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Winter 2017 Newsletter


Winter is upon us. Bringing reduced sunlight and inclement Melbourne weather! With the change of season and the commencement of Winter sports we have seem a dramatic increase in Wind and Cold related conditions such as Arthritis, Wry Neck, Cold and Flu and General Aches and Pains. One of the questions we are commonly asked by patients is;
 

Should I use Ice or Heat?



 

        In answering this we look at the stage of injury. As a general rule a new or acute injury is treated with ice for up to 24 hours only. Apply the ice to the injury for up to 10 minutes an hour only. Use a towel or cloth to not apply the ice directly to the skin. Its benefit is to try and minimize swelling and inflammation. After the 24 period ice should be swapped for heat.

Heat therapy works by improving circulation and blood flow to assist in soothing discomfort and increase muscle flexibility. Applying heat can be either Dry Heat via sources including Heat Pads (Flexeze), Heat Lamps or Wheat bags. The other method is Moist heat including Steamed Towels, Hydrotherapy and Hot Baths. Both methods have benefits and can generally can be applied more liberally.

Treatments promoting warmth, blood moving and healing can then be prescribed including Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Massage, Myotherapy, Cupping and Moxibustion. This being said. There are certain circumstances where Heat and Cold therapy are not recommended.

If you have any questions or concerns about when to use and not use Heat or Cold contact us at the clinic on 5973 4116
 

Embrace Winter!
 
According to Yin and Yang Theory, Summer relates to Yang and Winter relates to Yin. Just as summer months are full of abundant Yang energy and activity is encouraged. Winter pertains to Yin and cold and rest and replenishment is encouraged. Embrace winter as a quieter season to rest and replenish your Yin! Ways to replenish Yin and be healthy through Winter include...
 
1. Embrace stillness and mind-fullness activities including Yoga, Tai Chi and Qi Gong.
2. Sleep more and Reduce Stress where possible.
3. Incorporate warming and nourishing foods into the diet such as Broths, Stews, Slow Cooked Meals and Casseroles.
4. Supplementation may be recommended including including Activated B Vitamin, Vitamin C or Vitamin D may be advisable.
 

Winter Warming Bone Broth - By Chinese Medicine Practitioner Lauren Curtain
 
In the colder winter months is it so important to make sure you are warming your body not only externally with woolly beanies, coats and scarves, but also internally with warming food and drinks. One of our favourite ways to maximise our nutrient intake as well as warming ourselves from the inside out is through warming bone broth!
 
        Ingredients
Directions:
1.    Put lamb bones in a stock pot or slow cooker
2.    Fill to top with water
3.    Add in your salt, turmeric, garlic, ginger and goji berries
4.    Bring to a boil and then let simmer for 8 hours minimum in stockpot, if using a slow cooker place on the low setting for 12-24 hours. Make sure the marrow completely dissolves into the broth.
5.    Once finished strain your broth into glass containers and keep refrigerated.
Each morning take out a cup full of broth, warm up on the stove and enjoy as a morning warming drink! Otherwise you can use this as a base for your soups!

Do you or someone you know suffer from Lymphoedema or Lipoedema?


 
Myotherapist Tammy is qualified in Manual Lymphatic Drainage and can assist you with painful excess fluid retention.

Tammy uses manual lymphatic drainage techniques along with home advice and if necessary, bandaging/ compression. The focus of the massage is the lymphatic system which is just under the skin, sitting above the muscle tissue. The pressure is quite gentle and relaxing.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage is also an excellent way to detoxify the body by eliminating metabolic waste, bacteria and excess fluid. As your lymphatic system improves you are better equipped to fight off illness and you will have more energy.

In 2017 we offer more than ever before!! Open 6 days a week 9am - 6pm or later.  Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Remedial Massage, Myotherapy, Kinesiology and Reflexology we are able to  assist you with your Natural Medicine needs.

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