Published on Wednesday, 16 October 2013
Chiropractors are well placed to advance awareness about spinal health and wellness on World Spine Day...today.
Our hectic and stressful lifestyles can often have significant negative affects on our spine and nervous system. Spinal disorders such as back pain, neck pain, scoliosis and degenerative disc disease, to name a few, are common, and can have a profound effect on a person's overall health, impacting a person's ability to work, enjoy everyday activities, even disrupting those romantic moments and having a healthy sleep pattern.
Research has demonstrated that poor posture and inactivity con contribute to the development of the dreaded back pain and other related disorders. The good news is that many of these common problems can be easily avoided. That why this year's theme for World Spine Day is Straighten Up and Move, focusing on the importance of proper posture and movement in maintaining good spinal health.
The straighten up Australia community service initiative is an easy and enjoyable everyday program to promote the importance of good spinal health. Consisting of a set of simple exercises and taking just three minutes to complete, the program aims to improve posture, stabilise core muscle groups, enhance health and prevent spinal disability. Go to www.straightenupaustralia.com.au for more information. Just start walking!
Published on Monday, 19 August 2013
I was privileged to spend a 4 day weekend with Dr Mark Charrette, a well respected chiropractor from the U.S., learning a fusion of whole body adjustments, stabilisation tools, rehabilitation techniques and Low Level Laser (Cold Laser) protocols. By this very listing you can see it was a very intense program. We didn't get to see much of the delightful tropical world of Hamilton Island. With 35 of my colleagues, we saw the future of chiropractic and the avenue to better outcomes for our patients.
We were treated to being in the presence of the best teacher on whole body care, state-of-the-art orthotics and Cold Laser therapy, who has recently transformed his teaching style using Deliberate Practice -- the method elite athletes use to learn. His techniques have been helping people worldwide for years now and now, for the first time, his protocols were enhanced by the addition of Cold Laser. Personal testing has proven to us that it would be a useful tool in our office for those challenging cases needing a specialized approach..
Low Level Laser Therapy (or simply Cold Laser)) helps tissues, muscles, skin and nerves to heal faster. Specifically, it works at the cellular level. Human cells produce a chemical known as ATP to run the body and heal tissue. LLLT stimulates the cells to produce slightly higher amounts of ATP, which in turn facilitates rapid cell growth, faster wound healing, increased metabolic activity, reduced scar tissue formation, anti-inflammatory action, increased vascular activity and subsequent pain relief. There are over 2000 published studies on LLLT reporting zero negative side effects. It's a Win-Win treatment both practitioner and patient.
Published on Thursday, 20 June 2013
Inga comes to us all the way from Germany where she finished her study in Physiotherapy (2009) in Berlin and has also become qualified as a massage therapist. She joins April in helping to cover the busy massage part of our natural health practice.
From 2009 until 2012 Inga was employed in a physiotherapy practice in Berlin. Here the emphasis of this practice was on orthopaedics and related conditions of the musculoskeletal system, including chronic pain and functional disorders of the spine. Her experience will add to our team efforts in helping our patients find future good health and well being. Furthermore, Inga specialises in respiratory diseases.
Inga is knowledgeable in many different types of massage. She uses specific techniques especially deep tissue, remedial, and relaxation. In addition to these more common massage approaches she can do sports massage, reflexology, trigger point therapy, manual lymph drainage and myofascial techniques.
Inga's duel talents of physiotherapy and therapeutic massage allow her to afford her clients an exposure to:
1) Remedial gymnastics --
2) Pelvic floor exercising --
3) Ultrasound therapy --
4) Breathing/respiratory therapy --
Published on Sunday, 02 June 2013
I had the wonderful opportunity to Co-Host the ''Saturday Morning Jazz Show'' on the new 4MBS-Lite digital radio station. My off-sider was my friend James Dalgelish, better known as ''wee Jummee'' who hosts the show on his own every other Saturday. He invited me to be his first co-host in the brand new digital studio. Eighteen months ago, he had invited me to the Classic FM station studio to present my personal retrospective of how, when and where I found Jazz in the BIG APPLE or should I say, where Jazz found me. I described the epiphany-like moment at age 18 with specific jazz albums to elucidate that period on the show. I was pleased to read later in emails and hear about calls to the station that my experience seemed to have struck a chord with fellow jazz buffs regarding their own early exposure to jazz music.
