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Posture and Work Station Set-ups

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By Michael Hall

Your employees cannot perform at their best if their work areas are not set up correctly. Poor posture and faulty movement patterns cause abnormal stresses which will lead to poor concentration, lower productivity and potentially Workers Compensation claims. The cost is enormous and yet the fix may be so simple. Having a posture and work station evaluation may be the most cost effective, best return on investment decisions any one could make.

Conducted on a one to one basis, our 30 minute posture and work station evaluations will identify abnormal stresses and provide solutions that will enhance each person’s concentration, health and productivity.

For more information or for an appointment, please call Bodywise Health on 1 300 263 994.

Please note:

• Rebates are available through your private insurance extras cover;

• For complex or chronic conditions, you may qualify for the EPC (Enhanced Primary Care Program) allowing you to receive 5 allied health services each calendar year with a referral from your GP. For more information, please call Bodywise Health now on 1 300 263 994.

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Physical Health Checks

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By Michael Hall

“It’s difficult to be happy, if you are not healthy”. Good health is crucial to everything, from how you feel, to the quality of your relationships, home life, work life, sleep, energy, everything! You simply cannot be at your best, if you are not in the best health. If you want a better life, the best place to start is with yourself and a good first step is to improve your own health. But where do you start? How do you know what to do? What is going to be most effective? How can you fit another program in to you already overcrowded life schedule?

Let Bodywise Health help you implement a targeted program that will give you the best results, in the fastest time possible. The Bodywise Health physical health check and a management program have been developed to enable you to prevent illness/injury and optimise your health, so that you may live and perform at your highest level.

Who can benefit?

Everyone! Bodywise health checks are the perfect starting point on your road to recovery, whether you are an individual who wants to reclaim your health, a sports person who wants to go to the next fitness level or a corporate executive who must be at the top of your game. Bodywise physical health checks determine your physical status and identify potential problems.

What’s involved?

There are two types of health checks available:

1. Health Check Standard

This 30 minute program is designed to give a basic health profile and screen for common health problems such as:

• Arthritis
• Back pain
• Neck pain
• Headaches
• Osteoporosis
• Balance problems
• Posture problems
• Leg and foot problems
• Excessive weight and fat
• Lack of strength and flexibility
• Heart and circulation problems

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2. Health Check Advanced

Health Check Advanced is a 45 minute comprehensive health assessment. It builds on the details of Health Check Basic by addressing additional health factors such as poor lung capacity, hip, knee, ankle or foot problems. The biometric tests performed include:

• Arthritis
• Back pain
• Neck pain
• Headaches
• Osteoporosis
• Balance problems
• Posture problems
• Leg and foot problems
• Excessive weight and fat
• Lack of strength and flexibility
• Heart and circulation problems
• Lung problems such as asthma and chronic obstructive airways disease

The Bodywise Health Screens are a fantastic way to gain an understanding of your current health status and by identifying potential health risks, may point to the need for further medical investigation and / or intervention. They do not replace assessment or treatment from your doctor or other health care professional. On completion of each health screen, each person will be given a customised report detailing the results of the tests, as well as advice and recommendations on what needs to be done to achieve better results.

For more information or for an appointment, please call Bodywise Health on 1 300 263 994.

The Next Step

By combining the results of each of these tests, enables us to identify both the source and cause of your problem which allows a targeted rehabilitation program to be devised and implemented. Person specific, movement specific and sport / function specific, this rehab program is then performed one on one under the instruction of your physiotherapist to make sure that the “injurying” stresses are eliminated and that your movement becomes as effective and efficient as possible.

Your posture, movement patterns, muscle activation, joint control, balance, power and grace will be monitored, perfected and progressed, ensuring that you enjoy the energy and freedom of a body working optimally. This not only prevents the reoccurrence of your physical problem, but helps to deliver sustained improvements in movement, function and sports performance.

The Bodywise Health Advantage

If you want the fastest healing, the best repair and the most complete recovery, Bodywise Health is uniquely positioned to assist you best. From assessing your injury, to determining the diagnosis, to providing fast relief, optimal healing, targeted rehabilitation and sports specific conditioning, our therapists have the knowledge, skills, equipment and passion to help you achieve the best results at the fastest possible rate. Bodywise therapists take special care to ensure that they understand your sport, its physical demands, the biomechanical requirements and the competitive edge that you need.

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Whether you are an office worker, weekend warrior or an elite athlete competing at the highest level, the therapists here at Bodywise Health can design the perfect treatment and rehabilitation program to get you back to your sport fast.

