16th October 2017

Today is World Spine Day!!!

Research is showing that increasing physical activity to strengthen your back is one of the most effective ways of ensuring great long-term health says the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association (NZCA), as the primary health care organisation marks

World Spine Day 2017 (16th October).


Spinal disorders are amongst one of the leading causes of disability in the world today.


When people cannot move or get around adequately it impacts upon their quality of life. This year, New Zealand’s chiropractors are taking the lead to inform, educate and inspire people to prevent pain and disability by engaging in physical activity and Get Your Back In Action!’


Too much time watching TV or online may lead to an early death from dementia, Parkinson’s disease or diabetes, according to Australian research published this month.

The study found that engaging daily in a two-hour session of either a favourite TV show or an online gaming activity increased the risk of an inflammatory disease related death by 54 per cent. (https://www.baker.edu.au/news/media-releases/binge-watching-tv)


Chronic inflammation is now considered to be central – amongst other factors to many illnesses including the three diseases researched. Researchers at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne said the findings, based on nearly 9,000 adults, stem from prolonged sitting. Dr Fairest explains: `If you want to binge watch the latest Netflix series or any multiple episodes in one sitting, you should get up regularly and stretch your legs.You could engage in some exercises from your family chiropractor, while you are up on your feet.’

Further to this, a major international study (the PURE study recently published in the Lancet which considered the correlation between physical activity on mortality and cardiovascular disease in 130,000 people from 17 countries) demonstrated that simply increasing physical activity is a widely applicable, low cost global strategy that could reduce deaths and CVD in middle age. According to the largest study of its kind, Alzheimer’s disease maybe avoided by following a healthy lifestyle -even if you’re predisposed to developing it



Researchers at the University of California in Irvine began the ’90+ Study’ 2003 tests were carried out on 1,700 participants every six months to monitor their cognitive ability. Post-mortems were conducted upon their death and it was noted that some participants appeared to have been at risk of developing Alzheimer’s but had ‘cognitive resilience’ and therefore did not develop the disease


Dr Fairest explains: `Exercising, monitoring blood pressure and watching less TV are the three key factors that will help to build body-brain resilience and minimise the risk


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4895426/Don-t-want-dementia-Turn-TV.html#ixzz4t67mqUmt3of developing Alzheimers



The researchers suggested the reason for such ‘cognitive resilience’ in those who should have developed dementia but remained free of it was

due to leading a healthy lifestyle.’


The NZCA has developed a Just Start Walking programme to put a spring in your step

The Association also recommends getting a spinal check-up with your family chiropractor prior to starting any new exercise regime. An NZCA chiropractor will evaluate your spine and nervous system for dysfunction and analyse your posture

for imbalances, which may be negatively impacting upon your overall health.


Some Tips on How to Get Started

  • Visit your local NZCA chiropractor for a spinal system check up
  • Commit to a nine week walking programme
  • Start slowly –set achievable targets to prevent injury and to motivate you
  • Find a friend or work colleague to walk with
  • Wear appropriate footwear which is designed for walking
  • Warm up with gentle stretching exercises at the start and end of your walk
  • Drink plenty of water and have regular breaks and healthy snacks
  • Mix it up – walking different routes, at different speeds with different inclines
  • Enjoy your walking!



12th October 2017

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, & is observed in over 150 different countries including New Zealand since 1993.

There is a theme allocated each year & this year it is Nature is Key.

“Why nature? Because it’s great for everyone! We’re encouraging Kiwis from all walks of life to stop thinking of nature as something locked away in national parks and forests but as the daisies in the berm, the tree outside the window and the vast, beautiful sky above. Spending time with nature:

  • Makes us feel happier and more optimistic
  • Restores us when we’re feeling run-down
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves life satisfaction
  • And much more!”

This MHAW, aims to demonstrate that even with our hectic lives we can unlock our wellbeing and spend time with the nature you live, play and work amongst every day.

In order to help raise awareness of the impact & possible solutions to Mental Health disorders there are a variety of activities including Meet & Greets, Beach Walks & Art Exhibitions happening around NZ.

Click the link below to find out more





9th October 2017

The British Chiropractic Association has conducted new consumer research looking at the general public’s beliefs & thoughts on lower back pain.


Here is a collection of some of their findings.

“Myths & misconceptions
•    You should always rest a bad back: Moderate exercise is essential to build and maintain strength and flexibility in the spine, improving posture and protecting you from any further pain. While total rest may seem like a good way to recover, often continuing moderate physical activity will help in the long run. Your local chiropractor will be able to advise on what is right for you.

•    Back or neck pain is simply part of the ageing process: While ageing can have an impact on your back health, back or neck pain can occur at any age. Maintaining good health into later years and being aware of how to preserve one of our body’s most important assets, the back, is important in allowing us to maintain activity levels. The BCA has advice on how to protect your back at any age.

•    Back or neck pain is not common: Back and neck pain is very common, and statistics have shown that 80% of people will experience back pain at some point in their lives.

•    The spine can be injured easily: The spine is actually one of the strongest parts of your body and is designed to be strong. Like any other part of your body though, taking good care of it is essential to allow it to do its job effectively for as long as possible.

•    A slipped disc means a disc has slipped out of your spine: The discs are circular pads of connective tissue – cartilage – in between each vertebra in your back. These discs have an inner gel-like substance and a tough outer case. They help maintain your back’s flexibility and wide range of movement. A slipped disc means that one of the discs of cartilage in the spine is damaged and possibly extruding, irritating or pressing on the nerves. It can also be known as a prolapsed or herniated disc. [NHS Choices]


•    Pain killers can cure back pain: Most back pain is ‘mechanical’ in nature so, even though painkillers can be helpful, some sort of mechanical, hands on treatment involving movement/ exercise is more likely to help manage the problem and reduce recurrence.
Actually true…

•    Staying hydrated can help prevent back pain: Dehydration can exacerbate back or neck problems so it’s important to drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is also important to prevent aching muscles.”


Quirkiest back pain myths revealed



5th October 2017

A new trail is being conducted to try and make the annual flu vaccination more effective. New Zealand & Australia experienced their highest levels of influenza this year.

Due to their impaired immune response it is advised that those aged over 65, pregnant women, children with longstanding medical conditions e.g asthma, children aged 2-4 & those who live & work in long term residential care homes to receive the annual flu vaccination.

The current method of the flu vaccination is to strive to get the body to recognise & subsequently attack the surface proteins of the virus, however it is these structures which differ dependant on the strain of the virus. Therefore each year vaccines are selected based on the “most likely” flu strain

Researchers in the UK are trailing a new method which will attack the part of the virus which is consistent across all strains. The vaccine shall encourage T-cells, part of our bodies immune system to attack the core central protein of the virus, thus negating the need to redesign the vaccine each year.


The study is predicted to take 2 years to complete on the 500 participants, but if it is successful it is hoped that not only will the flu vaccination be more effective but it is hoped that it may be able to be administered less frequently.




1st October 2017

Today is World Vegetarian Day. Click the link below to find out more.
















25th September 2017

September has been extremely wet, as I am sure you will have noticed, with fluctuating temperatures.

This weather can be a breeding ground for viral infections. The proposed mechanism for the correlation of these 2 factors is that with lower temperatures our immune response to invading pathogens is generally slower, thus enabling the pathogens to replicate prior to our immune system being sufficiently activated.

Vitamin C is a widely accepted anti-viral agent, as it can stimulate phagocytes & T-cell production to combat infiltration by foreign bodies, as well as enhance iron absorption. These factors are believed to help reduce the risk of developing viral infections, or at the very least minimise their duration & subsequent impact.

Vitamin C is found in oranges, broccoli, kiwi fruit, capsicums & brussel sprouts.

We stock 2 options of Vitamin C supplements, one in tablet form & the other powder which can be simply added to water or smoothies etc, therefore making it easier to  further enhance your vitamin C levels.





19th September 2017

Thursday 21st September is World Alzheimer’s Day

In keeping with the date we thought we would publish the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s, as highlighted by Alzheimer’s New Zealand/Australia

“Ten warning signs of dementia

1. Recent memory loss that affects daily life

  • It’s normal to forget meetings, names or telephone numbers occasionally and then remember them later.
  • A person with dementia might have trouble remembering recent events.

2. Difficulty performing regular tasks

  • It’s normal to make a wrong turn occasionally while driving.
  • Someone with dementia might have regular difficulty driving a familiar route.

3. Problems with language

  • Many people have trouble finding the right words sometimes.
  • But someone with dementia might have difficulty following, or initiating a conversation.

4. Disorientation of time and place

  • It is normal to occasionally forget what day it is or where you are going
  • A person with dementia may be confused about the time of day, and what is appropriate for that time.

5. Decreased or poor judgment

  • Making a bad decision once in a while is normal.
  • A person with dementia might make bad decisions more frequently and start paying less attention to their physical appearance.

6. Problems with abstract thinking

  • It’s normal to have difficulty balancing a budget.
  • A person with dementia might completely forget what the numbers are and what needs to be done with them.

7. Misplacing things

  • Anyone can misplace their wallet or keys.
  • A person with dementia might repeatedly put things in inappropriate places.

8. Changes in mood and behaviour

  • Everyone becomes sad or moody from time to time.
  • A person with dementia can have rapid mood swings, from calm to tears to anger, for no apparent reason.

9. Changes in personality

  • People’s personalities can change a little with age
  • A person with dementia might have problems in social situations they have previously been comfortable with.

10. Loss of initiative

  • It is normal for people to tire of housework, business activities or social obligations.
  • A person with dementia may no longer initiate things that they once enjoyed. “


It’s important to remember not all dementia like symptoms are due to dementia. For instance strokes, infections & depression. If the symptoms are caused by dementia, an early diagnosis can be highly beneficial as it can enable early access to support, information, and any appropriate medication will be available.

It’s very important to see a GP if you have concerns that you or someone you know may have dementia. If the symptoms are caused by a treatable condition, they can be diagnosed and treated.




11th September 2017

September is the annual Arthritis Awareness Month, as promoted by Arthritis New Zealand.

624000 New Zealanders over the age of 15 are diagnosed with a type of Arthritis. These includes osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout & lupus.

” There is no cure for arthritis, but it can usually be managed, and most people with arthritis can continue to lead productive and fulfilling lives. For the person who has been diagnosed with arthritis and for the family members who support them Arthritis New Zealand provides information, advice, support and links to others in a similar situation.”


If you wish to get involved with Arthritis Awareness Month simply visit https://www.arthritis.org.nz/about-us/ to find out more & help Arthritis New Zealand in their  quest to raise awareness of the arthritis, help influence government funding & policy relating to arthritis, produce information for suffers of the conditions & their family members, offer phone & web based services & support both primary & secondary healthcare needs of its members.



7th September 2017

Activity = something is always better than nothing.

But ideally weekly

75 minutes of Vigorous Intensive Exercise


150 minutes of Moderate Exercise





4th September 2017

*not proven yet.

Magnesium cream is being investigated for its positive influence on high blood pressure.

Magnesium is known to regulate blood flow & those patients who suffer with high blood pressure frequently found to be deficient in Magnesium.

The topical application can be beneficial for rapid absorption, as well as for those patients who dislike/struggle to swallow tablets.

The study, published in the journal PLOS One used healthy adult participants who were randomly assigned into the magnesium cream or placebo control cream groups, then instructed to apply two 5ml (the equivalent to 56mg of RDA of Mg) spoonfuls of cream each day for 14 days.

Both urine and blood samples were collected and compared. The placebo group demonstrated no increase in blood Mg levels, however the Mg cream group did.

It was found that the participants not exercising in the Mg group, there was a ‘statistically significant’ rise in magnesium in the blood (however exercise is known to deplete magnesium levels and a small number of the participants were undertaking regular high intensity training)

The researchers say further studies are now needed to investigate the effects of a higher dose of magnesium over a longer period of time.


The article also quotes some Mg rich food sources

Experts say eating the following magnesium-rich foods can be beneficial:

• Dark chocolate (146mg per 100g)
• Milk chocolate (63mg per 100g)
• Almonds (268mg per 100g)
• Brazil nuts (376mg per 100g)
• Bananas (27mg per 100g)
• Avocado (29mg per 100g)
• Spinach (79mg per 100g)
• Broccoli (21mg per 100g)
• Boiled lentils (36mg per 100g)



31st August 2017

In relation to the blog post below here is a video link explaining “How Quickly Should You Walk?”




25th August 2017

The BCC recently published an article stating some quite shocking results collected by Public Health England, as they had collect data regarding peoples daily exercise habits, but predominantly walking.

The results were surprising as in those surveyed it was estimated that an average 41% of people between the ages of 40-60 do not manage 1 brisk 15 minute walk in a month, and they are now 20% less active than in 1960s. 1 in 6 Deaths in the UK are linked in inactivity.

We are frequently told that exercise in beneficial for our cardiovascular health & mental well-being however Active 10 App initiative is trying to encourage people to make small changes by taking brisk walks regularly.

The cumulative impact of these small changes can be massive, it is enough to start making a difference to high blood pressure, diabetes, weight issues, depression and anxiety and musculoskeletal problems such as lower back pain. In addition it is also predicted that a there could be up to a 15% Reduction in risk of early death from at least one brisk 10 min walk per day




21st August 2017

In recent years there has been a shift in the perception of “bad fats”. As we begin to realise the positive impact that saturated fats e.g animal fats & other monounsaturated fats eg olive oil can have on our health, when compared to the more processed polyunsaturated fats e.g rape seed oil & sunflower oil.

However the formation of aldehydes produced during the oxidation of free fatty acids & their none fat counterparts has been investigated further to help guide the best type of oils/fats to use to cook with, as aldehydes are believed to be linked with cancer & heart disease.

