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20/Jun/2018

Sitting is the new smoking

Chiropractors have been warning their patients of the damaging effects a sedentary lifestyle can have for a long time. From the driver’s seat to the office chair and then the couch at home, Australians are spending more and more time seated than ever before and it’s wreaking havoc on our bodies. This modern health epidemic has been termed the “sitting disease”. Our bodies weren’t created to sit all day and be sedentary, they were created to be mobile and to move around.

Sitting, especially with poor posture, poor back support and/or poor ergonomics lead to spinal misalignments (subluxations) affecting the neck, mid back and even the lower back. These spinal subluxations add pressure onto the delicate nervous system which controls and coordinates our entire body, thus leading to compromised health and wellbeing. We commonly see people presenting to our office with stiffness in the neck or back, tension, headaches, aches or pains and numbness in the extremities, feeling fatigued or even difficulty taking a deep breath in, all of which has been brought on by sitting for too long due to their subluxations. When discussing subluxations most people think it is just a back problem when in fact it is really a health problem which can lead to many associated symptoms down the road.

There is now more research coming out showing the negative effects sitting can have on our health. Serious health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer (colon, endometrial and possibly lung cancer) and even depression have all been linked to a sedentary lifestyle. Research suggests it is entirely possible to meet current physical activity guidelines while still being incredibly sedentary, and that sitting has shown to increases risk of death and disease, even if you are getting plenty of physical activity. It’s a bit like smoking. Smoking is bad for you even if you get lots of exercise. The same applies for sitting for long periods.

THE SOLUTION:

Be more aware of what you spend doing most of the day. How long are you sitting in front of the tv or computer? Do you spend most of your day at the desk at work? What is your posture like when sitting? Do you drive long distances? Awareness is often the first step to making changes and improvements.

Get your spine checked by your local chiropractor and keep up with periodic adjustments to maintain your body – Follow the recommendation of your chiropractor. Having a chiropractic adjustment only when you have pain/symptoms is like brushing your teeth only after you develop tooth decay. Have regular adjustments to maintain the body just like you maintain your car by servicing it (even if there are no problems with it). Chiropractors aim to help you become more pro-active with your health as opposed to re-active. If you don’t maintain your body it will lead to damage. Once damage has occurred it can be difficult to correct and in some cases irreversible if left for too long.

Keep the body in alignments while sitting and while standing – If you are standing be sure to stand on both feet and not on one, distribute body weight evenly to the front, back and sides of the feet. While sitting, sit up straight and align your ears, shoulders and hips in one vertical line (imagine a string spanning from the ceiling directly above you to the top of your head is pulling you up towards the ceiling). Position your computer in front of you.

Get up and move – Take a break from your office chair or couch every half hour for two minutes in order to stretch, stand, or walk.

For caring, patient-focused treatment, call Chiropractic Touch today on 8322 0102 or book online on our website. Centrally located in Adelaide’s southern suburbs in Old Reneylla SA 5161, Chiropractic Touch is also within easy reach of neighbouring suburbs such as Reynella, Woodcroft, Happy Valley, Sheidow Park, Morphett Vale, Hallett Cove, Noarlunga, Christies Beach, Lonsdale and Trott Park.


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20/Jun/2018

One of the common causes of low back pain is an intervertebral disc bulge or disc herniation (a more severe version of a disc bulge). These are also sometimes referred to as ‘slipped discs.’ An intervertebral disc is a jelly-like substance that acts as a cushion between our vertebral bodies (spinal bones). For example, every time we take a step it is our discs that cushion the impact on our spine.

Our discs can become injured in a number of ways. If they take too much load, they can be pushed out of their sockets, leading to a disc bulge. Often, they wear out over time until a single incident overloads the disc. These incidents can be something as simple as bending to pick up a shoe, or something more strenuous like completing a heavy deadlift in the gym.

Disc injuries can cause varying degrees of pain. The amount that the disc has bulged is not always representative of how painful the injury is. For example, some people with a large disc herniation have no pain at all and others with a small disc bulge can suffer severe levels of pain. Certain movements will cause more pain than others.

To add to the complicated nature of a disc injury, the pain from a disc bulge may not always be localised to the back. Sometimes, a bulged disc can come into contact with one of the many nerves that travel out of the spine. This can impinge or trap the nerve, leading to tingling, weakness or numbness down the affected area.

Chiropractic is a cost-effective, non-invasive and safe form of treatment for painful disc bulges and herniations. Moreover, chiropractic care has a high rate of success in treating disc injuries. At Chiropractic Touch, the chiropractor will first take you through a thorough history and examination. After a diagnosis is made, a treatment plan will be designed for your needs. As your symptoms improve, rehabilitation exercises and strengthening will be provided to keep your spine healthy and strong.

If required, the chiropractor may decide to send you for an MRI or x-ray to determine the exact location of the disc or to rule out other conditions. If the disc injury is suspected to be too large for manual therapy, the chiropractor will also discuss with you other options for treatment.

 

For caring, patient-focused chiropractic care for your disc injury, call Chiropractic Touch today on 8322 0102 or book online on our website. Centrally located in Adelaide’s southern suburbs in Old Reynella SA 5161, Chiropractic Touch is also within easy reach of neighbouring suburbs such as Reynella, Woodcroft, Happy Valley, Sheidow Park, Morphett Vale, Hallett Cove, Noarlunga, Christies Beach Lonsdale and Trott Park. 


