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Neck pain caused by too much stress or muscle strain can often be prevented through adapting proper posture, taking regular breaks when working, choosing firm seating and having good sleeping habits.

If you work in a office, chance is you sit in front of a desk a lot. To avoid slouching, the top of your computer screen should be at around eye level; sit straight in the chair with a firm backsupport, which put less stress on the spine and hence reduce load on neck and back muscles.

 Take regular breaks, every 20 or 30 minutes is advisable. Passing a report to your colleague? Picking up printed material? These are all perfect opportunities for you to stretch your neck muscles - slowly rotate your head clockwise then counter-clockwise; tip your head sideways, such that the ear is close to the shoulder; tilt the head to look up while move both shoulders up and down a few times - all effective short term solutions for muscle relaxations.

 Sleeping habits is too important to ignore because after all, we spend about 1/3 of our lives sleeping (excuse the cliche), having a suitably sized pillow then, helps relaxing. Keep in mind that When sleeping it is ideal that your lumbar, thoracic and cervical vertebrae are on a straight line, and your pillow should do just that. Note that a different pillow might be advisable if, for

example, you change from sleeping on sides (usually thicker pillow) to sleeping on the back (i do not use a pillow when on my back, as my mattress is soft enough).

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Gone snowbboarding? Came back hurt? LLLT can help!


I went snowboarding last weekend. While I enjoyed every adrenalline pumping moment of jetting down the slopes, I have to say I came back brusied and sore. Fortunately I run a Low Level Laser Clinic, after 2 sessions of LLLT on myself, I'm pain free and full of energy again.

Whether pro or novice, everyone falls, and with that comes the risk of having a serious one, and grave assult to soft tissues.

But do not fear, we at Sydney Laser Health Solutions have you covered! Our Low Level Laser Therapy service is excellent in reducing pain, healing soft tissue injuries and re-energising you for works on Monday. 

 

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We've noticed in our clinic that quite a number of patients have had prior history of back surgeries, yet pain persists, and in some cases - worsened - due to formation of scar tissues. This is commonly known as Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS), between 5 to 40% of patients undergoing back surgeries experience this complication.

Sometimes surgery isn't the solution to everything. We strongly advice patients to consider the option to have surgery carefully - have a long chat with doctors, get a second opinion etc. 

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is an effective modality in pain management. It is already widely adapted in Europe and North America in treatment and management of chronic / acute pain and many degenerative conditions. This service is now available in Sydney, in our Bondi Junction clinic. More information regarding LLLT is available in our main website, alternatively phone or email us with any questions. 

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With the government tobacco tax hike looming, it is clear that we as a society is becoming more serious about reduce smoking related motalities. In addition to plain packaing regulations. It is hoped that a series of price increases of tobacco products would help lower its demand, ultimately encouraging more to quite smoking.

Indeed it is a good time to quit. Not only does it make great sense financially - think about the ciggy money that you will be able to save and reinvested elsewhere - perhaps family and friemds, but you will gain the peace of mind knowing that your argubly biggest asset, health will come under less risk of developing problems in the long run.

Sydney Laser Health Solutions is expert in aiding people in smoke cessation, with advanced low level laser technology, proven protocols and great success rate.

See how we will be able to help you quit smoking successfully with laser.

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I received a surprise vist from a former patient of mine yesterday. She had a series of pain management treatments for her lower back almost a year ago, good result was achieved. In this blog entry though, I would like to talk about a pleasent "side effect" Low Level Laser Therapy had brought her - in addition to effective pain relief, her blood sugar level, along with HbA1c readings are back to normal!

Marina was diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus many years ago, her blood glucose level was unstable at the time we met, even though she had been taking blood sugar lowering medications, in addition, Her HbA1c was worryingly high.

Low Level Laser is known to modulate our body's metabolism systemically. Monochrometic Light interacts with blood cells, activates specific cellular receptors in the process, energises the cells through stimulating the mitochondria to produce ATP more efficiently, in turn promoting intracellular homeostasis, while improved vescular transportation proterties (of circulation and lymph flow) help the removal of excess products from the system.

In addition to blood sugar levels, the above mentioned mechanism also modulates other blood properties, such as lipid, cholestrol and viscosity (stickiness). Which makes Low Level Laser Therapy an excellent modality to prevent stroke, and in case for patients who have had a stroke - LLLT improves their recovery and lowers the chance of future reoccurances.

At Sydney Laser Health, we now have protocols in place specifically targeting diabetes ( laser blood irradiation ) Unlike traditional methods that some may find on the internet - intravenous irradiation, our laser machines are designed to do so noninvasively, and thus completely pain free.

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Painkillers have been taken for granted these days, Voltaren (Diclofenac), Nurofen (Ibuprofen), Naprosyn(Naproxen), Celebrex(Coxib) just to name a few. These are all classified as Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs, or NSAIDs. Many of these are easily accessable as over-the-counter drugs and have become the "go-to" pain relieve options for many who suffers from acute or chronic pain, including common headaches, neck/back pain, arthritis and other conditions.

It is alarming that many patients often overlook the risk of cardiovascular complications when choosing these drugs.

 A recent study, published in prominent medical journal, The Lancet, investigated the adverse side effects of NSAIDs and found that painkillers increase the risk of major vascular events by about a third, according to its new meta-analysis of relevant clinical trials

The main findings are as follows:

  •     Major vascular events were increased by about a third by Coxib, where the rate ratio was 1.37(95% CI 1.14- 1.66, P=0.0009).
  •     For Diclofenac: the rate ratio was 1.41 (95% CI 1.12-1.78, P=0.003),     which means those taking Diclofenac are 41% more likely to get major vascular risks.
  •     The elevated risks were chiefly due to more major coronary events. as the study suggests that The rate ratio for such events for coxibs     was 1.76 (P=0.0001), and for diclofenac, 1.70 (P=0.003). That is, those who takes Coxibs - i.e Celebrex - is 76% more at risk of developing coronary problem, and Diclofenac consumers are 70% more likely to develope coronary health issues.
  •      Ibuprofen also significantly increased major coronary events -- the rate ratio was 2.22 (95% CI 1.10 to 4.48, P=0.0253) -- but not major vascular events. In other words, an individual who consumes Ibuprofens in high dosages would be twice more likely to develope coronary complications than those who do not.
  •     Naproxen did not significantly increase major vascular events or vascular deaths.

