Is Plantar Fasciitis a Symptom?

Wake up in morning with knife like pain in the arch or heel of your foot? It could be plantar fasciitis. It’s the bane of the foot’s existence and can be very frustrating and annoying. In this article I’ll be discussing all you’ll need to know about why and how plantar fasciitis comes to be and how Osteopathy can help you.

 

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

First, let’s talk anatomy. It’s common knowledge that the musculoskeletal system is made up of muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons; but there is a very important and often overlooked structure called fascia. Fascia is the sinew that holds everything together, we have layers upon layers of fascia that surround our muscles, tendons, joints and even our organs.

The plantar fascia is the extension of the achilles tendon that runs over your heel, along the bottom of your foot to the tips of your toes. It holds your foot together, encasing your arch, blood supply, nerves, tendons, muscles and small bones of the ankle. If the Plantar Fascia becomes inflamed and irritated it then presents as sharp unremitting pain in the arch or heel. It’s often worse in the mornings or after rest and is referred as plantar fasciitis.  

What causes Plantar Fasciitis?

This is the million dollar question. There’s little proof of an exact cause but there are studies that show plantar fasciitis being a manifestation of another biomechanical problems in the foot or leg. Biomechanical problems can be split into two categories;

Compressive forces: This is where the arch structures are very weak and collapsed similar to someone who has a ‘flat foot’; therego putting extra pressure on the plantar fascia to hold the foot together. This causes the plantar fascia to overstretch, inflaming its attachments to the heel; and in severe cases causing spurs on the heel bone. People who are obese and/or have flat feet are predisposed to this kind of injury.

Traction forces: This is where the plantar fascia is being overused and overstretched in someone who runs or walks on their toes. The repetitive physical stretch of the plantar fascia during the push off phase of running and the over activation of the calf muscles can pull the plantar fascia tight over the heel; therego irritating it. Athletes are more prone to this kind of injury.

 

How can an Osteopath treat this?

Osteopathic manual therapy can provide immense relief for people who suffer from this injury. Firstly an Osteopath will diagnose the cause of your plantar fasciitis and treat the problematic structures with safe, gentle manual therapy techniques. The most important factor is to change what is causing your plantar fasciitis and proceeding to strengthen the arch supporting muscles in the leg and foot. Our friendly and helpful Melbourne Osteopaths here at City Osteopathy will help you with your plantar fasciitis. Book in today!

Dr Stephanie Norton-Smith

Melbourne Osteopath

Osteopathy can help manage your reflux

 

GORD (Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease) is the medical term used to describe reflux and heart burn. It’s an excessive production of stomach acid that can creep up and irritate the Oesophageal lining, producing a distinct burning sensation in the chest and throat. It’s very common, 80% of the population will suffer from it at some point in their life; so if not yourself chances are there are people you know who may suffer from this irritating illness.

What causes GORD?

The most common cause of GORD is due to the weakening of a ring of muscle called the Lower Oesophageal Spincter (LOS). The LOS is located between the stomach and Oesophagus and its primary roles are to relax to allow food into the stomach; and to contract when no food is passing through, this incases in the stomach acid within the stomach. When the LOS is weakened it allows stomach acid and/ or food to back track up the oesophagus causing inflammation and damage. 

Common causes of LOS weakening include:

  • Being Obese and/ or overweight
  • Fatty foods due to prolonged acid requirement to digest
  • Substances that relax the LOS; such as tobacco, alcohol, caffeine and chocolate
  • Pregnancy due to hormones that relax the LOS and compression of the stomach in later stages
  • A hiatus hernia, this is a portion of your stomach that pushes up through your diaphragm creating a pocket of unused stomach
  • Helicobactor Pylori, a bacteria that causes stomach ulcers
  • People who suffer from stress

How is GORD treated?

GORD is usually very treatable once the cause is diagnosed. Your General Practitioner may order a series of blood tests, breath tests and scopes to diagnose your cause. Depending on the cause the solution could be as simple as a change in diet, cessation of smoking and weight loss. More complicated reasons may require medication and surgical intervention.

How can Osteopathy assist management?

In conjunction with your doctor’s recommendations Osteopathic manual therapy can help release any postural tension that can be contributing to compression of the stomach and surrounding soft tissue structures.  This could mean loosening off your diaphragm muscle, loosening off  both the upper abdominal muscles and intercostal muscles, and improving function and movement of your thoracic spine.  We can also give advice on natural remedies that may help this issue, give you exercises, evaluate your breathing technique and improve this and discuss your diet.

At City Osteopathy our Osteopaths Melbourne use safe and effective techniques that can help decrease the severity of your symptoms. We can give you advice about ways to manage your posture and stress to help relieve digestive issues. Book in with our informative Osteopaths today!

 

Dr Stephanie Norton-Smith

The Best Osteopath in Melbourne – Their Similarities and Differences to Chiropractors

image of a Chiropractor doing pushing motion to adjust backThe growing popularity of osteopathy in the country has made many people curious of what its advantages over chiropractic can be. Chiropractors have typically been more sought after for muscle and spinal pain  relief, but an increasing number of people and wellness professionals reveal that osteopathy may actually deliver more lasting pain relief in the case of muscle aches and pains.

Is there any truth to claims that osteopathy is far more powerful than chiropractic medicine? This article will help provide an understanding of osteopathy ,as well as its differences and similarities to chiropractic medicine.

Why are osteopathic doctors not as popular as chiropractors?

The mainstream popularity of chiropractic medicine can be attributed to the consistently aggressive marketing approach of chiropractors. Through the years, chiropractors have slowly established a positive reputation as a reliable and effective discipline in the treatment of muscle conditions and spinal problems.

