7 Signs That You Need to See a Chiropractor for Your Neck Pain
Everyone gets a stiff neck once and awhile. It might happen first thing in the morning after a bad nights sleep, or it might be at the end of a long stressful workday. If you are battling to turn you..
Running Injuries Bad Training Or Bad Biomechanics? Top Running Problems Revealed and Resolved!
In the October issue of Channel Magazine Dr Cherye looks at the best way to stay injury free when running
Post Injury – When Is It Safe To Get A Massage?
Getting back to your injury-free state can be easy when you understand the healing process and learn what to do
Can Acupuncture Help Treat Your Running Injury?
The largest clinical study of acupuncture ever conducted was published in the December 2004 Annuals of Internal Medicine and found acupuncture to significantly reduce and improve function in patients .
5 Ways Acupuncture Can Fix Your Health Problems -
Mens Health Magazine Article How acupuncture works may be unclear, but the benefits stick out. Research shows that this ancient therapy can be an effective treatment for a wide variety of ailments, from back pain and sciatica to ...
Infertility in men may decrease with acupuncture
Male partners are the cause in approximately 40-50% of fertility problems. Research has shown that acupuncture improves sperm production and quality.
Boost your “flu-fighter” with Chiropractic care
Your body has the best “flu-fighter” ever - naturally built into it! The Chiropractors at Pure Healthcare in Albany NZ, are reaching out to our community to help in the fight against “the flu” an...
Top 5 tips to improve asthma
Many kiwis are affected by this chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), also known as asthma. But there are things you can do to improve your asthma. Below are the top 5 tips on how to improve ..
Is your posture causing your headache / migraine?
Dr Cherye Roche – doctor of Chiroprctic and clinic director at pure healthcare in Albany, shares her insights from over 20 years of clinical and academic experience in the treatment headaches, and th..
6 steps to beating Acne
Most of us, except for the occasional lucky sods, suffer from hormonal acne at some point in our lives. Young males are the common victims during their teenage years due to the hormonal roller coaster...
Get Relief from a stiff neck
Constant stiffness and aches in the neck can make life challenging, whether it be affecting your work and hobbies, or quite simply the way you function on a day to day basis. Massage therapy has prove...
Getting moving after whiplash
The severity of the whiplash injury does not always correlate to the degree of injury, even a minor whiplash type injury can result in severe symptoms
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
You probably think it’s strange for a chiropractor to be writing about carpal tunnel syndrome, as you think they “only deal with the spine”. In my extensive training to become a doctor of chiroprac..
Poor breathing habits and chronic neck pain
Breathing is the most basic and yet arguably the most vital act that our body needs to perform in order to stay alive. If done poorly, it may lead to neck pain, and ultimately a headache.
Reduce Menopausal Hot Flushes with Acupuncture
Are you or a loved one going through menopause and can’t take the heat? Studies show acupuncture may be effective in reducing the severity of symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats during meno...
How a post-ride rubdown can improve your recovery as well as your circulation
After a long and hard training ride on the saddle, you can’t deny the fact that your muscles will feel tight, tense and taut. Before you know it, an achy lower back may lead to a tight hip, causing t..
A Sports Chiropractor’s take on Bike set-up Biomechanics
Dr. Jason Berry, a Sports Chiropractor at Pure Healthcare in Albany, wants to help you ride faster and stronger. Having the right bike set up is critical to be in efficient and injury free on your bi...
Are you at risk for Osteoporosis?
15% of women and 3% of men over the age of 50 suffer from osteoporosis. Bone degeneration and subsequent loss of height, due to osteoporosis was accepted as a normal part of ageing but that doesn't ha...
Increase your chance of conception
Seeing an acupuncturist as the first step in infertility treatments could save time, energy and cost
Looking for a Change? March 11th is “Change Day NZ”
From the Change Day NZ website: “Change Day is a time when we can all come together to help improve the healthcare experience for everyone. We’re inviting you to become a change-maker and make a di..
Pregnancy Fatigue
Top Tips to experience a Healthy Pregnancy with less fatigue, discomfort and distress. Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy removes interference to the mother's nervous system, enhancing baby dev...



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orthotics: when self-help and sports therapies don’t go far enough

In the last issue, I looked at the basic anatomical and biomechanical dysfunctions that often lead to overuse injuries in the joints and specifically at the role of faulty foot mechanics (PP 205, November 2004). The current article goes on to consider a range of treatment regimes for chronic sports injuries, including orthotic therapy and prevention.

The focus here is on chronic, recurrent injuries that are a result of repetitive micro-traumatic overuse syndromes, including shin splints, foot arch pain, runner’s knee, jumpers knee, ilio-tibial band syndrome, sacro-iliac joint dysfunctions, and chronic low back pain. Such overuse injuries are commonly caused by underlying biomechanical weaknesses in the involved joints. These weaknesses, in turn, can be caused by such previous severe macro-trauma as fractures or severe ligament sprains. However, the emphasis here is on the biomechanical role of the foot in absorbing shock at impact, and facilitating propulsion at push-off during the gait cycle.

