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Kinesio Taping: Why and How?

Kinesio-TapingIf you are active in the sports world – playing or watching, you are probably familiar with seeing different kinds of tape around various body parts of athletes. This is becoming a quite common form of healing and pain relief for those who indulge in physical activities and sports games around the world. The method is called Kinesio taping and it is used for different reasons, but was designed for a single motive – relief. As luck would have it, Sunbury chiropractor has the professionals you need to help you with questions or concerns you may have about this type of pain soother for your muscles and joints.

How Is Tape Going to Help my Pain?

It may sound strange, but this tape can definitely soothe your aches and pains. The tape is thin and elastic-like so it feels and acts just like your skin does once you put it on. It can get wet from showering, swimming and sweat and dry off with a towel just like your skin does. Kinesio tape can be left on for up to 5 days in a row and you will never even know it’s there! The length of time you can keep it on helps immensely to relieve your pain and allow your joint and muscle inflammation to be corrected, quickly. The tape should be placed directly over the area that you are feeling pain in; it acts as like a vacuum to your underlying muscles and causes the inflammation to subside.

What Is It Going to Do for Me?

There are some temporary alternatives to Kinesio taping that will help the pain go away for a little while, however, this tape should be your go-to for prolonged relief pain medication may help for a short period of time, but because you can use this tape for up to 5 days in a row without re-applying or adjusting it, you are guaranteed those 5 full days of the tape working its magic. Because the material that the tape is made from is so similar to your skin, it also breathes and moves just the way your skin would. Because of this, you won’t have to do any adjustments or be concerned about the tape moving out of place or sliding around at all.

Conclusion

The effects of Kinesio taping can be seen and felt within a matter of hours after it is applied. Your best bet is to try and have a professional apply it for you to make sure it is getting placed in the precise location for maximum relief. Once you have this method done to your aching joints and muscles, there is no way you will resort to any other alternative, again. It is effective, it is healthy and safe for your body and it will give you the strength and confidence you need to get back to your game, faster. We have 2 different locations with professionals who are ready and waiting for you to ask for their help. Give us call in Roxburgh Park at (03) 9303 9952 or in Sunbury at (03) 9746 3977. Begin your pain free life, today!

National Pain Week – Chronic Back Pain

backpain1Health experts define chronic pain as the pain that lasts for more than three to six months or beyond. The most common chronic pain is back pain which is typically felt in the lower back area. Chronic back pain can cause soreness, stiffness, and inflammation and the pain may range from mild to severe or from dull ache to sharp pain. People with chronic back pain often find the pain interfering with their daily activities which make them feel frustrated and sometimes even depressed. Scarborough Chiropractor Dr. Adam Rocchi explains that due to the pain, a feeling of helplessness sets in and the condition can lead to poor sleeping pattern and impact the quality of life.

Causes of back problems

Identifying the actual cause of back pain requires a detailed diagnosis. However, back pain usually occurs due to direct injuries such as sprain or strain and sometimes medical conditions like sciatica or a slipped disc. Chronic back problems can also be an outcome of certain lifestyle choices. People with poor sitting posture or those who are inactive are at a greater risk of experiencing a back problem since these conditions cause strain on the spine.

Types of Back Pain

It is important to understand the major types of back pain as it will be helpful when you consider any treatment option with Scarborough Chiropractor Dr. Adam Rocchi.

  1. Nociceptive Pain– Our body has a type of sensors known as nociceptors which alerts us on an injury to a muscle, soft tissues like ligaments and tendons, joints, bones, skin or any other organ. The signals are relayed to the brain through our nervous system which gives us the sensation of pain. Scarborough Chiropractor Adam Rocchiexplains that this type of pain can be usually described as soreness, deep aching or throbbing. Some common examples are pain in the back after an injury or accident, pain after back surgery, and arthritis. The nociceptive pain usually goes away as the injury heals.
  2. Neuropathy– A neuropathic pain is a pain that is caused by an injury or damage to the nerve tissue. An injury or infection in the body can result in nerve damage. Once the damage occurs, the nerves keep on sending pain signals even after the person has recovered from the original injury. Sciatica is a condition of neuropathic pain associated with the back. Sciatica is known to occur when something presses the lower back region against the nerve root thus triggering the numbness and discomfort all along the sciatic nerve that stretches from buttocks to the feet. Some other examples of neuropathic pain include pain that goes down from spine to the arm region and the pain which persists post back surgery.

The above two categories of pain can be further classified into chronic and acute pain. In the case of acute pain, the severity depends on the amount of tissue damage. Our body has the protective reflex to prevent such pain like pulling back your hand on touching some sharp object. The acute pain goes away as soon as the underlying cause is cured. Whereas in the case of chronic pains our body does not have a protective reflex. The nerves continue to transmit pain signals even after tissue damage has repaired.

Chronic pains can take a toll on your daily life and hence it is essential that you consult Scarborough Chiropractor Dr. Adam Rocchifor further treatment.So, call the practice now on (08) 61508785 Scarborough or (08) 61508783 Mount Pleasant to arrange an appointment

 

 

Cervical Disc and Pain – Finding the root of the problem

Neck-painNeck pain is a problem affecting millions of Australians every year. and this socioeconomic burden is taking it’s toll both financially, emotionally and physically.

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.

Easy Ways to Reduce Fall Risk

fallAs 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.