Are your muscles holding you still?

Stress has an accumulative effect of building up layer upon layer and is a large contributing factor for multiple different diseases.

Chiropractic Central's Remedial Massage Therapist Shona.

Chiropractic Central’s Remedial Massage Therapist Shona.

Notice what happens in your body when you think about something stressful.Which areas tighten up in response? Are you holding your breath or bracing anywhere? The resting length of your muscles is your energy and action potential. Are your muscles ready for use? Or sore and fatigued from being tight and stuck?

Our muscles are designed to move us, but yours may be holding you still.

Stress has an accumulative effect of building up layer upon layer and is a large contributing factor for multiple different diseases; releasing tension changes that cycle allowing your body to repair. When one area tightens, it tugs on the connecting parts that have to pull back. A whole body ‘tug of war’ reaches a certain point when there is no more slack left and we experience a pain or discomfort in that part and overall stiffness. The body is so adaptable that sometimes we may not even realise how much tension is currently required to support us. Massage releases these excessive activation / compensation patterns so your muscles can return to their resting length when they are not required to engage. This creates more space between the fibres for your circulation to reach and nourish all your cells so they can do what they do best and you can be feeling at your best.

Watch this space for upcoming events with our Remedial Massage Therapist Shona. She will be leading sessions so that you can fully understand what happens in your body during a remedial massage treatment.

regards,

Dr Sarah MacNeil

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Spinal Health is Brain Health: NZ study

HeadacheThe spinal cord is literally an extension of the brain, which means that spinal health is brain health says the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association.

The New Zealand College of Chiropractic Centre for Chiropractic Research has recently published a study in the journal Experimental Brain Research[2], which suggests that full spine chiropractic adjustments can significantly improve brain­/body communication and coordination.

The spinal cord is literally an extension of the brain, which means that spinal health is brain health says the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association.

Celebrating International Brain Awareness Week, chiropractor and NZCA spokesman Dr Hayden Thomas explains: `The focus of chiropractic care is on the health and integrity of the nervous system. The health and function of the spine affects the entire nervous system. We already know that the spinal cord is part of the central nervous system and processes information just like parts of the brain do[1] and the latest New Zealand research into the effects of chiropractic care suggests that it may have an important role to play in maximising sporting performance and aiding recovery from a range of conditions where muscle function has been compromised.’

You can read more about the study here. 

regards,

Dr Sarah MacNeil

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Are your shoes telling you something?

The top six signs you need to visit a chiropractor

Most people tend to associate chronic back pain with their chiropractor, however these six signs below, as outlined recently are good indicators that you need to come and see us!

Unevenly worn shoes can be a sign of spinal sublaxation.

Unevenly worn shoes can be a sign of spinal sublaxation.

Your shoes: A good sign that your body might be misaligned is oddly worn out shoe soles. This may be an indicator of a subluxation in the spine, so it is best to visit your chiropractor as soon as possible.

Computer time: Sitting in front of a computer for most of the day? This can weaken your muscles and result in stress injuries.

Headaches: Suffering from regular headaches can mean that something isn’t right with your body. A qualified chiropractor can help work on a plan to help decrease or eliminate them.

Sport injury: If you’ve recently suffered a sport accident, you might want to visit your chiropractor. Doing so will help elevate any guess work around injuries that your body may have suffered, that you simply have not noticed yet.

Tired: Chiropractic care can relieve the suffering that is caused by lack of energy.

Your health: Chiropractors can work with you toward proactive wellness as a way of life. Nutrition, exercise, and stress advice are just a few of the ways your chiropractor can lead you toward holistic wellness.

regards,

Dr Sarah MacNeil

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