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More Really Is More – Why the Frequency of Chiropractic Treatments Matters

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The number of chiropractic visits can directly affect how quickly symptoms, pain and function improve. A study was conducted over a 3 month period and consisted of 2 024 chronic neck and low back pain patients from 124 different clinics. This study showed that those participants that had more than one chiropractic visit per week had greater improvements in pain and functional outcomes. Similarly, the more severe the presentation the more significant were the improvements. More really is more when it comes to your chiropractic care!

 

If you would like to read further on this study please follow the link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8667562/#__ffn_sectitle l.

 

 

The Inconspicuous Headache

“It’s just a headache, a Panadol or two and I’ll be fine.” We’ve all said or heard this before. Over the counter medications are often the go-to for relief from a headache. Headache sufferers often opt for self-treatment and self-medication, with very few people seeking formal treatment or advice (2). Although the head is quite effective as armour, it is unfortunately not immune to the bane that is the headache! Headaches are more common than you may think. WHO conducted a study in which a questionnaire was sent to 101 countries and determined that approximately 40% of people worldwide suffer with headaches (1).

There are several types of headaches ranging from migraines, tension-type headaches, cervicogenic headaches, etc (1). They may affect mood, concentration, cognitive function, and energy levels (2). Although some headaches may be caused by sinusitis, high blood pressure, infection, etc. Research has shown that some headaches may be caused by adaptable factors such as poor diet, stress, increased screen time on smartphones and computers; and poor posture (2). Although headaches are complex and mysterious at times, you may find the best solution can turn out to be the most obvious.

If you would like to read further, please see the links to the articles used in this post below:

https://thejournalofheadacheandpain.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s10194-021-01233-7#ref

https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/44571?show=full


  1. World Health Organization. Atlas of headache disorders and resources in the world 2011. Geneva: World Health Organisation, 2011.
  2. Goadsby, P.J., Lantéri-Minet, M., Michel, M.C. et al.21st century headache: mapping new territory. J Headache Pain 2219 (2021).

The Correlation Between Your Heart and Spine and The Benefits of Chiropractic

While many people consider chiropractic a successful option for back pain or other aches in the body, people with heart health issues should consider seeing a chiropractor as well.

Scientific research has revealed that proper chiropractic adjustments may help successfully support the cardiovascular system by relieving chest pain, lowering blood pressure, reducing the heart rate, and even preventing heart attacks. So regular visits to a chiropractor can be extremely beneficial to the well being of your cardiovascular system. 

Scientific studies have begun to show that even the most minor disturbances and interferences in spinal alignment can lead to further, more serious health conditions later on in life, such as cardiovascular disease or a heart attack. This is because any sort of disturbance in the spinal column causes difficulties in communicating with the brain, leading to disturbances from the nervous system to other parts of your body such as the heart.

Correcting spinal misalignments, known as vertebral subluxations by chiropractors, is an important step to take towards improving your health and decreasing your risk of developing such health issues as cardiovascular disease. Abnormal structural and neurological interference caused by vertebral subluxations can further lead to atypical cholesterol metabolism, which is one more risk factor for cardiovascular disease and heart attacks.

People who undergo alignment adjustments often notice a decrease in their stress and anxiety levels in addition to the many other benefits they receive from chiropractic care. Lower blood pressure means that your heart is not working as hard to pump blood throughout your body, which prevents the organ from becoming too strained.

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References

  1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17252032/
  2. https://science.naturalnews.com/pubmed/16690380.html

Get ‘Back2Back’ this World Spine Day!

World Spine DayOn the 16 of October we will be celebrating World Spine Day 2021 (an initiative organised by the World Federation of Chiropractic) to raise awareness about spinal disorders.

The overarching mission? To help empower YOU to take charge of your spinal health.

Did you know that at any given moment, an estimated 540 million people suffer from lower back pain globally? Or that four million Australians suffer from back problems every year?

It’s a big statistic and one of epidemic proportions.

World Spine Day aims to recognise that spinal pain is part of the ‘global burden of disease’ and that many under-served communities lack access, or worse, have no access to quality spinal care.

To acknowledge this and encourage healthy spinal habits, we are encouraging patients to get ‘Back2Back’ – highlighting the ways in which you can maintain a healthy spine by staying mobile, avoiding physical inactivity, not overloading their spines and adopting healthy habits.

To help Australians reset and refocus on their spinal health, the Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA) is encouraging people to ‘straighten up’, ‘just start walking’ and ‘find a chiro’ this World Spine Day.

It is estimated that on average we spend five hours a day sitting; with a quarter of the population sitting for more than eight hours a day! Stretching and performing regular spinal exercises are easy and time efficient ways to help improve your spinal health – which you can now do at the touch of a button with the ACA’s Straighten Up App! Featuring a set of simple exercises (and taking just three minutes to complete), their Straighten Up App will help you maintain correct posture no matter where you are!

With so many of us working and learning from home, it is now more important than ever, to get outside and stretch those legs! The Department of Health recommends a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity each week. Walking not only increases heart and lung fitness; but contributes to a naturally upright posture. Download the ACA’s fun and easy to use, Just Start Walking App to track and map your walks with friends and family!

For further advice on how to get ‘Back2Back’, call us on 6622 0218 or use our online booking to book an appointment this World Spine Day.

And for more information on World Spine Day follow this link: http://www.worldspineday.org/ 

Why not check out our previous post ‘Sore Back? Consider a Chiro!’, about how back pain can impact you.

