Beaches Health Responsibility ©



The main reason you’re not enjoying better health is a lack of response ability. As in, your ‘ability to respond’.
The good news is that there’s a simple solution for this…

Poor health is often blamed on bad genes, bad germs and, essentially, bad luck. This is an attractive way of framing things, as it allows us to shirk personal responsibility for our health and happiness.

In basic terms, health can be described as the consistent correct organisation of all 37 trillion cells in your body. Where the ‘organisation’  represents a response ability (the ability to respond) to adapt to internal and external challenges, overcome them and create health.

This ‘response ability’ is determined less by our genes and more by the responsible management of the external and internal environments that activate your genes. The external environment being physical activity and chemical nutritional, and the internal environment being our mental-emotional and recovery status.

Health relies on response ability. Response ability requires responsibility.

When we accept more responsibility for our health, it allows our body to have a greater ‘response ability’ to daily stresses which, in turn, leads to a greater quality of life.

(Before continuing ensure you’ve read the first article in this series, ‘Northern Beaches Health Foundation’, as it lays the ground work that we build on here).



How much health are you really enjoying?

Imagine a horizontal line. On the left there’s a zero, and on the right end a ten.  The zero equals zero health or ‘death’, and ten equals complete health or ‘consistent correct functioning of every cell in the body’.

(Death) 0 10 (Complete Health)

If you’ve been sick this year, had a few unexplained aches or pains and don’t wake up full of energy every morning, chances are you’re sitting at about 5 out of 10, maybe 6 out of 10 tops. That’s actually good news as it means there’s a lot of potential for it to be higher…

Would you like it to be higher? How would it feel to get sick less, sleep better, have more energy, greater focus, greater physical and mental performance, better relationships and more confidence?

You can have all that, but it requires an increase in your ‘response ability’.



The Basics of ‘Complete Well-Being’

One of the things we discovered in the first article was the World Health Organisation’s definition of health, which states that, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”.

This is a great definition but how can we turn it into a practical plan of action?

At a basic level, the human being can be described as 37 trillion cells functioning together in an organised manner. Before you can enjoy anything like ‘complete well-being’ you need to focus on the consistent correct functioning of every cell in your body.

That’s the basic plan if you want to enjoy your full potential for health, your potential lifespan, and the complete well-being you should be enjoying.

Correct cell function essentially means a cell’s ability to respond to the needs and stresses on the body.



You’re not a victim of bad genes or unhealthy genetics.

Remember the excitement about the ‘genome project’? We thought this would be the answer to life, the universe and everything.

What happened? Well, we found that a water flea has more genes than we do. In fact, so does a mouse… But the answers to a happy healthy life weren’t magically hidden in the genome.

People often blame their genes for lack health. But your genetic code is simply like a recipe book, waiting to be used by the chef. We all know that a recipe doesn’t necessarily guarantee the quality of a finished meal. Even with the best recipe in the world.

Any recipe being read by an overwhelmed chef, using low quality ingredients isn’t going to result in an enjoyable meal. On the other hand, a well organised, competent chef using high quality ingredients can turn any recipe into a memorable experience.

A similar process is constantly occurring in your body. Your genetic code is being read like a recipe book, to cook up the building blocks of your body. The ingredients are what you eat, the way you move and how you think and rest. These are often called the 4 pillars of health.

Whilst your nervous system, the intelligent system that organises everything, is the chef.  It’s also the foundation for the 4 pillars of health



A recipe for sickness, or health?

You were born smart, strong and beautiful, with the genetics to create complete well-being. Complete health and well-being is your birth right.

You are genetically programmed to create health. But in order to experience anything close to your health potential, you need an environment that let’s your body-mind express that potential. This is the concept of ‘genetic expression’.

A tiny percentage of health challenges are actually due to ‘genetic’ problems. The real problem is how the genes are activated. The signals they receive from their environment.



Health is relative to your external and internal environment.

A VERY important understanding about genes and genetics is that the way your genetic recipe is read, and therefore the health and quality of life you live, depends on your environment.

The ‘raw ingredients’ used in the recipe depends on your external environment (the way you move and eat) and the internal environment (the way you think and rest). The clarity of ‘the chef’ depends on an optimised nervous system.

