Are you as Mobile as you Think?

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During March, we at Waverley Chiropractic Centre will be asking our patients to get more mobile this Mobility Month!

A recent survey by the Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA) found that one in ten Australians claim their pain hindered their ability to play with their children; one in ten indicated impacts on intimate relationships; and one in 20 realised their persistent pain resulted in increased friction with their partner.

With statistics like these, it is important you are staying on top of your mobility and monitor any changes in your strength, balance and flexibility. This Mobility Month, try out these four simple exercises to discover how ‘mobile’ you are:

  1. Neck Rotation: testing how far and evenly you can turn your neck on each side.
    1. Sitting down, keep your shoulders still and against a chair.
    2. Turn your head all the way to the left as if you were looking over your shoulder. How far around did you get?
    3. Repeat on the right. Was it even? Was it comfortable?

      
  2. Trunk Side Bend: testing how far you can run your hand down each side of your body.
    1. Stand with your feet comfortably apart.
    2. Run a hand down the side of your leg so you side bend without leaning backwards or forwards.
    3. Repeat on the other side. Was it even and was it comfortable to do?

      
  3. Sit-to-Stand: testing the ease at which you can rise from your chair with crossed arms.
    1. Sit in the middle of your chair. Cross your arms over your chest.
    2. Keeping your back straight and arms across your chest…
    3. Stand straight up and then sit back down. Did you do this easily or was it hard?

      
  4. Single Leg Stance: testing how well you balance on each leg.
    1. In a safe environment free of trip hazards, stand upright with feet together and place hands on hips.
    2. Lift one foot off the ground. Do not allow your legs to touch. Time how long you can stand without moving.
    3. Repeat on opposite side. Are you able to stand on each leg for at least 40 seconds? (If under 60 years)

How was your flexibility, strength and balance? If you find that you are struggling with one of the exercises, not to worry. We at Waverley Chiropractic Centre are here to help.

For more information on Mobility Month, and to watch the test in action, visit mobilitymonth.org.au

Chiropractic brain-body connection

chiropractic brain-body connection

At Waverley Chiropractic Centre in Mount Waverley you may hear us talking about the brain-body connection and how chiropractic adjustments can influence this.

Every thought and movement in your life occurs through your brain and spinal cord, which is collectively known as the central nervous system. Your spinal column acts as the armor and pathway for your spinal cord to travel down and split into the nerves that reach every cell of your body. Every moment, millions of messages and bits of information are moving along your spinal cord to maintain the delicate balance between your brain and body.

Let’s look at some research to back this up. A recent article published by Haavik et. al., looked at the effects of chiropractic care on changes in cortical intrinsic inhibitory interactions in patients with chronic neck and upper extremity pain by measuring dual somatosensory evoked potentials (SEP) in the median and ulnar nerves.

The number of participants in the study was limited, however, their results were significant. They found that there was a significant decrease in the ratio and amplitude for the SEP as well as a decrease in average pain levels for all of the participants following a chiropractic care plan that was specifically recommended to each participant based on their individual clinical findings. No changes occurred in measurements during the control period prior to beginning chiropractic care.

The authors concluded that “chiropractic care improved suppression of SEPs evoked by dual upper limb nerve stimulation at the level of the motor cortex, premotor areas, and /or subcortical areas such as basal ganglia and/or thalamus.” Of course, larger studies are needed to verify and confirm these results but is always the case with science and research.

So what does this mean to you and your chiro adjustment? Very simply put, chiropractic care improves neurological activity and function for patients with chronic pain, and not just on a local level at the site of the chronic pain – it improves the neurological activity and function deep inside the cortex of your brain and brainstem, and improves your body’s ability to effectively communicate information to your brain.

If chiropractic has this powerful effect on patients with chronic pain, it is not unreasonable to infer that it also has the same effect on acute pain and on people without any pain! So do not wait until you are in chronic pain before you start taking care of your spine and nervous system – be proactive in your health by making healthy lifestyle choices and having your spine checked and adjusted regularly.

