important part of preventing problems like back, neck, shoulder pain and even depression and fatigue.  When the back is straight, the spine is supported and stabilised. When you slouch or hunched over, your spine no longer has the support it needs to stay balanced. There’s a reason your mother told you to sit up straight – poor posture destroys your health.

Bad posture worsens Depression and Stress

When the body remains in a seated position for an extended period of time, slouched and constricted, all of your internal processes slow down. As a result your energy levels decrease and creates a poor mood. Making you feel irritable, tired and aggravated. Slouching causes your body to compress and constrict. Therefore your heart and lungs are forced to work harder to pump blood and circulate oxygen. This causes stress on your internal organs and muscles. So sitting in an upright position with your shoulders and chest broad makes it easier to breathe.

Causes Digestive problems

Sitting for long periods constricts your heart, lungs and intestines. This can make digestion uncomfortable and cause a lot of issues such as acid reflux and hernias. If you are experiencing digestive distress, you may want to take a closer look at your posture and how much time you are spending sitting each day. Poor posture can cause you to develop that unsightly belly pouch that most of us dread. It affects both heavy and thin people and can be attributed to slouching and poor sitting habits.

Poor Breathing

The lungs function optimally when the diaphragm and rib cage can properly expand.  Bending forward, backward or sideways invites distorted restricted, shallow breathing. Leaning over squeezes your lungs, making them smaller, and decreasing your breathing volume. Shallow breathing means less oxygen into your system. Less oxygen means less energy. This means It restricts blood and oxygen flow which makes it difficult to breath and speak.

To see how posture affects your breathing, sit with your shoulders and spine in a slouched position in your chair. Exhale and then hold your breath. Now, stand up straight and continue to hold your breath.

Back, Shoulder and Neck Pain

Sitting in a slouched position at your desk for an extended period of time puts a great deal of stress on your upper body. Back, shoulder and neck pain are the most common effects of poor posture. The pain areas include:

  • Lower back – 63%
  • Neck – 53%
  • Shoulder – 38%
  • Wrist – 33%

The posture that causes neck and back pain the most is when a person is sitting with their head and shoulders pushed forward. This occurs when you are sitting in front of a computer, with your head jutted forward to read the screen. Since this posture usually takes place in the workplace, it’s important for people to remain aware of how they’re sitting, and to make corrections whenever possible.

Over time, poor posture can cause a misalignment in the spine and lead to even more pain. If the spine is misaligned, weight or stress needs to be redistributed to compensate for your slouching. In addition, it also causes joint stress. Your joints are forced to bear a heavier load, eventually, leading to pain and degradation of the tissues surrounding your joints.

Poor posture can also cause neck pain. Since the neck and skull sit on top of the spine, the curvature of the spine can cause the head’s position to become askew. This causes considerable strain on the neck muscles, which in turn can contribute to neck aches, pains, and even chronic headaches.  There are a number of muscles that make up the neck and when these muscles are strained or become tight, they can cause neck pain.

Tension Headaches

Tension Headaches are another side effect of poor posture. Office workers tend to experience more headaches simply because they are putting so much tension and strain on their bodies by sitting all day. Hunching over computers, sitting in cars for hours on end or sprawling on the sofa are some examples that can all lead to back and neck pain which ultimately leads to a headache. Obesity, muscle tone, shoes and pregnancy can make you more vulnerable to posture-related tension headaches as well.

One common reason for headaches, especially tension headaches is muscle tension and tightness. This tightness occurs all over the head and neck feeling like there is a rubber band around your head sometimes. These muscles work hard to adapt to the constraints that are being put on them when your posture is poor. Therefore the tension in your neck, shoulders and spine eventually work their way up to your head and cause a tension headache.

Try this – drop your shoulders as you are reading this paragraph. Try to push them towards the ground. You will notice that they fall a considerable distance. Some others may experience a small fall or none at all. For those of you that noticed that their shoulders did not drop at all, sit up and try the exercise again. When you are sitting up straight your shoulders should drop very little, if at all, meaning your posture is good.  But If your shoulders did drop alot your posture is poor. This can lead to shortening of some muscles and irritation of your spine and the discs. This shortening will cause that rubber band feeling on the head. Most often this pain is felt right at the base of the skull and if you push on it with your fingers you can sometimes get relief.

