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Shooting Pain Down the Leg? Sciatica!

Suffering from that usual shooting pain down the leg? Find out in this blog the reasons of why it can occur and why it is a common back problem in today’s society!

What Is Sciatic Pain?

Sciatic pain also known as sciatica is an issue that causes compression of the sciatic nerve. This can be caused by many different joints, muscles and tendons in the body. Because of its origin and dense musculature surrounding, makes it susceptible to pinching.

Why Is Sciatica A Common Issue?

Sciatica is a common issue in this generation due to the amount of sitting and slouching at desks. Not only do people work from home but the issue with this is people seating arrangements. Ergonomic seating is a big issue and is a necessity to improve worker satisfaction and longevity in any business.

How Does Sciatica Occur?

Sciatic pain can be caused by many different things. This can involve muscles such as the piriformis which is located in the buttock region. It can also be caused by compression of the spinal nerves in the lower lumbar spine or pelvic joint. Each of these problems can be exacerbated with previous injuries which have caused spinal trauma such as disc bulges or fractures.

How Can Chiropractors Help?

Chiropractors examine the area that is pressuring the nerve. Being experts in both joints and muscles allows chiropractors to pin point the underlying issue and improve the symptoms from the get go. Chiropractors may use spinal adjustments or soft tissue therapy depending on the severity of the sciatic pain. Low force techniques such as activator methods and pelvic blocking may be used on patients with moderate-severe inflammation.

If you are someone currently suffering with Sciatic pain or just a general back pain our team of chiropractors can help get you back on track! We also offer Remedial Massage which may be of benefit if tight muscles are a cause of the issue.

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Screen Time Affecting Your Health?

Are you someone that spends majority of their time on the phone or in front of a TV? 

Are you noticing your posture is being affected from the hours you spend engaging in screen time?

Are you feeling aches and pains, or maybe even a slight headache?

Then this blog is for you!

In this blog will be discussing why and how screen time affects your posture and ways in which you can improve or even reverse the changes you have made!

What Does Screen Time Mean?

Screen time is any type of device that causes you to sit, watch or use for long periods of time. The obvious ones include a TV or phone but can also be things such as notebooks or gaming consoles.

How Does Screen Time Affect Me?

Screen time affects the body by putting pressure in the spine in uncomfortable positions. In doing so this can lead to postural changes long term, aches and pains or even stress.

How Can I Limit My Screen Time?

The easiest way to limit screen time would be to set an alarm. Usually after every hour it is recommended you take a 5 minute break to stretch and move around.

What If It Is To Late?

If you are someone that knows they have taken their screen time to far it is still possible to revert the changes that have been made. This can be in forms of taking a break from screen time, implementing stretches and exercises throughout daily life or visiting a chiropractor.

How Can A Chiropractor Help?

A Chiropractor can’t help you stop screen timing. Although a good chiropractor is able to help reduce tension, tightness, overall pain and recommend some simple stretches that may be of benefit with long term use.

If you are someone that is struggling with the “screen time aches” then our chiropractors are more than happy to help. We have both male and female practitioners available including remedial massage therapists

Book Online or Call 9302 1023 to schedule your first appointment today!

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Cupping and Its Benefits!

Our bodies work through allot of stress throughout the day and therefor we will tight and tender when things start to crumble. We may find when this happens, changes to our posture and poor habits begin to show causing a decline in our musculoskeletal health. One of the biggest causes can be desk work or poor sleeping habits which may irritate both the neck and lower back areas.

About Cupping

Cupping can be used for various musculoskeletal injuries or issues that may arise. This treatment modality works best on large areas meaning its great for people suffering with upper back pain or low back pain. Its also great for joint inflammation, areas of overuse and of course tight muscles. These can include conditions such as pelvic pain, buttock pain, leg pain (hamstrings or quadraceps), neck pain and shoulder pain.

What is Myofascial Cupping?

Myofascial Cupping is a remedial massage technique that gently lifts the muscle tissue using suction cups to help the fascia return to an ideal position whilst increasing blood circulation and the bodies’ ability to absorb nutrients within the area the cups are applied to, thus speeding up repair of the area and its surrounding tissues.