You have control over the quality of the environments. You have the freedom to improve these ingredients and move closer to 10 out of 10 on your health scale. Or you can do nothing and continue to move closer to zero.  With this choice come responsibility.



Your Quick Start Guide to Healthy Response Ability

Spring has almost sprung but it’s not too late to start some health habits and enjoy an easy ‘Spring clean’. Simply choose one new habit from each of the 4 pillars of health below and stick to it for the rest of spring. You might be able to think of other healthy habits of your own.


Nutrition (the way you eat / chemical stress)

A piece of fruit before lunchtime
One fresh vegetable juice per day.
Thirsty? Add 2 big glasses of water per day
Look for ways to reduce your sugar intake.


Physical Activity (the way you move / physical stress)

Take ‘posture breaks’ at work/study every 30 minutes. Get up, breath deep and stretch for 1 minute.
Add 30 minutes of outdoor activity, 3 times per week
Remove your shoes and go for barefoot walk on the grass (or sand) every day.


Mental-Emotional (the way you think)

Take 3 minutes to only think of things you are grateful for.
Watch the sunrise or sunset in silence. Try once a week.
When toxic thoughts or memories pop into your head (inadequacy, fear, frustration etc), say the word ‘breathe’ in your mind and focus on your breath.


Recovery (the way you rest)

Aim for 8 hours sleep.
Set a waking time and stick to it all week.
No screens, phones, tablets laptops for 2 hours before going to bed.



The next article in this series will take deep look at the foundation that determines the strength of these 4 pillars of health.

Northern Beaches Health Foundation




The patients I see enjoying the biggest changes are those who have made a commitment to build a better life. Who realise the vital role health plays in having a great life and understand how easy is when they apply strong foundation concepts.

You may have experienced times when health was easy, and times when it was less so. When you understand what’s driving these experiences you can build the results you want. It’s often as simple as changing how we look at things, and knowing where focus our attention.

In this series of articles we’ll shake off harmful misconceptions, discover insider knowledge and lay the important groundwork for making that great life easier to achieve.



What isn’t health…

Even though we spend more resources every year on hospital beds, drugs and surgery, as a society we are becoming less healthy. Why is that? Maybe it’s because the way we think about health is the very thing stopping us from having it.

Many people in the modern world (including healthcare professionals) believe that as long as you don’t have pain or ‘symptoms’, you must be healthy. This dangerous misconception disconnects us from experiencing real health and the great life it allows.

Back in the dark ages the authorities enforced a belief that the sun revolved around the earth. People who understood the real science and saw a bigger picture were silenced. We now look back on those times as unenlightened and a little bit sad.

Fortunately, reason and logic eventually triumphed over the politics of the time. In the future we may look back at current misconceptions about health in a similar manner.

The first thing to understand is pain and ‘symptoms’ may indicate a lack of health, but a lack of these things doesn’t automatically indicate you are healthy.



‘Symptoms’ are actually Secondary Conditions

This is another important clarification that needs to be cleared up before we can proceed. We are led to believe that ‘symptoms’ are the problem with our health. That if we can just fix the ‘symptom’ then we are magically healthy. Symptoms (pain, tension, fatigue, anxiousness etc) are seen as the CAUSE of the problem, but this simply isn’t true.

Symptoms are the Secondary result of a Primary underlying Condition. An important step toward enjoying health is to stop using the word ‘symptom’, Instead call these things what they really are, ‘Secondary Conditions’. Then focus your attention on addressing the Primary Condition that is causing them.



What IS health?

It’s difficult to obtain something without an awareness of what you are seeking. The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) definition can help us with this. It tells us that:

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”.

That’s an interesting ““not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. Instead, health is, “Complete well-being”. The WHO definition isn’t some new-age idea. It was actually agreed upon and established back in 1946.



Why the illusion that ‘no pain’ equals ‘health’ can be harmful.

You’ve heard that backwards saying, “If it aint broke, don’t fix it”. People who follow this rule spend a lot of time fixing broken things, and living with things that are about to break. There is a better way.

Is it smarter to maintain your car and keep it in tune, or wait for it to break down?  If a warning light appears on the dashboard, you don’t just cover it up and pretend everything’s going to be ok.  That warning light means you’re long overdue for a tune up.

