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We are what we repeatedly do...

We are what we repeatedly do...

Our bodies tell a story of what we do all day long, everybody tells a different story because we are what we repeatedly do and repetitive strain injuries are a product of that repetition; they develop over time well after bad postural habits are formed.  Sometimes these habits are so seemingly small and insignificant that we don't even realise strain patterns are forming, until perhaps someone like myself starts finding tender points in places you didn't know were sore.

RSI injuries take time to heal and it is important to remember that time does heal all wounds, however we are all impatient and no one likes to be in pain.  The good news about RSI injuries taking a long time to develop means that there are plenty of opportunities along the way to do something about it before it becomes problematic. Remember prevention is best.
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The Dangers of Conventional Sunscreen

The Dangers of Conventional Sunscreen

 

Our bodies thrive with Sunshine and fresh air and in Australia in particular we embrace being a sunburnt country. It is actually very healthy for us to spend time in the sun every day.  Just as plants need Sunshine to grow and thrive, so do we! A safe amount of time is between 15-20 minutes a day in the sunshine. Our bodies have an inbuilt Sun protection factor in the form of the Pituitary gland. When we step out  in the sun, the Pituitary gland signals the body to produce a hormone which protects us from getting burnt. The problem is though that we tend to wear dark sunglasses so our body is tricked into a false sense of being indoors when we are actually outside. As a result the pituitary gland doesn't receive the trigger to produce the hormone and consequently we end up getting burnt. The other reason is that we stay out in the sun a lot longer then what we should.

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Does your car cause you back pain?

Does your car cause you back pain?

We often place great emphasis on how our desk set up is at work, but how much do we think about our car seat? Recent research has highlighted that Australians spend 4.4 hours a week or 53 minutes a day on average travelling to and from work. The position at which we sit in our car can place excess pressure on certain areas of our spine, which can produce or aggravate pain.

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Beyond Posture- Featured in Facilities Magazine

Beyond Posture- Featured in Facilities Magazine

The mind uses the body as a vehicle for communication; and our posture is an extension of that communication.  Posture is not just confined to the walls of our desk and how we sit at the desk, posture relates to our body language and how we communicate with ourselves and with others.  As our mind and body are inherently linked we can also use our bodies to connect with our mind. 

We can tell if someone is listening by assessing their body language/posture.

-Are they facing you?

-Do they have eye contact?

-Are their arms relaxed or crossed?

All of these tiny clues tell us what frame of mind people are in through subconsciously assessing each others body language thus their posture.  If you find that you have lost concentration and you were not listening when you were suppose to, you can change your posture to enhance listening.

As long as our mind and body are united we must expand our thinking and acknowledge the role that our mind has in how we choose to hold our bodies through different postures.  Only then are we able to unlock the habits of the mind that are linked with our posture.

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Thyroid health- foods to avoid

Thyroid health- foods to avoid
Foods that effect your thyroid health
Your thyroid is responsible for so many functions in the body which we take for granted!!
Did you know that your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped organ located in the lower front part of your neck. It releases hormones that control your:
Metabolism
Breathing
Heart rate
Central and peripheral nervous systems
Body weight
Muscle strength
Menstrual cycles
Body temperature
Cholesterol levels
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Getting that ache out of your head

Getting that ache out of your head
Most of us suffer from one type of headache or two throughout our lives, unfortunately headaches have become quite common in today's society; we can blame desk posture for a lot of those complaints, but did you know there are different types of headaches and not all of them have to do with posture?  Below is table of the different types of headaches you might suffer from with a few ways in which to manage them.
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Inflammation

Inflammation

Inflammation is the body's attempt at self-protection, the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens - and begin the healing process in the body.

When something harmful or irritating affects a part of our body, there is a biological response to try to remove it, the signs and symptoms of inflammation such as heat, swelling and pain specifically acute inflammation, show that the body is trying to heal itself.

Inflammation is part of the body's immune response. Initially, it is beneficial when, for example, your knee sustains a blow and the tissues need care and protection. However, sometimes inflammation can cause further inflammation which can become self-perpetuating. More inflammation is created in response to the existing inflammation.

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Motion, Movement- to be Free Featured in Facilities magazine

Motion, Movement- to be Free Featured in Facilities magazine


Movement, Motion & freedom are three things most people take for granted or never quite give much thought to.

If we were to change the structure of the sentence slightly those words might serve more meaning to you.  

“to be able to move forward in motion, freely”

The statement above outlines a fundamental requirement for health enduring a lifetime.

When you cannot move forward in motion, you are stuck and freedom will evade you in many facets of your life.

Movement is so essential to our sense of freedom and wellbeing yet most of us overlook this simple pleasure in life. Unfortunately moving freely is only truly appreciated when it is lost!

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Preparing for Winter

Preparing for Winter
We seem to approach winter with a sense of great trepidation about the onset of colds, flu, sinus and allergies but it doesn't need to be this way. It is very easy to breeze through winter and into spring without as much as a sniffle. Now is the time to start preparing your body and boosting your immunity.
 
