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The Effects of Stress on Posture and Back Pain

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Stress, Posture and Back Pain

There are multiple types of stress; internal (mentally or physiologically driven) and external (environmental, including climatic, dietary, toxicity, etc). We are talking about the commonly accepted idea of stress; the headache and frustration from going to work, the pain in relationships, of self-esteem, of arguing with others, etc.

It is mentally driven, internal, but not isolated to the individual because the mind is in interaction with the environment; with society, with our commonly held beliefs, accepted roles and practices, all of which, depending on the cultural program may be more or less associated with the inner feeling of stress.

Stress is not the fault of the individual, but the society as a whole, as the ‘one’ functions as a product of the ‘whole’. This is not to negate the responsibility of the individual but to firstly outline that he/she is not the sole operator.

This article is not intended to analyze or define stress further, but to outline the possible implication on the neuromuscular system.  It is well accepted in modern thinking that the mind-body has a continuous connection.  Current research is showing this; anger is linked to adverse cardiovascular outcome; forgiveness is linked to cardiobeneficial outcomes.  So anger is cardiotoxic and forgiveness is cardioprotective (you can read more here from the American Journal of Cardiology if you wish —> click here ).

This is the implications of just one area of the body; what about the rest of the system?

Posture and Back Pain

‘Negative’ perception of events generating emotions such as anger, resentment, grief, worry, etc. imprint the physiology of the body into fight or flight; attack or withdraw.

Worry, grief, depression, anxiety, lack of purpose, etc. influence the neuromuscular system to stoop; hunch down in an attempt to return to the all protective fetus position.  This mentally driven response changes muscular tone to drop the head forward, round the shoulders and flatten the lumbar curve, which equals:

a) poor posture, b) decreased capacity to absorb the weight bearing forces of gravity through the spine, and c) decreased range of motion.

This can lead to overload at key junctions of the spinal column, particularly the upper and lower neck, mid back, and lower back, which, with repeated occurrence

can lead to pain, stiffness, and degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis and disc bulge.  

Anger, hate, aggression, etc. also influence the neuromuscular system to curl into a ball in an attempt to brace for battle.  This is the typical boxers stance; the shoulders hike upwards, the arms rotate and the natural  curvature reduces, which again has similar effects to the above mentioned response in withdrawal.

What to do?

As the key source of stress is internally generated; i.e. how the individual responds to the environment, how the programming of the mind interprets the incoming stimuli, the solution for the stress-related effects on posture and back pain must come from within.

This article is not intended to solve the root cause of internal stress; an entire book could be devoted to such a topic. There are multiple historic and cultural avenues to proceed along:

  • religiously we can use meditation, yoga, prayer, chanting, surrender, taking holy names, mantras, japas, etc. or
  • secularly we can use introspective journalling, psychology, exercise, nature, early morning sunlight, decreased usage of media, group activities, family and/or friendship conversation and bonding, music, art, recreational or medical drugs, etc.

There is no single way; each must find his own light; copying will not turn on the inner flame but merely make you a reflection of the other.

This article aims at increasing the awareness around the multifaceted nature of neuromuscular problems: posture, back pain, neck pain, headaches, etc.  The human organism is infinitely interconnected internally and externally, and the more we increase the level of awareness about the multifaceted nature of life, the more we can look at the problems of the body as inter-related: mind-body-spirit, and avoid the infantile approach of reductionist thinking.

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Chiropractic Care For Pain Relief

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Chiropractic Care For Pain Relief

New Article From Harvard University

In chiropractic circles, it has been long known that chiropractic is an excellent, drug free, non surgical option to help relieve painwhether it be acute (short-term) and severe, or chronic (long term).

Here is what Harvard University has to say:

“Chiropractic is a health care system that holds that the structure of the body, particularly the spine, affects the function of every part of the body. Chiropractors try to correct the body’s alignment to relieve pain and improve function and to help the body heal itself.

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Activator Adjustment

While the mainstay of chiropractic is spinal manipulation, chiropractic care now includes a wide variety of other treatments, including manual or manipulative therapies, postural and exercise education, ergonomic training (how to walk, sit, and stand to limit back strain), nutritional consultation, and even ultrasound and laser therapies. In addition, chiropractors today often work in conjunction with primary care doctors, pain experts, and surgeons to treat patients with pain.

