Issue 160

How Osteopathy Can Help You Post Pregnancy:By Deborah Joy Calleja, Osteopath The Medical Sanctuary!


Why see an Osteopath after the birth of your child?

Pregnancy and birth, places stress on a woman's body, stretching ligaments and joints. Treatment by an osteopath can help restore the body's balance, removing tension and assisting new mothers cope with broken sleep and breat-feeding. By realigning the spine and pelvis, Osteopaths can also assist in the relief of pain resulting from strain of birth or strain on body caring for new baby, lifting, feeding, etc. Treatment by an osteopath is gentle, drug free and non-invasive.

Common Post Natal conditions treated by Osteopaths

a) Coccyx and Sacro-illiac Joint Pain - result of changes in ligaments during childbirth: As the baby passes through the pelvis, it causes strain and stretching of the coccyx and the sacro illiac joint which can damage the joint. This condition, if not treated, can deteriorate due to increased pressure on the joint when lifting and carrying baby, post birth.

b) Pubic-symphisis Joint Pain - occurs when the front of the pubic bone will open, or is stretched during childbirth. This causes sharp pain and if not treated, may lead to an altered pelvis and pelvic mechanics, producing pain in the pelvis and lower back.

c) Back pain resulting from carrying heavy loads, like baby capsules; and even your baby and the mandatory carry-all crammed with a young one's never ending list of "accessories".

d) Neck, shoulder pain, headaches resulting from incorrect posture during breast-feeding and carrying new born. Poor sleep posture.

e) The Sacrum - at the base of the spine needs to swing out of the way during the birth and may not return to a balanced position between the pelvic bones. This may lead to lower back pain and sciatic pain, and alter the spinal curves of the upper back.

How can you help your body recover?

1. Sleep. If you are feeling tired and sleep deprived, sleep when your baby sleeps. This will assist in your recovery and ability to handle stress and remain calm.

2. Breast-feed your baby if posssible. Breast-feeding normalises the hormones and helps you bond with the baby. This in turn helps reduce stress in the body.

3. Drink lots of water and eat nutritious meals. This keeps your strength up, and increases the body's ability to provide breast milk and cope with fatigue and lack of sleep.

4. Do pelvic floor exercises. The sooner you do these after birth, the better, as they rebalance the pelvis, and assist bladder control, ask your osteopath now.

5. Start light exercise. No matter how tired you feel, a little light exercise will make you feel better, so push yourself to reap the benefits of movement. Try yoga, walking or swimming. These activities will improve general blood circulation, stretch the muscles and improve general well-being.

6. Receive advice on posture re: when feeding, changing and washing newborn.

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The YMCA: Providing Opportunities For Communities To Grow In Body, Mind And Spirit!

HISTORY - The YMCA of Brisbane has been operating since 1864, but if you ask someone in the street, chances are they will not know what it stands for or what we do. Many will know the 1978 hit song by the infamous band, the village people, but again will know nothing about this worldwide organisation. First and foremost, the YMCA has been and always will be a not-for-profit organisation, delivering any proceeds raised directly back into the local community. This is carried out through the YMCA's benevolent arm, 'Y-Care (South East QLD)', which provides many services for underprivileged people in the South-East Qld area. Just some of these programs include:

- 14,000 meals for the homeless which are prepared each year
- Breakfasts for school-aged children of the Logan area three times a week
- Donations to major disaster relief appeals, such as the $5000 contribution to the Burma Emergency Relief Appeal
- Y-Care's Mentoring program connects many 'at risk' young people with successful adult community mentors.
- Affordable Housing Project, in which 2700 square metres of land in Nerang was purchased which will provide quality, affordable accommodation to people in necessitous circumstances
- 'The Shed' is one of the YMCA's benevolent projects which supports, encourages and trains many 'at risk' youths with problems relating to homelessness, poverty, disability & distress

The YMCA recently sought donations in aid of the Victorian bushfires. Diamond Creek YMCA, about 20km north-east of Melbourne, worked around the clock, focussing on contributions of personal hygiene, including aftershave and toothbrushes. Furthermore, the YMCA of Brisbane is donating $8000 to the appeal.

