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January 22, 2021 Uncategorized

Niseko Chiropractic research review:

A surprising result

 

A few years ago the research began to show that strength training also leads to gains in range of motion.

This is not new news for those following sports research but what’s really interesting is a recent high quality meta review examining 11 published articles in the research literature asking the question ” Does strength training lead to the same increase in flexibility as stretching “.

Here is the interesting thing.

The researchers found that there was no significant statistical difference between the flexibility gains from weight training and those coming from a stretching program. This is certainly news to me and really puts a rocket up the idea that you should not start the a gym program if you are worried about loosing flexibility.

The study did not specifically examine the question of just how much exercises is needed to get the job done however it’s thought that most of the studies suggested about 2 times a week for 5 weeks straight was sufficent to see some improvements (1).

What can we take from this ?

Well firstly it’s a false dichotomy to assume it’s one or the other.

There are no reasons why you can’t include strength and flexibility in your weekly training regiment. If you are however short on time or motivation and already have some underlying strength issues then this may tip the balance for you to move towards more strength training.

The golden rule of Niseko Chiropractic is that you have to find something you actually enjoy doing. If that’s yoga then carry on with that and yoga also builds get strength at the same time.

It does also tell us that we should probably not be afraid of the effect that our strength training may have on our joint flexibility, its probably good news !

Like all things there are limits and caveats.

I worked with a lot of “Gym junkies ” back in Australia and even a few now in Okinawa and it’s pretty obvious that they have trained to such a level that there flexibility is starting to go down but these are extreme cases from people to willing to push there bodies far further than the average person.

Studies like this are also great for determining what’s good for population but less good for determining what may be in your best unique interest. That’s why research is always only one arm of evidence based medicine.

 

Above all, get out there, move and do something you enjoy.

If you would like to discuss these findings further or schedule an appointment with an english speaking chiropractor in Okinawa or Niseko you can do so on the link below

www.nisekochiropractic.com/appointments

References

  1. Strength training is as effective as stretching for improving range of motion: A systematic review and meta-analysis. 2020 Afonso et.al
  2. https://osf.io/preprints/metaarxiv/2tdfm/?fbclid=IwAR3_bPysWdFc0bdj9ChvHFe0e9xdxFQA8fm3VshpyyE2gtcu0Rab1QiGVxY

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January 20, 2021 Clinical

Chiropractic and headaches in Kids

Many people don’t realise that kids can also suffer re-occuring headaches as well as adults. It’s estimated that around 5% of 3 year olds suffer reoccuring headaches and by puberty this number is around 50% (1).

What up to now has been sadly lacking in the literature is any well designed studies that examine what role chiropractic may play in helping these patients.

In recent study published in the journal ” Chiropractic and manual therapies ” with good sample size of 199 children that experienced regularly headaches they were divided into 2 groups. One group received chiropractic manipulation and the other received a ” Sham ” treatment.

What they found was that the kids that received Chiropractic treatment had significantly fewer episodes of headaches with around a 20% improvement. No serious side effects were reported and the study concluded that given it’s relatively cheap cost and lack of side effects Chiropractic treatment for Children is a good first line treatment options for kids with recurring headaches.

Further research is needed to help classify what types of headaches in kids respond best to chiropractic treatment as there are many types of headaches out there and some seem to respond better than others.

If you would like to make an appointment in Niseko or now also in Sunabe Okinawa with Brent Verco you can do so on the link below

www.nisekochiropractic.com/appointments

 

References

  1. Effectiveness of chiropractic manipulation versus sham manipulation for recurrent headaches in children aged 7–14 years – a randomised clinical trial

https://chiromt.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12998-020-00360-3

 


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January 4, 2021 Clinical0

With 2020/21 dumping snow Niseko Chiropractic has been busy treating many injuries that did not occur on the ski slopes. Snow shovelling has to be up there somewhere high if not top of the list.

Sure you can probably use a shovel already.

Most of us would claim not to need a lesson on how to shovel snow. But like many everyday things such as ridding a bike or a few tips from people that have given it some more thought can be very helpful and can be make a big difference to how you feel at the end of it and also help your efficiency.

Tip number one is if you don’t have to lift the snow then don’t.

Have a look at the elderly residents of Niseko town that have mastered the art of not shovelling but rather just pushing it out of the way. When I first moved to Niseko I was amazed at how they would flock out of their houses within hours after a heavy or even during a heavy snowfall. There is method in the this approach as snow is so much easier to move when it is still powder snow and can be cast aside with the greatest of ease.

If you do find yourself needing to shovel then there a few things to consider.


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December 27, 2020 Niseko life

Great family day to ride niseko. Those winds have backed off and still plenty of fresh tracks to find for those who know where to look. Winds look light over the next few days as the pow continues to fall.

For better or worse 2020 in Niseko is shaping up to be a season to remember.

Now consulting back in niseko until the 10th of jan 2021 before returning to Sunabe Okinawa on the 10th of jan until the 27th of Jan.