Tips on How to Improve Your Posture

  • Invest in an ergonomic chair, keyboard and mouse.  You want to make sure that it’s providing you with the support you need.
  • Get up and stretch every half hour or hour, if possible. This will give your body a break and allow your organs to get the oxygen they need.
  • Exercise. Focus on exercises that strengthen your core.  A strong core will make it much easier for your body to remain in an upright position.
  • Practice yoga. Yoga encourages good posture. Some of the poses require you to keep your shoulders and chest broad. This opens the lungs and allows you to breathe easily.

Just remember our chiropractors at Chiro & Sports Med are here to help promote ongoing wellness by improving spinal and joint function often resulting in a healthier, more active lifestyle. With regular adjustments, chiropractic care offers a host of preventative health benefits, and is vital for keeping your body balanced, flexible and functioning at its best. Everyone, from growing children to active seniors, can benefit from regular chiropractic care. We believe in restoring patients to their optimal health and well being in the shortest possible time.

 If you would like to make an appointment with one of the chiropractors at Chiro & Sports Med simply call our office on 9817 2005 and one of our friendly staff will organise an appointment for you.
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Chiropractic Care for all age groups

People from all age groups can benefit from Chiropractic care. From Small children, the elderly, pregnant woman to amateur or Olympic athletes.   It is safe for the whole family. Anyone who suffers from specific musculoskeletal problems can benefit from Chiropractic care.  A chiropractor’s goal is to focus on the health of the spine.  They perform adjustments (hands on spinal manipulations) to the spine or other parts of the body with the goal of correcting alignment problems, alleviating pain, improving function and mobility, increasing vitality and supporting the body’s natural ability to heal itself without surgery or medication.

Normally, we tend to think of adults only with bad backs or those who have been injured on the job that need to seek chiropractic care. This is not the case,  all age groups stands to benefit from chiropractic treatment. Chiropractic care is suited to each individual’s age, condition and spinal problem. Generally children have more mobile joints than adults so they require less force in order to attain the desired effect of the adjustment. Where as Senior citizens receive gentle chiropractic adjustments to accommodate their sensitive bones.

There are many reasons why we should seek chiropractic care for all age groups. They are:

Strong Immune System

A healthy central nervous system and a strong immune system go hand in hand. Our nervous system runs through the spine and it works with the immune system in order for the body to adapt to various conditions and heal appropriately when required. Spinal misalignments can cause neural dysfunctions and these are stressful to the body which lead to a weak immune response.

So when the CNS sends and receives messages efficiently, other systems and functions in the body are able to work properly and competently. Chiropractic adjustments have shown to boost the immune system. Therefore by allowing a chiropractor to adjust your spine, especially on a continual basis,  your body systems (nervous, endocrine and immune) naturally get a boost. The immune system is responsible for fighting off illness,  so you’ll be feeling healthier overall.

An Increase in Energy

Many people do not realise how much and how often tension can build up in the body. Simple spinal adjustments can help your body release tension in your muscles and alleviate any pain you may have. As the tension is released, the body is able to relax thus allowing you to sleep better.  Less pain and more sleep allows your energy levels to rise naturally.

Energy flows through your nerves and your nerves distribute the energy throughout your body. When your spine is aligned properly, your nervous system keeps the flow of energy balanced. But when your spine is misaligned, it causes kinks in your nerves interfering with energy flow. The result is that persistent feeling of fatigue that makes it difficult to get through the day. You can sleep all day and all night, but until your spine is returned to proper alignment, that feeling of fatigue will continue to drain you.

Improved Digestion

The digestive system links to the nervous system. The nervous system controls various aspects of your digestive function. For example, the nerves in the thoracic and lumbar regions of your spine control the pace at which your body digests food. If any of the numerous nerves in your spine are not functioning properly, problems with digestion can easily arise.

