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  • How Chiropractic Can Elevate Athletic Performance and Speed Up Recovery

    The Athlete in All of Us Professional sports and chiropractic care go back a long way. Athletes have always sought a performance advantage, and many have discovered that chiropractic can give them that competitive edge. Nearly everyone likes to believe they are an “active” person, so this month is an excellent opportunity to appeal to their inner athlete. Throughout the month, you will find a variety of topics related to sports performance and chiropractic care, including the social proof of professional utilization, the CrossFit craze, and exciting new research, all with a variety of fantastic testimonials. Professional athletics have allowed chiropractors to showcase their skills as part of an elite healthcare team. Exciting new research has begun to show the depth of what can be achieved with an adjustment. Researchers from Brain Science found an increase in cortical drive and strength after an adjustment, and the team at SPINE found periodic chiropractic care has the potential to prevent future episodes of low back pain. It’s an exciting time to be a chiropractor, and this month, our sports performance research updates will turn some heads in your community! "I did a lot of things to stay in the game, but regular visits to my chiropractor were among the most important." - Jerry Rice, Pro Football Hall of Famer Emerging research has shown an increase in strength after a spinal adjustment. Periodic chiropractic visits can help evaluate, detect, and treat an emerging problem, thus preventing future episodes of low back pain. How Pro Athletes Deal with Pain Professional sports are big business. The athletes are given access to various healthcare options to help them play at the highest level possible. Over the past few years, you may have noticed some familiar faces on the sidelines- chiropractors. Sports performance is a huge part of winning in a game of inches. Chiropractors are on nearly every sideline, working to keep the athletes happy, healthy, and productive over the course of a long and rigorous season. The days of receiving shots of narcotics on the sidelines are over. Turning off the pain mechanism is an excellent way to cause more injury, not less. But, with chiropractors there to help find the cause of the injury- the athletes can get back on the field feeling better than ever. The sports franchises and the players now realize that a team approach to care is best. Nearly every professional sports team has a team chiropractor on the sidelines "I did a lot of things to stay in the game, but regular visits to my chiropractor were among the most important." - Jerry Rice, Pro Football Hall of Famer Chiropractors are there to help keep the athletes performing at their peak level Crossfitters! Want to Get Stronger? Crossfitters focus on strength and conditioning with a healthy dose of competition. And if you want to improve your WOD (that’s workout a day for the uninitiated), then you need a plan to achieve your best performance while ensuring your body can recover quickly. Otherwise, injuries may cause you to slow down or even keep you from going to the gym altogether. As someone looking for optimal performance and recovery, there is no better choice than chiropractic. Exciting new research has shown that chiropractic adjustments can increase cortical drive by influencing your nervous system, which results in increased strength. Also, adjustments can improve spinal motion and reduce inflammation- all of which help with recovery. CrossFit is a popular, high-intensity style workout Improving core strength and flexibility can reduce the likelihood of injuries Emerging research has shown an increase in strength after a spinal adjustment Be Like Mike: How To Improve Your Sports Performance Athletes and active people are always looking for a competitive edge. No one may embody that spirit more than basketball legend Michael Jordan. He won multiple world championships and gold medals, breaking almost every record in the NBA. So, what was the secret to his success? Aside from a tremendous amount of hard work and persistence, Michael said, "I didn't know how much I could improve until I started seeing a chiropractor. Since I've been in chiropractic, I've improved mentally and physically by leaps and bounds." Like you, Mike was always striving to reach his full physical and mental potential. With that statement, he joined athletes like Tom Brady, Aaron Rogers, Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, and Wayne Gretzky, who talked about how chiropractic care helped them stay at the top of their game. With the rigors of pro sports and the demands these athletes place on their bodies, chiropractic care would be used to keep them healthy and perform to their highest potential. Here is what a few other star athletes had to say about chiropractic. “Chiropractic care has been instrumental in my life, both on and off the field...” -Jerry Rice Performing at my best is important and should be to everyone. Getting adjusted regularly Along with practicing other good health habits that my mom helped me to establish – these are all part of my goal to win in life and on the field. – Aaron Rodgers “I’ve been going to a chiropractor for as long as I can remember; it is as important as the practice of my swing.” - Tiger Woods Pro Tips to Keep Your Spinal Discs Healthy Not everyone spends the week preparing to “play on Sunday.” Most of us will never make it to the NFL, and our big game is more likely to occur in a conference room than in a stadium. But, no matter what you do for work, doing it in pain is no fun. Instead of lifting weights and working with the coach on a new play, your day-to-day may consist of long hours commuting and then 8 hours sitting at a desk. Research has shown that all those hours sitting can place more stress on your spine than if you were working out and pushing the limits of your body all day long. It may be a bit too late to change careers and try out for a professional sports team, but you can do a few things to stay healthy and productive at work and home, just like the pros. Daily exercise, light stretching, and chiropractic care can all help keep your spinal discs healthy and strong. Adjustments allow your discs to stay healthy by bringing in valuable nutrients to help heal and flush out the inflammatory substances that can cause pain. Researchers from SPINE found that periodic chiropractic care may be able to detect, evaluate, and prevent future episodes of back pain! Sitting is one of the most stressful positions for your spine Periodic chiropractic visits can help evaluate, detect, and treat an emerging problem, thus preventing future episodes of low back pain. Keep your spine healthy with daily exercise, light stretching, and chiropractic care Next Steps: Instead of catching a game-winning touchdown, your idea of peak performance might include a fantastic presentation at your next team meeting. Don’t let pain slow you down and keep you on the sidelines. You have made an excellent choice to include chiropractic care as a part of your active lifestyle. Let us know if you don’t already include stretching in your daily routine. We would be happy to provide a few tips to get you started! call us on 02 8091 2021 or email us at hello@livelovelifechiropractic.com.au Science Source: The use and role of sports chiropractors in the national football league: a short report. JMPT 2002 Impact of CrossFit-Related Spinal Injuries. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine. 2017 Does Maintained Spinal Manipulation Therapy for Chronic Nonspecific Low Back Pain Result in Better Long-Term Outcomes? SPINE 2011 Impact of Spinal Manipulation on Cortical Drive to Upper and Lower Limb Muscles. Brain Science 2016 Impact of CrossFit-Related Spinal Injuries. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine. 2017 Packers’ Rodgers Has Deep Roots in Chico. New York Times 2011 Does Maintained Spinal Manipulation Therapy for Chronic Nonspecific Low Back Pain Result in Better Long-Term Outcomes? SPINE 2011

