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Put your back into it!


Approaching life with a back that lets you do what you want, when you want to, is something none of us can take for granted. In fact, up to 80 percent of us will suffer from back pain at some points and it affects not just mobility, but also mood.

 

A Muscle People Physiotherapist demonstrates some of the Dynamic Spines exercises

 

Luckily, the team at Muscle People understands how core strength is a foundation stone of fitness without injury and a pain-free back.

To strengthen the core which, in turn, supports the strength and healing of the spine, the team of physiotherapists at Muscle People has developed a programme of therapeutic exercise classes called Dynamic Spines.

The classes are now available at all Muscle People clinic, including Wigram Skies.

Each course consists of eight one-hour sessions, including exercises to take home and complete to get the most out of the programme.

As well as the medical and wellbeing benefits there is an enjoyable social aspect to Dynamic Spines.

Limited numbers mean you receive higher one-on-one attention from your physiotherapist instructor within each class as you work to your individual diagnosis and ability, but you also get to share the challenges and fun within a group setting.

The Dynamic Spine classes are run at two levels: the first level is about learning to locate and strengthen your core through dynamic and functional exercises, while the second level progresses these skills further.

Before enrolling in a Dynamic Spines course, clients are assessed by one of the team to ensure the classes are going to be the best approach for their issues.

“Our team wants to know that participants will see real results from the classes, before they make the commitment to the programme,” Laurie Moore, Director and Physiotherapist at Muscle People says.

Each course begins with low impact exercises which gradually build in intensity as participants progress.

Classes can include pilates-focused exercises and working out on the Oov – a fun, odd looking piece of equipment that activates core stabilising muscles while gently extending the spine.

“People enrol in our courses through a number of routes,” Laurie says.

“Because Dynamic Spine courses are designed and instructed by physiotherapists, they are available as treatment through the ACC system. We receive referrals from back specialists when clients need to strengthen their core before treatment, or post-surgical clients and, of course, we have private clients who want to address back pain, mobility and reverse a gradual decline in core strength.”

To find out more about Dynamic Spines, phone Muscle People on 0800 027 194.


 

Groundbreaking health screening


The year 2020 is already being touted as the year of health and wellness, with our cravings for self-care reaching epic levels.

 

 

Many of us are still on the New Year’s resolutions bandwagon, we’re increasingly turning vegan, we’re ramping up our exercise and we’re throwing back the kombucha.

And that’s a great thing, right?

When it comes to your health, there’s no shortage of products on the market, from lotions and potions to vitamins and supplements.

Some make us feel good but most make little to no difference. So what’s working and what’s not… or more importantly, how will we ever know?

After all, many dietary deficiencies don’t become evident until the damage is done.

Well, a groundbreaking new start-up in New Zealand may actually have the answer!

Marvel Health’s revolutionary body scanner can actually pinpoint with scientific accuracy exactly what is going on in your body.

“Smart health and tele-medicine are some of the hottest buzz words out there right now,” Marvel Health Co-Founder Tiamara Williams explains.

“But we’re actually leading real-world change in this field.”

A smart health screening and monitoring system designed for preventative and regenerative medicine, Marvel Health uses advanced, non-invasive diagnostic technology to provide state of the art analysis and reporting on every aspect of your health.

After an extensive total body scan, a full report is put together, outlining any areas of concern from all the systems in the body, including cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, nervous system, endocrine system, blood and lymph, urogenital, respiratory, skeletal, immune and sensory.

It not only checks the state of every organ in the body, but it also checks for the presence of disease and pre-disease indicators, picks up more than 150 microbes (such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites and worms), identifies 19 of the most toxic environmental contaminants and provides an extensive allergy profile.

A follow up consultation with their doctor or naturopath, will provide a full explanation of the report, with a recommended therapy plan to address the identified issues
“GPS are under increasing pressure to make a diagnosis within a 15-minute consultation, based on one symptom,” says Co-Founder Dr Machi Mannu, who has been running a similar model in Spain for seven years, before starting up in New Zealand.

Vitamin D is vital for bone and muscle function. Many of our aging population are prescribed this essential vitamin.

However, to achieve optimum function of vitamin D, you need selenium which is lacking in New Zealand soil.

In the absence of adequate selenium, vitamin D encourages absorption of toxic heavy metals such as mercury.

The scan can identify not only selenium and other essential micronutrients but also toxic metals present.

Already they are finding many New Zealanders have just that. That’s just one example of how the scanner can prevent deficiencies and ensure you are getting exactly what you need to get healthy and stay healthy.

