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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

by Dr. Beau Kenihan, Chiropractor at Total Health Chiropractic Geelong 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 …

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, …