  • Finding Relief from Neck Pain: The Powerful impact of Chiropractic Care

    Why Does My Neck Hurt? Your neck has a tough job. It has to hold, stabilize, and move the weight of your head every day for a lifetime. Holding up 11 pounds may not seem like a lot, but the seven bones and 20 neck muscles need to work together in perfect harmony to move your head around and keep that weight balanced. Postural changes, sudden injuries, and arthritis are a few of the primary causes of neck pain. Pain can often be traced to a problem with your neck’s muscles, bones, discs, or nerves. If you've ever been unable to turn your head for a day or two, you know how debilitating and life-changing neck pain can be. The sharp muscle spasms that restrict your ability to move can happen when your body tries to protect a spinal joint that isn't moving correctly. Almost every bone in your neck has a pair of sliding joints towards the back called facet joints. If an adhesion forms or the joint is stuck, your body will try to compensate or work around the issue for a little while. But, over time, this compensation can cause additional challenges. Sudden injuries, arthritis, and postural issues can all contribute to neck pain. The small sliding joints (facet joints) of your neck can become stuck and cause muscle spasms and pain. Gentle spinal adjustments combined with daily stretching can help restore the motion of your facet joints and reduce pain. Pain in your neck is your body's way of saying "pain attention"! Even if it eases up by the end of the day, it's smart to have us evaluate your motion. Movement assessments are part of our examination and provide us with incredible information about your body. By taking a proactive approach to your health today, you may be able to prevent future episodes of neck pain and stiffness. Stenosis: How a Pinch in Your Neck Can Affect Your Whole Body Have you been told that you have spinal stenosis? If so, you're not alone. Millions of people suffer from spinal stenosis each day, and it's the number one reason people over 65 years old have spine surgery. Spinal stenosis is the compression, or pinching, of your spinal cord. It can occur due to a disc herniation, bone spur, or ligament overgrowth. But drugs and surgery are not the only way to find relief. For many people, the most significant challenge associated with spinal stenosis is the decreased ability to get up and move! Severe pinching in your neck can cause issues with your arms and legs. One of the best ways to relieve the symptoms associated with spinal stenosis is to open up the spinal canal and take the pressure off the nerves and spinal cord. Many chiropractic techniques focus on decreasing the pressure on your spinal cord, relieving the symptoms associated with spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spaces within your spine, which can put pressure on the nerves that travel through the spine Spinal stenosis is most commonly caused by degenerative changes in the spine related to osteoarthritis. Relief can often be found by building up your strength while improving the flexibility and stability of your spine with chiropractic care. After chiropractic care, many patients report decreased symptoms, the ability to walk further without pain, and improved overall quality of life. If you have been slowed down due to spinal stenosis, do not hesitate to schedule an evaluation with us. We will provide a complete evaluation and guide you toward the best treatment options to find relief. Is My Arm Pain Coming from My Neck? Pain in your hand, wrist, or arm can be frustrating. You don't realize how much you use your arms and hands until pain, numbness, or tingling gets in the way. Most of us don't usually think that an issue in our neck may cause our arm pain. But it's very common that arm pain can be traced back to a nerve issue in your neck. Hand, wrist, and arm pain often starts with a neck problem. When a spinal disc in your neck irritates or presses on a nerve, it can result in arm pain. Like the power lines that bring electricity to your house, your brain and spinal cord split into individual nerve roots that deliver information to every body part. The nerves in your neck are specifically focused on providing strength and sensation to your head and arms. A bulged or herniated disc in your neck can irritate or compress the nerves that travel to your hands, arms, and shoulders. A recent study of people with cervical (neck) disc herniation showed improvement in over 86% of people who received chiropractic adjustments Improving spinal mobility, decreasing inflammation, and improving your posture may help prevent future episodes of neck and arm pain. A painful arm with a pinched nerve in your neck rarely requires surgery. Most people can find long-term relief with conservative care, such as chiropractic. Getting rid of the inflammation and giving the disc time to heal are part of a complete plan we use each day to help our patients reduce their symptoms and get their lives back. Neck Pain: How To Find Relief An episode of neck pain can quickly hamper your everyday activities. Whether you began experiencing pain due to injury, degenerative spinal changes, or poor posture, it can be difficult to think about anything except the pain when you're struggling. It's estimated that 70% of people experience neck pain in their life, but you should know there is a path towards relief. Neck pain can create everything from headaches to pain in your arms and hands to pain directly on your neck. Different types of pain indicate different issues. The most common reasons for neck pain are strained muscles and stuck spinal joints. Each of these challenges can cause a lot of pain and may have you fearing that you have a more significant issue. But, with a proper examination, our team can pinpoint the cause of your pain and provide a complete plan of care to help you reclaim your life from neck pain. Facet joints are small spinal joints at the back of your spine which can become fixated or stuck and cause pain.Muscle strains can occur due to poor posture at your desk or sleeping in an awkward position. Motion heals: relief typically begins by reducing the inflammation and improving your range of motion. Next Steps: A small adjustment can make big changes in your quality of life. Our practice is focused on helping you feel (and function) better by improving your spinal motion and then providing you with the stretches and exercises you can do at home to continue your improvement. If neck pain has got in the way of you enjoying your life- give us a call. Our team is here to help. Science Source: Intervertebral Kinematics of the Cervical Spine Before, During, and After High-Velocity Low Amplitude Manipulation.The Spine Journal. 2018 Spinal Stenosis. The Mayo Clinic. 2020 Symptomatic, Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Confirmed Cervical Disk Herniation Patients: A Comparative-Effectiveness Prospective Observational Study of 2 Age- and Sex-Matched Cohorts Treated With Either Imaging-Guided Indirect Cervical Nerve Root Injections or Spinal Manipulative Therapy. JMPT 2016 Spinal manipulation, medication, or home exercise with advice for acute and subacute neck pain: a randomized trial. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2012

  • Redefining Posture: What You Need to Know About Posture, Your Health, and Chiropractic

