Melbourne Chiropractors & Massage Therapists

Do I need to book appointments in advance?

At Wellbeing Chiropractic we have a ‘no waiting’ policy, which means you can always be seen when you need us.  That being said, we do recommend calling ahead so we can schedule a time for you for convenience

 

Below are our four practice locations and availability:

Hoppers Crossing

4 Pentlowe St Hoppers Crossing

03 9974 6966

Mon-Fri 9.30am-7.30pm

Sat 8am-1pm Sat Evening – By appointment

Sunday – By appointment

 

 

Hawthorn

365 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, 3122

03 9882 7135

Mon-Thurs 9.30-7.30

Friday 7.30-12.30

Saturday 8-12  – Sat Evening – By appointment

Sunday – 10-1 and By appointment

 

Pakenham

40 Main St Pakenham 3810

03 5940 4760

Mon-Fri 9.30am-7.30pm

Sat 8am-1pm – Sat Evening – By appointment

Sunday – By appointment

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May Chiropractic benefit Attention deficit disorder patients in anyway?

ADHD or ADD is characterized by symptoms including inattention, hyperactivity and impulsive behaviours and have been linked to problems in learning, behaviour and emotions. Attention deficit disorders has now been suggested to affect at least 1 out of every 10 Australian children aged 6-17yrs.

 

The exact cause of ADHD/ADD remains unknown however scientific literature indicates a possible connection with alterations in proper nervous system development/function. Historical treatment has focused on stimulant medications, however with all medications there are side effect risks which must be taken into account prior to administration. Typical side effects range from reduced appetite, sleeping problems, anxiety, general irritability, stomach pain, headaches and tics.

Chiropractic benefit Attention

Several investigations have been carried out to distinguish whether Chiropractic management may play a role in improving symptoms of attention deficit disorders. One highlighted study compared two groups of twelve children all categorised as demonstrating signs of attention deficit disorder. One group received typical stimulant medication while the other received Chiropractic treatment. The Chiropractic care group demonstrated improvements in both hyperactivity, attentiveness as well as gross & fine motor control. It was noted in the stimulant group that over half the children exhibited signs of further personality changes, loss of appetite and insomnia.

 

The study concluded that Chiropractic care was 20-40% more effective than medical therapies.

 

***Chiropractic care should not be considered as the only option for treatment for ADD, we only offer this as an alternative and recommend seeking further medical advice relating to the condition.This study provided lacks quality evidence and further reading is advised***

 

References

Brozozowske, W.T., Walton, E.V. (1980). The effect of Chiropractic treatment on students with learning and behavioural impairments resulting from neurological dysfunction. Journal of Australian Chiropractic Association, 11(8); 11 – 17

what may Chiropractic do for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an umbrella term for asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema, which are serious conditions that limit airflow into the lungs. The prevalence of COPD is estimated to vary from 6-19% worldwide and is expected to be the 3rd leading cause of death. It has been reported that Australia is relatively high compared to international standards with approximately 10% of children and adults regularly suffering symptoms. The use of spinal manipulation in the management of COPD is becoming a common form of treatment with studies showing improvements in breathlessness, difficulty breathing and exercise capacity. The most recent studies show significant results for manipulation in conjunction with soft tissue massage and exercise programs. It’s believed this may increase the  expansion of the rib cage allowing increased respiratory volume. These findings have been reproduced by a recent systematic literature review by Wearing et al that found chiropractic manipulation to be effective in the treatment of COPD.

 

Furthermore, one study consisting of eighty-one children who all participated in chiropractic management were asked to self-report their asthma related impairment before and following treatment. Significant improvements were noted following treatment including 90.1% overall lessening of symptoms, 30.9% voluntarily reduced medication dosages and 44.9% reported a reduce in the rate of attacks.

 

However, despite the quality of evidence being high, there are few articles showing the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment for COPD which has resulted in the need for further research. Therefore, chiropractic treatment may offer symptomatic relief from these serious, progressive and debilitating conditions.

 

References

Graham, RL & Pistolese RA (1997). Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, Vol. 1, No. 4.

 Wearing, J., Beaumont, S., Forbes, D., Brown, B. and Engel, R. (2016). The Use of Spinal Manipulative Therapy in the Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Systematic Review. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 22(2), pp.108-114.

chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

May Chiropractic help with my Child’s Bed Wetting?

Bed wetting is a normal occurrence for majority of young children, however after the age of 4-5yrs children normal bladder control should be established.

 

During spinal development, the sacrum and coccyx begin as separate segments until they fuse during pubertal years. One possible explanation for bed wetting is that during these developmental years, misalignment of one or more of these segments may occur affecting nerve supply to not only the bladder but other organs. With alterations in the normal input to the bladder and other organs it may facilitate an inability to establish normal bladder control, therefore leading to bedwetting. Chiropractic adjustments to this area of the spine has an anecdotal history (and increasing scientific) of being effective.

 

One hundred and seventy one children who were all noted as suffering nighttime bedwetting (an average of seven per week) underwent specific Chiropractic management. At the end of the study, 15.5% of these children were considered now “dry” sleepers with a significant change in their night time habits. As well as this, across the sample group average “wet” nights reduced from seven to four.

 

***This is only one research paper on the matter and is not outlining possible negative or average responses to Chiropractic Care and Bed Wetting. Further high quality research should be read to gain a valid insight in the efficacy of this treatment***

 

References

LeBoeuf, C., Brown, P., Herman, A., Leembruggen, K., Walton, D., Crisp, T.C (1991). Chiropractic care of children with nocturnal enuresis: A prospective outcome study. The Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics, 14(2); 110 – 115

Child's Bed Wetting

What are possible benefits from Chiropractic treatment for Bell’s Palsy patients?

Bell’s Palsy is a condition that sees sufferers unable to control the muscles of the face. There are numerous suggested causes, however most often it is considered the inflammatory processes affecting the nerves that supply these muscles in the face may cause weakness or paralysis. Symptoms of Bell’s Palsy include: facial dropping, inability to make facial expressions ie smiling or frowning, facial weakness, ptosis (drooping eyelid), muscle twitches and drooling.

 

Anecdotal evidence demonstrates a possible link between Chiropractic management and resolution of Bell’s Palsy symptoms. A particular case study presented a 47-yr old female who was managed with Chiropractic adjustments to the neck and mid thoracic spine over 9-weeks. Prior to treatment the woman suffered right sinus pressure & congestion, poor facial tone and right sided facial tingling. Following treatment, a 90% improvement in symptoms was indicated.

 

***Being a case study it lacks quality. Higher quality, peer reviewed RCT’s need to be conducted to gain an adequate insight on Chiropractic involvement in helping relieve symptoms of Bell’s Palsy***

 

References

Cotton, B.A (2011). Chiropractic care of a 47yr old woman with chronic Bells Palsy: A case study. The Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. 10(4); 288 – 293

Bell’s Palsy

What Chiropractic may do for you if you have had a Birth Trauma?

Parents often ask why a newborn should be checked by a Chiropractor. Simply put, even under normal circumstances pregnancy and delivery can be an extremely strenuous event for not only the mother but also her newborn.

 

Intrauterine constraint, abnormal fetal positioning and spinal distress from delivery can cause structural changes in the neck, mid back and pelvis so it’s important to check newborns as early as possible to ensure their spine and nervous system develops properly. Combine this with the possible use of operative devices such as forceps and vacuum extractions it’s no wonder so many children develop chronic neck and other spinal issues during early development.

 

A particular case study examined over one thousand two hundred infants a week following birth. It was noted that over 95% not only had some form of spinal misalignment but also had cervical (neck) strain. Following gentle and specific spinal adjustments, improvements were noted in sleep as well as muscle relaxation.

 

***As this quote reference is a case study, it should be understand that further high quality, randomised and controlled evidence should be conducted to gain an adequate insight in the the effectiveness of chiropractic care on patients following birth trauma***

 

References

Fryman, V.M. (1992). Effect of osteopathic medical management on neurologic development in children. JAOA, 92; 729

Birth Trauma

What are potential benefits of seeing a Chiropractor if you have had a Breech Presentation?

A breech presentation is relatively unknown and is characterized as the baby entering the birth canal feet or buttock first instead of head first. This can present numerous difficulties during delivery and result in C-section delivery. As indicated by years of research, Chiropractic management throughout pregnancy has many benefits.

The mother’s body undergoes many changes during pregnancy, most obvious being weight gain, change in centre of gravity, postural and gait pattern changes. These factors and others ultimately change the function and position of the pelvis and spine. Chiropractic management of the pelvis and spine during pregnancy assists with relaxing supporting muscles and ligaments and therefore promotes normal baby positioning within the uterus, reducing the risk of breech presentations.

 

A misconception is that Chiropractic is not safe during pregnancy. Chiropractic is completely safe and essential to ensuring that the mother’s body is functioning as best as possible. Research has indicated reduced labour times and reduced need for pain medications during delivery. Speak with our doctors about more interesting research findings!

 

***Despite this being well published evidence, it lacks proper randomisation and quality. Other forms of studies need to be evaluated to obtain a better understanding of how Chiropractic care may aid in post pregnancy complications***

seeing a Chiropractor if you have had a Breech Presentation

 

References

The effect of Chiropractic treatment on pregnancy and labour. A comprehensive study. Proceedings of the World Federation of Chiropractic. (1991). 24-31

Freitag, P. (1987). Expert testimony of Frietag, P. MD PhD, Comparing the results of two neighbouring hospitals, US District Court, Northern Illinois, Eastern Division.

How may Chiropractic treatment help improve Brain Function and Emotional Health?

In the modern era many of us live highly stressful lifestyles and both short and long-term stress can be very detrimental to our overall health and wellbeing, particularly affecting our emotional and mental states. As well as this, stress has been linked to problems including chronic pain, sleep disturbance, anxiety and depression. So can Chiropractic play a role in relieving or assisting those who suffer stress?Chiropractic treatment help improve Brain Function

 

A particular study examined brain activity before and after Chiropractic care to the cervical (neck) spine. The investigation consisted of five hundred individuals. It was concluded that adjustments to the cervical spine resulted in alterations in brain activity and therefore may play a role in reducing stress as well as other health problems.

 

***This viewpoint is not demising any other medical/alternative profession and saying Chiropractic care is the only option. Our team at Wellbeing Chiropractic, and the research shows that there are many ways to improve brain function if you do not wish to try Chiropractic care***

 

References

Carrick, F.R (1997). Changes in brain function after manipulation of the cervical spine. The Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics, 20(8); 529 – 545

How may Chiropractic benefit you whilst you are Breast Feeding?

