Oxygen is essential to life especially. Breathing allows you to get oxygen in. To breathe, your chest wall (ribs and spine) must work in harmony with your diaphragm effectively moving air in and out as a result of this movement.
If your thoracic spine (mid back) and ribs are not working optimally, your chest expansion may be reduced meaning you may not be able to breathe fully.
Are your ribs, spine and diaphragm working well together?
Might it be time for you to take a deep breath and get adjusted?
A generation ago, people used to talk about having a ‘bad back’ as if it was a mystical health problem that was poorly understood.
Today, most people know that back pain is a very common and potentially serious health issue – but many still aren’t sure what to do about it – and we want to change that at Heart Chiropractic.
An international study published this month shows that Lower Back Pain is the leading cause of disability in 45 out of 50 developed countries including Australia.
The Global Burden of Disease study looked at trends between 1990 and 2013 across 188 countries. Australian statistics show that out of the top 10 causes of ongoing disability due to an illness or injury, back pain, neck pain, migraines and other musculoskeletal issues took out 4 of the top 5 places.
Lower back pain was also in the top 10 for every single one of the 188 countries in the study, which highlights the importance and pervasiveness of this uncomfortable and often debilitating condition.
The Lancet study shows that developed countries are facing new health challenges, as treatments for acute illnesses have become highly effective, but treatment for chronic disease has fallen behind. We might be living longer, but it seems many of these years are spent living with disability. In many cases the pain and discomfort is avoidable or, with the right treatments can be reduced or managed. This highlights just how important seeking help from the right health professionals is when it comes to improving spinal health.
Too many Australians endure back or neck pain without realising what they can do to manage or prevent spinal problems. One misconception people have is that bed rest is good for back pain. However, research shows that in most cases people will improve more quickly and are less likely to develop chronic pain if they are up and moving.
Chiropractors like Dr Aaron and Dr Belinda are seeing fewer people in Geelong with back injuries sustained from manual work, but are seeing an increasing number of people with back problems relating to lifestyle, including obesity, excessive devotion to electronic screens day and night and too much time spent sitting down.
Harvard Medical School has found chiropractic care to be beneficial in the management of a number of conditions including back pain, migraines, neck pain and whiplash.
The high prevalence of spinal health issues highlights the importance of raising awareness about the proven efficacy of chiropractic care, so that the millions of Australians with back pain understand that help is available.
The Chiropractors’ Association of Australia has developed a widget to encourage Australians to sit for shorter periods of time at the computer. You can download this handy health tool for FREE from the CAA website.
If you are experiencing any ongoing discomfort related to your spinal health, come and see the staff here at Heart Chiropractic to help improve your overall health and wellbeing.
Don’t just put up with back pain. Call 5241 7008 for an appointment to find out if chiropractic can improve your quality of life.
Phlegm, snot, mucous - all that 'yukky stuff' - let's get into it.
When you breath not only does air enter your body but so do a multitude of other particles including dust, germs, toxins, air pollutants and pollen just to name a few. Your body produces mucous to collect these particles and expel them from your body - what a well designed system!
If you don't produce enough mucous, these particles may stay inside your nose, sinuses, lungs etc and build up. Think what happens if you don't dust your house for a month. Imagine that building up inside you.
If your body gets the wrong messages and produces too much mucous that can be annoying too - think hay fever.
Is your body getting the correct messages and producing the ideal amount of mucous relative to what is coming in? Is you brain tuned in to your body's needs or does it need adjusting?
Giving you my honest opinion on all things health related. Keeping it real and from the heart.