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ABCA - Approved Sleep Products - 13/07/2017

Have you ever wondered why we have a mattress set up in the front window of the practice? Are you still searching for the right pillow to help you get a great night's sleep?..

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Back Pain In Pregnancy - Can Chiropractic Help? - 29/06/2017

Are you pregnant with a sore back or know someone who is? You're not alone! Back pain in pregnancy is quite common, and chiropractors have a good success rate at helping Mums-to-be through this often difficult time. In this video, Dr James discusses some facts around the prevalence of back pain in pregnancy, and shares a case of a Mum who had her posture and alignment significantly improved through chiropractic care.

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Meet the Total Balance Team Pt 4 - Dr James - 22/06/2017

Last but not least in our interview series we have the founder of Total Balance Chiropractic, Dr James Cobb!..

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Meet the Total Balance Team Pt 3 - Sherynne - 15/06/2017

In Part 3 of our interview series we talk to our newest team member, Sherynne Smith...

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Meet the Total Balance Team Pt 2 - Dr Tom - 08/06/2017

Our Meet the Team interview series continues this week with Dr Tom Terrell. Stay tuned and you'll find out about...

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Meet the Total Balance Team Pt 1 - Natalie. - 01/06/2017

Over the next few weeks we'd like to help you get to know the Total Balance Team a little better. Each week we'll be interviewing a team member, and who better to start with than the glue that holds our practice together, the wonderful Ms Natalie Clifford! So stay tuned for 10 Quick Questions with Nat - you just might learn something about her you never knew!

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Who are Chiropractors? - 25/05/2017

So who is a Chiropractor and how can they help?...

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Spinal Awareness Week - James has a favour to ask! - 18/05/2017

Spinal Awareness Week is nearly upon us. This year's theme is Chronic Back Pain - Help Is At Hand!..

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The Power of Posture Workshop May 31st - 18/05/2017

Back due to popular demand, James and Tom will be running our fun, free event The Power of Posture on Wednesday 31st of May...

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Loosening up your Hip Flexors - 11/05/2017

Do you sit for extended periods? Do you find you feel tight through the front of your hips?..

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4 Tips To Deal With Acute Back Pain - 04/05/2017

Do you suffer from episodes of low back pain?..

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De-stress Your Life Workshop Preview - 27/04/2017

Feeling stressed, run down, sore, or tired? In this short videos, Dr James Cobb from Total Balance Chiropractic gives a brief preview of some of the topics we'll be covering at next week's free workshop, De-Stress Your Life!...

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Tom's Top 5 Tips To Get To Sleep - 20/04/2017

Do you have trouble getting to sleep at night? Do you find yourself tossing and turning trying to turn off your mind?..

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Jumping in to the World of Sit Stand Desks! - 13/04/2017

Have you been thinking about getting set up with a sit/stand workstation but aren't sure where to start? In this short video, Dr James chats to Paul Wildschut, General Manager at Experienced Office Furniture in Lambton, about some entry level options that won't break the bank!..

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How to set up your pillow for a great nights sleep! - 06/04/2017

Do you toss and turn? Are you a restless sleeper or do you wake up feeling sorer than when you went to bed? There is a chance that your pillow height might not be right...

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Total Balance Partners with PhysiApp Exercise Tracking App! - 30/03/2017

The Total Balance team is excited to announce that we're partnering up with Physitrack and their PhysiApp!..

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Top 5 Tips For Reducing Inflammation In Your Body - 23/03/2017

Does your body feel stiff, sore, achy or tired? You might be suffering from an oversensitive inflammatory response. In this video Dr James Cobb from Total Balance Chiropractic shares his Top 5 Tips For Reducing Inflammation, naturally!

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Top Tips for a Better Night's Sleep - 16/03/2017

Do you sleep like a log, or do you sleep like a frog? Do you toss and turn, find it hard to get to sleep or stay asleep, or are you waking up tired and sore? In this video, Dr James Cobb shares his Top Tips for a Better Night's Sleep!

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Top Chiropractic Myths - 09/03/2017

In this week’s blog we are raising a few of the common myths and misconceptions that surround chiropractic care…

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What is Frozen Shoulder Syndrome? - 23/02/2017

Frozen shoulder syndrome, otherwise known as adhesive capsulitis is a painful and debilitating condition of the shoulder where arm movement is extremely limited and generally develops when you stop using your shoulder properly...

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Can posture affect my hormones? - 02/02/2017

And the short answer is, yes it can! Amy Cuddy from Harvard University has done research on how body language impacts hormones. One of her studies showed how levels of salivary testosterone and cortisol are impacted when someone is in an upright posture vs when someone is in a slouched over posture.

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Power of Posture - 19/01/2017

On Tuesday 17 January we held our 1st monthly workshop at the clinic for 2017. This month’s focus was on the effect good posture can have on your emotional and physical well-being. The feedback from our participants is they all learned ways to help improve their posture.