Breastfeeding is an integral part of an optimal start in life for infants. Evidence has demonstrated many benefits including enhanced immune system function, reduced risk of conditions such as gastroenteritis, respiratory illness and ear infections.

 

Changes in an infant’s ability to properly breastfeed may arise due to structural abnormalities in neck alignment and muscular tightness following delivery which have been noted in up to 95% of newborns following birth. Gentle, specific Chiropractic management including cranial therapy, soft tissue therapy, and spinal adjustments may have a direct result in improving an infant’s ability to breastfeed efficiently.

 

***It should be noted that the quality of evidence on paediatric Chiropractic is low and limited. Further high quality RCT should be conducted to gain a greater understanding the effects of Chiropractics on a Child.***

 

References

Fryman, V.M. (1992). Effect of osteopathic medical management on neurologic development in children. JAOA, 92; 729

How may Chiropractic benefit you whilst you are Breast Feeding

What may be the benefits of Chiropractic Care in patients with Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy is an ‘umbrella’ term to describe a group of movement and posture disabilities. Although Cerebral Palsy is permanent, those who suffer the condition can enhance their overall movement control and motor skills with appropriate treatment.

 

A particular case study in 2006 examined the effect of Chiropractic management for four children diagnosed as having Cerebral Palsy. The children underwent monthly Chiropractic adjustments across a 12-month period. After treatment all four children displayed improvements in ability to perform activities of daily living, mobility, feeding and postural control.

 

Despite there being minimal studies completed on Chiropractic Care in persons with Cerebral Palsy, it is reported on through cerebral palsy organisations that improvements may be seen with the following conditions relating to cerebral palsy:
– Back Pain or other spinal related pain

  • Drooling (releasing the muscles of mastication)
  • Gait Patterns
  • Joint stiffness
  • Neck Pain and other problems
  • Muscle Contractures
  • Breathing issues
  • And other musculoskeletal problems

 

benefits of Chiropractic Care

***The aforementioned research paper shows great value in relieving symptoms of cerebral palsy with Chiropractic Care, but it is of low-moderate quality as it lacks randomisation and control. Higher quality RCT should be conducted in the future to gain a greater insight of the benefits of Chiropractic Care in Cerebral Palsy patients.***

 

References

McCoy, M. (2006). Improvement in paraspinal muscle tone, autonomic function and quality of life in four children with cerebral palsy undergoing subluxation based Chiropractic care. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 1-15

 

http://www.cerebralpalsy.org/about-cerebral-palsy/treatment/therapy/chiropractic-intervention

What can Chiropractic do for Constipation?

All of us have experienced constipation at some point in our lives. Luckily enough for some, the problem is short lived, however for others chronic constipation can be a debilitating and often embarrassing issue. Constipation is so common in children that nearly 25% of visits to a gastroenterologist are due to constipation related issues.

 

A case report highlights a particular 8-yr old male suffering long term constipation. Previous treatment consisted of usual therapies including laxatives, fluid intake and high fibre diet. Unfortunately no change was noted in his constipation following such therapies.

 

Chiropractic management was trialled over a 4-week period in which treatment was focussed on adjustments to the boys lumbar spine and pelvis as well as abdominal massage. Significant improvements were noted following the first adjustment and subsequent 4 weeks. A 13yr follow up indicated normal bowel function remained.What can Chiropractic do for Constipation

 

***Although this study showed the efficacy of Chiropractic in restoring bowel movements, it has low-moderate evidence due to no randomisation and control groups. Further RCT’s must be conducted, or seek advice from your medical practitioner***

 

References

Quist, DM., and SM, Duray. 2007. Resolution of Symptoms of Chronic Constipation in an 8-Year-Old Male After Chiropractic Treatment. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 30 (1): 65-68

How may Chiropractic help Ear infections?

Ear infections are one of the most common conditions encountered during childhood. Inflammation and effusion in the middle ear may be due to bacterial invasion but can also be due to viral infection or an allergic reaction. This helps to explain why antibiotics are not always effective in treating otitis media, since viruses and allergies are unaffected by this form of treatment.

 

The chiropractic treatment of otitis media is based on the model that restricted lymphatic drainage from the middle ear plays a major part in the establishment of chronic recurrent infections. Lymphatic drainage from the ear runs by way of the cervical (neck) lymph system and depends significantly for its flow on adequate muscle activity. If a child has a misalignment of the cervical (neck) vertebrae, the irritation caused by that problem is sufficient to cause the neck muscles to develop a state of increased tension or spasm. The resulting muscle contraction, especially in the area of the sternocleidomastoid muscle (SCM) can be the cause of restricted lymph drainage from the ear.

 

One study highlights the Chiropractic management of forty-six children aged 5-years of age. All care was provided by the same Chiropractor who managed the children with SOT pelvic blocking and cervical manipulation as individually indicated. It was concluded that 93% of all episodes improved, 75% in 10 days or fewer and 43% with only one or two treatments.

 

 

However, it should be emphasized that chiropractic treatment does not intend to resolve the infective process directly. It’s believed the chiropractic adjustment influences the normal functioning of the nervous system by stimulating the ear muscles, which plays an important role in the dilation of the eustachian tube. It’s also believed the chiropractic adjustment allows the immune system to work at optimal capacity.

Ear infections

 

References

Froehle, RM. Ear Infection: A Retrospective Study Examining Improvement from Chiropractic Care and analyzing influencing factors. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 19 (3): 169-17.

Can Chiropractic have any benefit on Epilepsy and Seizures sufferers?

Epilepsy and seizures are one of the most common neurological and sometimes life-long disorders. It is recognised that these neurological conditions are due to problems affecting the brain. Recently research has postulated a link between Chiropractic care and alterations in brain activity, so could Chiropractic be of benefit for those who suffer Epilepsy and other forms of seizures?

 

A 2001 paper, consisting of seventeen children who had all previously received typical anti-convulsive medications to treat their seizures. Unfortunately these children were unresponsive to the medication. All participants received Chiropractic adjustments to the upper cervical (neck) spine which has been closely related to brain function. It was concluded following the study that 88% of the children demonstrated significant reductions in the frequency and severity of their seizures.

 

A case study published in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research by doctors Susan Hooper PhD, DC and Alison Manis DC in 2011 reported the positive effects of upper cervical chiropractic care on a 9 year old girl with occipital epilepsy. The 9 year old girl had been diagnosed with occipital epilepsy by a neurologist after presenting with uncontrollable blinking of her left eye associated with fainting episodes. Specific corrective chiropractic adjustments to the upper cervical spine C1 and C2 with both manual, hands on and instrument adjustments. The study reported that the uncontrollable eye twitching and blinking decreased immediately after treatment

 

However, there is insufficient evidence to suggest that chiropractic treatment will offer significant improvements in epilepsy or seizures. There is still a growing amount of evidence that needs to be cited to show a correlation between a reduction of epilepsy or seizures and chiropractic manipulation. In fact, there have been some recent reports of patients receiving chiropractic care with no change in the duration, onset and/or intensity of the seizure. Therefore, a trial of chiropractic care may be a good alternative or adjunctive to those not responding to anti-convulsant medication.

 

 

 

References

Pistolese, R.A (2001). Epilepsy and seizure disorders. A review of literature relative to chiropractic care of children. JMPT, 24(3); 199 – 205

Ricotti, Valeria and Norman Delanty. “Use Of Complementary And Alternative Medicine In Epilepsy”. Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports 6.4 (2006): 347-353. Web

Hooper, S and Manis, A (2011) A Case Study on Upper Cervical Care in a Nine-Year-Old Female With Occipital Lobe Epilepsy: Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research 2011 (Feb 3): 10–17

How may Chiropractic help with Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)?

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a collection of physical and emotional symptoms related to a woman’s menstrual cycle. Majority of women report some sort of symptoms during this time, some including breast tenderness and emotional distress.

 

There is anecdotal and case study (low level) evidence to support that chiropractic care (spinal manipulation and soft tissue techniques) may decrease some symptoms in premenstrual patients. A 1999 randomized clinical trial revealed just over half of patients with this condition improved after chiropractic treatment who partook in the trial. However, there were limitations to the study including the small sample size which makes it challenging to suggest these results apply to the general population.

 

A more recent review conducted in 2001 reviewing complementary and alternative therapies for PMS. 27 trials were investigated spanning herbal medicine, homeopathy, supplementation, relaxation, massage, reflexology and chiropractic. There were some positive findings in some of the studies for chiropractic, however most of the studies lacked statistically significant results and had methodological flaws. They concluded that no complementary or alternative therapy could be recommended as a treatment for PMS patients.

 

References:

 

Stevinson, C. and Ernst, E. (2001). Complementary/alternative therapies for premenstrual syndrome: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 185(1), pp.227-235.

 

Walsh, M. and Polus, B. (1999). A randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial on the efficacy of chiropractic therapy on premenstrual syndrome. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 22(9), pp.582-585.

 Chiropractic help with Premenstrual syndrome

How may Chiropractic benefit patients with Hypertension?

Hypertension or “high blood pressure” is a significant health problem in Australia contributing to coronary heart disease, stroke, heart failure, peripheral vascular disease and kidney failure. Closely linked to obesity, hypertension is estimated to affect one in three males and females.Chiropractic benefit patients with Hypertension

 

On particular case study performed in 2007 evaluated fifty hypertensive individuals divided into two groups. One group received Chiropractic manipulation while the other received a placebo or “sham” adjustment. No medication was taken during the trial.

 

It was noted that following 8-weeks of management, improvements were noted in diastolic and systolic blood pressure levels. It was suggested that improvements in Atlas (upper neck) alignment via Chiropractic manipulation was associated with reduced blood pressure.

 

Another study performed in 2016 investigated whether toggle-recoil spinal manipulation on the upper cervical spine have a favourable effect on lowering blood pressure. There were 51 patients involved with their blood pressure in stage 1 hypertension. The comparison was against a sham adjustment. The patients were treated 2x week for 6 weeks and remained on their BP medication at the same time. There was increased reduction of blood pressure in the sham group compared to the intervention group, displaying that a  6 week course of adjusting did not help to decreased blood pressure.

