What we treat

Many people think chiropractic is only crisis management of back, hip and neck flare-ups.  Our Whole Body Chiropractic practice is much more … because it is rooted in how your body actually works.

When you have an issue somewhere in your neuromusculoskeletal system (NMS), your brain sends pain signals to your body, which then restricts your movement and compensates.  You may experience referred pain, where, for example, symptoms in your hips are actually coming from a problem in your foot.  That problem in your foot will cause compensations up your body through your knees, hips and so on.  Left untreated, these compensations turn into conditions or spiral into syndromes.

Pain, stiffness, lack of mobility, inflammation anywhere in your body could be a sign that there is a problem in your NMS that is treatable with chiropractic care.  Beyond issues in your back, hips and neck; problems in your feet, knees, thighs, shoulders, arms, wrists, hands; jaw pain and headaches – are often the result of a problem somewhere in your neuromusculoskeletal system.

Even things that don’t seem related — such as mood and performance — could have roots in an NMS problem.  If that problem is preventing you from being active, you could be accepting a restricted lifestyle that leads to chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease and dementia – not realising that appropriate chiropractic care can restore your ability to be as active as your body needs you to be.

Look for your situation in the sections below for some of the things we treat:

* Symptoms we relieve section

* Injuries we rehab section

* Conditions we resolve section

* Syndromes we unwind section

 … then book an appointment to get corrected and get a clear understanding of the state of your NMS so you can decide what to do going forwards. 

 

Symptoms we relieve

Pain anywhere

Pain is your body’s way of signaling to you that something is wrong and  warning you to not use that area as you normally would until it is healed enough. Thus it is important not to mask it with medication. 

What your body wants you to do is fix the underlying cause.  A challenge is that much of pain is referred pain – that is pain which is felt in one area of the body (say your hips) but it’s coming from a different part of your body (say your feet).

At BACK UP, we specialise in pinpointing exactly what is contributing to your pain and what problems need to be fixed.

 

Restricted movement anywhere

Restricted movement is when your range of motion in any of your joints (including your spine) is reduced.  It can be caused by many types of issues – injuries, shortened muscles, thickened joint capsules, joint degeneration and your brain sending signals to stop you from causing further damage.    However, your brain can hang onto this compensation for too long turning a temporary protection mechanism into a more permanent restriction.

Many people mistakenly accept restricted movement as “oh I’m just getting old” but proper chiropractic care can pinpoint the cause, resolve the underlying issue and retrain the body to normal movement.  

 

Cramps anywhere

A cramp is a sudden involuntary contraction or spasm of a muscle that can cause significant pain and immobility.  When cramps become frequent it is a sign of an underlying problem such as muscle strain from overuse or prolonged positions.

Frequent cramps are not something you should ignore.  We can determine whether your cramps are being caused by these muscular issues and if so, resolve them.

 

Stiffness, tightness or weakness anywhere

If you find you are consistently tight or stiff, especially after rest (like when you wake up), don’t accept this as a “just getting old”.  It is often the result of something wrong with some part of your NMS and therefore quite treatable.

“Weakness” can play out as tiredness, reduced power (like not being able to open a jar as easily) or failure to work at all (like you can’t lift your arm).  Inactivity or not using your muscles will cause them to shrink quite rapidly; they may not even activate at all; your joints can get stuck preventing your muscles from contracting; you could lose the brain-muscle connection and have to rebuild it.

Tightness and weakness are interlinked – so often if you are tight on one side the other side will become weak and vice-versa which could spiral into a syndrome.

Neglecting weakness or tightness can lead to serious conditions, syndromes and premature degeneration.  An assessment at BACK UP will let you know how to address these problems.

Knots or trigger points anywhere

A trigger point (or knot) is a sensitive nodule in the muscle generally caused by injury or overuse that when stimulated can cause local tenderness, a twitch response and or referred pain elsewhere.  At BACK UP, we release trigger points through soft tissue work, and if warranted, dry needling.  

 

 

Balance or proprioception symptoms or issues

Proprioception is the sense of knowing where your body parts are in space.  This sense can be impaired when joints are injured or misaligned, leading to an unstable sensation of the joint and poor balance.   Every injury has the potential has the ability to impair your proprioception.  Balance issues can also arise from neck issues, inactivity, imbalances in your muscles where some are weak and others are tight and incorrect posture and gait.

