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Benefits of Physical Activity
Now the sun has come out and lockdown is over, it's time to celebrate!! And what better motivations do you need to get out and get your fitness goals ticked off, then this beautiful sun and warmth.
Physical activity and fitness have a wide range of benefits to the human body.
With the recommended amount of 20-40 minutes a day for an adult the benefits can include;
Activities can be a wide range of things. Can be as intensive as a run or playing sport. Do as gentle as walking, doing house chores or going for a swim.
Any activity is better than none, so now is the time to get out and enjoy our freedom.
Get back into it pain free and Book online or call 9013 5133
Why do I have neck and back pain??
Causes & risk factors for degenerative disc disease
The risk factors that may pre-dispose you to degenerative disc disease are:
• Advanced age
• Prior herniated disc or spinal injury
• Job that requires strenuous physical work, prologed sitting
• Lack of exercise
• Inherited genes
• Poor posture
Stages of degeneration
Stage 1: In the 1st stage, the spine may loose its normal balance or arch, affecting the posture and inducing stress to the nerves and accelerated ageing process.
You are not likely to feel any pain in this stage but you might experience a sense of discomfort. You may also feel sluggish or experience changes in your posture to compensate for the slight degeneration of the discs.
Stage 2: In this stage, you may witness increased postural changes as the degeneration is greater. It has been projected that by age 40, about 78% of men and women exhibit moderate disc degeneration. During this phase, a person is much more likely to feel intermittent aches and pains as well as tiredness. Unfortunately, many people consider that the reduced energy and aches and pains are normal and not a sign of degenerative disc disease.
Stage 3: Further postural changes occur in this stage. This is also associated with additional damage to the spine due to the possibility of severe nerve compression. Bone spurs may form and compress the nerves, leading to radiating pain and increased feeling of tiredness and exhaustion
Stage 4: In the end stage or in advanced degenerative disc disease, the intervertebral disc degenerates and the disc space collapses resulting in herniation of the inner disc material through the disc wall. MRI or a CT scan may also reveal visible changes in the bony portion of the neighboring vertebrae. The pressure of the herniated disc on the nerves leads to pain and neurological symptoms. The symptoms of advanced degenerative disc disease depend largely on which spinal level the pathology occurs and the amount of herniation or stenosis involved.
Book online or call us on 90135133 if you would like your posture assessed and receive rehabilitation exercises and programs!
Stretching your pectoral and upper trapezius muscles help alleviate pain and discomfort in your neck and mid back region allowing you to sit down with improved posture. Our practitioners are happy to show you how to stretch your tight muscles, next time you have a treatment.
We also offer...
EXERCISE GROUP FITNESS CLASSES EVERY SATURDAY!
There are many different symptoms/problems that indicate it may be suitable to come in and see an allied health professional. This post will recognise some of the most common problems we see and how Massage therapy, Chiropractic Care and Osteopathic Treatment from the team at the ChiroCure Clinic may help!
What Are Some Common Problems?
There are many different symptoms that people can experience before seeing an allied health professional.
Some of the most common problems we see:
How Can These Signs Impact Your Daily Activities?
One of the most common problems both our Osteopaths & Chiropractors see are individuals with low back pain and stiffness. This can affect how you perform at work.
Depending on the symptoms you are experiencing it can have an influence on other aspects of your life including:
Dr Matthew is one of experienced chiropractors at ChiroCure Clinic StKilda. He has a specific interest in the treatment and management of sports injuries, degenerative conditions and acute pain presentations including headache & low back pain. Dr. Matthew is passionate about providing holistic care that includes manual adjusting.
Chiropractors are an allied health professional who will care for patients who experience neuro-musculoskeletal problems such as joints, muscles and nerves. Musculoskeletal conditions can include (but not limited to) headaches, neck pain. back pain, vertigo sports type injuries and more.
Most Chiropractors use spinal manipulation techniques to adjust patients and help alleviate pain symptoms to help normalize function of the spine and the nervous system. Chiropractors are also trained professionals in providing patients with movements, stretches and lifestyle advice to avoid future aches and pains and decrease relapses.
Our Chiropractors at the ChiroCure Clinic are driven on reaching your healthcare goals by alleviating symptoms and restoring function to the body. As we begin with a focus on pain that an individual is experiencing, people along the way report several other changes in their overall health and wellbeing from Chiropractic Care!
Osteopaths are an allied health professional who cares for patients who experience musculoskeletal system problems such as the bones, muscles, and other tissues that support the body and control bodily movement. When it comes to treating patients’ manual techniques, such as articulations, spinal manipulation and soft tissue massage/muscle stretches may be completed. Our Osteopath has a driven focus in areas such as neck pain, back pain, sciatica, shoulder pain and sports injuries!
Why do I need an X-ray?
X-rays are a great non-invasive tool which can give your health practitioner an insight into what is going on inside your body.
Your practitioner may refer you to get an X-ray if you present with any of the following clinical indications:
- Specific trauma
- Over 50 years of age
- Chronic lower back pain
- Recurring headaches
As well as a number of other miscellaneous factors which may alert our practitioners to suspect an existing health conditions.
What will an X-ray indicate?
All of the X-ray images taken at our clinic are sent to an external radiology company where they are reported on by a qualified Radiologist.
The report is sent back to your practitioner and will indicate to them if you have any existing health concerns. It will outline a complete analysis of the area X-rayed and it will indicate any abnormalities present, such as a fracture or dislocation.
From this report you will have a proper and accurate diagnosis of any existing conditions and this will in turn allow our Chiropractor's to tailor treatment according to your specific requirements.
In certain cases our Chiropractor's may also need to refer you onto other specialists for further imaging and / or treatment.
Dr Tania Leski
Chiropractor @ChiroCure Clinic
The Foam Roller is great for increasing mobility throughout your spine and extremities. You can focus on loosening tight and tender muscles, through direct pressure or stretching over the foam roller. It is a great tool that you can easily store and use anywhere at home that will help you strengthen and protect your body. We offer a detailed manual with images and descriptions, created by one of our chiropractors, to assist you to create a personalised rehabilitation program.
Manuals can be purchased online and mailed out, as well as supplied in PDF form so you can view it on your phone or tablet!!!
Ask Your Chiropractor about these products and how they can help you reach your health goals while at home.
A tool prescribed regularly by your Chiropractor to help correct postural abnormalities, strengthen weak muscles or muscle groups and stretch those that are tight and tender. Resistance Bands are a great alternative when you are not able to attend the gym, as it gives you the ability to strengthen or stretch specific muscles or muscle groups anywhere in your own home. The Resistance band can be accompanied by detailed direction through rehabilitation from your Chiropractor.
Exercises aim to:
Increase range of motion through specific movements, improve muscle Strength through Isometric, eccentric or concentric exercises & decrease Muscle tightness through stretching
Last but not least, the Spikey ball is fantastic at pinpointing specific muscles that are tight and causing restrictions through movement.
It plays a similar role to your Foam Roller, but with more specificity.
Through correct application the spikey ball can be used to complete self myofascial release exercises as well as trigger point therapy and massage in your own home.
Exercise manuals aim to:
Release tight and tender muscles, prevent muscular pain and spasms,
& lengthen muscles to reduce pull causing misalignment.
We are very excited to be able to offer Dr Matthew's clinical experience and passion for health care to our patients and the local community. Dr Matthew is a registered Chiropractor with a double degree from RMIT, who grew up in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne.
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