Published on Monday, 26 December 2016
A recent study showing that spinal function affects brain function has been published in the highly regarded journal Neural Plasticity. Not only does this confirm confirm previous research findings that adjusting the spine affects the brain, this particular study indicates that adjustments impact the function of the prefrontal cortex.
The pre-frontal cortex is located in the very front of the brain, just behind the forehead. In charge of abstract thinking and thought analysis it is also responsible for regulating behavior. This includes mediating conflicting thoughts, making choices between right and wrong and predicting the probable outcomes of actions or events. Since the pre-frontal cortex is the brain centre responsible for taking in data through the body's senses and deciding on actions, it s most strongly implicated in human qualities like consciousness, general intelligence and personality.
This study was conducted in an independent medical professor's lab, where his bioengineer collected and analysed the data. This is an important bonus for this study as all data was collected and analysed by scientists who had no preconceived ideas about chiropractic. This greatly lowers the level of bias.
Chiropractors have long observed a wide variety of changes in the people under their care, following adjustments. Common reports from those under care are that they feel better, focus better and many notice improvements in movement and coordination as well.
If, as this research suggests, adjusting improves pre-frontal cortex activity, a part of the brain that is responsible for so much higher level function, then it is possible that a chiropractic adjustment could well impact on things like behavior, decision making, memory and attention, intelligence, processing of pain and the emotional response to it would seem that chiropractic really does have a lot to offer!
Reference: Lelic, D, Niazi, IL, Holt, K, Jochumsen, M, Dremstrup, K, Yielder, P, Murphy, B, Drewws, A and Haavik, H (2016), ''Manipulation of dysfunctional spinal joints affects senorrimotor integration in the pre-frontal cortex: A brain source localization study.'' Neural Plasticity, Volume 2016
Additional References:  http://www.hindawi.com/journals/np/2016/3704964/abs/
 S. Funahashi and J. M. Andreau, “Prefrontal cortex and neural mechanisms of executive function,” Journal of Physiology Paris, vol. 107, no. 6, pp. 471–482, 2013.
Published on Tuesday, 18 October 2016
Patients have been calling up all day saying they heard on the Radio and TV News reports that Medico/Physio team has JUST discovered the cause of those Migraine Headaches people have been suffering all these years. I wonder how much money they spent on this ''reinvented wheel''?
They are caused by misalignments (better known as SUBLUXATIONS) of the NECK bones!
I guess nobody told them.....or they didn't bother reading the professional Journals how CHIROPRACTORS have been fixing neck misalignments since 1895! Thereby helping folks get their Migraines and other headache types under control and even dissipated.
I wonder if they'll be brave enough to finally give credit-where-credit-is-due and finally recognize the contribution Chiropractic has had to the Health and Wellbeing of the World all these years.
God forbid that we see Physios rushing off to weekend seminars to learn how to ''play chiropractor'' and take up dabbling in twisting necks! Very dangerous and unethical to be a ''jack-of-all-trades-&-a master of none.''
Published on Monday, 17 October 2016
Every year in the 16th of October, people from around the world join together on World Spine Day to raise awareness about spinal disorders as part of Bone and Joint Action Week. Yesterday I was up in Cairns attending the Chiropractic Association's Annual Conference and missed posting this.....
As Chiropractors, the Original Back Doctors (since 1895) we want to highlight the importance of the physical activity and improving posture as part of good spinal health and prevention of injury.
As part of our own promotion of this significant day we have had a Banner made to hang outside our Medical Centre building with this year's motto, ''Straighten Up and Move !'' We hope it's something you can readily appreciate and use to help you to improve your future good health and wellbeing.
Published on Sunday, 22 May 2016
This year, Spinal-Health Week runs from 23 to 29 May with the theme ''Back Your Inner Athlete''. This is highlighting the fact that more and more Australians experience disabling low back pain, neck pain and headaches, limiting their ability to work and engage in an active healthy life. This is primarily due to our increasingly sedentary lifestyle undermining our postural fitness. Poor posture increases pressure on your spinal nerves causing fatigue of spinal muscles that fail to hold the spine and bring about the resultant problems.
Chiropractic care focuses on the relationship between body structures (mainly the spine and pelvis) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how this relationship can restore and maintain health. Each week around 300,000 patients visit an Australian chiropractor.
