Spinal Health Week 2014




Spinal Health Week

Time to Start Living Better

Live Better, We’ve Got Your Back this Spinal Health Week 19-25 May

The month of May promotes the launch of the theme for Spinal Health Week (May 19-25) Live Better, We’ve Got Your Back, a national initiative of the CAA that aims to encourage Australians to support more investment in Chiropractic care and research.
Also as part of Spinal Health Week 2014, chiropractors throughout Australia will be also encouraging patients and their communities to improve their postural fitness.

During the Spinal Health Week at Wenban Chiropractic we will be conducting spinal checkups free of charge. 

Coming very soon to Wenban Chiropractic will be Spinal Health exercise classes including core stability training. Contact us if you are interested by email or phone.

The population is living longer, so let’s live better. Over a quarter of Australians are being forced into early retirement because of back or arthritic pain. Chronic back pain is one of the top three causes of disability in Australia. Forced early retirement can be devastating not only on your finances but the quality of your retirement years from experiencing physical pain. Retiring too early due to pain may be prevented by seeing a chiropractor and maintaining good postural fitness.

Postural fitness can prevent problems that may occur in your muscles, joints and ligaments, and it can also prevent potential injury. By building up core muscle strength and improving our postural fitness, we can protect and stabilise our spine. We can restore and maintain healthy spinal joints and mobility with chiropractic check-ups.

There are ways to improve our spinal health, such as avoiding sitting down for too long and sitting correctly. By using proper techniques when bending or lifting, you can avoid damage to your spine.

To help improve postural fitness, people can pick an exercise plan that strengthens their core muscles such as Pilates (to build strength and improve breathing, or yoga (to develop good balance and flexibility) or swimming (to improve muscle endurance, strength and resilience).

Around the workplace, people should consider new ways to combat the problems from sitting down for too long. Small changes that you can make to improve your postural fitness and limit time spent sitting include:
- Parking or getting off transport further away from work
- Taking the stairs where possible
- Stand up while on the phone for long periods
- Remember to take regular breaks from sitting and stretch or walk around
- Introduce walking meetings instead of sitting around a table
- Remember to check and adjust your sitting posture regularly. 
Chiropractors often get asked how to sit right at a computer desk. So the CAA developed a widget you can download (www.sitright.com.au) to guide you.

At home it’s important for everyone to be aware of their posture, especially children. While playing video games or watching TV, children tend to sit with their head and chin forward which jams the top part of the neck joints. Symptoms of prolonged screen time include visual
impairment, headaches and a variety of physical pains including low back pain and repetitive strain. Children are four and a half times more likely to have a daily TV habit than a daily physical habit.
- The longer children sit, the harder it is for them to hold themselves up properly
- Games that get kids out of their seats and moving around are the best types of games
- For non-motion games, regardless of whether it is a hand-held device such as a Nintendo DS or an iPad/table or mobile phone, parents and kids should make sure that time limits are set for a break and a good stretch
An active spine is a healthy spine and a healthy spine leads to a healthier life.

Why not use Spinal Health Week to make an appointment with our clinic to assess your postural fitness and discuss how being more active will improve your wellbeing.

To improve your postural fitness and to start living better, contact Wenban Chiropractic for an appointment today.

You can also visit the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia’s (CAA) Sit Right website for tips on how to improve your posture or download the Sit Right widget to remind you when to take a break when sitting www.sitright.com.au



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Summer holiday hours

Wenban Chiropractic will be open our regular hours until midday Tuesday, 24th December.

We will then be closed for the Christmas break until Monday 6th January at which time will resume our normal practice hours.

We wish you and your family a happy, healthy festive season and look forward to hearing of your adventures in the new year.

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Posture and hand held devices in school age children.

We are observing a upsurge in the rate of serious postural problems in young spines. This is most likely due to the combination of excessive use of hand held devices at a young age and lack of postural awareness.

The type of posture, titled Upper Crossed Syndrome was relatively rare until recently. We believe that the forward carriage of the head that is often seen in those using mobile devices trains the posture, over time, to become distorted.

You can find out more about upper Crossed syndrome by clicking on this link.




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The Weather and your Spine

Isn’t the weather we are having just fantastic? I am thinking that it is ALMOST enough to make me forget about the first three months of the year.

Often we are asked if the weather has anything to do with any aches and pains we encounter, the short answer is yes, often.

Cold weather makes muscles tighter and slower to loosen up in the morning. Changes in air pressure can leave the joint pressure relatively high or low and so lead to swollen joints. Some types of weather seem to stress some individuals and so put the nervous system on edge. Our state of physical well-being is influenced my MANY factors in the environment.

Rather than worrying too much about the weather maybe we should just be taking this fine weather opportunity to get fitter and so make ourselves less vulnerable to the vagaries of the North Coast cloud patterns.

and as always….remember to SMILE.


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Interesting Myofascial Trigger Point Quote

For all of those who are into exercise(like we are too) you may want to consider the following quote……

“You cannot strengthen a muscle that has a trigger point, because the muscle is already physiologically contracted. Too many physical therapists see a weakened muscle and immediately attempt to strengthen it without testing for the presence of trigger points. Attempts at strengthening a muscle with trigger points will only cause the trigger points to worsen…”
Devin Starlanyl, MD author of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome: A Survivor’s Manual

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Sunday morning cross country run/walk.

The Sunday morning run starts up again on 24th March each week from Shelley beach.
This is a fantastic winter weekly event to take part in. The run is a very social, friendly affair with runners of all levels and ages from very small children to over 70’s. Generally between 100 and 150 people participate each week. There are 1km, 3km and 6km distances with minimal man-made surfaces included.

From now on the run will begin at 9am. All you need is to turn up.

Hope to see you there.

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