For online bookings with an English speaking Japanese registered Chiropractor both in Niseko and now Okinawa go to

Www.nisekochiropractic.com


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December 21, 2020 Uncategorized
New Chiropractic clinic in Okinawa
Thanks to my new clients in my unexpected new 2nd home of Sunabe for again making me feel so welcome and proving all the hot tips on what do see. Flying out today but will be back in Okinawa from the 14-28th of Jan 2021 in the same ” Purple house “
As for my Niseko clients I will be closed xmas day (25th dec ) but open for appointments all other days right up to the 9th of Jan although I am taking this Tuesday the 22nd off for some much needed snowboarding. Apologies to my Niseko clients that I could not see the last 2 weeks but the international flight closures have been tough of my Niseko visit numbers and for some reason they seem to like me down there.
It’s been torture watching all the pow dump whilst stranded in a tropical paradise.
If anybody in Niseko or Okinawa does wish to book ahead online you can do so on the link below.

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December 14, 2020 Uncategorized

Cutting your risk of sitting yourself to an early death

Brilliant research just in from the British Journal of sports medicine

They did a review of previous studies with a combined sample size of around 44,000 people and looked at the risk of sitting causing an early death and how much ( or actually little ) exercise is needed to combat this effect.

Hard to find data from Japan but Americans spend on average 55% of their day sitting or 7.7 hours sitting ( 2) and we are starting to learn that this is associated with shorter lifespan, increased risk of cancer and type 2 diabetes. This result was not linear either. In other words your risk increases greatly once you go past the 8 hour mark. Even a few extra hours rapidly increases your risk.

 

So that’s not really new news.

What makes this study interesting is they examined just how much exercise you need to do mediate the damaging effects of sitting.

And it’s not much !

Just about 30-40 minutes a day was the amount needed to mitigate the increased risk caused by sitting but even as little as 11 minutes a day still was found to significantly helpful and reduced the risk of all but the most prolonged sitting.  Previous studies on this topic concluded that at least an hour a day was needed but this new better designed study actually reduces the amount needed.

The new guidelines from the UK, the USA and WHO recommend that adults should participate in physical activity for 150–300 minutes of at least moderate intensity every week (1)

Even better news is that there seems to be no difference if you break this up. So if you don’t have time for a 40 minute walk break it up into 2 2o minute walks. Even if the smallest things can really help. Always try and take the stairs instead of the elevator.

This is not say you should exercise less of course. There are still many other benefits to more than 40 minutes such as weight loss, improvement in mood and better sleep as well.

So get out there and get moving !

If you would like to make an appointment with an english speaking Japanese registered Chiropractor in Sunabe Okinawa or Niseko Japan please go to

www.nisekochiropractic.com/appointments

References

1.https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/54/24/1499

 

2.https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10654-018-0380-1


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November 27, 2020 Clinical

Reflections from Chiropractic experience in  Okinawa

One of the great things about being able to work in Okinawa was to rekindle an interest in managing lower back pain through pregnancy and also shortly after.

Lower back pain is very common in pregnancy and usually peaks in the middle of the 3rd trimester with as many as 75% of women reporting pain in either the lower back area or lower down over the joints of the sacrum ( 1). Most women reported on average that this pain was rated as around 4/10 on a visual analog scale so it’s fair to say it hurts, and can make life pretty uncomfortable.

What causes low back pain in pregnancy

Surprising it’s not as well understood as you think.

One of the pain factors is the obvious one of the weight gain of a little human now growing inside your belly but its not just the weight but the way your posture changes that also causes more stress on your joints and ligaments.

There are also some hormonal changes at play. As your body prepares for pregnancy a hormone called relaxin readies the body for birth and soften the ligaments around our joints, particularly the sacro-illiac joints on either side of the sacrum.

Interesting the relaxin levels actually spike around the 1st trimester but it takes a few weeks for the effects to be fully translated in the body. The graph below is handy reference for the various hormones at play.

Then there are are also some genetic and invidual variations. If you already have a history of low back pain you are in more of a high risk group.

Talking about weight

One of the best predictors of pain in pregnancy seems to be one when you carrying over 15Kg of extra weight over your normal healthy weight (2) so if you are planning on getting pregnant or in the very early stages and are overweight it may be well worth your time to consult with a health profession on coming up with plan to address this.

Carrying a kilo’s was also associated with a much higher risk of developing pain that lasts months to years after birth. Interestingly researchers found that just a few extra kilos ( under 10 ) was so significantly related to low back pain so you don’t have to go crazy just make sure you are not over the 10-15gk of extra weight.

Exercise is medicine

There is also some good evidence that exercise therapy can reduce pain over pregnancy’s. The jury is still out on what seems to be most effective. Is it yoga or piliates or core work ? Crossfit ? Even from a good review of the literature published this year we still don’t know ( 4).

There was some weak findings that work on ” core ” was better than general exercises but What does seem to be most important is that you do something and that it’s safe. Try and find a qualified fitness instructor that really takes the time to understand your needs and most importantly pick something that you enjoy.

