The physical benefits of yoga

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There are three things that we do physically to the tissues of our body when we stress them through yoga positions: compress, stretch and twist.

  • When we do a backwards bend, we cause the joints in the spine to compress
  • When we do a forward fold, we stretch the fascia, muscles and ligaments along the back of the spine
  • When we do a twist, we provide a shearing stress between the joints of the spine and the ribs

The results of these stresses affect the body on many levels. Through twisting, elongating and compressing the tissues our bodies become rejuvenated. What also happens when we compress, stretch and twist the spine is we release the build-up of toxins and waste products. This is done by promoting the blood and lymphatic system to function properly. Even old scar tissue can be broken down and removed. 

WHAT LIMITS YOUR FLEXIBILITY?

The resistance to stretching or moving in a certain way is due to the tension along the tissues.

  • 47% of this tension comes from our joint capsules and ligaments
  • 41% from muscles and the remaining
  • 12% from tendons and skin

In summary; to keep your body flexible and strong you must keep it moving! Yoga and chiropractic treatment are both excellent way to do this and they work really well together. You can talk to us at Cromwell Chiropractic if you need advice on appropriate exercises and stretches and keep an eye on our facebook page for our weekly Sunday Stretch post!.

Tel: 03 445 4688 Email: info@cromwellchiropractic.co.nz Book: cromwellchiropractic.co.nz

Chiropractic care may increase strength, decrease fatigue and improve muscle drive

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Why this study matters.
When your chiropractor adjusts a subluxation, it improves your strength, prevents fatigue and changes the way the brain drives your muscles.
A subluxation is a dysfunction that occurs when the nervous system isn’t controlling movement of the spine as well as it should be.
"When we adjust…subluxations, we change the way the brain processes what’s going on in our bodies. Hence we are able to better process all that sensory information from throughout the body, and control the body in a better way. Our results were almost identical to three weeks of strength training”
Neuroscientist and Chiropractic Researcher Heidi Haavik

Make your appointment today by calling 03 445 4688 or at cromwellchiropractic.co.nz

50% off Children's appointments for January!!

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We are running a very special deal for January which is not something we generally do, so make the most of it while you can! Half price appointments for all under 18 year old's whether they are new or existing patients and you can use this deal as many times as you like for the month of January. 

We know how beneficial it is for kids to have chiropractic treatment and get checked regularly and we would like everyone else to know too. To name a few; improved immune system, injury prevention and healing, behavioural and developmental issues, sinus and allergies, digestion, sleep and growing pains are a few of the many things that may improve with chiropractic care. January is a great time to have children checked after the rush of Christmas and before school and routine starts again. There are no age restrictions either, from newborn babies through to teenagers we are happy to see them all. The treatment techniques we use are very gentle and babies and children will often enjoy their sessions. Once a child has realised how they feel after an adjustment they will often ask if they can go when they need to, how empowering is that! 

Check out our website for more information about our work with little humans. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions 03 445 4866 and you can book online now to make sure you don't miss out! We will be closed for just over a week during the Christmas break but will respond to any messages as soon as we can. See you in 2018!

Our Prices for 2018

PRIVATE CONSULTATION:

  • Adult Initial (45 mins): $85
  • Adult Report of Findings (30 mins): $75
  • Adult Follow up (15 mins): $55
  • Adult Double (30 minute): $75
  • Child (under 18) Initial (45 mins): $85
  • Child Report of Findings (30 mins): $60
  • Child Follow up (15 mins): $40
  • Child double appointment (30 mins): $60

ACC CONSULTATION (related to an injury):    

  • Adult Initial (45 mins): $65
  • Adult Report of Findings (30 mins): $55
  • Adult Follow up (15 mins): $35
  • Adult double appointment (30 mins): $55
  • Child (under 18) Initial (45 mins): $65
  • Child Report of Findings (30 mins): $40
  • Child Follow up (15 mins): $20
  • Child double appointment (30 mins): $40

Prices from 1st Jan 2018. All Prices are in NZ$ and GST inclusive

Please allow 45 minutes for your initial appointment, 30 minutes for your second visit which is your report of findings, and 15 minutes for a standard follow up. We also offer double appointments for when you needs a little longer with us. This is what you will need to book when its been 6 months or more since we last saw you or if you have had a new injury. We like to keep a close eye on your progress and will schedule in regular 30 minute re-assessment sessions to allow us to review your progress. These longer sessions are also great for your cranio-sacral appointments as this requires more time.