Most research on chiropractic has focused on spinal manipulation for back pain. Chiropractic treatment for many other problems—including other musculoskeletal pain, headaches, asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome, and fibromyalgia—has also been studied. A recent review concluded that chiropractic spinal manipulation may be helpful for back pain, migraine, neck pain, and whiplash.

There have been reports of serious complications, including stroke, following spinal manipulation of the neck, although this is very rare and some studies suggest this may not be directly caused by the treatment.

“Spinal manipulation” is a generic term used for any kind of therapeutic movement of the spine, but used more precisely it is the application of quick but strong pressure on a joint between two vertebrae of the spine. That 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 and other practitioners accomplish this by positioning the body so the force they exert is focused on one joint while parts of the spine above and below it 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. Look for improvements in your symptoms after a couple of weeks.

In addition, a chiropractor may advise you about changing your biomechanics and posture and suggest other treatments and techniques. The ultimate goal of chiropractic is to help relieve pain and help patients better manage their condition at home.”

You can click on this link Harvard University and Chiropracticto read more.  All credits to authors where due.

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Chiropractic For Chronic Back Pain

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CHIROPRACTIC AND CHRONIC PAIN:

Back Pain, Neck Pain, Sciatica, Nerve Pain, Severe Pain Etc.

chronic pain

Chronic pain simply means any pain that has lasted for more than 3 months. It could be back pain, or neck, in the arms, legs, shoulder, headaches, etc.  Musculoskeletal pain (in the muscles and bones) affects a wide number of Australians with $34.3 billion spent annually on chronic pain.

Some things to think about:

  • aging population
  • 67% report some bodily pain last 4 weeks
  • More than 3 million Australians with back pain
  • 15% will get arthritis
  • 1 in 10 will get disc bulge with/without nerve pain

The source of musculoskeletal pain is more than often from the joints, that creak, grind, rub, irritate.
Pain is relayed to the brain via the nervous system.  So it is:

  • the bones, muscles and ligaments (musculoskeletal system), together with
  • the nervous system that contributes to chronic pain.

Chiropractic treatment effects both:

  • the musculoskeletal and
  • the nervous system

Therefore targeting a source of chronic pain.

ON YOUR FIRST VISIT

We provide digital posture analysis, history, and examination of:

  • sore muscles, bones, and ligaments
  • nervous system
  • painful areas

We use safe, low force treatments.  Our chiropractors teach other chiropractors.  We are nationally certified.  We are friendly to GP’s.  We do not crack/twist the spine.

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Chiropractor Norwest – Book Online

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Chiropractor Norwest – Book Online 

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Online bookings are available for chiropractic appointments, both for new patients and our regular patients.  It is quick, easy and fast.  You can easily select your preferred:

  • doctor
  • day, and
  • time

There is also an option to add a personalized message.  For example:
“Dear Dr Bryan, I’ve had a fall in the garage and now have lower back pain”.  We get notified instantly after you book an appointment and thus will be well prepared for your visit.

There other benefits of the clinic include:

  • Health fund rebates: we are a preferred provider for both BUPA and Medibank, plus accept most other funds.  Just bring your card along.  Dr Bryan Hornby is a BUPA chiropractor and a Medibank Chiropractor.
  • Gentle Treatment Method: no cracking/twisting of the spine in our treatment protocols which lowers the risk whilst still treating the problem.  We offer two internationally recognized treatment methods:
    • Activator Methods: find out more click here.
    • Sacro-Occipital Technique SOT: find out more click here.
  • Long opening hours: Start at 7.30 am finish at 7.00 pm weeknights, 8.00 – 13.00 Saturday.  Click here for more information on chiropractic times.
  • Dr Bryan Hornby is nationally accredited with APHRA, COCA chiropractic body, helps teach SOT to other chiropractors/students, has experience in both city and rural, has treated more than 7,000 patient visits.

We are ready to help you.
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Are Neck and Arm pain related?

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ARE NECK AND ARM PAIN RELATED?

