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Connected: August 2021 Newsletter

The Power of an Adjustment

woman spine overlayWe all love an adjustment, but have you ever wondered why it feels so good and what causes these effects?

Is it the “crack” or the “pop” that does it? Is it the way you are aligned? Or is it something else entirely?

The truth is that our spines are designed to move well and our health depends on it!

Your spine needs to be three very important things!

1. Be the protector! Protect your spinal cord and surrounding structures

2. Be the foundation! Provide the foundation for your posture

3. Be the mover! Enable you to move and bend

Your spine achieves this with its amazing design of vertebra, discs, joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons. There are 33 segments in your vertebral column – 7 in the neck, 12 in the mid back, 5 in the low back, 5 in the sacrum, and 4 in the coccyx.

The spinal cord inside your spine sends out an incredible network of nerves through the little spaces between your spinal segments to supply the power and information to your body. It’s the critical communication link between your brain and body!

So here’s the thing… the structure of your body is essential to it’s function and the health of your nervous system depends on it!

Proper structural balance and symmetrical alignment give your body its best chance to endure the stresses of life.

The three primary forms of life stress are physical, chemical and mental. Every type of stress has the capacity to burden your body, whether it’s a sudden injury or a gradual accumulation over time such as repetitive tasks or habits.

Often the effects of various stressors can cause dysfunction of your spinal segments, which can lead to a significant nerve system interference.

This diminished function and a loss of movement often result in your spinal joints becoming “locked”.

Chiropractors adjust these dysfunctional joints which aren’t able to correct themselves!

When a chiropractor delivers an adjustment to your spine, they introduce movement to your spinal joints and surrounding soft tissues with the intention of restoring better spinal joint function and providing a powerful input of information into your nervous system. The nerve receptors in and around your spinal joints and soft tissues receive and send these signals up to your brain. This stimulates, strengthens and improves the communication between your brain and your body!

Chiropractic adjustments are designed to help improve your brain, spine and nervous system and shift you towards a better state of function.

With regular, consistent chiropractic care, each adjustment can build on the one before.

By Dr Ben Appleyard (Chiropractor)

Coconut and Raspberry Cake (Gluten Free and Dairy Free Option)

Do you miss having a slice of cake when you come to Family Chiropractic?

Here’s an old favourite!

If you are looking for something without gluten and with a dairy free option that will hit that sweet spot, try this cake out.


  • 3/4 cup rapadura sugar (can use less)
  • 1 1/2 cups almond meal or combination of almond and hazelnut meal
  • 3/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 150g butter softened or for a dairy free version the same amount of coconut oil cooled
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (55g) fresh or frozen raspberries or blueberries.

Putting it together:

  • Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F) or 165°C fan forced, lightly grease a tray and line base and sides with baking paper.
  • In a large bowl, stir together almond meal, sugar, baking powder and coconut.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs and vanilla extract until combined. Slowly whisk in the melted butter.
  • Add butter or oil mixture into the almond mixture, stirring until smooth.
  • Pour batter into the prepared pan, then dot the top with the raspberries.
  • Bake 25 -30 minutes, until the cake is golden and the top springs when you press it lightly.
  • Cool in pan for 5 minutes, then transfer the cake to a wire rack to cool completely.


Chiropractic Research

Safety of Chiropractic Manipulation of the Cervical Spine -Haymo W. Thiel, DC, PhD, Jennifer E. Bolton, PhD, SharonDocherty, PhD, and James C. Portlock Phd