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Mar 28

Chiropractic Services Easter Holiday Weekend

Are you looking for a chiropractor in Sydney over Easter Holiday?

We know how hard it is to find a chiropractor when you are in pain and searching for someone in an emergency. Chiropractor in Chatswood offers emergency and after hours chiropractic services for Sydney. Please ring 02 9412 2722 and leave a message and someone will return your call. Please note, no promotional offers are valid for after hours and emergency services. Our emergency service fee is $200 and this includes treatment and examination. X-rays and other testing if needed are not included in this cost.

Mar 18

Food for thought (and function)

If you are confused about what constitutes proper eating habits, you are not alone. But just like other healthy habits, eating well does not have to be complicated. It does, however, require a basic understanding of some simple nutritional concepts, as well as the discipline to put them into action.

First, understand that there are 3 basic types of nutrients: proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. As often as possible, these nutrients should come from whole foods that aren simply prepared. Avoid processed foods
(canned, boxed, etc.) which are laden with chemical preservatives, sodium, and artificial flavors and colors.

Proteins are a major structural component of the body, and are essential to healthy muscles and other soft tissue. Good sources of protein include lean meat and poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, beans and legumes, and soy. An evening snack should include protein to help your body with tissue repair while sleeping.

Carbohydrates are essential for providing your body with energy, and although some popular diets will single out carbs as the bad guys, a distinction needs to be made between different types of carbs. It’s best to choose whole grains and unrefined starches such as sweet potatoes, brown rice, whole wheat pastas and breads, and fresh vegetables. Processed carbs are stripped of their nutrients and beneficial fiber. These are sometimes called the “whites” and
include white flour, white sugar, white rice, and white bread. The bulk of your carbs should be eaten morning through mid-day to
provide your body energy during the day.

Fats have also gotten a bad rap, but implementing the proper types of fats into your diet is essential for healthy heart function and a strong nervous system. Saturated or trans fats are the ones to avoid, as they contribute to atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, and heart disease. These are found in fried foods, hydrogenated oils, and fatty meats. Fat in your diet should consist of unsaturated fats, including omega-3s. Good sources include olive oil, salmon, avocados, flax seeds, and nuts.

A good rule of thumb is to eat moderately portioned meals with healthy snacks in between, so that you are eating 6-7 times daily. A typical meal should include components of all 3 nutrients, and the same goes for snacks. Dinner, for example, might be a 4-6oz skinless chicken breast, a generous portion of fresh vegetables, and a few slices of fresh avocado. An example of a good snack could be as simple as a couple celery sticks with natural peanut butter or almond butter. Eating well is not complicated. With a little creativity even the healthiest meals can be great-tasting!

A healthy spine and nervous system supports proper digestion, and a healthy diet supports your nerve health along with chiropractic adjustments to help you function at your best. Have your spine checked by your chiropractor in Chatswood to ensure your spine and nerves are healthy and your nutrition is best received by the body! (02) 9412 2722

Mar 13

Your Body of Water

Next to air and a nerve supply, water is probably the single most important thing that you can put into your body. Every system in the body uses water to function properly, and a lack of water can show itself in a variety of ways.

Many conditions that afflict the body are aggravated by lack of sufficient water intake, including headaches and migraines, fatigue, muscle spasm, digestive disorders, mood swings, and generalized pain.

Our bodies have been referred to as “hairy bags of water” for good reason. On average water comprises about 60% of our bodyweight and a reduction in water volume can throw the body out of its delicate balance. We continually lose water through several processes; primarily breathing, sweating, and urination. Therefore, in order to maintain sufficient water
levels it is essential that wem replenish what is lost.

Although there is some debate as to how much water we should ingest, a good general rule of thumb is to drink eight 8 ounce glasses per day. This will vary depending upon factors such as your activity level, the temperature, and your level of health, but on average is enough to keep most of us hydrated.

FOLLOW THESE TIPS TO KEEP YOU HEALTHY AND HYDRATED:
• Keep a water bottle with you at all times. A good quality stainless steel bottle can be used
indefinitely.
• Filter your water. To reap the healthy benefits of water, it is essential to filter out the chlorine,
heavy metals, harmful microorganisms and other contaminants.
• Take frequent sips. To avoid dehydration drink frequently through the day rather than wait until
you are overwhelmed by thirst.
• Eat plenty of foods that are high in water content, such as fresh fruits and vegetables.
• Increase your water intake during exercise, especially in hot weather.

Drinking enough good quality water along with keeping your spine and nerve supply healthy will do a wealth of good for your health and prevention. Book an appointment with your chiropractor in Chatswood on (02) 9412 2722 today to check your spine and nerve supply.

