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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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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.
Our spines are made up of bones called vertebrae. In between each of these bones, we have discs that cushion our vertebrae and act as shock absorbers. The disc has a tough outer layer, called the annulus, and a soft inner center called the nucleus.
What is a disc herniation?
A disc herniation is when the soft inner nucleus pushes out of the annulus into the spinal canal. The spinal canal only has limited space, so when the nucleus of the disc starts protruding into the spinal canal it can put pressure on the nerves within the canal. As a result, this can cause pain and other symptoms. Moreover, this can happen anywhere in the spine but usually occurs in the lower back or the neck.
What are the symptoms of disc herniations in the lower back?
Symptoms caused by a disc herniation in the lower back include lower back pain, numbness, pain, tingling, or burning. The burning starts in the buttock and radiates down the leg and sometimes into the foot. Usually, only one side is affected. In addition, pain is usually exacerbated by standing, walking, sitting, and straightening the painful leg.
What are the symptoms of disc herniations in the neck?
In the neck, symptoms include neck pain, pain in between the shoulder blades; numbness, pain, tingling, or burning. The burning starts down the arms and sometimes into the hands and fingertips. Moreover, the pain can be exacerbated by certain neck positions and movement. As well as coughing, sneezing, or straining. In addition, disc herniations can cause weakness in the affected limb.
An injury usually causes disc herniations to that area of the spine. Still, in people with degenerating discs, it can sometimes just take a small exertion or twist of the spine to cause a herniation. Risk factors for disc herniation include smoking, being overweight, incorrect lifting technique, repetitive strenuous activities, or a sedentary lifestyle. Moreover, 30-50 years old is the most common age to develop a disc herniation, but it can happen outside of this age range. In addition, men are twice as likely as women to experience a disc herniation2.
How can chiropractic help with disc herniations?
There are many ways that chiropractic care can help with disc herniations.
Firstly, by preventing them from happening in the first place. Chiropractic is all about optimizing nervous system function. This helps to make sure all of the muscles around our spine are activated and working at their best. As a result, when muscles around our spine aren’t working properly, this leaves our spine vulnerable and more susceptible to a disc herniation if we sustain an injury.
Proper Movement and Support:
Secondly, chiropractic can prevent a disc herniation by making sure the joint is moving properly. Chiropractic restores proper joint biomechanics, and when joints are moving properly this decreases the likelihood of degeneration. Importantly, as degeneration is a major risk factor for disc herniation, this is an important part of preventing disc herniations.
Thirdly, it is important to try and prevent disc herniations from happening in the first place. However, you could still sustain an injury that causes a disc herniation. Chiropractic is beneficial in the healing process for this. As chiropractic impacts the nervous system, it impacts our body’s healing capabilities. As a result, a nervous system free of interference is able to better heal injuries such as a disc herniation fast and effectively. Therefore, chiropractic returns normal movement and function to the spine.
In addition, along with proper exercises and stretches, a spine that is moving and functioning properly is more likely to heal properly. In conclusion, this decreases the chance of needing surgery for the disc herniation.
There are many different types of surgery for disc herniations, which can involve removing bone, removing discs, or fusing multiple levels of the spine together. However, this is usually the last resort for extreme cases, as it is extremely invasive. Moreover, it can cause further issues down the road. Chiropractic is safe and non-invasive, and can drastically reduce your chances of needing surgery. As a result, your body is able to heal naturally, resulting in less chance of re-injury and further complications.
Santilli, V., Beghi, E., & Finucci, S. (2006). Chiropractic manipulation in the treatment of acute back pain and sciatica with disc protrusion: A randomized double-blind clinical trial of active and simulated spinal manipulations. The Spine Journal, 6(2), 131-137. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.spinee.2005.08.001
The birthing process is a very complicated process that puts a lot of stress on both the mother and the baby. Because birth is so complicated, numerous things can go wrong. However, chiropractic is an amazing tool for any expecting mother, that has benefits for both mum and baby. Before, during, and after labor, and helps provide a safe and comfortable birthing process. Here is how chiropractic can help at all stages of the birthing process.
