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Fighting loneliness By Glenise Dreaver

In Helen Scott’s life as a registered nurse and as a first responder on the ambulance service, she has seen many lonely elderly people. “It struck me that there are so many living alone, effectively trapped in their homes.” When Helen stopped working she decided to use her own time and resources to combat this. So she has set up Golden Oldies Adventures. The first move has been to have signwriting put on her trusty Volkswagen Tiguan, better known as Tinkerbell. Continued on page 2. Local volunteer worker Helen Scott in her trusty sidekick Tinkerbell - together the Golden Oldies support team. PHOTO: Supplied.

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Support for lonely elderly Continued from page 1. Importantly, Tinkerbell is elderly friendly. “Easy to get in and out of with lots of space for mobility walkers and other equipment.” Tinkerbell is key to Helen’s free service, which is about picking up elderly and isolated people from their home and taking them for some fun outings. “I want to help them to connect to other people, groups and activities in their communities.” She is sure the outings will then allow them to establish networks enabling them to continue independently of her service. The activities and adventures are, says Helen, tailor-made for each individual to allow them to see places and do things that make them happy. “That may be going to the beach, taking a scenic drive around Wellington or going out for morning tea and a chat.” As well as visiting community centres and sports and hobbies clubs, Golden Oldies can also help them re-connect with fam-

Golden Oldie Sue Kovacs, Helen Scott’s aunt, enjoyed trialling the new support system her niece has created. PHOTO: Supplied

ily or friends they may have lost contact with. Technology can also be an issue, and while she doesn’t provide people with the equipment, people can be helped to

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Kathleen Wright: Organising new co-working initiative. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver

Last month, the SubUrban Coworking organisation, found above the Mobil service station in Johnsonville, piloted the idea of a co-working club in the evening. The local co-operative normally provides affordable daytime “on call” facilities for those needing business space for part time work, and the evening sessions were a new departure. “This was for folks working on projects and businesses who could not take time out for that during the day,” says co-ordinator Kathleen Wright. The Wednesday evening meetings proved pretty popular she said, with about six or seven turning up each time, so they would continue to run it. The first session will be May 10, with more club nights available as the membership grows.

Those attending will need to bring their laptop and other materials they need to work with. A casual session will cost $20 plus GST per session or $60 plus GST for the month, she said. Every session starts with an introduction and a hot drink and those who attend have the chance to meet club members who are working on interesting projects Kathleen says their rooms provide a distraction-free and warm professional environment to work in, with three hours of super-motivated time to smash their work. “People can’t believe how much work they get done,” she says. SubUrban does all the administration and local entrepreneur Ayo Oyawale is acting as host, though the role will be shared as time goes by.


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Emergency preparedness Northern Ward councillors will be selling 200L emergency water tanks outside Newlands New World from 11.30am to 12.30pm on

Saturday May 19. People are being encouraged to pre-order and prepay the $110 if they want us to reserve one, or more.

Otherwise, says ward councillor Malcolm Sparrow, who is the council’s portfolio leader for community resilience, there is a risk

that they might run out of stock. “That’s been known to happen.” Email malcolm.sparrow@ wcc.govt.nz to order.

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Delivery for Dear David Midwives and families will march through Wellington tomorrow, Thursday May 3, celebrating International Midwives’ Day and bringing a Delivery for Dear David. That is a petition for the Minister of Health, David Clark supporting urgent funding for midwifery. “The Ministry of Health and the New Zealand College of Midwives have together produced a funding model that solves the issues .... The Government just needs to fund it, ” says Siobhan Connor, Chair of the Wellington Region of the College of Midwives. Marchers will gather at Civic Square at 11am, at 11.30am moving down Lambton Quay to Parliament arriving about noon and they will picnic there until 2pm.

