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.

NEWS

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.

FEATURE ARTICLE

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