It is important to get checked by a chiropractor from the beginning of your pregnancy, as being under chiropractic care allows your pelvis to comfortably expand and change in order to give space for your baby to grow. If the baby has room to grow comfortably this will allow them to be in the best position possible for when it is time to give birth1. However, some babies can sometimes end up in the wrong position for birthing – known as breech position.
Most babies in the breech position need some type of intervention, such a a Caesarean section, to help them be born safely. There is a pregnancy specific chiropractic technique, called Webster technique, that focuses on balancing the pelvis, including pelvic muscles and ligaments. This can help take pressure off the uterus, and can result in the baby repositioning itself into the ideal position for birth taking away the need for extra interventions2.
Because chiropractic balances the joints of the pelvis and gets the nervous system working at its best, this usually results in faster and easier births. This is due to a few reasons. As mentioned above, chiropractic care allows the baby to be in the best possible position for birth, it also makes sure that the mother’s pelvis is ready for giving birth. Because chiropractic clears interference from the nervous system, this allows the brain to be able to better control the uterus and cervix, allowing the birth process to happen faster and more smoothly3.
Chiropractic care and reducing labour time
Estimates show that women under chiropractic care, have on average a 25-30% shorter labour time than those who are not under chiropractic care4. When the labour can run without complications due to the baby’s position, this decreases the need for extra medical interventions, allowing for a safer and more comfortable birth for both mother and baby. Chiropractic also has an impact on pelvis floor muscles, giving them a better ability to relax when the pelvic floor muscles are at rest. These muscles are very important in giving birth. When these muscles are working properly, it increases the chances of being able to have a safe, natural vaginal birth5.
Chiropractic is important for the mother both before and after giving birth. Because it equips her body to be able to bounce back to normal as quickly as possible. If there was for some reason some type of trauma during the birth, chiropractic increases the body’s healing capabilities, allowing the mother to heal as fast and effectively as possible4.
Even a safe, fast birth can still cause a lot of trauma and stress on the newborn baby’s system. It’s important to check after birth so chiropractors can find any areas of stress caused by the birthing process. Then remove them using extremely gentle and safe techniques, specific for very young children. From the moment babies are born, their brain and body start growing and adapting. Chiropractic clears their nervous system from any stress that may have been caused by the birthing process, which allows them to grow and function at their very best.
Haavik, H., Murphy, B. A., & Kruger, J. (2016). Effect of spinal manipulation on pelvic floor functional changes in pregnant and Nonpregnant women: A preliminary study. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 39(5), 339-347. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmpt.2016.04.004
“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.
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
(2019, July 10). Common posture mistakes and fixes. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/common-posture-mistakes-and-fixes/
Sleep Quality and Bed Mattress… Are They Linked? And what is the best Chiropractic Bed Mattress out there?
Sleep is the most vital way for humans to recover. That’s why it is important to get a good amount of sleep as well as getting good quality sleep. When it comes to sleeping, two pieces of equipment can drastically change the quality of sleep as well as protecting your spine and neck. The two pieces are the pillow and the mattress. You need a good quality chiropractic bed mattress and pillow!
In the last blog we mentioned that the function of a pillow is to support the neck and upper back as well as providing comfort. The best way to choose a suitable pillow is dependent on one’s sleeping posture. This time we are going to sink in to the other piece of equipment, the mattress.
Plain & simple, a good chiropractic bed mattress will support your spine whilst you’re sleeping on it.
Just like the pillow, the mattress’s function is to provide the spine support and comfort at the same time. So the spine consists of 3 parts; cervical, thoracic and lumbar.
The Cervical Spine
The cervical spine which is also the neck is supported by the pillow. I’ve explained the physiological shape function of the cervical spine in the previous blog so go check that out here.
The Lumbar Spine
The lumbar spine is the spine that’s located in the low back. It’s has a similar ‘reverse C’ curve just like the cervical spine. The main function of the lumbar spine is to distribute stress and to bear the weight of the body. This is why out of all the vertebrae, the ones in the lumbar spine are the largest.
The Thoracic Spine
The thoracic spine is what fills the gap between the cervical spine and the lumbar spine. It is made up of twelve segments, located in the mid back and has an opposite curvature to the lumbar and cervical spine. As well as serving as the transition between the two primary curves (the lumbar and the cervical curves) it also hold the rib cage which protects all the organs.