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One local keen track walker recently reported to the Independent Herald that he is very disappointed to see the damage mountain bikers have caused on the Tinakori Hill tracks recently. He says the tracks were designed for walkers and over recent years have been used by mountain bikers. He says he has been walking the Tinakori Hill tracks to and from work for over 30 years and generally found them well maintained. “However a few weeks ago I noticed what appeared to be a new track being roughly

hacked into one of the tracks leading down to the top of Wadestown Road. “My concern was that trees and undergrowth had been left in a messy and dangerous state. I contacted the WCC Parks-Reserve people to report my concerns and to enquire if new tracks were being constructed.” He said the Parks and Reserves ranger/manager rang him and advised him that they were having problems with “pirates” hacking into our green belts bush and that this was a concern to them. “A few days later I noticed that the council had constructed barriers with netting and

Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni is encouraging people from the deaf community and New Zealand Sign Langage (NZSL) users to put themselves forward for the NZSL board. She says it is important that the board includes fluent NZSL users with the majority being deaf, reflects the deaf community and has a good balance of gender, age, ethnicity and a range of skills.  Five positions are available. Another five will be open for appointment in 2019.

Damage to walking tracks and warnings ignored. PHOTOS: Supplied.

signage instructing whoever was hacking into the bush to cease their illegal activity. “A few days later the ‘pirates’ had ripped out the signs and steel stakes.” Steve Peters Senior Park Ranger at WCC confirmed that they had seen the activity and were letting people know this was inappro-

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priate. That it had happened during the school holidays, was, he said “suspicious” . “Wellington is actually a pretty small place and we already have an idea of who the culprits might be.” While it was illegal and they would prosecute if they had to, he said their first approach was to talk to people.

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Extraordinary JRC meeting The Johnsonville Rugby Club is to hold an extraordinary meeting tomorrow, Thursday May 3. It will be held at the Johnsonville Clubrooms at 7.30pm. The club is requesting that players, coaches, managers, members and supporters come together to discuss issues about player representation to maintain Premier status as a club. “It is important we stand together as one and help each other out to try and alleviate these issues that the club is currently facing,” members have been told.

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inbrief news ACC to offer free service ACC will fund a free, independent service to help clients navigate its processes, or to better understand or dispute a decision, Chief Customer Officer Mike Tully has announced. The service is likely to be a mixture of phone, web-based, and face-toface advice and support up to, but not during, a formal review hearing. “We need to make sure our clients understands our reasons, or how to dispute that decision if they believe we are wrong.” He says ACC will seek expressions of interest in the service over the next six months, and hopes to have it up and running in the first half of 2019.

Friendship Club’s silver anniversary The Friendship Club of Johnsonville recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. Members held a special morning tea after the club’s annual meeting in late March which inlcuded a concert by Tawa College music students and a display of photos and memorabilia from the club’s

archives. On April 19 the club was presented with a certificate by Friendship New Zealand to recognise 25 years of friendship, fellowship and fun. “Twenty-five years is a significant milestone, so we are delighted to have five of the original members still involved

in the Friendship Club,” said president Kath Henderson. The Friendship Club of Johnsonville (formerly Probus Club) was established in 1993 with support from the Rotary Club to provide social, cultural and intellectual activity for those who have retired or are semi-retired.

“We have a wide range of guest speakers at our monthly meetings and arrange day trips, lunches and film outings which our members can join if they wish,” Kath Henderson said. The Friendship Club meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Johnsonville Uniting Church.

Free dental care On May 5 free dental care is being offered at Lumino The Dentists practices up and down the country. They have partnered with Carers NZ, the national body that provides information, advice, learning and support to family carers to help over 500 family carers with a hygiene service or simple dental procedures such as fillings. A team of 83 clinical staff and close to 150 support staff from Lumino will be caring for or assisting the unpaid carers at the 32 participating practices on the day.

The Friendship Club’s 25th anniversary cake was cut by three of the Life Members. From left: Ian Maclean, Olaf John and Alison Sweetman. PHOTO Patrick Flanagan

Family poverty an issue Family poverty is fast becoming a national crisis, says Salvation Army head of welfare services Major Pam Waugh. The Salvation Army says

those living in poverty includes the working poor as rents, petrol prices and basic food costs continue to rise. In 2017, 70 per cent of Wel-

lingtonians requesting help with basics were coming to The Salvation Army for the first time or the first time in a long time, an average of 32 new families a week.