If you have a current ACC claim please bring your details with you. We are able to start an ACC claim for you if you have had a recent injury that qualifies. Please ask our reception team when you arrive and they can give you the paperwork to complete.

                    Please don't hesitate to call if you have any queries; 03 445 4688                        Remember you can also book your appointments online through our website

Book your chiropractic appointments online!

We are excited to be able to offer you the ability to now book your appointments online, giving you the flexibility to book whenever is convenient for you. Just click on the 'book now' link on our website and it will take you through it step by step. Take time to choose the right appointment type for you by reading the 'more info' drop down bar next to each option. Whether you are a new patient or a regular, this service is available to you to use and we hope it will make your life easier! Visit www.cromwellchiropractic.co.nz/book

If you require any changes to be made to a current booking please call our friendly reception team and they can help you with this. Please be advised there may be a fee if a cancellation is made with less than 24 hours notice as we would like time to be able to offer it to another well deserving patient. Of course we are still available as usual to take phone bookings or to answer any questions you may have on 03 445 4688.

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Did you know....?

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1) Improved Sporting Outcomes

The world’s fastest man Usain Bolt[1], multiple world champion shotputter Valerie Adams[2] and all All Blacks great Mils Muliaina[3] are just some of the sporting legends who swear by chiropractic care. And the latest research backs them up, a series of studies, including one just published in Brain Sciences by  Dr Heidi Haavik PhD and her team at the Centre for Chiropractic Research at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic[4] show large changes in the maximum output of the muscle after a chiropractic adjustment session, which suggests that chiropractic care may help athletes’ brains to more efficiently produce greater physical outputs through better co-ordination of muscles.

2) Improved Pelvic Floor Function for Women

We now know that chiropractic care for women during their pregnancy gives them a greater ability to relax the pelvic floor. For pregnant women, this has the potential to give them a greater degree of control over the pelvic floor muscles, which in turn may make vaginal childbirth easier[5]. Research into this is still at an early stage so we can only speculate on what the impact could be in terms of reduced need for medical intervention, or increased well-being of mother and child. But it does show us that chiropractic may be of significant benefit to pregnant women.

3) Improved Ageing, Less Falls.

A growing body of research suggests that chiropractic care may slow the rate of functional decline as you age, preserve your autonomy, improve your well-being and reduce accidents. It could also save New Zealand millions of dollars in the longer term. Dr Kelly Holt, Dean of Research at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic and his team recently published the results of a research study in New Zealand which has shown chiropractic care in a group aged 65 to 89 can significantly impact several factors that influence the prevention of falls[6].

4) Improved Sex Life

According to a number of studies including one by a team at the Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Auckland, published in the international journal Health Psychology[7], poor posture could be putting our sex drive in jeopardy, causing shallow breathing and exacerbating feelings of stress, which affects our sleep and energy levels. Your family chiropractor will be able to advise you on ways to improve your posture and ensure you have a healthier spine, as a healthy spine and nervous system is a key part of overall health and well-being.

5) Improved Posture – coping with those heels and bags

Your choice of handbag you carry, the weight of books in your children’s school bags and how often you totter about in stratospheric high heels may be affecting your natural posture and damaging health long term[8]. Dr Cassandra Fairest explains: `Over time, physical adaptation and stress can make your body lopsided and affect your spinal posture. Chiropractors are highly trained in assessing and assisting with the adverse effects that this may have.’