 

At Wellbeing Chiropractic we practice a technique called Atlas orthogonal, which has a direct focus on aiming to realign the Atlas (top vertebrae of the spine). This procedure is a gentle vibration placed upon the C1 vertebrae. The misalignment is found through Chiropractic X-rays and measured by one of our trained Chiropractors. Currently there are only 20 Chiropractors in Australia that practice the Atlas Orthogonal Technique and 5 of which are from Wellbeing Chiropractic.

 

References:

 

Bakris, G. (2007). Atlas vertebra realignment and achievement of arterial pressure goal in hypertensive patients: A pilot study. Journal of Human Hypertension. 21(5); 347 – 352

 

Hart, J. (2016). Effect of Spinal Manipulation of Upper Cervical Vertebrae on Blood Pressure: Results of a Pilot Sham-Controlled Trial. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 39(8), p.603.

How may Chiropractic treatment help with your infertility issues?

Infertility rates within Australia are now estimated to affect one in six couples. Restoring and or balancing the function of the reproductive organs through the removal of vertebral subluxations, which may have been compromising nervous system function that initiate and sustain reproduction may assist couples trying to conceive.

 

A case study describes the Chiropractic care of a 23 year old woman with history of infertility, amenorrhea, six year history of taking birth control pills, low back pain and a six week history of progressively worsening numbness in both of her legs. The woman had her first natural menstrual cycle 3 ½ months into care and discovered she was pregnant 4 ½ months after initiation of Chiropractic care. There was also a marked resolution of the patient’s signs and symptoms.

 

***Although this evidence shows the efficacy of Chiropractic care with infertility issues, the evidence lacks quality and proper randomisation. Further Studies should be conducted with control groups and randomisation.***

 

 

References

Sims, L and J. Lee. (2008). Resolution of Infertility in a Female Undergoing Subluxation Based Chiropractic Care: Case Report & Review of Literature. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research.

Chiropractic treatment help with your infertility issues

Chiropractic treatment for Infertility and Pregnancy? How it may help you…

More and more women are discovering the many benefits associated with chiropractic care during pregnancy. The most common complaint why women seek assistance from a Chiropractor during this period is for lower back pain.

 

One-third of pregnant women claim that low back pain is a significant problem. As more women utilize chiropractic treatment they are noticing additional benefits during their pregnancies.

Nurturing your health during pregnancy can be done in many ways, for example through nutrition, exercise and rest.

 

Chiropractic adjustments can additionally help to prepare for labour, promoting a well functioning nervous system that helps to combat many of the hurdles of pregnancy. Often women learn to just accept pregnancy discomforts such as nausea, heartburn, constipation and pubic pain when in fact a number of health approaches such as chiropractic, may be of help.

 

A retrospective case series was undertaken to describe the results of a group of pregnant women with low back pain who underwent chiropractic treatment including spinal manipulation. 94.1% of cases demonstrated clinically significant improvement in symptoms. No adverse effects were reported.

 

 

A systematic review conducted in 2008 concluded that the evidence proclaiming Chiropractic care can be related to improved pain outocomes in pregnant patients with low back pain is low-moderate quality because they lack both randomization and control groups.

 

 

References

Lisi, AJ. (2006). Chiropractic spinal manipulation for low back pain in pregnancy: a retrospective case series. J Midwifery Womens Health.51(1):7-10.

 

http://www.jmptonline.org/article/S0161-4754(08)00171-1/abstract

1.    Chiropractic Treatment of Pregnancy-Related Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review of the Evidence

  1. Stuber, Kent J. et al.
  2. Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics , Volume 31 , Issue 6 , 447 – 454

How may Chiropractic help with Sleeping Difficulties?

Did you know that between 40-60% of us have difficulty sleeping? There have been many factors associated with poor sleep, some including daily stress, occupational and family worries and chronic pain. It’s been found that some individuals seek chiropractic care to help with their sleeping disorders.There is also a strong positive association between sleep disorders and chronic health conditions. The most common conditions associated with sleep disorders are obesity, hypertension, congestive heart failure, anxiety and depression. However, it’s unsure whether sleeping disorders precede or result from these common co-morbidities. Therefore, chiropractic treatment may help to prevent these chronic health conditions. It’s believed that vertebral misalignments may cause a lack of communication between the nerves and sleeping centres in the brain. This has been demonstrated with improvements in sleep duration after chiropractic care.

 

A recent case study in 2004 highlights a 23-yr old male suffering bipolar disorder, sleeping difficulties, seizures, chronic neck and back pain as well as migraine headaches. All symptoms developed after an injury to the man’s head and neck six years previous during a track and field fall. Chiropractic treatment was administered and after 7-months of care, the male reported complete absence of symptoms.

 

***Take note that this is only a case study. Case studies lack randomisation and quantity of participants. Further evidence is required to support Chiropractic’s role in patients with sleeping difficulties***

Chiropractic help with Sleeping DifficultiesPearson, N. (2006). Insomnia, Trouble Sleeping, and Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

 

 

Can Chiropractic help with Speech disorders?

Speech disorders are characterized as an individual having difficulty producing sounds correctly and fluently. Speech disorders have been closely linked in improper brain activity. The average onset of speech disorders is between two and six years, although can advance into adulthood if the problem is not resolved from an early age. The most common signs consist of a disruption in the normal flow of speech, repetition of words, inability to initiate words and lengthening of syllables. Can Chiropractic be effective and assist individuals suffering speech disorders?

 

There is growing evidence to suggest that chiropractic care may be able help with speech disorders. A case study by Jordenne et al. explores a 4 year old boy receiving treatment for speech delay and learning difficulties. It has been hypothesized that the proper development and function of the brain relies on structure and joint movement in the early ages of life. This has been shown with the neurochemical pathways playing an essential role in the communication centres of the brain. This child had a speech disorder so impaired that other people could not understand what he was saying. This resulted in frustration and anger as this was still present when the child started school.

 

However, immediately following a course of chiropractic adjustments there was significant improvements in the patients coherence and articulation of speech with the child able to put together full sentences. In fact, he was able to recognise his name for the first time after chiropractic treatment. He is now able to color with crown and understand verbal commands.

 

A more recent case study performed in 2011 investigated the effect of chiropractic care on a 4-year-old boy complaining of hearing loss with speech difficulties as well as otitis media, adenoid hypertrophy, developmental delay, behavioural issues and nasal congestion. He received a course of 11 chiropractic adjustments (diversified technique and instrument assisted) to his upper cervical spine and upper thoracic spine. The patient had improvements in his symptoms after the course of adjusting.

 

Chiropractic care may have a positive effect on the symptoms of speech disorders. Keep in mind, the above case studies are of low quality evidence and lacking control groups. Any purported benefit of chiropractic care on speech disorders must be considered to be placebo or the result of natural history of the condition and must be taken into consideration.

 

Can Chiropractic help with Speech disorders

References:

 

Manuelle, JD and Fysh, PN (1996). Acquired verbal aphasia in a 7-year old female: case report. Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics Vol. 1, No.2.

Pilsner, R., Richardson, M. (2011). Improvements in hearing, speech, development, and behavior following Chiropractic in a 4 year old male. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal and Family Health, 14: 14-22.

 

Troy. J, Dennis. T, Cade. A (2015) developmental advancements following chiropractic care in a 4 year old child with dyspraxia and developmental delays: case report. Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics

How May Chiropractic help Spinal Health?

Movement is one of the primary signs of life and without proper structure and function in your spine, movement becomes extremely difficult. The spine is designed to be moveable (therefore flexible), support and protect your brain and nervous system and assist with control and movements.

 

The most important role of the spine is undoubtedly to protect the brain and nervous system from possible injury and damage. Your spine surrounds your spinal cord so when your spine is misaligned and not functioning correctly it can greatly influence your nervous system.

Throughout a child’s development their spines are continually growing, developing, strengthening and changing! This is the best time to promote proper spinal alignment and health. Many people think that because you have pain something is wrong. This is not entirely true. Problems can begin to develop well before pain and other symptoms develop. Pain is often the last symptom to develop.

Chiropractic help Spinal Health

An interesting report examined asymptomatic children and found that even though the children were pain free that had significant pelvic and neck issues that should be addressed by a Chiropractor. It’s no wonder that many spinal issues go unnoticed until later in life.

 

Conversely, there is a number of reports showing that chiropractic had no improvements and may only offer symptomatic relief from pain. There is also evidence to suggest that chiropractic manipulation are no better than other forms of alternative medicine, which has been found in a few studies. In fact, some studies show no difference after chiropractic manipulation. This is controversial with many practitioners having a different approach to chiropractic treatment.   .

 

References

Lewit K. Manuelle Therapie, J.A. Barth, Leipzig, (1973). Chap.2.7. Pp.50-54

Ernst, E. (2000). Does spinal manipulation have specific treatment effects?. Family Practice, 17(6), pp.554-556.

A Review of the Evidence for the Effectiveness, Safety, and Cost of Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, and Spinal Manipulation for Back Pain. (2003). Annals of Internal Medicine, 138(11), p.898.

What is the Chiropractic treatment for Spinal Pain?

It is estimated that one in four Australians will suffer some form of lower back pain during their life, while only half of these people will seek treatment and appropriate management. Now consider that nearly eight out of ten people will also suffer neck pain at some point in their lives. Clearly majority of us are faced with acute or chronic pain during our lives and it’s extremely important that people seek the right treatment for their issues.

treatment for Spinal Pain

The 2016 Clinical practice guidelines for Chiropractic care of low back pain patients suggests that Chiropractors are capable of diagnosing, treating and co-managing these types of patients.

 

Chiropractic treatment usually consists of adjustments (manipulations), soft tissue techniques, postural advice, instrument assisted adjustments (Activator) and home stretches and exercises.

 

Another study in 2008 compared Chiropractic care to care received at a pain management clinic for low back pain. Patients were assessed for eligibility if they had back pain for longer than 12 weeks, then were put into treatment groups for either chiropractic care or pain management care for 8 weeks. The results revealed reductions in pain and disability to be greater in the chiropractic care group suggesting that chiropractic care may be effective for this subpopulation of chronic low back pain patients.

 

A 1998 study compared physical therapy, chiropractic manipulation and educational booklets for patients with low back pain. The study discovered physical therapy and manipulation had a similar effect on pain, disability, recurrence of pain, function and satisfaction with care. Physical therapy treatment consisted of the McKenzie direction preference exercises. Chiropractic care consisted of manipulation to the low and mid back as well as ice therapy, brief massage and specific exercises. The patients that received only the education booklet found slightly less improvement than the physical therapy and manipulation groups. The study concluded that there were no clear advantages of chiropractic (effectiveness and cost) compared to physical therapy.

