Chronic Pain: Why it is Different & How to Help it Go Away

At Better Health we’re always working with people of different ages and suffering from different types of pain, including chronic pain. That which has been hanging around for over  3 months. Lately I’ve been having to step back and simplify WHY it is that we feel pain. To help patients better understand why not all pain […]

Sleep Deprivation: Your Brain, Spine & Overall Health

people-textingHere is an excerpt taken from mercola.com documenting what we know about sleep deprivation, the effect it is having on us and our children and the larger role that technology is playing than we originally thought. The kicker in this article is that it actually the cumulative amount of time you spend using technology not just the time you use it before going to bed.

Any time children are stuck on technology they are also slumped over in a chair being deprived of quality active playtime adversely affecting their brain, sleep, posture and overall health.

Take the time to consider how chiropractic spinal alignment cam help to combat the effects of digital stress, a now unavoidable part of the modern day and age.

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Chiropractic Safety for Children

We came across this video today and wanted to share it with you all!

Dr Glen McGuiness is one of the leading Australian Paediatric Chiropractors today and he has put together this clear, to the point, video compiling the research on the safety of chiropractic for children.

If you have ever had a doubt, or have been doubted by people you know for your decision to have your child undergo chiropractic care, you must watch this. It will help to eliminate any doubt and put health care into a little more perspective.

 

Chiropractic for Kids

New born baby girl little childHow old do your children have to be to consider Chiropractic?

This is a question we often get asked. We always answer that you’re never too young, or old, to have a Chiropractic check-up!

Keep in mind that having your spine checked by a professional is not a dissimilar idea to having a regular dental check-up.

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Children’s Posture: What’s the Big Deal?

childrens postureChildren’s posture is a big deal. Poor posture is not just an aesthetic issue, it has far reaching effects on overall health.

Poor posture is energy expensive. Muscles work harder than they should, joints get stressed in ways they are not designed to handle, your ability to move well is compromised, breathing changes, balance is affected and your nervous system doesn’t work the way it should.

Pictures like this are so common they are now the norm in our practice rather than the exception!

Children’s posture develops in step with the lives that they lead.

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Plagiocephaly: What to do if your Child has a Flat Head

Most people would have noticed a child or baby with a flat spot on their head.

Either in the centre at the back, or off to the side causing a ‘wonky’ or ‘flat head’.  Medically known as Plagiocephaly (‘plagio’ = oblique or slanting & ‘ceph…’ = in reference to the head)

Majority of the time parents worry about the aesthetics of this issue only. Granted it’s a big concern. Often not realised is the fact that plagiocephaly can frequently coincide with a delay in a child’s development. This is when a parent often becomes more concerned. Read more

Children’s Chiropractic: The Reasons we see Children in Practice

Children’s chiropractic is commonly sought for postural check ups and back or neck pain. As well as;

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  • Poor posture
  • Decreased coordination and balance ability
  • Torticollis – ‘wry’ neck
  • Scoliosis – sideways spinal curves
  • Joint sprains
  • Muscle strains
  • Spinal pain
  • Headaches 1-3

As chiropractors we primarily focus on the neuromusculoskeletal system (muscles, bones and nerves). Having said that we recognise the effect our treatment has on the child’s whole body and expression of well-being.  Because of this parents often notice improvement in seemingly unrelated areas and with other health concerns. 2,3

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Scoliosis: Why Chiropractic should be your Treatment of Choice

Scoliosis is a condition of the spine, where normal vertical alignment is lost to varying degrees and replaced with side to side curvatures. Standard screening for scoliosis tends to only be sensitive for those children & adolescents who have severe and disabling lateral curves to the spine. Most often, mild to moderate cases may go […]

Scheuermann’s Disease: Case study by Dr Andrew Richards

will carr-F1Scheuermann’s disease is less of a disease as such and more of a disorder. One feature is that the vertebra of the thoracic spine are misshaped in the form of a wedge creating an excessive rounding in the upper back. As with any disorder cases range from mild to moderate to severe and it is the more mild to moderate cases that often go undiagnosed and mismanaged. Ironically it is these milder cases that are most responsive to conservative chiropractic intervention.

People with Scheuermann’s disease classically present with poor posture, the result of an excessive rounding of the mid-back and shoulders causing the head to poke forwards and the lower back to hyper-extend. As a result of this postural distortion a whole range of other injuries, stresses and strains can occur. Most commonly people complain of neck, shoulder and lower back pain. Shoulder and low back injuries are very common amongst the more athletic sufferers.

The mistakes I have encountered in managing Scheuermann’s disease are 2 fold:

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Chiropractic for Flat Head Syndrome

Flat Head Syndrome or plagiocephaly is the distortion and flattening of one side of the skull, leading to an asymmetrical skull shape. A continual misshapen head or plagiocephaly is not just a cosmetic issue 5. There are many related conditions in the research for plagiocephaly, including: Developmental delays in movement and motor coordination 6-8 Developmental […]