Your recovery begins with:

1. A comprehensive assessment to identify the sources, causes and healing stage of your problem as well as determine your physical strengths and weaknesses and the demands of your sport;

2. Clarification of your goals, concerns and aspirations;

3. The formulation of a treatment plan with an agreed timeline;

4. The implementation of the treatment program, with frequent re-evaluations to ensure

Not only does this set clear expectations, it gives you a sense of control and certainty knowing that you are on track and it gives us a target to meet and exceed.

But it all begins with you. You must take the first step. Once on board, we will be there to help you every step of the way. The sooner we begin, the sooner you get back to doing what you love to do. Let’s get started...

For more information or for an appointment, please call Bodywise Health on 1 300 263 994.

Please note:

• Rebates are available through your private insurance extras cover;

• For complex or chronic conditions, you may qualify for the EPC (Enhanced Primary Care Program) allowing you to receive 5 allied health services each calendar year with a referral from your GP. For more information, please call Bodywise Health now on 1 300 263 994.

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How We Can Help You

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By Michael Hall

Personal Healthcare

Motivated by the understanding that optimal healing can only take place in an atmosphere of peace, safety and personal attention, everything at Bodywise Health has been developed with you and your well-being in mind. From the way that you are greeted, to your personal treatment program, to the after-hours and ongoing support, Bodywise Health has developed the perfect blend of physical, nutritional and psychological healing to ensure that you not only get better quickly and fully, but that you are able to live and perform at your highest level.

Not only will you receive the best of treatment, you will receive the best of care, as you are educated about your condition, why it has occurred and how we can best work together to achieve the most optimal and fastest recovery. And we will be there, each step of the way, treating, guiding, supporting, teaching, motivating and empowering you. At Bodywise Health, we have put the “care” back into “health care” and you at the centre of all that we are about.

Fast Relief and Fast Results

You want fast relief and fast results, at Bodywise Health we are obsessed with providing them to you. Every service, every treatment program, every interaction is aimed at maximizing your results in the most nurturing and empowering environment possible.

“Hands on” therapy, movement correction techniques and exercise rehabilitation are combined with the latest clinically proven equipment including bodyflow and gait scan, to accelerate your healing and recovery. And with the provision of an information sheet on your condition, a graduated rehabilitation program, telephone support and after-hours advice, you will have the tools to ensure that you experience the fastest and best recovery possible, guaranteed.

Lifelong Wellbeing

A solution for life – you may not have thought about how you will be, how you will look, what things you will be able to do and what things you won’t be able to do in 5, 10, 20, 50 years time, but at Bodywise Health we do. Our goal is not just to provide you with fastest possible results, but just as importantly, to provide you with solutions that are going to work for you for the rest of your life. We will FREE you from the limitations of your condition by empowering you with the knowledge, training, instruction and on-going support that will enable you to take back control of your health and life. With information sheets, graduated exercise protocols, instruction in posture and movement correction as well as access to information nights and even a telephone help line, essentially, you will be given the tools to take your health to the next level and beyond and you will have Bodywise Health guiding and supporting you every step of the way.

For more information or for an appointment, please call Bodywise Health on 1 300 263 994.

Please note:

• Rebates are available through your private insurance extras cover;

• For complex or chronic conditions, you may qualify for the EPC (Enhanced Primary Care Program) allowing you to receive 5 allied health services each calendar year with a referral from your GP. For more information, please call Bodywise Health now on 1 300 263 994.

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Neck Pain

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By Michael Hall

Neck pain now rivals low back pain as one of the most common complaints in modern day life. And it seems that with our mounting modern day emotional and psychological stresses, increasingly sedentary lifestyles, prolonged work positions, poor postures and routine movement patterns, the incidence of neck and upper back pain is on the increase. Symptoms arising from structures in the neck and upper back may be experienced as headaches, facial pain, neck pain, shoulder blade pain or pain, pins and needles, numbness radiating down the arms to the hands.

It is well known that the neck and upper back structures can and often do contribute to upper and lower arm pain. What is less well known is that upper and lower arm pain can lead to neck pain. Consequently, neck pain is a complex issue, often involving many causative factors and numbers of different types of structures. As the body is a system, affecting one structure will cause other structures to be affected and this will further complicate the presentation of the problem. What this means, is that if treatment of neck pain is to be successful in the long term, it must address all the factors involved in the presentation of the problem as well as the different stages of healing.

