Is pain really a bad thing?

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No one enjoys being in pain however pain serves a crucial purpose in our life.

Pain is your bodies way of telling you that something is wrong and needs your attention.

When something happens to your body such as an injury, a stressor, degeneration or spinal misalignment the body uses pain as a way to signal to your brain to take action.


You can think of PAIN as your body saying “Pay Attenion Inside Now”


Unfortunately pain is usually the last thing to show up and the first thing to leave after an injury.

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This means that just because you aren’t in pain doesn’t mean nothing is wrong.

It also means that post injury or painful event that just because the pain is no longer there doesn’t mean the root cause of your problem has gone away.

This is how pain relief medications work – it simply mask the symptom of pain rather than addressing the cause.

Chiropractors pride themselves on the opposite – we make it a point of addressing the cause.


So while pain is a good thing in our body, it doesn’t serve it’s purpose if we don’t address what causes it in the first place.

Chiropractic for pain


Let’s take a look at back pain or neck pain. You may know someone who has experienced back pain or neck pain and has visited a medical doctor.

They may have prescribed medication or have given an injection. This helps for a little while but after a few days the pain may return.

Why? Because the medication has worn off and instead of addressing the problem it only masked the symptom.

For back and neck pain Chiropractic has been shown to effectively treat the underlying cause in the majority of cases. Remedial massage is a great adjunct to chiropractic in the treatment of pain, click here to read more.

Research shows the people who received chiropractic care for back pain or neck pain had a 60% decreased in pain which was 10% more than those people who opted for an injection.

Chiropractic care may be what you are looking for to help with your neck pain or back pain.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us and chat to one of our Canberra Chiropractors. 

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction – Can Chiropractic help?

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A common cause of back pain is due to dysfunction of the sacroiliac joint or as it is commonly called the SIJ.

The sacroiliac joint is located at the lower part of your back and connects the sacrum (tail bone) to one of the ilium’s (pelvic bone).

There are two sacroiliac joints – one on each side. The SIJ’s act to transfer weight from the spine to the pelvis and also allow for a small amount of movement to occur.

A lot of people call this back pain or hip pain but it is separate to these although they can occur together.

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Pain in the sacroiliac join is one of the most common causes of low back pain.

It can occur for many reasons such as a trauma that has applied excessive force through the joint/s.

This can be due to falling, bending, lifting, arching or twisting movements especially when there is a load applied.

Pain can also be caused by repetitive forces over time such as poor posture.


Sacroiliac joint dysfunction can be quite uncomfortable and painful due to their location and the amount of force that goes through the joints.

In some cases the pain resolves within a few days but commonly without treatment it takes a long time to resolve. 


Chiropractors are experienced at identifying and correcting problems in the joints of the spine and pelvis.

We aim to not only find the source of the pain but also address the reasons why this pain came about in the first place.

When a joint becomes misaligned, restricted or ‘stuck’ it can not only cause discomfort or pain, but can also cause interference to your nervous system.

This in turn inhibits the proper function of your nervous system and individual nerves which can again cause pain and symptoms.


Chiropractic treatment of the sacroiliac joint may involve:
– Mobilisation and adjustments of the sacroiliac joint and surrounding joints 
– Low force techniques such as drop piece and activator 
– Soft tissue therapy to involved muscles and ligaments 
–  Exercises to do at home 
– Postural advice 
– Lifestyle advice 

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The recovery time for sacroiliac joint dysfunction varies from person to person and depends on a number of variables such as severity of injury, daily activities and compliance to Chiropractic care and exercises.


Here at Hawker Chiropractic in Canberra our Chiropractors take the time to thoroughly assess your condition to find the cause of your low back pain.

We then tailor treatment to suit your individual needs so that we can get you back to doing the things you love. 

If you need help with low back pain or pelvic pain don’t hesitate to give us a call on (02) 62553711

Top 6 foods for your Nervous System

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As Chiropractors we love the nervous system! It is what we work with every single day. By adjusting the spine we remove interference from your nervous system which allows the brain and body to communicate to each other more effectively.

However, there are many other ways in which we can support the Nervous System and one of those ways is via the food we eat. Our food makes up the building blocks to every single cell within our body and therefore we should be building it up with good quality nutritious foods.

“Do you want a body built on McDonalds and coke or fruits and vegetables?”

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