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.

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 with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

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, and will help in the process of healing of the wrist. As well as the wrist, chiropractors can also adjust elbows and shoulders, to 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.

Stretching Before or After Exercise?

Stretching is an excellent practice to incorporate in our everyday lives. This is due to the many benefits it has, such as keeping your muscles flexible and able to work to their full length. Essentially this means, how far that muscle can bend and twist. It also helps prevent muscle injury or strain.

There are many different types of stretching, the most common being static and dynamic stretching. Static stretching is when you stretch a muscle by holding a particular stretch for a long period of time and often is repeated. Dynamic stretching is when you perform movements through the entire range of motion without reaching an end point.

Today we will be talking about whether it is better to stretch before or after exercise and what type of stretch is better when.

Stretching before exercise?

There are many people who believe different ideas about when and when not to stretch. However, you should not perform static stretching before exercise. This is due to the fact that the muscles are not warm yet and as your body is cold, it will not help in injury prevention. Anytime you try and stretch muscles that are cold, the body helps by providing a protective mechanism to not over stretch. This means that stretching when your muscles are cold (before exercise), causes everything to tighten. You would then be working your body out in a contracted, tight state which leads to decreased performance and can lead to injury.

What you can do before an exercise routine or class is an active warm up for 10-15 minutes. This enables you muscles to warm up and prepare for exercise. An active warm up can include dynamic stretching as it improves range of motion and helps your body prepare for movement.

Stretching after exercise?

There is a great deal of benefits to stretching post exercise. The best time to stretch is when your muscles are warm which is directly after exercise rather than before. As you have been moving your muscles, there is an increase in circulation in these muscles which is why after exercising you are more flexible, and this increases overall flexibility. After exercise, muscles are generally tight which can cause a risk of muscle injury. Stretching after exercise reduces this risk of muscle injury. Stretching after exercise is also known to cool your body down and slow down your breathing and heart rate in order to bring your body back to its normal resting state.

To conclude, it is very important we stretch at any time of the day. However it is best to perform dynamic stretching before exercise and static stretching after exercise.

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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You are in for a rare treat when you schedule a complimentary consultation with Revolution Chiropractic; you actually sit down for a consultation with one of our Chiropractic Doctors At Revolution 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. We will get to know you.
2. 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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Nervous System & Chiropractic

Chiropractic is so much more than ‘cracking’ backs!

Contrary to what most people think, Chiropractic care is not just for neck and back pain. I suppose when we become sick, we don’t tend to say, “I think my nervous system needs fixing.” Although, this can exactly the case. To apprehend how powerful chiropractic care can be, an understanding of the importance of the nervous system is crucial.

The nervous system is so vital and central to controlling functioning of our bodies. Without it, our hearts would stop beating, our lungs will collapse and the body will be at a halt.

The two main parts of the nervous system are the brain and the spinal cord. Without the brain, we would not be able to give commands out to other areas in our body (eg limbs and organs.) And we would not be able to receive, process and interpret messages from the rest of the body. The spinal cord acts as the main pathway that delivers the messages from the brain to the rest of the body and vice versa.  If we think about it, the spinal cord is just like the main highway and the messages from the brain leave the main highway to different parts of the body. The nervous system is what powers and governs the body. Without it, our bodies would not be able to function.

The Spinal Cord

So how does this relate to the spine? Well like we just mentioned above, the nervous system consists of two main parts; the brain and the spinal cord. It’s common knowledge that the skull protects the brain and spine protects the spinal cord. This means that the spine and the spinal cord have a very close relationship with each other. Sometimes life’s physical (repetitive movements, staying in one position too long, etc.) and mental (financial, relationships, anxiety, etc.) stressors can alter the spinal structure. This alteration in the structure will act as a roadblock for the nervous system in the spine. This is why achieving the best functioning spinal structure, is our goal at Revolution Chiropractic. We know that by having a healthy spine and good structure, we minimise musculoskeletal problems as well as maintaining a healthy nervous system.

So there you have it, Chiropractic is so much more than just pain. Only 10% or the nerves that run through the spine are related to back and neck pain. The other 90% is all about the information from the brain to and from the rest of the body. Hopefully, you are now aware that the nervous system governs every part of the body and how a healthy, well-structured spine is central to improving the brain-body connection.