Manual therapy

Lastly I we should talk about the role of manual therapy. Many women report great results with Chiropractic or physio interventions right up to the birth. Whilst most of a chiropractors job is to get stuck joints moving again often in pregnancy we are faced with joints that may be too mobile.

As such the approach tends to change a bit from traditional chiropractic techniques to more lower force joint mobs and muscle work to increase comfort levels although I do find chiro adjustments can still be very helpful in the mid thoracic spine throughout pregnancy.

I guess I also have to bring the often misunderstand Webster technique. Webster is a chiropractic technique that has a system of analysis that involves leg length and SI joint checks and then some specific release work around the pelvic ligaments and the round ligament of the uterus. The Webster technique is not an ‘external cephalic version ” were the pressure is applied over the uterus itself.

Yes there is some anecdotal evidence from Chiropractors, proponents selling or teaching the webster technique ( major conflict of interest ! ) and mothers themselves that a potential breech birth was corrected soon after a webster procedure sadly this has not yet been verified in a well designed randomized controlled trial and it makes me slightly angry and disappointed that this study has yet to be done all these years later. It’s impossible to say from a research perspective how many of these births may have resolved by themselves and how many were directly helped from the Webster protocol.

Most of the benefit of Webster in my humble opinion is simply increased comfort around the pelvis and less pain levels.

So I think as Chiropractor webster is one tool of many for the evaluation of a pregnant patient we must be guarded in what we can state with certainty as to what it can and can’t achieve and I truly hope that in a few short years we have better published data in the research literature.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with an English speaking Chiropractor either in Okinawa or Niseko please go to

www.nisekochiropractic/appointments

 

References

  1. https://www.painmanagementnursing.org/article/S1524-9042(20)30131-4/fulltext
  2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31593058/
  3. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32011431/

 

 

 


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November 20, 2020 Okinawa

Thanks again for the wonderful welcome to the Okinawa community that I received on my return visit. Us Aussies have been guilty of giving yanks a hard time but I can honestly say everybody I meet was super humble and had some interesting stories.

Niseko Chiropractic will be consulting at the same location by the sea wall in Sunabe Okinawa again on from the 8th to the 15th of December 2020 and then monthly after that.

It’s been a joy to see some complex cases and also assist in the number of new and growing families that are being created in Okinawa right now. I guess you have to pass the covid lockdown somehow 🙂 Also really enjoyed learning more about the US military and how family orientated it has become.

This trip I managed to squeeze in a trip to the massive aquarium, take a drive up the Okinawain  cost and spend a few evening hours wondering American village, which to honest looked a little corny from the outside but transforms into a very funky place into the evenings.

I also managed to get an invite onto camp Foster where I meet with some representatives from the MCSS about getting a Marine snowboard trip organized to Niseko. It will happen but sadly with Hokkaido now considered off limits due to Covid it may now be late this season before this may happen.

If you are interested in seeing a Marines MCCS trip get organised slip me an email at info@nisekochiropractic.com and I keep you in the loop or even have a coffee next time I am consulting in Okinawa.

This 2nd visit also cemented that being busy here was no accident and that there is an ongoing demand for chiropractic services in Sunabe and we do thank you in advance for your patience whilst we get something more permanent set up.

If you would like to make an appointment with an Australian trained but Japanese registered Chiropractor in Sunabe Okinawa you can do so again from the 8th-17th  of December on the link below.

www.nisekochiropractic.com/okinawa


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November 16, 2020 ClinicalOkinawa

The with the all the understandable focus on Covid-19 right now it’s vital that we don’t loose of the ground that lifestyle medicine was begging to have on increasing the worlds  ageing population.

And we are getting older. Right now 8.5% of the world’s population is over 65 and this will balloon to 17% by 2050 ( 1). That means for just under one quarter of the worlds population, me and perhaps even yourself keeping our bones strong and healthy should be one of life’s goals as we age.

Research from the lifestyle medicine field has shown the importance of healthy eating in maintaining strong healthy bones. One of the leading candidates to assist Omega 3 fatty acids or more commonly know as omega3 oil.

Our bones are constantly being remodeled.

Osteoclast cells are constantly breaking down and absorbing old brittle bone and osteoblast cells are constantly laying down new stronger fresh bone.

If they are forced to operate in an environment of poor nutrition the quality of the new bone laying down is not as good as should be. Over a lifetime even small changes can lead to dramatic result at pointy end of life.

Keeping your weight within a healthy limit is also vital for bone health. When excess fat starts to invade the bone marrow this may also affect our bodies ability’s to create to new health bone ( 1).

The ratio of healthy fat to saturated fat in the modern western diet is now thought to be as high as 25:1 yet in pre-industrial times it was around 2:1. Meaning simply we are eating way to much poor quality fats and not enough good quality fats.

How to get more Omega-3 in your diet

Bear in mind your body can’t make omega-3’s internally like we can some other fats and proteins. You need a constant fresh supply in your diet.

