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A Huge Storehouse of Body Stress

A few months after opening our first Chiropractic practice on returning to Australia in 1979 we received a phone call from a very distressed patient. This was a behaviour that was totally foreign for this man who was normally a very fun loving person. He told me that his son was being sent home from boarding school in Sydney in the Air Ambulance as he had massively acute constant lower back pain that had him virtually locked in the foetal position 24 hours a day.

The 16-year-old had been taken to hospital, been seen by numerous top medical specialists, his… Continue reading

Live the Calm…

In March of this year the Stress Management Institute was engaged to participate at the Myriad Festival in Brisbane. A world class line up of speakers and entertainment, entrepreneurs, investors, business owners, tech-lovers, and innovators filled the Brisbane Powerhouse with ideas and innovation for two and a half days.

Our Logan and Redlands Regional stand represented 10 totally different businesses and the activity in the trade area was hectic. To add to the excitement, the second day was scheduled to run from 9am to 10pm, however, cyclone Debbie hit town and at 11am we were all given our ‘marching orders’… Continue reading

Stress and Your Gut

Our body contains around 100 trillion bacteria, which outnumbers our human tissue cells by a factor of 10 to 1.

Remember that every time you eat you aren’t only feeding your body, but you’re feeding the little bugs in your gut.

Research has found that the type of bacteria we have in our gut changes based on what we eat, how we exercise, and our level of stress.

Our exposure to stress results in alterations of the brain-gut interactions (“brain-gut-axis”) ultimately leading to the development of a broad array of gastrointestinal disorders including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), irritable bowel… Continue reading

De-Stressing the Work Environment

This past week I have been researching the key elements that low stress workplaces exhibit, and how easy it is for workplace leaders to put often simple strategies into place, to enhance their environment and increase the company’s return on investment.

In one study, researchers at Microsoft were surprised to find workers who were putting in 16 hour days suffered no ill-effects. The researchers concluded that what made the difference for these Microsoft employees was control. Even though they often put in 16 hour days, these workers were not stressed as they still had CONTROL over when they worked and… Continue reading

The Elephant in the Room

Although the same brain components exist in both sexes, there are marked differences in how males and females respond to stress. The female brain has fewer neurons but more connections across the corpus callosum which connects the left and right cerebral hemispheres and facilitates interhemispheric communication. The male brain has more neurons, but fewer connections between the hemispheres. This has significant impacts for the genders, as do the key hormones that drive them.

For men, testosterone is a significant hormone creating a key requirement for physical activity. For women, progesterone is a key hormone and the different corresponding core… Continue reading

What Will It Be Mate… A Cuddle Or Water?

A couple of weeks ago I was enjoying a sunny Saturday morning watching my two six-year old grandsons playing rugby for Brisbane Wests Bulldogs under 6 years team. Each team is allowed 7 players on the field at any time and an exchange bench. It’s always a fun experience watching these co-ed teams of ‘ankle biters’ all around the ball, like bees around a honey pot, generally, not having much of a clue how to do this thing.

Each team can have their coach on field with them to keep the players as spread out as possible, on side, and… Continue reading

Breathe, Yawn and ?

Breathing is how we move air in and out of our lungs to allow the diffusion of oxygen and carbon dioxide to and from our external environment into and out of our blood.

The breath also plays an important role in our speech, expression of our emotions e.g. laughing, crying, yawning etc. and self-supporting activities of coughing, hiccups and sneezing.

Of all the bodily survival activities that are controlled by the Autonomic Nervous System,breathing is one of the few that can be controlled both consciously and unconsciously.

Conscious control of breathing is common in meditation and yoga practice.… Continue reading

A Need for Soft Healing

A landmark Editorial on 1 September 2015 in the British Medical Journal, titled, ‘Learning from Soft Power… A need for soft healing in the 21st century’, a new understanding of healing focus was expressed. The authors were from the School of Nutrition Science at Boston’s Tuffs University and the Yale Law School.

The Editorial goes on to explain that the modern approach to health emphasises “hard healing” – the reactive, individualised treatment of risk factors and diseases. Whereas “soft healing”- prioritises proactive prevention rather than reactive treatment, and uses a range of modalities to encourage behavioural and lifestyle changes… Continue reading

I’m Having a CRAFT Day!

For many years, I worked on a highly productive and focused team of either four or five people each shift. We personally cared for around 150 clients most days and our synergy was amazing.

Our new clients often commented how connected our team was in meeting their personal needs and how good they felt every time they walked into our practice. Statements like,” I always feel that everybody here goes out of their way to care for me.”

Occasionally a client would ask, “how is it that you are all so positive every time I come for my visit? Don’t… Continue reading

A Helping Hand

We start developing emotional resilience tools and strategies as a young child, however, we very often discard some of these tools as we get older, as we feel it may make us appear weak.

As a young child, we quickly learn to put out our hand to engage the support of mum or dad, brother or sister, nannie or poppy or another kind soul who plays a leadership role in our life.

I was reminded of the power of this support tool today when one of my granddaughters Rosie was visiting. After a few minutes in our home she asked… Continue reading

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