Haavik H, Niazi IK, Holt K, Murphy B. Effects of 12 Weeks of Chiropractic Care on Central Integration of Dual Somatosensory Input in Chronic Pain Patients: A Preliminary Study. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2017 Mar – Apr;40(3):127-138. doi: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2016.10.002. Epub 2017 Feb 10. PubMed PMID: 28196631.

Neck pain? Consider a Mount Waverley Chiropractor

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Suffering from neck pain? Consider a Chiro! Between looking at screens all day, to mobile phones and even sleeping, our necks are in all kinds of positions day in, day out. For instance, Australians on average spend 10 hours and 24 minutes engaging with internet connected devices everyday.1

If you suffer from neck pain, you’re not alone. Up to 50% of people will experience neck pain at some point in their life2 and general practitioners are consulted seven times per week for neck pain.3

Here are a few tips to help manage and prevent neck pain:

  • Work on your posture – for every 2.5cm of forward head movement, the strain on your neck muscles doubles.
  • Get the ergonomics right – make sure your computer screen is elevated so you are not looking down.
  • Move your neck and shoulders gently through its full range everyday – forward and back, side to side and left to right.
  • In bed, try and sleep on your side or back and avoid sleeping on your stomach. Ensure your pillow isn’t too high and is supportive of your neck.

Chiropractic care is one way to help manage and relieve discomfort caused by neck pain. Chiropractic adjustments reduce joint restrictions or misalignments in the spine and other joints in the body in an effort to reduce inflammation and improve function.

If you’re looking for an alternative to treating neck pain, why not consider a chiro? Visit  Waverley Chiropractic Centre and book online here.

1. Digital Australia: State of the Nation 2015–16, Ernest & Young, https://digitalasiapacific.ey.com/Home/pdf?id=SotN-Report-AU-2015-16

2. Hogg-Johnson S, van der Velde G, Carroll LJ, et al. The Burden and Determinants of Neck Pain in the General Population: Results of the Bone and Joint Decade 2000–2010 Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders. Eur Spine J. 2008;17(Suppl 1):39-51. doi:10.1007/s00586-008-0624-y

3. Australian Journal of General Practice: https://www1.racgp.org.au/ajgp/2018/may/neck-pain

Our Back to School Health Checklist

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Waverley Chiropractic Centre is excited to help you and your children get ready for going back to school.

Every January millions of children, including some of our very own patients, go back to school. While schools are great places for children to learn and develop both mentally and socially, it is important for kids to remember their health and wellbeing in the classroom all year round.

While most parents and children have a checklist of stationery and supplies for starting the school year, we are providing our patients with a ‘Back to School Health Checklist.’ The checklist, developed as part of the Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA) Back to School Campaign, is a great way to remind kids of the importance of building healthy habits in school.

They are simple to incorporate and easily fit into a child’s everyday routine. For instance, packing a healthy lunch filled with lots of fruit and veggies, getting 60 minutes of daily physical activity and wearing the backpack correctly by carrying it with both straps.

The Health Checklist also reminds kids to reduce their recreational screen time, sit correctly in the classroom and consider chiropractic care.

Kids don’t often think about the impact that common activities like sitting in a classroom, carrying a heavy bag and excessive screen time can have on their overall health and wellbeing.

Pick up your complimentary Back to School Health Checklist from us today, or if you are concerned about your child’s spine or any other back to school related activities, book an appointment with us via Waverley Chiropractic Centre online booking site.

For more information on the ACA’s Back to School, visit backtoschool.org.au

Chronic low back pain

chronic low back pain


How good is spinal manipulation for chronic low back pain? At Waverley Chiropractic Centre low back pain is the number one condition treated. So how does chiropractic care compare?

From the prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ) comes a study entitled “Benefits and harms of spinal manipulative therapy for the treatment of chronic low back pain: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials” BMJ 2019; 364:1689

Researchers conducted 47 randomized controlled trials involving 9,211 adults.