Balance and proproception problems are not “just getting old”, they can be addressed through proper chiropractic care.

Foot, toe, ankle, heel symptoms or issues

Issues with your feet and ankles not only cause problems in that area, but also throw off the alignment of the rest of your body which often causes issues with your balance, coordination, movement and so on.   There are many types of foot and ankle issues with many different contributing causes, thus an assessment will give you a clear picture of what is wrong and what to do next.

Shin, calf, knee, thigh symptoms or issues

Many people don’t realise that certain problems with their shins, calves, knees and thighs can be addressed via proper chiropractic care.  And, like your feet and ankles, problems here can ripple through the rest of your body.   At BACK UP, we will assesss your issues in these areas and let you know your options.

Pelvis, hip, glutes symptoms or issues

The pelvis, hips and glutes form a pivotal subsystem in your NMS because of their critical role connecting your lower and upper body.   It is the main control system for your legs, is the foundation of your spine and your core, and an area that bears so much weight.  Thus, this area is commonly the root cause of many many issues throughout your body.

Because this system is so critical to your everday functioning, you should not delay in seeking a diagnosis and resolving issues in this area at the first signs of problems.

Lower back (lumbar spine) symptoms or issues

The lumbar spine, or lower back, is part of your core and is the part of your spine that bears the most weight and the part of your spine that is more prone to disc issues.  Good curvature of your spine – achieved via good posture, form, gait and ergonomics – keeps the load properly managed.  But in today’s lifestyles most people are prone to loss of this curvature due to bad habits and proloned positions which lead to unnaturally concentrated loads causing all kinds of lower back issues.

Proper chiropractic treatment and active care advice on posture and so forth is the best first move in addressing your real underlying lumbar issues rather than masking potentially serious problems with medication or resorting to aggressive premature approaches like injections, braces or surgery.

 

 

 

Thoracic spine (mid-back) and Thoracic cage (chest, sternum, ribs) spine) symptoms and issues

This subsystem needs mobility so you can breath freely and have good arm movement.  Your rib cage is also the base for your shoulder blades which can only function properly if the thoracic system is also functioning correctly.   Also, because there are so many joint connections between your ribs and your spine and between your ribs and your sternum, there is a tremendous amount of possibilities for things to go wrong and become misaligned in this area.

So not only should you seek chiropractic care when you have mid-back problems, but also if you are having issues with your shoulders, breating or moving your arms freely.

Upper back and shoulder symptoms or issues

This is a critical subsystem with very complex interactions with other parts of your body.   It is a very common area for a build-up of painful and even crippling tension, musle tightness and stiffness that not only causes pain, but triggers many other problems across your whole system.  For example, muscle tension here pulls up your shoulders leading to forward-rolled shoulders.   Because of all its interconnections, there is often referred pain – so you may not be aware that your headaches or pain running down your arm are actually triggered by your upper back/shoulder problems. Also, repetitive motion and posture problems really play out here – for example, your outstretched arms while typing on a computer all day also causes forward-rolled shoulders.

At BACK UP, we have excellent methods to unravel your shoulder and upper back issues.

Neck (cervical spine) symptoms or issues

The neck is the uppermost part of your load-bearing spine,  is responsible for holding up your head and is the location for a lot of nerves especially those connected to your arms and hands.   Because it holds up your head, it must be very stable yet supple enough to move freeely.   Because it sits at the top of your spine, all the lower imbalances in your body build up and amplify up to this last spot of compensation.  Because the neck contains the many neurological connections for your arms and hands, it is common for problems in your arms and hands to be actually caused by neck problems. Also, there are lots of muscles in your neck, so lots of opportunity for imbalances and muscle problems to develop.   For example, when the front muscles of the neck shorten, it pulls your head forward and juts your chin out which causes forwards-head carriage with a whole range of associated problems.

Chiropractic care is critical for the neck area, where we release the muscle tension, rebalance this part of your spine and re-align the load from your head.  

 

Head and jaw symptoms or issues

Your head, face and jaw contain a tremendous amount of muscles and nerves and therefore are prone to problems related to those elements.

For your head, headaches caused by misalignments of joints in your neck and/or muscular tension in your neck or head are the most common issues we treat.  For your face, the main issue we address is the pain and restriction caused by muscular tension.

