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Friday, March 02, 2018



Obvious Signs that Your Child Needs Chiropractic

  • Neck or back pain that makes it difficult to sleep or interferes with their normal routine
  • Slouched posture and trouble standing or sitting up straight 
  • Obvious signs of posture problems such as a curved spine when standing, or uneven shoulder height (ref 1)
  • Walking with a limp 

How Chiropractic can help 

Although you can consciously choose to change your posture, our posture is largely controlled by neurological reflexes.Visual and auditory input along with the sensors in muscles and joints send information to the brain to keep us upright. (7) When our joints and muscles aren’t moving properly this interferes with the function of the nervous system. Getting adjusted helps keep your muscles and joints doing their jobs and helps those automatic postural reflexes work at their best.

With the use of smart phones and tablet computers on the rise we are seeing an increase in musculoskeletal problems, especially neck pain, in young children.

A 2008 Study showed that children had worse posture (more flexed and asymmetrical trunk and more flexed and elevated shoulders) when using a tablet compared with a traditional desktop computer. Considering that recent research suggests teenagers are using tablets for an average of 4 hours a day all that postural strain really adds up! (5) 

A 2002 Study showed a relationship between forward head posture and back pack weight and recent spinal pain and back pack weight, it is likely that the heavier your child’s back pack is the more strain it will put on their neck and shoulders so the lighter the better. How your child carries their backpack can also have a significant effect, carrying the backpack to high seemed to have the biggest effect on their posture and the authors of the study recommended positioning the the centre of the backpack at waist height (Grimmer et.al) 

References and Recommended Reading

  1. 2010 The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), Victoria, Australia. Orthopaedic fact sheet, Good posture and spine care in children, https://www.rch.org.au/uploadedFiles/Main/Content/rheumatology/Good_posture_and_spine_care_in_children.pdf

2. Relationship Between Craniomandibular Disorders and Poor Posture

Peter Nicolakis, Michael Nicolakis, Eva Piehslinger, Gerold Ebenbichler, Markus Vachuda, Chris Kirtley & Veronika Fialka-Moser

CRANIO® Vol. 18 , Iss. 2,2000

3. https://www.racgp.org.au/afpbackissues/2007/200706/200706sweeting.pdf

4. Grimmer Et.AL, 2002, Adolescent standing postural response to backpack loads: a randomised controlled experimental study, BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2474-3-10

5. Straker, Leon & Coleman, Jemma & Skoss, Rachel & A Maslen, B & Burgess-Limerick, Robin & Pollock, Clare. (2008). A comparison of posture and muscle activity during tablet computer, desktop computer and paper use by young children. Ergonomics. 51. 540-55. 10.1080/00140130701711000. 

6. https://www.nature.com/ijo/journal/v31/n2/full/0803430a.html

7. https://chiromt.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1746-1340-13-16


HEADACHE

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Top 3 Ways to Save you Child from Text Neck

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

You love your kids to the end of the earth, and would do anything to protect them.  But lets face it…

…you are busy and children are hard work.  The silence of the them sitting on the couch quiet and entertained and quiet…Ahhhh pure bliss.

BUT, as a Chiropractor, I’m screaming inside.  (Que the circus of contorting, cramping, twisting and neck caving postures seen by kids as they are on their tablets).  YIKES!

I feel an obligation to you and your kids to do something about it!  Here are my top 3 ways to save you child from “text neck”.

  1. Look up!  Lift the tablet up to see it, don’t look down at it.
  2. Limit the time!  Be the parent and limit unhealthy behaviours, as unpopular as it may be.  Explain to them why you are making this decision.  Get them outside.
  3. Get your child checked by a Chiropractor.  Give your little one the best chance at developing properly by making sure there are no minor problems that could turn into major ones down the track.  Its easy and effective.

Chiropractic and Pregnancy

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Why do pregnant women get low back pain?

About half of all women experience back pain during their pregnancy, this is due to a number of factors. As the baby grows and the belly protrudes forward the lumbar lordosis (curve in the low back) increases which places extra stress on the discs and joints in the spine and pelvis which in turn causes pain. During pregnancy there is an increase in hormones circulating through the body that increase the mobility of the joints in the pelvis which can decrease the stability in the spine. Another cause of pain can be from the pressure of the foetus directly on the lumbosacral nerve roots which can result in low back pain and sciatica and also on the organs which can result in referred pain and muscle spasm. (2)

Women who experience back pain during their pregnancy are three times more likely to experience “back labour” (the intense low back pain women feel during contractions when giving birth). Fortunately, many women experience significant pain relief from chiropractic adjustments with one study reporting pain relief from low back pain in 84% of cases (5)                  

