As part of Spinal Health Week 2017 (22-28 May), chiropractors are raising awareness of chronic back pain and encouraging Australians to seek help.
Spinal Health Week is a health initiative of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia and as part of this year’s campaign, Dr Beovich from Waverley Chiropractic Centre is encouraging Glen Waverley residents to seek help for chronic back pain.
Chronic back pain is a national issue. One in six Australians suffer from the physical and psychological effects of chronic back problems – that’s an estimated 3.7 million people suffering.
“The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare defines chronic back pain as a health condition that lasts for three months or longer” says Dr Beovich.
A sedentary lifestyle and poor posture are risk factors for chronic back pain. The good news is it’s never too late to improve spinal health.
“Simple measures such as incorporating walking into your daily routine can improve chronic back pain symptoms. Walking keeps the spine active and mobile. Improving posture can also help to relieve strain on the spine and improve circulation.” Dr Beovich said.
Chiropractic care focuses on the relationship between the spine and nervous system without the use of surgery or drugs. Australian chiropractors are five-year university trained healthcare professionals, regulated by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, and must complete mandatory continuing professional development.
For chronic back problems, chiropractors use a variety of treatments such as spinal manipulation or manual therapies. Working with other healthcare providers where needed, chiropractors also offer advice on self-management through exercise and lifestyle changes.
To promote Spinal Health Week, Waverley Chiropractic Centre is offering free digital posture checks.
Visit spinalhealthweek.com.au to learn more about chronic back pain and chiropractic care.
Here at Waverley Chiropractic Centre in Glen Waverley, we often see patients with sciatica. It’s a painful condition which may be present with or without back pain.
Sciatica is the Latin word for “Pain down the back of the leg” and is usually caused by irritation to the sciatic nerve in the lower back.
The sciatic nerve runs from the lower back down through the buttocks and along the back of each leg. Sciatica is pain along this nerve and is a relatively common form of back pain and is usually caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve from a herniated or bulging disc.
The pain from sciatica can be anything from infrequent and irritating to severe and debilitating. Usually, it affects only one side, the pain radiating through the buttock and down the leg and is often associated with a constant pain on one side of the buttocks, pain in the leg and/or buttock that may be worse when sitting , burning or tingling down the leg, weakness, numbness or difficulty moving the leg or foot or a shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up.
While sciatica can be extremely painful and uncomfortable, it is rare that permanent nerve damage (tissue damage) results. Most pain is due to inflammation and will improve within a period of time. Nerve pain is caused by a combination of pressure and inflammation on the nerve root, and treatment is centred on relieving both of these conditions.
Typically, sciatica is made worse by bending, lifting, sneezing and coughing.
Sciatica is a common problem for manual workers, sedentary office workers and is particularly prevalent during pregnancy.
Chiropractic Treatment main objectives are
- reduce pain
- restore movement
- strengthen weakened muscles
- reduce tension
Causes of Sciatica
The sciatic nerve is the main nerve in the leg and the largest in the body. It runs from the base of the spine, along the back of the thigh to the knee, where it divides into branches.
Sciatic pain is usually caused by compression of this nerve root at the point where it leaves the spine. Damage to the nerve can also cause pain.
In young and early middle-aged adults, the most common cause of sciatica is a prolapsed intervertebral disc in the lumbosacral area of the lower back.
In older people, changes in the spine due to conditions such as osteoarthritis may be responsible either by causing localised pressure on the nerve or by narrowing of the spinal canal – called spinal stenosis.
Other bone disease or local injury may also be responsible.
Pressure on the sciatic nerve can result from a number of reasons including
- Sometimes, just sitting awkwardly can cause sciatica.
- Piriformis syndrome (tightness of the piriformis muscle in the buttock that compresses the sciatic nerve)
- Spinal misalignments, vertebral dysfunction
- herniated disc
- Poor posture – wearing high heels, prolonged sitting, poor mattress
- Poor lifting technique and poor bending habits
- Spinal compressions due to osteoporosis
Diagnosis of Sciatica
Since there are many disorders that can cause sciatica, our first task at Waverley Chiropractic is to determine the exact cause of your sciatic nerve interference.
- Always begins with a thorough history,
- Spinal, orthopaedic and neurological examination.
