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The Brain, Part 1 - Podcast 7 image

The Brain, Part 1 - Podcast 7

Have you ever wondered at the complexity of the human brain? In episode #7 we will reflect on the structural and functional neuroanatomy of the human brain. That means we will look at the how and why of your brain. Firstly, the two-kilogram weighted brain has a protective she...

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Child Brain Development - Podcast 6

On episode #6 of Brainstorm Bites, we look further into child brain development and the impact primitive reflexes (PR) can have on brain development if they are retained or not fully integrated during the first 6-12 months of life.  Functions of the higher centres includin...

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An interview with Sea McManus

Darren Gray from Brainstorm, sponsor for St Joseph's Regional College Chess Team, interviews Sea McManus about her recent win at a Sydney tournament. Darren discusses training, preparation, game day and how Sea maintains her concentration during a day-long tournament. ...

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The Disorganised Brain - Podcast 5

In episode #5 of Brainstorm Bites we discuss impacts of a dis-organised brain. The inability to efficiently access information from various levels is a significant developmental concern. For example How can a child learn math or language - both clear examples of high brain - lev...

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Falls Risk and the Elderly - Podcast 4 

Today's Brainstorm Bites podcast is an important one. Particularly for those in the community who are elderly, have elderly loved ones or for people who work within aged care health, seniors hostels or community health services. Falls risk is a severe issue for our communities. ...

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Brain and Stress - Podcast 3 

Hi, I am Darren Gray, Chiropractor and neurological rehabilitation therapist from Brainstorm Rehab. I switch brains on. What is STRESS? How does stress affect the brain? Over the next short while I will chat to you on Brainstorm Bites our podcast on brain health, these quest...

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Signs and Symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder

If you talk to parents who have kids with learning and behavioural issues, the most common correlation among these children will be their sensory processing or the lack of it. While it is a common notion that a majority of children with disorders about the Autism Spectrum have ...

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Spasticity

Spasticity is a condition that affects the muscles and ultimately interrupting normal movements patterns such as reaching with the arm or walking. During movement, our brain sends an impulse through the nervous system to the muscle we want to move. When the muscles on one side o...

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Shoulder Pain

Painful shoulder conditions that limit movement are very common and are caused by injuries affecting the shoulder joint, muscles, tendons, ligaments and cartilage.  It is possible to do more movements with the arm than with any other part of the body. The arm is such a use...

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Sensory Processing Disorder

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a complex neurological condition that impairs functional and social development. Children identified with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) have altered interpretation of most sensory awareness. Often these children can feel overwhelmed by s...

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Probiotics

You don’t necessarily need probiotics to be healthy. However, these microorganisms may help with digestion and offer protection from harmful bacteria, just as the existing “good” bacteria in your body already do.  Your body contains about 100 trillion bacteria — mo...

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School Readiness Programs for Brain Development

More and more children start school with some form of developmental delay.  Have you considered a school readiness program?  We know that early brain development is one of the most important pathways to ongoing learning, behavioural competence, positive social rel...

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Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injuries occur most often in adolescents, young adults, and the elderly. Males are more at risk for spinal cord injuries than females. The central nervous system is made up of the brain and spinal cord. Nerve impulses that control body movement travel between the bra...

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Sports Injuries

Sports injuries are commonly caused by overuse, direct impact, or the application of force that is greater than the body part can structurally withstand. An injury that happens suddenly, such as a sprained ankle caused by an awkward footfall, is known as an acute injury.  ...

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Telemedicine is available for neuro-rehab services.

Watch the video below to learn more about how to access the services of Brainstorm remotely. Darren J Gray BSc MChiro MClinRehaNeuro Chiropractor and Cert.Rehab Therapist ...

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Sports Performance for the Basketball Athlete

A basketball athlete requires various qualities for optimum performance. Not limited, but some qualities include; speed and agility, power, flexibility, spatial awareness and skill. An appropriate training regime should encompass all these various features of sports performance....

