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How to relieve shoulder and upper back tightness after a long day in front of your computer?
Is sitting at your desk all day bothering you.... Dont worry, we can help!?
Below we have detailed a couple of stretches for sedentary occupations and those who suffer from neck pain or upper back stiffness.
You can perform this stretches on a daily basis, while at work or home to help improve your posture and reduce your pain.
* Come in to ChiroCure clinic in St Kilda for a free spine assessment, postural screen and we canCH offer you some personalised rehabilitation advice and give you rehabilitation manuals.
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When Should You See An Allied Health Professional at ChiroCure Clinic!?
How Can The ChiroCure Clinic Team Help With These Issues?
At the ChiroCure Clinic we provide evidence-based treatment protocols that focus on improving the musculoskeletal system to help with the pain and discomfort people experience. This is accomplished by using different techniques and modalities of treatment based on patient requirements.
Our experienced Chiropractors, Osteopaths and Massage Therapists will complete a thorough assessment of your condition / problem to ensure we know exactly how we are able to help. Our approach to treatment may include manual adjustments, handheld adjustments, manual assisted techniques, soft tissue techniques, rehabilitation exercises & personalised rehab manuals, depending on your problem/s and allied health professional you are with!
How Does Osteopathy & Chiropractic Help With Your Pain? Dr. Matt Explains
Pain is our body’s mechanism of alerting us when there is something we are doing wrong for our bodies. Meaning that if we want to continue to operate to the best of our abilities, we must create a change in both our habits and behaviours. If we do not, the pain can return and at times worse than before!
As pain disappears and the body begins to feel like it's as good as new again the question is… What will you be doing differently next time to avoid this pain!?
If the answer is NOTHING, then using osteopathic or chiropractic treatment to your advantage to help decrease the severity of flare ups/relapses is ideal! Why? Because many of the injuries we manage are caused by poor posture and overuse injuries! We offer the rehabilitation needed to overcome these issues!
HOW OSTEOPATHY & CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT CAN HELP!?
The Chiropractic and Osteopathic team at the ChiroCure Clinic understand that pain is best managed by creating long term changes! Firstly, the pain needs to be alleviated with adjustive techniques or low force techniques to the spine, soft tissue massage to the surrounding musculature and accompanied by an exercise regime to help make the changes needed to influence bad habits and behaviours!
Many of our patients seek Chiropractic or Osteopathy care for conditions such as headaches, neck pain, back pain, sports injury and postural related issues! By creating a change to your musculoskeletal system, it will enable you to function to the best of your abilities.
If you are seeking treatment which will help restore your structural and functional health our chiropractors and osteopaths at the ChiroCure Clinic are here to help get you back on track!
Dr Matthew Samartzis
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.
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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.
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.
#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.
Though those with a sedentary lifestyle are most at risk for the condition, it is not uncommon to find Upper Crossed Syndrome in athletes, particularly swimmers and weight lifters.
Headaches, neck pain and pain in the jaw may point to a case of UCS.
The effects of this condition can harm performance, reducing range of movement and inhibiting the ability to breathe fully due to the reduction of space in the abdomen.
2. Triple Extension Isometrics (with resistant band)
Start by standing upright in the extended position. Keeping your arms long, neck relaxed and shoulder blades down towards your back pocket. Increase the tension from the band by stepping backwards until you find a challenging yet manageable level. Keep your chin tucked in to avoid the jaw from jutting forward.
Hold for 60 seconds and perform 3-5 x per day. Keep breathing throughout.
4. Kneeling Hip Flexor Stretch
Place one foot in front of you and one foot behind you, make sure that your hips are square and that your back foot is in line with your front foot. When in a stable position, attempt to tuck your pelvis under (posteriorly tilt your pelvis) and contract your glut muscles simultaneously (on the same side as the back knee). If this isn’t enough, keep your pelvis tucked under and slowly move your hip away from back foot.
Hold the position for 30-40 seconds 3 x per day. Remain relaxed. The stretch may be uncomfortable but by no means painful.
Upper cross syndrome
In the UCS, your upper back muscles become increasingly tense due to the constant strain of having your shoulders forward and positioned anteriorly, while your chest & shoulder region becomes shortened or tightened due to this constantly held posture.
Lower cross syndrome
In the LCS, your glutes have become underactive or weakened due to remaining in a sustained lengthened position. This is also often accompanied with a tight or stiff hip due to the prolonged shortening of the muscles crossing the hip joint.
