At the Healthpraxis, we love to help, we’re passionate about who we help and, why and how we provide our service. Our focus is on helping you improve your spine and nerve system function. In turn, this also enhances your overall body function. And It’s more than just for pain.
Many others before you have experienced improvements in their symptoms and life as their health and vitality grow. While care with us isn’t directly to treat the following conditions, these are some of a wide variety of concerns that people sometimes might have.
Surprisingly people also come in for care with no symptoms at all. These are the type of people we call “Seekers” and they want more from their life. These people know they can grow in vitality and quality of life.
Below you can discover more about this wide range of problems people nowadays are having:
- Anxiety, Depression
- IBS/ Digestive issues
- Low energy and fatigue
- Sleep problems
- Trouble Focusing
- Neck pain
- Low back pain
- Disc problems and Sciatica
- Joint pain
- Children’s conditions
- Stress symptoms
- Sports Chiropractic
- Life enjoyment and personal growth.
We can all accept the normal, natural state of a healthy body is generally one of ease and adaptability. And stress and anxiety naturally occur at times. If so any short-term threat or experience is usually resolved quickly, which allows your body and brain to reset back to feeling good again.
However, nowadays, more and more people are dealing with constant background anxiety. Even though you’re safe, you may not feel like it. For example, you may have noticed how anxiousness seems to end up making decisions for you. Which affects what you do socially or how much you show up in life.
What in your body, is this stress and anxiety connected to? Is there anything getting on your nerves?
Because if it’s your nerve system, we can help you. In fact, we don’t want just to mask your feeling of anxiety, giving you a false sense of relief. Instead, we will help you to reset any underlying nerve interference from stress into ease. It is possible to recognise where your anxiety is coming from, learn how to reconcile and then feel relaxed, at ease, and live your life the way you want to.
We consider that a healthy body will typically experience short-term depression (i.e. a death in the family, major life change, etc.). And that with time, depression often predictably resolves. Yet, suppose you get caught or stuck in emotions, this can be reflected in body physiology (the way our bodies work) and your body can also seem stuck.
Depression may have settled in after your body has been under ‘high alert’ and overridden your nerve signalling. Eventually, if you can no longer keep up with the high demands. Your stress switches over to exhaustion and then feeling good and or feeling like you have enough energy is out of reach.
When this is going on, we can help you establish healthy movement in your spine along with a needed nerve system reset from stress and exhaustion into ease, growth and repair. This can change how your body moves and feels, which supports better mood. This can feel like a fog lifting, where things feel lighter, more comfortable, and motivation is there where it wasn’t before.
In this office, we can help you with unresolved lifestyle factors that may be interfering with your experience of naturally feeling good. And we can refer to therapists and other professionals if needed.
Tummy and Digestive troubles
IBS and digestive issues are typically the most common complaints that run concurrently to changes in the way your spine and nerve system behave (along with chronic pain and exhaustion). From my experience working with people. When a nervous system is in a state of stress. Stress can often be reflected through the nerves of the digestive system (The enteric nerve system) and back out again.
Think about it, if your nerve system gets stuck in survival mode, you will automatically put digestion on the back burner. Then the smooth muscle tone of your digestive tract, including the small and large intestines changes. Which can lead to a loss of ease with the essential function of digesting and absorbing food, leading to fluctuations between diarrhoea and constipation, cramping, heartburn and GERD, bloating after eating, etc.
Perhaps this is what your body is dealing with? And maybe resetting your nerve system can be an exciting way to help your body heal and help you get your life back. With time most people naturally start having a capacity to change, adding in a few healthy lifestyle changes (taking away dietary triggers or a gentle detox).
No matter your circumstance, it is always a delight to see people getting more confident and have more energy because now they are internal comfortable and well.
Low energy and adrenal fatigue
Your adrenals glands sit on top of your kidneys and alongside the other glands. Like the thyroid gland together, they all play a significant role in helping you adapt to stress. Your adrenal glands regulate and release hormones, and they contribute to turning on your fight/flight stress response. And if needed, they can change their behaviour to help you relax after the threat has passed.
Today, our stress often lasts longer than a few minutes. It would’ve only taken our ancestors minutes to resolve a dangerous situation. These days, we can be so caught up in physical and mental habits that reinforce the fight/ flight response in our bodies that for years if not decades, there is very little rest…
Long term or chronic stress is very inefficient for your body. The nerves become irritated and are overworked. This also means your brain is on high alert, and your body can’t keep up with daily tasks of healing and repair.
