A drug-free alternative for lower-back pain?

In a recent media release, The Chiropractors’ Association of Australia called for the Australian Government to provide more support and greater inclusion of chiropractic in the public health  care system, following results published on the ineffectiveness of paracetamol for low-back pain.

Above: Associate Professor Christine Lin explains the surprising results from The George Institute’s study on the affects of paracetamol on acute lower back pain.

The Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (CAA) notes the latest evidence-based research about using simple drugs like paracetamol, known to most people under different brand names, for low back pain was no better than using a placebo.

With reference to the study published in one of the world’s most reputable journals of scientific medicine, The Lancet, Dr Tassell said low back pain remains a major cost to Australian society, both in terms of ineffective interventions and days lost from work.

He stated “the latest published research conveys to Government that paracetamol does not affect recovery time compared with placebo in people with low-back pain, and questions the universal endorsement of paracetamol in this patient group.”

What this means is that pain-killers may simply hide the symptoms but they certainly do not fix the problem. Dr Tassell said drugs may reduce pain in some cases, but the evidence presented now is that they do no better in resolving the problem than a sugar pill.

“Chiropractic is a drug free, surgery free approach to low back pain. Chiropractors concentrate on finding the cause of the problem and correcting
it with a mixture of treatment and rehabilitation options,” Dr Tassell said.

You can read the full media release here.

regards,

Dr Sarah MacNeil

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Excuse to Juice! 6pm, 26th of August

Excuse to Juice is BACK Aug 14

Our ever-popular Excuse to Juice seminars are back again! Join Tara and I at 6pm on Tuesday the 26th of August to learn more about Juicing.

Tara and Dr Sarah are getting fruity for Excuse to Juice on the 25th of March.

Tara and Dr Sarah are getting fruity for Excuse to Juice on the 26th of August.

You will have hands on time to try juicing, try new combinations of alkalising liquids, learn important strategies about Juicing and handy tips and tricks.

No one will leave thirsting for knowledge OR juice!

Please book your spot now to avoid disappointment!

regards,

Dr Sarah MacNeil

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August Workshop: Outrageous Health Naturally

Outrageous Health Workshop Aug 2014Following on from our most recent workshop, “Boost Your Immunity by 300%” our next workshop “Outrageous Health Naturally” is coming up on Tuesday the 5th of August at 10.30am.

Our workshops are always popular and I urge you to book your spot as soon as possible by calling Tara on 9418 9031, or book your place next time you come in for your adjustment. Our workshops are not just for current clients and are open to all.

Tara and I look forward to seeing you at our next event.

regards,

Dr Sarah MacNeil

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Is your commute causing back pain?

CAA NSW Logo jpegA recent media release from the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (NSW) states that hundreds of people are visiting chiropractors each week with aching backs, tight muscles and neck pain from a cramped drive to work.

“A commute to work shouldn’t make you feel like you’ve just ran a marathon or come off a long haul flight. People in Sydney are spending more time stuck in their cars than the average flight to Brisbane,” the President of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (NSW), Dr Joseph Ierano said.

“There are huge health ramifications from sitting in a car for extended periods of time. It can lead to spinal problems, muscle tightening and neck pain, as well as common ailments like tight shoulders and sore arms from holding the steering wheel.”

While traffic delays are often unavoidable in cities, there are some simple measures you can take to avoid spinal stress:

  • Negotiate for staggered working hours – working from home is an option or start work a bit earlier or later. Try to be a bit creative in the way you approach commuting hours.
  • Look at your car seat and consider lumbar support – there are products that can make your car seat more supportive and comfortable for your spine.
  • Consider using public transport – people are generally happier as they can relax by reading a book and go through their emails before they reach the office.

regards,

Dr Sarah MacNeil

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Slumping? Make your body happy!

In my previous blog post, I shared some simple strength exercises for a healthy spine that anyone can do at home without the need for elaborate equipment.

Sitting for extended periods is like sugar to your teeth.  If you have been sitting in poor postures for a long time this may mean there is degeneration and decay forming.  Just as you can’t fix a cavity with a toothbrush, it’s best to have your spine checked by a chiropractor for a full checkup.

This morning, The Chiropractors’ Association of Australia shared this video on their Facebook page.

If you’re sitting down for long periods of time in your office or other work environment, How To Be Less Slumpy, produced by Happy Body at Work is ESSENTIAL viewing!

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Dr Sarah MacNeil

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