Back Pain is extremely common and can be debilitating. Back pain can interfere with all aspects of life making normal everyday tasks difficult or, in extreme cases, impossible.
Back pain can be caused or aggravated by many factors including bending and twisting, overuse, poor lifting techniques, strenuous activities and trauma. The resulting pain may be anywhere from sharp and sudden to aching and dull.
The spine is a long chain of joints which are protected by ligaments and muscles. If some of the joints stiffen up, due to injury or other causes, it makes the other joints move more to compensate. Eventually the overuse of the flexible joints results in pain.
Neck Pain has many potential causes such as poor posture, overuse, office work, strains and stress to name a few. Neck pain results from abnormalities in the soft tissues – muscles, ligaments, and nerves as well as the bones and joints of the spine.
The most common causes that Chiropractors identify and treat are soft tissue abnormalities from injury or prolonged wear and tear.
For many people it is also the source of pain in the upper back, shoulders and arms. When neck pain is caused by muscle strain, you may have aches and stiffness that spread to the upper arm and forearm.
Headaches are by far one of the most common health complaints experienced by Australians. While the best treatment method is actually prevention, chiropractic care has also been shown to be very effective in treating headaches, bot migraine and tension.
Headaches can arise from physical causes such as bad posture, chronic neck problems and looking down at a book or electronic device for extended periods of time. Headaches can also be triggered by physical or emotional stress.
There are various approaches to treating headaches. In addition to spinal manipulation, chiropractors also use rehabilitative exercises, stretching, application of heat, soft tissue work and nutritional advice. The goal is not only to relieve present symptoms but also to prevent future headaches.
Sciatica is an ailment caused by pressure being placed on the Sciatic nerve or its branches. It is often characterized by pain that radiates from the low back to the hip, buttock and down the leg. It often effects only one side of the body.
Sciatica can feel like a bad leg cramp that persists for weeks or months before going away. It may be painful to sneeze, cough or even sit. The level of pain can range from mild to severe and can be accompanied by numbness or tingling.
Sciatica can respond very well to Chiropractic care. An experienced and capable chiropractor can help not only by administering adjustments but also recommending specific exercises.
Scoliosis is a condition that results in the spine twisting from left to right, instead of running in a straight line from top to bottom. Scoliosis occurs most often during the growth spurt just before puberty and it seems to be more common in girls.
Many cases can be mild with few symptoms, but some children develop spine deformities that get more severe as they grow. Severe scoliosis can be painful and disabling.
Depending on the severity, scoliosis of the spine can have a detrimental impact on vital organs, such as the heart, liver and kidneys.
Chiropractic can help. Regular maintenance and monitoring are crucial.
Sports injuries can be frustrating as well as painful, they can feel like a major setback especially if you are actively in training for something. Our chiropractors provide individualized treatment to suit each patient with your needs and goals in mind.
Using chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue therapies, modalities and rehabilitative exercises, chiropractors aim to restore and enhance the body’s neuromusculoskeletal system for peak performance. The goal is not only to restore and rehabilitate but also to prevent future injury.
Whiplash is often associated with car accidents, but it can occur after any sudden movement of the body, especially collisions or falls. It can occur in any direction and is characterized by the head being suddenly jolted one way and then back in the opposite direction.
Chiropractic treatment is essential for proper rehabilitation, but prevention is far better than cure. Apart from the obvious roles of seatbelts and airbags in car accidents, do not overlook the importance of proper seat and headrest position to help minimize Whiplash injuries. If a Whiplash injury is suspected, be sure to consult your Chiropractor immediately for appropriate management
Posture problems such as:
– Forward Head Posture is the most common postural defect found in computer operators.
– Round Shoulders is distinguished by the hunched over appearance it creates and is a poor posture that is often associated with office workers and computer operators.
– Rotated Hips can be caused by holding a poor position for a long period of time, such as sitting at your desk twisting to write as well as looking at the computer.
Regular chiropractic adjustments combined with consistent, appropriate exercise can go a long way to keeping the body strong and properly aligned.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common natural occurring degenerative conditions of the body’s joints. It can affect people of all ages but it is more prevalent as we age. It is characterised primarily by a loss of cartilage around a joint, this results in pain and swelling as the joint loses its ability to work in a smooth fluid process.
These damaged joints can be irritated at work, during sport or in a home related trauma. Different joints are affected depending on posture, injury, history and a range of hereditary factors.
It can affect any joint in the body however the body’s major weight bearing joints such as the knees, hips, lumbar spine and ankles are more commonly affected than others. Pain is the most common symptom.
Chiropractic care provides conservative but effective results with even severely damaged arthritic joints. A thorough assessment is vital for treatment prescription.
A maintenance chiropractic visits every 4-6 weeks is the most effective method of maintaining joint range and strength. It will also allow the chiropractor to review, modify and reinforce any prescribed exercises. Research indicates that while maintenance is ongoing, the overall medical costs are reduced for the patient due to the control of acute flare-ups.