Tendonitis – Sydney Chiropractor Andrew Richards discusses

Chiropractors receive extensive training in the assessment and treatment tendon injuries. Tendonitis is a condition in which a tendon is injured and becomes inflamed. Read more

Chiropractic neck adjustments – are they safe?

chiropractic neck adjustment

Questions and concerns about chiropractic safety is something that we need to address on a daily basis. As with any form of medical intervention there are risks that consenting clients need to be made aware of before choosing to proceed with care.

Chiropractic has undergone its fair degree of scrutiny over the years, a large part of it from the medical community. Over the last 25 years, at least 5 formal government studies from around the world have found spinal adjustment therapy to be safe, effective and cost effective. (1)

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Migraine Headaches

Got-A-HeadacheMigraine headaches are of the most common complaints we see in the practice.

Researchers aren’t sure what causes a migraine; although they know it involves changes in the blood flow in the brain. At first, blood vessels narrow or constrict, reducing blood flow and leading to visual disturbances, difficulty speaking, weakness, numbness, or tingling sensation in one area of the body, or other similar symptoms. Later, the blood vessels dilate or enlarge, leading to increased blood flow and a severe headache. Read more

Spinal disc herniation – “Slipped disc”

A spinal disc herniation is commonly referred to as a “slipped disc”. This description is quite misleading though as the disc cannot actually slip out of place! The disc is actually fused together with the vertebrae on either side. A spinal disc can be squeezed, stretched and twisted in small degrees. It can also be torn, ripped, herniated, and degenerated, but it cannot “slip”. Read more

How many chiropractic adjustments does it take?

To understand how often chiropractic adjustments are required I am going to make a comparison. This may seem like an unlikely one at first, especially given the philosophical and practical differences between the Western medical approach to health care and the wholistic/vitalistic approach we take as chiropractors so let me explain. Read more

About Chiropractic: What makes it different?

What is it about Chiropractic that makes it so different?

The direct translation of chiropractic means “done by hand”. Primarily the goal of chiropractic care is to optimise one’s health with adjustments that stimulate and optimise nervous system and musculoskeletal function. Because of the intimate connection between the spinal column, spinal cord and nerves, biomechanical dysfunction between the vertebra of the spine can have far reaching effects. Our work as chiropractors is performed without the use of drugs and surgery. What makes us so different is that our focus and goal is not to actually treat  the injury or disease. Our attention is on maximising the function of the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. It just so happens that in many cases as the body begins to function better other problems may in some cases (not all) begin to resolve as well.

Today chiropractic services have evolved to be a multifaceted healthcare approach, extending well beyond adjustments to include soft tissue releases, exercise and rehabilitation along with lifestyle related strategies for general wellness and longevity.

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Low back pain

What is the real cause of your low back pain?

Ironically, some of the most common causes of low back pain are not primary problems of the lower back. Whilst many people present with a low back injury the primary cause or problem can often be somewhere else. While the causes of low back pain can be endless, the 3 big ones that I see daily in practice are: Read more

Ergonomics – Fact and fiction

Ergonomics is something we address everyday with clients at Better Health. The science of workplace ergonomics, health and safety has come a long way over the last couple of decades but there is one thing we must not forget. Whilst there is an ideal way of setting your workstation up, no amount of ergonomic science is ever going to substitute for taking regular breaks and getting out of your chair. There is no one position you can sit in for hours on end that will be risk free to your health over the longer term. The only position that will keep you healthy and safe from injury is the one that is constantly changing! Read more

Chronic Back Pain, Your Brain & Chiropractic

Chronic low back pain is more than  just a muscle or joint problem. There is big difference between the treatment of acute pain (short term, first time and one off) v.s. chronic pain (long term and recurrent). If your back pain has been present for more than 6 months and associated with acute relapses during […]

Healthy Stress

Fact: Some stress is vital for life. 

Without healthy stress your mind and body would simply shut down and wither away. Stress comes in 3 forms: physical, chemical and emotional/mental. For example:

  1. Without the physical stress of gravity and movement your bones de-mineralise and joints degenerate.
  2. Without the chemical stress of digesting the foods that we eat we cannot produce the energy we need to stay alive.
  3. Without the emotional stress of varied social interactions we become isolated, emotionally deprived and can lose perspective.

Physical stress only becomes a problem when it exceeds our capability for repair and adaptation, chemical stress a problem when it exceeds our ability to eliminate and detoxify and emotional/mental stress when we are stretched beyond our ability to manage the prevailing circumstances. So in these instances situations such as: Read more