Covering up the warning light won’t make the problem go away. You still have a poor performing vehicle that is going to let you down at the worst possible time. Keeping your vehicle in good tune not only avoids warning lights, inconvenient break downs and expensive repair bills… More importantly, it makes the journey more enjoyable.

This is the same for your health. Secondary Conditions are a ‘warning light on the dashboard’ letting you know that you’re long overdue for a tune up. If your journey through life isn’t running smoothly as you want, then you need to be more proactive about staying in tune.



Secondary Conditions are a ‘late stage strategy’ for the body.

Think about this example for a moment…
Cardiovascular disease is one of our major killers. It develops over a long time. But often the first ‘warning light’ is the severe (and sometimes fatal) secondary condition called a heart attack.

A week before someone has a heart attack, when they ‘feel ok’, do you think they’re in a condition of complete well-being? No, they’ve probably been in an unhealthy state for a long time.

How about a week later, when the crushing pain of the heart attack has passed and they ‘feel better’? No, they’re a long way from complete well-being and have a lot of repair work to do.

You will NEVER build a great life by sitting back and only taking action when the ‘warning lights’ appear. A pro-active approach is the only sensible option.



Health requires self-organisation.

Unlike a car, your body has the ability to ‘self-organise’. That’s what your nervous system does. A healthy nervous system should automatically keep you in tune, without you even being aware of it.

However, your nervous system evolved in nature. The daily wear and tear of modern life can make you go ‘out of tune’. Many aspects of the modern world overpower, exhaust or confuse your natural nervous system’s ability to self-organise and keep you in tune. Any reduction in self-organisation can lead to a Neuro-Structural Shift.

Neuro-Structural Shifts are a Primary Condition and can lead to many Secondary Conditions. Neuro-Structural Shifts can be detected by chronic tension patterns, shifts in structure and movement, changes in the body’s behaviour and perception of sensory input. These are some of the indicators we assess for during our thorough Neuro-Structural examination and it’s what we re-assess before and after every visit.



A foundation of health for the Northern Beaches.

The WHO definition speaks of health as ‘complete well-being’. From a very basic perspective, a human can be described as 37 trillion cells organised in a manner that supports life.

Without the self-organisation there’s no life. Just a bunch of cells. Your nervous system is responsible for the organising. The health you enjoy and the quality of life you are currently living is directly proportional to the level of organisation your nervous system can sustain.

A clear, robust nervous system, unencumbered by Neuro-Structural Shifts is the foundation on which we build a better life.



Recap of the foundation concepts:

Health isn’t just removing pain and covering ‘symptoms’. In fact the correct term for ‘symptoms’ is Secondary Conditions.

Health is complete well-being and relies on self-organisation. Your nervous system is responsible for self-organisation.

Neuro-Structural Shifts reduce the nervous system’s level of organisation. A clear, robust nervous system is your foundation for a better life.



The next article in this series is a (shorter) discussion about necessity of healthy ‘response ability’ and the world’s Easiest Spring Clean..


Collaroy is Talking Behind my Back ©


I often hear, “I love what you do, I tell people about it all the time”.

It happened again recently, “I want everyone to experience this, I can’t stop talking about it!”  When I asked what was ‘talked about’, the reply was very familiar, “Well, what you do is hard to explain”.


The Northern Beaches are talking about the Foundation of Health…

But no one knows what to say!


If I can share one thing with you, it’s that a course of Neuro-Structural Optimisation doesn’t add something you don’t already possess.  This gentle process teaches your system to resolve the patterns of stress that stop you enjoying the most your life can offer…  The feelings you experience and the benefits you enjoy are because of what we set free.

There are many reasons why Neuro-Structural Optimisation obtains such profound results, some quite complicated.  We can explain it via Prigogine’s Nobel Prize winning work on complex self-organising living systems and chaos theory.  Or through evolutionary biology, functional neurology and polyvagal theory.  We can also look at the neuro-matrix theories of the latest pain science.  These are all interesting and valid, but let us start with a simple way to communicate what I do…


Picture yourself traveling along your life’s path

And whilst you travel you’re wearing a backpack.

