Fearing the dentist is common amongst a significant number of people, young and old. Whether it’s the noises or the smells, everyone has their own reasons for disliking it so much. As a kid, it may be the unknown or the fear of different and scary looking tools being stuck in your mouth. For adults, it may be the pain that you can feel before a cavity is filled or a procedure is done.
Fear No More
Luckily, there is a new system available to adult patients that can rectify the fear of being injected with anesthesia before any type of procedure. No one actually likes needles being stuck in them – especially in your mouth! New technology has created a device called the Wand that takes the place of the large needle that dentists use to administer the medication to you. The Wand is able to numb just a single tooth at a time so the dentist can perform whatever type of procedure necessary to fix your dental problems. It is able to give the anesthetic between your tooth and your gums so you won’t feel numbness in your cheek, lips or tongue.
This device is a computerized system that has taken the place of standard, scary, long, painful needles. A common misconception from people is that the pain you feel while being injected with the anesthesia is due to the needle being stuck in you, however, the pain you feel is really due to the medication being injected too quickly into your mouth. The Wand eliminates this pain altogether by administering the anesthesia in a methodical and unwavering way as to not inject too slowly or too quickly.
Pros and Cons
Like every new piece of technology and machinery, there are good things and bad things that can be said about it. The disadvantages of The Wand are:
Cost – because this technology is so new and advanced, it costs more to administer anesthesia this way than it would by doing a typical needle injection. The use of a computer bumps the price up, substantially.
Time – Unfortunately, it takes a long time to numb the tooth that needs to be worked on. The device slowly gives the medication and until the whole tooth is numb and the drugs are evened out properly, the procedure can’t begin.
There are many great reasons why The Wand is the best choice for you:
Pain – This is a PAIN-FREE procedure that gets the job done, right.
Numbness – The Wand has the ability to numb a single tooth so you don’t leave only feeling half of your face. Your lips and tongue will be active and mobile when the procedure is over.
The Wand is the perfect solution for adults with phobias of long needles and painful dental procedures. Fear no more, as The Wand eliminates the pain and allows for a pleasant visit to your dentist, each and every time you go.
Modern health science has enabled man to live longer by fighting most diseases that lead to high mortality. Unfortunately, there is a remarkable rise in degenerative brain disorders. The progress that is being made in brain research, ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat degenerative brain ailments and other problems affecting the mental health is discussed and presented at Brain Awareness Week (BAW). BAW happens every year. This year’s workshop took place between the 13th and 19th of March.
Johan C Jeronimus, Ealing Chiropractor, the Neuroworks Chiropractic Clinic’s DC DACNB has put together three easy steps of taking care of the brain and ensuring its health throughout our lifetime in line with this year’s BAW.
Exercise boosts thinking and memory. Direct outcomes from exercise include reduced insulin resistance, inflammation, and body’s stimulation to release the growth factors (chemicals). These factors are beneficial to the health of the brain cells. They also influence the likelihood of new brain cells surviving and the increase in the numbers. It also affects ways new blood vessels grow in the brain.
Reducing anxiety and stress in addition to improving sleep and your overall mood brings about indirect benefits to brain health. These areas are causes or contributing factors to cognitive impairment.
To help you keep motivated and stick to the goals, join a class, hire a personal trainer or partner with a gym buddy. Moreover, protect the brain with a headgear when playing or working out. Get checked up for any head injury.
You can keep both your body and the brain healthy deep into old age by eating healthy, moderating your alcohol intake and taking nutrition supplements to deal with the nutritional shortfall.
Sufficient sleep that is of good quality is beneficial to the brain and also our moods, anxiety levels, and stress. Our brain’s transmitters are refueled when asleep. They include Serotonin, which helps reduce stress and anxiety as we go through daily activities.
Sleep deprivation leads to negative emotions, thoughts, and likelihood of a depression
Sleep also flushes out toxins that accumulate when we are awake.
Vertigo, which is a feeling that the room is spinning is often caused by Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), which can also cause and nystagmus, or uncontrolled eye movement. BPPV is caused by changes in the position of the head and the horizontal semi-circular canal in the inner ear. The most common sub-type is (HC)-BPPV, which is characterized by direction-changing positional nystagmus (DCPN), or nystagmus that occurs when turning the head.
Persistent DCPN that occurs with vertigo can be divided into geotropic, which may be caused by movement of calcium crystals in the inner ear because of gravity, known as canalolythiasis, or apogeotropic, which may be caused by cupulolithiasis, or calcium crystals that adhere to the cupula and excite the nerves in the semicircular canal of the ear.
