We are excited to announce local chiropractor
Dr. Sarah Reeves is joining our practice from Friday 5th of March. Sarah has been a longtime
Mornington Peninsula resident and has worked on the peninsula since a student volunteer in the 'Hands on Health' clinics.
Sarah is an SOT practitioner. She is intuitive, holistic & brings a low force approach to Mt Martha Chiropractic. We think she is an excellent addition to our team and look forward to her joining the practice. 20.2.2021
Introducing Dr. Rachel Duncan
We are sad to announce that after over a decade of practice on the Peninsula Dr WoonJee Tio is moving on. We wish her well in her future endeavours and promise to keep you all up to date with any juicy WJ gossip :)
Dr Rachel Duncan is excited to be joining the practice & is keen to continue looking after Dr WoonJee's patients with the same care & enthusiasm we are all used to.
Dr Rachel Duncan completed her Masters of Clinical Chiropractic and Bachelor of Health Science (Chiropractic) at RMIT University in 2015. She is a compassionate practitioner who listens to her patients & has excellent spinal adjusting skills.
Dr Rachel Duncan will be consulting Monday & Thursday afternoons and Tuesday mornings.
Dr Roxanne Daniels is fresh from four days with Professor Stuart McGill. The Prof. was named a member of the Order of Canada in Dec 2019, recognized for his contributions to understanding the biomechanics of the spinal column and to the development of rehabilitation programs, specifially related to low back pain.
He is a legend with over 240 published papers!
So if you are experiencing low back pain come and chat to Dr Roxanne about how the McGill approach in combination with her 35 years of experience as a practitioner might help you.
Indoor vs Outdoor Running –
The Pros and Cons
Oh, the cold chilly mornings!
The other day, when I woke up to 6 degrees outside, I stepped out to
my garden all rugged up, runners on…. then the cold hit my face! It reminded me of the mornings in the snow at Falls Creek. So I admit it , I turned around and headed for my treadmill instead of the great outdoors…
Can you can relate to this? Maybe some of you already have the wisdom and didn’t even
consider stepping outside for a run… straight to the treadmill in the Gym or at home. Or
perhaps you are like Dr Daniels, all rugged up, motivated by an eager dog & braving the cold. Brrrr
Running on the treadmill has many benefits as oppose to running in the great outdoors.
You don’t have to worry about the cold, the rain, the sunburn and the falling branches…. or
aggressive dogs and their poo! You won’t bump into people you know & so you don’t need
to feel bad if you don’t want to stop to talk or say hello. You can get the most out of your day
on the treadmill….. watch the news or catch up on your favourite show.
But, running on the treadmill can put you at a greater risk of joint and ligament damage, a
result of prolonged repetitive stride or same movement… like RSI (repetitive stress injury).
Runners also often over estimate their speed on the treadmill.
And being in the great outdoors is definitely better for your mental health. The sensory
stimulation is good for you brain. The wind on your face; the warmth of the sun on your
skin-good for vitamin D in the morning; the smell of eucalyptus & grass, the visual changing of scenery. All can help improve your mood and decrease tension, anger and confusion. There are lots of studies to support this :)
Running outdoors your stride is not repetitive and the load differs as we react to curbs, corners or obstacle. This
‘variation of loading’ helps improve our balance and increase strength. We activate a greater
variety of muscles. However try to avoid running on hard ground or bitumen surfaces, it predispose us to
If you want to run but you can’t get outside, or like me defeated by the cold, a treadmill is a good alternative
utilise an incline—changes of just 1' helps, aim for 5' to better mimic running outdoors… this will create an increase of air resistance.
vary speed and incline—this is to avoid that same repetitious motion…. great for balance and strength.
don’t hang on—mimic ‘real runners’… move your arms like they do.
At the end of the day we just want you to move, to spend at least 3 hours a week exercising. Good for your mind, body and soul :)
contributed by Dr WoonJee Tio July 2019
Spinal Health Week May 2019
As we all know life is full of unknowns, but you can take simple and practical steps now to be ready for life at any age. Currently 15% of the Australian population are aged 65 and over, and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare estimates that this will increase to 22% by 2056. This increase in the age of the population puts additional strain on the government to provide care for older Australians.
Chiropractors are ideally placed to assist in the healthcare of Australians as they age and potentially help improve their quality of life.
According to the World Health Organization, musculoskeletal conditions that reduce mobility, dexterity and functional ability, are the second largest cause of disability worldwide. Musculoskeletal conditions can have a damaging effect on your quality of life by affecting your ability to participate in work, social activities and sports. In Australia, 3.7 million people reported back problems in 2015 alone.4
With statistics like these and the burden of low back pain ranking first in Australia, it is likely that you or someone you know could suffer from back pain. Improving posture, maintaining an active lifestyle and keeping your spinal health in check can help you continue to do the things you love and always be Ready for Life!
Chiro Can Help
One way to help you be Ready for Life and improve your spinal health is to seek chiropractic care from your local ACA chiropractor. Chiropractors can also be seen as a preventative healthcare option by offering advice and assistance in making appropriate lifestyle choices and therefore reducing the risk of spinal health issues arising in the first place.
Latest Research from Stanford
Drs WoonJee and Roxanne are big advocates of slow abdominal breathing.
We were excited to read about the latest research from Stanford University, using electrodes to assess the brain showing how our breathing alters our brain for the better! Not sure about your breathing habits? Come in & see us for an assessment.
'Controlling your breath can also help you lower your blood pressure and fall asleep, calm yourself and focus your mind, and help you prepare for a challenging or frightening task. '