Sore Back? Consider a Chiro!

Is an exercise injury stopping you in your tracks? Maybe you’ve been practising some bad habits lately, or want to keep a healthy back? This Spinal Health Week (24-30 May) we are asking our patients and community to Consider a Chiro for their back pain.

Back pain is one of the most burdensome physical conditions facing Australians and the prevalence of back pain in society is astonishing. The Institute of Health & Welfare estimates around 4 million Australians (16% of the population) have back problems.1

With pain being the main symptom of most back problems, it is also estimated that 70–90% of people will suffer from low back pain at some point in their lives.1 This can also take a toll on your mental health, impacting your social relationships, ability to work and quality of life.

With the average Australian sitting for more than half their day, this certainly doesn’t help.2 Your back pain can be triggered by sedentary behaviour caused by inactivity. However, we don’t want your pain to stop you from being your most active self. As a nation of sports lovers and weekend warriors, it’s important that back pain from exercise injuries doesn’t stop you in your tracks.

Living with back pain does not have to be part of everyday life. Here at The Health Hub Chiro we are well equipped to care for back pain whether it be a new episode of pain or a pre-existing condition. Chiropractors carefully assess each patient individually and tailor their care accordingly, by using a variety of non-surgical techniques, such as specific spinal adjustments, manual therapy and low-force intervention.

If you want to simply keep your spinal health in check, then we can also provide you with care, including exercise programs, lifestyle advice and assistance to help you maintain your spinal health as well as your wellbeing.

This Spinal Health Week is a great time to Consider a Chiro and to show how much we care, we will be running our ‘Family and Friends’ Deal!

To find out more about our ‘Family and Friends’ Deal send us an email at admin@healthhubchiro.com.au


References

  1. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/chronic-musculoskeletal-conditions/back-problems/contents/what-are-back-problems
  2. Heart Foundation, ‘Sit Less, Move More,’ 2020: https://www.heartfoundation.org.au/heart-health-education/sit-less-move-more
  3. AIHW: Kreisfeld R & Harrison JE 2020. Hospitalised sports injury in Australia, 2016–17, Injury Research and Statistics Series no. 131. Canberra: AIHW.

 

 

Are you as Mobile as you Think?

This ‘Mobility Month’, as Australians approach the one-year anniversary of the ‘new normal’, we are urging locals to assess their spinal health and mobility with a simple four stage test. 

Dr Anthony Coxon, leading chiropractor and President of the Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA) says: “Over the past 12 months, myself and other chiropractors across the country have seen a worrying increase in patients who are reporting back and neck pain caused by changes in their lifestyle like working from home and not being able to exercise. So, we want to encourage everyone to proactively check their mobility and protect their health and wellbeing.”

When a third of the Australian workforce suddenly found themselves working from home, 40% of people admitted to suffering from back pain, a third from neck pain (39.8%) and shoulder pain (34.4%).

“Other chiropractors and I are concerned by the high incidence of injury we are seeing in young, otherwise healthy people. We know that physical pain can have detrimental impacts on mental health and quality of life, and it is vital that people take action before their pain progresses.”

According to research, a third of people living with pain, such as neck and back pain, admit to having reduced movement and mobility (32.6%) which has significant impact on their quality of life, with one in ten admitting they can’t play with their children (11.5%) and it impacts their intimate relationships (11.8%).

But mobility issues can go much further than spinal pain and can often indicate an array of significantly more serious health issues. Research shows that those with a sedentary lifestyle and posture related pain double their risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and obesity, and increase the risks of colon cancer, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, lipid disorders, depression and anxiety.

With statistics like these, it is important you are staying on top of your mobility and monitor any changes in your strength, balance and flexibility. This Mobility Month, try out these four simple exercises to discover how ‘mobile’ you are:

  • Neck Rotation: testing how far and evenly you can turn your neck on each side.
    1. Sitting down, keep your shoulders still and against a chair.
    2. Turn your head all the way to the left as if you were looking over your shoulder. How far around did you get?
    3. Repeat on the right. Was it even? Was it comfortable?

 

 

  • Trunk Side Bend: testing how far you can run your hand down each side of your body.
    1. Stand with your feet comfortably apart.
    2. Run a hand down the side of your leg so you side bend without leaning backwards or forwards.
    3. Repeat on the other side. Was it even and was it comfortable to do?

 

 

  • Sit-to-Stand: testing the ease at which you can rise from your chair with crossed arms.
    1. Sit in the middle of your chair. Cross your arms over your chest.
    2. Keeping your back straight and arms across your chest…
    3. Stand straight up and then sit back down. Did you do this easily or was it hard?

 

 

  • Single Leg Stance: testing how well you balance on each leg.
    1. In a safe environment free of trip hazards, stand upright with feet together and place hands on hips.
    2. Lift one foot off the ground. Do not allow your legs to touch. Time how long you can stand without moving.
    3. Repeat on opposite side. Are you able to stand on each leg for at least 40 seconds? (If under 60 years)

 

 

How was your flexibility, strength and balance? If you find that you are struggling with one of the exercises, not to worry. The Health Hub Chiro is here to help. Ask us about getting more mobile this March by contacting us via reception on 6622 0218 or our email at admin@healthhubchiro.com.au. 

 

For more information on Mobility Month, and to watch the test in action, visit mobilitymonth.org.au