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Blue Dragon book fair The annual Blue Dragon Book Fair in the Ngaio Town Hall on Saturday May 26 is a chance to donate books to a worthwhile cause and also find some amazing book bargains. The popular book fair is organised by the Blue Dragon Children’s Trust NZ, set up by a group of Wellington women to raise funds for Blue Dragon Children’s Centre in Vietnam. Blue Dragon was founded by Australian teacher Michael Brosowski in 2004 to provide education and training opportunities for children from impoverished Vietnamese families. The book fair raises close to $9000 every year, enough to support at least 20 Vietnam-

ese children to go to school for a year, and buy them school uniforms, equipment and school lunches. The donation also benefits the entire organisation and its work, which includes rescuing street kids from exploitation and sexual abuse, and young people who have been trafficked to work in factories, or in brothels or forced marriages in China. The book fair runs from 9am to 4pm on Saturday May 26 in the Ngaio Town Hall.  If you would like to donate books, DVDs, CDs or puzzles/board games please contact Iona McNaughton (021 799 059 or iona.mcnaughton@gmail. com evenings only).

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Maureen Brider of Ngaio in the community garden she has established in Tarikaka Road. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver

By Glenise Dreaver You have until 15th May to let us know what you think about the Council’s key priorities and proposed 10 year budget (2018-2028). In addition to city wide services and initiatives, specific items proposed for our area (Makara/Karori through to Khandallah/ Broadmeadows) are; •

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We’re also improving our resilience with new emergency water supplies to be placed in Khandallah, Crofton Downs and Karori. Further details are available on the council’s website; wellington.govt.nz

Ngaio resident Maureen Brider loves gardening and had the idea of planting a community garden a couple of years ago. She spoke to an elderly friend who encouraged her as did Kate Misa, an enthusiastic supporter of the Khandallah Community Garden. She became Maureen’s mentor too. Wellington City Council, when approached, gave the go ahead to dig the land in a corner of the Tarikaka Street reserve said Maureen, and also supplemented the plants she bought. “It was just too good to be true!” There were limits – she had to leave enough space round existing trees to let the mower through, for example.

There were also some setbacks. Two or three of the small feijoas originally planted as a group to form the backbone of the garden mysteriously disappeared, but the council replaced those and all are now growing very satisfactorily. The lemons were a problem too. Of the three planted, two died in the extreme weather last winter and the remaining one has been struggling through the summer heat. “But it’s coming along fine now.” Given the dry summer, since November Maureen has brought down two two litre bottles of water each day to water both the trees and the other more decorative plants like lavender, hebes and daisies. The council provides mulch which helps conserve them and she says they are growing

well, even though she is not keen on using manures in the area. Most days she weeds she says, though there is one other woman who comes down to help reasonably often. “I don’t even know her name!” Otherwise, she feels there isn’t a high level of awareness about the concept of the community garden - created by local people for the benefit of local people – and she says the feijoas, for example tend to just get left. “No one is even picking them up.” However, there are plans to put up a sign at the end of the reserve which will have contact details and which she is sure will make a difference and hopefully bring some helpers “Many hands make light work,” says Maureen cheerfully.


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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Is the new royal baby good news? Or is it all just hype?

Jonathon Rumbold, Paparangi “It’s quite good - a new vibe, with new faces. Young people are getting more into the royal family.”

Sera Ellis, Paparangi “I’m interested – everyone’s interested.”

Jeff Hamilton, Khandallah “I’m indifferent. There are lots of other things of more interest and concern in the world.”

Emma Berryman, Johnsonville “I like the royals and I like the baby.”

Magda Botha, Tawa “It’s fabulous news. Every baby’s fabulous news. Now she needs to have another one to keep it company in that big palace.”

Sandi Brown, Johnsonville “It’s good news of course. I’m very for the monarchy and it carries on the tradition.”

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Tai chi, from martial art to pure art

ABOVE: Participants of all ages took part in the World Tai Chi and Qigong day at the Karori Recreation Centre last Saturday. RIGHT: Tai chi master Xing Qi Lin and his student Feng Yun Dai demonstrate a graceful tai chi dance. PHOTOs: Brian Sheppard By Brian Sheppard

