A healthier back in 2017

Who wants a healthier back in 2017? Free of back pain, neck pain and headaches? Well, the year is almost over and so it’s a good time to start to think about your health and put in some simple measures to keep your spine functioning well next year. Last week Dr Shaun from Waverley Chiropractic Centre in Glen Waverley finished off his series on “How to avoid back pain”. 7 tips in 7 days. Let’s recap those.

How to avoid back pain:

  1. Movement – your spine, your back loves movement!
  2. Stretching – stretch your back and neck in the morning, before and after activity, before bed
  3. Faith/prayer – studies show that faith/prayer has an affect on your health
  4. Chiropractic – keep your spine, nerves functioning well and avoid back pain, neck pain and headaches
  5. Posture – with so much sitting, poor posture may lead to back pain. De-compress your spine.
  6. Eat right – what you eat may impact your back
  7. Sleep well – correct sleep posture and the amount of sleep is important

These tips are simple but if done consistently may help you avoid back pain and have a healthier back in 2017.

Sleep right to avoid back pain

Glen Waverley chiropractor Dr Shaun Beovich from Waverley Chiropractic Centre presents his final tip on how to avoid back pain.

Sleeping correctly may be a good way to help avoid back pain, neck pain and headaches. Firstly the amount of time you spend sleeping is important for your back. Getting adequate sleep helps your body to recuperate after a day of stresses and strains.

Next is your sleep posture. Good sleep posture may help you to avoid back pain. On your side with one or two knees bent up is ideal or on your back with a pillow under your knees and/or lower back is also good.

Sleeping on your stomach should be avoided. It may lead to neck pain as you need to have your head turned for 6-8 hours to be able to breathe. Also sleeping on your stomach doesn’t support the natural curve in your lower back and so may lead to back pain.

Try to maintain good sleep habits and posture to help prevent back pain.

So that is Waverley Chiropractic’s 7 tips in 7 days on how to avoid back pain. Now to apply them!

If you do suffer from back pain, neck pain, headaches or migraines them give Glen Waverley Chiropractor Dr Shaun Beovich a call. He services the Glen Waverley, Wheelers Hill, Brandon Park, and Mulgrave areas. Ph 988395364 or book online 24/7 via www.waverleychiro.com.au

Eat right to avoid back pain from Glen Waverley Chiropractor

Tip 6 from Waverley Chiropractic on How to Avoid Back Pain is to eat right. What we put into our bodies has a huge effect on our health. If you are putting in foods that aren’t right for you then your body has to somehow cope with this. This may trigger a reaction in your nervous system that then may show up in your spine and contribute to back pain.

For advice on eating right I recommend Sarah and Mel from Healthy Energy who will be able to give you the correct advice on all of your nutritional needs. Located at 490 Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley.

So over this Christmas period try to eat right and help your body to avoid back pain.

Maintain posture to avoid back pain

Tip 5 on how to avoid back pain by Glen Waverley chiropractor Dr Shaun Beovich is to maintain good posture. At Waverley Chiropractic we see the effects of sitting all day in front of the computer or slouching whilst texting. It shows up in your posture and may lead to back pain, neck pain, mid back pain and headaches.

To avoid back pain it’s important to maintain your spinal curves. Poor posture puts extra strain onto your spine. If you are sitting too much , get up and move around or use a standing desk from time to time. Take mini breaks to stretch as often as you can. Try to decompress your spine by concentrating on making it longer.

So to help avoid back pain, neck pain and headaches good posture is our tip for the day!

How to avoid back pain with Chiropractic

How to avoid back pain tip 4

Tip 4 on how to avoid back pain from Chiropractor Dr Shaun Beovich from Waverley Chiropractic Centre in Glen Waverley, Melbourne is simply Chiropractic. That’s right Chiropractic.

Many people come to see Dr Beovich because of back pain, neck pain, headaches etc but Chiropractic care may also be beneficial in preventing back pain. See the key is keeping your spine and nervous system functioning well. Your spine is made up of 24 moving vertebrae with joints, muscles ligaments and nerves. It’s designed for movement. If it becomes locked up (subluxated) then this is when change of function and pain may occur.

So to prevent this, at Waverley Chiropractic Centre, we want to keep your spine moving. Unlock any joints through gentle Chiropractic adjustments, that are causing nerve irritation that may lead to pain. Let’s get to the cause of the problem before pain hits. That’s how Chiropractic works to help avoid back pain.

If you haven’t already then I recommend scheduling a pre-Christmas Chiropractic check-up which just may help you avoid back pain this Christmas. Call Waverley Chiropractic Centre on 8839 5364 or book online at your convenience at www.waverleychiro.com.au Located in Glen Waverley at 490 Springvale Rd for all your spinal health needs.

How to avoid back pain tip 3

How to avoid back pain tip 3 is all about having faith/prayer. Numerous studies have shown a link between a persons faith/prayer and the ability to manage pain. Medical conditions, time spent in hospital etc appear to affected by a persons faith/religious beliefs.

For me as a Christian it’s faith in Jesus Christ. Now this doesn’t mean just because you have faith you’ll never have back pain, but it does appear that you may be able to manage the pain better. How’s your faith/prayer life?

Keep tuned for the next tip on how to avoid back pain from Waverley Chiropractic Centre in Glen Waverley.

