It’s vitally important to be physically active, but also to avoid injuries as they can be a major setback to leading an active lifestyle. This seems particularly relevant this time of year when there are New Years resolutions to get back on the bike, start golf, kayaking, twilight tennis and complete a half marathon! Regardless of your age or activity level, a chiropractor can help manage and prevent injuries, improve sporting performance and ensure that your whole body is functioning at it’s best - on and off the sporting ground.
Back pain – we see it everyday. Did you know that up to 80% of Australians will experience back pain at some point in their lives? Back pain can be related to many different factors, some of which include family history, weight, occupational factors, and level of physical fitness. For this blog, we’re going to tackle posture: how it can affect you, and how you can make a difference. Poor posture can place an increased amount of stress on postural muscles and the joints of the body. Over time prolonged poor posture may lead to headaches, back pain, and more severe conditions with the spine.
Dizziness and vertigo (poor balance) is an under recognised problem. It is often part of a headache complaint. It reflects an underlying problem that usually effects one of three body systems based on the SEE principles. S refers to the spine. E refers to the ears. E refers to the eyes. Information from the vestibular system (movement and gravity) is encoded in the brain and the body responds accordingly to maintaining upright position, stabilising visual images and helping with spinal stability and posture.
This service can help fix the way you move through a combination of musculoskeletal rehabilitation and chiropractic adjustments. By measuring movement patterns in functional activities,it identifies meaningful impairments and muscle imbalances. By addressing the most dysfunctional, (often non-painful) movement pattern, targeted manual therapy and therapeutic exercises can be implemented in fewer visits.
A lot of patients ask us why, as chiropractors , we look at the feet. We do this as there is a relationship between your feet and your spine. We assess this because your feet effect how your knee, hip, back ….even how your neck works. Each foot has three arches which can affect your posture, alignment and joint wear. Foot Levelers use a special digital foot scanner to examine your feet and detect a collapsed foot arch. From these images, a custom made flexible, orthotic is designed that help support the ankle joint.
Office chairs are notorious for causing posture problems - slouching, sore neck, shoulders and back pain - where the longer you sit the more likely you'll suffer. Not surprising many people wonder whether they should swap their office chair with a big exercise ball; after all these big spongy balls are used for exercise and therefore must be good for you! While sitting on an Exercise Ball may burn more energy than sitting on an office chair, there is no evidence that it improves posture. At BCNC, we use a safer, more comfortable option – the Back Vitalizer.
In today’s modern society, the use of technology is endless. You can see it everywhere. For example using something simple as a microwave for heating up food, using the public transport system to catch a ride and most commonly using mobile phones to communicate with one another.
As you get set to relax and take a break this Christmas, don’t let the holidays become a pain in the back or neck. The team here at BCNC would like to remind you to look after your body and avoid the annual summer holiday season postural wear and tear.