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Tension headaches due to poor posture and stress effect over 20% of the community. Dr Shaun from Waverley Chiropractic Centre says that the latest research shows how chiropractic adjustments can make a positive impact on these headaches and the patients’ quality of life.

Relationship of the neck and headaches
The trigeminocervical nucleus is a region of the upper cervical spinal cord where sensory nerve fibers in the descending tract of the trigeminal nerve (trigeminal nucleus caudalis) are believed to interact with sensory fibers from the upper cervical roots. This functional convergence of upper cervical and trigeminal sensory pathways allows the bidirectional referral of painful sensations between the neck and trigeminal sensory receptive fields of the face and head. A functional convergence of sensorimotor fibers in the spinal accessory nerve (CN XI) and upper cervical nerve roots ultimately converge with the descending tract of the trigeminal nerve and might also be responsible for the referral of cervical pain to the head.

2 studies looking at Tension Type Headaches (TTH)

1. Espí-López GV, Rodríguez-Blanco C, Oliva-Pascual-Vaca A, Molina-Martínez F, Falla D. Do manual therapy techniques have a positive effect on quality of life in people with tension-type headache? A randomized controlled trial. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2016 Aug;52(4):447-56. Epub 2016 Feb 29. PubMed PMID: 26928164.

AIM:
To assess the quality of life of patients suffering from TTH treated for 4 weeks with different manual therapy techniques.
POPULATION:
Seventy-six (62 women) patients aged between 18 and 65 years (age: 39.9±10.9) with either episodic or chronic TTH.
METHODS:
Patients were divided into four groups: suboccipital inhibitory pressure; suboccipital spinal manipulation; a combination of the two treatments; control. Quality of life was assessed using the SF-12 questionnaire (considering both the overall score and the different dimensions) at the beginning and end of treatment, and after a one month follow-up.
CONCLUSIONS:
All three treatments were effective at changing different dimensions of quality of life, but the combined treatment showed the most change. The results support the effectiveness of treatments applied to the suboccipital region for patients with TTH.
CLINICAL REHABILITATION IMPACT:
Manual therapy techniques applied to the suboccipital region, for as little as four weeks, offered a positive improvement in some aspects of quality of life of patient’s suffering with TTH.

2. Espí-López GV, Zurriaga-Llorens R, Monzani L, Falla D. The effect of
manipulation plus massage therapy versus massage therapy alone in people with tension-type headache. A randomized controlled clinical trial. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2016 Oct;52(5):606-617. Epub 2016 Mar 18. PubMed PMID: 26989818.

BACKGROUND:
Manipulative techniques have shown promising results for relief of tension-type headache (TTH), however prior studies either lacked a control group, or suffered from poor methodological quality. The aim of this study was to compare the effect of spinal manipulation combined with massage versus massage alone on range of motion of the cervical spine, headache frequency, intensity and disability in patients with TTH.
POPULATION:
We enrolled 105 subjects with TTH.
METHODS:
Participants were divided into two groups: 1) manipulation and massage; 2) massage only (control). Four treatment sessions were applied over four weeks. The Headache Disability Inventory (HDI) and range of upper cervical and cervical motion were evaluated at baseline, immediately after the intervention and at a follow-up, 8 weeks after completing the intervention.
RESULTS:
Both groups demonstrated a large (ƒ=1.22) improvement on their HDI scores. Those that received manipulation reported a medium-sized reduction (ƒ=0.33) in headache frequency across all data points (P<0.05) compared to the control group.
CONCLUSIONS:
These findings support the benefit of treating TTH with either massage or massage combined with a manipulative technique. However, the addition of manipulative technique was more effective for increasing range of motion of the upper cervical spine and for reducing the impact of headache.
CLINICAL REHABILITATION IMPACT:
Although massage provided relief of headache in TTH sufferers, when combined with cervical manipulation, there was a stronger effect on range of upper cervical spine motion.

