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We Sit and We Sit Poorly and this Damages our Posture and our Health

Homo erectus is who we are! We are designed to be upright, erect but we now spend much of our time sitting, and sitting poorly.

Esther Gokhale in the 6 minute Ted X talk below, speaks of the importance of tilting your pelvis forward (tilting your bottom out) to allow the spine to sit upright without slumping.

A good upright sitting posture is easy if you put your knees lower than your hips.

A good upright sitting posture is easy if you put your knees lower than your hips.

Some office chairs can be adjusted so that the seat platform can be made to slope forward.

Alternatively, a cushion or wedge under your bottom will achieve the same result as will sitting towards the front of your chair. 

experiment to find what best suits your work and leisure.

Why your accident history matters now and may affect your future quality of life.

Following an accident everything may infact be okay.

However, following an accident that results in an injury, an affected joint will work sub optimally and a chain of joints, such as your spine, will create an adapted pattern of movement to ‘get around’ the problem of the affected joint.

Your body is very adaptable which is good, However, years and years of adapted joint movement are likely to cause stress and wear on affected joints with symptoms and damage to follow.

Being checked and having limited joint function diagnosed and treated by a health professional who is skilled in joint assessment may be considered an investment in your future health and wellbeing.

What is Neuroplasticity? What can it do for you?

For as long as you are alive you can change your brain to benefit you! 

Neuroplasticity is activated when you challenge your brain by learning skills such as a new; language, games, dance or new fields of study, for example.

This causes the creation of new connections within the brain. This 'brain training' can help you stay 'younger' and free you from old or unhelpful patterns such as negativity or fear that may be an undercurrent in your life.

This is not just 'use it or lose it' but use your brain 'differently' to build more of what you want in your life.

When someone says that 'they've slept wrong', what's that about?

People frequently think that they have never been injured or that their accidents didn't adversely affect their bodies.

Fortunately our structures are very adaptable. In fact, so adaptable that people don't recognize that anything changed as a result of their accident. They can do what they want and it all feels OK so it must be OK.

However, people who are living with an adapted joint or spine are often moving down a path of degeneration and when things start to become uncomfortable, ('they slept wrong'), they don't find any connection between their intermittent problem and the incident that  impacted their body. They have an underlying problem(s) that need to be sorted out and this may take some work.

It is a great idea to have your structure checked by a health professional with experience, expertise and interest in spinal evaluation. After all, you only ever have one spine so it's best to take good care of it.

IF YOU ‘CRACK’ YOUR BACK OR NECK TO MAKE IT FEEL BETTER, BEWARE!

If joints in an area of your spine decide not to move in certain directions (commonly as the result of old injury) other spinal joints that are above and or below will simply move more for them. THIS CREATES IMBALANCE and you are developing an adapted (no longer normal) patterns of spinal joint motion.

HOWEVER, YOU WON’T KNOW THAT THIS ADAPTIVE PATTERN IS DEVELOPING.

When the affected spinal area becomes sufficiently unbalanced tension and pain are likely to become a growing and significant problem.

If you find that you can ‘crack’ the affected area and gain relief - BEWARE!

You will only ever ‘crack’ the joints that are too loose, you will never ‘crack’ the joints that are too tight. So you give yourself short term relief but YOU WILL ACTUALLY MAKE THE PROBLEM WORSE by making the joints that are too loose looser, allowing the tight joints to become tighter.

YOU ARE CREATING SHORT TERM RELIEF BUT YOU ARE REINFORCING THE PROBLEM! You are making the situation worse. And, it is addictive. Because it gives quick relief you are likely to ‘crack’ the troublesome area more and more often and the relief will last for shorter and shorter periods.

This type of imbalance is not likely to self-correct.

It needs examination and correction by a professional who is skilled in assessing normal and abnormal joint motion over a range of planes of motion and has the skills to begin to restore more normal patterns of motion.

The genesis of this type of problem can be ‘slow and silent’ and it is likely to take work over an extended period of time to restore more correct spinal function. 

Scoliosis - no problem for Usain Bolt

Article by Dr. Aaron Martin

http://circleofdocs.com/how-chiropractic-care-has-helped-me-introducing-usain-bolt/

Usain Bolt has been declared the “fastest man in the world.” While this hasn’t always been technically true, he has won so consistently at the 100 meter distance throughout his career that the nickname “lightning bolt” seems like a pretty good fit.

He has won 6 Olympic gold medals, never placing for silver or bronze.

“When I was younger, the scoliosis wasn’t really a problem. But you grow and it gets worse. My spine was really curved bad. The early part of my career, when we didn’t really know much about it, it really hampered me because I got injured every year.”

Instead of using a brace or enduring dangerous surgery to correct the abnormal curvature of his spine, Usain Bolt used chiropractic treatments.