Our role is to analyse-detect and correct what’s causing your nerve system stress. So, if your body has become stuck in fight & flight; leading to fatigued adrenals and low energy.
Interestingly you might like to know that an efficiently working nerve system can return a lot of wasted energy back to you. And when that happens, you’ll likely feel a BIG shift in how you go about your life. Meaning your internal systems have a better opportunity to shift out of stress and into growth and repair.
Most likely, you’ll know that a night of deep sleep is an essential requirement for your body needs. Figuring out the right amount and getting into regular sleep patterns is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
If your nerve system is fixed in stress-mode, it’s like having your foot stuck on the accelerator pedal. Your body won’t be able to slow down and get deep restorative rest. And if you ever string together many nights without sleep, you’ll quickly recognise how inefficient you become. Then all the work that must get done starts to back up. Your energy levels go down, you will, and you can begin to rely on ‘ borrowed energy’, like fast foods, stimulants or sheer grit and determination to get through the day. This is like living on thin air – you definitely don’t want to make life easy and pleasurable like this.
In our office, people frequently report sleep improvements after their adjustments. When releasing nerve system stress out of fight and flight from the body, your brain can finally drop the hypervigilance and fully rest and recover at night. Suddenly, and not surprisingly a good night sleep comes hand in hand with reports like “now I’m waking up with energy and clarity from a night of deep”.
Restorative sleep can be your new normal.
Chronic stress pushes brain function down to the more primitive hindbrain (also known as the reptilian brain). It’s one of the first parts of the brain to develop, and it is more reactive and instinctive, which helps keep us alive.
This does make sense for very short stress; you must react immediately and take in as much information as possible so you can survive. However, when you are persistently overwhelmed, your brain flicks over to a mode that is fixed in fight and flight. Now you won’t be able to sustain this for very long, and focus and memory are affected.
If your nerve stress system gets wrapped up in a fight-flight-fright response like this, your brain-body will stew in stress hormones. And these hormones actually change the way your brain works. And Stress hormones like oestrogen reduce activity in the frontal lobes (located in the forehead). The frontal lobes allow you to do planning, have a clear thought, decision making, etc. They’re where the best version of you can be expressed.
When you reset the stress in your nerve system and help your brain-body cool down and move out of height alert, your brain function changes. Then you’ll find it becomes easier to pay attention. Then you will likely see the bigger picture, and feel at ease letting your attention rest on one thing at a time without internal stress pulling you away.
Many people will experience headaches at some point during their lives. Headaches can feel dull and throbbing and more, all the way up to sharp and intense. For most people, headaches can significantly affect your ability to concentrate, and the end of the day can’t come quick enough. Migraines are one of the most compromising types of headaches, and are sometimes preceded by auras and visual disturbances, and may also cause nausea and vomiting.
While many different triggers lead to headaches. Your Chiropractor is trained to analyse if your headaches might be related to tension in your spine and nerve system, “cervicogenic headaches”. Commonly, old injuries/trauma like whiplash, hours of computer work, text neck/anterior head carriage and poor posture can also build up and cause damage. Because some nerves travel around the base of the skull, and from the neck wrap up around the head, face, and jaw, pain can refer into the skull.
Other causes of headaches include fatigue, bright lights, weather changes, sensitivity to chemicals in foods, caffeine, skipping meals, and hormonal cycles.
It’s important to know which factors are contributing to your headaches. For example, by gently relax neck bones as well as correcting the alignment of the head as it sits above the spine. Stress and tension may likely be reduced from the nerves that are causing pain. And from what we’ve seen, people then often become less reactive to their own unique headache triggers once their spine is at ease.
Neck pain or low back pain is often a reason why people seek Chiropractic care. When the build-up of tension is slow yet constant, symptoms can come on slow and then be incredibly distracting once bedded in. Which you may know makes it difficult to focus and enjoy what’s right in front of you.
You might find yourself always moving or stretching your neck to find ways to make the pain go away, and that can also be extremely frustrating. Frequent having your head in front of your shoulders like when leaning over the phone will cause neck tension to build up. And, neck pain will frequently limit the range of motion. For example, many people describe how difficult turning their head is as they back their car out of the driveway.
Neck pain may also cause fatigue, difficulty concentrating, headaches and shoulder or upper back pain. And when the tightness increases, it becomes easier to feel mentally overwhelmed, and harder to find your centre and relax.
Many factors do contribute to your neck pain. If it’s only a muscle problem, this will usually resolve on its own within a few days. When your neck pain continues or frequently happens, a Chiropractor can determine if there’s underlying spine and nerve system changes that is causing pain to stay there.