As part of Spinal-Health Week, I encourage people to check their posture. My association, the Chiropractors'Association of Australia has a wealth of information available on line to help people ''back their inner athlete'', reduce pain, improve posture and activate performance. The CAA has gone one better by developing a CAA Back App, which acts like your pocket chiropractor 24/7. It can be downloaded free from www.backyourinnerathlete.com.au,Apple App Store or Google Play.
As you go about your day, it sends subtle reminders about checking your posture, activity levels, water consumption and movement. Adopting these healthy habits today (such as improving postural fitness) can significantly reduce the risk of injury or pain later on and have a positive impact on your self-esteem, social relationships and even mental health. Every year lost productivity in the workplace can force early retirement that has a traumatic effect on the hopes and prosperity of a large number of Australians.
I encourage the people in my community to begin a conversation with me about repairing one's health, achieving well-being, utilizing nutrition, exercise and wellness care by making an appointment for a spinal health check-up and discover the steps you can take to improve your overall health so you can grow old more ''gracefully''..
Published on Sunday, 06 March 2016
Yesterday, I gave Dr Craig Matthews a sad but fond "goodbye " and thanked him so much for minding my practice and being so well received by my patients and staff for the 3 months while I was away mending from my complete knee replacement. He's been my best Locum yet in my 50 years of practice. We wish him well in his future endeavors.
Craig graduated from Macquarie University, Sydney, in 2000 and since then has been in private practice until last year. He decided to get out and about by taking up locum work and thereby having a chance to see various parts of Queensland. He has worked in a variety of clinical settings in his travels around regional Queensland,
Once I made arrangements for my knee replacement operation I was hoping to find a mature-age Chiropractor to look after my practice for at least 3 months. It was a stressful time combing through various directories, talking to many colleagues to see who would be available for that long specific period. Then I received a much appreciated reply from Craig to say he would have the time, but even more so, he would work the present office hours with only Friday afternoons off. What a relief !
It was nice hearing the reports from satisfied patients that Craig and my health team were hitting it off and my main concern was just resting and healing up and getting my strength back. I'll be returning back to my practice tomorrow morning with the promise of lots of hugs and pats on the back from my patients.
Published on Wednesday, 06 May 2015
I spent an extremely insightful two days attending a cranial neurology seminar, entitled ''Cranial and Neuro-Anatomy Applications in Modern Chiropractic'' last weekend in Brisbane's CBD at the Pullman Hotel. It was put on by the Chiropractic Association of Australia (Queensland) who arranged to have Dr Marc G. Pick, from California, teach us the latest in cranial structures and how their association with spinal cord tracks was a positive effect on a person's health and well-being.
Dr Pick currently holds a Diplomate and Fellowship status in Craniopathy with the International Craniopathic Society and with the American Chiropractic Neurology Board. He has lectured since 1979 throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Australia, England, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands and Switzerland.
Since 1973, he has accomplished several thousand hours of human dissection that has lead to new neurological discoveries that better illustrated the many major and minor nerve tracks throughout the Neural Matrix in the brain. Twice a year, Marc teaches human dissection at the John A. Burns School of Medicine in Honolulu, Hawaii. His lectures provided a comprehensive guide to sutural analysis, morphology and manipulative strategies to further enhance the practitioner's manipulative spinal applications.
Internationally known for his animated visuals that accompany his lectures, Dr Pick had us enthralled with the many anatomical elements of the brain we had never seen before. You can see some examples of these by going to the Mechler Chiropractic Facebook page.
Published on Sunday, 03 May 2015
This year Spinal Health Week 2015 runs from May 25 to 31, with the Theme 'Get Your Happy Back''.
Every day more and more Australians experience disabling low back pain, neck pain and headaches, limiting their ability to work and engage in an active healthy life. One obvious cause is the increasingly sedentary lifestyle that affects postural fitness. Think about the hours you spend each day sitting at work or school, on a computer or other mobile device, watching television or playing computer games. This posture increases pressure on the spinal joints and tires muscles to lead to imbalance, causing low back pain, neck pain headaches and fatigue.
Chiropractic focuses on the relationship between body structure (primarily the spine and pelvis) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how this relationship can restore and maintain health....real Health. Each week around 215,000 patients visit an Australian chiropractor. I our practice, by combining Spinal Adjustments with Cold Laser Therapy care we find that this is an increasingly effective treatment for back, neck and head pain eliminating the need for drugs or surgery. This means chiropractic is very cost effective in comparison to other types of care that focus only on symptom relief.