So we thought to share the following information with all of you that were unable to join us...

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Is your Golfing game being held back? - 08/12/2016

Golf is a great activity to be involved in and one many of our patients are active participants in. Golf is a sport which can place quite a lot of stress on the lower back as the swinging motion involves a lot of rotation through your lower back. Even a casual golfer on an 18 hole course will put their body through around 100 high speed extreme ranges of motion in a typical round with strokes as well as practice swings and warm up swings. Considering that, it is no surprise that back pain from golf is so common...

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Is yard work leaving you feeling sore and stiff? - 01/12/2016

Spring is over and summer has hit us today. As the weather becomes warmer we all want to be spending more time outside. We find ourselves trying to tame gardens that are growing out of control after not receiving as much attention during winter. This activity can leave us stiff and sore...

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That pain in your back - 24/11/2016

Spinal pain is one of society’s most frequent complaints. In 2007, the American Academy of Family Physicians reported that about 9 out of 10 adults experience spinal pain at some point in their life, and 5 out of 10 working adults have spinal pain every year. According to a 2010 study published by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, spinal pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide...

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Is Your Sleep Position Contributing To Your Injuries? - 11/11/2016

Athletes tend to think of injuries as isolated events: Going too hard at the gym equals lower back pain, or those extra laps in the pool are to blame for a sore shoulder. But injuries are often the result of accumulated stress placed on the body. One of the biggest contributors to the injury equation is how you are sleeping...

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Is sitting the new Smoking? - 27/10/2016

Over the past few years the phrase “sitting is the new smoking” has become well known. People are becoming aware of the increasing body of research discussing the impact of sitting on our health. Sadly folks the news isn’t good...

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Is your posture affecting your response to stress? - 13/10/2016

In our day to day living we are often confronted with stressful situations that affect our emotional state. How well we deal with these goes a long way to determining their impact on us. It is a common occurrence for clients to report a positive change in their mood in conjunction to receiving care in our office so when a study on the correlation between the bodies stress response and our posture was published by a group of psychologists in New Zealand it got our attention...

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How am I impacting my posture? - 29/09/2016

In our day to day lives we are constantly doing activities and finding ourselves in positions that affect our posture in this week’s blog we are going to run through a few examples of common day to day activities that will affect your posture so you can be more aware yourself!...

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7 Steps To Managing Back Pain - 15/09/2016

It's estimated that up to 80% of Australians will experience back pain at some stage in their lives. While most recover, for many back pain becomes a daily fact of life that must be managed in order to maintain a healthy quality of life.

This Wednesday night we’ll be hosting a fun and informative workshop where we’ll discuss a number of strategies that can help to improve flexibility and function, and reduce or even prevent the incidence of back pain so you can get on with enjoying life!..

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Should I be stretching? - 01/09/2016

Stretching has been recommended to patients for many years by manual therapists of all sorts. The general idea behind stretching is that it helps to increase the range of motion (ROM) of a part of the body by lengthening the muscles around that area. The theory has been that a tight or shortened muscles will decrease a person’s ROM which in turn can increase their chances of injury or slow down their recovery after an injury.

There are many types of stretching but for the discussion of this article we will be considering the most common type known as static stretching...

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Women's Health Week 2016 - 01/09/2016

Women's Health Week is coming! It is on 5 - 9 September 2016.

Total Balance Chiropractic is supporting Hunter Women's Centre with their "Health Inspired" Workshops...

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My road to fitness - Dr Tom Terrell - 25/08/2016

Patients regularly ask us if there are any specific exercises they should be doing in conjunction with treatments. The key message we always convey is that whilst there are no set exercises that you need to be doing, the best thing you can be doing outside of the clinic is staying active. Keeping active in conjunction with ensuring your sleeping, sitting and standing positions (check out our blog on sleeping) are addressed will make sure what you’re doing outside of the clinic is going to maximise your progress.

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Relax and Recharge – The Keys to a Great Night’s Sleep! - 18/08/2016

Are you tired of waking up tired? Do you find you wake up as sore, or sorer than when you went to bed? Do you take ages to get to sleep, or find yourself tossing and turning restlessly all night? Chances are there is a problem with your pillow height, or mattress, or both...

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My Month Off The Booze - Observations From Dry July - 31/07/2016

James has just completed his first Dry July. Here he shares with us some of the things he learned in his month off the booze!

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It is United Nations World Breast Feeding Week - 28/07/2016

August 1st to 7th is United Nations World Breast Feeding Week. This year’s theme is about how breastfeeding is a key element in getting us to think about how to value our wellbeing from the start of life, how to respect each other and care for the world we share...

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Text Neck? The Detrimental Effects of Smartphone Use! - 07/07/2016

As Technology becomes a bigger part of our day to day lives we are becoming inseparable from our smartphones. One of the big issues is the posture that adapted when using a smartphone or tablet with users hunching over the devices for hours on end. A recent study by a New York based spinal surgeon (1) has looked at the neck postures we adopt using smart phones and measured the impact on the body...

