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7 Signs You Might Need Custom Made Orthotics

We tend to think only about spines when we think about the Chiropractor. Why then, is this Chiropractor writing about feet??

Although Chiropractic care is all about improving spine and nervous system function, the platform that all this sits on, is your feet! Your feet are your foundations and if they don’t provide a stable, flexible and even base then this seriously affects your ability to have a sound spine and nervous system. It can impact on your balance, co-ordination, fatigue levels, risk of injury and problems can transmit up the spine to the knees, hips, pelvis and even your jaw.

Check out the 7 things which can indicate you might need orthotics;

1. Uneven shoe wear
2. Foot, ankle or arch pain

3. Bowed Achilles tendon (looking at it from the rear it should be straight)
4. Knocked knees
5. Pelvis unlevelling
6. Turned out feet- Charlie Chaplin style.
7. Flat feet- check out your wet footprint.

 

Custom orthotics have been proven to reduce standing fatigue, improve golf swing, improve jump heights in sport, improve foot comfort, reduce knee injuries, improve foot alignment and improve balance.

The Solution

I knew that I needed custom orthotics, and it was looking like my children had paddled in a similar gene pool. So I went to work researching the systems available world wide. I wanted something with a great scientific background, accurate, easy to use and with a high quality, long lasting, purpose designed product.

The good news is that I found a system which met all my requirements and had an amazing customer support and guarantee program.

The best news is that these are functional, 3-arch orthotics which don’t just support the structure of your foot they improve how it moves and works.
We use the Footlevelers custom orthotic scanning system. Footlevelers have been providing custom made orthotics for over 65 years!

Creating your custom orthotics is a simple process of scanning your feet with  state of the art technology, assessing the cause of the problem and then selecting the best orthotic for your needs. Orthotics are now comfortable, easy to use and are available for everything from thongs to high heels, work shoes to running spikes.

 Throughout November we’re offering FREE FOOT SCANS,usually worth $65. Have your feet scanned today. Call (02) 9949 3800.

Dr. Andrew Iggo is in private practice in Sydney, Australia. Working from state of the art premises in Fairlight, his focus is on providing not only relief from pain, but correction of function and the provision of wellness care for families and individuals. With a young family of his own comes a natural inclination toward the care of kids and Mums-to-be. A strong sports and dance background also give him a unique perspective on performance enhancement and injury recovery. We are sure you’ll be in great hands.

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Are You and Your Family Fine Upstanding (Upright) Citizens?

There are lots of discussions out there right now about the posture of phones, computers and electronics. And let’s face it you’d be right in considering it all boring and ‘ho hum’, especially if you look at them  in the traditional light. But there may just be a whole lot more to the equation than anyone imagined.

Look below for the critical  things to check in your phase of life so that you can live better, faster and stronger!

Was Your Granny a Genius?

Remember the old days of being told to sit up straight at the dinner table, playing a musical instrument or perhaps even in the classroom? My Granny used to be pretty keen on this- just ask my poor derriere. In the main those days have gone, but the logic behind them is now stronger than ever. The research on posture and health has leapt ahead recently with a focus on how it impacts the messages that change brain function in all sorts of ways.

Have a look at the chart below and you’ll see what I mean. This is just the tip of the iceberg for some of the impacts your family’s posture can have on their life, happiness and success. Start at the green box on the left that says Joint, Muscle, Body Balance.

 

Posture affects the messages that change the brain function in all sorts of ways

 

The 3 green boxes are what Chiropractic care targets, but you can create positive inputs into your life by practice and repetition, both of which install habits that positively boost your position and location in space. You can see how important posture is on many of the things that we all struggle with on a day to day basis.

Your brain is literally programmed to experience different emotions based on your posture. You think different things about others based on their posture. The best part is you can influence these things by practicing the way you sit, stand and hold your body. Initially it may feel a bit strange or even forced, but hang in there and reap the benefits.

For the Mums and Dads out there… posture is a learned pattern as much as it is an innate process. If your norm is hunched over and head forward what do you think junior will perceive as “normal”? It runs in families in a similar way to dietary habits. We seem to be happy to blame our health on bad germs, bad genes or bad luck, when bad habits are probably the most important factor. So set yourself and your kids up for a better future-shoulders back, head up, smile and away we go.

Posture through the ages….The key stages and risks for posture changes

 

 

If you find that being upright in your posture is hard work then it strongly suggests that something is not working well. That something is almost certainly your spine. Normal posture should not be hard work it should be, well, normal! You may need your brain patterns of ‘normal’ reset to a better place especially if you have had years of poor posture or outside forces negatively influencing your posture. Even when you are not experiencing pain there can be changes in spinal function that upset your body’s ability to position itself in space.

That’s where the Chiropractor comes in. Few people realise that when you receive a Chiropractic adjustment (correction) not only does your spinal, nervous system and muscle function improve, but your brain is re-programmed to a new normal. Over time, with corrections to your “normal” your body becomes more balanced, upright and spinal shapes can even change.

So make the effort to create an environment that enhances your posture at home as well as work. Get your spine checked as a matter of course-don’t wait until there is a major crisis at hand.