A smoke point is the temperature required to initiate oxidation. For instance as olive oil, a monounsaturated fatty acid, contains a large number of non fatty components e.g antioxidants it has a relatively low smoke point & produces low levels of aldehydes. Whereas corn oil & sunflower oil produce high levels of aldehydes as they produce a high number of oxidative products.


Therefore it is advisable to cook with fats high in saturated fat (butter/lard) or monounsaturated fats (olive oil) as the high temperatures do not release as many aldehydes as there polyunsaturated counterparts.


Storage of oils in dark, cool, dry & sealed cupboards also reduces risk oxidation of the products






14th August 2017

With the cooler days fast approaching as we come into winter we ask that you start to think about your health in advance and book in with the team at Chirolink. The Cooler weather brings common winter illnesses such as colds and flus with coughs and runny noses. Keep in mind that here at Chriolink we not only treat aches and pains, we also specialise in preventative health care too.

If you have already caught the winter blues and want to see less illness this winter then keep reading for some helpful tips to keep yourself well.

Vitamin D – The best form of Vitamin D is from the suns rays, however in winter when it gets dark earlier and your inside all day. This is why we stock Vit D in tablet and liquid form.

Exercise – Regular exercise is fantastic for the mind and body however if you have a cold or the flu, find some time to rest instead.

Rest – Proper rest is an important aspect of the healing process. Use a mattress that offers firm support and avoid sleeping on your stomach.

Receiving regular check ups with Dr Mac, Dr Ruth & Adam will help keep your body in optimum condition.



11th August 2017

The clinic shall be closed tomorrow Saturday 12th August, as Dr Mac & Dr Ruth shall be attending a conference.

We shall see you all Monday morning.

Have a great weekend




10th August 2017

A follow up from our blog post on 22nd June 2017 regarding Parkinson’s.

University College London (UCL) have conducted a study on 62 participants using the Diabetic drug exenatide. All participants remained on their current medication, however 50% of the participants were also given exenatide. 48 weeks later the participants were re-evaluated & those who had taken exenatide were stable compared to the other 31 participants who had experienced the usual Parkinsons decline. This persisted to be the case even 3 months after the experiment had ceased.

Professor  Foltynie is quoted as saying “It gives us confidence exenatide is not just masking symptoms, it’s doing something to the underlying disease.

“We have to be excited and encouraged, but also cautious as we need to replicate these findings.”


The mechanism of the drugs potential success is that it targets the Hormone sensor GLP-1 to regulate blood sugar in Type I Diabetics, these sensors are also detected within brain tissue & the drug is believed to help minimise the degeneration of these neurological cells.

However it must be mentioned that this research is in its infancy, however any possible cure for this degenerative condition is positive.





7th August 2017

On Monday between 6-7 pm we run a Vibrant Celestial Meditation session, open to everyone, whether they be patients of the clinic or not.

Frontiers in Psychology journal published a study in 2015 which examined the volume of matter within the participants btrain, in particular grey matter. Those whom meditated (regularly for over 20 years) showed a profound higher volume of grey matter than those who did not meditate. This research was conducted at UCLA.

Simplified Grey matter is the region of the brain involved in muscle control, and sensory perception such as seeing and hearing, memory, emotions, speech and decision making. The white matter is the axons (nerves) which connect areas of grey matter.

In addition Harvard Medical School, recently conducted similar work which found that those who meditate ultimately have more grey matter, predominantly in the frontal cortex and, that this grey matter is preserved in spite of the aging process.





1st August 2017

“The human brain is the organ of our emotions, social relationships,
values and cognitive development.
The developing brain
of the child is encoded either for depression or happiness; for peace or violence and
for human equality or inequality.
These are learned behaviours rooted
in the biology of our early life experiences”
Ashley Montagu, Anthropologist 1905-1999



27th July 2017

In 2011 1.1% or 48,182 New Zealanders were diagnosed with Dementia, & with an aging population this percentage is expected to rise annually. By 2050 it is predicted that 41,088 NZ will be suffering with dementia (2.6%), & 131 million people worldwide.

The Lancet has recently published an article conducted by 24 internationally renowned researchers in the field. The article stated that the risk of developing the degenerative condition can be minimised by a third if we make some modifiable lifestyle changes.

These were

Nine factors that contribute to the risk of dementia

  • Mid-life hearing loss – responsible for 9% of the risk
  • Failing to complete secondary education – 8%
  • Smoking – 5%
  • Failing to seek early treatment for depression – 4%
  • Physical inactivity – 3%
  • Social isolation – 2%
  • High blood pressure – 2%
  • Obesity – 1%
  • Type 2 diabetes – 1%

Unfortunately 65% of the contributing factors to developing the condition are not modifiable behaviours.






21st July 2017

Good afternoon everyone, I’m afraid we are experiencing a power cut due to the rain.

We are still OPEN, however we are having issues with the phone & answering machine.


Chirolink Team.



19th July 2017

Children Exercise less as they get older, according to recent article published on the BBC News website.

The claim comes after statistics collected by primary schools on pupils in their final year (aged 10- 11). Only 17% of pupils are reported to be completing the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity daily. This is alarming as England now reports that 30% of pupils are classified as medically overweight before starting High School (aged 11)

This value of 17% is 40% lower than those children performing at least 60 minutes of activity daily in the 4-10 year old age group.

The survey also measured children’s overall happiness. They discovered that children’s overall happiness declined with age also. 64% of five-and six-year-olds saying they always felt happy, compared with just 48% of 11-year-olds.

Eustace de Sousa, from Public Health England is quoted as saying

“Children who get enough physical activity are mentally and physically healthier, and have all-round better development into adulthood – getting into the habit of doing short bursts of activity early can deliver lifelong benefits.”





14th July 2017




10th July 2017

Today marks the start of the July school holidays so why not take advantage of this & bring your children, grandchildren or younger family members to Chirolink this week.

Whether it be for their regular school holiday visits or if they are new to the clinic.

It goes without saying that children have spines too, but given their rapid development, increased activity in extracurricular clubs & the time spent sitting in class they can truly benefit from an assessment and treatment. The techniques used can be tailored for their needs.

It may be particularly of benefit for those students who have completed an exam period prior to the school break. Exams can be an incredibly stressful time with prolonged periods of intense revision meaning sustained neck & upper back flexion.

But potentially a bigger impact can be the sustained level of stress. Stress activates our sympathetic nervous system, the “fight or flight” component. Historically this branch of the central nervous system was intended for immediate short lived action, however with the nature of life currently we experience long standing stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system. As a consequence we have extended periods with increased cortisol levels leading to decreased energy, a suppressed immune & digestive system & increased muscle tension.





7th July 2017

The clinic shall be closed tomorrow Saturday 8th July, as Dr Mac & Dr Ruth shall be attending a professional conference. We shall see you all Monday morning. Have a great weekend.


7th July 2017

There have been many triggering factors contributed to the development of recurrent migraines. These include but are not limited to stress, hormones, food, alcohol & genetics. A new approach has come to light recently & that is possible involvement, or more specifically the deficit of Magnesium.

Recent trials have highlighted new information regarding the influence of magnesium on

– Serotonin receptors

– The synthesis & release of Nitric Oxide

– NDMA receptors

All of which play a vital role in the recent migraine presentation.

Some brief information from a few studies in this area include.

i) Migraine and cluster headache patients have responded positively intravenously administered magnesium whilst they are experiencing a migraine/headache episode.

ii) Participants in one study who received a dose 600 mg of magnesium for a period of 12 weeks experienced a 41.6% reduction in headaches as compared to only 15.8% reduction in migraine headaches in the placebo group.

iii) However within another controlled trial a dose of 485 mg of magnesium did not yield a significant difference.

iv) Another study linking magnesium levels and migraines found the following: “Researchers looked at 50 migraine patients and 50 healthy subjects with no history of migraine. The migraine patients had average magnesium levels of 1.86  mg/dl, while the healthy subjects had magnesium levels of 2.10 mg/dl” Although there was no alteration in their magnesium levels in patients during or between headache episodes.

Magnesium contributes to approximately 300 metabolic processes in the body, and is present in a number of important enzymes. However, it is often overlooked in terms of nutrition and supplementation. It is estimated that almost 50% of American adults are magnesium deficienct.


Magnesium can be plentiful within the diet if people eat

– Seeds e.g pumpkin, sunflower & sesame

– Nuts almonds & cashews

– Tofu

– Vegetables & Legumes e.g. peas, broccoli & sweetcorn

– Milk

– Oatmeal & Flaxseed

– Bananas




3rd July 2017

New Zealand has one of the highest incidence rates of Gout, an inflammatory arthritis triggered by an accumulation of uric acid as a byproduct of purine breakdown.

Purines are found in naturally within our body tissue but are also in food such as meat, especially liver & fish. Our bodies can filtrate uric acid through the kidneys, however if there is an excessive amount of circulating  uric acid it can be stored in crystal form in our joint lining & stones within the kidneys. Diet accounts for 20% of high uric acid levels, the remainder of the risk is dependant on factors such as genetics, weight & underlying kidney problems.

Gout has classically been associated men with an “indulgent diet” of meat/steak, alcohol/red wine and high blood pressure medication. However research is now being conducted into the metabolism of fructose in the body & its possible effect of raising circulating serum uric acid, and modifying the excretion of urate from the body, thus increasing the risk of developing the condition.

At the recent FIZZ conference in Auckland research being conducted through the University of Otago highlighted these links & called for more focus to be paid to impact of sugary drinks. The research stated that if you drink 1 sugary drink a day you will increase your risk of developing gout 1.5, and 1.4 with one daily fruit juice.








27th June 2017



A poll conducted by the University of Edinburgh on 14,000 participants found that on average those aged 45-54 reported to be sedentary 7.8 hours on average during the weekdays, compared to the retired population over the age of 75, who reported an average of 7.4 hours. The Findings have recently been published in the Journal of Sports Science.


The definition of sedentary used within this study included “sitting whilst working, eating, drinking, watching TV or  time on a computer”


It has been well documented the negative effects of regular prolonged sitting including heart disease, Type II Diabetes & some types of cancer.

This research further emphasises how much of our daily lives can involve sitting, & also what an early age it dominates our time.


The lead researcher on this study Tessa Strain summarised by saying “Large parts of the population are dangerously sedentary, something we have underestimated.

“We need to tackle high levels of sedentary time in early and middle age, when patterns may develop.

“Our findings suggest that changing habits in the workplace could be an appropriate place to start, given how much time we spend sitting there every day.”








22nd June 2017

Although currently still under investigation, there have been multiple studies published in recent month suggesting a possible link between the development of Parkinson’s & gastointestinal gut bacteria. These possible links are positive as they may provide a possible treatment option for a condition currently deemed incurable.

A study published in Cell found that when mice were injected with the protein alpha-synuclein, which is attributed with the degenerative changes seen in cells of those patients with Parkinson’s, the only mice that exhibited the Parkinson’s symptoms were those mice who received doses of the protein in their stomach.


The relationship of the stomach & the brain, via the Vagus nerve whose function is to regulate the parasympathetic nervous system via the heart, lungs & digestive tract, was further investigated in Sweden & published in the online Neurology publication of the American Academy of Neurology. The study investigated 9430 patient who had undergone a vagotomy, a dissection of their vagus nerve for treatment of ulcers, versus 377,200 of the general population. The data showed a significant reduction in the risk of developing Parkinson’s in those patients who’d undergone a truncal vagotomy (complete dissection) compared to those who’d had a partial/selective fibre dissection of their vagus nerve & the general population.




19th June 2017

In the United Kingdom Dr Rangan Chatterjee is receiving a lot of media for his attempts to encourage GPs & the mainstream medical profession to stop neglecting the effects of diet on their patients medical conditions, beyond those of metabolic/ obesity related conditions. Thus to take a more holistic approach to the patient rather than just medicating their symptoms individually.

His most recent programme looked at the positive impact that reducing processed food & those high in sugar can have on mental conditions such as anxiety & panic attacks.

These were 4 of his takeaway points


“Techniques that you can try at home

As a doctor, I like to empower my patients. Here are four of the tips that helped Emma, that can also help you:

1. Reduce sugar and processed foods

Sugar, food that contains sugar, or even food that is converted quickly into sugar, such as many breakfast cereals, cause your blood sugar to rapidly rise.

Within two to three hours your sugar levels then start to fall.

At this point, you may not only feel hungry, you can feel “h-angry” as well – hungry and angry.

Low and falling blood sugar levels can cause a rise in your body’s stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline.

This can have a negative impact on your mood.

2. Increase your intake of Omega-3 fats

This is an essential nutrient for brain function and may protect against anxiety and other psychiatric disorders.

Foods high in Omega-3 fats include fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, anchovies), grass-fed meat, seeds and leafy vegetables.

3. Eat more tryptophan-containing foods like pork, chicken, seeds and walnuts

Tryptophan is an amino acid the body converts into serotonin, your feel-good neurotransmitter.

Eat them with a healthy carbohydrate source such as sweet potatoes, which helps to transport more tryptophan into your blood.

4. Feed your gut bugs

Some scientists refer to the trillions of gut bugs that live inside us, the gut microbiota, as the brain’s peacekeepers.

It is thought that having a healthy population of gut bugs can have a significant influence on your mood via the gut-brain axis.

The prebiotic fibre contained in vegetables help your gut bugs to proliferate, so the best way to maintain a healthy population is to increase your intake of vegetables, as well as fermented foods such as sauerkraut.

Best options are leeks, onions, garlic, artichokes and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower.”




12th June 2017

For those of you who have participated in our Vibrant Celestial Meditation on Monday evenings over the past 9 years, it is with great sorrow & regret that we must speak of the passing of Dr Kanwal Singh who lead those sessions.

Dr Singh was an unbelievably kind, affable & a true gentleman, he shall be incredibly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Our thoughts & prayers are with his family at this difficult time.



