Plantar Fasciitis

What is plantar fasciitis, and how is it caused?

Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia. This is a thick band of tissue that connects your heel to your toes and runs along the bottom of your foot. When this becomes inflamed it causes pain at the heel of your foot, and sometime along the sole of your foot. The pain is usually at its worst in the morning. There are many things that can cause plantar fasciitis, these include:

  • Having flat feet, or having flat or incorrectly fitted shoes
  • Being pregnant or overweight, placing more pressure on the feet
  • Having an abnormal gait
  • Having a job that requires you to constantly be on your feet
  • Activities that cause lots of stress on the feet e.g. long distance running

How can chiropractic help with plantar fasciitis?

You may or may not be aware that chiropractors can adjust parts of the body other than the spine, and this includes the joints in your feet. If the joints in your feet are not moving correctly this can place excess pressure on the tissues in your feet, including the plantar fascia. Chiropractors are able to adjust joints in the feet to ensure that the joints are all moving correctly, and not placing any unnecessary pressure on the tissues within the foot.

Improper gait is something that can contribute to plantar fasciitis as it places abnormal stress on the feet. Chiropractors are able to adjust feet, ankles, knees, hips, and the spine, as well as giving advice, in order to improve gait and minimise the excess stress being placed on the feet that can contribute to plantar fasciitis.

What are some other things I can do to help with plantar fasciitis?

  1. Weight control – if you are overweight you are constantly placing extra stress on your feet. By maintaining a healthy body weight you will be placing less stress through your feet which will place less pressure on the plantar fascia, and therefore give it a better chance of healing.
  2. Shoes – it is very important to have a good quality shoes that fit well. Ill fitting shoes place more stress on your feet and your plantar fascia. If you are unsure of your shoe size you can get a shoe fitting done. Also avoid flat shoes such as jandals, as these also place more stress on your feet.
  3. Rest – if you have plantar fasciitis it is important to spend time off your feet and let them rest in order for the inflammation to go down and for your plantar fascia to be able to heal. However it is important not to stop exercise and movement entirely, as this can cause the plantar fascia to become stiff, which can increase pain.
  4. Ice – placing ice on your foot for 10-15 minutes at a time throughout the day will help to bring inflammation down and reduce pain levels.
  5. Massage – massage can help to relieve the pain in your foot. An easy way to do this is to roll the sole of your foot over a foam roller. You can also freeze a bottle of water and use this to massage and ice your foot at the same time.
  6. Stretching – gently stretching the plantar fascia can help to relieve pain. An easy stretch to do is to rest your ankle (on the same side as your sore foot) on your opposite knee. Then gently pull the toes on this foot towards your shin and hold for 10 seconds at a time.

 

 

Benefits of Yin Yoga

What is Yin Yoga?

If you have never tried yoga, you may have the idea in your mind that yoga is all difficult poses that are hard to get into and hold, and may sometimes even be uncomfortable. However there are many different types of yoga and not all of them involve the difficult poses that people tend to associate with yoga. Yin yoga is an easy, gentle form of yoga that anyone can do. If you are interested in getting into yoga then Yin yoga is a great place to start, but even if you think that yoga isn’t really for you, I would highly recommend giving Yin yoga a go, as it has so many great benefits, especially if you are someone who has a lot of stress and tension in your life.

Yin yoga is a more slow and gentle form of yoga, where poses are held for longer periods of time, usually 3 to 5 minutes, but sometimes even longer! Rather than focusing on building up muscle strength, Yin yoga is focused on deeper tissues such as your fascia, ligaments, and joints. This can help relieve a lot of stress and tension throughout the body. Due to the slow pace of the practice it can also have some great benefits for mental wellbeing. Below are some of the amazing benefits than Yin yoga can have.

  1. Relieves tension in the body – the prolonged time spent in the poses allows time for the connective tissue around our muscles to be stretched out and become less stiff. This reduces the overall feeling of tension and stiffness within our bodies.
  2. Increases circulation – when connective tissue is stiff this can limit healthy blood flow, the stretching out of the connective tissue allows for better circulation within the muscles and joints.
  3. Improved flexibility – the amount of time holding the poses causes lengthening of the connective tissues, which in turn leads to improved flexibility and range of motion of the joints.
  4. Improved mental wellbeing – these days our lives can be so fast paced and it can feel like we never get a chance to slow down. Because of the slow and gentle nature of Yin yoga it gives your brain a chance to slow down and relax, reducing stress and improving mental wellbeing.
  5. Improved sleep – as mentioned above Yin yoga reduces stiffness and tension within the body, and can reduce stress and mental wellbeing, this in turn can lead to a more restful nights sleep.