The jaw is one of the most complex joint structures in your body – not unlike your hip.  One of the most common issues we address is TMJ (temporomandibularjoint) syndrome.  The TMJ connects your mandible (jaw bone) to your skull enabling you to talk, eat and do all the other things you do with your jaw.  Some of the problems arise when your jaw joints become misaligned causing some of the muscles to weaken while others tighten which in turn worsen the misalignments and so on.   This not only causes jaw pain,  clicking and teeth grinding but also referred pain like headaches.   At BACK UP, we treat TMJ either solely or as part of broader treatment program with your orthodontist.

 

Arm, elbow, wrist symptoms or issues

The most common causes of issues in the upper limbs are repetitive movement, prolonged positions and poor posture. The upper limbs are also a common area of referred pain, especially coming from problems in the neck, shoulders and thoracic spine.  Other symptoms include tingling, pins and needles and weakness.  These can degenerate into conditions and syndromes such as tennis elbow, golf elbow or carpal tunnel.

When you come into BACK UP, we will determine the cause of your upper limb issues and resolve them systematically.

Hand, finger or thumb symptoms or issues

Like the upper limbs, problems in your hands, fingers or thumbs can be referred pain from issues with your neck, shoulders, elbows or thoracic spine.  You could also have contractures – where your fingers start to curl in.  Many assume this is just another sign of aging – but chiropractic care can help restore your normal full range of movement.   Likewise, many people assume that weakening hands or grip is just aging – but it can be related to things like poor nerve signaling which can be addressed.

 

Injuries we rehab

Work injuries

Work injuries can be from accidents but also injuries that arise from repetitive motions, prolonged positions, and poor ergonomics.  

Accident-based injuries benefit from a chiropractic care rehabilitation program – either on its own or in conjunction with a physiotherapy rehab program. One of the problems injuries cause is the compensation your body does – which can become a permanent habit if not rectified.  The best time to seek chiropractic care for injuries is as soon as possible to prevent compensations from forming.

The same is true for repetitive movtions, prolonged positions and poor ergonomics – these tend to have no symptoms initially but inevitably become chronic.  It is best to prevent with periodic tune-ups and appropriate active care so you know how to avoid these injuries in the first place.   If this has already progressed, it is important to seek chiropractic care to unwind the issues and reset your body.

 

 

 

Sport injuries

Sport injuries can be divided into two areas – those from repetitive motions and bad form; and those from traumatic injuries like a sprain, tear or fracture.

Both benefit from chiropractic care as soon as possible.   In the case of traumatic injury, chiropractic rehab, either on its own or along with physiotherapy, will speed healing, but more importantly ensure your body is healing in the correct manner – preventing your body’s compensation mechanisms from setting in and becoming permanent damaging habits.  

In the case of repetitive motions and bad form, chiropractic care can prevent these become deep-seated syndromes and, if the condition is already chronic, chiropractic can unwind your imbalances and reset your body.

Car accident injuries

There are many injuries one can get from being in a car accident and any of them related to your joints, bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons or nerves will benefit from chiropractive care. 

One of the most common problems is whiplash – which many people mask with medication or just wait for the pain to subside, rather than seeking active rehab.  However, if you don’t get proper chiropractic care, the temporary compensations your body has done during the initial healing often become permanent misalignments leading to chronic even life-long problems that affect your whole body.

Sprains, strains, tears, pulls, fractures

Sprains, strains, tears, pulls are common injuries of your muscles, ligaments or tendons. Early proper chiropractic care speeds up your body’s healing process, but more importantly, ensures that you rehab correctly so you do not have lingering problems down the track.

Fractures are injuries to your bones or joints.  Your body needs its time to heal and reform your bone structure.   Once the bone itself has healed, that’s the time for chiropractic rehabilitative care.   Without proper rehab, the surrounding muscles, ligaments and tendons will stay atrophied, shrunk, and stiffened.    With proper chiropractic rehab, these will return to their healthy condition without temporary compensations becoming permanent problems. 

 

Tendon injuries

Your tendons are soft tissue that connect your muscles to your bones.  A healthy tendon is both strong and flexible.  An unhealthy tendon becomes thick, stiff, painful and inflammed. And when it does, it changes the way you move and will end up causing unhealthy compensations like muscles shortening or joint misalignments. 

