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    • Plantar Fasciitis
      Plantar Fasciitis is pain to the underside of the foot in the ‘fascia’ band. Pain can be in the arch of the foot and can sometimes involve heel pain. The pain is very noticeable when walking. Patients notice the worst pain on rising in the morning and starting to walk. Pain is also noticed during the day when getting up from a seated position. Patients can tend to hobble when the condition is bad. There are many causes of Plantar Fasciitis and a variety of combinations. They include […]
    • Leg cramps – What causes them?
      Leg cramps and achy muscles in the legs is quite common. The cramps usually occur during sleep and may cause you to wake up in the middle of the night. Some people get leg cramps during increased activity like sports or jogging. Well, what causes these cramps? Causes can include medications, some specific medical conditions, lack of adequate hydration and a lack of some essential minerals. Some experts believe a chronic lack of magnesium is to blame. While activities during the day like running […]
    • What is Gonstead Chiropractic?
      Gonstead Chiropractic. Dr Gonstead developed the Gonstead System of Chiropractic over many years using results and repetition to guide the systems development. We now have the benefit of a well tested and meticulous system of hands-on chiropractic. Why it is different. The application of this system is very specific and that has been one reason it has such notable results. Starting with a thorough history and examination a Gonstead Chiropractor can develop a clearer understanding of a patient […]
    • Headaches
      Headaches are not normal! A headache can come in many types and forms. They are very familiar to most people. But they all have a cause and they are not normal. The most common headache usually starts toward  the end of the day and presents as pain at the back of the head and neck. We call that a tension headache. Pain above the cheek beside the nose and/or above the eyebrow and associated with flu/virus or hay fever is more likely sinus headache. A Stress headache can develop from clenching […]
    • Whiplash
      Whiplash is an injury which results from sudden acceleration-deceleration forces on the neck. The term encompasses a variety of issues referred to as WAD – Whiplash-Associated Disorders which affect muscles, joints, bones, ligaments, discs and nerves. What Causes Whiplash? WAD generally results from a traumatic event involving sudden acceleration-deceleration forces most often caused by a MVA. Other causes may include roller-coasters, bungy jumping or sports-related injuries. What are the […]
    • Swayback
        Swayback posture is a muscular imbalance syndrome where the person presents with protruding abdomen, arched back and flat buttock. This gives the ‘sway back’ appearance. All up this is a poorly balanced posture that creates loading patterns that are not without some consequences.  And regardless that a swayback has a less than glamorous look, in the long term pain and aches result as the body tries to compensate for the poor posture. What causes Sway back? The most used term […]
    • Pregnancy care.
        For the mums’ to be! Pregnancy causes significant strain on a woman’s body.  Add to this the additional weight of a growing baby and it is understandable that many expectant mothers suffer a level of discomfort during their pregnancy. Studies show that more than half of mums’ to be suffer from lower back pain, as well as irritation of the sciatic nerve. There are many ways to reduce this discomfort. Pregnancy chiropractic care can be utilized to help make this process more […]
    • Chiropractic 101
        The basics of Chiropractic. We all live our life through our nervous system because all our senses, emotions and thoughts are regulated by our brains. The nervous system regulates and controls all functions of the body. It is split into 2 basic areas – the major system being the Autonomic System (automatic) eg. digestion and blood pressure regulation and the Somatic System the area you have active control over eg. Voluntary movement. The nervous system consists of the brain, spinal […]
    • Frozen Shoulder
        Frozen shoulder. The shoulder is a mobile joint and very important for normal life activities. We often take it for granted until it no longer does what we need it to. Whether from accident, injury or just over work, shoulder pain can be debilitating. Sleep can be disrupted due to pain and this can really affect your life. One nasty shoulder condition is Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis. It starts from what is usually a minor injury causing inflammation and the addition of scar […]
    • Arthritis
        Most people get alarmed by the term arthritis but it is mealy joint inflammation. It is a general term describing many possible conditions affecting your joints and surrounding tissue. The most common form and most well know would be osteoarthritis (OA). It is known as a progressive degenerative type of arthritis far more sinister than a sprained ankle which could be called an arthritis but is relatively benign in comparison. Nearly 10 percent of men and 30 percent of women age 60 and […]
    • Omega 3
        By now you would have heard about Omega-3 and probably think that it has been a little over hyped! Not to put too fine a point on it – it is by all research accounts as good and important as the hype suggests. Now there are some provisos that will be explained later. The benefits are as follows: Omega-3 benefits your heart health. Studies show anti-arrhythmic effect (irregular heart beat), anti-thrombotic effect (blood clotting), anti-atherosclerotic effect (preventing fatty […]
    • Stress
        The body adapts positively to stress when it is applied in an acute episode that is, it is present for a short period of time, and then it is removed. This is the situation that occurs during exercise training or when a burst of adrenaline is required to run away from a vicious dog! While acute stress has a normal effect in the body which produces a specific desirable outcome, Chronic stress produces a very toxic cascade of metabolic changes. These changes may be negative in nature, as […]
    • Neck pain and stiffness.
