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I feel stable, should I keep getting adjusted?

I feel stable, should I keep getting adjusted?

 

The short answer is of course! Chiropractic adjustments are much more than just getting rid of pain. Whilst pain is what gets most people through our door, it is usually not the greatest issue. Pain in itself can be addressed with other modalities that may not be quite as effective as seeing a professional but will work for the short term.

 

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When I set out with my patient on a journey of chiropractic care we talk about the reason “why” they decided to start care.  Whilst pain is a big one for most, the pain feeling is not the problem as is the inability to function, think and move to do the things that are most important to them.  That is what gets me excited about how chiropractic can add to each person’s life…by optimizing their function and increasing their wellness.

 

“Wellness did you say?” Yes, wellness!  Because in addition to getting rid of musculoskeletal pain via correcting posture, what happens in addition to that is much more amazing.  When we stand straighter without interferences along our spine, information from our brain to the rest of our body and organs travels better with a lot more clarity and less “fog”.  As a result, organ function improves. As does hormonal changes, breathing capacity, our focus and confidence in our thoughts. (See my pervious blog on how this works)

 

Chiropractic can be experienced and used as part of your regular wellness lifestyle.  Just like eating healthily, and exercising, maintaining proper spinal alignment is crucial to optimizing every other health journey you go on.

 

“What about maintenance Doc? What does that mean?”

 

Well, as long as we live and move we will twist and at times, cause joints to strain or lock in certain directions that are not necessarily painful at the time!  They just happen, and if left as they are without a release, it can linger and create problems further down the track.  So getting an adjustment as part of a maintenance schedule reduces the chance of that happening and allows you to continue to reap the benefits of your initial groundwork when you began chiropractic care.

 

So get our there and get well people!  Tell your friends and family the positives you’ve felt in your own bodies from chiropractic and share the love.  Take care of your spine today, and live optimally later.

Dr Aline Dahdah Chiropractor Quay Health Sydney CBD Circular Quay

Dr Aline Dahdah

Chiropractor

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I’m in pain, do I go to a Physio or a Chiro?

I’m in pain, do I go to a Physio or a Chiro?

 

Throughout my years in practice, I quite frequently get asked this question. So I thought I would blog about it this week, and clear up a few misconceptions, at least from the chiropractic end. I would like to start by saying that contrary to popular belief, chiro’s and physio’s do like each other and get along very well! The truth is, each has a special part to play and neither can think of doing the work of the other.

 

chiro or physio, Quay Health Chiropractor Sydney CBD Circular Quay Dr Aline DahdahI have patients that I have suggested see a physio in addition to the work that I do with them. Physio’s help with rehabilitation exercises post injuries, after I have worked on their spinal alignment. Physio’s do a great job in prescribing strengthening and reconditioning exercises, muscle release, stretching and joint mobilisation.

 

My area of expertise is in the human spine and improving the communication between the brain and the rest of the body. I do this by removing interference along the spine. People typically come in for low back pain, sciatica, headaches, neck and shoulder pain which can result from sitting too long at their desks. My job is to find misalignments of joints along the spine and remove them. This takes pressure off joints, reduces inflammation around nerves and allows muscles to relax and start working properly again. If a patient has a chronic (long standing) condition, they would really benefit from strengthening exercises.

 

In my practice, I focus on posture correction. I correct posture by releasing stuck tissue deep within the spine and then realigning joints along the spine. After that, strengthening exercises are recommended and seeing a physio is a great idea! I don’t claim to be able to properly guide a rehabilitation program and so referring to someone who does it very well is a must. Similarly, purely strengthening muscles around the spine isn’t the complete answer either, so looking at spinal alignment is necessary too.

 

So the answer is this. If you are in pain, or not, you need to find the therapy that best works for you. Both have great roles to play, and I would consider seeing both.

 

Chiropractic has also been used for years as preventative alternative medicine, and in my opinion, getting a spinal assessment early, before pain, is a great idea. You could learn a lot about your body and see how great your body was designed feel. It is not necessary to be in pain to see one of us. So care for your spine. It is the only one you have. Never stop looking for answers or the therapy that will give you the best results. There are many, great quality practitioners out there, be it physio’s or chiro’s. It is your job to find the right one, and what works best for you.

