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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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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!
#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.
Lower cross syndrome
Lower Crossed Syndrome is a muscular imbalance syndrome, which results in postural changes, postural dysfunction and visible unleveling; particularly in the lower spine, that our Chiropractors are trained to identify. We will complete an assessment, posture scan and posture report during your first visit.
Muscular imbalance can lead to an unstable back, which increases the risk of injury and dysfunction in the joints in the lower back and pelvis as well as the hip joints. It may also impair your sporting performance as a result of reduced core stability and stride length.
This condition is often caused by poor posture, prolonged sitting or standing, and a lack of core stability for the spine. Lower Cross Syndrome is characterised by weak or inhibited abdominal and buttock muscles with tight, overactive low back extensors and hip flexors.
Often the gluteal and hamstring muscles becoming inactive or weak due to remaining in a sustained incorrect lengthened position. And one or both hip can become tight or stiff, caused to the muscles spasms from prolonged shortening of the muscles that cross the hip joint.
X-ray findings and outcome
We can refer you for imaging and provide you with a management program and treatment plan.
ChiroCure Clinic offers treatment that can help you to manage lower cross syndrome including Chiropractic, Remedial Massage and Myotherapy treatment.
Our practitioners offer specific adjustments and a treatment to regain normal function in the joints in the lower back and pelvis. They will also address the muscular imbalance by relaxing the over-tightened muscles and ensuring you have a programme of self-help exercises to specifically target the weak muscles causing the imbalance. You will also be given advice of your posture and how to correct it whether it be at home, work, whilst driving or sleeping.
It is not normally enough to just keep stretching and massaging the tight muscles. This will only give short-term relief. Chiropractic treatment is aimed at dealing with the underlying cause of the tight muscles, which is the joint problem.
Computerised Spinal Screening with
By ChiroCure Clinic Chiropractors
You don’t need to be a professional athlete to require chiropractic treatment for a sports injury or trauma. Whether you are a runner, cyclist, rower, footballer or cricket player; if you compete at a high level or just play for fun it is more than likely that at some time or another you’ll find yourself suffering from an injury.
Chiropractic treatment at ChiroCure Clinic in StKilda emphasis on restoring the body’s natural balance. Our techniques enable flexibility and mobility to injured joints, tissues and tendons to reduce pain.
Our methods are an effective and holistic for sportspeople of all abilities and levels.
We employ a natural approach that supports your health and may include:
• Spinal care
• Muscle release techniques
• Balance exercises
• Eye tracking and saccadic exercises
• Sound therapy
• Breathing and postural care (including postural reflex training)
• Nutritional advice to support to reduce inflammation when appropriate and care of the nervous system
• Mindful meditation
• Ergonomic advice
Bra Strap Cushions are available for purchase at Chirocure Clinic in StKilda East.
They are effective and discreet posture aids. Women simply slide their bra straps into the specially designed bra strap cushion channels, for instant pain relief, and additional support.
Bra support cushions help to eliminate deep shoulder grooves, and bra slipping, whilst helping to prevent added pressure that bras may cause on the cervical and thoracic spine.
Our patients have found bra support cushions helpful with preventing headaches, migraines, shoulder tension and slouching.
Bra Strap Cushions are ideal for everyday wear and will ensure that every bra you own is super comfortable.
They will helps to promote the correct posture and aid in quicker recovery.
And the Best Part? Our Bra Strap cushions go unnoticed to ensure that you can't see them or feel them under any piece of clothing.
Our bra support cushions are:
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.
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