Mar 11

Back to Bed

You might not think you can accomplish much while you are asleep, but when it comes to the health of your spine, sleeping in the correct posture is like earning extra credit without putting in the work.
Assuming you are getting 8 hours of sleep per night, then you are averaging one-third of your day in bed, so it can have an astounding impact on your health.
It might seem strange to consider that there is a right way and a wrong way to sleep, but for the healthiest spine and the best complement to your adjustments there are definite pointers to keep in mind when it comes to finding the correct sleeping position.

In general, proper sleeping postures are meant to support the spine’s natural shape – straight up and down when viewed from the back, and with three sweeping curves as seen from the side.
Implement the following simple tips for a healthier night’s sleep.

ON YOUR BACK:
Sleeping on your back offers great support for the spine and can eliminate some of the twisting forces to the joints produced by other positions. When on your back, use a cervical roll under the base of your neck to support the neck’s natural forward curvature. This will also serve to relax the muscles in the back of your neck and relieve pressure from the discs.
If you are experiencing lower back pain, elevate your knees with some pillows and/or use a small lumbar support under the lower back.

ON YOUR SIDE:
When on your side use a thick enough pillow to fill the gap between your shoulder and head. This will prevent your head from tilting down toward the mattress all night, which can result in nerve pressure and muscle strain. Also, remember to keep your neck neutral; avoid curling your chin down to your chest in the fetal position.
To ease lower back pain when sleeping on your side, sleep with a pillow between your knees. This can help to minimize twisting to the lumbar spine and pelvis which could result in tight muscles.
Sleeping on your stomach is not recommended. Stomach sleeping places tension on neck muscles and can irritate the joints in the lumbar spine, especially on a softer mattress. If you are a stomach sleeper, try to gradually transition to sleeping on your side, and then if possible, progress to sleeping on your back at least part of the time.
Often times you will find that as the nervous system is brought back into balance and the tension on the spine is released, side sleeping and back sleeping will become more comfortable.

If you have any neck or back discomfort, correcting your sleeping may not be enough. Tension and stress on your spine from years of poor sleeping will more than likely have  resulted in dysfunction to your spine and nervous system. Give your Chiropractor in Chatswood a call to have your spine checked.  (02) 9412 2722

Mar 8

Keeping healthy when lifting

It is estimated that 80% of the population has experienced low back pain at some point. While there are several causes or aggravating factors, one of the most common is lifting injuries. By practicing proper lifting technique and keeping the following simple tips in mind, you can greatly minimize your chances of hurting yourself while lifting.
Of course, a strong and healthy spine makes for safer lifting, so chiropractic adjustments and a consistent exercise program will help to create a rock solid foundation.

Lift with Your Legs.
For most of us, this one is already ingrained, but it is so important that it still bears repeating. When lifting, remember to keep your lumbar spine upright and bend at the knees and hips, not at the lower back. Doing so will reduce the stressful impact on the low back, and decrease the likelihood of injury to discs, joints, and muscles. Be sure to maintain a strong back throughout the entire lift.

Keep it Close.
When lifting a heavy object, hug it as close to your body as possible. This not only adds stability, but reduces the stress to your spine. The farther away from your body you hold the load, the more force you put upon your back.
Keep Your Nose between Your Toes
When transferring an object from one place to another, avoid twisting at the lower back. Twisting with a heavy load, especially on a repetitive basis, can damage discs, irritate spinal joints, and send muscles into painful spasm. Instead, pivot your feet around so that your entire body moves together, keeping your nose between your toes.

Keep a Strong Core
Work to consistently engage in exercises that maintain strength in your core musculature. This includes your lumbar musculature as well as your abdominals. Maintaining a tight core while lifting can help avoid costly injury.

Enlist a Friend
If you determine that an object is too heavy or cumbersome to lift with proper form, ask a friend to help you. The same rules apply whether lifting alone or with the help of another.

Before lifting anything heavy, it is a good idea to pause for a second to assess the situation and to consider the best course of action. Safe lifting is not complicated, but it does require that you remember a few simple tips and put them to good use.

If you or anyone you know has has an injury during or after lifting resulting in back pain, give your Chiropractor in Chatswood a call to have your spine checked. They will provide an expert analysis and recommendation to resolve any problems.

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Mar 5

Your Lifeline

We all know that life impulses originate in the brain. The spinal cord conveys all the essential nerve energy from your brain into every single cell, tissue, and organ in your body. In other words, without the spinal cord, your body is devoid of life.

How vital are the spinal cord and its peripheral nerves to your health and well being?