Tendon injuries can stem from injuries or, from repetitive motions, prolonged positions or bad gait, posture, or ergonomics.   Tendon injuries can also stem from imbalances in your body – for example, if a muscle has shortened, it will pull on your tendons which stretches or even tears them and it will often cause the attached bone or joint to misalign.  In the case of repetitive motion – the constant rubbing on the tendon causes an inflammatory healing response that does not end until you solve the root problem. 

So it is important to seek chiropractic care when you notice any issues with your tendons.

 

 

 

 

Ligament injuries

Your ligaments connects your bones to each other.  Ligament injuries can stem from injuries or, from repetitive motions, prolonged positions or bad gait, posture, or ergonomics.   If your joints are properly aligned, your ligaments will be happy – strong and flexible.  When they are misaligned, it puts pressure on the ligaments which become thick, stiff, painful and inflammed.  Left untreated, it leads to chronic problems like ruptures or tears of your ligaments.  When your ligaments are unhealthy, it changes the way your joints move.

So it is important to seek chiropractic care when you notice any issues with your ligaments.

Joint injuries

A joint is the area where two bones are attached and it’s what enables your body parts to move.  It is a complex structure, thus prone to many problems.  The joint is comprised of a cushioning soft part (cartliage or meniscus); the passive elements (mainly your ligaments) providing stability; and the active elements (tendons and muscles) doing the pulling.  Most joints also have a joint capsule that encloses this whole system – which contains a lubricating fluid so your joint moves smoothly.

When you have joint misalignments, any load will be uneven, placing stress on all the elements – your cartliage will wear prematurely; on one side, some ligaments and your joint capsule will shorten while those on the other side will lengthen; and your tendons and muscles will no longer be able to move your joint correctly.   Left untreated, this whole condition degenerates, for example, to painful bone-on-bone and ultimately, bone fusion where the joint cannot function.

Early chiropractic intervention is critical to prevent this spiral.

 

Whiplash injuries

Whiplash is neck injury caused by a rapid and forceful back and forth movement of the head.  It is very common in car accidents but can also come from sports injuries or falling.  Your muscles will feel really hard and knotted and there is a lot of pain and stiffness when you try to move your neck.  Left untreated, whiplash often leads to life-long problems from misalignments, degeneration, weakness or neurological problems not only in the neck but other areas as well including your head, arms, the rest of your spine.

Often, once the pain subsides, many people think they’re good to go not realising that chiropractic rehab is possible and in fact critical. 

Spinal injuries

Your spine encapsulates and protects your spinal cord which is an extension of your brain.  At the same the spine must allow for smooth movement while providing a load-bearing structure.

 

Broad spectrum of spinal injuries from minor to severe.  Minor injuries may cause misalignments that will then influence the whole region of your spine and other connected systems.   More severe injuries can put pressure onto your spinal cord or nerves exiting the spine, causing localised or widespread neurological effects like weakness, numbness and the inability to activate a muscle or control your organs like your bladder.

 

If you have hard neurological signs such as you have completely lost feeling in a part of your body or lost control of your bladder or bowel, this could be a more serious neurological trauma and you should seek emergency assistance first. 

If you have soft neurological signs like pins and needles, numbness or referred pain, you would benefit from our chiropractic assessment and treatment.  

Hip or pelvis injuries

One of the problems injuries cause is the compensation your body does – which can become a permanent habit if not rectified.  The best time to seek chiropractic care for many injuries is after the initial healing and as part of your rehabilitation.

Spinal disc injuries or herniation

Shin splints

Shin splints is a pain along the shinbone (tibia) due to inflammation, typically caused by stress from loading or from pulling and very common among runners or other athletes who run a lot.  It is typically caused by an issue or problem elsewhere that creates the conditions by which shin spints occur.  For example, flat feet, rigid arches, tight calf muscles, being overweight.

Many people do not realise that a chiropractor can help rehab and prevent shin splints by addressing the root causes.

Overuse or repetitive injury

Repetitive injuries are caused by repetitive motions and overuse often compounded by poor form.  These can happen to muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. 

At BACK UP, we can determine the factors contributing to your injury; correct the current problems, and advise you how to prevent these injuries going forwards.  Chiropractic care is the best first step, rather than jumping to a surgery or masking it with medication, or using orthothics, braces, supports.