People around the world mark the last Saturday in April as World Tai Chi and Qigong Day by practicing their tai chi at 10am. This year, an estimated 300 people from tai chi groups around Wellington crowded into the Karori Recreation Centre to continue the tradition, under the guidance of tai chi masters from China and New Zealand. Participants were young, old, fit and notso-fit. The tai chi masters led participants through their routines

and gave a number of demonstrations, showing tai chi as a martial art, with the graceful use of hands, feet, swords and fans which, in earlier forms, would also have been weapons. While the underlying martial art was always obvious, some of the demonstrations gave more prominence to the expression of tai chi as an art form. They showed that none is far from a preparation for combat, but all are practiced as an art form. It’s just that some are closer to martial art while others are closer to pure art. The presentation of tai chi as a pure art form was shown by

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Golden Foot Awards The Golden Foot Walking Awards will be presented at a ceremony in Parliament’s Grand Hall on June 26. The Golden Foot awards celebrate and recognise New Zealand achievements for walkers by acknowledging innovative new facilities, highlighting national best practice and rewarding ongoing commitment to walking. Nominations close on May 25. They are being presented on June 26 by Julie Genter, Associate Minister for Health and Phil Twyford, as Minister of Urban Development and Transport.

The final prayer – a sacred moment of reflection at the Karori RSA. PHOTOS: Glenise Dreaver

Capacity crowd at Karori service By Glenise Dreaver

Two veterans, Robbie Robieson from the Korean war and the former Chief of the Defence Force and Air Marshall David Crooks (retired) were at the Karori ceremony.

Bruce Johnston, the president of the Karori Returned and Services Association, opened the organisation’s Anzac Day service to a packed hall, which included some seventy members of the first Karori Scout Group - Keas, Cubs and Scouts, all out in force. There were many moving moments during the ceremony, which included a poem by the late Michael Foster, a Karori stalwart. Entitled Epitaph, it was read by Carey Clements and drew some tears. “Men of Karori went off to war…” The Anzac address was presented by Associate Professor Kate Hunter who teaches the social history of World War I at Victoria University, She described many unrecognised but powerful civilian contributions, especially those from women, and the plight of the refugees who had to flee the conflict and who were left destitute after the war. Her message, backed up by very real examples, was that war creates humanitarian crises of all sorts, and the emotional turmoil of grief, trauma, anxiety and separation were not wiped away with signatures on a treaty. It was fortunate that the weather was fine as the laying of the wreaths and concluding moments of the ceremony were able to be conducted outdoors, and there was more than one comment heard that the completion of the new hall could not come too soon for the community.

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10k marathon brings family reward By Glenise Dreaver

Anita Li from Newlands started running seriously just two years ago. “I’ve done a few 10k’s round Wellington,” she says. “Like The Round the Bays and last July the Wellington 10k Marathon.” It was quite a big change in her lifestyle as before that she hadn’t done much exercise at all. Recently, she started thinking it would be nice to do some events in other places. That was when she spotted the nationwide competition being run by Cigna, asking people why they should “Run away to the Cigna 10km: win a weekend in the Hawkes Bay. Cigna is the main sponsor of the 10km leg of the Hawkes

Bay marathon that’s coming up on May 11. Anita entered and, to her delight, she won. It means her husband Holmes Lam and two young boys, Marcus 11 and Mitchell, seven will all be able to take part. That makes the prize a very special one and the opportunity has, she says, motivated them all. Marcus has been training with her during the school holidays and plans to run the whole 10k. For the last two years, Holmes has been recovering from serious knee surgery. “An old soccer injury,” says Anita. He has however, started training too and will run the first two or three kilometres with Mitchell, then walk the rest with him.

Anita Li with her family, who will all take part in the Cigna 10k marathon in Hawkes Bay on May 11. Sevenyear-old  Mitchell  left and her husband Holmes Lam, will run and walk together  and  Marcus 11, will run with her. PHOTO: Supplied

EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville a train unit at the railway station was tagged with green, pink, black and blue spray paint while it was parked between midnight and 4 am. A blue Mazda Demio hatchback parked on the road overnight in Bassett Road had petrol drained from its tank when offenders cut the fuel pipe leading from the tank to the engine. Pot plants placed outside the front door of a house in Birch Street were targeted by an intruder who entered the property and picked up a pair of loppers and smashed the pots. A burglar entered a house in Hindmarsh Street during the early hours of the morning while the occupants were asleep. Entry was made through an unlocked back door. A laptop computer, an Iphone and a knife from a knife block were taken from the kitchen. A handbag containing a wallet and a prescription for codeine was taken from another room. A break in occurred at a retirement village on Burma Road. The intruders climbed the fence to gain access. The door of a contractor’s office was forced open and a large quantity of power tools, communication radios, and keys were stolen. Another office on the site was broken into and a clothing item was stolen. An attempt was made to break into a business property in Helston Road by smashing a rock against the lock on a wooden door. The attempt was abandoned and no entry gained. A room in a boarding house in Corlett Street was entered when the intruder jemmied the door open.

