Posted On 18 Dec 2014
By Dr Gus Gunther

Core stability is something that has become much more well known in recent years. The trouble is that with the increase in popularity there has been a lot of misinformation.

There is a muscle called your transversus abdominus that wraps around your stomach and attaches into the lower back and the pelvis.

This muscle combined with your pelvic floor and diaphragm muscles, make up the muscles involved in core stability.

What is supposed to happen is that when we move and lift, these muscles are supposed to contract and stabilise our lower back.

Unfortunately what often happens is that these muscles become deconditioned through injury or disuse. As a result the lower back doesn’t have the stability that it needs to move and it is therefore more prone to injury and damage.

Core stability focuses upon improving the function of these muscles.

Posted On 2 Dec 2014
By Dr Gus Gunther

When you hear someone say they have Sciatica, the first thing that may come to your mind is leg pain. However, the pain that radiates from the lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg is actually just a symptom of another condition.

Many of us will actually suffer the pain of Sciatica at some time in our lives and the frequently associated lower back pain is one of the conditions most often treated by chiropractors.

Posted On 18 Nov 2014
By Dr Gus Gunther

Every year, people injure themselves in slip-and-fall accidents. Most falls are caused by the interaction of multiple risk factors, some of which are modifiable.

A fall can be a major issue for public health and in serious cases, it can cause long-term disabilities or even death.

Here are some facts regarding the risk of falling:

  • The risk of falls increases proportionately with age. At the age of 80, over half of seniors fall annually and those who fall are two to three times more likely to fall again
  • About one third of the population over the age of 65 fall each year.
  • More than 40% of people hospitalised from hip fractures do not return home and are not capable of living independently again, and about 53% of discharged adults for
    fall-related hip fractures will experience another fall within six months.
  • The risk of hip fracture is between 4 – 11% for a 50-year-old man and 13 – 22% for a woman.

Posted On 4 Nov 2014
By Dr Gus Gunther

Neck pain is a common health complaint. It causes discomfort in any of the structures in the neck including muscles nerve, bones, and the disks in between the bones.

Pain in the neck is often described as having a stiff neck, where you have difficulty turning from one side to the other. You may also feel weakness in your arm or hand, numbness and tingling especially if it involves neck pain.

The fact that our neck is so flexible and supports our head makes it vulnerable to injury. Health practitioners estimate that:

  • one in 10 adults is experiencing pain and discomfort at this moment
  • 50% – 85% of people will be bothered by neck pain again at some point in their lives
  • at least one in 10 will find their neck pain disabling 

Posted On 21 Oct 2014
By Dr Gus Gunther

The knee is an important part of the body and at the same time one of the most problematic parts of the body. It bends and extends to allow us to perform activities like walking, running, kicking, and sitting.

Balanced and coordinated motion of the three bones, three compartments, two menisci, four ligaments, cartilage, muscles, and tendons allow the knee to move optimally and pain free. If any of these parts are injured, the knee may hurt and won’t be able to do its main purpose.

Posted On 7 Oct 2014
By Dr Gus Gunther

Back pain is often associated with aging – the inevitable discomfort created by the slowed-down internal workings of the body that diminish flexibility.

Likewise, back pain is proof that the body has already sustained much wear and tear. Therefore, it’s crucial for everybody who considers himself/herself no longer a “spring chicken” to be particularly thoughtful and careful, because the most common causes of back pain among older folks are usually the most trivial ones.

Posted On 22 Sep 2014
By Dr Gus Gunther

The word “chiropractic” actually comes from two Greek words: cheir, which means hand, and praxis, which means action. What the word “chiropractic” means, then, is “done by hand.”

But what does it really do — what could it really do for you?

While it sounds like this branch of healthcare seems pretty basic, if you just go by what the word translates to, there is nothing basic at all from what chiropractic can do for your health and wellbeing.

Its primary focus of care may be the spine and, essentially, the framework of the body, but it is considered to be a complete system of healthcare. Its aim is not only to treat whatever aches and pains you may have; chiropractic care focuses on restoring, preserving, and ultimately optimising your overall health.

Posted On 8 Sep 2014
By Dr Gus Gunther

Feeling tingling, numbness or weakness on either of your hands? You might be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome or CTS. Here, Epping chiropractor Dr. Gus Gunther gives a brief overview of this condition.

A brief lesson in anatomy

In order to better understand CTS, it is worthwhile to give a brief look into the anatomy of your hand and forearm.

The carpal tunnel refers to the space found in a person’s wrist where tendons and the median nerve run through from the forearm to the hands. The median nerve is responsible for the movement and feeling in the thumb, index, middle and ring fingers.

The tingling, numbness or weakness that you are experiencing is caused by the pressure on the median nerve. This occurs due to the narrowing of the carpal tunnel due to swelling.

Posted On 15 Aug 2014
By Dr Gus Gunther

Most people tend to think of vertigo as a condition that only people of advanced age suffer from, but such is not the case at all. Young people can also suffer from this life-altering, persistent dizziness that makes it seem like the world is spinning round and round all the time.

Often, this sensation is accompanied by the feeling of fullness in the ear, hearing loss, nausea, vomiting and tinnitus; however, the manifestation of these other symptoms is due to the specific cause of the condition.

Posted On 31 Jul 2014
By Dr Gus Gunther

Most people who suffer from migraines complain most about the intense headache – this type of migraine is called migraine without aura, and it’s the worse of the two types (the other one being migraine with aura).

A person suffering from migraine without aura also experiences most of the vestibular symptoms that migraine with aura has, along with other inexplicable symptoms like depression, craving sweets, etc.

For those who experience these discomforts, the quickest solution is medication. Over-the-counter pain relievers and prescription drugs typically work in alleviating the pain; however, the quick relief they offer typically does not last long.

Over time, migraine sufferers become immune to the effects of these drugs and require a more frequent or higher dosage to achieve the same relief that the previous recommended lower dosages used to provide.