Osteoporosis and bone health – The article suggests the role nutrition plays in bone health.

World Osteoporosis Day.

Every year in October marks the annual World Osteoporosis Day (WOD). As described by “Awarenessday” the day represents the launch of a year-long campaign. This campaign is dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. WOD is organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF).

As Chiropractors at Spine and Health we understand the importance of strong, healthy bones. We are committed to raising awareness of this preventable disease.

Here are the facts and some take-home guidelines to use and share with your loved ones. You can download the PDF from www.iofbonehealth.org.

Below is a great summary of what you can do, specific to nutrition.


Osteoporosis is a bone disease which occurs when the body doesn’t make adequate bone or loses too much bone. As a result the bone becomes thin, fragile and more prone to breaks. Worldwide 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men over the age of 50 will suffer a fragility fracture (broken bone) due to osteoporosis (reference).


There are a few key nutrients which are involved in keeping up our bone health. It is important to maintain a healthy and nutritious diet so these nutrients are at their optimum. Please ensure you seek your general practitioner if you feel you might be deficient.

• Calcium.

A major building block of your skeleton, with an average of 99% of calcium can be found in our bones!
Good sources of calcium include, milk, natural yoghurt, hard cheese, raw broccoli, dried figs, and almonds.

• Vitamin D.

Vitamin D will assist in the absorption of calcium from food in the intestine. It will also ensure correct renewal and mineralisation of your bones. We make Vit. D through our skin when it is exposed to UV-B rays of sunlight. Due to our increasing indoor lifestyle, low levels of Vit. D are becoming more common. We can also obtain Vit. D through specific foods including: Wild Salmon, canned sardines and tuna, mushrooms and egg yolk.

• Protein.

In the peak period of bone growth during childhood and adolescence it is essential to ensure adequate protein intake. Low protein intake is detrimental, as protein provides us a source of essential amino acids necessary for health!
Protein undernutrition in senior years can also lead to reduced strength and muscle atrophy. A group that are most prone to developing osteoporosis and osteopenia.
Protein rich foods include dairy products, meat, fish, poultry, lentils, beans and nuts.

• Macronutrients.

Micronutrients are essential nutrients, required in trace amounts for normal health and functioning. These are 4 micronutrient that research has suggested are important to bone health:

    1. Vitamin K.

      Which is found in leafy green vegetable, spinach, cabbage and kale. Liver is an excellent source along with some fermented cheeses and dried fruit.

    2. Magnesium.

      Also found in leafy green veg, legumes, nuts, seeds, unrefined grains, fish and dried fruit. 50 grams of almonds provides 40% of your daily needs!

    3. Zinc.

      Found in lean red meat, poultry, pulses, legumes and dried fruit. Beans and chickpeas are also great plant sources.

    4. Carotenoids.

      50 grams of raw carrots will meet you daily needs. Carotenoids can also be found in many other vegetables, including leafy green vegetables ad red peppers.


Stay tuned for part two. Here we will provide you with a summary of the other factors related to Osteoporosis. Alternately please speak to any of our chiropractors in North Sydney or Crows Nest. They can advise you on what you can do to prevent these diseases.

You can contact Spine & Health at both North Sydney and Crows Nest.
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CLINICAL TRIALS NOW OPEN — NEW Breakthrough Migraine Therapy


Imagine knowing you are about to get a migraine which can last for days to have it switched off in only a few minutes….

Did you know that migraines are nerve pains? The nerve that causes migraines is called the trigeminal nerve, which is a nerve that supplies your face and structures in your head.

This new migraine therapy works by calming down the activity of this trigeminal nerve, which has been shown by neuro scientists to stop the pain of migraine.


When the therapy is applied during the onset of a migraine, the migraine can be stopped dead in its tracks!

Some what sceptical? So were we!

But we read the research, and the chiropractors of Spine and Health decided to get trained in this breakthrough technique.

The results?

We and our patients were shocked, as migraine after migraine, we were able to give relief and switch off the migraine pain.

So how does it work?

It’s really clever research that addresses the main the cause of migraines, which is over activation of the trigeminal nerve.

” I was involved in the pre-clinical trial at Spine and Health and used to get really bad migraines twice per month, the treatment completely turned of my migraines every time, I just couldn’t believe it ” Joanne Tse

The neurology is somewhat complicated but by gently stimulating the nerve to the surface of your ear drum it calms down the over activation of the trigeminal nerve which is causing the migraine pain.

The specialised otoscope used in migraine therapy
The specialised otoscope used in migraine therapy

The ear drum nerve is stimulated by using gentle rhythmic air pressure (to the left or right ear or a combination of both, depending on the migraine presentation) to calm down the over active trigeminal nerve to switch of the migraine.

The device to deliver this gentle rhythmic air pressure is called an otoscope, and has a special attachment (an insufflation bulb) for this unique therapy. It’s gentle, non-invasive and free from drugs or manipulation.

So if you or someone you care for suffers from migraines there is now a highly effective therapy for relief that requires no drugs, surgery, manipulation or home exercises.

We are now running a NSW clinical Trial on the new breakthrough therapy.

To be eligible you need to:

  • suffer from Migraines
  • get at least 2 migraines per month.

If this is you, or someone you know, just ring our Crows Nest practice and set up and eligibility interview with Dr Adam Meredith

ph: (02) 9460 8459




Headache and Migraine Treatment

Who has never suffered from a headache? I don’t think that there is one person alive who has never suffered from a headache. Some of us suffer from an occasional headache; others suffer from migraines which can be severely debilitating. The Chiropractors of Spine and Health can help with  headache & migraine treatment in North Sydney and Crows Nest.


One of the most common forms of illness in Australia is actually headaches and/or migraines with 1 in 6 people taking headache tablets every day. There are so many different types of headaches, with so many different types of treatments. Recent research is showing more and more that problems with the musco-skeletal system, either directly or referred, are responsible for headaches and migraines, and the  Chiropractors in North Sydney and  Crows Nest  Spine and Health Centres understand the link between posture and health and have had great success in treating people with headaches and migraines.

The symptoms of migraines vary from person to person, apart from pain in the head, symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to sounds and/or light as well as sensitivity to certain smells, and vision can also be affected. Headaches or migraines can last from a few hours up to a few days and in severe cases even a few weeks.

As headaches and migraines vary greatly from person to person so does the subsequent treatment, and generally there are only four forms of treatment recommended by medico’s, they being; Avoid the trigger factors if you have previously identified them: pain medication; preventative medication and then non-drug treatment such as yoga, hypnotherapy etc

People get to recognize their own ‘triggers’ that can cause the onset of a migraine and try to avoid them as much as possible. Common triggers can include food, such as chocolate, cheese and alcohol, hormonal changes such as the menstrual cycle and emotional stress or fatigue.

Headaches, particularly migraines are complex conditions and because the exact causes cannot be identified medically, it makes treatment and prevention difficult; however, headache & migraine treatment in North Sydney and Crows Nest Spine and Health Centres is certainly alleviating symptoms for a lot of clients.

A major reason the Spine and Health team are so successful in treating headaches and migraines at their North Sydney and Crows Nest Spine and Health Centres is their focus on reversing forward head posture. A lot of his clients who suffer bad headaches and migraines, get great relief after their posture has been restored to normal.

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