Peak Performance with Waverley Chiropractic

Footy is just around the corner and Glen Waverley chiropractor Dr Shaun Beovich says that this is the perfect time to make sure your spine and nervous system is functioning to its peak.

Chiropractic is all about helping you enjoy more freedom of movement and getting your body to perform at its peak. Athletes may notice a dramatic difference in their muscle strength, balance, coordination, performance and flexibility following a chiropractic adjustment.

Many sports people in Glen Waverley use chiropractic care as part of their health care regime.

Three aspects in which chiropractic care may help you:

  1. Prevent injuries
  2. Treat injuries
  3. Optimise performance

Prevent Injuries

Chiropractic adjustments help to achieve optimal muscle and joint function for the entire body. By getting your body back into balance, you can prevent future sports injuries, which would otherwise leave you out of action for weeks. Many successful sports stars use chiropractic, not only to avoid injuries but to also achieve better performance.

Treat Injuries

Chiropractic aims to correct the cause of the problem which led to injury in the first place. Every muscle, ligament, tendon and joint is properly assessed to help sports people and professional athletes reach their peak potential by making sure the body is functioning as well as it can be.

Exercise and physical activity are great for conditioning and strengthening your body. Keeping fit helps you age better and helps you to resist illnesses. However, being injured in training or in competition is a reality that sports people must face. Too often, sports injuries go unrecognised & untreated, ignored until they begin to impact your health and sporting performance.

Athletes are often repeatedly doing activities that are physically demanding, which places a large amount of stress on their body. You cannot compete at your fullest if you’re not in alignment, and your body cannot heal quickly if you are out of balance.

Optimise Performance

Many Olympic athletes use chiropractic care to gain the edge on their competitors. With a fine-tuned spine and nervous system, their bodies can perform at its peak and they can have confidence in the stability and function of their spine. Due to the influence on the nervous system this may lead to improved performance throughout the body.

At Waverley Chiropractic Centre we treat a range of athletes: footballers, cyclists, swimmers, runners, dancers, netball/basketball players, tennis players, bowlers and golfers. Like you, they all have their own unique goals and issues:

  • want to improve technique (e.g. golf swing);
  • struggling with injury, stopping them from participating in the sport they love;
  • need to improve their flexibility;
  • looking to optimise recovery times and get the most out their training efforts;
  • aim to improve their reaction time, to get an edge over their opponents!

Whether you are an elite athlete, a weekend warrior, exercising for fitness or are returning to an exercise program, you owe it to yourself to get a chiropractic assessment. If you regularly participate in sports, it is important for you to take this pro-active approach towards your health. For athletes in any discipline, the drug-free treatment method of chiropractic may be the best choice for you.

Perform at your peak with chiropractic!

 

Back Pain Research

Back pain can be a serious, ongoing cause of concern and there are many recommendations on what to do about it. In this blog Glen Waverley Chiropractor, Dr Shaun Beovich looks at a recent study that sheds light on a common approach to treating back pain.

The Global Burden of Disease Study has declared lower back and neck pain to be Australia’s leading cause of ongoing disability and poor health. It ranked more highly than ischaemic heart disease (the leading cause of premature death) and depressive disorders, and the years lost because of this disability have increased significantly. So what to do about it?

Following is a media release from The George Institute for Global Health:

Commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs used to treat back pain provide little benefit, but cause side effects, according to new research from The George Institute for Global Health.

The findings of the systematic review, published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, reveal only one in six patients treated with the pills, also known as NSAIDs, achieve any significant reduction in pain.

The study is the latest work from The George Institute questioning the effectiveness of existing medicines for treating back pain. Earlier research has already demonstrated paracetamol is ineffective and opioids provide minimal benefit over placebo.

Lead author Associate Professor Manuela Ferreira says the study highlights an urgent need to develop new therapies to treat back pain which affects 80 per cent of Australians during their lifetime.

A/Prof Ferreira, Senior Research Fellow at The George Institute and at the Institute of Bone and Joint Research, said: “Back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide and is commonly managed by prescribing medicines such as anti-inflammatories. But our results show anti-inflammatory drugs actually only provide very limited short term pain relief. They do reduce the level of pain, but only very slightly, and arguably not of any clinical significance.”

A/Prof Ferreira added: “When you factor in the side effects which are very common, it becomes clear that these drugs are not the answer to providing pain relief to the many millions of Australians who suffer from this debilitating condition every year.”

The team at The George Institute, which examined 35 trials involving more than 6000 people, also found patients taking anti-inflammatories were 2.5 times more likely to suffer from gastro-intestinal problems such as stomach ulcers and bleeding.

Research Fellow Gustavo Machado, of The George Institute and the School of Medicine at the University of Sydney, said: “Millions of Australians are taking drugs that not only don’t work very well, they’re causing harm. We need treatments that will actually provide substantial relief of these people’s symptoms.

“Better still we need a stronger focus on preventing back pain in the first place. We know that education and exercise programs can substantially reduce the risk of developing low back pain.”

Most clinical guidelines currently recommend NSAIDs as the second line analgesics after paracetamol, with opioids coming at third choice.

Reference:

http://www.georgeinstitute.org/media-releases/the-drugs-dont-work-say-back-pain-researchers

Machado GC, Maher CG, Ferreira PH, et al. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for spinal pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis. 

Neck pain, headaches with school

Neck pain and headaches due to school-related activities appears to be on the increase according to Glen Waverley Chiropractor, Dr Shaun Beovich. The cause seems to be the use of laptops, tablets and phones by students. With the start of the new school year it’s a good time to get the use of this technology right now.

 

This technology is definitely good and valuable for the student to use, however excessive use and poor posture may contribute to neck pain, headaches and shoulder discomfort. The underlying cause is forward head posture.

 

Forward head posture increases the pressure and strain being placed on your neck joints, muscles and ligaments. Over time this may lead to discomfort across the shoulders, neck pain and even headaches.

 

3 simple tips to help avoid this.:

  1. Limit the use – regular breaks away from the screen
  2. Raise the device up – lift the device up higher to decrease the time and angle of looking down
  3. Stretch – do the opposite. Look up, bring the shoulders back and do some shoulder shruga and rolls.

 

Technology is beneficial but for young spines it’s best to get into good habits now. For a free spinal or backpack check-up for your student, contact Waverley Chiropractic Centre in Glen Waverley now on 88395364 or book online at www.waverleychiro.com.au . Check out our Youtube channel or facebook page.