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Advanced Chiro Core

5 New Advanced Core Exercises

5 Advanced Core Exercises –

Only to be done when recommended by your chiropractor. These positions are advanced with the potential to aggravate any underlying issue or effect your recovery. Do not try until you have mastered the beginner core exercises.

  • 1) Plank Taps & Plank Rolls – Each can be done for 30seconds- 1minute, control the movement, contract the core.
  • 2) Extension Superman – Lift chest arm and head with legs at the top end squeeze for 2-5seconds, should be slow and controlled not jarring.
  • 3) Bear Walk – On toes and hands with knees up, straight back and spine – move forward and back a few steps with control & keeping height in the back.
  • 4) Plank Walks- From a plank position walk the hands in towards the feet whilst hinging the hips, loading the gluts and hamstrings not your low back. (hinge)
  • 5) Boat Pose – 10seconds Holds, tall and long through your low back with chest high, keep the back engaged and not rounded in this pose

You can see all earlier exercises HERE.

Best Core Exercises

5 Daily Beginner Core Strengthening Exercises to help Back Pain

Beginner Core Exercises

These should only be done once recovery and pain control has been underway and the initial mobility exercises have been done for a few weeks.

  • Plank – Aiming for a one minute hold – this can be build up in 20second holds.
  • Side Plank – Again aiming on a minute per side but can be build up in 20second holds
  • Superman – Strong table top back position use the arm and leg as counter weights, bracing the core and concentrating on a stable pelvis and truck – hold for 60 seconds
  • Dead Bug – Flatten the low back on the floor brace the core and smoothly move the arm and leg whilst keeping the low back flat against the floor – hold 60 seconds
  • Gluteus Raise – Raising the hips up with the feet flat and knees at 90degrees. Aiming to get good buttock contraction – move for 60seconds

See the mobility exercises for low back, mid back and neck

See the foundation lessons on how to breath, brace and pivot.

5 Amazing Low Back Stretches

Five Easy Daily Low Back Stretches, for Stiffness Aches or Pain!

Easy stretching exercises to be able to move and open the low back, hips and pelvis. For anyone experiencing stiffness aches or pain.

  • Cat Camel – Gentle smooth mobiliser, move to the top and bottom smoothly for 30-60seconds this can be repeated multiple times a day,
  • Lumbar Extension – Keep the hips and pelvis planted whilst lifting your chest, this may be a much smaller movement then shown in the video. The aim is to feel the low back tension when it reaches the pivot. Hold for 8-10seconds on each side and repeat 3x,
  • Glut Stretch -lying on your back, head resting, pull one knee up with both hands to the same shoulder once in this position try and pull the knee across to the other shoulder. Hold for 8-10seconds and repeat on each side 3x,
  • Lumbar Rotation – with both legs bent to 90degrees rotate to one side while rotating to the opposite side with upper body and arm. Hold for 8-10seconds and repeat on each side 3x,
  • Child Pose – Sitting deep onto the heals, gently fold at the waist and try to stretch both arms as far forward as possible, whilst sitting deep. hold for 10seconds and repeat 3x.

Click here for Neck Stretches or Mid Back Stretches

Learn how to breath, brace and pivot as your foundations to movement.

Upper Back & Shoulder Exercises

5 Simple Upper back, Shoulder and Shoulder Blade Exercises

5 Easy Daily Stretches

Fantastic Daily Exercises to help with upper back shoulder, neck, headaches pain, stiffness and tension.

Always pull into stiffness or tension be cautious and never pull into pain. Go at your own tolerance and build up!


1) Latissimus Stretch – Hold for 10seconds repeat 3times, twice daily

2) Thoracic Spine Rotation- Mobilise and rotate slowly up and down for up to 30seconds

3) Foam Roller Extension – Once a day for 1-3minutes. Go slow and start in the mid back roll up to the shoulders raising the hips and never roll your low back.

4) Brugger Break – Hold for 10seconds and can be repeated through the day. Fantastic for office workers sitting at a computer.

