Guest Blog – Dr Garret Kow

Hello, my name is Dr Garret Kow; I’m one of the chiropractors from the Melville Wellness Centre and I just wanted to share with you all a little about what I do as a chiropractor. I see my role as a chiropractor as a healthcare provider who looks after the health and wellbeing of our nervous system through looking after our spine and the muscles surrounding our spines. What is the Nervous System? Your nervous system consists of your brain, spinal cord and all your nerves, it is the most vital system of your body. Its responsible for coordinating and regulating all the other systems in our body as well as enabling us to adapt to our environment. Just a few examples of what the nervous system does, with or without a conscious thought from us are: Producing stomach acid after a meal Communicating with the immune system when we’re sick Increasing your pulse when exercising Reducing your blood pressure

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Why Do We Get Back Pain?

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Common Back Pain Ever since man stood upright gravity has been compressing our spines, and today’s modern lifestyle has only exacerbated the problem. Sitting for long periods, bending, lifting, twisting and generally subjecting our spines to jars and jolts that they are not designed to cope with all take a toll. Eventually, these activities lead to some form of back injury or disorder that can be very painful, partially debilitating or even result in total loss of mobility. Disc compression is the cause of many back problems. The discs are the shock absorbers of our spine and need to be healthy, pliable, and strong to withstand the pressures that are constantly placed upon them. Without proper care, they become compressed and stiff and prone to injury and damage. If this situation is not addressed, it waits like a time bomb. The longer we leave our spine in this condition the more likely we are to have back problems. Compression of

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How to Improve Posture with These 6 Steps

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Chances are, you’re reading this article with your shoulders slumped, and your head and neck protruded. With many of us spending our days sitting at the computer, not to mention the amount of time we spend on our smart devices, it’s no surprise our postures aren’t tip-top. The Problems That Come with Bad Posture When you don’t sit or stand up straight, everything from your pecs, and shoulders to your lower back and hip flexors can become pain points. Apart from a bad posture taking inches off your height and making you look less slim than you really are – it can also place unnecessary pressure on your joints and muscles. This results in them tensing up and getting tired; an invitation for neck, shoulder and lower back pain, not to mention tension headaches and migraines. These can all get in the way of your workouts, work-productivity and your home and social life. A good posture on the other hand

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How Do You Improve Your Spinal Health?

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The health of your spine can significantly dictate how you move, with the spinal column providing the foundations of everyday movements; without a healthy spine, every movement is then altered. If back pain is something you struggle with, here are some small changes you can make today for a healthier & happier spine. Sit Better Did you know that when you’re sitting, the discs in your lower spine hold a load that’s three times heavier than when you’re standing? Today’s lifestyle of sitting (or slouching) at a desk for eight hours a day, five days a week, isn’t doing our backs any favours. Does your desk chair support your spines natural curvature? It should! Your laptop or desktop screen should be above eye-level and investing in an ergonomically designed chair can make all the difference. To avoid long stretches of sitting, why not set a silent alarm at two-hour intervals on your smartphone or smart watch? A reminder to stretch

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A Strong Spine Improves Movement: Find Out How

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Vertebrae – the interlocking bones that form the spinal column – drive the momentum of our movement. But shortened hip flexors and tight muscles, particularly those in the hamstrings and chest, can affect the spine’s alignment… as can slouching in front of the computer! Unfortunately, our modern-day lifestyles can often be the cause of our back pain and stiffness. Here’s how you can work towards a stronger spine and ultimately, a pain free back! Workout We tend to associate exercise with good heart health, but exercise can also support your spinal health. This is because aerobic exercise can help you stay within a healthy weight range, while also keeping your joints strong and moving as they should; two factors which contribute to good spinal health. Stretch Forgetting to stretch before and after your workout can counteract the benefits of exercise for your spine. Pilates or yoga-style twists, either sitting or on your back, are a great way to stretch out

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Top 4 Back Stretches

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Studies have shown that lower back pain is the second leading cause of disability, with 70% of US sufferers, and 45% of European afflicted treating chronic pain with opioid medications. Using a Nubax traction device for just ten minutes a day can significantly lower the need for medications, providing natural, drug-free and effective back pain treatment! By stretching the long muscles of the back, opening up space between the vertebrae and pulling the spine in to alignment, the Nubax offers pain relief that is long term and sustainable. Here are some short term stretches you can also try to help with muscular pains! The Downward Dog Most will be familiar with this yoga move. It aims to stretch the whole back side from head to heel. By stretching the whole back side of your body, myofascial tissues will be released, and tension causing referred pain elsewhere will be stretched out. Start by kneeling on the ground, preferably on a mat

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Top Benefits of Treating Back Pain

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Aches and pains can often hinder our daily activities and if you have ever had back pain, you will know how debilitating it can be! Back pain can be consistent and generalised, or intense and localised depending on the cause. Sometimes rest can improve the condition and other times rest only worsens the aching and stiffens the muscles of the back, neck and shoulders. Treatments can vary, but the main objective stays the same- alleviate the pain! Here are the top benefits of easing back pain, and getting back to life! Back to Fun Being able to connect with our family and friends is an important part of life. Engaging in activities such as recreational sports, BBQ’s down the local park, or even just catching up for coffee strengthens these relationships and provides a solid support network. When back pain is severe, some of these activities become impossible to do and you have to miss out on all the fun!

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Nubax In Conjunction With…

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As the weather finally changes to beautiful blue-sky days, the urge to get out and about to enjoy the sunshine is heightened! Sufferers of back pain however, know all too well that certain activities are out of the question as they exacerbate the pain and inflammation of an already tender condition. Using Nubax in conjunction with already established therapies, spinal issues can be relieved with more proficiency; and with both short term and long-term benefit! Try using Nubax with these other common pain remedies to get you back to enjoying life! Herbal Medicines with Nubax Herbs have been used for eons for their various medicinal properties! Turmeric is a wonderful spice that is a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. It works wonders with any type of inflammation and may assist in reducing pain. Curcumin is the active constituent that has the anti-inflammatory effect, so by taking a concentration of that particular part in a supplement form will yield far better results

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What is Pain?

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It would be safe to say that every adult has experienced some form of back pain or ache at least once in their life. But what is back pain and what mechanisms are involved that cause the aches? Here is a little more information to help you understand pain better, and some tips on how to combat it to get back to your life pain free!   Any type of pain is our body’s way of letting us know that something in our body is not doing okay. The severity, duration, location and type of pain can indicate how urgently the problem needs to be addressed. Back pain can be acute or chronic. Acute pain is immediate and starts quite suddenly usually as the result of trauma. Chronic backpain is recurring and often last much longer when aggravated, this is usually due to postural misalignments, but can also be a result of problems in the muscles, tendons, bones, ligaments or

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Get back to life with a back traction device

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Modern life is stressful enough. For people suffering with back pain and discomfort, completing everyday tasks can be a challenge. Activities like going to work, cleaning the home and even spending time with friends and family can seem daunting. With 1 in 6 Australians now reporting back pain, it’s time to make a change. Take control of your health, wellbeing and comfort by working to alleviate and ultimately eliminate your back pain. People across the US, Europe and Australia are already discovering the benefits of back traction devices. Improving quality of life for back pain sufferers, back traction devices like Nubax allow you to restore mobility and comfort. If you could alleviate your back pain easily by simply stretching for less than 3 minutes at a time, why wouldn’t you? What is a back traction device? Back-stretching devices provide you with a natural, simple and healthy way to reduce your back pain from the comfort of your home. A drug

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