Hands on Newsletter July/August 2014

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Children’s Growth and Development

Whether we have a large spine or a tiny little spine, if we have nerve distress then our magnificent bodies cannot operate smoothly. The nervous system is the master controller of our body and if its communication channels become fuzzy, distorted or damaged, then we experience all sorts of communication errors.

A balanced and efficient nervous system is absolutely essential for your child to reach their full potential at school, in sport, artistically and socially. For babies and children, this ineffective communication may play out as colic or irritability, an inability to suckle and breastfeed, poor sleep, developmental delays, digestion issues, asthma, behavioural problems, low energy, inability to concentrate, headaches, etc. – the list is endless. Clinical experience and parent feedback, confirms that when all the bones of the body have their ideal movement and position, the body works better. This will happen more readily with a balanced structure and with correct posture. Smooth movement is an indicator of good brain/body communication.

Correct posture is important for a child’s development. The brain develops through balanced movement in 3D. Good crawling movements for a number of months will enrich the nerve connections between the left and right sides of the brain.(i) This is necessary for good reading and hand/eye co-ordination.


Ideal gravity curves in the spine will help children withstand the stress and strain of growing. Throughout our childhood we increase bone strength and density. Healthy bones cope better with life, leading to fewer injuries,better coordination and physical performance. Asymmetric bone development may lead to issues now and later in life. Some movements are part of everyone’s growing experience.

THIS MONTH WE ARE FOCUSSED ON Children’s Growth and Development

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LEURA

Tuesday
8 July – 10:00 am
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Saturday
26 July – 10:00 am

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WINSTON HILLS

Wednesday
30 July – 12:30 pm

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A great half hour with Q&A time and REAL take home messages, presented by healthcare practitioners with 30 years experience.

Posture is the bodies’ alignment against gravity. Good posture distributes force evenly. In a child’s growing body and spine, asymmetrical posture and imbalance can result in:

  • Decreasing the load-bearing capabilities (strength) of the spine;
  • Increasing the load on its supportive musculature;
  • Imbalance in the flexibility and strength of the supporting muscles;
  • Abnormal pressure on the brain and nervous system;
  • Delays in meeting growth and development milestones.

The net effect of these posture and movement changes is a failure to reach the full genetic potential of the DNA code. This is Epigenetics in action.Posture and movement habits are a major factor causing poor posture in children. Heavy school bags and/or incorrect use is common. This causes increased stress on the back, legs and shoulders. Here are several points to help your child’s backpack posture:

  • Carry less, with the heaviest items closest to their back. Consider buying an extra set of books to keep at home;
  • Have the correct size bag and use both straps;
  • Tighten straps so the weight is close to their body. Don’t let the backpack ride below the waist;
  • Kids should not carry backpacks that weigh more than 15% of their body weight e.g. students weighing 35kg’s should not carry more than around 5.5kg’s.

 

In our clinical experience, when we see better posture with a child, we also see better co-ordination and smoother movements. Parents report improvements in the general health and functioning of their child. Visit our web page and hear parents’ stories of their children.

How could better overall posture help your child?

Games that build brain power and integrate the senses.

Juggling / Hopscotch / skipping rope / knuckle bones / throw and catch / hopping on one leg without moving around / juggling balls / playing music.

Games that keep the body moving in space and challenge the brain to process input from several senses at the same time are all part of growing brain function. (ii)

While chiropractic may be able to help with a number of health issues, our focus is not on treating or curing ailments; our focus is to ensure the nervous system has every opportunity to work efficiently and effectively. (iii)

As children receive chiropractic care and their spines and nervous systems start to improve, they may respond in many ways. Their bowels may work more regularly and their immunity may be strengthened. Some children become calmer, less hyperactive and more focused, while others may become less rigid, demanding, angry or defiant.

