Back pain is very prevalent in Australia and 1 in 6 people suffer from it.
That’s approximately 3.7 million people within our population that suffer from symptoms such as numbness, tingling, weakness in the legs and many more. What’s more alarming is that many individuals who suffer from back pain are often provided with incorrect treatment and advice.
Once complicated and serious pathologies such as cancer, fracture, infections and arthritis are ruled out, physical therapy and alternative therapies have proven to be the most beneficial and less invasive approach to nonspecific lower back pain. Treatments such as spinal injections are believed to be “part of the medicalization of lower back pain” as quoted by Dr. Buchbinder, a professor and researched of clinical epidemiology at Monash University. Spinal fusion is another approach to nonspecific lower back pain that is “highly invasive with little evidence to merit the procedure”.
What is Functional movement screening?
A functional movement screening (FMS) is an appointment that involves using a pre-participation screening tool, that is designed to identify compensatory movement patterns, that are indicative of increased injury risk and inefficient movement that causes reduced performance.
What are the functional movement screen tests?
The FMS helps identify muscle asymmetries, tightness, weakness and other risk factors for injury by examining the mobility and stability of the hips, core, shoulders, knees, spine and ankles.
The FMS consists of 7 movements
Its role is to pinpoint areas of movement pattern limitation and asymmetry.
4X4 Matrix Posture assessment areas:
Joint by Joint theory.
Our practitioners are trained to use Joint by joint theory to try and fix the pain and dysfunction. They can also perform a gait analysis to assess and improve your weight bearing and posture whilst walking and moving.
Our remedial therapists will apply kinesiology tape to areas that are prone to injuries and to offer also posture corrective support for the core muscles and surrounding ligaments and joints. Our therapists are also trained to use ridged tape for specific muscle groups to encourage stability and support.
We would like to welcome back Dr. Tania Leski from her break that concluded in early August! Please contact ChiroCure Clinic if you think quality health care can benefit you!
Please refer to the updated staff schedule for your convenience.
WHAT IS A SPINAL SCREENING?
We all want a healthy, long and pain free easy life. To achieve this we try to take good care of our health, well-being, and body. The key to this is the health of your spine and the function of your nervous system. Please allow us to help you understand and discover just how important a spinal screening is, and what our chiropractors will look for and how care can benefit your health now, and long term.
WHEN SHOULD I HAVE MY SPINE CHECKED?
If you haven't had your spine checked, consider this: How long would you go without brushing your teeth? Would you wait for your teeth to rot and fall out before you see a dentist? Would you wait for your car to break down before you book a service? Why not have a professional chiropractic assess the health of your spine before it starts to break down.
KEY BODY INDICATORS
Our Chiropractors look for the underlying cause of your health concern and provide recommendations for treatment and care. We will examine your spine, and use a computerised posture assessment tool that will analyse body position from the front and size to determine nerve interference and locate spinal misalignment.
There are 10 key body signals that our chiropractors will look for during your spine screening:
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Chiropractic treatment for sports injury and wellness
5 ways athletes benefit from chiropractic, remedial massage & myotherapy:
1. Undo the punishment the body takes in sports
2. Treatment appropriate for a variety of injuries - reduce pain
3.Non-invasive / drug free treatment
4. Injury prevention
5. Performance Enhancement
Remedial massage and myotherapy ensures a complete recovery and complements chiropractic are. Massage is often recommended along with chiropractic treatment, either before or after and adjustment, as part of a patient’s treatment regime. The combination of these treatments often produces more effective results, and faster healing for patients.
Do you know how to get the right support from your bra?
Rib misalignment is no laughing matter...
A rib misalignment occurs when your rib moves slightly (backwards and inwards) from the thoracic vertebra towards the spine, the muscles in your back will then contract and tighten to protect the misalignment.
Total Body Modification (TBM) offers an allergy solution which relieves the individual and provides up to 95% improvement in symptoms. TBM is a specialised chiropractic treatment technique which allows imbalances to be detected and corrected through muscle testing and tapping specific body points. TBM works in a similar manner to how acupuncture points relieve tension, and aims to harnesses energy channels which are linked to internal organs and system functioning.