6) Improved Living

Chiropractic care is not just about bad backs – it may have a direct effect on the health and integrity of the entire nervous system. A study on the effects of manipulation of the spine on brain function published last year[9] in the journal Neural Plasticity suggests that, at least in part, the mechanisms by which spinal manipulation improves performance are due to a change in processing of information at the prefrontal cortex, which is an area of the brain that is implicated in planning complex behaviours, personality expression, decision making, moderating social behaviour and other higher cognitive functions.

Dr Fairest adds: `In 2017 we want to encourage New Zealanders to visit their chiropractor to ensure that their spines and nervous systems are functioning well. A local NZCA chiropractor will be able to provide advice on ways to improve posture, enhance coordination and support a healthy spine. A healthy spine and well-functioning nervous system is important for overall health and well-being.

 

To visit a chiropractor in Cromwell give us a call on 03 445 4688 or visit out website for more info or to book online; 

www.cromwellchiropractic.co.nz

 

References:

[1] http://metro.co.uk/2012/12/06/chiropractic-formed-part-backbone-london-2012-3816197/

[2] http://www.digitaljournal.com/sports/world-s-most-dominant-athlete-thanks-chiropractor-for-51st-st-win/article/388583

[3] https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/mar/25/all-blacks-mils-muliaina-us-pro-rugby

[4] Haavik H, Niazi IK, Jochumsen M, Sherwin D, Flavel S, Türker KS. (2017) Impact of spinal manipulation on cortical drive to upper and lower limb muscles. Brain Sciences. In Press

[5] Pelvic floor functional changes with spinal manipulation in pregnant and non-pregnant women: A pilot study. JMPT 2016.

[6] Holt, Kelly R et al, “Effectiveness of Chiropractic Care to Improve Sensorimotor Function Associated With Falls Risk in Older People: A Randomized Controlled Trial,” Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics.

[7] http://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/2014-37739-001/

[8] http://www.jmptonline.org/article/S0161-4754(13)00237-6/abstract

[9] http://www.hindawi.com/journals/np/2016/3704964/abs/

Research suggests.....Chiropractic care may improve brain function

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Why this study matters....

A brain that’s functioning and conducting its activities better has a positive effect on the body. Research shows when a subluxation is adjusted it changes brain function by 20%.

An adjustment impacts the function of the prefrontal cortex, a part of the brain that is responsible for behavior, goal directed tasks, decision making, memory and attention, intelligence, motor control, eye movements and more

“We do know that spinal function does affect brain function. There’s now solid evidence that adjusting the spine changes brain function. This is the fourth time that the effect of adjusting the spine has on the brain has been studied. This last time it was studied and confirmed by an independent medical researcher.”

Neuroscientist and Chiropractic Researcher

Heidi Haavik 

Lelic et al. “Manipulation of dysfunctional spinal joints affects sensorimotor integration in the prefrontal cortex: A brain source localization study,” Neural Plasticity, Volume 2016

(spinalresearch.com.au)

What is pain?

We all feel pain but do we really understand it?  Pain is an unpleasant sensation occurring in varying degrees of severity associated with injury, disease or emotional disorder.

What types of pain are there? 

  • Acute pain as a result of injury to the body and generally disappears when the physical injury heals. Acute pain is linked to tissue injury, which is things like surgery, muscle strains, labour and delivery. You will generally be able to pin point the site of pain when acute.
  • Chronic pain, on the other hand, lasts longer than the healing period - usually at least 3 months. The pain is often vague as well, making it harder to pin point. There are two types of chronic pain - neuropathic and non neuropathic.
  • Neuropathic pain is caused by injury to a nerve and is often described as a numbness, tingling or burning type of pain. Conditions that come to mind with neuropathic pain are diabetes, shingles or peripheral vascular disease.
  • Non neuropathic pain is poorly localised and can feel like a pounding deep ache.

To explain pain simply:

  • The injury occurs
  • The nerves then pick up the injury and send a message to the brain
  • The brain begins to process the message and alerts the body of the pain and responds appropriately
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That is why it's important for you to have the connection between the brain and the body checked regularly. If messages can't get to and from the brain efficiently then the healing process slows down and you feel pain for longer than necessary.

