What Services Does the Best Osteopath in Melbourne Offer?

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Osteopathy is a hands-on diagnosis and treatment offered to patients that suffer from musculoskeletal disorders. It is a complementary medicine subspecialty that aims to treat the musculoskeletal system, which will also have the effect of influencing other organ systems, too. It explains the relationship across all organs with the purpose of enhancing one’s health and wellness as well as prevent diseases and injuries in patients.

 

Osteopathic Manipulation Therapy

Osteopaths in Melbourne CBD primarily makes use of osteopathic manipulation therapy or OMT in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders. This unique approach of osteopathy was designed to restore optimal functioning as well as improve health and wellness with the use of hand manipulation techniques.

During an OMT session, manual pressure and/force is applied to affected regions. Through the application of manipulative therapy techniques, problems that arise from the spinal column are identified as well as organ systems that are related to it.

 

The most common complaints of patients who visit the best osteopaths in Melbourne are as follows:

  • Sports-related injuries
  • Neck pain
  • Low back pain
  • Recurring stress injuries
  • Headaches and migraine attacks

 

Let’s focus on the most common concern of patients visiting an osteopath clinic:

  • Arthritis
  • Neck and back pain
  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • Sciatica pain
  • Headache and migraine attacks
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Vertigo
  • Postural problems

 

The Different Types of Osteopathic Manipulation Treatments

Osteopathic doctors make use of the following hands-on technique in the diagnoses and treatment of conditions:

  • Counterstrain technique
  • Manipulation or thrust type technique
  • Muscle energy technique
  • Soft tissue technique

 

If you wish to gain in-depth knowledge about the osteopathic manipulation therapies mentioned above, set an appointment with us today. You may reach us on 03 9663 5450.

Dr Nia May discusses SLEEP, why, how, what to do…

Sleep!  For many, an elusive thing that is often not making a large enough appearance through the week, for others it comes easily … for most it is rarely prioritised and is put to one side for that extra half hour of Netflix, that late night phone call, or just bumbling about because of an active mind after a demanding day.

Many hours of study and research have gone into sleep – sleep quality, sleep length, the effects of sleep deprivation, this list goes on.  Out of this, it is still very difficult to treat people with lasting sleep disturbances, however there are some clear guidelines about why we might want to begin re-prioritising our sleep health, and how we can help ourselves to get better quality sleep when our head hits the pillow.

Below are some interesting pointers to the why’s and how’s of sleep – you may be a tired new parent, or a late-working accountant who to some extent is not able to fully control the reasons they are not getting their regular rest hours.  Even if this is you, or a near match, there is often small things that can help to make the most of what we can get.  Remember, more important than the quantity of sleep in hours, is the quality of sleep – meaning what happens within us when we are sleeping.

5 things you may not know that sleep is important for

  • Weight loss via fat loss (what?! Yes!)
  • Recovery and repair
  • Mental agility, focus and performance at work
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Long term health

5 tips to help your sleep quality

  • Turn off your screens at least two hours before bed – this includes kindle on the tablet, games on the mobile phone, texts, internet browsing … the lot.  Why? – the blue light from screens is the worst culprit for ruining a good restful sleep.
  • Keep your bed as a sleep space, not a work space. – your osteopath will give you ‘the look’ anyway if you reveal that you have been doing all your assignments, reports, and admin on the laptop whilst sitting on your bed … not good for your spine, not good for your aching muscles, not good for your eyes, not good for your concentration … and not good for getting to sleep once you get back into bed to attempt some shut-eye.  This includes watching television in bed.
  • Get a routine rolling! – our bodies looove routine, we are a creature of cycles – hormonal cycles, blood pressure cycles, and yes, sleep-wake cycles.  Having a regular routine before bed helps to align your physiological state with your wish to sleep. This can be as simple as a calming hot drink an hour before bed; a gentle movement routine if you are enjoying your yoga or other type of practise; reading (not on a screen!) for a set amount of time – the list really is endless of what you could incorporate into your (short or long) evening routine.
  • Support your thinking-mind to switch off – the power of lists.  Busy lives are aligned with busy minds, and thoughts of things to do and not to forget have a habit of fighting for attention and disturbing sleep.  Try keeping a notebook next to your bed and, perhaps as part of rolling out an evening routine, try writing a list of things of things to set down out of your mind, with the comfort that having written them down in your list you will be able to come back to them at a more realistic time.  Even if you wake up during the night and think of yet another pressing thing, writing this down can help you to get back to sleep. (meditation has also been shown to improve sleep quality, lower stress and improve cognition over time – it can help to reduce that ‘mental chatter’)
  • Is what you eat helping or hindering you? – As a rule, independent of your chosen way to eat, certain foods will not help your sleep life.  Caffeine disturbs your normal sleep cycle meaning that even if you think you sleep normal hours after that post-prandial coffee, you will not get the benefits of a full night’s sleep.  Caffeine even six hours before sleep can make you lose up to an hour of sleep quality even if you are asleep.  Have a caffeine curfew, I recommend stopping having caffeine at least eight hours before bed.  Other things to think about are MSG, as well as getting enough of the ‘goodies’ such as potassium, magnesium, etc.