 

Dr Aline Dahdah

Chiropractor

Quay Health

Dr Aline Dahdah Chiropractor Quay Health Sydney CBD

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Is it bad to crack your back?

It is bad to crack your back?

 

“To “crack” or “not to crack?’ That is the question.

 

If you constantly feel like you need to crack, it’s time to get yourself checked out!
“I always make my back “crack”, “it feels good”. If this is you, and you know exactly how to twist to make that one spot “crack” and you get relief from doing it, then you need to know that something else is going on.

 

back pain and cracking your spine Quay Health Chiropractor Sydney CBDWhen we injure our bodies or sit for too long hunched over, our body twists, and continues to add twists with every injury. At the crucial point of twist or compensation it is easier for us to make it “crack”.

 

This feels good, because it signals the same numbing pain pathway to the brain, just like a chiropractic adjustment does. The difference? Whereas a chiropractic adjustment is targeted to correct a misalignment in a particular direction, a crack you get from twisting your back means two things: first, that you are moving an area of compensation, not the cause of your pain! And, secondly, you are making that area of compensation worse, as you twist trying to achieve that crack.

 

Remember that getting chiropractic care allows you to rediscover the freedom to think, feel and move the way your body was designed to! So the answer is, don’t “crack” it if you feel like it and instead get your chiropractor to do it for you, in a safe and correct way.

 

Chiropractic adjustments correct mis-alignments in your spine that your body cannot self correct. This takes off added pressure on the spine, and removes the “weak links” in your spine that make you more prone to injury. Once these mis-alignments are removed, information runs freely with out interference along your spinal cord, to and from your brain.

 

Our friendly, experienced chiropractors are always here to help you rediscover your freedom in your body, so give the clinic a call on 9252 2825 now.

 

Dr Aline Dahdah

Chiropractor

Quay Health

Dr Aline Dahdah Chiropractor Quay Health Sydney CBD

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Back Your Inner Athlete with Chiropractic

 

Back Your Inner Athlete
This year, Spinal Health Week 2016 runs from 23 to 29 May with the theme ‘Back Your Inner Athlete’.

 

 

Every day more and more Australians experience disabling low back pain, neck pain and headaches, limiting their ability to work and engage in an active healthy life.

 

One explanation for this is the impact an increasingly sedentary lifestyle has on postural fitness. Think about all the hours you spend each day sitting at work or school, on a computer or other mobile device, watching television or playing computer games. Poor posture increases pressure on your spine which can cause low back pain, neck pain, headaches and fatigue.

 

Low back pain is a growing problem and now ranks second in Australasia and seventh in the world according to the World Health Organisation’s latest Global Burden of Disease study. Neck pain is also problematic ranking ninth in Australasia and 21st in the world.
If you suffer from back pain, neck pain or headaches or if poor postural fitness is impacting on your ability to live life to the fullest, visit our chiropractors at Quay Health and Back Your Inner Athlete.
Chiropractic care focuses on the relationship between body structure (primarily the spine and pelvis) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how this relationship can restore and maintain health.
Each week around 300,000 patients visit an Australian chiropractor. Chiropractic care is an increasingly common and effective treatment for back pain, neck pain and headaches eliminating the need for drugs or surgery. This means chiropractic care can also be very cost effective in comparison to other types of treatment.
At Quay Health we are encouraging our patients and the Sydney community to begin a conversation about preventative health and wellbeing and adopt healthy habits.
Chiropractors have an important role to play in preventative health and wellbeing because they understand that a vital part of maintaining normal spinal function is by helping patients to make healthy lifestyle changes around nutrition, exercise and wellness.
Adopting healthy habits today (such as improving postural fitness) can significantly reduce the risk of injury or pain later on and have a positive impact on your self-esteem, social relationships and even mental health.
Back, neck and spinal problems are also a leading cause of lost productivity in the workplace and forced early retirement. Every year forced early retirement has a traumatic effect on the hopes and prosperity of a large number of Australians.
During May at Quay Health we will be offering complimentary 20 minute posture and spinal health check ups with our Chiropractors Dr Hooman and Dr Aline.  To book your posture check upcall us on 9252 2825 or email us at info@quayhealth.com.au
During Spinal Health Week 2016, make an appointment for a spinal health check-up and discover what steps you can take to improve your overall health and wellbeing and Back Your Inner Athlete.
Celebrate Spinal Health Week on 23 May by downloading the CAA Back App with augmented reality feature at www.backyourinnerathlete.com.au, on the Apple App Store or Google Play.

