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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Did your CONCUSSION injury also give you WHIPLASH?

Concussion has always been a serious injury and topic in sports and general health care. It is important to identify and treat concussion immediately and thoroughly. Sports medicine doctors are increasingly better equipped to attend to concussion, and as we now see on the televised rugby matches, players go off the pitch for a concussion evaluation immediately after a head knock.

The attitude toward concussion and the potentially serious long term effects have certainly changed in the last 10 years. The old attitude of shake it off/run off has been replaced with, play being stopped and players leaving the field to be assessed, and quite often not returning to play for even minor concussions

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Increasing the sucess rate of IVF

Acupuncture in relation to women’s reproduction has been researched vastly by clinical trials. They have revealed therapeutic mechanisms of enhancement to uterine receptivity by stimulating uterine blood flow (Stener-Victorin et al., 1996), promoting ovarian blood flow and reduction of ovarian cysts and volume (Lim & Wong, 2010), as well as helping other causes of infertility such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), without severe adverse effects (Stener-Victorin et al., 2000).

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Increase your chance of conception

A well-structured health care system is essential to improve health for New Zealanders. General practitioners (GPs) and midwives on the front line of the Primary Health Organization (PHO) receive approaches of 60% and 32%, respectively, by patients looking for fertility advice (New Zealand Ministry of Health, 2011). Should patients be directed to acupuncture at the first step of infertility treatment, it could save their time, energy and cost. Further, application of acupuncture in an IVF cycle by obstetricians and specialists will increase the success rate and avoid further repeated ongoing sessions after failure, therefore improve the quality of public fertility care in NZ.

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IN MY OPINION

The evidence is clear, and has recently been bolstered by a new US study from Baylor University. They investigated 2863 people and found that runners, regardless of the age were less likely to have knee pain and osteoarthritis.

Furthermore running may even help to prevent knee pain. This opinion is supported by findings from the American College of Rheumatology that added to mounting evidence that, if there are no pre-existing problems, running as a singular factor, is not a direct cause of osteoarthritis in the knees.

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3 Simple Steps To Drink More Water

Water has numerous benefits for both the body and the brain. Water cleanses the body of harmful chemicals and without the correct water consumption the body and bodily functions will deteriorate within a matter of days. Water hydrates the body inside and out. This is not the case with food, as most individuals can live for a week or two without food. This is evidence of the importance of water.

It is recommended to drink approximately a litre of water for every 25 kg of body weight. The age old myth of 8 cups of water has no scientific research to back it and is extremely vague.

Here are 3 simple steps to drinking more water…

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Sciatica Risk Runs in Families

The following research review article suggests that “sciatica” is caused by your genes. I would concur, however I would ask…”what is it about the genes and how they express that creates the “sciatic” symptoms?” In my opinion, the genes do not cause a spontaneous break down of the disc material, resulting in nerve pain down the leg. However, what the genes do dictate is the shape of the bones in your feet, legs, pelvis and spine. Just as your hands or eyes will look like one of your parents, the shape of your bones is also genetic. Therefore, if you have biomechanical faults in your feet that are due to the structure of the foot bones, then likely one of your relatives had the same biomechanical abnormality. This genetic alteration in bone shape, leads to altered joint function in the foot, which changes the biomechanical function of the whole lower extremity, pelvis and spine. So, if your elders have bunions, hammer toes, leg length inequality, low back pain, -and yes- “Sciatica”, then you may well have a tendency to suffer with this as well. Remember, an gram of prevention is worth a kilo of cure. Have a biomechanical assessment with The Gait Doctor, Dr. Cherye Roche, sooner than later to identify whether you are a candidate for Gait Scan analysis and custom orthotics to treat and prevent sciatica and other aches and pains in the joints that are often caused by faulty foot mechanics which your parents pass to you in your genes.

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Foods to keep you healthy

With Christmas and the silly season fast approaching our stress levels can rise and our diet can often be compromised with excess food and drink. We all want to be functioning at our stress free best while we have good weather and our loved ones around us, so why not pay a bit more attention to your nutritional requirements to help keep you functioning at your optimum.

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