 

References:

 

Cherkin, D., Deyo, R., Battié, M., Street, J. and Barlow, W. (1998). A Comparison of Physical Therapy, Chiropractic Manipulation, and Provision of an Educational Booklet for the Treatment of Patients with Low Back Pain. New England Journal of Medicine, 339(15), pp.1021-1029.

 

Globe, G., Farabaugh, R.J., Hawk, C., Morris, C.E., Baker, G., Whalen, W.M., Walters, S., Kaeser, M., Dehen, M., Augat, T. (2016). Clinical practice guideline: Chiropractic care for low back pain. Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics. 39(1): 1-22.

 

Wilkey, A., Gregory, M., Byfield, D. and McCarthy, P. (2008). A Comparison Between Chiropractic Management and Pain Clinic Management for Chronic Low-Back Pain in a National Health Service Outpatient Clinic. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 14(5), pp.465-473.

Can Chiropractic care help with Jaw Pain and dysfunction?

Take a second to consider how much we use our mouths during the day: talking, yawning, chewing and drinking just to highlight a few. Usually jaw problems are long lasting for this very reason; it’s difficult to rest our jaws for extended periods! Most people with jaw issues present to the Chiropractor with pain with use of their jaw or at rest and to reduce this pain is usually the main concern of the patient. Patients may also present with stiffness, a limited amount of motion, clicking, catching or locking sensation, or a previous dislocation that they are experiencing a continuation of symptoms with. Patients may also experience referred pain from the jaw. This is pain that occurs at a different location from the stimulus. The most common referred pain sites for jaw issues occur at these locations:

 

  • Head (40%)
  • Face (30%)
  • Ear (20%)
  • Mandible (9%)
  • Neck (6%)
  • Eye (4%)
  • Teeth (1%)

 

Another common cause for jaw pain is from the surrounding muscles in the jaw, referring pain into the jaw. These include the sternocleidomastoid (SCM), masseter, medial and lateral pterygoid. The muscles can develop trigger points (or muscle knots), and can result from disorders in the jaw. Below are the main muscles involved in jaw trigger point issues.

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Jaw disorders include inflammation, deviated or displaced discs and arthritis. These disorders can occur due to previous injuries, dislocations or deviations left untreated.

Common triggers for jaw pain:

  • Chewing gum
  • Grinding teeth at night (Bruxism)
  • Clenching jaw (tension)
  • Excess caffeine
  • Stress
  • Neck pain
  • Poor posture
  • Depression

 

Chiropractic care for the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can ease pain by correcting possible misalignment between the jaw and skull, while also addressing muscles/ligaments that attach to the jaw, face and skull.

 

Physical therapies performed by a Chiropractor for the jaw pain include adjustments and mobilizations for the jaw and neck, stretching, postural advice, exercises to strengthen, advice on what actions to avoid and soft tissue techniques for the potential surrounding muscle trigger points.

 

One review on the effectiveness of physical therapy modalities for jaw pain patients. Evidence suggested that postural training, manual therapy and exercise all demonstrated significant benefit. A second review concluded that a combination of active exercise and manual mobilization could be effective, even more so when combined with postural exercises and other jaw disorder interventions. On appraisal of these reviews it was revealed the strength of the  reviews was relatively weak, however, there is consistent evidence to support the use of physical therapy for jaw pain patients, and may be more effective when used in combination with other conservative modalities for jaw pain, as mentioned above.

 

References:

 

Wright, Edward F. and Sarah L. North. “Management And Treatment Of Temporomandibular Disorders: A Clinical Perspective”. Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy 17.4 (2009): 247-254.

 

“Temporomandibular Joint Referred Pain”. Practical Pain Management. N.p., 2017. Web. 13 Feb. 2017.

Chiropractic help with Tonsillitis

How may Chiropractic help with Tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis is a general term which applies to inflammation of the tonsils and primarily affects young children.

 

A particular paper outlines children who all suffered chronic tonsillitis and were treated with Chiropractic manipulation. It was noted in the study that “tonsillitis goes hand in hand with movement restriction in the craniocervical junction.” The craniocervical junction is the joint between the upper neck and skull. It was demonstrated that following treatment 67.6% of the children who presented with tonsillitis showed significant improvement and resolution.

 

A comparative study was undertaken in 1989 to study the health status of children under both Chiropractic management and medical care. The study surveyed 200 Chiropractors and 200 Pediatricians on the health status of children patients. The results were analyzed and it was found that children who were under Chiropractic management had a superior health status compared to children under medical care only. The results showed that over 80% of the children under medical care had suffered from otitis media or ear infections in their lives. The Chiropractic children were reported to experience ear infections less. Almost 43% of the children under medical care suffered from tonsillitis, in comparison to the Chiropractic group which reported under 27% of children suffered from tonsillitis. Finally the Chiropractic children reported to taking less antibiotics than the medical children.

 

References

Gutmann G. (1987). The atlas fixation syndrome in the baby and infant. Trans. Peters RE. 25:5-10 37

 

A comparative study of the health status of children raised under the health care models of chiropractic and allopathic medicine. Van Breda, Wendy M. and Juan M. Journal of Chiropractic Research Summer 1989.

Chiropractic help with Tonsillitis

Can Chiropractic care help with Torticollis (Wry neck)?

Torticollis or Rye Neck can be an extremely painful and inconvenient problem causing involuntary spasm of the muscles of the neck producing a characteristic tilted head position and locked neck. There are various reasons for Torticollis, some including infection, congenital (from birth) and non-specific (no known cause). However, most commonly Torticollis arises due to fixation and irritation of the upper neck joints and surrounding musculature.

 

Torticollis is often directly related to a trigger point in the SCM muscle causing the spasms. This may be relieved through chiropractic adjustments and mobilisations of the neck and upper back, remedial massage, trigger point therapies and home advice/stretching. Chiropractic management focuses on releasing the fixated joints of the spine, moving the head and neck into an improved posture and can therefore play a major role in correcting Torticollis in particular cases.

 

Luxford, B.K., Hale, L., Piggot, J. (2009). The physiotherapy management of infants with congenital muscular torticollis: a survey of current practice in New Zealand. NZ Journal of Physiotherapy, 37 (3): 127-135.

 

M Öhman, A. (2013). The Physical Therapy Assessment and Management of Infants with Congenital Muscular Torticollis. A Survey and a Suggested Assessment Protocol for CMT. Journal of Novel Physiotherapies, 03(04).

Can Chiropractic care help with Torticollis

Can Chiropractic help Visual problems?

Visual problems are common amongst the general population. Problems may include, but are not limited to: blurred vision, cross-eyedness, blind spots and halos. There are a handful of studies exploring the effects of chiropractic care on visual problems. The studies are limited to case studies which is a weak form of evidence only analyzing the effect on one case (patient).

 

The first study examined a case with strabismus (more commonly cross-eyed) in a 18-month-old female. She was given a course of chiropractic care involving chiropractic spinal adjustments and craniosacral therapy with improved outcomes at follow up appointments.

 

There was also a case study performed in 2012 of a 75-year-old female with a history of concussion who had symptoms of strabismus as well as ataxia, fatigue, high blood pressure and seizures for 2 weeks. She received adjustments to her atlas (top vertebrae) with Atlas Orthogonal technique and her symptoms resolved completely.

 

Another case study in 1990 examined a 2 ½ year old girl experiencing strabismus due to torticollis and chronic neck pain. She received Chiropractic care (Neural Organizational Technique) and reported some improvements in symptoms.

 

Although the results are favourable in the above case studies, these are a low form of evidence due to lack of control groups. The reported improvements could be due to placebo, effects of natural history and subjective change. The above information suggests that patients with strabismus may benefit from chiropractic care although it is suggested that more research in this area is necessary to make stronger claims.

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References:

 

Parisio-ferraro, A.L., Alcantara, J. (2013). The Chiropractic Care of an Infant Female with a Medical Diagnosis of Strabismus: A Case Report. Chiropractic Journal of Australia, 43, 15-18.

 

Sweat, R.S., Pottinger, T.P. (2012). Seizure, ataxia, fatigue, strabismus and migraine resolved by precise alignment of the first cervical vertebra: a case report. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, 1: 20-26.

 

Weiner, G. (1990). Resolving Strabismus Through Craniomandibular Manipulation. CRANIO®, 8(3), pp.279-285.

What is Chiropractic Maintenance?

What is the difference between “symptomatic” care versus “maintenance” or “wellness” chiropractic care?

 

The easiest way to think of “Symptomatic Chiropractic treatment” is you only come to the chiropractor when you’re in pain. This style of care is often called a “band-aid approach” as it only deals with the presenting pain and symptoms. The criticism with this approach is the original pain or complaint often returns in the future as it is not addressed properly.

While our Chiropractors do see some patients under the symptomatic model, it is a recommendation that patients consider “corrective care” followed by a “maintenance” approach. This means our focus is to get you out of pain as soon as possible, then work on correcting your problems followed by maintaining these improvements over a longer term approach.

Corrective Chiropractic care typically involves undertaking a series of chiropractic adjustments, performing regular exercises, avoiding/changing certain activities or lifestyle stresses, perhaps taking supplements or using therapeutic devices (temporarily wearing a brace, using a different pillow, wearing orthotics).

 

After the pain is gone and the problem is corrected, the concept of “Maintenance” or “Wellness” care is to maintain the spine, muscles and nerves in optimal function. Majority of people who come to the practice see the benefits of continuing their Chiropractic management after their presenting complaint has been corrected. Just as you service your car at intervals, our Chiropractors take a similar approach of “servicing” your spine.

 

The frequency of maintenance visits varies from patient to patient, anywhere from fortnightly, monthly, to every 2-6 months. This frequency depends on factors such as the your age, your daily stress levels (e.g. occupational, kids) how well you respond to Chiropractic care and whether other health issues exist.

 

Our Chiropractors practice what they preach, each getting checked regularly themselves and ensuring their own family and friends are also checked and adjusted as needed.

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What do Regular Chiropractic Visits involve?

Regular visits commence with the Chiropractor taking a short history of how you are feeling and/or responded to the previous treatment. Following this the chiropractor will  assess the spine and any region of the patient’s body (e.g. shoulders, hips etc) they deem clinically necessary.