This time I went back to those early years and spotlighted a sorely neglected, but unique, jazz flutist, Herbie Mann . I related my many trips to downtown New York City as a uni-student to the Village Gate, the Village Vanguard, Basin St and Birdland in the Greenwich Village area. I had time only to cover Herbie Mann's developing years from 1958 to 1973 and hope to have a return visit to the studio to add to Herbie's career up to his unfortunate passing in 2003. He was very prolific and actually had 25 of his albums in the top 200 Popular Albums chart.
All in all, I had a marvelous morning of memories and trust our listeners, including my patients, had an equally good time hearing the music.
Published on Saturday, 18 May 2013
After office hours last Wednesday, Kate Farmer, my office receptionist/assistant and I drove to Sleepy's mattress store at Oxley. We were in invited to join in the showing of the new models of SleepMaker mattresses. We were warmly greeted by the store's manager, Dee Keshwani (photo). Dee and I have enjoyed working together over the years in helping many patients find the right mattress for their spinal needs. She has a great team of caring people that can handle any questions the patients may have in deciding what's right for them. She also reaffirmed her commitment to give my patients the best possible price on their mattress choice and a special little something extra to take home.
A dozen other chiropractors were invited and enjoyed catching up with their colleagues over some very tasty canapes and drinks before Dee introduced the Queensland Representitive for SleepMaker, Jeremy Rebion. He was keen to show the latest improvements in the entire bedding range and more so the springing at the core of the range. Firstly, he praised the close association that SleepMaker has had with the chiropractic profession over more than 35 years and how helpful their input has helped the company design and make better mattresses. Also he proudly pointed out the unique TRY IT OR RETURN IT IN 60 DAYS fascility that has given Sleepys a credible place in the minds of its customers and a serious challange to its competitors..
We were first shown the various materials making up the mattress tops. Then came the improved ''Miracoil'' spring system and the new ''Pocket Coil'' system, made for those people who desire no movement from a partner's change of position. Dee added that they spend a lot of time matching the person to the bed in relation to spinal support on either a soft, medium-firm or firm mattress. She described how they take a photo of the client lying on their side so the client can see how supportive each mattress is for them. After the technical information was finished we were all invited to try out any and all of the 18+ mattresses in the store. It was an very informative and hands-on evening shared by people who are dedicated in helping to improve healthy outcomes for those with spinal problems.
Published on Monday, 29 April 2013
If you have a passion for fitness, it would be worth your while to indulge in our new Pilates program put on by our well qualified Massage Therapist, Sports Therapist and Pilates Instructor, April Tarrabella . Pilates caters for everyone, from beginner to the advanced. A typical Pilates workout includes a number of exercises and stretches on a mat with sessions lasting an hour. Each exercise is performed with attention to proper breathing techniques and abdominal muscle control. The focus is on quality not quantity, so movements are not performed rapidly or repeated excessively. This focus on core stabilisation makes one steronger from the inside out and is critical for advancement.
Joseph Pilates, a physical culturalist in the 1920s, developed a way to help injured athletes and dancers safely return to exercise and maintain their fitness. His motto was ''The mind and body must be one.'' Pilates can be an aerobic and non-aerobic form of exercise. It requires concentration and focus, because the body is moved through precise ranges of motion. Since then, Pilates has been adapted to suit people in the general community. The low impact nature of Pilates maks it ideal for injury prevention and rehabilitation. The balance between strength and flexibility creates a healthy, vigorous and symmetrical workout resulting in a leaner, more balanced, and stronger body.
Summarizing.....the benefits of Pilates include:
..........Improved flexibility with greater awareness of posture
..........Improved physical coordination and balance with improved stabilisation of the spine
..........Increased muscle strength, particularly of the abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks.
..........Helps prevent musculoskeletal injuries and offering safe rehabilitation of joint and spinal injuries.
