Sometimes Massage compliments Chiropractic care really well, along with other musculoskeletal therapies such as Dry needling and Acupuncture. We often recommend patients have a massage first before we adjust, especially if there is a strong muscle component to their condition. Often the combined soft tissue and joint treatments enable an improved outcome to care. Remedial Massage can help reduce tension in the supporting muscles of the spine allowing for increased mobility and range of motion.
Massage helps to prepare the muscles for the joint manipulation or chiropractic adjustment by allowing greater range of motion within the joint, and hopefully less involuntary tightening that can sometimes occur before a chiropractic adjustment (reflex). As a result we feel your adjustment may be enhanced due to the extra relaxation.
Now that the children are Back to School, it’s probably a good idea to be pro-active about the health and well being of their spines. Carrying book-laden school bags, and sitting at desks can cause injuries.
We check children’s spines all the time. And whilst we can give your child a thorough spinal assessment in the clinic at Well & Wise, there is ONE SIMPLE CHECK that you can do at home to ensure they have healthy backs.
This is an important and easy way to check for SCOLIOSIS, which is a sideways curvature of the spine. If you suspect that there is a scoliosis in your child, it is vital to have an assessment. This is because, in some cases, these spinal curves can progress or even worsen very quickly. Especially if left untreated. It is one one of those cases of prevention is better than cure!
One Spinal Screening Check
The Adams Test is an initial screening for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, and is a simple test. Just ask your child to bend straight forward, in the position of touching (or near touching) their toes. They don’t need to be able to reach their toes, but just ask them to hold that position while you observe their movement, and then check to see if one side of their spine is raised higher than the other. If you notice one side sits higher than the other, (what we call a “Rib hump”), or an unevenness in their spine in this position, they may have a scoliosis or curvature that needs attention.
Although not a test that provides a definitive diagnosis, this test will give you a guide as to whether your child should be checked more thoroughly by a health care professional, such as a Chiropractor.
What Happen if my Child has a Positive to the Test?
Sometimes a positive to this test is nothing to worry much about. However, it is a very accurate guide as to what is going on in your child’s spine. After taking a thorough medical history and doing a few more tests we will decide whether we need to order a Spinal X-Ray. An X-Ray in the upright position to assesses the child’s posture and curvature. This will tell us definitively if there is a scoliosis present. We will also be able to measure it’s angle, and monitor it in the future, depending on the severity of the curve.
What is the Cause of Scoliosis in Children?
There are many types of Scoliosis found in children.
Infantile idiopathic scoliosis presents in children ages 0 to 3.
Juvenile idiopathic scoliosis presents in children ages 4 to 10.
Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis presents in young people ages 11 to 18 and is the most common type.
Congenital scoliosis occurs when the spine does not develop properly in the womb.
Neuromuscular scoliosis is a result of brain, spinal cord, and muscular system disorders.
Syndromic scoliosis develops as part of an underlying syndrome or disorder.
Often scoliosis that is structural is a genetic/ hereditary condition where sometimes you, or someone else in your family has had this type of curvature to some degree. Most of the time we do not know the cause of the scoliosis. If it does develop in adolescents, it’s an important form of scoliosis to monitor. These cases do generally start to increase and worsen and therefore need treatment.
Scoliosis can also be a functional curvature due to incorrect use of schoolbags, or improper positions sitting either at the desk, lap top or in front of video gaming such as X Box or PlayStation, sometimes an imbalance due to some types of unilateral sport. The severity and the progression of the curve in the spine is very important. This needs to be monitored in children as they continue to develop, and their growth plates begin to fuse.
How is Scoliosis Treated or Managed?
Management of these cases usually involves a strategy of monitoring the child’s spine. A series of X-Rays taken at 6 monthly or yearly intervals to compare progress. Depending on this, a various course of action will need to be taken.
Chiropractic Adjustments can help to correct some functional cases of misalignment and curvature. Sometimes cases that require orthopaedic assessment for bracing treatment, or even surgery is required, if the the progression or severity of the curve worsens an in particular if it starts to impact on lung capacity and breathing.
If you are unsure or have any questions about how heavy your child’s schoolbag should be, the type of back pack to look for, or how they should be using their school bag, OR if you can detect an abnormality in your child’s posture or alignment using the Adam’s Test then call us on 07 3356 7211.
This is a technique of gently inserting a very fine gauge needle (same as acupuncture needles) into specific trigger points. A trigger point feels just like a tight nodule within the muscle (a knot), and sends pain to another area when pressed. The aim is to release myofascial pain in these muscles that these trigger points cause. Traditionally, massage has been the main method to alleviate these knots, but Dry Needling can effectively do the same thing. It is often quicker and more efficient than Deep Tissue Massage.
How does it work?
Dry Needling has the effect of increasing blood supply to the needled area which causes an influx of oxygen. Thisremoves the toxins that cause pain within the nerve endings in the muscle.
How does Dry Needling differ to Acupuncture?
A lot of people ask if it is the same as Acupuncture. Well, Acupuncture is an Ancient Chinese practice that involves redirecting the flow of energy or Qi in order to relieve muscle pain. In contrast, Dry Needling is based on western medicine using anatomy and physiology to determine trigger point locations. It is not surprisingly, often these trigger points line up with meridians in the body. Unlike Acupuncture, Dry needling is administered by a range of health professionals (such as us Chiropractors) that are specifically trained in this technique.
What does Dry Needling treat?
