With all the hype from The State of Origin games going on this month, TASC has been thinking about the affect sports has on the spine. Did you know at least one-third of professional rugby players have suffered spinal injuries equivalent to those of a car-crash victim? It’s been shown that high-impact sports can place the same amount of strain on the body as an auto collision.
For almost fifteen years, Dr Bailey has been planning the introduction of the spinal rehabilitation room here at TASC. This time has been spent finding and learning the appropriate tools, techniques and skills that he thought were appropriate to implement into his practice.
The rehab room is now open and ready for patient’s to use here at TASC. Our focus will be on the improvement and restoration of spinal curves, ranging from the common lost neck curve to scoliosis. Dr Bailey will be using equipment ranging from traction tables and spinal orthodics to taping and mirror image based exercises that will gently, safely and effectively deliver this care.
Chiropractic in sports
Regardless of the sport, having good spinal health as an athlete is vital to one’s overall wellbeing. Having good spinal health can improve performance, prevent injury and allow quicker recovery time if injury does occur. Chiropractic care is a great way for athletes to improve their spinal health without seeking surgery or drugs.
In addition to assisting an athlete to reach higher levels of overall performance, many report that ongoing chiropractic care can offer benefits such as:
Chiropractic is a great way to keep progressing with your sport, fitness or exercise. Just as regular exercise is eneficial to our health, so are regular chiropractic adjustments. Many seek chiropractic treatment only after they suffered an injury. However, research shows that sporting injuries, such as hamstring injuries, could be reduced through the inclusion of chiropractic care to one’s daily life. It is for these many reasons that many top performing athletes around the world are receiving Chiropractic care to aid their performance and give them the ‘edge’ to their winning ways.
- Better focus and concentration
- Improved posture
- Increased Range of Motion
- Reduced risk of injury
- Reduced pain in major joints
- Better Flexibility
- Reduced Stressed
Restoring normal neck curve
First of all, what is abnormal neck curve?
Abnormal neck curve or abnormal neck posture is when your head juts out or pushes forward from your shoulders causing your rib cage to move backwards and tilts your pelvis. When you have normal neck posture, the weight of your head is evenly balanced over your shoulders. Having abnormal neck posture, puts added stress on your neck muscles and your neck (or cervical spine) by adding extra unbalanced weight from your head. The more your head moves forward, the more stress is placed on your muscles and spine.
What causes abnormal neck curves?
Abnormal neck curves can be caused by trauma from car accidents like whiplash, as well as from repetitive activities you do every day, like sitting at a computer keyboard in a slouched position, driving your car or laying on the couch watching TV. Activities we do every day are contributing to abnormal neck curves, and it is being diagnosed in an increasing number of people from the very young to the elderly.
What are the effects of abnormal neck curve?
If you have abnormal neck curve you can often get many physical symptoms such as headaches or neck pain. You may also experience other more neurological symptoms like fatigue, numbness and/or tingling in your hands and feet. In rare cases you may even experience loss of lung capacity. The harm to your health can range from slight discomfort to being quite serious; this is due to the significant effects of having added pressure on your spinal cord, nerves and discs.
What can we do to restore your neck curve?
To restore your neck curve we use carefully planned adjustments, exercises and traction to gently move abnormally aligned joints, muscles and ligaments back to their normal position. We then go beyond this normal positioning, in what is called mirroring the displacement, which is over-correcting your neck curve in very measured amounts and holding the position for precise periods. This causes your neck muscles, ligaments and joints to “re - learn” the correct neck posture positions and then with continued treatment, exercise and practice, maintain this normal position.
From the desk of Dr Robert J Bailey
You may have noticed the clinic has had reduced hours on Monday afternoon and a couple of Saturdays, over the last couple of months? The time away from the clinic during the week has allowed me to complete further high level training at the University of Queensland in surgical level anatomy. The weekend getaways have allowed me to travel interstate to complete further high level postgraduate training in advanced scoliosis and spinal curve management. This is a natural progression, now that we have introduced the rehabilitation room to the clinic. I am looking forward to these new facilities and techniques allowing us to provide even more comprehensive spinal management to our patients. In the meantime, I have already begun reviewing patients to determine who might benefit from these techniques. I intend to progressively integrate them into the practice over the coming months. If you would like to know if these techniques might benefit you, feel free to ask at your next visit to the centre.
Chicken stock/broth for winter
Recipe of the month
Place the chicken frames, garlic, vegetables, herbs in a large, deep stock pot. Add the cold water and bring to the boil. Continue to simmer gently for 3-4 hours, skimming if you feel it’s necessary, then pass the stock through a fine sieve or just put an old tea towel over a colander. Allow to cool for about half an hour, then refrigerate. Once the stock is cold it should look clear and slightly yellow or amber in colour. I usually divide it into 500ml plastic containers at this point and freeze it. It will keep in the fridge for about 4 days and in the freezer for 2-3 months. Add salt and pepper to taste when using.
- 3 raw chicken frames or 1kg wings chopped
- ½ head garlic, unpeeled and bashed
- 1/2 celery, roughly chopped include leaves
- 2 medium onions, roughly chopped
- 4 large carrots, roughly chopped
- ½ cabbage roughly chopped
- Any other veggies you have in the fridge
- Any fresh herbs you may have in the fridge or just add what you like – I use parsley and lemon thyme
- Cold water to fill pot
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All added up - Fundraising
A big thank you to everyone who has dropped a coin in our donation piggybanks here at TASC. We were able to raise $54.00 for Chiropractic BioPhysics, as well as $52.75 for Tiger 511. To find out more about these charities visit their websites featured below.
Pay a Sack Forward
Pay A Sack Forward (PASF) is a non-profit organization that takes donations and turns them into survival sacks for the homeless. This month, TASC has been working hard to promote, raise donations and gather volunteers to help with Community Sack Packing Day being held mid-June. Michael Stafford, from PASF, will then take the sacks gathered, load up his little car and personally hand out the sacks to people living on the streets. It’s not too late to get involved. Call TASC today and find out what you could do to lend a hand to the homeless.
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