Have you tried Cupping Therapy?

Do you feel tight or stiff when bending and moving? Cupping can help!

Cupping is an ancient complementary treatment technique shown to have been used as far as 5500 years ago with varying techniques across cultures of Egypt, Greece, Rome, China and the Middle-East. The process has long been poorly understood and anecdotal evidence is more plentiful than high quality scientific research. Interestingly, more recent studies are finding additional benefits beyond management of musculoskeletal pain.

Various cupping types share the common theme of myofascial decompression (simply creating lift and space between layers of soft tissue to improve gliding), as well as increasing blood flow and stretching underlying soft tissue. It is also suggested that the activation of what’s known as the “HO-1 system” is responsible for alleged antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. There are different types of cupping, but the most common forms are fire cupping, dry cupping and wet cupping, each boasting varying benefits.

Dry cupping is one of the simpler methods, using either firm plastic cups with a valve and pump or silicon cups that push air out, creating a vacuum when physically compressed. Generally targeting specific muscles or fascial tracks, the cups can be slid along the targeted soft tissue fibers, or alternatively the client can actively move, creating a similar effect to sliding. Research supports this technique for effectiveness in addressing musculoskeletal complaints such as stiffness, tension and pain. Anecdotally, we have used this technique in the clinic for low back, hip, shoulder and knee complaints

Come try cupping for yourself! Book with Dr Nicole for an assessment today.


Causes of Low back pain

Low back pain sucks, whether it's the chronic low back pain that won't go away, the on and off ones, the debilitating ones, the sharp ones, the shooting down the leg ones, too many variations.

We have noticed there has been a HUGE increase in the number of low back pain cases over the past year in our clinic, correlated with the increase in the number of Working from Home individuals. Gyms were closed, sitting for 10+ hours became the new norm, and the body just became a sitting statue rather than a strong functioning and active machine - the way it was originally designed for.

 

The main causes of low back pain involves what the body does as a consequence of what we put our body through - for example, being inactive and sitting all day can cause the imbalances in the hip muscle such as overactive/underactive hip flexors and/or glute muscle inhibition. Our hip flexor (iliopsoas) has a primary function in lumbar spine stabilisation, meaning when the hip flexor becomes inhibited or weaker, the lumbar spine gets compressed and unstable - which leads to all sorts of low back issues like disc bulge, disc herniation, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, sciatica and so on. Therefore, with 99% of low back pain cases, it will not get FIXED unless the hip problems get addressed.

 

Focusing on Glute Maximus activation and strengthening will for many reasons help with low back pain. The Gluteual group works as a major stabiliser of the pelvis and hip, and the STRONGEST muscle in the body, so if all the sitting down and poor hip habits inhibit the gluteal function, the low back will have to take on more load - which will once again lead to the low back conditions mentioned before. Therefore, it is important that once it has been identified that there is a hip dysfunction, that rehabilitation involves some form of gluteal activation and strengthening. Make sure you get a proper activation drill from a practitioner though, since not ALL glute exercises are going to be suitable for you !

 

If you have any further questions about low back pain and how to fix low back pain, please reach out to us, book online for a proper assessment and we will come up with a personalised treatment plan for you so we can fix your low back pain !

 

 


How do I fix my pain and tightness?

If you have been battling pain or discomfort for years, despite seeing lots of different professions (even a chiropractor), and still have not seen any progress, they have probably not looked at the right areas or tested it properly. If their advise was to foam roll, stretch or massage the sore areas WITHOUT extensive testing, they are most likely guessing or targeting the symptoms and not the cause. Should you stretch it (mobility) or should you strengthen it (stability)? Not EVERYTHING should be stretched, massaged or foam rolled, your practitioner's role should be to find out what EXACTLY is needed for your body. Read on if you are interested !

 

What you need to realise is the human body is a survival machine, it will do WHATEVER it takes, to stay upright and continue moving, no matter how dysfunctional, weak or restricted the body is. Therefore, muscles and joints can tighten or lock up as a defensive mechanism to compensate for the surrounding dysfunctions. The best example is the hip flexor. We all love stretching it and digging our thumbs into it right? The hip flexor will tighten up and go into a protective mode when the Psoas muscle itself or the surrounding muscles are inhibited. We commonly misinterpret that tightness and hip pinch as a sign to stretch or foam roll, when really, it's just trying to make sure your body doesn't collapse by tightening the underactive muscle. Don't get me wrong, some people may need to work on the mobility of the hip flexor, but majority need quite the opposite, building motor control and increasing the hip flexor activity. Another reason to have a strong Psoas is because of its direct attachment on the lumbar spine to stabilise.

 

 WEAK PSOAS = LESS LUMBAR STABILISATION = DISC PROBLEMS !

If the hip flexor doesn't do its job to stabilise the lower back, then what will ? It won't, so it has to stay tightened. SO STOP STRETCHING IT !

