Handson Newsletter September/October 2014

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You can’t stop ageing but you can slow down the process. Maintaining a lifestyle that includes a healthy diet, supplements and regular exercise along with regular chiropractic adjustments can help you do that.
Chiropractic adjustments keep your body supple with good posture and healthy spinal function. Adjustments stimulate the nerves to keep your whole nervous system active; improving the body’s ability to move and think. Chiropractic adjustments promote a good strong digestion and keep the stomach juices flowing to digestive break down and help optimal absorb of vitamins and nutrients.

What is ageing?

Ageing is a term used to describe the processes observed in body change over time; associated with increasing years. These processes of aging can escalate in some bodies and lead to more rapid health deterioration and untimely symptoms of old age- extreme fatigue, poor body tone and an unusual lack of interest in normal activities.

The signs of ageing are:

  • Metabolism slows down
  • Diminished lung capacity and muscle strength
  • Skin loses; elasticity
  • Eye sight diminishes
  • Hormonal changes
  • Decreased immunity
  • Loss of muscle mass

However, most of what we blame on ageing has nothing to do with getting older in years. It is a question of running the body on empty and not taking the time to nourish and support its vital functions.
Staying young at heart, active of mind and physically strong is essential for good health and especially as you advance in years. Eating well and keeping the body’s spine and nervous system operating well will help stop your body ageing faster than it should.



Anti Ageing




13 September – 10am

7 October – 10am


23 September – 10am

25 October – 10am

4784 2990



24 September – 12:30pm

25 October – 12:30pm

9639 6307

A great half hour with Q&A time and REAL take home messages, presented by healthcare practitioners with 30 years experience.
What can you do to reduce Ageing?
To reduce the ageing response in the body we need to consume:

  • Eat more whole or unprocessed whole foods
  • Increase your plant based diet – All colours of vegetables and fruits
  • Some protein that is organic ( pasture fed animals, wild fish, eggs )
  • Exercise gently and regularly (20 mins daily)
  • 8 to 10 glasses of water daily
  • Good quality supplements of vitamins, minerals and amino acids
  • Chiropractic whole body adjustments to regulate your body ‘nerve responses’ to improve resilience
  • Start exercising your brain with puzzles and do a quiz daily
  • Meditate every day – 15 minutes is sufficient

How does chiropractic help anti-ageing?

Ask your chiropractor to start a whole body program of regular adjustments of the nervous system; balance your body and increase its responsiveness.
Chiropractic can help to control the “stress response” and calm the nervous system; reducing inflammation and increasing digestion. Over time this adds to keeping you much younger than your years!

  • Great posture and good movement are the hallmarks of youth.
  • Joints under increased load will deteriorate faster. Good posture will keep the weight of gravity evenly distributed; minimise the wear and tear in the spine and limbs over time.
  • Regular checks and adjustments of all the limbs, pelvis and spinal joints will keep you at your body working at its best.
  • Chiropractic adjustments optimise nerves for good body function.

Good posture + good spinal health = healthy ageing

Special offer: Bring your parents and others for a postural check!
Check your posture score to see if your loved ones can be helped

Taking the spinal stress out of the body will help to optimise posture, healthy function of the nervous system and healthy ageing

Call for a free postural score assessment now!
Hands On Superhealth (a location near you)

For more information:
Department of Health and Ageing
National Ageing Research Institute
Ageing Well, The Jean Hailes Foundation for Women’s Health

Leura | Winston Hills | Springwood

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


Live better, Feel better



8 July – 10:00 am
26 July – 10:00 am

4784 2990


30 July – 12:30 pm

9639 6307





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/

Leura | Winston Hills | Springwood

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Hands On Newsletter: April 2014

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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

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