Iliopsoas Bursitis

Iliopsoas bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa located under the iliopsoas muscle, which is directly in front of the hip. A bursa is a fluid filled sac that provides a cushion and helps reduce friction between the bones and tissues.

Iliopsoas bursitis can be caused by many things such as, arthritis, overuse injury or an acute trauma. There is a risk of iliopsoas bursitis with performing repetitive activities which causes overuse of the joints, muscles, and tendons. This is common in athletes who participate in running, swimming, and rowing. Individuals who have tight hip flexors can develop this condition as there is an increased pressure which creates friction over the bursa.

Symptoms of Iliopsoas bursitis:

  • Pain which starts at the front of your hips and can radiate to your thighs, knees, or buttocks.
  • Discomfort when walking uphill/ upstairs and rising from a seated position.
  • Stiffness after rest or in the mornings
  • Snapping or clicking sounds in your hip.
  • Limping to avoid pain.
  • Tender to touch.

How can Chiropractic help?

Chiropractic can help your bursitis a great deal! Chiropractic adjustments allows your nervous system to function better and increases joint mobility. Increased joint mobility can allow relief from discomfort, decrease in inflammation, and improve the joint flexibility. Chiropractic adjustments will remove excess pressure on the tendon and bursa which will allow it to heal faster and more naturally.

What are some other things you can do to help?

  • REST! Decrease any activity that is causing pain and inflammation.
  • Apply ice to the inflamed joints to reduce inflammation.
  • Increase strength and flexibility through stretching. Stretching can help reduce any tightness which is affecting the bursa.
  • Hip flexors stretch: place the knee of your injured leg on the group so your entire lower leg is on the ground. Place your other foot on the ground in front and bend your knee while leaning forward slightly. You should feel a stretch at the front of your thigh. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 5 times.
  • Straight leg raises: this strengthens the iliopsoas and quadricep muscles in your thigh. Lie on your back and straighten your injured leg. Bend the opposite leg so your foot is flat on the ground. Raise your injured leg up so it is in level with the opposite thigh. Pause for a second then bring it back to the ground and repeat 10 times.
  • Sitting hip flexion: sit on a chair, bend your knee, and raise your knee as high as possible. Hold for a second then return to starting position. Repeat 10 times.

Prevention:

  • Ensure you are maintaining flexibility and strength of the hip muscles.
  • Avoid performing repetitive exercises or movements that put strain in the hips.
  • Lose weight- increase in weight can put extra pressure on the hips.

 

 

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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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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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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Subluxation – definitions and effects

Introduction

Chiropractors adjust your spine. We pride ourselves on ‘Locating, analyzing, and correcting vertebral subluxations’. So you’ve probably heard your chiropractor say ‘you are subluxated’ or ‘you have subluxations here and here’. Well it’s true you do most likely have subluxations but how many people actually understand the term subluxation and how it can impact the body? But before you carry on reading this, I would kindly ask you to please check out the blog ‘Chiropractic and the nervous system’. Reading this blog would give you a much bigger understanding of this current blog.

 

The term “subluxation”…

The definition of subluxation has changed throughout chiropractic history. This is because of research and knowledge updates over time. This can happen in any profession, some surgeries performed in the past are no longer done today due to updated findings. But anyhow, the first definition of a subluxation written by B.J Palmer (Developer of chiropractic) is this: “A condition of a vertebra that has lost its proper juxtaposition with the one above or the one below or both, to an extent less than a luxation, which occludes an opening, impinges nerves and interferes with the transmission of mental impulses from the brain.” To summarise this definition and to make it easier to understand, we can simplify it to 4 components that interfere with nerve flow. These 4 components are misalignment, occlusion, pressure, and interference.

However, research has shown that the idea was generally correct, some parts of the definition are no longer valid. For instance, we now know that the spine doesn’t misalign to the way that it actually ‘occludes an opening, impinges nerves and interferes’ with nerve transmission. Although it would physically make sense and it’s easier to visualize, it is just no longer true. So as a result, as time went on, many definitions of subluxations were developed to accurately describe what a subluxation is.

 

The “go-to” definition of subluxation

My personal favorite and the one I find most accurately describes subluxation is the one written by the Rubicon group. The Rubicon group currently defines subluxation as “a self-perpetuating, central segmental motor control problem that involves a joint, such as a vertebral motion segment, that is not moving appropriately thereby yielding ongoing maladaptive neural plastic changes that interfere with the central nervous system’s ability to self-regulate, self-organize, adapt, repair and heal.” That definition is surely a mouthful. Again I will simplify it to make it easier to comprehend.

In order to understand the definition, we must know that research has now proved that the stimulus to our brain comes from joint movement. The more appropriate or ‘normal’ the joint movement is, the more accurate the information to and from our brain will be. The Rubicon definition is just saying that when a joint is not moving the way it should, it causes deficiencies in the function of the central nervous system. This can lead to inaccurate and altered information traveling to and from the brain.