    Perfect Posture is Dynamic Is there such a thing as perfect posture? The answer may surprise you. The latest research shows that it’s actually more beneficial to think about your posture as dynamic, not static. In other words, your ideal posture is constantly changing and evolving. Think of your posture as a dynamic pattern of responses, reflexes, and habits, not just a fixed position. Gravity, your work environment, and your body's anatomy all play essential roles. For instance, sitting for hours at a time staring at a computer screen is a perfect example of a damaging static posture that, over time, can lead to the development of chronic forward head posture. Forward head posture affects millions of people who spend their days using computers and can potentially cause pain and degenerative changes in your spinal joints. It places stress on the neck and shoulders and weakens the supporting muscles. Here’s what you need to know... - Forward head posture affects millions and results in neck pain for up to 75% of those affected. - Neck pain, tension, stiffness, and tenderness are all signs of chronic forward head posture. - Trapezius strengthening has been shown to provide clinically significant relief for those struggling with neck pain due to forward head posture. If you spend long hours each day in a single position - like sitting at a computer - it's important to take the time to take periodic breaks to stretch and move your body. Remember, posture is dynamic, and stretching can help "reset" your posture but also help keep your spine healthy and your energy levels up! Scheduling a posture and movement assessment with us is also a smart idea to help ensure you remain as pain-free as possible no matter how you spend your days. Just give us a call! How to Improve Your Posture When discussing posture, we often refer to your body’s overall position as you stand, sit, or lie down. Most experts would agree that a "good" overall posture involves physical positions that reduce stress on the body by balancing the load placed on the muscles and ligaments that support the spine. If you've looked in the mirror and noticed that your posture doesn't look as balanced as you'd like - not to mention it doesn’t feel as balanced as you’d like - you may be wondering what you can do to improve it. One of the best ways to improve your posture is through motion. Changing positions frequently during the day, stretching, and specific postural exercises are all ways to improve your posture. Good posture helps you keep your bones and joints in proper alignment, which helps reduce the wear and tear on your joints and decrease the strain on the ligaments that support your spine. Here are some key takeaways: - Good posture means keeping your spinal curves aligned and weight evenly distributed. - Stretches and exercises can help improve your posture and reduce your risk of neck and back pain. - Standing desks have been shown to reduce back pain by over 30% compared to sitting at a desk. Remember that stretching and exercising are essential when creating a plan to improve your posture. Equally important is knowing where to start. Our postural and movement assessments can help you determine the best strategy to help balance and improve your posture, especially if you’ve been living with pain. It all starts with a phone call. We’re standing by and ready to help! How Your Smartphone Impacts Your Posture Believe it or not, many of us spend 3 hours or more per day on our smartphones. That adds up to over 1,000 hours each year! And the positions we tend to hold our heads in while using our devices can be, well... damaging. You are damaging to your posture and damaging to your spine. It’s not surprising that over the past few years, an uptick in these awkward positions has led to an uptick in head and neck pain. It's estimated that tilting your head forward, even just 15 degrees, can triple the weight of your head on your neck. Tilting your head forward 60 degrees can increase the stress and strain on your neck ten times over. Repeating this forward head posture repeatedly can result in pain, stiffness, dysfunction, headaches, and more - a group of symptoms often referred to as “Tech Neck.” The good news about postural stress and “Tech Neck” is that simple routine changes can help reduce your risk of experiencing pain. Here’s what you need to know: - “Tech Neck” is the term used to describe the flexed head and neck position that occurs when looking down at your smartphone. - Just 15 degrees of forward bending can increase the stress of your head on your neck three times over. - Taking breaks every 15 minutes and looking up from your phone or tablet can help your body reset and give your muscles a chance to relax. Reducing your “Tech Neck” symptoms involves more than just changing the angle you look at your phone. Proper ergonomics and regular stretching and exercise all play significant roles in helping you continue to enjoy your favorite devices without those nagging pains. If you’ve been living with “Tech Neck” and are ready to take action, you’ve come to the right place! Our expert team is prepared to help evaluate your ergonomics and provide a plan of action complete with personalized recommendations that will help make it easy for you to maintain a more balanced posture for years to come. Posture: Balancing Strength and Flexibility Both strength and flexibility play a significant role in how your posture develops. For instance, a strong and flexible core helps the body dynamically adapt to every environment. The spine is supported and moves well, reducing the possibility of injury or pain. While it’s true that "perfect" postures may not exist, improving our strength, flexibility, and ergonomics goes a long way toward improvement. Your body is dynamic and designed to move, but over time, it may feel less dynamic than it used to! Getting into a wellness routine with exercises focusing on strength and flexibility is a smart way to keep your body feeling young while promoting good posture - a true win-win. Here’s why. Strengthening exercises can help develop proper support for your joints and decrease overall postural stress. Incorporating stretches and exercises focusing on flexibility will help your body maintain its ability to move through its full range of motion. Did you know... - Your posture will likely improve when you focus on increasing muscular flexibility. - Lifting weights strengthens your back, shoulder, and core muscles, which are essential to standing properly and preventing lower back pain. - Stretching your muscles and joints also leads to a greater range of motion, improved balance, and increased flexibility. Next Steps: Remember, postural stress can add up over time. Just because you're not currently in pain doesn't mean that everything is functioning at its highest level or that your daily wellness routine is as optimized as possible. Our team specializes in posture and provides comprehensive individualized care plans - adjustments, stretches, exercises, and all! Schedule an appointment today if you'd like to learn more about how we’re helping the people in your community achieve an ideal balance of strength, posture, and flexibility. Our doors are open, and we’re here for you. Science Sources: Effects of Trapezius Strengthening on Posture. Med Sci Monit. 2020. Back Health and Posture. Cleveland Clinic. 2020. "Tech Neck" Taking a Toll on Posture. Columbia Spine. 2018. Breaking up Workplace Sitting Time. Occup Environ Med. 2014. Why Being Flexible is Great for Your Health. Healthline. 2020. Forward Head Posture and Neck Pain. Curr Rev Musculoskel Med. 2019. Guide to Good Posture. Medline Plus. 2020. Upright Posture Improves Effect and Fatigue. J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry. 2017. Prevalence of Forward Head Posture. IJERHS. 2019.

  • Kids and Chiropractic: Overcoming Tech Neck, Improving Posture, and Performing Their Best