 

Conditions we resolve

Tendinitis anywhere

Tendinitis is inflammation of one of your tendons (which connect your muscles to your bones).   This causes a lot of pain, swelling and tenderness. The inflammation is caused by micro-damage to the tendon tissue and the fibres become disorganised, hard, thickened, scarred and it will feel rubbery to the touch.  Tendinitis develops from any extreme or repetitive pulling on the tendon. 

At BACK UP, we can do things like release the muscle so the muscle stops pulling on the tendon so it the tendon can heal, plus fixing the alignment and your form to prevent future flare-ups.

 

Arthritis anywhere

Arthritis is degeneration and inflammation of a joint that causes pain, stiffness and continues to degenerate if there is no intervention. 

Rheumatoid athritis is an autoimmune disease, thus chiropractic care does not address this root cause. However, chiropractic care can help manage the condition.  

Osteoarthritis is wear and tear and chiropractic care can better align joints and slow the progression. 

 

Bursitis anywhere

Your bursa are small pads that act as a cushion at key joints like the elbow, hip, heel.  Bursitis is an inflammation of one of your bursa which is primarily caused by repetitive motions especially when there is poor form.  Your tendons or bones can rub on top of your bursa and if your muscle, for example, is very tight it will exert even more pressure into the bursa.  So, it is important to get to these root contributurs and unwind this system both for relief and to prevent future recurrence.

 

Pinched nerve, nerve impingement, nerve entrapment, nerve compression anywhere

When there is too much pressure applied to a nerve by surrounding tissue such as bone, disc, cartliage, muscle or tendon, your nerve can become pinched, impinged, entrapped or compressed.  This leads to numbness, tingling, pins and needles, weakness or a burning sensation that can radiate elsewhere.  

If left untreated, the signals the nerve is sending will be decreased leading to many problems (depending on what that nerve controls) and also to postural compensation (your body may lean to one side, for example) which then compounds over time.

At BACK UP, we pinpoint where the nerve is affected, what is contributing to that and then unload the pressure from that nerve. 

Morton's Neuroma

Morton’s Neuroma is a condition affecting a nerve in the foot, generally between the second and third or between the third and fourth matatarsals (under your toes) where the nerve gets compressed or entrapped.  The main symptoms are pain and numbness in that area.  One of the main causes is wearing shoes where the toebox is too narrow and tight or high heels.

Left untreated, you will start avoiding using that area and the way you use your feet changes causing a serious rippling compensation affect up through your whole structure.  At BACK UP, we mobilise the joints, unload the tension and create appropriate space for the nerves. 

 

 

Spondylosis

Spondylosis is a degeneration of the spine from wear and tear – compounded by bad posture, being too sedentary, carrying too much weight on your body – all of which produce an unnatural load on the spine.  Symptoms include pain and inflammation usually where the degeneration has occurred, but of course it could also affect nearby nerves.  Not treating this chronic inflammation can lead in the worse case to fusion of your vertabrae, but the most common debilitation is decreased range of motion when you’re trying to bend, twist or turn.

At BACK UP, we focus on unloading this spinal joint – especially those unstable and uneven loads.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plantar Fascitis

Plantar Fascitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia which is a very thick ligament connecting your heel to your matatarsals (the balls of your foot).  The plantar fascia becomes thick and inflammed when there is lack of activation of the intrinsic mucles within your foot, from overuse or from poorly fitting shoes. Left untreated, it causes tightness of nearby structures especially your calf muscles and will change your gait and posture; getting thicker and thicker leading to more widespread problems.

Many people don’t realise this can be treated; or, don’t realise what chiropractic care can do for this condition.  At BACK UP, we increase the range of motion of your ankle and foot, rehab the foot so as to unload the tension on the plantar fascia thus reducing the inflammation and thickening. 

Vertigo, dizziness, tinitus, balance issues

Vertigo, dizziness, tinitus and balance issues involve related systems in your body and have a whole range of potential causes.  The causes that we address directly at BACK UP are associated with neuromusculoskeletal issues causing these conditions – generally neck issues either neck problems or compensations that lead to neck problems.  

Left untreated, they typically don’t resolve on their own in the presence of underlying neck issues and become a chronic problem. 

Headache and migraines

Headaches and migraines have many possible causes, but the causes that can be directly addressed with chiropractic care are those eminating from underlying neuromuscoloskeletal issues especially those in the neck and shoulders and accumulated tension from stress and proloned poor posture.

