Stiff neck? Five tips to alleviate neck pain after sleep

Although many people wake up with a stiff neck from time to time, some sufferers find that they are in pain on awakening almost every day. There are several things which can cause neck pain to worsen during or after rest. Tackling the causes is important, as neck pain can make it harder to sleep comfortably. Poor rest can contribute to pain, creating a vicious circle that’s difficult to break. We’ve put together five tips that could significantly reduce neck pain during rest. 1. Avoid stiff or large pillows An unyielding pillow that raises the head significantly during sleep can…

Five top tips for preventing sciatica

Painful and debilitating, sciatica is caused by irritation to the sciatic nerve. Damage to the spinal column is a common cause of sciatica: unfortunately, once harm has been sustained to the back, there is a tendency for sciatica to reoccur. To reduce the chances of sciatica coming back (or occurring for the first time), we recommend these five actions, which research shows can significantly reduce your sciatica risk. 1. Keep moving Exercise strengthens the muscles surrounding the spine, helping to protect the vulnerable vertebrae and discs from damage. Even gentle exercise, completed regularly, can have a beneficial effect. 2. Improve…

The causes of dry skin on your feet and how to treat it

If you’re one of the millions of people suffering from dry skin on your feet (Xerosis), you’ll know how debilitating and painful the condition can be. It is estimated that up to 29% of adults suffer from Xerosis at some point during their working lives. But the condition is most prevalent in the elderly, with 90% of people over the age of 80 developing it. The causes of dry skin include taking hot showers, over-aggressive soap, the menopause and eczema. The condition may also develop as a side effect of taking some medications including statins. Unfortunately, these are often difficult…

How to adjust your golf game to manage your hip pain

Giving up golf due to persistent hip pain isn’t ideal; not only do you miss out on essential exercise, but you feel disheartened by giving up something you love. However, what your chiropractor wants you to know is that you may not need to give up the game altogether, as there are ways to manage your hip pain through chiropractic treatment and adjustment of your technique. Below, we divulge some ways you can play golf with hip pain, helping you to keep playing without further injuring yourself. Always warm-up It’s easy to aggravate or intensify your hip pain when you…

Easy tips for reducing back and neck pain at the desk

Neck, shoulder and back pain is common for those spending every day at the desk, slaving over the computer for long, arduous hours. What most people don’t realise is that there are techniques for minimising the pain, simple ways that can be implemented into your workday immediately to manage tension and pain. In this article, we have collated advice from our Perth chiropractors to help you stay pain-free at the desk, sharing their tips to reducing neck and back discomfort throughout the long workday. Take breaks It’s likely you’ve heard this tip before, but rarely we experience people who prioritise…

When should you worry about a headache?

Headaches can occur seemingly from nowhere, in the middle of the workday or when relaxing during your day off. The headache sensation isn’t uncommon, and most of the time simple remedies prevent the condition from worsening. However, for some people, it can be concerning when headaches last longer than a few hours, keep you stuck in bed or prevent you from your normal activities. We share with you how to manage the onset of a headache, helping you determine when to be worried and when to seek immediate headache treatment from a medical professional. Initial headache treatment: hydration Easily one…

Text neck – what is it? And how to relieve pain?

With increased time indoors, many of us are spending prolonged amounts of time looking at our phones right now – whether that is scrolling through social media, communicating with friends we can’t see in person, watching videos, or reading the news. Text Neck is a term that is used to describe that aching neck pain caused by looking down at a phone, tablet, or any other handheld device for too long. Chiropractors are noticing a sudden spike in those suffering from Text Neck, and an increased number of people reporting neck pain. Of course, looking down is a normal part…

Protecting your back and neck when working from home

Unfortunately, at the moment many of us have had to up sticks and move to a home office. This may mean less walking around day-to-day, a less comfortable seat or a less than ideal desk set up. It is important during this time to make sure you don’t forget about your back and neck health. Staying healthy, pain-free and active relies on just two key factors. Movement Most office workers will sit in the same spot all day, and this may worsen without travelling to and from work. For many of us, home can be a more sedentary place, but…

Understanding the difference between headaches and migraines

For most first-time migraine sufferers, it can be impossible to tell the difference between migraines and a severe headache. Understanding the difference between each ailment is essential, as it will help you better receive treatment and manage the onset in the future. At Melville Wellness, we treat many Perth residents who suffer from persistent migraines and headaches, and we share with you precisely what defines each persistent condition. Head pressure What migraines and headaches both share in their symptoms is the sensation of pressure on the head. However, the type of pain is different between the two conditions; headaches tend…

What could be triggering your migraines?

As anyone who suffers from migraines will know, they can be debilitating and sometimes life-limiting. Much more than “just a headache”, migraines often require sufferers to retreat to a dark room to wait out the intense pain, nausea, and neurological symptoms. Fortunately, some migraine sufferers can cut down the frequency of their attacks by finding out whether any aspects of their lifestyle could be acting as triggers. We’ve put together a useful list of triggers that you may want to experiment with cutting down on. Remember, too, that most chiropractors offer migraine treatment that could also help to improve your…

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