Articles tagged with: chronic pain

Scoliosis and Neurology - a better understanding of scoliosis

Everything else you didn't already know about scoliosis

Scoliosis and Neurology - a better understanding of scoliosis

It was an honour to be recently asked by Dr. Anthony O’Reilly from The Chiropractic Alumni (tCa) to present a lecture on the “Neurology of Scoliosis” at a Sydney College of Chiropractic and Macquarie University Department of Chiropractic Conference (20 August 2011). The conference, held at the Stamford Grand in North Ryde was solely dedicated to Scoliosis and it was good to be speaking alongside A/Prof. Lindsay Rowe (radiologist and author of Essentials of Skeletal Radiology), Dr. Jeb McAviney (Internationally recognised scoliosis expert) and Dr. Inger Villadsen (European rehabilitation specialist).

What follows is a summary of the latest neurological information on scoliosis and the new relationships being discovered between brain imbalance and scoliosis. 

Breathe well, live well!

Breathe well, live well!

Perfect abdominal breathing is readily observed in the newborn but unfortunately as we age, tension and stress in our day-to-day lives restrict this preferred pattern, resulting in a chronic and largely detrimental pattern of breathing. 

And we thought breathing was one thing we couldn’t get wrong!

When we breathe, the diaphragm relaxes and contracts in order to inhale and exhale respectively (this can be easily seen by the rising and falling of the abdomen when we breathe).  When an individual is under stress however, either emotional or physical, their breathing pattern changes.  Typically, we take shallow breaths using our chest and shoulders, rather than our diaphragm, in order to move air in and out of our lungs, which gradually causes the body to automatically breathe into the neck and shoulders and not correctly into the abdomen.

Gluten Sensitivity: The culprit feeding chronic illness

Headache, migraine, joint pain, fatigue, irritability, bloating and digestion problems: these are just a few of the common symptoms that may arise from an intolerance to gluten. This condition is fast gaining recognition as a key factor in the presentation of chronic health issues. 

Consumption of the gluten protein (found in wheat, rye, barley and oat products) ultimately results in damage to the absorptive lining of the small intestine, inducing the body’s natural immune response. It is this inflammatory reaction that generally leads to digestive disturbances and nutritional deficiencies, however in a vast majority of cases we are beginning to understand that gluten can be detrimental not only to the digestive system but also the entire body.

Heel pain?

Heel pain?

Many people suffer heel pain. And it doesn't sound so bad - until you have it!

It’s not pleasant to have intense pain first thing in the morning when your foot hits the floor, to feel as if you are walking on nails, or with a pebble in the shoe that won't come out. But these are just some of the symptoms of plantar fasciitis, a condition that is related to inflammation of the ligament/tendon structure on the sole of the foot.

Pain medication for headache may increase head pain!

Choice magazine, the well respected, independent assessor of products on the market, has recently published their results on pain medication for headache. They have suggested that analgesic overuse is becoming a "major medical issue" with at least one per cent of the population now suffering from "medication overuse headache" (MOH). These headaches can arise from taking as few as ten doses of painkillers for headaches in a month and the commonly used paracetamol (panadol), NSAIDs (nurofen, voltaren), codeine and triptans are all being implicated.

Reduce the risk of low back injury with spine-sparing movements

Disc above spine

Many people consider that their low back pain was caused by a single incident. However, this is rarely the case. Most peoples' low back pain is from an accumulation of stresses resulting from poor movement patterns and minor lifting strains.

Serious low back injuries such as lumbar disc herniations / protrusions (commonly called "slipped discs") are caused by repeated or prolonged full flexion (or bending) of the lumbar spine. These injuries could often be avoided by following some very simple rules:

Touchscreen technology and posture

A recent press release from Gartner, talks about how touchscreen technology has been present in various industrial applications for over 20 years, and that

“Multitouch on smartphones and the Apple iPhone phenomenon have shown users how useful touch can be with the right implementation, and Apple's introduction of the larger iPad has set off a wave of speculation about changing the industry.”

With an increasing use of touchscreen technology in daily life, as well as the work place, it is important to consider your posture, and to ensure that you are not over-doing it, when it comes to sitting or standing in the right position for extended periods.