        Ever woken up with a stiff neck or neck pain? Often you have no idea what caused it. It can be painful to move in all directions or just some motions. We call this acute torticollis. Latin for “twisted neck”. When it is painful most people stop moving, but research suggests this just delays healing. We find that most people have done ‘something’ to cause their neck stiffness but find it hard to understand exactly what it was. You probably do want to know so you […]
    • Low Back Pain.
          Low back pain (LBP) must be one of the most common conditions of the 21st century. It accounts for a SIGNIFICANT amount of sick days from work. It affects all types of workers in various jobs and office workers are not immune. Research shows that in a seated position you increase the pressure in the lower back by about 1.7 times your body weight. This has a direct impact on local structures and tissues. While a lifting injury is an obvious “injury”, office workers tend […]
    • How posture can affect your flexibility.
          While poor posture is very noticeable the reduced flexibility it produces can sneak up on you. Do these simple stretches and see how you go. This is called the scratch test. While doing this compare how far each hand is able to reach up or down your back. Most young people are able to interlock their fingers at the middle of their back! Now sit down and cross your legs. Compare both sides and notice how easily you can get into this position. Structure governs function – That […]
    • SCOLIOSIS
        Scoliosis is a condition in which there is a sideways curve of the spine, often S or C-shaped. People of all ages can have this condition. In most cases the condition starts in the early stages of life but may not be detected until later. The cause of the majority of scoliosis cases is unknown. Scoliosis changes the normal motion and flexibility of the spine Other Key points to know. 2-3% of population have this condition. Girls are 7 times more likely to have this condition. Most likely […]
    • Sciatica.
        Sciatica or sciatic pain is a term used to describe pain into the buttock or leg. The pain can vary in severity. The pain can be sharp and shooting, achy, burning or even numb. These are simply some of the symptoms that are associated with a compression of the Sciatic nerve somewhere along its path. Hence the name Sciatica. For some people the pain increases with activity and reduces with rest and for others the exact reverse is true. This nerve compression generally happens at one of […]
    • Desk worker exercises
          I have been using info from Dr Mercola for years. He has the largest natural health web site in the world. He is constantly updating his info and researching the research and shares what he finds. He has released this as his latest upgrade on exercise for desk workers. I have just cut out the ‘how to’ part but the whole clip link is below and gives the benefits more completely if you have time to invest. Is sitting the new smoking? There are serious health reasons we […]
    • (TMJ) Clicking and jaw pain when chewing.
          Jaw pain or at least ‘clicking’ when chewing is common. The clicking occurs in the TMJ (temporo mandibular joint) just near the ear canal. Pain may or may not be present. Neither clicking or pain is normal. While the sound may seem benign, the long term effect on the TMJ can be serious. Other TMJ symptoms can include – ringing in the ears, dizziness and vertigo, facial pain and headaches. These symptoms are often vague and overlap with many other conditions so […]
    • Pain when breathing.
          Chest/back Pain when Breathing. Pain when breathing? Particularly painful in the chest or upper back? Some people fear a heart attack. And pain meds don’t even take the edge off it! It’s more common than you would imagine. And the symptoms can vary. After ruling out a heart attack – which of course is vital your GP will probably send you out for some tests and they mostly come back negative. Many people don’t really get to the bottom of the pain and while […]
    • Early signs of hip pain may be subtle!
