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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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Neck stiffness & pain: Consider this

Now by far one of the most common issues that I see as a Chiropractor is neck pain/dysfunction/stiffness whatever you may want to call it. It’s super uncomfortable to have Chronic (lasting longer than 6 weeks) neck issues as you use it for pretty much everything. Everyone has probably had an episode where by their neck muscles feel very “tight” and leads to them getting headaches/migraines. If this is you, you need to read on.

Now having tight muscles can be from various causes. From overuse, past trauma, muscle imbalances from poor posture, occupational predispositions and the list goes on. One factor that many seem to overlook is structure. Our spine is designed with curves, what we label as ‘Lordosis’ and ‘Kyphosis’ (see image below)

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Our neck has a natural curve we call cervical lordosis (a reverse C curve) and we want to maintain that. Why?

Let’s look at this image below. Can you see all those ligaments behind the vertebrae? Not listed here are muscles which we have A LOT of behind our neck. Now imagine over time when your neck loses this curve and starts to straighten (right image). Can you visualise how all these ligaments and muscles are going to have increased tension due to poor structure? What can cause the neck to curve the other way? With our daily habits of looking at our phones, sitting in front of our desks at the computer, and generally just sitting in a ‘hunched’ posture throughout our daily lives has put our necks under a lot more pressure.

If you are one of the people who constantly get massages and never seem to be getting results, this may be your reason. Tight muscles are a SYMPTOM of something underlying. Finding the CAUSE is what we do.

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The effects of sitting long hours

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The effects of sitting long hours

A recent study shows that the average person only spends 1 hour and 15 minutes of their day not in a seated position. Is it any wonder therefore that we are seeing an ever increasing number of injuries simply due to poor posture and poor core stability.

Facts:

1.       Your body is not designed for sitting, let alone sitting for most of the day. The pelvis was never evolved to disperse weight in a seated posture.

2.       Your body will adapt to any situation which is most common – whether this is beneficial or not.

3.       Prolonged sitting and poor posture is the primary cause of spinal degeneration and overuse injuries.

For this blog, I’m going to give you a couple of simple tips on how to get more movement during your day and simple ways to keep your skeleton aligned and functional.

1.       If you use public transport, get off a stop earlier. Most people are on a rushed schedule in the morning but you just have to make a little time to get a whole lot more movement.

2.       Incidental movement is the new ‘in’ term. It is for a reason though so increase the amount of little patches of movement you get through day. Walk around the office more, get drinks of water, get up and talk to people, use stairs where you can. These little bits of movement really add up when done often enough.

3.       If you do Yoga already, add on one extra class a week. If you don’t do yoga, START!! Yoga is the simplest way to exercise the body in the opposing way to what sitting does. It increases your core strength and stretches your upper body in extension.

4.       Stretch every day. We brush our teeth daily, but what about our spine? Straighten up Australia is a Chiropractic 3 min exercise initiative to improve your spinal health and the way your body functions.

5.       Get adjusted by your Chiropractor regularly. Inevitably with sitting you will load certain parts of your spine which will often get stuck, causing pain or no pain but always causing dysfunction. Getting your spine adjusted by a chiropractor ensures correct spinal movement and counteracts sitting.

Our spine and nervous system governs all functions and organs, and lack of movement and spinal misalignments cause dysfunction and therefore ill health.

If you haven’t had your spine checked, call us now for your initial consultation at Complete City Health.

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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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