Do All Chiropractors Use the same treatment Techniques?
No, no and no. There are literally thousands of chiropractic techniques out there that chiropractors can learn to aid in the diagnose and treatment of neuromusculo-skeletal conditions.
A common thread between all chiropractors in Australia, is the 5 years university training, necessary to become a registered chiropractor and a primary health care professional. Once graduated however Chiropractors can choose out of thousands of different techniques to aid there existing skill set.
The techniques used by chiropractors depend largely on their treatment philosophy. At Fluid Chiropractic, we use a variety techniques that aim to increase joint movement and range of motion. To do this a combination of joint mobilisation, manipulation, muscle stretching and dry needling can be used. This combination of techniques is referred to as diversified practitioner within the profession. Examples of other common chiropractic technique systems include Gonstead, Sacral-Occipital Techique and Applied Kinesiology
Joint mobilisation, is the use of gentle stretching movements and resistance, applied specifically to stiff joints, that can increase joint movement and decrease muscle stiffness. Osteopaths refer to joint mobilisations as muscle energy techniques, however they essentially the same method and have the same result and joint movement and muscle tone. More information on other chiropractic techniques can be found on this link https://fluidchiropractic.com.au/services/chiropractic/.
Common to all chiropractor is the knowledge to accurately diagnose and manage musculo-skeletal conditions, including both spinal and sports injuries.
Low Back Pain: What to do when you injure your lower back!
Low back pain, can be caused by any irritation of the tissues of the lumbar spine and pelvis, including joints, muscles, ligaments, intervertebral discs, nerves, bones and tendons. The location of the pain and the type of pain, can vary between what anatomy is irritated and severity of the irritation in the spine. For example, Compression of the sciatic nerve, can cause regional pain in the lower back, but can also cause a referred pattern of pain anywhere from the low back, hips, buttocks, legs and feet.
When suffering from an acute episode of low back pain, it is important to remember, that most episodes of low back pain resolve in 6 weeks. An episode of low back pain will not equate to a life long low back pain.
So What Can you Do When you injure your Low Back?
- Ice: Ice is an easy way top help ease the initial onset of pain. It is important to start as soon as back pain starts, within the first 24 hours of injury, for a period of 15 minutes on 30 minutes off.
- Heat: After the initial 24 hours of injury, a combination of heat and ice therapies can be used. Alternating between 15 minutes of icing followed by 20 minutes of heat should be continued for the 2- 4 days post injury.
- Keep Moving: To often people with low back pain are advised to rest. In a lot of acute low back injuries, bed rest will only slow your recovery. Good advise is too keep moving. Gentle movement such as walking keeps the muscles that support the spine awake and firing. Keeping the muscles awake is an integral part of a speedy recovery.
- Follow the ’30 Minute Rule’ For Sitting : In many new low back injuries, sitting down really aggravates the pain. If you have to sit down follow the ’30 minute rule’ for sitting. Get up out the chair and move, every 30 minutes. This will make a big difference to how you feel at the end of the day, and will help speed up your recovery
- Get an Opinion from a health care professional; Getting quality advise from a tertiary trained health professional, will help guide in the right direction for recovery from a low back injury. There advise should a diagnosis, pain management strategies, postural advise and corrective exercises.
Causes of Headaches
Headaches are often multi-factorial in cause. Neck stiffness, stress, hormones, dehydration, foods can all be triggers that can lead to headaches. The most common type of headache seen in Fluid Chiropractic is cervico-genic or tension headache.
Cervico-genic and tension headaches are caused by stiffness and dysfunction in the joints and muscles of the neck. See the nerves from the upper neck communicate with the nerves of the face and skull. Muscle Tightness and poor joint movement from the neck and jaw can refer pain to the head and skull and can be felt as a headache.
Signs that your neck is causing your headaches are:
– Neck movement aggravates your headache
– Headache is eased by pressure at the base of the skull
– On the days away from your desk, the headaches are lighter.
How Can Fluid Chiropractic Help?
The first step is to accurately diagnose your headaches. If the cause is not joint or muscle related we will send you off to your GP for further examination. Otherwise we will provide a treatment plan, that uses a variety of techniques, including:
– Mobilisation of stiff joints
– Headache relief exercises
– Dry needling to improve muscle flexibility
– Postural and ergonomic advice
Vaughn Bolack- Chiropractor
Welcome to The Fluid Chiropractic Kiama Website
Hi , welcome to our website, if your here your probably have some sort of pain or injury and looking for some relief. Secondly your probably wondering what is Fluid Chiropractic Kiama. Fluid Chiropractic is a Kiama based chiropractic business run by Chiropractor Vaughn Bolack.
With a focus on spinal pain and sports injuries, we utilise a number of safe and gentle techniques ranging from joint manipulation and mobilisation to dry needling and exercise rehabilitation to get you moving again . Our approach to treatment draws on techniques used by Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Physiotherapists and massage therapists
Don’t be fooled by the name, Fluid Chiropractic Kiama is not a new chiropractic technique involving liquid. Rather the name refers to fluid movement. Fluid movement is what we aim to restore (after reducing pain!), and maintain with all our patients.
We work at 2 locations; On Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays you will find us at the home based clinic in Kiama Downs. On Wednesdays we work from ‘Central Health Kiama’. The contact details are the same for both clinics.
We hope to see you there.
Vaughn Bolack- Chiropractor