Facts about the skeletal system
Your skeleton is made up of more than 200 bones
Your skeletal system is made up of 206 bones. Each bone plays a very important role in making all the mechanics of your body function properly. However, if a bone is broken, all the bones around it can’t perform their duty properly.
The body has two types of bones
Hard bone is called cortical bone and they are primarily the structure bones. Soft and spongy bones are called trabecular bones. They are found...
World Heart Day – 29 September 2020
Every year World Heart Day falls on 29 September. Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death and disability in the world today. CVD is any disease of the heart, vascular disease of the brain, or disease blood vessel. According to the World Health Organisation, over 17.9 million people die from CDVs worldwide, more than any other cause.
Your heart is the size of your fist and the strongest muscle in your body but can become very vulnerable from high-risk...
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
This month is Prostate awareness month. It’s important that we are aware in particular men are aware of this disease. 20,000 men this year will be newly diagnosed with prostate cancer.
The best chance of surviving this disease is finding it early. Finding it early means there are more treatment options and the chances of survival are greatest. It’s important for men of all ages to know what they can do to help find prostate cancer early.
How does Prostate develop? This cancer develops when abnormal cells in the prostate gland...
Consider a Chiro
The Australian Chiropractors Association’s new campaign is called “Consider a Chiro” and is part of Spinal Health Week (17-23 August). Australians are asked to consider a chiropractor for ailments such as back pain, neck pain and headaches.
Having these health issues can greatly impact the quality of life of a sufferer. For instance, simple daily activities can be difficult to complete. Back pain, neck pain, and headaches are the most common with people believing they’re a normal part of life.
When it comes to caring for your...
The spine is a truly amazing part of the human body. It is one of the differentiating factors that define humans. The spine has three important functions:
- To support the weight of the body
- To provide flexibility for movement,
- And to protect nerve roots and fibres and form a protective surrounding for the spinal cord.
We’ve gathered together the following fascinating facts about our brilliant backbones:
- When we’re born, our spines consist of 33 individual vertebrae. In a newborn baby, the vertebrae begin as cartilage. It usually only become fully made up of bone (a process called “ossification”) by...
The knee is one of the most complex joints in the human body. As many sports place extreme stress on the knee, it is also one of the most common sites for sports injury, meniscus being one of them.
The knee is a hinge joint, structured to perform two principal actions, flexion (bending) and extension (straightening). The muscles which act at the knee are predominantly the quadriceps (extension) and the hamstrings (flexion).
Meniscus tear is a common injury that affects the knee joint. The meniscus...
The differences between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis
Arthritis is an umbrella term used to describe inflammation of the joints. However, there are different kinds of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA).
Although RA and OA both affect your joints, they’re very different forms of the same broader condition. RA is an autoimmune condition, where OA is primarily a degenerative joint condition.
RA is an autoimmune disorder, which means your body attacks itself. If you have RA, your body interprets the soft lining...
More than half of all Australian adults are not active enough and need to move more.
Physical inactivity is the second greatest contributor, behind tobacco smoking, to the cancer burden in Australia. To move more and be physically active, therefore limiting your sedentary behaviour every day, is essential for your health and well-being.
Physical activity – any activity that gets your body moving, makes your breathing become quicker and your heart beat faster. You can be physically active in many different ways, at any time of day.
Two out of three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70 so this week is an important reminder to use sun protection and to know the importance of early detection for all Australians.
Each year more than 2000 people in Australia die from skin cancer and the Cancer Council estimates that Australia spends more than $1 billion per year treating skin cancer.
Most skin cancers can be prevented by the use of good sun protection. During National Skin Cancer Action Week, all Australians are urged to...
So, you want to take up cycling. That’s great. Now you’ll need some cycling tips. Cycling has so many health benefits like improving mental health, it builds muscle, boosts brainpower and promotes better sleep. Cycling should also be fun. We’ve compiled some useful cycling tips for beginners to make cycling safer and more enjoyable.
Set your seat height right
Of all the cycling tips out there, this one is pretty important. Experiencing pain in the front of your knee? Your seat might be too low, causing you to under-extend during your...