Myofascial Cupping

Benefits of Cupping

  • Pain relief
  • Promote healing
  • Increase range of motion
  • Increase circulation of blood to the area
  • Provide muscle release within the area
  • Return of correct biomechanics
  • Increased strength and function of musculoskeletal system
  • Ability to be used on hard to release muscle groups (muscle strain, hip/glute/hamstring/quadricep injuries)

What Does Cupping Help With?

Cupping Used For Joint Pain

The Melbourne Chiropractor in Broadmeadows, Westmeadows and Fawkner is here to help!

Our team of practitioners are fully equipped to perform Cupping and have also done courses in cupping and all other treatment modalities offered so that you have peace of mind during the session. Both our chiropractors and remedial massage therapists can perform this service (dependant on qualifications). All of our services are claimable through private health. Our clinics are Open Weekends, Online Bookings Available Now!


Chiropractic Care and How Does It Help?

Chiropractic care is recognized as being a way to help decrease pain and increase overall functional well-being. Chiropractor’s may help you achieve a healthier lifestyle by giving you strategies to overcome stress, injuries, pain, and other musculoskeletal conditions. This can all be done with various methods and not one person is treated the same to the other hence why many modalities are used to make the changes needed to make a difference!

Chiropractic Mobilisation

What Are The Benefits?

Chiropractic care may help improve

  • Flexibility
  • Overall Energy
  • Coordination
  • Mobility
  • Decreased stress
  • Increased productivity and concentration
  • Better emotional wellbeing
  • Increased athletic performance
  • Better sleep (relaxation)

Chiropractic care may help with

Our Chiropractic Approach

At The Melbourne Chiropractor we bring out the best from our patients by striving to achieving health and wellbeing. Our aim is to reach patient goals and from there do our best to continue to exceed our patients expectations. We always try to offer various treatment modalities and our clinic offers that. Some of the things we bring to the table include both Manual adjustive techniques and low force techniques such as drop piece and activator methods. We also offer dry needling and cupping therapy including remedial massage, soft tissue and trigger point therapies. Our clinic not only offers passive care but we also involve the patient into their own care by creating thorough plans to get them back on their feet long term. We do this by supplying the patient with exercises and stretches and we give various options depending on the situation. Usually to get to such a stage we do a thorough examination which enables us to make an accurate judgment of how to guide you through your healthcare journey.

The Melbourne Chiropractor Treatment Room (Broadmeadows Clinic)

How does chiropractic treatment help?

The Chiropractic team at the The Melbourne Chiropractor understand that pain is best managed by creating long term changes! Firstly, the pain needs to be alleviated with adjustive techniques or low force techniques to the spine, soft tissue massage to the surrounding musculature and then be accompanied with an exercise regime to help make the changes needed to influence bad habits and behaviours! Many of our patients seek.

By creating a change to your musculoskeletal system, it will help decrease muscle tension and restrictions through the spinal segments which in turn allow you to use your spine to further strengthen it! If you are seeking treatment which will help restore your structural and functional health our chiropractors at the The Melbourne Chiropractor are here to help get you back on track! BOOK NOW


Best Upper Back Stretches in 2022 for Back Pain!

Upper Back Pain can become debilitating and extremely annoying when it continues to annoy you throughout the day. Our practitioners have put together for you the Top 3 Upper Back Stretches that will help alleviate and minimise your Upper Back pain!

