Prevention first.

The one thing that is arguably better than treatment itself is the prevention of a problem in the first place - such is the case for lower back injuries. With 1 in 6 Australians suffering from back problems, understanding ways to prevent stressing or exhausting your back can be highly advantageous both in the short run and long. 

Here are 6 top prevention tips to try:

1. Low-impact aerobic exercises: Low impact exercises elevate the heart rate and improve circulation. When this occurs, blood flow increases to the spine thereby supplying nutrients to the lower back structures in addition to hydrating them. As a result, stiffness can be reduced. Exercises can include walking, stationary cycling, elliptical machine.

2. Life heavy objects correctly: The lower back is prone to injury when lifting heavy objects incorrectly. Always use the correct lifting technique - bend at the hips, keep chest forward, keep the weight close to the body.

3. Correct posture: Poor posture can place pressure on your back. Support your back by sitting in the correct posture to avoid lower back injuries - sit straight and upright whilst maintaining a neutral posture. 

4. Improve overall physical health: The spine reflects overall health, anything you can do to improve overall physical fitness will benefit your spine. This can include keeping hydrated with water, minimizing alcohol and limiting nicotine intake.

5. Sleep: Getting enough restorative sleep is essential to keeping your back healthy as too little sleep can result in back pain.

6. Frequent travelers keep your back supported: Such includes lifting luggage correctly, bringing a pillow to support your back on long haul flights, and stretching whenever possible. 

Although these prevention tips can be highly beneficial, if you are experiencing pain or stiffness it may be time to look towards treatment. To make an appointment with us at Spinal Care Chiropractic Sydney Olympic Park, call us now on (02) 8964 6385 or book online at https://www.spinalcarechiropractic.com.au/makeabooking/.

The impacts of texting

In an era dominated by technology, it seems near impossible to be without our smartphones or tablets. With enticing aspects such as connectivity and convenience, we often find ourselves on our devices for long periods at a time. However, this can negatively impact our neck, back and spine due to the look-down position. 

Fortunately, there is no need to stop using technology altogether. Here are some tips to help keep your spine, neck and back healthy when using a device:

- Stretch: Keep in mind to stretch from time to time. Stretching increases blood flow to the muscles, relieving the stress that builds in the muscles from staying in the same position for periods at a time.

- Take breaks: It is easy to forget how long we've been on our phone when we're catching up with social media so remember to take breaks from time to time. This can be done by setting an alarm on your device as a reminder, or as simple as being more attentive to the time. 

- Posture: The look down position can result in neck and spinal pain. Maintain a straight and upright posture.

- Raise your phone: We often find ourselves in the look down position due to the height of our phone. Raise your phone closer to eye level to avoid tilting your head downwards and straining your neck. 

- Keep active: Although taking breaks can certainly help, it is important to keep active by incorporating daily exercise into your routine. Daily exercise can help strengthen muscle, improve posture as well as increase mobility thereby promoting a healthy spine, neck and back. 

If you are experiencing pain or stiffness despite trying these tips, it may be time to visit a Chiropractor. To make an appointment with us at Spinal Care Chiropractic Sydney Olympic Park, call us now on (02) 8964 6385 or book online at http://www.spinalcarechiropractic.com.au/makeabooking/.

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Tips to improve posture in the office

As society becomes more urban, we often find ourselves working in an office or an environment that requires us to be seated for periods at a time. While this may seem enticing at first – take for instance, working without having to break a sweat during summer, our posture and spine bears the brunt.

To alleviate the pressure placed on our backs, try these three nifty tips:

-          Maintain a neutral, upright posture during lunch:
During lunch time, give your back a break by going for a walk or standing up-right in a neutral posture.

-          Sit straight and upright:
For periods where you are sedentary, sit with a straight and upright back, this takes pressure off your spine and back muscles thereby reducing the chances of back pain.

-          Raise the height of your computer monitor:
If your monitor is too low, chances are you will find yourself slouching to look down at the monitor. This places unnecessary strain on your spine and can encourage back and neck pain.  

