Injury is the reason many people start visiting a chiropractor. Scientific studies have shown chiropractic care to be the healthcare modality of choice for many injuries such as whiplash (chronic and acute) and low back pain. As well as injuries chiropractic care has shown to resolve medically diagnosed conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, infantile colic, asthma, dizziness and vertigo, torticollis to name a few.

Can chiropractic help you with something you are suffering from?

It is important to remember that chiropractors at Optimum Health Chiropractic do not seek to diagnosis and cure illnesses and injuries. We find that by enabling the body's innate healing ability through a personalised chiropractic wellness programme people move to a better state of health.

As one of our clients says:
"I'm still in the process of getting over the injury, however the injury or pain I used to receive when squatting is almost non-existent, also I have become quite interested in the way the body operates, and in discovering ways to make it operate optimally, so that I can receive the maximum benefits from training"

Hayden, 25, Keen Gym-goer.

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Tiger Woods, Arnold Swarztnegger, Peter Brock and Frank Nobilo all have a secret that gives them their competitive edge - chiropractic care!! Is your sporting career benefiting from the performance enhancements that a chiropractic optimisation plan has to offer?

Optimum Health chiropractic helps all sorts of sportspeople lift their game- hockey players, golf players, runners, soccer players, rugby players, tennis players, martial artists, race drivers, bodybuilders, powerlifters, trampers?national reps to amateurs. Ensuring your body is functioning efficiently as it can with regular chiropractic care will enhance your performance, minimise injury and decrease injury recover time.

"for the first time in my life I shot under 80! My swing feels freer and more relaxed"

Craig, 42, Golfer

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Recent research shows that employees in a chiropractic wellness programme react 15% faster to new stimuli than their colleagues sitting at the next desk who are not. Regular chiropractic fine-tuning of the spine and nervous system ensures optimal levels of cortical processing, resulting in increased brain -efficiency and response-time to specific reaction-time tasks. This increased productivity cannot help but lower stress levels and raise feelings of competence and job satisfaction.

In today's modern, fast-pace workplace you need to be on the ball and up to speed. Productive, motivated employees are satisfied employees who contribute more to your company. Is there anyone in your team who wouldn't benefit from thinking and functioning 15% faster?

Fit, healthy employees have more drive, focus, enthusiasm and are more productive than their colleagues who spend 10 hours a day in the office, don't stop for lunch and don't take care of themselves. Fit, healthy individuals tend to have high self- esteem and this confidence carries over into their business dealings.

It is also becoming evident that it is much easier and cost-effective to keep an employee healthy than it is to rehabilitate a sick or injured one. This proactive approach to employee healthcare can also result in lower ACC and OSH premiums.

Optimum Health Chiropractic is about optimising performance through optimising Health. Our range of services makes proactive healthcare easily available in your workplace. Among the services we offer are state-of-the-art chiropractic care, health-talks, employee health-status evaluations, proactive management of OSH issues, yoga classes, seminars and information on; productivity, stress management, healthy lifestyles etc.

Chiropractic care is an integral part of a Health and Wellness plan for your employees. Are you missing out on the cost-effective performance-boost that chiropractic care offers your employees? Your competitors aren't! Call 3777 922 to develop a chiropractic wellness programme for your employees today.

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Investing in a chiropractic wellness programme is an investment in your health and improves your quality of life. As chiropractic care progresses, tension levels in your body drop, your spine becomes more balanced and your nervous system functions better. As a result of these changes many of our clients find themselves less stressed, more tolerant, able to sleep better and more aware of their bodies.

Chiropractic care is often the precursor to such lifestyle changes as stopping smoking, starting regular exercise and eating a more balanced diet. Chiropractic care makes you more aware of your body and its needs

"I would (and do) recommend chiro care to others. I am a very healthy person who never gets sick (even before chiro I only ever got colds), in fact I don't even have my own doctor and can't remember the last time I saw one. For me chiro is not an addition to the long list of other treatments (regular medical or alternative), it is the only one. I am not a follower of 'professional healthcare' in any shape or form, yet I fully endorse the benefits of chiro and will continue with it indefinitely. I work hard and spend my money wisely (read: thrifty not tightarse), so certainly appreciate the value of a dollar. Regular chiro care for my wife and I is the best $1000 that I have spent in a long time. It leaves me in much better shape to go out and do better business."