Five insights from the study:

1. They found spinal manipulation alleviated lower back pain as effectively as exercise, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers.

2. Spinal manipulation appeared to be more effective at improving short-term function than exercise, NSAIDs and painkillers.

3. Spinal manipulation was a better option for pain relief than non-recommended interventions, such as light tissue massage, and sham manipulation treatments.

4. The most common side effects associated with spinal manipulation — joint and muscle pain or stiffness — typically go away within a matter of days.

5. Spinal manipulation may decrease pain caused by muscle strain, spasms and inflammation, study authors concluded.

Mount Waverley Chiropractor welcomes 2021

Mount Waverley Chiropractor

Mount Waverley Chiropractor, Dr Shaun Beovich, is feeling optimistic about the new year. After a challenging 2020 in which COVID-19 and lockdowns taught us more about ourselves and the world we live in, at least in Melbourne, Australia 2021 is looking more positive.

There are still some uncertainties ahead but at least for Waverley Chiropractic Centre it will continue to serve the local Mount Waverley, Glen Waverley, Chadstone, Burwood and Mulgrave communities.

Mount Waverley Chiropractor, Dr Beovich, is committed to looking after your spinal health including back pain, neck pain and headaches, with specific chiropractic adjustments to help restore proper spinal movement and reduce nerve irritation.

To book a chiropractic appointment at Waverley Chiropractic Centre phone 9581 2624 or click on the link:

https://www.halaxy.com/book/chiropractor/dr-shaun-beovich/379701/391321

Chiropractor Mount Waverley “Don’t let pain hold you back”

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Mount Waverley Chiropractor Dr Shaun Beovich is encouraging locals in Mount Waverley, Glen Waverley, Burwood, Chadstone, and Clayton not to let pain hold them back this Christmas.

Back pain, neck pain, shoulder aches and headaches can be debilitating and an unwanted discomfort through this Christmas period. So to help people move better and feel better Waverley Chiropractic Centre is offering new patients 20% off their 1st visit for the month of December.

Instead of $85, your 1st visit will be only $68. This includes a thorough history, examination, explanation of what’s wrong, a recommended treatment plan and we’ll get started with actual treatment. Be wary of other offers that state a low 1st visit cost but don’t include treatment!

Each year Mount Waverley Chiropractor does something special through December in the lead up to Christmas. Previously Waverley Chiropractic has collected toys and food in exchange for treatment that then is donated to the Salvation Army to distribute to locals in need.

So if you don’t want pain to hold you back this Christmas and you are searching for a chiropractor in the Mount Waverley, Glen Waverley, Burwood, Chadstone or Clayton area then try Mount Waverley Chiropractor, and take up the special $68 1st visit offer.

You can easily book online or phone 9581 2624. Located at 25 Mount Pleasant Drive, Mt Waverley (corner of Waverley Rd and Forster Rd). Check on Google Maps.

Chiropractic Care for Children

chiropractic care for children

Mount Waverley chiropractor from Waverley Chiropractic Centre shares on a recent review on chiropractic care for children. Australian chiropractors are five-year university trained, and are government registered and regulated healthcare professionals. In Australia, the chiropractic profession is well established, with over 300,000 visits to chiropractors each week. Approximately 30,000 of these visits are children under the age of 18 years.

Safer Care Victoria Review

In March 2019, the Victorian Health Minister tasked Safer Care Victoria (SCV) to lead an independent review of the practice of spinal manipulation on children under 12 years. SCV wished to hear from parents of children who have accessed chiropractic care, exploring their experiences, both positive and negative.

Of the Submissions from the Public…

  • 21,824 submissions in total – the largest of any public stakeholder engagement
  • 99.7% reported a positive experience with chiropractic care of their children
  • 98% said that chiropractic care helped their child, indicating improvement after treatment
  • 99.1% indicated they were either ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with information provided by the chiropractor about the benefits of treatment
  • 95.8% stated they were ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with the information provided about the risk of treatment
  • 68.9% reported that they had also consulted with a GP about the problem

Safety

In Australia, there has never been a serious adverse event reported in the literature or in insurance claims, involving the care of a child by a chiropractor. This is despite the fact that there have been an estimated 12-15 million visits by children to chiropractors in the last 20 years.