When the spine is not aligned, stress and strain is placed on the nerves. Thus leaving the nerves incapable of sending out the necessary signals to your digestive system to trigger them to work properly. A chiropractor can safely and gently correct your spine through spinal manipulation. For this reason your body starts to become healthier, especially along the spine and the central nervous system. Digestion is now able to move more freely. The body is then able to process foods and eliminate toxins faster, leaving you feeling better than ever.

Care Plan

Chiropractors will tailor a specific care plan for you that takes into account a number of factors. These can include: results of nerve function scans or x-rays, and any physical examination findings. The type of tissue involved? (eg. ligament, tendon, muscle, disc, organ). How long you have had the condition? The intensity of the pain and the amount of inflammation you are experiencing. The presence of any unavoidable aggravating factors to your condition (eg. your occupation or degeneration). The chiropractor evaluates a patient’s particular spinal problem and develops an individual course of care. Therefore each patient’s care is uniquely different from every other patients with each visit building on the one before.

Remember that everyone from all age groups can benefit from chiropractic care. Our chiropractors at Chiro & Sports Med are committed to providing chiropractic solutions to address your unique needs, whether you are experiencing a pinched nerve, bulging disc, back painneck pain, headaches or even muscular tightness and tension. You may be searching for pain relief after an accident or suffering from chronic back pain or a spinal condition. Our mission is to help reduce or eliminate pain and to prevent future problems and injury. To improve your quality of life, your well-being and your ability to live and active healthy lifestyle.

If you would like to make an appointment with one of the chiropractors at Chiro & Sports Med simply call our office on 9817 2005 and one of our friendly staff will organise an appointment for you.

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Sports Injuries and Chiropractic Care

Whether you play sports at an amateur or professional level. As an athlete the demands of running, jumping, throwing or tackling can result in painful tears, sprains, and strains. People of all ages suffer from some form of sports injury in their lives and getting back to playing again is the most important thing. Chiropractors are trained to deal with a wide range of sports injuries from Achilleshamstring, calf, groin, thigh strains to tennis elbowneck back or a shoulder sprain. By getting your injury assessed and treated this will not only get you back on your feet faster, but also screen out any bad habits that can lead to further injury.

Sports Injuries

“Sports injuries” are injuries that happen when playing sports, exercising or involved in any active play. During many sports, body contact, fast stops and starts, and positioning place an unusual amount of strain on the spine and structural system.  The Muscles, Joints and ligaments can be affected from overuse, trauma or repetitive motions. Some are from accidents. Others can result from poor training practices or improper gear. Not warming up or stretching enough before you play or exercise can also lead to injuries. The most common sports injuries are:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Knee injuries
  • Swollen muscles
  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Pain along the shin bone
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations

Types of Sports Injuries

There are two kinds of sports injuries: acute and chronic. Acute injuries occur suddenly when playing or exercising. Sprained ankles, strained backs, and fractured hands are acute injuries. Signs of an acute injury include:

  • Sudden, severe pain
  • Swelling
  • Not being able to place weight on a leg, knee, ankle, or foot
  • An arm, elbow, wrist, hand, or finger that is very tender
  • Not being able to move a joint as normal
  • Extreme leg or arm weakness
  • A bone or joint that is visibly out of place.

Chronic injuries happen after you play a sport or exercise for a long time. Signs of a chronic injury include:

  • Pain when you play
  • Pain when you exercise
  • A dull ache when you rest
  • Swelling

Importance of Chiropractic Care

Chiropractors can help athletes with sports injuries by relieving their pain and helping them heal faster after an injury. Regular visits will promote quicker recovery after games and training as well as better balance and overall performance. Chiropractors are skilled in the manual adjustment of the spine. They ensure that bones are lined up and balanced, which helps relieve tension in the body. This allows the body to function better and become less susceptible to injury.

