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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

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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

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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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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

 

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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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From tired to terrific, how improving your posture can improve your life

Let me introduce you to John.  John is a 59 year old executive who was starting to feel much older than 59, his posture, strength and confidence were declining rapidly and he felt he was heading towards old age.  His wife was very concerned about his ongoing aches and pains as well as signs of depression.

 

Poor Posture at Quay Health SydneyJohn came to Quay Health looking for help with this chronic neck and shoulder pain, he didn’t expect just how many other facets of his life would improve by starting chiropractic care and working on his posture and improving his core strength.

 

When we looked at John’s posture with the help of our postural assessment examination we discovered that Johns head which normally weighs 5.8 kg was 5.4 cm forward and based on the physics was now 18.4 kg in weight. John’s shoulders were  6.2 cm posterior and his thoracic spine was shifted 2 .1 cm right. His pelvis was lower on the left when viewed front to back.

 

John undertook our recommendations of regular chiropractic adjustments with an exercise program that was tailored to address his postural concerns and he has never looked back from there. Not only does he stand taller and upright , but he has a noticable improvement in lung expansion and ease of breathing, he has more energy

 

After 12 weeks the change in John has been extraordinary.  His wife actually rang us to say thank you, she says he is back to the same man he was in his early 40’s.  Not only is he in less pain, he is happier and more confident.  By improving his posture he was able to improve his outlook on life.

 

We know that posture, indeed postural fitness, is related to  efficient energy expenditure.  When we see clients with poor postural patterns they often complain of fatigue and lethargy.  Those who have great posture have more energy.  To maintain good posture the neuro-skeleteal-musclular system needs to be working together to hold the body upright against the forces of gravity as well as the stress and strain of our modern life.

 

Research shows us the people with poor thoracic posture use more oxygen and energy to breath.  When patients present with total postural collapse, the body uses more metabolic energy just to stay upright.  The use of more energy combined with lower oxygen levels has a negative effect on the overall health of a person.  Poor posture has also been linked to increased cortisol release, cortisol is the stress hormone that stimultes our nervous system and makes us feel agitated or on end, anxious and restless. This is the Fight or flight response system, great when we need to run away from a tiger but not great when it is stimulated all the time.

 

If you are concerned about chronic pain, lack of energy and declining health, then talk to your Quay Health principle Chiropractor Dr Marti Harris about our 12 Week Posture Health Program.  In 12 weeks we guarantee to take you from a crap posture to an amazing life.

Dr Marti Harris, Chiropractor, Quay Health Sydney Circular QuayDr Marti Harris, Chiropractor