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I had a Dream

I had a dream when I knew at the age of 10 that I wanted to be a chiropractor. I wanted to be in an office where people felt they could be supported and take their health to the next level. When I started at Chiropractic Central and eventually bought the practice at the age of 30, I knew that one day I wanted Chiropractic Central to be an office that was exciting to come into and have a team of crazy, passionate women wanting to help people.

I have seen this start to take shape and just 2 months ago this dream started to become a reality. I looked around the office and was so excited about what I saw. Not only did we have 2 superstar chiropractic assistants, a fabulous massage therapist with amazing hands and a phenomenal naturopath who can whip up herbs like no other.  But we have now brought on a second chiropractor, Dr. Mandy, and this dream is now becoming a reality. I am so excited to announce that we are officially extending our hours.

We are now open

Chiropractic with Dr. Sarah and Dr. Mandy
Monday to Saturday from 6:30am-11:30am and 3:30pm-6:30pm

Massage with Shona 
Monday and Tuesday from 7am-7pm and Thursday from 2:30pm-6:30pm

Naturopathy with Olivia
Wednesday and Thursday from 7am-2:30pm with the first Wednesday of the month from 7am-7pm

I have immense gratitude towards all the patients in the office. Thank you for choosing Chiropractic Central to be a part of their health journey and to continue to grow as we grow along with you both personally and professionally in health and wellness.
As Dr. Mandy is new to the team and with our extended hours on Thursday afternoon, Friday and Saturday, if you know a friend, colleague or family member who has not yet had a spinal checkup we would love to meet them! For the next 4 weeks Dr. Mandy is doing full initial consultations with any diagnostics as clinically indicated including x-rays and a full report with results and recommendations, for only $37 (valued at $210). Please let us know who we can help that you love!

On the topic of loved ones, we LOVE Women, Wine and Wellness, do you?

After the huge success of last year’s Women, Wine & Wellness, we have decided to bring it back- bigger and better than ever! We could not be more passionate about spreading the love of all things physical and mental health & wellness. And who better to share it with than all our fellow strong, independent women out there!? Please come and join us for a wonderful evening full of our three most favourite things- Women. Wine. Wellness

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To all our Strong, Independent and Downright AWESOME ladies out there!

Well do we have a treat for you!! We are finding it challenging to contain our excitement! After such a great night last year, our Women, Wine and Wellness-Treat Yourself Right night is back with style Thursday the 20th of May 2017! Can you give us a woop woop!?

Hot topics this April include; how to arrest your stress, next level nourishment, breathe, and the power of saying NO. Not only are these topics so important (and often not spoken about), you will be surrounded by awesome, like-minded women in a room full of so much fun-lovin’ goodness!

So grab your special women and come join us for a fun, interactive night full of all things WOMEN and WELLNESS (and not to mention some cheeky organic wine!) You will leave the event ready to conquer the world with your own home-made bliss balls in hand!

We only have limited seats, so please
click here to buy your tickets and check out the details.

 

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Solutions not Resolutions

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So here we are….. beginning of February, 2017. ALREADY!!  How are you making out with those resolutions?  Did you even make one?

Research shows that 95% of people have broken their resolution by January 15th and many people aren’t even making them anymore.  Why??

Because they have made a resolution every year before and have never stuck with it and they are over feeling they have “failed” and “what’s the point”.

But we are missing the boat!!  This doesn’t mean we need to throw out resolutions, its just that we don’t need resolutions, we need SOLUTIONS.

How do we do this?

Firstly, we must realize that as humans, happiness come from progress.  We must feel we are progressing and this gives us a feeling of happiness.  It’s not about “getting things”.  This provides temporary fulfillment but soon that excitement dies and we are looking for the next thing we can “get”.  Happiness actually comes from when we feel progress and that may be different things for different people.  There are four steps that we need for progression and for SOLUTIONS

Step one: We must have a COMPELLING Vision.  This is a vision that excites us.  One that pulls us, not one that we have to push ourselves to do. A vision that we have to push for requires motivation and won’t last.  A vision that pulls us, we are INSPIRED by. If you need help finding what your compelling vision is start by looking at your wheel of life and what is important to you.  This wheel will show where there are imbalances and where you would be best to start putting your focus. http://wheeloflife.noomii.com/

Step two: You need the WHY.  What is your why for what you want to accomplish?  You need those reasons and they need to be strong reasons so that when the going gets tough you remember those reasons and they become bigger than the temptation to give up.  And even if we do happen to go off course we can then easily get back on track because our compass (our why) has kept us facing north.

