Welcome to our Autumn newsletter. In this edition:

As usual, there are lots of things happening. This year we are focusing on several things: expanding our service locations and hours, adding new services, increasing the skill levels of our current staff and practitioners, and beginning a series of educational programs (free to our patients) on all sorts of topics. We will be teaming up with others, kicking off with a combined effort with Sure EyeCare: “Screenagers & Zombabies. More Green Time & Less Screen Time”. This talk will be focused on the increasing eyesight and postural problems seen by Chiropractors and Optometrists, and what can be done to reduce the negative impact caused by increasing time spend on iDevices. Read below for more information.


Our New Clinic in Wyong

We are now open in Wyong! This is great news for the nearly 1000 patients on our books who come from the Northern end of the Central Coast. Our Chiropractors Dr Angus and Dr Bryce are already seeing patients! Bryce is available in Wyong on Monday and Friday, while Angus is available Wednesday. We have been joined by Riverside Podiatry on Thursdays and we will be offering Dietitian services from May.

Our Wyong clinic is situated within the Wyong Reliance Medical Practice at 9c/1-10 Amy Close, Wyong. If you can’t find it, just search for Reliance Medical Practice, Wyong. It’s opposite the Wyong Golf Club, and right next to the Discount Chemist.

Riverside BodyScan News

Riverside BodyScan is excited to announce that our very own health & wellness coach Leanne Faimalie is now our lead DEXA Body Composition Technician. If you come in for a scan during the week you will more than likely be seeing Leanne for your scan. Leanne has a wealth of knowledge in the area of fitness, wellness and health promotion. Nicole Saliba and Ellie Fowler, our resident Dietitians and Sport Nutritionists, continue to offer their outstanding DEXA results consultations and are able to assist clients with whatever their goal is, whether it’s gaining lean mass, losing that pesky extra fat mass, or just a healthy-eating tune-up.

We are also very excited to announce that we now offer regular weekend scans, every second Saturday. If you would like to experience a body composition scan, or if you are ready to track your progress since your last scan, please call the girls at our reception on 4323 9200.

Welcome Riverside Podiatry & Bradley Moodie

In January, we welcomed Riverside Podiatry and Brad Moodie to our services. We are so happy to be able to offer Podiatry within our integrative clinic, and we are very lucky to have Brad as part of our team!

You might be surprised to learn that podiatrists do more than fix toenails. Brad looks after a range of conditions in the foot and leg such as plantar fasciitis (heel pain and heel spurs), orthotics, fungal infections, painful ingrown toenails, skin conditions, strains/sprains and pains, as well as sports podiatry and orthotics. He also assesses children’s school shoes, foot and walking development.

Most people do not need a referral to see a podiatrist, however some funding schemes require a referral from your doctor. These include Department of Veterans affairs, Workers Compensation or those people who have health conditions being managed under a Chronic Disease Management Plan. Some community health services and most hospital based podiatry clinics will require a referral from your doctor.

Your private health insurance funds may cover part of your consultation or orthotics, if required.

Call reception on 4323 9100 if you wish to book in with Riverside Podiatry, and check out the website www.riversidepodiatry.com.au.

Welcome to our new front desk staff!

In January, we welcomed two new staff members to our reception team.

Eliza joined our Chiropractic Assistants at reception and has been a wonderful addition to our team.

Michelle is Gena’s new 2IC, who has been helping drive some exciting projects for 2017.

Because of the complexity of what is required, behind the scenes, to make everything run smoothly in our office, our induction and training program runs for 12 weeks. We’re pleased to announce that the training wheels are mostly off, and these new ladies are doing wonderfully!

Say hello next time you are in and greeted by our latest members of the gang!

Øystein visits Norway!

If you’ve been wondering why our Chiropractor Dr Øystein Kåsa has interesting letters in his name, it’s because he’s from Norway. He recently returned home to visit with his parents, and took some amazing shots which we thought we would share with you. He visited his family’s holiday cabin, in a remote location. Pack your winter woolies, if you intend to visit!