 

 

 

Degenerative disc disease (DDD) and Degenerative joint disease (DJD)

Degenerative disc disease and degenerative joint disease are conditions resulting from wear and tear, especially when compounded with poor posture or gait, being too sedentary, carrying too much weight on your body – all of which produce an unnatural load on the spine.  Symptoms include pain and inflammation usually where the degeneration has occurred, but of course it could also affect nearby nerves.  Not treating this chronic inflammation can lead in the worse case to fusion of your vertabrae, but the most common debilitation is decreased range of motion when you’re trying to bend, twist or turn.

At BACK UP, we focus on unloading this spinal joint – especially those unstable and uneven loads.

Sciatica

Sciatica is inflammation of your sciatic nerve. Sciatica can cause numbness, pins and needles, weakness or referred pain down the back of your leg that may or may not go down past your knee.  Sciatica can be caused by compression of the nerve at different points, for example, where the nerve exits your lower spine or where the nerve crosses your piriformis muscle (in the glute region). 

Left untreated, it will change the way you walk particularly, causing chronic compensations and problems in other parts of your body.

Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a condition in which a person’s spine that curves sideways and is rotated – in either an S curve (double scoliosis) or a C curve. It often develops in the early teen years.  Problems range from pain, stiffness, tension to more complex issues like problems with breathing.  Scoliosis can be structural where the curve doesn’t move (it’s fixed) or functional (where the spine is normal but muscle imbalances cause a scoliosis-like shape).

Scoliosis is not something you have to live with.  If it is minor or functional, we can treat it and prevent it from worsening by rectifying the imbalances surrounding the spine and appropriate rehab exercises. 

 

 

Costochondritis (rib)

Costochondritis is a condition affecting the joints in the front part of your rib cage, and is an inflammation in the cartliage in between your ribs and your sternum. The most important symptom is chest pain. It is typically caused by strenuous activity like running or lifting weights.  

At BACK UP, we mobilise the joints and release the muscle tension to unload that whole system so it moves properly without pressure and tension.

Contractures

Contracture is the shortening, tightening and hardening of muscles, tendons, or ligaments that often leads to rigidity or deformity of the connected joints.  Left untreated, it can become permanently deformed and you lose the movement in that joint. It often happens in the hands and can be mistaken for arthritis or just aging – but in can in fact be treated with chiropractic care.  At BACK UP, we restore movement of the joint by releasing all the tight elements tugging on the joint.

 

Syndromes we unwind

Text Neck Syndrome

Text Neck Syndrome is a repetitive stress injury which develops from excessive amount of time in a damaging position – namely, hanging your head and neck down as you interact with your phone or other screen.  The hours you spend hunching over your device takes it toll as it dislodges your centre of gravity thus your body must constantly try to rebalance.  As it does so, it creates compensations as some muscles are chronically overactivated while others weaken.  The average person’s head weighs around 5 kg – almost as much as a bowling ball – so you can imagine the damage an uneven load from the head causes. 

It doesn’t matter whether you are at the early stages or your syndrome is advanced, at BACK UP we will determine the extent and areas of your specific situation, unwind the compensations and get you on a proper posture track.

Upper Cross Syndrome

Upper Cross Syndrome affects the muscles of the neck, chest, shoulders and back. In a healthy state, these muscles work together and are in balance.  With Upper Cross Syndrome, these become imbalanced such that some of the muscles shorten and tighten while others weaken and lengthen leading to joint dysfunction; slouching upper back, elevated and rounded shoulders, displaced shoulder blades, unnaturally arching neck and forwards head carriage – causing all kinds of problems with everyday functioning.  

Specifically,  the tightness of upper trapezius and levator scapula muscles (at top of your shoulders) crosses with the tightness of the pectoralis major and minor (chest muscles); while the weakness of the deep neck flexors (under your chin) crosses the weakness of the lower trapezius, serratus anterior and the rhomboids (mid-back muscles).

Left untreated, you will have chronic muscle activation as your body tries to hold your centre of gravity and it gets worse and worse over time.  So it is critical to seek chiropractic care – whether this syndrome is just developing in you or has progressed significantly.

 

 

 

Lower Cross Syndrome

Lower Cross Syndrome affects the  glutes, . In a healthy state, these muscles work together and are in balance.  With Lower Cross Syndrome, your pelvis tilts forwards, your hip joint flexes and your lumbar spine hyperextends – throwing off your balance and centre gravity forcing your body into unnatural compensations not only in this area but in the rest of your body – leading to joint dysfunctoin, pain, postural and gait changes and so on.

