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So you have neck pain or back pain and you have tried a few different things that simply haven't worked. What else can you try? We know that the pain in your neck, upper and mid back and along the shoulders is irritating and distracting - sometimes causing aching pain and discomfort between the shoulder blades, either side of the spine, up the neck and into the back of the head and even down towards the lower back.  The pain can increase as the day goes on, making you feel like you want to crawl out of your body to get away from it, affecting your ability to comfortably work, study, cook, sleep and carry out your daily tasks. These symptoms can greatly affect your everyday life, becoming tiring and restricting. In simple terms, it's debilitating.

Here are our top 3 tips to beat stress, overwhelm and slow down this Christmas! As the year draws to an end and silly season begins, stress levels tend to be on the rise. Holidays, family events, presents, work, and social engagements – many people feel as though they don’t stop from December to the end of January! This can have serious impact on your health and wellbeing, not to mention your enjoyment of this time. Whilst the hit of adrenaline that accompanies short-term stress is useful for overcoming obstacles (whether it’s a end of year presentation at work or mad dash into the shops for last minute presents), long-term stress is shown to have significant negative effect on the immune system that can manifest into illness. (Salleh, 2008)

If you’ve experienced shoulder pain you would know how irritating it can be – sometimes causing radiating pain out from the shoulder to the neck or back or down the arm, affecting your ability to lift the arm up without pain, put your coat on, sleep on the affected side, carry bags and luggage, work at your desk without increased aggravation and perform exercise without range restriction and pain and even weakness. These symptoms can greatly affect your everyday life, becoming tiring and restricting.

I have shoulder pain... so why are you checking my neck and back? Shoulder pain is a common reason for our patients to seek help from the team at Thrive Health Co. More often than not, there is more to a shoulder injury than meets the eye. Our shoulders are complex joints with lots of connecting structures to the neck and back. Whilst your pain may be in the point of the shoulder, there can be many different causes for this.

Once I see a Chiropractor do I need to keep going for the rest of my life? Someone asked me whilst we were chatting at a coffee shop the other day "If I see a Chiropractor once, do I need to keep going for the rest of my life?" and at first it caught me off guard. My initial response was “No… but a lot of people choose to come in periodically because they know how much better they feel with regular treatment.”

At Thrive Health Co. we would say approximately 90% of our patients admit to sitting with poor posture and they all agree it causes or aggravates their back pain. Did you know, we spend up to 80% of our day sitting down; working at the computer, watching television, eating meals, work meetings and so on. As soon as we hear the word posture we all sit up, knowing it is healthier for us to sit with the correct posture. But WHY?