    Be Smart With Your Smartphone and Look Up! As education steps into the digital age, many students will be e-learning in some capacity for hours each day on their digital devices. While our devices can be fantastic tools for entertain- ment and education, the postural effects are something all parents should be aware of. For many students, e-learning may increase neck, mid-back, and low back pain. Spending six or more hours each day looking down at your digital devices can profoundly affect your mental, social, and physical health. It can also lead to the development of "Tech Neck Syndrome." This forward head posture often places tremendous stress on the neck (cervical spine) and can lead to an uptick in headaches, back and neck pain, and more. Did you know... Low back pain is the 3rd most common form of pain interfering with schoolwork. It's estimated that 50.3% of school-aged children present with posture disorders. Approximately 41.6% of children experience back pain from prolonged sitting. Why Chiropractic Care is Critical for Kids Who Play Sports Youth sports are a big deal. It's estimated that over 45 million kids are actively engaged in sports! While sports give kids a fantastic opportunity to grow socially and physically, they also increase risks for injuries, pain from overuse, and muscular imbalances. Finding proactive ways to reduce the risk of injury and balance the effects of training are essential for your child's developing musculoskeletal system. Your child's skeletal system is actively developing until they are approximately 25 years old. Their postural habits, history of injuries, and genetics play a role in their body's final form (and function). Sports have the potential to add a significant amount of stress and increase the chances of injuries for your developing child. Even small injuries to their spine can create bigger challenges down the road as they get older. To recap: -Addressing minor injuries and challenges while your child is young can help ensure proper musculoskeletal development. -Youth sports can increase your child's likelihood of developing overuse, growth plate injuries, and chronic pain. - Chiropractic care is a safe and natural way to help your child stay active and perform their best. Power Your Child’s Brain with Movement. Years ago, many believed that the health benefits of exercise were limited to the body. However, research has demonstrated that regular physical activity and movement can benefit the body and the brain. Recent studies have highlighted that movement can improve the supply of oxygen to the brain and promote the production of new cells. It appears movement also aids in creating new connections in the brain! Many schools have reduced physical education classes. Many more students have moved towards e-learning. For those reasons, it's important to be mindful of our children's physical activity and encourage them to exercise more daily. And not just to benefit their physical health. In many ways, exercising each day is likely to make your child a better student! Movement triggers the release of chemical substances in the brain that enhance brain function. Here's a quick snapshot of the benefits of movement: - Better Brain Function - Movement may protect your brain against degenerative changes. - Better Stress Reduction - Exercise and movement have been shown to have an antidepressant effect that can help reduce overall stress. - Better Memory - Regular exercise can help directly and indirectly improve recall and reasoning skills. E-Learning: How to Avoid Tech Neck Is your child connected to a phone, computer, or tablet during and after school? Think about it. Many of us aren't more than an arm's length from our phone at any time (even when sleeping). Spending time every day looking down at our devices can place a lot of stress on the support- ing muscles of our neck and lead to an uptick in headaches. It's a condition called "Tech Neck," one of the most common causes of headaches and neck pain. The countless daily hours kids spend on phones and computers can significantly contribute to tension headaches. It’s estimated that kids spend up to 1,400 hours per year in the exact positions attributed to the development of "Tech Neck." That's not surprising. Recent research has also shown that even 15 degrees of forward head tilt can triple the weight of the head on the spine. Here are some key things to remember when it comes to "Tech Neck": - "Tech Neck" is the term used to describe the symptoms of headaches, neck pain, and poor posture attributed to the forward head posture often associated with using your phone, tablet, and computer. - Taking a break from our mobile devices every 15 minutes can help reduce the likelihood of developing recurring neck pain and headaches. -Chiropractic care, including adjustments and postural exercises, can help decrease the pain and reverse the effects of "Tech Neck.” Next Steps: Keep it simple. Encourage your children to take breaks and stretch often. These are some of the best (and easiest) ways to help them break the bad habits leading to "Tech Neck." If your child spends a lot of time online and begins experiencing neck pain or headaches, don't hesitate to give us a call on 02 8091 2021 or email us : hello@livelovelifechiro.com Our team is experienced in evaluating children and creating kid-friendly care plans. Our doors are open, and we're ready to help you and your family live the highest quality of life possible! Science Sources: Text Neck Syndrome. Intl Journal of Env Research and Public Health. 2021. Back Pain in School Children. Dynamic Chiropractic. 1995. School Children's Backpacks, Back Pain and Back Pathologies. Arch Dis Child. 2012. Specialization & Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes. UCONN Health. 2017. The Anti-Depressant Effect of Running. Intl Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology. 2005. Regular Exercise Changes the Brain. Harvard Health Publishing. 2014. How Exercise Affects Your Brain. Scientific American. 2018. Assessment of Stresses in the Cervical Spine Caused by Posture. Surg Tech Intl. 2014. Text Neck Syndrome. Intl Journal of Env Research and Public Health. 2021.

  • Why are Opioids so Dangerous?

    It's estimated that over 200 million opioid prescriptions are written each year. This use and abuse has led to an epidemic that's been fueled by chronic pain. Opioids temporarily hide pain by attaching to receptors in the brain and boosting feelings of pleasure. Unfortunately, they do nothing to stimulate healing, leading to a pattern of pain, medications, and more pain. The good news is that there is a better way to find relief. Opioids are in the same family of drugs as heroin, and some opioid medications are thought to be even more addictive. The temporary relief that they offer comes at a steep price. In lower doses, opioids can cause drowsiness or dizziness. Higher doses can cause your breathing and heart rate to slow down to dangerous levels. But the most dangerous aspect of opioids is the addiction rate of up to 30%. - Opioids bind to the receptions in your nervous system that block pain and produce intense euphoria - Tolerance to opioids can build in just a few short days - Withdrawal symptoms are severe and can lead to addiction There is no question that opioids are powerful painkillers. The problem is they are also highly addictive and don't actually fix the cause of your pain. But, if you're struggling with chronic pain, you may be curious about your best care options. How can you fix the cause of your pain, find lasting relief, and avoid these harmful medications? You may be surprised to discover that people who saw a chiropractor for spine pain had half the risk of filling an opioid prescription than those who didn't. It's not just that chiropractors don't prescribe these dangerous medications. As time passed, most people were not likely to fill an opioid prescription at all. That indicates the care provided by chiropractors helped people find enough relief that they no longer sought medications to find relief! ● Choosing chiropractic for spinal pain can reduce your risk of filling an opioid prescription by over 50% ● Masking spine pain with medications can possibly increase your risk of further injury ● Movement-based care helps your body heal and can improve your likelihood of finding long-term relief The truth will set you free. While much of the information about the opioid epidemic is shocking, it's important to understand how we got here. For example, when we first learned that 35 billion opioids (half of all the distributed pills) were handled by about 15% of pharmacies, it became clear that there was a network of "pill mills" that weren't concerned about helping people actually find relief from their chronic pain. Chronic pain is a real issue for tens of millions of people each day. In many cases, the answer isn't found in a pill but rather with a combination of movement-based treatments. Your body heals through motion. Taking medications may provide temporary relief, but they don't address the cause of your pain. Nearly everyone who takes opioids for an extended time becomes dependent. We think it's a smart idea to avoid the risks. - In 2016, over 91 million people used prescription opioids - The rates of emergency department visits involving opioids more than tripled from 1999 to 2013 - Over 16 million people currently suffer from an opioid use disorder. About 30 years ago, medicine had a shift in how they thought pain should be addressed. "Pain is a 5th vital sign" became a rallying cry, and new medications were created to block pain…at all costs. They now know that these medications created a never-before-seen healthcare epidemic. To begin with, the drugs weren't very good at addressing chronic pain, and they require larger and larger doses to achieve an effect over time. Taking a stand against opioids starts with our ability to help people find relief from chronic pain. Nearly all of our primary healthcare organizations have now advocated for a non-drug approach to care. And the data is clear- people are looking for solutions for chronic pain that extend beyond a prescription. - The Centers for Disease Control (FDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and others have recommended a non-pharmacological approach to chronic pain should be the first line of treatment - Over 40% of blogs relating to opioids are focused on people trying to find solutions “beyond the pill” - Together, we can end the opioid crisis by breaking the cycle of chronic pain with natural and effective healthcare choices Chronic pain is described as biopsychosocial, which means that it's complex and has many dimensions. Creating personalized care, goal-oriented, and coordinated care plans are critical and exactly why our practice begins each patient with a complete and thorough evaluation. Our evaluation helps us understand your history, goals, and challenges. From there, we can create a comprehensive plan of care that enables you to find long-term relief from chronic pain. Do you know the benefits of chiropractic care? Many people know that chiropractors adjust the body's joints, but things can get confusing after that. The truth is that chiropractors help your body heal itself through movement-based techniques that influence your body's nervous system, muscles, and joints. The benefits of chiropractic can extend beyond just your spine. Chiropractors have been trained to work with nearly all the joints in your body. But there is something unique about spinal adjustments. Spinal adjustments have been shown to directly and indirectly, influence your nervous system. Since your nervous system is the master control system of your body, you may experience improvements in function and pain relief that extend beyond the area of your body that is being adjusted. - Spinal adjustments can help relieve pain and improve your body’s function - Chiropractors are trained to treat a variety of conditions that extend beyond your neck and back - Adjustments can influence your neuromusculoskeletal system and provide unexpected benefits beyond pain relief alone Next Steps: Whether you are looking to find relief from pain, correct the cause of your health issues, or you’re seeking improvements in function and performance, chiropractic care may be able to help. It's very common for people with low back pain, headaches, or neck pain to seek chiropractic care. But don't forget about all of the other joints of your body- we can help there too. And finally, if you're seeking human performance improvements, you may want to try chiropractic care. There's a reason chiropractors are a part of every major sports team! Science Source: What are opioids and why are they dangerous? Mayo Clinic. 2018 Impact of Chiropractic Care on Use of Prescription Opioids in Patients with Spinal Pain. 2020 Opioid Addiction. Stat Pearls. 2021 Healing the Unmet Needs of Patients Suffering from Chronic Pain. 2019 National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. April 2019