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Want to get fit by NOT incorporating Chiropractic care?

Want to get fit, by NOT incorporating Chiropratic care?

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Many of us know, that when it is time for us to implement some sort of exercise regime with a clear defined goal in sight, we would stick to almost anything, eating right, getting up early to get to the gym and so forth. We would do what it takes to get that desired outcome.

 

But have you thought about your spine and how it fits into all of this? Firstly let me ask you, have you ever been able to exercise efficiently whilst in pain? And how has that painful episode affected your next training session? If anything, you were more cautious right?

 

“Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel” ~Kevin Trudeau

 

The spine, plays an integral role in us being able to train effectively and achieve our desired goals. Your spine needs to be strong and upright to facilitate all your motions and allow the muscles anchoring off of it to fire efficiently.

 

Chiropractic Adjustments, correct misalignments in your spine, that your body cannot self correct. This takes off added pressure on the spine, and removes the “weak links” in your spine that make you more prone to injury. Once these mis-alignments are removed, information runs freely with out interference along your spinal cord, to and from your brain.

 

But what does that mean when training? Faster responses to stimuli, stronger muscle activation and improved breathing to oxygenate your muscles and brain. Most importantly less likelihood of injury!

 

No wonder many athletes choose chiropractic as part of their training regime. So to fully experience how good your body was designed to feel, make sure you incorporate chiropractic adjustments into your exercise program, whatever that may be.

 

Dr Aline Dahdah

Chiropractor

Quay Health

Dr Aline Dahdah Chiropractor Quay Health Sydney CBD

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How to sit at your desk

How to sit at your desk

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The buzz in Quay Health this week was around the arrival of our brand new ABCA seat wedges! The question was “how will this help my posture at my  desk?” These wedges that look like flattened out triangles, are designed to be sat on, with the fatter part under your bottom and the thinner part trailing down your thighs. They are designed this way to help change the structure of your lower back into the natural curve. When this happens the upper part of your back then naturally sits in it’s correct curve and makes it difficult to slouch. By tilting the hips, your joints stack as they were designed to. The posture wedge allows you to sit in a correct posture without much effort on your part.

 

To ensure that you get the full benefits of the seat wedge, make your desk space posture friendly. Bring your keyboard, mouse and telephone closer so that your elbows are positioned close to the sides of your body. In this way, when you get lazy at your desk it will be harder for you to slouch forward than if your elbows were a lot further away from your body.

 

Always remember to keep your screen around eye level and avoid keeping things you reach for too far away! Nothing beats postural breaks, so drink plenty of water to ensure those frequent toilet breaks, which give you a chance to stretch your legs and your spine!

 

Happy correct sitting every one!

 

Dr Aline Dahdah Chiropractor Quay Health Sydney CBD

Dr Aline Dahdah, Chiropractor

 

To book an appointment to see Dr Aline call 9252 2825 or visit www.quayhealth.com.au

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A simple and easy guide to how acupuncture works

 

Today, I was trawling through Facebook looking for ideas for another blog. When I came across an excellent short 3min video simply describing how acupuncture really works. It was so easy to understand that I decided to just simply post the link to the video, (link at bottom of this blog), as well as copy out its salient points. I have done this more as an easy reference. Rather than having to scroll back on your device which I know can be painful.

 

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I have posted blogs and articles written by others including Dr’s and scientists but this one was much easier to grasp. I hope you enjoy and it gives you a better understanding of this amazing therapy.

 

 

 

 

How does acupuncture work? A simple and easy guide.

