Heat or Cold Therapy for Back Pain?
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.
How To Sit For Spinal Health: Gokhale Method
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.
Which Posture Are You? ( Part 1) Types of Postural Distortions
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.
Our Approach: Effective Massage and Chiropractic Treatment
At Sydney Chiropractic & Remedial Massage, we are proud to offer what we believe the most comprehensive & effective massage and chiropractic treatment; which is not offered anywhere else.Generally speaking chiropractors are considered the experts in treating and correcting the joints particularly of the spine and pelvis, and massage therapists are experts in treating and correcting muscular pain and dysfunction
Chiropractic for Migraine & Headache Full Treatment
At Sydney Chiropractic and Remedial Massage, headaches and to a lesser extent migraines is another relatively common complaint that we deal with in our clinic. Depending on the the cause, duration, stress levels and other factors they may be easily resolved or may take some time. Our Sydney chiropractor, myotherapist (SLM) and remedial massage therapist has helped with many sufferers over the years. There has been some research done on specific treatment guidelines for chiropractic and the treatment for headaches & migraines.
Self Treatment- Chronic back Pain
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.
Glucosamne, Osteoarthritis & Knee Pain
At Sydney Chiropractic and Massage, knee osteoarthritis (OA) and associated knee pain is a common condition that our Sydney chiropractor has expertise in treating. It is considered the most common joint disorder in the world, It is one of the most frequent causes of pain, loss of function and disability in adults. As the knee and hips are considered load bearing joints they are most commonly affected. (1) A commonly prescribed supplement for OA of the knee and related knee pain and dysfunction is glucosamine, However, findings by researchers have been mixed.
Are X-Rays Necessary?
In some rare cases x-rays and more advanced imaging such as MRI’s and CT scans are needed in order to rule out an underlying pathology that may be causing you back pain, such as; cancer, infections, fractures, systemic arthritities such as Rheumatoid arthritis etc…
These instances are only very rare and for the most part imaging is not needed for non specific or mechanical type back pain, However an assessment by a chiropractor or physiotherapist or general practitioner may be needed to determine if further investigations may be required.
Legs Tightness & Neck Pain
As a chiropractor, Steve Lockhart Myotherapist & remedial massage therapist; whenever i treat someone with back pain or injury I never just look at the muscles, joints or body parts in isolation, I always looks for ‘lines’ of tension that run through out the entire body. After treating 1000’s of people as a SLM practitioner and remedial massage therapist over the past decade and more recently as a chiropractor.