Keeping your Nervous System at its optimum state

Chiropractic care helps keep the nervous system healthy. When your spine is misaligned, the messages that are carried through the spine aren’t firing properly, throwing the body out of whack. This can wreck havoc on daily life but also increase chances of developing various diseases later down the line. Having regular visits with your chiropractor can assist you in maintaining a healthy functioning nervous system and thus – healthier brain and body!

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Neck and Upper back pain: The Chin Tuck

The Chin Tuck: An Excellent Exercise for Neck and upper back pain

After visiting your Chiropractor, one of the most effective postural exercises for combating neck and upper back pain is the chin tuck. Chin tucks are recommended for keeping the head aligned above the spine and maintaining good posture. When done regularly and with the correct form, chin tucks can help improve the neck’s strength, flexibility, and function.

This exercise not only helps strengthen the muscles that pull the head back into alignment over the shoulders but it also stretches the scalene and suboccipital muscles.

This exercise is simple, effective and easy and can be done without interrupting your day. For instance, while sitting in the car or at the desk at work. The repetition of this exercise also helps develop good postural habits.

The Chin Tuck : Steps

  1. To perform the exercise for the first time it is often recommended that you stand with the spine up against a wall or door frame.
  2. Next place the feet out about 8 cm from the edge of the wall or door frame.
  3. Keeping the spine against the wall, pull the upper back and head back until the back of the head touches the surface. It is important to make sure that the chin is down so that the head is pulled straight back and is not looking up.
  4. Hold your head against the wall for 5 seconds.
  5. Repeat this ten times.

After performing this exercise about ten times, you can start doing the exercise standing or sitting without a wall.

• The exercise can be done 5 to 7 times per day.
• When in the car, use the headrest as a point to aim for when pulling the head back.

You may feel some stretching of the muscles on the side of the neck that go down to the collarbone. These are the scalene muscles. These muscles along with the muscles at the top of the neck at the base of the skull are generally the tight muscles. The muscles in the front of the neck and of the upper back are generally the weak muscles that need to be strengthened.

In cases of extreme forward head posture, you may not be able to pull their head all the way back to the wall when you first start. In these cases it is advisable to pull the head back as far as possible without pain.

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When to see a Chiropractor?

Chin tuck exercises have been well documented for many years to reduce neck pain, headaches, stiffness and much more. However although these exercises are effective, we must address the cause of the misalignment in the beginning. It it important that the correct spinal alignment is in place. By removing stress on your joints and neck muscles and putting your body into a state of ease.

If you are experiencing neck or upper back pain of any kind it is highly recommended you visit your Chiropractor. As a leading chiropractor in Auckland, we see hundreds of patients per year at our clinic – Revolution Chiropractic. A great posture starts with a great spine!

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Risks of Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a standard class of drugs. They are used chronically for persistent pain due to osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal disorders in older adults. Specifically, an estimated 40% of people age 65 and older fill one or more prescriptions for an NSAID each year. Exposing themselves to serious risk. Considering that NSAIDs are also currently available over the counter, it is clear to see that even more significant numbers of older adults expose themselves to NSAIDs in the United States.

NSAID use causes an estimated 41,000 hospitalizations and 3300 deaths each year among older adults.

Some specific ADRs of concern with chronic use of NSAIDs include:

  1. Gastrointestinal (GI)
  2. Renal
  3. Cardiovascular (CV – heart attacks or heart failure) and cerebrovascular (strokes)
  4. Central nervous system (CNS – dementia, cognitive impairment)

Although I only discuss ADRs affecting these four organ systems in this review, it is crucial to recognize that NSAIDs can cause various other adverse effects (e.g., hepatotoxicity (liver damage), cutaneous toxicity).

GI Risks Associated with Chronic NSAID Use

The spectrum of potential NSAID-related GI adverse effects is extensive, ranging from dyspepsia to life-threatening gastric bleeding. A nested case-control study showed that NSAIDs increase the risk of fatal peptic ulcers by nearly fivefold in older adults. Other studies show that the risk of peptic ulcer complications increases by three- to fivefold in older adults using NSAIDs. This risk higher in those taking concomitant systemic corticosteroids and warfarin. In addition, the risk is increased as early as within the first month of treatment and sustains over time. Often, these peptic ulcers are asymptomatic but can lead to significant morbidity and mortality.