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Stress

People who are under a lot of stress tend to do one of two things – either they eat more or they eat less. But despite what they do, more often than not, people under stress gain weight!  The body’s response to stress is a release of adrenaline which triggers the “fi...

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Technology in Rehabilitation

Technology in rehabilitation has advanced incredibly in recent years.  For example, the ability to measure and monitor activity participation in the environment in a reliable manner has necessitated wearable sensors in healthcare (Patel, Park, Bonato, Chan, & Rodgers,...

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Posturography

What is Posturography? ...

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Posture and Balance

Posture is reflection of how you balance your body. You continually use your muscles which counter and correct the body relative to gravity. To help you keep an upright posture, you use your eyes to gauge what is level, along with sensory information from your inner ears, muscle...

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Posture

What is good posture ...

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Child Learning Difficulties

Movement errors such as clumsiness and falls are common for motor control learning during development (Nicolson & Fawcett, 2007). For some children however this clumsiness extends well past the usual time period of early childhood. Coordination disorders in children are ver...

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Common Balance Problem Indicators

The vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear and the brain that help control balance and eye movements. If the system is damaged by disease, aging, or injury, vestibular disorders can result. Symptoms may include vertigo, dizziness, and imbalance, among others. The...

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Brainstorm Bites Episode 2 - Balance Control 

Have you ever wondered how we stay upright? Or have you noticed that while you nod your head your eyes shift and roll? Why do some people experience vertigo, giddiness or unsteadiness? Over the next short-while I will chat to you on Brainstorm Bites our podcast on brain health, t...

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Brainstorm Bites Episode 1 - Gut Health

In Brainstorm Bites Episode #1 we discuss the link between food digestion and a healthy brain. We introduce you to the ENTERIC NERVOUS SYSTEM, sometimes referred to as the second brain and the NEUROPOD cell which is a vital relay cell that communicates directly to the brain. Fo...

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Brain Injury Awareness

Brain injury is an extremely common condition in our community. The impact on the individual, their care givers and family, and the community is profound. Here at Brainstorm we are trying to create a greater awareness and understanding about brain injury, so we have put together ...

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Brain Injury

If you or someone you love has had a brain injury, you may feel overwhelmed by the uncertainty of the recovery process. The brain affects everything a person does. And because no two brain injuries are alike, it’s difficult to know what lasting effects the injury may have—ho...

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Common Learning Disorders

School life in today’s world has become quite hectic and tedious for kids. Successful career prospects require children to be well-learned and intelligent right from the beginning. Hard work is not only appreciated but also mandatory, or the child will be deemed a lagger, some...

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Concussion Head Injury

A concussion is a brain injury that occurs when there is an impact to the head or body that causes forceful linear and rotational movement of the brain inside the skull. A concussion can happen from being struck on the head or body. For example, sports injuries and car accidents...

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Developing skills and confidence to achieve their full potential.

Paediatric rehabilitation is about building strength, refining function and inspiring children to increase their skills and confidence to achieve their full potential.  Some therapy examples include:  1. Rest! Let your brain and body recover with rest. Yes, ...

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Diagnosis of Balance Problems

At Brainstorm, there are many various balance tests that are incorporated in an examination. Some tests are simple bed side neurological exams - like reflex and muscle power tests, while some require specialised instrumentation like; Computerized dynamic posturography (CDP).&nbs...

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Depression

Depression is often a feature with clinical neurological rehabilitation. The depression can often precede periods of challenging rehabilitation, and the accompanying frustration and growing awareness that progress may be slow. Furthermore, the limited physical progress together...

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Dementia Warning Signs

Ten warning signs of Dementia.  If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the signs, assistance can be provided with functional clinical neurological rehabilitation. Early diagnosis gives you a chance to seek treatment and plan for the future. Memory loss th...

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Coping with fatigue

The disabling effects of fatigue can be extremely limiting in themselves. However, fatigue has a secondary negative consequence on brain function. In particular fatigue can effect memory, concentration, skills tolerance, irritability levels and physical symptoms such as pain. Ap...

