Category: Chiropractic

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Pregnancy Care at Dulwich Hill Chiropractic & Therapeutic Centre

Being a mum is a very special time. The whole process leading up to be a mum is special, and here at DHCTC we understand that. We have treated hundreds of women through their pre and post pregnancy journeys.

So what is it that we do for mums that makes us popular for pregnant women visiting our clinic?

Here are 5 of the most common reasons:

1. The pain relief
Mums experience pregnancy pain due to the bodily changes they endure. As the pelvis changes its position, the spine changes its curve, and the pressure of baby weight and internal pressure expands. Mums can go through a lot of pain. Safe and effective massage and chiropractic techniques are applied to help relieve pain. These are techniques we have been applying for over a decade and mums are loving the results.

2. The experience
As a mum, you want to make sure you are in experienced hands. You want to know that the person guiding you through this time knows how to treat you in a safe manner without causing harm or effecting your pregnancy. Well, having treated well over 200 women in our clinic alone the collective experience our health professionals have, can help our mothers feel comfortable when they enter and exit our centre.

3. The extra information and tools
Elina, is well known for giving her pregnant mums the right tools and advice at every step of the way. With the right nutrition, home exercises and advice, mums rest easy knowing they have that extra support as they go through each stage of their pregnancy.

4. Post pregnancy care
Pregnancy care is so important, yet many mothers continue care due to the extra stress and pain they endure higher up. Mums will generally notice pain and discomfort in the lower part of their spine and associated joints and muscles, but after birth the pain can shift and can be felt higher up in the spine and associated joints and muscles. This could be due to baby carrying, feeding, and lack of sleep. Rectifying these issues is as important as during pregnancy.

5. We have the right tools and equipment.
We have the correct treatment tables, pregnancy treatment pillows, non-invasive adjustment tools, natural oils and creams to ensure our mums are treated with the best of care.

So next time you fall pregnant or someone you know falls pregnant feel free to contact us for more information or book an appointment with one of our experienced health professionals.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.

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Five reasons to come see Justin Laguzza

1. His passion for chiropractic is second to none!

When you go see a health professional you want to know that the person looking after you is confident in the healthcare they are providing. You want to know that the treatment works and that you are pain free and healthier for longer. This is something you will notice with Justin when you have a consultation. He truly believes in what he is doing and the treatment he provides. He has a profound understanding of chiropractic care and loves what it has to offer. He is an active CAA member and is involved with the teaching hierarchy of Chiropractic at Macquarie University. You can be confident that when you come see Justin he provides the best of evidence based chiropractic care that works!

2. He thrives on criticism.

When Justin started here, one of the first things he asked for was feedback from his patients. If a patient was happy after their treatment, Justin would work on how to make them happier. If there is an inch of room for improvement, Justin is the guy that would look to be perfect at it. This is what you want from a health professional. Someone that can grow and perfect their skills to ensure the best possible results for their patients.

3. He plays soccer and has played at a representative level.

Justin loves sport, soccer in particular. Having played at a representative level, Justin understands the demands competitive sport can have. Justin treats athletes on a regular basis, which has given him a greater insight into injury management. This experience has also allowed Justin to integrate his biomechanical and chiropractic knowledge into athletic performance and movement enhancement. So if you are involved in sport or athletics, sports chiropractic care with Justin is the way to go.

4. He has further qualifications in dry needling.

As Justin deals with a variety of conditions, he knows that some respond better to different treatment techniques. As dry needling is an effective complimentary treatment to the chiropractic method, Justin has the ability to utilise this treatment where required. With a wealth of experience and anatomical understanding, Justin provides a premium service.

5. He is an optimist

He is a glass half full type of person. This is helpful when you are looking to achieve results with a stubborn ache, pain or injury. Staying positive is important when it comes to pain/injury management. Having the right person motivate you and treat you with a positive frame of mind puts you at ease

Let us be a part of your health journey. To make an appointment, book online.

See you soon!

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How to get rid of back pain!

Back pain can be a result of a serious injury, gradual progression of aches and pains due to an underlying cause, and in some cases other external factors. Therefore, it’s important to always check with a health professional to ensure the steps you take are right for you.

It is estimated that 70-90% of Australians will suffer from back pain at some stage in their lives. Now that’s a staggering number of members of the population. Hence, we believe there are things you could do to help get rid of pain, and more importantly, keep it from coming back.