Revolution Chiropractics’ Revolutionary Way

What do we do at Revolution Chiropractic and how is this revolutionary?

The primary objective for us at Revolution Chiropractic unlike any other Chiropractic Office is to make sure we reset your structure to normal. Most chiropractor talk about restoring your posture but this is not the same as your structure. Some chiropractors will even go as far as saying that they are restoring your structure but they are not doing anything other than standard adjustments of the spine.
The structure does not change with standard adjustments alone. I’ve spent 5 years analysing and researching this topic and although adjustments are literally the most amazing this you could do for your body… and they are a great tool for resetting your nervous system and improving mobility and flexibility, reducing pain and discomfort… they won’t be as effective as they can really have the potential to be if you don’t follow up the adjustments with some specific rehabilitation. Also… structural corrective chiropractors will utilise different adjustments techniques proven to improve your structure. The standard way most chiropractors adjust you just won’t do it.

Firstly let’s clear up some misinformation out there about posture and the correction of it…

Your posture depends on your structure. So any postural things you improve will not be long term if your structure is out. There are many practitioners that are posture focused but from my knowledge and understanding this is kind of a bit of waste of time if your structure is out. & most of these practitioners won’t look at your structure at all, they don’t know how to access your structure and how to correct it. First of all, a structural corrective chiropractic adjustment is needed before you do any rehab otherwise your structure won’t change. How can it when it’s been fixated in one position for years potentially? There is so much adhesion and scar tissue around some of these structural shifts that an superficial exercise won’t have that much effect on.

You need a structural corrective chiropractic adjustment to start the engine. These adjustments literally fire up your joint and muscle receptors and there’s new information being fed from your body to your brain via you nervous system. Then your brain can alter its control of your body / make it more appropriate and better.⁣

So now…what do I mean by structure and what’s a normal structure?

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Well you see, your spine has 2 primary curves. These are called the ‘Cervical Lordosis’ and the ‘Lumbar Lordosis’ which basically means the ‘neck curve’ and the ‘lower back curve’ (most commonly known as the lower back arch).
A normal structure has these two curves in their correct position and form like the left side of the picture shown.
The right side of the picture as you can see has a different structure. The neck curve looks straightened and it’s forward, the lower back curve also looks straightened and guess what happens to the mid back? It accentuates and you get that ‘bad posture’  or ‘granny hump’ look. Why does this matter and how can it impact your musculoskeletal health and your overall health?

Here is how it all works

When a bone in misaligned, it doesn’t have its proper motion and movement that it normally should have. Why is this important and what can a structural chiropractor do to improve your health? ⁣Well without a properly functioning joint, the muscles that surround that joint become useless, they also lose nerve connection to your brain. How? Let’s look at a couple of analogies to understand this. ⁣
1. What happens to the muscles when you break a bone and have to put a cast around it to wait for the bone to repair? The muscles waste away right? They get smaller and weaker. Why? Because without joint activity and movement, muscles don’t need to do anything.⁣
So this is how muscles around a misaligned joint that doesn’t move properly lose their strength. They become weak and are therefore less supportive for your structure, creating abnormalities in your structure⁣
and posture and without the muscle support you will damage joints, bursas, capsules, discs, nerves and all that’s within them. ⁣
2. Muscles and joint have mechanoreceptors that send information up to your brain (via your nerves) so that your brain can alter its control of the body / make it more appropriate and better.⁣
Without joint motion and muscle activity, these receptors also don’t work therefore the brain doesn’t have accurate information from the body therefore it does not control the body the best possible way. It’s use it or lose it for the brain, once it’s had a while of lack of proper connection to a part of your body, it will become more and more confused and creates more compensations in your body which causes tightness and stiffness in your muscles which can cause pain. Your pain may also be coming from repetitive trauma on your joints and all the structures within the joint because of lack of muscular support. ⁣

So at Revolution Chiropractic we take it up a notch

We probably.. in fact i’m willing to bet that we have the most thorough process of consultation and examination of any chiropractor in new zealand at least. Most chiropractors have pre-printed reports they run through with you to tell you what’s going on in your spine. They have pre-printed recommendations on your water intake, caffeine intake, exercises and so on. They do their consult, examination and adjustments in no more than 20 minutes and they’ll have your report done in 5-10 minutes. Thereafter your appointments will be anywhere between 3-5 minutes.
Okay… believe me, I KNOW how amazing chiropractic adjustments can be…so putting in the bare minimum effort gets your a long way and you look like you’re a god sent… what i’m saying here is not to downplay chiropractic at all… I mean I am in LOVE with chiropractic and what it does for us… but at Revolution Chiropractic we like to push chiropractic to highs that most chiropractors don’t bother doing so… it costs them time and money to do so… and quite frankly it’s not as profitable.

