Can Chiropractors help with Weight loss?

In the past 20 years there has been a substantial increase in the number of Australians classified as obese or overweight.  Information on weight loss floods the internet and television advertising and it can be confronting and overwhelming.  Weight loss begins with acceptance, willingness, education on the detrimental effects of obesity (creating a reality check), action and continuation with support first externally then internally within yourself.

Many factors cause or aggravate weight gain or inability to lose weight such as stress, hormonal changes, lack of education into healthy food choices, your brain and perception of yourself.  As AHPRA registered primary care practitioners, Chiropractors have a growing role in nutritional management, wellness and supportive care in obesity cases.

A full chiropractic examination and consultation can guide the type of care needed. Treatment is individualized, and unique to your needs and can therefore be more successful in treating weight-loss.

You can start today by writing a food and exercise diary, recording your food intake for a week so it is easier to dissect where problems may be lurking and be aware of any unhealthy patterns.

Home-tips for self care can include:

– Exercising for more than 1 hour four times a week.

– Eating 1/3 less portion size on your plate.

– Increasing plant-based foods and proteins.

– Eat slowly and mind-fully – savour each bite with its various flavours, textures and remember to chew chew chew!

– Cut out sugar.

Call us here at Coastal Chiropractic and Wellbeing for more information regarding your specific weight-loss concerns and goals.  To get the most from your visit we would like to speak to you prior to your consultation.  If you are a part of our Coastal Chiropractic community already please tell us your goals so that we can help you achieve them in your next consultation. Whether it is 2kg-30kg – we can help you and changes can be made towards a healthier and happier you!

Spinal Health Week 2015

Spinal Health Week Coastal Chiropractic

 

 

 

 

‘Get Your Happy Back’ – Press Release

This year Spinal Health Week 2015 runs from May 25 to 31, with the theme

‘Get Your Happy Back’

Every day more and more Australians experience disabling low back pain, neck pain and headaches, limiting their ability to work and engage in an active healthy life.

One explanation for this is the impact an increasingly sedentary lifestyle has on postural fitness. Think about all the hours you spend each day sitting at work or school, on a computer or other mobile device, watching television or playing computer games. Poor posture increases pressure on your spine which can cause low back pain, neck pain, headaches and fatigue.

Low back pain is a growing problem and now ranks second in Australasia and seventh in the world according to the World Health Organisation’s latest Global Burden of Disease study. Neck pain is also problematic ranking ninth in Australasia and 21st in the world.

If you suffer from back pain, neck pain or headaches or if poor postural fitness is impacting on your ability to live life to the fullest, visit our chiropractors at Coastal Chiropractic & Wellbeing and Get Your Happy Back.

Chiropractic care focuses on the relationship between body structure (primarily the spine and pelvis) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how this relationship can restore and maintain health.

Each week around 215,000 patients visit an Australian chiropractor. Chiropractic care is an increasingly common and effective treatment for back pain, neck pain and headaches eliminating the need for drugs or surgery. This means chiropractic care can also be very cost effective in comparison to other types of treatment.

At Coastal Chiropractic & Wellbeing we are encouraging our patients and the Gold Coast community to begin a conversation about preventative health and wellbeing and adopt healthy habits.

Chiropractors have an important role to play in preventative health and wellbeing because they understand that a vital part of maintaining normal spinal function is by helping patients to make healthy lifestyle changes around nutrition, exercise and wellness.

Adopting healthy habits today (such as improving postural fitness) can significantly reduce the risk of injury or pain later on and have a positive impact on your self-esteem, social relationships and even mental health.

Back, neck and spinal problems are also a leading cause of lost productivity in the workplace and forced early retirement. Every year forced early retirement has a traumatic effect on the hopes and prosperity of a large number of Australians.

During 25th-31st May 2015 at Coastal Chiropractic & Wellbeing in Burleigh, we will be offering free spinal health checks to new patients to our clinic! We also have a colouring competition for the kids and can offer many healthy tips and tricks to help you Get Your Happy Back!

Who do you know that could benefit from Chiropractic Care?

Now is the time to let them know and to give us a call!

During Spinal Health Week 2015 make an appointment at Coastal Chiropractic & Wellbeing for a spinal health check-up and discover what steps you can take to improve your overall health and wellbeing and Get Your Happy Back.

Contact Kate at reception on (07) 5520 2555 to book your appointment today!

Spinal Health Week 2015 is a national initiative of the Chiropractors’ Association Australia (CAA).