So what do you need to do if you are experiencing acute or chronic pain? Specific treatment options need to be tailored to each individual. So be sure to consult us at Cromwell Chiropractic or your health care provider to determine the right treatment for you.

Call us on 03 445 4688

 

 

Improve your pelvic floor function with chiropractic care

Research studies show you can improve the function of your pelvic floor muscles with chiropractic care. This particular study focused on pregnant women but treatment would be beneficial to anyone with pelvic floor dysfunction or better yet to prevent it from happening!

Why this study matters.
Your pelvic floor muscles are integral to the birth process, and to the prevention
of incontinence.
• Chiropractic care can have an impact on pelvic floor muscles.
• Pregnant women who received chiropractic care had a greater ability to relax their
pelvic floor muscles at rest.
•This relaxation of the pelvic floor muscles may mean that chiropractic care could be
of benefit to pregnant women, as it may help them have a natural vaginal delivery.

"If we can have uncomplicated, natural vaginal delivery without drugs and intervention,
the baby is better off and the woman is better off. This study we have done suggests
chiropractic care can help women by relaxing their pelvic floor muscles.”

Neuroscientist and Chiropractic Researcher
Heidi Haavik

(www.spinalresearch.com.au)
 

Help!! My child has a flat head....

You may or may not have noticed that either your child or a friends child's head looks a little 'different' or asymmetrical - whether it's cone shaped, flattened at the back or twisted. This condition is called plagiocephaly.  Minor cranial asymmetries can be identified and treated to help prevent them leading to plagiocephaly.

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Here are some of the causes of cranial asymmetries:

  • In utero - mothers health, pelvic distortions and foetal positioning
  • Birth process - foetal positioning and labour time (very fast or very slow)
  • Birth intervention - forceps, vacuum extraction or c-section 

Here are some of the early signs of cranial asymmetries:

  • Infant favours looking one side
  • Difficulty sucking/latching
  • Holds the head tipped to one side
  • Dislikes lying on their back
  • Poor sleep patterns
  • It may lead developmental issues with motor and language skills

The good news is Chiropractic may be able to help! At Cromwell Chiropractic we treat babies of all ages with gentle, low force techniques to help reduce tension and stress from birth and early development. Although it is never too late to have your child checked, the first year of life is the optimum time to detect and correct the patterns which can lead to plagiocephaly.

If you have questions or would like to have your child checked please call us on 03 445 4688.

 

Winter Warmer

I hope you are all wrapped up warm! The Central Otago winter is well and truly here and it is important to boost our immune systems at this time to get us through illness free. A healthy diet, supplements, regular exercise but also plenty of rest and regular chiropractic adjustments are all fantastic ways of boosting the whole family’s immunity.

The Importance of Rest and Relaxation

Rest and Relax Meditation

We all need rest as well as sleep and it is important to make time for it. Think of rest as giving yourself a break or time-out from the hectic pace and pressure of daily life. Meditation, breathing exercises and chiropractic adjustments can be a helpful way to calm your nervous system and aid relaxation. So instead of cramming your days full of busy activities, take some time out to recharge your batteries during these cold winter days, your body will thank you for it.   

Pushing your body into overdrive can manifest physically through tight neck and shoulders and usually digestive issues such as gas, bloating, acid reflux. You are also more likely to get sick, as stress and fatigue lower your immune system.

Increased levels of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline over a long period can lead to adrenal fatigue and an overall hormonal imbalance. This can result in complications such as depression, weight gain, insulin resistance, chronic fatigue, oestrogen dominance, and fertility issues.

Resting doesn’t even have to be done lying down. You can do it while seated, by meditating or engaging in visualization or deep-breathing exercises. The important thing is to give your mind and body a chance to recover and recharge when you’re feeling out of steam, or ideally before you feel like this. So it is very important to make time for rest!

If you would like some more information on relaxation ideas and practices please feel free to email us info@cromwellchiropractic.co.nz or call for an appointment on 03 445 4688.

Happy Resting!

Beth and Ashleigh xx