So what do we do that’s so different?

Firstly, we like to see the individual for a free consultation first and then decide if we can help and inform them how exactly we can help, including costs. This free consultation is 30 minutes long with one of our strutural chiropractors.
Only if you are a good candidate for structural corrective care and you want to fix your issues at their core, we go through to a complete structural examination which includes structural spinal analysis using specialised equipment and x-rays.
After analysing your postural photographs taken in our office and your X-rays in detail plus all the other information acquired during the examination we conduct a thorough report of diagnosis, rehabilitation and recommendations on various parts of your lifestyle such as sitting, standing, sleeping, nutrition, supplements, etc.
This process takes up anywhere between 30-90 minutes and your report is detailed to its’ core… it can be anywhere from 10-15 pages long.
We also adjust your spine specific to what’s going on in your structure to correct it as well as restoring your spinal curves to normal again using specialised rehabilitation equipment.⁣

We see all sorts of musculoskeletal and non-musculoskeletal conditions at Revolution

We see many people with neck or back pain and bulging or herniated discs that have gone through procedures like microdiscectomies previously who are back to square one a year or two down the road. (Micro-discectomy is surgery to remove herniated disc material that is pressing on a nerve root or the spinal cord). Upon a very detailed examination we find the cause of WHY your discs are herniating to start with and treat the actual CAUSE so that this cycle of herniation, microdiscectomy, herniation, bandage treatment stops.⁣
We also see individuals with pain and problems in other areas of their body such as shoulder pain, knee pain, ankle or foot pain, shin splints, pregnancy related issues… and there are always those people with things such as post concussion syndrome, dizziness and vertigo, TMJ dysfunctions (jaw pain), sinusitis and recurrent sinus infections, brain fog which we also help. ⁣Of course it is pertinent you see your structural chiropractor for any head or neck related injuries such as concussions and whiplash.
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Chiropractic & Injury Prevention

Chiropractic care can positively impact many different aspects of health and function.

This study shows that poor control of the core muscles may be the cause of people developing pain and sustaining an injury which can be prevented and improved via chiropractic care.

We also know from previous studies that people who have lower back pain often have delayed activation of their core abdominal muscles when performing various movements. We also know that the brains of these people are much less aware of what’s going on in their lower backs due to misalignments in their spine. This means that many people with lower back pain, their brain is not receiving or processing accurate information from the small muscles around the spine, so their brains have to guess what’s going on and therefore may not be controlling the lower back in an ideal way. which can damage the back further.

This is why chiropractic care is so important. It can restore proper communication between your brain and your body so your brain knows accurately what’s going on and can control your whole body in the best way possible.

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Cervical Facet Syndrome

Introduction

The cervical spine is a very delicate part of the body however it carries plenty of loads. As a result, there are many issues that can come with it. The cervical spine is what we call an open chain. At the end of this chain, the skull which is the weight of a bowling ball sits right on top of it. Due to the extra weight and the open chain cervical and neck injuries can become very common. Some less serious issues include sprains and strain while some very serious injuries can cause paralysis. Today, we’ll discuss a common issue, cervical facet syndrome.

 

Anatomy of the cervical spine

To understand cervical facet syndrome, it is important for us to know some basic anatomy so it all makes sense. The cervical spine consists of 7 segments. Each segment makes contact with the one above and below it through the facet joint located at the posterior aspect vertebra. These joints are responsible for the function and limitation of the movement between each vertebra. The facet joints are angled differently depending on the part of the spine. In the cervical spine, the joints are at a 45-degree angle on the frontal plane. Due to this arrangement, it allows more flexibility in the range of motion; flexion, extension, lateral flexion, and rotation. This means that the cervical spine is also more susceptible to injury.