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Cruise Ship Vertigo

Have you heard of post cruise ship Vertigo? Ever had the feeling and motion you were still on a cruise ship out in the sea? Or a feeling of vertigo, disequilibrium, imbalance or even ‘brain fog’?  Well the medical term for the cruise ship vertigo is Mal de Debarqueme...

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Brain health for the ageing

We all know that exercise is good for the muscles and joints, but how about brain health training. You can help your brain get in shape and be strengthened and developed with brain health training.  The brain is made up of nerves called neurons. These neurons transport inf...

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Autonomic Nervous System

The autonomic nervous system (ANS) regulates the functions of our internal organs (the viscera) such as the heart, stomach and intestines. The ANS is part of the peripheral nervous system and it also controls some of the muscles within the body. We are often unaware of the ANS b...

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Back Pain & Abdominal Strength

When you injure your back people will often tell you that you have to strengthen your abdominals. If this is not explained correctly one would take this statement that you need to strengthen your stomach muscles by performing sit-ups.  The statement is correct but doing si...

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Asperger’s Syndrome – a form of Child Development Disorder.

There is no single test to evaluate childhood Asperger’s Syndrome. Often demonstrated as a form of child development disorder. As a child development disorder, a child with Asperger’s Syndrome may develop different to their peers. A parent may report this subjective dispar...

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An interdisciplinary team approach at Brainstorm 

Interdisciplinary team...

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Tips to help your Child Learn

Tips to help kids learn.  Learning is not simply the acquiring of a new skill. To learn the recipient must be a good host. Such that the host, like your child, is ready and prepared to learn. At Brainstorm, we attend to many children with learning challenges. We have com...

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia in the elderly (Bear, Conners, & Paradisco, 2007). This is the slow deterioration in memory, thinking and general functionality. It is estimated that 37 million people worldwide live with dementia, affecting 5% ...

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Bacteria - Friend or Foe?

Not all bacteria is bad. Yogurt and similar foods contain helpful bacteria. Antibiotics are drugs that fight bacteria that cause illnesses such as pneumonia and meningitis. By now, we all know that antibiotics have little effect on illnesses caused by viruses, such as colds or t...

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Balance Evaluation Systems

Balance Evaluation Systems are very important with vestibular rehabilitation.  Balance is the ability to maintain the body’s center of mass over its supporting base (Shumway-Cook & Woollacott, 2007). Regulation of many innate sensory systems, like visual from the eye...

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Biofeedback

Biofeedback is a helpful way of letting your body tell you how to reduce stress responses. Many of us in the health care field have discovered the positive effects of biofeedback. This tool to enhance one’s “body awareness” can help with issues of chemical dependency, ADD/...

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Brachial Plexus nerve injury

A brachial plexus is a group of nerves that, when injured, can affect your neck, shoulder and arm. The nerves that form the brachial plexus are located near the neck, chest, and shoulder. Nerves that travel between the bones in the neck, connect to form the brachial plexus. The ...

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Ball games for the brain

People don’t consider the development of manual dexterity like hand-eye coordination in babies to be an essential element of cognitive development. In fact, the scientific terminology itself – “motor skills” for the movement and “cognitive skills” for mental processi...

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Balance Vestibular migraine

Often a progression of other balance conditions, like vestibular migraine. In fact the development of secondary conditions related cause prolongation of symptoms once the initial inner ear disorder has resolved. The progression maybe related to brain damage from the primary inju...

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Balance Facts

There are six key facts about Balance Disorders. Balance is critical for normal body function. In fact the feeling of balance results from the combination of senses from a number of body systems; such as the eyes (visual system), ears (vestibular and auditory system) and the bo...

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Balance Testing at Brainstorm 

Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) can help with a variety of vestibular problems, including;  Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)  Unilateral or bilateral vestibular hypo function  Symptoms associated with Meniere’s disease Vestibular neuriti...