10th June 2017


The clinic shall be closed Saturday 10th June, as Dr Mac & Ruth are attending a conference. We shall open again on Monday morning. Have a great weekend everyone.



7th June 2017

BCA article to guide our teenagers through their exam periods

“Getting a pain in the neck from exams?

Stressed college student for exam in classroomThe exam period can be a stressful time for many students: Long periods of revision hunched over a book, computer or notes and then the exams themselves, with hours of focused concentration.

BCA chiropractor, Rishi Loatey, says: “The exam period is a busy and often demanding time for students and it’s important that they are able to keep their full focus on revision and preparation. While stress doesn’t cause back and neck pain it can exacerbate the symptoms, so it’s important that students take steps to ensure this doesn’t affect their work.
“Simple actions such as taking breaks during long stretches of revision and ensuring you’re not sitting hunched over your notes or laptop could make a big difference.”

Consumer research (2017) by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) found that 37% of 16-24 year olds have struggled with back or neck pain in the past.

The BCA are encouraging those taking exams to incorporate simple steps into their daily routine to help ensure back or neck pain doesn’t impact on their studies.

• Sit up, look sharp – always work at a table, sitting on a chair, rather than on the sofa or in bed. Relax when sitting into your chair, making sure you have your bottom against the seat back with your shoulder blades are touching the back rest of the chair.
• Take a break – taking regular revision breaks is extremely important and the BCA recommends students move around every 20-30 minutes – stand up to stretch, change position and walk around a little.
• Check it! – It can be tempting to carry around all your notes and books, but make sure you check your bag every day so you’re only carrying the things you really need. Try using bags which can be carried on two shoulders with adjustable straps so the weight can be distributed evenly.
• Walk tall – Look for opportunities to exercise during the day. Why not try walking to the library instead of getting the bus or driving?
• Keep hydrated: Don’t forget to drink lots of water. Make sure you top up your fluids as the body works better when well hydrated. Your muscles and joints will work more efficiently and for longer.
• Stretch it out – If you’re revising at home embrace the privacy by doing regular stretches. The BCA has developed a series of simple exercises to improve posture and help prevent back pain.”

2nd June 2017


Queens Birthday Weekend Opening Hours


  • Friday 2nd June – 8am-12.30pm
  • Saturday 3rd June – Closed
  • Monday 5th June – Closed
  • Tuesday 6th June – 12 – 6.30pm
  • Wednesday 7am- 7 pm



29th May 2017


If you are beginning to feel the drop in temperature this autumn as we quickly approach winter we now stock these hand made microwavable wheat packs, for the great price of $25 each.





23rd May 2017



Running may not be as bad for your knees as previously thought.

A study published in the European Journal of  Applied Physiology, found that (on a small study of recreational runners) that the inflammatory biomarker cytokines in those participants that completed a 30 minute run actually decreased post exercise. Whereas those participants/control group who conducted a counterbalance order for 30 minutes experienced no change in their cytokine concentration.

This highlights (albeit in a small sample) that running may decrease knee intra-articular pro-inflammatory cytokine concentration and facilitates the movement of cartilage matrix protein.



This has been further stated by, Professor John Brewer, of St Mary’s University in London, who has recently published a book called “Running Science”

He said: ‘The human body is designed to run… although the knees will be under stress when running, the body will adapt to this stress and develop cartilage, muscles, tendons and ligaments that are stronger as a result of running – protecting the knee rather than damaging it.’ He also advocates that runners should gradually increase the intensity of the exercise, whilst opting for the correct shoes to wear & vary the terrains on which they run.

Running is believed to transfer 8 times the body weight through the contact leg, compared to be 3 x greater than that whilst walking, however this is counter argued as that when we run our stride length is longer & thus the number of steps is reduced – resulting in an overall equal amount of load.

In addition Baylor College of Medicine in America, conducted research in which they analysed knee X-rays of 2,683 participants.

The study found that 22.8 per cent of those who had been runners had signs of knee osteoarthritis/degeneration, compared to 29.8 per cent of those participants who were non-runners.



15th May 2017

The Indian spice Turmeric, or more importantly it’s active agent Curcumin has been receiving positive coverage for health benefits for some time now.

A recent study conducted at Italy’s Genoa University investigated Turmerics affect on bone density.

Participants over the age of 70, with no other relevant co-morbidities, had their bone density assessed via ultrasound at their jaw, ankle & hands.


After 6 months of taking Turmeric supplements the participants exhibited a 7% increase in their recorded bone density.

It is proving to be more advantageous when taken with soy lecithin as it enables the preservation of the curcumin once in the stomach.

The full study is yet to be published






11th May 2017

You may have seen in the newspapers & news programmes this week the newly coined phrase “iHunch”. The position assumed whilst we read our tablets & smart phones.

NZCA Member Dr Cassandra Fairest was featured in the New Zealand Herald Article

Dr Cassandra Fairest of the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association said she too had noticed an increasing number of patients with neck and upper back pain and agreed the increasing use of handheld technology was a major cause.

“We can look at today’s lifestyle and see what’s changed – and technology has,” she said.

Fairest said she was treating more and more people with anterior head carriage – when the head is positioned in front of the body, and was even seeing school children with the condition.

“It’s from prolonged use of handheld devices. If you watch people that use them, their head is almost at a 90 degree angle,” she said.

The average adults head weight between four and five kilograms and was designed to sit balanced on the top of your spine, Fairest explained. “The more that your head goes forward, you start to get neck strain because it has to support the weight of your head.”?





5th May 2017

We are running our annual Mothers Day Special this year.

As we don’t think one day a year is sufficient gratitude for the great work mums, grandmas etc do we shall be running the special for 1 week, starting from Monday 8th May – Sunday 14th May.

The special is a 20% discount when you quote “Mothers Day Special” when booking or paying for your chiropractic or massage appointment between the dates stated above.




1st May 2017

Technology the cause for pain?


In a recent poll conducted by the British Chiropractic Association 2,000 adults when asked what aggravates their neck & back pain 56% stated an electronic device.

These included a laptop, mobile phone, tablet, desktop computer & games consoles.


More surprisingly perhaps was that only 27% reduced or ceased their exposure to these devices in an attempt to rectify their pain.

The most affected age group were the 16-24 year olds when using smart phone devices, whereas 25-34 year olds were most affected by laptop use.


With these findings in mind the BCA have recommended the following steps to help minimise the impact of these pieces of equipment which have become so entwined in our daily lives

Mind your posture: Be aware of your posture when using mobile devices on the go, don’t hunch over small screens and try to ensure you are never in the same position for a prolonged period.

Be computer compatible: When sitting in front of your PC or laptop, sit in a chair that provides full support for your spine and make sure your shoulders, hips and knees face the same direction. Your seat should be adjusted so that your feet are flat on the ground and knees bent, but with a slope from your hips to your knees. You should end up with your hips higher than your knees and your eyes level with the top of the computer screen. You may need to put the screen on a stand, book or ream of paper to bring it to the right height.

Keep your head up: The head is a heavy weight, so sitting with it forward of your body can put unnecessary strain on your neck and back. Try to sit with your head directly over your body.

Try before you buy: Try out new gadgets before you buy them to make sure they’re comfortable to use and spend time setting them up in a way that works well for you.

Bag it up: If you carry a laptop use a rucksack design laptop case, carry it on both shoulders and adjust the straps so that the bag is held close to your back.

Stretch it out: When using your mobile, smartphone, laptop or tablet whilst sitting down, including on your commute, take the time to break position on a regular basis and stretch your arms, shrug your shoulders and move your fingers around as this helps to keep the muscles more relaxed. Try to avoid sitting in the same position for more than 40 minutes where possible.”




27th April 2017

Chirolink have teamed up with Fitness Locker & their admirable annual ‘Pre-Loved Sports Gear Appeal”

Fitness Locker are collecting any preworn adult & children sports clothing, shoes, swimwear, bags & equipment to donate to low decile schools in the Waikato region.

So any sports clothing or equipment that you have but no longer use, regardless of their condition, please drop off at Chirolink between now & Friday 12th May, & we can pass it on to the team at Fitness Locker when they take the donations down to the Waikato schools on Friday 19th May.





21st April 2017


ANZAC Week Opening Hours

Saturday 21st April – 8am – 1pm

Monday 24th April – 10am-12pm

Tuesday 25th April – Closed

Wednesday 26th April – 7am – 6.30pm

Thursday 27th April – 8am – 1.30pm

Friday 28th April – 8am – 12.30

Saturday 29th April – Closed



19th April 2017


The school holidays are upon us. Even if you aren’t on school holiday Easter weekend followed in close succession by ANZAC weekend makes April the prime opportunity to take a trip away.

A long journey can be a triggering factor for aggravation of musculoskeletal conditions

The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) recommend some small changes that you can make in your car to minimise these risks include

“Make adjustments
– If you share a car, make sure the seat position is adjusted to suit you each time you get in.
– The back of the seat should be set slightly backwards, so that it feels natural and your elbows should be at a comfortable and relaxed angle for driving.

Steering wheel
– Once you have adjusted your seat correctly, your hands should fall naturally on the steering wheel, with just a slight bend in the arms.
If the wheel is too high and far away, tension will build up in your shoulders and upper back. If it is too low and close to you, the wheel may be touching your legs, which will reduce your ability to turn it freely, putting strain on the wrists and the muscles of the upper back.
Your reactions must be quick, so you should not need to move your head a lot. The mirror positions should allow you to see all around the car with the movement of your eyes with minimal head movement.
– Set your mirror positions to suit you before you drive off.

Seat belts
– Your seat belt should always lie across the top of your shoulder and never rub against your neck or fall onto the top of your arm.
– Depending on your height, you may need to adjust the position at which the seat belt emerges from the body of the car. (If the adjustments available are insufficient, it is possible to purchase clips that help you adjust your seat belt height without impairing safety.)

– Once you have adjusted your seat correctly, your feet should fall naturally onto the pedals. You should be able to press the pedals to the floor by mainly moving your ankle and only using your leg a little.
– Avoid wearing wear high heels, or very thick-soled shoes, as you will have to over-extend the ankle in order to put pressure on the pedals. As well as making it much harder to deal with an emergency stop, this position will raise your thigh from the seat (reducing support to your leg) and create tension (and possibly cramp) in the calf. This, in turn, will impair the blood flow on a long journey.

– A relaxed driving position reduces stress on the spine, allowing your seat to take your weight.
– Take regular breaks – stop and stretch your legs (and arms!) at least every two hours, more often if possible. You should certainly stop more frequently if you are feeling any discomfort.
– Clench your cheeks – If you are stuck in traffic, exercise in your seat. Try buttock clenches, side bends, seat braces (pushing your hands into the steering wheel and your back into the seat – tensing and relaxing) as well as shoulder shrugs and circles.
– Leave the tight clothes at home – They will restrict your movement.

It’s all in the timing – Allow plenty of time for journeys to avoid stress.”



Published on BCA website 13th April 2017 – link to whole article below




12th April 2017

The clinic shall be closed from Thursday 13th April for Easter Weekend.

Dr Ruth & Adam shall be returning on Tuesday 18th April & Dr Mac shall be back in the clinic Thursday 20th April.


You can still book appointments for when we return at “Book Online” tab on our website.

We shall respond to any emails & texts received on Tuesday.


Have a great weekend,

Team at Chirolink



10th April 2017

We still have some appointments available for this Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday before we close for Easter Weekend on Thursday.

So do not delay in scheduling your appointments this week.

We look forward to seeing you all soon.






6th April 2017

Wednesday 12th April is Chirolinks 9th Birthday.


Keep your eyes out for our new patient Newsletter to see how we shall be celebrating the occasion.



3rd April 2017


We really appreciate all those patients who refer their friends & family to the clinic.

There is no greater accolade for us than when you recommend chiropractic to those people you care about.

Thank you.





28th March 2017


Is there a component of good fitness and health that is frequently overlooked? Possibly. We speak in terms of cardiovascular capacity, strength & flexibility but Kathleen Trotter believes that BALANCE is a neglected component.


Improved balance is achieved by creating a better feedback mechanism between the sensory nerves in your body & your brain. This improves your reaction time. This mechanism is known as proproception.


The benefits of balance are commonly promoted as it results in a reduction of fall risk in the elderly, but proprioception is important for all ages!


Think of those uneven pavements, the unexpected tackle & the enthusiastic dog – we all frequently have to adapt to unexpected alterations in our environment, & balance is a key component – even if it is subconscious.


So incorporate simple balance exercises into your exercise routine & maintain an optimally functioning nervous system, for instance by reducing neurological interference with chiropractic treatment.







23rd March 2017

Taken from British Chiropractic Association Website on 23rd March 2017

“Women’s back health suffering for the sake of fashion

Young woman in office style clothes carrying in hand her high heel shoes, walking barefoot in contemporary building, legs close-up
New research finds that fashion forward Brits are putting style ahead of their health.
Consumer research from the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) has found that three quarters (73%) of women have suffered with back pain and their wardrobe could be a major cause of the discomfort.

The BCA found that over a quarter (28%) of women are aware clothing effects their back or neck pain and posture, yet are not influenced by this in their clothing choices. For example, wearing skinny jeans and backless shoes which can aggravate pain. One third of women (33%) were completely unaware that their choice of clothing could have an impact on their back or neck health.

BCA chiropractor, Tim Hutchful, comments on the findings: “I am always surprised at how many of my patients are unaware that their clothing and accessories can affect their back health and their posture and, equally, how many decide their outfit-choice outweighs their pain.
“Some of the most popular items of clothing can have a hidden health impact. While overloaded and heavy handbags are a common culprit, some more unexpected items like skinny jeans can also wreak havoc – they restrict free movement in areas such as the hips and knees, affecting the way we hold our bodies. New trends such as asymmetric hemlines, oversized sleeves and hoods and heavy jewellery can also create problems.”