 

Causes of cervical facet syndrome

Cervical facet syndrome is when the facet joints in the cervical spine pushing up against each other for a long period of time or any sudden movement increasing the pressure in the joint. This pressure causes irritation in the joint leading to inflammation and other issues. This is often caused by prolonged extension of the cervical spine. This motion is often seen in professionals who constantly lookup such as ceiling painters.  Another reason that can cause this syndrome is any whiplash injuries. The sudden impact of whiplash injuries can cause enough pressure against the facet joints against each other resulting in damage in the joint. Finally, any degenerative changes can also lead to cervical facet syndrome. This is because as there is more degeneration, there is less support for the vertebrae. This puts more pressure on the facets to hold everything together. This again leads to heavier pressure on the facet joint thus causing irritation and inflammation.

 

Symptoms of cervical facet syndrome

There are many symptoms displayed in cervical facet syndrome. Localized pain, muscle spasm, decrease in range of motion (especially extension) and difficulty performing overhead activities are some of the many symptoms. But there is one symptom that really makes it unique. Cervical facet syndrome causes referral pain and not radiating pain. Referral pain is when there is a pain in the neck and pain somewhere else. This pain does not link or run through one area. For example, pain in the neck and pain in the middle of the shoulder blades. Whereas radiating pain is a continuous form of pain. An example would be continuous pain that runs from the cervical spine through the arm and into the fingers. Depending on the level of the cervical facet syndromes, the areas of the referral will be different.

 

Conclusion and recommendation

In the case, if you do have cervical facet syndrome here is something that you could do to help you with symptom management. Applying ice indirectly would help alleviate inflammation, using a neck brace for support would take off the pressure on the joints and some exercises designed for cervical facet syndrome is good. The best thing to do is to get it checked by a professional whether it’s a chiropractor or a physical therapist. Cervical facet syndrome can be really painful and recovery time is dependent on the severity.

 

Cervical facet syndrome - common causes

 

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Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)

Introduction

You’ve probably heard many times that your spine degenerates and that you’ve got degenerative disc disease (DDD). Usually by your chiropractor, but do you really know what it means and how it’s impacting your body? More importantly, should you worry about it?

 

The cause of Degenerative disc disease

Our spines are the anchor of our bodies. Due to the stability and flexibility, it provides the body, we put it in all sorts of weird positions. Even though we can do something like that it doesn’t mean we should. By putting our bodies in those weird positions, there will be extra stress on our spine. This makes our brains think that we are unstable. In order to stabilize the spine, the body will decide to lay more bone in the areas that feel weak and wobbly. Depending on where the bone is laid you’ll see different things on the x-ray. If the body decides to lay bone on the vertebral body, you’ll see bony spurs or prominence on the x-ray. If the body feels there needs to be extra stability in the facet joints, you’ll most likely see blurry facet joints behind the vertebral body (facet arthrosis). Of course, these are extremely difficult to see to the untrained eyes.

 

Symptoms of Degenerative disc disease

Quite often you may not feel any symptoms from Degenerative Disc Disease. However, that does not mean it’s ok and functioning properly. As extra bone is laid on, weight distribution around the spine changes, this can lead to even more degeneration. Another minor symptom would be the reduction in the range of motion. This reduction can be very minor which is barely noticeable to struggling to turn your head even by a couple of degrees. This is dependent on the level of the DDD. In some severe cases, DDD can cause numbness and tingling can be running down the extremities. This is due to the extra bone interfering with the nerves. In very severe cases of DDD, it can lead to bone fusion. This means that the vertebra has connected with the one above. As the bones are laid down to create stability, the one the true way it could do that is to connect with the one above or below. Once this happens, the range of motion will be significantly reduced in that joint. Fortunately, that only occurs in the rarest and most severe of cases.

 

What can be done?

Everyone at some time is bound to get some level of DDD in your spine. Whether it minor levels or severe levels it doesn’t really matter. Of course, there are symptoms you should worry about but even getting to numbness and tingling is very rare. There really is nothing to be too worried about DDD. It’s just an accurate reflection of how much care you’ve taken in regards to your spine. The more care there is the less likely you’ll suffer from DDD. Even if you do have DDD, there is nothing that can be done about it. You can remove them surgically but that is highly not recommended unless it becomes very severe. A chiropractor definitely does not reverse DDD, a chiropractor can help slow down DDD if you have it and if you don’t, it’s a great way to prevent yourself from getting DDD. Remember, DDD is just a visual cue to seeing what your spinal health is like.

