Dry Needling vs Acupuncture

What is it and what is the difference? You may have heard the terms ‘Dry Needling’ and ‘Acupuncture’ used interchangeably; and while they both involve inserting very thin needles into specific locations, the theory underpinning each practice is vastly different. Acupuncture is a type of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and is focused on facilitating theContinue reading “Dry Needling vs Acupuncture”

Dry Needling (Part One)

Dry Needling appointments now available with Catherine. Sounds confronting? Don’t worry, it’s nothing like a medical injection! Those hypodermic needles can be >2mm wide (thicker than the average earring post), while the needles Catherine uses are only 0.3mm wide (twice the thickness of human hair). Dry needling treatment can be virtually painless! The majority ofContinue reading “Dry Needling (Part One)”

Sleep Smart : Sleep posture matters!

Have you ever woken up from a great night’s sleep, and your body has felt stiff and awful? It could have something to do with your posture while you sleep! Unlike during the day, we don’t have active control of our posture during our sleep, so it is important to use a variety of tipsContinue reading “Sleep Smart : Sleep posture matters!”

Thyroid Health : How does it go wrong?

Last week we talked about optimal levels of the various thyroid hormones; but how does it go wrong, and what are the consequences? The Thyroid – who, what, where? A small gland at the front of the neck Produces and releases Thyroid hormones including T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine) Responsible for metabolism and energy productionContinue reading “Thyroid Health : How does it go wrong?”

The Gut & Mental Health : Is the gut a second brain?

Did you know that some researchers consider the gut to be our second brain? While it can’t help you compose a Grammy award winning song, or do your tax return, our gut has a large role in nearly every aspect of our health – from physical health to mental health! Maybe you’ve felt “butterflies” inContinue reading “The Gut & Mental Health : Is the gut a second brain?”

Prebiotics, Probiotics & Immune Health

Most of us have heard of antibiotics, and their role in the medical world in treating the ‘bad bacteria’ which may cause infections and serious health complications. But if ‘bad bacteria’ exist, do ‘good bacteria’ exist? The answer is YES! Our body has thousands2 of different types of good and bad bacteria (and other microflora)Continue reading “Prebiotics, Probiotics & Immune Health”

Men’s Menopause

Andropause is a syndrome associated with “a decrease in sexual satisfaction or a decline in a feeling of general well-being associated with low levels of testosterone in older men.”1 Symptoms to look out for are similar to Menopause; including loss of muscle mass and strength, increased body fat deposition, depressed moods, loss of bone densityContinue reading “Men’s Menopause”

Can Allergens & Irritants Impact The Health Of The Body?

Last week our Healthy Living Blog post by Sarah, “Allergy or Intolerance” introduced the difference between an allergy and an intolerance, and linked both to gut health. An allergy refers to the body’s reaction to the proteins within the eaten food (immune system). This food is harmless to most people.1 An intolerance or sensitivity is considered aContinue reading “Can Allergens & Irritants Impact The Health Of The Body?”

Australia’s Health Status

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released a new report1 “Australia’s Health 2020” summarises the current health status of various populations, the impact on our health care system, and helps to focus our efforts on improving each Australian’s overall health and longevity. To read the full report titled ‘Australia’s health 2020: dataContinue reading “Australia’s Health Status”