Chiropractors have an important role to play in preventative health and wellbeing because they understand that a vital part of maintaining normal spinal function is by helping patients to make healthy lifestyle changes around nutrition, exercise and wellness consciousness. Adopting healthy habits today can significantly reduce the risk of injury, relapse or pain later on and will have a positive, longstanding positive impact on your immune system, self-esteem, social relationships, work productivity and even mental health. That's right, research shows that spinal adjustments actually improve one's brain chemistry by stimulating 3 separate neurotransmitters.....so you too will really acquire that Healthy, Happy Feeling chiropractors see every day in their practices.
Published on Thursday, 16 October 2014
Every year on 16th of October people from around the world join together to raise awareness about the importance of spinal health on World Spine Day as part of the Bone and Joint Action Week.
The theme for 2014 is ''Straighten Up and Move'' , focusing on the importance of proper posture and movement in maintaining good spinal health. We all know, spinal disorders such as back pain, neck pain, scoliosis and disc disease are common and can have a profound effect on a person's overall health, impacting a person's ability to work, to enjoy everyday activities, even disrupting healthy sleep patterns.
Our staff are encouraging our patients to remind their friends and relatives about the important role that keeping active can play in maintaining spinal joint health by using the Just Start Walking and Straighten up Australia programs. Our Chiropractic Association has material to help our serious patients promote this day more effectively by going to www.chiropractors.asn.au/worldspineday.
The Straighten Up Australia community initiative is an easy and enjoyable everyday program to promote the importance of spinal health. Consisting of a set of simple exercises and taking just three minutes to complete, the program aims to improve posture, stabilis core muscle groups, enhance the immune system and prevent spinal functional disability. For further information go to www.straightenupaustralia.com.au and www.juststartwalking.com.au to find out ow easy it is.
Published on Thursday, 10 April 2014
For 2 intense days last weekend I was privileged to attend a chiropractic seminar put on by the my Association (CAA) featuring Dr Malik Slosberg D.C. M.S. from the United States.
Dr Slosberg returned to Australia on a speaking tour after a 3 year absence. He brought to us the latest research trials and studies gleaned from every medical, chiropractic and physiotherapy journal, newsletter, magazine and press release concerning anything thing to do with the spine, nervous system, the immune system, and the brain.
He stated at the beginning of his dissertation, ''These past 3 years of my investigations since I saw you have brought a bonanza of positive results and outcomes that attest, in the most profound manner, the overall efficacy of the chiropractic principle and approach to all manner of functional conditions the body is subject to.''
He went on to say, ''These hundreds of research articles and results I'll present to you over the next 2 days will never allow chiropractic practitioners to take a back seat to any other health profession since it looks like further evidence still coming will soon have to cause a major paradigm shift in the approach to health care....not disease care.''
I must say that by the end of the seminar, that late Sunday afternoon, we walked out of that meeting room Ten Feet Tall!
NOTE: I will be releasing many of the findings in the many reports over the next few months on my website, Facebook page and blog.
Published on Wednesday, 19 March 2014
Our Health Team member April has been invited to participate in regular ''recovery sessions'' benefiting the Brisbane Broncos football team. She joins a specially invited group of massage therapists using specific strengthening and stretch exercises to treat muscle imbalance, sometimes with the aid of strapping and taping. These sessions are on Tuesdays to help the boys get over the effects of the past weekend's rough and tumble and with the goal to keep them on track to be this season's winners.
Her superb remedial massage skills and overseas training in rehabilitation will be used in joint mobilizations for treatment of stiffness from on-field trauma. Also core stability and strength work that focuses on the deep muscles on either side of the spine, improving stamina and flexibility during the grueling demands of this football code.
Her Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Sports Therapy from Northampton University and her personal experiences with our patients and their unique needs places her in a excellent position to do the very best for Brisbane's home team. April has previously worked for the Redbull Support Team, helping in the recovery of injuries for their racing drivers and athletes.
For those of you who play sport, but not in a professional capacity, you still can have the benefits of Sports Recovery Therapy. Our accent on a wholistic approach to Health allows you a choice of rehabilitation from Sports Massage, Chiropractic Spinal Alignment and Cold Laser Therapy or all three. Our clinic is open 6 days a week, with day and night time hours. By making an appointment to visit our office the benefits of our years of experience are yours.