5) Pectoralis Stretch- Hold for 8-10seconds and Repeat three times on each side. Use a door frame of wall to create leverage.

If you’ve any questions please contact info@dublincitychiorpractic.ie

Click the link for further information on breathing, bracing, hinging and for Neck Stretching

Dealing With Stress

7 Easy Steps to Help With Stress During COVID19.

2minute video going through the 7 Easy Techniques

Daily Habits to help try and manage your stress levels;

  • Eat Healthy- whole healthy food, avoid sugar and trans fats,
  • Exercise- thirty minutes high intensity daily,
  • Breath- abdominal breathing pattern and 478technique,
  • Mental Health- Speak, Journal & Meditate to deal with your deep fears,
  • Sunlight- Exposure your skin to the mid day sunshine, increase your vitamin D,
  • Screens and technology- Get away from social media, screens and technology,
  • Sleep Routines- Monitor sleep quality and quantity have good nighttime routines.

Having a chiropractic health expert as part of your team is integral to deal with the physical and neurological effects of stress and posture on your body.

Neck & Shoulder Exercises

5 Great Stretches for neck pain, shoulder tension & headaches

5easy daily neck stretches

Complete each exercises daily and hold for 20-30 seconds per exercise and complete 3 to 4 times a day.

You should feel comfortable and tension through these exercises but no pain. Stretching is great at maintaining spinal health if you are experiencing pain whilst doing these exercises this please consult your chiropractor.

  • Trapezius Stretch
  • Brugger Break

Book your learn how to breath, brace and hinge as a foundation to exercise.

Low Back Pain Exercises

Fantastic Chiropractic Low Back Pain Exercises

In conjunction with your chiropractic treatment these are fantastic to help maintain a healthy spine!

The Cobra Back Extension – hold for 10seconds and repeat 3time, this can be done 2-4times a day
The Cat Camel Mobilisation – complete slowly move up and down for 30seconds, this can be repeated 2-3 x a day

These exercises are only to be done in conjunction with your chiropractic treatment and when advised by your chiropractor. Complete daily and each can be done frequently to be reduce tension and pain in the low back.

You’re in control of them so take them slow and easy.

Learn the foundations first how to breath, brace and hinge.

Abdominal Bracing & Core Control

How to brace and contract for stability and strength in your spine

Previously we have learnt how to breath correctly and control are breathing cycle. Now we will learn how to start controlling and activating our core control to help create spinal stability.

Abdominal Core Control / Bracing

Your Core is made of up of a series of muscle groups surrounding and helping to control your trunk. spine & posture. The main areas being your diaphragm, abdominals, spinal and pelvic floor each area made of superficial and deeper muscle groups.

Connecting With Your Core

  • Lie on your back with knees bent, pelvis and low back tucked back to the ground,
  • Place your hands, flat palm down, below your belly button and above your trouser line — this is your target area of contraction,
  • Initially start your controlled deep breathing cycle – trying to fill the stomach,
  • At the peak of your inhale try and contract your lower abdominal muscle group where your hands are placed, hold for a couple of seconds and release the contraction and breath out,
  • Once you start being able to more comfortable with this you can try and hold the contraction through the entire breath cycle

Practise daily for a couple of minutes

note- once you are bracing correctly there should be very minimal impact on your breathing from the lower abdominal contraction

References

  1. Juker, D. et al. Quantitative intramuscular myoelectric activity of lumbar portions of psoas and the abdominal wall during a wide variety of tasks.  Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 30 (2): 301-310.
  2. McGill, S. Low Back Disorders: Evidence Based Prevention and Rehabilitation. 2002. Human Kinetics Publishers.

Breathing & Chiropractic

Bad Back – Bad Breathing

chiropractic importance breathing
learn to breath

From the moment we are born until we take our last breath…..how much time do you take to think about breathing?

Pulmonary Oxygenation in your lungs is a key component of life, health & wellbeing. This should be done normally through diaphragmatic (belly) breathing. During this blood oxygenation, digestive organ stimulation, and normal blood flow & tissue nutrition is achieved.