If it is safe to help with Chiropractic care, we can gently realign the small, movable bones of the neck. Using only low force to allow for the adjustments to happen, your spine can start moving with ease again, and the nerves (and muscles) can better relax.
Low Back Pain
Spine mobility is something we count on each day and sometimes take for granted. If it comes, low back pain can drastically limit movement, sometimes even causing pain with every step you take. This can affect your day, whether it’s gardening or work around the house on the weekends or exercise. Commonly low back pain arises from old injuries, sedentary lifestyle, poor posture, spinal degeneration/ disc issues, and sitting for long hours at work or in the car.
Some people come to our office concerned that their low back pain is a sign of something severe going on. A Chiropractor can determine which factors might be contributing to your pain. Perhaps its tension fixated in the lumbar spine, sacroiliac joints, or maybe compensation from another part of your spine, or extremities.
Chiropractic offers a low force, drug-free, conservative approach to help your low back pain naturally subside. When needed, we may recommend other health-care practitioners (physical therapists, massage, etc.) and lifestyle changes will compliment your recovery. If your spine is aligned correctly and the supporting postural muscles are retrained and supple. You will likely start to feel ease, mobility and stability in all the right places as you go through your day and confident with a body you can rely on.
Disc / Sciatic Pain
For many people, Intervertebral Disc (IVD) issues show up just like “the straw that broke the camel’s back”. Often a person bends over to pick something up as you’ve done a million times before, and suddenly you seem to hear a ‘pop’ and your body tenses up.
It’s crucial to remember that except in cases of massive trauma, your disc will only bulge, protrude or herniate after years of accumulated strain and fatigue and dehydration. When the tough outer fibres supporting the softer, centre part of the disc start to give way, the middle part can bulge out and press on ligaments, mucsle-tendons and nerves, which may cause sensations to radiate through to the arms or legs.
And disc issues, either in the low back or neck, can be scary. Pain is often acute and severe and can interfere with any and all types of movement or even sitting and lying down. Additionally, if the issue is not corrected, your medical doctor may even recommend surgery.
Spinal discs are soft, compressible cushions that are primarily water and that serve to separate the interlocking bones (vertebrae) of the spine. The IVD act as shock absorbers in the spine, allowing you to flex, bend, and twist. Degenerative disc disease (the discs start to lose water, height and composition) can take place anywhere in the spine. Still, it most often occurs in the discs in the lower back (lumbar region) and the neck (cervical region). This often but not always results in neck and back pain which leads to Osteoarthritis. This type of condition may put pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, leading to increasing pain and symptoms that commonly disc herniation produces. If the spinal cord is affected, it may cause systemic problems within the body.
During chiropractic examinations, it can be identified if you need a referral to a medical doctor. If you’re a candidate for Chiropractic care, spinal adjustments can help restore normal motion and positioning in your spine.
Chiropractic care, along with time, good movement and a supportive lifestyle has helped many people avoid surgery and get off pain medications. And the best part is that our low force style of adjustments has helped many people.
Some bones are linked together by ligaments, creating a joint known as a syndesmosis. If you count every instance where a ligament spans between two bones, and count every ligament as a separate joining, you would have an enormous number of joints. Mostly, when we think of joints, we are thinking about the moveable joints known as synovial joints. There are a lot of these, and not all synovial joints are mobile and not all mobile joints are synovial. And just like an old door hinge can get stiff your joints can get creaky with age and lack of use, and sometimes this even causes pain.
In our office, people commonly come to us with knee and shoulder injuries from athletics, slips/falls. Scar tissue and uneven wear from years of walking and running with misaligned joints. Similarly, it’s like the wear and tear of driving a car with the wheels out of alignment. The tires then work unevenly, and so can your joints; many people come in with one or two different body areas affected more than others.
With our Chiropractic googles, we’ll look to discover if your injured joint is moving through its full range of motion. Or if it’s become stuck for another reason, leading you to pain and reduced mobility. Also, can examine the alignment of your spinal bones to see if any contributing factors need to be addressed.
Many people find that correcting their whole-body posture takes pressure off their joints. Which, in turn, helps their body heal, easing up their pain, and in some cases helping push back or even avoids joint surgery. For those worried about the effects of cortisone shots and other medications, our powerful drug-free approach to helping the bodywork better can be much appreciated!
Chiropractic care can be a fantastic, drug-free resource for pregnant mums. During pregnancy, many changes are happening for mum as her baby and baby develop. Your low back, spinal curve can increase as the baby grows, overall pelvic alignment shifts, and your posture adapts to a new centre of gravity. All of which can result in additional load on the spine, and may cause a general elevation of stress, tension and sometimes cause pain.
