December/January Newsletter 2015/16

To help you get into the Christmas spirit we are giving our clients a special offer when they buy gifts at corehealth

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a reminder that next year we will be in our brand new home!

They are the uplifting and happy spirit loved by all here at corehealth, read all about the dynamic couple from Bordertown

It’s speculation that has been going on for years but the real question is, do men need to exercise more than women?

It’s almost Christmas and to make us all feel festive without the guilt, try our delicious and healthy Christmas truffles


corehealth Monthly Special
corehealth Inspiration
ecember Reminders
Melbourne Cup Snaps
Regular Champions
Let’s Talk Health – Do Men Need to Exercise Harder Than Women?
Recipe of the Month – Hazelnut Truffle

corehealth Monthly Special

This month we want to give you a little bit of a Christmas treat!

For the month of December if you spend a minimum of $50 on any of the products that we sell (Pointe Socks, Foam Rollers, Mats, Magic Circles etc.) you will recieve 10% off your next EP/GE Block or your next single session.

So why not buy a Christmas present for someone in your life and recieve a little something for yourself as well!

For newsletter subscribers only. Make sure to mention this edition of the newsletter to redeem your offer. Talk to staff for any additional information.

corehealth Inspiration

‘An eye for an eye only makes the whole world blind’
– Mahatma Gandhi

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Well it’s almost the end of another spectacular year and here at corehealth we are looking forward to next year more than ever as we welcome a new beginning in our brand new home! So on the 4th of January remember to come to our new address of 1 Orange Lane, Norwood. We will also be having a party early next year to celebrate our new place so keep an eye out for your invitiation!

Just a reminder that due to the craziness of the festive season, we do require that all appointments be pre-paid for from the 1st of December until the 15th of January 2016. We also require a one week cancellation policy during this time so check your diaries and let us know of all your Christmas parties and plans ahead of time so that we can keep you on the healthy track this season!

corehealth will be closed from the 24th of December and re-opening on the 4th of January so enjoy the break while you can!

Wishing all of our clients and friends a safe and Merry Christmas and hopefully an even better new year!

Melbourne Cup Snaps

We had so much fun at the Melbourne Cup Function at the Morphetville Race Course in November so we want to share a couple photos with you! See the Exercise Physiologists and Physios without tights or a pony tail in sight!

corehealth Regular Champions

This month’s interview is with Ean and Diane, a married couple from the country who have been attending corehealth since only since early 2015 but have take the clinic by storm.

Both Ean and Diane came to corehealth to combat pain, but now enjoy the challenges on their bodies that the corehealth team fronts them with.

Over this time both Ean and Diane have been attending and experiencing many of the services available at corehealth. Ean and Diane kindly answered a few questions for me to share about themselves and their experiences with us.

Where are you guys from? What bought you to corehealth? 
We come from a town in the south east called Bordertown.
Ean: I started at corehealth first in April 2015. I had a chronic back injury, which I had been told might be career ending.
Diane: I have scoliosis and was suffering from a sore hip. Ean insisted that I come see the team here at corehealth for an overall plan. So in July 2015 I came in for my initial with Amir

So you guys are from Bordertown. Tell me a bit about that?
We live in a small mixed farming community, 20km from the Victorian Border. It has the largest lamb processing facility in the southern hemisphere, which employs over 300 people.

That’s a long drive every week, how do you pass the time?
We take turns driving, listen to music and talk about details in our life and family. Good time for planning.

Tell us about your family? Were you all born in Bordertown? Do you have a farming background?
We moved to Bordertown in 1993 with our first child. We have 3 daughters, which one was born in Bordertown. Bordertown has been very good to us.

What do you do for work? 
Ean works as a dentist and Diane concentrates on home duties as well as practice support.

Is there a difference between practicing dentistry in the country compared to the city?
Rural dentists are more skilled and challenged than their city cousins as the distance to send patients to specialists is much greater. We are also more exposed in our public life.

What interesting hobbies do you have?
Ean: I am very interested in road bike riding
Diane: I enjoy cooking, gardening, ceramic painting and networking with friends.

What involves a fun afternoon for you?
Ean: Riding my road bike followed by a nice cup of coffee.
Diane: Enjoying an afternoon/night of food and wine with friends and family. I also cant go past watching a good movie with my girls.

Have you always been active?
Ean: yes, but due to my back injury physical activity was reduced dramatically.
Diane: Yes but not so much in a sporting sense. I have always been active in manual endeavors.

How have you changed since attending sessions at corehealth? Who or what influenced you here significantly?
Ean: I have become a lot more confident since losing 40kg. I have a much better self image.
Diane: I previously thought any and all exercise was good for you. I now realise that control and technique are vitally important.

We enjoy the interaction with all the staff members!

What hurdles have you encountered along the way with your body?
Ean: ask Sarah or Courtney that one, they are very good at finding me new challenges!
Diane: I have found it difficult to control balance, especially when trying to coordinate more than one movement at the same time! Also I have seen obvious weakness in some areas of my body, like my left arm and right leg.

What services do you use at corehalth?
We both do exercise physiology regularly, which involves a session on the watt bike. We also use the massage and physiotherapy services when required.

What do you find the most enjoyable at corehealth?
Ean: I like the core strengthening exercise as I feel they have helped my back condition so much. I also like most of the other exercises – I like that I feel I’ve had a whole body workout when I’ve finished a session.
Diane: I have loved meeting new people and establishing new relationships. I enjoy challenging myself physically and feeling safe in the hands of my EP’s to do so. I really like the exercises on the reformer.