The goal of most chiropractic techniques is to restore or enhance joint function while resolving joint inflammation and reducing pain. This hands-on therapy is often used to treat neck or back injuries but also relieves pain throughout the joints and muscles in the body. In addition to treating injuries, chiropractors can also help you prevent injuries from occurring.  It is recommended that you get evaluated by a chiropractor before you start your sport or exercise regimen. They can check your muscles and spine to detect imbalance and alleviate tension so that the body can work naturally rather than be prone to injury.

Our chiropractors at Chiro & Sports Med are committed to providing chiropractic solutions to address your unique needs, whether you are experiencing a pinched nerve, bulging disc, back painneck pain, headaches or even muscular tightness and tension. You may be searching for pain relief after an accident, experiencing injury or if you suffer from a specific condition like chronic back pain or a spinal condition. Our mission is to help reduce or eliminate pain and to prevent future problems and injury and to improve your quality of life, your well-being and your ability to live and active healthy lifestyle.

If you would like to make an appointment with one of the chiropractors at Chiro & Sports Med simply call our office on 9817 2005 and one of our friendly staff will organise an appointment for you.

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The Benefits of Chiropractic Care

What is chiropractic care?

Chiropractic care focuses on the relationship between the body’s structure (the spine and pelvis) and its function (the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health. Because the nervous system controls every cell and organ in your body, chiropractors focus their attention on the health of your spine being properly aligned. They perform adjustments to the spine or other parts of the body. A Chiropractors goal is to correct spinal and joint problems, alleviate pain, improve function and help support the body’s natural ability to heal itself without surgery or medication. Chiropractors may use other treatments in addition to spinal manipulation.

The benefits:

One of the best things about chiropractic care is that it’s a drug-free and surgery-free path to healing naturally. Chiropractic adjustments can free your immune system up so it can focus on keeping you healthy, enhancing your ability to think, move and perform. Therefore with regular adjustments chiropractic care offers a host of preventative health benefits including the following:

It can help improve:

  • Nerve Communication in the Body
  • Joint Motion and Coordination
  • Physical Function and Performance
  • Posture and spinal flexibility
  • Scoliosis
  • Organ Function, enhances the Immune Systempro-chiropractic-health-benefits-732x396
  • Healthy Pregnancy
  • Asthma
  • Blood Pressure
  • Athletic performance
  • Digestive Function and Nutrient Flow
  • Oxygenation

It can help you find Relief from:

Chiropractic care is effective at pain-based conditions. One of the most overlooked aspects is that it enhances personal and athletic performance. This helps place your body in the position where it can heal itself. Studies have shown that it:

  • Decrease in medication use
  • Quicker patient recovery times
  • Less patient disability
  • Significant improvement in pain symptoms
  • Significant improvement in physical activity tolerance

Everyone, from growing children to active seniors can benefit from regular chiropractic care. We believe in restoring patients to their optimal health and well-being in the shortest possible time. To help reduce or eliminate pain and to prevent future problems and injury. Improving your quality of life and your ability to live an active healthy lifestyle.

Our chiropractors at Chiro & Sports Med are here to help. Our objective is to help promote ongoing wellness by improving spinal and joint function. We are committed to providing chiropractic solutions to address your specific needs. You may be experiencing a pinched nerve, bulging discneck painback painheadaches, muscular tightness or searching for pain relief after an accident or injury.  With regular adjustments, chiropractic care offers a host of preventative health benefits, and is vital for keeping your body balanced, flexible and functioning at its best.

If you would like to make an appointment with one of the chiropractors at Chiro & Sports Med simply call our office on 9817 2005 and one of our friendly staff will organise an appointment for you.

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Pinched Nerve

What is a Pinched Nerve?

Nerves travel through some narrow spaces in your body and have little soft tissue to protect them. A pinched nerve occurs when a nerve or set of nerves in the body are stretched, constricted, or compressed (pressure) by surrounding tissues. In some cases this tissue might be bone, cartilage, muscle or tendons that presses on the nerve. Symptoms that can arise from this are: a numbing sensation, “pins and needles”, and/or a burning feeling around the affected area. Often the symptoms from a pinched nerve can lessen simply with rest, but when they do not, a chiropractor is then your best bet.