Omega-3s are found naturally in some foods and are added to other foods You can get adequate amounts of omega-3s by eating a variety of foods, including the following:

  • Fish and other seafood (especially cold-water fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, tuna, herring, and sardines)
  • Nuts and seeds (such as flaxseed, chia seeds, and walnuts)
  • Plant oils (such as flaxseed oil, soybean oil, and canola oil

Source: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Omega3FattyAcids-Consumer/

So you if are like me and love the quality of fresh cold water salmon we can get here in Japan. Put a little extra in your shopping trolley next time you are out. You bones will thank you

 

If you would like to discuss this further in Okinawa or Niseko, Niseko Chiropractic would love to hear from you.

 

 

References

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S875632822030524X?via%3Dihub&fbclid=IwAR2F29bvuMg5svCn7t6_bsKqzPSF5xufILnrYPWXtnRp4ji1U7Yq7tljYEE

 

 

 


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November 12, 2020 Clinical

 

A nice little summary of how to manage soft tissue injuries was recently published in the British Journal of sports medicine. PEACE in the first phase of injury and LOVE as thing start to turn a corner.

When I was at university the it was old about RICE but the use of ice and even too much rest for that matter may actually interfere with the bodies natural healing pathways. The inflammatory process whilst a sometimes a bit painful is actually the bodies way of creating the right chemical cascade to allow our injuries to heal at full strength.

The take home message here is in that acute phase make sure you protect the joint from further injury or take anti-inflammatory to quickly ( there are exceptions here and your GP for good reason may see a benefit ).

After a few days rest getting extra blood the area can actually be a good thing and the use of gentle walking for about 40 minutes, the use of an exercise bike or even aqua acrobics can be really helpful.

It’s often not a bad a idea to get an injury professionally assessed and I also amazed how much relief can often come by addressing some of the secondary spasms in surrounding tissues as well.

If you would like schedule a session with an English speaking chiropractor now in Okinawa as well as Niseko you can book online at

www.nisekochiropractic.com/appointments

If you would like to read the full article here is a link below

Soft tissue injuries simply need PEACE & LOVE

 


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November 10, 2020 Uncategorized

Niseko Chiropractic is now back in Okinawa and accepting consultations until the 18th of November.

 

If you would like to make an appointment with an Australian trained and Japanese registered and insured  English speaking Chiropractor you can do so on the link below.

Niseko Chiropractic is currently operating from just near the sea wall in Sunabe. For those that can’t make it this visit we will be back from the 10th of December.

You can book online at

www.Nisekochiropractic.com/okinawa

 


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November 4, 2020 Niseko life

Niseko was blessed with it’s first snow today

 

Without even a frost 2020 season has lept into action and already there ski slopes of Niseko have a few centremetres of base. With a few more flurry days ahead we can expect more white stuff.

Niseko Chiropractic was fortunate enough to have a wander around our local area and capture the morning glow on fresh POW at our local site of Arishima.

Now is a great time to take care of those pre season niggles so If you would like to make an appointment with an Australian trained English speaking chiropractor in Niseko head to our appointments page and book online.

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November 2, 2020 Niseko life

Back from Okinawa !

Niseko Chiropractic returns from Okinawa. If you have not had the chance to get check it out, get down there. Peach aviation has some really cheap flights and the water is still really warm. Thanks to all the Okinawan locals I meet down there for making me feel so welcome.
If you would like to book a treatment in Niseko this week you can book online here

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October 19, 2020 Clinical

New Research hot of the press

If you have ever strained an ankle it’s a horrible feeling. What’s worse is that a small minority of acute acute ankle injuries go to become chronic. Balance and proprioceptive training has shown to be useful in rehabing ankle strains but what about when it’s too sore to stand on and why does balance training even work anyway.

Try the other leg !

Here is where things get a weird.

A recent study in the International Journal of the Care and Injured did something pretty interesting. They took a population of being with ankle strain on the right side and gave them exercise and balance training on the left side which had no injury. And guess what happened ? Well the injured side improved significantly even they did all there training on the other leg.

What just happened ?

It goes to prove just how important the brain is in recovery from an injury. The brain helps control the neural pathways that provide splinting reflexes and also control muscle growth and activity. By doing some training on the unaffected side the system improves bilaterally so that you can get still get benefit even when you don’t work on the injured site.

Well ok What does this mean for me ?

It doesn’t mean we should all start working on the other leg.

What it does mean is that proprioceptive training is really important in dealing with a chronic ankle injury and also that a significant part of healing lies in a reflexes muscle tone and splinting reflexes.

So if you have an injury that is too sore to stand on it may be a good idea to at least start working on the side that can comfortably bear weight.

Please don’t give up on your chronic injuries ! There is often always something you can do and even though sometimes getting older can be an exercise in patience and niggle management it’s almost always trying something even if you can improve something rather than completely fix it.

 

References

https://www.injuryjournal.com/article/S0020-1383(20)30800-7/fulltext

 

 

 


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October 14, 2020 Okinawa

Niseko Chiropractic comes to Okinawa !