What about the most challenging?
Ean: The Watt Bike sessions are definitely the hardest because the girls push me hard. I have found it has helped me in my cycling on the road.
Diane:  I get very frustrated trying to do the lunge and row exercise as I find it very tricky to get everything working at once! I feel that I still fail at this exercise, however Aly and Celine tell me I have improved a lot!

What inspires you?
Ean: My wife and family, my vocation and my health professionals I see at corehealth
Diane: My Family is a great inspiration to me. Knowing that there is a greater force in the universe than a mere human and my belief and confidence in the younger generation to be better and greater citizens of the world. Also the wonder and awe of Mother Nature.

Do you have any goals? Have these goals changed since attending corehealth?
Ean: I initially had a goal to get back on a bike after my injury. Once that was achieved I aimed at getting back on my road bike. Once I achieved that I have focused on being above average for my age group on the road bike. The other thing that has changed is my perception of my work. I have gone from thinking my career was over to now being able to chose when I retire.
Diane: I saw my father (who was a very strong and able man) suffer the indignities of the affects of a stroke. I wanted to be able to enjoy my life the way I wanted to, to do what I want to, to see what I want to see for as long as possible without the infirmary of injury or disease or medical ailment. My goal is to look after myself and because of my limited knowledge I cant do it all on my own – so I put my faith in the corehealth team to do some of that for me.

How do you find exercising with each other?
It is very convenient to be able to train together when we come to corehealth. Most of the time our EP’s are keeping us busy so we don’t notice each other that much.

You loved the wattbike component so much you decided to get one for home – how is it going?
Ean: It is very hard work but I know it is improving my road biking. I like the output measures it gives me, which helps me make my training more specific.

By Aly McBride

Let’s Talk Health – Do Men Need to Exercise Harder Than Women to Prevent a Stroke?

Article written by Amir Sela

Most of us know by now that there is clear evidence supporting that exercise is likely to reduce the chances of preventing a stroke. Literature also suggests that individuals who exercise are likely to recover from a stroke better than the ones who do not exercise regularly.

Taking this statement slightly further, it is hard to interoperate how much exercise is needed to answer the question above? Knowing that doing some is better than none makes it difficult to estimate and monitor how much each one of us is exercising, the frequency and the intensity of the needed regimen. Prescribing exercise is difficult, following an exercise regimen is often hard, demanding and is the first thing to be dropped when we are busy. When analysing the higher risk populations drive to exercise, such as people with cardiovascular disease, overweight or obese the answers are usually – “too difficult, it wont help and I am too busy..”.

Exercise is also often being portrayed and perceived as very expensive. Although often it is expensive, the alternative may often lead to a far more costly life style including medication, illness and injuries, loss of income and dependency on others. The public health messages are no longer pushing as hard towards exercise as this effort has been proven to work, rather the campaigns are aiming at sitting less since sitting in front of the T.V and in front of the computer at work is likely to be a characteristic of more sedentary people. When assessing how much exercise is needed, the quantifying measure is so often impossible to measure due to the multifactor’s life we live. All the evidence indicates that at least something is better than nothing.

Furthermore, are men and women equal in the amount/frequency and intensity of exercise to achieve the same result?
Dr Michelle McDonnell from the university of South Australia conducted a large scale study which investigates and compares the result and the level of activities among men and women and a large epidemiological study investigated the same topic. The study indicated that men believe they need to exercise harder than women. Men are believed to exert high levels of energy and reach sweating levels during exercises to reduce the risk of stroke while women can participate in a brisk pace walking longer than 2 hours per week and achieve similar result to the men.

The question then is raised…is this really the case? Are women’s response to exercise very different to men or do the studies fail to analyse/investigate this matter in the correct way. More studies are clearly needed to answer this question. These studies not only require a large scale and detailed subjects but also prolong the time frame to justify physiological response differences and adaptations.

What we clearly know is that no matter how at risk you are to suffer from a stroke, the alternative of exercise and the benefit of exercise regardless if expensive or not, are outweighing the ramifications of suffering a stroke.

Howard VJ, McDonnell MN. Physical activity in primary stroke prevention: just do it!., Stroke. 2015 Jun;46(6):1735-9.

Recipe of the Month

Hazelnut Truffles

1 1 cup dried dates
2 1 cup of skinless hazelnuts
3 2 teaspoons raw cocao or to taste
4 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate layer
• 1/4 cup coconut oil
• 1/4 cup raw cocao
• 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Hazelnut coating
• 1/2 cup skinless hazelnuts
Place dates in a bowl, cover with warm water and leave to soak for five minutes before straining.
In the meantime, toast the hazelnuts for both the truffles and coating in a moderate oven for 10 minutes.


Remove hazelnuts from oven and leave to cool for a few minutes.
Place hazelnuts in the food processor and chop finely.
Put half a cup of the hazelnuts aside in a bowl to use later before adding the rest of the truffle ingredients to the food processor.
Blend at a high speed until chopped and well combined. Roll into balls and place in the fridge to chill while you make the chocolate layer.
To make the chocolate layer, mix the coconut oil, raw cocao and maple syrup together in a bowl. It is best to use solid coconut oil so if it is a warm day, you may need to place your coconut oil in the fridge for a few minutes to harden it up.
Remove truffles from the fridge, roll in chocolate and then roll in the extra chopped hazelnuts that you prepared earlier. Place the truffles in the fridge to set.

Note: For a bit of a Christmas kick add a splash of Brandy into the mixture

– suggested by Marissa Carter