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How does a regular meditation practice affect the mind?

by | September 7th, 2021

A regular meditation practice is something that can be healthy for your mind, body and spirit. In today’s world we are constantly exposed to a downpour of information, stresses and expectations on how we should live our lives. Meditation can help in a number of ways that is beneficial for mental and physical wellness. In …

The evening routine: top tips to unwind and set yourself up for the next day

by | September 3rd, 2021

After you’ve had a long day, it’s a great idea to unwind and get yourself back into a clear, relaxed state. When you have a routine that helps you get back into your soothing mood, it will help you deal with the rest of the week. Here are some tips to help unwind and set yourself …

Is there such thing as too much exercise?

by | September 1st, 2021

By Dr. Linh Phan, Chiropractor at Total Health Chiropractic Rockhampton Throughout my time as a Chiropractor, one thing that is often at the top of people’s minds is the question: “Is there such a thing as too much exercise?”. This topic will be discussed over the course of this blog post. In Australia, according to …

Top health tips for FIFO workers

by | August 24th, 2021

By Dr. Bonnie Whittingham, Chiropractor at Total Health Chiropractic Yeppoon Before moving to central Queensland, I didn’t know much about what FIFO work involved and the health implications it could have for many people. After practicing in Yeppoon for the past 19 months and helping hundreds of FIFO workers, I have come across recurrent themes …

Why is core strength important to maintaining a healthy spine?

by | August 10th, 2021

When people think of the core muscles, they often think of a set of six pack abs, but this is not the case. The core of the human body is the region of your lower abdomen that comprises your abdominal muscles, as well as the posterior abdominal muscles. Each lining of the core has multiple …

Why is hydration important for spinal health?

by | July 30th, 2021

First, why is it important to drink enough water on a daily basis? Water is the PRIMARY source of ALL LIFE – essential for growth, health and survival. As humans, we are made up of between 60-80% water. Water makes up approximately 83% of our lungs, 79% of our muscles and kidneys, 73% of our …

Posture correctors – what are they? Do they really work?

by | July 16th, 2021

What is poor posture? Poor posture is seen more often than ever in practice as our lives become more sedentary, with more hours spent leaning over computer screens and looking down at our phones. Chiropractors deal with bad posture and the effect it has on the body every day. Ongoing poor posture can lead to …

Ways to Live a Healthy Lifestyle in 2021

by | July 10th, 2021

More people these days are finding out that health is wealth. You can have all the money in the world, but there’s only one body. Take care of your system to enjoy the fruits of your labour. Here are some ways to help you live a healthy lifestyle in 2021. Get more sleep Sure, you …

What is magnesium and what does it do?

by | June 27th, 2021

What is magnesium? Magnesium is an important mineral which is responsible for many functions in the body. It is important that we get enough magnesium in our diet, however sometimes we may supplement magnesium to ensure we are getting enough. Magnesium on its own is actually a metal, and so it must be combined with …

How can Chiropractic care help tradies?

by | June 6th, 2021

Having a sore back is NOT part of the job There’s no doubt that being a tradie is tough work. It is a very physically demanding job, thus being able to feel, function and move at your optimum is very important. Optimum feeling, functioning and moving is often not the case for many tradies – …

Top tips to stay well this winter

by | May 28th, 2021

Just as quick as Christmas has come and gone, the chilly winter season is upon us again. For about three months of the year, we put away the thongs and swimsuits, and throw on our thermals, beanies and scarves to rug up for the cold weather ahead. This time of year is also the peak …

Easy stretches you can do to break up your work day

by | May 14th, 2021

Occupational sitting is creating an epidemic of chronic pain. Here’s how we fix it. Of the Australian workforce, 81 percent report some level of exposure to occupational sitting; where they are forced to sit at a desk for a period of time in order to complete their work. Fifty percent then report having to sit …

The power of a good morning routine

by | May 14th, 2021

It is no secret that what you do in the morning will set the tone for the rest of the day ahead. The influence that a good, consistent morning routine can have is extremely powerful! It can impact your mood, stress and productivity for the short term, and is the building blocks to achieving greater …

Benefits of deep breathing exercises

by | May 1st, 2021

Deep breathing exercises are a type of exercise that involves contracting the diaphragm with slow, deep breaths in certain repetitions. It is also referred to as Diaphragmatic breathing. It helps to strengthen the diaphragm, lungs and other associated muscles so that you are able to reach full capacity of your breaths. Deep breathing exercises are …

Don’t eat enough veggies? Here’s six easy ways to include more vegetables in your diet!

by | May 1st, 2021

We all know we need to eat vegetables, but how many of us can honestly say that we are eating enough every day? Do you even know how much you should be eating per day? According to the CDC, adults should be consuming five serves of vegetables per day in order to maintain a healthy …

Top tips to maintain a healthy spine as you age

by | April 27th, 2021

The spine is made of up 25 moving bones, including seven in your neck, twelve in your middle back, five in your low back and a bony plate at the base of your spine called the sacrum. Each of these bones have a lot of spike like structures at the back, where muscles and ligaments …

What are the classic signs of inflammation in the body?

by | April 20th, 2021

Inflammation is the body’s immune response to protect it from infection, injury and disease. It is a process where the body’s white blood cells protect you from foreign invaders such as viruses and bacteria. Sometimes your body may attack the healthy cells, mistaking them for harmful invaders. This reaction can lead to autoimmune diseases, such …

Top ways to improve sleep quality and recovery

by | March 30th, 2021

Sleep is a very important aspect in our lives that we sometimes take for granted. Having quality sleep and a solid 7-8 hours is essential for our bodies to function and recover optimally. If the body does not get quality sleep and enough hours, this can lead to negative affects to our cognitive and physical …