 

Conclusion

DDD is probably the most common spinal condition. Just because it’s common doesn’t mean you should worry about it. It just a reflection on how well you’ve taken care of your spine. The more care you take by keeping a good posture, the less significant it’ll be. As a result, there will be fewer symptoms caused by it too. So go to your chiropractor and take care of your spine to prevent DDD in the future.

 

Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)

 

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Disc herniation – definition, causes, effects

Introduction

Our spines are very flexible yet it’s a very important part of our body. It serves as an attachment point for muscles in our body as well as protecting the spinal cord. It also helps anchor the body and creates mobility in the upper body. This is why it is easily prone to injury. A common injury is disc herniation. Today, the blog will cover a brief overview of disc herniation.

 

Intervertebral discs – description, function, herniation

Our spine consists of 34 moveable vertebrae and in between each vertebra is a soft gelatinous material called the disc. The function of the disc is to help absorb pressure and act as a cushion. This disc consists of tough layers of fiber and a soft gel in the center. A disc herniation can happen anywhere in the spine. It is more commonly located in the lumbar spine and the cervical spine. It is a common injury and can be serious depending on the area. In the lumbar spine, it is most likely from twisting while bending over. In the cervical spine, a disc herniation is usually through sudden strain or a jarring movement.

 

Located behind the body of the vertebrae and the disc is the spinal cord. Unfortunately, this disc can be ruptured through an abnormal motion of the spine as explained above. That abnormal action causes the fibers of the disc to crack. Once it cracks, it allows the gel-like substance in the center of the disc to leak out. This causes the discs to change shape. There are 4 stages of disc herniation, each level represents the change in the shape of the disc. From least severe shape change to most severe; disc bulge, disc protrusion, disc extrusion and sequestered disc. The severity of shape change is also linear with the level of symptoms and pain. Once the disc shape changes, it impacts and irritates the spinal cord. This is where the experience of numbness, tingling, and radiating pain comes into play. The spinal cord is the center of the nervous system. If that’s disrupted everything below the level of disruption will be impacted as well.

 

Symptoms of disc herniation

The level of herniation often correlates with the severity of the symptoms. The more severe the herniation the more severe the symptoms. Some less severe symptoms would be local pain, numbness, and tingling down the extremities. The more severe symptoms would include gait alteration, shock-like pain running down into extremities, problematic fine motor skills, loss of bladder control, and losing balance and co-ordination.

 

Conclusion and recommendation

Disc herniations take a long time to heal. Even in severe cases, surgical intervention is needed. This is because the disc does not get many nutrients as it is mostly cartilage. One thing to do is to do some basic exercises by yourself. We have mentioned exercises previously so check out our Instagram and Facebook Page. But the best option is to seek the advice of a professional so they can put you back on to the right track.

 

A disc rupture and its herniation

 

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Spondylolisthesis – definition and treatment

Introduction

The spine goes through plenty of stress in most human beings. Whether it’s from recreational activities such as sports to work all activities will place some sort of stress on the spine. Unfortunately, as stress builds up diseases and injury will eventually come about. Disc herniation, facet syndrome, and Degenerative Disc Disease are three common injuries that we have already covered in our past blogs. Today, we’ll go through another injury; spondylolisthesis.

 

The definition of spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis is when a vertebra slips out of position. This slipping out of position is different from vertebra subluxation (something that we will cover soon). This is usually caused by fractures in the pars interarticularis. The pars interarticularis is the part of the vertebra which connects the facet with the body. Once that area fractures, only the ligaments will be holding on to the vertebra thus causing the vertebral body to slip (usually) forward over the vertebra below it. This is pretty easy to see on X-rays as the back of the vertebral body will not line up with the one below it. You can find pars fractures too as that will be an indication that there could be a sign of spondylolisthesis, however, it is very difficult to see with untrained eyes.

 

Spondylolisthesis – those at risk, symptoms, treatment

Spondylolisthesis often appears in adolescence and adult men. This is because during this time there will be the most stress put on the spine due to daily living. This fracture mostly occurs in the lumbar spine (low back) and usually seen in people who do plenty of physical work. Personally, I’ve seen a couple of builders who’ve suffered from this injury along with some footballers too. You would think people who extend their low back spine are more likely to obtain this injury, but that is not true. Anyone who puts enough stress on their spine is prone to an injury like this.