Mt Waverley Chiropractor

Mt Waverley Chiropractor Dr Shaun Beovich from Waverley Chiropractic Centre is now at 25 Mt Pleasant Drive, Mt Waverley. Located on the corner of Waverley Rd and Forster Rd, not far from the Monash freeway.

Waverley Chiropractic Centre is committed to improving your wellness and quality of life by optimising spinal health and reducing interference to the spinal nerves. That’s the aim of Chiropractor Dr Shaun Beovich at Waverley Chiropractic Centre in Mt Waverley.

Mt Waverley Chiropractor

It’s a paperless office with online forms and minimal to no wait times. You can book online at https://www.waverleychiro.com.au or phone 9581 2624.

Waverley Chiropractic family chiropractor Dr Shaun Beovich has over 24 years experience in treating back pain, neck pain, headaches and more with gentle and specific chiropractic adjustments.

Mt Waverley Chiropractor Dr Shaun began his Chiropractic career in Glen Waverley with his father, Dr James Beovich (Chiropractor, Pharmacist and Acupuncturist) in late 1994 after 5 years Chiropractic study at RMIT University and 1 year of Science at Monash University. His dad started his practice at home and it wasn’t uncommon to have patients hanging upside down on our monkey bars in the backyard!

Initially Dr Shaun, being into triathlons, touch footy and AFL was heavily involved in Sports Chiropractic, looking after football teams like Mazenod OCFC in the VAFA and State Junior Volleyball teams along with experience at National and International level. In Fiji he also presented to the Fiji Olympic Medical Team on sporting neck injuries.

In 1996 he moved to Fiji with his wife Cara and spent 2 years on the outer islands living in villages and doing volunteer Chiropractic work. The first of his 6 kids was born on one of these islands. He then moved to the mainland and set up 2 Chiropractic centres in Sigatoka and Suva, again making it affordable for locals to access quality spinal health care. He wrote a weekly column on natural health in The Fiji Times and The Daily Post newspapers and was often seen on inter-island ferries or in the back of a ute with his trusty portable table.

In 2000 the family returned to Melbourne and he started working with his brother, Chiropractor Dr Mark Beovich at Bayswater Chiropractic Centre. His family has grown to six plus 2 home stay students from China. With this, although still having an interest in sporting injuries, his focus has shifted to babies, children and wellness care.

Underpinning all of this is his faith. Wellness involves Mind, Body and Spirit. Dr Shaun is a Christian and is an active member of The King’s Way Christian Fellowship. Recently he was blessed to be able to lead a mission trip back to Fiji with his family. He has also been President of the Parents and Friends Association of his kids school, St Andrews Christian College, which he has been involved with for the last 9 years.

For chiropractic care in Mt Waverley, Glen Waverley, Ashwood and surrounding book online now.

 

 

Easter is nearly upon us and for many it’s a time of travel. The last thing you want on your Easter break is to be worrying about your neck or back. Unexpected neck or back pain can ruin a holiday! Let’s look at some prevention tips.

1.     Take Regular Breaks & Move

Your spine loves movement – long periods of sitting in the same position can affect your spine and may cause pain in the neck and back. Moving around improves circulation, eases the stress on the spine and helps reduce fatigue.

If flying, get up often and move. The aisle seat is perfect for this.

2.     Check Your Posture

Poor posture puts stress and strain on your spine. Maintaining proper posture keeps the spine aligned and in its natural position.

When sitting, make sure your back is aligned against the back of your seat and that your headrest is supporting your head. Keep your shoulders straight and avoid hunching or slouching forward. Resting both feet firmly on the floor will also help. If you are driving, adjust the seat and steering wheel to a comfortable position so that you’re not reaching for the wheel.

3.     Lifting Luggage 

Try to pack as light as you can. It will make lifting easier particularly if you are visiting a number of different places. Use a lightweight suitcase with wheels that is easy for you to pull and manoeuvre.

When lifting luggage, bend at the knees and use the leg muscles rather than back muscles to lift. Hold heavy items close to the body, distributing weight evenly on both feet. When you are moving your luggage, lift slowly and in stages to protect your back. If you are carrying a shoulder bag, switch sides to avoid stressing one side of the back.

