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Slouch Couch

Are you sitting comfortably on your couch?

Then this might not be the most comfortable read for you.

Is your comfy couch causing you back pain?

Adults spend between 55 percent and 70 percent of their day sitting.

Your wonderfully soft, stylish, modern couch may feel amazing at the end of a long day and look beautiful in your lounge but it may actually be bad for you. Wooden chairs or upright furniture were more popular in years past, increasingly people are opting for soft couches with deep cushions to sink into and lay more than sit.

Significant amounts of people have reported back problems after buying themselves a new couch or after long periods of time spent sitting such as the current Corona lock-down. Thanks to on demand TV services and the infamous Netflix, we are spending more time than ever with our eyes glued to the screens and our bums to our couches.

Our practitioners have noticed that many couches cause us to slouch and leave the lower back in a flexed position. Night after night you repeat the same position. This lower back pain becomes your “normal.” Modern sofas and cushioned chairs can encourage poor posture as the soft upholstery may not give the spine and neck the support that is required.

At CostaSpine we are seeing lots of problems such as back, hip and hamstring pain to even digestive complaints, all caused directly by our favorite spot to lounge in our house.

When we are in a bad posture for a period of time a phenomenon called “creep” occurs. Our muscles get stretched or shortened; your ligaments stretch to abnormal lengths and your discs undergo a tremendous amount of stress.  Long-term this can cause inflammation and pain, disc degeneration, sciatica, and arthritis.  Simply, poor posture over time causes damage to the spine.

THE FIX

If you are lounging on a spongy sofa then try sitting with a pillow halfway under your bottom and another in the dent of your lower back. This will help you maintain a good neutral spine.

Try to take brakes from the couch between episodes of your series or movies.

Get your posture checked by one of our chiropractors at CostaSpine to see if there may be an underlying causing to your poor posture. This may be due to certain muscles that are weak, in which case some Pilates may help strengthen.

Yours Healthcare

CostaSpine

 

 

Do you make this MISTAKE?

Do you make this MISTAKE?

Can I adjust myself? Good idea vs Bad idea?

This is one of the most common questions we get from our clients at CostaSpine.

To answer simply, NO, not even chiropractors perform adjustments on themselves.

It is even crazier to think that you or anyone other than a licensed Chiropractor knows how to examine and specifically adjust your spine without hundreds of hours of education and specialized training.

Chiropractors themselves go to other Chiropractors to be adjusted on a regular basis because we know that the nervous system and spine are way too important to play around with and risk injuring.

If you had tooth ache, would you sit in your lounge and use your own drill and get to working on it yourself?

Most people view the adjustment as “cracking” your back and don’t understand the purpose that the adjustment serves.

What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is a specifically targeted manoeuvre to address a dysfunctional spinal segment in the spine i.e. it is not moving through its full range of motion.

When we forcibly move our own spine, it’s near impossible to stay specific to one area. So, what ends up occurring is that we move multiple joints instead.

The challenge when adjusting the spine is to target the most restricted joint to move; which is generally the one that moves last. When you adjust yourself at home you end up leaving yourself with lots of movement of surrounding joints and still having to deal with the dysfunctional joint as it is not specific enough.

It feels great for about 10 to 20 minutes because your body has a massive endorphin release due to your spine moving so much but not long after it’s back to square one and there is no change to your dysfunctional spinal segment.

The spinal vertebra can also be misaligned in several ways. A vertebra can move in 16 different directions, so it is important to know in which direction it has moved before making the adjustment. Chiropractors are trained to determine what direction the vertebra has moved and how to put it in the proper position.

People who crack their own joints have no idea what direction the vertebra has moved, therefore they can be moving it further out of position creating more and more dysfunction.

Prolonged self-adjustment can lead to spinal instability over time. These symptoms can include severe pain on movement, muscle spasms, numbness in the extremities and pain radiating down the legs or arms.

Trying to “adjust yourself” or letting anyone other than a chiropractor adjust your spine, is a lot like drilling your precious teeth with a drill found lying around your home; it’s a very bad idea. Safe and specific care of your spine and nervous system is a Chiropractor’s business and we take it seriously at CostaSpine.

Yours in Healthcare

CostaSpine

YouTube Channel Up and Running

YouTube Channel Up and Running

This is very exciting as we have just launched our very own YouTube channel for CostaSpine. This is where we will be posting all of our latest videos and content. You will find a wide array of educational, virtual practice tours, practitioner introductions and patient testimonials videos.

Click on the image below and hit the ‘subscribe’ button: 

And STAY TUNED for some really amazing content!!

Breast Augmentation changes ALOT more than JUST the Obvious

Breast Augmentation changes ALOT more than JUST the Obvious

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:

  • Mental confusion
  • Joint pain
  • Hair loss
  • Dry eyes
  • Chronic fatigue
  • 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.

Yours in Healthcare

CostaSpine

Lets talk about ASS-ets

Lets talk about ASS-ets

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:

  • Pain
  • Scarring
  • Infection
  • Fluid or blood accumulation underneath the buttocks
  • Allergic reactions
  • Skin loss
  • Nausea and vomiting from anesthesia
  • Glute atrophy

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.

If you mail us NOW we will send you an exercise regime which you can start immediately while you are in quarantine and at the same time we can book in with one of our Chiropractors.

TO CLAIM your free exercise manual, mail us now on info@costaspine.com

Yours in Healthcare

CostaSpine

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