  • Manage Migraines Naturally: Know Your Triggers

    If searching for natural ways to manage migraines has you considering chiropractic migraine treatment in Paddington, you’re one step closer to lasting relief! Read on to learn how we can help you get and stay out of pain, naturally. The Bottom Line There's hardly anything as disruptive to your daily life as a headache, especially when it's a migraine. Migraines often seem to arrive uninvited, although they may signal their impending attack with visual disturbances and nausea. Regardless of the symptoms, a migraine is one guest you'd rather not have. As the go-to provider of chiropractic migraine treatment in Paddington, we’re here to help you understand how to identify the onset of a migraine and understand natural ways to manage migraines. This knowledge is crucial to enhancing your quality of life. Let's explore the four stages of a migraine headache. The Four Stages of Migraine Migraine sufferers typically experience four distinct phases: Premonitory Phase This phase serves as a warning sign that a migraine is imminent. Common symptoms include mood swings, neck stiffness, and constipation. Aura Phase Approximately one in four migraine sufferers will experience an aura. Migraine auras often involve visual or sensory disturbances that precede the headache. Visual auras may result in flashing lights or blurred vision, while sensory auras can affect speech and cognitive clarity. Vision disturbances usually begin 20 minutes to an hour prior to the headache. Even in the absence of an aura, the headache itself can lead to vision issues. Headache Phase The actual migraine headache can range from moderate to severe and often affects only one side of the head. Migraine sufferers will find that their headaches worsen with physical activity, making rest essential. Postdrome Phase The postdrome is the final phase in the migraine cycle, occurring after the headache has subsided and leaving the individual feeling drained. Why It Matters We know that many individuals suffering from migraines do not receive effective care. In fact, in countries like the United States and the United Kingdom, it's estimated that only half of chronic migraine sufferers seek assistance from a healthcare professional, despite the substantial disruption caused by symptoms such as: ● Throbbing, moderate to severe headaches on one side of the head. ● The onset of nausea and vision changes. ● Recurring episodes that can last from a few hours to several days. The majority of migraine sufferers rely solely on over-the-counter medications, despite the lack of guaranteed relief from migraines. Likewise, about half of those experiencing chronic or occasional headaches attempt self-treatment with over-the-counter painkillers, despite the increased risk of rebound headaches due to overuse. When it comes to migraines, this risk is particularly associated with combinations of aspirin, acetaminophen, and caffeine. We will say, given the symptoms and stages characteristic of migraines, it's no surprise that many people are unaware of non-pharmaceutical approaches to managing their attacks. This lack of awareness often leads many of our friends and neighbors to delay seeking chiropractic migraine treatment in Paddington. Natural Ways to Manage Migraines Rest assured, the recurrence of a headache is reason enough to consult a healthcare professional. As with cervicogenic and tension headaches, it's possible to reduce the frequency, intensity, and severity of your migraines through a blend of lifestyle modifications and chiropractic care. While the exact cause of migraines remains unclear, there are specific triggers often associated with their onset. Identifying these triggers and proactively modifying any daily habits linked to them is key to achieving long-term relief from migraines. Recent studies have shown a considerable reduction in the number of migraine days for participants who underwent chiropractic care. Next Steps You can start to alleviate your migraines effectively by being proactive with your daily habits. Opting for regular chiropractic care is one crucial step towards relieving migraine pain, so don't miss your next (or first!) adjustment. And if you're new to the idea of natural ways to manage migraines and are interested in exploring chiropractic migraine treatment in Paddington, our doors are always open, and we're eager to help you find relief! Now, what about those triggers we mentioned? Here are some of the most common: ● Consumption of alcohol, caffeinated beverages, or tobacco ● Periods of stress ● Exposure to intense lights or smells ● Periods of intense physical activity ● Changes in sleeping or eating patterns ● Certain medications ● Consumption of aged, salty, or processed foods and certain food additives As you can see, preventive measures such as dietary changes and stress reduction strategies make sense for migraine sufferers. And if you need help identifying which triggers contribute to your headaches, don't hesitate to ask us during your next visit. To ensure you're on the right path towards lasting relief from migraines, it's wise to consult with a healthcare professional. Remember, "Dr. Google" doesn't have a degree! Our empathetic team has personally experienced migraines, and we're here to support you. From advice to chiropractic adjustments and beyond, let us help you with some natural ways to manage migraines so you can leave those frequent migraines behind for good. Science Sources Chiropractic Therapy for Migraine. Eur J Neurol. 2017. Headache Disorders. WHO. 2016. What is a Migraine? Web MD. 2022.