4.     Stretch

The more often you stretch the better. This is an easy way to increase circulation and keep the spine mobile. Try to take regular stretch breaks during your travels, at least every 1-2 hours.

 

So enjoy your Easter break and if travelling keep safe and think about ways to make yourself comfortable to reduce stress and ultimately make your journey more enjoyable. If you have a need for chiropractic care you can book online at Waverley Chiropractic Centre in Glen Waverley via the website www.waverleychiro.com.au or call 9581 2624.

Happy Easter!

At Waverley Chiropractic Centre it’s that time of the year again and as you start your back to school preparations, I would like to encourage you to be mindful of your child’s spinal heath this new school year.

The back to school period is a great time to check the fitting of your child’s backpack and by making a few simple changes, can prevent poor posture and long-term spinal health issues.

Some of the signs of poor posture to look out for from an incorrectly worn backpack can include: forward head posture, slouching and uneven hips. Identifying and stopping these signs early on is important as the spine is still developing during the adolescent years.1

Avoiding back to school backache is easy with these simple tips on how to wear a backpack correctly:

Size: make sure the backpack is appropriately sized and no wider than your child’s chest

Weight: backpacks should ideally be no heavier than 10 per cent of a student’s weight when packed. Some of the ways to keep the weight of the load down is by packing only essential items and storing unrequired items in a school locker.

Straps: both shoulder straps (preferably padded) should always be worn. Make sure to secure the sternum, waist and compression straps.

Position: the backpack shouldn’t be worn any lower than the hollow of the lower back with all heavy items positioned at the base of the pack, closest to the spine

The Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (CAA) together with Spartan School Supplies and Macquarie University (NSW), joined forces to research and develop the ‘Chiropak’. This durable, functional and comfortable backpack is proven to reduce the incidence and severity of neck and back pain associated with the carriage of heavy loads. Find out more about the Spartan Chiropak at www.bit.ly/CAAChiropak

I invite you to make an appointment at our clinic this back to school period for more advice and assistance on selecting the right backpack, making sure it is fitted correctly to suit your child’s current level of development and to receive a free posture scan.

Visit www.waverleychiro.com.au or book online at https://goo.gl/cf1aqG

Glen Waverley Chiropractor

A new year has begun and at Waverley Chiropractic we are excited about what 2018 has in store. Glen Waverley chiropractor Dr Shaun Beovich continues to serve the local Monash community and finished off 2017 with a fantastic “Give Back” day.

This time of year many people reassess their health and that’s a good thing. Can we suggest that you make your spinal health a priority this year. Your spine protects your spinal cord which comes from your brain with millions of messages every second going up and down your spinal cord and exiting through spinal nerves to all parts of your body. A nervous system free from interference is essential for good health. And as your spine encases your spinal cord and allows nerves to exit through it, it’s important that your spine is functioning well without any locking or subluxations.

So what can you do this year to make spinal health a priority? 3 tips today:

  1. Get moving! Your spine loves movement. We are sitting so much these days at home and work, tied to computers and Tv. Sitting is the new smoking and apart from increasing overall health risks it’s detrimental to your spinal health also. Make it a goal this year to walk everyday. A dedicated walk at the start of the day, at lunch or night plus make it a habit to move more throughout the day…walk to the printer, use the stairs instead of the lift or park a little further away.
  2. Check your posture! With so much screen time we seem to be in a permanent position of being hunched forward. Tech neck or forward head posture increases the strain on your neck and may lead to increased neck pain, headaches and shoulder discomfort. It’s also may lead to digital dementia. Aim to look up more often through the day. Bring your shoulders back and tuck your chin in. Bring devices up to eye level.
  3. Get your spine checked! Regular chiropractic adjustments may help to keep your spine functioning well thus decreasing irritation to spinal nerves and helping to relax muscles around your spine. With 23 years of  experience, Glen Waverley chiropractor Dr Shaun Beovich can help you make your spinal health a priority this year. Book online at www.waverleychiro.com.au or phone 95812624.
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Keep moving with 50%off Chiropractic offer from Waverley Chiropractic Centre. Thinking about seeing a Chiropractor? Back pain, neck pain, headaches? With over 22 years experience Glen Waverley chiropractor, Dr Shaun Beovich at Waverley Chiropractic Centre is offering 50% off your 1st visit for the month of October. Situated at 490 Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley within Healthy Energy, you can book online 24/7 at www.waverleychiro.com.au or phone 88395364.

