This week is Spinal Health Week and to encourage people to take care of their spines, we are offering initial patient costs at half price! This includes the consult, exam, and x-rays (if necessary). T&Cs: This offer is valid for new patient bookings made this week only. 50% off of the services rendered. Maximum value of $150.
Cowin Chiropractic Clinic will be closed for several weeks in March and April. Our last appointments will be March 20 and we will reopen on April 18.
Merry Christmas everybody! Our clinic will be closed from December 21 through January 7. Get in soon or we’ll see you next year!
As you prepare to send your children back to school, we would like to remind you that heavy, poorly fitted and packed backpacks may lead to spinal health problems in children. Spinal health problems in school kids often go unnoticed. However, poor posture, back pain, or ‘growing pains’ need not become an accepted part of everyday life for your child.
When choosing a backpack for your child, choose one that allows for even distribution of weight across the back, otherwise the backpack can place unhealthy stress on a child’s spine. Despite the increased use of technology in schools, schoolchildren still overload their backpacks with textbooks and other gear, or simply do not wear them correctly.
School can be a challenging time for any child, so ensuring they are as comfortable as possible is important for their physical and mental development.
Five simple tips for wearing a backpack:
- Pack the heaviest items closest to the spine
- Make sure to do all the zips up
- Secure the sternum, waist and compression straps
- Always use both shoulder straps
- Don’t wear the backpack below the hollow of the lower back
If you have questions about a backpack or want to have Travis check the fit of one your child uses, give us a ring!
The number of people over age 65 has doubled since 1980 and is expected to keep on growing due to the fact that people are living longer. Because of this, there is a need to focus on keeping the older generation healthy and active.
When you have a loved one who is elderly, comments such as “she had a fall” take on a whole new meaning. It is no longer an uneventful, clumsy moment from which someone easily recovers. It can be very serious, even life threatening. Balance and coordination issues are common among the aging population, with falls accounting for 76% of injury-related hospital admissions in people over age 651.
A newly published study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics has shown some significant results regarding falls and the elderly2. The joint receptors in the cervical spine provide the brain with the information necessary for balance and coordination. Degenerative changes or injuries (old or new) to the cervical spine can affect how these joint receptors function and the information they send.
The study demonstrated that 12 weeks of chiropractic care in a group of older patients resulted in improvements in their sensory and motor functions. These functions play an important part in the risk of falling and also in quality of life. Given that falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospital admissions in older adults, this research strongly supports the benefit of regular chiropractic care for older adults.
Getting older doesn’t have to mean living life with limitations. So many seniors are living longer and more vibrant lives, and including chiropractic care as part of their wellness regime can help them get the most out of their golden years.
- AIHW 2012. Hospital separations due to injury and poisoning, Australia 2009-10. Injury research and statistics series no. 69. Cat. no. INJCAT 145. Canberra: AIHW.
- Holt, Kelly R. et al. Effectiveness of Chiropractic Care to Improve Sensorimotor Function Associated With Falls Risk in Older People: A Randomized Control Trial. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2016; 39: 267 – 278
Life just got a bit easier. We now have HICAPS so you can do your health fund claims on the spot!
Our clinic will be closing for two weeks over the holidays. Our last day is Friday, December 18 and we will reopen on Tuesday, January 5. So get in this week if you need to, otherwise we’ll see you in 2016. Merry Christmas!
We are in! Although the new office is not 100% put together yet, we are fully functional. So from today onwards, don’t go to Crown St, come to 9/26 Gladstone Ave. See you there!
Our new x-ray machine has been installed. We now have digital x-ray!
It’s official. In an effort to provide a better experience for all of our patients, we are moving to a new location! Our office will now be located on the ground floor and have much better parking available. And we’ll still only be 150 meters to Wollongong Station! We will be in the new Vantage building at the corner of Gladstone Ave and Osborne St within the next two months. Stay tuned for the official date!