Truth about Pain Killers - Macquarie Park Chiropractor

Do you take pain killers when you are in pain?

Have you been heavily relying on analgesics to get you through the day?

An important, basic concept to understand is that, when you are in PAIN, that’s a signal to you. Whether it's a headache, back pain, nerve pain, or even stomach pain.

There could be a million and one possible things going on in that area, but all the brain knows is that there is potential THREAT. It’s not telling you to just get rid of the pain, it’s telling you to get rid of the CAUSE. Pain killers aren’t actually “killing” pain, just temporarily blocking or desensitizing the pain signals from the brain called nociceptors.

I love using the analogy of a car engine. When there is a leakage in the engine, the car detects it as a threat and flicks the engine light on. It doesn’t tell you exactly what is causing the leakage, just tells you to stop and have a look at the potential threat that can further damage the car. Pain Killers are the same as placing a piece of black duct tape over that engine light signal and thinking “IT IS FIXED” and continue driving it, when only your engine is ready to blow out any second.

Most of us (who seem to look after our cars better than ourselves) will certainly have a look under the hood and take it to the professionals. I’m sure no one will ever place duct tape over the lights. (hopefully) So why should we ever do that to our one and only body part we have? Makes no sense right.

There is certainly a time and place for pain medications and cortisone injections, but not usually a SOLUTION.

If you are unsure about your symptoms, speak to a health professional who will help you understand and fix the cause.

 

 

 

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Human Fascia - What are they?

“Ogres are like onions

Onions have layers

Ogres have layers.”

 

Did you know that just like onions (and Ogres) we to have layers known as fascia. The term fascia is defined as a thick sheet of connective tissue (like the ones you see on raw chicken breast) primarily made up of collagen between the skin and muscles. Its main function is to stabilise, enclose and separate the muscles and internal organs. Fascia is classified into different layers, the layers closest to the skin known as the superficial fascia then the deep fascia and the visceral fascia. Each layer functions differently and specific to the anatomical location.

 

Very similar to ligaments and tendons, fascia is made up of fibrous connective tissue containing collagen fibres oriented in a wavy pattern parallel to direction of the tensional pull. This is one of the reasons why pain or discomfort in one area can be due to a restriction or fibrous interruption from another area along the fascia (e.g. Sometimes Neck pain can be due to a foot problem)

If you are still having problems even after trying everything around the painful area, maybe it's time to start considering other areas along the fascia.

 

It is recommended to perform fascial stretches after a shower/bath or after performing exercise/workout to warm up the fascia, “fascia is like toffee, you need to warm it up first to allow it to stretch.” If you are not sure how to perform this stretch, make sure to message us and let us help you !


Dry Needling

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is an alternative technique we like to use in conjunction with Chiropractic treatment. So how is dry needling different to acupuncture? Well… I’m glad you asked! They both involve inserting fine needles (0.25mm) into certain sore points/parts of your body.

So let me explain more about dry needling! It is amazing for those suffering from acute or chronic symptoms, without the need to be medicated or undergo surgical procedures. The term “dry” means that they have no medication in the needles. The thread-like needles are targeted at myofascial trigger points, connective tissues and joints; it can cause local muscle twitches which will then stimulate the body’s own natural healing properties and decrease the pain cycle. Because the needles are so thin, most of the time they are inserted without any sensation, which makes it an effective treatment tool for areas that are overly sensitive or too tender for hands-on manual therapy.

We incorporate manipulation and rehab exercises to restore normal function. Dry needling not only releases muscle tension, it also has an anti-inflammatory property which increases the rate of recovery for tendon injuries, arthritic pain and joint inflammation.

We have helped many patients suffering from neck pain, back pain, knee pain, muscle spasms and ligament sprains, the list goes on! Our clinic is located at Macquarie Park and we love to provide our services and education to our local communities in the Northern and Inner West suburbs such as North Ryde, Marsfield, Epping, Eastwood. Don’t wait any longer, book an appointment with us now and regain the freedom of a pain free life!