Dry needling treats a number of stubborn musculoskeletal disorders.
• Neck, back, hip and arm pain due to myofascial pain syndrome
• Bursitis of the shoulder or supraspinatus tendonitis
• Tennis or Golfer’s elbow
• Headaches & migraines
• Jaw pain (TMJ syndrome)
• Leg pain, sciatica, or calf tightness
• Scar tissue
Are there any side effects to Dry Needling?
Initially when applying the needle to an active trigger point, we often elicit a twitch response in the muscle. For instance, if the needle is in the correct part of the muscle, it will have the best therapeutic benefit to the patient. However, the needle can feel weird to some people, and it often makes people jump the first time they experience it. Some patients may experience mild muscle soreness, and slight bruising over the treated area. Additionally, there maybe some activated pain into the zone of referred pain, but this typically only lasts for a day or so. As a result, depending on the amount of soreness, some further treatment may be required such as applying heat or ice to the area, and stretching or gentle massage.
There may be factors that determine if you are likely to respond well to this type of treatment, so I really hope that you will ask about this form of treatment if you are interested in finding out more.
We offer No Out Of Pocket BULK BILLING under certain circumstances* for Chiropractic & Clinical Psychology only.
*There is no out of pocket fee for Enhanced Care Plan patients for Chiropractic Care and Mental Health Care Plan clients for Clinical Psychology. Please note that only your GP can approve these types of bulk billed visits on Medicare, and your referring GP will be in direct collaboration with your allied health provider regarding your condition.
Below is a link to Enhanced Primary Care Plan referral form with our details inserted (PDF) for easy reference.
Additionally, we treat those holding a Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) Card with the relevant referral from a GP , and clients that have an approved Work Cover.
Private Health Funds
We offer rebates on all Chiropractic, Remedial Massage, Psychology, Dry Needling, and Acupuncture appointments using your Private Health Card and our HICAPS machine.
If you expect financial assistance from certain Private Health Fund insurance plans, some policies dictate that you take certain approval steps before commencing care, such as waiting periods. We are a Medibank Private Member’s choice provider.
On the Spot Claims
We are able to use our HICAPS machine to enable fast and easy claiming on the spot. First, remember to bring your private health fund card with you for each appointment. Then, with each visit we swipe your card, and your fund will pay a certain amount of the total consultation fee, leaving a gap fee. Ultimately, the amount of the fee is determined by how much coverage you have for a particular service. Additionally, you can always check this by calling your private health fund and letting them know the service you have booked for.
No Private Health?
You don’t need a Private Health Fund, a Bulk Billing referral, or permission from anyone to see a Chiropractor. If you don’t have a private health care card, you can check out our fee structure on our website. Be careful that you don’t allow your health to be compromised. It’s your body, your health, and your future. We do offer pensioner/ concession card/ student fees and are happy to discuss your situation.
There are so many different benefits to receiving Remedial Massage. For this reason, in today’s blog we will be covering only 3 of the most important and amazing benefits. These can literally change the quality of your life and health.
The first major benefit is Stress Relief
Stress is a big factor in our daily lives. And who doesn’t want less of this in our life? Being so busy in our modern fast-paced world, we often neglect to give ourselves ‘time out’ to relax and unwind. Remedial Massage is perfect for this! Incorporating Remedial Massage into your lifestyle on a regular basis, will vastly improve your emotional well being and reduce those stress levels. It will aid your mental coping abilities, as well as rejuvenating your body physically.
Another important benefit is Flexibility
Remedial Massage therapy enables us to remain flexible, helping improve blood flow within the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. Greatly beneficial for elite athletes, or even the weekend warrior, remedial massage is also important in generally for everyone. This is mainly to maintain the correct length of muscles and to aid in recovery and posture correction. Over time, muscles become shortened and tight due to stress, chronic tension, fatigue, or postural imbalance. The better your flexibility, the better joints will function over time, reducing the risk of joint dysfunction, and then over time arthritis.
Remedial Massage Compliments other Treatments
Remedial Massage compliments other treatments such as Chiropractic and Dry needling. Often the two combined can have an improved outcome to therapy. If there is muscle imbalance or weakness, posture is affected, which in turn starts to cause spinal misalignment and nerve pressure. Massage can help re balance the supporting muscles of the spine, allowing the optimal alignment and posture to be achieved and maintained for longer.
For example, massage therapy assists with Chiropractic Adjustments by warming up your muscles, and making them more supple and relaxed. This helps to prepare the muscles and joints for a chiropractic adjustment or correction. As a result your adjustment will be better, your recovery time will be shorter, and your symptoms, often pain and stiffness, will be alleviated faster. This will enable corrective changes in spinal alignment to last for longer.
There are some extra benefits of regular Remedial Massage Therapy.
Therapy has shown to encourage faster healing time and reduced formation of scar tissue
Massage can produce deep relaxation for people who suffer from a busy lifestyle
It promotes stress reduction and reduces anxiety levels
Massage can strengthen the immune system and increase the ability to think clearly
Helps to provide an overall feeling of well-being and encourages a sense of balance and harmony
Regular Remedial Massage is so important to keeping your body and mind in proper harmony, and to maintain a healthy nervous system. They feel good too! We are passionate about making massage and chiropractic adjustments a combined approach to staying well. Also to enable this complimentary approach to care, to become part of your and your family’s lifestyle. This will enhance your body’s natural function and ability to heal and maintain itself, so your body and mind can perform at it’s absolute best!