  • Headache Relief Without Meds: Try Chiropractic Care

    You may have more natural headache relief options in Paddington than you thought! Read on to learn more about the very real benefits of chiropractic care for headache relief. The Bottom Line Are you among the half of the world's adult population that experiences headaches year after year - maybe month after month or week after week? Then you know that while headaches may seem like a minor inconvenience, they can significantly impact your quality of life when they become chronic. In the time we’ve been providing natural headache relief options in Paddington, we've met numerous individuals who've been filling up their medicine cabinets and enduring headaches because their experience has taught them that constant headaches are an inevitable part of life. But, why accept daily headaches and pour money down the drain on countless headache medications when you can naturally alleviate them? That’s right. Let's look at how we can provide sustainable relief for your headaches and explore the benefits of chiropractic care for headache relief. Why it Matters Chiropractic care is increasingly recognized worldwide for its effectiveness in alleviating head, neck, or back pain. And among the main reasons individuals seek chiropractic help is to combat their recurrent headaches. We, as chiropractors, specialize in providing lasting relief from headaches in a myriad of ways. And if you live in or around Paddington and are seeking a chiropractor with an expertise in headaches, you're at the right place. Let's discuss what are perhaps the top 3 benefits of chiropractic care for headache relief. The Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Headache Relief 1. Comprehensive Assessment and Personalized Approach Our first step towards managing your headaches includes conducting a thorough history and physical examination. This helps us determine if spinal issues are contributing to your symptoms or if there are other possible causes for your headaches. Understanding your medical history and identifying your headache triggers allows us to guide you on lifestyle modifications that can help alleviate your headache frequency. For instance, your dietary habits can influence your susceptibility to frequent headaches. 2. Customized Chiropractic Adjustments and Care Research has shown that chiropractic care can significantly improve headache pain. For instance, cervicogenic headaches, which originate from neck-related issues, have shown to reduce in intensity, frequency, and duration with chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic care also has demonstrated effectiveness for managing chronic migraines. In our medication-dependent era, the efficacy of chiropractic care in treating daily headaches is indeed encouraging news. Over-reliance on medications often merely masks symptoms, neglecting the underlying cause of headaches. Moreover, excessive medication usage can lead to rebound headaches. Chiropractic care offers a variety of safe, non-invasive, and non-pharmacological treatment options for headaches. These include lifestyle education, manual or device-assisted spinal adjustments, spinal mobilization, heat/ice therapy, massage, advanced soft-tissue therapies, and even strengthening and conditioning exercises. 3. Therapeutic Exercise Guidance To ensure long-lasting relief, we often incorporate strengthening and conditioning exercises into our care plans. For example, certain neck exercises can effectively treat cervicogenic headaches. We also provide you with a set of exercises that you can comfortably perform at home to ease your headaches between appointments. Next Steps It's time to put an end to those nagging headaches, and we're here to help you do just that! You don't need to visit the medicine cabinet every morning. The benefits of chiropractic care for headache relief are tangible and long-lasting. Movement is an essential part of the healing process, which is why spinal adjustments are highly effective. So, if you're looking for natural headache relief options in Paddington, don't hesitate to reach out to us! Whether it's been a while since your last adjustment or you're considering your first, give us a call. Our team will be with you every step of the way from questions to adjustments to get you started on your journey towards a headache-free life! Science Sources: Headache Disorders. WHO. 2016. Chiropractic Therapy for Headache. BMC Res Notes.2017. Chiropractic Treatment of Headaches. JMPT. 2011. Spinal Manipulation for Chronic Headache. Spine J. 2010.

  • Break the Cycle: How to Tackle Stress Headaches

    Ready to learn how to break the stress headache cycle once and for all? Well, if you’re looking for chiropractic care for tension headaches in Paddington, you’re off to a great start! Read on. The Bottom Line How many times have you been “stressed out” just today? Are you already worried about something you have to tackle at work or an upcoming appointment later this week? Maybe you have a big work meeting just around the corner. As the go-to provider of chiropractic care for tension headaches in Paddington, we understand why it is that these situations can lead to one very common outcome - stress headaches. Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase “that’s a headache waiting to happen.” Of course you have - we’ve all been there! And if you tend to deal with stress by clenching your jaw or tensing your muscles, you might unknowingly be setting the stage for a headache. So, what causes this to happen, and how can we break this stress-headache cycle? Let's explore. Why it Matters Long ago, our bodies developed a "fight or flight" response to ensure we could handle physical threats that were all too real in the prehistoric world. This response causes our heart and breathing rate to increase, blood pressure to rise, and blood flow to our extremities to amplify - all to prepare us for combat or swift escape. While this instinct is still ingrained in us, the threats we face have, well… significantly changed. As a result, our bodies often struggle to differentiate between physical danger and psychological stress. This means that we might react to that big meeting at work with the same internal responses as if we were being pursued by a prehistoric predator! And how does this connect to headaches, you ask? Well, if there's one thing to remember about stress, it's this: it can intensify your symptoms when you're unwell. Stress and headaches are absolutely linked. Episodic headaches, which occur occasionally, are often triggered by isolated stressful incidents. Common everyday stressors include anxiety, poor sleep habits, or less than minor life changes. On the other hand, chronic headaches are typically triggered by persistent daily stress and a lack of regular exercise. To help you better understand how to break the stress headache cycle, we've compiled a list of our top tips for stress reduction. This could be your first step towards fewer headaches. How to Break the Stress Headache Cycle Exercise Regularly Engaging in regular physical activity can boost your endorphins, lifting your mood and helping you feel happier. Moreover, regular exercise can increase your overall energy levels, enabling you to shift your focus away from stressful events or situations. Get Plenty of Sleep We can't emphasize this enough: quality sleep is key to managing stress and reducing headaches. Aim for at least 8 hours of sleep each night and maintain a consistent sleep schedule. Establishing a regular sleep pattern can contribute to your overall well-being. Relax When it comes to understanding how to break the stress headache cycle, relaxation is more than just a suggestion. It's important to set aside time specifically for relaxation techniques that can help you stay calm during stressful periods. Practices like meditation and yoga can help you achieve both physical and mental relaxation, mitigating the onset of stress and consequently, headaches. See a Chiropractor Keeping your spinal joints moving properly can alleviate the strain on your spine and its supporting muscles. Chiropractic care can help you relieve pent-up stress in your body and get you feeling better quickly. Tension headaches are often triggered when neck and scalp muscles become tense or contract, often due to maintaining the same head position for extended periods. Regular chiropractic care can help correct the physical imbalances that lead to tension headaches, helping you move and feel better. Next Steps So, can stress cause headaches? Absolutely. While there is a very real connection between stress and headaches, rest assured that there are both simple and effective ways to combat this cycle. When you feel your stress levels starting to creep up, start by taking a moment to practice your favorite relaxation techniques. And don't forget to prioritize essential preventative self-care like daily exercise, balanced meals, and good sleep hygiene. And, of course, regular visits to your favorite trusted chiropractic team can make a world of difference. If you haven’t yet tried it and you're ready to explore chiropractic care for tension headaches in Paddington, we're here for you! Our expert team is committed to working with you to keep your body relaxed and moving well. We’ll help you learn how to break the stress headache cycle and get you the care you need so you can enjoy a healthier, happier life. Science Sources: Sleep and Migraine. Headache. 2018. Manual Therapy Effect on Tension Headache. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2016. How Does Stress Impact the Body? Forbes. 2018. Tension Headache. MedlinePlus. 2023.

