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Fibromyalgia Case Study shows improvement in symptoms, cervical alignments and quality of life

Fibromyalgia is widely viewed as a pain syndrome with an unknown cause. Sufferers will tell you a common truth though: it can be debilitating, distressing, and it’s very, very real. Sadly, the issue of how to treat this pain syndrome is no more straight-forward than finding its cause. Cognitive behavioural therapy, low-dose anti-depressants and mild exercise are often prescribed but “there is no permanent change associated with this form of treatment [1].” This often leaves sufferers feeling frustrated at the apparent permanence of their predicament.

Mount Waverley chiropractor Dr Shaun Beovich shares a case study found on the Australian Spinal Research Foundation Blog. For specific advice and care, family chiropractor Dr Shaun Beovich is experienced in fibromyalgia. Waverley Chiropractic Centre services the Mt Waverley, Glen Waverley, Burwood, Chadstone, Clayton, Ashwood and surrounding areas. Book online here or call 9581 2624.

Case Reports Offer Strong Indications that Chiropractic Care May Help

A recent case study and literature review posted in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation reveals some interesting observations on the matter. It reported on the structural and symptomatic improvements in a 40-year-old female who had suffered with the disorder for 8 years.

Hers is a demographic group that is no stranger to this disorder. It is said to affect between 2-5% of the population of the developed world. Interestingly, the vast majority of these sufferers are young to middle-aged women [2]. The symptoms of this diagnostic enigma include significant fatigue, musculoskeletal pain, cognitive disturbances and tenderness along with many other potential symptoms. Due to the fatigue elements of the disorder, many sufferers find themselves wearing a diagnostic label of ‘chronic fatigue syndrome’ though this fails to explain all their symptoms.

In the case study the patient’s symptoms included widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, depression and headaches. The researchers used an initial SF 36 questionnaire to measure health-related quality of life, as well as checking her for structural misalignments or subluxations. The latter revealed an anterior head translation, left lateral head flexion, and a lateral cervical translation of 32.7mm when the ideal is 0mm. Significant segmental misalignments were noted at C3-C4, C4-C5 and C5-C6.

On her self-reported quality of life questionnaire (the SF 36), the patient’s highest scores were in the areas of role limitations due to emotional problems or physical health (50.9 and 47 respectively). When it came to general health, energy/fatigue, pain and physical functioning, she reported scores as low as 16.6, 3, 0 and 0 respectively. This illustrates the degree to which this disorder had impacted her life.

She received 44 sessions of chiropractic care over the course of 5 months using a combination of mirror image exercises, adjustments and traction.

Following the intervention, the patient’s films revealed significant improvements in subluxations. Her 32.7mm lateral cervical translation had dropped to 15.4mm and significant improvements were noted from C3-C6, restoring a lordosis to a spinal region in which she previously suffered kyphosis.

The interesting part of the case report was the quality of life scores post-intervention. The patient’s energy score had risen from 16.6 to 35. Her general health score lifted from 3 to 38. Pain and physical function rose from 0 to 38 and 36.7 respectively.

Fedorchuk et al point out that there are a number of case reports that look at fibromyalgia and chiropractic care. Their literature review, written into the case report, included details of ten other studies on the topic. In all instances, chiropractic care was employed as part of the care, and improvements were noted.

RCT Shows Upper Cervical Manipulative Therapy is Beneficial

Fedorchuk’s work, and the case reports that fed into the literature review, jog the memory back to a piece of work that may have escaped the eyes of many a chiropractor. Emerging from Cairo University and appearing in the journal Rheumatology International, the randomized controlled trial looked at the addition of upper cervical manipulative therapy to a multimodal program in treatment of fibromyalgia [3].

The study, authored by researchers Ibrahim Moustafa and Aliaa Diab, took a sample of 120 people with fibromyalgia and definite C1-2 joint dysfunction. These were randomly assigned to either a control group or an experimental group. Both groups benefited from a multimodal program involving exercise, education and cognitive behavioural therapy, whilst the experimental group also received upper cervical manipulative therapy.

The education aspect of the program included information about “typical symptoms, the usual course, medical conditions, potential causes of the illness, the influence of psychosocial factors on pain, current pharmacologic and non-pharmacological treatments, the benefits of regular exercise, and the typical barriers to behavioural change [3].” There were 12 sessions, delivered once a week in 2-hour blocks over the course of the intervention period. The same was true for the cognitive behavioural therapy aspect of the study, which concentrated on a combination of components including “educational, physical, cognitive and behavioural elements [3].” The exercise component of the program centred on a variety of relaxation techniques and stretches. All participants in the study took part in these three aspects.

