We are increasingly hearing terms such as ‘torn discs’, ‘worn joints’, ‘spondylosis’, ‘degenerative joint disease’ and ‘wear and tear’. These, and many other terms are used to describe the condition known as osteoarthritis (OA). This is a condition we once only associated with our parents’ or grandparents’ generation but it’s becoming more of a norm and is increasingly affecting younger people, often in their 20’s.
If you’ve ever taken the time to have a quick look around when you’re out and about, this picture might look familiar to you.
By now we’ve all heard the term ‘text neck’. The expression has been around for a while and it certainly paints a picture and makes us think. Most of us know that it’s not great to spend a lot of time looking down at our devices. But in this day and age it’s hard to escape!
So what symptoms can ‘text neck’ cause, and how can we help avoid them while remaining in the modern digital age?
One of the key objectives of the campaign is to 'raise awareness of the issue of chronic back pain in Australia', and we are encouraging members to help lead this discussion. Make sure to use the hashtag #HelpIsAtHand when posting about Spinal Health Week, and why not click the hashtag and see how others are engaging in this discussion?
As we dust off the boots and prepare to kick off another football season, Shirley Rd Chiropractic inevitably sees an increase in ankle, knee, hip and lower back injuries.
If you are reading this and you love football as much as we do, you know that ice pack's and sore, limping legs are an all too familiar tradition. You have no doubt dealt with a few injuries along your illustrious football career. Young or old, male or female, professional or amateur, magic's or tragic's there is often an increase in injury rates due to one or more factors. Some of these include poor neuromuscular stabilisation (effecting balance and control), poor eccentric loading of the hamstrings, weak core muscles and deficiencies in agility and plyometric patterns.
So what does this mean and is it possible to reduce the risk of injury?
We all know how important it is to have a strong sense of balance as a dancer to accurately, and safely, perform adage work, pirouettes and essentially every skill in class. You practice for many hours a week on the barre and in the centre to achieve a strong sense of balance, especially in releve on one foot and yet sometimes it feels like you are getting nowhere? In order to understand why this may be the case and learn some other training tips, you need to understand more about balance.
As 2015 is rapidly coming to a close I would like to introduce some of the new chiropractors that have recently joined Shirley Rd Chiropractic or will be joining in 2016. Each of them have something unique to offer the practices and I am privileged to have them join the SRC team. Clive Farrelly, a keen surfer and Yoga teacher, will surely inspire many who wish to improve how they move and prevent injury. Rebecca Player, a fully qualified ballet and tap teacher, is interested in the treatment of lower limb injuries and determining the readiness of young dancers moving on to “point”. Andrew Callister has a long history in the fitness industry and already has encouraged many who are determined in looking after their health and improving their overall performance.
Andrew’s credentials in healthcare span over 10 years and began with a Bachelor of Behavioural Health Science from Sydney University. As a sought after personal trainer, Andrew has advised Olympic athletes and been consulted by high-profile celebrities to devise programmes to help with their health and optimise performance. With completion of a Graduate Diploma in Chiropractic Science and a Master of Chiropractic Science from Macquarie University Andrew brings a holistic approach to health and an interest in family wellness care. His focus is on the needs of the individual, and he is able to adapt and modify treatments to ensure the best possible care and outcomes.
Rebecca Player is a registered chiropractor who completed a Bachelor of Chiropractic Science and a Master of Chiropractic at Macquarie University. Whilst studying, Rebecca prided herself on academic excellence achieving the Chiropractic Association of Australia’s academic excellence award in 2014. Rebecca has also completed the ICCSP lower limb biomechanics course as well as a rocktaping course. Rebecca aims to complete her sports chiropractic ICCSP qualification in the coming year.
Clive Farrelly, a keen surfer who lives in the Shire, completed his degree in Masters of Chiropractic at Macquarie University in 2012. While studying at university, he was very interested in the rehabilitation side of the patient and has been greatly influenced by Professor Pavel Kolar and his work on Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilisation (DNS for short). The goal is to rehabilitate any postural disturbances that may have arisen from trauma, bad habits, or genetic predispositions as soon as possible; allowing for muscular synergies in the body to stabilise and function in their normal way.
During Spinal Health Week 2015 make a complimentary appointment at Shirley Rd Chiropractic for a spinal health and posture check-up for a friend or family member. Help them discover what steps they can take to improve their overall health and wellbeing. "Get Your Happy Back!"
Call Crows Nest on 9966 0992 or Norwest on 9659 1711 to arrange an appointment.
Spinal Health Week 2015 is a national initiative of the Chiropractors' Association of Australia (CAA).
"Like" and "Share" ShirleyRdChiro on Facebook for your chance to take home a Dr. Graeme Professional Massager (valued at $85). These have been custom designed and built by a well respected Chiropractor in Victoria. Dr. Graeme has been supplying these to our profession for many years and we have found they are a great way for patients to have frequent prescribed massage at home with a hand held massage device. It can be used on the leg muscles after sport activities, on the shoulder muscles following sitting in front of the computer or more specifically on any muscle group that has developed tightness.
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.
As 2014 is coming to a close, it is a good opportunity to bring those interested up to date on events involving Shirley Rd Chiropractic for the past year. Ashleigh Mundy, after seven years at the practice, decided to move to Italy for an extended period. I can report that she seems to be thoroughly enjoying her time in the Tuscan sun spending much of it working at boutique wineries. We have discussed with her the importance of lifting correctly and the maintenance of good posture while picking grapes the old-fashioned way!
I am very pleased to announce that Krista King will be joining our chiropractic team at Shirley Rd Chiropractic on Monday, 1 December. Krista brings with her much experience and will be available at the Crows Nest practice on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings and Tuesday afternoon.
Krista graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Chiropractic Science and a Masters of Chiropractic. She was drawn to chiropractic as she wanted to be able to help people and actively contribute to their wellbeing.
As a keen long distance runner, Krista has first hand experience of the advantages of chiropractic care, noting significantly fewer sporting injuries, decreased healing time for those she has had, and decreased joint and muscle pains since becoming a chiropractic patient herself. She is a firm believer in chiropractic as a lifestyle and has seen the benefits to people from all walks of life, no matter their age, sex, occupation or body type.
After 10 years at Shirley Rd Chiropractic Margaret (Maggie), our receptionist, is retiring. Margaret began working at Shirley Rd Chiropractic after initially being a patient and having had plenty of previous experience as a receptionist for a podiatry centre. Margaret has always had a warm energy and one could immediately tell she loved working and seeing people. We have a wonderful relationship with Margaret, as do so many of our patients. I know that we will miss her humming and singing tunes between patients, arriving to work ultra-early prepared and eager for an "awesome" day and her quirky ways of doing the simplest of tasks.
Margaret will now have some more time that she can spend with her husband, Alan, as they endeavour to do some more travel in the near future. The good news is that Margaret would like to continue filling in for occasional shifts during holiday periods so there may still be opportunities to see her friendly smile.
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) in Kids and Adults
While in Melbourne this weekend Chris was invited to present to the College of Chiropractic Neuro-developmental Paediatrics (CCNP) on mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Read on to understand more about the dangers of concussion and how to recognise them.
The Chiropractors’ Association of Australia National President Dr Lawrence Tassell is calling for the Australian Government to provide more support and greater inclusion of chiropractic in the public health care system, following results published on the ineffectiveness of paracetamol for low-back pain.
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!