At Costaspine, we have worked with many women throughout different periods of their breast implant journey. Almost all the women we’ve worked with who have had breast implants have complained about back pain and almost impossible-to-stop shoulder slouching.
Breast augmentation is the number one surgical procedure for women, outnumbering liposuction, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery and tummy tucks. Many believe that the breast implant is a permanent fixture even though various organizations warn against it. The FDA in the US explains that the longer you have breast implants, the more likely it will be for you to have them removed. With the cost of surgical removal matching that of the original implant surgery. In addition, their list of risks associated with this procedure is extensive and detailed, ranging from chest wall deformity to toxic shock syndrome.
Those suffering from these symptoms generally refer to the condition as Breast Implant Illness. Symptoms of this condition are a pattern of health problems likely caused by an autoimmune reaction to the implant. These include:
Persistent flu-like symptoms
Studies on long-term implant users indicate that, in the pectoral (chest) and intercostal areas (ribs), gradual and irreversible deterioration of muscle function takes place. Respiratory problems are widespread among implant users, as are complications affecting major lymphatic ducts and fluid irrigation of the upper chest areas leading to inflammatory changes in the tissue and surrounding area.
Common side effects seen at Costaspine with those who have breast implants:
Rounded upper back: The immediate impact of the implants on the body is that they cause shoulders to round forward and the thoracic spine to curve forward excessively. Also, the physics of the location of the implants cause the muscles of the front of the chest to contract, and the thoracic spine has nowhere else to go but into excessive flexion.
Laboured breathing: The rounding of one’s shoulders make it hard to breathe. This reduces the capacity of the lungs and you would have to breathe forcefully against resistance continuously.
Compensation: The indirect effects of the implants are that they can cause compensations to occur elsewhere in the body due to changed biomechanics. This compensation often leads to headaches, lower back and hip issues in females which become chronic over time. This complex postural alteration tends to directly involve the cervical spine too, with persistent contraction of the cervical spine–stabilizing muscles (trapezius and cervical paravertebral muscles). The sequence of events eventually leads to the pain chain, a continuous spinal pain starting at the lumbar level and extending progressively to the cervical spine, with shoulder irritation.
At Costaspine we have a team of professionals who work together to combat these unwanted side effects of breast implants. Together with Chiropractic, Massage and Personal Training, we have seen a reduction in the amount of pain our clients have with increased functionality day to day.
In recent years there has been a huge rise in popularity of attaining the perfect hourglass figure. With celebrities like the Kardashians and many Instagram pages dedicated to “booty gains”, one can’t help but judge their own figures in the mirror. The growing popularity of the perfectly round buttock in the fitness and celebrity industries have made the Brazilian butt Lift (BBL) and Buttock implants one of the most popular surgeries for glute enhancement.
A Brazilian butt lift is a specialized fat transfer procedure that augments the size and shape of the buttocks without surgical implants. Excess fat is removed from the hips, abdomen, lower back or thighs with liposuction, and a portion of this fat is then injected into the buttocks.
For those who are very lean, they may not have enough fat for the liposuction procedure, and buttock implants may be the only way to achieve the desired size increase, similar to breast augmentation.
It is important to understand the added risks of having implants, including capsular contracture and a higher risk for infection. Buttock implants can also look and feel less natural compared to a Brazilian butt lift. Buttock implants are also not a permanent fixture and will need to be replaced after a number of years. Despite the high success rate, surgery still poses risks. Some of the most common side effects include:
Fluid or blood accumulation underneath the buttocks
Nausea and vomiting from anesthesia
It’s also possible for the silicone implants to move or slip out of place. This can leave you with an uneven and unnatural appearance in the buttocks. Fat grafting can also lead to asymmetry due to fat absorption in the body. We see these patients on a daily basis at CostaSpine. If the side effects mentioned above are not enough, can you imagine the dysfunction and stress these type of procedures put on the natural BIOMECHANICS of the body? This causes massive postural defects and a lot of pain. If you have had or are planning to have these procedures done please we implore you to seek medical advice from our professionals so the long term implications can be stopped in their tracks.
The buttocks gluteal muscles, among the largest in the body, are necessary for stability, movement, and posture. In short, they’re very important. When having surgery to these areas the gluteal muscles may be injured or become dysfunctional. Having dysfunctional glutes can lead to variety of problems, from chronic low back and hip pain to a shortened range of motion.
Unfortunately, there is no quick way to develop the perfect buttock. Many people focus on the aesthetics of the glutes rather than the function. Those who have any form of buttock augmentation often end up with abnormal biomechanics, posture and pain. This is due to the increase in weight around the pelvic area.
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The aging process takes enough of a toll on the human body without having the mind share the same fate. As we age, the brain is susceptible to various degenerative processes, from simple lapses in memory and concentration to outright cognitive decline or Alzheimer’s.
Fortunately, there are simple ways to keep your brain healthy into your golden years. Here are three brain boosters to keep you on your mental toes:
Feed It: Your brain needs sound nutrition to function optimally. The outer membrane of brain cells requires a constant supply of fatty acids. That’s where omega-3s can help (Omega 3-6-9). Choline, a B vitamin present in high amounts in eggs, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, wheat germ and tofu, may also be important for brain neurotransmitter function while benefiting mood and mental performance. Fish, such as pilchards, tuna and salmon are also considered good brain food.
Exercise It: Research suggests consistent physical activity can help people maintain memory and cognitive function as they age. According to at least one study, the exercise necessary to achieve brain benefits involved simple activities such as walking, gardening, cooking and cleaning. Another recent study showed that after a year of lifting weights twice a week, elderly women performed significantly better on tests of mental processing compared to women who participated in a balancing and toning program instead
Challenge It: In a sense, if you don’t challenge your brain, stagnation can set in, leading to all sorts of problems over time. The solution is simple, research suggests: challenge your brain. How? Try crossword puzzles, chess, word problems or other strategies to keep your brain alert and engaged. Try not to let technological conveniences (calculators are a great example) replace using your mind to figure things out.
The moral is simple: Take care of your mind and your mind will do the same for you.
Are you aware of what is in your child’s school bag, how much it weighs, or how that weight is affecting their neck, shoulders, back and spine? Well as a parent it is something you should be aware of. Recent studies show that kids are carrying excessive loads to and from school, and the consequences of this weight on their structural development.
For example, a 2003 study in The Spine Journal found a significant correlation between the incidence of lower back pain among schoolchildren (ages 12-18) and both the weight of their school bags / backpacks and the amount of time these were used. Some of the school bags were extremely heavy; 18.9 percent of the students surveyed carried school bags / backpacks that weighed more than 20 percent of the student’s body weight. A further study, published in the same journal a year earlier, four of five children said their “bags” were heavy, and two-thirds said they felt fatigue when carrying theirs. The study also showed that lifetime prevalence of low back pain was related to the amount of time children carried backpacks on their shoulders. Not very good news, is it? So, what can you do as a parent to help your child in this regard? Here are a few simple suggestions:
Make sure your child’s backpack weighs no more than 10 percent of their body weight.
Also ensure that it doesn’t hang more than 10 cms below their waistline.
Urge your child to wear both shoulder straps. The straps should be adjustable so the school bag can be easily fitted to your child’s body.
Improper school bag or backpack use is an important but often-overlooked cause of back pain. Your Chiropractor can evaluate your child’s school bag and provide additional suggestions on how to ensure your child goes to and from school every day without putting their spine at risk.