  • Move Better, Play Better: Improving Biomechanics for Athletes

    Move better, play better. Move better, feel better. Move better, age better. Move better, train better. The list goes on! Is it any wonder there are entire professions like chiropractic dedicated to helping ensure your body moves its best so it can function its best and you can feel its best? That said… is it any wonder that every professional sports team now employs a chiropractor? Or that even high school athletes are receiving chiropractic care? Well, what about YOU? Bottom Line: As an athlete, you know that injuries can be a frustrating and even devastating part of the game. Recovering from an injury can be mentally and physically challenging. That’s why taking proactive steps to prevent injuries in the first place is key. That’s why chiropractic care is so important for athletes - and that’s ALL athletes. One essential aspect of chiropractic-based injury prevention is improving biomechanics. In this post, we'll explore the importance of improving biomechanics for athletes and why, as an athlete, you should consider a biomechanics assessment in Paddington Why it Matters: So, what do we mean when we talk about biomechanics? Biomechanics is the science of how your muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments work together to produce movement. In short, think of biomechanics as the science of movement. As you may have guessed, ensuring optimal biomechanics is particularly critical for meaningfully reducing your risk of injury. Consider this. Changes to the biomechanics in one of your body’s joints can lead to compensations in others, which can cause pain, put you at an increased risk for injury, and even speed up the aging process in the affected joints. Yes, ensuring proper biomechanics is important! Improving Biomechanics for Athletes So, where do we start? Developing a fitness plan that includes dynamic stretching, strength training, and cardiovascular exercise can help you maintain proper biomechanics and decrease your chance of injury. Key aspects would involve making time to move through your body's full range of motion each day and perhaps alternating training different muscle groups every other day. Whatever the specifics, the focus is on movement. So, how do you know if your biomechanics are optimal? That's where a biomechanics assessment in Paddington comes in. A biomechanics assessment is an essential part of every chiropractic evaluation. Chiropractors are trained to carefully examine your biomechanics and movement patterns and to provide passive and active ways to improve them. It’s important to keep in mind that no two people move the same, so having a functional movement assessment is critical if you're looking for ways to improve your own unique movement patterns. That’s especially true when it comes to improving biomechanics for athletes. Movement (biomechanics) assessments can help identify altered biomechanics before you have pain and discomfort. By proactively addressing these issues, you may not only be able to reduce your risk of injury but also improve your athletic performance. Biomechanics assessments are especially important for athletes who rely on specific movement patterns, such as runners or tennis players. Improving biomechanics can also benefit athletes recovering from injuries. Research has shown that correcting biomechanical issues can improve rehabilitation outcomes and reduce the likelihood of reinjury. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Athletic Training found that correcting faulty movement patterns in athletes reduced their risk of reinjury. Next Steps: Improving your biomechanics is critical to reducing your risk of injury and improving your athletic performance. And if you're a local athlete looking to optimize your movement patterns and reduce your risk of injury, consider a biomechanics assessment in Paddington. Our team can help you identify any issues and we’ll work with you to create a personalized plan designed to quickly and easily improve your specific biomechanics. Contact us today to schedule your assessment and take the first step towards moving better and playing better! Science Sources: Preventing Sports Injuries. University of Rochester Medical Center. 2023. Does Maintained Spinal Manipulation Therapy Result in Better Long-Term Outcome? Spine. 2011.

  • The Natural Advantage: Chiropractic Care for Improved Athletic Performance

    I’ve got one name for you: Michael Jordan. Let’s face it. I may not “be like Mike” when it comes to my athletic talents and my name may not be recognized outside of the wonderful community that is Paddington... But like me, he understood the power of chiropractic care for improved performance before the secret was out. Well, how about that - I guess I am “like Mike” after all. Or maybe I should say we are, right? If you’re a fellow athlete, there’s a reason you landed here, so let’s get to it! Bottom Line: Chiropractic care has been gaining popularity among modern-day athletes and retired greats alike who are looking for ways to improve their athletic performance. Whether you are a professional athlete or a weekend warrior looking to improve your physical performance to reach new goals, you’re in the right place! Chiropractic care can help optimize your body's structure and function so you can perform at your highest level. In this post, we'll explore the benefits of chiropractic care for improved athletic performance and why you should consider specialized chiropractic treatment for athletes in Paddington to help you achieve your fitness goals. Why it Matters: There's no denying that pretty much every single sport is becoming more competitive as new innovations in sport science and technology are released at breakneck speed. And as the “secrets” of the human body continue to be analyzed and quantified, you can bet that athletes of all ages are always looking for a natural advantage that can help improve their performance. Allow us to help you cut through the noise. The key there is that athletes are looking for a natural advantage, and that’s where chiropractic care has shined for over a century. The best kept secret in healthcare is out. More and more studies are being done every day and more and more athletes are receiving and seeking chiropractic care. Chiropractic Care for Improved Performance At its core, hands-on, personalized, all-natural, non-invasive chiropractic care can help athletes move more freely and perform better by reducing pain, which can reduce your strength, balance, and endurance. By relieving pain and improving how well the joints and tissues of the body move, chiropractic adjustments can help athletes stay injury-free and perform at their best. On top of pain relief, studies have also shown that chiropractic care has been found to positively influence functional muscle strength and endurance. A study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine found that chiropractic patients demonstrated statistically significant improvements in strength and endurance compared to those in the study who did not receive care. This suggests that chiropractic care can be an effective way to improve athletic performance. Additionally, chiropractic adjustments can help maximize an athlete’s balance, flexibility, and range of motion so they can perform better. Each of those are key factors for optimal athletic performance, and chiropractors use a variety of techniques to help athletes achieve these benefits. Assessing your movement patterns, making adjustments when necessary, and helping you craft an at-home exercise plan are just a few ways chiropractors help athletes improve their performance. Soft tissue therapy and exercise rehabilitation are often used as well. All that to say, regular chiropractic care can help athletes stay injury-free and perform at their highest level. And if you're an athlete in Paddington looking for chiropractic treatment, you’ve found the best chiropractor for sports injuries in Paddington who can help you achieve your fitness goals. We’ll address your specific needs and develop a personalized treatment plan that can help you perform at your best, no matter your level of experience or athletic ability. Next Steps: I’ll leave you with this. Chiropractic care offers numerous benefits for athletes of all levels, including improved muscle strength, balance, endurance, and reduced pain. We know athletes, and chiropractic treatment for athletes in Paddington is an excellent way to improve your athletic performance naturally. So, if you're interested in discovering how chiropractic care can help you perform at a higher level, schedule a visit with the best chiropractor for sports injuries in Paddington today! Science Source: Effects of Chiropractic Care on Strength, Balance, and Endurance. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 2020.

