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FORWARD HEAD POSTURE - WHAT IS IT? WHAT IS IT FROM?
The most common postural distortion we experience today is Forward Head Posture (FHP). Lifestyle factors are one of the largest causes of FHP. We are living in a forward-facing world ~ the repetitive use of computers, TV, video games, ‘smart’ phones and even backpacks contribute to this unhealthy posture. FHP often starts in childhood and can typically begin after some type of trauma. It is exacerbated through adulthood from poor ergonomics, repetitive computer use and looking down at mobile phones.
Initial causes include:
Motor vehicle accidents
Falls from bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, and high places
The traumas may be considered minor at the time, but can cause spinal misalignments that heal improperly, setting the stage for a progressive forward head posture and poor postural health. Chiropractic adjustments may help and correct these spinal misalignments.
Rene Cailliet, the former Director of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Director at U.S.C., has done extensive research into the area of posture and he states that “your body follows the head…your head held in a forward position can pull your entire body out of line.” Cailliet has research showing FHP can reduce a person’s lung capacity by 30%; the gastrointestinal system is affected by the upper cervical tension, especially the large intestine.
Also with FHP, the body can become rigid and stiff, and the entire ranges of motion are affected. This can also lead to decrease in endorphin production which then increases overall pain and discomfort affecting the health and mood of the person.
THE SPECIFICS OF FHP
Imagine carrying a bowling ball around your head. That is the average weight of an adult head. Ideally, your head should sit directly over your shoulders. And although we take it for granted, we are constantly challenged to hold it up because of the effects of gravity. Think of how your head drops when you are falling asleep sitting up in a chair.
With FHP, for every inch your head is forward over your shoulders, it increases the physical stress at the base of your neck and across your shoulders by 10 times. So, if your head weighs 10 pounds, and your head is 3 inches forward, that’s 30 pounds of stress in your upper back! The neck and shoulders have to carry this weight all day, and it is made worse by working on computers, reading for prolonged periods, playing video games, etc. The neck and upper back muscles are in a constant state of contraction. This can result in muscle strain, aching neck pain, headaches, pinched nerves, numbness and tingling in arms and hands, low back pain, TMJ disorders, and multiple other problems. FHP has also been shown to flatten and sometimes reverse the normal neck curve, causing spinal disc compression, which may result in spinal degeneration and other spinal damage.
If you are suffering from FHP, you should be examined by a chiropractor who can evaluate your spine to check for any misalignments which may be causing the improper posture. Other simple things that you can do to help improve are correcting the ergonomics at work, home, school or in the car ~ checking to make sure that you are sitting straight, not hunching over a computer or slouching in your car seat. When you are actually aware of the problem, it is easier to identify things that are contributing to it.
When you have a cut or bruise on your leg, it usually heals itself quickly - How Amazing!
However, if we are not careful, it can fester, become infected and give us pain.
Pain is our body’s signal to us that it needs help. With a cut leg the course of action is obvious. But what about tiny, invisible wounds that we can’t see, which are happening inside our bodies all the time?
What do YOU do when a subtle message of pain appears?
Too many of us reach for the nearest chemical ‘pain reliever’, when we could be doing something better to support our health and healing. Sadly, because most people do not trust or know how to embrace “Self-Care”, there are internal wounds festering and contributing to the ill health of millions of people around the world. And the vast majority of them will become customers (and victims) of the pharmaceutical industry.
Our bodies are being damaged inside, invisible and mercilessly, by toxic chemical reactions. Toxic chemical additives and hazardous wastes in our air, water and food supplies will continue to pervade our living and working environments. These toxins are returning to us in everything we eat, drink and breathe. Thankfully much of the internal damage they do heals automatically, like that cut on our leg. However when our body is not adequately nourished it can’t neutralise and expel these poisons fast enough. They build up in our body, and so does the invisible damage they do. Toxic build up can severely damage our immune system and lead to disease.
A body that is toxic is like a cut with dirt in it. It is contaminated and may not heal properly. It needs to be cleaned and given the nutrients it needs to detoxify and rebuild and heal itself. Many of us have already recognised the fact of life and have altered our lifestyles to avoid as many chemicals as possible. Some of us have also recognised this fact of health and are being more careful about nutrients that can help our body detox – and rebuild our immune system.
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I am a huge fan of personal growth and development, so reading books that cover these topics is very enjoyable to me. A friend of mine recommended a book to me, “How Would Love Respond?” by Kurek Ashley, that I first read in the early months of 2009. I was fortunate to have seen Kurek speak in Brisbane a couple of years ago, and even got him to sign the book for me. He is an excellent speaker, motivator and is full of life.