 

Well 2020 has certainly been a strange year !

When I my wife and moved to Niseko my dream was always to try and work between 2 paradises in Japan but somehow family pressures and commitments here always kept in on the backburner.

With international closed to Niseko until April 2021 due to Covid-19  I find myself busier than expected working with the amazing international community here but also for the first time able to revisit my initial plan of setting up a satellite clinic and working between the 2 communities.

As much as I try the Australian in me that grew up on the beach has never quite let go of the dream of being close to ocean again and Okinawa draws me closer.

I had ran the idea past my wife last week who is usually chief commodore grand Poo Poo of my hair brained plans but to my surprise she said ” I think we should go for it “.

So here we are.

Holding a return flight booked from the 26-31st of October next week with no idea on how this will pan out but a desire to see this dream through for better or worse.

So to members of the Okinawa community I would to introduce Niseko Chiropractic and services we can offer.

Brent Verco completed Master’s of Chiropractic at Macquarie University in Sydney before moving to Byron Bay Australia where he ran a multidisciplinary clinic treating the local surfing community and travelers alike.

After 12 great years in Australia our family decided that change was in the air and with a heavy heart we sold our business and purchased a 1 way ticket to Japan.

Niseko Chiropractic was established in 2018 and had we have enjoyed 2 amazing season treating snowsport injuries of both locals and visitors to Niseko.

What you will not get is any sales tactics, endless treatment plans or “revolving door ” treatments. Most of our sessions go for 30 minutes or more and if the jobs not finished then either are we.

A premium service

Our business model was chosen to allow quality over quantity. Niseko Chiropractic will take the time to do the right examination and match it with the best available evidence for gentle conservative care and management of acute and chronic injuries.

The treatment philosophy we use is to pay as much attention to the surrounding  muscles as the joints we adjust. By combing deep tissue massage in combination with Chiropractic faster results are achieved in less treatments. It’s also really important to prescribe the right exercises and try and figure out what environmental changes also need to occur.

Patient centered care

The has been a paradigm shift in the delivery of modern health care. In the bad old days practitioners dictated the style and choice of treatments. Now the patient is firmly in the pilot seat of their own health choices and outcomes and we view our role to educate and support you in this process.

Apologies advance for any confusion as we investigate a permanent location.

If anybody does wish to see us whilst we are looking for the right location we are currently operating from Minatagawa for 1 week from the 27th -31st of October.

We would also love to touch base with anybody interested in coffee and you can reach Brent on info@nisekochiropractic.com

Online bookings available  27th-31st October 2020

  • As an introductory offer all Initial consultations will be reduced 3,000 Yen for this week.

 

