Author Archive | Ben Purcell

What is Heart Rate Variability and How is it Useful?

Heart Rate Variability

If somebody was to mention Heart Rate Variability (HRV), to most people it would conjure up images of hospital care and heart monitors. However it actually is far more in line with chiropractic healthcare than the name would immediately suggest. HRV is designed as a test of the patient’s nervous system. The name has been […]

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Lower Back Pain in Fast Bowlers – Cricket Injuries

lower back pain

There are many misconceptions around cricket, and perhaps the biggest one is the physical stress that the sport has upon its players. As we near the end of the cricket season, some fast bowlers may be experiencing back pain. Due to a combination of the techniques required and the physical movements involved, bowlers are susceptible […]

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How to Avoid the Six Most Common Tennis Injuries

tennis injuries

Tennis works your core, thighs, and biceps, all while adding agility and improving your anaerobic health. Like any sport, however, it comes with its fair share of injuries. These are the six you’re most likely to encounter on the court. Sprained Ankle Moving laterally exposes you to an abnormally high risk of ankle strains, but […]

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Christmas Foods to Eat for Good Health

christmas food

Along with the Christmas holiday season come all those family get-togethers and party invitations. It is generally a time to enjoy good food, great hospitality and to relax some of the rules of a healthy lifestyle that we try to follow for the rest of the year. In order to avoid gaining too many kilograms […]

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Australian Open Golf and Preventing Golfing Injuries

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The Australian Open Golf Championship is our nation’s oldest golf tournament. First played over a hundred years ago, the event this year takes place at the Australian Golf Club, Rosebery, Sydney for a record 20th time. Bathurst Chiropractor, Ben Purcell, explains that whilst golf is not generally regarded as requiring a great degree of physical […]

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Reducing Stress in Your Life


Mental Health Australia (MHA) is leading the annual, October 10th World Mental Health Day campaign in Australia.  This year’s theme is ‘Mental Health in the Workplace’ and MHA’s ‘Do You See What I See’ campaign challenges our perceptions of mental illness. It encourages all of us to take a more positive view of mental health […]

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Injury Prevention in Contact Sports

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Rugby League is probably the most popular football code here in NSW, but other sports like AFL, Rugby Union, hockey and soccer are very popular as well. Although Rugby League is traditionally a male dominated sport, the popularity of the different codes among women is rising (as the huge popularity of the Women’s Rugby World […]

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Preventing Cycling Injuries and Improving Performance

cycling injuries

The 2017 Tour de France is running from 1st – 23rd July. This marathon event truly is a test of human endurance comprising nine flat, five hill, five mountain and two time-trial stages – oh, and two rest days! After watching this event avidly, many of us ‘armchair athletes’ will be joining the ranks of […]

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Curbing Down that Stress Level


It’s Men’s Health Week in June and we’re focusing on stress.  Cut throat competition is a common issue in today’s world, and the desire to out-perform and move up the ladder carries its own problems. The resultant long-term stress can create issues in our lives affecting us mentally as well as physically. Stress management is […]

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