Osteopathy for Back Pain Problems – Here’s What You Need to Know

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Are you looking for the best treatment for your chronic back pain? It’s time to stop ignoring this unbearable symptom and visit an osteopath for proper treatment. Utilising the science AND art of osteopathy in back pain management is becoming increasingly popular. Even those who typically seek chiropractic services now lean towards osteopathy for effective and quick  pain relief.

How can osteopathy treat back pain issues?

In essence, osteopathy is a discipline that focuses on the detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of joints, soft tissues, and muscle conditions with the use of massage therapy, stretching exercises, mobilisation, and movement techniques. It is considered an alternative or complementary medical discipline and is included as part of more comprehensive treatment.

Osteopath exercise for lower back pain has been proven to be effective in that it specifically treats the problem at hand. The manual therapy involves proper alignment of the musculoskeletal system resulting in immediate healing from injury or trauma. It is a non-invasive, drug-free therapy that has minimal side effects, so you can resume doing activities you were accustomed to prior to back pain symptoms.

What are the standard treatment strategies for lower back pain?

Osteopaths can take a more holistic approach to treatment of lower back pain when compared to some Chiropractors.. Here are some of the most common techniques that are used to deliver back pain relief.

  • Muscle energy technique
  • Cranial osteopathy
  • Spinal manipulation
  • Massage

Besides lower back pain, osteopathy techniques provided above treat the following conditions, too:

  • Pregnancy-related back pain
  • Sciatica pain
  • Rheumatic pain
  • Joint pain
  • Generalised aches and pains
  • Postural issues
  • Mechanical back pain
  • Neck and shoulder pain

If you are in dire need of pain relief, schedule an appointment with us by calling 03 9663 5450. Visit our website by clicking here to know more about our organisation and the services that we offer.

How to Treat Sports Injuries among Melbourne Athletes

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Osteopathic treatment is beneficial among athletes across all sports and at all levels. Suffering from a sports-related injury can affect one’s overall performance. If you’re looking for a way to heal your injuries quickly, we highly suggest giving osteopathy a try.

Should you treat sports injuries?

First-aid treatment for sports injuries is typically performed by athletes themselves. Although they deliver pain relief and improve comfort levels, it is a must for athletes to seek professional help for more comprehensive and specific treatment and to develop a  pain management plan. You may not consider an osteopath as your first solution for treatment, but in most cases, the services they render are found to be some of the most effective.

Why should you go to an osteopath in Melbourne for sports injuries?

To reach your peak level of fitness and performance, you need to include osteopathy as part of a holistic treatment plan. Injuries undeniably prevent you from performing at your best. Osteopathy is the perfect complementary medicine as it targets the injuries as well as improves your level of performance, too!

The most common sports-related injuries that athletes suffer from are as follows:

  • Shoulder pain
  • Elbow pain
  • Wrist pain
  • Shin splints
  • Ligament sprains
  • Rolled ankle
  • Muscle strains such as those of the groin, calf, and hamstrings

With the best osteopaths in Melbourne, you will be prescribed a specific sports injury therapy that will work to support fast recovery and prevention. A sports injury therapy usually starts by facilitating the bodies healing process through improving blood supply to the affected areas via techniques such as ultrasound therapy, cross friction massage and joint/soft tissue mobilisation. Injured sections of the body then undergo various techniques such as stretching and sports massages and rehabilitation advice. Specific guided rehabilitation exercises, and alignment via osteopathic treatment  need to be performed to ensure a balanced body.

Using osteopathy to manage sports injuries is effective in that it addresses all phases of healing and treatment; from the moment an athlete sustains an injury to rehabilitation and restoring peak functioning.

Call us now on 03 9663 5450 to book your very first osteopath session. To know more about our clinic and the services that we render, click here.

A team of international health experts has accused the medical fraternity of “mismanaging” back pain and providing “ineffective and harmful” treatments.

Slowly but surely the public is starting to hear the truth about back pain.

Medicine demands evidence based medicine.  And yet people keep getting medicines like panadol and anti inflammatories prescribed for their back pain when the evidence does just not support this.

Dr Rochelle Buchbinder, a very well known Rheumatogist in Melbourne has been part of a recent study published in Lancet Medical Journal, one of the worlds pre eminent journals.  She says “The burden from low back pain has reached a tipping point where the condition is growing rapidly, is poorly understood and is being mismanaged medically — at cost both to the patient and to the healthcare system,” she said.  We could not agree more.

They found there is an over-reliance on scans, surgeries and opioid prescriptions to treat a problem that could be more effectively addressed through self-management and less-invasive physical and psychological therapies.

Great article on ABC website, here it is.

Worryingly, this is all happening whilst opioid presciptions have increased massively, as have addiction and deaths from this.

Back pain needs treatment from people who have experience in back pain.  Osteopaths like those at City Osteopathy study for 5 years to understand and learn how to treat mechanical pain such as back pain.


Our experienced Melbourne osteopath Mike’s 5 tips for better low back care!

Top 5 Tips to Better Back Care

Dr Michael Santamaria, Melbourne Osteopath at City Osteopathy

Back pain, especially low back pain, is by far the most common complaint our Melbourne Osteopath’s see. Almost every Australian will experience some form of back pain in their lifetime. Many low back pain episodes are avoidable. There are simple habits you can adopt to reduce your risk of a flare-up and keep you out of our clinic!


  1. Reduce the amount of time you are seated.The more you sit, the less your core muscles are switched on and that means less back support. It also increases compressive load onto your low back. When this happens your joints and discs are asked to do a lot more of the work and often these strain as a result. So get up, walk around, walk at lunchtime or even better, get a Sit-Stand Desk that is electronically controlled.
  2. Strengthen your gluts.It’s not very osteopathic just to single out one muscle to save us all, but the gluteal muscles are just so important for pelvic and low back stability. Simple “bridges” or “clams” are so effective in strengthening your gluts. See exercises, the ‘clam’ is easier without a band and still effective but the band obviously increases the difficulty.

  1. Exercise.This is obvious, and it will vary for different people. But if you exercise, your core muscles are engaged and this is key to supporting your low back. Walking or gentle exercise such as swimming or bike riding are brilliant. Many patients do Pilates or Yoga, which is great, but many of us don’t have the money or the time to keep doing that, so just get out and walk for 20 minutes every night instead.
  2. Avoid heavy lifting.Another very obvious rule, but it is amazing how many people come into us saying, “I know I shouldn’t have done it, but I just needed to move that large pot plant/chest of drawers/box of wine out of the car…” Just get someone to help you. Get to know your neighbours, ask them to help out for 1 minute. Patients can end up getting months of treatment for one silly lifting injury.
  3. Drive less. Driving is one of the worst things for your back. Two reasons.  One you are sitting in a position that is unergonomic with your right leg outstretched and rotated on the accelerator. This puts traction stress onto your back whilst you are sitting.  And the vibration from the road puts pressure onto your low back and its discs whilst in a compromising position.  Ask someone that has had back pain, they all hate driving!

If you are looking for back pain help, come visit your Melbourne Osteopath at City Osteopathy, we are experienced, motivated and caring practitioners.

Welcome Dr Lyndon Clarke, our newest osteopathic team member

Welcome to our most recent Melbourne osteopath Lyndon who joins our CBD clinic at Swanston st after having spent a couple of years in Sydney working as an osteopath, and also in India as part of the SALT team who work in an orthopaedic hospital in Mumbai.

We are wrapped to bring Lyndon into our team, he is full of enthusiasm, has an inquiring mind and we love the way he thinks osteopathically and think you will also.

Lyndon is working 3 days in our clinic and you can see his availability via our online booking system.


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.