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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Is your posture causing your headache / migraine?

Your Mum and Nana were very concerned about your posture; remember their advice?… “Sit up straight, Don’t slouch”… and now as we sit using our smart dvices… – “put that device away, it will ruin your posture”. These are all too familiar expressions of concern that we have heard from early childhood right through to our adult lives, and perhaps there is indeed wisdom to be appreciated from Mum and Nana.

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Eczema: 5 Common Mistakes

Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a condition that is rather familiar in New Zealand. Up to 20% of Kiwi kids are affected by it, and adults to a lesser degree.

It is itchy. It is painful. It is annoying. It can be an excruciating, traumatic, and debilitating experience. I know, because I have been there myself. I also know that you can end up being stuck in a vicious cycle of steroids and antibiotics, which often provides temporary relief, but the eczema comes back with a vengeance. Then you decide to go all natural. But Dr. Google has over 600,000 solutions to your problem. What do you do now? Where do you start? What information can you trust?

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Can Acupuncture Help Treat Your Running Injury?

Sports injuries are injuries that typically occur while participating in organized sports, competitions, training sessions, or organized fitness activities. These injuries may occur for a variety of reasons, including improper training, lack of appropriate footwear or safety equipment.
The injuries are of two general types. The first type is called an acute traumatic injury. These injuries usually involve a single blow from a single application of force, like getting a cross-body block in football. The second type of sports injury is called an overuse or chronic injury. Chronic injuries are those that happen over a period of time. Chronic injuries are usually the result of repetitive training, such as running, overhand throwing, or serving a ball in tennis.

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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 your head from side to side, and your neck really hurts, then it’s definitely time to see a chiropractor to sort out your neck pain.

There are a few things you can try at home to help manage the pain until you can get an appointment to see your chiropractor.

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Get Relief from a stiff neck

Improve your range of movement, headaches and tension with a beneficial massage from Sian at Pure Healthcare.

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 proven to help the ‘pain in the neck’ (no, I am not talking about your kids or that annoying co-worker) and improve the range of movement and overall feeling of better wellbeing.

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Getting moving after whiplash

Whiplash results when the soft tissues (the muscles and ligaments), and joints of your neck extend beyond their typical range of motion. This is usually because of a rapid movement backward and then forward, from a car accident or even a “simple fall”. In many cases, the symptoms might not be apparent for the first 24 hours following the incident, and may take a few days to develop.

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Natural care & prevention of sports / fitness injuries

1.“A gram of prevention is worth a kilo of cure”. See a qualified practitioner, with experience in assessing sport / fitness injuries, for a pre-participation examination. This should include;

A review your medical and sports / fitness injury history
A biomechanical screening, including functional movement testing**
A review of your footwear and other equipment (i.e.- bike fit)
At Pure Healthcare, our practitioners have extensive training in assessment and specific diagnosis of neuro-musculo-skeletal problems. The common injuries that we see that we can effectively treat and prevent include;

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Back to school Tip 1 # Buying School Shoes

When buying school shoes, parents should choose:

The right time of day to buy shoes. Feet spread and swell during the day, so the afternoon is the best time of day to go shopping.
The right fitting shoes. Make sure your child’s foot is fully extended (no toe-scrunching) and measure while your child is standing. Allow ½ inch between your child’s longest toe and the edge of the shoe, and make sure your shoes aren’t too tight or too loose, as both cause problems.
A shoe with a non-slip or patterned sole to minimize the risk of slipping. Soles should be flexible but durable and thick enough to prevent injury.

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Back to school Tip 2 # Backpack Fit

An incorrect size backpack or a poorly fitting backpack can have a huge impact on your child’s health. At most a child’s backpack should be no more than 10% of their body weight. A backpack that is too heavy or the incorrect size will cause unnecessary joint pain.

Symptoms of wearing too heavy a backpack:

Pain in the back, shoulders, neck and hands
Strained and weakened muscles
Tingling and pain in the arms
Poor posture & curved spine

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