The structures involved in neck pain

Neck pain can come from any structure that is innervated by a nerve such as:

• joint surfaces
• the capsule or ligaments surrounding joints and holding them together
• discs
• nerves
• muscles and also
• vertebral artery.

Whilst each structure may be cause pain in its own right, it is more likely is it that a number of structures will be involved in any particular injury and therefore will be responsible for the pain or dysfunction being experienced.

What are the causes of neck pain?

There are many causes of neck pain. These include:

• Disease- e.g. Rheumatoid Arthritis
• Trauma- e.g. whiplash, concussion, direct impact - contusions
• Acute injuries- e.g. muscle strains, joint sprains
• Lifestyle injuries- e.g. work/posture and movement related pain

These last two factors can be broken down into:

• Poor posture
• Poor movement patterns
• Poor training techniques

And these may be further influenced by:

• Psychological factors
• Equipment or environmental factors such as chairs, beds and work stations

The pathology of neck pain

The last two factors are important because in addressing them, we have the opportunity to limit and perhaps even to prevent neck pain and its associated symptoms. The reason for this is that poor posture and poor movement patterns become habits and as such place the same stresses on the same structures day in and day out. Most people without being aware it are slightly bent forward and consequently have rounded shoulders and an increased upper back forward stoop. This results in a protruding head and a stiff upper back which means that as a person looks forward, the joints of the upper cervical spine will become compressed leading to stiffness and possibly headaches and even arm pain. These may cause further movement and posture changes which may perpetuate the problem or perhaps lead to other problems.

Aims of Treatment

The aims of treatment include:

1. Identify and eliminate the causative factors
2. Decrease inflammatory response
3. Promote growth of new tissue
4. Improve quality of tissue repair
5. Prevent recurrences

Treatment as your solution to neck pain

Treatment of any injured tissue must take into account the stage of healing at which the tissue is. Each particular stage determines the aims of treatment and together with the structure identified to be at fault during the examination, dictates the type and intensity of techniques which will be of most benefit.

In the acute stages for example, the focus is on reducing inflammation, preventing further injury and eliminating the causes of the injury through resting from any aggravating activities, cold packs, anti-inflammatory cream and medication. As pain settles, the emphasis shifts to promoting tissue healing through the use of electrotherapy, massage, joint and neural mobilisation and exercise.

A progressive exercise regime must then be gradually implemented which targets deficits and taps into the specific activities and goals of the individual. Exercise must be progressed from gentle stretching and isometric holding to concentric, eccentric and finally functional activities.

For complete effectiveness, this program must also address the lifestyle components of the person’s problem such as working/home environment, the equipment involved, the activities to be performed, the postures to be maintained as well as other wants and needs of the individual. Only by addressing all of these factors can abnormal or excessive stresses in the body be eliminated, tension levels be reduced and the body able to completely heal and recover.

It is our experience that patients who do not undertake a comprehensive conditioning program and combine this with removing excessive neck stresses and more generally in the body, will not achieve a good, long-term result.

For more information or for an appointment, please call Bodywise Health on 1 300 263 994.

Please note:

• Rebates are available through your private insurance extras cover;

• For complex or chronic conditions, you may qualify for the EPC (Enhanced Primary Care Program) allowing you to receive 5 allied health services each calendar year with a referral from your GP. For more information, please call Bodywise Health now on 1 300 263 994.

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Sciatica

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By Michael Hall

“Sciatica.” Just saying the word is enough to send shivers down your spine! It is certainly a condition that you wouldn’t wish upon anyone. The pain can be excruciating, bringing people to their knees and making even the simplest of tasks such as getting out of bed or going to the toilet, unbearable. As the name implies, sciatica refers to an ache or pain, tightness, numbness and/or pins and needles along the pathway of the sciatic nerve or its branches Most commonly it is felt in the buttock and may extend down the back or side of the leg into the calf and sometimes the foot. It is thought to be due to irritation of the sciatic nerve anywhere along its course, whether it be from the inter-vertebral disc or as it winds its way around bones and through muscles.