A three-month follow up can track your progress, presenting you with a real-time report of your percentage improvement.

“We pinpoint exactly what’s wrong or what’s required and, from there, we recommend the use of compounds, minerals and enzymes etc which are all naturally found in the body or natural substances which are backed up by extensive clinical and scientific research,” Dr Mannu explains.

“We’re taking the guesswork out of medicine.”


 

New Year, new you!


Although New Year’s resolutions come in all different shapes, sizes and styles, it seems many of them lean towards health and wellness. After all, healthy body, healthy mind, right?

So if you’re looking to make 2020 your healthiest year yet, we’ve got the inside scoop from women’s health expert, author and speaker, Holistic Nutritionist Jessica Giljam Brown BSc, from Wellness by Jessica.


Can you tell us a bit about your personal journey to better health and wellbeing and how this came about?
I was diagnosed with chronic pain at age 17 after an accident and my journey began there.

It wasn’t until later that I really found out how much control I had when it came to looking after myself and healing.

At university, I learned about the science of the body, the chemistry of food and the reactions that take place, but it wasn’t until several years later, once I began working, that I learned about the immense healing power of food.

There is a vast array of options outside of the traditional medical matrix that can help heal the body.

It took a lot of trial and error to find exactly the right balance that worked for me; how best to reduce the inflammation that was triggering the pain, which nutrients I needed to boost to help support my mood and what steps to put in place when my pain did flare up again.

Since my early days in clinic, I have grown immensely and have been very lucky to have some really great mentors who have opened my eyes to the wider world of both natural and mainstream medicine.

I enjoy working right in the middle of natural and mainstream medicine, and pulling treatment options from both sides alongside my clients’ GPs and specialists.


How critical is healthy eating to overall health and wellbeing?
Your food supplies the energy and nutrients you need in order for every single function in the body to happen.

Without energy and nutrients, your body can’t function as it should, so it is absolutely critical to eat well in order to function well.

Food should always be the foundation when making health changes and trying to resolve issues, with sleep and stress management being on par too.


What are some of your favourite foods and meals that contribute to health and wellbeing?
Real food provides us with the best density of nutrients, so I try to make sure my diet is predominantly real foods, rather than processed.

Green leafy vegetables are one of my favourite food groups because they provide so many nutrients.

Kale, cabbage, lettuces, spinach, silverbeet and herbs contain vitamins A, B, C and K as well as magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium and lots of fibre.

These nutrients support all of our processes in our body.

Fat rich nuts and seeds are something I encourage everyone to increase their intake of.

The low-fat era has thankfully ended, but there still seems to be some residual fear around nuts and seeds.

These foods are rich in heart-healthy fats, vitamin E, fibre, zinc, B6 and magnesium.

These nutrients are particularly important for healthy sex hormones and skin health.

Nuts and seeds provide valuable fats to our meals to help us feel more satisfied, keeping us feeling fuller for longer.


You take quite a holistic approach to healthy living, so it’s not all about just eating well. What are some of the other key areas we should be focusing on when it comes to looking after ourselves?
The body is affected by stress, sleep, environment, connections and relationships and movement, so all of these areas need to be focused on alongside what you eat in order to be truly well.

I work with my clients on all of these areas, pulling in extra expertise as needed.

I find that stress management and sleep improvement is what is most needed for the majority of people and is something I always address.

I encourage clients to set up relaxation practices that work for them, it could be meditation, a short yoga sequence, breathing exercises, walking, reading, or dance.

I also help them set up a sleep hygiene routine that helps them get more restorative sleep.

Once stress and sleep are better managed, I find that people can make far better choices about what they eat.


What’s your biggest piece of advice when we start struggling with our resolutions or fall off the bandwagon completely?
Focus on getting ‘more’! It’s so much easier for the human brain to want ‘more’, so play to your strengths.

Instead of ‘eat less chocolate’, change the goal ‘to eat more fruit’, or instead of ‘lose 5kgs’, set goals like ‘increase veggie intake to seven handfuls each day’, ‘walk 15-30 minutes per day’, ‘take a filling lunch so I don’t have to buy lunch each day’.


What does 2020 have in store for you?
I am really excited about 2020, there is a lot happening for me both professionally and personally.

I am really proud to have a team behind me to help me bring all my ideas to life.

We have lots of women’s health courses coming this year to help women resolve their hormone concerns and some couples’ fertility courses to help prep couples for a healthy pregnancy.

To stay up to date with what is happening, you can follow along via Facebook and Instagram.