Here are a few things we believe are vital to help improve your back and to avoid, or get rid of pain:

Drink plenty of water

Your muscles and joints rely on water to move better. Especially the discs which are found between each vertebrae. When we’ve had an adequate amount of water through the day, it allows our discs to rehydrate so we are moving better through the day. When we don’t drink enough water and the discs don’t rehydrate, it creates a build up of pressure on the discs which can lead to other issues causing back pain. Following on from this, if your muscles aren’t hydrated they are unable to contract effectively creating tightness and a lack of flexibility which can also lead to pain.
Try to drink between 2.5-3 litres a day. Don’t wait to be thirsty as this can mean you’re already dehydrated.

Maintain a healthy weight

Here is a small exercise for you: go grab a large glass of water and hold it out for a minute. You will start to feel it getting heavier by the second. Now this may only be 350ml but over time it effects you. Now if you are even 5kg heavier then you should be, that extra weight will effect your muscles and joints as they try to hold your posture.
You can find out your BMI (body mass index) online or through a health professional to see if you are at an ideal weight. Try to keep as close to that ideal weight as possible. Studies have shown that the closer you are to your ideal weight, the less muscle and joint strain you will have. For men and women who generally put weight around the back and belly, this will be most important for you to reduce lower back pain.

So, find out your BMI and ideal weight and work out a plan to help you maintain a weight close to that number.

See a Chiropractor

Treating back pain is what chiropractors are known for. When you do it for a long time and study it for the amount required by Masters of Chiropractic, you get very good at it. We have seen the results through our clinic over the past decade and it is most satisfying to see patients who have tried various avenues to get rid of their back pain, but feel they received the most relief after they have come to see us. Some of the latest research also shows that a chiropractic adjustment provides one of the safest and most effective relief for lower back pain.
Seeing a chiropractor will help realign the spine and take pressure off the muscles and nerves to get you pain free.

Lift weights

Strength training has been shown repeatedly to be highly effective in battling back pain. When muscles are weak they are unable to support the spine, adding pressure to your spinal discs and creating imbalances in your posture. By strengthening your core muscles and rectifying those imbalances you relieve pressure off your spine and allow your muscles to function correctly.
It could be in your best interest to see an exercise professional or a health care professional to ensure you are doing exercises correctly to get the most out of them.

If you smoke, STOP!

Researchers in America found a link between smoking and chronic back pain. They found that people, especially adolescents that smoked on a regular basis were found to be complaining of lower back pain. In comparison to those that never smoked there was a significant increase. So if you smoke and you suffer from back pain and you are trying different methods to relieve it, then apart from all the other good reasons to stop smoking, this is another one!
Look for a method to quit smoking that works for you and start the journey to better health.

 

Hope you enjoyed this blog post. Let us know what you think!

Let us be a part of your health journey. To make an appointment, book online.

See you soon!

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Changing your mindset about health.

Our current health system relies heavily on symptomatic relief and not enough on preventative care. This can create a certain mind set in individuals to treat problems as they arise, as opposed to creating avenues in their lives to avoid problems in the first place.~!

We are not saying that symptoms and problems will not arise, however if an individual can reduce the risk of both, then there is a greater chance to avoid them. A significant example of this is skin care. As is an area in our lives where we heavily promote preventative care. We wear hats, protective clothing, sun screen and use appropriate shelter, all to avoid skin cancer. By following the same example with other issues like, addressing poor posture in children to reduce the risk of back pain or injury in adulthood. Or not taking a pain killer when in pain, but considering the cause of the pain and preventing it from resurfacing.

Most people are ill informed when it comes to preventative pathways therefore humans naturally react to concerns as they arise. This is where changing the mindset comes into play.
So what can we do to change the mind set on health to become more preventative then reactive?
Below are 3 simple steps that can literally save your life:

1. Routine Health Checks

Such an essential part of healthy living. We are blessed to live in a country where healthcare is readily accessible, so don’t take it for granted. Schedule yourself in for yearly check ups with your GP. This will red-flag possible threats needed to take into consideration, assist in giving you peace of mind and help create healthier pathways for yourself.

2. Research your family medical history

Your genetics can play a part in your future health. If your family has a history of a particular condition, the likelihood of developing it is higher than normal. A classic example is heart disease. Does this run in your family? Then you may want to avoid a diet that increases blood pressure or cholesterol levels. Another example is a bunion. If it runs in your family, then always consider the right footwear and/or orthotics. The list goes on. The important thing is making yourself aware of the dangers and move in the direction of prevention.