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Balance Therapy

Our balance is very important. Information about balance is processed in the brain and interplay with other sensory inputs. Disturbance of the balance system is very evident with some learning disorders, like Sensory Processing Disorder. What is Sensory Processing Disorde...

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Fall injuries are on the rise

Incidents of serious fall injuries among older adults are on the rise.  1 in 3 adults over the age of 65  sustains a fall each year. Considering that the percentage of older individuals overall continues to increase, these trends are expected to produce even higher num...

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Dizziness and Disequilibrium

Dizziness and disequilibrium are common complaints reported by many people at Brainstorm's Balance Clinic. Importantly dizziness is not a disease but rather a symptom resulting from disturbance of the vestibular system. This may impair the person’s ability to change positions ...

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Memory Loss

Everyone occasionally experiences forgetfulness. Mild memory loss tends to increase with age and is generally no cause for concern. However, there is a difference between mild memory loss due to normal aging and progressive or extreme memory loss due to illnesses such as Alzheim...

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Move it for your health

Regular physical activity is an important part of getting healthy and staying healthy. The benefits of regular physical activity can include:  Build strong bones and muscles in kids.  Develop skills and stronger balance.  Maintain and develop flexibility.&...

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Major risks of falls

Many falls are preventable! Understanding the four common risks of falls is important for everyone. Knowledge of falls prevention and how they may affect a person’s level of engagement in daily activities, socialisation, and lifestyle is paramount for individuals with balance ...

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Magnesium – What is it?

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and is essential to good health. Approximately 50% of total body magnesium is found in bone. The other half is found predominantly inside cells of body tissues and organs. Only 1% of magnesium is found in blood, but the b...

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Just Move it!

Be active every day ...

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Keep Kids Exercising

It is important for children to establish beneficial health habits at an early age, as lasting health habits are usually solidified during childhood. A 2012 article published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics says that encouraging a healthy level of p...

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Multiple Sclerosis

Case Presentation: Multiple Sclerosis ...

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 What is a Hemisphericity?

The brain is essentially divided into two halves, hemispheres. Namely, the left and the right hemispheric cortices of the brain. While many functions are shared across hemispheres, several functions principally identify to one hemisphere. Generally, the left hemisphere is reco...

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Parkinsons Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a brain disorder that affects movements, emotions, and other body functions. It is a degenerative condition that begins with minor tremors and shaking, and progresses into more serious symptoms over time.  The brain requires a substance called dopa...

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Parkinson’s Disease Rehabilitation Therapy

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a complex progressive neural degenerative disorder with wide-reaching implications affecting both the patient and their community (Contreras-Vidal & Stelmach, 1996). Movement dysfunctions are a hallmark of PD and can severely compromise the abil...

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Osteoporosis

What is Osteoporosis?  Osteoporosis is a disease in which the bones become fragile and brittle. They fracture more easily than normal bone. Even a minor bump or fall can cause a serious fracture. Half of all women and one-third of men over 60 in Australia will have a fract...

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Neck Pain

If you are one of the many Australians that suffers with neck pain, you will be pleased to know that our proven Chiropractic approach may offer the solution you have been searching for.  One out of ten of us will have neck pain at some time in our life. In most cases it is...

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Neuroplasticity

Many people are familiar with negative neuroplasticity which causes increasing brain fog and memory loss, declining mental clarity and dementia. But did you know that helpful neuroplasticity can be achieved by boosting your brain function? This can lead to an improved cognitive ...

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Joint Pain & Arthritis

What is Arthritis ?  Arthritis is a major cause of disability and handicap in Australia affecting people of all ages and walks of life. Arthritis is not a single condition.  Arthritis literally means inflammation of the joint.  There are over 150 kinds of arthr...

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Inflammatory Foods and Diet

Certain foods can have anti-inflammatory qualities.  Inflammation of any part of your body is your immune system’s response to an infection, injury or irritation. Localised swelling, redness and pain are the usual warning signs and symptoms of inflammation. Now we’re l...