Possible causes of geotropic DCPN
While it is not entirely clear why DCPN occurs, a number of possible causes have been suggested, including:
Treating geotropic DCPN
Repositioning manoeuvres have been proven ineffective at treating geotropic DCPN, which suggests that the condition is caused by something other than free floating debris.
Transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation has proven to be an effective method of stimulating the auricular branch of the vagus nerve for treatment of chronic pain, some types of epilepsy, tinnitus, and even coronary heart disease. This type of therapy may also be effective at balancing parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems in a noninvasive, effective treatment for persistent vertigo in sufferers of geotropic DCPN.
The nerve stimulation device
The device stimulates the afferent auricular branch of of the vagus nerves using mild electrical impulses through the skin. It is safe to use for most people can cause burning tingling, mild pain, or itching. The device should not be used in pregnant women or people with heart disease, head trauma, migraines, alcohol or drug addiction, psychiatric disorders, or those with cochlear implants, pacemakers or other metal implants.
Yet to come
More research is needed into transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation, but its effects on neuromodulation suggest that it may have as yet undiscovered benefits for the body, particularly for persistant vertigo.
If you’ve been struggling with persistant vertigo, there is help. Call Brain Hub on 1300 770 197 today.
If you are one of the many people suffering from debilitating neck pain you know how this impacts your work, your lifestyle and the time spent with family. Perhaps you deep down fear that surgery will one day have to be the reality you face to get out of pain and discomfort.
At Spine Scan Chiropractic we are dedicated to delivering safe and gentle treatment for neck pain. Take action today to prevent further pain and degeneration, call us now on (08) 61508785 Scarborough or (08) 61508783 Mount Pleasant to book an appointment.
The neck – Not just support
Your cervical spine supports the stack of 7 bones between the bottom of your head and bottom of your neck, and these bones protect the most important means of communication in your body; your nervous system. The bones function as an armour to protect your spinal cord from damage and interference, allowing the natural communication to flow from your brain to your body, and back. Every little part of your body needs this dual contact between the cells and the brain to function at it’s best.
What happens when this no longer works
As a part of this protection system we have discs in between the bones in the spine to cushion and disperse impact from daily movement. When put under abnormal demand, the discs can strain and herniate, allowing the gelatinous centre of the disc to rupture out and affect spinal nerves, causing pain and inflammation. If this happens in the neck, you can experience symptoms such as pain, tingling, electrical shooting, burning, aching, numbness and discomfort anywhere between the neck, shoulder the arm and into the hands and fingers.
When this type of injury occurs, your body intervenes to protect the damaged area of the spine, and you might therefore often experience muscle tightness and restricted movement along with the pain caused by the inflammation and damage to the joints. This can be very debilitating for someone struggling with non-relenting neck pain.
Supporting the restoration
Chiropractic care provides and excellent option of treatment to the traditional way of pain medication and surgery. Aiming to decrease pain and restore proper function of the neck, the spine, and and the nervous system governing your body, the chiropractors at Spine Scan will work with your body to get you back to proper function.
Because a chiropractor undergoes 5 years of rigorous studying, examination and training, they have a unique understanding of the body, allowing them to assess and treat the musculoskeletal system without the need of medication, hospitalisation and surgical intervention. In a gentle and safe way, a chiropractor will locate the cause of the problem and treat the cervical spine as a whole; the involved muscles, joints and ligaments through a safe hands-on approach.
Call (08) 61508785 Scarborough or (08) 61508783 Mount Pleasant to schedule a time to see how we best can help you live a full and happy life, doing the things you love, both now and in the future.
As people approach old age, declines in muscle mass and bone density, impaired vision and other sensory impairments, inner ear disturbances, side effects of some medications, and symptoms of some conditions can all increase the risk of a fall and fall related injury. The most common injuries from a fall are fractures, particularly hip and thigh fractures, followed by head injury. About 90% of hip fractures are caused by a fall, and fall related injuries are one of the leading reasons older adults are admitted to hospitals and nursing homes.
It may not be possible to completely eliminate the risk of a fall or fall related injury, but a few lifestyle changes can significantly reduce the risk of a fall and the likelihood of being injured if a fall does occur. Nutrition and exercise go hand in hand to build muscle mass and bone density, improve balance and reaction time, increase mobility, and promote heart health, which can help stabilize blood pressure and prevent blood pressure dips that can cause lightheadedness.