3. If something doesn’t look right or feel right, usually it isn’t right, so do something about it.

Ignoring the warning signs and having the ‘she’ll be right’ attitude can at times be detrimental to your health and your life.
Here are some examples. If a lump appears that wasn’t there before and has no reason to be there, get it checked out. Although it may not be serious in most cases, it doesn’t hurt to check. It could be a life saver. Another example is posture. You look in the mirror and notice one shoulder sitting higher than the other, get it checked out. Or if you notice your child walks with their head tilted forward, get it checked out. These are clear early warning signs that effect most people in the long run. The longer you leave it, the harder it becomes to repair or align. Acting on those early warning signs can save you a lot of pain, time and money.

The moral of the story is, MAKE YOUR HEALTH PRIORITY NUMBER 1!
Change your mindset to act rather than react.

By getting yourself into a routine and making a habit of enhancing your health, you are adding better days to your life and hopefully more days to it as well.
The famous words ‘consistency is key’ ring here ever so loudly. Stay consistent with your checks and enjoy the benefits.

The Health Professionals here at Dulwich Hill Chiropractic and Therapeutic Centre are dedicated to obtaining better health. We are a team of people helping other people live healthy, happy and pain free lives.

Let us help you stay consistent and contact us today!

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Why do chiropractors focus so much on the Nervous System?

Well its simple, it controls everything.

Let’s get into a bit more detail. The Nervous System coordinates how the body works. It transmits signals to and from different parts of the body allowing it to function in a certain pattern. The controlling part of the nervous system is the Central Nervous System (CNS) which sends and receives signals through the Peripheral Nervous System (PNS). Through the 5 years that a chiropractor studies, they learn and understand the complexity of the nervous system and work to ensure it functions in an ideal environment.  

Health professionals understand the importance of nerve function, but here are 4 reasons Chiropractors focus on maintaining correct function of the nervous system:

1. It regulates every process of the human body. Right now, you are loving what you are reading as your nervous system allows you to. You can breathe, feel, digest, see, and think. It all works together to allow you to do things without even thinking about it. Chiropractors want to ensure you can live a happy and healthy life. Therefore, ongoing care can really help as chiropractic treatment can assist you in your everyday function.

2. It helps identify problems, through pain. This is an important aspect of human beings. When we feel pain, our nervous system could be telling us that there is something wrong and we need to address it. This goes from feeling a sharp object pierce your skin to pain in a shoulder caused by a muscle sprain. Although most chiropractors treat pain, they work to also ensure your pain receptors are working properly so you can address issues as they arise. The quicker you address a problem the easier it is to resolve.

3. It helps our body repair itself when it finds a problem. Our bodies have their own healing process. When the nervous system functions at an optimal level the body can identify problems and work on restoring the area to its ideal state. Self-healing or innate healing is an important factor of chiropractic care. Helping you help yourself.

4. It controls the way we move. Without our nervous system working correctly, our muscles and joints are not able to move properly. Moving correctly not only means the way we walk, run, throw a ball or swing a bat, but things like holding a pen to write. It’s a fine movement, and without the proper control of the nervous system our writing is impaired. Biomechanics and postural analysis are fundamental subjects in the study of chiropractic. A chiropractor allows the nervous system to control movement in an ideal way, giving the body functional freedom.

We hope this helps. The chiropractors at Dulwich Hill Chiropractic and Therapeutic Centre are here to help.
With a wealth of experience in a range of issues including specific nerve related problems, it would be a wise decision to book an appointment today.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.

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Yoga vs Pilates – What we recommend

We get this question asked on a regular basis so we thought it would be a great idea to note the difference between them so it can help you make the right decision choosing the right form of exercise for you.

Lets start with what they are:

What is Yoga:

According to yogaaustralia.org.au: ‘Generally [yoga] is recognised as an ancient system of philosophies, principles and practices derived from the Vedic tradition of India and the Himalayas, more than 2500 years ago. It is a system that recognises the multi-dimensional nature of the human person, and primarily relates to the nature and workings of the mind, based on experiential practice and self-enquiry.

In Yoga, the body, breath and mind are seen as a union of these multi-dimensional aspects of each and every human being. The system and various techniques of Yoga cultivate the experience of that union, leading to greater integration of being, internal peacefulness, and clarity of the mind. It is a system that is designed to cultivate health and happiness, and a greater sense of self-awareness and higher consciousness.’

What is Pilates:

According to the Pilates Fitness Institute: ‘Pilates is a physical fitness system that was developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. Pilates was formed by Joe during the First World War with the intention to improve the rehabilitation programme for casualties. During this period, Pilates was designed to aid injured soldiers in regaining their health by strengthening, stretching, and stabilising key muscles….Joe preferred fewer, more precise movements, requiring control and technique over increased repetition. He believed that mental and physical health were essential to one another, creating what is a method of total body conditioning. Pilates uses correct alignment, centering, concentration, control, precision, breathing, and flowing movement (the Pilates principles) to establish a perfect working body from the inside out.’