Other factors contributing to elevated cardiovescular risks

How much the NSAIDs affects each individual does depend on a number of other factors, for example one's age; his or her health status (whether one is smoking, is diabetic, has hypertension, has hyper lipid/viscosity/cholesterol or not);the dosage of NSAIDs one takes; how often and how long one has been consuming NSAIDs. The implication is that one should always consult with medical professionals before taking NSAIDs and that only take NSAIDs when absolutely necessary, and at small dosages because apart from the vascular risks, NSAIDs are also know to a separate study published in the Lancet found between 20% to 40% increase in risk of serious upper gastronintestinal comlications, including bleeding ulcers.

Safer Alternatives

One may want to ask, is there a pain management  modality that doesn't invole adverse side effects?

The answer is yes, and we recommend Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT). LLLT is a form of light therapy that has strong anti-inflammatory and tissue healing effects. It works through introducing light beam of a single wavelength to affected area. Upon on penetrating skin surface, light interacts with the mitochondia of the damaged cells, which stimulates a series of photochemical changes in the cellular level that lowers the oxidative stress and relieves inflammation thereby reducing pain.

Unlike surgical or cosmetic lasers, low level lasers produce no heat, sound, or vibration, and is therefore harmless to tissues; being a therapy that is medication free, it eliminates the chance of developing adverse side effects as compared to pharmaceutical interventions.

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profileBarbara, an admin officer, complained about pain in the neck, which had lasted for a couple of months and was getting worse, she reported that she had not had a good sleep for a few weeks prior the treatement . She recalled that she experienced lightheadedness whenever she turned her head to right, and almost fainted one time.

 

After Low Level Laser Therapy, Barbara feels much better, her pain is almost completely gone, she does not feel any dizziness when turning any more and has been having quality, restful sleep again.

Low Level Laser Therapy acts rapidly to relieve pain , by reducing inflammation, oedema and oxidative stress at the site of injury, in Barbara's case, her neck muscles was much less tense. Irradiation of Laser also allow better circulation, which helps with supplying of nutrients to and removal of toxins (such as metabolic waste product) from surrounding tissues. LLLT promotes the synthesis of DNA and RNA and increases the production of proteins; it also modulates enzymatic activity and accelerates cell metabolism, all of which favourable to cell proliferation, and have long term benefits for repairing injured tissues.

Laser Acupuncture, on the other hand, stimulates production of endorphin, which has the effect of reducing anxiety. With her mind at ease and pain under control,  Barbara sleeps much better.

To learn in detail what Low Level Laser is and How it works in pain relief please click the following link.

 

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There is an interesting article in today's Sydney Morning Herald about lower back pain.

In general terms, the author covered many aspects of back pain, such as its symptoms, medication, management options and the need to prevent future complications.

I'd like to first express my commadation for articles like this,  it increases public awareness of the problems associated back pain and spreads knowledge about its prevention and treatment strategies. Many cases of back pain are easily preventable through good life style - maintaining good posture is one. Yet too often, in a fast paced society, people are too busy make changes for the good, early signs of back problems are missed, and only when pain flares up do they seek help, throwing money away at various diagnosis and treatments.

The author made a good point that most patients with back pain do not require X-ray or other types of imaging tools for diagnosis. And that one should not rush into treatments - wrong therapies at the wrong time could be detrimental to the recovery; and more often than not, doing multiple therapies, such as medication, exercise and acupuncture at the same time, the outcome is less than the sum of all three. Physiotherapy can help recovery, but in my opinion, in event of tissue injuries, it is best not to over exercise them. Resting, letting the body deal with the reparation natually. Low Level Laser enhances this process through photochemical effect - similar to photosynthesis, in which plants absorb sun light, turning them into chemical energy aiding growth - the light energy of irradiating laser is converted into useful energy at the cellular level, accelerating tissue recovery.

Circulation is often improved as a direct result of low level laser therapy, locally, around the injured location, toxins released from inflammed ("fractured") tissues can be removed more efficiently, while nutient useful for tissue growth and regeneration can freely access site of treatment.

Many of my patients with back pain who could not find pain relief through medications, physiotherapy, massage, osteopath or a combination of these were able to feel reduced pain after the first session of Low Level Laser Therapy at Sydney Laser Health Solutions, some of them were able to handle daily task after just a few further sessions, and some chronic pain sufferers became completely pain free. They all benefited from LLLT. It has to be said that the effectiveness does depend on individual conditions, as the severity of injuries vary. In addition everyone respond to laser differently, and hence the degree laser induces healing change.

To sum up, it is important to have good habits as life style does play a large role in prevention of back problems. If problems do find you, do not fear, Sydney Laser is here to bring you effective medical laser technology and helping you getting the Health Solutions you want. To learn more about Low Level Laser Thearpy please visit the following link.

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Welcome to my blog. I am Wei, the founder of Sydney Laser Health Solutions.

In 2005, I had an accident where I sustained an injury to my lower left back. I saw my GP post-accident who ordered an x ray, which came back inconclusive. From there, I was put on pain medication just so I could get by. The pain did not improve over time, in fact, it gradually worsened, and it was affecting all aspects of my daily life.

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