When searching for a mattress we must find the one which best supports the curvatures of the spine. This way it maintains the health of the spine allowing it to function properly and decrease the likelihood of spinal degeneration and pain.
When to get a new mattress and how do you find the best Chiropractic bed mattress?
So firstly, how do you know it’s time for a new mattress? Well generally a good quality mattress lasts for around 7-12 years. But keep in mind that most mattress manufacturers design mattress’s that last for 10 years. A lot of the times deciding when to invest in a new mattress depends on the budget and individual pain tolerance. I am not suggesting that you should only consider changing mattress once you feel pain. But on the safe side I think 10 years is a good time to ponder about getting a new mattress. Another possible reason as to why you should change mattress is if your mattress has started to change shape. If you can see a part of the bed have sunk in around 1 to 1.5 inches it’s also an indication for a mattress change. Finally, if you are feeling pain, it’s time to treat your spine to a better mattress.
Choosing the perfect Chiropractic bed mattress!
Choosing the perfect mattress is dependent on your sleep posture. However it is a little less complicated than choosing a pillow because there is only one height for the mattress. When choosing a mattress, match your sleeping posture with the firmness of the mattress. This is because it helps keep your spine in a neutral stress free position for the duration of your sleep.
For back sleepers, choosing a slightly firmer mattress will be the ideal option. This is because it prevents sagging of the hip. This allows you to be in proper alignment for the duration of the entire sleep.
For side sleepers it is best to choose a mattress which is slightly softer than firm (not soft and not even medium, but not as firm as you would have it if you’re sleeping on your back). This way, there will be less pressure in your shoulders and hip. The softer mattress will also sink in allowing your spine to keep a straight line with the rest of your neck. If you know you move around during your sleep, try to find the dominant position and cater mostly to that.
What Chiropractic bed mattress do we suggest for your spine?
Choosing the right sleeping equipment is pivotal in maintaining your spinal health and having better quality sleep. We spend around a third of our lives in our bed, whether it’s sleeping, gaming, reading or watching television. So it’s important to invest in something that’ll keep you comfortable as well as keeping you healthy. So next time when you hunt for a new mattress take note of your sleeping pattern to find the perfect mattress for you.
The importance of good quality sleep and what we can do to improve our sleep quality
We all know the importance of good quality sleep. It can help us with our physical and mental health. Sleep quality can be improved through many means; supplements, timing and habits are a few of them. Those things can often be implemented without much cost. But there are two things that are just as important but can be overlooked. They are pillows and mattress. Both pillows and mattress play a very important role in determining the quality of sleep. Additionally, it is one of the best investments to prevent future back and neck issues. In this first of the two part sleep series, we are going to dive into looking at the most suitable pillow for you.
Function of a pillow & sleep quality
The functions of a pillow is to provide support and comfort. Our necks are made up of 7 vertebrae. These 7 vertebrae form a backward ‘C’ curve in our neck known as the cervical lordosis. The curve acts like a spring and distribute stress. Quite often when this curve is altered symptoms such as aches, pains and numbness will begin to show. When a good pillow is utilised, it can help support this curve so it maintains its physiological function and structure. This curve can be maintained by a pillow through two paths; the softness and the shape of the pillow. The way that one chooses the right pillow is dependent on the sleeping posture.
Choosing the right pillow to improve your sleep quality
For side sleepers, it is recommended that the pillow that is a little higher. This is because when one is lying on the side the shoulder gives extra height. The higher pillow fills the gap between the neck and shoulders so the neck will not stay bent when you are a sleep. It is also important to go for a slightly firmer pillow if for side sleepers. This ensures that the neck is well supported and the head doesn’t sink in, leaving the neck bent sideways the entire night.
For people who sleep on their backs choosing a slightly lower pillow would be the more beneficial choice. The reason for this is if the pillow is too high, the head will also be too high leaving the neck in a constantly flexed state. This means for the duration of your sleep, it’ll be placed exactly the opposite the revered ‘C’ shape that it’s meant to be. Overtime, the structure of the neck will shift causing the development of neck and upper back pain. A lower pillow allows the spine neck and the rest of the spine to stay in a more neutral state. Ideally, a softer pillow would also be more suitable for back sleepers too. This is because it can fill up the back between the upper back, the neck and the shoulders giving more even support around the entire cervico-thoracic junction.
