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In spite of the weather the Willoughby community really turned out to learn how to live healthier, more active and better lives at the inaugural Live Well Day celebrations at Chowne Hall Willoughby on Sunday 5th March.

Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney, said it was great to see so many organisations coming together to educate and inspire local families.

“To address rising rates of ‘lifestyle’ diseases in Australia, and here in Willoughby, we really need to empower people to make better decisions regarding their health at the grassroots level,” said Keynote Speaker Michelle Chevalley Hedge.

The Live Well Day event got everyone thinking and talking about their health and provided locals with access to a range of professional advice, while enjoying a fun day out with their families.

Stall Holder Fiona Carter said the local families who attended the event were keen to find out more about diet; exercise and improving health standards.

“There was a constant crowd at the live demonstrations of pilates and self defence with people wanting to watch and learn about the activities.”

Chiropractor Dr Louis Jen said the free spinal screenings were a hit with people of all ages, with many reporting having experienced some form of back or neck pain in the past month or so.

“We checked the posture of a number of people on Sunday and saw quite a few cases of Posture related problems,” Louis Jen said.

“When you bring together local businesses who share the same passion for health and wellness it can only impact the community in a positive way.” said Event Co-ordinator Nicole Te

At the end of the day there were all up 10 prizes that were donated by local businesses and our sponsors. We were very grateful for their donations and those who attended and were lucky enough to win one of these prizes were just as grateful.

Live Well Day Willoughby would not be the event that it was without the contributions from our sponsors such as Kylie Norman from Acorn Press; Willoughby Hotel; Billabong Health Retreat and Golden Door Health retreat from Hunter Valley. As a final note we wish to thank the following businesses that were involved on the day, Studio 84; Uncoil Pilates; A Healthy View; Vt1 academy; Kuringai Gai Yoga; Arbonne; The Bean Team; Top juice and Complete Health Chiropractic. We are already planning for an even bigger event to bring to the community next year.

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My Marathon Journey

Working as a Chiropractic assistant here at Complete Health Chiropractic for the last 4 or so years I have been lucky and grateful to be surrounded by people who also value living an active and healthier lifestyle naturally. This positive work environment in turn has lead me to set fitness goals, which truly challenged my boundaries. This has put me on the path to achieving things that I didn’t actually think were possible.

I have always had a passion for fitness, keeping active and staying healthy naturally, but I would NEVER have called myself a runner! It was only at the beginning of this year that I summoned the courage to set myself a massive goal and began training towards my first half marathon.

Preparing for my first half marathon I knew there were some things that I definitely had to do from the get go. I started stretching and foam rolling daily. I continued to fuel my body correctly, stayed well hydrated & got checked by one of the friendly chiros at work on a regular basis.

As the race day drew closer I was increasing my running time and distance each week and found I was needing to be checked more frequently. Getting checked ensured my body was managing this additional physical stress as best it could.

Even being really vigilant with my chiropractic care,  around a month out from the run date I started to experience a lot of pain in my feet which caused my calves to tighten. I knew this was a sign my body wasn’t handling the added physical stress as I continued to up the anti with my training as well as it could. I made sure to let my chiropractors know this on my next check up. For those that don’t know…Chiropractors also check feet! I started to get my feet checked up  until the run date and was also given a couple of home exercises to do right after my runs.

I found combining my checkups and home exercises allowed my body to recover faster & in turn trained better. Here is an article I found online which perfectly explains why I think it’s really important to get checked by a Chiropractor especially leading up to your running event (click here).

Looking back at this journey my one piece of advice would be if you love to run or plan on getting into running, consider getting checked by a Chiropractor and find out how it can bring out the best runner in you. To date I have now completed my second half marathon at the Blackmores Sydney running Festival and with the encouragement and care of my Chiropractors have set my next goal to complete a full marathon in 2017. Wish me luck.


‘Get Your Happy Back’

This year Spinal Health Week 2015 runs from May 25 to 31, with the theme

‘Get Your Happy Back’.

Every day more and more Australians experience disabling low back pain, neck pain and headaches, limiting their ability to work and engage in an active healthy life.

One explanation for this is the impact an increasingly sedentary lifestyle has on postural fitness. Think about all the hours you spend each day sitting at work or school, on a computer or other mobile device, watching television or playing computer games. Poor posture increases pressure on your spine which can cause low back pain, neck pain, headaches and fatigue.
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