How weather affects your breathing

Breathing is affected by air quality, sudden changes in the weather and extreme weather conditions. While these changes may be noticeable if you have a respiratory condition, they can affect all people. You may notice that it’s easier to breathe in certain weather conditions or temperatures.

The lungs are amazing organs, evolved to warm and humidify inhaled air to body temperature and humidity without damaging tissue.

This warming and humidification of the air occurs rapidly, starting in the mouth and nose reaching the body temperature and 100% humidity before the air gets too deep into...


Why strong glute muscles are important

There’s more to strong glute muscles than aesthetics. Your glutes – the minimus, medius and maximus – are the largest and strongest muscles in your body. These three muscles work together to abduct, rotate and extend the hip.

Without your glutes, you simply would not be able to stand up. You wouldn’t be able to walk, run, jump or even sit.

The glutes are designed to be powerful and strong. They join the upper body to the lower body creating a postural chain and control everything...


Trochanteric Bursitis

Trochanteric Bursitis

Trochanteric bursitis frequently causes pain and tenderness of the outer hip and thigh. Bursitis of the hip is the most common cause of hip pain. It makes it difficult for those affected to lie on the involved side, frequently causing difficulty sleeping. It also causes a dull, burning pain on the outer hip and thigh. Consequently, the pain is worse with excessive walking, exercise, or stair climbing.

Ischial bursitis

The ischial bursa is located in the upper buttock area. Ischial bursitis can cause dull pain in this area that is...


Are you ready for life?

Life is full of unknowns. Taking simple and practical steps now can get you ready for life at any age.

According to the World Health Organisation, 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. These conditions affect your ability to participate in work, social activities and sports. In Australia, 3.7 million people reported back problems in 2015 alone.

With these statistics and the burden of low...


Common sport injuries

Sporting teams across Australia are well into their seasons, therefore common sport injuries are occurring during training and games. Players are going faster and harder to position themselves in a good position after the first few rounds.

It’s important that from the beginning of the season that players listen to their bodies. Likewise, coaches shouldn’t push players beyond their physical limits. It’s also important to put into place the correct First Aid procedures for sports injuries when they occur.

Football, rugby, soccer and netball are all at risk of the same...


Sleep and muscle recovery

Sleep and muscle recovery is so important. Unfortunately, muscle injury can happen to anybody at any time. It doesn’t matter if you are a world class athlete or only count taking the stairs as exercise. An injury can easily occur. If you are suffering from a muscle injury there are a few remedies to help speed up the recovery process. Sleep is a major aid in muscle recuperation.

What are minor muscle injuries?

A minor muscle injury usually consists of a muscle pull, strain...


Parkinson’s Awareness Month

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month.

Parkinson’s disease is a misunderstood disease. Many people associate the disease with an elderly relative or the odd celebrity on TV. The majority of people understand it to be “just the shakes”. The reality is much different. Parkinson’s is a very individual condition with each person experiencing different symptoms.

Here are some statistics on Parkinson’s disease:

  • Parkinson’s is the second most common neurological disease in Australia after dementia.
  • The disease affects an estimated 10 million individuals worldwide – 100,000 in Australia.
  • 32 Aussies are diagnosed with the disease every day.
  • 20% of sufferers are under 50 years. 10%...


Dr Ingrid Dunkerley

Meet Dr Ingrid Dunkerley, the newest member of the Chiropractic team at Chiro & Sports Med. With a passion for sport, health and patient wellness, Dr Ingrid Dunkerley can help you achieve great results with your Chiropractic care.

The recipient of numerous academic awards, Ingrid also holds accreditation in acrobatic gymnastics. Learn more about Ingrid, her interests and how she can help you here.

Call and make an appointment. Ingrid is at the clinic from Monday to Thursday. She is most certainly looking forward to working with you.

Chiro & Sports Med



Brain Awareness Week

11-17 March is Brain Awareness Week

Brain Awareness Week is a global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. The Healthy Brain Program is an initiative of the Brain Foundation. It aims to assist Australians to keep their brains healthy into old age.

People are living longer and the prevalence of degenerative brain disorders is increasing. Compared to information about a healthy body and heart, there is little about how to keep the brain healthy.


Pointers to a Healthy Brain

  • Exercise and challenge your brain. Don’t be a couch potato
  • Nourish your brain with a healthy...


8th March is International Women’s Day

Celebrated around the world every year on the 8th March is International Women’s Day (IWD). On this day women are recognised for their achievements. IWD began from labour movements at the beginning of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe.

Since those early days, IWD has grown in prominence and reach, touching women in every corner of the world. The growing international women’s movement has helped make IWD a central point for action. It builds support for women’s rights and their full involvement in the economy, politics, community and in everyday life.


History of International Women’s Day



Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

Every day, 4 Australian women are diagnosed and 3 women will die from ovarian cancer. It is the most underfunded and the deadliest female cancer in Australia. Furthermore, ovarian cancer has the lowest survival rate of any women’s cancer – a fact that hasn’t changed in 30 years. It is therefore time for change. It’s time to ovary-act.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer

There is no early detection test for ovarian cancer; so all women need to be aware of the symptoms. The most commonly reported symptoms...


Flexibility – don’t ignore it!


You don’t often hear a lot about flexibility training. It is is one of the most important parts of fitness yet it is so often forgotten about. Quite often flexibility is ignored and comes a distant second to cardio, strength, and heavyweights. We should all do a flexibility or stretching program at least two to three times per week.

Here are some reasons as to why flexibility should not be ignored.

It decreases the risk of injury and improves recovery

After the release of a static stretch, local blood flow increases beyond pre-stretching levels. As...

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