A common cause of sinus pressure and pain is the common cold or allergies, causing what is known as sinusitis. Headaches are often present when a patient is experiencing sinusitis or when having a cold.
Remedial massage therapy treatment at ChiroCure Clinic in St Kilda East, aims to relieve stress on the nervous system and body structure.
in order to help the body work more efficiently and help ensure that the skull bones move freely. This will allow the body fluids to drain without interference, and in turn reduce the pressure in the face and head that may cause a headache or migraine.
Our treatment technique
treatment will generally include soft massage of the nose, forehead and cheeks, during your adjustment, to release the pressure on the sinus cavities and allow for free drainage of fluids.
Which type of headache do you have... and what may be the cause?
Our therapists can asses and diagnose the cause of your headache in order to provide superior treatment and long term care.
Ask one of our practitioners next time you visit the clinic to assess you.
Dr Tania Leski works to improve an individual's allergy condition or overactive nervous system. She will perform a series of muscle tests to discover and correct the internal imbalances and blockages that may be impairing your health. These corrections include the restoration of organ function, rebalance blood flow, restore pressure, and improve water utilization for longer lasting correction and better overall health.
Rib Misalignment is usually caused by:
- Compression or trauma to the rib cage
- excessive squeezing or coughing
- Injuries where you are hit from the side
- Twisting injuries – lifting and twisting
How can chiropractic help:
- Relief from rib misalignment is difficult to self remedy.
- You can try an ice pack on the affected area, 10 minutes on, then 10 minutes off.
- Professional assistance is recommended if the symptoms haven’t improved after three days.
Myofacial Dry Needling Technique
Myofascial Dry-Needling is the application of fine filiform needles (which are also used by but not exclusive to acupuncture) into specific points in the muscles known as trigger points, to produce a healing and analgesic (pain-modifying) outcome.
Effectiveness of myotherapy treatments?
In 2015 the Australian Government's Department of Health published the results of a review of alternative therapies that sought to determine if any were suitable for being covered by health insurance.
Myotherapy treatments are covered by a lll health funds, and appointments are claimable via Hicaps at ChiroCure Clinic.
What exactly is a healthy immune system?
How can treatment help boost your immunity?
For additional information please ask one of our practitioners, or request to talk to our principle chiropractor Dr Tania Leski.
We are excited to offer all patients a personalised rehab and home care plan to help improve boost your immune and function.
What do our Chiropractors say...
Our practitioners have reported that on many occasions while in clinical practice, they have they have experienced that their patients have reported to them that when they have more regular treatments, they feel they experience less severe cold like symptoms during winter, as apposed to when they do not have any treatment for a prolonged period.
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Hay fever is the common name for a condition called allergic rhinitis, which means an allergy that affects the nose. Most people associate hay fever with spring, when airborne pollens from grasses are at their peak. However, hay fever can occur at any time of the year.
Your nose acts as a filter. The tiny hairs and mucus that line the nasal passages trap dust, pollens and other microscopic particles. A person with hay fever is allergic to some of the particles that get trapped in the nose, such as pollen.
An allergic reaction means the immune system treats a harmless substance as if it is dangerous, and launches an ‘attack’. The nasal passages become inflamed and more mucus is produced.
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Supplements and Other Options to Treat Hay Fever
If it's not possible to avoid your allergy triggers, supplements and other over the counter natural options can be helpful. Available options include nasal sprays, tablets and eye drops. Read labels carefully and take all supplements as directed.
Sinus Tablets include ingredients such as Silica and Purple Pasque Flower that are traditionally used in homeopathic medicine to help relieve the symptoms of sinusitis and sinus pain.
Magnesium is an important mineral for improving immune function, and repairing the sinus passage that has been damaged. The mineral is excellent for reducing the nasal congestion by removing the excess mucus from the sinus passages and accelerate the healing process.
Magnesium aids in fighting bacterial, viral and fungal infection and also lowers the chances of chronic sinusitis. Food sources for magnesium include pumpkin seed, black beans, sesame seed, squash seed, watermelon seeds, peanuts, wheat germ, oyster, broccoli, whole grain cereal, tofu and soy milk etc.
10 Steps to Prevent Hay Fever
Determine what it is that you are allergic to
Pay attention to the pollen counts in your area
Stay indoors on bad pollen/mold days
Shower after you go outdoors
Avoid smoke and other irritants
“Allergy Proof” your home
Most air purifiers aren’t helpful
Check your car’s air conditions
Get help with outdoor tasks
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