CURRENT ISSUES - Now with the economy heading south, the YMCA of Brisbane faces these effects two-fold: (1) The direct effect of membership downturn of non-essential services such as gym memberships, personal training and some of their children's recreational programs, and, (2) The expected increase in demand of our benevolent services such as meals for the homeless and school breakfast programs. These 'non-essential' services are the backbone of the YMCA, not just in Australia, but worldwide. But are they really non-essential? With Australia now officially the 'fattest' nation, and with health conditions such diabetes and cardiovascular disease at an all-time high, wouldn't it be feasible to state that the fitness industry, which includes gym membership and personal training, is already a 'necessity' for the health of most people's lifestyles? Sure, many can go out for their walks without the need of a trainer, but what about those who need a little help getting motivated? They could try joining a gym, only to lose focus and 'fall off the wagon' in a matter of weeks or months. They see that direct debit coming out of their bank accounts monthly, and think "I should get back to the gym one day", but more times than not this does not happen. Those who need that extra push could try using the services of a personal trainer, although in today's uncertain market, many cannot 'afford' to be healthy and live longer. So where does that leave us? The answer is GROUP personal training.

THE CONCEPT - The refreshing element of the YMCA Wellness Studio concept is that it's not only the trainer who keeps you going but the group itself. Women train with women, and men train with men. Everyone has a good time, and it's the social aspect of group personal training that keeps members coming back for more. Exercise is not supposed to be a chore, and at the Y, it won't be. Every 45-minute class will be different, which prevents members becoming bored and 'burning out'.

With the global recession's impact on our lifestyles looming, it is nice to know that the YMCA Wellness Studio's across Brisbane do not lock-in members for any periods, unlike the major health chains. This gives clients peace of mind to know they can cancel their memberships at any time without hassle, should their household budget feel the strain of the current climate.

The YMCA looks after communities all over the world, by making prices affordable for everyone. And this is no different. Plus your first session with us is always FREE! There are two YMCA Wellness Studios in Brisbane - Mt Gravatt and Bowen Hills. For more info on this concept, check out, or for the YMCA of Brisbane go to

The YMCA is all about growing in body, mind and spirit. By using our services and helping your local community, you can feel great, not only in body, but in mind AND spirit. Everyone kicks a goal!

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The Power To Make A Difference: by Jenni Madison!

Relationship. The meaning of life.

How we relate to ourselves and how we relate to others is much of a reflection on how we live life. These primary relationship values extend to our families, work, money, and our reason for being. Being aware of our influence in any given moment, or any given interaction is the first step to recognising our own power to make a difference.

Relationship is something that we cannot avoid, you might try to hide in the forest, however you can never hide from yourself. Wherever you go and whatever you do you are in relationship with something, or someone of this world.

Mahatma Ghandi, a single man of next to only 5 foot had a power within him that could lead an entire nation to freedom. He communicating his powerful and authentic message to the world, and yet it was much of the individual interaction, one relationship at a time that led this massive worldwide contribution.

At a point when war had set forth between the Muslims and the Hindus, when people were killing each other ruthlessly throughout the cities, one Hindu man confessed to Ghandi his sin of killing a young boy, a Muslim boy of seven years old. The pain of his own loss had created this revengeful state filled with anger and so he attacked. Now laden with guilt and remorse, what kind of future do you think he saw left for himself? In a word, a single phrase of unconditional compassion, Ghandi gave him his solution. "Take into your home a young boy, one who is left on the street now homeless and without parents, care for him like your own and make sure he is a Muslim." The man found his purpose, his forgiveness and from such deep despair, in just a few insightful words, his power to make a difference.