However, if you find yourself in a position where your posture is suffering, and your back and neck pain persists, it may be time to visit a chiropractor. Using adjustments and evidence based treatment, chiropractors can alleviate pain, improve posture, reduce headaches, and heighten overall wellbeing.

To make an appointment with us at Spinal Care Chiropractic Sydney Olympic Park, call us now on (02) 8964 6385 or book online at https://www.spinalcarechiropractic.com.au/makeabooking/.
 

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Don't forget to stretch!

The importance of stretching has been emphasized by various professionals from personal trainers to chiropractors and sporting coaches. Yet, we often find ourselves forgetting to do so despite the plethora of benefits that come from stretching and the way it seamlessly complements chiropractic care.

 

Stretching is a fantastic way to keep our muscles and joints relaxed, mobile and feeling well with the added benefit of being cost-free. However, if these reasons aren’t enticing enough to get you stretching, perhaps these four compelling explanations will.

 

-          Promotes spinal alignment:
Stretching the muscles in your chest, shoulders, and lower back can help improve your posture by keeping your spine in better alignment. This prevents the muscles surrounding your spine and back from favoring one side thereby decreasing the chances of non-symmetrical alignment.

 

-          Improves flexibility and range of motion:
Regular stretching can improve one’s flexibility and range of motion which can in turn, make you more flexible and less prone to injury. Not only will this save you from experiencing pain over a pulled or torn muscle, but it will also save you a trip to the doctors’ office.

 

-          Relieves stress and detoxifies the body:
Stretching a great way to increase blood flow to the muscles, organs and brains which can as a result, flush out the bad toxins accumulating in the soft tissues. When this occurs, not only is the built-up tension decreased, but so is stress in the cognitive state.

 

-          Assists and relieves lower back pain:
In releasing tension and easing stiffness in the muscles through detoxification, stretching is a fantastic pain reliever that is non-invasive, danger-free, and drug-free.


While stretching is a great way to relieve stress and pain while improving flexibility and range of motion, if you remain suffering from pain and spinal misalignment, it may be time to consider chiropractic care.

To make an appointment with us at SpinalCare Chiropractic Sydney Olympic Park, call us now on (02) 8964 6385 or book online at https://www.spinalcarechiropractic.com.au/makeabooking/.
 

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Step into Summer


 

 

   
  
  
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
  
  
  
  
  
  
  Australia during the summer season is truly a period of bliss. Renowned for warm weather, clear skies, and long hours of daylight, it is the perfect time to go for a walk.  Walking is a great low-impact, cardiovascular exercise with a plethora of benefits for your back, spine and discs, posture, and overall wellbeing. Check out the list below to see why many chiropractors encourage their patients to go for walks as opposed to staying sedentary.   1.       It keeps you functional: When you stop engaging in regular aerobic exercise, simple tasks such as bending over to tie your shoelaces can become arduous. By walking just 30 to 40 minutes, 3 to 7 days a week, one can improve their ability to perform such tasks as their day-to-day functional capabilities are maintained.  2.       Strengthens muscles in the feet, legs, hips, and torso: Walking increases the stability of the spine and conditions the muscles that keep the body in the upright position.  3.       Improves flexibility and posture: Walking in addition to regular stretching encourages a greater range of motion which can help prevent awkward movements and the susceptibility of future injuries. This is especially the case for those who work in offices and spend hours seated, looking at monitors or phones.  4.       Increase mobility: Being low impact, walking can relieve the tension that is built up in the lower back area.   5.       Affordable! Going for a walk can take place in any location, at any time, without any cost!     Whilst walking is a great way to improve your spinal and back health, if your posture, mobility or flexibility continues to deteriorate, it may be time to venture into chiropractic care.  Using postural correction (Advanced Biostructural Correction) and Trigenics (Musclar Release Technique), Dr. Yoon can help improve your everyday functional capabilities.     To make an appointment with us at SpinalCare Chiropractic Sydney Olympic Park, call us now on (02) 8964 6385 or book online at  https://www.spinalcarechiropractic.com.au/makeabooking/.      

Australia during the summer season is truly a period of bliss. Renowned for warm weather, clear skies, and long hours of daylight, it is the perfect time to go for a walk.