As you walk along life’s path your backpack collects rocks. You don’t really notice these rocks because they’ve been accumulating gradually your whole life, one here and one there.

Until you’re where you are today – trying your best to put one foot in front of the other and get ahead, but loaded down with a backpack full of rocks. The real catch is that, up until now, you didn’t know that the backpack is there. So you think that its normal for life to be a bit of a struggle…

It isn’t.

Life can be so much better.


What if those rocks weren’t weren’t there?

Well… Then life would become a different experience. You’d be thinking, ‘wow, the journey can be painless. In fact, it can be enjoyable’. You’d be able to travel along your journey with less effort and more joy.

Even if the path gets a little rough, things will be .  Because it’s easier to skip the rough stuff when you’re not lugging around a backpack full of redundant rocks from your past.

…That’s a simple way to explain what I do.


If it sounds a little too simple. Then try this…

Those ‘rocks in your backpack’ that weigh you down are actually Neuro-Structural Shifts.
Neuro-Structural Shifts cause chronic tension, structural imbalances and challenge your nervous system’s ability to maintain the balance required to create health. Those sensations you feel during a Neuro-Structural adjustment, the ease of breath and the light, floating relaxation as you unwind is your system gently resolving Neuro-Structural Shifts to find a new level of ease, alignment and health.


Resolving the Neuro-Structural Shift Liberates New Levels of Health

A reduction in Neuro-Structural Shift allows a natural reduction in pain, improved healing of injuries and re-balance to a higher level of function. Whether new or chronic conditions, they are both a secondary result of the Neuro-Structural Shift.

You’ll also notice more energy and clarity without all those rocks to carry around. Athletes, enjoy increased recovery, which can lead to greater performance returns.

A clear efficient nervous system, and a structure that self-corrects for life’s bumpy road provides an opportunity to be the better you and enjoy a better life.


Learn more…

What are those rocks in your backpack?


I look forward to seeing you soon.

Kind Regards,

Dr Andrew Maher

Move to More – New Collaroy Chiropractor


This is a quick update on some BIG news that a lot of you have been wanting to hear…

But first, some History: The word ‘Chiropractic’ loosely translates as meaning “done by hand”.

The term originates from the Greek words “cheir” meaning ‘hand’ and “praxis” meaning ‘to practice’ or ‘to do’…


Chiropractic is my second major career, with a previous 16 years in Engineering. This culminated in running my own engineering consultancy, which did alright, and gave an opportunity to consider what I might like to do ‘when I grow up’…

The answer was simple, start a journey to explore the world beyond our current limits, find something more and then share it with everyone.

This new adventure led to selling my house, going back to university again for another Bachelor and a Masters degree, finishing a year long internship and becoming a registered Doctor of Chiropractic. That was 12 years ago.


Why Chiropractic?

The original intent of Chiropractic, as described in the founder’s old lexicon, is to ‘remove interference to the full expression of life’, and ‘reunite the person with the best version of themselves’.

The intent carries with it an implicit two-fold understanding. First, that more exists for everyone, and that the something more is to be found within our selves.

Plus, as an engineer, I was captivated by the latest science showing how this occurs in our bodies.

During the past 12 years (and 5 weeks…) I’ve been searching, studying and developing to provide for that two fold understanding in a scientifically valid, safe (and fun) manner. So you can experience and benefit from that something more you possess within.

In these last 5 weeks every single moment has been spent finalising our biggest opportunity yet. Building the most beautiful practice I can for the Northern Beaches. Carefully restoring a portion of the former Collaroy Westpac Building to showcase the elegance of its ‘Georgian revival style architecture’.

I did it all by hand, with a lot of love. I did it for you.


foundation collaroy chiropractor


And it’s now complete. A place where you can find more. Located centrally on the Northern Beaches. Come and discover the new space, now that it’s filled with more, for you.

Foundation Neuro-Structural Chiropractic,
your new Collaroy Chiropractor.


Foundation Neuro-Structural Chiropractic is now located at:
1121 Pittwater Rd, Collaroy Beach.
(in the Aroma Ki Day Spa building, corner of Pittwater Rd and Collaroy St).


Phone  9982 2446 to book an appointment.


See you soon,
Dr Andrew Maher.