Look out on our City Osteopathy blog for more information coming about how to support healthy sleep, as well as lots of top information on many other interesting and worthwhile topics!

Dr Nia May Osteopath Melbourne

Patients beliefs about their Low Back Pain. Dr Matthew Franz, Osteopath, delves deeper into the science behind pain…

LET’S TALK…. People’s beliefs about their back pain and what is actually happening

Dr Matthew Franz, Melbourne Osteoapth @ City Osteopathy

 

In today’s society, lower back pain is often described as a result of issues built up over time with a direct cause. Sometimes this can be the case, however it’s the way we interpret our back pain and the pain science behind it that has recently come into a more prominent view point.

Louis Giffords Mature Organism Model via NOIjam.com

Have I lost you yet?

Well to break things down a little, the word ‘pain science’ can be described as “ The nervous system’s processing of their injury, in conjunction with various psychosocial aspects, determines their pain experience”. (Louw et al., 2011) The way I look at pain science myself, is the way we interpret our own pain. It can be the way we recognise it and then construct it in our mind, which then determines the way our body reacts to it, as seen above.

For example you will notice that every time you have a sore back, you won’t bend down as it tends to hurt. However over time your brain has associated this action with pain and interprets it as harmful to the body. So you don’t perform that movement to the best of your ability, which in turn develops a feedback loop.

It is crazy how many times people describe their back pain as being caused by a slipped disc or weak core. They have been conditioned to think that these are the issues that have caused their back pain. It might play a factor however its the health professionals that influence them into thinking they need constant treatment in order to feel better.

 

I’m bursting the bubble and telling you that back pain is normal thing! It is how we manage your back pain that makes the difference.

What are you trying to get at then?

A systematic literature review of MRI findings on people with spinal related changes in their back WITHOUT SYMPTOMS by Brinjikje, W., Luetmer, P.H., Comstock, B., et al. found that:

  1. The study suggests that imaging findings of degenerative changes, such as disk degeneration, disk signal loss etc are generally part of the normal ageing process rather than pathologic processes requiring intervention.
  2. That >50% of asymptomatic individuals 30–39 years of age have disk degeneration, height loss, or bulging. This suggests that even in young adults, degenerative changes may be incidental and not causally related to presenting symptoms.
  3. The results from this systematic review strongly suggest that when degenerative spine findings are incidentally seen (ie, as part of imaging for an indication other than pain or an incidental disk herniation at a level other than where a patient’s pain localises), these findings should be considered as normal age-related changes rather than pathologic processes.

So what can we do about it?

My advice is to first stop worrying about the pain and look at how we can address it. Look at the the factors that may be affecting it and how can we have control over it. This allows you to gain a better understanding of what is actually going on.

I understand it may hurt and play up from time to time, however the way we view our pain will help toward healing it. This combined with proper management and treatment, staying healthy and stretching are all very important. As osteopaths we can get you to the point of feeling comfortable about your pain and hopefully get you feeling better sooner rather than later!

Dr Matthew Franz Osteopath at City Osteopathy

References

Brinjikji, W., Luetmer, P., Comstock, B., Bresnahan, B., Chen, L., Deyo, R., Halabi, S., Turner, J., Avins, A., James, K., Wald, J., Kallmes, D. and Jarvik, J. (2014). Systematic Literature Review of Imaging Features of Spinal Degeneration in Asymptomatic Populations. American Journal of Neuroradiology, 36(4), pp.811-816.

Louw, A., Diener, I., Butler, D. and Puentedura, E. (2011). The Effect of Neuroscience Education on Pain, Disability, Anxiety, and Stress in Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 92(12), pp.2041-2056.