The evidence of harm is low because chiropractors modify their techniques to suit the age and developmental stage of the patient across the lifespan.

Evidence of Effectiveness

SCV also performed a systematic review of the evidence of effectiveness for chiropractic care of children. High level evidence does not currently exist for many commonly used paediatric health interventions, including spinal manipulation.

The situation is different for adult care, where spinal manipulation for conditions such as low back and neck pain, rate moderate to high level evidence.

Evidence was found to be positive but inconclusive for some conditions, such as colic and bed wetting. For the other conditions:

– headache, asthma, otitis media, cerebral palsy, hyperactivity, and torticollis – the SCV review found there was no high level evidence that spinal manipulation was effective for children under 12 years.

SCV recommended allocation of funding for further research that may further clarify the role chiropractors have to play with paediatric health care.

For more information on the COAG and SCV process visit chiro.org.au/coag

Chiropractic pain relief and safety

chiropractic pain relief and safety

Is chiropractic good for pain relief and is it safe? A recent article by Harvard Health Publications at Harvard Medical School to discuss the use of chiropractic care for pain relief.

Currently thousands see the treatment of chiropractors however many don’t realise the wide variety of treatments a chiropractor can use to help relieve back and neck pain.  The article states “while the mainstay of chiropractic is spinal manipulation, chiropractic care now includes a wide variety of other treatments including soft tissue techniques, manual or manipulative therapies, postural and exercise education and ergonomic training – including nutritional consultations.  In addition, chiropractors often work in conjunction with G. P’s, pain experts, and other health professionals to treat patients with pain.

While this is nothing new to chiropractors, it may serve to further educate the public as to the many tools a chiropractor possesses to help patients.  While most of the research on chiropractic has focused on spinal manipulation, or adjustment of the spine, for pain relief, there have been studies done on the effectiveness of chiropractic for treating musculoskeletal pain, headaches, asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome and fibromyalgia (Harvard Health Publications).  The author goes on to state “a recent review concluded that chiropractic spinal manipulation may be helpful for back pain, migraine, neck pain and whiplash.”

Spinal manipulation, or adjustment of the spine, is a term used to describe providing a specific high velocity, low amplitude thrust to the vertebra to restore joint function.  Chiropractors use this technique to correct the body’s spinal alignment to relieve pain allowing the body to heal.  Treatment usually takes a short-focused period.  Most patients are scheduled 2-3 times a week initially.  Patients generally see improvement of their symptoms in the first 2 to 3 weeks (Harvard Health Publications).

References:

  1. Harvard Health Publications (2015). Chiropractic Care for Pain Relief. Retrieved from http://www.health.harvard.edu/pain/chiropractic-care-for-pain-relief

5 Tips for exam study

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Exam study…it’s exam time again for VCE students, university students and high schoolers. As a chiropractor who has done 5 plus years of university study and copious number of exams, Dr Shaun from Waverley Chiropractic Centre has a wealth of knowledge on studying. Here are 5 simple tips to keep you in tip top shape during the exam period.

A few simple tips to get you through:

1. Stay active. Break up your study with a bit of exercise. Go for a walk, a quick run or dance around the house (not recommended if studying in the library)

2. Good posture. Maintain good posture to help relieve tension that builds up. A firm seat with good lumbar support or a small cushion. Feet slightly raised off the ground on a small box/platform and your desk slightly angled up towards you.

3. Keep your spine aligned. Keeping your spine and nervous system functioning well is key. A chiropractic adjustment may help sort out some tension you are feeling. A good functioning nervous system may keep you sharp during study and exams.

4. Regular breaks. 40-45 minutes of study is ideal with a 10-15 minute break. It will keep you focused and more efficient with your study.

5. Enjoy!