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The five components of good health

Baby Boomers and good health

Unfortunately as we humans age our bodies tend to go south. We are protected for a good many years if we are careful with our diet, physical activity and actively looking after ourselves. But wear and tear do creep in, often slowly over time until something goes wrong.

From about the age of 50, the body starts to become weaker, posture declines and stress, coping with life and world issues can take their toll.

At Chiro4You we encourage you actively plan to counteract as many of these as possible.

We believe that there are five components to good health:

  • physical
  • mechanical
  • chemical
  • environmental and
  • mental/psychological

When you have these in working order, you can enjoy strength, maintain posture, enjoy peace of mind, good health and feel so much better.

Physical

To maintain physical health, you need to engage in physical activity. Especially if your work, or day to day routine, involves sitting for long periods. A well-rounded physical regimen will help you stay in shape. To keep your body strong includes cardio workouts, such as brisk walking, jogging, running, swimming, bike riding, etc. A thorough weight training session at least a couple times a week is also a must in order to maintain muscle mass.

Mechanical

Mechanical health issues range from poor posture, back, knee, neck and shoulder problems. Some of this can be corrected by seeing your chiropractor, but the best medicine is prevention and/or a combination of both. So maintaining a good posture and being aware of using your body correctly, such as bending when you lift, avoiding awkward positions, especially for extended periods of time. Also be aware that when you are at work, or undertaking any physical exertion, that you can lower your risk of mechanical problems.

Colder weather can also cause your body to fill stiff. Try to stay warm enough to avoid mechanical body troubles brought on by the cold.

Be aware hat when you are cold, it is easy to turn to comfort foods and drinks; the health effects are worse if you overdo it by overindulging to the point where you gain weight and suffer inflammation.

Chemical

Stress and health problems can also emerge from chemical issues, such as pollutants, bad nutrition and poisons in the environment. As much as possible, try to avoid polluted areas. If you drive try to avoid peak traffic, especially heavy vehicle diesel fumes.

Pay attention to nutrition when you eat, in general make healthy food choices. There will be times when you want to indulge, but keep these times to a minimum and even then, try to choose the healthy versions. Learn to read the labels on food packaging, check out the health section of your supermarket, or if you do have some problems with your weight, seek help.

Environmental

Environmental health issues can be brought on by both extreme heat and cold. It is important to have the right measures in place beforehand to ensure that you or your loved ones stay cool and hydrated during summer and warm during the winter. Pollution, allergens, pesticides, magnetic fields such as those from microwaves and mobile phones and devices may cause health issues. There are ways to minimize such hazards with just a little patience and putting into place a few practices, such as washing or peeling foods, using an earpiece, etc.

Mental and Psychological

Work, bullies, money problems, negative social issues, the daily news, relationships and loneliness can all impact on your body. Working through problems to get to the heart of the matter requires patience and sometimes hard work, but has huge benefits to your mental and psychological health. Don’t be afraid to seek out the help you need. Adequate rest is so important too.

Stress kept under wraps can flare up leading to arthritis, colonitus in the gut as well as allergies, ligaments, tendons, musculoskeletal complaints, aches and pains and stiff joints.

 

Tennis Elbow

Lateral epicondylitis

Lateral epicondylitis, (tennis elbow) is an overuse injury caused by inflammation at the elbow, where the tendon of the forearm extensor muscles inserts into the humerus.

Repetitive movements such as gripping tools or sporting equipment can cause stress to be placed on the tendon, which may result in micro tears or a pulling on the tendon, thus causing the pain and inflammation.

Tennis ElbowElbow pain is not just restricted to tennis players and golfers.  It is often seen in people participating in weightlifting, hockey, wrestling, canoeing and other sports.  Tradespeople such as plumbers, bricklayers and house painters doing the same repetitive movements each day can also develop this condition.

Symptoms can include soreness around the elbow itself, experiencing pain when the arm is straighten or the fingers expanded and sometimes a dull ache when the arm is at rest. The inability to easily grasp and hold objects especially when the arm is stretched out can be a symptom.