There are plenty of natural remedies such as Manuka honey, Olive leaf extract and colloidal silver which can alleviate and reduced the symptoms associated with theses conditions. However practicing immune building rituals now can greatly reduce the risk of catching the dreaded lurgy's.
 
Ear candling can prevent and greatly improve Hayfever and sinus symptoms and taking a herbal tea every evening with cinnamon, honey and apple cider vinegar can help you to power through the winter months without a tissue in sight!
 
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Optimal Sleeping Postures

Optimal Sleeping Postures
              
Sleeping well is something we all strive for to make us feel better, but it's importance in overall body function is often overlooked. Your ability to heal and regenerate relies heavily on the amount of rest you can achieve. It is interesting to note that lack of sleep can result in;
-Increased risk of obesity, due to the unhealthy balance of hormones which make you hungry
-Difficulty fighting off common colds and infections, due to the inability of your immune system to function
-Lack of repair injured tissue cells, or the ability to boost muscle mass
Poor sleep due to pain is something you can change, this in turn can dramatically improve physical health and wellbeing.

Your sleep position can be an essential component of you getting that rest your body deserves. 
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Getting Fit Faster, Smater and Injury Free- Featured in Facilities Management Magazine

Getting Fit Faster, Smater and Injury Free- Featured in Facilities Management Magazine



It’s that time of the year where news year resolutions have been made and you have decided this is the year to get fit.  Your motivation has sky rocketed and you have finally bitten the bullet and started exercising; your muscles hurt, you can’t sit on the toilet without a moan from your gluteal muscles, and yes that is the tell tail sign you have been literally working your butt off…..  You go all out for 3-4 weeks and bang you injure yourself and loose all momentum, leaving you frustrated and annoyed thinking that all that hard work is going to fall by the way side.

Let me let you in on a little secret.  You are not alone.  Time and time again in clinic I see injuries caused during exercise.  Most injuries occur after an increase in load, whether it be physical, mental or emotional.  Remember that the body does not differentiate between mental, emotional, or physical stress, chemically it is all the same response in the body and that is a rise in cortisol levels.

So it is important to understand that stress; including your internal and external environment play a role in predisposition to injury.  So if you have been hibernating all winter, stressed at home or work and you need an outlet, just having signed up for the next fun run so you can pound the pavement in order have some release; then I urge you to proceed with caution and introduce the training load slowly; or I expect that you will be knocking on your local practitioners door and emptying your wallet quickly in order to get back on the pavement so you can participate in the run you just signed up for.

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Sit Stand Desk Revolution- Featured in Facilities Management Magazine

Sit Stand Desk Revolution- Featured in Facilities Management Magazine



 

The sit stand desk revolution is sweeping through our urban work spaces. Is this just a new fad or is the sit stand desk not only changing the ergonomics of our work space but making a difference to our health at the same time?

 

I think it is important to note that with anything that you do throughout the day there are opportunities for repetitive strain type injuries. If you sit at a desk or have manual labour job, or you stand all day long, each have their own set of pro’s and con’s and each have their own repetitive strain patterns that play out in the body.

 

The good thing about the sit stand desk being adjustable means you have a choice. An important thing to remember is if you sit too long you tend to slump, breathe shallow and squash all the abdominal organs causing tightness in the shoulders and hips; not to mention slowing down your metabolism. On the other end of the scale if you stand all day long you can be prone to varicose veins, compression in the lower spine, rotations in the pelvis as you shift your weight from side to side (rotations in the pelvis can also occur in the chair as well).

 

The sit stand desk is valuable to your postural health when you use it correctly. Like anything there is never a quick fix, you still need to be dedicated to improving your postural health and wellbeing in general with a only a small amount of effort.

 

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Quitting the White Stuff - 2

Quitting the White Stuff - 2

 

Sugar has a massive effect on the health of the body and it's organs. Sugar is responsible for a number of health conditions such as Diabetes and insulin resistance, cholesterol and not to mention excessive weight gain. One organ that is greatly effected by sugar is the Liver. Overloading the liver with sugar is a leading cause of Non alcoholic fatty liver disease, which is becoming increasingly common!

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Quiting the White Stuff

Quiting the White Stuff
Quitting the white stuff is always difficult. Over the next two newsletters we'll explain how reducing your sugar intake and lowering your intake of Bread, Pasta, cakes and biscuits and being aware of the added sugars in so called healthy foods can greatly improve your health and make you feel like a new person.Sugar sneaks in everywhere and it hides behind a long list of clever names. It's in everything from tinned soups, salad dressings, marinades, breakfast cereals, yoghurts and the list goes on!!
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Sitting Still

Sitting Still
I have never been very good at sitting still, as a child my mother had one of those leashes for their children because if I wasn't on a leash I was running anywhere and everywhere.  My childhood and adolescence was spent running, jumping playing sport between Basketball and Water Polo training and what ever else my mum would give in to letting me try.  Sometimes I would beg my mum to fill in for different sports until she wore down, sometimes she would stand her ground, and when I organised a lift to and from the sport in question she would still say no, my question would be why?  Her answer would be "BECAUSE I SAID SO".  I hated that answer, I couldn't argue with it and I certainly didn't question my mum when she said those words and I could never quite understand why...... 
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Cleansing; What's all the fuss about?