Recently, I was at a chiropractic seminar with my team from Hillarys Chiropractic in Brisbane. Kurek Ashley was there speaking to the chiropractic congress and I was reminded of different principles in the book. I decided it was a good time to re-read “How Would Love Respond?” and see what resonated in me this time.
I’d like to share some points from the book and encourage you to read it so that you too can enjoy the benefits in your own life.
One of the first pages of the book before it starts reads, “Your mind is like a parachute. It works much better when it’s open!” – How true this statement is, and that is where we can change our life so much. Things like social or family conditioning can cause our minds to ‘not be free’. Awareness of this is the key – the first step in creating change. There are several examples of Kurek’s personal journey, and the fact of the matter is, “we all have a story.” We are sitting here today as a result of the life experiences we had. There are no accidents. We have choices on which perspective to believe this to be true – choosing to look at it from a positive view or a negative view. We have that power to choose, whether you believe this or not. By learning how to access this power, there are ways to open the mind and keep it open. Keeping it open is even more important, because old patterns and old behaviours can creep up and get in the way.
Chapter 1 of “How Would Love Respond?”
“Life Doesn’t Turn Out The Way It Should” – Kurek Ashley shares his amazing story in detail of his life-changing experience. We have them in different times, different forms, different places with different people – SEE’s (Significant Emotional Events) that literally change your life. I’ll leave Kurek’s personal story described in Chapter 1 for the reading in the book – don’t want to spoil any of the details, but the messages and summary is this:
“Trust in the fact that there are no accidents and that there is something in this book that you’re searching for in your life. And even if you don’t yet know what it is you’re searching for or maybe you didn’t even know that you are searching, have faith that it will be revealed to you, and that’s why you chose this book.”
Usually, circumstances and events don’t appear or reveal themselves for what they truly are until later. Knowing what questions and thoughts to form around those events can make the biggest difference in the evolution of your life.
A question Kurek mentioned that is a good habit to form,
“What’s great about this?”
Even in the midst of what can appear ‘total disaster’ or chaos, or devastation, there will be positive aspects in some form, we just have to look at the whole picture. I find this an excellent tool that I intentionally try to incorporate into my life when things may not appear as bright as they seem.
Stay tuned for the next blog post, where I will share some more points from the book.
May you have a most outstanding day!
As one of my greatest mentors, Dr John Demartini says, “Do what you love, love what you do” – this has been what I live by and where my greatest inspiration comes from. As a young child, I remember going in and out of doctor’s offices practically every other day. I suffered from chronic ear infections, chronic throat infections and several different allergies. I was prescribed several different medications, trying to find solutions to my problems. I also went for allergy shots in my arms regularly and was scheduled for grommets/tubes in the ears and for a tonsillectomy. My mother had a bad experience with a chiropractor several years prior (before I was born) and therefore had a very negative opinion of chiropractic. It took a family friend over a year to convince her to take me to a chiropractor that she highly recommended. Well, that was the moment that changed my life forever. I was one of the miracle type cases that responded straightaway, and instead of just alleviating my symptoms, the cause was dealt with specifically and most importantly, naturally. The chiropractor found misalignments in my spine, called vertebral subluxation complexes that was causing interference in my nervous system. To this day, I still have my tonsils, did not have the grommets put in, and don’t have any allergies. At 9 years old, I decided that I wanted to help people through chiropractic the way chiropractic has helped me. I consider myself extremely fortunate, as I have been able to live my dream, my true passion and inspiration through my chosen profession. I truly love what I do and do what I love. For that, I am truly grateful.
I was speaking with a group of people over the weekend, and I’ve come to realise that there are people who still share a few untruths about chiropractic. Let me share these 2 myths primarily, and shed some light on these topics:
“Chiropractic care is only for back pain.”
This is just not so. Chiropractic care can benefit a wide variety of health problems that stem from the spine and nervous system. Old injuries, everyday wear and tear, stress (emotional, physical, mental) or repetitive daily activities can contribute to the spinal bones (vertebrae) losing their proper position and/or motion. This dysfunction of spinal joints may cause pain and nerve interference in one or more areas of the body. Any type of dysfunction of these spinal joints can be a source of irritation to the nervous system.
“Chiropractic care is either rough, painful, dangerous, or all three!”
I would like to share with you that there are alternatives to what would be considered mainstream manual chiropractic techniques. There are several other low-force, gentle, safe techniques that would be an alternative, yet with health benefits.
