Articles in Category: General Health

Shockwave Therapy

on Tuesday, 05 March 2019. Posted in Massage, Newsletters, General Health, Sporting Injuries, Training and Performance

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave Therapy

Shock wave therapy is a low frequency shock wave focused treatment that targets a specific acute or chronic condition. It is classified as a non-invasive treatment that generates acoustic shock waves, via a hand held device. Shock wave is a multidisciplinary device that can be utilised by chiropractors, physiotherapists, remedial massage therapists, sports medicine, urology and veterinary medicine. This hand held device helps kick start the body’s natural healing ability within the tissue, this is done by stimulating the metabolism, and increasing blood circulation. Its main assets are fast pain relief and mobility restoration.

Some of the conditions that can be treated from shock wave therapy are:

-          Plantar fasciitis

-          Heel Spurs

-          Tennis elbow/Golfer’s elbow

-          Chronic Tendinopathy

-          Shin Splints

-          Calcifications

-          Hip pain

-          Hamstring injuries

-          Shoulder pain

-          Muscle, Myofascia & Trigger Points

Shock wave therapy has been said to be an ideal therapy for injuries/conditions that have been unresolved by medications, rest and other therapies, but with the combination of shock wave and other therapies it can be utilised to help speed up injury recovery times. The treatment of shock wave can be a little painful, but depending on the patient and the type of condition being treated the intensity can be changed throughout the session.

Written By Luke Attkins

Dip Remedial Massage, Certificate IV of Massage Therapy

Spot Reduction

on Friday, 18 January 2019. Posted in Newsletters, General Health, Training and Performance

How Many Sit Ups Do I Need to Do to Get a 6 Pack?

This is a very common question we get asked here at Institute of Sports and Spines. The truth is that there isn’t a specific number of sit ups that would give any of us a six pack. Seeing results isn’t that simple.

There are claims that performing certain exercises targeting specific areas of the body can reduce the amount of subcutaneous fat in that area. This is known as spot reduction and has been disproved by a significant amount of scientific research.

Focusing all of your attention on a ‘problem area’ of your body will not result in fat reduction. You can definitely see improvement in muscular strength and even size when working on specific areas of the body but the amount of fat under the skin would have minimal change.

So how can I get rid of my belly bulge/thunder thighs/tuck shop lady arms?

It has been found that performing a combination of cardiorespiratory and resistance training is the most efficient way to reduce subcutaneous fat. When performing cardiorespiratory exercise we expend large amounts of energy (dependent on type of exercise). With regular resistance training (weight lifting) our muscles get more efficient and even at rest will be taking in energy (burning more energy).

It is also very important to be mindful of what you are eating and drinking - eating more foods from the 5 food groups, eating wholegrains, eating less highly refined carbohydrates, and drinking less alcohol and soft drinks.

Seeing results takes time and hard work, not 1346 sit ups. Consistency is key in achieving your goals and keeping your motivation on track is essential. Rather than focusing on a specific part of your body or a specific exercise, focus on making healthy lifestyle changes and you will get closer to improving that ‘problem area’.

 

Written by Emily Holzberger

Qualifications: B. ExSS Majoring in Clinical ExPhys.   

Tablet Neck

on Tuesday, 22 March 2016. Posted in General Health

Tablet Neck

By Jakob van Vlijmen

M Chiro, DC

 

Parents and Carers should pay close attention to their children’s posture. As a growing number of children are ending up in a chiropractors office due to neck complaints which are caused by low levels of exercise and bad posture whilst using a tablet or smartphone.

 

Most parents are unaware that sitting behind a tablet for a few hours a day with bad posture can lead to back pain, neck pain and even headaches. Recent figures indicate that up to 40% of 8 to 18 year olds suffer with back and neck pain. The biggest causes are the smartphone and tablet as the amount of hours that we spend looking down has increased at an alarming rate.

 

Children tend to slouch in front of the tablet or smartphone and end up spending most of their time in a compromising position for their spine. They should bring the tablet or smartphone up to eye height so they are looking straight ahead towards it. Unfortunately the opposite occurs and children bow their heads down instead. This has a tremendous impact on the muscles in the neck. An average head weighs 5 kilograms but if it is positioned towards the chest, the load on the muscles increase dramatically rising from 5 to 27 kilograms instead. As a consequence some children only feel pain in their necks while others may have radiating pain to their head, arms or back. 

 

You might argue that children have been sitting at a desk for decades in school learning how to read and write and this is true. The reason why it is so much worse nowadays, than back then, is because children exercise far less now. This can lead to early wear and tear or even a deformed spine.

 

Additionally, parents aren't getting enough guidance with regard to what is healthy for babies and children. Babies spend a lot of time in their car seats and not enough on their tummies. Toddlers spend hours on end behind the television. And at school, not enough focus is put on proper posture. All of this is having a detrimental effect on children’s spinal health.

 

In Europe, programs are being developed to help inform children on what is proper posture especially as the use of digital teaching products is on the rise. Australia should follow suit as children today are growing up in a world filled with gadgets and it’s important they learn to use those in a manner that is responsible and healthy.

 

Prevention is better than a cure

Chiropractic care can help tremendously to improve your children’s spinal health, however as prevention is better than a cure, here are some tips to help you keep your child healthy and pain free:

  • Do not sit behind a tablet for more than 30 minutes straight
  • Use the table stand or raise the smartphone up to eye height
  • Get children to exercise at least an hour per day

 

If you are worried about your children’s spinal health, speak to your chiropractor today to find out what you can do.