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Category Archives: Hips & Spinal Imbalance

Information about spinal imbalance and hips.

Your Spine & Today’s Technology

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Technology is literally killing our spines!

Use of laptops, phones and tablets  can have a dark side via  associated spinal strains that commonly occur from hours of forward head posture, plus forward upper spinal strain when people obsessively watch small screens. The head is like a bowling ball that strains the neck.

Researchers have found that typing on a touch-screen for long periods of time may be more likely to cause muscle issues in the upper body than using a conventional keyboard. Golden Bay Chiropractic Works could help with ergonomic advice and precise spinal adjustment as required.

Unlike the traditional keys found on desktop and PCs, touch-screens (tablet virtual keyboards) and phones are activated by any physical contact with the skin. Therefore users are unable to rest their fingers on the keyboard and must keep their fingers and wrists hovering over the screen to avoid accidentally hitting the keys. This can lead to ‘prolonged static muscle loading’ – when muscles are kept tense and motionless – in the shoulders, the researchers at Northern Illinois University said.

Lead author Jeong Ho Kim said: ‘The prolonged static muscle loading is a risk factor for musculoskeletal disorders, thus using a virtual keyboard for long periods of time may increase the risk for musculoskeletal discomfort and disorders in the neck and shoulder. ’It comes as researchers last week warned of a modern affliction known as ‘text neck’.  A study by surgeons found that holding the head at 60 degrees – typical of our posture when texting on a phone – exerts 22 kilograms of pressure on the top part of the spine.

Lead researcher Kenneth Hansraj, Chief of Spine Surgery at New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine, said the extra stress may lead to ‘early wear, tear, degeneration and possibly surgeries’. According to Ofcom, 44 per cent of UK households now have a tablet – up from less just 24 per cent a year ago. Australia also has the same upward trend with  increased usage of smart phones and tablets increasing potential harm.

Could you have “text neck?”

Phone 95371226 for a spinal evaluation

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!

Hip Replacement

imagesHip Replacement –  The mostly silent correctable pelvic imbalance.

One of the most invasive and expensive orthopaedic operations ($25,000 done), is hip replacements using plastics and steel. When one hip has been surgically replaced, the other hip generally follows within a few years.

It is better to have your own natural hips than artificial ones!!

The degeneration occurs silently and takes decades to develop. When hip pain appears there has been many years of silent decline.

Why?

One law we can never break is GRAVITY!

In my opinion we disturb our pelvic mechanics mostly without initial pain, either through trauma or posture, or through pelvic twisting one leg functionally gets short, and the other leg long.

Why is it that only one hip is wearing initially?

Answer:  The hip that is usually taking the greatest stress through pelvic imbalance with gravity!

As you know when your tyres are imbalanced, one tyre prematurely wears out (gets bald), because of physical imbalance to the road as gravity bears down on them.
Imagine if you had a bag of potatoes attached to one side of your pelvis?  Result – repetitive strain and early wear on one side !
You do not  even need a bag of potatoes!!  Just change your gravity centre and balance of your pelvis, give it time and then we have this “unexplained hip pain” appearing years later!

Lets get proactive if you want to be at your best in your senior years!!

In my opinion, if you were checked monthly and your pelvis was closely monitored and finely balanced chiropractically, especially  via our new Impulse IQ computerised spinal adjuster, your chances are considerably  reduced of needing a hip replacement later on in life.

Why wait until severe symptoms have set in?  Do something about preventing hip degeneration now!

Golden Bay Chiropractic Works offer a free  non invasive check concerning hip/pelvic balance to see if you are in the pelvic imbalance risk category.  We have excellent computer graphics to visually show what pelvic/hip imbalance is?

Call for an appointment:  08 95371226