The findings revealed the Top 5* clothing culprits:
1.    Skinny jeans
2.    Oversized bags and those worn on one side of the body
3.    Coats with large fluffy hoods
4.    High heeled shoes
5.    Backless shoes, e.g. mules

These statistics mirror trends seen on the fashion week runways, where mules and heavy jewellery featured prominently. Twenty per cent of women responding in the research said they choose to wear shoes, such as mules, which are without support at the back of the foot which will increase strain on the legs and lower back. Similarly, 10% of women are sporting heavy jewellery, such as statement necklaces, which increase pressure on the neck and can wreak havoc with posture.

Tim adds: “Whilst we are certainly not saying stop wearing your favourite clothes altogether like most things in life, moderation is best and there are easy ways you can reduce the impact on your posture and overall health. For example, try and limit the number of times you wear skinny jeans or high heels every week so you’re giving your body a break, or try investing in a backpack for days when you have a lot to carry around.”

To help you keep fashion forward without your posture paying the price, the British Chiropractic Association provides their top tips for staying stylish and back pain free:
•    Variation is key: Wearing similar pieces of clothing every day could trigger back pain, by regularly restricting certain parts of your body from moving freely. Shift the pressure on these areas by varying the styles of clothes you wear.
•    Keep it loose: Tighter clothes restrict your body from moving freely so looser clothing, such as baggy trousers, maxi skirts, or straight leg jeans, are a good choice.
•    Put the bag down: Heavy handbags are a particularly common cause of back pain in women. Pay attention to the bag you carry around and regularly check for and empty your bag of unnecessary items. Backpacks are the best design for your posture as they distribute weight evenly across both shoulders, so it’s great that these are back in style. Avoid bags that must be carried in the crook of your arm, as the weight of these held away from your body pulls one shoulder lower than the other, twisting your neck and spine. If your bag has one strap, alternate the shoulder you carry it on or, if it has a long strap, wear it across the body.
•    Put your best foot forward: High heels force you to hold your body in a manner which promotes tension in your spine so, if you wear high heels, counteract any potential damage by wearing trainers or shoes with a lower heel from time to time and try to choose a wedge or chunkier heel over a stiletto.
•    Get the right support: Clothes are important but what you wear underneath can also affect your posture. Bras need to fit properly so that your shoulders don’t take all the strain. When shopping for bras, look for one which has an underband that is neither too tight nor too loose. Ensure that the centre-fold fastener sits close to your body and that the straps are not too tight on your shoulders. Getting a fitting at a shop (many offer this service) is the best way to get a good fit.

Give care of your posture a daily focus and try Straighten Up UK, a programme of 3-minute exercises, designed to help improve posture and prevent back pain by promoting balance, strength and flexibility in the spine.

Research was carried out between 14/02/2017 and 20/02/2017 on behalf of the British Chiropractic Association”





20th March 2017

“Shave for a Cure Day”

This week marks the start of “Shave for a Cure” week, an initiative from Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand to raise awareness of the conditions & help raise funds for support services & research into treatments and a cure.

Everyday 6 children or adults are diagnosed with a blood condition, these include Leukaemia, myeloma and lymphoma in New Zealand.

There are lots of ways to get involved this week check the website links below to find out how you can partake in the events & support those involved.





9th March 2017

From the British Chiropractic Association Website.

National Bed Month – Should your mattress stay or go?

mattressesIt’s National Bed Month this March. A time to consider the importance that a good nights sleep can have on your overall health and well being. However, despite spending more than half of our lives in bed, a study in 2015*  revealed that 57% of us neglect to seek advice when purchasing a new mattress and it could be having a detrimental impact on our sleep and overall health.

The research by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA), carried out in partnership with leading bed manufacturer, Sealy, found more than half of us do not seek professional advice when choosing a mattress. A massive 40% spend less than half an hour selecting this vital household item – shorter than the average power nap.

In doing so, we’re putting our health at risk – an unsuitable mattress can contribute to back and neck pain, impacting on the quality of sleep we receive.

Despite these health implications of having a good night’s rest, of the small percentage of people who do actually seek advice when buying a new mattress, the majority simply look online (16%) instead of speaking with a professional from the industry. Only 1% would consult with their neighbours, 4% discuss with friends and just 9% seek guidance from a qualified chiropractor.

Rishi Loatey from the BCA said: “People don’t realise just how important a suitable bed and mattress is for their back. We all come in different weights, shapes and sizes so, given we spend a third of our lives in bed, it makes sense to find the best possible bed to give the optimum level of support and comfort.

We recommend you spend as much time as possible choosing a new bed or mattress – and try it out before you buy it! Chiropractors generally recommend that you should sleep on your back or side and when lying on your side, your spine should be parallel to the mattress and not be sagging or bowing.

How do I know if my mattress needs replacing?
Are you and your partner getting comfortable nights sleep?
If the answer is no, your bed may be the problem.

Can you feel the springs through the mattress?
If the answer is yes, it is definitely time to buy a new one.

Is the bed more that 10 years old?
If the answer is yes, consider purchasing a new one – beds wear out and may sag or lose support with time.

Advice on safeguarding back health when choosing a new bed or mattress can be found on the BCA website http://bit.ly/posturebed.

* Research conducted in January 2015 on a sample of 2,127 UK adults.




7th March 2017

Check your emails for the latest edition of our Newsletter sent out today.

The focus is National “Walk 2 Work” Day & the effects of small changes to long term outcomes, enjoy.






27th February 2017

Imperial College London have stated that eating particular fruit & vegetables can reduce risk of cancer & heart disease, which in turn could prevent 7.8 million preventable deaths annually.

95 studies were included in order to help draw the new conclusion that 10 portions daily is advisable, rather than just the previously recommended 5 portions a day.

Apples, pears, citrus, salad greens & cruciferous vegetables have a positive impact on the reduction of heart disease & strokes.

Cancer risk can be reduced by increasing our intake of green & yellow vegetables & cruciferous vehetables.

1 portion is deemed 80 grams




21st February 2017

Vitamin D3 has always been recommended in order to optimise good bone health.

But recent studies, including one published last week in the British Medical Journal which included 11,000 participants from around the world , have resulted in recommending regular Vitamin D supplements to help prevent.

– Upper Respiratory Tract infections

– Earache

– Bronchitis

– Common Cold






13th February 2017




10th February 2017

5 Tips you should know about Vitamin D

1) The time of year to be out and about to get enough sunlight to make #VitaminD in our bodies is from about late March/April to the end of September. Most of us should be able to get all the vitamin D we need from #sunlight on our skin.
2) As well as from sunlight, Vitamin D is also found in a small number of foods. Good food sources are:
• oily fish – such as salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel
• red meat
• liver
• egg yolks
• fortified foods such as most fat spreads and some breakfast cereals
3) Children from the age of one year and adults need 10 micrograms (10mcg) of vitamin D a day. This includes pregnant and breastfeeding women.
4) Children aged 1 to 4 years old should be given a daily supplement containing 10mcg of vitamin D.
5) The #DepartmentofHealth recommends that all children aged six months to five years are given #vitaminsupplements containing vitamins A, C and D every day.


Taken from Harding Chiropractic Clinic




2nd February 2017

Nordic walking shows significant improvements over resistance training & home exercise programmes over a 12 month period for those senior patients with hip osteoarthritis.







31st January 2017

We hope everyone enjoyed Auckland Anniversary weekend.



25th January 2017





21st January 2017

A recent article published on the BBC news website stated that “sedentary behaviour is now considered an independent risk factor for ill health”.

In addition new research has found that within the DNA structure are telomeres. The telomeres prevent the chromosomes from deteriorating, & the length of these telomeres has been shown to be greater in those who do regular exercises.


The full article is available in the link below




19th January 2017

Original Post from British Chiropractic Association

“Does Middle Age Signal the Start of Sleepless Nights?

Mature man cannot get to sleepThose hitting middle age are most likely to be blighted by back or neck pain aggravated by sleeping than any other age group, according to new research from the British Chiropractic Association (BCA).

Middle age is the time when people are most likely to see the cumulative effects of poor posture, which can in turn trigger back and neck pain. The research into this age group (45-54) found that nearly two fifths (39%) who have suffered from back or neck pain identify sleeping/mattress as the trigger for those aches, and over half (58%) admit pain keeps them from sleeping.

With a huge 87% of people in this group saying they wake up with back or neck pain – approximately one in eight (13%) every day – the BCA is now urging people to pay attention to their sleeping habits.

BCA chiropractor Rishi Loatey comments on the findings: “As we age, our bodies start to see the cumulative effect of years of poor posture, which can in turn lead to back pain. For many this pain is triggered by sleep.   

“To help stop sleep from becoming a painful experience, I recommend sleeping on your side, so your neck isn’t twisted all night. In this position, your spine should be parallel to the mattress and should not sag (bed too soft) or bow (bed too hard). Before bending or doing anything sudden or strenuous in the morning make sure your body – and your back – has woken up. Devoting time to exercise in the daytime is also an important step to build muscle tone and promote good posture”.

Neil Robinson, a sleep expert at Sealy, says: “We recently conducted a world sleep census which revealed that almost a third of people aged 45-54 say they never wake up feeling refreshed. To help ensure you get a restful night’s sleep it’s important to have a good mattress. Numerous people consider their mattress to be a dull purchase, but investing in a mattress which is tailored to be supportive for you is so important for your health”.

More generally, sleep/mattress is the third most common trigger for Brits with back or neck pain, affecting 34% of those people. The BCA offers these tips for those who struggle to sleep:
•    Update your mattress: Chiropractors recommend buying a new mattress at least every 10 years. Mattresses lose their support over time, so if you can feel the springs through your mattress, or the mattress is no longer level, your mattress is no longer providing the support you need. Those looking for a new mattress can now choose the one that’s right for them with Sealy’s innovative new bed selector app: www.sealy.co.uk/bed-selector/
•    Buy the right mattress: Ensure your mattress is supportive for you. If you share a bed with your partner, it’s a good idea to look for two single mattresses which can be joined together, to ensure you both get the support you need
•    Start your day right: Getting up out of bed too quickly in the morning could lead to injury. When you first wake up, try doing some gentle stretches and avoid doing anything too strenuous or making any sudden movements
•    Get moving: Activities such as yoga, which can improve posture, are recommended for people in the 45-54 age group. Other exercise which helps build your abdominal muscles could also help to protect your back. When exercising, warming up and warming down is essential to ensure that your joints and muscles don’t get a shock.
•    Straighten Up: The BCA’s Straighten Up UK programme offers a series of daily exercises to help build muscle tone and improve posture.  Find these here.

The research was carried out between 27/01/2016 and 02/02/2016″





12th January 2017

Are you aiming to improve your fitness or change up your exercise routine in 2017?

Here are some tips from the British Chiropractic Association (BCA)

“According to research by the BCA, exercise is the trigger for 30% of those experiencing back or neck pain. For people embarking on an exercise regime, especially one that is new, the risk of suffering neck or back pain can be higher so it is important to be well prepared.

To help people who are preparing to take up exercise this new year, the BCA has developed the following top tips:

•    Seek professional advice to check that there are no medical reasons why you should not exercise, particularly if you are not normally physically active.

•    Remember to warm up and warm down before and after any activity. Start with less strenuous activity like walking or jogging and finish with some light stretches at the end of an exercise session – this may help minimise muscle stiffness and reduce the chance of muscle strain.

•    Keep well hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids before, during and after exercise – this will help your muscles work more efficiently and will reduce aches and pains after exercise.

•    Make sure you wear the right attire for your chosen activity.  Wearing tight clothes when exercising could constrict your movement and lead to injury.

•    Wear appropriate footwear for the type of exercise you are doing – most specialist sportswear retailers will be able to advise you on this.

•    If you are enrolling in a gym, make sure you receive training on any equipment and if you are signing up to a programme, try and make sure you get proper training, advice and ongoing supervision.”






7th January 2017

As of Monday 9th January we shall be returning to our usual opening hours.

Thank you to all who have visited us during this Christmas & New Year period & we look forward to welcoming those of you back who may have been away



4th January 2017

Welcome to 2017.

With a New Year comes new challenges & chance to establish your focus & drive.

Chiropractic can help on these aims whatever they may be. Chiropractic enables optimisation of your nervous system & immune system by removing interference’s which can manifest themselves in pain, discomfort, disease & lethargy, chiropractic enables you to function at your best & help you achieve anything & everything you’d like in 2017.



31st December 2016

Happy New Year.
We shall open again 7.30am Wednesday 4th January.
In the meantime if you need to contact us call us on 09 522 1515 & leave a voicemail message, email us on info@chirolink.co.nz or book online at our website www.chirolink.co.nz.
See you in 2017!



30th December 2016

Dr Ruth & Adam are available tomorrow Saturday 31st December.

Then we shall re open on Wednesday 4th December 7.30 am





28th December 2016

We hope you had a great Christmas weekend.

We are open again today.

Call us 09 522 1515, book online at chirolink.co.nz or email us at info@chirolink.co.nz


22nd December 2016


Our Christmas opening hours

  • Saturday 24th Dec 8:00am – 1:00pm
  • Wednesday 28th Dec 7:30am – 10am & 4:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Thursday 29th Dec 10am – 2pm
  • Friday 30th Dec 8:00am – 12:30pm
  • Saturday 31st Dec 8:00am – 11:30am
  • Wednesday 4th Jan 7:30am – 10am & 4:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Thursday 5th Jan 8:30am – 11am
  • Friday 6th Jan 10am – 12:30pm
  • Saturday 7th Jan 8.00am – 1:00pm

19th December 2016

Just a reminder that we are open as usual this week, including Saturday 24th December, so plenty of time to book an appointment before Christmas.