Dr. Andrew Iggo is in private practice in Sydney, Australia. Working from state of the art premises in Fairlight, his focus is on providing not only relief from pain, but correction of function and the provision of wellness care for families and individuals. With a young family of his own comes a natural inclination toward the care of kids and Mums-to-be. A strong sports and dance background also give him a unique perspective on performance enhancement and injury recovery. We are sure you’ll be in great hands.

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Office Space and Posture

Is Your Workplace Working for Your Spine?

If you’re like most of us then the chances are regardless of what you do during the day, you are almost certain to spend a chunk of it at a computer. Whether it’s in the office, on the kitchen bench, studying at your desk or just surfing on the couch it’s hard to imagine where we would be without the World Wide Web and just how dependent we’ve all become on electronics of some sort.

It’s been less than two decades since the Internet took off and nothing prepared us for how it would impact our bodies. The average Australian spends only 1 hour and 13 minutes a day not sitting!  The scary thing is that this is the average. Some poor people must be incredibly stuck to their chairs to achieve a number as low as this. Poor posture is a ticking time bomb that may not only impact you now but will also affect you in years to come.

So what can you do to survive, and maybe even flourish in your “office” environment?

Here are 9 simple office hacks that you can include to beat the bomb.

  1. Drink More Water. Especially in the winter months as air conditioning will rob you of body fluids and your thirst urge may be less. That dry skin experienced in winter may be better dealt with by hydrating from the inside out rather than relying on moisturisers from the outside. You’ll feel better and perform better when you are well hydrated. Try a water bottle with times marked on the side. ( eg. A “Michelle Bridges” bottle) This is a great way to steadily maintain your input rather than attempting to binge hydrate.
  2. Raise the height of your screen! The recommended height is too low. That’s where you look to the top of the screen at eye level with the centre about 30 degrees below horizontal. If you start the day looking down to the centre of your screen what do you think will happen by the need of the day when you are tired and have been sitting for several hours? In fact, if you can get that screen up a bit, it may even become a postural therapeutic device rather than a necessary evil!
  3. Move as much as you can. There are dozens of different ways to increase your movement. Go to the printer. Get water refills. Park the car a little further from work. Have a walk at lunchtime -even if it’s just out into the sunshine for a few minutes. Spinal movement is one of the key inputs to the brain that boosts brain activity. The more you move the more alive you’ll feel.
  4. Try to vary the tasks that you do during the day. If you’re like me you probably have a list as long as your arm of things to do. See if you can break up the seated tasks with one that requires a bit more movement. Remember variety is the spice of life!
  5. The 90/90 rule. Everything needs to be set up around your desk-the least changeable item in the office. Set your chair height so that your elbows are at 90 degrees and your hands are poised at the keyboard. Your knees should be at 90 degrees too. It’s very likely that they are not right now so see below. Remember Knees 90, elbows 90.
  6. Get yourself a Footrest. Unless you are 6ft tall in the old money then the chances are to get your body position right at a desk, you’re going to need a footrest. It’s the most neglected area of a workstation setup.
  7. Get a remote keyboard or laptop stand for your laptop. They were never designed for long-term use and certainly using them on your lap is a big mistake. However they are portable, powerful and convenient. So the best solution to using a laptop every day is to get laptop stand or a separate Bluetooth or USB keyboard. Put the laptop up on top of something on your desk and then use the other keyboard on the desk below. This way the screen gets to a useable height and the keyboard is in the right position.
  8. Install or Program a Movement Reminder. There are lots of different ways to do this. From watches and phones to tiny programs you can install on your computer that you can set to pop up and remind you to leave the desk. Most people are amazed when they track just how easy it is to sit with poor posture at a computer for hours without noticing. Try this one from the Chiropractors Association of Australia.
  9. Standing desks. All the rage at the moment and not just something trendy. There is much less pressure on your spine when you are standing vs sitting so these can be a great option. However the key is how you use it. So watch your posture when you are standing and try to get the screen height and keyboard position right when standing

    As modeled by our lovely patient Carolyn – black lines show position needs to be corrected, green line is optimum posture

Complimentary Virtual Workplace Assessment

As a gift to our current patients throughout the month of September Dr Andrew will be offering complimentary Virtual Workplace Assessments, usually worth $120. Just email us a pic (like the one above) of your current computer set up and Andrew will give you some tailored advice on how to improve your posture while you work, whether that’s in the office or at home.

Your quality of life can be influenced for years by your office setup and therefore posture. It’s worth taking the time to set yourself up for success.
Remember, “Sitting for the spine is like sugar for the teeth”.

For further information contact us here at Fairlight Chiropractic or attend one of our in-house events. Let us help you to create good habits.  Dr Andrew is available for corporate talks and assessments as well as health and productivity programs for your business. Call us today for details.

 

Dr. Andrew Iggo is in private practice in Sydney, Australia. Working from state of the art premises in Fairlight, his focus is on providing not only relief from pain, but correction of function and the provision of wellness care for families and individuals. With a young family of his own comes a natural inclination toward the care of kids and Mums-to-be. A strong sports and dance background also give him a unique perspective on performance enhancement and injury recovery. We are sure you’ll be in great hands.

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