Mullumbimby Chiropractic and Massage

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August 21, 2019 Health Tips and News

Sleeping posture, which one do I choose?

 

First no position is perfect for everyone but there are two positions that are the best.

 

1. On your back


Sleeping on your back enables your spine to remain straight and can take pressure off areas which may give you pain if you lay on them (ie side of hips, Shoulders, knees). However some find their lower back may ache a little while laying flat & so a small pillow under the knees can take pressure off the lower back.
One problem many find from sleeping on their backs is that they snore and so other sleeping postures may be more suited for you.

2. Side posture

Many find sleeping on their side can irritate their hips, so a pillow between the legs can help take pressure off the upper hip and help the comfort of the knees. Using a pillow between the legs with the knees bent up can help take a twisting pressure off the lower back as well.

Shoulder and upper back problems

By using a thick pillow under the arm, pressure can be taken off the upper shoulder. In this position the upper back doesn’t twist as much which can help upper thoracic problems

Body pillow


A body pillow can help keep the spine from twisting and help the hips and shoulders at the same time. Also the body pillow is a great way of getting out of the stomach sleeping posture habit.

The worst position for your back and neck

     

Good posture for your neck and back



January 11, 2019 Health Tips and News

There are a few non expensive ways to keep up exercise that can also be enjoyable

 Walking


Riding a bike


Swimming



Tai Chi

Gentle exercise classes

At Mullumbimby Chiropractic we believe if you invest a little time into your health you will feel the benefits



September 19, 2018 Health Tips and News

Cervicogenic Headaches

(Headaches that are caused from musculoskeletal dysfunction /strains in the neck)

Almost 50% of the population suffers from headache (1) and 15 to 20% (2) are due to cervicogenic headaches.

 

Musculoskeletal pain referred into the head can come from ligaments, nerves, tendons, muscles, disc’s and bones of the neck.

Causes of Musculoskeletal pain are varied, but can come from:

Muscle – Damage with wear and tear, overuse, trauma from Car accidents, sprains, strains and falls.

Ligaments – Postural strain, accidents, prolonged immobilisation.

Poor posture/body mechanics can lead to changes in spinal alignment with muscle shorting leading to muscle imbalances in the upper back/neck region.

Chiropractic treatment has been shown to be of benefit in the treatment of cervicogenic headaches.

Some headaches can be from more serious causes and people suffering from the following symptoms should seek medical care ASAP.

  • Headaches that are constant and getting worse over time
  • Sudden onset of severe headache
  • Headaches associated with high fever, stiff neck, or rash
  • Onset of a headache after a head injury
  • Headaches associated with vision problems or profound dizziness

 

References: 1: The global burden of headache: documentation of headache prevalence and disability worldwide.

Stovner Lj, Hagen K, Jensen R, Katsarava Z, Lipton R, Scher A, Steiner T, Zwart JA

Cephalalgia. 2007 Mar; 27(3):193-210

   2: Cervicogenic headaches: a critical review. Haldeman S, Dagenais S. Spine J. 2001 Jan-Feb; 1(1):31-46.



September 16, 2018 Health Tips and News

Kate Waters

About Kate
Kate’s wish is to help people through massage therapy to improve their health” so they are fit for life.
Kate has massaged people in all corners of the world from all walks of life. Her skills have been developed while working in diverse places including Cruise ships, six star spas, ski resorts, chiropractors, physiotherapist and her own  private clinic.
Services Provided
Remedial Massage & trigger Point Therapy – relieves tension for aches, pains and injuries of all sorts including sports massage and pre-event preparation.
Reflexology is applying pressure to the feet has therapeutic effects on corresponding parts of the body extremely relaxing and perfect for expecting mums just before the due date.
Pregnancy massage prepare your body for the arrival of your new little one and recovery after the birth, some mothers suffer from sciatica and I can treat that very successfully.
Blissed out holistic massage is guaranteed to send you off to a deep relaxing state of being
de-stress and reset the body.
Injuries treated include:
Muscle-related neck & back pain
Soft tissue injuries
Headaches & migraines
Frozen shoulder
Carpal tunnel
Sciatica
Golfers/tennis elbow
Surfers arms
Rotator cuff tear
Repetitive strain injury
plus many more
With over 10 years experience Kate has treated olympic athletes, sports professionals, celebrities & famous singers, business icons, children with growing pains, labourers and tradies & exhausted parents. She also teaches the Massage Diploma and is a ATMS Member with Health fund Rebates available.