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Thinking of a Dry July? The benefits of a month off alcohol. - 30/06/2016

July is the month that thousands of Australians sign up for Dry July, committing themselves to a month off the booze in order to raise money for cancer research, as well as giving their liver some much needed R&R! This year James has agreed to join them. He first became interested in it when his nephew Zach decided to go dry last July. Zach was so happy with how much better he felt that this year he decided to up the ante and commit to No Beer For A Year. James has decided to join him, at least for the first month of his journey! 

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How You Can Assess Your Own Posture - 23/06/2016

At Total Balance Chiropractic we are always looking to improve the posture of our practice members. Every time they visit we assess their posture before and after an adjustment. For anyone who has been adjusted here they would have heard the words “deep breath in, breathe out and let your body relax” many times. The reason for doing this is it’s the best way to assess your body’s structure (other than x-rays) we know of.

So why do we get you to breathe out and relax?..

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Apron Ergonomics - 16/06/2016

Our patients are so smart!..

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Scoliosis - 02/06/2016

June 2016 is Scoliosis Awareness Month.

Scoliosis is a term used to describe a curvature of the spine, where the spine bends sideways and rotates along its vertical axis. It is the most common spinal deformity in the western world...

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The CAA Back App: Your Pocket Chiropractor - 26/05/2016

While we all have the best of intentions when it comes to our health and activity levels, it’s all too easy to fall into bad habits. A bit of gentle encouragement never hurt anyone. That’s why to launch this year’s ‘Back Your Inner Athlete’ Campaign held during Spinal Health Week (23-29 May), the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (CAA) has developed a CAA Back App, the closest thing to having a chiropractor with you 24/7...

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Spinal Health Week 2016 - 19/05/2016

This year, Spinal Health Week 2016 runs from 23 to 29 May with the theme ‘Back Your Inner Athlete’.

Every day more and more Australians experience disabling low back pain, neck pain and headaches, limiting their ability to work and engage in an active healthy life.

One explanation for this is the impact an increasingly sedentary lifestyle has on postural fitness. Think about all the hours you spend each day sitting at work or school, on a computer or other mobile device, watching television or playing computer games. Poor posture increases pressure on your spine which can cause low back pain, neck pain, headaches and fatigue.

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Sciatica - 12/05/2016

Many people understand Sciatica to be any pain that radiates down the leg, true sciatica is pain that emanates from the Sciatic nerve, a long nerve that runs down from the lower back through the buttocks and down the back of the leg as far as the foot. Sciatica is often accompanied by tingling, pins and needles, and numbness and in some cases by muscular weakness in the leg. In many cases Sciatica is also associated with pain in the lower back. Other causes of pain radiating into the leg include impingement of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve and peripheral nerve impingement among others. The good news about Sciatica is that in most cases Chiropractic can help!

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Still Having Headaches? - 05/05/2016

A few weeks ago we discussed headaches and looked more closely at Migraines. Today we are having a closer look at some of the other more common headaches types; tension headaches and cluster headaches.

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5 Sit/Stand Desks for Under $500 - 28/04/2016

When the evidence began to mount a few years ago that sitting was indeed the new smoking, the popularity of sit/stand desks and work stations began to rise. Unfortunately at the time, the costs of such a desk were well and truly into the thousands of dollars, putting them out of the reach of all but the most well-heeled desk jockeys and employers...

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Headaches and Migraines - 21/04/2016

Headaches are one of the most common ways in which a body will communicate to you that there is something wrong that it can’t address itself. Many People think getting headaches is a normal part of life without realising that in most cases they can be addressed so they are not a constantly recurring issue. Nerve irritation is thought to be responsible for the vast majority of headaches, particularly as a result of muscle tension and upper neck dysfunction...

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Managing posture in the workplace - 14/04/2016

With the evolution of technology office workers have found themselves becoming more and more attached to computers and handheld electronic devices. While technological advancements have allowed humanity to do so many things that 50 years ago would have been unthinkable, they have also resulted in people spending prolonged periods at workstations where they adopt a posture which increases the stress on the muscles and joints of the spine. When people spend 8 hours a day in these positions they don’t just go back into a good posture when they stand back up, as the body is influenced by what it is doing most often!..

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We have entered the WORLD of BLOG! - 06/04/2016

Welcome to the new Total Balance Chiropractic BLOG page!

At Total Balance we’re committed to keeping you up to date with the latest information in health and wellbeing, always with a special chiropractic flavour. Over the coming weeks and months, we’ll be posting articles on topics from early childhood to positive ageing, from staying healthy in the workplace to staying fit on the playing field, dealing with the aches and pains you already have to preventing the ones you don’t, and any other topics we come across that we think might help you and your family live a healthier, more vital life!..

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