Three Tried-and-Tested Back Pain Relief Melbourne Techniques to Get from an Osteopathy Clinic

Image for Osteopathy treatment - Back Pain Relief MelbourneOsteopathy is an alternative manual medicine system that involves diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of certain medical conditions that affect the structure and functionality of the human body. Osteopaths view health and wellness as a whole, and thus their main goal is to ensure that the musculoskeletal system comprised of bones, joints, and muscles are working harmoniously together. Unlike traditional medical disciplines, osteopathy utilises manual therapies to restore balance in the body.

 

What is the best treatment for lower back pain in Melbourne?

Chronic back pain not only feels unpleasant but may also cause significant harm to overall health. If pain does not subside or if your condition is not improving despite traditional remedies, it might be helpful to visit a back pain specialist in Melbourne.

Osteopaths offer manual therapy to deliver relief from back pain. Whether you are suffering from acute or chronic back pain, there is an osteopathic manipulative treatment for you.

 

What are the different types of treatment for lower back pain?

The main aim of osteopaths during treatment and management of lower back pain is to restore the functionality and movement of affected joints, muscles, and bones. Through manual therapy, the musculoskeletal system and its components regain optimum mobilization, which in turn leads to natural self-healing and self-regulation.

 

Here are some of the most common osteopathic treatments that back pain specialists in Melbourne have on offer:

 

  • Massage

 

A back pain specialist may perform different massage techniques to stimulate affected muscles.

 

 

  • Myofascial Therapy

 

The manual stimulation of soft muscle tissues successfully releases shortness and tightness of muscles.

 

 

  • High Velocity Low Amplitude Thrusts (HVLAT)

 

The main goal of HVLAT in osteopathic treatment is to restore the balance and mobility of affected regions of the back region. It is an excellent osteopathic manipulative treatment in that it can improve facet joint mobility,  as well as manages limited motion and tenderness in joints and muscles of the back region.

 

If you wish to learn more about tried-and-tested lower back pain treatment techniques, schedule an appointment with us. You may reach us on 03 9663 5450 today.

Ribollita. A great winter soup. Italians swear this helps fight the flu/colds, at least that’s what we have been told!

One of my favourite dishes during winter is the ribollita. Perfect for using up old, stale but good quality bread, and easy to put together with seasonal veggies for next to nothing. It’s not minestrone, it’s a beautiful thick, bread-based soup with no pasta in it. You’ll love it even more with a good glug of extra virgin olive oil, and mark my words, make enough for the next day because the flavours are even better! as it isn’t brothy and it has no pasta in it.

It’s very much Italian peasant food and would have been eaten a lot in the days of no central heating and lots of hard manual labour. This recipe embraces the heart and soul of what peasant cooking is all about cheap, tasty power food that warms your soul and keeps you well.

Dr Shane Heslop

Osteopath.  City Osteopathy

INGREDIENTS

                     1 pound dried cannellini beans

    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 large sweet onion, small-diced
    • salt
    • 2 large carrots, small-diced
    • 3 celery stalks, small-diced
    • 1/2 large butternut squash, peeled and small-diced (2 cups)
    • 1 head garlic, cloves separated, peeled, and thinly sliced
    • 1 can San Marzano tomatoes, drained
    • Bouquet garni: 2 bay leaves plus a couple sprigs each of fresh sage, oregano, flat-leaf parsley, and thyme, tied together with twine
    • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
    • 1 pound cavolo nero (a.k.a. dinosaur kale or Tuscan kale), leaves torn into small pieces, stems finely minced
    • 3 cups torn country bread, toasted
    • 1 1/2 cups finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  1. Place the beans in a large bowl and add cold water to cover by 3 inches. Cover the bowl and soak the beans in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. The next day, pour the beans and their soaking liquid into a slow cooker. Add enough fresh water to cover the beans by 2 inches, cover with the lid, and cook on the high setting for 4 hours.
  3. Place a very large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the olive oil, and when the oil shimmers, add the onion. Season with salt and cook for 5 minutes, stirring every minute or so, until softened. Add the carrots, celery, butternut squash, and garlic, and cook for 5 more minutes, until starting to soften. Transfer the vegetables to the slow cooker. Add the tomatoes, crushing each one in your hand as you add it. Add the bouquet garni, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1/2 tablespoon of the red pepper flakes. Cook on the low setting for 3 hours.
  4. Uncover the slow cooker, remove the bouquet garni, and add the kale, bread, 1 cup of the Parmigiano-Reggiano, and the remaining 1/2 tablespoon red pepper flakes. Stir the soup well, season with more salt to taste, and serve with the remaining Parmigiano-Reggiano sprinkled on top.

FLU VACCINE, some info from your Osteopaths…..

FLU vaccine. When should you get it? Why should you get it? Who should get it? How do you get the flu?!
Flu is front and centre at this time of the year. Each year there seems to be more and more strident calls that its going to be the worst flu year, that the strains are hyper virulent.