Dehydration and dips in blood sugar can both lead to dizziness and falls, so eating frequently and staying hydrated are vital to fall prevention. Dizziness can also be a symptom of nutritional deficiencies, including magnesium deficiency. Eating a nutrient rich diet and taking a good quality multivitamin every day can help prevent these deficiencies. Other causes of dizziness include inefficient cardiovascular function and cognitive impairments. Getting plenty of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet promotes healthy heart function, which can minimize the drops in blood pressure that can cause dizziness, and healthy brain function, which can protect against cognitive decline.
When many people think of bone health, the first thing that comes to mind is calcium. While calcium is important, magnesium and phosphorus are just as critical to building strong bones. Also critical is ensuring the minerals can be assimilated into the bone. Vitamin D helps the body absorb and assimilate calcium and other minerals, while some foods, particularly soda, can inhibit calcium absorption. It’s also important to be aware that calcium can only be absorbed in small amounts at one time, so consuming calcium rich foods a couple of times a day is important.
Many studies have shown that weight bearing exercise can increase bone mass reducing the likelihood of a fracture, and that a sedentary lifestyle can actually cause bone mass to decrease, increasing fracture risk. Weight bearing exercise may involve weights, but not necessarily. Walking, dancing, climbing stairs, lifting weights, or any other exercise that involves working against gravity will help move improve balance and mobility.
Weight bearing exercise also builds muscle strength, which provides added support to the bones and helps keep the joints stable and mobile. Be sure not to forget about upper body exercise. Keeping the spine strong makes it easier to stand erect; inability to stand erect can interfere with balance, making it harder to avoid falls. Strengthening the arms can improve your ability to stop a fall in progress.
If you’ve experience a fall or a fall related injury, or just want to know how to minimize your risk, call Neurobalance at 02 9938 5456 to arrange an appointment. We’ll talk to you about your conditions, your medications, and your lifestyle habits to help you determine your biggest risk factors for a fall, and we’ll help you determine the best ways to minimize your risk, including dietary changes you can make and exercises you can do to help improve your balance and mobility.
Almost 800,000 people in Australia will receive a diagnosis of epilepsy at some time in their lives. For an estimated one third of patients, medication is ineffective, or causes side effects with a big impact on quality of life. Epilepsy treatment Perth uses a different approach, Neurofeedback – a non-invasive, painless therapy that can reduce the number or severity of seizures.
Find out more about Neurofeedback as an epilepsy treatment option. Learn what it can offer you or a family member affected by this condition. Call the Perth Brain Centre to arrange an appointment on (08) 6500 3277 today.
What is Epilepsy?
Diagnosis of Epilepsy
Although epilepsy can affect anyone at any age, diagnosis is most common in children and teenagers; it may also affect people in later life. For anyone who has experienced a seizure, and is seeking a diagnosis, taking someone who witnessed the event and can provide a good description of exactly what happened, can be invaluable.
Routine physical tests including blood tests and neurological examinations such as EEG, and Neuroimaging CT and MRI scans can help to diagnose epilepsy and to establish the cause.
Evidence that Neurofeedback Helps Reduce Seizures
There have been a number of scientific studies into the effectiveness of Neurofeedback. Doctor of Chiropractic, Daniel Lane, providing epilepsy treatment Perth at the Perth Brain Centre reports that a statistical analysis combining the results of Neurofeedback studies carried out between 1970 and 2005 found 74% of patients experienced a reduction in the frequency of seizures they experienced. This is particularly impressive when you understand that all the studies analyzed had participants for whom medication was not effective in controlling their seizures.
Neurofeedback at Perth Brain Centre
At Perth Brain Centre, we use a sophisticated but non-invasive brain-computer interface. Think of it as a sort of ‘gym for the brain’!
Using EEG and visual feedback, neurofeedback helps people to help themselves, reducing the incidence of seizures by inhibiting the brainwave activity associated with seizures and reinforcing the brainwave activity associated with preventing them.
Of course, as with any exercise, it takes consistent practice and repetition to achieve the best results possible. So, for an assessment, call your centre for epilepsy treatment Perth today on (08) 6500 3277.
Life today can be stressful, and it’s that stress and unhealthy choices in general, which can cause problems with our bodies. Of course, we know that stress can be damaging to health, but have you given much thought to how the way you live could cause problems with your body in terms of motion?
Shoulder pain is one of the most commonly treated problems by chiropractors, and this can partly be put down to our unhealthy and stressful lifestyles these days. Do you sit properly when you’re at work? Do you slouch? Do you spend hours over the course of a day hunched over your phone? Do you sleep in a comfortable position, or do you wake up in discomfort? Do you carry heavy bags?
All of these things can cause pain, most commonly in the shoulders, neck, and upper back.
