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Top tips to break your bad back habits

by | March 2nd, 2024

In today’s fast-paced world, where hours are spent hunched over screens, and physical activity often takes a backseat, bad back habits have become a common plight for many. These habits can lead to chronic pain, reduced mobility, and a significant decrease in quality of life. However, the good news is that it’s never too late …

How Strength Training Can Help Reduce Back Pain

by | July 25th, 2023

Back pain is a prevalent issue in Australia, and understanding the common causes is essential for prevention and management. One of the primary causes is poor ergonomics and prolonged sitting. According to a study conducted by the University of Sydney, prolonged sitting and improper workplace ergonomics were associated with an increased risk of developing low …

A Chiropractor’s Top Tips For Hikers

by | July 24th, 2023

Hiking is a popular outdoor activity that involves walking on trails or paths in natural environments such as forests, mountains, or national parks. It offers a range of physical, mental, and emotional benefits. Hiking is a great way to stay active and improve cardiovascular health, as it involves walking uphill, downhill, and on varied terrain. …

How To Improve Lumbar Stability (& Improve Back Pain!)

by | May 4th, 2023

If you suffer from back pain, you’re not alone. Back pain is a common complaint, affecting millions of people every year. One way to improve back pain is by improving lumbar stability. In this blog post, we’ll discuss what lumbar stability is, why it’s important, and some exercises you can do to improve it. What …

How Your Devices Are Causing You Pain!

by | May 3rd, 2023

As a Chiropractor, I see a lot of patients who experience pain and discomfort in their neck, shoulders, and back. And more often than not, these issues are related to the use of technology devices, such as computers, phones, and TVs. Here’s why your devices might be causing you pain, and what you can do …

Commonly Asked Questions About Back Spasms!

by | February 28th, 2023

What are muscle spasms and why do they happen? A spasm is a contraction of a muscle that you didn’t mean to contract. This happens within tired muscles that are low on electrolytes and water, which are lost in sweat. Also known as cramps, muscle spasms can occur in any muscle of the body, but …

Common tradie injuries and what you can do about them!

by | November 16th, 2022

In Australia tradespeople and labourers are ranked among one of the highest workforces for incidences of workplace/work-related injuries, making up 22.6% (almost a quarter) of professional injuries and 60% of serious injury claims.  Most trades are labour-intensive and can be quite hard on the body, often leading to tradespeople having a few aches and pains …

Top Exercises For Lower Back Pain

by | August 11th, 2022

As Chiropractors, we frequently see patients for a range of conditions. A common complaint we care for in practice is lower back pain. The lower back and pelvis are a complex region made up of a lot of muscles, joints, ligaments, and nerves. It is designed to support and stabilize the entire spine sitting on …

Are Chiropractors Good For Herniated Discs?

by | April 27th, 2022

Intervertebral discs are located between each of the vertebrae in your spine. These spinal discs have an outer layer, known as the ‘annulus’ and an inner layer that is soft and gel-like, called the ‘nucleus.’ The discs absorb shock, aims to keep the spine stable and allows the entire body to move freely. A herniated …

Do Chiropractors help with back pain?

by | February 5th, 2022

Back pain is one of the most common causes of body pain in Australia, affecting 70-90% of the population at least once in their lifetime. Back pain can range from mild, aching to severe, stabbing pain and can be experienced on one or both sides whilst occasionally radiating into the extremity areas: arms or legs. …

Top Exercises for Mid Back Pain

by | November 30th, 2021

Mid back pain can become an issue for anyone, no matter your lifestyle. People who are generally affected include students, desk workers, tradies, stay at home mum’s and the older population. In 2017-2018, it was estimated that 4 million Australians were suffering with mid back pain – that’s 1 in 6 Australians! In 2015, back …

Can Chiropractic care help with sacroiliac joint dysfunction?

by | November 9th, 2021

In this blog post, we are going to talk about sacroiliac joint dysfunction (SJD) and whether Chiropractic care can help! But first of all, What is the sacroiliac joint?  The sacroiliac joint has two joints where the pelvis connects with the sacrum, which is the bone where the spine stacks on top of. This joint …

Top exercises for upper back pain

by | October 31st, 2021

Upper back pain is described as discomfort in the spine between your shoulder blades, ranging from the neck to the bottom of the ribcage. This discomfort is experienced by approximately 16% of the population at least once in their entire lives. The upper area of our spine is designed to protect the vital organs within …

How to strengthen your thoracic spine

by | October 6th, 2021

Why is it important to strengthen the thoracic spine? When the thoracic spine is well looked after, exercised and mobile, it is one of the strongest and most structurally important areas of the body. The thoracic spine attaches to the ribs, meaning the entire structure is reinforced on either side by bone. On top of …

Can Chiropractic help with arthritis?

by | September 29th, 2021

A common question Chiropractors get asked is “can Chiropractic help with my arthritis?”. This can be a difficult question to answer because there are multiple different types of arthritis and they are often managed quite differently.  What is arthritis? Arthritis is most easily described as an inflammation, irritation or degeneration of the joints. There are …

What causes a pinched nerve and can Chiropractic help?

