Tension Type Headache – Waterloo Sports Massage

Sports Massage Therapists :

There are many health care professionals involved in treatment of the human body.

 

Q: Who would you turn to for treatment of the humble tension headache ? (hopefully you are not reaching for the bottle of pills)

Help ? !! Well it is at hand, because we know that this can be a difficult decision. Headache that is muscular in nature, is one such complaint that people turn to sports massage therapists. Tension headaches are derived from a musculoskeletal source – predominantly the muscles of the neck, shoulder girdle and cranium.

Your massage therapist at Waterloo Sports Massage are well educated, skilled and experienced in treatment of muscular headaches such as Tension Type Headaches.

Tension-type headache features:

  • Bilateral Location
  • A pressing or tightening quality
  • Mild to moderate in intensity
  • Non-pulsating quality
  • Not aggravated by routine physical activity
  • No nausea or vomiting
  • No more than one of photophobia or phonophobia
  • Lasting 30 minutes to 7 days

If you are concerned about your headaches, please call 02 96900911 to speak with a chiropractor/massage therapist who can help you. A diagnosis and a thorough treatment plan are required to overcome most musculoskeletal injuries.

Reference : International Classification of Headache Disorders presented by the International Headache Society (www.ihs-headache.org).

Clever Spines is a passionate health care group looking at improving the function of humanity through a proactive health ethos. In a world built on stress, deconditioning of the human frame and immobility, we are looking to improve the function of the central point of the human body, the spinal column, through chiropractic, massage, pilates and a healthy outlook towards exercise and diet. Our practitioners are passionate, educated and happy to be providing Waterloo, Zetland, Redfern and Brighton Le Sands residents and surrounding suburbs with high standards of allied health care including our dietitian and nutritionist Caris Walsh.

Waterloo Chiropractor and Dry Needling Therapist – Sue Tyfield

5 Questions with Sue Tyfield, Waterloo Chiropractor and Dry Needling Therapist:

 

Q: How have you found the pace of life in Sydney so far?

 

A: Fantastic! There are so many wonderful things to do from taking a walk on the beach to sitting at a new cafe every day and people watching. You can enjoy the fast pace while at the same time having lots of places to go have quiet time with your thoughts.

 

Q: Why did you become a chiropractor in the first place?

 

A: When I was in high school I job shadowed my best friends father who was a chiropractor and loved it from the beginning. Chiropractic gave me the opportunity to follow the medical path I was drawn to while being able to take a more personal hands on caring approach to patient care. I also liked the idea of looking at the body as a whole and not just focusing on symptoms.

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Q; What skill set do you bring to Waterloo Chiropractic and Sports Massage that will enhance the clinic and patient outcomes?

 

A: I am a caring and empathic practitioner and I take time to support my patients and learn about everything in their lives that may be causing them problems. From a treatment perspective I use techniques like dry needling which has been found to be very effective on those pesky areas that don’t respond well to other treatments. We study needling for two years as a subject during our degree in South Africa, which makes us a bit different to some other practitioners.

 

Q: Why did you develop a special interest in performing arts health care?

 

A: Two years ago I audited a sports injury course through McGill University in Montreal and one of the modules covered performing arts. They had lectures from physiotherapists and specialist that worked with musicians, dancers and the performers from Cirque du Soleil. I found the special needs of this group of athletes really interesting and different, and I like a good challenge.

 

Q: What sort of approach do you take to your appointments and treatments?

 

A: I take a very patient centered approach. I use evidence-based examinations to come up with a working diagnosis. I then design my treatment to resolve that problem and it’s causes, while tailoring the treatment to suit the special needs of the particular patient. I make sure all my patients understand what the problem is, why I’m choosing to treat it a certain way, what our plan of action is and what they can do at home to speed the process up and get the best results. In short the plan is to listen, understand, treat and advise.

 

I’m really looking forward to meeting you all and joining the Waterloo team.

 

Daniel is a committed health care professional in the Waterloo area and specialises in spine and joint pain solutions for his patients. Daniel’s t techniques provide the foundation to correct the biomechanics of the spine and joints. Daniel is also interested in correcting soft tissue trigger points and tightness.

Ben Foley (D.C.) – Meet your Waterloo Chiropractor

Why I love being a Sydney chiropractor?

 

As a Sydney chiropractor, I get to interact with people every day, use my hands, (not sit at a desk!), and promote health and wellbeing to all of my lovely patients! Chiropractic treatment methods are affective, common sense, have stood the test of time and NOW scientific design – for example please read the following : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/27712027/

Our profession, amongst other musculoskeletal professions continually demonstrate the evidence for manipulative therapy – something chiropractic has perfected for over 120 years.

 

 

Favourite stretch to give for low back pain?

 

Seated gluteus stretch. I like this stretch because it is so easy for everyone to do, since we all spend some part of our day in a seated position.  The glutes are implicated in low back pain in some way, either poor quality of muscle, trigger points, shortened muscle tissue and underactive muscles/poor endurance.

 

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Best exercise for strengthening your spine?

 

Bird-dog, it’s a great one for everyone as it trains the posterior chain in spine neutral. The muscles of the posterior chain maintain our posture so muscular endurance in these muscles are vital. It also enhances spinal awareness with some very basic progressions and immediate affects are observed.

 

Pilates: Balance, strength and discipline all rolled into a beautiful conditioning philosphy !

 

Favourite case?

