The traditional concept of chiropractic
The top three most common reasons that people visit a chiropractor are lower back pain, neck pain, and extremity problems.(1) Pain is such an unpleasant feeling that affects our daily living horrendously. In fact, pain is vital for us to survive. Imagine if you got a cut and you didn’t feel the pain. Pain is here to let us know there is a problem somewhere and to do something about it. We know chiropractic can help manage all sorts of pain.
Is there any further functions chiropractic can do to help improve your health and performance?
Sports are using chiropractic
Spinal manipulative therapy is rising in sports care.(2) In the United States, Chiropractic has been used in the Olympic games since 1980. The Brazillian Olympic Committee has been using chiropractic care since 2000.(3) Chiropractic has been helping athletes for better performance, injury prevention, and rehabilitation. Research demonstrates chiropractic interventions help lower limb injury prevention with a significant reduction in primary lower limb muscle strains in Australian football.(2)
Many people are becoming more conscious of their own health, eating more wisely and staying physically fit. Look at these these Judo athletes who train very hard and are striving to beat their previous records. Research showed cervical (neck) spine adjustment has a positive effect to grip strength.(3) Grip strength of professional Judo athletes was recorded before and after receiving a cervical spine adjustment. The result was pretty remarkable, grip strength was increased up to 16.8% after adjustments!(3)
People sometimes get frustrated about hitting the plateau of their performance, chiropractic might be able to help break through your plateau and boost you up like you never have been. Have a chat with our chiropractors and see how we can help to get you to your next level!
1. Beliveau PJ, Wong JJ, Sutton DA, Simon NB, Bussières AE, Mior SA, et al. The chiropractic profession: a scoping review of utilization rates, reasons for seeking care, patient profiles, and care provided. Chiropractic & manual therapies. 2017;25(1):35.
2. Hoskins W, Pollard H. The effect of a sports chiropractic manual therapy intervention on the prevention of back pain, hamstring and lower limb injuries in semi-elite Australian Rules footballers: a randomized controlled trial. BMC musculoskeletal disorders. 2010;11(1):64.
3. Botelho MB, Andrade BB. Effect of cervical spine manipulative therapy on judo athletes' grip strength. Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics. 2012;35(1):38-44.
Is cracking your knuckles bad for you? What did your parents/grandparents tell you when you did “crack” your knuckles? “Stop or you will have arthritis when you get older!!”
Well the arthritis that they were referring to, as there are a few types, is most likely Osteoarthritis, the most common joint disorder in the world (1). Is there anything that chiropractic can do that may help manage it? If you or a loved one have osteoarthritis, or are wondering whether it may be a possible issue that you may have, this is an important article that could make the world of a difference to you.
“In the US Osteoarthritis is second to only ischaemic heart disease as a cause of work disability in men over 50 years of age,”(1)
The primary symptoms of osteoarthritis include joint pain and stiffness. It affects the joint in many ways which include damage and loss of cartilage, abnormal remodelling of subarticular bone, osteophytes (bone growth at the joint margins), lax ligaments, weakening of muscles related to the joint and inflammation. (2) It is now widely viewed as an age-related reaction pattern of a joint as a response to insult or injury to the joint, also a product of attempted repairing of the joint by the body. (1) Most joint injuries may be at risk of developing osteoarthritis. So “cracking” your knuckles is bad if it causes injury or insult to the joint.
In a recent research literature, where 10 rabbits had induced osteoarthritis in the knee, were split into groups with one group receiving chiropractic adjustments with a chiropractic adjusting instrument. Their joints were then examined after about 8 weeks. It was found that the rabbits who received chiropractic adjustments had improved subchondral bone integrity and cartilage degradation was inhibited. These findings support that chiropractic adjustments may ameliorate osteoarthritis through beneficial effects on the three most affected tissues in osteoarthritis. (3)
If you want to find out if chiropractic can help manage osteoarthritis for you or your loved ones, chat with one of our chiropractors to see how they can assist.
“With so many different activities putting so much stress on our joints, causing it to wear and tear, it’s important to make sure that our joints are functioning at their optimal to better support us with the activities that we love doing!!”
(1) Arden, N. and Nevitt, M.C., 2006. Osteoarthritis: epidemiology. Best practice & research Clinical rheumatology, 20(1), pp.3-25.
(2) Hutton, C.W., 1989. Osteoarthritis: the cause not result of joint failure?. Annals of the rheumatic diseases, 48(11), p.958.
(3) Conesa-Buendía, F.M., Fujikawa, R., Mediero, A., Gratal, P., Mulero, F. and Ortega-De Mues, A., 2018. Changes in subchondral bone status, cartilage and synovial membrane in response to chiropractic manipulation in an osteoarthritis model. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 26, p.S319.
Monoamines (also known as brain chemicals or neurotransmitters) such as dopamine, serotonin, noradrenaline play important roles in our body’s central nervous system and are involved in a wide range of physiological and homeostatic functions.
