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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 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 -
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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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Equestrian Sport and Rider Biomechanics
Victoria writes…… "I met Dr Cherye Roche at Pure Healthcare in Albany approximately two months ago and, boy, I am glad I did! I am one of NZ’s top dressage riders, and had been going to another excellent chiropractor who helped improve my posture and spine health. When my Chiropractor left the practice and Dr. Cherye Roche took over, I fervently resisted going to another chiropractor, as I was so happy with the one I had. Little did I know, this change would be groundbreaking for me in terms of my riding and performance.

I was accustomed to visiting my Chiropractor regularly for “the usual” aches and pains that cropped up every few weeks. However, on the 4th visit with Dr. Cherye, she told me that every time I came in to see her my right leg was at least 1 cm longer than my left. Furthermore, this was not because the bones of the right leg were longer, but rather that it was because my pelvis was twisting and tilting due to abnormal foot motion in my gait. She offered to do a gait analysis for me, so I agreed.

She showed me how my feet were asymmetrical and this caused a difference in the way I distributed weight in my feet when I walked, which in turn effected my whole posture, both in and out of the saddle. Cherye was more interested in how my biomechanics were going to effect my health long term, but I was more interested in how it was going to help me win! But to be fair, her concerns are very real, especially since my granddad was crippled by degradation of the spine, and bad biomechanics were a big factor.

So based on the gait analysis, using the GaitScan® system, custom orthotics were ordered. After a short time of adjusting to the orthotics my body started to change dramatically. I will never forget the first ride I had with a straight pelvis. It was amazing. I felt so in balance with the horse, the horse and I felt more at “one” and my aids and signals were getting through to the horse better. I could communicate with the horse more effectively, had far less losses of balance to correct and BEST of all …all of a sudden my posture was great with no effort from me. Suddenly, 30 years of being told to sit up and put my shoulders back resolved at last!

Dressage, and indeed any top level sport, is all about balance and symmetry, because without it you have no power or consistency. Dr. Cherye also explained to me that many of the top sports people in the world are talented not only because of things such as instinct, reaction time and co-ordination but also because they are naturally symmetrically balanced.

I highly recommend Cherye, and urge any top level or serious sports person to go and have a gait analysis to see if there are ways to improve your performance.” Victoria Wall

So – if you are someone who has been told that you have a postural problem, a leg length difference, a “twisted pelvis” or have some other imbalance in your posture or walking gait, give us a call. Or – go to my website and download the voucher for a 50% discount on a biomechanics exam and GaitScan analysis. If we can help you we will. If we can’t, we will let you know and help you find someone who can.



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Cherye Roche