The Secret Winning Formula for all Athletes

Professional sports teams, Olympians and competitive athletes are employing chiropractors because they demand results. Professional athletes often go to extreme measures to get the edge on their opponents. This can sometimes involve anything from dietary supplements, meditation to steroids.

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This is where chiropractic can play a unique role in performance enhancement. A properly aligned spine works with a greater mechanical advantage enabling more energy to be directed towards technique and power rather than being used up compensating for an ill-functioning spine. It can also help ameliorate joint range of movement and general flexibility. This undoubtedly helps an athlete to function at a higher level whether it be improving muscle strength, concentration, lung capacity or reflexes. The research really supports the benefits of chiropractic in sports performance.

-A study conducted in 1997, showed that pulmonary function- as measured by FVC and FEV-1 improved following chiropractic care 1. The authors of this same study noted that ‘when postural efficiency is optimised, not only is breathing also optimised, but other functions of the human mind-body also improve’.

-A similar study conducted in 2000, found that following spinal adjustment, VO2 max (maximum lung ventilation capacity), overall work (output) and peak heart rate all improved. The subjects in the study also reported less discomfort at their maximum effort (decreased perceived exertion)2.

-After just six weeks of care, researchers Lauro and Mouch, found that subjects receiving chiropractic care showed an improvement of 18% compared to the control group who improved by just 1%  using 11 different objective measures of athletic ability- including agility, balance, body awareness in space, power and reaction time. After 12 weeks of care, the chiropractic group improved by 30% on their scores3. It was also found that tissue oxygenation (increased tissue capillary count) or blood flow significantly improved with chiropractic care.


 Chiropractor, Dr Kim Lie Jom said, “high expectations of athletes from both traditional sporting fields like soccer, rugby, AFL, cricket, tennis etc to the extreme sports such as mountain biking, motor-cross and snowboarding has given rise to greater levels of injuries.”

“We’ve seen a record number of neck and back injuries over the years and chiropractors are bracing themselves for a dramatic increase.”

A high percentage of sporting injuries are not caused by a single incident, but by a build up of stresses  caused by muscular imbalance or poor spinal alignment. It is imminently more sensible to try to stop an injury recurring rather than patching it up again and again.


However, Chiropractic goes much further than simple repair work for injured muscles and joints. Chiropractic helps restore normal motion and position to spinal joints as well as normalising nervous system function. Muscles, tendons and ligaments depend on proper joint movement and neurological input for peak performance. Injuries to these tissues can reduce range of motion, decrease blood supply and literally take you out of the game. Normalising spinal function helps to speed the healing of these tissues and reduces the de-conditioning effect of being on the sideline

Many athletes consider their regular session with a chiropractor an essential component of their warm-up regime and look upon it as a pre-cursor to the exertion and strain they are about to place on themselves. Whatever the sporting discipline, the body needs to remain supple in order to perform at its optimum level and, given the stresses that many sports place upon the human structure, chiropractic has found high favour with a significant group within the athletic and sports community, both as a treatment resource and as a preventative technique. Chiropractic care provides improved range of motion and strength, quicker reflexes, enhanced endurance and overall better performance.

Remember whether you are a professional athlete looking for the edge, a weekend warrior your chiropractor aims to ‘finely tune’ your body, to improve overall health and vitality and to facilitate peak performance-naturally!

The Final Word:


 A long-time advocate of chiropractic, South Australian cycle champion Stuart O’Grady says that the hilly, scenic terrain that makes the Tour Down Under such a popular television event can also put extreme stress on the spine.
Faced with these issues and more over the course of his career, O’Grady attributes his longevity on the European circuit to chiropractic care.

“I’ve been a professional bike rider on the European circuit for more than 15 years, and some would say I’ve been lucky to last that length of time,” O’Grady says. “But it hasn’t all been luck, it’s well documented I’ve been involved in several accidents during my riding career.

“I’ve always been treated around the world by and utilised the services of chiropractors – not just to heal but to minimise the risk all year around.”