The upper cervical manipulative therapy administered to the experimental group came in the form of a HVLA thrust described below:

“With the patient in the supine position, the therapist contacted the left posterior arch of the atlas with the lateral aspect of the proximal phalanx of the left second finger using a “cradle hold.” To localize the forces to the left C1-2 articulation, the secondary levers of extension, posterior– anterior shift, ipsilateral side-bend, and contralateral side- shift were used. While maintaining the secondary levers, the therapist applied a single HVLA thrust manipulation to the left atlantoaxial joint using the combined thrusting primary levers of right rotation in an arc toward the under- side eye and translation toward the table. This process was repeated using the same procedure but directed to the right C1-2 articulation.”

Additionally, the experimental group underwent low-velocity cervical joint mobilization techniques as described in Maitland [5].

The researchers used a number of outcome measures to report on baseline data and results. Outcome measures were taken after the 12-week intervention, and at 6 months and 1 year post-intervention respectively. Among the outcome measures were:

  • A fibromyalgia impact questionnaire
  • Rasterstereographic posture analysis
  • A pain catastrophizing scale
  • Algometric score
  • Sleep quality
  • The Beck Anxiety Inventory
  • The Beck Depression Inventory

This is where it gets interesting: the results didn’t differ significantly between groups at the 12-week mark. In fact, the fibromyalgia management outcomes indicated that both of the programs were equally successfulBoth groups saw some level of improvement in their symptoms, and this supported a meta-analysis showing that multicomponent treatment was effective for improving key symptoms of fibromyalgia.

However, at the one-year follow-up from this, there were “statistically significant changes that indicated that the FMS management outcomes of the experimental group exhibited continued improvement and that the control subjects’ scores regressed back toward the baseline values (i.e., the scores worsened) [3].”

The study’s authors went on to remark that, “the normalization of the afferent input of the upper cervical spine seems to offer an explanation for these one-year improved outcomes in the experimental group.” There are a number of possible explanations for the difference witnessed at the one-year mark. Among them is the possibility that the long-term effects of poor or flexed posture, or continuous asymmetrical loading and muscle imbalance may have a role – a hypothesis supported by previous research [7, cited in 3].

For a randomised controlled trial, the sample size may appear small. Given 20 of 120 people dropped out of the one-year follow up, this could appear more limiting. However, the authors indicated that this still gave them enough data for a statistically relevant change. Though not without its limitations, the results of the Cairo [fibromyalgia] study left its authors confident enough to state their belief that the results of the study should be used to introduce new guidelines for the treatment of fibromyalgia.

Although the intervention in the study was not directed specifically at subluxations, it does demonstrate the importance of a properly functioning nervous system.

How this changes the game

Up until the publication of the Cairo study, the most comprehensive literature on the matter was possibly the systemic review by Schneider et al, which was published in 2009. The lack of a comprehensive RCT left the authors of that study with the following evidence for the management of fibromyalgia: “Strong evidence supports aerobic exercise and cognitive behavioural therapy. Moderate evidence supports massage, muscle strength training, acupuncture, and spa therapy (balneotherapy). Limited evidence supports spinal manipulation, movement/body awareness, vitamins, herbs, and dietary modification [5].”

Later on, in 2011, another systemic review looked at complementary and alternative medicine in the treatment of fibromyalgia. Again, the lack of larger clinical trials left them with little evidence for spinal manipulation and other therapies like massage [6].

Moustafa and Diab’s work offers us the reliability of a clinical trial and, for the first time, statistically significant indications that the addition of upper cervical manipulative therapy can have a role. Although as with all things research-related cautious optimism is the order of the day, this study does offer a unique and valuable contribution to the evidence surrounding this condition.  We look forward to seeing further research of the impact of the subluxation on the health of those with fibromyalgia.

