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I click my own neck, what more can a Chiropractor do? – Self manipulating spine

Lots of people click their own necks; sometimes for relief, sometimes for dramatic effect, sometime just because they can, often without trying to.  But what is the difference between clicking it yourself and a Chiropractor doing it? The need to click one’s own neck is potentially a sign of an underlying problem.  Often the need to do it is down to poor posture putting excess stress on the joints in the cervical (neck) spine.  Due to the stresses on the spine, the joints become restricted and uncomfortable.  If an on-going problem, it may get to the stage of a trapped nerve!  When you click your own neck (self manipulating) you are mostly ‘clicking’ either the joint above or below the [...]

By |November 25th, 2014|General|0 Comments

Back pain with leg pain

A recent study has shown sustained chiropractic care and home exercises produced better outcomes for back related leg pain (BRLP) than home exercise alone1. BRLP can be quite disabling, with an estimated 3 million Australians having back problems, including 0.2 million with sciatica2 . The study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed that patients who combined chiropractic with home exercises had better results than those who performed home exercises only. In this study, after 12 weeks of care the Chiropractic group had a marked improvement in their BRLP in addition to other secondary benefits measured like patient satisfaction, reduced medication use and an improvement in patient perceived general health state and global improvement. There was one criticism regarding [...]

By |November 18th, 2014|General|0 Comments

Paracetomal 2014

This month I’d like to focus on an Australian research article recently published in The Lancet1, one of the most highly respected medical journals world-wide. This study compared over 1600 people with low back pain, one third took a regular daily paracetamol dose (3990mg), one third took a paracetamol dose when required to relieve pain (dosage varied) and one third took a sugar pill designed as the placebo. The aim of the study was to reduce the low back pain of the patient to at least a 1 out of 10 on a pain scale. Of the three groups mentioned above the regular dosage group improved in an average in 17 days, the intermittent dose 17 days and the placebo [...]

By |November 1st, 2014|General|0 Comments

Muscle balance

The vital component to injury prevention Most people think of the core as a nice six-pack, or strong, toned abs, but the truth is that the abdominal muscles are a very small part of the core. The abdominals have a very limited and specific action, and what experts refer to as the "core" actually consists of many different muscles that stabilise the spine and pelvis. When these muscles contract, they stabilise the spine and pelvis and create a solid base of support. The well-known core muscles are Rectus Abdominus, Erector Spinae, Obliques, Hip Flexors and the Gluteals, in fact it’s imbalances within these muscles that are linked to low back pain. Imbalances within these muscles is commonly called Pelvic Crossed [...]

By |October 29th, 2014|General|0 Comments

Do you want more mobility?

Our profession is always on the lookout for quality evidence based research to help explain how Chiropractic helps people with a variety of symptoms. This month I found an informative article about how spinal manipulation can help to increase the quality and quantity of spinal movement. In essence Chiropractors focus on how we can increase movement in the spine and how this increased mobility helps patients move and feel better. Normally a joint that moves well is a joint that feels good and a joint that seizes over time is usually sore. This not only affects the specific area that has become injured but also tends to affect more distant parts of the body. In Denmark researchers grouped 199 people [...]

By |August 16th, 2014|General|0 Comments

National Spinal Health Week 2014

Between the 19th and the 25th of May is National Spinal Health WeekTM, an initiative from the Chiropractors' Association of Australia (CAA). The theme for this year's Spinal Health Week is Live Better – We’ve got your back. The idea is for us to Feel Better, Play Better and Live Better. Think back to the 1980’s when Olivia Newton-John was encouraging us to Get Physical. Children born in this decade had a life expectancy of 71 for males and 78 for females. Fast forward to 2014 and our lifespans have extended dramatically. Some might be suprised to learn that a male child born today can expect to live to 79.9 and a female 84.3. Unfortunately though, as our lifespans have [...]

By |May 1st, 2014|General|0 Comments

Annual Sports Injury Peak About to Hit

After the Christmas and New Year breaks many of us will soon start to begin training for our chosen team sport. No matter what sport you subscribe to, the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia NT (CAANT) is forecasting a surge in sports-related injuries over the coming weeks. Approaching dry season team sports tend to take a toll on players during the pre-season and early rounds, as people start training again after a few months break. In particular, Hamstring injuries are most common in the early part of the year, especially in the faster running sports such as soccer, rugby, and hockey, as ‘weekend warriors’ return to their chosen dry season sport. Back problems are also a major issue and can be [...]

By |February 18th, 2014|General|0 Comments

Knuckle Cracking and Arthritis

As I’ve focussed on more serious Chiropractic topics over the last few months, in this month’s column I’ve decided to lighten my discussion to something a little less clinical. A question we hear commonly is “Does knuckle cracking cause arthritis and why does my son/daughter do it all the time”? Let’s talk a little bit about arthritis, with the most common form being Osteoarthritcs (OA), unlike other forms of arthritis like Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), OA is not a disease process but is basically wear and tear. This occurs over many years and is more common in people who have sustained trauma through the affected joints. This trauma can be due to an injury or an accident but is most commonly [...]

By |February 17th, 2014|General|0 Comments

School a ‘pain in the back’

The new school year means back to carrying around heavy backpacks Uncorrected postural issues, heavy school bags and poor lifestyle choices can all lead to spinal health problems as a child grows. Spinal health problems related to childhood often go unnoticed, as initial poor posture, back pain and “growing pains” can unfortunately develop into an accepted part of everyday life. Many of the current bags children are using may be fashionable, but unless they allow for even distribution across the back, they can place unhealthy stress on a child’s spine. School can be a challenging time for children, so ensuring they are as comfortable as possible is important to their physical and mental development. According to the Chiropractors Association of [...]

By |January 23rd, 2014|General|0 Comments

School can be a pain in the back!

As school bags are dusted off in readiness for the 2014 school year, the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia NT (CAANT) would like to take time this month to warn parents and students about the long term impact of poorly fitted or over loaded backpacks and school bags. As our children grow and have to carry more, there is mounting evidence that shows how much stress, heavy school bags can place on growing spines1.  This repetitive stress can lead to acute and longer spinal related complaints, and the fact is, lugging an overloaded school bag to and from school can have health implications to our children. According to an international study1, daily backpack carrying is a frequent cause of discomfort for [...]

By |January 10th, 2014|General|0 Comments