Dr Tania Leski will often implement TBM treatment techniques into her chiropractic consultations, which may be a component of TBM specific assessment and/or correction, which in effect 'switches on the body' to respond to the more advanced treatments, such as organ adjusting and parasympathetic (fight/fight) correction in future sessions. By using this technique, Dr Leski works to improve an individual's allergy condition or overactive nervous system to produce a bodily response.
Our chiropractors are skilled in performing a series of muscle tests during her treatment appointment to discover and correct the internal imbalances and blockages that may be impairing your health. These corrections include the restoration of organ function, re-balance blood flow, restore pressure, and improve water utilization for longer lasting correction and better overall health.
Why use a FlexEze patch?
- Lower back pain
- Muscle pain
- Muscle dysfunction
- Soft Tissue Injury
- Menstrual Cramps
- Ligament Strain
- Joint Sprain
Why are Flexeeze patches effective?
FlexEze heat patches are air-activated.
They are designed to warm gradually.
Patches reach maximum heat in approximately 30 minutes.
Each patch will stay warm at a constant temperature for 12-24 hours.
They can be placed anywhere on the body comfortably.
They are 8cm x 10 cm in size.
How often can patches be used?
Patches can be used as often and as much as you like.
Please follow the recommendations for use described by your practitioner at ChiroCure Clinic.
How long will a patch last?
FlexEze patches deliver a sustained temperature, above 40 degrees for approximately 12-24 hours.
We recommend that you discard your patch once it begins to cool.
Patches are not water proof, so please remove before showering and re-apply once dry.
Where else can I use them?
They are great because they are light weight and easy to carry for long travel.
Patches can be used with traveling long distances on planes, boats, cars and trains.
Will heat help with my treatment?
If you are suffering from muscle aches and pain then heat can help to relieve.
If you are experiencing muscle spasms, Flezeze patches can help.
Releasing tight and tender muscles can help to aid in a quicker recovery.
Please ensure that you follow the directions of your ChiroCure Clinic practitioner.
Spinal degeneration can be a lifelong problem, knowing your condition can be the difference between a severe health problem or some minor lifestyle changes.
Our ChiroCure Clinic chiropractors use a combination of modern, state-of-the-art chiropractic techniques and lifestyle interventions that are scientific, ethical and evidence-based for clinical effectiveness.
This isn’t to say that individual results don’t vary, but rest assured, the lifestyle recommendations and rehabilitation programs that you will be given over the course of your care, are supported by one of the most evidence-based protocols for spinal recovery, wellness and prevention.
About TAC reimbursements for treatment at ChiroCure Clinic StKilda
Why should we drink more water?
Water intake is extremely crucial for your body and even more so when your body is trying to heal from musculoskeletal issues. Our body needs oxygen to function optimally and many do not realise water intake is necessary to enhance their oxygen level.
The human body is composed of roughly 70-80% water and even more in the brain at approximately 85-90%. It is evidently noted that lowered water consumption may lead to a decrease in mental and physical function with possible headache symptoms such as dizziness or fatigue. When water intake is decreased, your muscles do tend to be more rigid and they are easily damaged and aggravated leading to aches and pains.
The most common misconception is that consuming fluids like coffee, tea or even soda will help with your body’s water level but it actually leads to further dehydration and our chiropractors recommend that you replace the intake of these types of fluids with even more water.
Ways to drink water for your health
If increasing your water intake seems like a task, try adding lemon or mint to make it taste better and less boring. Carry a water bottle with you at all times has been shown to increase water consumption without effort.
Drink water during meals can interfere with digestion, so it’s best to drink after meals. It is best to drink cool water as it is absorbed more quickly into the body. Ask your chiropractors and remedial massage therapists about more helpful tips on your next visit to ChiroCure Chiropractic Clinic StKilda East.
You may also download an app on your phone called 'Plant Nanny' to constantly remind you to stay hydrated.
Our chiropractors find that our patients show the best response when using manual and activator adjusting in combination, for both joint and muscle release.