Cleansing; What's all the fuss about?
Have you ever wondered why at a certain age it was no longer easy to shed a few extra kilo's?  Or how you can no longer eat what you used to eat without seeing it in your hips or thighs?

Have you ever wondered why as you get older everything seems to slow down, like your digestion, metabolism, walking even thinking?

It has always baffled me when I hear people say "But you can eat what you want you're a teenager, I used to eat what I wanted when I was your age until I started to put on weight and I have struggled to get it off since".  We all have this common misconception in society that is ok to abuse your body when you are young because you are young and don't have to worry about the consequences until you get old, then when you get old you start to wonder why you didn't look after yourself.  Maybe its because the young teenager had it in their brain that "you can eat what you want when you're a teenager...."

Our teenage years are where we set the foundation of our health or disease for the years to come, this is where we develop habits that will transition into our adult lives.   It will also determine how we deal with our emotions in certain situations.Putting excess weight on does not happen over night, athritis does not happen overnight and neither does cancer. Most lifestyle diseases that are all on Australia's hit list of leading killers develop over distance and time and can be determined by lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise.


So what does that have to do with cleansing?  Well everything.....

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Being Healthy In The Office

Being Healthy In The Office

Being still causes stagnation in the body, when we move blood pumps quicker, waste removes faster and the lymphatic system works to get rid of toxins, our breathing depth becomes larger and we breathe out more toxins too. When we sit for long periods stagnation develops, oxygen is not pumped around the body as fast, waste removal slows, the lymphatic system has no valves and relies on movement to function, therefore when we sit the lymphatic system is only working through the movement of your breath. When we sit at the desk most of us slump at some point, when we slump we put pressure on our diaphragm, the main muscle for breathing, our breath tends to get more shallow as a result. So less oxygen enters the blood and less toxins leave through our breath. When we are busy and stressed you may notice that you also hold your breath and breathe even shallower without even realising it.   When we slump we also squash all of our abdominal organs and digestion becomes hard and requires more energy.

 

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Autonomic Stress

Autonomic Stress
Stress is a common word used in society today, but what exactly is stress and what effect is it having on our daily wellbeing and longevity?
The truth is that stress has many different emotions and many different faces and stress effects our daily wellbeing in more ways than we are conscious of.

Stress also has automated pathways in the body, have you ever felt like being stressed just happened to you?  Well maybe it did.  The body has what we call an autonomic nervous system, this literally means that this system runs automatically. The autonomic nervous system is apart of our peripheral nervous system and has two parts; the Sympathetic nervous system and the Parasympathetic nervous system.

The Sympathetic nervous system is responsible for our "fight or flight" response; the Parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for our "rest and digest" response. To create wellness in the body we must have a well balanced autonomic response to situations, which includes having a balanced autonomic nervous system.

But the million dollar question is how?  How do we create an environment in which we all have balanced autonomic nervous systems?
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Feeling 'Liverish'

Feeling 'Liverish'
Have you ever heard someone say i'm feeling 'liverish' today?  For those people who haven't; to be liverish is an old term meaning to be irritable.  If you look this word up in the dictionary it also refers to; suffering from a liver disorder, to be ill or to be sick, or ill-natured.   We have all felt a bit liverish from time to time, most of us probably feel liverish yet we don't even realise it.   

Have you ever woken up and felt on edge, frustrated and irritable, possibly angry for no apparent reason?  This is what I would call 'liverish' it is a sign that your liver is under stress.  Some people might be thinking "but I am not a big drinker", to which my reply is always "the liver does many other things than just cleansing the body of alcohol" my next comment is usually "what is your version of 'not a big drinker?'.  In today's society it has become socially acceptable to binge drink to an extent, 10 beers in one night instead of 20 is a triumph for some, or maybe you are one of those people who has a glass or two of wine every night.  Not only are we in a society of big drinking, we also live in a technological age where high stress levels are the norm.  If we add to the liver's issues we can talk about the effect fast and processed foods are having on our health.  Did you know the food industry creates jobs to specifically work out what chemicals to put in our food to make us want more, yes I know shocking to think but it's a true story.  If you want to know for yourself just pick up David Kesslers book "The end of over eating" and you will be truly shocked. 
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Health & Imagination

Health & Imagination
"What is now proved was once only imagined" William Blake 


Imagination forms a very important aspect of our creative development, it starts with a simple fairy tale when we are children.  Through the mind of a child the world is full of exciting things that can be reality and also imagination.  Imagination provides us with necessary development of the senses and visualisation skills. Sadly as we get older our opportunity to Imagine diminishes with age.  We are all told at school to stop imagining and start working hard, which is great for those left brain minds that are accustomed to subjects like maths, but what about the creative right brain types?  What about our musicians, our web designers, our inventors our sports people?  What about those minds that can create the world they want to live in?
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