"I’ve worked hard over the years. I’ve been injured and I’ve worked hard through it, and I’ve made it.”

Bolt uses chiropractic not only to bounce back more quickly from injuries, but also to enhance his performance while healthy. “As long as I’m in great shape, nobody beats me, for sure.

How would you describe kinesiology?

Kinesiology is very commonly used in natural therapies as a way for working with a person’s system to restore more normal function.

Kinesiology uses muscle testing or distortion analysis as a means of accessing information about your physical body and its systems. This information assists Rod to know:

  • When to adjust
  • Where to adjust and importantly
  • When to leave things alone

This means that the treatment you receive is designed to be compatible with what your body needs on the day you are treated.

Why should dads be careful when they give their child a skate board?

If you’re an active skateboarding dad yor & your child are in good hands and this blog is not for you.

But if you hung up your skate board 10 years ago and you have given your child their 1st skateboard and you intend to show them a few tricks – BEWARE!

Lots of dads end up in emergency with broken arms and sometimes broken heads when things don’t go to plan because if you don’t use it (practice) you lose it.

Seriously, if you retire an activity the movement patterns that you created in your brain start to erode through neglect and if you leave it long enough the pattern will be gone. You can think that you have the moves but you risk being hurt as you find you haven’t.

Suggestion -  if you want to skate board with your child, become a beginner with them (this means that you start again).

If you are in your 30s you may find that your child learns faster, is quicker, less fearful and starts to run rings around you.

Don’t be shy. Your child will be quietly impressed that you skate board with them and that you are cool, even for an oldie.

Sitting is said o be the new smoking... What does this mean?

It is now recognised that inactivity is dangerous for your health

and that sitting for long periods is should be avoided. It has been suggested that the long term health impact from sitting may well be as serious for us as smoking.

protect yourself by;

  1. Notice what you do and don't do in your work day. What patterns do you have and do they lock you into inactivity?
  2. buying a tracker such as a fit bit to see how many steps a day you actually take
  3. put some things out of reach such as your printer so that you have to get up to use them
  4. set an alarm on your phone to remind you that it is time for you to get up and stretch
  5. have a buddy agreement so that you both get up when your phone reminds you

Is it important to allow your children to crawl?

Beware of bounders & walkers for little ones.

As children develop they stretch their boundaries and struggle to be able to do the thing that is just out of their reach. This struggle is an integral part of their development. If you make it easy for your child to bypass this (struggle) developmental process they miss out on a part of their integrative development.

It is important to let your children crawl before they walk.

What can you do that’s good for your joints?

What can you do that is beneficial for your joints?

Check out these don’ts and Dos

DON'T;

  1. Run in worn shoes.
  2. Pound protesting joints. For example' running with sore ankles, feet or knees. Get yourself checked out by a qualified person.
  3. Eat junk food or consume a high sugar diet.
  4.  

DO;

1.       Make sure that spinal and limb joints are not jammed or restricted – this is a chiropractor's skill area

2.       Exercise so that you

  1.   Stretch and maintain joint flexibility
  2.   Load your joints with light to moderate weight - regular loading is good for your joints
  3.   Cross train or vary your exercise on consecutive days

3.       Eat nutritious food. Avoid sugar which some nutritionists claim can acidify your system and lead to joint pain

Sleep well – your body repairs during sleep

What shape are you in?

What shape are you in?

How do you know?

How often do you have your spine checked?

These are a very important questions for your health!

If we’re talking about your teeth, blood pressure, liver function, PAP smears, for example, you are presented with results because an expert has specifically checked the normality of your system for you.

By law, your car is checked each year, but what about your spine? BUT... When was the last time that your spine was checked?

Your mechanic will check for joints in your car that are too tight or too loose and adjust them back to a normal. Similarly, chiropractors check your spine for normal or abnormal patterns of movement and adjust joints that are too tight so these joints can move more freely. This allows joints that had been moving excessively to settle back into a normal pattern.

This is very important if you want to ensure that you keep good spinal health with smooth joint surfaces and healthy discs.

If you want to find out what shape your spine is in have it checked by a qualified practitioner who works with spines every day. 

for more information phone 0402156373 or email rod@rodmcleanchiropractic.com.au

Food for Health

7 simple suggestions about Food for Your Health

Simply incorporate any or all of the following 7 suggestions;

1.       Food prepared from scratch with fresh ingredients

2.       Organic produce is better

3.       Shop as locally as you can and be mindful or the origin of your food

4.       Rainbow foods – eat the full spectrum of coloured fruits and vegetables such as               purple carrots

5.       Unrefined foods – use cold pressed oils, wild caught salmon

6.       Give sugar in all its forms a miss

7.       Reduce / avoid fruit juices – they are very high in sugar and are NOT HEALTHY for             children 

Start with the easiest options and build towards better health.