Articles tagged with: back pain

Spinal care and exercise more effective than paracetamol for back pain and osteoarthritis

Researchers from the University of Sydney, St. Vincent's Hospital, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Concord Hospital in Sydney, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council have recently published a paper in the prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ).

In their systematic review of the literature they found that there is no evidence that paracetamol has a significant positive effect, compared to placebo, in relieving pain and disability in cases of acute lower back pain and was only minimally effective in osteoarthritis. 

Spinal Health Week

Live Better, We've Got Your Back

Spinal Health Week 2014

Yesterday launched Spinal Health Week, the CAA initiative aimed to encourage Australians to become more proactive in their own healthcare with the theme “Live better, We’ve Got Your Back”. Our previous blog discussed areas where we can improve our spinal health in the workplace, however as family chiropractors, we also have some tips for children and families! 

Live Better, We've Got Your Back

Spinal Health Week 19-25 May

Live Better, We've Got Your Back

Spinal Health Week 19-25 May

 

The month of May promotes the launch of the theme for Spinal Health Week (May 19-25) "Live Better, We’ve Got Your Back", a national initiative of the CAA. Spinal health week encourages the general population to take control of their healthcare and improve their postural fitness.

Improve your health, improve your golf handicap!

Golf swing can be particularly hazardous to the body

The golf swing can be particularly hazardous to the body if done incorrectly and therefore it is vital to ensure stabilisation of the spine is occurring in order to reduce the likeliness of injury.

These days, our more sedentary approach to life on the whole has contributed to a general lack of flexibility and stabilisation of our musculoskeletal system - key factors in improving your game and reducing your pain. The golf swing incorporates nearly every joint between the tips of the toes and the ends of the fingers, so it’s really no surprise that even just one poorly functioning area may be the thing holding you back from that single-figure handicap!  Any restriction in the motion and stability of your body’s joints ultimately shifts the workload to other, healthier joints, causing compensatory strain and increasing the likelihood of injury. It may even be costing you that birdie on the 9th hole!

Minimise the Recurrence of Low Back Injury, Reduce Pain and Gain Long-Term Improvement!

Acute low back pain

Back pain - it’s one of the most prevalent and costly musculoskeletal conditions in regard to treatment and disability, with costs estimated at around $9 billion per year in Australia.  The ever-growing costs are largely a result of the high recurrence of such injury and the simple fact that at least 10% of sufferers go on to develop chronic, disabling back pain.

 

Chiropractic, and the spinal maintenance care it can offer, is a clinical intervention that may prevent these recurrences of back pain. Public health experts today are now turning their attention to the expected recurrence of back pain, as well as its prevention, in an effort to curb the growing epidemic of such conditions.

Put your best foot forward

Join us in the "Just Start Walking" campaign this National Chiropractic Care Week (23-29 May). Chiropractors at Shirley Rd Chiropractic will be using the month of May to help patients and the Crows Nest/Wollstonecraft community to put their best foot forward and start walking their way to health and wellbeing.

Just start walking

Easter Posture

With the first round of school holidays coming on April 8-27 (in NSW), children are going to be enjoying a break from pencils, books and "teachers' dirty looks" for a couple of weeks over Easter.

As they happily munch away on their chocolate Easter eggs, and sit playing a game on Xbox 360, Playstation, or on the home computer, it is important that parents be aware of their children's posture, while their time is consumed in front of these devices.

Are baby seats good for your child's development?

Are baby seats good for your child's development?

It is understandable that all parents want the best for their newborn babies. Just walk into any large baby store and you are inundated with devices that are proposed to be "beneficial to the development of your baby". 

Well not all, and generally very few, devices are beneficial at all! 

There is a recent baby seating device on the market that many parents are buying. It has been designed as a seat that takes a young baby and keeps them in an upright seated position. You can just sit the baby in there and it "holds them up". Well, herein lies the problem.

Back to school: Is your child's backpack too heavy?

Back to school: Is your child's backpack too heavy?

Today, the average weight carried in our children’s backpacks is understood to be a staggering 30-40% of their own body weight. Repetitive loading on the spine is well understood to be a prominent risk factor in the development of spinal pain and considering today’s increasing incidence of back pain and scoliosis in children and adolescents, such facts unfortunately come as no surprise.

Kinesio tape

Kinesio tape
Since the Beijing Olympics in 2008, there has been a steady rise in the number of professional players we see on our televisions with colourful tape over different parts of their bodies. This is not a fashion accessory but a new technique being primarily used in the rehabilitation and sports medicine specialities. This tape is called Kinesio Tape and it was invented by Japanese chiropractor Dr. Kenzo Kase in the 1970s; but it was at the 2008 Olympics when its popularity and usage started to rise.

Real sitting

Correct posture when sitting

While eating lunch in Crows Nest recently, I was reminded of just how often we sit in different chairs, and more importantly, how many of us sit in chairs that aren't built for our bodies.

Looking at the various eateries down Willoughby Road, every place has a different style of chair, and people tend to sit on them in different ways. Some will sit up straight, some slouch. Others will recline slightly, a crossed leg here, a foot crossed behind the other there, etc. Are any of these positions ideal for good posture? Who could say for sure?