General Wellbeing Posts

ByBelinda Verne

We use the ENAR device

As every body is different, we need to be open to using a variety of tools and techniques to help eliminate pain and restore function and wellbeing. One of them regularly used is the ENAR (Electro Neuro Adaptive Regulator) device. It can be used alone, but I find in combination with chiropractic adjustments it allows for faster and greater recovery.

What exactly is ENAR? 

ENAR therapy relives pain and improves function naturally and often with sustained results. It can be used for a variety of painful conditions and in randomised control trials (RCT) was also seen to help restore and maintain general health in including emotional and mental health.

How does ENAR do it?

It measures the “reflex-biofeedback” change in the skin, and interprets these changes. Changes in the skin are zones or areas of asymetry where normal homeostasis or balance is not present or optimal. When ENAR is applied to the body, signals are prioritised to these “bad” areas and communication is amplifies from the sensory nerve endings of the peripheral nervous system. The brain processes this input and initiates a response back by transmitting new information through the central nervous system (CNS) to the muscles and glands coordinating a regular responses.

What does it feel like?

The most common response I get is a “prickly” feel. Though there are no prickles involved. The ENAR device uses a small smooth metal surface to send signals through.

For RMIT Uni and Macquarie Uni research results please see: https://www.enar.com.au/research/

For ENAR therapy alone or in combination, please call or online book your appointment.

ByBelinda Verne

Do you have the guts?

Well…..do you? I am talking about healthy guts. Ones that expel a few times a day. Yes that’s right at least twice a day. You’re probably thinking ‘that’s not normal, it takes 24hr to pass food you eat’…well this may be for the “normalized” conjested person. Yes, protein does take longer to break down which is why twice a day is more realistic than 3. Just think of all the food you eat in a day (including snacks) and then compare that to how much comes out. Is it approximately the same amount? If you’re not getting rid of that waste and next day the same food cycle starts again….well now you have double the amount to expel and you have some catching up to do!

Your 1.5m long large intestine can only hold so much before it starts to stretch (which is not a good thing). No wonder people feel bloated as the food just sits there, plus our portions are way too large.

Now what can slow a gut down??….. Yes, poor diet, medication and lack of water….but there is another major factor that gets overlooked so easily yet is in epidemic proportions……it is STRESS. Yes, that’s right, that overused word, but it is true. Think about it, when you are stressed your body constricts. Your sympathetic nervous system is in overdrive prioritizing muscle function and heat rate, brain is in overdrive thinking of exit strategies and your parasympathetic nervous system is on holidays which governs digestive function such as creating peristalsis (spasm in the colon to move food along), so your food ain’t going anywhere.

Another no so lovely effect of a dysfunction gut is that the gut flora go out of control. For example your diet includes a lot of processed foods and carbs and this sits in your gut for too long, well the Candida is going to be having a party as they have a buffet that doesn’t last for a few hours but a few days! Think of how they then multiply and start a candida infection in the gut. Don’t forget all the good and bad bacteria in the gut have their waste products too which get dumped straight into your colon, which along with the the other useless waste gets reabsorbed in the body again making you feel sluggish, irritated, fatigued and just damn rotten.

These are common symptoms that may be due to a weak digestive system: bloating, belching, flatulence, stomach pains, acne (many people don’t know), nausea, iron deficiency, dermatitis, psoriasis, hives, B12 deficiency, arthritis, food allergies to name a few!

Just remember you can take all the supplements you want, but if your gut is not clean you are not absorbing to your full potential of any good stuff you put in.

So why not make it a priority to get your gut health checked to make sure your good and bad bacteria are balanced and you aren’t carrying around a candida or parasite infection. As well as what foods your sluggish bowel can’t tolerate while it is healing.

For appointments click here.

ByBelinda Verne

What stings and burns…but is truly amazing?

It’s….Nettle! I have only tried it in tea form…..and no it does not sting when you drink it. Yes, this shrub once left me in awe of its powers when my hand lightly graze it. Commonly found in Europe and America here are some of this amazing plant’s healing abilities:

For the joints and inflammation

Nettle is used to treat painful symptoms of arthritis, gout, rheumatism, and soft tissue conditions such as fibromyalgia and tendonitis. People with auto-immune disorders suffering from joint pain have noted relief from drinking a cup of nettle tea. Nettle is also a diuretic, and alkalises and releases uric acid from the joints of gout patients eliminating pain. (Source)

For the ladies

Nettle is high in iron, so it’s excellent for anemia and fatigue. It also promotes milk production in nursing mothers. Eases pain in labor. Reduces PMS symptoms by processing oestrogen (hormone) to relieve menopause symptoms and excess menstrual flow. (Source)

For the men

A study showed Nettle had a better effect in reliving clinical symptoms associated with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) compared to placebo. There were no side-effects associated with taking Nettle and is now recommended to be used more in treatment of BPH. (Source)

For those allergies

Stinging nettle leaves have been used both as an herbal treatment and a homeopathic remedy for the relief of allergies such as asthma, hay fever, hives and other allergic dermatitis. In studies it has been found to inhibit inflammatory pathways in the body. (Source)

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) 

Used widely in oriental Morocco to treat hypertension, a study has found that when tested on rats it indeed lowered blood pressure. (Source)

Cardiovascular Disease

A study showed nettle has an anti-platelet action supporting it’s use for the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease. (Source)

Burns

A study showed maximal surface area healing of a second degree burn wound compared to other groups. Thus it may be a suitable substitute for silver sulfadiazine and vaseline when available. (Source)

Type 2 Diabetes

A randomised double-blind control trial showed that a hydro alcoholic extract of nettle had decreasing effects on insulin sensitivity and inflammatory indicators found in patients with Type 2 Diabetes. (Source)

There are many more benefits of nettle such as gingivitis prevention, relieving chest congestion, destroying parasites and worms, supporting hormonal systems etc.

Some medications can interact with nettle so talk to your pharmacist or GP. It is definitely worth the research and tastes pretty good too.