Just ask anyone who has suffered a severe spinal cord injury. They can attest to the fact that power is carried through the cord and into the body, and without that power the body begins to shut down. Turn off the cord at the neck, and you lose control to everything below it. Shut it off at the lumbar spine, and the lower extremities become unresponsive.

Think of the spine as the main trunk line carrying electrical nerve signals from your body’s power station, the brain. The spinal nerves are like wires coming off the main line to feed all the parts of your body. If there is a crimp or other interference in any of these wires, either at the trunk or one of its branches, the electrical impulses are diminished and the body begins to malfunction.

A severe injury to the spinal cord has immediate and sobering consequences, but what about when damage to the cord or its nerves takes place slowly over time?

When spinal bones become subluxated (misaligned), they most commonly do so over time. The cumulative effect of daily physical, chemical, and emotional stresses can cause instability to the spinal column resulting in chronic spinal subluxations. This irritation to the spinal nerves causes the body to function abnormally.

While this might not necessarily result in a complete loss of power into the body, it does set you up for a slow, relentless reduction of nerve energy. This is often the underlying cause of those painful symptoms that seemingly manifest out of nowhere with no obvious cause.

If a severe spinal cord injury shuts the lights off immediately, a subluxation has them on a slow dimmer. In either case you are eventually left in the dark.
While a cure is still being sought for spinal cord injuries, we fortunately have an effective correction for a subluxation in the chiropractic adjustment.

Those who suffer spinal cord injuries don’t get the luxury of a do-over. But those living with subluxations have the opportunity to improve their quality of life. If you or someone you know has not yet been checked for subluxations, be sure to take action as soon as possible. Your quality of life depends upon it.

Feb 19

Essential Healthy Habits

To live a healthy life at the most basic level, we all know that there are certain habits that must be maintained on a consistent basis.

Want healthy teeth? Brush a few times daily, floss at least once a day, and visit your dentist for regular check-ups.
Healthy bodily hygiene requires that you shower or bathe daily.

Living at a healthy bodyweight results from consistently eating the right types of foods, and regularly engaging in some form of exercise.

Most importantly, living your life at your absolute healthiest, with 100% nerve flow and maximum expression of life requires clearing the body of subluxations and then maintaining that correction through consistent wellness adjustments.

These are truths that cannot be denied. When you quit performing any of these proactive habits, its corresponding aspect of health begins to decline.

So let’s say you did give up these habits. What would happen to your state of health as it relates to that activity?
Quit brushing and flossing and you risk losing your teeth. As undesirable as this would be, you can still live without a mouthful of teeth. Sure it’s more difficult, but you would survive.

Give up bathing and, while your circle of friends would quickly diminish, you would be in no imminent threat of losing your life.

Stop exercising or eating well and soon your neglect will be written all over your expanding body.

Start powering down the nervous system, however, and your quality of life plummets right along with it. Shut the nervous system down completely, and you die.

This is not to imply that if you give up your wellness adjustments death is imminent, but it does speak volumes toward the importance of keeping the power of the central nervous system firing freely at all times.

Life revolves around the nervous system and when spinal bones become misaligned, or subluxated, the power that runs the body from the brain down is diminished.

As important as it is to correct spinal imbalances and restore motion and function to the spinal column, it is just as critical to maintain that correction. A lifetime of preventative, wellness chiropractic care is one of the healthiest habits that you can engage in.

Jan 28

Great, or just good enough?

In his best selling business book Good to Great, Jim Collins says, “Good is the enemy of great.” The point is that if something or someone is judged as good, there is little incentive to improve. On the other hand, an obviously horrible situation is more likely to incite action.

When it comes to health the tendency is to settle for “pretty good”. As long as you are not in constant pain and can get through the day with minimal drug usage you are right in line with the masses. Since you are no worse off than most of the people around you, you see no need to take action. We tend to get into the habit of comparing our health with those around us or with our acceptable definition of what it means to be healthy.

There are 2 major problems with this way of thinking.

First, most of the people around you, on average, have a horrible state of health. With heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, etc. running rampant it’s a good bet that the people you surround yourself with are a fair representation of these ailments. Even if you are slightly better off than your friends, is that really all that you are willing to settle for?

Unless you make it a habit of hanging out with elite athletes and the extremely health-conscious, then your circle of friends is probably not the best barometer to judge yourself against. Sad, but true.

Secondly, we have a tendency to broaden our definition of health to fit our current state. Can’t walk the stairs anymore without getting winded? It’s not that you are unhealthy, you’re just getting older. “Sure I’m getting headaches every day, but that’s normal considering the stress I’m under.” Unfortunately rationalizing your problems doesn’t correct them.

