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Why is it so important to activate and strengthen your core?
> Improves dynamic balance
> Improves spinal stability
> Improves muscle endurance
Getting down to the 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.
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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.
Should you see a
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.