People often rely quite heavily on the results of imaging to determine what might be causing their symptoms, yet it is important to realise that imaging techniques are only part of the bigger clinical picture. Imaging techniques can have a high amount of false positives, in which degenerative changes in a structure are assumed to…Details
When we think about balance, most of the time we focus our attention from the middle of the torso down. While mobility and stability of the lower body and core are essential for balance, so too is proper neck function. There are 3 main systems that contribute to our balance; our eyes, our vestibular system…Details
There has been alot of discussion recently about the association between red meat consumption and cancer following the release of a study linking the two. While there has been a long standing realisation that processed meat consumption is associated with an increased risk of cancer, there are a few considerations when looking at red meat consumption as a whole and cancer.Details
When entering into discussions about the health consequences of sitting, people are often told that over time if we sit for too long our hip muscles actually shorten in length making it harder for us to stand upright. While there are some changes that occur to the hip muscles, it is interesting to look at the changes to the hip muscles when moving from a sitting to a standing position.Details
While it is one of the most common conditions in Australia, Osteoporosis is often not well understood, even by those who are suffering from it. It currently affects 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men over 65 and currently costs almost 3.5 billion dollars every year. Even with a steady presence about it in the media, numbers are still on the rise.
Calcium and Osteoporosis
When you ask many people what the cause of Osteoporosis is, they will often say a lack of Calcium. Although this is not incorrect, it is not the full answer and this is where a greater understanding would help. Osteoporosis is actually a loss of bone mineral density, relative to the normal for your age. The calcium is an important part of the bone mineral density, but it is less than 60% of the make up of the bone.Details
Do I need to eat ancient grains? What’s wrong with modern grains?
What’s so good about fermented foods?
Am I missing out because I don’t want to pay for organic fruit and vegetables?
Green smoothies aren’t that tasty. Do I need one a day?
Is cow’s milk evil?
Surely I’m superman given all the superfoods I eat…
The Dietitian’s Association of Australia released a media statement regarding the top nutrition trends to follow as the weather warms and we all try shift from the winter nutrition doldrums.Details
Like most things in life there is always a delicate balance that creates harmony and exercise is no different. The choice of exercises in a program needs to be carefully constructed to ensure that the body is given the right blend of nutrients. While it is true that any movement is better than inactivity, optimal planning of movements allows for maximum gains.
It is easy enough to see the link between the right exercises and our physical wellbeing, however most people are unaware of the effects of exercise choice on our moods. To understand this, we must think back to our infancy and the instinctive behaviours that we adopted well before we were aware of it!Details
In the pursuit of health improvement, so much of our success comes down to improving our awareness. It is easy to breeze through life on autopilot, however when we stop for a moment to reflect and become more aware, we often find the solutions we were searching for. Take for example weight loss. One of…Details
There is a common saying that volunteers are some of the happiest people in the world. This has been confirmed in research showing that people who volunteer are much less likely to suffer from depression than those who don’t volunteer. Reasons for this are quite apparent and include more social contact, the feeling of contributing, having a social/support network and not being isolated.Details
A common complaint among people is that they are often ok when they are walking continuously, however in a situation where they are required to walk slowly and regularly stop and start walking (such as in a museum) they struggle with discomfort and fatigue. There are a few fundamental reasons for this.Details