How to set up a desk workstation for ergonomics

March 9th, 2012 No comments

Workstation desk setup following ergonomic recommendations.

As part of our occupational rehabilitation services, we often go into businesses and provide advice and training for setting up workstations ergonomically.

The following is from an information sheet we often hand out which refers to the above image. Often poor postures can be corrected using Spineangel as a biofeedback learning device.

The following checklist will help people adjust their workstation so they can be comfortable and look after their bodies in their daily duties. It may be a good idea to work through it with a friend and observe each other’s body position, as often it is difficult to determine your own body position. It may take several tries to get the best set up, so give yourself some time to perfect the position for you.

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The best return on investment for your health? Here it is…

February 15th, 2012 No comments

I’m not sure how it stacks up against quitting smoking though?

Is pain keeping you from being active? The Lifestyle Pain Clinic can help with expert physiotherapy and the latest cutting edge treatment therapies.

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James and Dianne catch up with Australian Cricketer Shane Watson for Q magnet application

January 24th, 2012 No comments
Shane Watson, James & Dianne Hermans

Shane Watson, James & Dianne Hermans

Today, James and Dianne caught up with champion Australian all-rounder Shane Watson who has had his fair share of recent injuries. Shane’s sports physiotherapist recommended he start to use Q magnets to help manage his injuries. He has used Q magnets previously for back pain when on long plane flights with great effect.

While many elite athletes have embraced Q magnets to recover faster after injury, we find one of the best applications is for chronic pain. Q magnets are not for everyone, but patients that have not responded to conventional treatment often respond well to Q magnet therapy as an adjunctive treatment, see our chronic pain case studies for more information.

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What do maggots and magnets have in common?

December 11th, 2011 No comments

The Weekend Australian, 10th December 2011 had an excellent article “Medical maggot makes a comeback” – Treatments from the medieval medicine kit are gaining widespread acceptance.

Healing Maggots

The healing power of maggots!

An almost identical article could be written about the more credible forms of magnetic therapy. Maggot Debridement Therapy as it is called, is an extremely therapeutic, safe, painless, drug free treatment for wounds that are slow to heal. The specially bred maggots both clean the wound and speed up the healing. Who would have thought?

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Self-management of chronic pain – Mirror therapy

October 22nd, 2011 No comments

Pain is felt in the brain and mirror therapy is about convincing your brain that movement can be free of pain. While it’s always best to get professional advice, this is not always possible. Anyone could use the information from the videos below to simply make their own mirror box and commence a wonderful self-management program. Another great self-management treatment is Q magnets which can significantly dampen down the pain hypersensitivity associated with many forms of chronic pain.

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Chronic Pain and its Stress on Relationships

September 22nd, 2011 1 comment

Unlike cancer or a broken leg, it’s sometimes difficult for someone who suffers from chronic pain to engender sympathy or empathy from those who are closest to them.

This article specificaly canvases relationships in the context of chronic pain and offers some very good advice.

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Health professionals use complementary therapy themselves, but how often do they recommend it to their patients?

September 9th, 2011 No comments

According to a recent article published by Health Services Research, 76% of US health care workers use Complementary and Alternative Therapies (CAM), whereas it’s only 63% of the general population as reported on

This is something we have also observed with the development of our Q magnets, which fit into the CAM category. Many health professionals find this unique type of magnetic therapy the most useful treatment available to them for treating chronic pain and other chronic injuries.

Take this plastic surgeon from Canada who was discussing his chronic tibia stress fracture with an orthopaedic surgeon while operating. The stress fracture was preventing him from training for an important up and coming marathon and the orthopaedic surgeon suggested he look up magnetic therapy. The plastic surgeon looked up the Q magnet website and had a set express couriered to his home and you can read about how well the stress fracture healed here.
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Fast and processed food manufacturers use neuroscience to get us addicted to their junk – Is anyone really surprised??

September 7th, 2011 No comments

That fountain of knowledge, Dr Karl has a great post about food addiction on the ABC’s Science website.

Dr Karl almost seems surprised when he discovered these large multinational food polluters use neuroscience to get their customers addicted. I call them food polluters because for the most part they remove the healthy components (like the germ and bran of wheat) from their ingredients and add unhealthy, addictive chemicals.

I wrote a post on Kraft over two years ago that revealed how their scientists had colluded with the likes of cigarette makers PhillipMorris on how to make their products addictive. I am glad that the science is catching up and consumers are gradually finding out the truth.

After many years of my own personal research and experience I have come to the conclusion that to live a healthy life, it’s far more important to leave unhealthy options out than to take expensive supplements. I tried this myself for a full year and with making the one change of avoiding all packaged, processed and fast foods, lost 10kg and friends kept telling me I looked younger!

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Great video describing the complexities and process of chronic persistent pain.

September 2nd, 2011 1 comment

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New approach to treating pain is desperately needed…

August 30th, 2011 No comments

This is a great article from the Daily Mail in the UK. The picture painted here is much the same as in Australia and places like Canada, New Zealand and the US.

What is needed is a totally different approach to pain from the medical profession and an end to the reliance on prescribing these highly dangerous drugs.

Some other excerpts of the article…
What do we do? Moan at the doctor about our ‘constant pain’. With a queue of people in the waiting room and ten minutes to listen to our story, more and more of them hand out a prescription for these strong painkillers. A few months later — when these pills stop working (as they inevitably will) — we go back, moan again and get the dose doubled.

Doctors haven’t got the time or resources to treat pain any differently. The majority of people I know over 80 are now on a cocktail of opioids — a chemical cosh that just isn’t working and, if taken in high doses, reduces users to zombies.

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