  • Unlock Your Athletic Potential: The Benefits of Chiropractic Care

    We’ve made it to the big leagues! Nearly all professional sports teams - baseball, hockey, football, and soccer - now have chiropractors on staff. If you could only see the smile on my face - the secret is out! Even the local high-school teams understand the benefits of chiropractic care for athletes and are all-in. And knowing that you’re here looking to learn more about how the care we provide can benefit athletes makes it even better. So, let’s get into it. Bottom Line: As an athlete - whether you’re a weekend warrior, local minor league celebrity, or you play in the same league as Tom Brady - you know how important it is to maintain your physical health to perform at your best. Taking care of your body is key to unlocking your full potential in any sport. And while there are many ways to go about it, one of the most effective ways to ensure your body is feeling and functioning at its best is chiropractic care. Don’t just take our word for it, of course! In this post, we'll explore the benefits of chiropractic care for athletes of all levels and break down why you should consider scheduling a movement assessment with the best chiropractor for sports injuries in Paddington. Why it Matters: Chiropractic care as an all-natural and “hands-on” approach to sports care that emphasizes injury prevention and performance improvement. That unique focus on preventing injury and improving mobility and performance means that chiropractors themselves are a bridge between the player, coach, and medical team. Consider this. Traditionally, the coach focuses on finding ways to improve player performance and the medical team focuses on helping athletes recover from injuries. Notice the gap there? Chiropractic care fills this gap by offering a holistic approach that emphasizes injury prevention and performance improvement, bringing the athlete’s care full-circle. The Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Athletes Let’s look at the science for a moment. Recent research has shown that spinal adjustments can positively influence the brain, spinal cord, and muscle strength. ● A study published in the journal Scientific Reports found that spinal adjustments can help improve the communication between the brain and body, resulting in improved motor control and movement patterns. ● Another study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that chiropractic care can help reduce pain perception, making it an effective treatment for athletes dealing with pain. ● A study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine found that athletes who received chiropractic care had significant increases in functional muscle strength compared to those who did not receive care. Each of the above studies highlights key benefits of chiropractic care for athletes. Now let’s circle back to the athletes. Professional athletes are provided chiropractic care and even seek it out themselves outside of the training facility and off the field for many different reasons. For some, their focus is on improving their mobility to get that competitive edge. For others, it’s on injury prevention and speeding up recovery times. But no matter the how or why, one thing is certain - chiropractic care in competitive athletics is here to stay. And even if you're not a professional athlete, chiropractic care can help improve your quality of life by helping you feel and function better. Take it from the best chiropractor for sports injuries in Paddington. We provide sports care for athletes from all walks of life each and every day, and whether you're dealing with chronic pain or simply looking to improve your athletic performance, chiropractic care can help unlock your full potential. What makes us the best chiropractor for sports injuries in Paddington is that we understand the unique needs of athletes. We have experience working with athletes of all levels, from weekend warriors to professional athletes, and we can help you achieve your fitness goals by addressing your specific needs. Next Steps: Chiropractic care offers numerous benefits for athletes of all levels. And if one thing is clear, from injury prevention to performance enhancement, chiropractic care is an essential component of athlete care. Finding the best chiropractor for sports injuries in Paddington is essential to achieving your fitness goals and staying injury-free, and you’ve come to the right place! If you're looking for a way to improve your athletic performance or prevent injuries, don’t write off chiropractic care. Do something your future self will thank you for and give us a call today! Science Sources: The Impact of Spinal Manipulation on Cortical Drive. Brain Sciences. 2017. The Effects of Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation. Scientific Reports. 2019. Neurophysiological Effects of Spinal Manipulation. Spine Journal. 2002.

  • Play Hard, Recover Better: Proactive Health Habits for Weekend Sport

    “Play hard or go home.” It’s funny how one of my go-to catch-phrases has taken on a new life since my becoming a chiropractor, especially after working with so many athletes. So. Many. Avoidable. Injuries. Now “play hard AND go home” seems more appropriate! Paddington, it’s time we have a talk. Bottom Line: Millions of people engage in weekend sports to stay active and connected with friends. And while the likelihood of sustaining an injury increases as the years go on, you shouldn’t let that stop you from enjoying your favorite activities! As the leading sports injury prevention chiropractor in Paddington, we want to share some proactive health habits for weekend sports that can help you stay in the game. Why it Matters: To prevent injuries, it's essential to be proactive about your health, and your weekday habits directly impact your weekend performance. It's vital to stretch, strengthen and move through your entire range of motion daily. Proactive Health Habits for Weekend Sports 1) Regular exercise during the week can help reduce the risk of injury on the weekends. ● According to Harvard Health Publishing, weekend warriors have a 40% lower risk of experiencing an adverse health event related to cardiovascular disease. ● Engaging in at least 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week can help reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses. ● Regular exercise can also help improve your overall fitness level, making it easier to participate in weekend sports activities without getting tired or winded. 2) Strength training is another crucial factor in injury prevention. ● Building strength can help improve your body's support, stability, and balance. ● Focus on different muscle groups, including your core, upper body, and lower body. ● Resistance training exercises such as lunges, squats, push-ups, and planks can help improve your overall strength. 3) Regular movement is also essential for injury prevention. ● Extended periods of sitting can cause stiffness and reduce your body's flexibility, leading to an increased risk of injury. ● Therefore, move throughout the day, even if it's only for a few minutes. ● Using a smartwatch or a health app to remind you to get up and move your body can be an effective way to maintain a balance of strength and flexibility. Next Steps: Remember, being proactive is crucial for injury prevention and staying in the game. Start with the short list of proactive health habits for weekend sports we just shared. Incorporating stretching, strength training, and movement into your daily routine can help reduce the risk of injury and improve your overall fitness level. And as the leading sports injury prevention chiropractor in Paddington, we're here to help you stay healthy and injury-free. If you're looking for a chiropractor to help ensure you can play hard and recover well for years to come, don't hesitate to schedule a visit with us today! Science Sources: The Underappreciated Health Benefits of Being a Weekend Warrior. Harvard Health Publishing. 2017

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