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In every single aspect of life – consistency is crucial and a key to success!
Random examples from all parts of life are available:
Raising children especially when discipline is needed.
Driving a car at a consistent speed lowers fuel consumption.
When studying – cramming does work but not help in the long term – consistency over a period will always produce better results.
In sports – the most consistent will always be near the top and will always have a longer career.

Those examples cross all aspects of life. If you only do something in the short term, even if you do it well – you will nothing more than a flash in the pan or a “one hit wonder”. Anybody can do that. The most difficult part is repeating it but not only once.
Little and often will always be better and more effective than “cramming” it all in at the last minute. Let’s take a very good example – health and exercise. 20 minutes 3 times a week will always better than 60 minutes once a week. Its more effective for your body and your mind copes better too in that your body recovers faster and you get a consistent flow of endorphins throughout the week. These have a huge beneficial effect on your overall well being.

Being consistent may however, have its negatives. Take a long distance running race for example. There will be people that sprint off the line and disappear into the distance leaving nothing but their dust behind. Soon enough though, they will tire and stop and you will cruise past and cross the line first. It goes back to the famous children’s story of the tortoise and the hare. The hare got cocky and sprinted off and the tortoise consistently plodded on and won the race.

Never mind what the activity is – doing it consistently will always win the day in the long run.

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Sleeping position is something I discuss a lot with my patients. We spend a third of our 24hour day sleeping, thus it affects our back and neck as much as any other posture we assume throughout the day.
Most people want to know what the best sleeping position is. The main thing to consider when sleeping is to keep the spine in as perfect alignment as possible.
The two best sleeping positions are lying on your side or on your back with pillows strategically place to help your spine.
1.    Side Lying
When lying on your side the top leg will automatically drop off the bottom leg, causing the spine to be twisted, this can cause certain muscles to spasm up and further irritate any existing conditions. To avoid this from happening place a pillow between the knees, this will allow the legs to stay in one position and prevent any twisting of the lower back.
2.    Back lying
When lying on your back, this causes the lower back to arch more and places strain on certain joints. To avoid this from happening place some pillows under the knees, to flatten out the lower back and prevent any strain from occurring.
The worst case scenario?
The worst sleeping position is lying on your stomach, when lying on your stomach you are forced to turn your head to one side this places strain on certain joints and muscles in the upper back as well as the joints and muscles of the neck causing mechanical issues, pain and headaches.
So pile up on the pillows in the right places as they will help you sleep better and alleviate most muscle spasms and pain.
 

Contact details:
Dr Angela Pasteilledes
96 Brand Road (inside TAP Kruger)
Tel: 031 201 1442
Cell: 083 233 1187
Email: chiropractic.angela@gmail.com

 

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Spring and autumn are times of the year where the weather is unpredictable and each days temperatures change from warm to cold. Your muscles are like elastics so they react the same as elastic would in fluctuating temperatures, so when it is warm the muscles expand and when it is cold the muscles contract.

So what does this do?

The constant expanding and contracting of the muscles leads to spasm and the joints to be out of place from the constant expanding and contracting of the muscles, this in turn can lead to pain, headaches and constant muscle aches.

SO what can be done?

  • Get yourself adjusted to align the spine and ease off the muscles spasms
  • Keep yourself warm on the cool days
  • Needles and TENS for the affected muscles
  • Stretching
  • Take the appropriate vitamins
  • Eat healthily
  • Nice warm showers or baths to keep the muscles warm
  • Breathing exercises to keep the oxygen levels normal

Don’t live in pain if you are suffering at these times of the year, see your Chiropractor so that they can help and prevent it from getting worse.

Don’t be under the weather!

Contact details:
Dr Angela Pasteilledes
96 Brand Road (inside TAP Kruger)
Tel: 031 201 1442
Cell: 083 233 1187
Email: chiropractic.angela@gmail.com
Editors note: This is a guest post and not always the opinion or view of the blog or its owners and related parties. As a result no action can be taken against such parties. This article is to be used as a guide only and is aimed at educating the reader in the topic covered. Please consult Angela on the above details or your local medical practitioner for more concise instructions.

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Rib based pain is excruciating at times and anyone that has had a rib ‘pop’ out can vouch for this. The pain is sharp and sometimes burning in nature, can follow the course of the rib and wrap around the body. (more…)

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Colic babies are stressful on mums as they can’t stand to see their baby in pain.

Tips for the mommy to help aid in this crisis:

  • Always empty the breast when feeding, don’t switch from one to the other, baby needs both fore milk and hind milk
  • Avoid foods that are gassy e.g: cabbage, onions, garlic, carbonated drinks etc
  • Avoid caffeine and spicy foods
  • Try eliminating wheat and dairy from your diet and see how baby responds to the changes, if favourable there might be a food allergy problem
  • Certain burping positions are best for baby, the Chiropractor can help you with these
  • If bottle feeding, alternate holding positions of the baby when feeding to avoid the baby favouring one side
  • Also when bottle feeding try the special colic feeding bottles

Chiropractic neural massage and spinal mobilizations can help the gastrointestinal tract to function better and baby will feel more at ease and with less pain. There are healthy, alternative solutions to colic.