What are some Causes?

A number of conditions may cause tissue to compress a nerve or nerves, including:

  • Injury
  • Poor posture
  • Rheumatoid or wrist arthritis
  • Stress from repetitive work
  • Hobbies or sports activities
  • Obesity

pinched_nerve_lower_backA pinched nerve can occur in different points of your body. A bulging or herniated disk (Disc weakens or tears) in your lower spine may put pressure on a nerve root, causing pain to radiate down the back of your leg and foot (lumbar radiculopathy or sciatic nerve pain). It may also cause pain to radiate from the neck into the shoulder and arm (cervical radiculopathy). A pinched nerve in your wrist can lead to pain and numbness in your hand and fingers (carpal tunnel syndrome). The pressure may be the result of repetitive motions. Or it may happen from holding your body in one position for long periods, such as keeping elbows bent while sleeping. Sometimes symptoms worsen when you try certain movements, such as turning your head or straining your neck.

A pinched nerve can cause multiple problems that can affect your daily life. Here are some symptoms you may not be aware of:

If nerve compression lasts a long time, a protective barrier around the nerve may break down. Fluid may build up, which may cause swelling, extra pressure and scarring. The scarring may interfere with the nerve’s function. Damage from a pinched nerve may be minor or severe. It may cause temporary or long-lasting problems. The earlier you get a diagnosis and treatment for nerve compression, the more quickly you’ll find relief.

Our chiropractors at Chiro & Sports Med are committed to providing chiropractic solutions to address your unique needs, whether you are experiencing a pinched nerve, bulging disc, back painneck pain, headaches or even muscular tightness and tension. You may be searching for pain relief after an accident, experiencing injury or if you suffer from a specific condition like chronic back pain or a spinal condition. Our mission is to help reduce or eliminate pain and to prevent future problems and injury and to improve your quality of life, your well-being and your ability to live and active healthy lifestyle.

Our mission is to help reduce or eliminate pain and to prevent future problems and injury and to improve your quality of life, your well-being and your ability to live an active healthy lifestyle.

If you would like to make an appointment with one of the chiropractors at Chiro & Sports Med simply call our office on 9817 2005 and one of our friendly staff will organise an appointment for you.

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Bulging Disc

What is a Bulging Disc?

This is a common condition in young adults and older people. It’s where one of your intervertebral discs, which cushions the bones in your spine, has weakened and lost its shape. As the disc bulges out between the vertebrae and presses on a nerve, you will experience symptoms in whatever part of your body the affected nerve serves, usually slowly and over a long period of time. The symptoms of a bulging disc include pain, numbness, and muscle weakness. It is possible for you to have a bulging disc without feeling any pain at all or the pain may start slowly and get worse over time or during certain activities. Symptoms generally begin to emerge only when the disc sets other problems into motion.

Bulging discs sometimes press against your spinal cord. When this happens, symptoms may include:

Bulging disc in your thoracic spine:

  • Pain in the upper back that radiates to the chest or stomach can signal a thoracic (mid-spine) bulging disc. It is important to determine the root of these symptoms as they may also warn of heart, lung or gastrointestinal failure
  • Muscle weakness, numbness, or tingling in one or both legs
  • Increased reflexes in one or both legs that can cause spasticity
  • Changes in bladder or bowel function
  • Paralysis from the waist down

Bulging disc in your cervical spine:

Bulging disc in your lumbar spine:

  • Muscle spasms and lower back pain may be evidence of a bulging disc in the lumbar (lower back) region. Because this area holds so much of the upper body’s weight, approximately 90% of all bulging discs occur in the lumbar spine. Sometimes this discomfort spreads to the buttocks, thighs and feet. When a bulging disc pressures the sciatic nerve, sciatica can result. This condition usually manifests as pain that emanates down one leg, but not the other.