Mike, 32, Businessman

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By: Dr Rich Originally Printed in: I.C.P.A. Newsletter November/December 1998

We all want our children to do well in school. We make sure they bring home their books and do their homework at night. We make sure they have their books packed away in their backpacks and ready to be taken to classes the next day. However, what we may be overlooking is a threat to our children's spine more sinister than any fall off the swing set. Recently scientists have begun to examine the effects of carrying heavy backpacks full of books.[i] What they have discovered is that carrying heavy backpacks may pose a serious threat to your child's spinal development. A team of researchers at Auburn University has studied 421 students and found that backpacks carried with one-strap promoted lateral spinal bending and shoulder elevation. Additionally, they noted carrying a backpack promoted significant forward lean of head and trunk.

The scientists state the average backpack represented 17% of the child's body weight. If we apply this standard to adults, it would be the equivalent of the average 150 pound adult carrying a 26-pound backpack. This would explain why 67.2% of the subjects suffered muscle soreness, 50.8% suffered back pain, 24.5% suffered numbness, and 14.7% suffered shoulder pain. The researchers went on to conclude that the daily physical stresses associated with carrying a backpack on one shoulder significantly alters the posture and gait of the youth. Sanders [ii] reports that Orthopedists are of the opinion that continual exposure to carrying weighted loads can promote damage accredited to the imposed postural problems caused by carrying the loads. The authors of the Auburn study also state that the effects of weight bearing induced stress is a serious issue when considering children and youths who are experiencing physical growth and motor development.

If your child does use backpacks to carry books there are things that you can do to reduce the physical stress associated with carry backpacks.

  1. Make sure that the weight of the bookbag does not exceed more than 10% of the child's total body weight. [iii] This is especially important for children in grades 1-4.
  2. Avoid using backpacks or athletic bags that have only one strap.
  3. Ensure that children wear both straps on their shoulder's to distribute weight evenly. This will significantly reduce book bag carrying stresses.
  4. Have your child examined regularly by a chiropractor so that any potential spinal, or postural, problems can be addressed and corrected.

It is important to remember that children and adolescent youths need backpack limitations that are sensitive to their age, weight, stage of spinal development, growth pattern and fitness level. Only by exercising prudent care can we safeguard our children's health.

[i] Pascoe DD; Pascoe DE; Wang YT; Shim DM; Kim CK. Influence of carrying book bags on gait and posture of youths. Ergonomics 1997; 40(6):631-41 [ii] Sander M. Weight of schoolbags in a Freiburg elementary school. Recommendations to parents and teachers. Offentl Gesundheitswes 1979; 41(5):251-3 [iii] Voll HJ; Klimt F. Strain in children caused by carrying schoolbags. Offentl Gesundheitswes 1977; 39(7):369-78

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Article Posted: October 02, 2000

Few topics are taboo in chiropractor Donna Schoales's office. Even marital troubles come up for discussion. But when it comes to how back pain is affecting their sex life, most people clam up. "My patients get very open with me with a lot of other issues," Schoales says. "But I think I can count on both hands the number of times that a discussion about sex and back pain has come up over the past 17 years."

That's too bad, because statistics indicate eight in 10 people experience back pain at some point in their life. And when they do, sex is one of the first things that men and women avoid, even though it can be just as comfortable with a few modifications.

In fact, according to Maine physical therapist Lauren Hebert, author of Sex and Back Pain, people with back pain who aim to learn and practice pain-free techniques and positions with their partner often improve their sex life for good. "I have had people say that their sex life is better since they had a back problem and started using my book," he says. "It opens things up for them, forces them to talk about it and communicate."