Read the full article at https://spinalresearch.com.au/fibromyalgia-case-study-shows-improvement-symptoms-cervical-alignments-quality-life/

References:

[1] Fedorchuk, C, Lightstone, D, Moser, J (2017), “Improvements in Symptoms, Cervical Alignment and Quality of Life in a 40-Year-Old Female with Fibromyalgia Following Chiropractic BioPhysics® Technigue: A Case Study and Selective Review of Literature,” Annals of Vertebral Subluxation

[2] Gumer, E, Littlejohn, G (2013), “Diagnostic Challenges, Fibromyalgia’ Australian Family Physician, Volume 42, No. 10, October 2013, pp 690-694, http://www.racgp.org.au/afp/2013/october/fibromylagia/

[3] Moustafa I, Diab A (2015), “The addition of upper cervical manipulative therapy in the treatment of patients with fibromyalgia: a randomized controlled trial,” Journal Rheumatology International,  https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00296-015-3248-7

[4] Maitland GD, Hengeveld E, Banks K et al (2000) Maitland’s vertebral manipulation, 6th edn. Butterworth, London

[5] Schneider M, Vernon H, Ko G, Lawson G and Perera, J (2009), “Chiropractic management of fibromyalgia syndrome: a systematic review of the literature,” JMPT Vol 32, Issue 1, January 2009, pp. 25-40, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmpt.2008.08.012

[6] Terhost L, Schneider M, Kim K Goozdich L and Stilley C (2011), “Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the Treatment of Pain in Fibromyalgia: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials,” JMPT Vol 34, Issue 7, September 2011, pp. 483-496, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0161475411000959

[7] Mueller A, Hartmann M, Eich W (2000) Inanspruchnahme medizinischer Versorgungsleistungen. Untersuchung bei Patienten mit Fibromyalgiesyndrom (FMS) [Health care utiliza- tion in patients with bromyalgia syndrome (FMS)]. Schmerz 14:77–83 (German)

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We all want pain relief as soon as possible. Whether it’s back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches or arm and leg pain. No one likes being in pain. It interferes with our daily activities, our work, our play and can be quite debilitating. As your local family chiropractor at Waverley Chiropractic Centre I want to get you out of pain as quick as possible.

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24 years of chiropractic experience tells me though that the body often needs time to heal. We live in a fast paced society where we expect quick turnarounds in most things. We don’t like waiting. Unfortunately the body is one thing that can’t be rushed. Yes you can cover up the symptoms but true healing, true health takes time. The longer a problem has been there, the older you are, previous trauma, how fit you are, how much you sit, how stressed you are etc may all impact on the time taken to heal, especially when it comes to your spine.

So can I strongly recommend we work together. It starts with having realistic expectations on the time it takes to recover from your back or neck pain. Follow the advice given, do your stretches, ice/heat etc, get enough rest/sleep, keep moving as much as possible and keep your chiropractic appointments. Allow time for your body to recover, to heal. And as we get you out of pain we want to move towards a state of wellness. Where your spine, and in particular your nervous system is functioning to its peak.

If you are in pain now then give chiropractic a try. Family chiropractor Dr Shaun Beovich is experienced in dealing with many of your aches and pains. Waverley Chiropractic Centre services the Mt Waverley, Glen Waverley, Burwood, Chadstone, Clayton, Ashwood and surrounding areas. Book online here or call 9581 2624.

Neck pain. Can Chiropractic Care Correct My Neck Problem...

Have you ever had a nagging neck pain that slowed you down and kept you from doing the things you love? You’re not alone. Millions of people every year suffer from neck and arm pain caused by a disc herniation. Sometimes the pain is caused by an injury, other times people just seem to wake up one day with numbness or tingling. The good news is, you don’t have to rely on medications, injections, or surgeries to get back your quality of life. New scientific research has shown patients experience HUGE improvements with natural health care, such as Chiropractic, and the more you know, the smarter you can be with your healthcare choices.

Neck pain. Can Chiropractic Care Correct My Neck Problem...Book online now

Our bodies are designed to heal, but sometimes they need a little help. Medications and injections may mask the problem. Well, you should be happy to know that Chiropractic adjustments not only may help provide fantastic pain relief, but they also help correct the underlying problem so you can find long-term relief.

  • After 2 weeks of receiving Chiropractic care, over 55% of patients experienced relief from their neck pain.
  • At the 3 month mark, over 75% of patients reported experiencing significant relief.

Sitting at a desk, awkward sleeping positions, and just plain getting older can all contribute to neck pain and disc problems. Maintaining an active lifestyle by eating right, exercising, and getting periodic Chiropractic care may help your body fend off these degenerative processes. Ask Mt Waverley Chiropractor, Dr Shaun Beovich today about how you can maintain a healthy lifestyle using Chiropractic care. Learning how to stay happy and healthy; that’s what we call a smart decision!