We suggest you call 5244 5438 to make an appointment with our Myotherapist who can offer relief by using soft tissue techniques and the gentle stretching of the wrist extensor muscles.

ITB Friction Syndrome

Iliotibial band

ITB friction syndrome is caused by repetitive rubbing of the Iliotibial band (ITB) against the bone on the outer side of the knee. This causes pain and discomfort that is aggravated by exercise, especially running.

ITB Friction SyndromeITB friction syndrome often starts out with a slight pain on the outer side of the knee, but then develops into more intense and chronic pain as the athlete continues their exercise regime.

The myotherapy approach is to perform soft tissue techniques to reduce the strain off the ITB and helping to prevent the friction on the outside of the knee. Specific exercises which could help prevent this condition from reoccurring may be required.

If you think your condition could be helped by myotherapy call 5244 5438, or book online to come in and see our Myotherapist.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis

Every day your feet take a heavy pounding as you move through your daily activities. Pain and inflammation felt underneath the heel could indicate the Plantar Fasciitis condition, which is commonly caused by excessive strain on the plantar fascia of the foot.

Generally we see this in patients whose occupation requires standing, particularly on hard surfaces, for long periods of time, overweight or obese people and pregnant women. Pre-teen children and athletes especially runners and jumpers can also suffer with plantar fasciitis condition.  Wearing shoes with little or no arch support can be an aggravating factor.

Plantar FasciitisThe myotherapy approach is firstly to assess any muscle imbalances that could be present in the foot and the leg. Soft tissue massage can help alleviate the condition along with the recommendation of strengthening and stretching exercises.

It is recommended not to just ignore the pain under the heel and to make an appointment with our Myotherapist to discuss the condition. Book online or call 5244 5438.

Shin Splints

Shin Splints

Commonly called “Shin Splints” the pain and tenderness down the front/inside edge of the lower leg can be excruciating for both adults and young children.  If the muscles along the shin bone became tight, they pull on the sheath (Periosteum), a thin layer of tissue surrounding the bone, which can result in inflammation.

calf-painAvid sportspeople are especially prone to this because of the impact of running on asphalt and hard, unforgiving surfaces such as netball and squash courts.  Abrupt, repetitive changing directions on hard surfaces within training programs and extensive exercising can translate into overuse resulting in shin splints. The risk of shin splints is increased if the person is flat footed and also if there is an inadequate period of rest between sports activities/training.

Shin splints are common with pre-teens children and teenagers active in organized sports which can be linked with intense, initial training without appropriate conditioning and incorrect footwear that does not give the support needed for young, developing bodies.

Following assessment, our Myotherapist’s approach will generally be to perform soft tissue massage to the muscles of the lower and upper muscles of the leg.

It is recommended not to just try to ignore the pain but to make an appointment with our Myotherapist by calling 5244 5438 or booking online.

Get fit and healthy for summer

Baby Boomer Fitness and Spinal Health

If you are thinking of getting fit for summer, whether a gym program, team organised activity or self directed activity such as cycling or regular walking it’s important to consider your spinal health too.

As we age the condition of our spine deteriorates, showing signs of wear and tear, and older injuries that heal in wrong can set the scene for problems to occur. After all we want to get fit and healthy, not suffer any pain, discomfort or get injuries in the process. This is especially important for those over 40 and baby boomers.

After a medical clearance for your exercise program it’s a good idea to get your chiropractor to check your spinal health and alignment as well.

Neck Pain

chiro 4u neck pain

Imagine balancing a 5.5 kg bowling ball on the tips of your fingers. All day long.

That’s just one of many things your neck must do. Your neck and shoulders work hard.

Even the smallest deviation in the relationships of the seven bones of your cervical spine (neck) can cause pain and reduced head and neck mobility.

Your neck is one of the most nerve-rich areas of your spine. Problems here can cause problems throughout your body.  Continue reading