Monday, 10 September 2018

How did this happen?? The '3 Ts'

The most common question I get asked after I have presented my report of findings to my patients is "How did this happen?"

Patients are often confused that there was no traumatic event leading up to being in pain. Generally the pain has come on slowly or just appeared after waking one morning. We nearly always try and associate this with an episode of heavy lifting or an accident of some sort etc.

I explain the '3 Ts'...Trauma is the obvious reason...the hit in rugby,the fall down the stairs,the car accident..But the least obvious ones are actually the most common. Thoughts and Toxins!
The '3 Ts' and your back pain

So as Chiropractors and healthcare providers the '3 Ts' are Physical (Trauma),Emotional (Thoughts) and Chemical (Toxins) reasons for sudden onset of pain.

The Emotional reasons are complex and varied but generally involve day to day stressors from work and family life. * Stress can lead to changes in the serum level of many hormones including glucocorticoids,catecholamines,growth hormone and prolactin. Some of these changes are necessary for the fight or flight response to protect oneself. Some of these stressful responses can lead to endocrine disorders like Graves Disease,gonadal dysfunction,psychosexual dwarfism and obesity. Stress can also alter the clinical status of many preexisting endocrine disorders such as precipitation of adrenal crisis and thyroid storm * (www.nlm.nih.gov)

So,as your anxious behaviours increase, so will your body's stress and its effects, including causing severely tight muscles in the back resulting in joint dysfunction and nerve compression which compounds an already underperforming and stressed body!

The Chemical reasons may be caused by a variety of factors including but not limited to exposure to perfumes,insecticides,food additives and pharmaceutical drugs. Our amazing body has 5 detox organs. Skin, Lungs, Kidneys, Liver and Intestines. These organs help to pull out toxins in our bodies that we are exposed to every day. If our body is healthy and our detox pathways are open and working properly then we can expect to live a healthy and symptom free lifestyle. But if these detox organs are overwhelmed with toxins then our body lets us know in the form of symptoms that it is stressed and overloaded. It cries out for help! And some of those symptoms that many times are ignored or simply not associated with toxic overload is once again that of muscle tension,joint dysfunction and nerve interference.

For a happy,healthy and functioning spine and nervous system see your Chiropractor. It is much much more than just a sore back.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

The Power of Chiropractic

Chiropractic is far more than just "clicking bones" and "aligning the spine."
Chiropractic is about achieving the optimal potential of the body,and ensuring that there is no nerve interference. When the body can work as it is designed to,then many 'symptoms' take care of themselves.
This is why I refer to my favourite phrase of "finding the cause rather than treat a symptom."
Bed wetting is a great example of that. I have had many young children over the years who have been brought in to me to 'treat' bed wetting. I don't claim to heal patients of any condition,including bed wetting. But what I do claim is this. I'll 'adjust' the spine and relieve the spine of any mechanical dysfunction and any spastic musculature,that could possibly be impinging on the nervous system. I'll deliver specific adjustments to a specific bone and move it in a specific direction. Once the nervous system dysfunction has been addressed,then normal transmission can resume.
In the case of bed wetting for example,there may be some dysfunction throughout the spine,specifically at the nerve root of the 3rd lumbar. This would affect the pathway between nerve,bladder and brain,sending mixed or non existent messages up and down the spine,which houses the nervous system. If we can restore this pathway back to normal function,then that person would get the message from the bladder to the brain in the middle of the night saying "hey,wake up,I'm full...go to the toilet"
The parents of this young patient are very happy. And considering that my young patient thought he was just getting regularly checked for his sporting 'injuries' and not for bed wetting (as he'd have been so embarrassed) we can safely assume that there is zero placebo effect here and it wasn't any "spontaneous remission" smile emoticon

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Elderly bodies are made in their youth



The first official week of Summer has been and gone here in New Zealand.

One of the common quotes throughout Winter from all the gyms is that "Summer bodies are made in Winter."


True true.


But as a Chiropractor,I'll take that quote further,and say that "Elderly bodies are made in their youth."

Too often I see middle aged and elderly people hobbling in with degenerative issues and complete lack of any muscle tone. This could easily have been resolved when they were 'ten foot tall and bulletproof' in their younger years. Instead,they embark on an intensive Health and Fitness regime that is too much for their ailing body,and so they either quit or plod along at a leisurely pace that has minimal positive effects. It just becomes "too hard" and with a total lack of 'muscle memory' sometimes it seems impossible.

A young body that is subjected to processed foods,late nights,boozy parties and zero exercise will not last too long until it eventually 'blows up.'

Build that healthy body in your youth,ensure that it lasts a lifetime and don't wait until it's too late.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Are you getting enough of the sunshine vitamin?

