Brent will be assisting a friend with some house maintenance work over the next few quieter summer months.
As a result Niseko Chiropractic will be now be extending opening hours over both Saturday and Sundays and into the evenings on all week and closing availability over Monday to Friday over the 9am to 3pm time slots.
Apologies to anybody that this temporary change puts out but most of our clients seem to prefer the weekend and evening slots anyway so hoping this temporary change does not cause any inconvenience.
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Yoga has been practised for centuries as a way to maximise our function and increase our health but western research is finally beginning to catch up with ancient art.
A recent met-analysis published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Showed great benefits across 22 randomised controlled studies looking into the possible health benefits of yoga. This paper is significant as it was the first review that looked at yoga as a practise in health populations rather than just for significant conditions.
What was really interesting is that yoga was shown to be of significant benefit not just to compared to doing nothing ( well dah ! ) but also to other exercise forms and meditative exercises such as gentle walking or aerobics etc.
Benefits were found not just for things like balance but also mild depression and increasing lower limb strength and guarding against falls and also things like sleep quality (often a problem in older individuals) and other mental health variables.
So you are considering doing yoga this summer in Niseko into your senior years now would be a great time to consider it. Marika from Niseko Ashtanga yoga would be a place for getting started in your yoga game in Niseko. Powder yoga with Kanami also runs at the Aya hotel over the winter season.
You can see her timetable on her facebook page below
You can see the full study published below
Niseko Chiropractic is very excited to learn that Qantas will launch new direct seasonal flights between Sydney and Sapporo next season. This will make getting to Niseko from Australia that much easier for families that wish to experience some of the worlds best powder.
To coincide with the peak ski season, Qantas will fly three times per week to Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport between 16 December 2019 and 28 March 2020. The flights will be operated with Qantas’ upgraded Airbus A330 aircraft, offering more than 10,000 seats on the route over this period.
This is great news and will be a significant boost to the Niseko economy.
Hope to see you here later this year. If you do need an english speaking Chiropractor for Chiropractic or sports massage here in Niseko I hope you can keep Niseko Chiropractic in your mind.
An important meta-analysis was just published in the British Medical association sports jornal. The authors addressed the important question of when one should start rehab after surgery.
Like all themes on Niseko Chiropractics blog. It depends.
Age is going to play after as well as wear the tear is located. Because much of the meniscus has a poor supply it may take a little longer before it’s safer to move. Generally speaking the deeper the tear within the meniscus the longer you may wish to wait to allow more healing.
All meniscus tears are not created equal. Here is a run down of the type of tears that can occur and be corrected surgically.
The longitudinal tears on the outside in a young athlete are going to be able to be rehabed fairly quickly whilst a deep bucket handle tear in an older inactive person is going to need longer.
The take home message from the study that looked at 17 other studies is that the traditional approach of a conservative window may not be backed by evidence of risk and some studies showed more favourable results by getting moving early with some studies prescribing weighted range of motion exercises within 3 days of your surgery.
The implications from the study is that getting moving earlier than previously thought may be the better approach although at some point there is going to be a risk/ benefit playoff and that is going to vary based on a your own personal circumstances.
Ff you are going to have surgery make sure you discuss and understand what type of tear you have and how it will be repaired. Ideally get this in writing from the surgeon. Then ask them for their guidance with your unique situation.
Lastly find a good rehab provider that is going to be able to assist you in getting active as soon as possible.
You can find a link to the full article below
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With the powder snow well behind us and yet the snow still covering most of the mountains many of us find this period a bit of lull point where we can be tempted to get a bit lazy.
There is some still some great opportunities for snow showing around Niseko with some great beginner hikes from the leaving from the Goshiki Onsen just behind Annupuri. So get out there and enjoy some of the magic views around Niseko.
Just a few hours walking each week has significant effects on your mental and physical health and also has been shown to improve sleep and even be a good treatment for mild to moderate depression. So strap on and get busy.
Just remember that if you are heading into the back country at any time you need to be prepared. Always take a friend, have somebody know your plans, take plenty of warm clothing and take adequate food and water supplies as well as asses avalanche risk.
Goshiki Onsen can be seen below and is also a great place to unwind afterwards !
I can’t help feeling a little proud of where I have chose to call home. It’s hard not to want to play tour guide sometimes but thankfully I do get asked what people should try and and see whilst they are here.
This is only a start but if you do visit Niseko here are 5 things in no particular order that I would try and see whilst you are this beautiful part of the world. All these places can be accessed in both winter and summer.
Niseko Chiropractic would like to share some important new research published in the British medical Journal that may be of interest for those with Chronic low back pain.
The researches conducted whats known as a meta-analysis where they review a lot of published studies to try to increase the power of many research studies combined.
What they found when considering Spinal Manipulative Therapy ( SMT ) is that its as good as any other intervention out there ( such as exercises/ mobilisations ) etc and may even be the first line of choice when you consider its effects on function rather than just measuring pain.
This is important.
The recent trend in the literature and medical media focusing on the importance of more active care protocols ( exercises etc ) has in Niseko Chiropractic’s view led to the possibility of the pendulum swinging too far away from manual therapy. Some of this has been driven by the ” pain science ” movement which seeks to emphasize the importance psychological factors in how we interpret pain. A very valid and important concept but we as clinics run the risk of not addressing a structural problem because we are focusing too broadly.
In a nutshell this research suggests it’s worth considering SMT as a front line modality of choice for Chronic lower back pain, particularly if your goal is increased function rather than reduced pain. That’s not so say that exercises and active care are not important, they are and they certainly part of Niseko Chiropractic’s approach but I hope studies like this will go some way to informing clinicians on the best management path.
If you are interested you can read the full study here
Some very nice fresh powder is falling today. This will be one of the last opportunities to enjoy some fresh lines this season in Niseko.
Hope you can get amongst it.
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If there is a silver lining to the shorter Niseko season this year this is it.
Just some breathtaking bluebird days in here at the moment with the now holding up pretty nicely and the groomers just softening nicely in the early spring sun.
We took the time to hike the summit for the first time this season and were rewarded with spectacular views and calm winds. Definitely a great time to be on the mountain this week.
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