How do I know Chiropractic is for me?

How do I know Chiropractic is for me?

Written By: James Hayes
Chiropractor

When people first injure themselves they don’t know who to see. Some people take pain medication or see the GP… but what about a Chiropractor? Chiropractors are known as spine specialists however we are not limited to the spine. We cater for disorders of the musculoskeletal system including sports injuries, postural rehabilitation and repetitive strain injuries.

Every chiropractor you will see will have undertaken at least 5 years of university training to be proficient at the diagnosis and treatment of the musculoskeletal injuries.

Common conditions treated at Dee Why Chiropractic Care:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Shoulder pain
  • Poor posture
  • Sciatica
  • Pinched nerves
  • Sports injuries
  • Tendinitis
  • Ligament sprains

Whether you come in for a quick check-up on your posture or are suffering from something more complex such as disc herniation or impinged nerves, a Chiropractor will complete a thorough case history and examination to reveal the exact cause of your pain.

Don’t be the person that asks Dr Google why they are in pain, you will just end up causing yourself a great deal of stress…leave the diagnosing to the professionals.

We make sure you know exactly how and why it has happened, as we believe understanding why it has happened will prevent future episodes.

At Dee Why Chiropractic Care we encompass a multidisciplinary approach when treating your condition. We utilise an array of techniques to release tight muscle tissue such as dry needling and active releases in addition to chiropractic adjustments to get you out of pain as fast as possible.

Call or email us today with any further questions!

Is my neck pain and headaches related?

Is my neck pain and headaches related?

Written By: James Hayes
Chiropractor

Headaches are extremely common and can be caused by many things such as illness, dehydration, trauma and alcohol. But if you have been suffering from chronic or recurring headaches, have you ever thought that it was related to your neck?

Ever had neck pain and headache at the same time? Chances are they are linked. These headaches are referred to as Cervicogenic Headaches. At Dee Why Chiropractic Care many patients present to our clinic complaining of this. The good news is we can help.

What is a Cervicogenic headache?

To put it simply: “cervico” means “neck” and “genic” means “from”.

Cervicogenic headaches are caused by dysfunction of the muscles, ligaments and joints in the neck. One of the most common causes of cervicogenic headache is poor neck posture that alters the biomechanics of the joints in the neck and increases the stress on surrounding tissues. However many other causes can lead to cervicogenic headaches such as spinal arthritis, disc degeneration and whiplash.

These headaches can come on quickly from sudden movements of the neck or they can develop over time when the neck remains in the same position for prolonged periods (often sitting).

Symptoms of Cervicogenic headaches

  • Pain that is at the base of the skull, forehead, side of the head or behind the eye
  • Steady pain that is “dull”
  • Tenderness of neck muscles
  • Certain movements of the neck may intensify the pain
  • Pain that can last for hours or days
  • Stiff or painful neck
  • Shoulder tightness
  • Nausea, dizziness and blurred vision in some cases.

How Dee Why Chiropractic Care can help

The first step is to identify exactly what structures in the neck are causing your headaches. Once it has been identified the chiropractor will explain to you exactly what has happened and what we need to do to fix it. Treatments involve restoring normal motion to the joints under stress and taking pressure off surrounding tissues.

Treatment techniques used to treat cervicogenic headaches include:

  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Joint mobilisation
  • Active muscle releases
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Dry Needling
  • Strapping
  • Specific home exercises
  • Postural rehabilitation exercises

If you found this information helpful and want to find a solution for your headaches don’t hesitate to contact us.

Is my neck pain and stiffness related to my posture?

Is my neck pain and stiffness related to my posture?

Written By: James Hayes
Chiropractor

Neck pain and stiffness is extremely common in today’s population. A lot of us develop poor posture, which increases the strain of the joints, muscles, and ligaments in the neck. Poor posture in the presence of neck pain is a common presentation we see here at Dee Why Chiropractic Care and is something we can definitely help you resolve!

How do we get poor posture?

Poor posture is something that is developed over time and is usually a reflection of our lifestyle. A large majority of the population have desk jobs that involve slumping over paperwork and typing away at a computer. Some of us do manual work that involves a lot of bending over in awkward positions such as a mechanic working under the hood of a car or a tiler kneeling and bending, working on the bathroom floor.

The body is highly adaptive and will change to accommodate your lifestyle. If you slouch over most of the day the body will adopt that posture over time; the body does whatever you teach it to do. In summary poor postural habits, leads to poor posture.

Common causes of poor posture:

  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Lack of awareness or education of correct posture
  • Poor ergonomic work setup
  • Nature of work
  • Joint stiffness
  • Muscle imbalances
  • Weakness of the core muscles
  • Decreased fitness
  • Weight
  • Repetitive activities
  • Injury
  • Hereditary

How does poor posture cause neck pain and stiffness?

When we look at someone from the side, ideally the head, shoulder, hip, knee and ankle should line up; that would resemble someone with ideal posture. Typically people with bad posture with have a their head in front of their shoulders and a slouch in the mid back.

The human head weighs approximately 4.5-5kg and when the head translates forward it increases the workload of the structures in the neck. Imagine holding a bowling ball close to your body and then holding it out in front of you… it’s a lot harder! Stiffness and pain in the neck is a result the increased stress on the joints, muscles and ligaments of the neck and shoulder!

In addition when we have this posture we typically lose our important C curve in our neck that acts as a shock absorber against gravity potentially leading conditions such as:

  • Cervical (disc) degeneration
  • Wry neck
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Arthritis
  • Pinched nerves

Can Chiropractic Help?

Absolutely!

At Dee Why Chiropractic Care we pay special attention to posture and determine whether it is linked to your pain. We take a digital posture photo in clinic, marking specific landmarks on the body and calculate how good your posture is.

The posture photo tells the practitioner what muscle imbalances are occurring and if there are any alterations in your spinal alignment. This will assist in developing an appropriate treatment and postural rehabilitation program for you.

We sit down and go through the posture photo to make sure you completely understand what is happening in terms of your posture and what steps we need to take to correct it.

Contact us today if you want to find out whether your neck pain and stiffness is related to your posture!