What is core strength?

I like to tell patients that their core is a shorthand way of referring to all the muscles of their lower back/pelvis/hip area. It’s where your center of gravity is located and where movement begins. A strong core stabilizes the spine and pelvis and supports you as you move. The core has 29 pairs of muscles that fall into two categories:

– Local Muscles. Patients can think of local muscles as the deeper muscles, the ones close to the spine and responsible for stabilization. They don’t have much ability to move the joints. The local muscles are further broken down into primary and secondary categories. The primary local muscles are the transverse abdominus and multifidi (the two most critical muscles for providing stability). The secondary local muscles are the internal obliques, quadratus lumborum, diaphragm and pelvic floor muscles. To read more click here.

 

Antibiotics: are they necessary?

With antibiotic overuse driving the rise of antibiotic-resistant infections, authors of a large study find that during 2010 to 2011, antibiotics were prescribed for outpatients across all conditions at a rate of 506 per 1000 population. Only an estimated 353 of these, however, were likely appropriate, suggesting that 30% of these antibiotics may have been unnecessary.

These findings, published in the May 3 issue of JAMA, highlight the need to set a new goal for antibiotic stewardship in the ambulatory setting, according to Katherine E. Fleming-Dutra, MD, a pediatrician with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, and colleagues.

Although the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria aims to halve the rate of inappropriate outpatient antibiotic use by 2020, figures on the actual extent of misuse have been lacking. The new study aimed to fill this gap by estimating the rates of outpatient oral antibiotic prescribing by age and diagnosis and the proportion that may be inappropriate in US adults and children. To read more, click here.

6 moves for a healthy back

As the days get darker earlier and the temperature drops, it can be tempting to skip a work out. To help overcome this, here are some exercises you can do inside and at home to help you maintain a healthy spine as we head into the Winter months. To read more on how to do each exercise, simply click on the infographic below:

Back-Stretches

Easter and ANZAC opening hours!

We hope you have had a great year so far!
Here are our opening hours over this festive season:

  • Friday 25th March (Good Friday): Clinic closed
  • Monday 28th March (Good Monday): Clinic closed
  • Monday 11th April: Clinic open by appointment only as Aaron is away on business
  • Monday 25th April: (ANZAC day): Clinic closed

Congratulations Sabrina…

Although we are sad to say goodbye to our part-time massage therapist Sabrina, we would also like to congratulate her on taking up a full-time massage therapy position within a central Auckland wellness clinic. We wish her all the very best!

New Staff
CatherineFollowing our update above, we would also like to introduce our new massage therapist Catherine. Catherine is an experienced massage therapist who studied at the New Zealand College of Massage in Auckland graduating with a Diploma in Therapeutic Massage, Diploma in Massage and Sports and a Bachelor of Health Studies in Massage and Neuromuscular Therapy.

She is passionate about health and enjoys being able to help people by improving their overall well-being and quality of life.

Catherine utilises a host of different types of massage techniques including, but not limited to relaxation, therapeutic and sports massage and neuromuscular therapy to address health concerns such as stress, muscular pain and tension, muscle imbalances and sports/ occupational injuries.

Pricing Updates
Please see our pricing updates for massage therapy appointments below:

Basic treatment (30m): $45
Standard treatment (60m): $80
Extended treatment (90m): $110

If you would like to get in contact with us please call us on 09 6231578 or email us at [email protected]

From the team here at Auckland Chiropractic Centre

‘Diet’ food myths busted!

Dieting has become America’s pastime, with about 45 million dieters looking to shed the pounds by spending a total of $33 billion on weight loss products every year. Yet, the weight loss market is filled with companies falsely advertising products as “diet foods,” or healthy alternatives to trim the fat. Evoke’s infographic shows how food labels with the words “diet,” “low-fat,” “gluten-free,” “low-calorie,” and “high-fiber” can masquerade as healthy, if dieters don’t read the nutrition label and ingredients list.

Drinks that have the word “diet” on the label can do more harm than good when it comes to losing weight. Table sugar is often replaced with artificial sweeteners like aspartame, which ranks 200 hundred times sweeter. These drinks can alter the receptors for sweetness in the brain, and prolong rather than satisfy sugar cravings. Drinking diet soft drinks on a daily basis can also increase risk for metabolic syndrome, which can lead to heart disease and diabetes. On the other hand, drinking a serving of diet soda with water three times a day before meals can lead to weight reduction.

To enlarge the infographic image, and to also read the full article, click the infographic image below or click here.