Neck and Arm Pain

The neck, being a sensitive structure, with a mass of nerves, blood vessels, lymphatic tissue etc traversing through it can be injured or aggravated giving rise to shoulder, arm, or hand pain.  

The brain and spinal cord send out nerves to the rest of the body to monitor and control it.  Some of these delicate nerves travel through the neck bones, called cervical vertebrae.  There are little openings in the bones for the nerves to exit.  Cervical Nerves

The neck bones rely on normal alignment and motion to transfer load from the head, or in simple terms, to stay healthy.  Poor alignment and motion can result in decay, also called spinal degeneration.

Spinal degeneration

This affects the hole where the nerve comes out from the neck and down the arm.  This causes a pinched nerve and may produce shoulder pain, elbow pain, wrist or hand pain, as well as pins and needles, burning, or other unusual pain.  This is called referred pain, or dermatomal pain, which the pinched nerve in the cause.

If the degeneration is extremely severe, the patient may need to seek surgical advice.  But if the degeneration is mild to moderate, therapies like chiropractic may help.  If the spinal alignment and motion is poor, spinal adjustments may be performed by hand or machine.  This can help to reduce abnormal tension.

Other causes of referred pain from the neck to the arm include tight muscles around the front and back of the neck, of which chiropractic, as well as massage can help.  Poor spinal alignment in the middle of the back may also cause arm pain and mimic referred pain.  Get your chiropractor to perform a full spine analysis to see if any nearby areas may also be contributing to the pain.

At Gentle Care Chiropractic Norwest, we use an internationally recognized and Australian approved treatment method called Activator Methods, which uses a machine to treat the spinal bones.  This is a low force method and thus low risk of side effect.  It involves no drugs or surgery, is quick and relatively pain free.

If you feel that a chiropractic examination is necessary to determine if poor alignment or spinal motion is resulting in referred pain from the neck to the arm, please call us on 02 9672 6892 or you can book online.  (<— Click here)

We provide spinal examinations and chiropractic treatment for patients all over Sydney, including the local areas of Norwest, Bella Vista, Baulkham Hills, Castle Hill, Glenwood, Parklea, Doonside, Cherrybrook, West Pennant Hills, and more.  We are open early & late (until 7pm) Mon-Wed-Fri and on weekends Sat 8-1.

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Back Pain? Try some placebo surgery

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Recent article from “The Age” 2016. Taken from this link (click here to read full article)

Surgeon Ian Harris says many people considering spinal surgery for back pain should think carefully.

“Surgeon Ian Harris says many people considering spinal surgery for back pain should think carefully. Photo: UNSW
The ultimate placebo
A common operation for back pain is not only ineffective but often leads to complications, a former spinal surgeon is claiming in a new book. In Surgery, The Ultimate Placebo Ian Harris says that when spine fusion operations appear to work, it’s usually because of a placebo effect. He writes:
Millions of people have had spine fusions for back pain and I am not at all convinced that the benefits of this surgery outweigh the considerable harms.
Spine fusion (getting two neighbouring vertebral bodies to heal together) can be done for many reasons, but the most common reason is degenerative conditions (wear and tear, arthritis, spondylosis) in the lumbar spine.
Yet there is very little evidence that spine fusion surgery for back pain is effective. It is very expensive (the implants alone are often tens of thousands of dollars per case), often leads to complications, often requires further surgery, is associated with increased mortality, and often does not even result in the spine being fused.
The rate of spine fusion surgery is increasing and has been increasing for many years. The rate in the US has gone way past the rate of one spine fusion per 1000 population per year. It has overtaken hip replacement surgery and continues to rise. The rates of surgery vary widely across the US, where back fusion is associated with a high degree of practice variation.