Dopamine is important in the regulation of movement, cognitive processes such as attention and working memory and modulating behaviour.
Noradrenaline is an important driver of the sympathetic nervous system and is involved in cardiovascular function, arousal, concentration, attention, learning and memory.
Serotonin is an important driver of the parasympathetic nervous system and is also present in our platelets and gastrointestinal mucosa. It is involved in regulating blood pressure and complex behaviours including mood, appetite, sleep, cognition, perception, motor activity, temperature regulation, pain control, hormone secretion.
Changes in stress on the body can affect our nutrient intake requirement that diet alone can no longer supply, which is needed to maintain optimum homeostatic and physiological function. This is referred to as a relative nutritional deficiency and can be partially responsible for depleted monoamines or brain chemicals. Chronic depleted monoamines can cause neuron damage in our central nervous system and lead to a range of mood, cognitive, motor, and motor deficits .
Syndromes and disorders related to these central nervous system monoamine neurotransmitters can included:
If you or a family member are experiencing any symptoms or disorders mentioned above, get in contact with one of our Doctors so we can explore further management options for you.
 Tzschentke, T. M. (2001). Pharmacology and behavioral pharmacology of the mesocortical dopamine system. Progress in Neurobiology, 63(3), 241–320.
 Ressler, K. J. & Nemeroff, C. B. (1999). Role of norepinephrine in the pathophysiology and treatment of mood disorders. Biological Psychiatry, 46(9), 1219–1233.
 Saxena, P. R. (1995). Serotonin receptors: subtypes, functional responses and therapeutic relevance. Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 66(2), 339–368.
 Hinz, M., Stein, A., & Uncini, T. (2012). Relative nutritional deficiencies associated with centrally acting monoamines. International journal of general medicine, 5, 413.
Some of you may recall that Chiropractic care for children has been under an independent review as directed by Safer Care Victoria back in March at the request of the Victorian Health Minister. This review went before the COAG council on Friday 1st November 2019, and has opted not to endorse the recommendations within this review, and has referred it on to AHMAC (Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council).
There was an overwhelmingly positive response from the general public, for which we thank you all!
Here are some of the key findings from this review:
So, this means business as usual here at Little Sprouts. We will still be providing the same gentle care to all who come and see us, both big and small sprouts alike!
Back pain is quite common and it not only affects physical health but also mental wellbeing.(1) There are various ways to manage back pain, but because a vast majority of back pain cases are non-specific it makes effective management difficult (2)(3). Have you or your child experience back pain? Read On!
“Worldwide, back pain is the single leading cause of disability, preventing many people from engaging in work as well as other everyday activities.” (4)
Even a little niggle can affect how we perform our activities, our bodies are very adept at adapting and compensating; and over time it will lead to bad movement patterns that may be placing more stress on the body. So it’s important to make sure your body is functioning in the right way, and get to the bottom of your back pain.
In a recent research article, patient reported outcome was explored in Sweden in relation to acute and chronic back pain patients seeking chiropractic care. Follow up was done at 4 weeks after starting their chiropractic care. Pain, disability, quality of life and self-rated health were surveyed. Though the study had a small sample size of 246 patients, statistically significant improvements were seen for both acute and chronic back pain patients. (5)
If you want to find out if chiropractic may help manage back pain for you or your loved ones, chat with one of our chiropractors to see how they can assist.
“It is important to make sure that you are functioning the best you can physically and mentally so that you can get the best out of life and time with family and friends".
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(1) State preparation for medical evaluation 2000 Back pain, neck pain. State preparation for medical evaluation, Stockholm.
(2) Airaksinen O, Brox JI, Cedraschi C, Hildebrandt J, Klaber-Moffett J, Kovacs F, Mannion AF, Reis S, Staal JB, Ursin H, Zanoli G, On behalf of the Cost B13 Working Group on Guidelines for Chronic Low Back Pain 2006 Chapter 4. European guidelines for the management of chronic nonspecific low back pain. European spine journal : official publication of the European Spine Society, the European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society 15 Suppl 2: S192-300.
(3) van Tulder M, Becker A, Bekkering T, Breen A, del Real MT, Hutchinson A, Koes B, Laerum E, Malmivaara A, On behalf of the Cost B13 Working Group on Guidelines for the Management of Acute Low Back Pain in Primary Care 2006 Chapter 3. European guidelines for the management of acute nonspecific low back pain in primary care. European spine journal : official publication of the European Spine Society, the European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society 15 Suppl 2: S169-191.
(4) Hoy D, March L, Brooks P, et al The global burden of low back pain: estimates from the Global Burden of Disease 2010 study Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases Published Online First: 24 March 2014. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2013-204428
(5) Gedin, F., Dansk, V., Egmar, A.C., Sundberg, T. and Burström, K., 2019. Patient-reported improvements of pain, disability, and health-related quality of life following chiropractic care for back pain–A national observational study in Sweden. Journal of bodywork and movement therapies, 23(2), pp.241-246.