Helps students and parents experiencing exam stress

With VCE exams starting this week it can be a stressful time for the students doing them and the parents supporting them. For the student there is the increased physical stress of spending additional hours hunched over the books and computers as well as the emotional stress that the competitive exam environment creates. For the parent it may be more of the emotional stress of feeling like you’re walking around on egg shells to create the ideal environment for your child to do their best.

 

Getting an adjustment can help in relieving the build-up of both these stresses as they cause joints to tighten and perhaps lead to back aches or headaches. Good hydration and nutrition can help as well as not trying to overdo the long hours. Your mind works best when it has regular sleep and exercise.

Best wishes to all involved.

Out of Balance?

Balance is the ability to maintain the body’s centre of mass over its base of support. A properly functioning balance system allows us to:

•       See clearly while moving

•       Identify orientation with respect to gravity

•       Determine direction and speed of movement

•       Make automatic adjustments to maintain posture and stability in various conditions and activities

Our balance is determined by three different body systems. The first being our eyesight, the second are the semi-circular canals (vestibular system) within our inner ears and the third being Proprioception which uses nerves called mechanoreceptors within all muscles and tendons, a high proportion of which are located within our neck muscles. All these systems are communicating with our brain which then makes appropriate responses.

Vertigo and dizziness affect 20-30 percent of the general population, with the majority being older women. In vertigo, the patient experiences spinning, loss of balance, and occasionally nausea. It can manifest in a sitting or sleeping posture, or only show once the patient stands up or walks around. Modern medicine distinguishes three types of vertigo. In objective vertigo, the patient has the sensation that the environment is moving. In subjective vertigo, the patient feels as if he or she is moving, and in pseudo-vertigo, there is a sensation of rotation inside the patient's head. Diagnoses include benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), Ménière's disease and vestibular neuritis. It may also be due to trauma, fever, migraine, and excessive alcohol consumption.

In acute situations, chiropractic adjustments are the first therapy to consider as it addresses any neck dysfunction, and can often relieve the situation immediately. Chiropractors can also treat cases of vertigo that are due to dysfunction of the grains in the canals of the inner ear, and the manoeuvre tests for, and releases these grains by gravity. It can be quite effective, and patients can learn to do it themselves.

Child Brain Development

A current television commercial for Officeworks states that “The brain of a 5 year old has 100 billion neurons and every second, new pathways form helping to develop fine motor skills”.  

The thing about these pathways (think train tracks in a railway network) is that they have to be used for them to become established (trains running on the tracks). Activities that greatly support this development in toddlers and pre-schoolers are playtime activities, games, sports, reading and colouring etc. This phase is critical as it will determine skills essential for further development into teenagers and adulthood.  It had been thought that areas of the brain that controlled cognitive function (thinking) were separate from areas that controlled motor function (movement). New research is now confirming that the cerebellum, a part of the brain that was just thought to be involved in fine tuning movement, is now being recognized to be just as important in establishing cognitive and emotional behaviours.

Try to avoid babysitting young kids with electronic devices. It is more important that they be engaged socially and physically.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

The new year is under way and that means a new list of – in far too many cases – the same old New Year's resolutions. Every year at around this time, millions of people around the world resolve to improve their lives  – and for most, their resolutions die sometime within the first few months, if they get off the ground at all.

What can you do to make 2017 different? What can you do to make sure your New Year's resolutions stick? Here is one way to keep your 2017 resolutions while avoiding some of the common pitfalls that have struck down your resolutions in years past.

Think It Through: One of the biggest mistakes resolvers make is jumping into a resolution without thinking it through. Sure, you can resolve to start working out, lose weight, quit smoking, eat healthier or be more patient with your kids – but words are just words unless they're supported by sensible actions. And sensible actions require a sensible plan. Resolving to exercise? Think about how many days per week, whether to go to the gym or work out at home, potential hurdles / challenges that may come up, and other factors. Resolving to be more patient? Map out a half-dozen specific ways to do it (think before you speak / act; give yourself a "time out" so you can refocus, etc.).

Whatever your resolution, you have to figure out how to make it work or it probably won't work, pure and simple.

Giving Back Day Tuesday Dec 13

On Giving Back Day Tuesday December 13th, we will be donating our services to charity. Instead of asking for payment, we will ask clients on Giving Back Day to donate a gifts or non-perishable food items to the value of their consultation. We will give the donations to St Vincent de Paul, Rowville to help local families in need, have a better Christmas this year.

 We’ve had lots of good feedback about the Giving Back day campaign and recommend you book in quickly if you want to take part. Please make sure presents are unwrapped, so that volunteers can best match your present to a child in need. (Note: Consultation fee is normally $56 or $48 concession).

Need some ideas?

Ø  Teddy bears

Ø  Board games

Ø  Sports gear

Ø  Colouring sets

Ø  Puzzles

 

Should be heaps of fun! If you miss out on a booking on Giving Back day or can’t make it on the day, we will also be accepting offers of unwrapped gifts or non-perishable food items prior to the above date.