Schoales, a Toronto-based chiropractor, agrees that communication is essential, because relationship problems often develop when people have long-term, chronic pain and don't explain what they're experiencing to friends and family. "Often, people will say 'my family doesn't understand the pain I'm going through,'" says Schoales. "That can occur when people have pain that's not related to something visible. With back pain, people can't see that you have a cast on your arm or a gash on your leg."

Communication is usually the biggest challenge, as most back pain doesn't involve actual sexual function. In fact, Hebert says that even in extreme cases of back pain he doesn't recommend people stop being sexual. "There can be very passive positions people can take," he says.

The key is to open up enough to discuss which positions are comfortable and which aren't. "Learn what you can and cannot do physically," he says. "If you really can't talk about it, then just use a book-marking technique, where you bookmark pages in my book that contain positions that are of concern to you, hand that to your partner and have him or her do the same."

It's also important that you don't worry excessively about your performance, and that you don't try too hard and get aggravated. To help, it's good to emphasize eroticism and use more foreplay. Romantic massages, hot baths and showers facilitate relaxation and loosen muscles. Massages are especially useful, as they can also help calm the nervous system. "That way you're not starting out with fear, tension, spasm and pain," says Hebert. "You're putting that off and replacing it with something a bit more comforting."

After selling over one million copies of his book and having thousands of clinics in North America and Europe use it to educate patients, Hebert can be confident that his advice will help people with back pain return to sexual activity. And even if the sales weren't enough, there's always the anecdotal evidence. "I frequently get notes from people who say 'I bought your book and it saved my marriage,'" he says.

Part of that success may be due to the book's easy-to-use categorization. Hebert realized that sex generally only involves two back movements: forward bending (flexion) and backward bending (extension). So he used those movements as a starting point. "I thought, well, when it comes to sex there are going to be positions that will bend the spine one way and positions that will bend the spine the other way," he says. "So, using a physical therapist model of categorizing back pain, I could easily fit the various sex positions in."

Patients who have back pain during even slight movements should see Hebert's section on brittle back, while those with more pain while bending backward should see the section on extension pain and those with more pain while bending forward should see the section on flexion pain. Then, they should discuss their concerns with their partner, plan an intimate evening that begins with a warm bath or massage and follow the instructions.

Brittle back
Brittle back refers to serious back conditions that make even slight movements uncomfortable. Patients with such a condition should try lying on their back on a firm surface and using pillows or rolled towels to provide support behind their knees, head and, if it helps, low back. They should also take a passive role while their partner does most movement slowly, and should communicate with their partner to tell him or her when anything is causing discomfort.

Extension pain
Patients who have pain during extension might find many traditional positions uncomfortable. In searching for a more comfortable position, the most important thing they should do is support their low back. A woman can try lying with a rolled towel under her low back and bending her legs as little as possible. A man can try using a rolled towel under his low back while his partner straddles him. Both men and women with extension pain should also consider seated sex. A chair will provide support for a man's low back, and by sitting on her partner's lap a woman can control the pace to minimize discomfort.

Flexion Pain
Patients who have flexion pain should carefully monitor their posture during sex to avoid forward-bending positions. Often, it's best for people with this type of pain to adopt a more passive role during sex. A woman should try lying on her back in the standard missionary position with her knees bent toward her chest, or using a chair and sitting on her partner's lap while controlling the pace. A man with flexion pain may want to sit in a chair as well, or can ask his partner to adopt the traditional missionary position and raise her bottom with pillows to ease the amount of forward bending he must do.

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One little known chiropractic fact is the number of celebrities that benefit from regular chiropractic care. When we started researching this we were amazed (although it's not too amazing when you think about it) to discover the diversity of well-known people that have regular chiropractic care.

Is this the first time you've heard about these people being under chiropractic care? Surprised? Stop and think for a second, most of these people rely on their bodies to provide them with an edge over their competition. If you had found something that does provide dramatic improvements in performance would you tell your competitors?

Come and benefit from the celebrities healthcare-of-choice. Optimization chiropractic care!!

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