Yoga poses for your back

Whether your back has only recently been giving you gyp, or you are no stranger to those uncomfortable pangs in your back, then why not try yoga? This ancient practice extends beyond just the physical, but in this article, we will be focusing on the physical yoga postures you can try to help alleviate back pain. As a practice that can also help release stress and overall tension in the body, it can be beneficial in so many ways. A lot of people refrain from trying yoga because they think they aren't doing it right, aren't bendy enough or feel…

Home remedies for back pain

Back pain is a common problem that affects many of us at some point in our lives, disrupting our everyday routines with bursts of aches and pains. At Melville Wellness, we understand this, which is why we have curated our expert knowledge to offer some home remedies for back pain. We advise you try these steps while you’re waiting for your chiropractor’s appointment. Temperature Using hot and cold temperatures can be advantageous for remedying back pain, yet it is important to understand the type of back pain you’re suffering from to treat it accordingly. For inflammation problems, or overstretched muscles…

Simple tips to fix your work posture

We spend a lot of our time at work. It's an unavoidable fact, and for those of us that work in an office or at a desk, it's key to make sure that in these hours, you aren't doing damage to your body. Read on for a range of posture tips and tricks to make sure that you're keeping your body in top shape, and avoiding any pain that comes with poor posture. Rest your feet on the floor It's always ideal to have your feet flat to the floor. If you can't reach the floor then you may need…

Getting to the bottom of plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a condition that affects the heel. ‘Plantar’ refers to the sole of the foot and ‘fasciitis’ refers to the tissue (fascia) in the sole of the foot that connects the heel to the toes. Plantar fasciitis involves the inflammation of this tissue in the sole of the foot which causes pain in the heel and may also cause the formation of heel spurs (abnormal bone growth). Symptoms The main symptom of plantar fasciitis is the feeling of sharp heel pain which is more acute with one’s first steps after getting up in the morning, and also after…

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…

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