 

The spinal assessment typically involves the Chiropractor using their hands to palpate the spine. “Subluxations” or “joint restrictions” are areas of the spine that are not working properly usually due to stresses (physical, emotional and chemical) such as falls, repetitious activities, poor postures, emotional trauma/incidents etc.

 

Once the Chiropractor identifies these joint restrictions they will perform specific treatment to these areas. Treatment usually consists of traditional manual spinal adjustments, arthrostim adjustments/mobilisation, activator techniques, pelvic blocking and/or cranial therapy.

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What are chiropractic Adjustments?

Adjustments are the main tool used by Chiropractors and are unique to their profession.

 

The adjustment is given by hand and is a high velocity, low amplitude action. This means the joint is moved a short distance, at a high speed. It is a gentle thrust pushing motion through the joint. This results in cavitation of the joint (an audible popping or clicking noise). This allows the joints to move with more ease, reduces pain and improves function of the spine. This may lead to long term postural improvements as your spine is able to move more freely and without pain or discomfort.

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The chiropractor can also adjust the extremity joints such as wrists, elbows, shoulders, knees, ankles and hips. They are adjusted with the same principles as above but in differing directions such as distraction (pulling away), to allow inflammation to move out of these joints. In addition to this, other techniques such as Arthrostim, Trigger point therapy, Activator method, SOT pelvic blocking and drop piece techniques may be employed during treatment. After assessing your health information and reviewing the examination details, the Chiropractor will decide what combination of treatment modalities will be most effective to reduce your pain and improve your spine’s function.

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What Chiropractic treatment is needed?

Following the the initial history and examination, the Chiropractor will examine the information they have collected. This will give a clear indication of what treatment is appropriate for your case. We have a large repertoire of treatment modalities at our disposal and each treatment plan is tailored towards that particular patient.

 

Ongoing professional development is performed by every practitioner regularly to ensure we continually have an extensive range of treatment modalities available to suit every case.

 

If you have any concerns over treatment cost, preference on a particular style of treatment or any other questions, please discuss this with the Chiropractor at the Second visit (Report of Findings).

 

The following are the most common treatment modalities employed at Wellbeing Chiropractic:

  • Traditional manual adjusting techniques – spine and extremities
  • Soft tissue techniques such as Arthrostim machine
  • Activator (instrument assisted adjusting)
  • Pelvic blocks
  • Drop piece table
  • Rehabilitative exercises
  • Trigger point muscle therapy
  • Home care instructions and advice

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What is the Chiropractic ‘Report Of Findings’?

The second visit, also known as your ‘report of findings’ is where your Chiropractor will explain the results of your examination, explain the x-rays if taken, give a prognosis, discuss any proposed treatment plan, the costs of any treatment/recommendations and give treatment.

 

At the second visit, your Chiropractor will have a clear picture of

  • If there is a problem, and if so
  • What the problem is;
  • If we can help you, or whether we need to refer you to another health professional

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Do Chiropractors give treatment at the first visit?

At Wellbeing Chiropractic, in majority of cases our chiropractors will provide treatment on the first visit.

 

Our Chiropractor need to feel it is safe to give treatment and that any treatment will be beneficial. In some cases, the Chiropractor may wait to review the results of any testing done at the initial visit before commencing treatment, however these cases are rare.

 

Treatment will most likely include specific chiropractic adjustments, which is the treatment modality of choice for a Chiropractor. These adjustments are usually performed by hand (manual adjustments) or can be performed with an instrument (instrument-assisted adjustment).  Adjustments increase motion in the joints and decrease pain which then in turn allows the body to move into an improved posture.

do chiros give treatment first visit

Are Chiropractic X-rays safe?

  • Radiation is measured in Sieverts (Sv)
  • Every person on earth is exposed to usual background radiation each year – it comes from the rocks and space
  • This is in a low dose range

 

Radiation from x-rays have the potential to cause damage to the cells in your body. This is mostly very small and do not cause any major damage. However, excess exposure may cause more damage and cells could turn cancerous.

 

An example of a very low dose x-ray is a chest view which carries a very small risk in comparison to CT scans which use a higher dose but still carry a very small risk. To put it into perspective:

 

 

Imaging Investigation Effective Dose (mSv) Equivalent period of usual background (natural) radiation
Chest x-ray 0.02 3 days
Cervical spine x-ray 0.10 15 days
Thoracic spine x-ray 0.70 4 months
Lumbar spine x-ray 1.30 7 months
Hip x-ray 0.30 7 weeks
Pelvic x-ray 0.70 4 months
CT Scan (cervical) 1.50 8 months
CT Scan (thoracic) 6.00 2.5 years
CT Scan (lumbar) 3.30 1.4 years
CT Scan (abdomen) 10.0 4.5 years
CT Scan (pelvis) 10.0 4.5 years

Above date from:Department of health. Diagnostic Imaging Pathways.

The Department of Health states the benefits of getting x-rays is that it may help the doctor in finding the correct diagnosis which directs the treatment. An x-ray alone is not always the final step in diagnosis and more imaging or investigation may apply in certain cases. This is a major benefit that outweighs any risks involved with this type of imaging; X-ray imaging has low radiation rates.

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With x-rays, the amount of radiation that you are exposed to depends on what area is being x-rayed. Younger children are also more sensitive to adults as they are still developing. If you are pregnant or suspect you might be pregnant, you should avoid exposing the unborn baby to any form of radiation. The risk is small, however there are other imaging modalities to consider such as ultrasound.

 

Another benefit of getting x-ray images are that it is non-invasive and they enable the doctor to see potential undiagnosed pathologies (such as fractures, bone infections, excess fluid, tumours and postural deviations). The Chiropractor assesses each case individually and decides if x-ray imaging is appropriate for your case. Chiropractors are University trained in taking and interpretation of diagnostic x-rays.

 

The Chiropractor will weigh up the risk versus benefits prior to using this imaging modality. Examinations which are unlikely to be of any clinical or diagnostic benefit will be avoided by the Chiropractor. Investigating into the cause of your problems via x-ray and directing the treatment from there often outweighs the very small risk of taking that x-ray.

 

 

References:

Holmberg O, Malone J, Rehani M, McLean D, Czarwinski R. Current issues and actions in radiation protection of patients. Eur J Radiol 2010;76:15–9

 

Government of Western Australia. Department of health. Diagnostic Imaging Pathways. Available at www.imagingpathways.health.wa.gov.au [Accessed 15 Feb. 2017]

What are Chiropractic X-rays used for?

X-rays of the spine and pelvis are often needed for patients who are about to start chiropractic treatment. X-rays provide great detail of the bones and joints of the spine and pelvis, which help better determine the problem and rule out certain conditions as well as assist in tailoring a specific treatment plan for the patient.

 

X-rays can often show changes in a patient’s bones, joints and posture due to:

  • Macrotrauma (motor vehicle accidents, sporting injuries, birth trauma)
  • Microtrauma or repetitive activities (sedentary lifestyle, computer use, poor posture, factory-line work, driving)
  • Congenital/developmental defects (Scoliosis, hip dysplasia, Scheuermann’s disease)
  • Chemical exposure (smoking, poor diet, medication use)
  • Emotional stressors (work, financial and relationship pressures)

 

At Wellbeing Chiropractic we have a state-of-art digital x-ray facilities including a digital processor so we can capture and develop x-rays quickly without having to refer patients to external x-ray providers. All Chiropractors at Wellbeing Chiropractors are University-trained and licensed Radiographers able to take x-rays of the spine and extremities. As well as this, we also have a qualified full-time Radiologist on hand to assist if required.

what are chiropractic xrays used for

Do all chiropractic patients require X-rays?

No.

 

Only in cases where x-rays are clinically indicated will x-rays be recommended by the chiropractor.

 

Chiropractic x-rays can provide important information about the patient, which may help to accurately form a diagnosis. X-rays can identify red flags to treatment and/or potential issues that will require modifications to any future treatment.  For example, if an x-ray shows moderate-severe osteoarthritis in a particular region of the spine, the chiropractor will likely chose not to perform any firm manual adjustive techniques in this area.

 

Generally, children do not normally have x-rays taken as their bodies are still developing and changing, and their body’s are more sensitive to radiation relative to adults.

 

Pregnant women will not be x-rayed. Radiation during pregnancy can lead to birth defects.

 

Regarding the risks of x-rays, you are best to speak to the chiropractor about your individual situation and the possible risks.

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What are Chiropractic X-rays?

If clinically indicated, x-rays are taken at our clinic. We have a full plain film, automatic, digital x-ray generator and Kodak digital processor. Having these facilities at-hand are extremely useful to our doctors as they are able to see what is going on in the joints and bones of the spine almost immediately, therefore being able to commence treatment sooner.

 

It can be typical for Chiropractors to refer out for X-Rays, this process can mean that the patient doesn’t receive treatment for days until X-Rays have been sent back through to the Chiropractor and then examined.

 

As a Chiropractor we are trained and experienced in taking spinal Xrays which ensures the utmost convenience for our patients and most the time, treatment can be given on the same day.

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Chiropractic Physical Examination

This involves your Chiropractor performing any required tests (usually testing the joints of your spine by feeling (palpating) your back, testing your muscle function, assessing your posture, performing indicated orthopaedic and neurological tests and if clinically indicated taking x-rays).

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to gain a better understanding of your current health status and presenting problem.
These procedures will take place after reviewing and further discussing your health questionnaire form at your Initial Visit.

What to Expect

Here at Wellbeing Chiropractic we want you to get the best results as quickly as possible, and have a great experience in the process. In order to achieve this, we have designed a number of different Chiropractic appointment types so we can specifically address your needs.

  • Initial Visit
  • Second Visit
  • Regular Chiropractic Visits

All new patients at Wellbeing Chiropractic are asked to complete a health and medical questionnaire to give our doctors as much information about their health so they can do there best to help. Your Chiropractor will review this information with you, asking any further questions if necessary. This information is vital as it provides us with important clues that will assist in determining if there is a problem and if so what approach to take. We understand your time is important and if we cannot help you or perhaps you would benefit from being co-managed with another health practitioner, you will be referred appropriately.

Learn more about your Second Visit and Regular Chiropractic Visits below.

Physical Examination

This involves your Chiropractor performing any required tests (usually testing the nerves are working properly, testing the joints of your spine by feeling your back, testing your muscle function, assessing your posture, performing indicated orthopaedic tests and if clinically indicated taking x-rays) to gain a better understanding of your current health status and presenting problem. These procedures will take place after reviewing your health questionnaire form at your Initial Visit.