One of the main techniques on instrument adjusting is the Activator Method Chiropractic Technique (AMCT). The Activator Method uses an activator instrument. An activator instrument is a hand-held instrument designed to give the patient a very specific, low-force adjustment. The activator instrument delivers a controlled, light and fast thrust without causing undue strain to patients. The activator adjustments are so quick and controlled, that the body’s muscles are less likely to resist, allowing for a more precise and exact adjustment. It’s so gentle and it is actually relaxing.
Another technique involves an instrument called the Impulse Instrument. This is an electric powered instrument that offers specific, low-force adjustment to the affected area. This instrument offers all of the benefits associated with the Activator instrument.
Perhaps there is an ankle or wrist, hip or shoulder, or hand or foot that may need an adjustment. There are bones and joints in these areas as well that can benefit from an adjustment by a chiropractor. This may not be well known either as chiropractors can be streamlined as “back doctors” only.
Conditions that have been helped through chiropractic care include, but not limited to:
Pain between the shoulders
Pain associated with arms & legs
Pain associated with Pregnancy
I hope this sheds some light on the 2 very common myths associated with chiropractic. Have you had an experience with ‘instrument adjusting’? Activator or Impulse? Are you aware of the health benefits that can be obtained through chiropractic care? Comments welcome…
Happy 2010! It sure has gotten off to a very fast start. I feel like it just rolled in and we’re getting ready to turn the page on the calendar to February. One of the most significant things that has happened in my life as a female chiropractor, is the 2 new chiropractors that have joined my team at Hillarys Chiropractic.
When The Teacher Is Ready, The Student Appears
I have taken on a mentoring role in the practice with 2 new associate chiropractors. They are both vibrant, enthusiastic and eager to learn. I am committed to assisting them while they embrace and develop into being the best chiropractors that they can be. With the experience and wisdom of my years in practice, I plan to share and nurture that chiropractic spirit in them to love, give and serve the patients to the best of their ability.
When the Student Is Ready, The Teacher Appears
One of the new mentorees has been a wellness patient of mine for many years. His understanding of the chiropractic paradigm and commitment to helping people is from the heart. The other mentoree I had the pleasure of meeting through the other, as they went through the chiropractic course together. His heart and commitment matches the core values, mission, vision statement of our practice.
Mentoring is a mutually beneficial relationship that involves a more experienced person helping a less experienced person to achieve their goals.
Mentoring provides a unique opportunity to contribute to a student’s career development by sharing knowledge you have acquired through years of experience.
- focuses on the needs of the person being mentored
- fosters caring and supportive relationships within the workplace
- encourages the person being mentored to develop to their optimum potential
As a mentor, the role is one that instructs, helps and guides another in the process of gaining knowledge, understanding and skills. I want to take this a step further – pointing to something that is already present in the student. It is like teaching someone to have shoulders. You can’t really teach someone who already has shoulders, to have shoulders. However, you can make them more aware of the shoulders they already have.
A mentoring relationship is usually where one wiser and more experienced person assists another person to grow and learn. Humans from the beginning of time have learned norms, values and behaviours by the example and coaching of others.
New adaptations of mentoring allows individuals to interact as colleagues in a helping relationship, on a more equal basis which can cultivate growth and learning to mutual benefit.
Experience, skills and a genuine desire to help are more valuable assets in a mentoring relationship than age or position. Open and assertive communication and the trust of both parties are essential.
Benefits to the Practice
• Greater productivity
• Discovery of talent
• Development of leadership for future survival and prosperity
• Communication of values, goals and plans
• Increase in morale and motivation
• Demonstration of personal and professional standards
• Achievement of excellent service
• Implementation of equity initiatives
• Fostering of shared values and team work
• Enhancement of leadership and people management skills
• Revitalised energy
• Increase in staff satisfaction
• Building a learning organisation
Benefits to the Mentoree
• Development of potential
• Increased knowledge about the practice
• Flexibility – Mentorees negotiate with their mentors to work within available time and other commitments
• Self directed learning – Mentorees choose specific learning objectives
• Give and receive feedback
• Receive encouragement and support to achieve goals
• Develop new networks
• Develop new and/or different perspectives
• Get assistance with ideas
• Demonstrate strengths and explore potential
• Develop visibility within or outside an organisation
• Be challenged to use talents and share expertise
• Develop and increase self confidence
Benefits to the Mentor
• Obtain a greater understanding of the barriers experienced at lower levels of the practice
• Enhance their own skills in coaching, counselling, listening and modelling
• The sense of being needed and recognised professionally
• Develop and practise a more personal style of leadership
• Gain additional recognition and respect
• Learn new perspectives and approaches
• Contribute something to others in the organisation
• Extend professional networks
• Demonstrate expertise and share knowledge
Both partners in the mentoring relationship benefit. Learning must be a lifelong process and one of the most effective ways to learn is to assist in the development of others. The best teachers learn much from their students, counsellors constantly learn from clients and partners in any successful relationship grow and develop along the way.