A Chiropractor’s favourite ideas to add movement into your day

by | March 23rd, 2021

Physical activity vs exercise Physical activity refers to ANY movement of the joints and muscles of the body. How does this differ from exercise? Exercise refers to planned, repetitive movement that is for the purpose of maintaining and/or improving fitness.  What are the benefits of movement? We all know movement and physical activity is said …

5 tips to maintain lifelong mobility

by | March 14th, 2021

What is mobility? Mobility is defined as the body’s ability to actively and freely move through a joint’s full range of motion. For each joint in the body and direction of movement, there have been desired ranges established which are usually presented as a degree. Healthcare professionals base an individual’s mobility off of these ranges …

Top tips to reduce screen time for kids and adults

by | March 10th, 2021

via GIPHY On average, Australians spend more than one-third of each day staring at a device screen – approximately 9.4 hours a day or 143 days per year! To put this into perspective, the average person gets about 7.3 hours of sleep per night. We are spending MORE time on our devices than we are …

What is the best desk setup for the home and the office?

by | March 4th, 2021

Through lockdown, the most common questions we had were about chairs and desks for home office setups. Even now in March 2021, some people are still working from home, with others back in the office. If you have been wondering what the best office or desk setup is, keep reading because I am about to …

Can the footwear you choose have an impact on your spine?

by | February 28th, 2021

There’s no hiding the fact that back pain can (and is) a debilitating and ongoing issue for many Australians. But have you ever taken a step back and thought about the impact that your choice of shoes are having on your spine? From a biomechanical and Chiropractic point of view, your footwear choices have a …

What are the health benefits of standing desks?

by | February 24th, 2021

It is no secret that we, as humans are designed to move and that our bodies thrive with movement. Whether it is going for marathon runs, walks along the beach or even something as simple as pulling a few weeds in the garden, movement is a key factor in looking after our overall health and …

Top Tips To Sit Less And Move More!

by | February 19th, 2021

Just how sedentary is your lifestyle? Throughout recent years of research, the average Australian has been found to be sitting for 10 hours a day. Now, this may not seem like a HUGE amount of time for some people, but let me run some quick numbers by you. There are 24 hours in a day. …

Top Tips To Avoid Pain While Travelling

by | February 18th, 2021

Although exciting, the thought of travel for some can be daunting, especially if it usually results in back pain, neck pain and/or stiffness. Whether it be a commute to work, a road trip or a long flight, there are things you can do to prevent back and neck pain. The reason a lot of us …

Benefits of walking for spinal health

by | February 18th, 2021

What are the benefits of walking? Walking is a great simple, low impact exercise that you can do daily to help improve your health and overall well-being. There are many benefits for walking daily, including:  Lower risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes Keeps the joints flexible  May reduce lower back pain May help lose …

Why does pain go away and come back?

by | February 4th, 2021

Have you been experiencing ongoing back pain that has been going away then coming back again? Well this is a common occurrence because your body is compensating and adapting to physical and repetitive stresses.  Patterns of compensation can develop for many reasons. This can be due to previous injuries, daily activities or repetitive stressors, such as …

Household activities that may be causing you pain (and what you can do to avoid it!)

by | February 4th, 2021

Ever wondered why some activities around the home can easily lead to nagging pain that hangs around for far too long? As a Chiropractor, I often see people coming in with aches and pains after doing simple activities like vacuuming, lifting, cleaning, watching TV or sleeping. When performed incorrectly, these activities may actually be setting …

5 Healthy Habits To Adopt In 2021

by | January 22nd, 2021

After the year that was 2020, many people have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of 2021 – armed with goals, intentions and resolutions that were not possible to achieve as 2020 progressed.  It’s important to remember that, regardless of COVID, most people actually fail to achieve their New Year’s resolutions! Our circumstances change, our resolutions …

What are the best and worst bags for your back?

by | January 22nd, 2021

What backpack should I use? Does my child need to wear a particular type of bag? My child’s school bag is so heavy – this can’t be good for their back?!  These are questions I hear every single day in practice. With so much confusing information out there, these kinds of questions do not come …

How psychological stress impacts the physical body!

by | December 19th, 2020

Stress. What is it? How does it occur? How can stress impact your health? Stress is a natural reaction in the body that activates your innate ‘fight or flight’ response – otherwise known as your sympathetic nervous system. This occurs when we experience some kind of threat and require an immediate response from the body. …

What our Chiropractors have learnt from seeing thousands of patients in 2020

by | December 15th, 2020

2020 has been a unique year, with COVID-19 impacting many of us – resulting in major changes to our every day lives (lockdowns, changes in employment, working from home), increased stress and more. In today’s blog post, four of our Chiropractors talk about what they have learnt from seeing thousands of patients in 2020. Dr. …

A Three Step Guide To Boost Your Immunity!

by | December 9th, 2020

“People are taught that sickness comes from bad genes, bad bugs, or bad luck, as opposed to bad behaviours” – Dr James Chestnut We need to recognise that our behaviour matters, and what we do day to day influences your health. We live in world governed by stress, and we often make poor decisions regarding …

The Power Of The Mind

by | October 23rd, 2019

The 21st century is an outward world. Our senses are trained, by our societal cultural upbringing, to focus much of our attention toward life outside of us. We individually have little impact on this outside world, yet we respond and react to it with more of our resources than to our inner world. This inner …

What are Health Food Essentials?

by | October 21st, 2019

Health food essentials discussions can become a never ending tale.  Here we’ll go over just a number of the important topics. As the term ‘essentials’ is defined, we are taking into consideration here the most basic fundamentals you can’t do without, as well as the ones you really don’t want to, but should do without. …