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Spinal Degeneration (aka Osteoarthritis)

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Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease or "wear and tear" arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common chronic condition of the joints. It occurs when the cartilage or cushion between the joints breaks down leading to pain, stiffness and swelling.

Osteoarthritis has no age barriers and there is no known cure. The best treatment is to manage symptoms of pain, stiffness and swelling, improve your joint mobility and flexibility, of course having a healthy weight and exercising is key to your overall health.

If you think of your body as a machine, it must be nurtured and maintained to operate optimally just like any piece of machinery you use.

Taking care of your health by preventative measures is always the best course of action. If you find yourself in discomfort please make an appointment with Mary Anne Lowery Chiropractor to discuss what assistance can be offered to you.

So don’t hesitate, call now on 4721 2143 to improve your quality of life.

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Ice v Heat, When Do You Use?

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Generally, use ice for acute injuries or pain, along with inflammation and swelling. Use heat for muscle pain or stiffness.

If you sustain a sprain or strain injury it gets worse later that night or the next day. The trick is to apply ice not heat, as heat encourages further inflammation, while ice reduces it.

Taking care of your health by preventative measures is always the best course of action. If you find yourself in discomfort please make an appointment with Mary Anne Lowery Chiropractor to discuss what assistance can be offered to you.

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Sitting on Irreversible Heart Disease

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Your body is designed for regular movement, but in our changed technology culture of today, many find themselves sitting at the office desk or sitting on the couch watching television or playing computer games for extended periods of time.

You can't offset ten hours of stillness with one hour of exercise.

Sitting for brief periods is not harmful, it is the long periods day-in day-out that can impact your health and possibly shorten your life.

For a healthy heart and body keep moving and stay active for as long as possible. There are now standing office desks available to avoid sitting at the office all day which may be a solution for you.

Taking care of your health by preventative measures is always the best course of action. If you find yourself in discomfort please make an appointment with Mary Anne Lowery Chiropractor to discuss what assistance can be offered to you.

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Bending With Your Knees

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Bending and lifting with your legs avoids bending and straining to lift with your back.

As we are our muscles and ligaments become less flexible with the disks that act as a cushion between the bones of our spine and they become more brittle as we age. All of these things makes us more prone to having back injury as we grow older.

Through not bending and lifting correctly, injury can occur to your muscles, ligaments, or even the disks in your spine.

Taking care of your health by preventative measures is always the best course of action. If you find yourself in discomfort please make an appointment with Mary Anne Lowery Chiropractor to discuss what assistance can be offered to you.

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Whiplash

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This injury is most commonly associated with motor vehicle accidents, but whiplash can also occur with a sudden blow to the head from contact sports, or a slip or fall where the head is jarred or jolted.

The injury occurs when the head is thrown forward into hyperflexion and then backwards into hyperextension, thus causing torn anterior longitudinal and nuchal ligament damage. The severity of the pain will depend on the severity of the injury, although typically whiplash is not felt immediately at the time of the incident, but rather when the inflammation develops slowly over the following 12 to 24 hours and it is when this inflammation occurs that the pain is felt. It is best to keep the neck moving (gently) as much as possible and ice periodically for a couple of days and seek chiropractic aid.

Taking care of your health by preventative measures is always the best course of action. If you find yourself in discomfort please make an appointment with Mary Anne Lowery Chiropractor to discuss what assistance can be offered to you.

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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: Pins & Needles

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TOS, aka Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, is a disorder when blood vessels or nerves in the space between your collarbone and your first rib (thoracic outlet) are compressed. This can cause pain in your shoulders, neck and numbness (pins & needles) in your fingers. While the cause of the compression varies, it can include anatomical defects, poor posture, trauma, repetitive activity, pressure joints, pregnancy. 

Often people with TOS will wake up in the middle of the night with pins & needles in their hand and shake it off and the symptom goes.

Exercises can help, otherwise chiropractic adjustments to the neck and shoulder may be required to alleviate the compressed structures.

Taking care of your health by preventative measures is always the best course of action. If you find yourself in discomfort please make an appointment with Mary Anne Lowery Chiropractor to discuss what assistance can be offered to you.

So don’t hesitate, call now on 4721 2143 to improve your quality of life.

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Good Posture Is A Good Habit

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Obtaining good posture is like any other good habit, you have to make a conscientious effort to create the good habit. Your natural posture is a result of your conscientious effort and the environment.

  1. Stand Tall: shoulders back and down.
  2. Keep your spine in a neutral position, maintaining the natural curvatures.
  3. Brace the abdomen.
  4. Keep your knees slightly bent / off lock.
  5. If you are standing for prolonged periods, a quality pair of shoes offering good support can help.

Taking care of your health by preventative measures is always the best course of action. If you find yourself in discomfort please make an appointment with Mary Anne Lowery Chiropractor to discuss what assistance can be offered to you.

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