Education Semiar

With the increasing ubiquity of iPads, iPhones and all the other small screens, many parents are starting to worry about what is happening to their children’s necks, posture and their eyes. We are teaming up with Sure EyeCare to hold an educational seminar on Wednesday the 19th April, with registrations at 6:45 for a 7pm start.

The presentation will begin with our very own Chiropractors Dr Angus Steventon and Dr Bryce Conrad, who will speak about the implications of “TechNeck” and “iPosture” on the adult and child spine, and how to minimise impact and reduce neck pain, headaches and the development of a “hunch back”. Following that, Optometrist Dr Amanda Rungis will talk about the epidemic of short-sightedness that is taking hold of our youth, how it relates to excessive small screen use, and how to combat it.

Register for this talk by visiting www.stickytickets.com.au and search for “Fixing Screenagers”. Tickets are $10 each, and the proceeds will be donated to “Optometry Giving Sight”. Space is limited, so book in quickly.

Riverside Medical Imaging Welcomes Gerry Gardner!

In January we welcomed our new Chief Radiographer, Gerry Gardner, to the Riverside Medical Imaging team. Mr Gardner hails from England, and his exceptional knowledge and experience is a very welcome addition to our team, and to the services we are able to offer.

Mr Gardner has special qualifications, beyond those of an ordinary radiographer, in x-ray reading and reporting. This depth of knowledge has allowed him to greatly assist our chiropractors, other referrers and our patients.

Remedial Massage Therapy

Have you met our popular Remedial Massage Therapists, Nicole (left) and Sarah (right)? Massage Therapy has now been available for three years, and we expanded our availability to Monday to Saturday, with late night appointments several days a week. They treat people for a variety of reasons and with many conditions, including sports injuries, general aches and pains, stress/relaxation, fibromyalgia, arthritis, pregnancy massage and oncology massage (including lymphatic drainage).

Cancellations do occur, so never be afraid to call us on the off chance than an appointment is available. Also, if you have a preferred time, let us know so we can call you if that time becomes available. Call us on 02 4323 9100 for an appointment.

Now offering “Archies” orthotic thongs.

For those of you who have been berated by The Thong Nazi (aka Dr Bryce) when attending our clinic wearing unsupportive footwear, we are now stocking Bryce-Approved “Archies” Orthotic Thongs! These orthotic thongs are stylish and comfortable, and take care of your feet as well! Have a chat to the girls at reception to purchase your own pair of Archies.


Cancer-related depression: What is it and what can you do about it?

By Natasha McGrath

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

Depression can be hard to spot. In fact, it can look a lot like the sadness, fear and anxiety that you’d expect to accompany a cancer diagnosis. Do you keep cancelling on that friend who wants to meet up, or you find it harder and harder to get out of bed in the morning?  You may be suffering from something more serious than sadness. It may be cancer-related depression, which affects one in four cancer patients.

It’s quite common, probably almost universal, for people to feel scared, worried, anxious and sad when diagnosed with cancer,” says Katherine Puckett, PhD, a Clinical Social Worker “But clinical depression is different from sadness, with specific criteria and symptoms, and it may make it harder for people to seek treatment in the first place, or to remain in treatment once it’s begun.” It’s important to spot the signs of depression early so you can keep it from affecting your quality of life, and, possibly, even your treatment outcomes.

Symptoms of clinical depression include:

  • A sense of hopelessness
  • A lack of interest in activities you typically enjoy
  • Insomnia (disrupted sleep) or “hypersomnia” (excessive sleeping) and ongoing fatigue
  • Irritability and difficulty with concentration and/or memory
  • Significant, unexplained weight loss or weight gain, or changes in appetite
  • Suicidal thoughts or feelings, or recurrent thoughts of death

The effects of depression can be severe. You may get to the point where you don’t feel like you’re worth treating, or you don’t want to burden your caregivers any longer. Some cancer patients who experience poor quality of life, especially those who are not being treated for their depression, may be at risk for suicide. That’s why the signs are important to spot and address.

If you think you may have symptoms of depression, it’s important to seek out a professional to help you work through your emotions. Start by asking your GP for a referral to a clinical social worker who can help you manage depression and other aspects of your life affected by a cancer.

