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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

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Ever been in a car accident?

Whiplash is an injury to the neck caused by a sudden head movement, usually extension.

 

whiplash-imageWhiplash injuries are most often associated with motor vehicle accidents, especially those where the vehicle is hit from behind. Whiplash can also occur during sports and falls. The head is thrown in one direction and rapidly recoils in the other. This causes excessive stretching and possible tearing of the muscles and ligaments in the neck. Whiplash is essentially a sprain or strain of the cervical joints.

 

Symptoms include:

  • pain (worse with movement)
  • stiffness
  • loss of range of motion
  • headache
  • tenderness in shoulders and upper back
  • tingling or numbness in the arms
  • dizziness
  • jaw pain
  • tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • sleep disturbance

 

Early intervention and chiropractic treatment is necessary for adequate healing and strengthening of the delicate neck structures. Chiropractic adjustments, mobilisations and exercises lead to a more rapid recovery than prolonged immobilisation or use of a cervical collar.

 

If you or anyone you know, is experiencing any of these symptoms due to a whiplash injury, call us on 02 9252 2825 to book a consultation.

 

Dr Rebecca Squire
Chiropractor
Quay Health
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Can my posture affect my hormones?

Can my posture affect my hormones? The short answer is – yes it can!

 

Amy Cuddy* from Harvard University has done research on how body language impacts hormones. One of her studies showed how levels of salivary testosterone and cortisol are impacted when someone is in an upright posture vs when someone is in a slouched over posture.

 

Testosterone has an important role to play for both men and women. It helps plays a part in regulating libido, brain function, muscle mass and strength, and fat distribution. Signs of low testosterone may include irritability, depression, brain fog, decreased muscle mass, osteoporosis, erectile dysfunction and low sex drive to mention but a few.

 

shutterstock_146398013Cortisol, commonly known as the “stress hormone”, is secreted by the adrenal glands during stressful events. It is very important that after a stressful event, that cortisol levels go back to normal. Unfortunately, in a society where stress is not an acute but a chronic event, cortisol levels can rise and stay elevated for a prolonged period. This has been shown to have negative effects such as impaired cognitive function, sleep disturbance, lower immune function, higher blood pressure and increased abdominal fat to again name but a few!

 

In Cuddy’s study, the levels of salivary cortisol and testosterone were measured when participants held (for two minutes) an upright “high-power” pose vs a slouched over “low-power” pose. The results showed an increase in testosterone and decrease in cortisol in the “high-power” pose, and a decrease in testosterone levels and increase in cortisol levels in a “lower-power” pose.

 

So, how can you apply the benefits of this interesting study in your life? Whenever you can maintain a power-pose, which sort of looks like you are puffing out your chest, and keeping your head over your shoulders, do it! Try to hold that for a few minutes a day and notice how you feel immediately after. To help combat the effects of stress on your body and for a more prolonged effect on your health and wellbeing, getting ABC adjustments is the way to go! The whole idea, is that you leave being able to stand upright, “without effort, or thinking about it!” I look forward to seeing you at the practice!

 

[* Carney, D. R., Cuddy, A. J., & Yap, A. J. (2010). Power posing brief nonverbal displays affect neuroendocrine levels and risk tolerance. Psychological Science, 21(10), 1363-1368.]

 

Dr Aline Dahdah

Chiropractor

Quay Health

Dr Aline Dahdah Chiropractor Quay Health Sydney CBD

Click..ouch! Was that my jaw?

Jaw pain is no laughing matter!

 

p1040971The jaw, also known as the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), is one of the most frequently used joints in the body. It is used for talking, eating, sucking and yawning. The TMJ muscles activate and oppose gravity to keep the mouth closed. When the mouth is slightly open, the TMJ is relaxed.

 

If you are experiencing pain in the TMJ, this is usually caused by an imbalance in joint movement because of poor bite, bruxism (clenching or grinding), or joint problems such as inflammation, trauma and degeneration.

 

The following may be indicative of TMJ dysfunction:

  • Headaches in the temporal region
  • Point tenderness in jaw muscles on the sides of the face
  • Pain on full open or full close
  • Lateral deviation of the jaw during movement
  • Pain while eating
  • Chewing food on one side instead of evenly across both sides
  • Waking from sleep with jaw pain
  • Breathing from the mouth instead of the nose
  • Clicking during jaw movements
  • Jaw locking
  • Malocclusion, missing teeth or dental decay
  • Clenching or grinding of teeth (bruxism)
  • Bad habits such as chewing gum, biting nails, leaning on the chin and smoking
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Stomach sleepers
  • Poor cervical and thoracic alignment
  • Dizziness

 

Everyday tasks such as sleeping, brushing your teeth or eating tough foods can be become difficult and painful.

 

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, physical therapy such as chiropractic adjustments, massage and acupuncture can decrease pain, restore function and limit degenerative changes.

 

Dr Rebecca Squire
Chiropractor
Quay Health
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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

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

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.

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

Stress Less Mums; How can mothers manage stress better?

Stress Less Mums; How can mothers manage stress better?

Once women come to see me at Quay Health and begin to understand what it is that has caused their body distress, they all ask me how they can better manage their stress.

 

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The answer isn’t a one-size fits all solution, however, with some consideration and planning, you can pick and choose from the following list to tailor the solutions to  your own life.

 

I usually recommend beginning with the following – starting with introducing one thing, and moving on to slowly form habits, that will help them thrive. It is important to do these things and fit them into your life, but to also do them in a spirit of generosity to yourself, rather than committing to them out of a sense of guilt. Do these things because you know that they will allow you to function better and for longer – not because it’s another ‘have-to’:

 

  • Exercise.  There are huge benefits to fitting exercise into your life two or three times per week if possible. You can exercise at night, or make use of childcare arrangements offered increasingly by gyms these days. Getting your body moving will not only benefit you physically, but the endorphins produced by exercise, will also make your mood lift.

 

  • Having family days out. Making time for activities as a family that nurture the relationships within the family, helps both of you to remember why it is that you decided to have children. is doesn’t have to be exercise related, either. You can play games, watch a movie together, or go out for a meal or an outing. What matters is spending time together that does not involve your regular schedule.

 

  • Removing social expectations from the equation. Keeping up with what you’re ‘meant’ to be doing as parents can further stress an already tense situation. Becoming more conscious of what you ‘should’ listen to, and really thinking about what is important for your own family, rather than just trying to keep up with what the current trend says is best is a must.  It takes a bit of mental work, firstly to notice the outside pressures that you’re letting in, and then deciding whether those pressures are worth keeping or not, but it’s worth the effort in the long run because it also makes you evolve as a parent.

 

  • Meditation/yoga/pilates/relaxation. All of these promote a mind/body connection that is easily lost in the everyday parenting marathon. Having a healthy mind/body connection means that when something goes wrong, it’s noticed earlier and can be more easily treated.

 

There are many choices that women can make regarding having a better self-care routine.  Most cities, and even rural centres, have classes and systems in place to support parents of young families to thrive rather than just survive.  Whether you identify more with the former or latter, making the decision to take your life and health into your own hands will greatly improve your quality of life, and also your resilience in both mind and body when it comes to stress.

 

Dr Hooman Zahedi Chiropractor Quay Health Sydney CBD Circular Quay

Dr Hooman Zahedi

Chiropractor

Quay Health, Chiropractors Sydney CBD

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quay Health is located at level 6, 10 Bridge Street Sydney.  Conveniently located between Wynyard and Circular Quay in the heart of Sydney’s CBD Financial District.  To make a time to see Dr Hooman or any of our other practitioners please call 9252 2825