Renal Risks Associated with Chronic NSAID Use

Similar to NSAID-related GI adverse effects, NSAID-induced renal dysfunction has a wide spectrum of adverse effects, including decreased glomerular perfusion, decreased glomerular filtration rate, and acute renal failure (ARF). While it is important to recognize that ARF can develop at any point during long-term NSAID therapy, the risk may be highest among those who have recently initiated therapy.

Specifically, in a nested case-control study of older adults, the risk of ARF increases nearly twofold for all NSAIDs within 30 days of initial use/prescribing. This risk is greater in those older adults with pre-existing chronic kidney disease (CKD) and in those who use long half-life NSAIDs.

Cardiovascular/Cerebrovascular (heart attack/stroke) Risks Associated with Chronic NSAID Use

NSAIDs worsen/increase the risk of various CV and cerebrovascular outcomes.

NSAIDs =also cause or exacerbate heart failure (HF) in older adults. Specifically, a cohort study of older adults found that rofecoxib and nonselective NSAIDs (naproxen, ibuprofen, and diclofenac), but not celecoxib were significantly associated with an increased risk of admission for HF as compared to those not taking NSAIDs. Another cohort study found that among patients who had survived their first hospitalization because of HF. Subsequent use of any NSAID (including celecoxib, as well as ibuprofen, diclofenac, naproxen, and other NSAIDs) led to a significantly increased risk of death.

CNS (Central Nervous System) Risks Associated with Chronic NSAID Use

NSAID use is associated with several CNS effects, including aseptic meningitis, psychosis, and cognitive dysfunction. Studies to date have not consistently shown a benefit from chronic NSAID use in reducing the risk of dementia or cognitive impairment. Interestingly, though, several studies have shown that high-dose NSAIDs (i.e., anti-inflammatory doses) may increase the risk of cognitive impairment. In particular, indomethacin appears to cause more CNS effects than other NSAIDs in the elderly.

Conclusion

This review has summarized the potential risks associated with chronic NSAID use in older adults. Including GI, renal, CV/cerebrovascular, and CNS adverse effects. Although I only discuss ADRs affecting these four organ systems in this review, it is important to recognize that NSAIDs can cause various other adverse effects (eg, hepatotoxicity, cutaneous toxicity). Moreover, it is important to note that nonpharmacological approaches (weight reduction, increasing physical activity) may also help patients who are experiencing musculoskeletal pain.

As the aging population rapidly grows over the next few decades, the risks associated with chronic NSAID use will remain a significant public health issue.

 

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Painkillers

Painkillers

Painkillers, are they bad, or are they good? Yes, they are great for masking pain, but do they do anything? Long term use of painkillers can cause many problems. Taking strong painkillers or just regular painkillers frequently for a long time can cause liver and stomach damage. Additionally, it may not even help the underlying problem. Perhaps after this blog, there will be more awareness about the side effects of pain killers.

Overuse of painkillers can lead to both liver and stomach damage. Let’s start with the most common painkillers that we can find over the counter; Paracetamol. The recommended daily allowance of Paracetamol is 4000 mg, which is equivalent to around eight tablets. However, many other medications already consist of Paracetamol in the formula, so this makes it hard to keep track of the amount that the body is intaking. Going over the recommended daily allowance can lead to long term liver damage or even liver death as well. Even if you stick to 4000 mg daily and do not exceed it, the daily or frequent use of this amount of painkillers is detrimental to your health.

Painkillers cont.

Another common painkiller are NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs); iburoprofen, asprin and diclofenac are only a few that falls into this category. This category of painkillers can damage the stomach if it taken for long periods. These should only be taken under the recommendation of a GP. NSAIDs interfere with the production of mucus in the stomach. The mucus in the stomach forms a mucosal layer to prevent gastric acid from eroding and damaging the stomach. With a decrease of mucus production in the stomach, it becomes more susceptible to gastric ulcers. Study has shown that even taking NSAIDs just once is enough to cause irritation and inflammation of the stomach.

Finally, painkillers serve a purpose, but do they get to the root of the problem. By masking the pain, you may make the original problem worse. This is because pain is a way for our body that something is not right and should be looked into more thoroughly. If the painkiller covers the pain, we would have no idea that the area is injured or has a problem, and we would continue our activities. This may further aggravate the injury leading it to become a long term problem. Taking painkillers is like temporarily covering a leaky roof rather than repairing the problem. It will always keep coming back, and over time it’ll just get worse and worse.

So it’s up to whether or not you want to fix the problem and for your body to heal from the inside, or just mask the symptoms.

 

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