Specifically, the tightness of your hip flexors (in front of your hip) crosses with the tightness of your lumbar extensors (in your lower back); while the weakness of the abdominal muscles crosses the weakness of the gluteus maximus and medius (your butt muscles).  The hamstrings are frequently become tight as well.  

Left untreated, the unnatural compensations will spread beyond to the rest of your body, with chronic muscle activation as your body tries to hold your centre of gravity.  It gets worse and worse over time, so it is critical to seek chiropractic care – whether this syndrome is just developing in you or has progressed significantly.

Golfer's Elbow

Golfer’s Elbow is a syndrome most often seen in golfers – where excessive or repetitive stress from forceful wrist and finger motions affect the inner side of your elbow.  The elbow and wrist joints become stiff and the hands and wrists become weak. The pain and inflammation can spread to the entire forearm.  

Many people put up with this condition, or mask it with medication, or stop their activities – not realising that chiropractic care can treat this.  At BACK UP, we rebalance the muscles and free up the joints allowing for normal motion; and prescribe active care to strengthen and stablise the area to prevent recurrence.

Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow is a syndrome most often seen in tennis players – where excessive or repetitive stress from forceful wrist and finger motions affect the outer side of your elbow.  The elbow and wrist joints become stiff and the hands and wrists become weak. The pain and inflammation can spread to the entire forearm.  

Many people put up with this condition, or mask it with medication, or stop their activities – not realising that chiropractic care can treat this.  At BACK UP, we rebalance the muscles and free up the joints allowing for normal motion; and prescribe active care to strengthen and stablise the area to prevent recurrence.

Jaw Syndrome (TMJ)

The jaw is one of the most complex joint structures in your body – not unlike your hip.  One of the most common issues we address is TMJ (temporomandibularjoint) syndrome.  The TMJ connects your mandible (jaw bone) to your skull enabling you to talk, eat and do all the other things you do with your jaw.  Some of the problems arise when your jaw joints become misaligned causing some of the muscles to weaken while others tighten which in turn worsen the misalignments and so on.   This not only causes jaw pain,  clicking and teeth grinding but also referred pain like headaches.   At BACK UP, we treat TMJ either solely or as part of broader treatment program with your orthodontist.

Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

The carpel tunnel is a narrow passage of ligaments, tendons and nerves at the base of the hand.  Carpel Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the median nerve (which runs through your forearm into the palm of your hand) becomes trapped or compressed at the wrist joint due inflammation and thickening of the ligaments or tendons.  This results in numbness, weakness and pain in the hands and wrist and also the forearm.  Anything that can cause this swelling – injury, repetitive motion or even fluid retention – can trigger Carpel Tunnel Syndrome.

Many people ignore it, mask it with medications, try to mitigate it with splints or braces, not realising that chiropractic care can resolve this. At BACK UP, we determine the cause of your case and unwind the syndrome. 

 

Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI)

Repetitive strain injuries is a term used to describe the pain and damage to muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves caused by repetitive movement, overuse or prolonged positions when an improper technique is being used. This leads to chronic inflammation and can be accompanied by all the neurological symptoms like pins and needles, numbness, weakness as well as cramps. The most common areas affected are wrists, hands, but can also happen in your forearm or shoulders.

At BACK UP, we relieve the symptoms, rehab the injuries, unwind any complex compensations and provide you active care advise to prevent further injury.

 

Rotator Cuff Syndrome

Your rotator cuff is a group of four muscles (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, subscapularis) that pull in different directions stablising the shoulder allowing for full range of motion. Rotator Cuff Syndrome occurs when these four muscles are not working together properly.  This causes the ball and joint in your shoulder to not function properly because of the unnatural pulling angles which results in pain, restricted movement and shoulder deformities like forwards rolled shoulder or scapula winging.

Many people put up with the pain and restricted movement for years and may end up thinking surgery is the only answer, not realising chiropractic care can help.  At BACK UP, we determine the exact mechanisms at play in your rotator cuff, correct those problems and give you active care so you can prevent further problems.

Runner's Knee

Runner’s knee, also known as Patellofermoral Pain Syndrome, describes the pain and problems arising from the repetitive load and strain on the knees and surrounding tissues.  It develops from imbalances in the posture, gait, foot or ankle, or from a traumatic injury. The pain is generally felt under the knee cap, triggered when you’re moving.

