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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.

UPPER CROSSED SYNDROME

 

 

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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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Stress and Health

Stressed face imageThe effect of stress on health is devastating . Every day in our Chiropractic practice we see the negative effects that prolonged stress can have upon health potential and the body’s ability to heal itself.

The damaging influence of stress on the body comes about not because of any body/mind weakness. Interestingly, it occurs because of a normal body response that simply goes on too long.

You see, if we encounter a short term stress we experience the stress through our eyes, ears and others senses. Our brain then gets excited and tells the body to make a fright/flight response. This involves a NORMAL PHYSICAL CASCADE(waterfall effect) where we have faster heartbeat, increased blood pressure, slowed digestion,heightened awareness, nerve/muscular sensitivity and lowering of immune responses, etc .

An example of this situation/stress would be being chased by a Sabre-Toothed tiger!!! You need to run away, you do not need to digest food or fight a virus at that point. If we escape that’s fantastic, our physical functions return to normal as our subconscious brain calms down.

What would happen if the stress was a slow one? Maybe unresolved work or family stress. This stress creates a fright/flight physical response but then doesn’t go away. What would happen if another stress then came along before the effects of the first stress had stopped or been dealt with?

We then have a additive or compounding effect.

This can happen to us. We can end up with onion layers of stress and parallel layers of physical change.

Erratic Heart Beats, high blood pressure, digestive problems, poor sleep, vague unexplained aches/pains and poor immunity seem to be common ailments of modern society……. If you feel these types of symptoms please consider the possibility that our body may be merely struggling for health in a multi-layered stressful environment. If we can remove or even lessen the stress any treatment we have will be much more effective.

Wherever possible, always remember to treat the cause rather than the symptom.

 

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Welcome to 2013

We hope that you are all ready for a fantastic 2013.

This year we are doubling our focus on results.

In spinal health we believe the best results are achieved through the combination of effective spinal care and cooperative approach. To be most effective the Chiropractor/patient relationship depends heavily upon effective communication and strong motivation. This means that we are absolutely not going to be satisfied with average effort, either from us or you.

2013 can be the Year of Encouragement at Wenban Chiropractic

 

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