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.




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.


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.

Finally its come into mainstream News

The Daily Telegraph has just recently written this article explaining that doctors are now being urged to advise against using paracetemol for mild fevers. We have been saying this for years, so we would love to share the fact that mainstream media has finally come out and said what we already knew.. Have Read below:


Parents warned against giving paracetamol and ibuprofen for mild fever

Parents should not give children with a mild fever regular spoonfuls of paracetamol and ibuprofen, doctors advise today, as they warn that doing so could extend their illness or put their health at risk

A misplaced “fever phobia” in society means parents too frequently use both medicines to bring down even slight temperatures, say a group of American paediatricians, who warn that children can receive accidental overdoses as a result.

As many as half of parents are giving their children the wrong dosage, according to a study carried out by the doctors.

In new guidance, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises that a high temperature is often the body’s way of fighting an infection, and warns parents that to bring it down with drugs could actually lengthen a child’s illness.

Family doctors too readily advise parents to use the medicines, known collectively as “antipyretics”, according to the authors of the guidance.

GPs also often tell parents to give their children alternate doses of paracetamol and ibuprofen – known as combination therapy – believing the risk of side effects to be minimal.

In its official guidance, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) says the use of the drugs “should be considered in children with fever who appear distressed or unwell”.

“It should be emphasised that fever is not an illness but is, in fact, a physiological mechanism that has beneficial effects in fighting infection”

Although Nice says that both drugs should not “routinely” be given to children with a fever, it states that this approach “may be considered” if the child does not respond to being given just one of them.

Children’s paracetamol solutions such as Calpol and ibuprofen solutions such as Nurofen for Children are sold over the counter in chemists. Recommended dosage quantities vary by age.

There is a range of solutions for different age groups, meaning it is possible for parents with children of different ages to mix up which they are giving.

According to the British National Formulary, which GPs consult when prescribing or advising on medication, children should receive no more than four doses of the right amount of paracetamol in a 24-hour period, and no more than four doses of ibuprofen a day.

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In its guidance today, however, the American Academy of Pediatrics notes that both medications have potential side effects and says the risks should be taken seriously.

Doctors, the authors write, should begin “by helping parents understand that fever, in and of itself, is not known to endanger a generally healthy child”. “It should be emphasised that fever is not an illness but is, in fact, a physiological mechanism that has beneficial effects in fighting infection.”

Despite this, the academy says, many parents administer paracetamol or ibuprofen even though there is only a minimal fever, or none at all.

“Unfortunately, as many as half of all parents administer incorrect doses,” the authors say. A frequent error is giving children adult-sized doses, while children who are small for their age can also receive doses that are too high even if their parents follow the instructions correctly.

Paracetamol has been linked to asthma, while there have been reports of ibuprofen causing stomach ulcers and bleeding, and leading to kidney problems.

“Questions remain regarding the safety” of combination therapy, say the authors, led by Dr Janice Sullivan, of the University of Louisville Pediatric Pharmacology Research Unit, and Dr Henry Farrar, of the University of Arkansas.

Dr Clare Gerada, the chairman of the Royal College of GPs, said: “In my experience of 20 years as a GP, parents are usually pretty careful.

“I think the most important thing to be worried about is keeping medicines out of the reach of children, because some taste quite nice.”

This was published by The Daily Telegraph last week.

Lane Cove Wellness Day

Chiropractic Central is pleased to be part of Soulful Fitness‘ upcoming Lane Cove Wellness Day on Saturday 22nd of August.

Chiropractic Central’s massage therapist Shona is filling in for me, and will be taking the table to the studio and doing 10 minute soft tissue assessments and mini massages!

Our naturopath Olivia will be discussing “Eating super foods for the ultimate energy” and  “Weight loss and carbohydrates- unlock the real truths.”

Soulful Fitness Wellness Day Front

Soulful Fitness Wellness Day Back

So get down to Soulful Fitness’ Wellness Day, grab a massage, listen to some inspirational speakers and jump into a yoga, pilates or spin class. It promises to be a great day!


Dr Sarah MacNeil

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Chiropractic: A Family Affair

Chiropractic Central -A Family AffairJane Godfrey has been a Chiropractic Central regular for close to 7 years and for the Godfrey family, it has become a family affair.

This hasn’t always been the case though, as Jane had never been to a chiropractor before this and was a bit of a sceptic and didn’t recognise the benefit of it. “It was only after a completing an impromptu spinal check at my gym, and being referred to Dr Sarah that I can see the whole health benefits of chiropractic,” said Jane.

Jane previously had a lot of allergy related illness and found that general illness like head colds lingered far too long, but since seeing Dr Sarah, Jane has been able to get over illnesses much quicker. Jane also received adjustments whilst pregnant with her daughters. “Receiving adjustments continually throughout both my pregnancies and up until the week before birth meant that I was strong and comfortable throughout, without any musculoskeletal issues.” Jane’s husband is a builder and benefits from chiropractic for repetitive strain injuries and improved overall health.

Jane has also seen a lot of benefits for her two daughters aged 4 ½ and 2. Both her daughters have been to chiropractic once a month since their birth. As a PE teacher, Jane recognised the need for maintaining spinal health, ensuring the girls’ gait developed as they grew, and based on her experience, building a strong immune system. “My girls have a strong immune system and they very rarely get sick from time at day care. Any parent with children knows that so many bugs are brought home from day care and pre-school.”

Prevention is better than cure is an apt way of describing Jane’s reason for making regular trips to Chiropractic Central a family affair. “It’s important for people to realise that you don’t have to have anything wrong with you to see a chiropractor,” said Jane. “It’s great to have strong spinal health and an improved immune system.  Chiropractic can improve specifics, but my family has found it also helps maintain our general health.”

Chiropractic Central’s upcoming Mums and Bubs Seminar on Saturday, 18 July will be a great opportunity for mums to discover the benefits of chiropractic and a number of other holistic health approaches for themselves and their young families.


Dr Sarah MacNeil

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Massage and Naturopathy in June

Chiropractic Central Closed June 2015

In April, we ran a competition asking people to describe the best massage they have ever had and what made it so good in 50 words or less. The theme of the responses seemed to be about all the sensory details of the experience, demonstrating how massage brings people into being in the present moment.

Here’s one response: “For me, what makes a really good massage is for the practitioner to be really ‘listening’ to the client’s body, where it is stuck, sensitive, how it is responding and altering the contact accordingly to shift tight tissues and return the muscles to being soft and supple in quality again. A massage that does that, changes how you feel. The post massage relaxation has been described as ‘floating’, light / free, or a bit like being drunk! Good remedial massage pays attention to the body as a whole and its overall connections, in combination with very specific and focused attention to ‘problem’ areas.”

Have you ever had a massage like that before, where the therapist ‘just knew, exactly where to go’?

While Tara and I are away from the practice, book yourself in for a treatment with Shona if you would like to experience what that is like and Olivia will be continuing her regular times as well.


Dr Sarah MacNeil

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