WOW! Stimulating vagus nerve reduces inflammation in Rheumatoid Arthritis…..

Dr Sonia Wainberg came across this incredible article.  At the forefront of current research, its now been shown that stimulating the vagus nerve inhibits the production of cytokines which are powerful inflammatory mediators.  A new study that you can see in our link below implanted a small electrical device to stimulate the vagus nerve.  What is so exciting is you can do the same thing by doing deep diaphragmatic breathing, like you would do with meditation or when doing relaxing breathing.  The device stimulated the vagus nerve, which reduced cytokines in Rheumatoid Arthritis patients.

Please read this article, its absolutely fantastic!


5 complementary approaches, including osteopathy for pain relief.

A recent article in the Journal of American medicine assessing complementary approaches to musculo skeletal pain over the past 50 years shows good improvements for pains such as headaches, knee pain and arthritis, neck pain, fibromyalgia.

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The research looks at efficacy and safety evidence from 105 randomized controlled trials conducted over 50 years. Research included acupuncture and yoga for back pain; acupuncture and tai chi for osteoarthritis of the knee; massage therapy for neck pain  and relaxation techniques, and osteopathic manipulation for back pain.

This is all the more relevant with the current explosion in opiate prescription in the western world.  Come talk to your Melbourne osteopath at City Osteopathy to help relieve your pain, safely and naturally.

Find a link here….

Headaches. By Dr Bronwyn La Brooy, Osteopath at City Osteopathy.

Headaches… what a pain in the neck!

Are you one of the many that suffers from headaches?  Do you find they just don’t go away? Should you come visit us here at city osteopathy!?

Headaches; whilst having varying causing factors and triggers, may come from postural changes in the upper back and neck causing tension in those muscles.

Our culture tends to be very wired, stressed out and we predominantly sit – at the desk, on the train, driving or chilling out on the couch when we get home.  Stress can also present into the body as a shoulder shrug, leaving those shoulder muscles tight.

Chronic sitting and slouching can “turn off” our deep postural muscles.  Our head is pretty heavy.  Not only is it full of brains, but it weighs around 5-6kg.  Our upper neck and back muscles are working pretty hard to hold it up, especially when those postural muscles are taking a break.  This can result in the joints in the neck being compressed and giving off a pain pattern to the head.  It can also result in trigger points in those neck and shoulder muscles – hyperirritable points in skeletal muscle that can give referred pain into the head and neck, resulting in a headache.  These types of headaches are referred to as “cervicogenic” headaches – as they begin from the cervical spine (neck) and radiate to the base of the skull to around the eyes.

Migraines can be caused by many things, and range from moderate to severe, can be hormonal or run in the family.   Migraines are a result of blood flow changes and can present with or without aura – vision changes, nausea, dizziness.  They can be debilitating and affect your work and social life.

Osteopathy works to correct any dysfunctions in the upper back and neck, releasing off any trigger points in the shoulders and head, increasing range of motion to these segments and reducing muscle spasm.  We look at the whole picture – why the headaches are reoccurring, is there a pattern or lifestyle factor involved, and then tailoring the treatment as to how we can relieve this pressure.

Come see your Melbourne Osteopath at City Osteopathy for expert advice.

By Dr Bronwyn La Brooy.

High risk of further joint replacement in younger patients. No surprise really….

A new study in Lancet has shown the dramatic consequences of getting a knee or hip replaced before the age of 70.  You have a 35% chance you will require that joint to be replaced again in your lifetime, which are huge odds.  Are patients aware of these odds? If you wait until after 70, the study suggests you risk is only 5%.

All the more reason to keep following your conservative treatment plan, which of course involves a good hands on therapist like your osteopath at city osteopathy.

Read on…

20 mins of exercise and the health benefits.

Article by Dr Bronwyn La Brooy, Osteopath at City Osteopathy.

As the weather starts to change, the mornings a little chilly, the afternoons darker, the motivation to be out and active gets harder the closer we get to winter.  However, incidental activity is something we can all achieve without realising it.  Be it taking the stairs rather than the lift or getting off the tram a stop or two earlier and walking the rest of the distance.  There are proven health benefits of 20 mins of exercise on not only our physical wellbeing, but our mental and emotional wellbeing too.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends adults 18-64 years partake in 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise a week.  150 minutes seems crazy when we all barely have 2 minutes to ourselves in this hectic world!

To break it down, that equates to roughly 20 minutes of exercise every day.  It can also be accumulated into smaller 10 minute blocks, or you can do more on another day.  Moderate intensity is usually a brisk walking pace – where you can talk with a little puffing, and your heart rate is elevated.  So grab your buddy and go for a power walk, coffee in hand!

Taking a break out of the office, computer and florescent lights can also have a massive impact on our emotional and mental health.  20 mins of exercise releases chemicals in our brain that improve mood.  It can reduce our stress, help our sleep and has proven to increase productivity.

So next time you’re having your lunch at your desk or sitting down for your latte, consider taking a quick lap around the block, or the “long way” to get back to the office.  Standing up at work or opting to stand on the train can also increase our energy expenditure for the day too.  An easy way to remember would be for every 30 mins of sitting to do 30 seconds of exercise – whether that’s getting a glass of water, visiting your work neighbour or standing up for a stretch.  Increased physical activity, some fresh air and vitamin D will help us on all facets of our lives.