The flu vaccine is working at its peak in your body about TWO weeks after your vaccination. But the vaccine effects slowly reduce over time unfortunately, in particular it seems after a few months. Peak flu season in Melbourne is July, August and into September. Hence for your own protection, its best to have your vaccine working well in these months. We believe its best then to get your vaccine later than April and probably best in late May.
Those who are younger, or older than 65 yrs, immuno compromised, or in contact with these people should get vaccinated.
People forget how dangerous the flu can be! Its the greatest cause of death for a disease that has a vaccine! Spanish flu, bird flu etc were all communicable diseases. And we get different flu strains every year. Best way to protect yourself is to wash your hands regularly, avoid densely packed space like trains, keep exercising, sleep well. Natural products we have heard great things from patients are Olive Leaf Extract, Vitamin C, and Echinacea. Do they work? We dont know, but our patients believe they do!
Osteopathy may also play an indirect role. Moving fluids, keeping you loose and pain free. Why wouldn’t it!?

Dr Shane Heslop

Melbourne Osteopath

City Osteopathy

The Top 3 Best Migraine Treatments in Melbourne

image of a woman with headache touching her temples with medical staff supporting herHeadache may not seem like a major problem, but for those who suffer from chronic headaches or migraine attacks, the condition lowers their quality of life. There are many causes of headaches and identifying triggers enables medical practitioners to treat and manage them accordingly.

Research suggests osteopathic manipulative therapy, a vital component of osteopathy has been revealed to be effective in the treatment and management of headaches. In this article, we will enumerate three tried-and-tested osteopathic treatment systems that work for patients suffering from headaches.

 

How does one eradicate pain and discomfort of headaches through osteopathy?

To improve the overall well-being of a headache sufferer, osteopathic manipulative treatment in a timely manner may be helpful. Osteopathic techniques also alleviate headache symptoms, thus making it easier for patients to return to their normal routine.

  • Cervical soft tissue massage of the paraspinal tissues helps reduce spasms among patients suffering from tension headache.
  • The osteopathic manipulative technique of using pressure on triggerpoints is effective at headache relief by adding pressure at the base of the occiput using the fingertips. This is an effective treatment for migraines.
  • Myofascial unwinding is an osteopathic manipulative treatment that manually unwinds the fascia and connective tissues of the neck, shoulders and occipital muscles.

 

Are there other ways to treat headaches?

Lifestyle considerations that you should include into your routine can significantly reduce the incidence of headaches or migraine attacks. In addition, such positive changes into one’s daily routine can improve overall well-being, too.

  • Osteopaths believe that treating the cause and not the symptoms are central to successful headache pain relief. The manipulative techniques used by osteopaths aim to promote healing via the body’s natural self-healing process.
  • Osteopaths are licensed to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal disorders. In the event of more serious medical conditions, they are bound to refer patients to traditional medical practitioners for proper treatment. Working with other healthcare professionals ensure that the cause as well as symptoms of headaches are identified and managed accordingly.

 

To learn more about osteopathic techniques for headaches and migraines, give us a call now. To schedule an appointment, call us on 03 9663 5450 today.

What Goes on at a Melbourne Osteopath Clinic?

Image of a Businesswoman suffering from backache in office

Osteopaths in Melbourne offer a non-invasive alternative therapy that aims to improve not only an individual’s musculoskeletal system, but is also beneficial across vital body systems through manual therapy.

Individuals who wish to treat injuries as well as strengthen and condition the musculoskeletal system should look into obtaining services from the best osteopaths Melbourne has to offer.

 

What do osteopath clinics in Melbourne focus on?

An osteopath has three main focal points during treatment:

  • Muscles
  • Spinal column
  • Joints

 

The following organ systems are directly influenced by osteopathic manipulative treatments:

  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Nervous system
  • Lymphatic system
  • Circulatory system

 

The manual medicine utilised by osteopathic doctors during both treatment and diagnosis is what separates osteopathy from other complementary therapies disciplines such as chiropractic medicine and physiotherapy.

 

The most common problems that osteopaths in Melbourne diagnose, treat, and manage are as follows:

  • Acute and chronic back pain
  • Headache and migraine attacks
  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow pain
  • Hand, shoulder, and elbow pains
  • Postural problems
  • Neuralgia
  • Insomnia

 

During an initial consultation, an osteopathic practitioner will assess your condition and listen to your primary complaints. Once an interview is completed, an osteopathic professional will then perform manual manipulation to diagnose the condition as well as discuss solutions to achieve pain relief. Referrals will be made to other members of the healthcare team if and when additional treatment interventions are deemed necessary.

Osteopathy centres on  the delivery of effective and fast relief and comfort to its patients. If you wish to schedule an initial consultation with the best osteopathic doctors practicing in Melbourne, please give us a call on 03 9663 5450 today.