          Hip Pain The hip joint is a large and strong joint designed to carry load. It allows for a fairly large amount of flexibility but still retains enormous stability. We should use it for forward bending more than our lower back because it is designed to flex repeatedly with little wear and tear. As with other areas of our bodies we can frequently use them improperly and that can lead to early wear and tear that can start with some signs like pain. There are many causes of hip pain. […]
    • Heel Pain
        Heel pain is often caused by plantar fasciitis, a condition that is sometimes associated with heel spurs. However, Heel pain may also be due to other causes, such as a stress fracture, tendinitis, arthritis, nerve irritation, bruising or rarely a cyst. Because there are several potential causes, it is important to have heel pain properly diagnosed to determine the underlying source of your heel pain. Poor biomechanics of the foot, ankle and lower limb are major contributors to the cause […]
    • Knee Pain
        Knee Pain affects people of all ages and can be a cause of chronic pain. Knee pain can be debilitating and can keep you from your favorite activities. The knee is one of the largest and most complex joints. Knee pain can come from a wide variety of issues. Age, overuse, and injury are the leading causes of pain. Osteoarthritis, Bursitis, tendonitis, ITB Syndrome, Ligament Injury, Meniscus Tear, other Diseases and Fractures are some conditions contributing to pain. Depending on the cause […]
    • Shin splints
          Shin splints, also known as medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), is defined as “pain along the inner edge of the shinbone (tibia). Shin splints are usually caused by repeated trauma to the connective muscle tissue surrounding the tibia. They are a common injury affecting athletes who engage in running sports or other forms of physical activity, including running and jumping even dancers & Military personnel undergoing basic training. While medial tibial stress syndrome […]
    • Shoulder pain
        The shoulder is a mobile joint and very important for normal life activities. We often take it for granted until it no longer does what we need it to. Whether from accident, injury or just over work, shoulder pain can be debilitating. Sleep can be disrupted due to pain and healing can sometimes be a long process. Common areas of pain include the front of the shoulder joint (likely bicep tendinitis), Outside/top of shoulder joint (supraspinatus inflammation or even tears). Pain high on […]
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
            Hand and wrist pains are quite common and are often concerning. People are often worried that symptoms may last for ever and loss of normal function will affect the way they live. Carpal tunnel syndrome is NOT the only condition that causes tingling in the fingers. In fact, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is one of the most commonly misdiagnosed conditions that we see in clinic. Numbness in the hand can often be quite concerning and rather debilitating. While carpal tunnel syndrome […]
    • Elbow pain – Tennis elbow and Golfer’s elbow
        The most common conditions that effect the elbow are Tennis elbow and Golfer’s elbow. Both of these conditions are similar in that they usually appear after some amount of repetitious activity and the area (outside elbow – tennis elbow and inside elbow – golfer’s elbow) is very tender. The simple act of turning a door handle or bathroom tap can elicit enormous pain. This can be quite debilitating. The Medical approach to help this condition is usually some form of […]
    • How To Get Better Sleep
            Sleep is a reparative time for the body especially the spine. Research suggests that the quality is better judged by the way you feel when you wake up rather than the length of sleep. Deep sleeping allows the autonomic (automatic) nervous system to do its job. This is the repair system and why good deep sleeping is so important to health. So for those who sleep well ‘good for you’ literally. And for those who do NOT and want to get better sleep here are a fell […]
    • 2 things to know when choosing a Pillow.
        Many people ask me “what type of pillow should I buy” and “What is the best pillow?” Buying a pillow can be stressful and confusing. I think I have searched for the last 10 years looking for the elusive ‘perfect’ pillow. What I have learned over that time is that your pillow must match your mattress. And that sleep position and body shape are the two main factors to consider.  We must start with the usual sleeping position. Side sleepers require the […]
    • The ‘level foundation’ is a key principle in Gonstead Chiropractic.
          The Gonstead System of Chiropractic Dr Clarence S Gonstead developed his system the Gonstead System over many years. He used results and repetition to guide the systems development. A key principle he put forward and developed was the ‘level foundation’ principle which is paralleled in the engineering industry. It revolves around the fact that the pelvis (Ilium and sacrum) forms a ring structure that supports the spinal column. This ‘foundation’ if unlevel […]
    • 3 things to consider when buying a mattress.
          Buying a mattress for most of us is a significant investment. The reason is not just the financial outlay but also the realization that this purchase needs to last a long time so make the correct choice. This can be stressful. Do I just rely on the sales person at the store? Is the price reflective of quality?  It comes with a 10 year guarantee but how long should it last? Do I need a firm/hard mattress? And many more questions. Firstly I am not an expert in mattresses. However I […]
    • 5 home stretches after Sitting at work
      Common Posture Problems Our backs were not designed to spend long periods of time sitting at desks which is a common feature of many work environments. As a result of spending six to eight hours a day in front of a computer, workers can suffer shoulder, arm, hand and neck problems, as well as issues with balance and coordination. One study has found that over 45% of office workers experience neck pain. Back problems are a big contributor to lost productivity in the workplace. This is because of […]
    • 5 self-help tips if you are sitting at work.
