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How to survive the easter long weekend – tips from your osteopath

Tue, 22 Mar 2016 09:48:08 +0000

Number One: PACKING THE CAR A weekend away generally means lifting heavy bags, eskies and/or tents in and out of the car, so it is important to use proper technique to protect your back when bending to pick something up. Place the object straight in front of you Bend at the knees – not from your back! When standing, push up through your heels At all times, keep your chest puffed out and head looking straight ahead – this will maintain your back in a straighter position to avoid harmful strain. Number Two: SLEEPING IN A DIFFERENT BED Sleeping in a different bed or even on the floor if you’re camping can cause some unwanted back pain and stiffness. Take your own pillow. Sleeping on the pillow that your neck Continue Reading

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What is an Osteopath?

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 07:36:28 +0000

Osteopaths most closely resemble bio-mechanists, or body mechanics. As such, we look at the way you move. We seek out problems in your body’s movement and then apply hands-on techniques like stretching, mobilisation or in some cases manipulation to improve the movement. This might mean finding that a tight muscle in the back of your leg is causing the pelvis to not be able to tip forward easily and thus causing the lower back to become strained. In most cases you would only feel the lower back pain, and, be completely unaware of the actual problem coming from the tight muscle in your leg. An Osteopath is always looking for the cause of the problem and thus appointments are generally at least 30 minutes in duration. Every joint and muscle Continue Reading

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Osteopathy and Getting Older

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 07:20:40 +0000

If you are reading this then there is a pretty good chance you have something in your body that hurts and you are looking for a non-pharmaceutical way of either improving how it works or feels or eliminating the problem completely. Osteopaths deal with movement in your body. Changes to the quality and extent of movement occurs from very early in life. Let’s face it, how many teenagers can do the splits, yet most 5-6 years olds get pretty close. These changes in our muscles and joints happen gradually and, like most cars, as the kilometres grow, so do the problems. We tend to collect ailments, more by the decade. It takes longer to recover from each as the body has more to deal with than it did the preceding Continue Reading

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Osteopathy and Cervicogenic Headaches (Tension Headache)

Wed, 10 Apr 2013 01:42:26 +0000

Most people have suffered a headache at one point or another in their life. Some could count the number of headaches on one hand, while others it can be as frequent as every day. This condition can be recurrent and quite debilitating, as such, it is important for sufferers to educate themselves in order to seek appropriate care and management. This will minimise the impact of their headaches on their daily life. Osteopathic treatment is a manual therapy which can be very effective in reducing, if not eliminating, tension headaches. Headaches are a common condition in society. In fact, an Australian study shows approximately 87% of the population will suffer from headaches each year. The type of headache can vary however, primarily being cervicogenic headaches (sometimes known as tension headache), Continue Reading

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“Sciatic” pain: the Osteopathic approach

Wed, 10 Apr 2013 01:39:05 +0000

As the years roll by, we all seem to fall victim to pain and discomfort in different areas of our body. Most pains we put up with until they become so annoying or debilitating that “something” has to be done. Often, this “something” involves our partners being so fed up with our daily complaints of pain that they make an appointment for us. One of the pains that many of us feel, is what is commonly termed “sciatic pain” or sciatica. Where someone feels “sciatica” can vary, sometimes it is in the buttock, sometimes down the back of the leg and sometimes extending all the way past the knee. Usually, only one leg is effected. Sitting at your desk or watching TV can feel fine, sometimes even going for an Continue Reading

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Posture and Osteopathy

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 02:42:20 +0000

Posture plays an important role in activities of daily living and is essential for good health. Poor posture leads to muscle stress, headaches and fatigue, which contribute to decreased circulation and a weakened immune system. A weakened immune system leads to lack of energy and frequent illness. It is therefore important to understand what causes poor posture and to learn how Osteopathy can ease the muscle strain and improve the biomechanics associated with poor posture. Poor posture is caused by a misalignment of the musculoskeletal structure. There are two types of misalignments: structural and functional. Structural misalignments are internal and usually present at birth, such as misalignment of the bones in the toe or one leg being shorter than the other. Functional misalignments are caused by external, or environmental, factors Continue Reading

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Osteopathy Helps Treat Tennis Elbow and Prevent Recurrence

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 02:41:10 +0000

“How can I have tennis elbow?” I’ve never played tennis a day in my life!” Contrary to what the name implies, tennis elbow can occur as the result of any type of repeated action that overly stresses the outside, or lateral part, of the elbow, causing inflammation and pain in the elbow. Repeated motions that use a turning or twisting of the wrist, such as using a screwdriver for a long period of time, are prime causes for tennis elbow. Even something as simple as using a broom for a day of sweeping during spring cleaning season can cause tennis elbow to develop. In tennis elbow, the tendon that attaches the muscles to the bone becomes sore and inflamed, often developing tiny tears in the tissue. As the arm attempts Continue Reading

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Is Your Job Causing Headaches?

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 02:10:35 +0000

Many jobs can give you a headache, but working at a desk all day causes muscular tension that makes this figurative expression all too literal. Headaches, neck strain and shoulder tension arise from spending your days in the same posture. While ergonomic work stations can help, osteopathic treatment not only alleviates your current pain but helps prevent discomfort from recurring. Headaches don’t start inside your head. Because your brain has no sensory nerve endings, it feels no pain. The tension headache that you perceive as centred behind your eyes or in a vise-like band at the nape of your neck has its roots in the muscles and tendons of your upper trunk. As you become absorbed in your work, you shift position less often, creating strain on the muscles holding Continue Reading

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