Contact details:
Dr Angela Pasteilledes
96 Brand Road (inside TAP Kruger)
Tel: 031 201 1442
Cell: 083 233 1187
Email: chiropractic.angela@gmail.com
Editors note: This is a guest post and not always the opinion or view of the blog or its owners and related parties. As a result no action can be taken against such parties. This article is to be used as a guide only and is aimed at educating the reader in the topic covered. Please consult Angela on the above details or your local medical practitioner for more concise instructions.

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Chiropractic treatment has been known to help babies that suffer with colic and sleeping disorders. It calms and relaxes them to be able to function better.

 

What does a chiropractor do for the baby:

The chiropractor will assess the baby to make sure the appropriate reflexes are present and that the milestones are being met at the appropriate age. Some education on feeding and burping positions as well as dietary advice may be given to the mother. The chiropractor will apply gentle pressure over the affected joint/area to restore normal functioning, which then allows the nervous system to function at its best, alleviating irritation and pain at that site. Since the nerves to the muscles and organs exit from the spinal cord, optimum functioning of the spinal cord then enables the baby to grow and its bodily functions to be at its best.

A study of 1250 babies examined 5 days after birth, found that 211 suffered from vomiting, hyperactivity and sleeplessness. 95% had spinal abnormalities, and all showed improvement after chiropractic treatment (even after one session).

 

Definition of Colic

The definition of colic is an unexplainable and uncontrollable crying in children from 0-3 months of age, for more than 3 hours a day,3 times a week and for more than 3 weeks — usually in the afternoon and evening hours.

Colic is blamed on excess gas within the intestines, dietary problems and birth trauma, however the exact cause is unknown. Treatment for colic currently mainly revolves around pharmacotherapy (buscopan, colic drops etc), changing of the baby’s formulae and positioning techniques during feeding and burping. Chiropractic treatment is increasing in popularity & is becoming the treatment of choice.

Recent studies which compare chiropractic to drug treatment show that there is a significant improvement up to 90% of all cases with chiropractic treatment.

Chiropractors have reason to believe that the birth process could be one of the causes for colic. During birth the baby’s spine and neck may get damaged whilst moving down the birth canal. During the pushing stage the baby’s spine is under pressure from the squeezing and pushing of the contractions (induced labour amplifies this and increases the pressure on the spine).

When lying on your back during labour the pelvic opening is reduced by 1.5cm which places extra stress on the baby’s spine.

In order for the baby to go through the birth canal its head and neck have to twist into different positions which can cause problems later on. Signs and symptoms of such trauma can lead to irritability in the baby and can present as:

  • Colic
  • Poor feeding
  • Disturbed sleep patterns
  • Crying, restlessness, anxiety
  • Doesn’t want to lie on back
  • Reflux
  • Will only feed on one side
  • Head favours one side
  • Flat head

 

If you notice your baby is suffering with any of the following, why not have them checked out by a chiropractor, the treatments are gentle and effective.

 

 

Contact details:

Dr Angela Pasteilledes

96 Brand Road (inside TAP Kruger)

Tel: 031 201 1442

Cell: 083 233 1187

Email: chiropractic.angela@gmail.com


Editors note: This is a guest post and not always the opinion or view of the blog or its owners and related parties. As a result no action can be taken against such parties. This article is to be used as a guide only and is aimed at educating the reader in the topic covered. Please consult Angela on the above details or your local medical practitioner for more concise instructions.

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Thefeet have the most important job in the body when it comes to mechanicalfunctioning of the body.

Theyare the first point of impact when standing and walking.

Ashumans we were suppose to learn to walk on uneven surfaces like grass and sand,however we learn to walk on hard level surfaces which impact on our footdevelopment.

Ifthe foot doesn’t function optimally, we then end up having problems elsewhere,like the knee, hip and lower back. They are all connected. They are a kinematicchain and when one doesn’t function the rest over compensate, resulting in pain!

Oftenpatients will complain of knee and lower back pain resulting from a foot thatis ‘stuck’ in a sense. They may not know the foot is a problem until it isassessed by someone (chiropractor, orthotist, podiatrist etc).

SO what do we do?
Itcan be as simple as adjusting the foot, however the foot might need some addedhelp from an orthotic to ensure that it moves in all the right places at thedifferent parts of the gait cycle, otherwise the same pain will keep occurringand no matter how many times you get everything adjusted as soon as you get upto walk again, you are back to square one.
Soput your best foot forward and get yourself assessed.




Contact details:
Dr Angela Pasteilledes
96 Brand Road (inside TAP Kruger)
Tel: 031 201 1442
Cell: 083 233 1187
Email: chiropractic.angela@gmail.com

Editors note: This is a guest post and not always the opinion or view of the blog or its owners and related parties. As a result no action can be taken against such parties. This article is to be used as a guide only and is aimed at educating the reader in the topic covered. Please consult Angela on the above details or your local medical practitioner for more concise instructions.

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