Medication Dependence Prevention Month


The month of May is Medication Dependence Prevention Month.

There is a health emergency currently happening in Australia, and the number of incidents and fatalities caused by high risk prescription medications is on the rise.

In Victoria alone, the number of people lost to overdoses of prescription medication exceeds the number lost on its roads.

Prescription medications can certainly have their place in health care, especially with short term care and crisis situations, however now more than ever, high risk medications are being accidentally misused, or used long-term, which can have fatal consequences.

Opioids and Benzodiazepines are two of the biggest contributors to overdoses in Australia, and  these drugs can be extremely addictive. Signs of dependence may present without you even recognising them, including an increasing tolerance, reduced drug effectiveness and even mild signs of withdrawal.

The problem with high risk prescription medications is that they are commonly misunderstood.

They are often used as tools to manage extreme pain (for example, after a major surgery), but only for the short-term. Unfortunately these medications do little to address the cause of pain and therefore should not be considered a long-term solution.

In fact, it has been shown that long-term usage of prescription painkillers is not only less effective at managing chronic pain, but can also cause an increase in pain levels in the long-term.

Often a multimodal approach is very effective at helping manage chronic pain.

Chiropractic has been shown to be very effective in managing chronic pain. A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine compared chronic pain treatment in a hospital setting or a pain clinic compared to chiropractic care. The trial of 30 individuals showed that chiropractic may be effective at reducing levels of disability and perceived pain.

Another study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics investigated the long-term outcomes for patients with chronic low back pain. The study concluded that chiropractic care compared favourably to medical care with respect to long-term pain and disability outcomes.

If you are prescribed an opioid, a sleeping pill, sedative or strong pain medication, make sure you speak to a professional and develop a plan around when and how to stop. If you feel like you may need help, seek advice from a health care professional. If chronic pain and/or prescription dependency is something that impacts you or someone you know - please reach out, because writing the cause is better than writing prescriptions.


For more: https://www.scriptwise.org.au/prevention-month/

Heart Health and Chiropractic

This week is Heart Week 

 Heart Disease is the biggest killer in Australia. It kills 51 of us every day! 

 One-fifth of Australians from 45-74 will have some sort of cardiovascular event within 5 years. 

 Cardiovascular health is dependent on a number of factors like diet, exercise, smoking and alcohol consumption, meaning that most deaths associated with heart disease are preventable. 


So, how do you know if your heart is healthy? Getting your heart checked regularly is the first step #showsometicker


Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is one of the leading methods in determining your heart health. HRV measures how well your heart can increase and decrease it’s rate depending on the activity you’re doing; basically how well your body can speed up or slow down the beating of you heart. For instance, imaging you’re rushing to make your morning train; your heart rate will initially increase as you run to reach the platform in time, but then begin to slow as you take your seat.


Did you know that chiropractic care can also help improve the health of your heart?


A 2006 study from the Journal of Manipulative Physiology revealed that chiropractic care impacts the nervous system improving HRV. This occurs via balancing the tone of the sympathetic (fight or flight) and parasympathetic (rest and digest) components of the nervous systems. 


The autonomic nervous system is in charge of modulating HRV and as such, is intimately linked to the function of your spine. Evidence shows that having your spine aligned and functional through chiropractic care can help your hearts ability to identify and adapt to stress.


When your spine is not aligned or is dysfunctional, there can be imbalances and interference within the nervous system. The study also showed that nervous system interferences resulted in a lower HRV – making one more susceptible to cardiovascular scares.



A high HRV is like having an expensive racecar engine; it allows you to change gears smoothly and efficiently.


Having spinal pain isn’t a good indicator of spine or nervous system health, just like how heart health is not determined by pain either. Pain is often the last symptom to arrive, so don’t delay.


Get your spine and heart checked today!




Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics - May 2006
“Effect of chiropractic care on heart rate variability and pain in a multisite clinical study.”
 J Zhang, D Dean, D Nosco, D Strathopulous, M Floros

 Journal of chiropractic medicine – Sept 2008

“Sympathetic and parasympathetic responses to specific diversified adjustments to chiropractic vertebral subluxations of the cervical and thoracic spine. Welch A, Boone R