- Special diagnostic imaging investigations such as X-ray, CT, MRI
Treatment of Sciatica
As sciatica is due to pressure on the sciatic nerve, it stands to reason that treatment involves removing this pressure. Your Chiropractic treatment aims to achieve this by reducing nerve pressure caused by poorly moving spinal joints as well as easing muscular tension in the lower spine, buttock and leg.
This is achieved by using a combination of the following techniques:
- Spinal mobilisations
- Massage therapy and trigger point therapy
- Stretching tight muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments
- Ultrasound and other electrical stimulation devices
- Advice in relation to how to minimise pressure and irritation of the sciatic nerve
In addition to this, you will be given a series of home stretching exercises and asked to apply ice and heat to help aid your recovery.
If you are suffering with sciatica at the moment please do not delay – often you can achieve the best results when you address the symptoms early!
For further information, or to consult with Dr Shaun Beovich from Waverley Chiropractic Centre in Glen Waverley call (03) 88395364 or book online at www.waverleychiro.com.au
Last Saturday at Waverley Chiropractic Centre in Glen Waverley we kicked off our 1st event for the year, our Autumn Wellness Day. In conjunction with Healthy Energy, Waverely Chiro Dr Shaun Beovich and a number of other presenters gave lectures and workshops on various wellness topics.
Dr Shaun spoke about sitting being the new smoking. Numerous studies show that sitting is detrimental to your health with prolonged sitting increasing the risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Dr Shaun showed some simple techniques to utilise if you do have to sit all day. He also demonstrated some simple cross-over exercises and how important important the brain is for good posture and that we have to actively engage the brain.
Standing, although not for too long, is better than sitting with standing desks being useful.
The best thing though you can do for your spine is to move! Your spine loves movement! So alternate sitting and standing regularly but better yet, get moving! Go for that walk, swim or take the stairs instead.
For good posture habits and brain development as well, also get the kids moving! Kids are spending too much time sitting, using laptops, phone and tablets.
Dr Shaun also conducted a number of free digital posture checks which again highlighted the problem of forward head posture from too much sitting.
Again, thanks for everyone who made the day such a success.A great way to serve the local Waverley community and raise funds for beyondblue.
Glen Waverley chiropractor, Dr Shaun Beovich is excited to be part of Healthy Energy Autumn Wellness Day. It’s supporting a great cause with all proceeds going towards beyondblue. The location for the event is 490 Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley starting at 10:30am.
Here’s what to expect:
Immerse yourself in an event with wellness information, relaxation and mindfulness all in one day.
Your local award winning wellness centre health professionals are bringing you Autumn Wellness Day in March 18th supporting beyondblue foundation.
Here’s what you will get on the day:
- Mindfulness meditation for stress reduction by Katy Harman, psychologiist
- ‘Sitting is the new black’ by Shaun Beovich, chiropractor
- ‘Dealing with fussy eaters’ by Melinda Braithwaite, dietitian
- Art therapy workshop by Caroline Williams, art therapist
- Lorna Jane pop-up shop
Your ticket will also include a digital postural check and mini reiki experience by our reiki therapist.
This event is proudly supported by our local community including First National Real Estate Glen Waverley, Lorna Jane, The Glen and Organic Butler.
Book your tickets here.
We will see you there!!
Footy is just around the corner and Glen Waverley chiropractor Dr Shaun Beovich says that this is the perfect time to make sure your spine and nervous system is functioning to its peak.
Chiropractic is all about helping you enjoy more freedom of movement and getting your body to perform at its peak. Athletes may notice a dramatic difference in their muscle strength, balance, coordination, performance and flexibility following a chiropractic adjustment.
Many sports people in Glen Waverley use chiropractic care as part of their health care regime.
Three aspects in which chiropractic care may help you:
- Prevent injuries
- Treat injuries
- Optimise performance
Chiropractic adjustments help to achieve optimal muscle and joint function for the entire body. By getting your body back into balance, you can prevent future sports injuries, which would otherwise leave you out of action for weeks. Many successful sports stars use chiropractic, not only to avoid injuries but to also achieve better performance.
Chiropractic aims to correct the cause of the problem which led to injury in the first place. Every muscle, ligament, tendon and joint is properly assessed to help sports people and professional athletes reach their peak potential by making sure the body is functioning as well as it can be.
Exercise and physical activity are great for conditioning and strengthening your body. Keeping fit helps you age better and helps you to resist illnesses. However, being injured in training or in competition is a reality that sports people must face. Too often, sports injuries go unrecognised & untreated, ignored until they begin to impact your health and sporting performance.