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Fall Injury Prevention

Fall injury prevention is fast becoming a very real issue with health care. Fall injuries are an ominous yet very real part of life for people over 65 and many falls can be prevented once the causes are determined. Functional Neurologists have an important role in the assessmen...

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Falls and the Elderly

Falls Risk Factors Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older will fall.  Falling is the leading cause of injury related death and most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma amongst the elderly.  Falls are a commo...

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Fall Injuries

Fall injuries are very common. Injuries resulting from falls represent a significant public health problem throughout the world. It was estimated during 2006/2007, the total cost of health care associated with falls injuries in the older people in NSW was over $550 Mill. The Uni...

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Dyslexia with Children

A misunderstood area in the field of learning disabilities is the role of gross motor skills in helping children with dyslexia. A common feature of dyslexic children is that a large majority of these children have very poor gross motor skills. A question asked by many researcher...

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Dizziness

Dizziness is defined as a sensation of light headedness, faintness or unsteadiness.  The cause of dizziness can arise from either a peripheral vestibular disorder or a central vestibular disorder . For the brain to correctly process balance, there must be appropriate info...

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Drink more water.

Drinking water is the best way to quench your thirst. Even better it doesn’t come with all the sugar found in most fruit drinks, soft drinks, sports drinks and flavoured mineral waters. In New South Wales 55% of boys and almost 40% of girls by Year 6, will drink more than one...

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Feeling Spinning - maybe Vertigo

The most common cause of dizziness is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). Vertigo means spinning of head. Often an episode may last for a few moments and can be recurrent. The severity of this condition can vary. The vertigo can sometimes be self limiting and other time...

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Festive Season Celebrations

Give Yourself a Gift This Christmas, Stay Healthy During The Festive Season.  It’s not called the silly season for no reason. Partying, drinking, indulging, overeating and running around like a headless chicken from event-to-event and shop-to-shop, it’s no wonder man...

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Ice & Heat Applications

Ice is an effective and natural pain killer and anti-inflammatory.  Ice should be applied over the inflamed area in the acute or early stages of your problem. (See below for application)  Whenever you experience swelling, redness or sharp / stabbing pain it is gene...

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Importance of Balance Control

The body maintains balance with sensory information from three systems:  Balance system (inner ear)  Vision Proprioception (touch sensors in the feet, trunk, and spine) Head motion is detected by the inner ear labyrinth and vision. The semicircular canals s...

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How healthy is your brain?

People are living longer than any other time in history. Major nutritional and medical advancements have been made to help keep the body physically healthy. While this increase reflects positive improvements in health care, it has led to an increase in the wear and tear on our b...

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Heart Rate Variability Analysis

Heart rate variability (HRV) is the physiological phenomenon of variation in the time interval between heartbeats. It is a functional measure of the variation in the beat-to-beat interval.  The origin of heartbeat is located in a sino-atrial (SA) node of the heart, where a...

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Food Intolerances

Many chronic health conditions can be triggered by unidentified and untreated food intolerance’s. If you have any of the following recurring symptoms then you may be suffering from food intolerance. Do not ignore these warning signs or your symptoms could become more severe an...

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Four Tips to Prevent Falls

Some risk factors are obviously unavoidable – including age and gender. To limit your falls risk follow the four tips:  Unsafe Environments - home health  Poor eyes and bad vision  PolyPharmacy - too many drugs  Poor balance Case Presentatio...

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Headaches

Headache is one of the most common illnesses in Australia, with around 15 per cent of us taking painkillers for a headache at any given time.  Because headaches are so common, most people think they are a normal part of life. However, a persistent headache is a sign that s...

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Testing for Dizziness

The Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI) is a measure of self-perceived disability attributed to balance disorders. The standard form of questionnaire contains twenty five questions categorised as physical, emotional or functional qualities that influence dizziness. Why use a ...

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The Balancing Brain

The body maintains balance by using sensory information from three systems. In other words, the brain “sees” the world through sensory input. This information may include:  proprioception (relay information from feet, trunk and spine)  vestibular system  ...