On the other hand, osteopaths have been more conservative in their approach of bringing their discipline to mainstream awareness. In recent years however, osteopathic medicine has been enjoying immense popularity due to its equally reliable and powerful treatment strategies.

What are the similarities between osteopathy and chiropractic medicine?

For one, chiropractic medicine and osteopathy share the same objectives in the treatment of spinal problems. These two alternative medical disciplines both believe in the importance of good and its contribution to excellent overall health and wellness.

Chiropractors and osteopaths can diagnose spinal conditions by utilising palpation and visual inspection, too.

What are the differences between osteopathy and chiropractic treatment?

In the case of patient diagnosis, chiropractors mostly base their diagnosis from checking out x-ray results. On the other hand, osteopathic doctors mostly rely on visual inspection and palpation to come up with a diagnosis.

Duration of treatment also varies between these two disciplines. Whilst a chiropractor may require patients to visit them as often as they can, typically, osteopaths will only need one to two treatments to fix cases of most patients. Chiropractors typically require patients to sign up for a 12 to 24-session treatment to treat conditions as minor as lower back pain. With this in mind, it is quite apparent that osteopathy delivers long-term results with only a few sessions thus saving patients a lot of money.

If you want to learn more about the healing wonders of osteopathy, click here. To schedule an appointment, you may reach us on 03 9663 5450.

Migraine Headache Relief And Prevention

image oa a beautiful woman has headache and injuryMigraine headache relief is sought by thousands of people who have been suffering from  long term headaches, especially when the condition becomes so severe and intense that one can experience symptoms like an unbearable pounding in the temples, vice like tension and pin point searing pain.

It is therefore important to know the symptoms of both headaches and migraines to get proper treatment and intervention. This will stop these head-splitting conditions from causing more discomfort to you.

The Different Types of Headache

Various types of pain as well as neurological disorders typically accompany migraine attacks. The symptoms range from nausea to speech disturbances along with other unpleasant sensations.  The good news is that there is no shortage of headache treatment centres in Melbourne. Some clinics even specialise and focus on specific types of headaches. For instance, cluster headache specialists are professionals who diagnose, treat, and prevent cluster headaches among Melbourne patients.

Aside from familiarising yourself with natural migraine headache relief solutions, it is important to identify common triggers that cause migraine attacks.  For instance eliminating or reducing stress, discovering food and chemical triggers and postural issues are some of the simplest and natural ways of migraine headache relief.

Migraine Headache Relief or Prevention?

Many people with migraine and headaches experience an aura before the attack.  This means that they experience blind spots,  flashes of light and a tingling feeling in one arm or leg, among others.  While considering migraine headache relief or prevention it is important to take note of these types of symptoms.  This will allow you to minimise their frequency because by identifying triggers you can avoid migraine attacks.

Migraine headache relief can thankfully involve the use of common sense and a desire to live a healthy lifestyle.  Keep in mind that as you exercise and begin eating healthy food, you not only become healthier but you can boost your immune system and the body’s ability to fight diseases.  Migraine headache relief therefore should be a combination of practical and alternative remedies. If your headache or migraine attacks persist, we highly encourage you to consult with a migraine specialist in Melbourne. They can provide different headache treatments and medications to alleviate these symptoms so you can lead a better quality of life.

 

To know more about effective headache and migraine solutions, click here. For enquiries or to schedule an appointment, you may reach us on 03 9663 5450 today.

5 Health Benefits of Coconuts!

Five Health Benefits of Coconuts!

1. Reducing belly fat. Fat in the abdominal cavity and around organs seems to reduce with eating cocounts. This is the most dangerous fat of all and is highly associated with many chronic Western diseases. Waist circumference is easily measured and is a great marker for the amount of fat in the abdominal cavity.

2. Reduces your appetite. One interesting feature of the fatty acids in coconut oil is that they can reduce your hunger. This may be related to the way the fats are metabolized, because ketones can have an appetite reducing effect.

3. Coconut oil contains natural saturated fats that increase the good HDL cholesterol in your body. They may also help turn the bad LDL cholesterol into a less harmful form. By increasing HDL, many experts believe that coconut oil could be good for heart health compared to some other fats.

4. May protect skin, hair and dental health. Many people are using it for cosmetic purposes and to improve the health and appearance of their skin and hair. Studies on individuals with dry skin show that coconut oil can improve the moisture content of the skin. It can also reduce symptoms of eczema. Coconut oil can also be protective against hair damage and another application is using it like mouthwash in a process called oil pulling, which can kill some of the harmful bacteria in the mouth.

5. Populations that eat a lot of coconut can live a long time! like the Tokelauans, who live in the South Pacific!

Dr Shane Heslop.  Melbourne Osteopath.

City Osteopathy

Gold Coast Marathon, Rohan and team killed it!

Our resident running osteopath Rohan Armstrong, took a crew of 5 to the GCM on JUNE 30.
In it’s 40th year, this event was a sell out when 7,600 competitors took the start line for the 42.2 km journey.
Marathons are all about the last 10kms, as that is known as when the real race starts.
In hot, humid conditions, the Melbourne crew were tested coming from much cooler training conditions, but with a solid preparation and race plan in hand, they stuck to their paces and strategies and all managed to finish with PBs over the distance and Rohan managed another sub 3 hour result.  A Job well done on a great day when many pulled out, or lay cramped on the sidelines including many of the pacers, there were some big highlights and PBs from some of Australia’s best athletes such as Jess Trengove.

From here, Rohan and his crew look ahead to the Melbourne marathon in just over 12 weeks.
All the best, and if you’re looking for some running coaching guidance or technical advice don’t hesitate to getting touch with Rohan.