Some of the causes of a Bulging disc can develop from are: Degenerative Disc Disease, General “Wear and Tear”, Injury or Trauma, Bad Posture, or Occupational Hazards. If you suspect you might be suffering, take action before the disc ruptures and causes further damage to the body. The first step toward treating a bulging disc is identifying what led it to originally.

Our chiropractors at Chiro & Sports Med are committed to providing chiropractic solutions to address your unique needs, whether you are experiencing a bulging disc, back pain, neck pain, headaches or even muscular tightness and tension. You may be searching for pain relief after an accident, experiencing injury or if you suffer from a specific condition like chronic back pain or a spinal condition. Our mission is to help reduce or eliminate pain and to prevent future problems and injury and to improve your quality of life, your well-being and your ability to live an active healthy lifestyle.

If you would like to make an appointment with one of the chiropractors at Chiro & Sports Med simply call our office on 9817 2005 and one of our friendly staff will organise an appointment for you.

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Orthotics

What are Orthotics?

Orthotics are medically prescribed foot devices that fit inside your shoes to help stabilize and correct poor foot posture. They are custom made and designed to realign the foot structures into their correct position. They can provide stability for the foot and correct injury-causing imbalances and help reduce the stress and strain put on our feet, legs, knees and lower back. Faulty foot mechanics can result in long- term damage not only to your feet, but also to other structural and muscular components of the body. Orthotics can theoretically help patients with back pain as it can help realign how the feet articulate themselves on the ground, which in turn can affect the body’s entire overall posture and gait.

At Chiro & Sports Med, your orthotics treatment start with our chiropractors following the treatment all the way through from casting, cast modifications, fitting and reviews of the custom orthotics.

How do orthotics work?

The foot is made up of 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments. Biomechanical problems affecting the feet can increase stresses within the foot structure creating pain. An Orthotic works by forcing your foot into its most anatomically aligned position. Medical research has shown that prescribed orthotics correct the abnormal position of the lower limb – bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments – thereby allowing correct functioning of the joints, improving balance and posture. This improvement in turn enhances performance and prevents further wear and tear of the joints, helping avoid injury.

Improving the kinetic chain

Orthotics can help manage low back pain by improving and stabilizing the position of the feet, which in turn improves every aspect of a person’s gait. The medical term for this phenomenon is the kinetic chain. The feet represent the base of the kinetic chain, and each subsequent joint above the feet can be considered a “link” in the chain—which goes all the way up the trunk of the body to the neck.

During the process of walking, if the feet are pronated, or rolled inwards, at each step, the rest of the kinetic chain is negatively affected.

Pronated feet cause the knees to come together into a knocked-knee stance, medically known as genu valgus. This also affects the angle of the hip, forcing the femur (thigh bone) to angle inward from the hip, which is medically known as coxa vara. The faulty angulation of the hips and knees then destabilizes the pelvis, which also affects overall posture and the spine.

Use of orthotics can theoretically correct the foot pronation which can destabilize the knees, pelvis, and low back.

The aim for our chiropractors at Chiro & Sports Med with Foot orthotics is to help correct dysfunctional biomechanics and therefore:

  • Reduce pain
  • Provide support
  • Provide better positioning
  • Relieve pressure and improve the overall biomechanical function of the foot
  • Improve pelvic alignment

Orthotics can assist and improve many types of conditions and symptoms, including:

The orthotics prescribed by our chiropractors at Chiro & Sports Med have been designed to meet your specific foot and body requirements. Our mission is to help reduce or eliminate pain and to prevent future problems and injury and to improve your quality of life, your well-being and your ability to live and active healthy lifestyle.

If you would like to make an appointment with one of the chiropractors at Chiro & Sports Med simply call our office on 9817 2005 and one of our friendly staff will organise an appointment for you.

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Eight Chiropractic Techniques

What are some of our Chiropractic Techniques

Chiropractors have a deep understanding of the body’s structures and how each interacts.  The Chiropractic techniques used at Chiro & Sports Med is a hands-on approach to examining, diagnosing, and treating a patient who is experiencing pain. Using spinal adjustments, manipulation and other physical means to improve neuromusculoskeletal function, and by detecting structural imbalances and nerve interferences throughout these systems the chiropractors ensure they are treating the cause and not just the symptoms.