16th December 2016

A research article recently printed in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics demonstrated a positive effect of chiropractic treatment on fall risk factors (ankle position sense, postural stability & sensorimotor function) in the over 65’s over a 12 week period, compared to those who received no intervention.


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15th December 2016

Don’t forget our Gifts for Treatment this week. Any gifts will be donated to the Salvation Army for their Christmas Appeal

Toys for Kids/Student Treatments!

We shall be accepting a wrapped toy or gift as payment for all student/kids appointments from Sat 10th until Saturday 17th December. We shall then donate all gifts collected to the Salvation Army.

Everyone else is welcome to place a wrapped gift donation for the Salvation Army under our tree any time before 17th December.

13th December 2016

The British Chiropractic Association has conducted research into pain on a night, & concluded that “middle age” is when we are most likely to suffer from pain on a night.

“The research into this age group (45-54) found that nearly two fifths (39%) who have suffered from back or neck pain identify sleeping/mattress as the trigger for those aches, and over half (58%) admit pain keeps them from sleeping.

With a huge 87% of people in this group saying they wake up with back or neck pain – approximately one in eight (13%) every day – the BCA is now urging people to pay attention to their sleeping habits.”

Tips to help minimise this include

“More generally, sleep/mattress is the third most common trigger for Brits with back or neck pain, affecting 34% of those people. The BCA offers these tips for those who struggle to sleep:
•    Update your mattress: Chiropractors recommend buying a new mattress at least every 10 years. Mattresses lose their support over time, so if you can feel the springs through your mattress, or the mattress is no longer level, your mattress is no longer providing the support you need. Those looking for a new mattress can now choose the one that’s right for them with Sealy’s innovative new bed selector app: www.sealy.co.uk/bed-selector/
•    Buy the right mattress: Ensure your mattress is supportive for you. If you share a bed with your partner, it’s a good idea to look for two single mattresses which can be joined together, to ensure you both get the support you need
•    Start your day right: Getting up out of bed too quickly in the morning could lead to injury. When you first wake up, try doing some gentle stretches and avoid doing anything too strenuous or making any sudden movements
•    Get moving: Activities such as yoga, which can improve posture, are recommended for people in the 45-54 age group. Other exercise which helps build your abdominal muscles could also help to protect your back. When exercising, warming up and warming down is essential to ensure that your joints and muscles don’t get a shock.
•    Straighten Up: The BCA’s Straighten Up UK programme offers a series of daily exercises to help build muscle tone and improve posture.  Find these here.

Full article can be found at



9th December 2016

We see some people are already heading away for the festive period. So we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe & happy Christmas & New Year.

This year Chirolink will be remaining open over the Christmas and New Year period, with the exception of the statuary days.

So appointments are available with Dr Mac, Dr Ruth & Adam over this time.

Our Opening hours will be –

  • Saturday 24th Dec 8:00am – 1:00pm
  • Wednesday 28th Dec 7:30am – 10am & 4:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Thursday 29th Dec 10am – 2pm
  • Friday 30th Dec 8:00am – 12:30pm
  • Saturday 31st Dec 8:00am – 11:30am
  • Wednesday 4th Jan 7:30am – 10am & 4:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Thursday 5th Jan 8:30am – 11am
  • Friday 6th Jan 10am – 12:30pm
  • Saturday 7th Jan 8.00am – 1:00pm

We will return to our normal hours on Monday the 9th Jan 2017

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1st December 2016

Get Fit Fifty +

“At this time of life our fitness levels wane. Try to take up a new sport which will give gentle exercise whilst keeping you moving and flexible.

If you drive around rather than walk or cycle remember that we are all different shapes and sizes and make sure you adjust car seats, head rests and steering wheels to meet your individual requirements. This will not only improve your comfort in the car but also your safety.?



28th November 2016

Slow Down Forties

It’s time to be aware of the initial signs of ageing. Ensure you keep active, as a sedentary lifestyle is the enemy of a healthy back.

It is important to take care of any back problems you develop. Mild strains can be handled by staying gently mobile and using ice on the painful area. If problems persist, see your doctor or someone like a chiropractor.

Muscles and joints are designed for movement where possible walk and exercise to keep fit. All movement and exercise will improve muscle tone, improve circulation and posture.


25th November 2016

Career Climbing Thirties

“At this time of life people are contending with long working hours and parenthood which can both be detrimental to back health!

If using a laptop, don’t sit in the same position for long periods as you are looking down onto the screen with your head unsupported. Rest the laptop on a table not on your lap, arms should be flat and your elbows level with the desk or table you are using. Use a seat with arm rests.

Check that your mattress is giving you the support you need. When lying on your side, your spine should be in a straight line. The key thing when buying a new mattress is to TRY TRY TRY out as many as possible to find the right one for you.”


22nd November 2016

Trendy Twenties

“At this time in life we may find we are slaves to fashion. Bags in particular are a must have item and these accessories come in all shapes and sizes.

Cross body bags are good for spreading the load across your back but best are those bags that share the weight over both shoulders and help to prevent any strain on your back muscles.”



21st November 2016

Sporting Teens

When playing sport at school it’s a good idea to take care of your back even at this early age. As with any exercise, you need to warm up first.  Don’t go straight into it; start with lighter movements like walking or jogging to lessen the chance of muscle strain. If you are exercising, why not throw in some stretches and exercises specifically designed to strengthen your back?  Easy to learn and do, the BCA has developed a sequence of precise, slow stretches, each with a specific purpose. To see the exercises, watch them in action on a downloadable vodcast, view an online step by step guide or request free leaflets, click here.

According to a recent research report published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood which looked to investigate whether backpack weight is associated with back pain in children, 50% of children carrying heavy back packs had a higher risk of back pain.

CHECK IT! This makes it really important to check a child’s school bag every day to make sure they are only carrying the things they need for that day. Also, make sure your child is using a backpack and ensure they wear it correctly; both straps on and tightened so the back pack is snug up against the whole of the back.



17th November 2016

BCA has published guidelines for “Active Aginf: from teens to 50+. We will publish each one of their advice for each decade over the coming days.

“Maintaining good health into later years and being aware of how to preserve one of our body’s most important assets, the back, is important in allowing us to maintain activity levels.

The British Chiropractic Association teamed up with trusted TV doctor, Dr. Chris Steele, to raise awareness of these important issues.

Tim Hutchful, British Chiropractic Association (BCA) chiropractor comments: “There are simple things you can do at any age to help preserve the health of your back, and the BCA is on hand with a wealth of practical advice”.”



14th November 2016

Today is World Diabetes Day.

In the 2015 annual report 260,048 people in New Zealand were diagnosed with Diabetes.

Use the link below for information, exercise tips, recipes & how to live well with Diabetes


New Zealand Diabetes Statistics

Statistics provided by the Ministry of Health Virtual Diabetes Register (VDR)
December 2015

8th November 2016

The European Journal of Neurology published a study in September 2016, which demonstrated within a Randomised Control Trial (with effective blinding of the control group) those who received  spinal manipulative therapy showed a reduction in the number of migraine days over the course of the study conducted in Norway.

The whole article can be found at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ene.13166/full


3rd November 2016

November is Diabetes Action Month. Diabetes New Zealand held the first Diabetes Action Month in 2015, & it was such a success they are doing it again.

They are encouraging people to “Join the Move-meant” & “Take Control” with their toolkit, which includes a variety of helpful resources to improve the quality of your life with simple regular steps. The focus is on Food & Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Health & Wellbeing. All of the over 60 resources can be downloaded/printed meaning anyone can have access to them

Diabetes New Zealand = “Our core focus is on supporting people with diabetes, to help empower them to live well, and encourage them to self-manage their condition. We have seen real change in the trailblazers using the Take Control Toolkit and are confident that we can help people to help themselves, and live well with their diabetes.”



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1 November 2016

A new month is opportunity for new experiences. We are quickly approaching Summer & the Christmas break.

Don’t let pain hold you back, you do not have to “put up with it”. Call us on 09 522 1515, we are always happy to help answer any questions that you may have.

25th October 2016

We hope everybody had an amazing Labour weekend. Just to let you know we are back open & back to a full team! We are now taking bookings for appointments with Dr Mac, Dr Ruth, Adam & Tracy. Call us 09 522 1515 or book online.

20th October 2016

Today is your final opportunity to get an appointment before Labour Weekend as we shall be closing from Friday 21st & reopening on Tuesday 25th October.

Tuesday 25th October is also Dr Macs first day back after his trip overseas so give us a call on 09 522 1515 or use our online booking system to ensure you can get one of his highly sort after appointments.

16th October 2016


The New Zealand Chiropractic Association have chosen to focus on the “”Baby Boomer” generation this year in their annual press release. We thought it made some extremely valid points, which we encounter regularly so we have inserted it below for you to read too.

“Date: 16th October 2016 – WORLD SPINE DAY BABY BOOMERS URGED TO STRAIGHTEN UP AND STAY ACTIVE FOR A LONGER, HEALTHIER LIFE As part of World Spine Day (October 16th), the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association (NZCA) is urging the nation’s baby boomers to take care of their spines as a key part of their regular healthcare regime and help reduce the future need for a massive increase in healthcare costs.

Chiropractor and NZCA spokesperson Dr Cassandra Fairest explains: `A growing body of research suggests that chiropractic care may slow the rate of functional decline as you age, preserve your autonomy, improve your well-being and reduce accidents1 . It could also save New Zealand millions of dollars in the longer term.’

Baby boomers are those born during the years after World War II when there was a temporary marked increase in the birth rate (between 1946 and 1964). As the baby boomers enter retirement the number of people aged 65 and over will reach unprecedented levels. Baby boomers represent almost 15 percent of the population and the numbers continue to rise – outgrowing all other age groups, according to Statistics New Zealand (SNZ) figures.

It is projected that in 2068, approximately 27.5 per cent of the total population will be aged over 65. 2 Dr Kelly Holt, Dean of Research at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic adds: `As we age it becomes more difficult to carry out the basic tasks of everyday life such as eating, bathing, and dressing due to the decline in physical and cognitive function that often occur with ageing. Slowing the rate of functional decline in older adults preserves autonomy and well-being, and reduces the threat of expensive institutionalisation.1’

A study conducted in the United States has shown that older adults who receive chiropractic care (compared with those who don’t) maintain their ability to carry out their activities of daily living over several years1 , 2 . Dr Holt notes: `Every year approximately one third of older people experience one or more falls. Falls are the leading cause of injury related hospital admissions and death in this age group. We conducted a research study in New Zealand which has shown chiropractic care in a group aged 65 to 89 can significantly impact several factors that influence the prevention of falls3 .’ ‘After twelve weeks the group who received chiropractic care had increased ability in identifying where their ankle joint was when they closed their eyes. This is likely to prevent falls, as your brain will be more accurately aware of where your foot is without you having to look at your foot while walking.’ Dr Holt and his fellow researchers in the New Zealand study also found that older adults who received 12 weeks of chiropractic care were able to take a step much faster than the control group that did not receive chiropractic care. This is an important finding, because being able to take a fast step to correct balance can. And finally, this study showed that the older adults who received the chiropractic care were able to simultaneously process visual and auditory information more accurately in their brain.

Dr Fairest adds: `This is known to be important and relevant when it comes to preventing falls. Science has shown that as we age we appear to lose our ability to process multiple lots of sensory information accurately and that this leads to distractions that may cause falls. `We want to encourage New Zealanders to visit their chiropractor to ensure that their spines and nervous systems are functioning well. A local NZCA chiropractor will be able to provide advice on ways to improve posture and support a healthy spine. A healthy spine and well-functioning nervous system is the key for overall health and wellbeing.’

Each year World Spine Day is observed on October 16th to encourage spinal health by disseminating information on good spinal health habits. The NZCA runs the Straighten Up New Zealand online resource www.straightenup.org.nz, which provides information for adults, children and healthcare professionals on ways to keep active and maintain spinal health by using the Just Start Walking and Straighten Up programmes. Alongside professional care, the three-minute set of simple exercises recommended by Straighten Up New Zealand (SUNZ www.straightenup.org.nz) every day will also help to improve posture, stabilise core muscle groups, enhance health and prevent spinal disability.”

13th October 2016

3 days until World Spine Day 2016. Here is the official video

10th October 2016

Vitamin B12 is naturally found in meats, eggs, fish & cheese & is an essential vitamin. In addition “European researchers have also shown that giving B12 to people deficient in the vitamin helped protect many of the areas of the brain damaged by Alzheimer’s disease. In a two-year study at the University of Oxford of 270 people older than 70 with mild cognitive impairment and low B12 levels, Dr. Helga Refsum, a professor of nutrition at the University of Oslo, found reduced cerebral atrophy in those treated with high doses of the vitamin.”

It is also worth mentioning that “the ability to absorb B12 naturally present in foods depends on the presence of adequate stomach acid, the enzyme pepsin and a gastric protein called intrinsic factor to release the vitamin from the food protein it is attached to. Only then can the vitamin be absorbed by the small intestine. As people age, acid-producing cells in the stomach may gradually cease to function, a condition called atrophic gastritis.”

“The academy estimates that between 10 percent and 30 percent of people older than 50 produce too little stomach acid to release B12 from its carrier protein in foods, and as the years advance, the percentage of low-acid producers rises.”

The full article can be found on the link below to the New York Times website


5th October 2016

Although it is actually occurring in the UK it is still relevant to NZ, 3rd-8th October 2016 is BackCare Awareness week.

BackCare has chosen this year to place special emphasis on Carers, both paid & unpaid, we can as a consequence of aiding others can be more predisposed to suffering with back pain.


Their website has some great links to injury prevention & treatment information.

