As we hit the home stretch of 2017, we often end up racing the calendar to complete those last office tasks before we scamper off for the break. As we tidy up our remaining projects for the year and prepare our workplaces and homes for our absence over the holidays, we may push our bodies to cope with extra stress both physically and mentally. If we’re getting just a little less sleep, skipping just a few meals, or our stress levels are heightened because we’re under pressure, it’s easy to miss … Read the rest
Our previous blog post about why children of all ages should see a chiropractor is a really good read for those with children and grandchildren, or those friends that have never had a chiropractic experience. As part of this I think it’s important to debunk one common misconception about chiropractic when it comes to smaller children and babies (at least how it’s done at our office)…
Often people say “I would never take my baby to a chiropractor and let them crack their neck” – well neither would I! The image of a chiropractor doing a flying, Rambo … Read the rest
As children grow and develop, it’s not just their bodies that experience a multitude of changes. We know that the brain is a key component of their health and well-being and needs to be given just as much, if not more, attention as the rest of their body during these developmental years. Often when we see children and teens in our office, they are presenting with a complaint that is the result of an accumulation of smaller structural issues which would be much easier to stay on top of through regular care.
In the infant stage, your child has … Read the rest
I feel it’s a good time to acknowledge an elephant in the room.
Probably one of the most common criticisms of chiropractors is “once you go, you’ll have to keep going”. Please hear out this entire article, because this statement is worth addressing thoroughly! While you don’t have to keep going, we recommend that you regularly maintain your chiropractic care for a number of reasons. But the bottom line is that you don’t need to be in pain for your body to need some attention.
This year my wife and I have been toilet training our toddler. Those of … Read the rest
Have you ever thought about the key part of your body that controls your muscle strength? Imagine building a car and investing in premium parts for all areas except the steering. If you have premium tires, a gold standard engine, superior transmission…but haven’t put any investment into the steering component itself, will you still expect the car to operate at its smoothest, most optimum level of performance? The same concept is applied to our bodies, especially when it comes to strength training for our muscles. Our brain is a bit like the steering wheel that instructs and controls our musculoskeletal … Read the rest
In this first part of our Performance series, we explore how chiropractic can help dancers be at their best both on and off the stage.
While most people associate chiropractic care with back pain, more and more dancers rely on chiropractors to not only treat problems that often arise but to help dancers perform at their optimal best . Dancers are routinely placing their bodies under strain and must be in peak physical condition not only from a strength and fitness perspective, but also when it comes to the mind-body connection and how the brain is controlling the various elements … Read the rest
If you’ve been a patient in our office for a while you would have likely heard me say “it’s better to wear out rather than rust out” or “move it or lose it”. In terms of movement, it’s important to keep moving to help your brain and body work at its best. Indeed the lack of movement among many people these days (AKA a ‘sedentary’ lifestyle) is becoming so concerning that in some circles ‘sitting’ has been coined as the new ‘smoking’ .
For those with acute pain (or injury), barring any significant injury to your tissue or bone, movement … Read the rest
“There is ongoing concern regarding the weight of children’s school bags and the negative consequences of such heavy loads on the developing spine,” reported the study from Trinity Health Sciences in Dublin.
It’s that time of year again. Kids have been back at school a few weeks and parents are starting to see just how heavy their kid’s school bags are. Half the weight seems to be in the school bag itself, even before it’s loaded up with books and laptops and sports shoes.
Whilst being stoic and resilient are all qualities we want to see in our … Read the rest
`Chiropractors are uniquely placed within the healthcare spectrum as they support better spine and nervous system health, which has demonstrated positive effects on balance and reducing falls in the older population’
Falls are the leading cause of injury related hospital admissions and death in the over fifties. In 2014, 205,000 New Zealanders aged 50 or over had an ACC claim accepted for a fall-related injury, representing a 20% increase since 2011.
Dr Kelly Holt, Dean of Research at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic and his team recently published the results of a research study in New Zealand … Read the rest
Baby Boomers urged to straighten up and stay active for a longer, healthier life
As part of World Spine Day (October 16th), the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association (NZCA) is urging the nation’s baby boomers to take care of their spines as a key part of their regular healthcare regime and help reduce the future need for a massive increase in healthcare costs.
A growing body of research suggests that chiropractic care may slow the rate of functional decline as you age, preserve your autonomy, improve your well-being and reduce accidents 1. It could also save New Zealand millions of … Read the rest