        Is sitting the new smoking? So many of us are sitting at work or school or study for up to 8 hrs a day or more. Doing any other active would most likely build up a level of fitness that work hardens us to cope well. This is not true for sitting. The more we do the less we support our body well. Most of the supporting muscle groups switch off when we sit, and become less likely to switch on when we need them to. This reduces our core stability and sets up a strange balancing act of […]
    • Growing pains
        Growing Pains in kids? Do adults get growing pains? Restless leg syndrome in adults? The term most doctors use for achy legs that keep your child awake at night is growing pains. These pains are cramping, achy muscle pains that some preschoolers and preteens feel in both legs. The pain usually occurs in the late afternoon or evenings. But it may cause your child to wake up in the middle of the night. The pain often occurs in bouts. In an adult these similar signs are called […]
    • 3 ways to treat Headaches without medication
        Headache. Headaches come in many types and forms. They are very familiar to most people. But they all have a cause. The most common form presents as pain at the back of the head and neck usually toward  the end of the day. We call that a tension headache. Pain above the cheek beside the nose and/or above the eyebrow and associated with flu/virus or hay fever are more likely sinus headache. Stress headaches can develop from clenching your teeth or TMJ disorders and can refer pain up the […]
    • 3 Headache signs you should never ignore.
        Headache and migraines. Headaches are quite common with most people experiencing some type of headache in their life time. I will be outlining 3 signs associated with headaches that you should not ignore. Firstly, I should say headaches due to life threatening conditions such as meningitis, encephalitis, cerebral aneurysms, extremely high blood pressure and brain tumors are rare. The 3 signs that you are not to ignore are: Sudden severe onset head ache, often with vomiting. This is an […]
    • 3 things I recommend you never do at the gym to avoid injury.
          Avoid injury at the gym. If you have decided that this year you plan to start at the gym there are things that I recommend you never do so you can avoid injury. I know how much some people like to do their favorite routines at the gym, BUT there are some downright dangerous activities that will destroy your low back (L5 disc in particular).   Here are the 3 most destructive. 1 Russian twist – recumbent medicine ball rotations. This type of motion applies the most […]
    • Too busy to do exercise? Everyone could do this each week.
        Exercise So many people tell me they are too busy to exercise each day. I can understand that our busy lives often push regular exercise to last place. So here is a program with real health benefits and  workouts of 15 minutes once a week or less. It appears that workout intensity and workout volume are inversely proportional. This means the greater the intensity of workout, the less time you need to spend working out i.e. the less frequently you need to exercise. HIIT It is called High […]
    • 9 Tips to choosing and using a school backpack.
      Chiropractic concerns for school bags. It is that time of year again – the beginning of the new school year. Along with the new books and uniforms may come the need for a new school bag. You may already be familiar with the best way to choose and use a back pack but I will quickly address these aspects from a chiropractic point of view. Here are 9 tips to consider when choosing and using a school bag. 1 Backpacks when packed should be ideally less than 1/10th of a student’s weight. […]
    • This is Knox Chiropractic’s 13th year serving the Northmead Community
      13th year serving the Northmead Community In 2005 The Gonstead System came to Northmead.  Dr Stuart Knox set up his Knox Chiropractic practice in 2 Beamish Road Northmead NSW 2152 to serve the local community. 13 years later Dr Stuart is still the Chiropractor of choice for those wanting to experience the Gonstead System of Chiropractic and its remarkable results. Dr Stuart has been the longest serving Chiropractor in Northmead still in practice. While most people know Chiropractors deal with […]
    • Why the Gonstead System of Chiropractic is different.
      Chiropractic Chiropractic is defined as ‘done by hand’ by its founder DD Palmer. It has been practiced for more than a century. It has had many colourful characters. Many practitioners creating their own ‘style’ of delivering the hands-on adjustment that we now refer to as ‘technique’. Some believe that as many as 200 different techniques have developed over time. Dr Clarence S Gonstead created a specific technique. While his career and life are very […]