The chiropractors at Chiro & Sports Med use a wide variety of techniques to ensure you get the most effective and comfortable treatment possible. They will carefully explain all treatment techniques to you prior to their use and we will not do or use anything that you are uncomfortable with. The chiropractic techniques used at Chiro & Sports Med may include: joint mobilisations and adjustments, soft tissue techniques, muscle stretches, acupuncture, heat therapy, interferential therapy, ultrasound therapy, exercise prescription and rehabilitation treatment.

Joint Mobilisation

This chiropractic technique is used to restore or to enhance the joint function joint that has been lost due to injury or disease. Joint mobilisations aid in breaking down adhesions that disrupt joint movement, decrease pain and increase mobility. There are different grades of joint mobilisations used at Chiro & Sports Med based on how much joint play is available. Joint mobilisation can be performed both on the spine and extremity joints. Patients with sensitive nervous systems may benefit from gentle chiropractic techniques to keep the body from overreacting and causing reactive muscle spasm.

The most common adjustment technique used at Chiro & Sports Med is called the Diversified Technique. Diversified Technique involves a short-lever, high-velocity movement with specific contact on the spine or extremity joint to be affected. Adjustments are given in a specific direction in order to correct joint fixations, decrease muscle tension, reduce stress and improve the function and integrity of the nervous system.

Soft tissue

At Chiro & Sports Med the chiropractors apply soft tissue techniques by using their hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and mobility of the soft tissue. The most commonly used soft tissue technique is Active Release Technique (ART). ART is a soft tissue system/movement-based technique used to treat problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, Headaches, back pain, shoulder pain, sciatica, knee problems, fascia and nerves muscle stretching. Using hand pressure, we work to remove or break up the fibrous adhesions, with the stretching motions generally in the direction of venous and lymphatic flow, although the opposite direction may occasionally be used.

ART is most commonly used to treat conditions related to adhesions or scar tissue in overused muscles resulting from repetitive strain injuries, postural strain, sports injuries and general wear and tear. As adhesions build up, muscles become shorter and weaker, the motion of muscles and joints are altered, and nerves can be compressed. As a result, tissues suffer from decreased blood supply, pain, and poor mobility. The goal of ART is to restore the smooth movement of tissues and to release any trapped nerves or blood vessels. In the first three levels of ART treatment, as with other soft-tissue treatment forms, movement of your tissue is done by your chiropractor. In level four, however, ART requires you to actively move the affected tissue in prescribed ways while your chiropractor applies a specific tension.

Muscle stretching

Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) stretching is the most common muscle stretching technique used at Chiro & Sports Med. This chiropractic technique is extremely effective targeting any tight muscle in the body. PNF is used to enhance both active and passive range of motion with the ultimate goal being to optimise motor performance and rehabilitation. The literature regarding PNF has made the technique the optimal stretching method when the aim is to increase range of motion, especially in short-term changes.

Generally an active PNF stretch involves taking a muscle into a passive stretch and then tensing the muscle while in a stretched position. The contraction is held for a few seconds and then the muscle is taken further into a stretched position. This technique is usually repeated a few times per muscle. PNF can be used to supplement daily stretching and is employed to make quick gains in range of motion to help athletes improve performance. Aside from being safe and time efficient, the dramatic gains in range of motion seen in a short period of time may also promote compliance with the exercise and rehabilitation program.

Accupunture

Acupuncture is a form of treatment used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is an effective, holistic and natural form of healing that has a wide range of health benefits and can improve a wide range of conditions. It is based on the principle that there are energetic pathways, or channels throughout the body that influence associated internal organs and structures. Energy from these pathways surfaces at various points on the body, identified as acupuncture points and each of these points serves as an access route to the deeper circulatory channels within.