How sciatica is different

In truth, any tissue in the lower back and buttock can refer pain down the leg. The greater the severity of the irritation, the further down the leg, pain is referred. What differentiates irritation of the sciatic nerve from these other structures is the quality of the pain and discomfort. Often referred to as “radicular” pain, it is frequently described as a sharp, constant, throbbing “toothache” type pain and is commonly experienced in the calf. It is the unrelenting nature of the pain that can interrupt sleep and interfere with almost every aspect of life, gradually wearing down even the most stoic person to become a depressed, gibbering mess. Whilst irritation of the sciatic nerve will lead to pain, direct pressure will cause other signs and symptoms such as pins and needles, numbness, loss of reflexes and in severe cases loss of strength and sometimes the inability to lift the foot (called foot drop). These are medical emergencies, and in such cases one should immediately consult with their doctor for referral for medical investigations (such as a CT or MRI scan) and to an appropriate specialist.

So where do you start on the road to recovery?

The first thing to do is to undergo a comprehensive subjective assessment and physical examination. This will help to determine what the structural source of the problem is, what the cause is, how bad it is, how it is progressing. The examination and other investigations will also direct what the most effective treatment might be. For example, if there is an inflammatory component, cold packs, anti-inflammatory medication or creams, anti-inflammatory “food” along with avoidance of the aggravating postures and/or movements, might be appropriate in allowing the inflammation to reduce. Where it is difficult to avoid these aggravating positions and movements, taping and bracing are often very helpful in protecting the area against further irritation, aggravation and flare-ups.

Once the inflammation has receded, healing can be promoted through the use of deep heat, electrotherapy along with soft tissue release, dry needling, joint mobilization or manipulation and neural freeing up techniques. By reducing tissue tension and promoting nutrient and oxygen metabolism, these techniques and modalities help to optimize the environment so that the best, fastest and most complete repair can take place.

What is the most effective treatment?

It is a commonly frustrating occurrence for many people to experience relief with treatment, only to walk out the door and for the signs and symptoms to return. This short term, “yo-yo” experience of relief is characteristic that only the symptoms of a problem have been addressed, whilst the real causes of the problem have not been dealt with. People often don’t understand that “hands on” techniques or machine type electrotherapy whether it be performed by a physiotherapist, osteopath, chiropractor, massage therapist, and even acupuncturist, will only produce short term biomechanical and biochemical changes. These changes will quickly revert back to their original state, leading to a return of the signs and symptoms unless the causes of the problem are corrected.

However, if “hands on” and electrotherapy modalities are followed by precise, corrective exercise, then often the benefit of the exercise is enhanced, making it even effective in producing a better, faster result.

Furthermore, if this precise, corrective exercise is then integrated into postural and functional movement patterns, the gains achieved through this rehabilitative exercise is then taken up in everyday activities, further accelerating improvement and protecting against the possibility of re-injury.

How do I achieve long lasting relief?

To achieve long term, sustained relief, the strength and conditioning phase of treatment must be progressed to train for stresses above and beyond the demands of everyday life, so that a reserve capacity is created. It is not good enough that a person achieves the physical status they had prior to the injury; after all it was with this capacity that they sustained their problem. At Bodywise Health, our aim is for your physical conditioning to be 20% better following your recovery to what it was prior to the occurrence of the problem, so that you will have 20% capacity in reserve. This gives you a safety net and helps to ensure that you will never suffer from that particular problem again.

Finally, it is imperative that you are not only taught how to prevent your problem from re-occurring, but even more importantly, how to continue to improve in your own conditioning, functioning and performing of all every day physical tasks. After-all, at Bodywise Health, we believe that whilst recovering from an injury might be the end of treatment, even more significant is that it is the starting point of a life free of pain and limitation and all the possibilities that this brings. It is an incredible opportunity and one that we encourage you to grasp with both hands. You will have the complete resources of Bodywise Health behind you, supporting, encouraging and coaching you every step of the way.

For more information or for an appointment, please call Bodywise Health on 1 300 263 994.

Please note:

• Rebates are available through your private insurance extras cover;

• For complex or chronic conditions, you may qualify for the EPC (Enhanced Primary Care Program) allowing you to receive 5 allied health services each calendar year with a referral from your GP. For more information, please call Bodywise Health now on 1 300 263 994.

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The Facts About Backs

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By Michael Hall

Of all musculoskeletal injuries, low back pain invokes the greatest images of pain and incapacity. And rightly so, the incidence of low back pain is alarming. 80% of people will suffer a major bout of low back pain at some time in their lives. It is second only to the common cold as the cause of absenteeism in the Western world and increasing at a rate 14 times more than the population growth. And yet prescreening testing, back strengthening and teaching people to lift with bent knees and straight back appear to have had little effect in arresting its growth. Why? Even diagnosing the source of low back pain is difficult with at least 40% of CT scans and MRI scans, showing false positives. How can our best diagnostic equipment and treatment be so inaccurate and so ineffective? Perhaps, if we are to be more effective, we need to change the way that we think about low back pain and develop a new model for its diagnosis and treatment.

