By decreasing the amount we move each day, we have increased the severity of poor posture and in turn, its negative effects on health(1). Daily activities that we now consider common, like sitting at a desk, driving instead of walking, and even playing video games, may lead to incorrect posture.
What is poor posture?
Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting or lying down. When your posture is poor this can increase pressure on your spine and contribute to tension, soreness, headaches, back pain and fatigue. Australian adults, on average, spend an estimated five hours per day sitting, with a quarter of the population sitting for more than eight hours per day(2) including the 67% that play video games recreationally(3). This time sitting and hunching over a desk or on the couch can add pressure to the spine.
A healthy posture is all about healthy movement, by both your spine and your body. It does take discipline to correct poor posture, but there’s no doubt the benefits are well worth the effort.
The Straighten Up app, developed by the Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA) is designed to help everyday Australians maintain and improve their spinal health. Use the app to set reminders and receive notifications about sitting right, stretching, improving posture and even staying hydrated.
Download the FREE app and get your posture Ready for Life today!
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At Little Sprouts we are aware of a media storm on Chiropractic at the moment, particularly Paediatric care and Applied Kinesiology. This tends to happen every so often. We want to give you the heads up on what is going on and reassure you that we are open for all ages and business is as usual here. We are compliant with the recommendations.
In addition to five years of pre-registration education to be register as a chiropractor, my wife and I (and some of our Doctors) have completed 2 years (1100) hours of post-graduate paediatric education – a requirement for full membership with the Australian College of Chiropractic Paediatrics (ACCP). Our priority is to provide care in a safe and best evidence informed manner.
We perform rigorous assessment and develop treatment plans that fall within our skill set, in accordance with a patient’s individual needs. Chiropractors, including myself, treat more than 30,000 children (0-18) a week in Australia.
When treating all patients, however paediatrics in particular, safety is at the forefront of all care. We use a range of care modalities and specific manual therapies that are only used after thorough and age-specific individual assessment. When treating children, techniques and therapies are significantly modified in practice and pressure to ensure the safety of the patient, which is always our chief concern. All of our chiropractors have been extensively trained in paediatric care.
Despite recent media coverage, it is also important to consider that chiropractic is a very low-risk health profession, and serious adverse events are very rare and should be justified in context with the large numbers of children who enjoy the health benefits of visiting a chiropractor. A recent review (Todd 2014) concludes that the occurrence of serious events to SMT in the paediatric ages is rare.
I understand there is some confusion on chiropractic care and its avenues for treatment. I am proud of what we do, and as such if you have any other questions reply to this e-mail and we will get back to you.
Please view and share the video where Dr James and I explain all of this. It can be found here:
(1) Todd, A.J., Carroll, M.T., Robinson, A. and Mitchell, E.K., 2015. Adverse events due to chiropractic and other manual therapies for infants and children: a review of the literature. Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics, 38(9), pp.699-712.
Neck pain is a common presentation to a chiropractic office, with an annual prevalence of up to 50% and a re occurrence rate of 50-85% for as long as 5 years. A common theme we hear in our offices is “I have tried everything”, and we are often seen as a last resort, despite having excellent outcomes for neck pain, especially when using a multi-modal approach, such as acupuncture combined with chiropractic treatment (1).
Acupuncture is an excellent adjunct treatment to go along with the usual manual therapies that a chiropractor will use for the treatment of many presenting complaints including neck pain. Acupuncture has been shown to help with musculoskeletal pain in general through a number of different mechanisms such as pain gating theories, where the needles will stimulate chemical reactions within the nervous system to release neuropeptides to activate mid brain structures that controls the descending pain-relieving system. This descending system controls endorphins, serotonin and noradrenalin, some of your “feel good” and “relaxing” hormones within the body (2).
A 2016 Cochrane Review concluded that acupuncture is safe and can be beneficial for the management of chronic neck pain with or without radicular symptoms, predominantly for the short term (3).
What this means for you is that we can use acupuncture as an additional treatment for your neck pain to help reduce your immediate pain symptoms so that we are better able to get to the root cause!
So if you have neck pain, or know someone who does, why not come in and ask one of our Chiropractors how we can help.