Athletes are often repeatedly doing activities that are physically demanding, which places a large amount of stress on their body. You cannot compete at your fullest if you’re not in alignment, and your body cannot heal quickly if you are out of balance.
Many Olympic athletes use chiropractic care to gain the edge on their competitors. With a fine-tuned spine and nervous system, their bodies can perform at its peak and they can have confidence in the stability and function of their spine. Due to the influence on the nervous system this may lead to improved performance throughout the body.
At Waverley Chiropractic Centre we treat a range of athletes: footballers, cyclists, swimmers, runners, dancers, netball/basketball players, tennis players, bowlers and golfers. Like you, they all have their own unique goals and issues:
- want to improve technique (e.g. golf swing);
- struggling with injury, stopping them from participating in the sport they love;
- need to improve their flexibility;
- looking to optimise recovery times and get the most out their training efforts;
- aim to improve their reaction time, to get an edge over their opponents!
Whether you are an elite athlete, a weekend warrior, exercising for fitness or are returning to an exercise program, you owe it to yourself to get a chiropractic assessment. If you regularly participate in sports, it is important for you to take this pro-active approach towards your health. For athletes in any discipline, the drug-free treatment method of chiropractic may be the best choice for you.
Perform at your peak with chiropractic!
Back pain can be a serious, ongoing cause of concern and there are many recommendations on what to do about it. In this blog Glen Waverley Chiropractor, Dr Shaun Beovich looks at a recent study that sheds light on a common approach to treating back pain.
The Global Burden of Disease Study has declared lower back and neck pain to be Australia’s leading cause of ongoing disability and poor health. It ranked more highly than ischaemic heart disease (the leading cause of premature death) and depressive disorders, and the years lost because of this disability have increased significantly. So what to do about it?
Following is a media release from The George Institute for Global Health:
Commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs used to treat back pain provide little benefit, but cause side effects, according to new research from The George Institute for Global Health.
The findings of the systematic review, published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, reveal only one in six patients treated with the pills, also known as NSAIDs, achieve any significant reduction in pain.
The study is the latest work from The George Institute questioning the effectiveness of existing medicines for treating back pain. Earlier research has already demonstrated paracetamol is ineffective and opioids provide minimal benefit over placebo.
Lead author Associate Professor Manuela Ferreira says the study highlights an urgent need to develop new therapies to treat back pain which affects 80 per cent of Australians during their lifetime.
A/Prof Ferreira, Senior Research Fellow at The George Institute and at the Institute of Bone and Joint Research, said: “Back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide and is commonly managed by prescribing medicines such as anti-inflammatories. But our results show anti-inflammatory drugs actually only provide very limited short term pain relief. They do reduce the level of pain, but only very slightly, and arguably not of any clinical significance.”
A/Prof Ferreira added: “When you factor in the side effects which are very common, it becomes clear that these drugs are not the answer to providing pain relief to the many millions of Australians who suffer from this debilitating condition every year.”
The team at The George Institute, which examined 35 trials involving more than 6000 people, also found patients taking anti-inflammatories were 2.5 times more likely to suffer from gastro-intestinal problems such as stomach ulcers and bleeding.
Research Fellow Gustavo Machado, of The George Institute and the School of Medicine at the University of Sydney, said: “Millions of Australians are taking drugs that not only don’t work very well, they’re causing harm. We need treatments that will actually provide substantial relief of these people’s symptoms.
“Better still we need a stronger focus on preventing back pain in the first place. We know that education and exercise programs can substantially reduce the risk of developing low back pain.”
Most clinical guidelines currently recommend NSAIDs as the second line analgesics after paracetamol, with opioids coming at third choice.
Neck pain and headaches due to school-related activities appears to be on the increase according to Glen Waverley Chiropractor, Dr Shaun Beovich. The cause seems to be the use of laptops, tablets and phones by students. With the start of the new school year it’s a good time to get the use of this technology right now.
This technology is definitely good and valuable for the student to use, however excessive use and poor posture may contribute to neck pain, headaches and shoulder discomfort. The underlying cause is forward head posture.
Forward head posture increases the pressure and strain being placed on your neck joints, muscles and ligaments. Over time this may lead to discomfort across the shoulders, neck pain and even headaches.
