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SALA 2014

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

www.facebook.com/UnionStPrintmakers

 


SPINAL HEALTH WEEK 2014

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.

Also as part of Spinal Health Week 2014, chiropractors at Victoria Park Chiropractic Clinic will be also encouraging patients and the local community to improve their postural fitness.

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


HAPPY EASTER!

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!

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!


CLIPSAL 500 ROAD CLOSURES 2014

Road closures due to the CLIPSAL 500 start to take effect from 22nd February 2014 .

The roads affected are:

  • Wakefield St and Dequetteville Tce – to be closed to through traffic.
  • Fullarton Rd – reduced to single lanes north and south.
  • NO RIGHT TURN from Fullarton Rd onto Watson Ave or Alexandra Ave. Right turn permitted at Grant Ave.

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

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? . . .

  • Having difficulty turning your head so that your chin makes it to your shoulder
  • Struggling to bend down so your hands drop below your knees when your legs are straight
  • Experiencing stiffness in your body and joints when waking up in the morning
  • Feeling sore or stiff during walking
  • Having difficulty putting socks and/or shoes on whilst standing

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.


Happy New Year 2014!

Wishing you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year 2014. We hope that you had a wonderful Christmas, spent quality time with loved ones, counted many blessings and had time to relax as well. The New Year is often a time for reflection on the past and planning for the future. As you reflect and plan think of your ‘To Be’ list as well as your ‘To Do’ list.


HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

Wishing you all a very happy & blessed Christmas and a New Year filled with health & vitality.

The Clinic will be closed Wednesday 25th, Thursday 26th, Saturday 28th of December and Wednesday 1st January. Otherwise we will be open as usual and look forward to caring for you!

Merry Christmas!


Stress Busting Tips

STRESS BUSTING TIPS:

  • REMEMBER TO BREATHE PROPERLY. Just because you are breathing, doesn’t mean you are doing it well. Deep breathing allows for the vital exchange of gases like oxygen, as well as relaxation of muscles.
  • WATCH YOUR POSTURE. Someone that is stressed or depressed will almost always have poor posture. Simply by changing your posture can change the levels of your stress. Whether sitting, standing or lying, imagine your spine is being gently stretched and lengthened.
  • REGULAR EXERCISE. There is plenty of research now that shows people who exercise regularly experience less stress – try to take a 30 minute walk daily.
  • HAVE A PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE. Too often we get caught up in the “stuff” of day-to-day living, instead of focusing of what is really important.
  • NURTURE YOUR PHYSICAL BEING. Eat wholesome foods, get plenty of rest and keep your body balanced with regular chiropractic adjustments.

 

 

 

 


WORLD SPINE DAY 16th OCTOBER

The International Bone and Joint Decade initiated World Spine Day in 2000 to alert the public globally about the serious impact of spinal disability on individuals and health care systems and to promote better spinal health habits.

Each year World Spine Day is observed to encourage spinal health by providing information on good spinal health habits.

This year, the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (CAA) is reminding Australians about the important role that keeping active can play in maintaining your spinal health by using the Just Start Walking and Straighten Up Australia programs.

Just Start Walking Australia is a wellness initiative from the CAA designed to prompt people around  Australia to, quite simply,  just start walking.

Getting motivated to walk is as easy as 1-2-3:

1.  Visit www.JustStartWalking.com.au for tips on how to get the most out of your walking and to search for local walking events in your community.

2.  Download the free mobile app to track your walks.  It will even help you to set reminders to introduce regular walking into your lifestyle: www.juststartwalking.com.au/app

3.  Join Facebook for regular tips to keep you  motivated, hear great walking stories from members of our Just Start Walking community or share your own! http://www.facebook.com/JustStartWalkingAustralia

Straighten Up Australia is a community service initiative which incorporates an easy and enjoyable everyday program to promote the importance of good spinal health. It consists of a set of simple exercises taking just three minutes to complete. The program aims to improve posture, stabilise core muscles groups, enhance health and prevent spinal disability.

Go to www.straightenupaustralia.com.au or your chiropractor for more information.