You can see they have very different origins and philosophies behind them which means they serve different purposes. So now which one is for me?

What you should take into consideration from any exercise is – what is your goal?

This is something our health professionals here at Dulwich Hill Chiropractic & Therapeutic Centre take into consideration when recommending either type of exercise.

So below is a table for reasons we would recommend to either one:

Yoga Pilates
  • Stress relief
  • More flexibility
  • Muscle strength
  • Spinal health
  • Circulation issues
  • High blood pressure
  • Entry level fitness
  • Relaxation
  • Improve sleep
  • misalignments with your muscles and joints.
  • balance issues
  • more flexibility
  • targeted muscle strength
  • postural alignment and support
  • spinal support
  • core strength concerns
  • help with back pain
  • exercise with ease on joints.
  • Coordination and control

You could say in some circumstances, the recommendations in the table above could also be found in the opposing side. We have allocated according to which exercise we believe will address each condition better.

We would love to hear from you and what you think. So please comment.

For more information you can call us on 02 95645222 or contact us through our contact us page.

 

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5 benefits of seeing a chiropractor for sports injuries

If you ask Nigel and Tim, our two chiropractors at Dulwich Hill Chiropractic & Therapeutic Centre what the top things are they love treating the most, I can almost guarantee sports injuries would be in there.

Australia is still a sporting nation, with over 60% of Aussies involved in some form of sport or recreation. We want to get fit. Either in an organised form or another form of recreation like walking.

The challenge is continuing to be involved without getting injured. There are many factors that could lead to injury and a common factor is not maintaining ideal postures and movements while performing an exercise. This is where chiropractic is beneficial.

Here are 5 reasons:

1. Chiropractors are qualified to diagnose injuries

You want to be going to a qualified professional who can diagnose an injury and begin treating the right way. This will reduce the risk of aggravating the current injury and creating another one. This ensures a better chance of recovery with longer lasting results.

2. Chiropractors treat the body as a whole

Treating the site of the injury is important, but treating the whole body at the same time is just as important. Here is a good example: A patient twists her knee at netball. The chiropractor will assess the knee, the hips, the feet, and the spine to ensure they are all in alignment. If the hips are out of alignment, it effects the knee, if the feet are out of alignment it effects the knee. The chiropractor will look to align the hips and/or feet in the process of treating the knee. This ensures better and longer lasting results.

3. Chiropractors have a vast array of treatment techniques

Chiropractors are popular for joint adjustment and mobilisation in pain management. Most people that visit a chiropractor will also know that they apply other techniques to get the best results for their patients. These techniques include, and are not limited to, massage, acupuncture, dry needling, PNF stretching, bowen technique, activator, ultrasound, tens machine and much more. Again, this all means that the patient receives better results and individualised care.

4. Chiropractors address other lifestyle factors

Most people play sport, work, look after children, juggle the household choirs and the list goes on. These factors are all important when assessing sports injuries. If there are factors that could influence the outcome of treatment and results, it is important for both the patient and the chiropractor to address these concerns too. Professional advice from the practitioner can at times be the icing on the cake regarding results.

5. Chiropractors will look to enhance your ability to play or participate in the activity

As you can see from the above points, a chiropractor will want to improve the function of the whole body and improve other aspects of your life. This filters through to improving the way you participate in a sport. The chiropractor will also assess the movements you make while participating in an activity to better understand it and look to improve it. A good example of this would be a golfer. If the posture of a golfer is not ideal, it can affect the way they play the game. If the chiropractor can ensure the posture of the player is aligned, it will ensure that the swing will be enhanced. Another example is a swimmer. If there is one shoulder higher than the other in a standing position, there is a high chance that they may over use one side of their body. If this can be aligned, it warrants a better stroke, allowing their body to flow through the water better. We can give more examples but I am sure you get it.

 

As you can see, there are good reasons to see a chiropractor for your sports injuries. Nigel and Tim are both exercise and sporting people who enjoy working with patients to improve their quality of life, while staying pain free.

For more information or to make a booking please call 02 95645222 or Book Online

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Is it safe to see a Chiropractor if you are pregnant?

The short answer is:

Yes!

The long answer is:

Of course it is!

The chiropractors at Dulwich Hill Chiropractic & Therapeutic Centre have been treating pregnant women ever since we opened and we continue to do so with the pregnant women percentage of our client base increasing year by year.

The reason I bring up this topic in this blog is to address a question from one of clients who is pregnant and comes in for massage.

She had seen the chiropractor in the past but was hesitant to keep coming when she fell pregnant.

