Lunch & Learn seminar at Nutricia

Dr Sarah MacNeil leading Nutricia staff through various stretches and exercises.

Dr Sarah MacNeil leading Nutricia staff through various stretches and exercises.

This week I presented to staff at Nutricia about posture and spinal health as part of a “Lunch & Learn” seminar.

The seminar focused  on:

  • Creating awareness about posture
  • How deadly bad posture is
  • How to recognise if your posture needs help
  • Desk posture
  • What to do if you need help with your posture

It was a great session, with plenty of great questions from Nutricia’s team and lots of engagement afterwards. Part of the session was getting everyone up on their feet to go through some stretching exercises which will help once they are back at their desks.

Here are some quick tips for people working long hours in front of a computer:

  • Sit for ½ Hour maximum at a time.
  • Get lumbar support
  • Make sure you have a vertical seat back
  • Check your seat height
  • Monitor your position – if you feel you are starting to hunch over, it’s time for a short break.

If your organisation would like to book a “Lunch and Learn” seminar please contact Tara or I at the office.

Regards,

Dr Sarah MacNeil

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Researchers Quantify Chiropractor Care

This recent ABC interview shed light on the Chiropractic sector in Victoria.

The study involved recruiting 50 Victorian Chiropractors and asked them to report details of their next 100 patients.

With about one in six Australians seeking chiropractic care in any given year, researchers have formed a picture of who uses their services and why. They say about 60 per cent of all patients are seeking treatment for back complaints. Critics remain concerned that a proportion of the profession continues to offer treatments that are not backed by science. LISTEN HERE.

Findings (based on ABC Interview with Melbourne University public health researcher Dr Simon French):

  • Most users of Chiropractors are adults who simply have a “Pain the Back”
  • Most consultations are with adults 25-64
  • Less than 1% were with children under 1 year old.

Dr Simon French also notes that a lot of criticism about Chiropractic care is directed at a low proportion of Chiropractors.

It is great that there is a commitment by the Chiropractors Association of Australia to evidence based practice from the Association’s Chief Executive Andrew McNamara .

Regards,

Dr Sarah MacNeil

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Chiropractic for arm and wrist pain

Dr Sarah MacNeil with the Chiropractic Central team.

Dr Sarah MacNeil with the Chiropractic Central team.

I found this case study online recently and thought it was a good one to share. It demonstrates how Chiropractic can help in the treatment of arm and wrist pain.

Compression of the ulnar nerve, that runs from the neck down the forearm to the hand, can lead to pain, numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness in the arm, elbow, wrist, fingers, and hand. 

From ChiroNexus:

The case study involved a 41-year old woman who presented at a chiropractic clinic with muscle weakness and numbness in her right forearm. Postural analysis showed the patient had slouched shoulders and moderate forward head carriage. Chiropractors treated the woman who also performed at-home exercises and made improvements to her workstation ergonomics based on advice from chiropractors. After the first treatment, she had immediate improvements in weakness and numbness. Her symptoms resolved completely after eleven treatments. She was able to resume working without any dysfunction.

Although more research is needed, the case study suggests that chiropractic care could be a viable option for patients with symptoms of ulnar nerve entrapment.

Read more here.

Regards,

Dr Sarah MacNeil

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Lane Cove residents and workers urged to get walking

Lane Cove residents are invited to join in the National Walk to Work day this Friday.

Dr Sarah MacNeil and the Chiropractic Central team.

Dr Sarah MacNeil and the Chiropractic Central team.

Walking to work is a great opportunity to improve our postural fitness and help us get more active.

With research showing the average Australian office worker spending 14 hours a day sitting down, every chance to get up and get moving such as Friday’s “Walk to Work Day” must be grabbed with both hands. Walking to work is not only great for your health but can let you take time for yourself and slow down your busy day.

The Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (CAA) has a website www.juststartwalking.com.au and has made available a mobile phone app designed to prompt people around Australia to, quite simply, just start walking. The app measures and maps your walks, so you can keep track of your progress. So far, it has logged more than 200984 kms walked by community users and it is available at the App store and the Android marketplace.

Chiropractors’ Association of Australia chief executive Andrew McNamara says a survey by market research company UMR showed that 90 per cent of Australians believe a significant cause of obesity is sitting and a lack of exercise, so we have to act on it.

Two hundred and eighty thousand Australians each year face forced early retirement due to back and arthritic pain. The CAA believes a good healthy diet, regular movement and exercise, professional advice and support will improve the postural fitness of Australians.

“Improving your postural fitness may very well see you stay out of the pool of forced early retirees,” Mr McNamara said. “Walking to work is a great way to improve your postural fitness.

“We congratulate the Pedestrian Council of Australia for reminding us of an excellent way to break the bad habit of too much sitting.”

Mr McNamara says sitting is the new bad health habit gripping the nation and that sitting has been called “the new smoking” for a very good reason.

Regards,

Dr Sarah MacNeil

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