Back to school tips: Are your kids practising these healthy habits in school?

Back to school tips Mount Waverley Chiropractor

Back to school tips. Starting the school year many of our young patients or children of our patients will pack their books, polish their shoes and head back to school, ready for the year ahead. However, kids don’t often think about the impact that common classroom activities like sitting in a classroom, carrying a heavy bag and excessive screen time can have on their overall health and wellbeing.

As part of the Australian Chiropractors Association’s Back to School campaign, Waverley Chiropractic Centre here in Mount Waverley is encouraging Aussie kids to adopt positive spinal health habits.

These habits include:

  • Carrying a backpack correctly with both straps, adjusting it to the correct height and ensuring only the essentials are packed, with heavier items to the back of the bag to reduce weight.
  • Maintaining good posture when sitting in a classroom by keeping their shoulders back and relaxed with both feet firmly on the floor.
  • Trying to reduce recreation screen time to two-hours every day.
  • Eating a balanced, healthy diet and staying hydrated, helping kits to keep kids active in the playground and alert in the classroom.
  • Getting enough physical activity is key for a child’s wellbeing, so as a guide, kids should try and get at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily.

Let’s help kids practise these positive spinal health habits this back to school season and all year round.

I welcome you to make an appointment for more advice and assistance on implementing these positive health habits into your child’s daily activity.

We are even able to assist with fitting your child’s backpack to suit their current level of development. Contact us at Waverley Chiropractic Centre to book your appointment.

For more information on these tips and the Back to School campaign, visit backtoschool.org.au  

Waverley Chiropractic – New Year, New You

Mount Waverley chiropractor - New Year new you

Waverley Chiropractic welcomes 2020. It’s a New Year and so let’s start with a new you.

Make a determination, a resolution this year to improve at least one aspect of your health. As your spine protects your spinal nerves which send and receive info between your brain and the rest of your body, can we at Waverley Chiropractic suggest you make your spinal health a priority this year of 2020.

To help with this Mount Waverley Chiropractor Dr Shaun Beovich is offering $10 off your 1st visit at Waverley Chiropractic Centre. Let’s break down any barriers you may have to making that initial step to better health.

You can book easily online at Waverley Chiropractic Centre. You can even fill out all initial paperwork online in the comfort of your home. It’s all paperless! Simple!

So if you are in the Mount Waverley, Pinewood, Glen Waverley, Chadstone, Burwood, Clayton, Mulgrave or surrounding areas and suffering from back pain, neck pain, headaches, migraines, sciatica, disc bulges, shoulder pain, hip pain etc, now is the time at the start of this new year to stop being in pain.

Or you may just want to add to your wellness routine and have a chiropractor optimise your spinal/nerve health. Or maybe you need a posture analysis and advise on how to counteract that forward hunched posture you see in the mirror?

Book online or phone Mount Waverley chiropractor, Dr Shaun Beovich now on 9581 2624.

A New Year, a new you!

How to Beat Holiday Stress



Bottom Line:

Our bodies are designed to be healthy – to exist in a stable state of optimal function better known as homeostasis. During the holidays, heightened stress can wreak havoc on our nervous system, and therefore our optimal function, leaving us feeling tired and worn down. The good news is, you can stay happy and healthy and feeling great this holiday season by integrating a few simple holiday stress busters into your routine, and while you can’t eliminate every source of stress in your life, a few smart decisions can help keep that added stress at bay and reduce your chances of getting sick.

beat holidays stress with Mt Waverley chiropractor

Why it Matters:

Each year, millions of people get sick before, during, or after the holidays, and the most common culprit for all this illness is STRESS. When your body is stressed, it doesn’t recover very well, and you are more likely to become sick. Not only could you experience more aches and pains, but you may also experience mental fatigue. Luckily, you’re in the right place. New research tells us that just like eating well and getting enough sleep, Chiropractic adjustments can go a long way towards positively influencing your stress levels by reducing your muscle tension so that you can feel better both during the holiday season and into the new year.

  • Many people carry their stress in their neck and shoulders.
  • Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to decrease muscle tension in the neck and shoulders.
  • Research has shown people experience less stress after receiving Chiropractic care.

Next Steps:

By getting enough rest, exercise, and Chiropractic care, you can bust your stress levels and reduce your chance of getting sick this holiday season. You’ll feel better, more energized and experience a happier and healthier holiday, helping you do more of what you love with the people you love. That’s what it’s all about, and we’re here to help! Give us a call to schedule your next adjustment – you’ll be glad you did! Happy holidays from our family to yours! Book online at www.waverleychiro.com.au or phone 9581 2624

Science Source:

Cerebral metabolic changes in men after chiropractic spinal manipulation for neck pain. Alternative therapies in health and medicine. November 2011

Glucose Metabolic Changes in the Brain and Muscles of Patients with Nonspecific Neck Pain Treated by Spinal Manipulation Therapy. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Volume 2017



Spring back into shape

Spring has finally sprung! As I write today here in Glen Waverley at Waverley Chiropractic Center looking out over Springvale Rd towards the Victorian Rehab Centre, it’s a beautiful spring day in Melbourne. And so with this weather it’s a perfect time to get your back, back into shape!