This chiropractic technique is used to treat a wide variety of conditions, from carpal tunnel syndrome to fibromyalgia and tennis elbow. It has also been shown to strengthen the immune system, improve respiratory health, relieve insomnia, and reduce stress while bringing emotional balance to patients. Additionally, patients who are recuperating from illness, injury, or surgery can often recover faster when acupuncture is undertaken to increase circulation and reduce inflammation.

For patients who want to experience the best of what both chiropractic and the acupuncture offer, an evolving field of medicine known as chiropractic acupuncture combines the two. At Chiro & Sports Med the technique is used by inserting extremely fine gauge needles at selected points, stimulating them and thereby activating the body’s natural healing abilities. These points are also places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. This stimulation appears to boost the activity of your body’s natural painkillers and increase blood flow.

Heat therapy

Heat therapy is the application of heat to the body for pain relief and muscle stiffness and can be used to reduce long lasting or chronic pain. At Chiro & Sports Med your chiropractors use wheat packs and it can be beneficial to those with arthritis, stiff muscles and injuries to the deep tissue of the skin. It is also most commonly used for rehabilitation purposes and may be used in conjunction with other chiropractic treatments.

The therapeutic effects of heat include increasing the extensibility of collagen tissues; decreasing joint stiffness; reducing pain; relieving muscle spasms; reducing inflammation, edema, and aids in the post acute phase of healing; and increasing blood flow. Heat therapy causes blood vessels in the treated areas to dilate or open wider.  As a result, blood flow to the area is increased.  Sore stiff muscles may relax and become more flexible.  The increased blood flow to the affected area provides proteins, nutrients, and oxygen for better healing and makes the delivery of an adjustment more comfortable and effective.

Interferential therapy

Interferential therapy (IFT) is one of various types of physical therapy used at Chiro & Sports Med. IFT is used in four clinical applications, to relieve pain, stimulate muscles, increase local blood flow and reduce edema. It uses a mid-frequency electrical signal to treat muscular spasms and strains. The current produces a massaging effect over the affected area at periodic intervals, and this stimulates the secretion of endorphins, the body’s natural pain relievers, thus relaxing strained muscles and promoting soft-tissue healing.

It has been suggested that IFT works in a ‘special way’ because it is ‘interferential’ as opposed to ‘normal’ stimulation. The machine can be set up to act more like a TENS-type device or a muscle stimulator by adjusting the stimulating (beat) frequency. Some patients regard it as more acceptable, as it generates less discomfort than some other forms of electrical stimulation.

Ultrasound therapy

Ultrasound is used to minimize muscle pain and movement dysfunction. This chiropractic technique stimulates the tissue beneath the skin’s surface using very high frequency sound waves. At Chiro & Sports Med, ultrasound is applied using a transducer or applicator that is in direct contact with the patient’s skin. Gel is used on all surfaces of the head to reduce friction and assist transmission of the ultrasonic waves. This treatment can help reduce stiffness, swelling, and pain, increase circulation and promote pain free movement. It can be used in conjunction with stretching, heat, therapeutic massage, or gentle chiropractic manipulation. Ultrasound therapy is a painless procedure and many people find it relaxing.

Exercise Prescription

Exercise prescription is the referral of patients to exercise programs. At Chiro & Sports Med your chiropractors will develop exercise programs designed to modulate acute exercise programming variables to create the adaptations desired by the individual or sport.

Prescription of stretching exercises is most commonly developed and results in a feeling of increased muscle control, flexibility and range of motion. Taking home stretches can also help strengthen muscles, and in turn strong muscles are important to stabilising your spine, pelvis or any other injury you have come in with

At Chiro & Sports Med, our professionals are masters’ qualified chiropractors, with further accreditation in managing and treating sports injuries. They are also academics and give lectures and run tutorials in chiropractic skills at Macquarie University ensuring they stay at the top of the academic field. Moreover, they are constantly adding to their technical skills and knowledge base to keep current with the latest advancements in manual therapy.

If you would like to make an appointment with one of the chiropractors at Chiro & Sports Med simply call our office on 9817 2005 and one of our friendly staff will organise an appointment for you.

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