Walking is a great low-impact, cardiovascular exercise with a plethora of benefits for your back, spine and discs, posture, and overall wellbeing. Check out the list below to see why many chiropractors encourage their patients to go for walks as opposed to staying sedentary. 

1.       It keeps you functional:
When you stop engaging in regular aerobic exercise, simple tasks such as bending over to tie your shoelaces can become arduous. By walking just 30 to 40 minutes, 3 to 7 days a week, one can improve their ability to perform such tasks as their day-to-day functional capabilities are maintained.

2.       Strengthens muscles in the feet, legs, hips, and torso:
Walking increases the stability of the spine and conditions the muscles that keep the body in the upright position.

3.       Improves flexibility and posture:
Walking in addition to regular stretching encourages a greater range of motion which can help prevent awkward movements and the susceptibility of future injuries. This is especially the case for those who work in offices and spend hours seated, looking at monitors or phones.

4.       Increase mobility:
Being low impact, walking can relieve the tension that is built up in the lower back area. 

5.       Affordable!
Going for a walk can take place in any location, at any time, without any cost!

 

Whilst walking is a great way to improve your spinal and back health, if your posture, mobility or flexibility continues to deteriorate, it may be time to venture into chiropractic care.  Using postural correction (Advanced Biostructural Correction) and Trigenics (Musclar Release Technique), Dr. Yoon can help improve your everyday functional capabilities.

 

To make an appointment with us at SpinalCare Chiropractic Sydney Olympic Park, call us now on (02) 8964 6385 or book online at https://www.spinalcarechiropractic.com.au/makeabooking/.
 

 

Keep your back in check this holiday!

   
  
  
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
  
  
  
  
  
  
  In just a blink of the eye, we are almost approaching mid-December but more importantly, the long-awaited holiday and planned vacations. However, vacations often involve travelling and we all know that travelling in cars or planes for lengthy periods can be uncomfortable and even painful for our back, spine, and neck.  To alleviate or prevent back and neck pain from occurring, try these travel tips the next time you’re on a flight or road trip:   1.       Empty your back pockets:   Sitting on a stuffed wallet can shift your body to one side thereby throwing off your alignment and compress the sciatic nerve. This can result in pain and numbness.   2.       Make sure the driver’s seat is comfortable:  Ensure that the seat is raised enough so you can clearly see the road and adjust the seat’s angle. Try not to sit with your knees being higher than your hips for long periods at a time as it can flatten the spine and rotate the pelvis. This can lead to bad posture and pain.   3.       Use both hands when driving:  Gripping the steering wheel with only one hand can create unwanted rotation in the spine which may lead to back pain.   4.       Adjust car mirrors:  Ensure that you have a clear view without having to overextend, twist or turn your neck and back too much when checking the mirror as this can also cause discomfort and pain.   5.       Ask the flight attendant for a pillow:  Placing a pillow between your lower back and the chair is a good way to keep your spine straight and prevent slouching which may lead to back and neck pain.   6.       Move around the plane : Staying stationary during long haul travel can stress the spine and induce back pain or worsen existing back pain. When the safety light is turned off, see if there is room at the back for some quick stretching to ease stiffness.  From Doctor Yoon and the friendly team at Spinal Care Chiropractic Sydney Olympic Park, we wish you a happy holiday and prosperous New Year.  To book in an appointment before we close for the holidays on the 25th of December until the 3rd of January, call us now on (02) 8964 6385 or simply book online through our 'Make a booking' link.

In just a blink of the eye, we are almost approaching mid-December but more importantly, the long-awaited holiday and planned vacations. However, vacations often involve travelling and we all know that travelling in cars or planes for lengthy periods can be uncomfortable and even painful for our back, spine, and neck.

To alleviate or prevent back and neck pain from occurring, try these travel tips the next time you’re on a flight or road trip:

1.       Empty your back pockets:

Sitting on a stuffed wallet can shift your body to one side thereby throwing off your alignment and compress the sciatic nerve. This can result in pain and numbness.

2.       Make sure the driver’s seat is comfortable:
Ensure that the seat is raised enough so you can clearly see the road and adjust the seat’s angle. Try not to sit with your knees being higher than your hips for long periods at a time as it can flatten the spine and rotate the pelvis. This can lead to bad posture and pain.