Step three: Review and FEEL it everyday!  This may mean putting up a picture next to your bed.  Or write a mantra on your bathroom mirror that you read every morning.  If you review this everyday it then sensitizes a part of your brain known as your RAS that is in control of the things that you notice. It’s like if you decide you want a red Ferrari and you want it so so bad and you think about it all the time and you talk to your friends about it, all of a sudden you start seeing red Ferrari’s everywhere.  Do you think they just started driving showing up around you?  No.  They have been there the whole time but now you are just sensitized and your brain is noticing and picking up anything that will give you an opportunity to get a red Ferrari.  Use this!

Step four: Form your rituals.  Rituals are just actions that you do on a regular basis.  This is where the power is.  All results in your life, good or bad, come from the rituals you are currently doing.  So start consciously being aware of what your rituals are that got you to where you are now and start creating new rituals to move you in the direction of your vision and goals (this can be something as small as having a glass of water with fresh squeezed lemon and apple cider vinegar EVERY morning to boost your health).  In creating these new rituals this will RAISE YOUR STANDARDS and start to naturally shift your results.

I challenge you to take a short period of time TODAY and answer these questions:

  • What’s an area that you want to improve?
  • Write down how that area is in your life right now. The truth.
  • What are the rituals that have put me there?
  • What do you want? What is your vision? Be specific
  • What are the rituals that will get you there? Be SMART about your rituals

“Change your game…..you only have one life to live so do it laughing, loving and learning!”

 

Love Dr Sarah

 

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Have you lost your Christmas Cheer?

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Christmas is coming and I am totally one of those annoying people who starts bringing it up super early.  I find it so interesting and have actually found myself this year that maybe Christmas has turned into Christress. When I start talking about the season with people I am met with comments like “The silly season is so crazy and hectic!” or “I don’t even want to think about it, it starts to stress me out!”

Where has that excitement and anticipation gone from when we were kids?

I’ll tell you where it’s gone.  It’s been buried with what we think we “have” to do with what actually matters.

So lets take this back and find your cheer.

Number 1. Get adjusted.  If you are in a stress response, your adjustment will help shift that response, release tension and reduce that “fight/flight” response on a cellular level.  You will feel/think and be better for it.  Game Changer.

Number 2. Make a list.  It works for Santa, it’ll work for you.  On the list write down everything you think has to get done.  Then beside each point, write down a number on a scale between 1 and 5.  Use One if it is an action that if it doesn’t get done, Christmas doesn’t happen.  Use 5 if it is an action that you would like to get done but if it doesn’t happen Rudolf will still have a red nose.

Number 3.  Breathe.  Honestly this works.  Take 10 diaphragmatic breaths, consciously 3 times every day.  Do it after you finish each main meal (I’m sure you don’t forget those, so you won’t forget the breaths).  By diaphragmatic breaths I mean big breaths that you take in through your nose and out of your mouth that go all the way down to your belly.  This may sound silly but it totally shifts your stress response, your concentration and your brain functioning. I could go on but they tell me attention span these days is only approximately 0.3 seconds, so I will leave it there.  Just do it.

Number 4. Make some new traditions.  Because traditions are the things that create some of our best memories, not how many presents you receive or how perfect the Christmas ham was.  It’s about the people around you and the feelings/moments that you share.  Think quality over quantity.  Ask yourself; “Who is going to bring out the best in me this holiday season? How do I spend more time with them? Wwhat do I want to be doing with that time?”  Maybe that’s doing 12 days of thankfulness in a Christmas journal, or maybe it’s making an awesome Christmas playlist with your family/ friends and dancing the night away. For inspirations and ideas, check our instagram @chiropracticcentral or facebook Chiropractic Central for our 12 days of Christmas traditions.