30th September 2016

We are approaching World Spine Day which is 16th October 2016. The aim of World Spine day is to raise awareness of spinal disorders as part of the Bone and Joint Decade’s Action Week. The theme this year is “Straighten Up & Move”



24th September 2016

Daylight Saving is upon us this weekend do not forget to change your clocks one hour forward (well those clocks that don’t do it automatically)


22nd September 2016

People often present to us with headaches.

While there are many causes, chiropractic can help if the headache is caused by neck or muscle strain – commonly called cervicogenic headaches, headaches originating from the neck.

Don’t suffer – let us check you out and advise whether chiropractic can help you. 09 522 1515



19th September 2016

18th September 2016

The Rio 2016 Paralympics have officially come to a close. Team New Zealand produced an amazing effort with a grand total of 9 Golds, 5 Silvers & 7 Bronze Medals. So we have given away 9 massages in celebration. Thank you to all who took part.


12th September 2016

Below is a media release published by the New Zealand Chiropractic Association from 6th September 2016

“Media Release

Date: 6th September 2016


A national research fund to investigate how chiropractic and other forms of complementary and integrative health care can best help to reduce the burden of neuro-musculo-skeletal conditions is vital to the country’s health research strategy, according to the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association (NZCA).

In its submission to the National Health Research Strategy Development being carried out by the Ministry of Health, the NZCA says to make a significant difference to the health of New Zealanders it is important that health research is considered in its broadest context, not just the traditional medical model.

Dr Cassandra Fairest, chiropractor and spokesperson for the NZCA explains: `The chiropractic profession is often criticised for not having enough research to explain how it works. Historically it has been difficult for disciplines involved in complementary and integrative health care to be considered in public health research settings and gain research funding.’

But Dr Fairest points out: ‘In spite of a lack of national funding, New Zealand is already a leading international chiropractic research hub with the award winning Centre for Chiropractic Research at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic in Auckland. The centre is dedicated to pioneering research that investigates the wide variety of reported improvements to health, wellbeing and performance while under chiropractic care.’

Funding is primarily sought from overseas; however some of the research is funded by New Zealand chiropractors and patients through the Hamblin Chiropractic

Research Fund Trust, set up by the NZCA over 30 years ago. All the proceeds from the NZCA’s partnerships, such as that with Sleepyhead Beds are directed to research projects.

Dr Fairest adds: `Neuro-musculo-skeletal conditions are becoming more common and costly to New Zealand society. Currently, research suggests that chiropractic care is safe[1] [2], effective[3], associated with high levels of patient satisfaction[4] and it is a cost effective approach for managing patients with a variety of neuro-musculo-

skeletal conditions[1] [2] [3] [4].  A number of studies have reported that chiropractic care is often more effective than traditional management for many spine related injuries[5] [6].

‘Chiropractic care also has an enviable safety record within healthcare[7]. Yet, to date, no public funds have been set aside to establish how chiropractic care and other forms of complementary and integrative health care can best help to reduce the burden that neuro-musculo-skeletal and other health conditions place on New Zealand society, and how it can enhance the wellbeing of New Zealanders.

`The NZCA believes if a government research fund is established that will give researchers the opportunity to explore these potential roles, it could result in a significantly positive impact on the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders over the short and long term. Having access to good evidence based practice in all fields of health care is essential.’

[1] Rubinstein SM. Adverse events following chiropractic care for subjects with neck or low-back pain: do the benefits outweigh the risks? J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2008;31(6):461-4.

[2] Carnes D, Mars TS, Mullinger B, et al. Adverse events and manual therapy: A systematic review. Man Ther 2010;15(4):355-63.

[3] Bronfort G, Haas M, Evans RL, et al. Efficacy of spinal manipulation and mobilization for low back pain and neck pain: a systematic review and best evidence synthesis. Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society 2004;4(3):335-56.

[4] Gaumer G. Factors associated with patient satisfaction with chiropractic care: survey and review of the literature. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2006;29(6):455-62.

[5] Allen H, Wright M, Craig T, et al. Tracking low back problems in a major self-insured workforce: toward improvement in the patient’s journey. Journal of occupational and environmental medicine / American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2014;56(6):604-20.

[6] Hurwitz EL, Li D, Guillen J, et al. Variations in Patterns of Utilization and Charges for the Care of Low Back Pain in North Carolina, 2000 to 2009: A Statewide Claims’ Data Analysis. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2016;39(4):252-62.

[7] Hurwitz EL, Li D, Guillen J, et al. Variations in Patterns of Utilization and Charges for the Care of Neck Pain in North Carolina, 2000 to 2009: A Statewide Claims’ Data Analysis. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2016;39(4):240-51.

[8] Hurwitz EL, Vassilaki M, Li D, et al. Variations in Patterns of Utilization and Charges for the Care of Headache in North Carolina, 2000-2009: A Statewide Claims’ Data Analysis. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2016;39(4):229-39.

[9] Walker BF, French SD, Grant W, et al. A Cochrane review of combined chiropractic interventions for low-back pain. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2011;36(3):230-42.

[10] Haas M, Sharma R, Stano M. Cost-effectiveness of medical and chiropractic care for acute and chronic low back pain. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2005;28(8):555-63.

[11] Rafter N, Hickey A, Condell S, et al. Adverse events in healthcare: learning from mistakes. QJM : monthly journal of the Association of Physicians 2014.”

8th September 2016

The Rio 2016 Paralympics have begun. Don’t forget to keep track of Team NZ Gold medal tally for a chance to win.

5th September 2016

Fish Oils

The 2 vital components of fish oils are Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) & Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA), these are both types of Omega 3 fatty acids.

These oils are found in oily fish particularly mackerel, salmon, tuna & herrings. In white fish such as cod these fatty acids are in a lower concentration & thus are extracted from the fishes liver – hence Cod Liver Oil (this is different to fish oils). Both have a concentration of Vitamin A & D too.

Foods that contain high levels of Omega 3 Fatty Acids include

  • Oily fish – anchovies, herring, sardines, salmon, trout, and mackerel.
  • Flax
  • Hempseed
  • Perilla oil
  • Spirulina
  • Walnuts
  • Eggs (especially the ones that have “high in omega-3 written on the shell)
  • Chia seeds
  • Raddish seeds, sprouted raw
  • Fresh basil
  • Leafy dark green vegetables, such as spinach
  • Dried tarragon

It is believed that in most Western countries that as we eat a lot of meat but not enough fish we may be deficient in these fatty acids, therefore we can supplement our diet with nutritional supplements.



30th August 2016

Quote from the British Chiropractic Association website

A new report by Ofcom has found that one in three adult internet users has opted for a digital detox. The BCA believes that as well as a detox, being smart when using tech can ease some of the physical issues that can come up.
For example, one way to help get a good balance of technology use is to consider the benefits of making your bedroom a tech free zones, as this could lead to improved quality of sleep and better posture, thus reducing physical effects of technology use on the back and neck”
• Check it out then pack it in: If you find yourself tempted to check your emails one last time before bed, try doing this in the living room or the kitchen then switch off your laptop or mobile phone and pack the device away in your bag ready for work the next morning.
• Keep the TV out of sight, out of mind: Try and avoid having a television in your bedroom as if it’s not there, you won’t be tempted to watch it. Instead, try to limit yourself to having a television only in communal areas of your home.
• Forget the mobile phone dock, use an alarm clock: With mobile phones now being integral to our lives, try not to rely on it to wake you up too. Invest in a cheap but effective old-fashioned alarm clock which means that you don’t need to keep you mobile phone in the bedroom. If your partner struggles to switch off it could be the ideal stocking filler.
• Using tech in bed? Don’t forget your head: Looking down at screens in bed means your neck won’t be supported and the weight of your head leaning forward will put pressure on your back, which may cause back or neck pain. If you are using tech in bed, make sure your back is supported with a pillow and the device is propped up so it’s at eye level.”
Full article is available below

22nd August 2016

Recent research conducted on Spanish graduate students who were currently asymptomatic designated them into one of three groups. Manual spinal manipulation of either the cervical (neck), thoracic (upper back) or non manipulation group. Prior to the treatment, immediately afterwards & 2 hours after the treatment participants had blood samples taken.

These were then tested for 4 biomarkers – i)cortisol ii) neurotensin iii) oxytocin iv) orexin A.

The study found that those participants who received the spinal manipulations experienced altered levels of these biomarkers, compared to the control/non manipulation group.

-Increases in Neurotensin (modulates pain signal transmission and perception)

-Increases in Oxytocin (activates the descending pain-inhibitory pathways, thus can be analgesic)

-Increase in Cortisol (a potent anti-inflammatory)


19th August 2016

It seems the advice regarding how much water we should drink a day is changing. But the importance of drinking water is still relevant.

The link below answers some of the myths of water consumption advice, for instance

– Coffee & Tea count towards hydration

– Drinking water keeps your skin moist

– Foods can keep you hydrated

– Sports drinks are necessary when doing activity in the heat


8th August 2016

Triathlons are one of the fastest growing participation sports in the USA, UK & NZ over recent years. With various competitions & different distances available it enables room for improvement & progression.

The most popular endurance version of a triathlon is the Ironman distance, 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride & 42.2km run.

An article recently published in the Journal of Physiotherapy performed a RCT on 74 Ironmen athletes, and found that massage had a positive effect reducing perceived fatigue & reducing levels of pain reported after the race.



We offer 60 minuter massages at Chirolink, from our 2 qualified massage therapists. Why not call us for an appointment today?

4th August 2016

Such a true statement, & one we make repeatedly on a daily basis at the clinic


1st August 2016

4 days until the Rio 2016 Olympics begin.

Below is a link to an article where 6 time Olympic Gold Medallist Usain Bolt comments on the positive impact having a Chiropractor on his medical team has had on his performance.


Also in celebration of Rio 2016 Olympic & Paralympics Games we are offering a special deal to our patients, just check your emails for our latest Newsletter.

And finally



4th July 2016

There can be multiple psychological components to our pain experience, these factors should not be ignored.

Chronic pain (over 3 months) is frequently associated with elements depression. Depression can potentially significantly worsen and prolong the pain. Increased pain can, in turn, lead to increased stress and depression, creating a difficult cycle of depression and pain. Couple this with “fear-avoidance” behaviour, whereby you avoid activities for fear of them being painful – therefore you can not adequately tell if your pain or ability to do something is improving as you receive reduced input, or you catastrophise the potential outcomes to be worse than they are/would be.


Click on the link for some more information on spotting the signs of chronic musculoskeletal associated depression & some coping mechanisms.

28th June 2016

We very rarely see conditions whereby there is not some component of muscular or soft tissue involvement as well as joint.

spine-health.com is a great resource for patients as it creates animations to show some of the underlying structures that result in pain.

Below we have attached a link to one of their videos explaining how the soft tissue structures (muscles, ligaments & tendons) can become pain geneerating structures.



23rd June 2016

Jaw pain can be a reason that people present to a chiropractor but it can also be an aggravating joint complex that irritates an existing neck complaint or headaches. Below is a link to a research review which found massage & manual therapy, along with counselling & splints, to be beneficial in treating pain originating in the jaw.


21st June 2016

We are constantly amazed by the talents of our patients.

Below are some pictures of one of patients who has overcome his shoulder injury to return  to surfing.

He has very kindly forwarded some of his pictures from the past few weeks in NZ & Bali

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surfbeej1    surfbeej2

14th June 2016

With Winter officially here it is important to maintain Vitamin D levels which are now more difficult to obtain from Sunlight

Below is an article with 12 effective ways to get Vit D into your diet, including Fish, eggs, orange juice, mushrooms & supplements


10th June 2016

As some of you will be aware the Euro 2016 Soccer competition begins tomorrow, plus we have Wales vs All Blacks & the US open next week to name but a few.

With all of these sporting events available to watch be mindful sitting extending lengths of time &  prolonged periods of inactivity.

Here are some tips from the BCA

“• Try to ensure that you change position every twenty minutes; stand up and move around.
• Make sure you are active during half time; there is plenty of light exercise you can do during the 15 minute break.
• Don’t slump, sit right back into the seat, so your back is fully against the back of the chair/sofa.

• Drink Up! – As much as possible, try drinking water instead of beer, tea and coffee; it will keep you hydrated and help you concentrate on what is happening.”

Let us use all of these great spectacles of athleticism act as inspiration to get out there & do some activity ourselves.

9th June 2016

Strokes are the third highest reason for fatalities in New Zealand.

The FAST Campaign has been demonstrated to detect 90% of strokes in progress.

The FAST acronym comprised of

Face: whether the sufferer’s face was drooping on one side and whether they could smile

Arm: whether one arm was weak or they could raise both of them

Speech: whether their speech was jumbled or slurred, or if they could speak at all

Time:is critical and people should phone 111 immediately.


3rd June 2016

We shall be closed on Saturday 4th June & Monday 6th June for Queen’s Birthday. The clinic will be open again Tuesday 7th June.

Have a great weekend everyone

31st May 2016

Below are some extracts from a recent article & website post from the British Chiropractic Association on the effects of exams on young people.

New consumer research from the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) noted 89% of 16-24 year olds who have struggled with back or neck pain now or in the past has been exacerbated when they were stressed.*
The findings revealed that 54% of people aged between 16-24 year have struggled with back or neck pain now or in the past.
As the exam period can be a stressful time for many students, the back experts at the BCA are encouraging those taking exams to incorporate simple steps into their daily routine to help ensure back or neck pain doesn’t impact on their studies.

BCA chiropractor, Rishi Loatey, said: “The exam period is a busy and often demanding time for students and it’s important that they are able to keep their full focus on revision and preparation. While stress doesn’t cause back and neck pain it can exacerbate the symptoms, so it’s important that students take steps to ensure this doesn’t affect their work.

“Simple actions such as taking breaks during long stretches of revision and ensuring you’re not sitting hunched over your notes or laptop could make a big difference.”

