Herniated Discs – 90% Improvement with Chiropractic

Suffering from Herniated Discs? Read on . . .

Herniated discs can be devastating if not treated properly from the start. This ground breaking study found that patients with herniated discs in their lumbar spine (low back) had relief with Herniated discschiropractic spinal manipulation therapy. The results showed that “at 3 months, 90.5% of patients were “improved” with 88.0% “improved” at 1 year.” 

This study looked at 148 patients (between ages of 18 and 65 years) with lower back pain and leg pain (lumbar herniated discs) – confirmed with MRI scans. Around 53% of patients suffered lumbar herniated discs less than 4 weeks duration, with the remainder being greater than 4 weeks. They received chiropractic manipulations, performed by a registered chiropractor and were followed up at 2 weeks, 1, 3, and 6 months, and 1 year after the initial consultation.

“Although acute patients improved faster by 3 months, 81.8% of chronic patients reported “improvement” with 89.2% “improved” at 1 year. There were no adverse events reported.”

Conclusions: “A large percentage of acute and importantly chronic lumbar disc herniation patients treated with chiropractic spinal manipulation reported clinically relevant improvement.”

Read the full article herniated discs study.

 

Back pain causes – what’s common?

Wow, what a loaded question! Whilst back pain causes can be multiple, we are going to focus on 2 very common back pain causesback pain causes – strains & micro-traumas.

(1) Strains (often due to joint misalignments, with subsequent muscle & ligament strain). Joint misalignments simply mean a spinal or extremity joint being out of it’s correct alignment. When this happens our body always compensates & reacts to this by changing things like our posture and misaligning other joints. Subsequent increased muscle or ligament tension can then result.

Below shows a common pattern following joint misalignments:

Joint misalignments > loss of spinal movement & function > muscle & ligament stiffness > movement become harder (like bending or walking) > wear and tear is accelerated > further damage > eventually pain may result.

This is usually when people contact me wanting some help.

(2) Another common back pain cause are Micro-traumas, which occur with repeated episodes of back pain, that self resolve, and occur again from time to time. Each back pain episode creates a micro-trauma (damage to the internal structures like joints, discs, ligaments, muscles). These then build up until one day you bend over to pick up a pen, and bang your intense back pain is felt! But this time, it’s worse than ever, and you’ve also got some leg pain & numbness. Now you’re just wishing it would go away, fast!

Again, this is the time I usually get a phone call or an emergency call. Picking up the pen wasn’t the back pain cause or the issue, but your internal back structures have damaged over time due to the repeated micro-traumas, and this was the final straw.

With both of these examples, your body (and brain) will adapt and compensate to the joint misalignments and micro-traumas. The danger with this, is you feel that all is well as you don’t experience any pain (yet!). The first episode of back pain has usually had a long term build up, which you’ve either ignored or not worried about.

Whatever damage has been done is not reversible, so having a spinal check up is a great idea to determine the health of your spine. We offer this as part of our New Patient Consultation. There is no obligation or risk involved on your part, no sales or pressure tactics are used either!

So if this is something that sounds right for you, make sure you give us a call now on 9859 0935 to either book your first appointment today, or to ask about any questions you may have!

Till next time,

Stay healthy & happy!

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Neuroscience & Functional Neurology Research Studies

Chiropractic Relief of Muscle Pain Instantly

How can chiropractic offer relief of your muscle pain?

Chiropractors commonly treat musculoskeletal disorders and pain, including chronic myofascial pain, and many report the benefits among their patients receiving spinal therapy. But how and why may chiropractic provide relief of muscle pain?Relief of muscle pain

Researchers have explored the neurophysiological mechanisms of spinal therapy in treating and managing myofascial pain. Previous studies have suggested painful trigger points in the myofascial tissues may contribute to this chronic pain condition. These can be considered as muscle “knots” commonly treated by massage therapists & myotherapists.

  • In this study, researchers investigated if spinal adjustments could produce immediate relief of muscle pain by increasing patients’ pressure pain thresholds in myofascial trigger points. They discovered that adjustments evoked immediate increases in pressure pain thresholds (i.e. decreased pain sensitivity). The researchers concluded that spinal adjustments can reduce myofascial pain in healthy young adults. In other words, provide relief of muscle pain. Read more here.

Wow what an amazing study!

Call us on 9859 0935 and get rid of your muscle pain today!

Back Pain and Decreased Brain Function

How does back pain cause decreased brain function?

Patients with Chronic (long term) Back Pain showed 5–11% less neocortical (brain) gray matter volume than control subjects. Simply put – this study shows the connection between back pain and decreased brain function. This type of brain loss is equivalent to the gray matter volume lost in 10 –20 years of normal aging.

Read more here.

Back pain and decreased brain function
Back pain & decreased brain function

Monumental studies like this have begun to illustrate the strong, holistic connection between the brain & body, which is something chiropractic prides itself on. And our chiropractic approach does exactly this – focuses on a thorough, holistic way of assessing & treating.

With back pain being so common, treatment & relief options can make it hard to know who to see.

We offer a FREE info chat over the phone with any queries or concerns you may have about what we can do to help you.

So CALL US NOW on 9859 0935 and help improve your brain function today!

A Vital 7 Letter Word

This is the first of 3 blog topics focusing on what you may be doing to potentially create or re-create your spinal self awarenessproblems – something I get questions about daily. There’s a seven letter word that is a very common thing we do & is creating more spine & health problems the more we do it …SITTING!

Many people are sitting far too long and incorrectly. I bet you’ve never wondered just how sitting may affect your spine – well maybe some of you have (high five yourself!) But sitting is not what we are made for, and no matter if you sit in a perfectly ergonomically correct position, it’s still a problem, and many studies have shown the spine & health problems it can lead to.