One boot of a brand new pair was stolen. In Newlands a black Toyota Hilux utility vehicle, parked overnight in in Middleton Road had its front bull bar and light bar removed and stolen. In Churton Park a black Ford Falcon saloon parked briefly during the night in Cambrian Street had its right rear quarterlight window smashed to gain entry. A lady’s handbag containing a driver’s licence and bank cards was taken from its hiding place under the passengers seat. Other items stolen from the vehicle include a number of CDs and a camera with filter and lens. In Karori a grey Suzuki Swift hatchback parked, locked and alarmed overnight in Bristow Place, was stolen. A red Toyota Corolla hatchback parked overnight in Newcombe Crescent had its rear registration plate stolen while a white Toyota Corolla stationwagon parked overnight in Karori Road had its rear registration plate stolen. In Northland a quantity of fishing gear was stolen from a storage area on the roof of a garage in Garden Road and a black Suzuki GSX150 motorcycle was stolen from Chaytor Street. In Wadestown a grey Toyota Yaris hatchback parked overnight in Sar Street was broken into. The right rear side window was smashed to gain entry. A fuel card was stolen from the console. A silver Volkswagen Polo hatchback parked locked in the driveway of a property in Sar Street was entered via a smashed front passenger window.

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They cause direct financial loss by robbing beehives of honey and by killing bees. They also require beekeepers to expend time and money in control procedures To find and destroy a single wasp nest in an urban area: If you search on sunny days, near dawn or dusk, the low light angles will highlight the flight path as wasps enter and leave the nest. Place a dessert spoonful of insecticide at the nest entrance after dark when the wasps have stopped flying. You can use a puffer bottle for this job. Worker wasps flying in and out will spread the powder into the nest and the colony usually dies within a day. If activity continues repeat the treatment until wasp activity ceases. Don’t shine your torch into the nest or wasps will fly up the beam.

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On April 25, residents of the Malvina Major Retirement Village gathered for an ANZAC service, to pay their respects to soldiers who have died in the defence of New Zealand, and in its overseas peacekeeping duties. The service, accompanied by music from the Salvation Army Band, was led by Major Roger Horton of the Salvation Army. Village residents also took part and contributed their own wartime memories and reflections. The guest speaker was Major Mark Richards (RNZAMC), who reflected on his time in the armed forces and of the sacrifices made by others. This was an important opportunity for residents, many of whom are no longer able to take part in an open-air dawn service. It was an emotional time for many, bringing back raw memories of the tragic loss of family members and friends but they came to show their respect for the sacrifices that those soldiers had made. PHOTOS: Brian Sheppard

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Young rower on her way up

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Bumbling Blues a sign of the times Evie Bond, who coxed the North Island under-18 girls’ 4 and 8 crews in the recent North vs South Island regatta. PHOTO: Supplied By Glenise Dreaver

For 16-year-old rower Evie Bond of Samuel Marsden College, her recent Maadi Cup performance as cox of the school’s under-18 team started a course of events that is seeing her move up the ladder in the rowing world. A few weeks after the Maadi, Evie had the chance to trial for the u-18 North Island girls’ team, in preparation for the annual north-south regatta. Her selection wasn’t just about coxing in a boat says Evie. “We also had an interview about ourselves, our personality and where we wanted to go in rowing.” She was successful and coxed the North Island u-18 girls’ 4 and 8 crews, though sadly not to victory. “The South Island beat us in terms of points but it gave us the chance to bond as a crew and to meet people from all over New Zealand. It was an amazing experience and

I’ve made lots of friends.” “And we are all keeping in touch through Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook – things like that.” She is In year 12 at school, but was Evie’s last year in the u-18 level as there is a strict eligibility criteria and she turns 17 before the end of the year. Her ultimate aim is to make the elite New Zealand team, though she has another year at school, where the director of rowing is former British gold medal rower Rachel Gamble-Flint. She’s just amazing,” says Evie, who started rowing at the school in year 9. Evie also said she owes a lot to Catherine Duffin, who coached her in her second season. Keeping fit during the winter is not an issue for this Lyall Bay girl. “Mum’s a really good runner. She does lots of it, so I go with her.”