With Summer fast approaching here in New Zealand,it is important to recognise the very important health benefits of Vitamin D.
Often referred to as the “sunshine vitamin,” vitamin D has made headlines in recent years for its possible health benefits. According to some reports, a deficiency of this vitamin is implicated in numerous serious health conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, dementia, Alzheimer’s and more.
When your vitamin D level is optimised, you may be able to reduce your risk for certain conditions as well as:
-Improve Immune function
-Build strong bones and teeth
-Absorb Calcium
According to the Vitamin D Council, exposing your bare skin to sunlight and taking vitamin D supplements are the two primary ways to get the vitamin D your body needs.
Although it’s difficult to get the optimal amount of Vitamin D from your diet, this vitamin can be found in healthy foods such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, egg yolks, and cheese. Eating these and other healthy foods will also supply your body with other valuable vitamins and minerals necessary for optimal health.
Chiropractic care doesn’t treat Vitamin D deficiencies, but a person often can better receive Vitamin D by having a healthy nervous system. The nervous system is the master system of your body. This system controls every organ, muscle, and tissue, including your skin—the largest organ of your body!
The Chiropractic connection....
With a healthy nervous system, your skin is better able to send sensory information to the brain to help the body know how to properly function. When your skin is able to do its job, your body is then able to properly access and use Vitamin D for your overall health.
Feel free to give me a call to discuss how you can receive the benefits of vitamin D and chiropractic care.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Earn it!

I'm currently in Bangkok,Thailand preparing the Philippine National 7s rugby team ( The Volcanoes) for the 2nd leg of the Asian 7s series which starts tomorrow.
We had our jersey presentation on Wednesday night,where each player was given their jersey with a clear understanding that the jersey was merely on loan for this tournament only,and that during the next camp in preparation for the next tournament,they'd have to earn it back.
We've spoken through the week about leaving the jersey in a better place...through hard work,discipline,morals and standards. By being professional in everything we do and creating a culture of excellence.
In life,we should follow suit,and NEVER take anything for granted. In this classic photo,the great JJ Watt of the Houston Texans in the NFL spells it out quite clearly... "SUCCESS ISN'T OWNED,IT'S LEASED..AND RENT IS DUE EVERY DAY"
Keep working hard everyone,and have an AWESOME weekend ;)

Thursday, 27 August 2015

How adversity can make you stronger

A young woman went to her grandmother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her – her husband had cheated on her and she was devastated. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as soon as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her grandmother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.

Turning to her granddaughter, she asked, ‘Tell me what you see.’

‘Carrots, eggs, and coffee,’ she replied.

Her grandmother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The grandmother then asked the granddaughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.

Finally, the grandmother asked the granddaughter to sip the coffee. The granddaughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The granddaughter then asked, ‘What does it mean, grandmother?’

Her grandmother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

“Which are you?” she asked her granddaughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity? Do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?
Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain.. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level?

How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy.

The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can’t go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so at the end, you’re the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.

May we all be like the COFFEE.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Reduce Inflammation for optimal health

At the beginning of this year,I suffered terrible inflammatory arthritis. I was in debilitating pain and popping anti-inflammatory meds by the packet. At the National 7s Championships I hobbled around like a real crock. I just thought that all my rugby injuries were finally catching up with me. My ankles and knees were shot.
Blueberries  are one of nature’s perfect anti-inflammatory foods.


#Inflammation.It’s implicated in a range of health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. You may not even know you’re living with it.


What is it? It’s inflammation, and in its chronic form, it can wreak havoc on the body.

What Is Inflammation?
Inflammation has been defined as “A localised reaction that produces redness, warmth, swelling, and pain as a result of infection, irritation, or injury. Inflammation can be external or internal.”

According to nutritionist and dermatologist Nicholas Perricone, MD, temporary inflammation is our body’s way of fending off sudden injury or infection. When inflammation becomes a chronic issue, however, “the immune system mistakenly attacks normal cells, and the process that ordinarily heals becomes destructive.”

I set about taking control of my own health,and practicing what I preached every day to my patients. I thought I ate a relatively healthy diet...that was until I had a hair strand allergy test that gave me a huge kick up the butt!! No more Yeast,Dairy and Sugars.NONE. Gone was my morning Marmite on Toast,replaced by Porridge with Blueberries and Nuts with Almond Milk. I replaced the sugar in my coffee with a teaspoon of honey.No more packaged and processed foods.No Beer! Just good clean eating. I have a daily protein shake with Bananas,Spinach,Avocado,Nuts and Turmeric powder.

And I have no more Inflammation.. I'm able to run around again with no fear of having a major arthritic attack :)

Foods That Cause and Reduce Inflammation...

Do you have inflammation-causing foods lurking in your pantry or fridge? Culprits include white sugar and flour, dairy, alcohol and foods fried in trans-fats. Along with reducing or removing these damaging foods from your diet, consider adding inflammation-fighting foods to help stave off illness.
•Fatty fish
•Nuts including walnuts, cashews and almonds
•Berries
•Orange and yellow fruits
•Dark leafy greens
•Avocados in small amounts
•Extra virgin olive oil
•Ginger, saffron, garlic and turmeric

Natural Chiropractic Care for Better HealthIn addition to making smart dietary decisions to reduce inflammation, we encourage you to visit us for regular chiropractic care. Keeping your spine aligned and your nervous system in check may help reduce dangerous, disease-causing inflammation