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Deadlifts: Great exercise, but is it for you?

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Deadlifts: Great exercise, but is it for you?

When patients walk into the clinic and tell me that they have injured themselves at the gym, the first thought process that enters my mind is “I bet they did deadlifts” and 90% of the time, I’m right. Why is this a thing? How come it is such a great exercise that everyone promotes, but so many people get injured?

Don’t get me wrong, I think deadlifts are a great exercise to gain strength and build muscle. But why are you doing them? Do you want to get better at the movement? Do you want to compete in a powerlifting competition? Or are you someone just doing them because you saw on Youtube that they are a great way to get stronger? Deadlifts when done incorrectly, can put an immense amount of pressure on your low back. The forward bending movement, together with the heavy weight a lot of the time injures the discs of the lower back. Correct form is so critical with deadlifts and without proper coaching, engagement of the core, form, and back control it can be quite a dangerous movement pattern for a lot of people. 

For me, it’s about risk vs reward. If you’re doing deadlifts because you want to get better at them or have a competition coming up, then great keep doing them. You’re most likely a person that knows what you’re doing. However, if you’re someone just doing them cause you heard someone say they are great, I suggest doing other exercises that engage the same group of muscles. There are many great alternatives to deadlifts that decrease the load on your low back and yes, you will still get the results that you are looking for. 

If you have injured yourself performing deadlifts at the gym, our team at Complete City Health are experts in Lower back pain injuries. Make sure to book an appointment for a detailed analysis of what is causing your pain. 


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Shockwave Therapy

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Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is an effective treatment modality for a range of musculoskeletal and
inflammatory conditions. Shockwave therapy has been shown to reduce recovery times from injuries such as plantar fasciitis (heel pain), achilles tendonitis and medial tibial stress syndrome (shin splints). Research has also shown shockwave therapy to reduce DOMS (that sore, aching stiffness you feel the day after working really hard in the gym!) allowing athletes and those who engage in high intensity exercise to recover quickly and thereby allowing them to consistently exercise at full physical capacity. Shockwave can also help loosen tight muscles (such as your calves and hamstrings) which will further reduce the chance of injury when exercising

So how does it all work?
Shockwave therapy works by using soundwaves to activate the bodies immune system allowing the removal of waste products that build up in the muscles and encourage blood flow to painful or compromised areas.

Now available at our clinic.

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Footwear, how do I find the right shoe for me?

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Footwear, how do I find the right shoe for me?

With thousands of different brands and even more different models, how does one find the
correct shoe for them? When looking for footwear there are a couple of useful tips you can
adopt to help find that perfect shoe. With dress shoes, it’s a little easier than sport shoes as
we are not putting the same force through the shoe as we would when exercising. However,
our feet are important and we need to keep them in good shape for the rest of our lives.
Tips:
1. Remove the inner lining of the shoe and place it on the floor. Now stand on it and
you should still be able to see the border of the shoe lining underneath your foot. If
your foot is hanging over the edge of the lining that will lead to an area of irritation
that could cause callus, corns and much more.
2. A firm sole that bends at the ball of the foot is ideal! Chuck out those flimsy ballet
flats.
3. A firm heel counter that bends no more than 45 degrees will help keep your heel
nice and stable.
4. Laces, straps or buckles will help keep that foot secure in the shoe and will help
avoid your toe muscles over working to try and avoid your foot slipping out of the
shoe.

My favourite Female dress shoe brands:
Bared - www.bared.com.au   

Ziera Shoes - www.zierashoes.com 

Ecco - https://au.shop.ecco.com/

My favourite Male dress shoe brands:
RM Williams - www.rmwilliams.com.au/

Bared - www.bared.com.au

Hushpuppies - https://www.hushpuppies.com.au/

With sport shoes, it is a completely different story. Sports shoes come in 4 major support
categories: Neutral, Cushioning, Mild Stability, Moderate Stability.
To know which support category you are, you will need to have an assessment by a
Podiatrist. I can’t emphasise enough how much of a difference the right shoe can make.
If you have never found that perfect set of shoes, or you are currently suffering from foot
pain, please book in for a footwear assessment with a Podiatrist to find the right shoe for you.

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Spinal health week

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Spinal health week

May is Spinal Health month and this is when Chiropractors at Complete City Health come together and focus on educating the public about the importance of good Spinal health.


Many of us do not seek help until we have pain or injury, however seeking advice from a Chiropractor for preventative care can prevent many months of pain and treatments.
The spine plays a vital role in our health and wellbeing and according to the recently published Global Burden of Disease study, musculoskeletal conditions have the fourth greatest impact on the health of the world's population.
But how do you know if there is some concern that needs to be addressed and looked at by a
Chiropractor? Well, spinal health problems manifest as headaches, poor posture, neck pain, lower back pain, hip pain and more. So having any of these issues can be a cause for concern.
The increase in spinal health problems can be attributed to sedentary lifestyles, increase use of digital devices and lack of activity at work.


So this May, book your Free Check up with one of our Chiropractors now and prevent spinal issues from occurring.

Phone: 0292991661

Email: frontdesk@completecityhealth.com.au

 

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