Here are just 3 benefits an expecting mother receives when she sees a chiropractor:

1. Pelvic alignment: Pressure from the growth of your baby can cause the muscles around the pelvis to pull in different directions causing it to misalign. This can lead to lower back pain, hip pain, shooting pain down your leg, and muscle cramping. Aligning the pelvis helps to reduce this.

Aligning the pelvis is also recommended to help women achieve a more comfortable natural birth as it creates a better passage for the baby to pass through.

 2. Reducing Back Pain: As your baby grows the curve in your lumbar spine increases to prepare for birth. Back pain can occur as part of the radical change in your body. The chiropractor helps to reduce pressure in the area which relieves tension build up.

 3. Symptomatic relief: As an expecting mother goes through the trimesters they produce a hormone called relaxin which helps/prepares the body for the birthing process. As this occurs you are prone to symptoms of sciatica & carpal tunnel for instance. Chiropractic helps relieve those symptoms through the treatment.

These may be benefits but is this safe for the mother and their baby?

Chiropractors are trained and fully equipped to deal with pregnant women. All techniques are modified to cater for their circumstance to ensure the highest degree of safety for the mother and baby.

Chiropractic is listed as a recommendation on many mother and baby websites and we frequently get referrals from doctors to treat their patients.

Like all modalities there are certain exercises and treatments a health professional avoids when caring for an expecting mother and chiropractic is no different.

Chiropractic is a Natural Health Care modality. This means treatments do not consist of anything unnatural going into the body or performed on the body. So it may be safer to receive care from a chiropractor as opposed to medication.

So what to do from here?

If you are pregnant, book in for a chiropractic consultation.

Why?

To receive the benefits that are on offer!

 

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

 

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What can sitting in an office chair for long periods at a time do to your body?

Many of us these days work in an office setting for long periods at a time. Most of us know it is not ideal. Most of us also know that it is better for us to get up every 10-15 min to have a small stretch, but how many of us actually do that?

Here at Dulwich Hill Chiropractic & Therapeutic Centre we like to encourage everyone to do the most ideal routines to reduce the risk of injury and ill health. Sometimes we can find it quite challenging to get the message across especially when it is really important. Like most things, if it is a gradual development of an onset we tend to brush it off. All of a sudden an injury or a condition develops and we suddenly have no idea why.

Here are just 4 conditions that can develop from sitting on a chair for long periods at a time:

1. Damage to the heart.

A research paper in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, shows that women sitting for long periods at a time are more at risk of developing Cardiovascular disease than those who sit for shorter periods of time. This is a due to the extended amount of sedation which restricts the amount of blood flow leading to clogging of the heart.

2. Loss of Brain function

 This is due to the lack of oxygenated blood going into the brain. Without oxygen, the brain cannot metabolise glucose adequately which means it cannot power neurons effectively. This effects even the most basic of functions like planning and digestion.

3. Neck injury

The average human adult head weighs 5kg. Might not sound like much but, go and lift a 5kg weight with your arm stretched out for 1 minute. Your arm starts to ache. Imagine what you are doing to your neck when you start to relax and lean forward. You strain the muscles in the back of your neck. This can lead to many other compensations in the shoulders and upper back, and let’s not forget the headaches.

4. Spinal disc compression

Your spine is meant to be mobile and flexible. It should be allowed to expand and contract. Unfortunately sitting for long periods at a time takes away its ability to do so. So what tends to happen is that the spine and the muscles supporting it stiffen and slowly compress. This leaves you more prone to disc injuries like a herniated disc. It can also lead to other degenerative disorders like arthritis.

 

What to do from here:

Well here are a few tips on how to change the routine and the habit.

1. Ensure your desk is set to your ergonomically correct standard. If you can’t find the appropriate setting online, one of our chiropractors would be more than happy to help with advice.

2. Ensure you break up your day with sitting and standing. An adjustable desk or computer station is quite handy.

3. Exercise at your desk. Simple exercise like stretching the neck and shoulders can be so beneficial. Stand up and stretch your hamstrings and your lower back. Try doing this every 15minutes.

There are other things you can do as well but if you can concentrate on these 3 it will add years to your life. Why do I say this?….because research has time and time again shown the impact on chronic diseases due to sitting for long periods. Those chronic diseases can take years off your life.

SO GET MOVING!

For more advice in setting up a workstation or how to perform the most ideal stretches and exercises, you can contact, Nigel Luis or Tim Paynter from Dulwich Hill Chiropractic & Therapeutic Centre and pick their brains for a while.

 

Charbel Chehade

Health Professional & Clinic manager