As a child, the saying “When Auckland rugby is strong, New Zealand rugby is strong”. No more. That was 1996, the Auckland team were still the provincial benchmark and The Blues were on their way to being the first Super 12 champions. How times have changed. Calling the Blues a shadow of their former selves would be insulting to shadows. Their latest home loss, 20-13 to Argentina’s Jaguares will do little to promote goodwill for the team which now has a generation of fans which don’t know what success looks like. The other four Kiwi franchises have all won the Super Rugby title in the past five years. All Black rugby has been the global measuring stick for the past decade. The 2018 Blues have been hampered by injuries to key players but in reality don’t have the firepower to be competitive in a tough Kiwi conference. Coach Tana Umaga seems to have his hands tied. Yes, he is as accountable as the players for the effort on the field but Blues fans

must realise he doesn’t have the cattle to create positive change. The Auckland franchise have chopped and changed coaches looking for the right forecast to blow the winning winds of change through Eden Park. It is time they find quality players and invest in them long term. They need a quality No 10 and a leader or two in the forwards. They also need help mentally. Winning is as much a habit as losing is. The Blues don’t know how to win and panic when the game is tight. Rumours the franchise is keen to re-sign Umaga to another contract. Despite the results, that seems like a logical thing to do. No other coach stands out as an obvious replacement at this stage. There is no solution that will quickly satisfy the thirst for winning the fans have. The reality is, the Blues stink but throwing the baby out with the bath water has been tried and it failed. Best stay the course and look for brighter days.

“I used to move much better…” Unfortunately there are too many people suffering with neck and back stiffness. They are stiff in the mornings, can’t tie their own shoelaces or can’t turn their head to back down the driveway. May is Arthritis Awareness Month, so Kelly Chiropractic is highlighting some important things you should know about osteoarthritis and offering you a special opportunity to improve your neck and back stiffness. What is Osteoarthritis and what causes it? Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis and the leading cause of chronic disability in the elderly. The symptoms are pain and stiffness, typically this occurs in the spine and weight-bearing joints initially, which can be confirmed with x-rays. There are numerous causes including a hereditary component, however one of the common causes of OA is trauma. If you have had an injury to your knee or ankle earlier in life and it wasn’t fully rehabilitated at the time, it is more likely to develop OA. Similarly, if you have

had an injury to your spine then you are more likely to have OA in that part of your spine. When the wheels of a car are out of alignment the tyres show abnormal wear. The same thing can happen to the vertebrae of a spine that is misaligned - it can start to degenerate. Improper function of the vertebrae can also lead to inflammation and irritation on the spinal nerves as they exit the spinal column and this can lead to other health problems. What can you do about it? Chiropractors conduct a comprehensive examination of the spine and can take x-rays to assess the state of your spine. If functional problems are found we can begin a course of care to restore function to your spinal joints. We may not be able to restore you to your peak physical state (when you were 25!), but most patients get some improvement. As well as getting your spine checked there are things you can do to delay the onset or slow the progression of OA, such as controlling your weight and doing regular exercise like walking or swim-

ming. We will offer advice on these other things. Is this you? Although most people present to chiropractors for back pain, neck pain or headaches, I will give you an example of how we help people with spinal osteoarthritis. Very often we will see a patient in their 60’s who has just realized they are having trouble backing the car out of the drive. We will perform an exam which often includes spinal x-rays. We find degeneration of the spine, confirmed by what we see on the x-rays. We begin a course of chiropractic adjustments, designed to improve function to the spine and prescribe exercises to help improve the flexibility. As part of Arthritis Awareness Month we are offering a simple free spinal check to determine if you are someone that could benefit from chiropractic care. Call us on 4786194 before the end of May to make a booking for yourself or a friend. We will let you know if you need a full examination. If x-rays are required we can do these on-site. 12 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville Ph: 04 478 6194


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