Number 5. Live in the moment- You won’t  have this moment again and you choose to make the best of it, or the worst of it.  Don’t let the external situation knock your internal ship off course.  Keep rowing your boat.

 

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How to Raise a Healthy Family in the Digital Age

Written by Jacky from In the Cove

 

How much time do you and your kids spend watching screens? The answer is probably too much time. A survey by the British Chiropractic Association found that 73 per cent of children aged between 11 and 16 spent between one and six hours looking at a laptop, tablet or computer. The UK survey of 460 parents found that 40 per cent of children aged between 11 and 16 had back or neck pain and 15 per cent of parents said their child’s back pain was as a result of screen usage.

We all have so many screens in our life, mobile phones, iPads, laptops, desktop computers and television screens. In fact, your kids cannot escape using Ipads and Computers with the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) now implemented in most schools. If you can’t beat them, then it is essential to learn how to use them properly.

Dr Sarah MacNeil is the principal chiropractor at Chiropractic Central. She focuses on families’ health and specifically is passionate about educating families on how growing up with more screen time on mobile phones, computers and iPads effects our bodies, posture and spine. This increased screen time is impacting spines at a much earlier age in their development and is leading to earlier postural changes and spinal decay in children. Dr. Sarah wants to be able to give easy strategies to families and children to counteract these effects.

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Dr Sarah MacNeil has partnered with Dr Kristy Goodwin to present a Family Workshop called  “How to raise a healthy family in the digital age”

Dr. Kristy Goodwin has over 14 years of experience in teaching and research. Kristy has a gift for cutting through media-hype and myths about what young children really need to thrive in a digital age. She’s passionate about sharing the latest research and insights into how “digitalised childhoods” are changing the ways that young children learn, play and develop (without telling parents or educators that they need to ban the iPad, or disconnect the Internet).

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This is a family workshop. While the parents are learning how to raise a healthy family in the digital age, the kids will be having fun “Rocking their robot”.

Parents will learn about:

  • How to combat tech tantrums;
  • How to counteract tech neck;
  • Play techniques for optimal neural and spinal development;
  • What is a digitalised childhood?
  • Social, emotional and learning implications; and
  • Strategies to combat and how to counteract these effects to raise healthy families in this era.

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The kids will  have a great time:

  • Building their own robot costume;
  • They are going to be taught “dances” that keep their robot strong (Healthy spinal exercises for kids); and
  • Activities to educate about what they should be feeding their robots to keep them working at top level (healthy nutrition for kids).

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Event Details

Date:  12th November 2016
Time:  10.00am – 12.30 pm
Where: Greenwich Community Centre
Cost: $25.00 per family
Bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/raising-healthy-families-in-a-digital-age-tickets-28650207542  or through the office at 9418 9031 or email at adminlc@chiropracticcentral.com.au
Website: Chiropractic Central
Facebook: Chiropractic Central

 

 

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Release your Inner Calm

Are you feeling the pressures of everyday life in the fast lane? There are plenty of ways to help yourself find the calm among the storm.

Lets look to one of the easiest things to use… YOUR BREATH!!
Controlled breathing is a great technique that can be used to help lower blood pressure, promote feelings of calmness and relaxation, helps anxiety and to de-stress.

Here are some different breathing techniques:

1. Equal Breathing
To start, Inhale for a count of four, then exhale for a count of four – all through your nose.
This is a great technique if your trying to get to sleep.

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2. Abdominal Breathing
Hold one hand on your chest and the other on your belly. Take a deep breath through the nose ensuring the diaphragm inflates. Count six to10 deep slow breathes per minute for 10 minutes.

3. Progressive Relaxation

To get rid of tension head to toe, close the eyes and focus on tensing and relaxing each muscle group for two or three seconds each. All while maintaining deep, slow breaths.

4. Guided Meditation and Visualisation

Go straight to your happy place using a guided recording from either a coach, teacher or podcast to enter total relaxation through visualisation.

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5. Skull Shining Breathe

Begin with a long, slow inhale followed by a quick powerful exhale generated from the lower belly. Do 10 of these every one to two seconds.

Trying these techniques can help get you to a nice and relaxing place amongst all the rush in normal life. To practice and use this at least once a day for a few minutes can help greatly in your everyday stressors.

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