Get some Vit D whilst the sun is out…..

Spring has finally arrived and we have been blessed with some terrific weather. This has been a welcomed arrival for us Victorians in lockdown, to be able to get outdoors and get and do some exercise in warm weather. (Which has recently been lifted to 2 hours woo hoo, Cheers Dan)
Most of us are very familiar with the physical benefits of exercise such as improved cardiovascular (heart) Health and weight loss. But did you know that there are many psychological and emotional benefits for 30 minutes of exercise? A lot of these benefits come exercising assisting the body to release from the release of endorphins help to
Reducing stress and anxiety
Improving mood
Improving memory
These are critical components of our Mental and emotional help which can be boosted via exercise.
Se next time you’re questioning whether or not to go for that walk, ride or run. Just go outside, exercise and get some Vitamin D. Your will thank yourself for it later.

Easing back into Fitness Tips…

Dr Matthew Franz, Osteopath at City Osteopathy


Often when there is a change in environment, exercise is one component that gets modified and people lose sight of the short and long term benefits. For those that are adjusting to the new changes here are some tips to ease you back into working out training programs. 


Working out your fitness base and modifying your goals: 

Often with training and getting back into it, people set their training goals high however find after 4-6 weeks their body starts to break down. In most cases the body tissue capacity can’t meet the training load/intensity that is placed on it, which results in a trip to your favorited osteopath! So before you do any form of training, it is crucial to work out your base of training and go from there, this can be done on the many home based apps that are available on your phone such as RunKeeper or Nike Training Club.


Working out a balanced training plan around your life and work schedule:

This is one area where it is really important to get right if you want to continue to exercise well and work productively from home. Continuing to review the type of training and your training load that you are doing throughout the week and how it makes your body feel is crucial. Your training plan needs to be balanced with enough recovery and doesn’t impact life/work commitments.


A balanced mix of high-benefit workouts that have specific purposes: 

In the current climate, try to aim to do a different form of exercise, however the biggest thing to address is the intensity. Try to aim for two to three high intensity works outs they can be in the forms of running, cycling, work or home based exercise.

It is crucial that these days are followed up with recovery and stretching days as breaks inbetween. So a potential plan could be Monday, Wednesday and Friday are the high intensity workout sessions while Tuesday and Thursday can be recovery days that may include stretches, slow jogs/walks or cycles, these recovery days allow your body to adapt to the physiological changes that occur as result of exercise.


Training Zones:

Once you start to develop and build up your training, it’s important that we are training at the right intensity. This is to ensure that the body has the ability to adapt and improve. Often this can done by determining your max heart rate and then using a percentage of your max heart rate to meet the training zone. 


For example: if your max heart rate while training is 190bpm you could start off training making sure to stay within 65-75% of this, depending on the type of race. If you struggle to find the right zone, the internet provides a great resource to get a better understanding. In order to improve, it’s important we are gradually progress the training intensity so as to adapt in the best possible way



The key with exercise and setting long term goals especially with everything that is going on, is that we need to break it down into a few key components and setting the right exercise goals involves:

  • Finding something that you a passionate about and something that you enjoy doing, whether it be walking/cycling or even aiming to prepare the body for a big race within the next 6 months.
  • It’s attainable within a timeframe that works for you and is measurable within the right parameters. Having fitness tracking apps play a big part in working out these parameters. 
  • The goals have to suit you, are able to motivate you and you need to care about them.
  • Once you start formulating these goals – observe what behaviours change and use that as motivation to continue to achieve these goals.


All in all, go enjoy it and look after yourself!

Dr Matthew Franz.

Anti inflammatories and COVID – 19. Be careful. Do your research.

We have read over the last two days some research and some caution coming out of France regards taking NSAIDS (Anti Inflammatories) like Voltaren, and Nurofen, and their effects on the COVID – 19 virus.

The Health Minister of France issued a public statement on 14th March stating


#COVIDー19 | La prise d’anti-inflammatoires (ibuprofène, cortisone, …) pourrait être un facteur d’aggravation de l’infection. En cas de fièvre, prenez du paracétamol. Si vous êtes déjà sous anti-inflammatoires ou en cas de doute, demandez conseil à votre médecin.

