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Anti Depressives vs Chiropractic for Spinal Pain?

Are anti-depressives better than Chiropractic for spinal pain?


After 30 years of practicing chiropractic, the most disturbing trend I have seen in health care in the last decade in my clinics in New Zealand and Australia is under the “medications taken section” of my fill-in case histories.

It appears that an increasing larger percentage of people than I would have ever have imagined, are “hooked” on anti depressives medication that has been prescribed.

When asked “why?” (as I am curious from an overall patient health assessment), the most interesting  common comments was the prescribing practitioner had advised them that their spinal pain was “making them tense and mentally anxious so the anti depressives would hopefully reduce this negative mental state and even possibly lessen the patients spinal pain?

This medical view is reinforced by a feeling that common spinal issues that patients experience are too hard to understand and measure. The vast majority of medics are not confident in “hands on” examinations of the spine as medical school training does not emphasise this tactile specialty, but instead mostly teaches prescribing drugs for musculoskeletal pain. Hence, most patients are readily given medications by medics as a first option for spinal pain and also for headaches which is another condition that chiropractors see often.

The most concerning trend is these strong psychotropic drugs normally have not been prescribed for a few weeks but too frequently for many months to years!

Our brain and nervous system is what registers or interprets what we see of the world. Two separate  brains and nervous systems that look exactly the same thing may have completely different experiences. One may see the world that  looks friendly and inviting full of stimulating eustress or someone else may see danger and be on defence, producing stress chemicals in the body and highly increased muscle tension.

The defence body state increases the chances of spinal distorting subluxations as “fight or flight high tension,” many times producing strong unilateral spasms in the spine that lead to weeks, months or years of  negative spinal patterns. Specific chiropractic adjustment(s) can potentially ease these negative spinal patterns and hopefully reduce or halt medication.

If you feel that heightened tension pattern in your spine consider a chiropractic spinal examination.

Contact us on 95371226


Preventing Falls

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Preventing falls with regular Chiropractic care is highly beneficial.

Falls are devastating as people grow older. I cannot emphasise enough how important maintaining alignment and ultimately balance of the spine, has in reducing the likelihood of falls.

Chances of ending up in a rest home earlier in retirement is hugely more likely statistically, if you fall unexpectedly as you age.

In my opinion the upper cervical or upper neck has a considerable effect on the overall balance of the body.
A once a month chiropractic fine tuning of this area is a bargain compared with the costs of a rest home after a fall.

The upper cervical area of the spine strongly effects the built in body balance mechanisms, especially the cerebellum or that part of the brain that makes us aware of our body’s proprioception or body balance.

Over 30 years of practice, I have seen people many times foolishly neglecting their spine chiropractic-ally as soon as spinal symptoms cease.

In our older years quality of life is dependent on finely a tuned proprioception/balance system to prevent devastating falls.
The highest level of chiropractic work is to enhance neurological function not just to reduce pain.

It is far cheaper to have a monthly chiropractic tuneup rather than increasing chances of falls, followed by high monthly rest home bills.  This can be the result that comes
when independence is lost.

The above information is my opinion based on 30 years of chiropractic practice.

Are you an older person starting to experience falls?

Phone 08 95371226 for a chiropractic assessment today!

Isometric neck exercises to strengthen chiropractic gains

Isometrics exercises certainly  help to secure your neck recovery AFTER  highly specific chiropractic neck adjustments have been done.My 30  years of  chiropractic experience shows that if the alignment of the spine is not corrected , exercising the neck usually causes  more aggravation than helps as it is totally illogical to attempt to vigorously exercise inflamed,imbalanced  joints in my opinion.The trickiest area of the neck is the two top vertebrae called atlas and axis which causes the worst neck mechanical problems/neck headaches experienced by patients.

It is fortunate that at Golden Bay Chiropractic Works that we specialise in this upper area of the neck so come in and get a thorough mechanical neck
Isometric neck exercises after surgeryexamination,get the neck specifically adjusted THEN be guided with specific neck exercises to further strengthen your spinal recovery

Phone 08 95371226

Running and chiropractic

imagesImagine trying to run a record fast time with a 2 kilo bag of sand hanging on your right hip.
You can still run but as running efficiently requires perfect balance so your performance is way down.
common sense says imbalance leads to extra stress or drag!
So what about you being side swiped  by your over energetic  dog at the park who hits you in the right hip.
It causes some local bruising but now you can only run less than a hundred metres instead of your usual 3 kilometres?
whats happened? Chiropractors call this pelvic twist or tilt and has massive affects in reducing sporting performance!
The answer is accurate “hands on” physical  examination and corrective spinal adjustment to get your sporting life back again!!
We are designed for movement and restriction leads to depression amongst the regularly, physically active so– get expertly examined now!
call   08 95371226

Chiropractic Video


Best practice Chiropractic care has a higher goal of keeping the nervous system free of nerve interference, not just dealing with spinal strains.

Pain is only the tip of the iceberg!

Watch the video below and see why!!