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. Hence you may think that they are hard to get into and hold, and may sometimes even be uncomfortable. However there are many different types of yoga. 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. 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. Additionally, 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 yin yoga 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. Furthermore this will 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. It can reduce stress and mental wellbeing, this in turn can lead to a more restful nights sleep.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition you may acquire when one of nerves that runs through your wrist (the median nerve) becomes compressed. The carpal tunnel is a small passageway made up of ligaments and bones that the median nerve runs through. This passageway can sometimes become too narrow, placing pressure on the nerve and causing symptoms. The main symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are pain in the hand, wrist or forearm, as well as numbness of tingling. There can also sometimes be some weakness of the hand or the wrist. Usually shaking out the hand will temporarily relieve the symptoms. Often there is more than one thing that contributes to carpal tunnel syndrome occurring in a person. Some of the risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • A fracture or dislocation of the wrist
  • Some chronic illnesses such as diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis
  • Obesity
  • Fluid retention (common during pregnancy or menopause)
  • Repetitive movements of the wrist
  • Working with vibrating tools

How can chiropractic help?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by the passageway in the wrist that the medial nerve runs through becoming too small and placing pressure on the nerve. This could be caused or worsened by the joints within your wrist becoming misaligned. Chiropractors are trained on how identify misalignments within the wrist and adjust them if necessary. Having all the joints in the wrist properly aligned minimises the chance of the carpal tunnel being narrowed. Furthermore this will help in the process of healing of the wrist. As well as the wrist, chiropractors can also adjust elbows and shoulders. This can ensure that all of the joints in the arm are healthy and moving properly. When everything is in its correct place, it reduces the chance of pressure being placed on nerves.

What are some ways you can help yourself with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

While chiropractic care can help stop and prevent carpal tunnel syndrome, there are things you can do yourself to help along the healing process and prevent it from occurring again in the future. These include:

  1. Keeping warm – cold temperatures can aggravate the nerve and increase your symptoms.
  2. Keep your wrist in a neutral position – if you are using a keyboard and/or mouse for work, make sure they are in a position that allows your wrist to be in a neutral position, prolonged flexion of the wrist will aggravate symptoms and slow down healing.
  3. Compression sleeve – this can help to keep you wrist in a neutral position, and prevent you from flexing the wrist too much and for too long.
  4. Minimise repetitive movement – where possible try and minimise the repetitive movements that caused the carpal tunnel syndrome in the first place. If this is not possible make sure your are at least taking regular breaks.
  5. Take it easy – make sure you are not straining your wrist more than you need to, making simple changes such as reducing your grip on a pen or typing more lightly can help to reduce the pressure in your wrist.
  6. Stretching – gently stretching out your wrist can help ease the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

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 thing 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. 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. 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. Additionally, 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. Hence why it doesn’t 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. This will create more compensations in your body which causes tightness and stiffness in your muscles resulting in 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. 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. However 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 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. These can be things 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. Usually they 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. After that we 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. For instance, shoulder pain, knee pain, ankle or foot pain, shin splints, pregnancy related issues. Additionally, 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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Chiropractor – What’s That Popping Sound?

Chiropractor – What’s That Popping Sound?

Ever wondered exactly what’s happening when you hear that popping sound when you get adjusted by your chiropractor? Or if pop or no pop makes a difference when getting adjusted? Watch this video to find out.

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Chiropractic & Breastfeeding

For many mum and babies breastfeeding can be a real challenge.

We know that about 80-90% of mum try to breastfeed at birth but by one week of age as few as half of mums are still exclusively breastfeeding. This figure continues to drop with only about 1% of mum exclusively breastfeeding when baby is 6 months old, which is the recommended time we should exclusively breastfeed for.
There are of course many reasons why mums give up on this, from sore nipples to inadequate milk supply, or baby having issues with latching to suckling. All too often these problems lead to too much pain, or even breast infection and ultimately and understandably mum giving up on breastfeeding because it just gets too hard.

This is a real shame, because we know that it is really important for babies health. We know that babies who are breastfed are less likely to suffer from ear infections and tummy bugs, they’re even less likely to develop asthma and other conditions that can be life threatening.
It just goes without saying that nature knows best and that breastfeeding is the optimal form of nutrition for infants.

So if someone is having issues with breastfeeding, what can they do about it? luckily help is available.

-Lactation consultants and other health professionals can really help mums and babies to overcome the breastfeeding issues.
-One health care profession that many mums turn to for help is their family chiropractor.
But why might a chiropractor help with breastfeeding? Well the answer is really simple. Chiropractors see babies to help improve the way their body and nervous system functions so that they can get the best possible start in life.

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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. This can be due to misalignments in their spine. To clarify, this means many people with lower back pain don’t receive or process accurate info for their brain. The small muscles around the spine aren’t able to do this 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. Therefore, your brain knows accurately what’s going on and can control your whole body in the best way possible.

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Structural Correction Experts
09-4183718
46 Lake Road, Northcote, Auckland

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Revolution Chiropractic offers Structural Corrective Chiropractic care to individuals Auckland wide.

You are in for a rare treat when you schedule a complimentary consultation with Revolution Chiropractic; Furthermore, you actually sit down for a consultation with one of our Chiropractic Doctors to discuss structural chiropractic, a consultation is a conversation; not an examination and certainly not a high-pressure sales pitch.