September 16, 2018 Health Tips and News

Using the correct chair and computer desk can protect your whole spine from postural strains.
Here are a few tips 

1. Work directly facing the desk and computer.
2. The monitor should be at eye level where your eyes are directly looking at the top 1/3 of the monitor. A document holder attached to the side of the monitor can make manuscript-typing more neck friendly. 
3. The keyboard and mouse should be around belly-button height and close to the body.
4.It is better if you can angle/tilt the front of the chair, so that the thighs are angled downwards.
5. If you spend a great deal of time talking on the phone, try using a headset. This will help you avoid cradling the phone between your ear and shoulder. Headsets also allow both hands to be free.
6. Regular breaks should be taken every 30minutes. Stand up raise arms above the head looking up at the ceiling then roll your shoulders backwards 3 times as you walk around for 1 minute.

 

Another way to decrease strain on the lumbar spine discs is to stand at the computer as shown in the following diagram.



July 24, 2018 Health Tips and News

Here is a Stretch from Mullumbimby Chiropractic to help you reduce the chances of getting iliotibial band friction syndrome.

The Iliotibial Band (ITB) is commonly injured in overuse and can lead to iliotibial band friction syndrome, however  regular stretching of the  ITB & the Tensor Fasciae Latae Muscle

(TFL) can greatly reduce injury risks. The ITB stabilizes the knee both in extension and in partial flexion, and is being used constantly during walking and running.

Below is a stretch which will reduce tension in the ITB & TFL and reduce the chances of injury.

Caution: If these stretches cause you any pain, tingling, numbness or any other discomfort discontinue doing the stretches and contact your Chiropractor.

Tensor Fasciae Latae Muscle(TFL) and Ilio-Tibial Band(ITBStretch

Position:  Standing with crossed legs next to a wall, with one hand on the wall (for balance in the stretch)

Description:  Slowly push the hip next to the wall towards the wall, you should feel a comfortable stretch in the lateral thigh of the rear leg. Hold this position for 15 seconds, then perform this same movement on the opposite side.

Repeat this sequence 3 times. Perform 3  times per day. Perform 7  days per week.

 

 



July 13, 2018 Health Tips and News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using the correct chair and computer desk can protect your whole spine from postural strains.

Here are a few tips to help you maintain a good posture while sitting at the computer.

1.Work directly facing the desk and computer.

2.The monitor should be at eye level where your eyes are directly looking at the top 1/3 of the monitor. A document holder attached to the side of the monitor can make manuscript-typing more neck friendly.

3. The keyboard and mouse should be around belly-button height and close to the body.

4.It is better if you can angle/tilt the front of the chair, so that the thighs are angled downwards.

5.If you spend a great deal of time talking on the phone, try using a headset. This will help you avoid cradling the phone between your ear and shoulder. Headsets also allow both hands to be free.

6.Regular breaks should be taken every 30minutes. Stand up raise arms above the head looking up at the ceiling then roll your shoulders backwards 3 times as you walk around for 1 minute.

 

 Another way to decrease strain on the lumbar spine discs is to stand at the computer as shown in the following diagram.


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June 12, 2018 Health Tips and News

Matthew Smith first became interested in Chiropractic when he was treated for severe headaches as a teenager. Matthew had always been interested in healthy living and after receiving great relief with Chiropractic care Matthew pursued his career in Chiropractic. He gained his Bachelor of Science (Majoring in Anatomy) at the University of NSW and then gained his Masters degree in Chiropractic at Macquarie University in 1997.

Matthew has had 20years experience in Chiropractic, 17years in his own practise in Yamba Northern NSW. Matthew belongs to the Australia Chiropractor’s Association  and participates in continuing education to stay up-to-date of new developments.

Matthew uses a variety of Chiropractic techniques, soft tissue work with stretches and rehab exercises.

Matthew loves the outdoors and loves surfing, bike riding, bush walking, tennis and spending time with his wife Tracey and his two daughters.

Matthews approach is straight forward. As a clinician he expects to see results (improvement) and if there isn’t, he will make the appropriate referral to other health professionals, your improved health is his priority.

 






At Mullumbimby Chiropractic, your health is our 
top priority and it should be yours too. 
We believe that with a healthy body and mind you have the ability to live life to 
the fullest and create all that you need. 


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