Dangers of D.I.Y Detox…

Detox Safely with Coastal Chiropractic and Wellbeing Gold CoastAlthough our bodies are designed to process and remove toxins, we can have a toxin burden where pathways of the body become compromised.  This build up of toxins is due to dietary allergens such as gluten, food additives, dairy and eggs, bacteria, parasites or due to fungal overgrowth and of course toxins in our environment found around our home, at work, air pollution, pesticides in our food as well as lifestyle choices can all contribute to this toxic load overworking our systems and throwing them out of balance.

With a thorough examination here at Coastal Chiropractic and Wellbeing, we can see which body systems are the top priority for detoxification.  This includes the gut, liver and looking for traces of  heavy metals that are stored in our brains and in our body.  Heavy metal overload is common among plumbers, welders, miners, renovators, people who have a lot of fish in their diet or have mercury fillings.

A “Healing Crisis” or more commonly known as feeling like absolute crap while in detox is a sign that you are not detoxifying healthfully. This unhealthy process shows that you may just be “recycling” the toxins from the liver back into an unhealthy gut then back to the liver.  This process creates a danger not only to how we feel now but also to our long-term health, putting unnecessary stress and strain on our vital organs.

This is why it is ESSENTIAL to detoxify with the help of a practitioner who specializes in this field.  Here at Coastal Chiropractic and Wellbeing not only do we take the guess work out of the detoxification process we can SAFELY find a detox program especially designed for your body and your unique health requirements.  We will delve deeply into your everyday lifestyle and help you make healthy and well-informed lifestyle choices to prevent future damage – and you will be surprised to know that the detoxification process doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to give up anything!!  We look at the big picture to help detoxify you, your family and your environment. We are here to give you direction and support and structure to ultimately change your health looking ahead to the future!

Detox Questionaire

Check out our Detox Questionnaire from our friends at Metagenics if your total is below 40 = low priority, between 40-70 =medium priority, above 70 = high priority.

Detoxification can help with learning disabilities, pain, depression, diabetes, weight management,  food sensitivities, headaches and fatigue, also with most syndromes such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and PMR, hormonal disturbances, polycystic ovaries breast lumps, menopause, fertility, constipation and irritable bowel syndrome.

 “When ‘I’ is replaced by ‘WE’ – ILLness becomes WELLness!”

Call us here at Coastal Chiropractic and Wellbeing on the Gold Coast,  make an appointment  and lets talk detox!  Ph 5520 2555.

 

Chiropractic, Posture and Energy Levels

Can posture really affect how we feel?

Did you know that your posture can influence your energy levels and can even help with depression!   A recent article stated that “by changing posture, subjective energy level can be decreased or increased”.^

In this awesome video, TED Talk Amy Cuddy shows how our posture and body language can affect our hormones, cortisol and testosterone!

Body Language Shapes Who You Are – Amy Cuddy

Good posture gives us a sense of calm and confidence for everyday life. Contact us here at Coastal Chiropractic and Wellness, Gold Coast for more information about chiropractic care, posture and how it can change your life – for the better!

 

^ Erik Peper and I-Mei Lin (2012) Increase or Decrease Depression: How Body Postures Influence Your Energy Level. Biofeedback: Fall 2012, Vol. 40, No. 3, pp. 125-130.

 

 

Healthy Tips to Avoid Technology Overload

Facebook Overload??Facebook overload, tech balance

Well you are here on Facebook right now aren’t you?! Some people may not agree that you can ever have a Facebook overload, but a technology overload – that, we can all agree on! Technology can easily take over your day, and your life allowing precious time to whittle away and  your days increasingly unproductive.

 

Reclaim your techno balance and follow our 5 simple tips…

  1. Check emails at 9:30am or designate 30 minute time slot. Delete spam or emails that you know in your heart that you are not likely to ever get back to. Deal with all of the rest immediately. This means acting decisively, with a cup of coffee in hand – of course! If you can’t respond to each email in 3 minutes look to schedule it to a later time so that you can focus. Keep your inbox clear – de-cluttering your inbox to de-clutter your mind!
  2. Play music! Turn off the TV or listen to the sounds of nature, the waves, the birds outside maybe?
  3. Watch an engaging film that will make you laugh your head off, or cry your eyes out! Both are great ways to release stress – then turn it off!
  4. Get back out amongst nature, even if it is only for 5 minutes. Take your shoes off, sink your toes into the sand or the grass and take a few deep breaths!
  5. Go to bed 30 minutes earlier and sleeeeep! All phones, computers, devices, and TV’s out of the bedroom!