Cancer patients aren’t the only ones who should be on the lookout for depression. It affects caregivers, too. Many people caring for loved ones fighting cancer say they feel helpless and overwhelmed. They find it hard to see their loved one suffering, or feel they don’t have the medical training required to care for their loved one, or they don’t know how or what to do to help. It can be helpful to talk about your feelings with someone who will listen.

Natasha is a clinical social worker and an accredited mental health social worker. She has 29 years of clinical experience and specialises in working with people diagnosed with cancer and their family and friends. She has worked as the senior social worker at the Cancer Centre at Royal North Shore Hospital and Central Coast Cancer Centre as well as the regional Cancer hospital in Northern Ireland.

Whether you are diagnosed with cancer or supporting someone you care about who has a cancer diagnosis and think it would help you to get support, speak to your GP about a Mental Health Care Plan for counselling and support sessions with Natasha.

If you are not sure if this is right for you, contact Natasha who will be happy to talk your situation through with you.

You can contact her on her mobile on 0420542 255, or call our reception on 4323 9100 to book an appointment.


Foam Rolling or Stretching

Leanne Faimalie – Wellness Coach

We all know that we are supposed to foam roll or stretch to keep our body strong and healthy. But most of us can hardly squeeze it into our workouts in the first place or even think “Do I really need to warm up at all”?  let alone 10 extra minutes at the beginning or end of each workout session. While both foam rolling and stretching both have their place, which one would you choose? Read below to hear from our Health Coach Leanne Faimalie.

Foam Rolling vs. Stretching:

While both foam rolling and stretching both have their place, which one would you choose?

Before your workout

When you’re static stretching a cold muscle, your body can go into “defensive mode”. Static stretches can essentially “freeze up” your muscles and may lead to injury. Dynamic stretching involves putting the body through mostly unloaded workout movements, to safely take the tissues through their range of motion.

While stretches are great, if you’re in a hurry, foam rolling before a workout may be a better use of your time. Foam rolling as a warm up helps to engage your muscles, so you’re already doing a little bit of exercising (and it can also be a great workout).  Try adding in some dynamic stretching movements to your foam rolling warm-up. Then you are truly ready to start your exercise routine. Efficiently warming up before exercise is a must to prevent injury.

After your workout

After your work out, and just before you are ready to collapse in a pile of sweat and exhaustion, your body can derive real benefits from taking a few minutes to relieve the tension built up in your muscles. While static stretches are good post-workout as they may help lengthen and improve flexibility, foam rolling does all this and more by also targeting and relieving tension in the fascial layer of your body. Stretching does not as effectively get to the fascial layer of your body.

The bottom line:

If you had all the time in the world, the ideal scenario would be a mix of foam rolling and dynamic stretching before your workout, and hitting the foam roller immediately after. But if you’re short on time, dynamic stretching prior to work out, and foam rolling after with some static stretching afterwards, is a great compromise that ticks most of the boxes.

Have a blast warming up for your next workout routine.


Archies Orthotic Thongs now available

Archies Arch Support Thongs were designed by Daniel Jones, a young Physiotherapist from Melbourne, Australia. Daniel found himself continually warning his patients to stop wearing typical flat thongs, because simply put, they are not great for your feet and lower limbs.

Despite Daniel’s best attempts to try and get his patients to wear more supportive footwear, his pleas would almost always be ignored. The realisation soon set in that there was presently no orthotic/arch support thongs on the market that adequately catered for the younger demographic who care about their health and fitness and none that he would personally wear himself.

Daniel soon set out to design an arch support/orthotic thong that any health and fitness conscious individual could happily wear to and from training, after a game of sport, down the street, to the beach or just socialising with friends. After five years of extensive testing, research and development, with input from some of Melbourne’s leading Podiatrists and Physiotherapist, Archies Arch Support Thongs were born!

Archies Arch Support Thongs incorporate the same amount of support that you would find from an ‘off the shelf’ orthotic, however with the patented design, they look just like normal thongs. Archies Thongs are made from a super comfortable, highly specialised foam material and the orthotic support found within the thongs may help to reduce strain from feet and lower limbs.

Once you get used to wearing Archies Thongs you will never want to take them off! Now available in clinic at CCSCC, or online at https://archiesfootwear.com.au/.