The Benefits of Visiting a Melbourne Osteopathic Clinic for Athletes

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Osteopathy plays an important role in the strength and conditioning of athletes. This type of alternative medicine is fast becoming a common solution for athletes in the prevention and management of sports-related injuries. Professional athletes who undergo high-level sports training on a regular basis find osteopathy highly beneficial as it provides a host of benefits, all of which contribute to excellent overall performance.

 

How does osteopathy help athletes?

Sports injuries are common, especially among athletes involved in contact sports. Bruises, sprains, and muscle strains are part of an athlete’s life. As injuries are inevitable in the world of sports, athletes turn to osteopathy in keeping their bodies conditioned and at the best shape possible on and off season.

In essence, osteopathy deals with problems that involve the musculoskeletal system. It identifies, diagnoses, and treats problems relating to bones, tissues, muscles, and ligaments. The broad approach of osteopathy makes it easier to identify problems such as localized pain or general complaints among athletes.

 

The benefits from regular visits to the best Melbourne osteopathic clinic are as follows:

  • Minimise risk of future injuries.
  • Overall improvement of health and performance.
  • Prepare the body for training by identifying and treating imbalances resulting in increased performance.
  • Manual techniques utilised by osteopaths help increase muscular strength, improve flexibility and may even improve lung capacity.
  • Post-training and post-game, osteopathy helps release pain and may guarantee faster recovery from injuries such as fractures and traumas.

 

What osteopathy treatments are commonly provided to athletes during their visit at a Melbourne osteopathic clinic?

The best osteopath will tailor the treatment on an athlete’s sport, level of training, lifestyle and general health conditions. All of these factors help create an effective treatment plan that will help athletes excel and improve their overall performance.

 

Common osteopathic treatments include:

  • Joint articulation
  • Joint manipulation
  • Sports taping
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Prescription of functional exercises

 

If you wish to learn more about how osteopathy can help you improve your performance as an athlete, or simply want to get rid of aches and pains, you may book an appointment today. Call us on 03 9663 5450.

WORK, LIFE BALANCE?

Work, Life Balance.

Not much said about this of late we have noticed. We agree its a bit of a ‘wanky’ term, but the inherent message is a good one.

One of our clinic directors at City Osteopathy, Melbourne Osteopath Dr Shane Heslop has just had a 9 day adventure holiday in NZ mountain bike riding in the wild west coast region of the South Coast. No mobiles, no roads, only helicopter extraction via sat phone if you muck up. SUPERB!! About 10-12 people were seen each day, either MTB riders or trampers. Most over 60, most semi retired. Most common comment? WORK IS OVERRATED!!

We love our work, but too many of us work too much and don’t value the important things. Check out ‘The Old Ghost Road’ MTB trail, its amazing!!

The Top 3 Reasons to Visit the Best Osteopath Clinic in Melbourne

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Osteopathy is steadily gaining traction in Melbourne. This healthcare discipline aims to treat pain and discomfort of the musculoskeletal system and how it can affect other distal issues like our organ systems. These include the nervous system, lymphatic system and circulatory system.

 

Although osteopathy is a common complementary healthcare modality for back pain, the scope of practice of the best osteopaths extend to diagnosis and if relevant, treatment of other musculoskeletal conditions such as migraines, abdominal pain, pelvic pain, and chest wall pain among many others.

 

Major principles of osteopathy

 

The best osteopathy doctor in Melbourne will tell you that utilising osteopathy in improving general health and wellness, and reducing pain, is an absolute must. Instead of visiting a chiropractor or a physiotherapist, a consultation with an osteopath in Melbourne may be more beneficial for the following reasons:

 

  • One of the main principles behind osteopathy is that the human body’s anatomical structures and physiological functions are connected and interrelated. In order for the body to function optimally, vital organ systems such as the neurological, musculoskeletal, circulatory, and visceral structures are closely integrated at all times.
  • The primary aim of osteopathic physicians is to improve a patient’s overall health and wellbeing through Osteopathic Manual Manipulation or OMM.
  • The most common concerns addressed by osteopathic physicians are as follows:
    • Musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction along the spinal region, upper and lower extremities, pelvic region and thoracic region.
    • There are also adults who seek consultation from osteopathic doctors due to frequent headaches and migraine attacks.

 

If you wish to book an appointment at our Melbourne clinic, you may reach us

on 03 9663 5450 today.