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Several reasonably decent randomised clinical trials have been published comparing surgery to non-operative treatment for back pain. There have been no sham surgery trials, but the evidence from these [other] trials indicate that this surgery might achieve its results through the placebo effect.
Two of the studies put spine fusion surgery up against non-operative treatment alternatives: cognitive behavioural therapy in one study, and intensive physical rehabilitation in another. These studies found no significant differences in the outcomes between the operative and non-operative groups (except that the complication rate in the surgical group was higher). As usual, both groups showed improvement.
The point is that roughly the same proportion of patients in each group improved, by roughly the same amount. A third study concluded that the surgical group did better. Interestingly, the surgical group didn’t do any better than in the other studies; the difference was that the non-operative group didn’t get better at all. This is because the non-operative treatment was not dressed up as something that might work (that is, it wasn’t a good placebo).
Interestingly, in the rare cases that physical therapies have been compared to sham treatments, there is no consistent difference in the results between real and sham exercise. One could reasonably conclude that if you do something (anything) that looks like it might work for back pain, is structured and has plausibility, about two thirds of the patients will get better, as for many of the placebo treatments already discussed.
With spine injections many patients improve afterwards, but when compared to placebo injections in properly blinded studies, the results are no better.
Surgery for back pain has the exact effect I would expect it to have if it was a placebo. If it was a placebo, it would also explain why it doesn’t matter what surgical approach you use, whether or not you put any implants in, and whether or not the spine fuses.
I once attended a course by an internationally renowned spine surgeon (yes, I used to be a spine surgeon, and I used to do spine fusions) who explained that nearly all treatments for back pain result in improvements in about two thirds of the patients. I asked him why he did spine fusions for back pain, if it was no more effective than the alternatives. He said, ‘Because it works in about two thirds of the patients’.
The other thing about spine fusion surgery is that even the case series aren’t that great. Re-operation rates of 20 per cent or more after only a few years are common, persistent pain is common, and ongoing need for treatment such as physical therapy and opioids is common. The failure of spine surgery is so common that it has been given a name: failed back syndrome (FBS).
One study showed that the most common cause of death after spine fusion surgery is opioid overdose. Spine surgery is not just a sugar pill; it is a much more elaborate placebo than that, and it is much more dangerous.
The onus is on doctors to prove that spine fusion surgery for back pain is better than placebo before subjecting so many people to the risks of such major surgery.
Also, with a back-of-the-envelope calculation multiplying 500,000 spine fusions a year in the US (including neck fusions) at an average cost of $100,000 each, I am certainly not convinced that it is worth $50 billion a year. Somebody is winning here and it isn’t the patients.
This is an edited extract from Surgery, The Ultimate Placebo: A surgeon cuts through the evidence by Ian Harris (NewSouth) published on 1 March 2016. rrp $24.99

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/national/back-pain-try-some-placebo-surgery-20160223-

 


Addiction: A Deep Look

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ADDICTION:
A Deeper Look

We all have our little addictions. That beer at the end of the day. The chocolate after you’ve put the kids to bed. The coffee in the morning. Or, more severely, the pack of cigarettes each day, or the bottle of Johnny each night.
Addiction is a part of our lives (as much as we don’t want to admit it). And is it really a problem? ..well no, unless it is.

Addiction can be seen as a symptom of a deeper issue. Research is now emerging as to the insignificance of the actual substance in addiction, and the much greater role of general wellbeing and community support. There is a story of American soldiers in Vietnam during the war. It is estimated that up to 20% the soldiers that were deployed in Vietnam were addicted to heroin/opium. The government anticipated a major public health crisis when these men returned home. Can you imagine? Thousands of previously healthy young men returning to their families as junkies with a hopeless substance dependence.
What they found instead was that when these men returned home, 95% of them gave up heroin practically overnight. There are many such examples. It is not an accident that it is the most vulnerable members of our society that tend towards serious and harmful addiction.

Our little brain receptors are not helpless against the addictive forces of heroin/cocaine/coffee/sugar. It is the situation that we may be escaping from that is key. When we are vulnerable, then we are vulnerable. Therefore when we are not loved, not in a community, not happy, isolated, stressed out, going against that which we know is right, we turn to that which will give us comfort/escape – enter the ‘drug’.

When we look at our everyday lives, and the little addictions that might not be doing our health much good, how else can we deal with this? Stress happens. Isolation happens. Loneliness happens. These are elements of our emotional landscape which we all have to deal with. We can look to comfort from more helpful sources. We can seek calm through meditation. We can monitor our stress levels. We can put effort into strong and healthy family relationships or community involvement. We can not beat ourselves up for that little bit of chocolate.