Ten reasons parents now take their children to see a chiropractor:

  1. To maximise their child’s plasticity (brain and nerve development);
  2. To enhance their child’s overall health and wellbeing;
  3. To strengthen immunity and reduce the incidence of colds, ear aches and general illness;
  4. To help with colic and Irritable Baby Syndrome;
  5. To help with asthma, breathing difficulties and allergies;
  6. To improve spinal posture;
  7. To improve their child’s ability to concentrate;
  8. To assist with behavioural disorders and offer greater emotional wellbeing;
  9. To help alleviate bed-wetting and digestive problems;
  10. To assist with sleep issues. (iv)

(i)Understanding Sensory Dysfunction: Learning, Development and Sensory Dysfunction in Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Learning Disabilities and Bipolar Disorder – By Polly Godwin Emmons; Liz McKendry Anderson (ii) https://www.unitedway-weld.org/files/Bingamon%20-Sensory%20Integration.pdf (iii) “Ticklish, new ways to help your child learn, love and play” by Dr Jennifer Barham-Floreani (iv) http://welladjustedbabies.com/why-parents-take-children-to-chiropractors/

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Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

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written by Chimene Bonhomme

*Our spotlight this month is our resident acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner,  Chimene Bonhomme. Chimene has a Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine from University of  Technology Sydney (UTS). Since joining Hands On Superhealth, Chimene has developed a loyal client base  by sharing her unique vision in TCM which is to empower all her clients with knowledge to boost their  immunity, increase vitality and well-being. Chimene is also very outspoken and passionate about Chinese  herbalism and can always be found offering advice to clients should they have any concerns or queries  about active herbs used in supplements.

 

 

   For five thousand years of history, development and experience, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been providing holistic healthcare for a vast array of chronic and acute conditions affecting the Mind, Body and Spirit. It is a system of healthcare that includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, remedial massage (àn mó tuī ná), cupping, moxibustion, exercise, breathing therapy (such as qì gōng), and diet and lifestyle advice.

   The hallmark of TCM is that good health is not merely the absence of disease and the treatments do not necessarily cure the condition, TCM attempts to intelligibly restore the body’s ability to self-heal and adapt to internal and environmental change through the restoration and maintenance of normal bodily functions, regulating the immune system, improving vitality, longevity and general well being.

What is Qì and how does it affect the body?

   When healthy, an abundant supply of Qì (pronounced chee) or “life energy” flows through the body’s meridians (a network of invisible channels through the body) and organs. If the flow of Qì in the meridians or organs becomes blocked or there is an inadequate supply of Qì, then the body fails to maintain harmony, balance and order, and illness follows. This can result from stress, overwork, poor diet, disease pathogens, weather and environmental conditions, and other lifestyle factors. TCM practitioners look carefully for these signs and symptoms, paying particular attention to not only the presenting condition, but also the medical history, general constitution as well as the quality of the pulse and tongue.

What conditions can TCM treat?

   According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Chinese Medicine has the ability to treat a wide range of clinical presentations such as cardiovascular, dermatological, ear, nose and throat, gastrointestinal, gynaecological and obstetric, psychological, musculoskeletal, neurological, respiratory and urogenital conditions.

   It is thought that by selectively accessing points of the body in the form of Acupuncture that these conditions can be treated through the identification and careful manipulation of the body’s systematic correspondences between the meridians, organs, flow of energy and substances. From a western point of view, clinical trials suggest that Acupuncture innervates the neurotransmitters, the immune and circulatory system and creates an additional stimulus in pain-gate theory to have these reactions.

TCM treatment decision making

   The vigilant practitioner is constantly focusing and reassessing the needs of the client and guiding them on their health journey. This is achieved through thorough clinical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment principles based on the theoretical frameworks of TCM which seeks to identify underlying symptom patterns that indicate how the body is or has become dysfunctional. Treatment is focussed on the underlying condition as well as treating the presenting symptoms. Clinical decision-making and patient management strategies are also influenced by contemporary Western approaches to health care, including infection control practices and known interactions of herbal medicines with pharmaceuticals and other therapeutic practices.

Patient-centric view on integrated care

   Without integration at various levels, all aspects of health care performance suffer. Each new medium of practice and virtues does not replace its predecessors so much as complement them. Accordingly, TCM practitioners meticulously reference on the vast history of knowledge of TCM in combination with the most recent findings in modern research to tailor the most appropriate treatment methods to your particular condition.

