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...
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.
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. A disruption in the way the components of the back fit together and move is usually the cause. Components namely include the spine, muscle, intervertebral discs, and nerves.
Subacute lower back pain is defined as pain that lasts between 4 and 12 weeks.
Chronic back pain is the pain that...
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 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...
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Women, take the time to get to know your breasts. The best chance of surviving breast cancer is finding it early. Finding breast cancer early means there are more treatment options and the chances of survival are greatest. It’s important for women of all ages to know what they can do to help find breast cancer early.
Breast awareness is important for women of all ages, even if you’re having regular mammograms.
Take the time to get to know your breasts as...
A proven way to reduce stress, anxiety, and panic is to learn how to relax your muscles. It can also improve most stress-based conditions. When you’re under stress, your muscles tend to tense up. This is a natural mechanism in order to protect you from pain and injury when you’re in danger. Tension headaches, back, shoulder, and neck pain are so common. It becomes normal to have that pain, but it’s not. We have become...