So look at what it is you feel ‘addicted’ to. First ask yourself, within the scope of my life, is this really a problem? Is that chocolate at the end of the day really worth beating myself up over? How much better do I feel physically when I don’t have the beer everyday?
If the answer is yes/much!, then ask yourself “what am I seeking from this from this experience?”
If it is sugar, do you need more sweetness, or a connection to childhood fun? If it is coffee, do you need more excitement, more stimulation. How else could you source this?
Then take a wider view of your life situation. Are you supported? Are you connected to those around you? Could you help others more? Could you forge deeper emotional relationships?

If addiction is a serious problem in your life, please access help through Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Johann Hari is a speaker and researcher that has done a lot of work in the area of addiction. You can see his talk at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas here.

In health and happiness.
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A Walk In The Park

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A WALK IN THE PARK:
The ‘Magical‘ Combination

Prolonged sitting is an unavoidable part of many people’s lives.  Being dubbed ‘the new smoking’ and commented on by experts such as as Professor Michael Trenell who states “The message is clear, our chairs are slowly but surely killing us..”

But it’s not all doom and gloom.  In the same vein, alcohol can kill in excess but moderate consumption is okay.  Walking and exercise is undoubtedly the remedy for our movement-orientated bodies.

The other ‘demon’ that goes hand-in-hand with excessive sitting/long computer orientated work hours is stress.  Detrimental affects to human biology are well documented and will not be discussed in depth.

The perfect combination then would be to remedy both our psychology (inner world) and physiology (body) at the same time.  The ‘magical’ ally is available to humanity via Mother Nature and is intuitively recognized for it’s non-ordinary healing effect.

Humanity since time immemorial has retreated into Nature for revitalization.  We intrinsically feel the benefit of rejuvenation after a weekend away or a long walk in Her beauty.  The research is clear: up to 800% better immunity, less stress, lower blood pressure, etc are commonly documented bodily responses.

Modern science is baffled to the ‘secret link’ that allows this magical transformation as if contained in some molecular configuration.  The answer becomes clear if we allow ourselves to move into ‘magic’, or better put ‘non-ordinary experience’.  Ordinarily we think of ourselves, ‘me’, as a defined ‘individual’; “I am a man/woman, a doctor/mechanic/cleaner, a son/a father/etc, who likes ice-cream/the beach” etc.  As such, we use ordinary thought to construct a conceptual model of the ‘person’ that we believe ourselves to be based on sex, occupation, preferences, habits, etc.  And so we make a rigid structure in a dynamic world.  The rigidity and inflexibility has to be defended in the face of ongoing change or challenge.  ‘Stress’ arises when the tree bends and ‘we’ do not bend with it.  The origin of the word ‘person’ sheds light:  ‘Person’ comes from the word ‘persona’ which means mask.  Thus we defend the mask and get all worked up about the mask, not seeing it so.

The beauty of Nature is that it allows for transcendence of this ‘mask’ out of ordinary thought into non-ordinary or ‘magical’ experience.  When we stand on a mountain ridge, gaze at the Glory of the sun, or notice the beads of morning dew on a delicate flower, we are engulfed into pure observation devoid of this ‘I’. In observing, as we stand on the mountain top and say “aaaahhhhhh” all is well.  The ‘individual’ as we know it, the mask, the persona is instantly dissolved with the aid of the magical ally, Mother Nature.  All personal stress, the worries, the job, the house, kids, our likes/dislikes, all dissolve; the person dissolves.  Devoid of this ‘individual’ the mind is calm.  Non-ordinary, or non-personal experience is experienced as the beauty of Existence.

When we go into nature we intuitively reconnect with our Nature and thus receive a vast array of ‘real world’ benefits. Stress dissolves with the dissolution of the ‘person’ and the body moves from stress physiology to restorative mode; blood pressure drops, immunity improves, hormone and enzymatic function, etc.  Stress psychology gives way to inner sanctity as traditionally termed ‘negative’ emotions such as worry, fear, doubt, anger, frustration give way to peacefulness, stillness and calmness.