The offer involves 50% off your 1st consultation, so instead of $80 it is $40. It includes a thorough history and examination, explanation of your problem is and how chiropractic may be able to help and treatment is started on the same visit if chiropractic care is deemed suitable for your presenting condition. Otherwise chiropractor, Dr Shaun Beovich will refer you to another health professional. A digital posture scan will also be included in your 1st visit.

This is a limited offer that finishes 31st October 2017 and is being offered as Waverley Chiropractic Centre celebrates 1 year of service to the Glen Waverley, Mt Waverley, Mulgrave and Wheelers Hill local community. Chiropractor Dr Shaun Beovich started practice in Glen Waverley 22 years ago with his father and chiropractor Dr James Beovich. He then moved to Fiji for 4 years and practised chiropractic there on the outer islands and the mainland. He’s been back in Melbourne since 2000 and started Waverley Chiro last year within Healthy Energy at 490 Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley.

 

Glen Waverley Chiropractor

Thinking about seeing a Chiropractor? Back pain, neck pain, headaches? With over 22 years experience Glen Waverley chiropractor, Dr Shaun Beovich at Waverley Chiropractic Centre is offering 50% off your 1st visit for the month of October. Situated at 490 Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley within Healthy Energy, you can book online 24/7 at www.waverleychiro.com.au or phone 88395364.

The offer involves 50% off your 1st consultation, so instead of $80 it is $40. It includes a thorough history and examination, explanation of your problem is and how chiropractic may be able to help and treatment is started on the same visit if chiropractic care is deemed suitable for your presenting condition. Otherwise chiropractor, Dr Shaun Beovich will refer you to another health professional. A digital posture scan will also be included in your 1st visit.

This is a limited offer that finishes 31st October 2017 and is being offered as Waverley Chiropractic Centre celebrates 1 year of service to the Glen Waverley, Mt Waverley, Mulgrave and Wheelers Hill local community. Chiropractor Dr Shaun Beovich started practice in Glen Waverley 22 years ago with his father and chiropractor Dr James Beovich. He then moved to Fiji for 4 years and practised chiropractic there on the outer islands and the mainland. He’s been back in Melbourne since 2000 and started Waverley Chiro last year within Healthy Energy at 490 Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley.

 

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Spring has finally sprung! As I write today here in Glen Waverley at Waverley Chiropractic Center looking out over Springvale Rd towards the Victorian Rehab Centre, it’s a beautiful spring day in Melbourne. And so with this weather it’s a perfect time to get your back, back into shape!

For back pain, neck pain, arthritis or any kind of spinal pain walking is a great way to start. Your spine loves movement but with everyday stresses, work, study, driving etc we just don’t spend enough time moving ie walking. We are bound to our seats which not only may lead to back pain, neck pain and headaches but can also lead to poor posture and in particular, forward head posture.

So let’s get moving! It’s free and will be of great benefit to your health. For more tips ring 88395364 or check out www.waverleychiro.com.au and our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/waverleychiropractic/

neck pain glen waverley chiropractor

Ever woken up with a stiff, painful neck? One of the most common complaints from patients that come into Waverley Chiropractic Centre is pain when waking up in the morning. Sometimes the pain can be described as a “crick” or “kink” in the neck. The result is not only pain but an overall decrease in the range of motion of the neck. So, how does this happen?

The main cause of neck pain upon waking is poor sleeping position.