When you visit our chiropractors, two things will happen:

1. Firstly, we will get to know you.
2. Secondly, you will get to know us and how we may be able to help you achieve better health.
We will provide you with an overview of chiropractic, and then explain how our focus – Structural Correction – is quite different than conventional chiropractic. Most importantly, we’ll determine if this can be the solution you’ve been searching for to achieve optimal health.

Following your consultation with us you are more than welcome to proceed on that day, or on a future date with a complete Structural Chiropractic examination which will include:

– Structural and postural analysis
–Bilateral weight distribution analysis
– Spinal examination
– Examination of any other part of the body that is necessary for your case
– Orthopaedic, neurological, functional, range of motion and mobility examinations
– Specific Digital Structural Radiographs – X-rays (If necessary)

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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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Benefits of Being Outdoor

Introduction

I’m not sure when this will be published. While I’m writing this, we are in Level 4 lockdown. This just means it’s hard for us to go outdoor and run our day-to-day tasks at the moment. But either way, once the lockdown is over I think it is a great time to change up our lifestyles and start fresh. If you have been locked up for a while, you may miss the outdoor. This is why we are going to encourage more people to go outdoors as it will improve both physical and mental health.

 

Boost your mental health!

Countless studies have shown that being outdoors is a great way to boost mental health. Some people even go as far as saying it’s ‘nature’s prescription’. Studies have shown that even just seeing a picture of nature can improve mood straight away. Ideally, go out and have a walk down the local park, this way you can also sneak in a little bit of exercise too. Some therapists now prescribe exploring nature as a medicine too and some even choose to have their sessions in a local park just to increase exposure. So being outdoor actually increases the production of two hormones; dopamine and endorphin. These two hormones are responsible for feeling good. Dopamine is triggered when getting a new reward, the reason why we release this when being outdoor is that our brain craves it and it needs to be satisfied! While endorphin is often released when going through physical movements.

 

Boost your physical health!

Going outdoor is great for physical health. Firstly, it encourages exercise and movement. We’ve already discussed the benefits of exercising already in our older blogs, so go check that out. Secondly, it helps reduce inflammation too. Inflammation is often a response when something goes wrong in your body. This is when white blood cells that are responsible for detecting and fending off foreign substances are active when something happens to our body. However, sometimes it can go into overdrive and this is when we start getting disorders such as autoimmune diseases, irritable bowel syndromes, and cancers.

 

Conclusion

If you are reading this when the lockdown is over, please go outside and enjoy nature. Even, if it’s not you are still allowed to go outside for a walk. Listen to the birds whistle, the insects singing (I’m not a bug fan myself), and feel the wind blowing and mostly enjoy the natural green surroundings. I can guarantee, you’ll instantly feel more refreshed!

 

Being outdoors can improve your mental and physical health!

 

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Importance of a Healthy Spine

Introduction

I can’t believe that after nearly 40 blogs I have not talked about the importance of a healthy spine. That is kind of strange for a chiropractor. Our spines play a big function in our anatomy and our lives. It serves as a protection, anchor, and spring in our body. So today, I’m going to inform everyone who is reading this (if there are many) why it is important to maintain a healthy spine.

 

The protective effects of the spine

Our spine extends all the way up to the neck. It acts as a piece of armor and protects a couple of very important structures in our body; the spinal cord. The spinal cord is an organ that is responsible for relaying messages from the brain to the rest of the body and vice versa. It acts as the main highway and each nerve that goes to different parts of the body is like different exits. So if the spinal cord is disrupted it can cause major problems such as inability to control limbs, numbness, tingling, weakness and in some severe cases, we may even lose bladder and bowel control. This is why our spinal cord needs a protection by something important. Our spine serves as that protection, if our spines are healthier this way, the spinal cord will be better protected by the spine.

 

The “anchor” effects of the spine

The second function of the spine is to serve as an anchor. What I mean by that is, it provides plenty of supports for other muscles and other parts of the body. Big muscle groups like our Lats, traps, quadratus lumborum, levator scaps, psoas are just a few muscles that connect with the spine. This is because the spine is so well designed that it can handle plenty of stress. The reason why our spines are so stable is that it is surrounded by supporting ligaments! All these ligaments provide it with a solid structure allowing it to serve as an attachment point for different muscle groups. A lot of the time, if the spine is not healthy, it will lead to extra stress in the muscle group. This is due to the fact that the large muscle groups will have to provide extra stability. This causes the muscles to compensate and puts a greater workload on them. By having a healthier spine, there will not be extra stress placed on it, thus allowing to be the best anchor as it can be for having a long period of time.

 

The “spring” effects of the spine

Finally, the spine acts like a stress distributor. This can come from any type of stress, it can be stress from traumatic accidents such as car crashes, physical stress such as doing squats and jumping around, or even emotional stress. The spine has two main curves, these two curves are located in the neck and the low back and they look like a reverse ‘C’ shape. These two curves act like a spring and distribute stress. If we don’t have these curves, it’ll cause damage within the structures of the spine like the discs and ligaments. This is just like bending your knees when jumping off a table, if your knees don’t bend, it’ll cause even more damage within the structure.

 

Conclusion

So I just talked about 3 reasons why you should take care of your spine. If not, serious complications may occur over time. Taking care of your spine is like a long term investment. The more care you take, the more you will be able to enjoy your life for a longer period of time. So go to your local chiropractor and keep your spine as healthy as possible!

 

Spine and spinal chord

 

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