The ‘Magical Combination’ then to combat both inactivity and stress is WALK + NATURE.  Whilst Nature does not ‘contain’ the benefit, it acts as a facilitator by which the self-servingness of the individual/ego can be transcended.  Why not try it?  It is free and easily accessible.  Next time you are doing your daily/weekly walk, let Mother Nature benefit both physiology (body), psychology (mind), and dare we say it..the Spiritual Essence (soul).

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How does acupuncture work?

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This is probably the most frequently asked question for an acupuncturist. The answer is quite simple – by reinstating balance (aka ‘homeostasis’/’optimal function’) acupuncture allows the body to respond and overcome stressors and heal itself.

All healing methods operate on different models of health, all very relevant and suited for different people at different times. Biomedicine has cell biology. Chiropractic has spinal nerve stimulation. Acupuncture’s model is that of Qi. Qi is the vital force that animates the universe and ourselves. Qi (or ‘energy’) flows through specific channel pathways of the body and it’s correct and strong flow allows for optimum function.

This thinking doesn’t vibe with you? Then don’t worry about the theory behind it, come and feel the benefits for yourself. You don’t need to see the wind to feel it’s effects.

Natural Medicine is all about supporting the body’s own amazing powers to heal and thrive. Given the right conditions, your body can regulate itself in amazing ways. When it’s cold, you can warm yourself up. When it’s hot you have the ability to cool down. There are in-built responses to disease factors and stresses. We already have all we need within us to be healthy. As Natural Medicine Practitioners it is our job to facilitate your journey back to health. We correct imbalances as we see them, and we advise you on how to create the best possible environment (diet, exercise, positive thought) for your body, mind, and Qi to, not just survive, but thrive.

 

If you would like to discuss your treatment options, or book an appointment call Gentle Care Chiropractic Norwest on 02 9672 6892 or book online at www.gentlecarechironorwest.com.au

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Paracetamol ‘does not help back pain or arthritis’

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Paracetamol ‘does not help back pain or arthritis’

Paracetamol does not stop lower back pain or help the ache of arthritis and doctors should consider prescribing exercise instead, a major review has found.

The over-the-counter painkiller, which is taken by millions of people in Britain for back problems, was found to be no better than placebo.

In 2013 the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) warned that continued use of paracetamol could lead to heart, kidney and intestinal problems, and recommended GPs only prescribe the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time.

Exercise is a main factor in maintaining back health and minimizing pain.  But before you can exercise, joints need to be aligned to restore normal function.  If you exercise when your joint is out of position you will only do more damage.  Imagine if you cannot raise your arm up properly, if you try to do 101 exercise with this faulty movement pattern you will only do more damage.

This is why CHIROPRACTIC should be you first point of call for back and joint pain recovery.  Only chiropractors specialize in the ADJUSTMENT of the spine back to a normal position.  Others claim to do manipulation or joint ‘cracking’ – but this is not chiropractic.  Chiropractic is the only profession to do the ADJUSTMENT to restore function and nerve health.

You see, the body has IMMENSE NATURAL POWER that maintains life and health.  Health is not the absence of disease but balance.  Science calls this homeostasis; which simply means the body’s ability to maintain itself within a certain range.  With a strong system, illness and attack can be overcome; with a weak system you are prone to recurrent colds, headaches, infection, digestive problems, etc.

What maintains homeostasis? THE NERVOUS SYSTEM. When the brain is talking to the body it can send healing power to ward off disease.  Where is the nervous system?  In the SPINE.
CHIROPRACTIC treatments, by aligning the spine, ‘remove interference’ so that the brain can talk to the body.

If you would like to discuss your treatment options, or book an appointment call Gentle Care Chiropractic Norwest on 02 9672 6892 or visit www.gentlecarechironorwest.com.au

Servicing Sydney Australia, Castle Hill, Bella Vista, Norwest, Cherrybrook, Pennant Hills, Rouse Hill, Blacktown, The Ponds, Kellyville, Kellyville Ridge, Beaumont Hills, Seven Hills, with
CHIROPRACTIC – Chiropractor Bryan Hornby
some information for this was source from: Telegraph UK


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