In business, leadership may be seen as a rulership or a position for dictatorship. For companies focused solely on growth and bottom line, money and significance makes the decisions. How can we be better, have more, do more and make more? People are kept in their place, the place that best serves the needs of the company and its mission 'to be the best at what we do in our industry, to offer our clients and shareholders maximum returns....blah blah blah" how often do we see a mission like this and cringe at the inauthenticity and lack of real heart within these words.

Real leadership, the new way for creating and growing business today is to recognise our true influence and power, the spark within us that wants so much more for others than we do for ourselves. That spark that knows true prosperity in giving, in relationship, in resourcefulness by acknowledging the needs of our society and looking at how our company can contribute in its own unique way.

One client of mine leading a small company of 12 people, said to me once "How can my little bit actually make any difference, the world is so large, we have billions of people." And I said to him how can your little bit not make a difference, we are all connected, and each and every day the one bit of who you are and what you do influences, and demonstrates to another in your world at work and at home what matters to you. Inspired they do their bit, which influences another in their world, and so on it goes, the ripple effect - and the message is spread.

Our one little bit can lead the masses, one by one into a state of fear, survival, greed and dependency or into a place of community, creativity, trust and contribution. In every moment we have a choice, a choice to give or a choice to take. In our power to make a difference the receiving comes from giving, we are so aligned with our divinity that there is no separation of the two. We recognise that what we say, do and value matters, no matter who we are or what we do. Everyone matters.

Discovering some of your own power to make a difference is knowing real success.

1. What really matters to you in life, list three of your highest values and then explore how to communicate and take action toward the meaning of these values.

2. Is there a relationship in your life that is experiencing some disharmony or conflict, how can you reach out to offer some forgiveness or peace? You might need to make a call or write a letter, focus on their well being and yours will come. Ask how can I give to this person right now? And you will naturally find your own freedom.

3. Take time to fill yourself up. Go into nature, meditate, take a walk whichever gives you the space to go into some quiet and stillness, so that you can hear your own voice. The gentle yet powerful voice that is your inner directed leader, the voice that gives you guidance, the truth, and direction toward your own dreams, goals and desires.

4. Taking care of your health is the greatest investment you can make. When you feel good, you look good and you exude a presence and vitality that inspires and uplifts others. This often influences them to do and feel the same.

You now know how your relationship with you is in direct proportion to the relationships you have with others and with life. Know yourself, and how you relate. That alone will make a powerful difference to so many around you - one person at a time.

Jenni Madison is an experienced business owner, brand consultant and self leadership coach. To know more about one on one sessions, weekly events and other resources to enhance your unique leadership style go to

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House Hold Cleaners.. Cleaning What?:by Vive Organic Food and Health Clinic!

A number of chemicals used in almost all cleaning products are thought to pose health risks upon inhalation or contact. There is alarming evidence that these cause malfunction to important organ systems in the body, such as the liver, kidney and nervous system.

Of these, phenols are continually cited as a major concern. Phenols are predominantly used to give that chemically clean smell and are thought to contribute to conditions affecting the central nervous system, cardiovascular system, renal system and the liver.

Other health risks include chlorine, ammonia, ethanol, and cresol. Diethylene glycol, a component of window cleaner, compromises nervous system function specifically. Perchloroethylene, used in spot removers, has been linked to liver and kidney damage while butyl cellosolve, a constituent in most all-purpose cleaners, is damaging to bone marrow, the nervous system, kidney and liver function.

Apart from their individual actions, these chemicals also tend to react when mixed or used together, like bleach and ammonia. Any product containing calcium or sodium hypochlorite should not be used in conjunction with ammonias, drain cleaners, or other acids. When combined, these chemicals form chloramines which cause reactions such as coughing, wheezing, chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea, and mucous membrane irritation. Exposure to chlorine gas (produced when chlorine and acids are mixed) will cause this reaction, even in very small quantities. So when looking at house hold cleaners, if it smells clean and sterile it most probably will contain a number of these chemical, most notably phenols. Cleaners that contain natural fragrance such as Myrtle, Lavender, or Citrus are recommended as safe alternatives.

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