There is nothing extreme about the 5 helpful tips above, it is all about being more consciously aware of how and when you use technology. Its all do-able and promises a healthy return to techno balance!

Chiropractic Care for Sports Concussions

Concussions – A Real Worry…

Sports concussions are growing amongst children, which in itself is a real concern. Although you may not think that a Chiropractor is the first medical professional you may go to when it comes to concussion management, Chiropractors are in fact trained to spot mild traumatic brain injury such as sports concussion.

There are more obvious signs of concussion such as vomiting, blurred vision, stumbling, increased confusion, unconsciousness, dilated pupils, weakness in the arms and legs and also headaches. Concussion can cause injury to the cervical spine (the neck area) and a blow to the head can create a whiplash-type scenario causing misalignments to the cervical spine and to the cranial bones (of the skull).

Concussion symptoms that you have may not correlate to the concussion injury or a blow to the head.  Symptoms  of concussion are also known to creep up in time and can include headaches, poor concentration, sinus and hayfever symptoms and behavioral issues. These symptoms of concussion and changes can be assessed thoroughly with a chiropractorchiropractic care for sports concussions you ask? – For sure!

Call Brad Jones at Coastal Chiropractic Gold Coast for a chiropractic assessment. Dr. Brad Jones is fantastic with chiropractic care for kids and chiropractic for sports injuries and can help you and your family perform at their best whether it be at work, at school or at play!

Contact us for an appointment today at Coastal Chiropractic and Wellbeing on the Gold Coast, phone 5520 2555.

Why See a Chiropractor?

We are living in a paradox, we live longer yet we are more unhealthy!  Chiropractic care is drug and surgery-free and is known to effectively manage pain in the back and joints.  With 2 million Aussies suffering today maybe its your time to have a comprehensive assessment with your local chiropractor – call us here at Coastal Chiropractic today for an appointment and get your health and wellbeing back on track and live your life happy and healthy!
With technology these days, excess screen time can damage our health causing a myriad of conditions from neck pain and headaches and can even lead to obesity.  Sometimes sitting at your desk for work is unavoidable so why not download the Sit Right Widget now! This fantastic little tool pops up throughout the day with a friendly reminder to move at your desk every 20, 40 or 60 minutes.  We love it here at Coastal Chiropractic as it also comes up with stretches, water break reminders and even makes you aware of yourself if you are slumping at your desk! Its FREE and the time to take action is now.
Call 5520 2555 for your comprehensive Gold Coast Chiropractic assessment here at Coastal Chiropractic and Wellbeing Burleigh.

IS YOUR BODY READY FOR BABY?

Preconception care for both of you should ideally start 6 weeks to 3 months before even trying to fall pregnant depending on your level of health.

Only an experienced practitioner can sit down with you and thoroughly evaluate your history, current state of health and emotional equilibrium regarding starting a family and your own childhood.

We cannot emphasize enough how a healthy body can help create a healthy egg and the lucky sperm to to create an unbelievably beautiful healthy baby. That’s why it always takes two and both parents should be assessed.

A general pre-conception multivitamin can help, but what if you are chemically out of sorts and need higher levels of specific nutrients and herbs for fertility? Some may need a liver detox which not only will make you feel fantastic but also increases your chances of falling pregnant and reduces your chances of exposing a potential developing foetus to toxins. If you are already pregnant or suspect it, a detox is contraindicated and we need a new plan to ensure a comfortable pregnancy for a happy healthy baby right to term.

Your personal history and sometimes even your own mother’s history may create blocks in really wanting to fall pregnant. NET can help clear history’s baggage that can affect fertility and then we can be sure you mentally and emotionally want a beautiful healthy baby!

PROBIOTICS – Am I taking the right one?

Probiotics may:

-Increase immunity
-Restore gut flora after antibiotics
-Relieves IBS
-Reduces and relieves acute diarrhoea
-Reduces food allergies and eczma especially in children
-Helps support immunity in children

Essentially we are full of micro organisms, bacteria, yeast and even viruses. Unfortunately an overgrowth of bad bacteria, yeast and even viruses can cause havoc in your body. The immune system should be healthy and vital enough to fight these nasties. One way to improve your immune system is to flood your gut with good bacteria.

Very specific strains of good bacteria can help with very specific ailments mentioned above.

A few ways you can help your good v’s bad bacteria balance is to:

1. Reduce sugar intake. Sugar includes hidden sugars such as those found in processed foods and alcohol.

2. Reduce yeast. Breads should be good quality grain, fresh and eaten in moderation.

3. Stress can affect your balance and create candida thoughout the body. We have found with our own case studies in the clinic that thrush in women can be caused by emotional stress within your personal relationships. NET removes this stress from your body so you can be healthy.

