The clinic will be closed on:
Thursday 25th December
Friday 26th December
Saturday 27th December
Thursday 1st January
WISHING YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY, SAFE & BLESSED CHRISTMAS AND A HEALTHY NEW YEAR!
CHRISTMAS – It’s such a beautiful time of year, but it’s also one of the busiest. Rushing from school concerts to end of year parties, to catching up with friends and family. It’s no wonder that we see so many stress-related conditions over this period. So many of us tend to burn the candle at both ends, not eat well or over-eat and over-indulge in other ways, and our bodies tend to run on adrenaline. Once Christmas is over, most people think that they can relax….
Then adrenaline levels plummet and the body suddenly has to cope without it. This is when symptoms become more pronounced, or, in other words, we fall into a screaming heap!
Stress lowers your resistance to disease and increases your susceptibility to injury.
While this time of year can be so stressful, it is also a wonderful time of celebration with family, friends and colleagues, and it is a time to be grateful for all the blessings received over the year. At this time we would like to thank you all for entrusting us with your care and with the care of your family and friends.
The greatest compliment our patients can give is the referral of their friends and loved ones. We thank you for your trust. Read more
Each year World Spine Day is observed on October 16th to encourage spinal health by disseminating information on good spinal health habits.
Our hectic and stressful lifestyles can often have significant negative affects on our spine and nervous system. Spinal disorders such as back pain, neck pain, scoliosis and degenerative disc disease, to name a few, are common, and can have a profound effect on a person’s overall health, impacting a person’s ability to work, enjoy everyday activities and even disrupting healthy sleep patterns.
Research has demonstrated that poor posture and inactivity can contribute to the development of back pain and other spinal disorders. the good news is that many of these common problems can be easily avoided.
This year’s theme for World Spine Day is Straighten Up and Move, focusing on the importance of proper posture and movement in maintaining good spinal health.
The Chiropractors’ Association of Australia and chiropractors around Australia are reminding their local communities about the important role that keeping active can play in maintaining spinal health by using the Just Start Walking and Straighten Up Australia programs.
The Just Start Walking Australian initiative emphasises the important role that keeping active can play in maintaining spinal health. To find out more information go to www.juststartwalking.com.au
The Straighten Up Australia community service initiative is an easy and enjoyable everyday program to promote the importance of good spinal health.
Consisting of a set of simple exercises and taking just three minutes to complete, Straighten Up Australia will help improve posture, stabilise core muscle groups, enhance health and prevent spinal disability.
The exercises can be undertaken by Australians of all ages and there is a special program tailored for children.
Learn more information about Straighten Up Australia
We are thrilled to be exhibiting the ‘My World’ Photo Competition in conjunction with Foundation 21. My World Photo Competition is a competition for all people with Down syndrome and is an initiative of Foundation 21 Incorporated, a registered charity which supports kids with Down syndrome in South Australia. Foundation 21 looks to promote the positive contributions all people with Down syndrome make in their communities. Public awareness is an important component of what the charity does and the My World Photo Competition helps the general public better understand Down syndrome. Come in and see these brilliant pieces of artwork.
Victoria Park Chiropractic Clinic is once again thrilled to be a venue for this year’s SALA festival.
This year we are hosting Union St Printmakers – a group of contemporary printmakers who have produced work
in response to the environments in which
they live, walk and work.
Christobel Kelly, Suzie Lockery, Kate Simpson
Sandra Starkey Simon, Simone Tippett
Opening 2pm-3.30pm, Sun 3 August 2014
3 to 30 August 2014
Event 181, page 17 of the SALA Guide
Time to Start Living Better
Live Better, We’ve Got Your Back this Spinal Health Week 19-25 May
The month of May promotes the launch of the theme for Spinal Health Week (May 19-25) Live Better, We’ve Got Your Back, a national initiative of the CAA that aims to encourage Australians to support more investment in Chiropractic care and research.
