EDUCATION  AND ADVICE

Squat vs Hip Thrust? What to do?

Here is a cool small study looking at the effects on hip thrust exercise vs squatting on sprint time, vertical and horizontal jumping. When you look at the two movements below you could see how the hip thrust movement would involve a little more hip extension...

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What Hamstring Exercise Should I do?

With football season well and truly underway, I thought it would be great to share with you this paper looking at the effectiveness of the different hamstring exercises. I recommend working out two thing first before applying what we learn in this paper. 1 – Why...

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Is Running Good for the Spine?

In our last blog article we looked at a little bit of evidence suggesting running is good for your joints. Is this the same for our lower back?  The most common lower back injury is a strain to the intervertebral discs more commonly terms a “bulging disc”. In a...

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Does Running Harm You?

There has been ongoing debate about whether running long distances is good for you or does it cause repetitive damage to our joints leading to osteo-arthritis. Some recent research has shed some light on the subject. A review in the Journal of the American Osteopathic...

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Knuckle Cracking and Arthritis

One of the most common questions we get asked is, “What’s that cracking sound?” The “cracking” or “cavitation” of joint occurs when a joint is separated. The separation of the joint reduces the pressure in the joint in which...

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What Does An Adjustment Do? – Part 2

You may not know this but when you get adjusted it provides better control and movement to your body. There are local effects that occur such as freeing up the joints and local muscles that move you. We looked recently at an article which saw an improvement of the...

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What does a chiropractic adjustment do? Part 1

In a recent blog article we cited an article published online in the Journal SPINE. It found an adjustment to be more effective in reducing pain than a common anti-inflammatory tablet such as Voltaren. This may come as no surprise to the many of our patients who come...

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Chronic Pain = Less Brain

A study in 2004 used MRI to look at the brains of those suffering with chronic back pain. Interestingly, they found a 5-11% decrease in grey matter volume. Grey matter is essentially brain cells with a wide range of functions. The decreased volume was related to pain...

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Multifidus Fatty Infiltration on MRI

In the first two blog articles we talked about the muscle Multifidus and its importance in spinal stability and decreasing low back pain. We have come across some great research1 which helps visualise the adaptive change that occurs during low back pain. The...

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So how can I get my multifidus going?

Last blog we talked about the Multifidus muscle.  It is responsible for supporting the stability of our spine.  We also talked about the way in which it switches off with our slouching sitting postures. 1  In this blog are a few tips on how we can strengthen this...

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“I was just bending over …”

How often do we hear this: ‘I was just bending over…’ ‘I only picked up my granddaughter…’ ‘We drove to Melbourne and when I got out of the car my back went out!” The answer is we hear this way too often…which is why this topic has made it onto to...

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