*** Special offer: Call 0292513411 now to book in a complimentary Intro to TCM and Acupuncture with Chimene!

Resources and further information

1. Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (2013) Traditional Chinese Medicine http://www.acupuncture.org.au/Health_Services/Traditional_Chinese_Medicine.aspx 

2. The National Centre for Biotechnology Information (2002)Integrated care: meaning, logic, applications, and implications – a discussion paper http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1480401/ Int J Integr Care. 2002 Oct-Dec; 2: e12.

3. World Health Organisation (2003) Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/en/d/Js4926e/5.html


Nutrients, alkalising greens and detox – Part II

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(Adapted from FX Medicine, Bioceuticals Trade Journal: Summer 2014 Vol 72)

Here are some recommended nutrients and greens to consume during your detox process:

High quality protein such as whole brown rice or whey protein provides a complete amino acid profile that is essential for phase 1 and phase 2 detoxification pathways. The chief detoxification amino acids are cysteine, glycine, glutamine, methionine and taurine.

Lipotrophic nutrients such as choline, methionine, folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12 are useful to promote the flow of bile from the liver – which is one of the primary routes for the elimination of modified toxins. Once the liver has processed toxins, most waste molecules are placed in the bile and sent to the gallbladder en route for faecel excretion. If the flow of bile is inhibited (cholestasis), toxins cannot be efficiently removed.

Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E zince and B vitamins present in fruits and vegetables are involved in the first and intermediate phases of liver detoxification. 

Broccoli sprouts (broccoli plants that are 3-4 days old) are high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and sulforaphane (SFN). SFN is a potent inducer of phase 2 detoxification enzymes and assists in the protection against carcinogens. 

Chlorella which is very rich in flavonoids chlorophyll is valuable in detoxification. Chlorophyll can for tight molecular complexes with selected chemicals, such as polyaromatic hydrocarbons, heterocyclic amines and aflatoxin-B1. The tight binding of chlorophyll to toxins may interfere with their absorption from the gastrointestinal tract and consequently reduce the amount that reaches susceptible tissues. Chlorella also binds to heavy metals (mercury, lead and cadmium) and other toxins to help remove them from the body.

When the body is acidic, it is more susceptible to diseases. Eating foods that have a higher pH than others, such as alkalising greens helps the body keep the pH in balance.

Nettle is high in betacarotene, vitamins C and K, calcium and potassium, which is involved in the fluid balancing function of the kidneys.

Spirulina is nutritious blue – green algae that have high concentrations of protein, B vitamins, phenylalanine and iron and other minerals, with the ability to modulate immune functions and exhibit anti-inflammatory properties by inhibiting the release of histamine by mast cells. Controlled trials and systematic reviews suggest that this algae may improve several symptoms and may even have anticancer, antiviral and anti-allergic effects.

Alfafa is a good source of vitamins A, C, E and K, and minerals calcium, iron, phosphotus and potassium. Alfafa leaves also contain tripene glycosides including medicagol, which appear to have antifungal and antibacterial activity and its diuretic action, may assist with the detox process.

Wheatgrass contains vitamins A, C and E, iron, calcium, magnesium and amino acids, with high amounts of chlorophyll. Wheatgrass is used orally for removing deposits of drugs, heavy metals and carcinogens from the body as well as neutralising toxins, removing toxins from the liver and removing toxins from the blood stream.

Acai berry contains several fatty acids; the most abundant being monounsaturated fatty acid. This berry also contains several anthocyanins, proanthocyanidins and other flavonoids, which are natural antioxidants. Acai has more antioxidant content than cranberry, raspberry, blackberry, strawberry or blueberry.

Kale is a leafy green vegetable that belongs to the brassica family. Researchers have identified over 45 different antioxidant and anti-inflammatory flavonoids in kale, as well as high amounts of vitamin K, vitamin C and fibre.

For Part I of the article, please click here.

 

 


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