On-site X-rays

If clinically indicated, x-rays are taken at our clinic. We have a full plain film, automatic, digital x-ray generator and Kodak digital processor. Having these facilities at-hand are extremely useful to our doctors as they are able to see what is going on in the joints and bones of the spine almost immediately, therefore being able to commence treatment sooner. This setup is also very convenient to our patients as it means, no more waiting at radiology centres to have x-rays taken and subsequent delays while the x-rays are reported and sent back to Wellbeing Chiropractic.

Does everyone require X-rays?
No. Only in cases where x-rays are clinically indicated will they be recommended by the chiropractor.

In most cases, children under the age of 16 years do not normally have x-rays taken as their bodies are constantly developing and changing. Also, pregnant women will not be x-rayed.

What are X-ray used for?

X-rays of the spine and pelvis are often needed for patients who are about to start chiropractic treatment. X-rays provide great detail of the bones and joints of the spine and pelvis, which help better determine the problem, rule out certain conditions and assist in tailoring a specific treatment plan for the patient.

X-rays can often show changes in a patient’s bones, joints and posture due to:

Physical or Macro trauma’s (motor vehicle accidents, sporting injuries, birth trauma), Micro/repetitious trauma’s (sedentary lifestyle, computer use, poor posture, factory-line work, driving) Congenital/developmental defects (Scoliosis, hip dysplasia, scheuerman’s), Chemical exposure (smoking, poor diet, medication use) or Emotional stressors (work, financial and relationship pressures).

At Wellbeing Chiropractic we have a state-of-art digital x-ray facilities including a digital processor so we can capture and develop x-rays quickly without having to refer patients to external x-ray providers. All Chiropractors at Wellbeing Chiropractors are University-trained and licensed Radiographers able to take x-rays of the spine and extremities. As well as this, we also have a qualified full-time Radiologist on hand to assist if required.

 

Treatment at the initial visit

Treatment will be given on the first visit if the Chiropractor feels it is safe to do so, and the treatment will be beneficial. In some cases, the Chiropractor may wait to review the results of any testing done at the initial visit before commencing treatment. If “not getting treatment at the initial visit” is a concern of yours, please call us on 5940-4760 or 9882-7135 and one of our Chiropractors will be more than happy to talk to you about your situation.

Second Visit (Report Of Findings)

The second visit, also known as your ‘report of findings’, is where your Chiropractor will explain your results, give a prognosis, discuss any proposed treatment plan, and give treatment.

At the second visit, your Chiropractor will have a clear picture of:
If there is a problem, and if so what the problem is
If they can help you, or whether we need to refer you to another health professional

What treatment is needed

Everyone is different and therefore everyone who presents to our practice is treated individually. Our Chiropractors specialise in a range of techniques so that we can best assist a wide variety of presenting problems.

If treatment cost is a concern for you, the Second Visit (Report Of Findings) is an ideal time to raise this with your Chiropractor and any other questions you have.

The Adjustment

An adjustment involves the Chiropractor gently pushing on your back to reposition, as well as restore better movement to the spinal joints. Adjustments are a unique tool used only by Chiropractors. Adjustments are a specific technique aimed to optimize the function of the spine and nervous system. In addition to this, other techniques such as Arthrostim, trigger point therapy, Activator method, SOT pelvic blocking and drop piece techniques may be employed during treatment.

For more information, please call 5940-4760 or 9882-7135

Regular Chiropractic Visits

Regular visits commence with the Chiropractor assessing the patient’s spine. This assessment typically involves the Chiropractor using his hands to palpate the spine. Subluxations are areas of the spine that are not working properly usually due to stresses (physical, emotional and chemical) such as falls, repetitious activities, poor postures, emotional trauma/incidents etc. Once the Chiropractor identifies these subluxations they will perform specific treatment to that area. Treatment usually consists of traditional manual spinal adjustments, arthrostim adjustments/mobilisation, Activator techniques, pelvic blocking and/or cranial therapy.

Chiropractic “Maintenance”

What is the difference between “symptomatic” care versus “maintenance” or “wellness” chiropractic care?

The easiest way to think of “Symptomatic Chiropractic treatment” is you only come to the chiropractor when you’re in pain. This style of care is often called a “band-aid approach” as it only deals with the presenting pain and symptoms. The criticism with this approach is the original pain or complaint often returns in the future as it is not addressed properly.

While our Chiropractors do see some patients under the symptomatic model, it is a recommendation that patients consider “corrective care”, followed by a “maintenance” approach. This means our focus is too get you out of pain as soon as possible, then work on correcting your problems followed by maintaining these improvements over a longer term approach.

Corrective Chiropractic care typically involves, undertaking a series of chiropractic adjustments, performing regular exercises, avoiding/changing certain activities or lifestyle stresses, perhaps taking supplements or using therapeutic devices (temporarily wearing a brace, using a different pillow, wearing orthotics).

After the pain is gone and the problem is corrected, the concept of “Maintenance” or “Wellness” care is to maintain the spine, muscles and nerves in optimal function. Majority of people who come to the practice see the benefits of continuing their Chiropractic management after their presenting complaint has been corrected. Just as you service your car at intervals, our Chiropractors take a similar approach of “servicing” your spine. The frequency of maintenance visits varies from patient to patient, anywhere from fortnightly, monthly to every 2-6 months. This frequency depends on factors such as the your age, your daily stress levels (e.g. occupational, kids), how well you respond to Chiropractic care and whether other health issues exist.

Our Chiropractors practice what they preach, each getting checked regularly themselves and ensuring their own family and friends are also checked and adjusted as needed

Visual problems

Visual problems are common amongst the general population. Problems may include but are not limited to blurred vision, blind spots and halos. Chiropractic care and its effect on visual problems has been researched with some interesting results which are explored below.

A 5-year-old boy with recurring middle-ear infections, cortical blindness, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and severe brain damage underwent Chiropractic adjustments to the upper neck. Following initial treatment, some early changes included improved sleep, less seizures and enhanced alertness. At the completion of treatment further improvements included reduced spasticity, no ear infections and central vision returned.
References
Amalu WC (1998) Cortical blindness, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and recurring otitis media: A case study in chiropractic management. Today’s Chiropractic May/June 1998 pp.16-25.
To discuss Visual Problems with our doctors, or to schedule an appointment please call 5940-4760 or 9882-7135

Torticollis

Torticollis or Rye Neck can be an extremely painful problem causing involuntary spasm of the muscles of the neck producing a characteristic tilted head position and locked neck. There are various reasons for Torticollis, some including infection, congenital (from birth) and non-specific (no known cause). However, most commonly Torticollis arises due to misalignment and irritation of the upper neck joints and surrounding muscles.

Chiropractic management focuses on correcting these misalignments of the spine and can therefore play a major role is correcting Torticollis in particular cases.

To discuss Torticollis with our doctors, or to schedule an appointment please call 5940-4760 or 9882-7135

Tonsillitis

Tonsillitis is a general term which applies to inflammation of the tonsils and primarily affects young children.

A particular paper outlines children who all suffered chronic tonsilitis and were treated via Chiropractic manipulation. It was noted in the study that “tonsillitis goes hand in hand with movement restriction in the craniocervical junction.” The craniocervical junction is the joint between the upper neck and skull. It was demonstrated that following treatment 67.6% of the children who presented with tonsilitis showed significant improvement and resolution.

References

Gutmann G. (1987). The atlas fixation syndrome in the baby and infant. Trans. Peters RE. 25:5-10 37
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Temporomandibular joint (or jaw) pain

Consider how much we use our mouths during the day, talking, yawning, chewing and drinking just to highlight a few. Usually jaw problems are long lasting for this very reason.

Chiropractic care for the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can ease pain by correcting possible misalignment between the jaw and skull, while also addressing muscles/ligaments that attach to the jaw, face and skull.

While there are numerous ways to effectively treat temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, scientific studies have shown that chiropractic was helpful in cases of TMJ. In a 2003 study, 15 participants were administered treatments with the Activator Method, which uses a tool that delivers high-frequency, low-impact adjustments. All participants showed improvements in the distance they could open their jaws and in pain measurements.

References
Dawson L, Frolund S. (1992). The relationship between impacted widom teeth, headaches and persistent cervical fixations. The European Journal of Chiropractic; 40:1-6.
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Spinal Pain

It is estimated that one in four Australians will suffer some form of lower back pain during their life, while only half of these people will seek treatment and appropriate management. Now consider that nearly eight out of ten people will also suffer neck pain at some point in their lives. Clearly majority of us are faced with acute or chronic pain during our lives and it’s extremely important that people seek the right treatment for their issues.

A pilot study involved 77 patients who reported with complaints of chronic spinal pain (either neck, mid back or low back). These patients were then randomized to receive either NSAIDs, acupuncture, or spinal adjusting as the active form of treatment. Care was provided for 4 weeks followed by specific reassessment. After the period of 30 days, the spinal manipulation group was the only intervention that achieved statistically significant improvements.

References
Chronic Spinal Pain Syndromes: A Clinical Pilot Trial Comparing Acupuncture, A Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug, and Spinal Manipulation J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1999 (Jul); 22 (6): 376-381
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Spinal Health

Movement is one of the primary signs of life and without proper structure and function in your spine movement becomes extremely difficult. The spine is designed to be moveable (therefore flexible), support and protect your brain and nervous system and assist with control and movements.

The most important role of the spine is undoubtedly to protect the brain and nervous system from possible injury and damage. Your spine surrounds your spinal cord so when your spine is misaligned and not functioning correctly it can greatly influence your nervous system.

Throughout a child’s development their spines are continually growing, developing, strengthening…changing! This is the best time to promote proper spinal alignment and health.

Many people think that because you have pain something is wrong. This is not entirely true. Problems can begin to develop well before pain and other symptoms develop.

An interesting report examined asymptomatic children and found that even though the children were pain free that had significant pelvic and neck issues that should be addressed by a Chiropractor. It’s no wonder that many spinal issues go unnoticed until later in life.

References
Lewit K. Manuelle Therapie, J.A. Barth, Leipzig, (1973). Chap.2.7. Pp.50-54
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Speech disorders

Speech disorders are characterized as an individual having difficulty producing sounds correctly and fluently. Speech disorders have been closely linked in improper brain activity. So can Chiropractic be effective and assist individuals suffering speech disorders?