I look forward to our journey ahead, and trust that all will benefit in many forms.
One common cause of pain down the leg or leg pain is Piriformis syndrome. Piriformis syndrome is named after the piriformis muscle. The piriformis muscle is located in the lower part of the spine (sacrum), connects to the thighbone (femur), and assists in hip rotation. The sciatic nerve runs beneath the piriformis muscle. This muscle is susceptible to injury from a slip and fall, hip arthritis, or a difference in leg length. Such situations can cause cramping and spasm to develop in the piriformis muscle, thereby pinching the sciatic nerve – causing inflammation and pain.
Muscle spasms and/or contraction of the piriformis muscle itself can lead to pain along the back of the thigh, down to the knee, causing a possible loss of sensation or numbness and tingling in the sole of the foot. The piriformis syndrome can often mimic the well known complaint known as sciatica. Because of the similar symptoms, it is often misdiagnosed as sciatica. The main difference between sciatica and piriformis syndrome is the cause. What both of these complaints have in common is that both can produce pain, and/or numbness and tingling below the knee and into the foot.
This has been the ‘special of the week’ in my practice. It can be left or right, depending on the activity that can irritate the area.
Who Does This Affect?
Many athletes are prone to piriformis syndrome. The athlete’s cause is primarily due to improper stretching and warm-up exercises as well as overuse during activity. In this case it is most likely that the piriformis muscle is irritated and usually in spasm.
People who spend long hours sitting are prone to this syndrome. It can be from sitting at a desk, in front of a computer, students, riding in a car or truck for long periods of time, and sitting on a wallet.
People who sit for extended periods of time, especially with poor posture are prone to the piriformis being irritated.
What Causes Piriformis Syndrome?
The primary cause is due to tightness and contracture of the piriformis muscle. In this case the piriformis muscle is shortened and does not allow for the smooth movement of the sciatic nerve during leg motion.
The causes of piriformis myospasm are varied such as overuse, excessive fast walking without proper warm up and stretching, prolonged sitting.
Treatment for Piriformis Syndrome
As for treatment of piriformis syndrome, many variables can hinder your successful recovery: including but not limited to smoking, obesity, job limitations and improper exercise (not warming up and stretching). It is very rare to have a piriformis syndrome from a one-off direct trauma to the area.
Any treatment plan must include stretching of the gluteal muscles as well as stretching of the piriformis muscles.
Chiropractors can assist you by recommending the proper exercises and stretches to perform. Many Chiropractors may also suggest some form of muscle therapy to the piriformis muscle in the gluteal region in order to assist in relaxing these muscles.
Relevant adjustments to the spine, pelvis, sacrum as well as hip may be required to relieve the pressure from the nerve being trapped from the piriformis muscle.
The sciatic nerves are the largest and longest nerves of the body, about the size of your thumb in diameter. Each of the two sciatic nerves is formed by four or five nerves branching off the spinal cord and running down the back of each leg. Sciatica is a severe pain in the leg caused from compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve.
What Causes Sciatica?
Pain is caused when the sciatic nerve roots are irritated, scraped, twisted, stretched or pinched as they exit the spine. Causes of this may be chemical, physical or the emotional stress of everyday living. A full-blown sciatic flare-up can involve the entire sciatic nerve path resulting in symptoms of lower back pain, burning, cramping or numbness that radiates into the thighs, legs, ankles, feet and toes. Pain may also be limited to various points along the nerve such as the buttocks, knee and calf.
One of the major causes of sciatica is the Vertebral Subluxation Complex. This can be associated with or without disc problems. It can be accompanied by the bulging or herniation of the discs which separate each spinal bone. This can irritate or put pressure on the sciatic nerve roots as they leave the spinal cord. The result can be an intense pain shooting down either or both legs. Other possible causes are pregnancy and childbirth, tumours, and non-spinal disorders such as diabetes, constipation, or sitting on one’s back pocket wallet.
Can Chiropractic Help?
Sciatica (like other health problems that can be traced to the spine) often responds dramatically to the restoration of normal spinal function through chiropractic care.
The chiropractic approach is to use carefully directed and controlled “adjustments” to remove the interference from spinal and associated structures. These chiropractic adjustments can be very effective in reducing nerve irritation and pain that is associated with it.
Sometimes the cause of sciatica is beyond the scope of chiropractic care. If this is the case, your chiropractor will refer you to the appropriate specialist.