The BCA has the following tips for students:
• Sit up, look sharp – always work at a table, sitting on a chair, rather than on the sofa or in bed. Relax when sitting into your chair, making sure you have your bottom against the seat back with your shoulder blades are touching the back rest of the chair.
• Take a break – taking regular revision breaks is extremely important and the BCA recommends students move around every 20-30 minutes – stand up to stretch, change position and walk around a little.
• Check it! – It can be tempting to carry around all your notes and books, but make sure you check your bag every day so you’re only carrying the things you really need. Try using bags which can be carried on two shoulders with adjustable straps so the weight can be distributed evenly.
• Walk tall – Look for opportunities to exercise during the day. Why not try walking to the library instead of getting the bus or driving?
• Keep hydrated: Don’t forget to drink lots of water. Your muscles and joints will work more efficiently and for longer when you are hydrated

*This figure refers to those 16-24 year olds who said they have ever suffered/ currently suffer from back or neck pain and who have experienced back/ neck pain when they feel stressed

19th May 2016

Lumbar spinal stenosis is a condition whereby the spinal cord is narrowed, this can be from a few causative factors. It is relatively rare within chiropractic practice, although that is not to say that we do not see patients with it & treat them according.

Below is a link to a Literature Review on albeit a small number of studies, which found that there is insignificant difference in the outcomes of patients with lumbar spinal stenosis who underwent surgical treatment compared to those who received conservative treatment. However they did conclude based on these particular studies that reporting of side effects was significantly lower in the conservative group. This could highlight the benefit of considering manual/conservative therapy prior to surgical correction in some cases.


16th May 2016

How are you getting on with Dr Macs press up & squat challenge?

Body weight exercises are a great & simple way to maintain muscle tone, aerobic fitness as well as being free & easily accessible.

At your next appointment why not ask for one of our charts to record your progress?

3rd May 2016

Below is a link to the Telegraph UK article on small changes that you can make to your workplace routine to minimise the effects of a sedentary job. Definitely worth a read.


28th April 2016

Chirolink are happy to welcome our massage therapists Adam & Tracy to the team.

Adam has a diploma in Remedial Massage from the West Coast College of Massage in British Colombia & has been working for 3 years in Canada but has recently relocated to Auckland as he is currently enrolled in the New Zealand College of Chiropractic 5 year programme to train to be a chiropractor.

Tracy studied at the London School of Sports Massage in 2008 & has since worked as a massage therapist in the UK, USA & NZ. Tracy is also working with one of Auckland’s most renowned professional rugby clubs, so has experience with high level professional athletes.

Their diaries are available for appointments & they are filling up quickly.

They offer 60 minute massages for $75, if you are interested in making an appointment please call the clinic on 09 522 1515, email us at info@chirolink.co.nz or Book Online.

I am sure you will all make them feel very welcome.

26th April 2016

An article published today in the Daily Mail Uk & posted on the NZ Herald website highlights new research which has shown that Meditation can improve brain function, as well as delay the signs of aging.

Dr Gaser is quoted as saying “These findings seem to suggest that meditation is beneficial for brain preservation, with a slower rate of brain ageing throughout life.”

The full article can be assessed below


Every Monday between 7-8pm we offer Meditation classes at our clinic, everyone is welcome to attend.

14th April 2016

The number of people either working from home, or completing work at home is on the rise. But people are seemingly not always mindful of their posture when out of the office.

The British Chiropractic Association has the following tips for people working at home:
• “If possible, designate a specific area in your home for working and always work at a table, sitting on a chair, rather than on the sofa or in bed.
• The top of your screen should be level with your eyebrows and if you are working from a laptop, make sure you are not hunching over the screen. If you don’t want to invest in a computer stand, place sturdy books, for example shopping catalogues, under your laptop so that you can adjust the level of the screen to fit your eye line.
• Use a detachable keyboard and mouse whenever possible, as this will ensure that your movement is not restricted and you are not placing unnecessary strain on your back.
• Taking regular breaks is extremely important and the BCA recommends workers move around every 20-30 minutes. An easy way to ensure that you get away from your desk is to set a loud alarm in another room.
• When making phone calls, take the opportunity to get up from your desk and move around as you talk.
• Embrace the privacy of working from home by doing regular stretches.
The BCA recommends that, if you are experiencing pain for more than a few days, then you should seek professional help, as an undiagnosed problem could lead to longer-term problems if left untreated. To find out where your local chiropractor is, please visit and search for a chiropractor.”

All link to the full article & the BCA website is available below.


12th April 2016


Thank you to absolutely everybody who has made these 8 years the best they could be.

Here’s to another great 8!


4th April 2016

We are almost ready to announce the days our new massage therapists will be working, so watch this space.

Not forgetting a new acupuncturist also joining Chirolink shortly

29th March 2016

We hope everybody had a great Easter period.

We are open again after our Easter break. Spaces are filling up quickly so do not hesitate to make an appointment whether it be by phone on 09 522 1515, email at info@chirolink.co.nz or via the website.

17th March 2016

Easter Opening Hours
Clinic Open – Friday 18th March
Clinic Closed – Saturday 19th March- Monday 28th March
Clinic Reopens – Tuesday 29th March

14th March 2016

Chirolink will be closed for Easter between the 19th-29th March, so make sure you book in this week to secure your appointments as spaces are filling up. Thank you.

8th March 2016

Chironexus published an article yesterday which highlighted research conducted that concluded that chiropractic is safe & effective method of treating tension headaches. It also demonstrating a “positive impact on patients physical role, bodily pain, and social functioning”.

Article can be read by clicking the link below.


2nd March 2016

In a study of 110 participants with unilateral headaches, neck pain & reduced range of motion manipulation demonstrated to be the most effective manual therapy for the treatment of cervicogenic headaches (headaches resulting from dysfunction in the neck), compared with mobilisations & exercise programmes.
Below is a link to the article on “Anatomy & Physiotherapy”

27th February 2016

Vitamin D deficiency is disproportionally high in NZ, & exposure to sunlight & through a diet oily fish, eggs & other food groups which are high in vitamin D are the best way to obtain your recommended dose of Vitamin D.

The UK newspaper the Independent recently published an article based on research conducted in North America, that being exposed to sunlight through glass windows does not increase your vitamin D dose as the glass blocks out the UVB rays. However the glass does not successfully block the more harmful UVA rays which are responsible for increasing the chance of developing skin cancer.


At Chirolink we do also stock a number of Vitamin D supplement products too.

23rd February 2016

Below is a link to the PubMed summary of research conducted in Switzerland that compared the outcomes & costs of patients seeking medical & chiropractic care for musculoskeletal complaints.

The main findings of the study were

The authors found that:

  • “Patients initially consulting MDs had significantly less reduction in their numerical pain rating score…”
  • “Patients who saw MDs  were significantly less satisfied with the care they received and the outcome of that care”.
  • Over a 4 month duration patients who saw a chiropractor had significantly lower healthcare costs for their treatment, an average difference of $368 USD.



18th February 2016

British Chiropractic Association research with Childwise found that children are now online an average of 3hrs a day & watch TV for 2.1hrs.
This leads to poor posture as well as periods of inactivity, both of which are common predisposing factors for musculoskeletal pain.

Click the link below to be directed to the full article on the BCA website

Different Media Same Problem


6th February 2016

Happy Waitangi Day Weekend everyone. Just to let you know that the clinic is open today, however it will be closed on Monday 8th February & we shall be open again at 12pm as usual on Tuesday 9th February. Have a great long weekend.

25th January 2016

We have just sent out our first Clinic Newsletter of 2016 so don’t forget to check your emails.

14th January 2016

We would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year, & hope you have great plans for 2016!!

Below is a link to the NHS guidelines on how to improve posture & sit correctly, start the year as you mean to go on.


21st December 2015 

We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, & remember to stay happy, healthy & safe over the festive period.

Thank you for another great year & we shall see you all in 2016.

19th December 2015

Monday 21st December is our final day before our Christmas break. There are a few remaining appointments so if you would like to see Dr Mac before 11th January 2016 – call us today or use our “Online Booking” tap above.

17th December 2015

As we approach the final 4 days before Chirolink closes for Christmas, we will be leaving the details & contact number of another highly recommended chiropractor who will be available over the Christmas break. His number will be available on our clinic answer phone message from 21st December.


10th December 2015

Our Christmas Opening Times 2015 are as follows

  • Sat 19th Dec: 8am-1.00pm
  • Mon 21st Dec: 8am-12pm
  • Tue 22nd Dec – Sat 9th Jan: CLOSED
  • Mon 11th Jan: 8am-6:30pm
  • Wed 13th Jan: 7am-6:30pm
  • Thurs 14th Jan: 8am-2pm

So there is plenty of time to see Dr Mac or Sabrina before the Christmas break but get in as soon as possible as appointments filling up quickly

8th December 2015

Are you a spoon or a bridge? That is the question.

New research conducted by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) shows that a females body shape in profile can provide information regarding which musculoskeletal conditions she may be prone to.

For instance a “leaning tower” shape is likely to experience low back or neck pain daily.


Below is the link to the article from the BCA website


5th December 2015

How are you getting on with you press up & squat challenge?

It is amazing how much difference small changes to your daily routine can make, don’t believe us just give it a go (refer back to our post from 17th November)

28th November 2015

We would like to wish Brian farewell & the best of luck on his new endeavours as today is his final day in the clinic.

It has been a pleasure to work with Brian over the past 2 years & he will be missed.

But don’t worry we will be having a new acupuncturist starting in the new year.


24th November 2015

As a thank you for your support over the past 12 months, & based on the success of the last newsletter challenge, we will be offering another opportunity to win an OSIM uPAMPER handheld massager (RRP $288).

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is attend the clinic between the 1st-21st December 2015.

For every patient who attends the clinic, whether it be for chiropractic or massage appointment will be automatically entered into the draw. So the more visits you have the greater your chances.

The winner will be drawn out of the hat on December 21st 2015, the final day that the clinic is open before the Christmas holidays

17th November 2015

Dr Mac has devised a simple exercise programme consisting of press ups & squats – aimed to gradually improve his patients general fitness/health, as well as highlight how simple it can be to work exercise into your standard day.

“It is simple enough – every day of the week you must complete the number of press ups & squats which corresponds to the number of weeks into the challenge that you are.

For instance week 4 you will be required to complete 4 squats & 4 press ups on each day of that week.

Just simply tick the table below to indicate that you have completed that day’s activities, and please be honest.”

Week  Date Mon Tue Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun

 Press up



 Press up



 Press up



 Press up



 Press up



 Press up



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 Press up



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 Press Up



 Press Up


6th November 2015

Although we are not condoning a no exercise policy, but here is yet another study highlighting the benefits of Vitamin D.
After 2 weeks patients participating in a study conducted by Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh found that their fitness had significantly improved. This has been attributed to Vit D lowering blood pressure & the stress hormone cortisol.
This can be added to the benefits of Vit D including improving bone health, reducing risk of Alzheimers & the progression of MS.
We stock a variety of products containing Vit D as 27% of New Zealanders fall below the recommended levels.



1st November 2015

You should be 4 weeks into your “Just start walking” challenge set by the World Federation of Chiropractic & endorsed by the New Zealand Chiropractic Association.

However it is never too late to start the challenge. Just 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day can help improve both your physical & mental health, and walking is a simple, effective and free way to achieve that, so there is no excuse.

24th October 2015

We would like to wish everyone a great Labour Day Weekend. We shall be open again as usual from Tuesday 27th October.

Enjoy yourselves & keep safe.


Chirolink Team

20th November 2015

A piece from the New Zealand Herald today talking about the rising incidence of musculoskeletal complaints amongst  the under 30’s. One of the main contributing factors appears to be use of tablets, smart phone & computers, thus the coining of the phrase “text neck”.

Click the link below to go the NZ Herald website for the full article.


15th October 2015

How are you getting on with your “Just Start Walking” challenge?

Here is a great way of recording your minutes & assigning points so you can see what you have achieved across the week.

M = Minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity completed

P = Points – 10 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity equals 1 activity point




Tuesday Wednesday


Weekly Total Points


Wk 1
P        3
M Wk 2
M Wk 3
M Wk 4
M Wk 5
M Wk 6
M Wk 7
M Wk 8
M Wk 9

The World Health Organization recommends at least 30 minutes of consecutive light-moderate activity (like walking) daily. Start gradually. Healthy individuals should not have difficulty in attaining this level. If you have disorders which limit your activities check with your health care practitioner before beginning any activity program.  Regular activity increases vitality, enhances your health and reduces risk for spinal disorders, heart disease, diabetes, some forms of cancer (e.g., breast, uterine, colon) and aging-related dementia

10th October 2015

The New Zealand Chiropractic Association website also has some great reasons why you should be partaking in the “Just Start Walking” campaign.

“Walking is a terrific form of exercise. It strengthens your body and helps position your spine in the natural shape it was designed for – being upright.

Modern lifestyles – such as office work and extended use of computers or mobile devices – can force us to be less active or adopt sedentary positions leading to poor posture, issues with balance and coordination, and even pain.

When walking properly you naturally adopt proper posture. Because regular walking will also build up your core strength, an important ingredient in maintaining good posture, it will help you to maintain better posture during your other daily activities.

Why is good posture important?

A good postural position permits you to breathe better, and as a result reduces fatigue and minimises other side-effects associated with bad posture.

Proper posture keeps muscles, ligaments, bones and internal organs in their natural position. This reduces wear and tear of joints, and relieves stress, improving health and enhancing your appearance.”



8th October 2015

Here are some Tips on How to Get Started on the WFC & NZCAs “Just Start Walking” campaign

● Visit your local NZCA chiropractor for a spinal system check-up
● Commit to a nine week walking programme
● Start slowly – set achievable targets to prevent injury and to motivate you
● Find a friend or work colleague to walk with
● Wear supportive footwear which is designed for walking
● Warm up with gentle stretching exercises at the start and end of your walk
● Drink plenty of water and have regular breaks and healthy snacks
● Mix it up – walking different routes, at different speeds with different inclines
● Log your goals/achievements on the ‘Personal Activity Calendar’
● Enjoy your walking!