A particular case study demonstrates a 7-yr old girl with verbral aphasia (inability to comprehend or understand words). Despite referral to speech specialists and other doctors no improvement was noted. Following Chiropractic manipulation improvements in ability to talk were noted.

References
Manuelle, JD and Fysh, PN (1996) Acquired verbal aphasia in a 7-year old female: case report. Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics Vol. 1, No.2
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Sleeping Difficulties

Did you know that between 40-60% of us have difficulty sleeping? There have been many factors associated with poor sleep, some including daily stress, occupational and family worries and chronic pain. It has been demonstrated that sleep may greatly improve following Chiropractic care.

A recent case study in 2004 highlights a 23-yr old male suffering bipolar disorder, sleeping difficulties, seizures, chronic neck and back pain as well as migraine headaches. All symptoms developed after a injury to the males head and neck six years previous during a track and field fall. Chiropractic treatment was administered and after 7-months of care, the male reported complete absence of symptoms.

References
Elster, EL. (2004). Treatment of bipolar, seizure, and sleep disorders and migraine headaches utilizing a chiropractic technique. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 27(3):5
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Infertility and Pregnancy

More and more women are discovering the many benefits associated with chiropractic care during pregnancy. The most common complaint why women seek assistance from a Chiropractor during this period is for lower back pain. One-third of pregnant women claim that low back pain is a significant problem. As more women utilize chiropractic treatment they are noticing additional benefits during their pregnancies.

Nurturing your health during pregnancy can be done in many ways, for example through nutrition, exercise and rest. Chiropractic adjustments can additionally help to prepare for labour, promoting a well functioning nervous system that helps to combat many of the hurdles of pregnancy. Often women learn to just accept pregnancy discomforts such as nausea, heartburn, constipation and pubic pain when in fact a number of health approaches such as chiropractic, may be of help.

A retrospective case series was undertaken to describe the results of a group of pregnant women with low back pain who underwent chiropractic treatment including spinal manipulation. 94.1% of cases demonstrated clinically significant improvement in symptoms. No adverse effects were reported.
References
Lisi, AJ. (2006). Chiropractic spinal manipulation for low back pain in pregnancy: a retrospective case series. J Midwifery Womens Health.51(1):7-10.
To discuss Chiropractic during pregnancy with our doctors, or to schedule an appointment please call 5940-4760 or 9882-7135

Infertility

Infertility rates within Australia are now estimated to affect one in six couples. Restoring and or balancing the function of the reproductive organs through the removal of vertebral subluxations, which may have been compromising nervous system function that initiate and sustain reproduction may assist couples trying to conceive.

A case study describes the Chiropractic care of a 23 year old woman with history of infertility, amenorrhea, six year history of taking birth control pills, low back pain and a six week history of progressively worsening numbness in both of her legs. The woman had her first natural menstrual cycle 3 ½ months into care and discovered she was pregnant 4 ½ months after initiation of Chiropractic care. There was also a marked resolution of the patient’s signs and symptoms.
References

Sims, L and J. Lee. (2008). Resolution of Infertility in a Female Undergoing Subluxation Based Chiropractic Care: Case Report & Review of Literature. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research.

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Hypertension

Hypertension or “high blood pressure” is a significant health problem in Australia contributing to coronary heart disease, stroke, heart failure, peripheral vascular disease and kidney failure. Closely linked to obesity, hypertension is estimated to affect one in three males and females.

A particular case study evaluated fifty hypertensive individuals divided into two groups. One group received Chiropractic manipulation while the other received a placebo or “sham” adjustment. No medication was taken during the trial. It was noted that following 8-weeks of management, improvements were noted in diastolic and systolic blood pressure levels. It was suggested that improvements in Atlas (upper neck) alignment via Chiropractic manipulation was associated with reduced blood pressure.

References
Bakris, G. (2007). Atlas vertebra realignment and achievement of arterial pressure goal in hypertensive patients: A pilot study. Journal of Human Hypertension. 21(5); 347 – 352

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Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a collection of physical and emotional symptoms related to a woman’s menstrual cycle. Majority of women report some sort of symptoms during this time, some including breast tenderness and emotional distress.

A particular case study highlights eleven women undergoing Chiropractic management who self reported suffering PMS symptoms. Treatment was conducted over a four month period consisting of at least weekly adjustments. Before and after treatment questionnaires were obtained evaluating irritability and mood swings, tension, ineffectiveness, lack of motor coordination, mental/cognitive functioning, eating habits, variations in sexual drive and activity, overall physical symptoms, and social impairment. Statistically significant improvements were noted in all ten categories following treatment. The average improvement across all categories was 44%
References
Premenstrual syndrome: a clinical update for the chiropractor. Walsh MJ. Chiropractic Journal of Australia. June 1993; 23(2): 48-53. “A wholistic chiropractic management regime offers the possibility of a safe, effective method of reducing many of the symptoms of PMS.”
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Epilepsy and Seizures

Epilepsy and seizures are one of the most common neurological and sometimes life-long disorders. It is recognised that these neurological conditions are due to problems affecting the brain. Recently research has postulated a link between Chiropractic care and alterations in brain activity, so could Chiropractic be of benefit for those who suffer Epilepsy and other forms of seizures?

A 2001 paper, consisting of seventeen children who had all previously received typical anti-convulsive medications to treat their seizures. Unfortunately these children were unresponsive to the medication. All participants received Chiropractic adjustments to the upper cervical (neck) spine which has been closely related to brain function. It was concluded following the study that 88% of the children demonstrated significant reductions in the frequency and severity of their seizures.
References
Pistolese, R.A (2001). Epilepsy and seizure disorders. A review of literature relative to chiropractic care of children. JMPT, 24(3); 199 – 205
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Ear infections

Ear infections are one of the most common conditions encountered during childhood. Inflammation and effusion in the middle ear may be due to bacterial invasion, but can also be due to viral infection or an allergic reaction. This helps to explain why antibiotics are not always effective in treating otitis media, since viruses and allergies are unaffected by this form of treatment.

The chiropractic treatment of otitis media is based on the model that restricted lymphatic drainage from the middle ear plays a major part in the establishment of chronic recurrent infections. Lymphatic drainage from the ear runs by way of the cervical (neck) lymph system and depends significantly for its flow on adequate muscle activity. If a child has a misalignment of the cervical (neck) vertebrae, the irritation caused by that problem is sufficient to cause the neck muscles to develop a state of increased tension or spasm. The resulting muscle contraction, especially in the area of the sternocleidomastoid muscle (SCM) can be the cause of restricted lymph drainage from the ear.

One study highlights the Chiropractic management of forty-six children aged 5-years of age. All care was provided by the same Chiropractor who managed the children with SOT pelvic blocking and cervical manipulation as individually indicated. It was concluded that 93% of all episodes improved, 75% in 10 days or fewer and 43% with only one or two treatments.
References
Froehle, RM. Ear Infection: A Retrospective Study Examining Improvement from Chiropractic Care and analyzing influencing factors. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 19 (3): 169-17.

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Constipation

All of us have experienced constipation at some point in our lives. Luckily enough for some, the problem is short lived, however for others chronic constipation can be a debilitating and often embarrassing issue. Constipation is so common in children that nearly 25% of visits to a gastroenterologist are due to constipation related issues.

A case report highlights a particular 8-yr old male suffering long term constipation. Previous treatment consisted of usual therapies including laxatives, fluid intake and high fibre diet. Unfortunately no change was noted in his constipation following such therapies. Chiropractic management was trialled over a 4-week period in which treatment was focussed on adjustments to the boys lumbar spine and pelvis as well as abdominal massage. Significant improvements were noted following the first adjustment and subsequent 4 weeks. A 13yr follow up indicated normal bowel function remained.

References

Quist, DM., and SM, Duray. 2007. Resolution of Symptoms of Chronic Constipation in an 8-Year-Old Male After Chiropractic Treatment. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 30 (1): 65-68.
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Common Cold

Recent research suggests that a single chiropractic adjustment to a particular area of the spine may actually help the immune system in combat a cold. The immune system is responsible for fending off anything our body may come into contact with.

Since your immune system is responsible for killing the virus that causes the common cold, supporting it is the only way to speed the healing process and stay healthy. It is well understood that there is a direct relationship between the immune system and the Central Nervous System (the brain and spinal cord). We know that the Central Nervous System receives special protection from the immune system and that the integrity of Central Nervous System can affect the strength and function of the immune system.

In a recent study published in Chiropractic and Manual Therapies, researchers looked to see if a single chiropractic adjustment could influence the immune system. Sixty-four asymptomatic subjects were assigned to SMT, sham manipulation, or a control group. SMT subjects received a single adjustment in the thoracic spine. Blood and serum samples were obtained from subjects before and then at 20 minutes and 2 hours after treatment. Results suggested that SMT-related down-regulation of inflammatory-type responses via a central yet unknown mechanism, possibly reducing the risk of illness.
References
Smith AP, ET al. Psycho-logical Medicine, 1992; 22:487-494.
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Colic

Colic is characterized as excessive, inconsolable crying in an otherwise noted health infant. Although Colic usually self-resolves without treatment, if persistent can have long term serious consequences including ‘shaken baby syndrome’, child abuse and neglect. Unfortunately, many years of research is yet to link a specific cause of Colic and the condition largely remains unknown, although several speculated causes include gas, constipation, lactose intolerance and common food allergies.

A study documented in 1989 examined the effect of Chiropractic adjustments on moderate to severe colic. Prior to commencing treatment, infants averaged over 5hrs of daily crying. After two weeks of Chiropractic adjustments improvements were noted in 94% of infants. At the same time, another group was treated with medication, which only showed a 38% improvement.
References

Klouganr, N (1989). Journal of infantile colic treated by Chiropractors, a prospective study of 316 cases. JMPT, 12; 281 – 288

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Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy is an ‘umbrella’ term to describe a group of movement and posture disabilities. Although Cerebral Palsy is permanent, those who suffer the condition can enhance their overall movement control and motor skills with appropriate treatment.

A particular case study in 2006 examined the effect of Chiropractic management for four children diagnosed as having Cerebral Palsy. The children underwent monthly Chiropractic adjustments across a 12-month period. After treatment all four children displayed improvements in ability to perform activities of daily living, mobility, feeding and postural control.
References

McCoy, M. (2006). Improvement in paraspinal muscle tone, autonomic function and quality of life in four children with cerebral palsy undergoing subluxation based Chiropractic care. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 1-15

To discuss Cerebral Palsy with our doctors, or to schedule an appointment please call 5940-4760 (Pakenham) or 9882-7135 (Hawthorn)

Breast Feeding

Breastfeeding is an integral part of an optimal start in life for infants. Evidence has demonstrated many benefits including enhanced immune system function, reduced risk of conditions such as gastroenteritis, respiratory illness and ear infections.