4. Always use very mild oil based soaps. Never douche, an over acidic environment in the vagina can cause an imbalance and therefore thrush.

5. Basic nutrition – drink plenty of water, avoid overindulging in acidic foods such as coffee, tea, chocolate, alcohol, orange and tomato juice,red meat and sugar.

6. A preventative probiotic may help but it’s first important to diagnose exactly what your gut problem is by using Applied Kinesiology and then given appropriate treatment. Specific treatments to you are not guess work, therefore much more cost effective.

Dealing with a Midlife Crisis

Midlife Crisis is between the ages of 35-75 depending on who you talk to! Some factors that contribute to this can be worries with relationships, kids playing up, leaving home or even moving back home, aging sick parents, financial hardships, job losses and retirement worries.

Some people choose to stay in the dissatisfied life they have lead for years. They in the same job with the same routine, over committing with kids and family, gaining weight slowly (a couple of kgs per year), holidaying at the same place and time each year. Finding apathy for day to day life with no light and little laughter.

Others find this as a time to be the person they have always dreamt of. Quitting a dissatisfying job to pursue a dream career, buying a sports car (because now they can afford to). They learn to say no…often…and find they now have the time to take part in the latest 8 week challenge at the gym, never feeling healthier. They travel, and take part in death – defying acts like skydiving. They have time to spend reminiscing with friends about the good old times, lots of laughter comes into their lives. They may embark on a spiritual journey, never feeling so at peace. Suddenly the midlife crisis doesn’t sound so bad after all!

5 ways to handle midlife crisis:

1. Come face to face with aspiration and achievements. Your dreams may not have come true. It easy to feel like a failure, but look at your childhood dreams, look how unrealistic they were to start with. Why not look at your legacy, write your life story or build a sculpture, something that will last for generations. Never compare yourself to others. Write a new mission statement and new goals. The secret isn’t in how you succeed professionally, it’s to drop the pretense to please others and set yourself free.

2. Are you always rushing to get it all done? It’s time to slow down. Live each day interacting with nature, kind thoughts and kind words with people and beautiful imperfections of our lives. No need to fix it to make it right, or force it so it fits in with our goals, just let it be. Today we interact with other humans 1/20 less than we did in 1988 – FB, computer games, swiping at the service stations. Listen to your family and friends, not just try and work out what you want to say next, actually listen. Call your parents!

3. Cut out what you don’t need. This comes in the form of technology, difficult and depleting friendships, the investment property, perfectionism. It could also come in the form of creating your own stress. Turn if OFF! Yes, that includes your head. DON’T OVERCOMMIT.

4. Your ability to sleep changes. This is usually hormonal whether it’s the sex hormones or stress hormones. This is the time of your life you can cut out the alcohol and caffeine and enjoy foods with a lovely chemical called tryptophan, it’s found in bananas, oats, milk and honey. Sounds like lovely dessert options to me, not breakfast!

5. Your metabolism can slow down as you age! Calories in must be less than calories out. Your hormones can wreak havoc. Here at Coastal Chiropractic we can check your hormones – we are talking about excess or depletion in adrenal, cortisol, estrogen, progesterone levels, insulin levels and thyroid. Your imbalance can be caused by a change in chemistry, emotional imbalance and misalignments of the spine where the nerve to the gland is compromised. If you know the cause you are able to balance it. Remember the body is a self healing / self repairing mechanism. Feeling tired, irritable, lack luster, gaining weight…this can wall be due to hormonal changes. If you are unsure of whether a food is good or not, ask yourself one question. “Did the hunter gatherers eat it?”

If your life is not congruent to your genetic potential you need to look at changing your environment. We haven’t evolved much within our bodies over the last 200 years. Do we eat and run like the aboriginals did here 200 years ago…no…it’s not rocket science.

If your blood pressure is over 140/80 you’re not the defect. You have a perfect self repairing mechanism that’s working hard in response to your environmental stress – Don’t change you with medication…change your environment! Don’t be afraid of the midlife crisis..be afraid of the midlife HEALTH crisis.

Getting older may feel like an inconvenience but we can look at it as a wake-up call, improve our health, embrace our silly side and our inner wise owl.

Use your Midlife Crisis to propel yourself onto the right path. Book in for a thorough examination with us today, because your body needs to come with you throughout the second half of your life!