Stuart O’Grady says that he has noted a change in chiropractic services over the years.

“Chiropractors offer so much more, from newborns and children to sports people and seniors. The modern chiropractor has a wealth of knowledge and could assist you in becoming a healthier and wiser person when it comes to looking after yourself. Take it from me.”

At Complete Health Chiropractic our highly qualified chiropractors, who are members of the CAA and the Australian Spinal Research Foundation, work closely with all clients to ensure they achieve their potential in all aspects of their life. From a newborn to the elderly we all have the potential to be our best, let us help you to achieve that first step.

Call our award winning centre to discover more and make that first step to achieving your true health potential.

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  1. Kessinger, R. Changes in Pulmonary function Associated with Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic Care, J. Vert Sublux. Res. Vol 1, 1997 pp43-47.
  2. Miller J, et al. The Effect of Spinal Manipulation and Soft Tissue Massage on Human Endurance and Cardiac and Pulmonary Physiology-A Pilot Study. Sports Chiropractic and Rehabilitation, Vol 14, no.1, 2000. 
  3. Lauro A. & Mouch B. Chiropractic effects on athletic ability, J, Chiro Res and Clin Invest. 1991;6:84-87.

Back Your Inner Athlete

This year, Spinal Health Week 2016 runs from 23 May to 29 May with the theme “Back Your Inner Athlete”.

Every day more and more Australians are limited in their ability to work and engage in an active healthy life because they are not functioning at their best.

One explanation for this is the impact an increasingly sedentary lifestyle has on postural fitness. Think about all the hours you spend sitting at work or school, on a computer or other mobile devices, watching TV or playing computer games. Poor posture impacts your spine and therefore your nerve system which can lead to poor function and discomfort.

Chiropractic care focuses on the relationship between the structure of your body (primarily the spine and pelvis) and the function of your body (as coordinated by the nervous system). Chiropractic care recognises that when this relationship operates with no interference or interruptions there is a better chance of health being restored and maintained.

Each week around 300,000 people visit an Australian Chiropractor. Chiropractic Care is an increasingly common and effective health care choice for families and individuals who value a more natural, cost effective approach.

We are encouraging our practice members and the lower north shore community to begin a conversation about preventative health and wellbeing and adopt healthy lifestyle habits. If you have family, friends or colleagues that you think could also benefits from chiropractic, let them know Spinal Health Week 2016 is a great time to come and find out more at Complete Health Chiropractic.

Chiropractors have an important role to play in preventative health and wellbeing because they understand that along with regular chiropractic checks, a vital part of maintaining normal spinal function is helping people to make healthy choices in all aspects of their lives including nutrition, exercise, rest/ recovery and state of mind.

Adopting healthy lifestyle habits today can significantly reduce the risk of injury, dysfunction or pain later on. The added bonus of making smart lifestyle choices now is that this can also have a positive impact on your self esteem, social relationships and even mental health.

Complete Health Chiropractic has teamed up with F45 Chatswood. The CHC team love training at F45 and encourage all CHC practice members to get involved, Back their Inner Athlete and getting moving this May

Celebrate Spinal Health Week on the 23rd May by downloading the CAA Back App with augmented reality feature at, on the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Spinal Health Week 2016 is a national initiative of Chiropractors’ Association Australia (CAA)

Spinal Health Week is Approaching!

Spinal Health Week 2016 will focus on how one can perform and live better by backing their inner athlete through good spinal function, reducing pain, improving posture and taking care of one’s health.

With the Olympics around the corner, the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia would like to use this year’s Spinal Health Week, held between 23-29 May, to remind all Australians they don’t have to be sporting professionals to achieve peak performance but everyone can perform and live better by backing their inner athlete, through good spinal function, reducing pain, maintaining healthy posture and taking care of one’s health.

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April is Sleep Month Here @ CHC

Good Sleep is a vital piece of your health puzzle; just like fueling your body with a balanced nutritious diet, moving your body every day, maintaining a positive outlook on life and having your brain – body/nervous system connection running well, free from interference. Rest and sleep is one of the key requirements for your body to achieve true health.