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20/Jun/2018

Neck pain is a common symptom of many Australians.

One of the major causes of neck pain is from ‘tech neck’ or ‘text neck,’ and is related to the rising prevalence of technology in our society. Mobile phones and computers are a staple in our lives – for work or social interaction or to search up information – and while it may make our lives convenient, it can also be a literal pain in the neck.

When we use our phones or computers, we unfortunately tend to put our necks in poor positions or postures. Over time, these sustained poor postures can lead to our spinal joints in the neck becoming inflamed or ‘fixated.’ These fixations lead to limited movements in our neck and eventually pain. Similarly, our neck muscles then tend to overwork in order to compensate for these fixations – when overworked, muscles can also become inflamed and cause pain.

Other causes of mechanical neck pain can be through trauma – in sports or car accidents, for example – or poor posture in other work environments, such as truck driving or overhead lifting. Sometimes, our sleeping may even be the cause for our neck pain if the pillow we use isn’t the right one for us!

As many of us know, neck pain can be very stressful to deal with in our everyday lives. In fact, the 2010 Global Burden of Disease Study ranked neck pain as 4th highest in terms of disability; there were 291 other conditions it was ranked against.

How can chiropractic help neck pain?

‘Fixations’ in our spine can be particularly painful and annoying to deal with. The chiropractors at Chiropractic Touch are able to identify which segment(s) are fixated and provide relief via manual adjustments, instrument-assisted adjustments or mobilisations. Soft tissue work may also be done if the muscles around the neck have seized up.

At Chiropractic Touch, our chiropractors want the best for their patients. We strive to prevent recurrence of pain via exercise and advice based around your lifestyle and needs.

For caring, patient-focused chiropractic care for your neck pain, call Chiropractic Touch today on 8322 0102 or book online on our website. Centrally located in Adelaide’s southern suburbs in Old Reynella SA 5161, Chiropractic Touch is also within easy reach of neighbouring suburbs such as Reynella, Woodcroft, Happy Valley, Sheidow Park, Morphett Vale, Hallett Cove, Noarlunga, Christies Beach, Lonsdale and Trott Park.


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20/Jun/2018

Sciatica is a common term used to describe the symptoms surrounding an inflamed or injured sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that travels from our lower spine into the back of each leg. Along this pathway, it can be trapped or irritated by a number of causes. For example, the sciatic nerve can be trapped by a herniated disc or by muscles in the buttocks called the piriformis, which in turn leads to the symptoms of sciatica.

These symptoms can range from mild to debilitating, usually involving pain, numbness or weakness in the leg that is affected. Since the sciatic nerve is so large, it can affect many areas of the lower body, including the buttocks, thighs, calves and feet. The intensity of the pain can vary with activity and may worsen throughout the day. Such activities can include heavy lifting, bending, sitting for prolonged periods, and even coughing or sneezing. The pain itself can be sharp, achy, burning or ‘electric’ in sensation, often shooting down the affected leg.

If you are suffering from sciatica, then care at Chiropractic Touch can help. On the first visit, the chiropractor will take a detailed history and examination to find out the cause of your sciatica. This diagnosis is especially important given the wide range of causes of sciatica. If required, x-rays (bulk-billed) or an MRI may be requested to rule out other injuries.

Once the diagnosis is established, the chiropractor will prepare a treatment plan best catered for you. Due to the range of causes of sciatica, the treatment required may be different from one patient to another.

For caring, patient-focused chiropractic care for your low back pain, call Chiropractic Touch today on 8322 0102 or book online on our website. Centrally located in Adelaide’s southern suburbs in Old Reynella SA 5161, Chiropractic Touch is also within easy reach of neighbouring suburbs such as Reynella, Woodcroft, Happy Valley, Sheidow Park, Morphett Vale, Hallett Cove, Noarlunga, Christies Beach, Lonsdale and Trott Park. 

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20/Jun/2018

Low back pain has become an increasingly common problem over the past decade. In a 2004 study by Walker BF, it was found that 79.2% of Australians experienced low back pain at least once in their lives. In terms of more recent prevalence, 42% of adults suffered from low back pain in the past 6 months of the study.

In essence, low back pain is no stranger to many of us. The effects of low back pain can range from mild to severe and debilitating, often leading to negative impacts on our daily lives.

Common causes of low back pain include heavy lifting, long-term wear and tear, poor posture (including prolonged sitting or computer work), repetitive injuries, trauma (sporting, car or motorbike accidents) or inactive core muscles.

Our team of chiropractors at Chiropractic Touch are highly experienced in finding and addressing the causes of low back pain and, subsequently, providing the correct treatment to give long-lasting relief. Our goal is to educate as well as treat – and by doing so, patients can feel better for longer.

For caring, patient-focused chiropractic care for your low back pain, call Chiropractic Touch today on 8322 0102 or book online on our website. Centrally located in Adelaide’s southern suburbs in Old Reynella SA 5161, Chiropractic Touch is also within easy reach of neighbouring suburbs such as Reynella, Woodcroft, Happy Valley, Sheidow Park, Morphett Vale, Hallett Cove, Noarlunga, Christies Beach, Lonsdale and Trott Park.

Reference:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15148462


We love seeing all our patients healthy and in good form. Unfortunately, not all our patients start out this way when they first come into our office. Initially we focus on getting them out of pain and back to their normal function. We then progress to maintenance and preventative care which saves our patients from future injuries.

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