North Shore Times : January 14th 2011
7 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 14, 2011 NEWS 3168010AH Our aim is to improve as many lives, families and communities as we can through greater health and well-being with chiropractic care. You'll find our friendly team totally committed towards improving your health. We look forward to being of service to you and your family. Dr Wayne Smith and Dr Gian Mansell Chiropractors If anyone in your family has FHP, don't wait until it's too late! Get your posture and spine checked today. Call us now on 442 4310 NORTH SHORE CHIROPRACTIC 416 Glenfield Rd, Glenfield | www.northshorechiro.co.nz SICK AND TIRED OF BEING SICK AND TIRED? TAKE US UP ON OUR AMAZING OFFER! Mention this ad when you book in for a complete consultation before 21st January 2011 and receive a complete evaluation valued at $230 for... JUST $75 HURRY! OFFER LIMITED TO FIRST 20 CALLERS EVALUATION INCLUDES: ̈ Chiropractic Consultation ̈ Postural Examination ̈ Report of findings ̈ Spinal X-rays (if necessary) The overall improvements have been amazing. Headaches and vertigo are almost non existent. Am sleeping much better and big toe is no longer numb Yvonne I have better posture, more flexibility, improved digestion, able to fall asleep more easily and the stronger and faster growth of my nails Barbara Almost no back ache experienced in the morning, posture has improved. Not only do I see the change, I feel the change though my neck and spine Rosie I feel a lot better and healthier now. I am able to do all my work properly and efficiently now. I have come totally off anti-inflammatory tablets Vishal FORWARD HEAD POSTURE (FHP) The Damaging Effects Of Forward Head Posture (FHP): The effects of posture on health are becoming more evident. Spinal pain, headaches, moodiness, blood pressure, pulse rate and lung capacity are among the many functions most easily influenced by posture. Many symptoms, including pain, may be moderated or eliminated by improved posture. One of the most common postural problems is Forward Head Posture (FHP). Since we live in a forward facing world, the repetitive use of computers, TV, video games, trauma, and even backpacks have forced the body to adapt to a forward head posture. Repetitive movements in a certain direction will strengthen nerve and muscle pathways to move that way more readily and cause postural changes over time. It is the repetition of forward head movements combined with poor postures and/or trauma that causes the body to adapt to a Forward Head Posture. Ideally, the head should sit directly on the neck and shoulders, like a golf ball sits on a tee. The weight of the head is more like a bowling ball than a golf ball, so holding it forward, out of alignment, puts a strain on your neck and upper back muscles. The result can be muscle fatigue, an aching neck, pain, burning sensations, jaw tension, headaches and bite problems. When spinal tissues are subjected to a significant load for sustained periods of time, they deform and undergo remodelling changes that could become permanent. This is why it takes time to correct FHP. In addition, FHP has been shown to flatten the normal neck curve, resulting in disc compression and damage, and early arthritis of the spine. This abnormal position is also responsible for many tension headaches. Remember, long standing postural problems like FHP will cause spine and nerve damage, and symptoms rarely present early on but rather after several months or years. Check To See If You Have FHP -- A Simple Test: FHP is relatively easy to detect. Stand to the side of the person you are checking so that you can look at the side of their head and shoulders. Get the person you are checking to move their head forwards and backwards 5-6 times. Get them to stop and "look" straight ahead. Find the centre of their shoulder and draw an imaginary line straight up. This line should pass through the middle of the ear hole. If the ear hole is forward of this imaginary line they have FHP. Any forward head posture should be immediately checked by a chiropractor. WARNING SIGNS OF FHP: • Tight muscles • Head forward on shoulders • Headaches • Restricted shoulder and neck movement • Lack of energy • Pins and needles in arms and/or hands • Burning sensation in shoulders and neck • Tightness in upper chest • Arm, elbow or wrist pain • Tension in jaw muscles • Abnormal bite theme artist Big plans: Around the workshop are sketches like this one, planning big new attractions for the theme park. Skullduggery: Attention to detail is the name of the game in the sculptures Alan Walker makes. This pirate skull will eventually be part of the log flume ride. Long lasting: Alan Walker brought a new fibreglass technology to Rainbow's End, which helps sculptures like this little pixie last longer in the outdoors. Being a theme artist is hardly a run of the mill job and Mr Walker says there's no such thing as an average day. I can be working on six projects at once, which can be very excit- ing. When you're doing a whole park you do a little bit, leave and then come back again.'' The jack-of-all-trades doesn't stick to one medium either -- he does everything from sculpt- ing to painting to sketching and t-shirt design. He even directed and filmed a short black-and- white western film that screens while people are waiting to ride the Gold Rush. I do a bit of every- thing. There's no one material I work with.'' His foray into theming was inspired 15 years ago by a trip to the holy grail of theme parks. I saw places like Disneyland and thought I'd love to do something like that here.'' Before starting at Rainbow's End two years ago Mr Walker worked on movies and television programmes. As long as Mr Walker stays at the park, log flume riders have a lot to look forward to. He has big ideas to help with expanding the thrill''. Eventually there'll be a replica of a sunken pirate ship and pirates floating on pieces of wood in the lake. Pixies will shoot cannons at the boat and the pirates will talk to them. That's the key to doing this -- whatever you can think of, I can make.''
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