How Many Treatments Will I Need?

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As a Sydney & Waterloo chiropractor I often get asked how many treatments will be required to help with there back pain, a rough guideline I use to help determine this, is for every month you have been suffering from back pain it may take the same number of treatments to start to see considerable improvements. I.e one month may only require 1-2 treatments, 6 months, 6-7 treatments etc…

Over the years I have treated many people who sought help from other professionals; who even after 10 or more treatments with no ongoing results still continued getting treatment. Using the above guideline’s and the information below will help hopefully avoid.this happening to you.

Your Chiropractor Sydney CBD & Waterloo Chiropractor has listed some factors that he has found  influence how responsive a person may be to treatment, your Sydney & Waterloo chiropractic clinic’s specialise’s in helping people suffering from back pain & injury.

Duration of complaint: it should be obvious the longer you have had the problem, more often than not it will require more treatment. For the average person the guideline above will apply, when I say “average” I am referring to people who may of only had the problems for 3-6 months, get a reasonable amount of exercise, average diet and stress levels.


As a person gets older and especially when they don’t get regular treatment on there muscles they can become very stiff and tense, mainly due to lacking good blood supply to the tissues over time and generally require more time & effort to bring about suppleness to the tissue’s as opposed to someone who may be in there late teens/early twenties.


When it comes to exercise it is really is important to exercise to your appropriate level of fitness  and general health. Just like getting very little or no exercise can be a factor in back pain, doing too much high intense workouts such as pump class, spin class etc.. can be counter productive, especially if your muscles aren’t in the best condition or you suffer from pain or injury to begin with.

Also having poor technique or mobility can exacerbate or lead to an injury. I find swimming a great form of exercise as it low impact, full body resistance that also has a cardio element. If you prefer gym based training or higher intensity training having a exercise physiologist or personal trainer guide you through the appropriate exercises may be necessary.


This is something that very rarely gets talked about and definitely not something I was taught at university while studying chiropractic. It wasn’t until I started learning myotherapy (SLM) I was introduced to this fact. Personally I find it  can be hard to determine if someone has a bad diet based on the feel of there muscles as there a so many different factors, but I can generally feel if someone has a good diet, although the might have muscle imbalances & tightness they also have a supple feel to them & have a bit of ‘give’ and generally don’t require as much time and effort to correct. Diets high in fresh fruit & vegetable, nuts, grains, legumes, fish & low in processed foods such as processed sugars/fats, red meat etc… are generally helpful in making your body more responsive to treatment.


Its not uncommon for people suffering from back pain, especially chronic back pain to also suffer from stress, anxiety & depression and if this is the case seeing the appropriate health professional may also be required. Also ‘day-to-day’ stress is another major factor especially when it come’s to upper back, neck and shoulders, it important to realise this and take the appropriate steps in managing it.

Your Sydney & Waterloo chiropractic clinic’s I take a wholistic approach when trying to help some with there back pain in order to get them feeling at there best in the least amount of time possible. Contact your Sydney & Waterloo chiropractor today for more information.

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Self Treatment For Neck Pain & Headaches

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Your Sydney CBD & Waterloo chiropractor enjoys working with those suffering chronic & acute neck pain, even when other therapies have failed. Neck pain is the fourthleading cause of disability, with an annual prevalence rate exceeding 30%. Most episodes of acute neck pain will resolve with or without treatment, but nearly 50% of individuals will continue to experience some degree of pain or frequent occurrences (1).

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Which Exercise Is best for Back Pain? To Get Back Pain Relief

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As a Sydney CBD & Waterloo chiropractor, I often get asked what is the best form of exercise for back pain & sciatica. The good news is, generally speaking they all work as equally well as each other. One study looked at two types of specific low back stability exercise’s versus general exercise prescribed by a physical therapist and found one was not superior over the other when reducing low back pain & were all equally effective.(Unsgaard-Tøndel 2010)

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Heat or Cold Therapy for Back Pain?

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Over the years as a chiropractor, myotherapist (SLM) & massage therapist I have noticed some confusion when it comes to using ice or heat on an acute injury or pain. A lot of pain sufferers are unfortunately incorrectly guided by other professionals in this matter, which I think is partly due to a lack of understanding when it comes to treating the myofascial system (myo= muscle) (fascial= connective tissue) & what treatment works, what doesn’t & why. I have written this article to help you make a better, more informed decision, not only with ice/heat but acute back pain in general.

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Sciatica & Disc Herniations: Each Case Can Be Extremely Different

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I am not going to go into the specifics of how I treat sciatica and disc injuries, which is difficult as each case can be extremely different from one to another, however; if you would like an overview of my approach & why I combine chiropractic with myotherapy (SLM) please have a read of my homepage or the services I offer.

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How To Sit For Spinal Health: Gokhale Method

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As a chiropractor working in Sydney’s CBD, i treat alot of desk workers who find there backs get stiff, painful and tired from a long day spent at the desk. If your finding sitting is aggravating your back pain, a technique i recommend to try is called stretch-sitting as demonstrated in the video below by the creator Gokhale Method; Esther Gokhale. When most people try to sit with “good posture’ they usually force themselves to sit more upright with there shoulder’s pulled back, resulting in more tension in the muscles of the back and spine.

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Which Posture Are You? ( Part 1) Types of Postural Distortions

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How we stand, sit & move is key to having a strong, healthy and pain free back. There are several common types of postural distortions that may indicate muscle imbalances, which on its own; or more likely when combined with a lack of exercise, stress and even poor diet can be a major contributor to low back pain, sciatica, headaches, shoulder pain etc…

Over the years I have seen many weird & wonderful ways to ‘fix’ posture, some of which have merit but many that ignore the simple fact that it is the myofascial (muscles & fascia) system which hold you upright against gravity & need to be balanced & functioning adequately so they hold you in a balanced manner.

That’s why I combine chiropractic with myotherapy (SLM), SLM is a wholistic & corrective form of bodywork that restores length & function to your critical postural muscles so that your muscular system supports the chiropractic treatment of your spine & joints.

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Self Treatment- Chronic back Pain

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A couple of weeks ago i wrote an article on what some of the research is now showing, in regards to its lack of effectiveness in injury prevention and improved performance and why i generally don’t recommend stretching for back pain sufferer’s. To read this article click here. Rather than stretching, i often recommend my patients do some sort of self care or management on there own muscles between treatments in order to get the best results and pain free in the quickest amount of time.

Self trigger point massage is a very effective way to reduce chronic muscle pain and tension that the vast majority of back pain sufferers experience. At Sydney Chiropractic & remedial massage we are dedicated to getting you pain free and moving unrestricted without the need for excessive treatment.

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