Upper Back Erector Spinae Stretch (Upper Back Muscles)
Procedure: (2 variations)

  • (Standing) Standing upright “hug yourself”
  • Curl your upper body towards your stomach
  • (Seated) sitting in a chair or on a floor “hug yourself”
  • Curl your upper body towards your stomach
Standing Variation Upper Back Stretch

Recommended Tasks:

  • Hold the stretch for 30 seconds.
  • Perform the stretch 3 times.
  • Rest for 15-30 seconds between stretches.
  • Complete this stretch twice per day.
    Special Instructions:
    • Take the muscle to a point of gentle and comfortable pulling
    • If you feel increasing tightness, discomfort or pain, ease off the stretch until you find a point your muscle can relax
    • Breathe normally throughout, focusing on relaxation

Latissimus Dorsi Stretch (Unilateral Upper back stretch)
Procedure: (2 variations)

  • (Standing/Seated) Move your arm over your head (scratch your back)
  • With the other arm push backwards just below the elbow
  • (Forward Lean) Place your arms forward onto a support (wall, chair, bench)
  • Gently drop your chest and trunk, between your arms, toward the floor.
Forward Lean Stretch Variation Upper Back Stretch

Recommended Tasks:

  • Hold the stretch for 30 seconds.
  • Perform the stretch 3 times.
  • Rest for 15-30 seconds between stretches.
  • Complete this stretch twice per day.
    Special Instructions:
    • Stop if Pins and needles, numbness or paraesthesia begins to occur during the stretch
    • Take the muscle to a point of gentle and comfortable pulling
    • If you feel increasing tightness, discomfort or pain, ease off the stretch until you find a point your muscle can relax
    • Breathe normally throughout, focusing on relaxation

Teres Minor/Major Stretch (Lat Stretch)
Procedure: (2 variations)

  • (Standing/Seated Ver.1) Move the arm (side needed to be stretched) underneath your opposite armpit
  • Pull with your other hand from the elbow directly outwards
  • (Standing/Seated Ver.2) Move your arm over your head (scratch your back)
  • With the other arm pull your arm to the opposite side (holding just below the elbow)
Teres Minor/Major Stretch Variation 2

Recommended Tasks:

  • Hold the stretch for 30 seconds.
  • Perform the stretch 3 times.
  • Rest for 15-30 seconds between stretches.
  • Complete this stretch twice per day.
    Special Instructions:
    • Stop if Pins and needles, numbness or paraesthesia begins to occur during the stretch
    • Take the muscle to a point of gentle and comfortable pulling
    • If you feel increasing tightness, discomfort or pain, ease off the stretch until you find a point your muscle can relax
    • Breathe normally throughout, focusing on relaxation

*Note: If you are suffering from severe Upper back pain, shooting pains down the arms, difficulty deep breathing, troubles lifting limbs due to soreness, headaches or migraines and need more than just a good stretch our team of practitioners are always happy to help and bookings are available online 7 days a week!


What Can Our Team Do To Help?

Depending on the severity of the injury or area of concern our practitioners will treat accordingly to your complaint. Treatments that may be provided but are not limited to include:

  • Spinal manipulation, Activator Methods, Drop Piece, SOT and other adjustive techniques can help alleviate joints that have restriction such as ribs and spinal segments (LeFebvre, Peterson & Haas, 2012)
  • PNF/PIR/prescribed stretching – Stretching has shown to reduce pain, improve functionality of the wrist and hand also maintains strength and improves patients in both long and short-term outcomes.
  • Remedial Massage, Trigger point therapy or use of handheld massager – Have shown to decrease pain/tenderness, enhance both range of motion and quality of life and influence flexibility (Shah et al., 2015) (Imtiyaz, Veqar & Shareef, 2014)
  • Advice on daily living activities/diet – This enables advice on how to change to make healthy        actions into habits and may offer a valuable alternative with potential for long-term   impact. (Gardner, Lally & Wardle, 2012)
  • Prescribed exercises – produce more beneficial outcomes in terms of increased strength, improved function and reduced pain scores. (Fernandes, Pedrinelli & Hernandez, 2015)
  • Dry Needling or Cupping to the surrounding musculature to help decrease tension and inflammation around the area of the hand and forearm.

Are Massage Guns Worth The Investment?

About Massage Guns

The massage gun has become a quick an easy recovery tool among athletes and non-athletes alike. Because of the current range of prices we will be writing about the majority of massage guns you will see online in this post! So below are some points that show its effectiveness!