 

The mistranslations of ancient Chinese texts into English have given acupuncture a very mystical, esoteric and some say spooky reputation. Which has completely missed the mark of what it really is.

 

Acupuncture, does not enhance some strange universal power using divine intervention that helps you recover from your ailments. Even though some acupuncturists would like you to believe that.

 

Acupuncture is actually a real type of medicine or medicinal theory that is based on actual anatomy and physiology. Concentrating on the improving the flow of Oxygen (Qi), Blood (Xue) and Nutrients (Ying Qi).

 

The impairment of blood flow or blood stagnation is the number 1 cause of disease. Which makes sense, if there is a problem with blood flow to any area of the body there will be impaired function. 

 

The body cannot heal without blood flow to the affected area so this make sense,  as acupuncture helps the body heal itself.  Acupuncture does this by causing the blood vessels to dilate or constrict to either; increase or decrease blood flow to specific areas of the body. This is done to relieve pain and improve organ function.

 

It also works by stimulating the nervous system by activating nociceptor sensory nerves and proprioceptor fibers that travel from the skin, to the spine and to the brain. Acupuncture does this by improving nerve signals to your brain to realise opioids (natural painkillers) to shut off the pain signal eliminate the pain.

 

The combination of these two effects is what helps the body heal itself while reducing any pain. This is done by treating the 5 main factors that influence your health:

  1. The flow of oxygen (Qi)
  2. The flow of blood (Xue)
  3. The health of your blood vessels (Xue Mai)
  4. Health of your organs (Zang Fu)
  5. The health of the nervous system (Jing Mai)

 

Acupuncture can treat an endless number of conditions. Either on its own or in conjunction with Chinese herbal medicine or other therapies.

 

So if you are looking for a solution to your problems, without drugs or side effects, give Acupuncture a try.

 

Contact Quay Health on 02) 9252 2825 or at quayhealth.com.au.

 

Acupuncturist Darren Geer Quay Health Sydney CBD Acupuncture

 

Darren Geer

Acupuncturist

BASc Acup

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Is Posture the Window to Your Health?

Is Posture the Window to Your Health?

We all want better health, and the ability to thrive day to day. Well into February and the motivation for some that began at the beginning of the year towards better health is still reasonably high. So before we get to burn out stage, and lose motivation due to our bodies just ‘not feeling right”, let’s shift our focus to our physical health.

 

We all know tGood-health-good-posture-300x300hat regular exercise and eating right is the way to go to stay feeling better. But have you considered yet the health of your spine? Everyday we see clients who can’t believe the effects that posture has on their health, and the huge impact it has on their everyday life. They feel more free and better able to deal with the stresses everyday living. Their outlook is generally more positive and their immune systems are stronger. Elite athletes never have slumped posture, whereas anybody with a serious system illness will not have proper structural integrity and almost certainly have a forward posture. We see that the body cannot perform at a high level if the body structure is not correct.

 

Chiropractic adjustments aimed at correcting posture, will allow you to to feel stronger in your own body. Truly feeling as you were created to feel, which is your spine holding you upright without effort on your part. Leaving you ready and able to tackle all of life’s daily changes with one less stress on your back.

 

 

Dr Aline Dahdah, Chiropractor

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Sciatica, how to relieve your sciatic pain with Sydney CBD Chiropractor Dr Marti Harris

The sciatic nerve runs from the lower lumbar region of your spine right down the back of your leg to your foot.  It commonly becomes irritated causing sciatica, for some it is excruciating and crippling, for other people it is just a constant ache in the lower back, or maybe some numbness in the thigh, weakness or difficulty moving the leg or foot or shooting pain down the leg.

 

Receiving a thorough examination by your chiropractor will assess the exact cause of your lower back and leg pain and help you to make a plan to relieve the pain.

 

To learn more about Sciatica and what you can do, watch Dr Marti’s youtube clip below.

 

 

 

If you want to make an appointment to see Chiropractor Dr Marti for a thorough assessment at Quay Health in Sydney’s CBD click  here or call us 9252 2825

Dr Marti Harris, Chiropractor, Quay Health Sydney Circular Quay