We ask a lot from our bodies’ everyday and although we don’t yet understand exactly why we need sleep so badly, scientists believe it restores us physically and helps us organise things in our brain. We do know, however, that we can’t live WELL without it.

The amount of sleep varies from one individual to the next but 8 ¼ hours is the average requirement for adults. Some people can cope very well with much less and some need much more every night.

Sleep is actually an active state, we used to think that everything shuts down when we sleep, but over the last 60 years scientists have discovered that our brains are actually very active while we sleep. In fact, some parts of the brain use more oxygen and glucose while asleep than when awake.

Sleep changes across the night in cycles of about 90 minutes. There is Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, in every cycle, even if only for a short time.

Over the course of a night, deep sleep occurs first. The first three hours of sleep have the deepest stages of sleep (Slow Wave Sleep). Later on in the night we have more of the type of sleep where we have vivid dreams (REM Sleep).

We also have very brief Arousal Sleep times throughout a night’s sleep. We are not aware of most of these Arousal times and we forget most dreams.

The timing of our need for sleep is based on two things. The first is how long we have been awake. The second is our body clock. If we stay awake all night we will feel more tired at 4am than at 10am. Scientists call the time between 3am and 5am the ‘dead zone’. It’s when our body clock makes us ‘dead’ tired.

Falling asleep can be hard; you can’t actually force yourself to fall asleep – just like you can’t consciously digest your food faster. Sleep onset is not something we can control. We can only create the right conditions for sleep – both in our minds and in our environment.

Here at CHC we have teamed up with Sleepy’s- The Mattress Experts to have a chiropractic CAA tested and endorsed bed for you to trial in the CHC office for the month of April. If it is time to update the mattress Sleepy’s has some awesome deals on offer just for CHC practice members, check them out next time you are in the office.

We are also hosting a sleep workshop here at Complete Health Chiropractic 7-8pm Wednesday April 27th 2016, so you can learn how to create the ideal conditions for both, your mind and your environment to get the best sleep possible, which will contribute to your journey to true health. Make sure to book your seat on 9413-3090 or on your next visit to the office!

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9 Tips for a better night sleep



  1. Have a regular sleep pattern Try to go to bed at the same time every evening and get up at the same time every morning.
  2. Spend the right amount of time in bed Most adults need about 8 hours sleep every night. Some require more and some less. Remember children need more sleep than adults.
  3. Bed is for sleeping, not entertainment Television, computers and other distractions can interfere with your sleep. Try to avoid using your computer within one hour of bedtime.
  4. Wind down and relax before going to bed – Sort out any problems well before going to bed time. This may mean setting aside a ‘worry time’ during the day. Use this time to go over the day’s activities and work out a plan of action for the next day. Exercise is fine, but not too late in the evening. Find a relaxation technique that works for you e.g. meditation
  5. Make sure your bedroom is comfortable – You should have a quiet, dark room with comfortable bedding and have good temperature control.
  6. Alcohol, caffeine and cigarettes to be avoided – Alcohol may help you to get off to sleep, but will disrupt your sleep during the night. Caffeine (tea, coffee, cola drinks) and the nicotine in cigarettes are stimulants that can keep you awake.
  7. Avoid daytime naps – sleeping during the day will make it much more difficult to sleep well at night. If a nap is absolutely necessary, for example because of a late night, then limit this to about thirty minutes. Make sure that you are awake for at least 4 hours before going back to bed.
  8. Don’t lie awake watching the clock – watching the time on a clock just makes you anxious about not being asleep. If possible take the clock out of your bedroom. If you need the clock for the alarm, turn it around so that you cannot see the time.
  9. Avoid sleeping pills; they do not fix the cause of your sleeping problem –  You may need professional help If you are still having trouble sleeping, if you have persistent problems with mood, restlessness in bed, severe snoring or waking up un-refreshed despite what should be adequate length sleep, make sure that you go and see your doctor.