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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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You’ve been invited!

“Embrace” the documentary filmed by Taryn Brumfitt uncovers why poor body image has become a global epidemic and what women everywhere can do to have a brighter future. Throughout March &  April we are raising awareness and importance of the act of Self Love by hosting a FREE movie screening of “Embrace” here at Complete Health Chiropractic!

Just email your FULL NAME to admin@completehealthchiro.com.au to confirm your seat!

Click here to view the “Embrace” Movie Trailer


Posture and Your Health

Most think that poor posture is simply a state of not looking your best. But posture is a reflection of the health of the spine. It is the shifting of the spine that can actually cause the outward postural appearance.

The spine is made of 24 moveable individual bones called vertebrae, all separated by a cartilaginous material known as the intervertebral disc (IVD). These discs act as ‘shock absorbers’ for the vertebrae and with regular movement of the spine, nutrients move in and out of the disc. Intricately entwined and closely associated with the spine is the spinal nerve tissue that sits adjacent to the vertebrae. There are pair of spinal nerves that exit at every level of the spine.

Poor posture increases pressure on your spine and can compress your internal organs. The consequences are quite damaging to your overall health. Imagine if you couldn’t breathe properly or have proper / regular bowel motions. The other common problem associated with poor posture is it alters the normal curves of the spine. These primary curves allow for efficient movement and balance to the individual.

Furthermsidecorrectpostureore poor posture can lead to: Tension ; Soreness; Headaches; Back pain; Fatigue; Respiratory problems; Chest tightness; High blood pressure; Poor digestion.

Good posture, on the other hand, is the correct alignment of body parts supported by the right amount of muscle tension against gravity. It is energy efficient, it keeps muscles, ligaments, bones and internal organs in their natural position. Good posture can help you to breathe better and reduce fatigue. Good posture can also increase self-confidence. Correcting bad posture takes discipline, but the benefits are worth it.

The first step is understanding what are bad posture habits because these impact our lifestyle enormously.


In the morning

  • When getting out of bed in the morning, use your hands and arms to support you into a sitting position. Then swing your legs to the floor and stand straight up.

During the day

  • Avoid sitting for long periods of time. Take brief walks during the day, or stand and stretch as much as possible.
  • When standing, balance your weight equally on both legs and feet, being sure to put weight on the four corners of each foot.
  • Employ good ergonomics at work and home.
  • Exercise regularly. Walking, swimming and other general conditioning exercises strengthen weak muscles and stretch those that are tight.

At night

  • Sleep on your side or back, not on your stomach. You can help reduce strain by popping a pillow under knees when sleeping on your back, or between your knees when sleeping on your side


  • Chiropractic is the science of locating problems in the spine, the art of reducing their impact to the nervous system, and a philosophy of natural health care based on your inborn potential to be healthy.wellness and rocks
  • A Chiropractor searches for the problems that are at the root of poor posture, analysing spinal curvatures, movement and alignment.
  • Chiropractors assess for alignment of knees, hips, pelvis, waist, shoulders, head and neck.
  • Chiropractic detects and helps to improve forward head translation.
  • Chiropractic works towards altering and improving spinal curvatures.
  • Chiropractic assess changes to gait (walking) and makes necessary alterations and recommendations.