If you would prefer one technique over the other please ask your chiropractor at your next visit.
Manual Adjusting v's Activator Adjusting
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Throughout pregnancy an expectant mother experiences many hormonal and structural changes in order to prepare the mother’s body for the developing baby, as well as for the birth process.
Our chiropractors and remedial massage therapists may be able to help you to better manage pain and stress through all stages of your pregnancy and after birth.
For more information regarding appointments and therapeutic services available, please go to our pregnancy page.
Our massage therapist Grace Foong has done 6 years of pregnancy training and further learning courses. She has also completed an obstetrics massage course at university.
Dr Leski has a passion for working with pregnancy and paediatric chiropractic therapies, having worked with patients in the field for the past 7 years. She has completed four paediatric courses and pregnancy related seminars.
Changes to the body during pregnancy may include:
> Weight gain, as the breasts and uterus grow.
> Protruding abdomen - the abdominal muscles and tissues start to stretch as the baby continues to grow.
> Pelvic ligament loosening - due to the increased amounts of hormones necessary for birthing.
> Pelvic strain - this can occur as the body prepares to give birth.
> Joint instability - movement may become more difficult or painful, especially during the third trimester.
> Changes to the pelvis and sacrum position - muscles may strain to support the weight of the foetus.
> Postural changes; including an increased lumbar curve, low back sway, hip rotation, pelvis un-levelling.
> Ankle or knee strain - inflammation or pain is common as weight distribution changes occur.
Keep up to date with the latest health news, chiropractic & remedial massage therapy research, clinical trial data findings, home care advice, pain management plans, patient handouts, chiropractic exercises & stretches, video rehabilitation, adjusting information, ergonomic advice, condition / symptoms and more.
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Do you have a disc bulge or slipped disc?
Can chiropractic treatment help?
The Swiss study investigated 50 patients with symptoms consistent with nerve compression in the neck, and MRI was used to confirm the presence of disc herniation (otherwise known as a disc bulge or prolapsed disc). Patients were treated with manual chiropractic adjustments to the cervical spine at the site of the prolapsed disc, and investigators measured changes in signs and symptoms over a 3-month period. The study found 55.3% of patients had improved symptoms after just 2 weeks of chiropractic care and furthermore, improvement continued over time, with 43 of the 50 patients (85.7%) reporting less pain at 3 months.
The severity of a prolapsed disc will vary from case to case, but this study adds to the body of published literature that has found that the majority of cases (even those with severe symptoms) respond well to Chiropractic care. A very small number of cases may require surgery, but it is important that those people who experience neck pain and arm pain be assessed by a registered Chiropractor to determine whether surgical intervention is required.
Chiropractic care aims to restore function to the body, removing tension from the nervous system and tissues, thus allowing the body to heal itself and function naturally. Chiropractors use varying methods and techniques to assess and correct areas of imbalance in the spine.
A copy of the full journal article profiled in this blog is available to read at ChiroCure Clinic, located at 278 Inkerman Street, StKilda East. Melbourne 3183.
1. Peterson, C.K., Schmid, C., Leemann, S., Anklin, B. & Humphreys, B.K. Outcomes From Magnetic Resonance Imaging – Confirmed Symptomatic Cervical Disk Herniation Patients Treated With High-Velocity, Low-Amplitude Spinal Manipulative Therapy: A Prospective Cohort Study With 3-Month Follow-Up. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2013: (13) S0161:4756.
Family Chiropractic Care - Treatment for people of all ages.
Sport Injury Management - Full body and spinal injury management
Rehabilitation - in clinic advice and on site rehabilitation services including personalised rehabilitation programs, patient exercise manuals and various gym programs.
Pre and Post-Natal Musculoskeletal Care - pregnancy related management for pregnancy patients.
Applied Kinesiology - A chiropractic system that evaluates structural, chemical and mental aspects of health using manual muscle testing with other standard methods of diagnosis)
Chiropractic spinal adjustments - Treatment tool applied with various treatments techniques.
ChiroCure Clinic StKilda East
Dr Tania Leski
Principle Chiropractor at ChiroCure Clinic