 

Spondylolisthesis is painful and annoying. This is because it is pressing on your spinal cord! The main highway for nerve transmission! Since it affects the spinal cord, it is likely that both limbs will feel numbness, tingling, and pain. If the spondylolisthesis happens in the lumbar spine which is the most commonplace, some other symptoms include persistent low back pain, weakness in the limbs, and tight buttocks, and hamstrings. Fortunately, most cases of spondylolisthesis will not need surgical treatment. However, therapy such as chiropractic allows it to heal and recover properly. Even this injury may not be caused by an extension, it is best to avoid any movement that requires this motion in the lumbar spine. This is because it encourages the slipped vertebra to slip even more resulting in more spinal cord irritation. It is best for rehabilitation exercises that consist of more neutral and spinal flexion! However, always consult before doing these exercises!

 

Conclusion

Spondylolisthesis, a spinal injury that is characterized as the vertebra slipping forward in reference to the one below. An injury is seen in adults and adolescents who are often active. The best way of treatment is always prevention. So see your chiropractor and take care of your spine!

 

Spondylolisthesis and its grades

 

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Posture and Chiropractic

 

What are the benefits of good posture?

 

“Sit up straight” or “don’t slump” is advice we have all probably heard at sometime during our lives, as someone is trying to tell us to fix our bad posture. But you may not understand why having good posture is so important, and all the benefits that good posture can bring about. Here are just some of the many benefits that having good posture1:

  • Less chance of pain in the neck or lower back – poor posture places stress on these areas and can cause pain
  • Decreased incidence of headaches – poor posture leads to increased muscle tension at the back of the neck which can cause tension headaches
  • Increased energy levels – when all of our joints are in their correct alignment this allows our muscles to work at their best, which stops them from using excess energy, so this energy can be used elsewhere in the body
  • Decreased risk of joint degeneration – poor posture places excess stress on some joints, which can eventually lead to degeneration
  • Increased lung capacity – slouching compresses your lungs, having good posture gives your lungs more room to expand
  • Improved circulation and digestion – just like your lungs, other organs can be compressed with bad positioning, good posture allows your organs to work at their best, helping with functions such as circulation and digestion
  • Improved core strength and reduce injury – good posture allows your core and back muscles to stay active and engaged, resulting in a strong core. This strong core protects our spine and minimises your chance of injury
  • Increased confidence – good posture can make you appear taller and more attractive to other people. Which also improves confidence and self-esteem

 

What can cause bad posture?

 

Numerous things can cause us to have bad posture including2:

  • Slouching when sitting or standing – this can place strain on your muscles and can also cause some of your muscles to stop working effectively, which could leave you more vulnerable to injury
  • Wearing high heels – this can cause an increased curve in you lower back, putting more stress on this area of your spine
  • Increased weight or pregnancy – excess weight around the stomach and pregnancy can also cause and increased curve in the lower back
  • Leaning on one leg when standing – this causes an imbalance to muscles, mostly around the pelvis, which can place extra stress on the pelvis and lower spine. This can also be caused by carrying a heavy bag on one shoulder, carrying a child on one hip, or even sitting with your phone or wallet in your back pocket
  • Hunching over when at a computer or on your phone – this usually causes tight chest muscles and weak upper back muscles, which can cause pain and stiffness in the neck, shoulders, and upper back

 

How can chiropractic help?

 

Chiropractic is extremely beneficial when it comes to improving posture. The first way chiropractic can help, is through the chiropractic adjustment. By adjusting segments of the spine that aren’t moving properly, chiropractors can return the normal movement and function to the joints of the spine. Bringing  overall balance to the body. This helps with postural imbalances such as having one hip or shoulder higher than the other, or when the natural curve in your neck has started to straighten out.

When the joints of the spine are moving properly, this better enables them to sit in the correct position. Also allowing the muscles around them to activate work properly to support the spine, thus creating better posture3. However, chiropractic adjustments alone aren’t going to give you perfect posture. You will have to put in some work yourself. As chiropractors have so much knowledge on the spine and posture they can provide you with many stretches and exercises that will help to improve your posture. They can also provide lifestyle advice such as how best to set up your seat, computer, and desk at work. Chiropractic care along with the advice given by your chiropractor can have an amazing impact on your posture4.