Benefits of Chiropractic care through pregnancy may include

Decreased low back pain

Studies have shown chiropractic care to be effective for reducing pregnancy related low back and disability (1) 

Shorter Labour

Chiropractic care has been shown to reduce labour times. First time mothers who sought chiropractic care throughout their pregnancies averaged a 25% shorter labour than those who didn’t and second (or more) time mums who received care had labours that were 31% shorter than average. (2)

Less morning sickness

Those who received prenatal chiropractic care had less nausea and vomiting (3) 

Less medication and medical intervention  

Women who received regular spinal manipulation were less likely to require a caesarean or the use of forceps during birth. (3)  

  • Chiropractic can increase range of motion making it more comfortable to exercise 

Evidence shows that women who exercise throughout their pregnancies enjoy a range of benefits including; better sleep quality, more energy, less weight gain, shorter easier labours with fewer medical interventions and a faster recovery than those who were sedentary. (2)

1. Stuber and Smith, Chiropractic Treatment of Pregnancy-Related Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review of the Evidence, Journal of Manipulative Physiotherapy,2008 Jul-Aug;31(6):447-54

2. Borggren, Pregnancy and chiropractic: a narrative review of the literature, J Chiropractic Medicine. 2007 Spring; 6(2): 70–74.

3.Ramasubramaniam, Suubi et.al. Chiropractic care in womens health: A midwifery perspective, African Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, APRIL–JUNE 2012, VOL 6, NO 2 

4. Diakow PR, Gadsby TA, Gadsby JB, etal.  Back pain during pregnancy and labor, AMJ Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1991 Feb; 14(2):116-8.


What sort of Massage should I choose?

Tuesday, April 04, 2017


There are so many different kinds of massage therapies out there and it can be a bit tricky choosing the right one for you. The first step is to really know what it is you are trying to achieve. Are you seeking to relax and pamper yourself, or is there an injury or nagging pain that is disturbing your ability to function properly. Whatever the case, with a goal in mind the task of choosing the right massage for your needs is much easier and more rewarding.

The different types of massage you may find include; for relaxation try Swedish massage, connective tissue, deep tissue, hot stone, pregnancy massage or forms of Hawaiian and Thai massage. All of these styles can help to relax those muscles. For emotional healing and release try Hawaiian or Cahuna massage. Deep tissue massage can also help to access deeply held tensions and emotional issues. For injuries try remedial, sports massage, deep tissue, connective tissue massage and trigger point therapy. All of these can assist with the rehabilitation and recovery of injuries and body in-balances (Newton, 2011). 

At ‘Back on Track Massage & Chiropractic’ we offer remedial or deep tissue style of massage therapy with the purpose of treating injuries, pain and restoring or optimising body function. Massage is a fantastic method to prevent injury if you are a recreational sportsperson, gym fanatic or an aspiring athlete. After training or activity your body accumulates waste material, suffers micro traumas and results in inflammation in the muscles and connective tissues. Massage is ideal to assist in removing this waste and supplying new nutrients to the muscles, enabling the body’s natural repairing properties to take affect. Furthermore, massage will assist the resting process, speeding up the recovery time for any such injury or issue.

We have a unique approach at Back On Track, in that most people will get a massage prior to getting an adjustment by their Chiropractor.  Our deep tissue massage also makes a great treatment on its own.

Lastly, here at ‘Back on Track’ our massage therapist , Ben, is a qualified counsellor, which is quite unique. Massage is a great way to alleviate deep seated stresses and anxieties held in the body. Locating and releasing these deep tissues can help remove built up emotions and recharge the body’s coping mechanisms.

All of these modes and styles do have many crossover benefits and will promote circulation and blood flow through the body and bring about physical and psychological healing by manipulating the body’s connective and soft tissues. A therapist may use varied techniques and pressure levels to achieve the goal in mind.

So, with a goal in mind speak to your massage therapist and determine if the mode or therapy is the one that you need and truly get the benefits you desire.


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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Our top 3 benefits of Massage & Body Work


For a long time now massage has been known to offer therapeutic benefits such as relaxation and better sleep. Recently research has linked the power of massage to assist in the treatment of a wide range of health conditions.

 

Here is our top 3 reason to put massage in your treatment plan.

1. Massage is non-invasive - in today's hustle and bustle of a world and corporations try to shed costs, the impact of has left us wondering what is in our foods, medicines and supplements. Sometimes it feels that we are one big mixing bowl or a chemistry set with all sorts of toxic chemicals, plastics and foreign agents entering our system. Having a treatment that is natural and allows the body's own self regulating and rejuvenating properties to take over is a great start to your treatment plan.