 

How do subluxations impact the body?

If you think subluxation is a matter of life and death, you are wrong. I’m sure not many people think that but I wanted to make that clear. Although, subluxation does play a major part in your nervous system. You would probably know that by now if you have read the definitions above.

The nervous system is the sole system that governs everything in our bodies. From basic and visible functions like typing and reading to more discrete things like keeping our heart beating and healing wounds. This is because the nervous system is the first system to notice any errors in the body. It then immediately corrects or heal the error by commanding different parts of the body to do its job. Did you know that the first system that develops in an embryo is the nervous system? This just goes to tell the importance of the nervous system.

So if we want to be functioning at our optimal best all our joints must be functioning appropriately. This can only be achieved through chiropractors as we are the only profession that can accurately ‘locate, analyze, and correct vertebral subluxations’. This gives our nervous system the best chance to accurately process and deliver messages. As a result, this allows us, humans, to adapt and change at its best for each individual.

 

Conclusion

Hopefully, I have brought some clarity over what is a subluxation now. To summarise, a subluxation to me is a joint that is not moving appropriately. As a result, our nervous system is compromised and we won’t be able to function at our best state. Of course, there are other factors that cause subluxations too such as emotional and chemical stresses to the body. But we are going to save that for another time. The best people who do remove subluxations are chiropractors. And we, chiropractors, pride ourselves on facilitating a higher functioning community through enhancing the nervous system.

 

A normal vs. subluxated vertebrae

 

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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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Children’s Posture and Wellbeing

Children’s Posture and Wellbeing

While adults may be aware of their own posture and how it affects them, they may not be aware that it is also very important to look after the posture of our children. Poor posture in kids can have detrimental effects not only while they are young but throughout their entire lives.

 

What is good posture?

Posture is the position our body is in when we are sitting or standing. Good posture places the least amount of stress on the joints and muscles within the body, especially in the spine. This helps keep the joints in the spine healthy and prevents damage over time, which usually leads to pain and other difficulties. When facing sideways our spine has natural curves that help take the stress of gravity off the individual joints. Good posture ensures that these curves don’t get increased or decreased. To maintain these curves our head should sit over our shoulders, and our shoulders should be in line with our hips. Our weight should also be going down evenly through our feet. When facing forward our head should be straight (not turned or tilted), and our shoulders and hips should both be at equal heights. Common posture mistakes in kids include bringing the head too far forward, rounding the shoulders forward, and flattening out the lower back when slouching in chairs.

 

How can a posture affect your child?

Poor posture

Poor posture may seem like something that just doesn’t look very nice, but having poor posture can actually be very detrimental to your child and their health. Here are just some of the effects of poor posture:

  • Back and neck pain, which can become chronic over time
  • Excess stress on spinal joints increases the degenerative process. You may think degeneration is only common in older spines, but it is becoming increasingly more common in the spine of teenagers and young adults
  • Compressing internal organs. This can cause breathing and digestive issues in children and can lead to issues such as heart disease and varicose veins later in life
  • Tight muscles. This can reduce the range of motion and can also lead to headaches
  • Decreased balance.

 

Good posture

And while poor posture can have some negative effects, there are many benefits of having a good one! Other than preventing what is mentioned above these benefits include:

  • Increased energy levels. When we have good posture our muscles aren’t working harder than they need to so that energy isn’t being wasted and can be used elsewhere
  • Improved core strength. When we are in a correct posture out core muscles stay engaged. This improves the strength of these muscles and also leaves us less susceptible to injury.
  • Improved self-confidence
  • Improved mood and decrease in anxiety levels. This is because when we hold our body in poor posture our muscles become tight, and this can trick your brain into thinking there is a threat. When we have good posture and our muscles are relaxed, this helps to calm our brain.

 

What can you do to help your child improve their posture?

It is quite clear that good posture is important, but it is not always as easy as telling your child to ‘stand up straight’. Here are some ways you can help your kid maintain a good one in order to keep them as healthy as possible:

  • Make sure they are eating healthy and getting enough exercise. Excess weight is currently one of the biggest causes of poor posture in children
  • Show them what good posture should look like. Practice with them in front of the mirror so they know what good posture looks and feels like
  • When they are using a phone or iPad encourage them to either lift it up to their face or lie on their stomach while using it. This will prevent them from leaning their head forward and decreasing their neck curve
  • When wearing a school bag make sure they are always wearing it on both shoulders in order to evenly distribute the weight
  • If possible when at home and sitting at a desk or table, get them to sit on something like an exercise ball. This discourages slouching when sitting and activates their core muscles, increasing strength and stability.

 

A poor vs. good posture

 

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