 

 

 

References:

 

  1. Jonaitis, J. (2018, September 18). 12 benefits of good posture — and how to maintain it. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/health/fitness-exercise/posture-benefits
  2. (2019, July 10). Common posture mistakes and fixes. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/common-posture-mistakes-and-fixes/
  3. Physio Works. (2019, March 17). What are the benefits of good posture? https://physioworks.com.au/FAQRetrieve.aspx?ID=31641
  4. American Chiropractic Association. (n.d.). Posture. https://acatoday.org/content/posture-power-how-to-correct-your-body-alignment

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Chiropractic and Wellbeing of the Elderly Population

Introduction

Chiropractic can benefit anyone at any age, as we all have spines and nervous systems that need to be looked after. Chiropractic can provide many benefits to people in the elderly population. Therefore, it can have a positive effect on many aspects of their lives. This is especially important as we have an aging population, and need to look after these members of our community. Here are 4 ways chiropractic can help have a positive effect on the wellbeing of the elderly population.

 

Balance

As we age our balance progressively worsens. This creates an increased risk of falling. Falling has more serious consequences as we age because our bodies gradually become more fragile. Falls are a major health concern in the elderly population. They can cause injury, loss of independence and quality of life, and in serious cases even death. Falls account for over 80% of hospital admissions for injuries in people over 65. Moreover, they are the leading cause of injury related death for this population. In addition, falling has a high health care cost associated with them, which is only going to increase with our aging population.

Chiropractic allows better communication between the brain and the body. This helps with balance and preventing falls in multiple ways. Firstly, it increases our reaction time which makes us more likely to be able to catch ourselves if we trip. Secondly, it allows us to more accurately know where our body parts are in space, which leaves us less vulnerable to falling. And thirdly, it increases our ability to integrate our senses from external factors and respond to them faster and more appropriately.

Pain

Chiropractic is probably most well known for its ability to assist with musculoskeletal issues and pain. And this is no different in the elderly population. They may have pain for different reasons such as injury from a fall, or due to the degeneration process. By restoring the proper joint biomechanics in the spine, the spine moves better and allows the muscles in these areas to relax. As a result, this often leads to less pain. Moreover, chiropractic allows better communication between the brain and the body, which allows the body to heal itself better and faster if there are any injuries there causing pain. As many older adults are on multiple medications, chiropractic is a great, natural way to reduce the need for painkillers for musculoskeletal issues and pain. As a result, this may lead to reducing the overall side effects someone may experience from taking multiple medications2.

 

Mobility

Chiropractic restores normal movement of spinal joints as well as extremities. As a result, this not only improves motion for that joint but also an overall range of motion for the whole spine/extremity. Importantly, elderly people are then more likely to be able to continue with activities that they enjoy doing e.g. gardening, walking, playing with grandchildren. Moreover, when we return normal motion to these joints, we also take the stress away from them. In addition, when we decrease the stress on these joints and improve movement, we are also slowing the degenerative process3.

 

Mental Health

When you combine all of the above points, this has an amazing impact on the overall quality of life of older adults. Importantly, when they have increased mobility and decreased pain, they are more likely to be able to keep exercising and doing things they enjoy. Moreover, remain independent. Remaining independent is very important to older adults and has extremely positive effects on their mental health. In conclusion, the longer they can remain independent, the better their mental health and overall wellbeing will be. Moreover, chiropractic helps improve quality of sleep, all contributing to improved mental health and quality of life4.

 

 

 

References:

 

  1. Holt, K. R., Noone, P. L., Short, K., Elley, C. R., & Haavik, H. (2011). Fall risk profile and quality of life status of older chiropractic patients. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 34(2), 78-87. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmpt.2010.12.01078.
  2. Vindigni, D., Zark, L., Sundberg, T., Leach, M., Adams, J., & Azari, M. F. (2019). Chiropractic treatment of older adults with neck pain with or without headache or dizziness. Analysis of 288 Australian chiropractors’ self-reported views. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, 27(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12998-019-0288-1.
  3. Brantingham, J., Snyder, R., & Biedebach, D. (1994, March 25). Spinal manipulation may help reduce spinal degenerative joint disease and disability. The Chiropractic Resource Organisation. https://chiro.org/ChiroZine/ABSTRACTS/Degenerative_Joint_Disease_and_Disability.shtml.
  4. Ohio State Chiropractic Association. (n.d.). Chiropractic care for seniors. Senior Citizens Guide. https://www.seniorcitizensguide.com/articles/southwestohio/chiropractic-care-for-seniors.htm.

 

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