Google reviews of Niseko Chiropractic

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Crispin Cyril
Crispin Cyril
02:51 29 Jul 22
Enjoy my time, Definitely going to schedule more regular sessions.1000% Recommend, best in Tokyo
Yaury “OTK-ヤウリ” James
Yaury “OTK-ヤウリ” James
00:51 21 Jul 22
Very nice person! Both Professional and care about his customersMy mind became much clearer after the treatmentWill... re-visit!read more
Julie-Kristine Killian
Julie-Kristine Killian
07:29 16 Jul 22
Brent came highly recommended, and although I had my reservations about chiropractors I decided to give him a chance. ... I have been battling with SI joint pain for years. He targeted the problem area (as well as others). He was very gentle and thorough, informing me each step what he was going to do. He asked me every now and then how the pressure was, which I really appreciated. After the first session, I felt such relief and the following morning I felt amazing. He provided follow-on exercises to continue the healing process as well. I would definitely recommend Brent services!read more
stephen rydinsky
stephen rydinsky
05:16 22 Jun 22
I had my first visit with doctor Brent today. I was thoroughly impressed by his knowledge & professional manner. He... listened to my list of pains and took the time to address them to my great relief. I would gladly recommend him to friends and anyone else. I've already booked my second appointment.read more
kareen vu
kareen vu
02:41 17 Jun 22
Very friendly and helpful chiropractor! He can also work on deep tissue for a softer approach. My neck and shoulders... haven't been that pain-free in years. I am very grateful that he opened shop in Okinawa, where I live. Thank you Brent 🙂read more
Jess Percy
Jess Percy
10:01 08 Mar 22
Brent was great! I have had issues with my back for over a decade and other health issues (wicked headaches, etc.). He... helped ease the tightness in my neck and is working with me to help fix my back. I really appreciate that he sent me a report about my visit and some things I can do to help with my aches and pains in between sessions. If you wanting to find someone who is truly going to work with you to achieve pain relief I highly recommend Niseko Chiropractic.read more
Erik Cadorette
Erik Cadorette
01:11 14 Feb 22
Excellent treatment! Brent is kind, knowledgable, and personable. Offers a professional service with a home-feeling... touch. He has offered exercises and stretches to do at home as additional therapy and my neck and back has felt great!read more
Dustin Marick
Dustin Marick
11:11 13 Feb 22
A wonderful and energetic personality, Brent’s welcoming atmosphere is a must-visit for chiropractic work. Really... assisted in quickly diagnosing and helping my lower back! Well-priced and extremely hospitable.read more
Melissa Rafferty
Melissa Rafferty
14:18 14 Jan 22
I had a great experience. Brent was really thorough and provided exercises and stretches to help build on the... adjustment and healing.read more
Ryan May
Ryan May
13:52 02 Dec 21
Very knowledgable, listens and asks the right questions to help get to the cause of ailment in order to work on it. No... wasted time straight to it and very welcoming while doing so. Lingering issues i’ve had in my back even weeks later after treatment from Brent still feeling great.read more
Kim Smith
Kim Smith
22:46 12 Nov 21
Absolutely encourage everyone to come by and visit Brent. Very professional and personable. He knows his stuff and... follows up with therapeutic techniques that you can do after your visit. Five stars all the way.read more
Rae Pass
Rae Pass
01:12 11 Nov 21
Having been dealing with a long term back injury I have dealt with a number of people over the course of my treatment,... and it has really made me appreciate it that much more when I see someone as knowledgeable and friendly as Brent. I would highly recommend him, he is very supportive and easy to talk to. Being able to arrange an appointment in Okinawa is very helpful given the limited options here for this sort of thing.read more
Tanya Buckner
Tanya Buckner
06:04 16 Aug 21
I was able to go to Niseko Chiropractic in Okinawa. This was my first ever chiropractic appointment, and I was a little... apprehensive about it since I’m 36 weeks pregnant. Brent was kind and easy to talk to, and he talked me through everything he was doing throughout the appointment. Although I didn’t have any major pains, he was able to loosen up some knots in my hips, back, and neck. I appreciate that he sent a follow up email about my appointment and suggested some resources and exercises to help me at home.read more
Indiana Jane
Indiana Jane
06:42 29 Jun 21
After my initial appointment, one of my problem areas was much better and in the following days I had more range of... motion with the other. I was apprehensive at first but am very pleased with the already noticeable results and look forward to my next appointment.read more
W Lowe
W Lowe
15:23 02 May 21
Brent currently provides adjustments in Okinawa in a temporary location as expands his clinic. He is professional and... friendly. He focuses on the most problematic areas using a combination of skeletal manipulations and soft tissue work. I have felt improvement just after a few visits. Also, he was kid friendly. He was patient with my daughter who was in the stranger danger phase.read more
Lila Aguilar
Lila Aguilar
12:39 25 Apr 21
Brent is very professional and welcoming. He takes the time to listen to you and figure your pain points. After your... adjustments he sends you off with an action plan. I will be booking additional appointments.read more
Hanna M
Hanna M
22:49 20 Apr 21
I was only able to meet with Brent twice before I moved off the island, but even after two sessions I feel so much... better and confident that I won’t fall apart during this move! He’s very professional and listens to your needs. I appreciate that he sits down to chat with you before each session to see how you’ve been, if there’s anything new he should consider, and if the last session was effective or if he needs to try a different approach. I highly recommend him!read more
Nov Tan
Nov Tan
14:31 10 Apr 21
