Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Acupuncture one of Paul Keating’s 7 top tips for winning at life.

Paul Keating

One of Australia’s former Prime Minister used acupuncture to calm nerves and gain focus before high pressure work commitments. Acupuncture can give you the calm focus you want without have the negative chemical effects of pharmaceuticals.

One of Paul Keating’s 7 top tips for winning at life.

*Acupuncture works

During that ’92 self-doubt wobble, Keating’s first call was to his Canberra acupunturist, who came to The Lodge to steady the PM’s nerves before a 7.30 Report interview. “Acupuncture makes you relaxed but sharp. Valium makes you relaxed but dull.”

Source: Huffington Post

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Acupuncture Vs Dry Needling


acupuncture back

Acupuncture on the back

In recent times, dry needling has gained momentum as a great alternative treatment for muscular problems. It has some similarities to acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  However, it can be quite confusing as to what both methods of treatment entail and what they offer to alleviate pain.

This article explores the difference between acupuncture and dry needling.


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Get a $10 rebate from American Express

American Express are having their “shop small promotion” again in November. If you spend $20 at participating stores you get a $10 credit from American Express.

Feel free to use your American Express card on your next visit

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

How To Know When Acupuncture Is Working

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Acupuncture is not a one-shot deal. It works cumulatively, meaning one treatment builds on the next.

There are certainly instances of acupuncture producing immediate results. However, this is more an exception than the rule—and when it happens, the results tend to be short lived.

If you want lasting results from acupuncture, especially for a chronic condition, you must commit to the process.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

No, You Do Not Have to Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day

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This is an interesting article written by Aaron E Carrol in the New York Times AUG. 24, 2015. Aaron is a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine.

Drink your water with measure and balance. It good to note that a lot of our daily water needs comes from our diet.

If there is one health myth that will not die, it is this: You should drink eight glasses of water a day. It’s just not true. There is no science behind it.


Monday, August 3, 2015

Back pain: spinal disks have nerve supply

vertibrae diag (Small)

A very common source of back pain has been linked to the cartilaginous disks in the spine.  These are soft tissue structures between the vertebrae that provide shock absorption and mobility to the spine.  They also form the “weak spot” under load or activity.  This being the case, they are usually one of the first structural places in the spine to suffer injury.  Previously it was believed the disks had no nerve supply or sensory innervation.  The only time you would become aware of a problem was when the disks would become damaged in such a way that the spinal nerves or cord would become encroached or “pinched”.  The previously-diagnosed injuries were disk herniation/rupture and disk degeneration (height loss).   However, it is now recognised that the discs themselves have a nerve supply.  This is the outer one-half to one-third of the posterior annulus fibrosis, or that part of the disk closest to the back and the outer fibrous ring of the disk.

anulus diagram (Small)


Clinically this means the disks are an important consideration in the treatment of pain and mobility issues of the back.  Not just for the impact they can have on spinal nerves but the trauma they can be subject to themselves. There are two specific entities that cause disk pain:  torsional injury and compression.  One of the worst things you can do is to lift something that is too heavy while twisting over (straight leg) and not bending the knees.  Just about everyone has experienced this…a classic way to “put your back out”.  Correct lifting technique.

Correct posture, correct exercise and correct lifting/working technique all have a major impact on our spine health.  Look after it. You only get one.

Source: Clinical Sports Medicine, Brukner & Khan 2012, p.465

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

According to this study that it is not gluten but the FRUCTAN component of wheat that is the issue, particularly in IBS.



On the basis of patient reports, as well as clinical studies, there has been a suspicion for some time that some individuals with IBS who clearly did not have celiac disease appeared to be sensitive to or intolerant of gluten-containing food and the term nonceliac gluten sensitivity has been acknowledged by experts in the field.[35,36] That gluten might play a role in IBS-like syndromes is supported by the symptomatic overlap between IBS and celiac disease[37–41] as well as the precipitation of their typical symptoms in IBS individuals when exposed, in a blinded fashion, to gluten.[42–44]


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Darlinghurst Winter Sunrise On The Clinic

A lovely piture of the sun poking through on a crisp winters morning

Pain Relief and Wellness Clinic Winter Sunrise Darlinghurst

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Great 28 minute exercise routine for getting ski bod into shape

There is defiantly a chill in the air! Perhaps it’s time to get fit for the ski season with some great conditioning exercises.

I tried these exercises and it’s quite a challenging workout. The exercises mimic the movements you do on skis/snowboard. It is really helpful for balance and endurance.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

News update: A picture of Sweden

Here are a few snaps from travels to Sweden Leif recently returned from. Technically it’s summer in Europe. However, the weather was about the same as Sydney. Most days were around 18 Degrees with changing cloud cover and lovely sunny moments. It was wonderful to spend time at a summer cottage on a small island located in a freshwater Lake. The place is called Sandviken, about 2.5 hours drive north of Stockholm. It has a lovely relaxed pace. The midnight sun and midsummer celebrations were very special. A few days were spent in Stockholm taking in the beauty of the city in the summer glow. They have a very pleasant and colourful subway system there.

May poleStill waters

Sweden midnight sunStockholm harbourRainbow