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 :)
We have two fabulous chiros joining the practice. Dr Rachel Duncan and Dr Jen Rogers.
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 Jen Rogers is a new grad but don't let that fool you, she received the Graduate Award for Academic Excellence and the Vice Chancellor’s List Award -given to the top 2% of graduating higher education students at RMIT University. Her aim is to provide an integrated approach and achieve superior long-term outcomes for patients.
Dr Rachel Duncan will be consulting Monday & Thursday afternoons and Tuesday mornings. Dr Jen Rogers will be available on Friday mornings.
Introducing Dr. Rachel Duncan
& Dr Jen Rogers
Covid 19 lockdown
Unfortunately our Covid 19 numbers are still rising and we are now in Stage 4 lock-down in the Mornington Peninsula.
Yes, we are still open and seeing patients. All staff are wearing masks, we are cleaning thoroughly between patients & have hand sanitiser in all rooms.
As an essential service we are only open for patients in dire need whilst in Stage 4 Lock down.
According to Victorian Govt. Stage 4 restrictions chiropractors can provide services that prevent a significant change or deterioration in functional independence necessitating escalation of care.
e.g. a requirement for specialist input/review, an increase in care needs and/or alternate accommodation, avoiding a hospital admission or emergency department presentation
'We know it's not easy. But the sooner we get on top of this, the better.
Stay home. Stay safe – and stop the spread.'
We are grateful that Australia has so far been spared the horrific conditions seen in some countries overseas. However COVID-19 continues to cause significant concern and disruption all over the world & in our everyday lives. It is lovely to see the restrictions in Victoria easing and our children returning to school, but we are mindful that clusters may well occur and we remain vigilant.
At Mt. Martha Chiropractic & Sports Injury Clinic we have remained open for the entire time and we are dedicated to offering you chiropractic care in a safe environment. We are reviewing the situation regularly and adapt our practice policies as necessary. As such we have increased our usual cleaning procedures and also ask that you hand sanitise or wash your hands with soapy water on entering & leaving our clinic.
It is the collective responsibility of us all to minimise possible transmission of the virus and try to halt its spread through our community. If you have any symptoms that suggest that you may have the virus then please consult your GP to arrange appropriate testing. We will be more than happy to reschedule your appointments to a more appropriate time if necessary.
website for more information or if you are really concerned call the Corona Virus Health Information Line. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
1800 020 080
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.
Congratulations to Joel Hill
Final Year RMIT Chiropractic Student
Congratulations to Joel on passing his Clinical practicum 5 exam. We enjoyed having him with us on placement for 2 months this year and wish him well in his career as a Chiropractor.
Joel is a local lad who grew up on the Mornington Peninsula. After spending the last ten years moving around, he is excited to be back on the Peninsula and I am sure we all agree this is the perfect place to bring up his beautiful 2 children.
Joel has a background in horticulture & his experience with chiropractic care inspired him to switch careers, embarking on a five year degree in Chiropractic. A gentle, thoughtful practitioner Joel is passionate about chiropractic and improving the quality of life for people in his community.
Between working in the nursery, caring for his family and studying full time Joel doesn’t have much spare time but when he gets a chance he can be found practicing yoga, drawing or exploring some of the wonderful hiking tracks the peninsula has to offer.
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, as long as you
utilise an incline—changes of just 1' helps, aim for 5' to better mimic running outdoors… this will create that 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.
Congratulations to Dr WoonJee Tio
on making it to Mt Everest Base Camp in April this year.
She thrived in the arduous conditions & has decided
she is part Yak.
We look forward to hearing about her next adventure.
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. '