Chiropractor’s like us are trained to gently examine the spine and determine if spinal misalignments and nerve stress may be negatively affecting your posture. When the spinal bones are moving well, mums often report having less pain and more ease with the changes they’re experiencing.
Chiropractic may also release intrauterine constraint. This allows more space for your baby to get into the best possible position for delivery. And this can support a mum’s pathway to a more comfortable, non-invasive delivery. And when stress is released from the mum’s body and nerve system with low force adjustments, the baby will likely benefit from fewer stress signals too.
Potential benefits with Chiropractic care during pregnancy can include: reduced nausea, easing of back, neck or joint pain. And maintaining a healthier pregnancy overall and reducing the time of labour and delivery.
Many people bring their children to get adjusted, and although we solely work with spine and nerve system tension, we have seen Children with all types of symptoms like:
- Back/ neck pain
- Sensory processing disorders
- Muscle spasms and posture issues
- Ear infections, colic, reflux,
- Depression, anxiety
- Coordination problems
When you take the time to understand the function of a properly moving spine and the role of Chiropractic for children. You’ll see how this helps keep a child’s brain and body well and at their best.
Your spine has 24 movable bones and many more joints. Each part of your spine is linked with your brain by nerves. This helps the body’s computer regulate, movement, growth, immune function, emotions, digestion, repair, and, everything else. If the small spinal bones get stuck, for any reason (like falling while learning to walk or sitting for hours at school, etc.) this can skew the information sent to the brain. In turn, this can put the brain on alert. Now, the child’s body holds onto the ‘stress response.’ This is when the more primitive, survival part of the brain runs the show. Causing muscles to tighten, and it becomes harder for them to concentrate, learn and play.
With Chiropractic care for children, their spine starts moving well, and we’ve seen Children become more adaptable and playful. And typically, they start to experience more energy, improved brain function and have better overall health.
Many different symptoms show up, when you’re suffering from stress, your symptoms may severely impact your quality of life. People under stress often suffer things like: poor sleep, low energy, digestive issues or stomach pain, depression & anxiety, brain fog, high blood pressure, and hormone issues just to name a few. Stress can also lower your motivation, making you limit socialising and connecting with others.
If the brain seldom ‘resets’ itself from the stress that comes by each day, it will trigger the fight/flight response in the nerve system. Your brain then thinks about being in defence mode. But when your body is hyper-focused on defence and survival, there’s not much room for growth, healing and life enjoyment. In this case, it might be very frustrating when looking for help and recovery. Even with a diagnosis, often the effects of treatment create new, additional problems.
Now people are looking for natural, effective ways to turn around the stress that has built up within and get healthy without medication.
If during a Chiropractic examination it shows that your brain and nerves are holding stress, we can help. Using very specific, techniques, we can help your brain and nerves switch out of survival mode and into recovery. Then when your brain finally gets it ‘reset’, often many stress problems can begin to self-regulate. This probably means your body has started moving towards balancing your neuro-hormonal-transmitters (brain chemicals), helping you feel generally better.
Chiropractic and and some other stress-busting techniques like we use can be wonderfully profound. And they do frequently help relieve stress symptoms, meaning you can get back to your life.
Sports chiropractic care can help athletes improve in many areas of their sport. Here are four possible benefits for you to consider:
Faster injury recovery, ask any injured athlete their number one goal and the answer is likely to get back to their sport of choice as quickly as possible. And sports chiropractic is considered as a valuable part of this process.
Injury prevention, If the neuro-musculoskeletal system is out of sync, due to over-training for instance, it can create tension in one or many areas of the body. And if this tension is addressed beforehand sprains and strains, may be minimised.
Improved strength, evidence often finds that chiropractic care can help athletes improve their level of strength. Increased flexibility, “Athletes can benefit from performance flexibility” according to the United States Sports Academy, because being more adaptable offers greater injury protection and improved responsiveness.
Life Enjoyment / Personal Growth
After highlighting the above specific problems and issues that people deal with, we can bring up one more important reason why people seek out a Chiropractic approach.
After the largest NetworkSpinal Chiropractic study ever was done (with more than 2,800 people receiving this type of care). The data showed a 95% satisfaction rate and that 99% of people wished to continue care after their symptoms reduced. The study also said that the longer people chose to receive care, the more they could report that their lives got better.
So, whether you’re coming up to major life transition, starting a new path, or just looking to enjoy more what’s right in front of you. Spinal care may help you get you there.