People who sleep on their stomachs typically have the most issues with their necks because of poor positioning. When sleeping on the stomach from 6-8 hours each night the head must be rotated to the left or right when laying it on the pillow so that you can breathe!. During the day we don’t sit or stand with our head turned to one side for 8 hours, so why do it at night?

Another way to develop the “kink” or “crick” is by sleeping on more than one pillow or a pillow that is too large. This will cause the neck to either be pushed forward or to the side too much where it is not aligned with the rest of the spine resulting in misalignment, muscle pulling and pain.

One more factor is that overnight our necks are immobile ie they aren’t moving much. Your spine loves movement so this lack of movement will contribute to any stiffening or locking of the joints.

What does it mean to have a “kink” or “crick”?

This is a term used when the bones, also known as vertebrae, in the neck are locked up and putting pressure on the nerves leading to pain and decreased motion. What chiropractors call a subluxation. Some people like to refer to this as a “pinched nerve”. The locking of the neck may also cause muscle pulling over a period of time that can lead to spasm and inflammation resulting in pain.

How does the “kink” get fixed?

As chiropractors we help to treat the problem in the neck with an adjustment or manipulation. This will allow the bones/joints to be restored to their normal motion in the neck which results in reduced nerve pressure. After the first adjustment, range of motion and pain will start to improve but inflammation is still taking place. The use of ice for periods of 10 minutes at a time will help with decreasing swelling and pain between adjustments.

Once the neck pain has reduced and overall range of motion is restored then it is very important to start a cervical strengthening program.

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Heading up to the snow this weekend? Here’s some timely information from the Chiropractors Association of Australia.

Winter sports such as skiing are an excellent way to enjoy the colder months. While skiing is an exciting sport, the low temperatures, icy surfaces and high speeds can result in an increased risk of injuries. It is not uncommon for skiers to suffer from muscle soreness and injuries as a result of the strenuous exercise and falls.

While it is not possible to entirely prevent injuries, these tips can help you reduce the risk of injuring and straining your back.

Prepare before you hit the slopes

Skiing is a physically demanding sport that requires strength, endurance and high fitness levels. Whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned skier, it can take a toll on your body.

It is important to build up your strength and stamina before hitting the slopes. Pre-ski season conditioning can reduce the incidence and severity of injuries. Follow an exercise program that focuses on improving core strength, flexibility and balance.

Warming up prior to a skiing session is also imperative. It doesn’t need to take too long – try some light exercises and gentle stretching for 10-15 minutes before you start skiing, to get your muscles ready for the vigorous exercise ahead.

Start slowly

Most of us ski infrequently and it’s common for there to be a long gap between skiing holidays which means it is easy to be out of shape and out of practice.

Starting slowly and carefully can help reduce the likelihood of injury. Start with at least one warm-up run down the easiest hill to get to grips with the slopes. Only move on to a more challenging terrain when you feel confident in your ability.

Lift properly

Injuries don’t just happen on the slopes. Carrying heavy skis and other equipment can lead to lower back strain. Make sure you lift equipment properly, keeping the back straight and bending at the knees, not at the waist. Avoid turning or twisting the body while lifting heavy objects.

Stretch it out

Skiing includes movements that are sporadic and sudden. This can be potentially stressful for the spine and the surrounding muscles.

It is important to stretch before and after skiing. Stretching allows the muscles to loosen up and may help prevent sports injuries.

If you are looking for a stretching program, try the Straighten Up exercises included in the Straighten Up (Australia) app. These are also designed to improve spinal health, stabilise core muscles and enhance health.

Invest in good equipment

Make sure you use equipment that fits properly and is right for your size. Wearing gear that is too big can be especially dangerous as it reduces the amount of control you have on the slopes and also puts strain on your body.

Know your limits

Avoid skiing on a slope that exceeds your ability level. If you feel like you’re not entirely in control, stop immediately and try an easier slope instead. Keep within your comfort zone until you have sufficient practice and feel more confident.

Remember to listen to your body. If you’re feeling tired, stop skiing. Fatigue can lead to poor judgement so be aware of how you are feeling and rest when you need to.


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