For back pain, neck pain, arthritis or any kind of spinal pain walking is a great way to start. Your spine loves movement but with everyday stresses, work, study, driving etc we just don’t spend enough time moving ie walking. We are bound to our seats which not only may lead to back pain, neck pain and headaches but can also lead to poor posture and in particular, forward head posture.

So let’s get moving! It’s free and will be of great benefit to your health. For more tips ring 88395364 or check out www.waverleychiro.com.au and our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/waverleychiropractic/

IS YOUR SPINE SKI-READY?

Heading up to the snow this weekend? Here’s some timely information from the Chiropractors Association of Australia.

Winter sports such as skiing are an excellent way to enjoy the colder months. While skiing is an exciting sport, the low temperatures, icy surfaces and high speeds can result in an increased risk of injuries. It is not uncommon for skiers to suffer from muscle soreness and injuries as a result of the strenuous exercise and falls.

While it is not possible to entirely prevent injuries, these tips can help you reduce the risk of injuring and straining your back.

Prepare before you hit the slopes

Skiing is a physically demanding sport that requires strength, endurance and high fitness levels. Whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned skier, it can take a toll on your body.

It is important to build up your strength and stamina before hitting the slopes. Pre-ski season conditioning can reduce the incidence and severity of injuries. Follow an exercise program that focuses on improving core strength, flexibility and balance.

Warming up prior to a skiing session is also imperative. It doesn’t need to take too long – try some light exercises and gentle stretching for 10-15 minutes before you start skiing, to get your muscles ready for the vigorous exercise ahead.

Start slowly

Most of us ski infrequently and it’s common for there to be a long gap between skiing holidays which means it is easy to be out of shape and out of practice.

Starting slowly and carefully can help reduce the likelihood of injury. Start with at least one warm-up run down the easiest hill to get to grips with the slopes. Only move on to a more challenging terrain when you feel confident in your ability.

Lift properly

Injuries don’t just happen on the slopes. Carrying heavy skis and other equipment can lead to lower back strain. Make sure you lift equipment properly, keeping the back straight and bending at the knees, not at the waist. Avoid turning or twisting the body while lifting heavy objects.

Stretch it out

Skiing includes movements that are sporadic and sudden. This can be potentially stressful for the spine and the surrounding muscles.

It is important to stretch before and after skiing. Stretching allows the muscles to loosen up and may help prevent sports injuries.

If you are looking for a stretching program, try the Straighten Up exercises included in the Straighten Up (Australia) app. These are also designed to improve spinal health, stabilise core muscles and enhance health.

Invest in good equipment

Make sure you use equipment that fits properly and is right for your size. Wearing gear that is too big can be especially dangerous as it reduces the amount of control you have on the slopes and also puts strain on your body.

Know your limits

Avoid skiing on a slope that exceeds your ability level. If you feel like you’re not entirely in control, stop immediately and try an easier slope instead. Keep within your comfort zone until you have sufficient practice and feel more confident.

Remember to listen to your body. If you’re feeling tired, stop skiing. Fatigue can lead to poor judgement so be aware of how you are feeling and rest when you need to.

Get Moving to Keep Young

Sitting too long is no good. And exercise is good for us. We all know this and it’s something that Dr Shaun from Waverley Chiropractic Centre explains to every patient, old or young. New research from Brigham Young University is telling us exactly how much exercise impacts the aging process on a cellular level. Now that’s good to know!

It all comes down to tiny proteins called telomeres. Theses are the end bits of our chromosomes. “Each time a cell replicates, we lose a tiny bit of the endcaps. Therefore, the older we get, the shorter our telomeres [1].”

The study, lead by exercise science professor Larry Tucker, found that people who maintained consistently high levels of physical activity had significantly longer telomeres than those who were sedentary or even moderately active. At the extreme end of the comparison (i.e. Those with very high levels of physical activity vs. those who were sedentary) this amounted to 9 years difference in telomere length [2].  Between those who were highly active and those who were moderately so, the difference was a lesser but still hefty 7 years.

“Just because you’re 40, doesn’t mean you’re 40 years old biologically,” Tucker said. “We all know people that seem younger than their actual age. The more physically active we are, the less biological aging takes place in our bodies [1].”