Background

Of all the incidences of low back pain that present, the great majority are said to have come on for “no apparent reason”. Stories such as “I bent over to pick up a pen” or “I reached forward to get something” are not uncommon, and yet it is often assumed that such easy tasks are the causes of the injury and that through back strengthening further recurrences will be prevented. It is clear however, that in many cases lack of strength and/or lack of flexibility have little to do with the onset of these injuries as they represent such low levels of our overall physical capacity. Consequently, there must be other factors at work and there are! The fact that low back pain often comes on “for no apparent reason” suggests that lifestyle or the way that we live might have something to do with its onset. And because life involves postures, movements and activities, then it is reasonable that these will have an effect on both our physical and psychological health.

The Problem of Diagnosis

As up to 40% of MRI’s and CT Scans can reveal false positives, the question is where is the pain coming from? In the case of the lumbar spine, it may come from the discs, facet joints, bones, ligaments, muscles and nerves- all structures which are intimately involved and in close proximity. Complicating this further, is the fact that many structures produce similar signs and symptoms making differential diagnosis difficult. Our psyche can then influence the amount of pain that we perceive. We like precise diagnosis, because it gives us certainty, however in the case of the body we may simplify things too much. As the body is made up of systems, it makes sense that if one structure is damaged that this will influence the functioning of other structures which in turn will influence the functioning of the whole body. For example, a facet joint strain, may in turn cause muscle spasm, which will then stress other structures and eventually lead to further pain. If just the original damaged structure is treated in isolation without taking into account the change that has taken place in other structures and the body as a whole, then not only will it take longer for healing to take place, but complete resolution may never be achieved.

Predisposition to Low Back Pain

• Poor posture
• Poor movement patterns
• Poor core muscle tone and control
• Regimented, sedentary, stressful lifestyle
• Lack of aerobic fitness, flexibility and strength

Classifying back pain can be confusing!

Various researchers and clinicians including Robin McKenzie, Peter O’Sullivan and Shirley Sahrmann have developed classification systems based upon what movements cause the pain. These movement systems can then easily be related to lower back pathology and specific programs can be developed to best treat these conditions.

Treatment

As with any treatment plan, the most effective and beneficial treatment must coincide with the assessment findings and also each person’s goals. It is essential that treatment take into account the stage of healing and be guided by the injury’s irritability. In the acute stage (48-72 hours) this means reducing inflammation by avoiding aggravating movements and applying cold packs for 20 minutes at least 6 times each day. Electrotherapy and “hands on” techniques may also be used to reduce pain and taping or bracing may be applied to give increased support and awareness.

As pain decreases, healing is then promoted through the use of heat and massage. Various manual techniques may then be combined synergistically with exercises to begin restoring optimal joint mobility, soft tissue length and neuromuscular control. These exercises often begin with isolating particular joints, muscles etc. but then must be integrated into function if people are to achieve, sustained long-term relief. This last point is especially important. It is the author’s experience that people often leave treatment before they are ready. Yet research has shown that there is an 80% recurrence rate within one year for people who have suffered an incident of low back pain. Recent research has indicated that the reason for this may lie in the loss of feed-forward muscular bracing that occurs around the spine within 24 hours of an episode of low back pain. It has been found that this bracing does not return even if a person’s pain completely resolves. This means that if the spine is again to receive the protection of automatic muscular bracing and the possibility of further episodes of back pain be minimised, the spinal muscles must be specifically trained and integrated back into everyday functional activities. Once this bracing has been established, it then forms a base on which further back and abdominal strengthening can take place.

For more information or for an appointment, please call Bodywise Health on 1 300 263 994.

Please note:

• Rebates are available through your private insurance extras cover;

• For complex or chronic conditions, you may qualify for the EPC (Enhanced Primary Care Program) allowing you to receive 5 allied health services each calendar year with a referral from your GP. For more information, please call Bodywise Health now on 1 300 263 994.

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Arthritis – Your action plan

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By Michael Hall

If you suffer from aches, pains, tightness, clicking, grating and joint stiffness, the chances are that you have arthritis, especially if these signs and symptoms worsen during inclement weather. This is because arthritis ranks as the second most prevalent medical problem in Australia. In fact, it is the major cause of disability and chronic pain in Australia, with 3.85million Australians affected at a cost to our economy of more than $23.9 billion each year in medical care and indirect costs such as loss of earnings and lost production.