Brent was professional and yet very personal. I had shoulder pains and aches and he knew where to apply pressure to... relive the pains. Magic fingers! He had good follow up and also recommended a few exercises and I can't wait to try them.read more
Selma Aulina
Selma Aulina
23:44 01 Mar 21
I sprained my ankle and got swollen for almost 2 weeks. My friend recommended to do this. The result is amazing! I was... afraid at the beginning because this was my first experience with a chiropractor but ended up think that it was my best decision to come. The treatment is not only for my sprained ankle, I told my back problem as well. After that, I had a good night and slept so well. The next day I got a report with a strategy for what to work on to optimize the treatment. Overall, highly recommended!read more
Yung Y. Chen
Yung Y. Chen
00:59 07 Feb 21
Great experience with Niseko Chiropractic! Brent is a good listener and very professional with treatment and follow... ups. I'm glad to have been recommended to him.read more
Tricia Cortes
Tricia Cortes
02:36 29 Jan 21
Very patient, helpful, and knowledgeable about the body. He could tell exactly where I needed assistance and was very... thorough in his treatment. He followed up the very next day with a strategy for what to work on to combat my migraines and neck/back tension.read more
Kristyn Rock
Kristyn Rock
04:00 22 Jan 21
This was my first experience with a chiropractor while pregnant (33 weeks), and Brent was great. Super personable, and... was able to help adjust my hips, shoulders, and neck. Admittedly, I was a little sore after the treatment, but two days later I'm definitely feeling better than I did before. I would for sure recommend this practice to any of my fellow pregnant people, especially in the third trimester!read more
Cody Fischer
Cody Fischer
05:47 16 Dec 20
I have been dealing with hip pain for the past year and a half and have tried massages and finding specific mobility... workouts to help with no avail. Within the first appointment through his combination of soft tissue work and adjustments I found immediate relief. In a follow up email he also sent me some links to videos that demonstrate certain exercises to optimize my treatment. Very pleasant experience with a very knowledgeable and educated chiro. Will definitely be returningread more
Janine Santi
Janine Santi
13:42 12 Nov 20
I’ve been to chiropractors and massage therapists, but I’ve never had both services taken care of in one visit.... Brent’s combination of adjustments and massage have definitely helped ease the pain in my back (which I’ve lived with for all of my adult life) and shoulder. He’s also very thorough and takes his time. During our initial visit, he found issues that I forgot to mention!After our appointment, Brent shared a detailed report as well as exercises with me to help manage my pain. I’m so glad to have found his business and that he’s extended his services to us in Okinawa.read more
Amber Ingram (Happily Ever Ingram)
Amber Ingram (Happily Ever Ingram)
09:49 11 Nov 20
Great Experience. Have been once so far. Brent was very thorough and made me feel at ease.
ELI RO
ELI RO
01:51 08 Nov 20
Very knowledgeable about the human anatomy and physiology. A great compliment to medical care. You even get a... customized report with recommendations for how to get to optimal well being!read more
Rj Mc
Rj Mc
04:51 19 Aug 20
I am so grateful to Brent for his prompt visit and professional service. Sorted out a very painful problem while being... friendly and relaxed. Top Bloke.read more
Djan Aston
Djan Aston
06:15 03 Aug 20
Saw Brent on two occasions in which time he was able to fix an issue with my back. Overall experience was great. Easy... to book, came to my house and was even able to pay with credit card. And he's a genuinely nice guy with good chat. Would recommend Brentread more
Benjamin Hagen (BRGHagen)
Benjamin Hagen (BRGHagen)
21:09 30 Jun 20
Was looking for a chiropractor to help me with a very locked up back. Found Niseko Chiropractic through google and,... thankfully, it was nearby. Was able to get an appointment quickly, and better yet, it was a house call. Brent was very nice and professional. We chatted about my issue while filling out paperwork and then he did an assessment before treatment. He was able to loosen up my back, giving me much needed relief. He also worked on my neck and sternum-clavicle joint which I had hurt. We went over an hour, but he still only charged me for the hour. In his follow up email, he sent me some stretches and exercises to do to help with my issues. This follow up is something I’ve never gotten before from a chiropractor. Great service and a very nice guy. Highly recommend.read more
Sandra Jamieson
Sandra Jamieson
09:12 29 Jun 20
As a regular visitor to Niseko I have occasionally needed the services of a chiropractor. I was fortunate to be... referred by a friend to Brent Verco, Niseko Chiropractic.His treatments have been better than any I have received in Australia and I feel completely confident and comfortable with his gentle hands-on approach. His 60 minute massage and adjustment focusses on the area of need whilst relaxing the whole body.I thoroughly recommend him to anyone needing relief from pain or stress.read more
Patrick Lyon
Patrick Lyon
07:34 09 Jun 20
Brent provides absolutely first class service!Initial consultation was thorough, and a methodical treatment plan was... worked out.In addition to the excellent chiropractic work, Brent's massage skills are also on point. Numerous problem areas were addressed and worked over with great skill.In the course of the massage, he also found and addressed an issue I had forgotten to bring up in the initial consultation - clearly the sign of a guy engaging with his work and applying his expertise to great effect, rather than just going through the motions.The work done, both chiropractic and sports massage were really great, I'd recommend his services to anyone, without hesitation.I will be booking again in the future, and if you have any back, hip, shoulder or knee issues, or just need a damn good massage, Brent is your guy.Follow up post appointment was great, with clear instruction on how to address and improve on the work done in the session.10/10 would book again. Thanks Brent!read more
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October 12, 2020 Uncategorized

