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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.
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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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#1 Chronic Pain
Fibromyalgia patients experience a condition known as central sensitisation. This means that the body is constantly in a state of wind-up where stimuli are perceived as far more painful than they should be. Central sensitisation causes the body to categorise non-dangerous stimuli as dangerous, leading to widespread pain in the body.
#2 Overwhelming Sensory Responses
For fibromyalgia patients touch is not the only sense that is easily overwhelmed, you may also experience changes in sight, smell, and hearing. Thus, a loud noise, bright lights, or pungent odour may prove exhausting, or trigger a flare-up in symptoms. Unfortunately, sensory overload is often unavoidable for a fibromyalgia patient.
#3 Extreme Exhaustion
The exhaustion associated with fibromyalgia can be debilitating. Exhaustion may be caused from the stress of dealing with pain on a continual basis. This may in turn cause sleeping problems. incorrect sleeping posture or pillow support - we can help you with this at the clinic.
#4 Difficulty Sleeping
For someone suffering from fibromyalgia, sleep problems can result in a debilitating cycle. Lack of sleep actually causes a person to experience higher pain levels. However, that pain can also make it difficult to sleep.
Our practitioners can offer recommendations on lifestyle changes that may help improve sleep habits, including therapeutic pillows and sleep posture. We can also offer support to help you find your best environment for sleep.
#5 Associated Conditions
Research has found a link between fibromyalgia and an increased risk of IBS - irritable bowel syndrome. Patients may also be at greater risk of suffering from emotional conditions including depression and anxiety. Whether the pain or uncertainty of the fibromyalgia symptoms and create negative effects in a patients social life, personal life or career.
#6 Cognitive Symptoms
For many fibromyalgia patients, this can be one of the toughest parts of the condition to deal with. Pain can make it difficult to focus. This can affect both work and home life. Short-term memory issues and information retention problems are common. You may wander the house for half an hour looking for your keys only to forget what you needed to go to the store for in the first place. It can be tough to explain to family and friends what it is like to feel as though you are in a fog at all times.
#7 Chronic Headaches or Migraines
Fibromyalgia patients are at risk of experiencing for more frequent migraines or headaches, including tension headaches, as chronic pain and stress can lead to tension in the neck and shoulders and spine. Our practitioners can help with specific treatment techniques and home care exercises to relax the muscles around your tension areas.
Our practitioners can offer you chiropractic, osteopathy and remedial massage treatments to help manage your condition and symptoms.
Our Chiropractors and Osteopaths will focus treatment around the cervical region, specifically the top two bones in the neck, being the C1 and C2 vertebrae, as well as the cranial region.
To learn if upper our cervical specific treatment is the right option for you, please come and see us at ChiroCure Clinic in StKilda.
Our therapists will take a patient history and perform a physical examination. We may refer you to have some diagnostic imaging, which may help to determine the degree and location and extent of any upper cervical misalignments that are present.
We will discusstreatment options and a plan of care can be determined to meet your specific needs.
Also known as manual chiropractic manipulation, this chiropractic adjustment technique is the most commonly used of all techniques and is the one probably most familiar to patients.
It involves a quick, yet gentle, pressure to the joint using the chiropractor’s hands. It often results in an audible ‘pop’. This sound is created by the change of pressure within the joint that results in gas bubbles being released.
The Activator adjusting instrument provides a low force approach to adjusting within chiropractic care. The Activator instrument assisted treatment has been used on patients of all ages since the late 1960s and has a steadfast reputation for bringing relief to people with a variety of health concerns including back pain, neck pain and headaches. It is gentle and pleasant in application, and an audible 'pop' may be heard.