For ease and convenience, Waverley Chiropractic Centre located in Mt Waverley and close to Glen Waverley, Syndal, Oakleigh and Chadstone takes online bookings here or you can call 9581 2624.

  1. Science Sources: Outcomes from Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Confirmed Symptomatic Cervical Disk Herniation Patients Treated with High-Velocity, Low-Amplitude Spinal Manipulative Therapy. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. October 2013
  2. Outcomes of Acute and Chronic Patients with MRI Confirmed Symptomatic Lumbar Disc Herniations Receiving High-Velocity, Low-Amplitude, Spinal Manipulative Therapy: A Prospective Observational Cohort Study with One Year Follow-Up. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. March/April 2014
  3. Manipulation or Microdiskectomy for Sciatica? A Prospective Randomized Clinical Study. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. October 2010
  4. Symptomatic MRI-Confirmed Lumbar Disk Herniation Patients: A Comparative Effectiveness Prospective Observational Study of 2 Age and Sex-Matched Cohorts Treated with Either High-Velocity, Low Amplitude Spinal Manipulative Therapy or Imaging-Guided Lumbar Nerve Root Injections. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. May 2013
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‘Love Your Spine’ this World Spine Day

 Prevent back Pain – Love Your Spine. Every year, people from around the world come together on World Spine Day (an initiative of the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health) to raise awareness about spinal disorders and empower others to take charge of their spinal health.

Our increasingly sedentary lifestyle is having a profound negative impact on our health and especially our spines. Back pain and other musculoskeletal disorders are on the rise and Australians of all ages are suffering. The good news is that it is possible to prevent such spinal health issues without the need for drastic measures.

The theme for World Spine Day this year is ‘Love your Spine’, emphasising the importance of looking after your spine and taking steps to prevent spinal disorders. Regular physical activity, good posture, lifting safely, healthy working conditions and lifestyle adjustments can improve spinal health and overall wellbeing.

Staying active helps spinal tissues and muscles stay healthy and eases the pressure on the spine. Whether it’s walking, running, swimming or taking regular breaks from sitting, Australians are encouraged to incorporate physical activity into their daily routines. Good posture also plays an integral role in optimal spinal health, as it allows the spine to be correctly aligned and reduces the amount of strain on the body.

Ways to ‘Love Your Spine’ this World Spine Day:

  • Be mindful of your posture
  • Practise responsible lifting
  • Get moving and stay active
  • Download the Straighten Up app

The Australian Chiropractors Association has developed the Straighten Up Australia app to help you stay active, improve your posture and enhance spinal health. The app has posture reminders, a daily exercise program, and other helpful resources to assist Australians in taking control of their health.

Most people underestimate the positive effects that simple lifestyle changes can have on spinal health. World Spine Day is a great opportunity to assess your activity levels, posture and other lifestyle choices, and make adjustments accordingly.

To book an appointment with us, https://www.waverleychiro.com.au

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Low back pain and maintenance care

Many people suffering from low back pain see their chiropractor for what we call maintenance care or wellness care. These are periodic check-ups which help to maintain a good functioning spine. In other words getting an adjustment before you feel pain rather waiting for the symptoms to arrive. Brand new research backs up maintenance care as effective in reducing discomfort for people suffering from low back pain.

Effectiveness of chiropractic maintenance care versus symptom-guided treatment for recurrent and persistent low back pain—A pragmatic randomized controlled trial

For individuals with recurrent or persistent non-specific low back pain (LBP), exercise and exercise combined with education have been shown to be effective in preventing new episodes or in reducing the impact of the condition. Chiropractors have traditionally used Maintenance Care (MC), as secondary and tertiary prevention strategies. The aim of this trial was to investigate the effectiveness of MC on pain trajectories for patients with recurrent or persistent LBP.

The authors conclude that MC was more effective than symptom-guided treatment in reducing the total number of days over 52 weeks with bothersome non-specific LBP but it resulted in a higher number of treatments. For selected patients with recurrent or persistent non-specific LBP who respond well to an initial course of chiropractic care, MC should be considered an option for tertiary prevention.

To read the full article click here.

If you are suffering from low back pain then Waverley Chiropractic Centre can tailor a care plan specifically for you to help alleviate your discomfort. Situated in Mt Waverley and servicing the Mount Waverley, Glen Waverley, Ashwood, Ashburton, Burwood and Clayton areas. Book online easily here or phone 9581 2624.

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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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