Is Niseko open for tourism this season ?

Niseko Chiropractic hike to the crater on Mount Yotei (1898 metres ).

 

Well we finally have some degree of certainty for Niseko’s 2020/21 ski Season.

Sadly the word from the Japanese government is that Japan will be closed for international tourism until April 2021. Source: https://www.japan-guide.com/news/alerts.html

There is some opening of borders under the ” Business track system ” for business travel from limited countries such as South Korea and Singapore but you will still have to undergo a mandatory 14 days quarantine and 2 rounds of Covid testing so getting here is going to no easy feat even for those with a vaild business reason to travel.

I think we can be be fairly certain on the April timeframe too.

Japan has expressed an iron clad determination to see the rescheduled  July 2021 Olympic games take place and they will need open borders weeks to months before this event if it is going to be success.

If you are yet to see Niseko in Spring and Summer I urge you to consider making here up here in the green season during the 2021 warmer months.

For those that can manage to get to Niseko this Winter it will no doubt be unforgettable. For those that can’t us local riders are committed to shredding the Pow in your absence (its the least we can do )  and will do our best to find pick off the fresh lines.

Some more info on resorts is below.

Niseko Resort announce lift operations

 

We also now have some certainly regarding lift operations.

Annupuri resort will be open from the 28th of November and Honazono and Grand Hirafu wil be open from the 5th of December.

Lifts at Honazono will be operating as normal and I suspect Annupuri. Grand Hirafu has some cancelations to minor lift status and you can see more information on the link below

https://www.grand-hirafu.jp/winter/en/

There has also been some changes in the shuttle this year so anybody looking at booking lower Hirafu should check that they are happy walking up the ski lifts.

Crazy deal on Moiwa season passes

There is also a great deal on all mountain passes for Moiwa for just 35,000 Yen for a full seasons unlimited pass. The deadline for these is the 31st of October

https://shop.niseko-moiwa.jp/ja/lift-pass.html

Update to Business hours this week

If any locals wish to book in with Niseko Chiropractic this week I have Some options business hours this week.

If you would like to book a session click on the button below


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September 30, 2020 Niseko life

If there is one thing I love about living in Niseko it’s the ability to see the 4 seasons play out and you get to appreciate the rate of change that nature can serve up living here. In my home country of Australia the difference between summer and winter is the optional hoodie that you may take out just in case.

Like the rest of us we our family is trying to trying to squeeze in that one last BBQ before we get swallowed by the endless white powder that takes over for the next 4 months.

I’m sure you heard the same rumors’
I’m not that superstitious.

But I guess I have my moments and there does seem to be a consensus’s amongst the old timers living here that the snowfall this season is going to be insanely good. Maybe it’s just wishful think but I think we can all agree Niseko is overdue some good lady luck so maybe this really is our time to shine.

Like many of us the business environment is going to be challenging but as locals living here year around I hope we can all put some time away to enjoy the most uncrowded conditions we will be probably see for many years to come if not ever.

Update to Business hours this week

As my building projects are winding up Niseko Chiropractic has some increased availability this week and most likely over the next few weeks. If daytime appointments are more preferable to evenings for you there will be some more options now available.

* Wed the 30th 9am to 12pm
* Thur the 1st of October All day
* Friday the 2nd of October 9am to 12pm
* Mobile 2 hour appointments free this Saturday and Sunday both daytimes and evenings

If you would like to book any of the above sessions click on the button below


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August 12, 2020 Clinical

The forgotten message

 

Interesting article about the importance of a good diet during the whole covid-19 pandemic.

 

Whilst I think it’s a stretch at this point to think you can change your chances of getting covid with your diet you can make a drastic change in your chances of a better recovery with a good diet.

A healthy diet lowers the amount of what is known as meta-inflammation in your body. Having a body that does not have a chronically high level of baseline inflammation may put you in a better position to avoid the cytokine storm that has been an issue for some covid patients.

Likeways make sure you are doing some moderate to high cardio-vascular exercise a few times a week to ensure you have a good residual lung capacity.

 

Have the governments not given enough attention to this simple thing that the world needs to do anyway  in their covid-19 messages to the public ?

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7284818/

 

Just a reminder that Niseko Chiropractic is available for mobile consultations over the Niseko summer as well as appointments now available at the kutchan studio run by Powder yoga.

For online bookings go to

www.nisekochiropractic.com/appointments

 


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August 3, 2020 Uncategorized

Where do we stiffen up ?

 

It’s no surprise to you dear reader that our flexibility and range of motion decreased in our spine as we age but there is not as much published research as you would think as to where this occurs within the spine, particularly in the normal population.

 

In a great new study published in Springer Nature the authors looked at 600 people that did not report significant neck pain and they examined what individual segments we actually loose range of motion in our necks as we age.

What they found was pretty interesting. The older you get the more range of motion you loose in the lower part of your neck but the upper part where the spine joins the base of the skull remains pretty mobile your entire life. This is reassuring both for patients and therapists that the range of motion in our upper joints stays pretty good.

You an see the differences clearly in the graphs below

 

The other thing that surprised me was how linear the loss was up until about age 70 where after that it actually slows down a bit. I would have guessed that the most marked loss of range of motion would have been in the last decade of the graph.

Just a reminder that Niseko Chiropractic will be available for mobile locals consultations over the summer and also at the  ” Studio ” powder yoga’s newest premises.

To make an appointment with Brent Verco please click on the link below

www.nisekochiropractic.com/appointments

 

If you would like to read the full study you can do so on the link below

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32694318/

 

 


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July 28, 2020 Uncategorized

Consulting from Powder Yoga every Tuesday

Niseko Chiropractic is now consulting from ” The studio ” a great little space in Kutchan located just 4 doors up from the sprout cafe.

If you would prefer your treatments not to be mobile based this is a great chance to get a relaxing treatment in the heart of Kutchan.

Brent will be consulting all day tuesdays and other times by prior arrangement. Please be mindful of the Powder Yoga teaching schedule which is subject to change.

If you would like to make an appointment with an Australian university trained English speaking chiropractor you can do so on the link below

www.nisekochiropractic.com/appointments

 

 






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