5 home remedies for headaches

Migraines and headaches are a common source of pain across Australia. 4.9 million Australians suffer from migraines, and 23% of households across Australia contain at least one migraine sufferer (https://headacheaustralia.org.au/what-is-headache/prevalence-and-cost-of-headache/). Migraines are, at best, a nuisance, but at their worst they can be debilitating. While migraine treatments have come on leaps and bounds in recent years, with experienced chiropractors like those at the Melville Wellness Centre able to offer treatments targeting migraines and headaches, sometimes a quick solution is needed at home. Here are our five top tips for dealing with migraines at home. 1. Exercise It's probably not what…

4 steps to help you prevent foot injuries

If your feet are healthy enough to get you everywhere or do everything you want, do not take it for granted. Take proper care of your feet by always putting on suitable footwear and stretching to enhance flexibility. Else, over time, foot injuries may occur easily. Remember that foot treatment can be quite complicated. Here are four steps to help you avoid foot injuries: 1. Maintain a healthy weight If you have extra weight, it will exert extra stress on your joints and feet and aggravate your foot conditions. Note that you can't work out properly if your feet hurt.…

Home office ergonomics: Why posture is so important

With COVID-19 seeing many of us relocate our workplace from office to home, there has been an increasing demand for information and resources relating to achieving good ergonomic posture. For most of us, our homes were not sufficiently equipped to facilitate up to 40-hours a week of desk duties, and in the flurry of upgrading internet plans, replacing laptops and peripheral computer equipment, it proved easy to overlook the importance of creating a stable base for your new home office. Tempting as it may be, perching on a stool at the kitchen counter while you reply to a few office…

4 conditions that can be treated by a chiropractor

Chiropractors are health care professionals that specialise in the non-surgical treatment of a range of different disorders that impact the nervous system and musculoskeletal system. Chiropractors generally focus on spinal manipulations and treating lower back pain, neck pain, headaches, migraine headaches, shoulder pain and more. In this blog, we've put together a list of four conditions that can be treated by a chiropractor. 1. Lower back pain When chiropractors perform a spinal adjustment, they manipulate the spinal vertebrae by exerting pressure on the parts of the patient's spine that are in pain. This includes gently thrusting their arm at the…

Understanding some terms that podiatrists often use

As Perth podiatrists, we are aware that there are so many different conditions where our services can be of benefit. We also know that, like many areas of life, we often use technical terms that people outside of our discipline might not instantly recognise or understand. So, here's a quick guide to just some of those terms... Sesamoiditis Sesamoids are bones that, instead of being connected to other bones, are either imbedded in muscle or connected to tendons. They act like pulleys and, if a bone breaks or tendons become inflamed, can cause pain in the ball of your foot,…

Getting to know sciatica

Sciatica, also known as lumbar radiculopathy, is a physical condition which can cause severe pain in the back, hip and legs. It is named after the sciatica nerve along which the pain travels. The sciatica nerve begins in the lower spine, extends down to the hip and buttocks and along the back of the leg to the foot. Prevalence Sciatica is quite a common condition with over 500,000 cases per year in Australia. It is more common among 18-35-year-olds and among men. Symptoms The pain associated with sciatica reflects the path of the sciatic nerve. Hence the most common symptom…

Stress and the body

We all get stressed. It’s a natural part of life. Some stress is good for us. Without it we might be too slow to act in a dangerous situation. But too much stress, particularly of an ongoing or chronic nature, can wear us down so that we become mentally and physically ill. Types of stress Stress is defined as a physiological or psychological response to an environmental condition. There are three primary types of stress: acute stress, acute episodic stress, and chronic stress. Acute stress is a short-lived kind of stress caused by immediate problems such as at work or…

5 ways to resolve back pain at home

Back pain, especially lower back pain, has been found to affect 80% of people at least once in their lives and often leads to them seeking medical help. At best, back pain can be frustrating, but at its worst, it can be utterly debilitating. If you have ever suffered from terrible back-ache, you will know just how much it can derail your day, your week or even longer! Fortunately, there are things you can do to treat your back pain from the comfort of your own home. We are going to share with you five ways to ease your back…

5 tips to soothe aching feet at home

After a long day on your feet, it's not uncommon to experience some foot pain. Rest will help to fix the problem, but there are other simple ways to help reduce the pain. We've pulled together our best tips to soothe tired, aching feet. 1. Do stretches The muscles in your feet will often contract when they're overstressed so the best way to counteract this is to stretch them. Take a seat and focus on stretching your toes and ankles, then lean against a wall and gently stretch the calves. Ten minutes of stretching each night should help reduce any…

Improve your core strength to reduce back pain

If you suffer from chronic back pain or sciatica, you'll probably do anything to get rid of it. If you don't have a strong core, your body must rely on your ligaments and bones to hold you up, and this can place excessive strain on your back, particularly your lower back. What is your core? Most people think of their core as their abdominal muscles, but it's much more than that. Your core includes a complex group of muscles that is basically everything except your arms and legs. Some core muscles include: - Abdominal muscles - Gluteus muscles (butt muscles)…

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