2. Treat your largest organ, the skin! Did you know our largest body organ is our skin, we absorb and excrete toxins through our skin and it is a great communicator to us that something is wrong, by colour, rashes, dryness and much more. Massage helps move these toxins out and allows new nutrients to enter the body. Massage will help get that glow back and leave others wondering what you did to gain that shine.

3. Relieve that stress! Everyone deals with stress differently and more often than not these emotions store in areas in the body. The most noticeable are the neck and shoulders. Another form of stress is in the form of muscle overload. Sports, physical labour and being stuck in one constant position all day, cause stress on the muscles and joints and massage is a great treatment to assist in restoring muscle function, pain & discomfort and range of movement.

If these are the benefits you are looking for, book in for your own benefit!



The Straw that broke the Camels Back

Tuesday, December 06, 2016


The camel herder piles on as many bales of straw as he thinks his camel can carry and sets out on his way.  Before he can leave, his boss points to a pile of bales and says “These as well please”.  He piles them on and the Camel grunts in disapproval.  They again set out on their way.  


Around the corner, the camel herder’s wife is there .  Beautiful though she is, she wants him to take a few more bales because they will fetch a bit more silver at the market.  He piles them on and the camel groans under the weight but remains upright.

Off the pair go toward the market.  Down the road, the camel herder comes across a friend.  The friend has a small bit of straw which he wants to get to the market.  Against his better judgement, the camel herder agrees to puts the straw onto the camel.  The last straw goes onto the camel. It is too much and the camel falls.

The moral of the story.  

Small injuries or stressors add up.  Get your spine tuned up by a Chiropractor as one component of your approach to better health.



Is that Health Care or Sick Care?

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Let me start with the fact that I have believe that everyone has a role, that everyone can do some good.  Whether you are a Chiropractor, Acupuncturist, a GP or a Surgeon, we all have our part to play.  I mean absolutely no disrespect to anyone, I only look to deepen our understanding.

 

I think its important to have a context or some sort of frame of reference with regards to our thoughts about healthcare.  

There are 3 categories or types of service in healthcare.

  1. Crisis Care- Something really bad has happened and needs immediate attention, be it a heart attack or trauma, etc.  I find it absolutely amazing what technology and Emergency Medicine can do to save peoples lives.  
  2. Disease Management- This is when a person has a disease process that requires management examples diabetes, reflux, heart disease.  This is where most General Practitioners and many specialists do their best work.
  3. Epigenetic Care- AKA “Wellness care”.  Genetic influence is thought to make up approximately 25% of your health, the other 75% is environmental and lifestyle factors.  People who make their work in this category are concerned with proactively generating better health before symptoms are present.  Example:  I may have diabetes in my family, but by eating healthy and managing stress, etc I may be able to shut down aspects of my genetics that may contribute to the cause of diabetes.  Dieticians, Chiropractors, Naturopaths, Acupuncturists have the tools to do some of their best work in this area.  This type of care can be thought of as one component of an overall approach to better health.

If, and when, you are using the first 2 types of services, there is already a problem going on.  You go to the Medical Doctor because there is already something wrong. A small portion of Medical visits are checking on a person when they do not have any symptoms.

Have you ever woke up feeling refreshed and great and ready to take on a beautiful day and then say to yourself  ”I better go see me MD today?”  No, you haven’t!

I suggest that the first 2 types of service should be called “Sick care” instead of “Health care”.  The first 2 services are, after all, are concerning themselves with 1) Keeping people alive and 2) Managing their Disease.  Caring for the sick should be know as “Sick care!”

The third type of care, epigenetic or wellness care, will often be a great tool for getting the sick feeling better.  This type of care also has the ability to increase ones maximal health potential.  This I suggest is true Health Care- keeping people healthy!




What is a Sciatic?

Wednesday, November 02, 2016



So you have hip and leg pain eh?  Is that tingly, burny, achy, numb, sharp or shooty?  Well…Let’s just lump it all into one and call it “SCIATIC”…


Wait a minute…NO DON”T!!


There are many things in your body that can cause hip and leg pain. MUSCLES and TENDONS and LIGAMENTS… Oh My!!


The Sciatic Nerve is one massive (the size of your pinky finger) and important nerve that comes out of your spine in your lower back and runs down the back of the leg.  The sciatic is like an information highway, carrying information to and from the brain and your body.  One of the things it does is help control of the movements of the leg, such as walking.  If your sciatic nerve is being irritated in your lower back, or your hip, you will certain hear about it.  If you are getting hip and leg pain, however, the chances are that it is coming from something other than your sciatic nerve.