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The Brain Survives on Water

Drinking water is the best way to quench your thirst. Even better it doesn’t come with all the sugar found in most fruit drinks, soft drinks, sports drinks and flavoured mineral waters.  In New South Wales 55% of boys and almost 40% of girls in year six drink more than o...

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What is Heart Rate Variability?

Emerging technologies has advanced well being and health assessments for health professionals. One such recent development permits the physical therapist to monitor any subtle changes within the nervous system. The use of Heart Rate Variability captures patterns of brain and ne...

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What is Neuroplasticity?

Neuroplasticity is the innate ability of the brain to physically change when challenged with new experiences (Bear, Conners, & Paradisco, 2007).  The brain has over a billion neurons - its cellular building blocks interact with each other in complex ways. Signals tr...

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What is BPPV?

BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo) is a condition that develops from changes in the ear. These changes can lead to very severe vertigo and sensation of spining. The vestibular system in the body helps you balance and know where your head is positioned. Vertigo creates a...

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What is Balance Training?

Specific balance training is an area our therapist at Brainstorm have specific skills and training. Common symptoms of a vestibular disorder include dizziness, vertigo, and imbalance. Patients may also experience nausea, hearing changes, anxiety, fatigue and trouble concentratin...

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Water is critical for brain health.

How often has someone informed you to drink more water? Well the scientific benefits of a well hydrated nervous system is very evident. Dehydration is the most common fluid and electrolyte disorder in the elderly adult population. Dehydration occurs when the body’s f...

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What causes dizziness?

Dizzy sensations that are difficult to describe may include feeling “spaced out” or having the sensation of spinning inside your head. Your doctor may refer to this as nonspecific dizziness.  Dizziness: a sensation of light-headedness, faintness, or unsteadiness. Dizzi...

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What is Subjective Visual Vertical (SVV)?

In humans, the perception of vertical or Subjective Visual Vertical (SVV) depends on many sensory inputs. Our spatial orientation critically depends on accurate reference of the horizontal and vertical. Perception of the vertical is provided by input from sensory pathways, input...

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What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus is abnormal noise perceived in one or both ears or in the head. Tinnitus (pronounced either “TIN-uh-tus” or “tin- NY-tus”) can be either a constant or continuous sound or intermittent. The types of sounds may include such things as a ringing, hissing, whistling,...

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Yoga and Tai Chi

Practicing relaxation techniques such as yoga and tai chi can help you achieve the relaxation response, a state of deep calmness that counteracts the negative effects of stress. When practiced regularly, these activities can lead to a reduction in everyday stress levels, anxiety...

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Your autonomic nervous system

The autonomic nervous system (ANS) regulates the functions of our internal organs (the viscera) such as the heart, stomach and intestines. The ANS is part of the peripheral nervous system and it also controls some of the muscles within the body. We are often unaware of the ANS b...

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Workstation Setup

Your workstation should be set up to cause the least amount of stress on your body. Prolonged hours of poor posture or repetitive work habits, often in a stressful environment can result in significant overuse injury. Applying the following points can help minimise such injuries...

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Why should kids exercise?

Just move and move at an early age. That is the summary of a study presented in 2012, concluding that lasting health habits are solidified during childhood. Obesity is a real concern for children. The risk of secondary health disorders like diabetes, heart problems, cognitive i...

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Why do I feel dizzy?

Millions of individuals have disorders of balance they describe as “dizziness.” Experts believe that more than four out of ten Americans will experience an episode of dizziness significant enough to send them to a doctor.  What can be difficult for both a patient and h...

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Why does my head keep spinning?

Many people who suffer from dizziness, imbalance, or vertigo have trouble finding out why. Dizziness and vertigo are not actually “diagnoses,” they are symptoms of a diagnosis. However, many physicians will use these terms as if they were a diagnosis. Vertigo is the most spe...