The population is living longer, so let’s live better. Over a quarter of Australians are being forced into early retirement because of back or arthritic pain. Chronic back pain is one of the top three causes of disability in Australia. Forced early retirement can be devastating not only on your finances but the quality of your retirement years from experiencing physical pain. Retiring too early due to pain may be prevented by seeing a chiropractor and maintaining good postural fitness.
Postural fitness can prevent problems that may occur in your muscles, joints and ligaments, and it can also prevent potential injury. By building up core muscle strength and improving our postural fitness, we can protect and stabilise our spine. We can restore and maintain healthy spinal joints and mobility with chiropractic check-ups.
There are ways to improve our spinal health, such as avoiding sitting down for too long and sitting correctly. By using proper techniques when bending or lifting, you can avoid damage to your spine.
To help improve postural fitness, people can pick an exercise plan that strengthens their core muscles such as Pilates (to build strength and improve breathing, or yoga (to develop good balance and flexibility) or swimming (to improve muscle endurance, strength and resilience).
Around the workplace, people should consider new ways to combat the problems from sitting down for too long. Small changes that you can make to improve your postural fitness and limit time spent sitting include:
– Parking or getting off transport further away from work
– Taking the stairs where possible
– Stand up while on the phone for long periods
– Remember to take regular breaks from sitting and stretch or walk around
– Introduce walking meetings instead of sitting around a table
– Remember to check and adjust your sitting posture regularly
Chiropractors often get asked how to sit right at a computer desk. So the CAA developed a widget you can download (www.sitright.com.au) to guide you.
At home it’s important for everyone to be aware of their posture, especially children. While playing video games or watching TV, children tend to sit with their head and chin forward which jams the top part of the neck joints. Symptoms of prolonged screen time include visual impairment, headaches and a variety of physical pains including low back pain and repetitive strain. Children are four and a half times more likely to have a daily TV habit than a daily physical habit.
– The longer children sit, the harder it is for them to hold themselves up properly
– Games that get kids out of their seats and moving around are the best types of games
– For non-motion games, regardless of whether it is a hand-held device such as a Nintendo DS or an iPad/table or mobile phone, parents and kids should make sure that time limits are set for a break and a good stretch.
An active spine is a healthy spine and a healthy spine leads to a healthier life. Why not use Spinal Health Week to make an appointment with our clinic to assess your postural fitness and discuss how being more active will improve your wellbeing.
To improve your postural fitness and to start living better, contact us for an appointment today.
You can also visit the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia’s (CAA) Sit Right website for tips on how to improve your posture or download the Sit Right widget to remind you when to take a break when sitting www.sitright.com.au
Wishing you all a Happy Easter – whether you are staying at home, catching up with family or heading away, have a wonderful Easter. The clinic will be closed Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Sunday & Monday & will re-open on Tuesday 22nd. If you require emergency care during this time please contact CAA(SA) on 1800 018 238.
We apologise if we missed your call yesterday, Tuesday 4th February. As with many other local businesses we were without power for the entire day!
Road closures due to the CLIPSAL 500 start to take effect from 22nd February 2014 .
The roads affected are:
The clinic will remain unaffected and parking will still be available on Watson Ave and under the building (accessed from Fullarton Rd).
PLEASE NOTE SPEED RESTRICTIONS WILL BE ENFORCED.
Support your back as you jump into 2014
Now that the traditional indulgence over Christmas and New Year has come to an end, many of you may be considering jumping into a new fitness regime to get back in shape. But before taking up a new gym membership or getting on the running track just yet, it is important to remember the basics of good spinal health. Otherwise, you may be putting yourself at risk of injury.
And that’s not how you want to start 2014.
To help our patients start the year on the right foot, we’ve released a new Healthy Spine Checklist that allows you to assess the health of your spine and identify any possible problems areas. For example, if any of the following points sound like you, your spine may need a helping hand to guide it back into shape.
Are you? . . .
Remember: Your overall level of fitness can be affected by the health of your spine. Getting the basics right first – such as employing a correct posture, walking upright, having good nutrition – will give you the best chance of improving your health in 2014.