6th October 2015

The New Zealand Chiropractic Association is backing the World Federation of Chiropractic “JUST START WALKING” initiative. The campaign aims to encourage Kiwis to embrace the warmer weather & longer days & start regular exercise.
It is as simple as that!!

In a press release today the spokesperson for the NZCA states that

“Walking benefits all aspects of your health – from increasing your levels of vitamin D, improving the efficiency of heart and lung function, reducing circulating stress hormones, assisting spinal function, and helping with weight-loss. And it’s something nearly everyone can do to increase their fitness and wellbeing. As part of the Just Start Walking initiative from the World Federation of Chiropractic, a global non-profit organisation, we’re encouraging New Zealanders to think about making more journeys on foot.’

The Just Start Walking programme is for everyone but the NZCA recommends getting a spinal check-up with your family chiropractor prior to starting any new exercise regime. An NZCA chiropractor will evaluate your spine for joint dysfunction and analyse your posture for imbalances, two conditions which may predispose you to walking related injuries.

In addition we shall be adding regular tips & advice on the blog so you can make the most of “Just Start Walking” – so keep checking back.


1st October 2015

New research conducted by the British Chiropractic Association found that 40% of people suffering with low back or neck pain have done nothing pro-actively to address it, & as a consequence 71% have been suffering for over 10 years.
There is no need to tolerate back or neck pain – Chiropractic can highlight & address the dysfunction, & aims to give you back your pain-free quality of life.



28th September 2015

It is now officially the school holidays!!!

We appreciate the benefit of chiropractic treatment for the under 16’s therefore for the duration of this school holiday we are offering a $15 discount off any student/children chiropractic appointments.

So make the most of your child’s time off school & book an appointment today.


22nd September 2015

Sunday marks the start of daylight savings, therefore Summer is on its way. For many the longer summer days & improving weather mean that they can spend more time in their gardens – but don’t let your horticultural hobby be the cause of your pain.

Here are a few tips courtesy of the British Chiropractic Association on how to stay pain-free in the garden.


– Face the direction in which you want to carry the weight. Ensure your back is straight & relaxed. Keep your legs are at least your hips’ width apart & with a slight bend in the knees.  Keep the weight you are carrying as close to you as possible – avoid twisting.

– Don’t bend from the waist, this will increases the stress on your lower back. Never keep the knees straight, as this will lead to over-stretching and damage to your back and never lift while twisting from the waist.
– Try and lift with your feet shoulder width apart or more, making your more stable.
– Don’t lift with your arms straight out, keep the elbows bent and to your side to minimise the stress on your back.


– It is not just the weight, but the size and shape of an object that can make it hard to carry so, where possible, break loads into smaller and more manageable chunks. Don’t try and lift more than you can reasonably manage at a time; better to do several journeys that hurt yourself at the first hurdle!

– Never lift and then twist and avoid the temptation to straighten your legs. This is just as important when taking bags or boxes out of the vehicle.

Full text available on the link below


17th September 2015 

The support & functioning of the lower back is dependant upon multiple structures – the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles & inter-vertebral discs.
Muscle spasms can result from many causes e.g a strained muscle, joint osteoarthritis or even potential disc herniations.

The key to treating the spasm & preventing re-occurrence is to get to the route cause of the spasm.

With a thorough case history, a physical examination including neurological, orthopaedic & muscle tests and imaging (if required) our chiropractor & help isolate the causative factors & tailor a treatment programme bespoke to you.

Below is a link to a great video by  spine-health.com illustrating a low back spasm


09 522 1515

14th September 2015

One of the techniques which is available during our acupuncture appointments with Brian Lee is Cupping.

Cupping works by mobilising the local soft tissue structures, promotes skin health & improves circulation. As a result toxins including lactic acid are released from the surrounding tissues, which enables the tissues to work more efficiently.

Cupping also aids lymphatic drainage, as well as reduce swelling & it is believed to have a deeper affect than massage alone, up to 4 inches below the superficial tissue

If you are interested in trying cupping as part of your treatment at Chirolink please do not hesitate to call us (09 522 1515) or ask about it at your next appointment

7th September 2015

The Ministry of Health states that a Vitamin D deficiency affects 27% of people in New Zealand, & that as New Zealand soil is naturally low in Iodine as a consequence so is the food grown here.

These are two of the many reasons why even with a healthy & varied diet of fresh fruit, vegetables & unprocessed meat we may still suffer from a vitamin or nutrient deficiency. Others include the storage and transportation of food and increased stress.

This is why we offer a range Metagenic & Bioceutical products here at Chirolink to those patients who are in need of certain vitamins – for instance Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Fish Oils & Vitamin D3 & K2. We have products in tablet/capsule form, sprays & liquids in order to find the most suitable one for you.

If you have any questions on supplements do not hesitate to call us or ask us about them at your next appointment.




31st August 2015

It is only 6 days until Father’s Day, so do not forget to pick up a card &/or present to show your appreciation. We acknowledge the great work done by Fathers all over Auckland, therefore if you are a Father & make an appointment at the clinic between now & Sunday 6th September you will receive a $15 discount if you quote “Fathers Day Offer”


25th August 2015

Brian Lee is our ACC accredited acupuncturist and he is available in the clinic on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays.

Brian is qualified to offer a variety of treatments & he sees great results in patients with both acute & chronic pain.

Through the use of well positioned needles acupuncture helps to stimulate the meridian channels, increase energy flow & promote the release of opioids which results in an analgesic effect.

Brian also uses cupping, a technique which is used to mobilise the surrounding connective tissues, which are a common secondary pain generators associated with joint pain.

If you would like to book in with Brian or have any questions about acupuncture please do not hesitate to contact us on 09 522 1515 or at info@chirolink.co.nz.

20th August 2015

Check your emails as today we shall be sending out our Spring Newsletter.

A little preview – Our $25 off your next appointment if you refer a friend to Chirolink is running until the 1st September 2015


17th August 2015

Considering how much time we spend in our beds in an average week, it is an important that it provides both comfort & support

Below is a link to the British Chiropractic Associations advice on when it is time to get a new mattress & what to look for.


Important things to remember are

– The best position to sleep in is on your side, as this avoids rotation of the lower back, & make sure your pillow supports your neck in a neutral position – therefore your neck is in alignment with your spine

– Ease yourself out of bed, avoid bending & twisting in your initial movements.

– If you wake up stiff, or can feel the springs or the mattress sagging it is time to invest in a new mattress.

– Sample your mattress in the store, or look for mattress companies that offer a trial period to ensure you select the best mattress for you.


14th August 2015

Many people may not be aware that chiropractic can also be used for the treatment of extremity pain & dysfunction as well.

For instance

  • knees
  • hips
  • shoulders
  • elbows
  • wrists
  • ankles



Pollard H, Ward G, Hoskins W, and Hardy K. The effect of a manual therapy knee protocol on osteoarthritic knee pain: a randomised controlled trial. The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association 2008; 52(4):229-42.

8th August 2015

The New Zealand Chiropractic Association have complied some useful information to help you understand –


In addition to this we are always happy to discuss matters with you on the phone, via email or in person

09 522 1515


46 Greenlane East, Auckland, 1050

6th August 2015

Chiropractic is a hands on, medication free, none invasive and personalised approach to healthcare.

Chiropractic involves taking a whole body approach & that each individual patients needs are unique & thus tailors a treatment programme to each specific patient.

We offer tailor made services to address the need of many different types of patient & their personal requirements. As Chiropractic is specific and none invasive we can treat the

  • Young
  • Elderly
  • Active
  • Sedentary
  • Injured
  • Pregnant women

So do not delay book in for an appointment today or tell your friends & family the benefits that you have experienced through chiropractic, lets try & reduce our dependency on pharmaceuticals.

09 522 1515



1st August 2015


Thank you to everybody whose continued support means that we are still the highest rated Chiropractic Clinic in Auckland now with 26 5*star reviews.

It means a lot thank you. Chirolink

24th July 2015

We are back to our full team tomorrow, as Brian & Dr Mac return from a well deserved week off.

Why not book into to see Dr Mac, Brian or Sabrina tomorrow at Chirolink.

Call 09 522 1515, email info@chirolink.co.nz or click “Online Booking” tab above


20th July 2015

During the month of July we are raising money for the Hamblin Chiropractic Research Fund.

Those of you who have been into the clinic may well have spotted the tokens on the reception desk.

For a $2 donation you can use a token to choose to help support research into

-Aging Well
-Sports and Performance
-Pregnancy & Early Childhood Research.

Thank you to all those patients who have donated already.

If you would like to donate you can follow the link below, or purchase a token on your next appointment with Dr Mac, Brian or Sabrina

15th July 2015

We have Sabrina our massage therapist available at Chirolink on – Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays


The research & more importantly patient experience documents the benefits of the combination of chiropractic treatment & massage. As we know the joints & soft tissue structures, such as muscles, tendons & ligaments are all equally important in maintaining optimum and pain free joint movement. Therefore for many conditions it is imperative to treat both the soft tissue structures & joints in order to normalise function, and importantly prevent future reoccurrences.

If you would like to book in for an appointment with Sabrina remember to book early to avoid disappointment, and give yourself something to look forward to as well.

13th July 2015

The temperature has definitely dropped. Are you like many others, suffering with a winter cold?

Your immune system, like every other bodily system, is controlled & regulated by your nervous system.

An optimised nervous system enhances you immune system, so why not book an appointment at Chirolink today so you can enjoy these winter months.

09 522 1515

29th June 2015

Acupuncture at Chirolink.

Here at Chirolink we have an onsite acupuncturist named Brian Lee


Acupuncture is an effective form of treatments for multiple musculo-skeletal conditions, and can be used in conjunction with chiropractic or massage treatments to achieve excellent outcomes.

Brian has appointments available on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays, and is also ACC accredited.

To book in with Brian call 09 522 1515 or click the “Online Booking” tab above.

23rd June 2015

The Whole Chirolink Team!!


19th June 2015

Don’t forget that Chirolink is also open on Saturdays.

We have Dr Mac, Sabrina our massage therapist & Brian Lee our acupuncturist all available on Saturdays

Call 09 522 1515 or click on the “Online Booking” tab above.

15th June 2015

Did you know Chirolink stocks Bioceutical & Metagenic Medical Products?

Here at Chirolink in addition to chiropractic, acupuncture & massage therapy we offer nutritional & therapeutic supplements for patients who may be in need of them.

We have a variety of products available, so do not hesitate to ask about them on the phone or on your next visit, but here is some information on 3 of the essential components.


Is an essential macro-mineral.

Magnesium is a neurotransmitter, therefore is key in muscle activity & muscle relaxation. High magnesium intake is associated with increased bone density & therefore reduces risk of osteopenia or osteoporosis, as magnesium aids the absorption of calcium. Improves fat synthesis thus can reduce hypertension. Patients with insufficient Magnesium levels are also at a higher risk of developing type II diabetes as without sufficient Mg carbohydrate synthesise & insulin release are impeded.

Vitamin D

The body can produce Vit D with correct sun exposure however it is recommended that dietary Vit D is also included. Vit D production is reduced in patients with darker skin pigmentation, who live in areas of high pollution, work at night or who get insufficient sun exposure. A recent study suggests 50% of adults are Vit D deficient.

Vitamin D is important for regulating the absorption calcium & phosphorus especially in teeth & bones.

Fish Oils 

The therapeutic benefits of fish oil primarily stem from the omega-3 fatty acids (EPA & DHA) it contains. These fatty acids can reduce the clotting ability of the blood, helpful in certain CV diseases. Also reduces pain & swelling.

8th June 2015

Sabrina – Massage Therapist


As we welcome our new arrivals we must also recognise the achievement of our most recent member of ChiroLink. Within just 6 months Sabrina, our massage therapist has built up a very impressive patient base, excellent patient satisfaction & is fully booked most of her days here.

The research & more importantly patient experience documents the benefits of the combination of chiropractic treatment & massage. As we know the joints & soft tissue structures, such as muscles, tendons & ligaments are all equally important in maintaining optimum and pain free joint movement. Therefore for many conditions it is imperative to treat both the soft tissue structures & joints in order to normalise function, and importantly prevent future reoccurrences.

If you would like to book in for an appointment with Sabrina remember to book early to avoid disappointment, and give yourself something to look forward to as well.

5th June 2015

New Additions to the ChiroLink Team                                                                                                        Auckland Chiropractor

As we enter the winter months we would like to welcome a new face to our team here at ChiroLink.

Ruth will probably be the first face you see as you enter the clinic as she is our new receptionist. She has recently moved to Auckland from the UK, but not before taking a few months to explore both the beautiful North of South Island of New Zealand. Ruth has previous experience working in a chiropractic clinic back in Liverpool and is looking forward to working in a new country & having the opportunity to meet new people, so feel free to impart any local knowledge and must-sees.

1st June 2015

Welcome to the first day of Winter. We hope everyone had a great long weekend and enjoyed some relaxing time. For those who stayed in Auckland we hope you stayed warm and dry as it got very wet on Saturday. So now that the week is going again and we are back to work why not book in for your adjustment. This is a short week so get in early so you can keep enjoying the weekend that is coming up again quickly. Here are some more tips on how to improve your health during the winter months:

– Vic C is a great immune booster and also helps in recovery of the body after a cold

– Try out a new gym. Go on. Make a commitment and do it. The hardest part is getting there and then you’ll feel great afterwards.

– Get adjusted. We cant stress the importance of spinal health. Having a healthy life will lead to a happy life

We hope to see you soon

The team at Chirolink