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Getting down to the core!
Why is it so important to activate and strengthen your core?
Core strengthening can provide a great stability when starting any kind of training. It allows for the lumbopelvic complex to function smoothly, without placing other structures of the body in detrimental harm. Having decreased core stability can increase exposure to injury and can contribute to increased pain patterns.
Book online or call us on 90135133 if you would like your posture assessed and receive rehabilitation exercises and programs!
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.
Dr Tania Leski
Chiropractor @ChiroCure Clinic
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.
Mon 2pm - 9pm
Wed 12pm - 9pm
Thurs 10am - 8pm
Sat* 12pm - 6pm
#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.
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.