Check out this Osteopaths elbow infection…..

One of our senior Melbourne Osteopaths at City Osteopathy noticed some elbow pain and swelling at 2pm on a Friday afternoon, and by Saturday was in emergency requiring IV antibiotics!  All this came on from a small cut on the elbow, which followed a similar issue in his knee only 3 weeks previous.  Photo was taken early days, it got heaps worse!

Moral of this story was the quick medical intervention, cellulitis can spread quickly and become a very serious medical issue.

Back pain an indicator of increased chance of early death, Australian study finds

A team of Australian researchers examined the health and death records of thousands of older sets of twins in Denmark. They found those who reported lower back pain had a significantly higher chance of dying sooner than others.  Could be a variety of reasons for this, but its certainly an interesting stat!  Certainly a good reason to come visit your melbourne osteopaths at City Osteopathy!!

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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.

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Should you stretch??!! Its not that simple…..

To stretch, or not to stretch.  That is the question…

Ever wondered about stretching pre or post activity? There are so many questions – what type of stretching, how long for, how often and when should you stretch that it all tends to be overlooked.

But does it actually decrease your chance of injury?

Research leans towards the dynamic or moving type stretching– leg swings, arm swings, body twists and functional movement patterns relevant to the sport to then better activate the muscles. For example, leg swings front and back are known to benefit explosive type movements of running or football, whereas arm and back swings will help those in golf or swimming.  It is best done prior to exercise, where it acts to “warm up” our muscles – increasing blood flow and flexibility whilst stimulating our brain to get ready for the activity it’s about to perform.  Generally for an hour of exercise you should dedicate 10-15 mins of dynamic warm up.  This can also include a slow jog, whole body exercises of dynamic stretching and movement patterns as well as coordination skills required for the activity.

The argument for stretching is contentious.  Research is moving away from the static, or still, type of stretching initially, as the muscles and ligaments haven’t had a “warm up.” The body has an inherent mechanism for protection.  It stops us from injuring ourselves by pushing too far into the stretch when it becomes painful and possibly tear.  This is where that dynamic movement comes into play prior to exercise.

Post activity, the cool down is just as important as the warm up.  Here, we are trying to lower the heart rate, cool the body down and start our recovery. Whilst there are some reports that static stretching can help at this stage to prevent muscle soreness, the results are unclear generally.

General static stretching on most days of the week can play a role in increasing overall flexibility.  We can improve this by gradually moving along that border of stretch “good” pain and being careful not to cross that line into “bad” stretch pain category.  Holding for 15-30 seconds and repeating 2-4 times over the day can make us more flexible.  This in turn, can decrease our risk of injury when returning to sport.

So! Warming up with dynamic movement pre activity and post activity performing an appropriate cool down will decrease our risks of injury.  The in between days, static stretching can help increase our overall flexibility so we can remain injury free.

Talk with your Melbourne osteopath at City Osteopathy, in particular Dr Bronwyn La Brooy who has written this great article!