Not understanding that chiropractic care can rectify runner’s knee, people often ignore it, mask it with medication, stop exercises or being active, or may seek surgery. At BACK UP, we pinpoint your exact issues and which tissues are involved, and rectivy your problem from there.

"road warrior syndrome"

This is not an official medical condition, but we use it to describe the common issues people get when they spent prolonged time traveling. With air travel, for example, you are typically alternating between prolonged sitting, carrying heavy items, standing and walking long distances through an airport and so on.  For people whose work requires them to drive, mostly suffer from issues of prolonged sitting combined with vibration from bumps in the road which go straight into your spine.

At BACK UP, we help you understand how to mitigate these problems so they affect you as little as possible. And, of course we pinpoint and unwind your specific issues.

"weekend warrier syndrome"

Weekend warrier syndrome is not a medically defined syndrome, but we use it to describe the common conditions that arise when people are generally sedentary during the week and overdo physical activities or sport on the weekends – generally trying to do something their body is not properly prepared for. This leads to all kinds of injuries depending on your fitness level and the type and intensity of your sporadic activities.

At BACK UP, we corrent and rehab your issues and set you on a program to ensure you don’t hurt yourself by overextending past your fitness level.

 

"high heels syndrome"

High heels syndrome is not a medically defined sydrome, but we use it to describe the myriad effects of routine wearing of high heels.  Wearing high heels means you are always plantar-flexing your foot – your foot is slanted down creating all kinds of unnatural forces and loads, changing your gait, shortening your calf muscles, shifting the position of your pelvis which then changes the position and loads on your spine and so on. 

At BACK UP, we can help mitigate some of these issues – through both rehab and a program to counteract these negatives effects.

DeQuervain's Syndrome

DeQuervain’s Sydrome affects the tendons of the thumb side of your wrist, primarily caused by repetitive motion and chronic overuse. It causes irritation and pain of that area, especially while moving your thumb or wrist. Left untreated, the pain and irritation can spread throughout your forearm.

Most people don’t realise this is a syndrome and that it can be treated with chiropractic. At BACK UP, we loosen the muscles and tension and rebalance all these elements.

 

Radial Tunnel Syndrome

Radial Tunnel Syndrome is similar to carpal tunnel syndrome – but effects the radial tunnel (which is the elbow rather than the wrist).  It is characterised by pain, weakness, fatigue at the top of your forearm triggered by movement caused by pressure on or entrapment of your radial nerve. Since the radial nerve originates from your neck you may feel symptoms at various points up your arm. The pressure or entrapment of the nerve can be caused by misalignments of joints, tightness of muscles, any type of inflammation or swelling in the area, and movements like gripping, pushing, pulling.

Many people do not realise is a syndrome that can be treated. At BACK UP, we determine which elements are contributing to your specific condition, then correct and rehab accordingly.

 

 

Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder also known as adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder.  It is characterised by stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint – you generally have a tough time moving your shoulder.  Often it starts with immobility of the shoulder – such as when you’re immobilised while a bone is healing or some other injury – which causes the joint capsule to deform and shorten.

At BACK UP, treatment for frozen shoulder is aimed at restoring mobility of your shoulder by stretching the capsule and all the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments) around it.

 

 

 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is characterised by compression of nerves, arteries or veins in the passageway between your lower neck and your armpits.  The symptoms are related to which element is being compressed – if it’s an artery, you’ll have restricted blood supply to your arm so it becomes pale and cold; if it’s a vein, the capacity of your body to drain that blood back is restricted so you’ll have swelling; if it’s a nerve, you may have pins and needles, pain, numbness, weakness. It may result from trauma, repetitive arm movement or congenital anatomical variations around your neck.

Many people are not familiar with this syndrome and may mistake it for carpal tunnel or radial tunnel.  At BACK UP, we determine the location of the entrapment, which elements are involved in your sitation, and treat accordingly.

 

 

Cocccydynia

Cocccydynia is a painful condition affecting the areas around the bottom of your spine (your coccyx or tailbone). Trauma is the main trigger, but can also be triggered by prolonged sitting, bike riding, or even unpadded syndrome.  We treat this by taking the load off through a combination of soft tissue work, adjustments and education about how to prevent.

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