The Ultimate Guide To Great Posture!

The way you hold yourself when standing, sitting, or walking can define your appearance a great deal — but it can also impact several aspects of your health, from your respiratory system to your mood. In the age of sedentary living and desk jobs, recent studies have discovered that consistent poor posture can lead to a slew of health issues, including fatigue, abnormal spine alignment, chronic pain, and digestive problems.

Of course, maintaining good posture takes self-awareness and discipline, especially if you’re used to crouching over your laptop or phone for over eight hours a day. That’s where the below infographic, designed by Voltier Digital, comes into handy.

The main differentiation between good and bad posture is that bad posture can put a strain on the body, weighing down on the lungs, spine, and muscles, while good posture actually relaxes the body and prevents tension and chronic pain. It’s just a matter of reminding yourself to keep your head as straight as possible, relax your shoulders and hold them back, and keep your feet flat on the floor, as the infographic illustrates. To view the infographic please click here.

If you would like to learn more about how posture can affect your spine, or have any concerns you would like to discuss for yourself or a family member, please call reception on 09 623 1578 for a complementary appointment and discover if chiropractic, acupuncture or massage therapy will be beneficial for you.

Posture Info

 

Sugar: the bittersweet truth

Sugar seems to have developed a reputation as the big bad wolf in relation to health. Medical News Today have reported on numerous studies associating sugar intake with increased aging, cardiovascular disease, obesity and even cancer. Such research has led to many health experts around the globe calling for reductions in recommended sugar intake, with some saying we should cut out sugar completely. But is it really that bad for our health? We investigate.

Put simply, sugar is a crystalline carbohydrate that makes foods taste sweet. There are many different types of sugar, including glucose, fructose, lactose, maltose and sucrose – also known as table sugar.

Some of these sugars, such as glucose, fructose and lactose, occur naturally in fruits, vegetables and other foods. But many of the foods we consume contain “added” sugars – sugar that we add to a product ourselves to enhance the flavor or sugar that has been added to a product by a manufacturer.

The most common sources of added sugars include soft drinks, cakes, pies, chocolate, fruit drinks and desserts. Just a single can of cola can contain up to 7 tsps of added sugar, while an average-sized chocolate bar can contain up to 6 tsps. Click here to read more.

Staff Updates


Congratulations Clarke…

We would like to congratulate Clarke for his new role as a Clinic Manager within a Central Auckland acupuncture clinic. At the end of January we sadly said our goodbye to Clarke, due to his position being full-time. We wish him all the very best for his exciting career path ahead!


Welcome to our new staff members!

At the end of January, our new Chiropractor – Josh McRae  joined the team. Josh graduated from the prestigious New Zealand College of Chiropractic receiving his Bachelor of Chiropractic. He is passionate about health and excited about bringing the benefits of chiropractic care to the whole community. He aims to help others improve their body’s ability to function so that they can get the most out of life and not be limited by pain or other health concerns.

 

At the beginning of February we welcomed our new acupuncturist – Gareth van Sambeek, who has come highly recommended by our current acupuncturist Clarke

Gareth gained his Bachelor of Health Science in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (NZSATCM). He was first introduced to the concepts of TCM and acupuncture through his involvement in Tai Chi and martial arts. Gareth has effectively utilised traditional acupuncture as well as modern methods and tools such as heat lamps, electro acupuncture and fascial manipulation as treatment methods for injuries and a vast range of conditions and health concerns.

If you have any questions or would like to find out more information about Josh or Gareth, please call us on 09 6231578 or email us at [email protected].

We wish you all the best for the year ahead and look forward to seeing you again soon.

From the team here at Auckland Chiropractic Centre

Chronic illness: Bad Genes vs Poor Lifestyle

“Lifestyle behaviors and environmental factors account for around 70-90% of cancer cases, according to new research published in the journal Nature.

Researchers say up to 90% of cancer cases are caused by lifestyle and environmental factors, such as smoking.

The study contradicts a study published in the journal Science in January, which suggested the majority of cancer cases are down to “bad luck.”

In that study, Johns Hopkins researchers claimed 65% of cancer cases are a result of random DNA mutations, while the remaining 35% of cancer cases are explained by a combination of these mutations and environmental and hereditary factors.

The research spurred much debate, with many scientists arguing against the “bad luck” theory.
But Song Wu, PhD, lead author of this latest study and assistant professor of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at Stony Brook University in New York, notes that scientists had not conducted an alternative analysis to determine the extent to which external risk factors contribute to cancer development. To read more of this article, click here.