Back to School: Backpacks and spinal health

Your child’s lunch, books and school equipment can quickly load up a backpack so, with students starting or heading back to school this week, here are a few reminders about how students should be carrying their backpacks.

Wearing a backpack correctlyThe Chiropractor’s Association of Australia shared this image and information on their Facebook page this week:

  • Backpacks should be ideally no heavier than 10% of a student’s weight when packed.
  • Use both shoulder straps
  • Use waist straps if provided.

Here is a link to an American TV segment featuring an American chiropractor giving his tips for wearing a backpack properly.

He notes that :

  • Wearing both straps balances the wight on both shoulders
  • Wearing a backpack too low will mean the child over-compensates by leaning forward to carry the backpack
  • Keeping the bag as light as possible is key!

Regards,

Dr Sarah MacNeil

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Remedial Massage – A complementary service at Chiropractic Central

The Lane Cove Chiropractic Central Team

The Lane Cove Chiropractic Central Team

Late last year we welcomed Vivienne Murray to Chiropractic Central. Vivienne has become an integral team member whose massage practice complements our core Chiropractic service.

Vivienne’s Remedial Massage practice is based on Myofascial Release with the primary influence being Sports Massage; the focus during treatments is to resolve muscular tension and adhesions (knots) while facilitating a deep state of relaxation.

With the view to providing optimal treatment outcomes, Vivienne takes a thorough and methodical approach during all massage therapy to ensure that every massage is of comparable quality.

Completing a Science Degree in 2009 has augmented Vivienne’s analytical skills which  proves invaluable to her massage practice.  During Vivienne’s 21 years clinical experience, some of the conditions she has worked with include: Frozen Shoulder, Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, General RSI, Compartment Syndrome (Shin Splints), migraines, headaches and injuries specific to elite and regular sports competition.

Other key roles and employment in her career include:

  • Massage Volunteer at the 1990 Commonwealth Games – Auckland, New Zealand.
  • The Stadium Fitness Centre at the SCG
  • Owner/Operator of a massage clinic at St Leonards Fitness First
  • Experience at Sydney’s Park Hyatt Hotel

You’re more than welcome to make a direct appointment with Vivienne or make a booking before or after your next session. An appointment with Vivienne will provide an opportunity to discuss your health with her and you can get a sense of just how wonderful she is.

Regards,

Dr Sarah MacNeil

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Ashram experience to be shared at Yoga retreat

Yoga practitioner and teacher Nityadrashta will be sharing practical yoga tips at our retreat.

Yoga practitioner and teacher Nityadrashta will be sharing practical yoga tips at our retreat.

Chiropractic Central will be hosting a Detoxify and Re-Energise Yoga Retreat on Saturday 1st of February. The retreat, hosted by Yoga practitioner Nityadrashta, will include sessions on Yoga practices, breathing techniques, eating to suit your body type, yoga nidra and spinal health.

Nityadrashta, coming to Sydney from Bellingen for the retreat, has over a decade of teaching experience and recently spent 9 months in an ashram in India. During her stay, she experience different levels of Yoga and learnt more about yoga spirituality.

“My ashram experience was excellent, said Nityadrashta. “There were long periods of silence, perfect for introspection and learning more about yourself. The day retreat at Chiropractic Central will showcase the benefits of yoga and include relaxation and concentration techniques and skills newcomers and regular yoga practitioners will be able to implement themselves.”

As a Chiropractic practice that focuses on holistic health, the team and I are looking forward to presenting and attending this day retreat. Timed for those returning to work after summer holidays, the sessions will provide practical tips for starting the year well.”

Tickets are $90 and a vegetarian lunch is included. Bookings can be made through Chiropractic Central on ph. 9418 9031.

  • 9am – 5pm, Saturday 1st February 2014 @ Chiropractic Central
  • Tickets: Please contact Tara on ph. 9418 9031

I look forward to seeing you at the retreat.

Regards,

Dr Sarah MacNeil

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Jump higher and spring into 2014

springWell it is mid-January so I do hope you have sprung into 2014 by now. A recent study, summarised by Marissa Luck, shows how athletes jumped higher with Chiropractic.

Athletes with ankle problems had improved jumping performance after receiving chiropractic care in a new pilot study. Compared to patients in a sham group, those who received chiropractic adjustments were able to jump higher after just three weeks. If the results of the study are confirmed in future research, chiropractic adjustments could be recommended as a beneficial treatment for athletes with ankle dysfunction.

Ankle and foot injuries account for 16-30% off all sports injuries, resulting in significant loss of playing time and medical costs. Within the ankle are several joints collectively called the ankle complex or the talocrural joint. Chiropractors and other manual therapists frequently use traction, high-velocity, low amplitude manipulation of talocrural joint to alleviate ankle and foot injuries. Despite the popularity of such treatments, there has been little scientific research on the effects of ankle adjustments in athletes.

Here is a link to the story which includes a video that references an Australian case study that shows Chiropractic is fantastic at keeping our bodies healthy.

Regards,

Dr Sarah MacNeil

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Happy 2014! Stick to your goals and resolutions

The Lane Cove Chiropractic Central Team

The Lane Cove Chiropractic Central Team

Welcome to 2014! You may have made some resolutions at the stroke of midnight to ring in the New Year or have put some deep thought into goals you would like to achieve in this year. Here are a few tips to ensure you keep them.

  • Avoid picking unrealistic resolutions as you’re likely to set yourself up for disappointment and failure.
  • Write down your goals. When you do, you’re sending a message to your brain that you’re committed.
  • Don’t just set yourself an ultimate goal – break your goal down into several smaller goals that you can achieve throughout the year.
  • Plan how you will approach obstacles along the way to achieving your resolution. What kind of obstacles are you likely to run into?
  • Ask family and friends to help – it is a great way to keep you accountable. If your resolutions are health of fitness related seek professionals who can keep you on track.
  • Don’t expect to achieve your resolutions overnight. Consistency and smaller, short-term goals are critical to success.
  • For every small goal you achieve along the way make sure you reward yourself.

What goals or resolutions have you set for yourself for 2014? The Team and I wish you a great year ahead!

Regards,

Dr Sarah MacNeil

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