Out of Balance?

Balance is the ability to maintain the body’s centre of mass over its base of support. A properly functioning balance system allows us to:

•       See clearly while moving

•       Identify orientation with respect to gravity

•       Determine direction and speed of movement

•       Make automatic adjustments to maintain posture and stability in various conditions and activities

Our balance is determined by three different body systems. The first being our eyesight, the second are the semi-circular canals (vestibular system) within our inner ears and the third being Proprioception which uses nerves called mechanoreceptors within all muscles and tendons, a high proportion of which are located within our neck muscles. All these systems are communicating with our brain which then makes appropriate responses.

Vertigo and dizziness affect 20-30 percent of the general population, with the majority being older women. In vertigo, the patient experiences spinning, loss of balance, and occasionally nausea. It can manifest in a sitting or sleeping posture, or only show once the patient stands up or walks around. Modern medicine distinguishes three types of vertigo. In objective vertigo, the patient has the sensation that the environment is moving. In subjective vertigo, the patient feels as if he or she is moving, and in pseudo-vertigo, there is a sensation of rotation inside the patient's head. Diagnoses include benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), Ménière's disease and vestibular neuritis. It may also be due to trauma, fever, migraine, and excessive alcohol consumption.

In acute situations, chiropractic adjustments are the first therapy to consider as it addresses any neck dysfunction, and can often relieve the situation immediately. Chiropractors can also treat cases of vertigo that are due to dysfunction of the grains in the canals of the inner ear, and the manoeuvre tests for, and releases these grains by gravity. It can be quite effective, and patients can learn to do it themselves.

Child Brain Development

A current television commercial for Officeworks states that “The brain of a 5 year old has 100 billion neurons and every second, new pathways form helping to develop fine motor skills”.  

The thing about these pathways (think train tracks in a railway network) is that they have to be used for them to become established (trains running on the tracks). Activities that greatly support this development in toddlers and pre-schoolers are playtime activities, games, sports, reading and colouring etc. This phase is critical as it will determine skills essential for further development into teenagers and adulthood.  It had been thought that areas of the brain that controlled cognitive function (thinking) were separate from areas that controlled motor function (movement). New research is now confirming that the cerebellum, a part of the brain that was just thought to be involved in fine tuning movement, is now being recognized to be just as important in establishing cognitive and emotional behaviours.

Try to avoid babysitting young kids with electronic devices. It is more important that they be engaged socially and physically.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

The new year is under way and that means a new list of – in far too many cases – the same old New Year's resolutions. Every year at around this time, millions of people around the world resolve to improve their lives  – and for most, their resolutions die sometime within the first few months, if they get off the ground at all.

What can you do to make 2017 different? What can you do to make sure your New Year's resolutions stick? Here is one way to keep your 2017 resolutions while avoiding some of the common pitfalls that have struck down your resolutions in years past.

Think It Through: One of the biggest mistakes resolvers make is jumping into a resolution without thinking it through. Sure, you can resolve to start working out, lose weight, quit smoking, eat healthier or be more patient with your kids – but words are just words unless they're supported by sensible actions. And sensible actions require a sensible plan. Resolving to exercise? Think about how many days per week, whether to go to the gym or work out at home, potential hurdles / challenges that may come up, and other factors. Resolving to be more patient? Map out a half-dozen specific ways to do it (think before you speak / act; give yourself a "time out" so you can refocus, etc.).

Whatever your resolution, you have to figure out how to make it work or it probably won't work, pure and simple.

Giving Back Day Tuesday Dec 13

On Giving Back Day Tuesday December 13th, we will be donating our services to charity. Instead of asking for payment, we will ask clients on Giving Back Day to donate a gifts or non-perishable food items to the value of their consultation. We will give the donations to St Vincent de Paul, Rowville to help local families in need, have a better Christmas this year.

 We’ve had lots of good feedback about the Giving Back day campaign and recommend you book in quickly if you want to take part. Please make sure presents are unwrapped, so that volunteers can best match your present to a child in need. (Note: Consultation fee is normally $56 or $48 concession).

Need some ideas?

Ø  Teddy bears

Ø  Board games

Ø  Sports gear

Ø  Colouring sets

Ø  Puzzles

 

Should be heaps of fun! If you miss out on a booking on Giving Back day or can’t make it on the day, we will also be accepting offers of unwrapped gifts or non-perishable food items prior to the above date.

Chiropractic care to improve performance - humans and horses!

In the lead up to the Melbourne Cup it is worth reflecting on the fact that many horses undergo Chiropractic care to improve their performance.

 “It is an art of healing that focuses primarily on restoring the spinal column’s normal movement and function to promote healthy neurologic activity, which in turn supports effective musculoskeletal function and overall health. Chiropractic care centers on detecting abnormal motion of the individual vertebra and its effects on the surrounding tissues. Reduced mobility between two vertebral bodies can irritate the nerves exiting the spinal cord, leading to decreased nerve supply to the tissues. This altered nerve function causes problems such as pain, abnormal posture, uncoordinated movement, overloading of leg joints, and muscle changes.

 Veterinarians are often frustrated by horses with vague lameness but no specific localized pain or with poor performance but no obvious cause. Chiropractic provides another means of diagnosis and treatment for many musculoskeletal disorders. It can also be used to detect subclinical conditions (those not yet causing clinical signs) or abnormal biomechanics that may progress to more significant lameness issues. This is because disorders originating in the back can produce gait abnormalities and increase concussive forces in lower limb joints, leading to an increased risk for developing lameness.”

 The above excerpt is taken from “The Horse” a website devoted to equine health. In essence the same applies to how Chiropractic care can improve your performance (on two legs instead of four)!