For the rare stomach sleepers, just don’t. Try readjust and retrain your sleeping posture. Sleeping on the stomach keeps your head rotated in one direction for the duration on your sleep (unless you have a cut out in the mattress like chiropractic tables). This creates a negative pattern in the neck. But if changing sleeping postures isn’t an option, use the slimmest pillow that can be found.
We spend around 8 hours each day which equates to around 121 days a year in bed sleeping. During that time, plenty of things in our body can change if we don’t keep it well structured. Besides from internally increasing your sleeping quality, your sleeping gear is just as important! So take care of your neck because you only get one and find the most suitable pillow!
We suggest and stock these 2 pillows to our client:
Revolution Chiropractors are highly regarded Auckland Chiropractors. We are here to help with chronic bursitis, tendonitis, back or neck pain, headaches and migraines, and more. We offer a free consultation so that you have an opportunity to see if we can help and it also allows us to figure out if and how we can help. At Revolution Chiropractic we really care about getting you better and that is our number 1 priority.
What is shoulder bursitis? Can Chiropractic Help?
A bursa is a fluid-filled sac that sits between bone and the tendons, muscles, and ligaments in a joint. The bursa acts as a cushion to allow the joints to move in a gliding motion and to reduce any friction between these surfaces. Humans have more than 150 bursae throughout their bodies, and if one of these becomes irritated or inflamed it is called bursitis.
The shoulder itself has 6 bursae, more than any other joint in the body. If any of these bursae become inflamed it is called shoulder bursitis. There are many things that can cause a shoulder bursa to become inflamed such as strenuous or repeated physical activity, trauma to the shoulder, calcium disposition. Other things that can cause bursitis include infection, underlying conditions such as gout, rheumatoid arthritis, or ankylosing spondylitis.
Symptoms and Commonality
Shoulder bursitis tends to happen more commonly in people over 30 years old, and happens more often in females. Symptoms of shoulder bursitis include tenderness and pain, heat, redness, swelling, stiffness, and restricted movement. This can affect a person’s sleep, and ability to perform their normal daily tasks, especially if it involves any overhead movement of the arms.
Medical Treatment of Shoulder Bursitis
Standard medical treatments for shoulder bursitis can include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Advil or ibuprofen, or steroid injections. While these can be effective in reducing pain and inflammation, they don’t address what caused the bursitis in the first place, and can cause side effects.
Chiropractic Treatment of Shoulder Bursitis
The first way chiropractors can help with shoulder bursitis is by preventing it from ever happening in the first place. Chiropractors are able to adjust the shoulder and the areas of the spine around the shoulder, in order to keep this area strong and stable. This leaves this area much less vulnerable to injury. When everything in this area is aligned and moving properly, this decreases stress on all parts of the shoulder joint, including the bursa. This means that the bursa is significantly less likely to become irritated and inflamed.
Chiropractors are able to do a number of different physical exam tests to rule in and rule out different conditions that could be causing the pain. They are also able to refer out for tests such as x-rays or lab tests in order to see if there is an underlying condition. This thorough examination helps pinpoint exactly what is causing the pain and discomfort. This allows the chiropractor to provide the most specific care tailored to this condition and to provide the best care possible.
Once your chiropractor has concluded that you have shoulder bursitis, they will begin treatment in order to help heal this condition. They will most likely start with adjusting the areas of the spine surrounding the shoulder, the shoulder itself, and the rest of the spine. This creates more stability which will allow the shoulder to start healing. A structural chiropractor will also provide lifestyle advice that will help the inflammation in the shoulder to go down.
When the inflammation in the shoulder has decreased, chiropractors can then start adjusting the shoulder to make sure it is aligned and moving properly. This decreases friction and pressure in the shoulder and allows the shoulder to heal faster.
Chiropractic is a safe, natural, and effective way of assisting the body to heal, without the side effects. Structural Chiropractors focus on treating the cause of the issue, not just the symptoms.