Can improve blood flow and release lactic acid build up

Lactic acid build up is caused by low oxygen levels in the muscles. After any strenuous activity, the body has a hard time breaking off this build up which causes cramps and soreness. The percussive force from massage guns improves blood flow and helps the body release lactic acid.

Quickly relieve muscle pain

Athlete or not using a massage gun can provide easy and quick relief as you can use the device wherever and whenever you need it!

Can help to prevent injuries

Sports injuries are often caused by cramps because the muscles haven’t been given enough time to warm up and get blood throughout the area. Using a massage gun for a few minutes before a workout or a sporting event can help blood and oxygen circulate better, preparing muscles for the activity.

Can help improve flexibility and range of motion

Using a massage gun increases blood flow and circulation to the regions it is used on this means that joints become more flexible and any foregoing soreness eliminated.

Can a massage gun replace allied health services or traditional massage therapy?

There is no denying the benefits of using a massage gun it’s portable and easy to use. However, the fact still remains that these devices, while powerful and effective, can’t replicate what trained professionals can do. If for example, you’re experiencing excessive muscle pain trained health professionals such as remedial massage therapists are able to isolate the problem areas and are able to adapt their treatment protocols to suit your needs. This is something that no gadget would be able reproduce!

Are they worth it?

Well if you are someone that is suffering from only mild soreness from working out and looking for a quick “drug free” pain alleviator then a massage gun may be of use. Although if you are suffering from acute or chronic episodes of pain it would be best to come in and see your local Chiropractor or Remedial Massage Therapist to see how we can improve your quality of life!


Can a Chiropractor Help With Flexibility?

About Flexibility

Flexibility is usually taken for granted since it is only when you realise you aren’t as flexible as you used to be that you decide to work on your range of movement. The truth is; there are multiple factors that affect your flexibility and they go from being overweight to mobility issues. Your profession or chosen lifestyle can also affect your overall flexibility. You can address this problem in numerous ways and chiropractic care is one of them.

Does chiropractic really help?

Chiropractic aims to improve your flexibility in a completely natural manner without medications and using products that promise miraculous results. It’s a holistic approach towards a more flexible you.

If you’re wondering whether chiropractic can really help you, then you’ll be glad to know its benefits for flexibility have been scientifically proven.

Improving flexibility

The reason you should work on improving your range of motion is because poor flexibility affects strength, endurance, and overall quality of life. You can improve flexibility in a number of ways including:

  • Eating a Healthy Diet                           
  • Getting Enough Sleep
  • Losing Weight
  • Staying Active
  • Visiting a Chiropractor
  • Stretching and Exercise

What does a chiropractor do to improve flexibility?

Chiropractic care involves spinal adjustments and manipulation to other parts of one’s body to adjust the joints, bones and muscles in order to relieve the pain, improve flexibility, and restore range of motion. The adjustments can be performed manually or with various techniques such as electrical stimulation, trigger point therapy, ultrasound etc. Your chiropractor can also recommend exercises you should do to improve your range of motion successfully.


When Should You See A Chiropractor


There are many different symptoms/problems that indicate it may be suitable to come in and see a Chiropractor. This post will recognize some of the most common we see and how Chiropractic care may help.

What are some common problems?

There are many different symptoms that people can experience before seeing a Chiropractor.  Here are some of the most common problems we see!

How can these signs impact you and your daily activities?

One of the most common problems Chiropractors see are individuals with low back pain and stiffness. This can affect how you perform at work.

Depending on the symptoms you are experiencing it can have an influence on other aspects of your life, including:

  • Sleep patterns
  • Exercise routines
  • Energy levels
  • Productivity

How can The Melbourne Chiropractor help with these signs?

At The Melbourne Chiropractor we provide evidence based treatment protocols that focuses on improving the musculoskeletal system to help with the pain and discomfort people experience. This is accomplished by using different techniques and modalities of treatment based on patient requirements. Our experienced Chiropractors will complete a thorough assessment of your condition/problem to ensure we know exactly how we are able to help. Our approach to treatment may include manual adjustments, hand held adjustments, manual assisted techniques, soft tissue techniques and rehabilitation exercises depending on your problem/s.