And as the population ages, the number of people with arthritis is growing. According to leading researcher Access Economics, current trends suggest that, by 2050, 7 million Australians will suffer from some form of arthritis.

So what is arthritis?

Arthritis is often referred to as a single disease but in fact, it is an umbrella term for more than 100 medical conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system, specifically the joints where two or more bones meet.

Specifically, arthritis refers to inflammation of the joints and the surrounding tissue. Inflammation is an immune body response and the immune system is the body’s system for defending itself against foreign bodies, viruses, bacteria and so on. But the immune system also has another role and that is to act like a demolition company, clearing an area of debris and damaged tissue following injury, so that new tissue (construction) can be laid down. The immune system is activated when cells are damaged through excessive or abnormal stresses and the problem occurs when the immune system either acts too much or for too long, and continues to break down healthy tissue disrupting the repair of the area. In the case of arthritis, the immune system breaks down the covering on the end of bones (hyaline cartilage) leading to joint stiffness, pain and instability as well as muscle weakness, making it difficult to perform even the most basic daily tasks such as getting out of bed, dressing and walking.

While there are about 100 forms of arthritis, osteoarthritis is the most prevalent accounting for 51% of cases in Australia, and it is this form of arthritis that we will refer to in this article.

What causes osteoarthritis?

There are many causes of osteoarthritis. These include:

1. Poor posture and / or movement habits;
2. Joint trauma associated with injury or surgery and incomplete or inadequate rehabilitation;
3. Poor diet, leading to nutritional deficiencies;
4. Congenital or genetic causes;
5. Inflammatory diseases.

The common link with all these factors is that they involve abnormal or excessive joint forces, joint irritation and inflammation leading to breakdown of the covering of joints. So to a large extent, preventing the inflammation associated with abnormal or excessive forces, and joint irritation would go a long way to preventing arthritis.

Arthritis is not necessarily a consequence of aging

There is a widely held belief that arthritis is simply a consequence of age, the pain of growing old. However, arthritis is not a natural part of ageing. In fact, 2.4 million of all people suffering from the disease are of working age.

Why is arthritis so prevalent when millions of dollars in medical funding have been spent doing years of research and creating a plethora of different treatment programs?

What is the solution?

Whilst finding a genetic solution may be some years off, research suggests that early intervention can delay the onset of the disease and may reduce the number of cases of osteoarthritis by about 500,000 within 15 years.

In addition, there are actions that you can take immediately to minimise joint inflammation and therefore the impact of arthritis. The key lies with optimising joint health by:

1. Reducing chronic muscle and joint tension which leads to muscle tightness, joint stiffness, poor alignment, nervous tissue irritation and eventually pain. The best way to do this is with meditation/relaxation techniques, remedial massage, joint mobilisation and PNF or prolonged stretching (Yoga), and correcting postures and movements through the use of better equipment (e.g. pillows, beds, chairs, work stations etc.)

2. Preventing abnormal or excessive joint stresses by correcting poor posture, mal-alignment and less than ideal movement habits so that better forces are placed on the body structures. Under these circumstances, tissue and joint health actually improves and wellbeing is enhanced;

3. Improving your physical capacity, through an appropriate conditioning, rehabilitation and prevention programs. These programs must emphasize ideal alignment, correct joint stabilisation and precise muscle control with integration into the optimal performance of every day movements. Among the best programs are clinical pilates and hydrotherapy, and functional strengthening classes;

4. Good nutrition is critical. Many foods such as turmeric, ginger, fish/krill oil and flaxseed oil actually reduce the effects of inflammation whilst others associated with acidic or high glycemic foods make it worse. Knowing which foods to avoid and which ones to eat can make a massive difference in the quality of your life.

5. Ensuring that you have normal amounts of vitamin D by exposing 40% of your body to 15 minutes of sunlight before 9am.

It makes sense that these recommendations will work better if they are combined in the one program. Bodywise Health has now runs such a program, so if you suffer from arthritis, call Bodywise Health. Relief may be just a phone call away.

For more information or for an appointment, please call Bodywise Health on 1 300 263 994.

Please note:

• Rebates are available through your private insurance extras cover;

• For complex or chronic conditions, you may qualify for the EPC (Enhanced Primary Care Program) allowing you to receive 5 allied health services each calendar year with a referral from your GP. For more information, please call Bodywise Health now on 1 300 263 994.

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