Alison Palmer founded Health Connection Ballarat in 2017 and since then the clinic has seen an increasing number of patients within Ballarat and surrounding areas.
“It has been a privelege to see the positive benefits individuals and families have experiened with my therapies,” said Alison.
Health Connection Ballarat provides alternative therapies including Neurolink and Bowen Therapy, targeted at individuals and families at every life stage from birth to the elderly. Treatments are safe, pain free and can be performed during pregnancy.
Alison worked at Ballarat Health Services in the Emergency Department for 14 years as an Emergency Nurse, Paediatric Educator and Manager, and completed her Certificate IV in Bowen Therapy and Neurolink Modules A and B in 2016 and Masters in Neurolink in 2017.
Alison’s interest in these therapies peaked after all three of her children suffered from intolerances with her youngest being the most challenging and unwell.
Through watching him suffer anaphylaxis, severe eczema and various ailments, Alison discovered Neurolink and Bowen Therapy to help with his condition.
“The outcomes these therapies have had with my youngest son have been life changing. His skin is predominately free of eczema, his sleep improved,asthma symptoms decreased and his motor and cognitive functions increased as he is less irritated by the symptoms he previously had,” she said.
Neurolink is a treatment method based on the principle that the brain governs optimal function of all the systems through neurological circuit. Neurolink addresses the real causes of a wide range of complaints to help you achieve sustainable results. It involves muscle testing, and the correction of the neural pathways by soft touch.
Bowen Therapy provides movements over tendons, muscles and tissues to help release the fascia. Offering pain relief, increased blood flow and enabling the body to heal.
“At my clinic I treat people who suffer from a wide variety of health concerns including gut health, burnout, eczema, allergies, low immunity, learning difficulties, sporting injuries, anxiety, autoimmune and behavioural issues in children of any age”, she said.
Alison said she has become very interested in working with teenagers, building their resilience, making sure their bodies are fuelled to handle, school, sport and extra curriculum activities they are interested in.
Alison’s children are almost teens and with the rise in mental health issues, particulary with adolescents, we asked Alison for some tips on raising resilient teens, based on her experience, working with other health experts.
Raising Resilient Teenagers
With increasing pressures from peers, social media and everyone being time poor, teenagers are having the highest incidence of mental health issues than ever before. One in four adolescents will have a mental illness and girls are more likely to suffer from an anxiety disorder than boys. These statistics are on the rise and we really need to be conscious about doing the little things to keep in touch with our teenagers and try to reduce the risk of teenagers developing a mental illness.
The information that a teenager receives in one week is the same amount that a teenager 20 years ago received in a year. It is any wonder that everyone is exhausted, time poor and feeling under pressure. To reduce this information overload it is important to set boundaries on electronic devices, make sure they are not taking their electronic devices to bed or they are not using them within 1 to 2 hours before they are due to go to sleep.
Teens need your advice, someone to listen to and the ability to make their own decisions. Building resilience and having permission to try and fail is an important concept individuals need to do. Our best resilience comes from a growth mindset and the concept of ‘not yet’. Carol Dweck is the world leader in a growth mindset principle and has TED talks and a book Mindset The New Psychology of Success.
It is important to listen to what your children are saying and be engaged. You don’t have to agree with them as this is the time when they will probably rebel against you. It is important to try and not place increased pressure and high expectations and your own individual expectations on your children. They already experience enough pressures from themselves and social media.
Doing simple things as a family like sharing meals, holidays, even jobs at home will create memories and build resilience. Encouraging them to be mindful and respect others, allowing them to see how their behaviour impacts on others is a major challenge. Encouraging part time jobs will introduce them to the workforce, teach time management and socialising with various ages.
Together, Health Connection Ballarat and The Athlete Sanctuary are providing education sessions aimed at fuelling teen bodies for success in sport, study and healthy lifestyle. Over 90 minutes coaches, parents and teenagers learn tips to look after and nourish their body for optimal performance and logevity. See details on the following page.
10 Tips for Relieving Pressure on Teens
- Listen and give your full attention
- Encourage participation in sport
- Prepare & provide fresh, nutritious food
- Maintain good sleeping habits
- Practice mindfulness (together)
- Share family meals three times a week with no electronic devices
- Encourage them to write or speak 3 things that went well each day
- Practice gratitude and empathy
- Try a growth mindset (Carol Dweck)
- Don’t hold a grudge! Set the punishment then move on
For more information on Neurolink and Bowen Therapy visit www.hcballarat.com.au