We are still here. Given the current confusion we thought a clarification might be in order. Allied health are regarded as an essential service and have not been shut in the latest restrictions.

This is for a number of reasons:

  1. Shea (Osteopath) and Jade (Chinese Medicine Practitioner: Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Herbalist) are AHPRA Registered Practitioners. We are trained to identify, qualified, and legally required to identify red and yellow flag medical conditions, and accordingly refer to your GP as needed.
  2. Health practitioners have been requested by the Health minister to stay open, if appropriate and health / infectious disease parameters can be maintained, to relieve as much pressure on GP clinics as possible at this current time. Your back pain/anxiety/frozen shoulder/migraines etc can still absolutely be relieved and treated by us, safely and with minimal risk of harm.
  3. We are an essential service, as freedom from pain and the right to medical treatment are for anyone.

Current clinic status

Shea and Jade

Appointments as usual, with extra spacing between clients. Increased infection control measures in place.

Rudolph and Gabrielle

Massage and musculoskeletal therapy is open for bookings again!

Chris

Chris is running online zoom training sessions just pay by donation whatever you feel it’s worth. Most generous. Contact him on: 0415 714 405


Self-care recommendations

Let’s start with the ABC’s – these are the things you CAN control:

A is for Attitude

This is everything. A calm nervous system helps foster a strong immune system. I like the expression “Proceed as if it is not a problem” because we are super resilient human beings and many of us have been through challenges much larger than this in our lives. Check in with yourself and adjust accordingly.

B is for Breath

This is our best tool for keeping a calm nervous system. In through the nose, longer exhale through the mouth. This keeps our nervous systems strong and calm Even better? You do this, and you can help calm others down because you are modeling calm behavior (it goes the other way too, which is an even greater reason for being mindful of your breath).

C is for Choice

You get to choose how you move through this situation. Everything can suck, or be full of panic or fear, or you can say yes to what is happening in the present moment and eliminate the friction by accepting the the moment for what it is.

 


 

And then there are the other basics, which include:

Wash your hands

There, I’ve done my due diligence on what cannot be overstated enough. Wash them every time you come in from the outside, every time you go to the bathroom, every time you think about it. Wash them, wash them good. 20 seconds or more. Canadian health officer Bonnie Henry put it this way: “Wash your hands like you’ve been chopping jalapeños and you need to change your contacts.” Dry hands tend to go hand-in-hand (ha) with lots of handwashing, so keep lotion available as well to prevent irritation/cracking/bleeding.

Get enough sleep

This is the foundation for a strong immune system. Asleep by 10:30. Lights out at 10:20. Pretend you are a kind and loving parent to yourself, and gently admonish yourself that really, it’s time for lights out at 10:20. Because you’ll thank yourself later and may even develop a good lifelong habit of investing in your health by getting more sleep.

Stay calm

See the ABC’s above. Anxiety, fear and panic all increase the release of cortisol, which compromises the immune system. That’s not what we want. And staying calm feels better anyway. Read the trashy novel. Skip FB. Do some drawing. Do some yoga. Meditate. Breathe. Laugh. Take a nap. Do what you need to modulate your immune system by keeping calm. (Another good lifelong habit to foster!!)

Nourish yourself

Eat warm, cooked foods. Avoid sugar, avoid alcohol, avoid dairy right now. This will help your body operate from a place of lower inflammation–boosting the immune system and lowering overall stress.

We are committed to our community, and to your health. We are well equipped to help support wellness and to support our community through this unique time. It’s what we are deeply passionate about, every day.

Stay safe, take care, don’t touch your face, stay home if you are sick and wash those hands!