Changes in an infants ability to properly breastfeed may arise due to structural abnormalities in neck alignment and muscular tightness following delivery which have been noted in up to 95% of newborns following birth. Gentle, specific Chiropractic management including cranial therapy, soft tissue therapy, and spinal adjustments may have a direct result in improving an infants ability to breastfeed efficiently.

References

Fryman, V.M. (1992). Effect of osteopathic medical management on neurologic development in children. JAOA, 92; 729

To discuss Breastfeeding with our doctors, or schedule an appointment
you can call 5940-4760 (Pakenham) or 9882-7135 (Hawthorn)

Brain Function and Emotional Health

In the modern era many of us live highly stressful lifestyles and both short and long-term stress can be very detrimental to our overall health and wellbeing, particular affecting our emotional and mental states. As well as this, stress has been linked to problems including chronic pain, sleep disturbance, anxiety and depression. So can Chiropractic play a role in relieving or assisting those who suffer stress?

A particular study examined brain activity before and after Chiropractic care to the cervical (neck) spine. The investigation consisted of five hundred individuals. It was concluded that adjustments to the cervical spine resulted in alterations in brain activity and therefore may play a role in reducing stress as well as other health problems.

References
Carrick, F.R (1997). Changes in brain function after manipulation of the cervical spine. The Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics, 20(8); 529 – 545

To talk with one of our Doctors about Brain Function & Emotional Health and how Chiropractic may be able to assist, or to schedule an appointment, you can call 5940-4760 (Pakenham) or 9882-7135 (Hawthorn)

Breech presentation

A breech presentation is relatively unknown and is characterized as the baby entering the birth canal feet or buttock first instead of head first. This can present numerous difficulties during delivery and result in C-section delivery. As indicated by years of research, Chiropractic management throughout pregnancy has many benefits.

The mother’s body undergoes many changes during pregnancy, most obvious being weight gain, change in centre of gravity, postural and gait pattern changes. These factors and others ultimately change the function and position of the pelvis and spine. Chiropractic management of the pelvis and spine during pregnancy assists with relaxing supporting muscles and ligaments and therefore promotes normal baby positioning within the uterus, reducing the risk of breech presentations.

A misconception is that Chiropractic is not safe during pregnancy. Chiropractic is completely safe and essentially to ensuring the mothers body is functioning as best as possible. Research has indicated reduced labour times and reduced need for pain medications during delivery. Speak with our doctors about more interesting research findings!

References

The effect of Chiropractic treatment on pregnancy and labour. A comprehensive study. Proceedings of the World Federation of Chiropractic. (1991). 24-31

Freitag, P. (1987). Expert testimony of Frietag, P. MD PhD, Comparing the results of two neighbouring hospitals, US District Court, Northern Illinois, Eastern Division.
To talk with one of our Doctors about how Chiropractic may be able to assist with Breech presentation or re-position a baby in-utero, or to schedule an appointment, you can call 5940-4760 (Pakenham) or 9882-7135 (Hawthorn)

Birth Trauma

Parents often ask why a newborn should be checked by a Chiropractor. Simply put, even under normal circumstances pregnancy and delivery can be an extremely strenuous event for not only the mother but also her newborn.

Intrauterine constraint, abnormal fetal positioning and spinal distress from delivery can cause structural changes in the neck, mid back and pelvis so it’s important to check newborns as early as possible to ensure their spine and nervous system develops properly. Combine this with the possible use of operative devices such as forceps and vacuum extractions it’s no wonder so many children develop chronic neck and other spinal issues during early development.

A particular case study examined over one thousand two hundred infants a week following birth. It was noted that over 95% not only had some form of spinal misalignment but also had cervical (neck) strain. Following gentle, specific spinal adjustments improvements were noted in sleep and muscle relaxation.

References
Fryman, V.M. (1992). Effect of osteopathic medical management on neurologic development in children. JAOA, 92; 729
To talk with one of our Doctors about how Chiropractic may be able to assist with complications associated with birth trauma, or to schedule an appointment to schedule an appointment to have your baby checked, you can call 5940-4760 (Pakenham) or 9882-7135 (Hawthorn)

Bells Palsy

Bell’s Palsy is a condition that sees sufferers unable to control the muscles of the face. There are numerous suggested causes, however most often it is considered the inflammatory processes affecting the nerves that supply these muscles in the face may cause weakness or paralysis.

Anecdotal evidence demonstrates a possible link between Chiropractic management and resolution of Bell’s Palsy symptoms. A particular case study presented a 47-yr old female who was managed with Chiropractic adjustments to the neck and mid thoracic spine over 9-weeks. Prior to treatment the woman suffered right sinus pressure & congestion, poor facial tone and right sided facial tingling. Following treatment, a 90% improvement in symptoms was indicated.

References
Cotton, B.A (2011). Chiropractic care of a 47yr old woman with chronic Bells Palsy: A case study. The Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. 10(4); 288 – 293
To talk with one of our Doctors about how Chiropractic may be able to assist with Bell’s Palsy, or to schedule an appointment, you can call 5940-4760 (Pakenham) or 9882-7135 (Hawthorn)

Bed Wetting

Bed wetting is a normal occurrence for majority of young children, however after the age of 4-5yrs children normal bladder control should be established.

During spinal development, the sacrum and coccyx begin as separate segments until they fuse during pubertal years. One possible explanation for bed wetting is that during these developmental years, misalignment of one or more of these segments may occur affecting nerve supply to not only the bladder but other organs. With alterations in the normal input to the bladder and other organs it may facilitate an inability to establish normal bladder control, therefore leading to bed wetting. Chiropractic adjustments to this area of the spine has an anecdotal history (and increasing scientific) of being effective.

One hundred and seventy one children who were all noted as suffering night time bed wetting (an average of seven per week) underwent specific Chiropractic management. At the end of the study, 15.5% of these children were considered now “dry” sleepers with a significant change in their night time habits. As well as this, across the sample group average “wet” nights reduced from seven to four.

References
LeBoeuf, C., Brown, P., Herman, A., Leembruggen, K., Walton, D., Crisp, T.C (1991). Chiropractic care of children with nocturnal enuresis: A prospective outcome study. The Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics, 14(2); 110 – 115

To talk with one of our Doctors about how Chiropractic may be able to assist your child with Bed wetting, or to schedule an appointment, you can call 5940-4760 (Pakenham) or 9882-7135 (Hawthorn)

Autism

Autism is a life-long developmental disability characterized by impairments in social interaction and communication. These signs typically begin before a child is 3yrs of age. To date, there remains no plausible explanation for the development of autism. Over the years, many manipulative therapists including Chiropractors have reported behavioural improvements in children following treatment of the upper cervical (neck) spine. A possible explanation for this is improvement in nervous system and brain function following spinal manipulation.

A particular case study in 2008 examines a 3.5yr old girl diagnosed as being Autistic 12-months previous. This girl underwent Chiropractic management over a 10-week period. Following treatment improvements and significant changes were noted in social interaction, language and ability to learn. These subjective changes may indicate a possible link between Chiropractic treatment and Autistic type symptoms.

References
Hoffman, N & Russell, D. (2008). Improvement in a 3 and half year old Autistic Child Following Chiropractic Intervention to reduce vertebral subluxation. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research.

To talk with one of our Doctors about how Chiropractic may be able to assist with Autism or other behavioural issues, or to schedule an appointment, you can call 5940-4760 (Pakenham) or 9882-7135 (Hawthorn)

Asthma

The prevalence of asthma in Australia is relatively high compared to international standards with approximately 10% of children and adults regularly suffering symptoms. Chiropractic intervention has been assessed over the years. One study consisting of eighty-one children who all participated in Chiropractic management were asked to self-report their asthma related impairment before and following treatment. Significant improvements were noted following treatment, including 90.1% overall lessening of symptoms, 30.9% voluntarily reduced medication dosages and 44.9% reported a reduce in the rate of attacks.

References
Graham, RL & Pistolese RA (1997). Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, Vol. 1, No. 4.

To talk with one of our Doctors about how Chiropractic may be able to assist with Asthma or other breathing issues, or to schedule an appointment, you can call 5940-4760 (Pakenham) or 9882-7135 (Hawthorn)

Attention deficit disorder

ADHD or ADD is characterized by symptoms including inattention, hyperactivity and impulsive behaviours and have been linked to problems in learning, behaviour and emotions. Attention deficit disorders has now been suggested to affect at least 1 out of every 10 Australian children aged 6-17yrs.

The exact cause of ADHD/ADD remains unknown however scientific literature indicates a possible connection with alterations in proper nervous system development/function. Historical treatment has focused on stimulant medications, however with all medications there are side effect risks which must be taken into account prior to administration. Typical side effects range from reduced appetite, sleeping problems, anxiety, general irritability, stomach pain, headaches and tics.

Several investigations have been carried out to distinguish whether Chiropractic management may play a role in improving symptoms of attention deficit disorders. One highlighted study compared two groups of twelve children all categorised as demonstrating signs of attention deficit disorder. One group received typical stimulant medication while the other received Chiropractic treatment. The Chiropractic care group demonstrated improvements in both hyperactivity, attentiveness as well as gross & fine motor control. It was noted in the stimulant group that over half the children exhibited signs of further personality changes, loss of appetite and insomnia. The study concluded that Chiropractic care was 20-40% more effective than medical therapies.

 

References
Brozozowske, W.T., Walton, E.V. (1980). The effect of Chiropractic treatment on students with learning and behavioural impairments resulting from neurological dysfunction. Journal of Australian Chiropractic Association, 11(8); 11 – 17

To talk with one of our Doctors about how Chiropractic may be able to assist with ADHD or other behavioural issues, or to schedule an appointment, you can call 5940-4760 (Pakenham) or 9882-7135 (Hawthorn)

Do I need to book?

At Wellbeing Chiropractic we have a ‘no waiting’ policy, which means you can always be seen when you need us.  That said, we do recommend calling ahead so we can schedule a time for you.

To schedule an appointment, you can call us at our Pakenham (5940-4760) or Hawthorn (9882 7135) practices.