Anyone who has suffered from this kind of pain will be able to tell you first-hand how upsetting and painful it can be, but luckily help is at hand. Here at Spine Scan we are committed to helping every single person who walks through our doors, and Perth chiropractor, Dr Adam Rocchi, is highly experienced in using effective and gentle chiropractic methods to right shoulder pain, helping people live a much freer and less painful life as a result.
The first step in any line of treatment is diagnosis, and a thorough evaluation of the problem will be done, to find out what the actual cause is. In most cases, chiropractic treatment is a suitable road to go down, and in that case gentle adjustments of the spine and shoulders will be carried out, to free up any trapped or compressed nerves. Following this, mobilisation of the joints and muscles will be undertaken, to restore proper movement and freedom to the area. A selection of exercises to continue at home will also be shown to you, to continue your rehabilitation.
Shoulder pain can be down to a number of different types of injury, ranging from painful dislocation, perhaps from a sporting injury or a fall, to over-use, arthritis, frozen shoulder, rotator cuff injury, tendonitis, bursitis, or referred pain. Your particular injury will dictate the type of treatment given to you, proving that chiropractic is very individually-centred, and holistic in nature.
If you have noticed pain in the shoulder which has lasted for more than a few days, a weakness in the area, a restricted range of motion, swelling, bruising, or heat, then you should seek help for your problem, safe in the knowledge that you don’t have to suffer for a second longer.
If you are struggling with shoulder pain, or perhaps concerned about a pain which comes and goes, then don’t hesitate to call the practice now on (08) 61508785 Scarborough or (08) 61508783 Mount Pleasant to arrange an appointment. We can help assess your situation, diagnose your problem, and then choose the right path of treatment for you.
Reading the statistics on headaches is a little worrying; Headache Australia reports that 23% of households contain at least one person regularly suffering from migraines. If you’ve ever had a migraine then you will understand how big a deal that is. On top of this fact, there are said to be 7 million tension headache sufferers within the country, 42% of these are women. Whether this can be put down to stressful lives is questionable, although quite likely, however the fact remains that no matter what kind of headache, regular pain in the head can be difficult to deal with.
What do you do when you get a headache? You probably reach for the pain-killers, and whilst this is a common solution, over time this can be detrimental because you’re staring possible dependency in the face, as well as unpleasant side effects which can sometimes be just as bad as the headache itself. Searching for an alternative solution is the best bet.
Here at Chatfield Chiropractic we firmly believe in the fantastic benefits of chiropractic treatment, and when used in conjunction with lifestyle and posture advice, chiropractic has been proven to be highly effective in helping reduce and eradicate headaches. Of course, it’s important to identify the type of headache, through a thorough history taking session, along with other diagnostic methods, such as x-rays and neurological assessment. Once this is complete, a tailor-made treatment plan can be put in place. One of our highly experienced Craigieburn chiropractors will be able to help you start on the road towards a life much less affected by headaches, simply with one phone call.
What does chiropractic treatment involve?
Once diagnosis has been made, chiropractic treatment can begin, and this generally involves highly specialised spinal manipulations and adjustments, which are particularly effective for tension headache sufferers, as well as any headache which begins in, or affects, the neck. Along with lifestyle advice, possible diet adjustments, and advice on maintaining a proper posture, chiropractic has been proven in studies and trials to be highly effective and a great alternative to pain-killers in the battle against headaches.
A headache is never just a headache, and there are four main types. These include migraine, cluster, stress, and cervicogenic. A migraine is probably the most famous type, and without a doubt the most severe. A migraine can last anything from a few hours to a few days, and during that time the pain can be debilitating, accompanied by very unpleasant side effects.
Tension headaches are becoming increasingly common, and this is caused by contraction of the muscles in the neck and scalp, resulting in pain at the back of the head, around the back of the neck, and in the temples.
Cervicogenic headaches probably sound the most complicated, but generally originate in the neck area. These can be caused by injury or trauma, but can also be down to repetitive strain too. These are characterised by a dull ache which is generally located at the back of the head, down to the neck.
Finally, we have cluster headaches, which as the name suggests, occur in clusters or groups. These come on suddenly and usually pass just as quickly, with pain in one side of the head.
If you are a regular headache sufferer, don’t live your life affected by pain for a second longer. Call the practice now on Roxburgh Park (03) 9303 9952, or Sunbury (03) 9746 3977 to arrange an appointment, and start the road towards recovery.