Movement is life, and sitting creates stress & stiffness in muscles, discs, nerves & joints – the things that contribute to your spinal health. So, if you’re wondering what to do, the first thing is to “check in” with yourself, that is have some self awareness for how you’re sitting. The following is a great checklist to be aware of, which may lead to spinal problems:

– Sitting with a wallet in the back pocket

– Sitting with legs crossed, or leaning to one side

– Sitting too long in one position (too long is generally classified as 30 minutes to 1 hour)

– Sitting with poor posture (rounded shoulders, head tilting, etc)

There may be some other funky ways you’re sitting, but the above are the most common which may re-create your spinal problems or relapses, affect your recovery, and ultimately your spinal health!

So what positions are you guilty of succumbing too? Are you even aware that you’re doing them? Awareness is key to making corrective, long-lasting changes.

(As part of awareness month, Dr. Tass is offering FREE advice on ergonomic and sitting positions. Please email (tass@greendoorchiropractic.com.au) a picture of yourself at your office or workspace in your typical posture, and he will respond with his advice on how to improve it, so that you break the cycle of re-creating your spinal problems!)

4 Easy Ways to survive Christmas without going insane

Help me, help me! These are the cries at this time of year for many people stressing all over the world, and as 2013 draws to an Untitledend, we focus on four things to help you survive the busiest time of the year – Christmas. Most people probably don’t stop to realize how much they’re doing during December, often overloading their bodies & minds with many stresses.

So what are our BIG 4? Stress, Foods, Spinal Health, Exercise

Stress

Busy, busy, busy, how am I going to fit everything in? There’s the work & social lunches & dinners, organizing the kids, and sometimes dealing with impatient drivers & people at shopping centres for the Christmas rush!

It’s ok, it will get done! Our brains have been shown to not cope well under immense stress, affecting our ability to make logical & calm decisions. Taking some time out to sit quietly for 5-10 minutes can usually help us feel more relaxed and centered. Try starting out your day with this activity and see how it works.

Foods

People can often overindulge, eating a lot of the foods they have probably been avoiding for most of the year & putting on excess weight quickly. Some look at this as a reward, others as letting go for a brief period. Either way, it’s always good to start the new year with a detox (even if it’s for 1-2 weeks).

A simple detox can include avoiding all meats, dairy, wheat, gluten, coffee and alcohol. It’s a great way to help your body get back on track.

Spinal health

Remembering to keep good sleeping, moving & sitting postures is very important during this time of year. With the added stress usually comes increased tension in nerves, muscles and joints and the last thing you want is something to go wrong with your spine!

Exercise

It’s tempting to finish all the gardening in one day, or go for a long run when you’re not used to it. The weather is nice, everybody else is keeping active so why shouldn’t you? Keep in mind your capabilities and level of exercise ability, as this often ties in closely to your spinal health. From there, you’ll make better exercise choices which align (pardon the pun!) with your body and abilities.

Which of these 4 could you improve during December?

Your Values Will Kick Butt Over Goals

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Ever wondered why you’ve been unable to achieve something in life? It may be losing weight, getting fitter or stronger, or managing stress better. Many people continuously set themselves up for failure by simply overlooking one critical, yet valuable aspect of achieving their goals. I believe this is the most important thing, and getting it right will make immediate changes. It’s your values.

What do I mean? Simply put, the value we place on something determines how much importance we place on it and want to achieve it. And I mean really want to achieve it. A few years ago I wanted to get stronger in the gym, but I also wanted to run a marathon. Being a previous gym-junkie I found it really hard to run long distances. I loved the feel of lifting heavy weights – as most guys do! But my next “goal” was to run a marathon. Running a marathon was a challenge for me, one that I valued more than getting stronger again. So I began running, and running, and running – much like Forest Gump! Before I knew it I was running 10km, then 13km then 17km without even realizing how. The high value I placed on running got my mind there, all that was needed was some planning to get my body there.

So how can this help you? Begin by writing out your top 10 values below. Be honest. Then look at what your goals are. You may not have any, which you may have your reasons for this. But if you do, look at how these match up with your values. Often when your goal doesn’t match with the value you place on it, it will be very hard to achieve it. This is because you won’t want it bad enough when challenges arise, and they will, and you’ll most likely give up (again!). Try this exercise, you might be surprised at the results.

Portion sizes

When eating many people often look at what they are eating, and may not pay attention to how much they are eating. Whilst what you eat is the most important aspect of healthy eating, how much you eat is also very important. Portion size becomes extra important when aiming to lose weight – which along with being healthier – is often the top reason why people eat a particular way.

To help with how much to eat there are some simple ways to keep this in check. A healthy, balanced meal aims to have protein, carbohydrates and fats. The portions for each component as a general way to remember can be seen below:

Portion sizes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please remember this is a general guide and may differ if you are avoiding certain food groups. There are healthy & unhealthy options in the carbohydrates, protein & fats category, so always make sure you’re choosing the more healthy option!

 

Healthy Fats

There was a time when fats were considered the enemy of healthy eating. For example, egg yolks used to be thought of as best being 112_9_4_164232374avoided due to their fat content, however that advice is now outdated as the nutritional content in egg yolks is where most of the “good stuff” lies.

A smarter way is to look at consuming the correct portions of healthy fats (usually the tip of our thumb as a portion size being sufficient). So what are healthy fats? Healthy fats can be classified as those which contain adequate nutrients and good fats, such as omega 3.

Some healthy fats to consider: egg yolks, avocados, nuts (almonds, walnuts), fish oil/oily fish, olive oil, flaxseed oil, coconut oil. So consider adding some healthy fats to your meal instead of shunning them altogether!