3.       Use both hands when driving:
Gripping the steering wheel with only one hand can create unwanted rotation in the spine which may lead to back pain.

4.       Adjust car mirrors:
Ensure that you have a clear view without having to overextend, twist or turn your neck and back too much when checking the mirror as this can also cause discomfort and pain.

5.       Ask the flight attendant for a pillow:
Placing a pillow between your lower back and the chair is a good way to keep your spine straight and prevent slouching which may lead to back and neck pain.

6.       Move around the plane:
Staying stationary during long haul travel can stress the spine and induce back pain or worsen existing back pain. When the safety light is turned off, see if there is room at the back for some quick stretching to ease stiffness.

From Doctor Yoon and the friendly team at Spinal Care Chiropractic Sydney Olympic Park, we wish you a happy holiday and prosperous New Year.

To book in an appointment before we close for the holidays on the 25th of December until the 3rd of January, call us now on (02) 8964 6385 or simply book online through our 'Make a booking' link.

Chronic poor posture

Chronic poor posture is the number one leading cause of office workers' pain and discomfort. 
If you suffer from:
- Headaches
-Sinus pressure
- Neck pain or neck ache and back pain or back ache
- Tingling in the arm, fingers or leg
- Frozen shoulders/ loss of function in the shoulder
- Dizziness
- Fatigue
- Allergies
Chiropractic care can ease or eliminate the symptoms mentioned above by putting the body back into proper alignment. 
Call us today on 02 8964 6385 or book online using our online booking or visit us at 5A/7 Murray Rose Avenue Sydney Olympic Park Nsw 2127 and let us take care of your health.

Case Study Posture

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Tom first attended our clinic to for a sharp pain in his mid back and better posture. 

After treatment he noticed an increase in breathe, felt taller and no pain in the mid back

You may notice;

Shoulder to Neck Alignment
Open through the Chest
Improved balance

Are you or do you know anyone suffering from bad posture, back pain or neck pain? Make a booking to see how we can help you using our online booking or simply call us on 8964 6385 or visit our clinic at 5A/7 Murray Rose Avenue Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127 and our friendly receptionist will help you find a date and time that suits you.

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractors use hands on spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments, the theory being that proper alignment of the body’s musculoskeletal structure, particularly the spine, will enable the body to heal itself without surgery or medication. Manipulation is used to restore mobility to joints restricted by tissue injury caused by a traumatic event, such as falling, or repetitive stress, such as sitting without proper back support. Chiropractic is primarily used as a pain relief alternative for muscles, joints, bones and connective tissue, such as cartilage, ligaments and tendons. It also relieves back pain and neck pain from various causes including accidents, sports injuries, muscle strains and headaches.

What is spinal manipulation?

Spinal manipulation is a generic term used for any kind of therapeutic movement of the spine, it is the application of quick but strong pressure on a joint between two vertebrae of the spine. The pressure twists or rotates the joint beyond its normal range of motion and causes a sharp cracking noise. That distinctive noise is believed to be caused by the breaking of a vacuum or the release of a bubble into the synovial fluid, the clear, thick fluid that lubricates the spinal and other joints. Spinal manipulation can be done either directly by pushing on the vertebrae or indirectly by twisting the neck or upper part of the body. It should be done to only one spinal joint at a time. Chiropractors accomplish this by positioning the body so the force they exert is focused on one joint while parts of the spine above and below are held very still. Most spinal manipulation treatments take somewhere between 10 and 20 minutes and are scheduled two or three times a week initially. There will be significant improvement to your body and you will notice it in a couple of weeks.

Spinal manipulation and chiropractic care is generally considered a safe and effective treatment for acute low back pain, the type of sudden injury that results from moving furniture, excessive exercise or getting whiplash from a car accident. Acute back pain which is more common than chronic pain, lasts no more than six weeks and typically gets better on its own or quicker with chiropractic care.

Call us today on 8964 6385 or simply book online using our online booking or visit us at 5A/7 Murray Rose Avenue Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127 and let us take care of your spine.