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!


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.

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.


Rohan Armstrong’s NYC marathon

Good to have Rohan  back now from the states after completing the NYC marathon.

Well done Rohan, not only on his great experience, but also with his leadership and mentoring of the group of runners as part of his runwell running coaching.

Thought we would add these photos just for the fun of it, shows how hard the marathon is, and how important it is to enjoy the sights as well!!

rohan-post-run ice-hockey


Botox helps migraines? Read on….

New research suggests that botox injections can help migraines.


The Melbourne osteopaths at City Osteopathy can understand why this would occur.  A large proportion of headache and migraine come from irritation to the scalp and facial muscles, which are significantly supplied via nerves from the upper portion of your neck.  Botox would logically reduce pain firing and irritation to these tissues.  As would seeing your osteopath!  Getting gentle, expert care for your neck from an osteopath should also help migraine, without the need for more invasive treatments, like botox.  What do you think?

Good posture is vital to overall health and wellbeing…

Tips to Improve Posture

You might not realize this, but having good posture is vital to your overall health. Good posture doesn’t just mean a more aesthetically pleasing stance, but a body that functions with good posture uses less energy, creates less pain, allows you to breathe better and operates more efficiently. Put simply, good posture is one of the indicators of a properly balanced and healthy body!

Professional osteopaths have known this for years, but the impact of posture on overall wellbeing is one of those things that is only relatively recently being emphasized in fitness and health circles.

That being said, here are a few of our tips to make you more aware of your posture and improve it in your daily life.

  1. Get Professional Help

Before you attempt to remedy posture issues, it is first vital that you educate yourself on the subject as a whole. This means learning what bad posture looks like; what good posture looks like; the common causes of poor posture; and the particularities of your body type or lifestyle in regards to your posture issues.

The most efficient way to achieve this is to consult with a professional. An experienced  osteopath Mebourne will provide an objective analysis that is particular to you and create an action plan that may involve treatment, biofeedback exercises, education and little tips for work and home.

Poor posture is too important an ailment to simply attempt to self-treat without proper guidance.

  1. Exercise

Once you’ve consulted with a professional, you can also look into incorporating beneficial exercises into your lifestyle.

This can include yoga, stretching, rehabilitation, pilates etc. Aside from the obvious cardiovascular benefits to regular physical exercise, developing this habit can also improve breathing, flexibility, muscle conditioning, and can also reduce fatigue in your core, lower back, and shoulders (all of which can have a direct impact on your posture).

  1. Develop Self-Awareness

Curiously, this might be one of the more challenging aspects of improving posture—developing an enhance sense of self-awareness. Simply put, you’ll need to start paying constant attention to how you carry yourself, as well as how your body moves and functions in regards to common daily activities.

This means, you’ll need to be aware of your posture during:

  • Driving
  • Sitting at your office desk
  • Exercising
  • Walking
  • Standing
  • Picking up your children
  • General lifting

The list goes on, but as you can see, developing constant self-awareness like this can be its own challenge. The benefit though, will be that as this habit develops, you’ll be able to notice when your posture slips and self-correct on the fly.

Posture isn’t something that you can simply “fix” overnight, which is why, as we outline above, we recommend first consulting with a professional. The long-term benefits to your health are immense, but proper osteopathic guidance and treatment will allow you to approach posture issues from an informed perspective.

Our Melbourne osteopathy team are dedicated to ensuring our patients all receive quality posture solutions, so contact us right away to arrange for a consultation and treatment plan.