Plagiocephalyis a condition that may to some, appear to be just a cosmetic problem. It describes a misshapen head that can be caused prior to, or during birth, or from torticollis, a condition that causes a baby to favour turning the head and neck in one direction. However, as Northern Beaches chiropractor Dr. Rachael Veronesipoints out, a third cause, has become more prevalent in Australia since the introduction of the SIDS campaign in 1992, designed to get babies to sleep on their backs instead of their side or tummy. All these causes of Plagiocephaly result from mechanical forces pressing on the baby’s rapidly growing skull.
Brookvale Chiropractor, Rachael Veronesi, goes on to say, that for parents, deciding whether to go ahead and get treatment for an infant affected by Plagiocephaly, might, in the past, have come down solely to the degree of cosmetic effect of the condition. However, scientific literature is beginning to provide more information about a variety of functional deficits affecting eyes, ears, jaw and motor control as well as an increased risk of delay in hitting the cognitive milestones that seem to be closely associated with deformational plagiocephaly.
This new information on the risk of long term functional deficits that might potentially affect a child’s correct development are leading more and more parents to seek Chiropractic help. If your child is showing signs of this condition, getting an early assessment from a qualified practitioner should be your first step. Please call Neurobalance Chiropractic practice now on 02 9938 5456 to arrange an appointment. We can help by correcting these structural and functional problems and help you, help your child to reach his or her, full potential.
How Chiropractic Treatment Can Help
Chiropractic treatment for plagiocephaly is so gentle that it is safe for infants from newborn. It involves restoring the normal range of movement to the neck where torticollis is a problem by using gentle, passive joint and muscle work. To help restore the correct head shape, cranial bone remoulding,a very safe form of therapyis used. This term might sound a little dramatic but it describes a procedure that many babies sleep through!
Self Help Tips To Use At Home
Parentsof an affected infant, seeking help for the cosmetic effects of plagiocephaly and for the potential functional and cognitive problems that may be associated are relieved to find that not only is Chiropractic treatment for the condition, safe, gentle and effective, but that there are also a number of things they can do at home to help their child. Contact your Northern Beaches Chiropractor at the Neurobalance Clinic today on 02 9938 5456 to find out more.
Sleep is important for health and wellbeing, and when you’re well rested, you’re in a better frame of mind in general, helping to battle away low mood and stress-related issues. If you’re you’re not getting enough sleep however, you could be heading towards a slippery slope.
There are many things which can affect your quality of sleep, as well as how much sleep you’re getting, but fibromyalgia is a well-known common cause for sleep-related problems, and those who suffer from this painful and upsetting condition will be able to tell you first-hand how an unbroken night’s sleep is a truly precious thing.
The positive news however is that there are plenty of ways you can relax and relieve pain enough to be able to drop off to the land of nod, as well as using a highly effective treatment method to try and reduce pain on a more long-term basis. If you’ve never heard of chiropractic then maybe you should sit up and take notice.
This highly effective, gentle, and truly holistic treatment method can be used for a variety of different ailments and conditions, however it works particularly well in fibromyalgia because it soothes and releases pain and tension from the muscles, tendons, and joints. Gentle manual manipulations and stretches work well to relieve pain, and also helps the person involved relax, giving precious relief from pain. Teneriffe chiropractic, Dr Scott Wustenberg is experienced and skilled in the huge benefits of chiropractic, as well as offering precious advice on other ways you can relax prior to bed, helping you get a much better night’s sleep.
Here’s a few suggestions.
Cut out the caffeine and alcohol
Basically anything which contains caffeine or alcohol is a stimulant, and when you’re trying to wind down, you don’t want to be getting over-stimulated. Try chamomile tea instead of regular tea or coffee, and avoid anything heavy or spicy before bed.
Create a Zen environment
You’re not going to sleep well if you’re not comfortable where you’re resting. Make it dark, quiet, and comfortably warm/cool. If you like to hear a little background noise, then put on some quiet, soothing music to help you drop off to sleep.
Disconnect from the world
Your mind is not going to be able to switch off if you’re constantly checking your phone, Facebook status, or Twitter feed, so put your phone on silent and leave the laptop in another room.
A warm bath is a relaxing experience but it’s also doubly advantageous in this situation because it eases muscular aches and pains. You could also try a gentle massage before bed too, which will flood your body with those relaxing endorphins to help you zone out and fall asleep.
Fibromyalgia need not take over your life, and if you can grab adequate hours of comfortable sleep then you’re onto the fast track road to not letting this upsetting condition beat you. If you’re interested in how chiropractic treatment could help you beat the pain of fibromyalgia then call the practice now on (07) 4661 9988 Warwick or (07) 3854 0165 Teneriffe to arrange an appointment, and look forward to a more positive, less painful future.