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Warning Signs of Stroke

A stroke is always a medical emergency. If you recognise the signs of stroke call 000. A stroke is not a heart attack. A stroke happens when the supply of blood to the brain is suddenly interrupted. Some strokes are fatal, while others cause permanent or temporary disability.&nb...

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Vitamin Supplements

Most people base their health on how they feel. Just because you feel healthy and perfectly fit now, does not mean you do not need supplements.  When it suddenly strikes – an illness, a health problem, a sign of old age, weakness – we begin to search for a dietary or h...

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Top ten facts about Vestibular Disorders

Vestibular disorders are a common feature in our community. Here are a list of some important facts about this condition; The vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear and brain that process sensory information involved with balance. Over 35% of US ad...

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Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury is an alarmingly common disorder.  To assist you in understanding more about this condition we have presented the following article. In the UK, the incidence of traumatic brain injury hospital admissions is over 270 people per 100,000 of the populat...

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Tips for Dementia

20 things NOT to say or do to a person with dementia Don’t say, ‘but you don’t look or sound like you have dementia’  Don’t tell us we are wrong  Don’t argue with us or correct trivial things  Don’t say ‘remember when…’  Don’t ...

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Therapy for Dyslexia in Children

The following are common symptoms associated with dyslexia in children;  The words and letters are often inappropriately inserted when reading.  Often words and letters are frequently skipped or omitted.  The letters and syllables of common or repetitive wor...

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The world is spinning…

Dizziness is a symptom that is real to you but is not observable by your doctor. In order to diagnose a vestibular system disorder, your doctor must rely on signs they can observe. This may include abnormal eye or body movements. In the early stages of many vestibular disorders ...

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Therapy for Brain Injury

Neurological rehabilitation is a form of therapy for brain injury. Brain injury or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a frightfully common disorder that will effect you some way or another.  Many problems can occur after brain injury most of which are amenable to intervention...

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Understanding Food Allergies

Allergies occur when an overactive immune system produces proteins called IgE antibodies against substances in the environment that are otherwise harmless — pollens, house dust mites, moulds, animal hair (dander) and in some cases, specific food proteins. A food allergy is mai...

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Use it or Lose it!

Now is the time to use your insurance before it's lost forever!   Most health funds claim benefits last only for 12 months, usually from January 1st through until December 31st. Unused claims generally DO NOT carry over to the next year, so this means if you do not ...

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Vitamin C

Vitamin C has numerous valuable roles supporting body health. Not exclusive to but including tissue and cellular repair and manufacturing, as well as enhancing the immune system. Busy lifestyles, limited access to whole foods rich in Vitamin C and current food preparation a...

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Vitamin D

Australia is well known for its abundance of sunshine. Hence, it is perhaps surprising that vitamin D deficiency is a common condition affecting a large proportion of Australians. A recognised consequence of low vitamin D is osteomalacia in adults. It also contributes to osteopo...

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Vestibular Rehabilitation

Patients who come to the Brainstorm with a vestibular disorder may have a variety of symptoms. Common symptoms of a vestibular disorder include dizziness, vertigo, and imbalance. Patients may also experience nausea, hearing changes, anxiety, fatigue, and trouble concentrating.&n...

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Vertigo Testing

Case presentation ...

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Verbal learning disabilities with children

Verbal learning disabilties and impairments typically include dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia. These verbal learning disabilities can be broadly classified in functional terms. Such that dyslexia includes most disorders of reading and spelling, dyscalculia labeled as a ma...

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Vertigo and Dizziness

While most doctors are trained to suspect inner ear disorders if a patient complains of violent nausea and whirling sensations, such strong symptoms do not always occur in the early stages of inner ear disorders. If you report that you feel off- balance, unsteady, light-headed, ...

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Vertigo Disease : Case Presentation

Case presentation...

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10 Healthy Back Tips

Exercise Regulary – This doesn’t have to be anything overly strenuous. Something as simple as a daily walk can make a huge difference.  Eat A Healthy Diet – Proper nutrients allow the body to repair itself easier.  Maintain Good Posture – Are you sit...

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