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By : Avish Sharma – Ostopathic Practitioner – Pure Healthcare Albany
Take a deep, full breath. Now take another. Do you notice, as you breath in and out, your shoulders rise and fall. Now take another deep breath and this time notice, that you are not consciously contracting the muscles that lift your shoulders. This movement, the rising and falling of your shoulders, ribs, collar bone and shoulder blades are all as natural as the breath itself. Now, breathe again, and appreciate that the muscles that lift your shoulders and chest, extend all the way up in to your neck and the base of your skull. Therefore breathing with your neck, chest and shoulder muscles that are out of balance, can even give you a headache!
Hi, I’m Dr. Jason Berry a chiropractor at Pure Healthcare, with a special interest in working with athletes to not only treat sports injuries but to improve sports performance. In my years of working with athletes at various levels one of the most common injuries seen would have to be Ilio-tibial band (ITB) syndrome, which is generally characterised by pain down the outside of one or both legs, between the hip and the knee.
Firstly at bit anatomy, the ITB is essentially an extension of the Tensor Fasciae Lata muscle, which attaches from the crest of the ilium to the outside of the knee, and functions to control hip movement and stabilise the outside of the knee.
Winter means hockey. The best way to stay on the pitch and win, is to remain injury free. Prevention is way better than treatment. Here is a great tip to keep you on the pitch
The role good quality footwear cannot be understated. However, sometimes, good boots are just not enough. Performance and injury prevention are often dependent on controlling your foot biomechanics inside the boots. Custom foot orthotics, prescribed by Dr Cherye Roche, uniquely for your feet, using the GaitScan System®, and designed specifically to fit inside your hockey boots, can have a significant impact on your game performance, and reduce your risk of injury?
Hi, I’m Dr Jason Berry, doctor of chiropractic at Pure Healthcare. In the light of depression being such a big topic at the moment, I decided to blog to increase awareness about the link between back pain and depression. Many people are unaware of the relationship between back pain and depression, until they are in the depths of depression, and it just seems a never-ending cycle.
Sufferers of chronic back pain, and those going through relapses of back pain, are those most likely to develop pain related depression. According to experts, depression is not a risk factor for everyone with back pain. But if you have severe or long-lasting back pain, then you might need to be concerned about your mental health as well as your physical health. Healthcare experts in this field agree that major depression is thought to be four times greater in people with chronic back pain than the general population.
Do you suffer with pain, numbness, or tingling in the palmar surface of your thumb, index and middle finger?
Do you feel it worse at night?
Do you experience general clumsiness of your hand, or difficulty in gripping with your thumb and index finger?
Then you may have 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 chiropractic we become specialists in treating musculoskeletal problems of the spine as well as the extremities, which includes shoulders, elbows and wrists, as well as knees, ankles and feet. I am writing this article as I often hear “Oh, I didn’t know chiropractors dealt with wrist pain”, or “I really wish I hadn’t had surgery because there has been very little improvement in my symptoms”.