Our office offers our spinal correction patients the option of further improving their future wellbeing with weekly Pilates exercises. Those of you not using our professional service of chiropractic care or our Spinal Wellness Program should consult your doctor before embarking on any new fitness program, especially if you have a pre-existing medical condition or have not exercised in a long time.
PILATES SESSIONS are held on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM, just bring your Yoga Mat. Phone CAROL to reserve your spot: 3378-5988
Published on Friday, 29 March 2013
April has recently joined our first-rate health team as a Massage Therapist. She received her training in England and comes highly qualified. She replaces the much-loved Leanne who built up quite a following in that busy year she spent with us.
April started as an exercise instructor 16 years ago and went on to study for a combination Remedial Massage, Personal Training and Nutrition Diploma, as well as an advanced pre/post natal certificate. She then went on to gain a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Sports Therapy from Northampton University where her dissertation included a study on Pilates. In conjunction with her Massage work, April has been teaching Pilates for the last 14 years: from Beginners to Advanced Level.
April previously worked for a health club and a chiropractic clinic in Milton Keynes in the U.K. and built up a large client base. In her spare time is worked as part of the Redbull support team helping in the prevention and recovery of injuries for their racing drivers and athletes, such as elite runners, rugby players and tennis players.
When it comes to Injury Treatment, April offers a one hour holistic approach to sporting injuries which icludes an assessment, massage, stretching and an exercise prescription with follow-up appointments. Strapping and taping can be an option to prevent further injuries and to improve posture. She is also available to do Peripheral Mobilizations. These are joint mobilizations for treatment for stiffness, all the while not experiencing any pain. This is effective in reducing muscle spasm and is combined with massage to warm up the muscles first.
For more information or to make an appointment for an injury assessment or just a relaxing massage, call Carol on 3378-5988 We would love to have you meet the newest member of our natural health team.
Published on Sunday, 20 January 2013
Thanks to our many parents that realize that their children also have spines that need a check-up to maintain full functionality of bones, muscles, ligaments and most importantly....nerves. Since every child patient gets VIP treatment from all of our staff to make their experience in our office fun, we go even further to make them special. We have constructed in their special play area two cork boards side by side to hang their photo up with other members of the ChiroKids Club.
It's nicely filling up as more wise parents are bringing them in for their spinal ''tune-up'' before the school year starts next week. Parents see of themselves the marvelous benefits their children exhibit with better concentration, more vitality through their school day and a higher resistance to colds, flu and infections.
Now we added a special delight by framing the ChiroKids boards with a LED strip of lights that vary their colours every 5 seconds or so, thereby giving that play corner and photos a distinctive air of Hollywood glitz and glamour, while showing prospective parents that Kids Love Chiropractic!
Healthy Kids are Happy Kids!
Published on Saturday, 09 June 2012
Our Waiting Room is now equiped with an up-to-date visual system employing a high-def LED Flat Screen and a smaller Reception desk monitor. Every week there will be Health Information Presentations shown in a continuous modern Slide Show format for the edification of our patients.
There will information relating to the latest research in the many aspects of chiropractic and its benefits on eight deferrent topics of importance to today's health conscious public. Something our patients can readily pass on to their less informed friends and relatives.
The topics elaborate on Womens Health, Vacinnations, Accidents & Sporting Injuries, Pregnancy, Children's Health, and the all important Wellness Care. When you visit our office spend a little time seated on our comfortable Waiting Room chairs and view a wealth of new natural health care information that's easy on the eyes.
Published on Monday, 30 April 2012
I attended a pediatric seminar on the lovely Gold Coast, south of Brisbane, on the 21st & 22nd of April. It was hosted by Glenn Maginness and his lovely wife, Lindy. Glenn has had 25 years as a practicing chiropractor and now specializes exclusively in children's health problems. His vast experience, insight and research knowledge made this seminar not one to be missed.
He made us aware of the huge amount of research in the past 15 years that re-enforces the experiences us chiropractors see in our practice day in and day out. The proven effectiveness of Chiropractic Wellness Care for the newborn, infant and adolescent far surpasses the drug orientated efforts of the medical profession to get and KEEP kids healthy. It is now a matter-of-fact that only chiropractic has the right approach to many childhood ailments by clearing nerve blockages to restore proper, naturally-given function to that child's body.