What kind of activity? The study used benchmarks of 30 minutes jogging for women, and 40 minutes jogging for men, five days a week [1, 2].  Although the exact mechanism for the preservation of telomeres has not yet been pinpointed, Tucker speculated it could be tied to inflammation and oxidative stress.

“Previous studies have shown telomere length is closely related to those two factors and it is known that exercise can suppress inflammation and oxidative stress over time.

“We know that regular physical activity helps to reduce mortality and prolong life, and now we know part of that advantage may be due to the preservation of telomeres,” Tucker said. [1]”

The study is the second published this year that linked telomere length with physical activity levels. Researchers at the University of California (San Diego) School of Medicine looked at elderly women who sit for more than 10 hours a day [3]. They found these women to have cells that were “biologically older by eight years compared to women who are less sedentary [3].”

“Our study found cells age faster with a sedentary lifestyle. Chronological age doesn’t always match biological age,” said Aladdin Shadyab, PhD, lead author of the study with the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at UC San Diego School of Medicine [3].”

Their benchmark for physical activity varied somewhat from that used by Tucker and his colleagues. Shadyab et al used 40 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day as their research parameter.

The study looked at nearly 1,500 women aged between 64 and 95, as part of a larger longitudinal study looking at determinants of chronic disease in postmenopausal women.

“We found that women who sat longer did not have shorter telomere length if they exercised for at least 30 minutes a day, the national recommended guideline,” said Shadyab. “Discussions about the benefits of exercise should start when we are young, and physical activity should continue to be part of our daily lives as we get older, even at 80 years old.”

So the answer for youth is very simple: get moving every day! It may keep you nearly a decade younger than your biological age, even on a cellular level.

References:

[1] “High level of exercise linked to nine years of less aging at the cellular level,” Medical Express, https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-05-high-linked-years-aging-cellular.htmlretrieved May 15, 2017

[2] Tucker L (2017), “Physical activity and telomere length in U.S. men and women: An NHANES investigation,” Preventive Medicine (2017). DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2017.04.027

[3] “Too much sitting, too little exercise may accelerate biological aging: study,” Medical Express, https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-01-biological-aging.html retrieved May 15, 2017

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!

 

Exercise just 20 minutes good for your back

Following on from 2 recent blogs on inflammation and exercise comes this research found in Brain, Behaviour and Immunity which suggests that just a little bit of exercise has health benefits.

The study found that just 20 minutes of exercise helps to fight inflammation in the body.

47 people walked on a treadmill briskly for 20 minutes and blood samples were analysed before and after. The researchers found that this amount of exercise reduced inflammatory markers in the body.

Previously I’ve spoken about research that suggested chiropractic care for lower back pain reduces inflammatory markers and how just exercising on the weekend can be of benefit. So this study kind of combines the two!

Again the key here is to just do some exercise, no matter how short it is. We’re all stressed for time these days however just a little bit of exercise can impact your health in a good way. Get exercising!

Reference

Inflammation and exercise: Inhibition of monocytic intracellular TNF production by acute exercise via β2-adrenergic activation. Stoyan Dimitrova,  Elaine Hultenga, Suzi Honga. Brain, Behaviour and Immunity. Published online 21 Dec 2016.

Weekend Exercise Not Bad

Great news for all those weekend warriors, who find it hard to exercise regularly through the week. Glen Waverley chiropractor, Dr Shaun Beovich from Waverley Chiropractic Centre reports on recent research that suggests that weekend-only exercise is almost as beneficial as doing it every day.

As a Chiropractor, Dr Shaun has always encouraged exercise for his patients suffering from back pain and neck pain. Your spine loves movement! However with the busyness of today we often struggle to fit in the time to exercise through the week and then try and make up for it on the weekend. Is this good enough?

A recent study of 64,000 people seems to suggest that moderate occasional exercise is almost as good as regular exercise. Of course to be exercising regularly is the ideal however if you can only get out and exercise on the weekend your heart still benefits!

The results showed that the risk of all-cause mortality was 30% lower in adults who did at least some regular exercise (which includes weekend warriors!).

So a good long bike ride, or some kind of sport, at the weekend is enough to stop you from dying early. A little is a lot better than nothing.

Ok, so get going! The new year is young, resolutions still fresh in the mind…get exercising. Good for your back but also your overall health. Check out www.waverleychiro.com.au for more and our youtube channel.

 

Reference

JAMA Intern Med. Association of “Weekend Warrior” and Other Leisure Time Physical Activity Patterns With Risks for All-Cause, Cardiovascular Disease, and Cancer Mortality. Gary O’Donovan, PhD; I-Min Lee, ScD; Mark Hamer, PhD; et al. Published online January 9, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.8014