 

 

Another example is our life-long enemy upper trapezius muscles (traps) causing neck and shoulder pain, most people will think it needs to be resolved by stretching or massaging. Anatomically, upper traps is a shoulder blade upward rotator (needed with all overhead actions) along with the SERRATUS ANTERIOR and LOWER TRAPS. Unfortunately, most individuals have little to no awareness about their serratus anterior and lower traps muscle, hence, is most of the time INHIBITED or WEAK. That means every daily activity that requires our arms to move upwards, we are OVER-UTILISING upper traps because the other muscles are not being used properly. So endlessly stretching and massaging the upper traps WITHOUT proper activation or awareness brought to the serratus anterior and lower traps will never resolve the issue.

 

As explained above, most cases require extensive testing to know the exact cause and the right strategy to implement.

 

Book online with one of our practitioners at Macquarie Park or North Ryde to find YOUR cause !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Mcgregor's Shoulder

A move that was unexpected in the eyes of Donald Cerrone, I have never seen anything like the shoulder shot he hit me with” stated post fight after his defeat to the revolutionary fighter Conor McGregor.

How did McGregor generate enough force to disorientate his opponent and break Cerrone’s nose?

When asked about his shoulder strike in the clinch McGregor very simply explains “I change levels with that and come up into it” indeed for McGregor it seemed simple for him to generate power without knowing the technical wording behind. For those who are still interested in what he meant keep reading.

CHANGE LEVELS” maximal force generation of the shoulder strike is achieved as McGregor first finds his feet placing into the southpaw stance ready to generate power from his feet then he lowers his centre of gravity by bending his hips, knees and ankles. In my opinion, McGregor’s training camp recognises that maximal power would be generated by using the biomechanics of a jump blended in with the biomechanics of the punch. It is inevitable that there has been a lot of work in developing fast twitch muscles, utilising the kinetic chain (Kinetic chain: the sequence, or chain of muscles, coordinated together to perform a certain movement), with repetition McGregor would have sharpened his coordination and proprioception to master the technique.

Karandikar, N., & Vargas, O. O. O. (2011). Kinetic chains: a review of the concept and its clinical applications. PM&R, 3(8), 739-745.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQux7yuIArs

 

COME UP INTO IT” once he has loaded his weapon all he has to do is fire it relying on his body mass and acceleration (F=MA) and accurately with his coordination and joint proprioception. “Come up” you can see McGregor’s body act like a whip as he shifts his body weight from the ground up by allowing force being generated through his body to his shoulder. Now how can he inflict so much damage to the point Cerrone’s nose was broken and bleeding without his arms being swung?

The arms can generate roughly 24% of a punch, whereas, 39% was generated by the legs (pushing of the floor), and 37% from the torso (rotational power).
Filimonov, V., Koptsev, K., Husyanov, Z., & Nazarov, S. (1985). Means of increasing strength of the punch.

Strength & Conditioning Journal, 7(6), 65-66.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meUNR0SgSXw

 

All in all, the body can be a deadly weapon when we can understand how to generate force, sharpen our co-ordination, joint proprioception and the biomechanics of our body. In my opinion, future of fighting will continue to be revolutionised with new moves, techniques and training/coaching staff.

 

Dr Mintae Kim

Sports Chiropractor

Macquarie Park

Kinetic Sports Chiropractic

 

 

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Are you experiencing inner thigh/Groin pain ?

Have you been experiencing groin pain?

 

If you are experiencing groin pain or general pubic symphysis pain then you need to be quick to seek guidance from a professional practitioner.

Any of these apply to you?

  • Groin pain either on one side or both,
  • pain with running/sprinting,
  • changing directions,
  • kicking with pain after warming up or training

you may have what’s called Osteitis Pubis.

With no rest and continued playing the pain may progress to the abdominal area and pain may prevent you from kicking, sprinting and directional changes, again this would be indicative of your inflammatory pelvic condition progressively worsening.

 

Inflammation of the Pelvic bone (Osteitis Pubis) 

 

Osteitis Pubis is defined to be inflammation of the pubic symphysis (cartilage between the bones) and the surrounding insertion of the muscles that live there.

Commonly caused by poor biomechanics (how you move), an imbalance of muscles that function to to stabilise the pelvis and hip resulting in poor motor control by the nervous system (the brain failing to turn on the correct muscles when running, moving etc)

 

The studies show that:

  • Midfielders are more likely to face this problem, higher risk (approximately 40%)
  • Strikers and defenders were near the same but less than midfielders, moderate risk (approximately 20%)
  • Goal keepers were low risk (approximately 10%)

 

 

How to overcome Osteitis Pubis?

Sufficient amount of rest is necessary to minimise the inflammation and to prevent further injury and aggravation of the Pubis. Only certain types of exercises are warranted at this stage along with specific low intensity stretches have shown to be effective across case studies.

It is important to implement a personalised and structured rehabilitative plan, knowing what muscles are weak and what muscles are over working to balance out the pelvis to provide optimal stability with more forceful movements.

Lower Level Laser Therapy, Shock Wave Therapy, Electro Therapy along with Hydro Therapy, Physical Therapy and Manual Therapies have all shown to be helpful in speeding up the recovery progress and decreasing the back to sport time period.

 

 

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