It’s time to stop settling for good enough! You deserve no less than to live life at your absolute maximum potential at all times possible.

Dorland’s Medical Dictionary defines health as a state of optimum physical, mental, and social well-being, and not just the absence of disease or infirmary. In other words, feeling good is not good enough. Being healthy is living at peak performance and experiencing life at its fullest.

Thomas Edison said, “If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.” Most of us have no idea how big the gap is between our current state of health and our actual potential.
We can no longer afford to settle for “good”. It’s time to start astounding ourselves!

Your Chiropractor in Chatswood conducts a thorough neurological and chiropractic examination which may determine what is holding you back from your real, healthiest potential.

Jan 27

Are you on a slow simmer?

There’s an old metaphor about a frog in boiling water. If you drop a frog in a pot of boiling water, he will immediately jump out because of the sudden, drastic change in temperature. If, however, you put a frog in a pot of tepid water and slowly bring it to a boil, the temperature change will be so subtle that the frog will never know what hit him as he boils to death.

People are very similar to the frog when it comes to identifying underlying health problems and seeking out help with their correction. Based on the perceived severity of the problem, you are either driven to action, or more prone to let the problem continue as a mere annoyance.

Those who have suffered a major trauma such as an auto accident, work injury, or slip and fall are like a frog dropped in boiling water. Because they have undergone such sudden and massive physical change they seek immediate action in correcting the damage done and look to professional help without delay. Bear in mind that these are the same people who would normally overlook more minor aches and pains without a second thought.

Why does one act so quickly in a situation like this? The injury happens so suddenly and swings them so far from their comfort zone that they will do whatever it takes to bring things back to normalcy as quickly as possible. After all, a knock in your engine is something that you would typically let go for awhile, but a sudden cloud of smoke billowing from under the hood would likely spur you to immediate action.

The majority of people, however, are like a frog in tepid water, on a slow simmer until eventually being brought to a boil. Most subluxations develop over time, and because they are often very subtle, and many times painless, the danger of their impact on our bodies goes unnoticed.

Over time, however, these subluxations are no less devastating to us than boiling water is to the frog. A slow drip in your attic might not seem like a big deal, but its cumulative effects can eventually send your ceiling crashing down.
Until we get into the habit of being proactive when it comes to our health, these “simmering” subluxations will always be a threat. Neutralizing that threat requires that we shift our thinking away from pain-based, symptom-relief care and more toward a system built around prevention and wellness.

If you know someone who has not been examined for subluxations yet, regardless of whether or not they are exhibiting any symptoms, send them in for a chiropractic evaluation. Let’s get them the help they need before their pot comes to a boil!

Jan 16

Orthodontics for your Spine

One of the biggest myths about chiropractic is that “once you start, you have to go forever.”

First of all, it is entirely up to you how long you choose to continue to get adjusted. Of course, like any other healthy habit, the longer you maintain it, the better your quality of life. But just to clear up some confusion, let’s look at the process of a comprehensive schedule of chiropractic care in another light.

Perhaps the most apt analogy for corrective care for the spine is reconstructive orthodontics for your teeth. Both disciplines consist of an initial phase of care that usually involves overcoming a structural weakness, followed by a reconstructive or rehabilitative phase of care, and finally culminating in wellness or maintenance.

The earliest phase of your care usually consists of the highest visit frequency. In cases of chronic structural imbalances to the spine it is common to initially require adjustments a few days a week until spinal joints begin holding their proper position.

Using our orthodontic analogy, this would be the point at which the brackets and wires are put on your teeth and you are seen for check-ups every couple weeks. Since there is no wire affixed to your spine, your chiropractic visits occur more frequently than orthodontic appointments, and are instead “wired together” by specific exercises, postural recommendations, etc.

As strength and stability return, your visit frequency is diminished. This is the phase in which the orthodontist would also begin spacing out his visits and begin to “tweak” the wires to make fine adjustments to your teeth and allow them to settle into their new structural pattern. In both cases, this is a critical phase of care in that it is setting the stage for lifelong wellness or maintenance.

In regard to orthodontics, this is when you would be fitted for a retainer to be worn at least nightly for the rest of your life, or for as long as you wish to maintain healthy teeth.
As for chiropractic, this marks the transition to a schedule of wellness or maintenance care to ensure a lifelong abundance of health and well-being.

The maintenance or wellness phase of care is without a doubt the most important. What is sickness, but a lack of wellness? The whole objective of everything leading up to your wellness care is to get your body back to its natural state of balance. Once there, staying well is simply a matter of sustaining that balance.

Wear your retainer and maintain a life of health and wellness. Or neglect your maintenance and have the braces put back on? The choice is clear.