by | September 29th, 2021

A pinched nerve usually refers to a spinal nerve, which is a large nerve exiting the spine through holes between the vertebrae. These nerves are the ones that can cause intense pain from a disc bulge. However, nerves can be pinched at different locations and by different structures in the body. For example, the sciatic …

Can Chiropractic help with pelvic conditions?

by | September 29th, 2021

Pelvic pain can be felt in many areas of the pelvis. Some people experience pain at the very base of their low back, below the vertebrae in the low back. Others feel the pain on the sides of their pelvis, particularly over the bony bumps. Another common place to feel pain on the pelvis is …

How can you look after your lumbar spine?

by | September 12th, 2021

What is the lumbar spine? Where is it located and what are some conditions that may affect it? The lumbar spine is made up of 5 vertebral segments and intervertebral discs which are crucial to the stability of your low back. These bones are larger and sturdier than the rest of their counterparts because they …

Common Running Injuries & How Chiropractic May Help

by | September 1st, 2021

Running and its affect on the body Often, the first goal a lot of people have when they want to increase their fitness levels, get moving or embark on a new fitness journey is get running. Most people only think of the positive impact that running has on the body, but tend to forget about …

How can Chiropractic help golfers?

by | August 24th, 2021

Golf is a sport that puts a lot of stress through the torso and low back, often resulting in back pain – but having regular Chiropractic care may be able to help manage and treat back pain. Amateur golfers will swing a driver up to 90 km/hr and PGA pros will swing a driver 193+km/hr …

How can Chiropractic help truck drivers?

by | July 21st, 2021

One of the most common problems truck drivers at our practice in Geelong come in with is low back pain and neck pain. There are many reasons for this, and I’d like to address a few of them which may help some truckies stay on the road comfortably. Firstly, what conditions commonly affect truck drivers …

Why can you wake up sore and stiff in the morning?

by | July 16th, 2021

Feeling sore and stiff when you first wake up in the morning is a common issue that can be associated with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. According to the Australian Institute Of Health and Welfare, it is estimated that 6.1 million Australians across all ages suffer from arthritis or other musculoskeletal conditions. Although common, it’s important …

Can Chiropractic Care Help Teachers?

by | July 10th, 2021

Teaching can be a tough, but rewarding profession. The job itself requires a lot of physical strength due to the prolonged periods of sitting and standing, crouching and bending down to tables made for smaller children, carrying stacks of paper and heavy books, as well as the now added stress of teaching over an online …

Top tips to avoid pain while gardening

by | July 2nd, 2021

Do you have a green thumb that is tingling to be let loose, or are you already apart of the 52% of keen gardeners across Australia? Gardening is an extremely rewarding hobby for the mind, body and soul that can enjoyed by people of all ages. Gardening requires a collection of skills, knowledge, hard work, …

Top sports for people with back pain

by | June 30th, 2021

As Chiropractors, we regularly see patients coming into our practices with back pain. The pain can range in intensity and frequency and can have many causes, such as poor posture and repetitive stresses to the area. Participating in sport is a great way to keep fit and active, but certain sports can also put unnecessary …

The importance of lifting correctly

by | June 8th, 2021

Manual handling makes up 28% of injuries to Victorian workers. Manual handling includes – but is not limited to – lifting, pushing and pulling. Poor lifting technique can lead to a range of injuries, including – Muscle sprains and tears Ligament strains and ruptures Disc injuries Hernias The above injuries occur because poor lifting places added …

How can Chiropractic care help tradies?

by | June 6th, 2021

Having a sore back is NOT part of the job There’s no doubt that being a tradie is tough work. It is a very physically demanding job, thus being able to feel, function and move at your optimum is very important. Optimum feeling, functioning and moving is often not the case for many tradies – …

Common work-related musculoskeletal conditions and what you can do to avoid them

by | June 1st, 2021

What is the musculoskeletal system? The musculoskeletal system is the framework of our body that provides us with the ability to produce movement. This system consists of muscles, bones, ligaments, cartilage, tendons and other connective tissue. Musculoskeletal injuries are quite common in the workplace, especially in those occupations with manual handling. A musculoskeletal injury is …

What are the health benefits of standing desks?

by | February 24th, 2021

It is no secret that we, as humans are designed to move and that our bodies thrive with movement. Whether it is going for marathon runs, walks along the beach or even something as simple as pulling a few weeds in the garden, movement is a key factor in looking after our overall health and …

What are the best and worst bags for your back?

by | January 22nd, 2021

What backpack should I use? Does my child need to wear a particular type of bag? My child’s school bag is so heavy – this can’t be good for their back?!  These are questions I hear every single day in practice. With so much confusing information out there, these kinds of questions do not come …

Exercises you should NOT do if you have back pain!

by | November 26th, 2020

As Chiropractors, we often get asked – “what exercises should I avoid with back pain?”. This is a great (and important) question to ask as many people who experience back pain go straight to strengthening their back in an attempt to fix it. Going straight to strengthening the back can be a problem for a …

Top exercises to do for back pain

by | November 24th, 2020

We frequently see people coming into our practices with back pain, presenting a wide range of symptoms including dull aches, numbness, sharp or burning pain, muscle spasms and pain referring to the glutes or hips. Causes of back pain also vary and range from poor posture and repetitive stresses, to disc injuries, sudden awkward movement, …