How to avoid back pain

Tip No.2 of how to avoid back pain. Glen Waverley Chiropractor Dr Shaun Beovich recommends stretching as a good way to avoid back pain. In the morning, before and after activity and at the end of the day. Try to include a simple knee to chest stretch. The first thing cats and dogs do when they wake up is stretch. We should do the same. We haven’t been moving for 6-8 hours and so we will be a bit stiff in the morning. So start the day by stretching. Great way to help avoid back pain.

Before any activity, whether it be gardening, sport or lifting, we need to stretch. And then afterwards as well to save your back a good warm down is essential. You see all the top athletes fromm footy, basketball and soccer spending a 15-20 minutes stretching after a game or training. We should do the same.

A great way to finish the day is to stretch before bed. So tip 2 of how to avoid back pain is stretching.

Avoid Back Pain – 7 tips in 7 days

Avoid back pain this Christmas period with 7 tips in 7 days from Glen Waverely Chiropractor, Dr Shaun Beovich. Back pain is a debilitating condition which many Australians suffer from. The worst thing is to have to endure an acute episode of back pain over this upcoming Christmas break. Nothing worse than to be in pain as the Christmas cheer is flowing on around you! So let’s get to todays 1st tip:

 

1. GET MOVING

Your spine loves movement. It’s designed to move. Your body is made up of around 360 joints and 700 muscles. It’s meant to move! And it doesn’t matter what kind of movement. Just do it! Today we sit all day in front of computers and TVs or on our phones and not moving. So put them away and get up and start moving. Simple but vital.

If you’re in the Glen Waverley, Wheelers Hill, Mulgrave or Brandon Park area and you want to avoid back pain or perhaps it’s too late and you’re already suffering give Dr Shaun beovich at Waverley Chiropractic Centre, 490 Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley a call on 8839 5364 or book online 24/7 at www.waverleychiro.com.au

 

More than just back pain relief during pregnancy with Chiropractic

Shoulder or neck pain. Eight months pregnant Asian woman holding her back and shoulder while sitting on a floor at home.

Back pain, neck pain and headaches are common during pregnancy. As the body changes, muscles and ligaments get stretched, hormones kick in and the spine is put under strain. Dr Shaun from Waverley Chiropractic says that Chiropractic care through this stage may be helpful for the expectant mum. But there is more to chiropractic care through pregnancy than just pain relief.

A new study from New Zealand shows that chiropractic care can help pregnant women with relaxation of the pelvic floor muscles. Good functioning and relaxed pelvic floor muscles are important during the birthing process, so this study is great news!

A Randomised Control Trial from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic, a first study in its field, provides evidence that chiropractic manipulation to correct spinal dysfunction in asymptomatic, pregnant women results in relaxation of the pelvic floor muscles. This is of great potential significance to expectant mothers  given the role of the muscles in the birth process.

This from the Australian Spinal Research Foundation highlighting the importance of this study:

• Chiropractic care can have an impact on pelvic floor muscles.
• Pregnant women who received chiropractic care had a greater ability to relax their pelvic floor muscles at rest.
• This relaxation of the pelvic floor muscles may mean that chiropractic care could be of benefit to pregnant women, is it may help them have a natural vaginal delivery.

Why this study matters. Your pelvic floor muscles are integral to the birth process, and to the prevention of incontinence and other issues, which makes this an exciting piece of knowledge for chiropractors and for women receiving chiropractic care.

Chiropractic care may actually enhance your chances of having a natural, complication free childbirth. This is better for both mother and baby.

“If we can have uncomplicated, natural vaginal delivery without drugs and intervention, the baby is better off and the woman is better off. This study we have just done suggests chiropractic care can help women by relaxing their pelvic floor muscles.” Neuroscientist and Chiropractic Researcher Heidi Haavik Pregnancy, childbirth and aging can put these muscles through their paces. Across the world, millions of women suffer from incontinence and related conditions, contributing to a massive emotional, physical, social and financial costs and stress.

1. Pelvic floor functional changes with spinal manipulation in pregnant and non-pregnant women: A pilot study. JMPT 2016.

 

Move for back and neck pain

Your spine loves movement! Your brain loves movement! Your body loves movement! So get moving!

I gave a talk at our local Glen Waverley primary school this week to teachers on the importance of sitting less, maintaining good posture and moving!

For problems such as back pain, neck pain, tight shoulders and headaches or migraines, a lack of movement is often the culprit. Today we sit for long periods of time and this has a detrimental affect on your health including your spine. Sitting is called the new smoking.

Studies show that prolonged sitting can lead to an increase risk of disease such as heart problems, diabetes, obesity etc. Basically you can be 94% more likely to die if you sit for 6 hours or more a day and inactive compared to just 3 hours of sitting. It’s not good!

Sitting cuts reduces the circulation of a fat busting enzyme called lipase that breaks down fat in the blood. So if you sit you’re not burning fat.

What about the spine? Sitting for long periods leads to poor posture. Your head moves forward and your spine becomes a C shape and your pelvis tilts.

All of this causes increased pressure on your neck joints, ligaments and muscles. Nerves get irritated leading to neck pain, headaches and muscular pain. Your mid back starts to tighten and due to the change in curvature and lack of movement your lower back starts to ache and discs get compressed.

The key to counteract this is to get moving. Micro-breaks where you stop for 10 seconds and stretch, get up every 30 minutes or so, try decompressing your spine by sitting up straighter or use a standing desk at work or home from time to time.

For more tips or a free posture check visit Waverley Chiropractic Centre, 490 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley at www.waverleychiro.com.au or phone 88395364.