3 simple tips to help avoid this.:
- Limit the use – regular breaks away from the screen
- Raise the device up – lift the device up higher to decrease the time and angle of looking down
- Stretch – do the opposite. Look up, bring the shoulders back and do some shoulder shruga and rolls.
Technology is beneficial but for young spines it’s best to get into good habits now. For a free spinal or backpack check-up for your student, contact Waverley Chiropractic Centre in Glen Waverley now on 88395364 or book online at www.waverleychiro.com.au . Check out our Youtube channel or facebook page.
At Waverley Chiropractic Centre located at 490 Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley we are offering free backpack check-ups for all school kids up until the end of February.
The end of January is a busy time in our household as 6 kids get ready for the new school year. Making sure that backpacks fit properly is an essential part of getting ready for the year.
Heavy, poorly fitted and packed backpacks may lead to spinal health problems in children. We have your back with these handy 5 backpack tips.
Tip 1: Pack the heaviest items closest to the spine
The closer the weight of the school backpack is to the spine, the less the load that is put onto your childs’ back thus helping to reduce the chance of discomfort or back pain. Ideally the backpack and contents should be less than 10% of your childs’ body weight. That’s not much! So encourage your child to take the minimum to and from school.
Tip 2: Make sure to do all the zips up
Apart from stopping to allow items to fall out, zipping up your bag will decrease the space from the outer part of your backpack to your back, therefore decreasing the strain on your spine.
Tip 3: Secure the sternum, waist and compression straps
These straps are there for a reason! They help to compress your bag and also give stability whilst walking, avoiding unnecessary stress onto your childs’ back.
Tip 4: Always use both shoulder straps
More and more kids are doing this now, which is great. It helps to distribute the weight evenly through your childs’ back.
Tip 5: Don’t wear below the hollow of the lower back
This is a major problem. It may look trendy but it also puts extra strain onto your childs’ back. You may want to cut off the straps so your child can’t wear the bag around their bottom!!
For more information on maintaining a healthy spine or to book a backpack check-up, please visit the Waverley Chiropractic Centre website at www.waverleychiro.com.au or phone 88395364. Check our Youtube clip on these tips here.
It’s almost school time again! As parents begin preparations to send children back to school, Dr Shaun Beovich from Waverley Chiropractic Centre in Glen Waverely would like to remind them that heavy, poorly fitted and packed backpacks may lead to spinal health problems in children.
Spinal health problems can often go unnoticed. However, poor posture, back pain or “growing pains” need not become an accepted part of everyday life for your child.
When choosing a backpack for your child, choose one that allows for even distribution of weight across the back. Otherwise the backpack can place unhealthy stress on a child’s spine.
School can be a challenging time for any child, so ensuring they are as comfortable as possible is important for their physical and mental development.
Despite the increased use of technology in schools, schoolchildren still overload their backpacks with textbooks, sports and other gear or simply do not wear them correctly.
Next up I’ll be bringing you 5 simple tips for wearing a backpack and how chiropractic may help your child.
There are up to 300,000 patient visits to Australian chiropractors each week. Chiropractic care is concerned with the diagnosis, management and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health.
Chiropractic is a low risk profession with an enviable safety record in Australia, a result of evidence based care delivered by five year university educated healthcare professionals.
For more information on maintaining a healthy spine, please visit the Waverley Chiropractic Centre website at www.waverleychiro.com.au
Following on from 2 recent blogs on inflammation and exercise comes this research found in Brain, Behaviour and Immunity which suggests that just a little bit of exercise has health benefits.
The study found that just 20 minutes of exercise helps to fight inflammation in the body.
47 people walked on a treadmill briskly for 20 minutes and blood samples were analysed before and after. The researchers found that this amount of exercise reduced inflammatory markers in the body.
Previously I’ve spoken about research that suggested chiropractic care for lower back pain reduces inflammatory markers and how just exercising on the weekend can be of benefit. So this study kind of combines the two!
Again the key here is to just do some exercise, no matter how short it is. We’re all stressed for time these days however just a little bit of exercise can impact your health in a good way. Get exercising!
Inflammation and exercise: Inhibition of monocytic intracellular TNF production by acute exercise via β2-adrenergic activation. Stoyan Dimitrova, Elaine Hultenga, Suzi Honga. Brain, Behaviour and Immunity. Published online 21 Dec 2016.