Chiropractic patients with chronic pain, hyperalgesia, muscular tension, sitting ergonomics, postural disturbance, thoracic & rib issues classically costochondritis have common breathing pattern disturbances which utilise the upper chest and shoulders. Negatively effecting the diaphragmatic musculature and making accessory breathing muscles work harder – adding to tension in the shoulders, upper back, neck & jaw.

Chest breathing is also a key component of our flight or flight sympathetic stress response & a hallmark of hyperarousal. Which is why as times of peak stress we can hyperventilate and a sign often associated with panic or anxiety attacks.

We take diaphragmatic breathing into account during spinal rehabilitation as it a as it helps create healthier movement patterns, to develop normal movement & strength from. Which will help the process of healing, stress and wellbeing.

Breathing Exercise One;

Lying on the ground body relaxed pelvis and low back comfortably tucked back to the floor. Place your hands below your your rib cage and above your belly button (as shown below).

Aim to breath into your abdomen/stomach area. Advancement of this is to start tilting your pelvis back and forward whilst concentrating on your smooth even full breath. Practise breathing through your nose and exhaling through your mouth.

normal breathing pattern

Exercise Two;

Abdominal Breathing Pattern Training

A continuation from the above exercise is to start following a set pattern to control the diaphragm, volume and rate of breathing. Its an extremely good when anxious or stressed to reduce sympathetic stress and bring you into a more parasympathetic state. The change this can create an incredible lowering of your heart rate..

Take your time with this the aim is to be controlled and relaxed. Even starting to do this 1 or 2 times a day for a few minutes can create physiological body changes.

When mastered, this can then be done in sitting, standing or normal day to day activities

Inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth!

Remember we are breathing to mobilise the rib cage and reduce physical tension throughout the body, promoting mental/emotional relaxation, deeper sleep, improved energy levels, and decreased levels of stress.

Day to Day also try and practise nasal breathing as much as possible!

References

  1. Koelbaek-Johansen M, Graven-Nielsen T, Olesen AS, Arendt-Nielsen L. Generalised muscular hyperalgesia in chronic whiplash syndrome. Pain 1999; 83:229-234.
  2. Sterling M, Treleaven J, Edwards S, et al. Pressure pain thresholds in chronic whiplash associated disorder: Further evidence of altered central pain processing. J Musculoskeletal Pain 2002;10:69-81.
  3. Chaitow L. Fibromyalgia and Muscle Pain. New York: Harper Collins, 1995.
  4. Upledger J. Craniosacral Therapy II: Beyond the Dura. Seattle, Wash.: Eastland Press, 1987.
  5. Farhi D. The Breathing Book. New York: Henry Holt, 1996.

Chiropractic – Yoga – Pilates

Now more then ever, everyone seems to be a health expert offering all sorts of varying advise, from your beauty blogger, personal trainer, massage therapist, physical therapist, office colleague, yoga and pilates instructor.

Its a minefield of misinformation and often confusing. Unfortunately this often leads to improper management of conditions which longer term can be detrimental.

Chiropractors are the leaders of Spinal health care, whos specific medical training gives an unrivaled level of education. With a minimum of 4/5years full time higher level masters educations. Ensuring world class standards in treatment.

This is the reason there isn’t many chiropractors, especially in Ireland, as the barrier to entry is of such a high standard and there being no training courses available in Ireland.

Comparatively training and education standards of your massage, physical therapists, yoga or pilates instructors is at a minimum a 12week part time course at a cost of under 2000euro. Which is why there’s been such an influx in these sectors over the years.

Its important to understand this difference as well as the limitations of this as it could be crucial to your short term comfort and long term spinal health.

Generally speaking;

Yoga = Stretch Exercise,

Pilates = Strengthen Exercise,

Massage/Physical Therapy = Muscular

None of these modalities will specifically fix your underlying spinal/back issue. Whilst they are recommended strategies to help exercise and maintain good spinal health. Opposed to the idea that they are in anyway changing a back problem.

If you’re thinking of making an appointment then please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@dublincitychiropractic.ie or make an appointment using our online booking system.

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