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Lack of Exercise and Poor Kiwi Lifestyle Choices Blamed for Rise in Mental Illness

The mental health of New Zealanders is being compromised by a lack of exercise and poor lifestyle choices warns the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association following reports from the USA that mental health clinicians are considering exercise not just in therapy but as therapy.

Dr Hayden Thomas, chiropractor and spokesperson for the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association explains: ‘Not only is our physical health being eroded but our mental well being is also being compromised by poor lifestyle choices, stress, tension, and reduced spinal function. It is becoming a phenomenon across New Zealand. In my own practice, I am increasingly seeing depression arising from a lack of movement from sedentary lifestyles and a lack of proper nutrition.

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This is the first of two articles aiming to provide athletes and coaches with sufficient information to use orthotic therapy for the treatment and prevention of sports injuries as well as for performance enhancement.

This first article looks at the basic anatomical and biomechanical dysfunctions that often lead to overuse injuries in the musculoskeletal system.

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Chiropractic for aging baby boomers


The longevity revolution epitomised by ageing baby boomers means a broader role for chiropractors in helping people with the management of conditions such as decreased muscle or bone density and balance issues which add to the risk of falling, a conference of New Zealand, Australian and International chiropractors in Auckland was told this week.

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Baby Carriers and Spinal Stress

Baby wearing can be very beneficial for both parent and child when used properly, however certain types of carriers and incorrect positioning can pose a risk to safety, health and optimal development.

A baby’s delicate growing spine needs to be carefully supported in the correct position for age and stage of development. Abnormal pressures or movements and especially forcing their spine into a position it is not ready for may adversely affect the development of spinal curves, interfere with normal motor skill development and neural integration. Parents also need to be aware of their own posture and ergonomics when carrying or wearing their baby to help prevent abnormal muscle tension and skeletal imbalance from a prolonged altered center of gravity.

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PURE WELLNESS – Become Resilient To Stress

How to go from ‘dis-stressed’ to ‘de-stressed’ with the help of herbs, nutrients and other lifestyle choices:

One of our “partners” at Pure Healthcare is the natural supplements company – Metagenics. We offer their “practitioner only” line of supplements along with selected other products to help you heal faster and achieve the level of health and wellness that you deserve. With the help of Metagenics, we are providing a series of articles that can help you to make informed decisions about your healthcare choices.

So, see the November issues article by clicking on the link below – enjoy the read.

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Baby Walkers and Children’s’ ‘Toe-Walking’ Syndrome May Lead to Posture Problems Warn Chiropractors

Even children who are otherwise healthy but who walk on their toes because of spending too much time in baby walkers may be setting themselves up for posture problems in later life, the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association warns following publication this month of a new study from Sweden.

According to the study to be published in the August issue of Pediatrics# as many as one in 20 children may predominantly walk on their toes in early childhood. The study points out that children who have developmental delays or neuropsychiatric disorders are more likely to walk on their toes.

But Dr Hayden Thomas, chiropractor and spokesperson for the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association explains: `Many healthy children also adopt this stance, which can lead to posture problems. Proper motor system integration is often upset by assisted walkers affecting the neuro-musculo-skeletal system. This jeopardises reflex integration and the development of higher neural function. We strongly advise against the use of baby walkers for New Zealand toddlers for this reason

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Netball Knee

“NETBALL KNEE” is a sports injury that is commonly seen in netball players, especially girls and women. However, it can occur in just about anyone. If you have had it, you know exactly how bad it feels. You usually have pain and swelling around your knee cap (patella). There is also often a strange “grinding” sensation in your knee-cap when it moves. Sometimes you can even feel and hear the grinding. The pain is worse with using stairs, squatting or jumping. It hurts with stopping quickly when running fast. So, as this is what a netball athlete does every game, this is a common injury seen in netball players. Medically this is known as ANTERIOR KNEE PAIN, PATELLO-FEMORAL SYNDROME, or CHONDROMALTIA PATELLAE. These are just fancy Latin medical words for “pain on the front of the knee”.

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Chiropractic May Reduce “Klutz Syndrome” Say NZ Researchers

Chiropractic care may have a role to play in improving proprioceptive function and assisting what researchers have dubbed ‘Klutz Syndrome’ according to researchers from the Centre for Chiropractic Research at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic, who are developing a clumsiness scale to identify people most in need of intervention

Proprioception is the ability of your brain to sense the relative position of your body parts in space and the ability to move your body accurately and precisely without having to look at what you are doing. Without accurate proprioception you would not be able to drive a car because you would have to look at what your arms and legs were doing.

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