Newsletter February 2016
Posture (Looks bad is bad)
If your sitting posture resembles the photo above you may be causing yourself pain.
Poor posture whether it’s when you sit or stand can be the cause of many problems.
Forward Head posture (chin poke), the muscles in the neck shorten and the upper neck joints compress. It may be the cause of your headaches, neck pain, and/or upper shoulder (traps) pain.
Rounded shoulders (Internal rotation), the muscles through your chest tighten, encouraging this posture to continue. May be the cause of; Pec muscle tightness, shoulder impingement, thoracic pain and weakness.
Increased upper back rounding (thoracic hyperkyphosis). Stretches and weakens the thoracic stabilising muscles. May cause scapula/thoracic pain, shoulder impingement, facet and or rib joints to malfunction.
Loss of lower back curve (lumbar lordosis) puts increased load
through the discs and joints in the back. Stretches and weakens lumbar muscles,
May be the cause of your lower back
pain which in turn can weaken your core muscles may even give you hip pain..
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (B.P.P.V = dizziness with movement)
What is Benign Paroxysmal Positional
Vertigo? (What a mouthful)
BPPV is a disorder arising in the inner ear. Its symptoms are repeated episodes of positional vertigo that is, of a spinning sensation caused by changes in the position of the head.
BPPV is the most common cause of the symptoms of vertigo, which include:
Dizziness when moving the position of your head
Nausea and or vomiting
Nystagmus (where the top of the eye rotates towards the affected ear in a beating or twitching fashion)
What causes BPPV?
Within the labyrinth of the inner ear lie collections of calcium crystals known as otoconia or otoliths. In patients with BPPV, the otoconia are dislodged from their usual position within the utricle, and migrate over time into one of the semicircular canals (the posterior canal is most commonly affected due to its anatomical position). This can occur doing any of the simple actions below:
Looking up or down
Post head injury
Rolling over in bed
Tilting your head
Can it be treated?
BBPV can be treated very effectively by our appropriately trained physios that will perform particular movements of your head and body which relocate the displaced crystals back into their normal position.