 

I don’t have any one single case – my favourites would be headaches/migraines (Generally where they have battled for years with these headaches and I am a last resort because of fear mongering about chiropractic care from a close friend or loved one) and we have had a great result by treating the underlying biomechanical problems in the neck and upper thoracic spine. This type of case highlights how spinal dysfunction can lead to major impact on your day to day life. I also enjoy the chronic extremity cases (some of my patients would know how much I love grabbing an old ankle or shoulder injury and getting stuck into it!).

 

How to approach your day to make sure your spine is protected from the affects of long term sitting?

 

Get micro-breaks. Walk to work, set timers/reminders/post-it notes whatever you can to take those breaks every 45 minutes – 2 hours, take your lunch break, walk home from work, take the stairs! Move, Move and Move some more !

 

Yours in Spinal Health and building Clever Spines @ Waterloo and Brighton Le Sands Chiropractic

 

Ben Foley (D.C.)

Clever Spines is a passionate health care group looking at improving the function of humanity through a proactive health ethos. In a world built on stress, deconditioning of the human frame and immobility, we are looking to improve the function of the central point of the human body, the spinal column, through chiropractic, massage, pilates and a healthy outlook towards exercise and diet. Our practitioners are passionate, educated and happy to be providing Waterloo, Zetland, Redfern and Brighton Le Sands residents and surrounding suburbs with high standards of allied health care including our dietitian and nutritionist Caris Walsh.

Low Back Pain | Chiropractic treatment for low back pain at Waterloo Chiro

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First up, we will listen to you in order to find out what is unique about your low back pain. You will receive treatment specific to your low back pain and we will listen to your concerns about it.

I am of the firm understanding that my education and ongoing professional development has given me a certain skill set to manage all forms of spinal symptomatology, including low back pain. My ability to listen and then monitor your progress through your treatment plan is paramount to our success together as patient and chiropractor.

Not one patient I have ever treated receives the identical care. By seeing a chiropractor, you are about to undergo a healing process in order to enhance your health, function and movement. This is all done with the context of your personal situation in mind and activities of daily living.

To help you understand this, lets look at a mechanic vs a desk worker overcoming low back pain. They may have a similar injury, however both will have different treatment plans as a result of their needs according to their activities of daily living, strength and physical condition and education requirements. Will a mechanic be sitting down all day ? No. Or will a desk work be bending into full lumbar flexion over 5 times per hour ? Not likely. Hence different treatment plans are prescribed.

The adjustments or treatments use ‘blocks’ that sit under the pelvis at different points to take pressure off the spine and correct any asymmetries of the pelvis. This is a gentle, yet highly specific treatment that generally most people will receive during a visit. Adjustments usually involve some/all areas of the spine (cervical, thoracic, lumbar) and even if you only have low back pain, often the chiropractor will adjust other areas and do some soft tissue therapy, exercise prescription and occasionally some taping.

Typically the adjustments are built on over time and whilst we often deal with patients on their first visit when pain is a symptom in question, our treatment is not an analgesic medication, it is a healing process and does require dedication of some time and patience on both of our parts to overcome the injury naturally.

Yours in building Clever Spines,

Ben Foley (D.C.)

Clever Spines is a passionate health care group looking at improving the function of humanity through a proactive health ethos. In a world built on stress, deconditioning of the human frame and immobility, we are looking to improve the function of the central point of the human body, the spinal column, through chiropractic, massage, pilates and a healthy outlook towards exercise and diet. Our practitioners are passionate, educated and happy to be providing Waterloo, Zetland, Redfern and Brighton Le Sands residents and surrounding suburbs with high standards of allied health care including our dietitian and nutritionist Caris Walsh.

At Brighton Le Sands Chiropractic | Who should receive chiropractic care?

As a chiropractor, I have a thorough understanding of what my profession achieves. I don’t expect my patients to have that same level of understanding as I do after a 5 year university degree and a further 5 years of clinical experience in practice. So whilst some people may find my opinion on this question as mildly controversial, I honestly believe chiropractic applied in the right setting, with the correct patient education is for everyone full stop.

 

Why…? Chiropractic is a very common sense modality that harnesses the bodies natural ability to heal and enhance function. As the “health consciousness” of society improves throughout this decade, the population will continue to seek non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical treatment options and natural maintenance choices. We are seeing a major movement away from pharmaceuticals and surgical for less invasive treatments.  As the body of science increases, some of these treatments align with medical guideline in which chiropractic therapies are now recommended. No other professional is skilled to the level as the chiropractor for symptoms produced on movement of the spine amongst many other common musculoskeletal ailments, both from a diagnostic and treatment perspective. Just google a university curriculum and read through the body of science and clinical skill set taught. For example here is Macquarie University’s link to it’s curriculum in it’s Masters stream:  http://courses.mq.edu.au/postgraduate/master/master-of-chiropractic

 

It’s pretty simple, everyone has a spine that needs to be kept healthy.  Sitting in desks’, looking at our phones and laptops for hours on end are examples of activities that can put stress on our body, accelerate the degenerative process later in life and ultimately decrease our overall health picture. Chiropractic can help your spine function better, avoid pain and slow down degenerative processes.

 

So just like exercise, pilates and massage is for everyone, I firmly believe that the chiropractic adjustment is also for everyone!

 

Yours in clever spines,

 

Ben Foley (D.C.)

 

 

Clever Spines is a passionate health care group looking at improving the function of humanity through a proactive health ethos. In a world built on stress, deconditioning of the human frame and immobility, we are looking to improve the function of the central point of the human body, the spinal column, through chiropractic, massage, pilates and a healthy outlook towards exercise and diet. Our practitioners are passionate, educated and happy to be providing Waterloo, Zetland, Redfern and Brighton Le Sands residents and surrounding suburbs with high standards of allied health care including our dietitian and nutritionist Caris Walsh.