In English, taking anti inflammatories for your fever may well be a factor for aggravation if you are infected with the coronavirus, it may well worsen the illness, by quite a bit.
Take Paracetamol instead if you need to lower your temperature.  But that is another topic altogether, should you do that when you have a virus,  one we will explore tomorrow!
Dr Shane Heslop – Osteopath


Before Going to a Back Pain Clinic in Melbourne, Here are Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home

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Chronic back pain hurts your quality of life. Despite multiple treatment solutions, you still suffer from nagging pain. Before you visit a back-pain specialist for specialised assessment and treatment, here are home back pain remedies that you should try at home.



  • Induce natural endorphin release


Endorphins are hormones that are naturally produced by the body. One of their lesser-known functions is to block the transmission of pain signals to the brain. Also, endorphins reduce stress and feelings of depression, both of which are related to worsening chronic back pain symptoms.

So how do you increase the production of endorphins? Simple activities such as working out, massage therapy, and meditation are proven to increase the concentration of endorphins in the bloodstream resulting in pain relief.



  • Sleep is key


There is a connection between chronic back pain and sleep. Individuals suffering from insomnia experience an exacerbation of chronic back pain symptoms. Consequently, they are unable to get enough sleep. It is important to address the cause of pain or find ways to reduce the pain sensation to get adequate sleep. This vicious cycle will stop once you can sleep at least 7 to 8 hours at night.



  • Core exercises are a must


The muscles in the abdominal region play an important role in supporting the muscles along the spinal region. To reduce pain, it’s important to implement exercise routines that specifically target the core muscles. Simple core exercises such as planks and sit-ups can resolve back issues over time.

If these simple home remedies fail to resolve chronic back pain, schedule a back pain assessment with our specialists. Call us on 03 9663 5450 for the best and most affordable back pain solutions today.

Three Self-Care Tips for Neck Pain Melbourne

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The causes of neck pain are multifactorial. According to neck specialists, they may range from poor posture, depression and injuries, neck strain among others. Unresolved neck pain is detrimental to one’s safety and overall wellness. Hence treatment options and remedies should be implemented once causative factors are identified by a cervical spine specialist in Melbourne.


In this article, we will enumerate simple but effective neck pain relief measures you can do at home.


  • An important pointer when resolving neck pain issues is limiting physical activities and using pain medication for pain relief, as a majority of neck pain cases are due to muscle strain.


It’s important to take it easy if you feel acute pain following strenuous physical activity. If you experience acute pain, take a few days off from working out or from executing rigorous physical activities to allow neck muscles to unbind and recover. A neck specialist may also prescribe taking over-the-counter medications for immediate relief from pain and discomfort.


Ice and heat application

Ice pack and heat pack applications are simple but effective solutions that deliver neck pain relief. The basic rule is to ice the affected part of the neck with an ice pack for the first 48 hours, then use heat pack compression in the next few days. Ice and heat compression or application are effective solutions for neck pain caused by muscle or ligament strain.


Physical therapy and rehabilitation exercises

Seeking help from a neck pain specialist guarantees fast recovery from pain or injury to the neck. A trained cervical spine specialist will provide you with exercises, proper lifting, and walking techniques that will help reduce neck pain, strengthen the weak parts of the neck, as well as prevent injuries from happening altogether.

To get more information about neck pain relief solutions or if you wish to schedule an appointment with our neck pain specialists, simply reach us on 03 9663 5450 today.

The Top 5 Quick and Effective Migraine Treatments in Melbourne

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Headaches and migraine attacks are debilitating neurological conditions that can severely reduce the quality of life of their sufferers. They can come as mild, uncomfortable attacks to extremely unbearable bouts that can disrupt one’s daily routine.

Although there are several over-the-counter medications that can target headache and migraine symptoms, it’s recommended by many health experts to try conservative and natural remedies first. Here are the top 5 quick and effective remedies to treat and manage migraine effectively.


1.    Magnesium Supplementation

Magnesium is an important mineral as it delivers a host of positive effects on our health and overall wellness. One of its core functions is to reduce muscular tension..

Supplementing the diet with 600 mg of oral magnesium is thought to reduce the severity and frequency of both migraines and headaches.


2.    Reduce Alcohol Intake

Studies show that excessive alcohol intake can trigger migraines and headaches in some people. This is due to its vasodilating properties which widen blood vessels resulting in headaches. Also, alcohol is a known diuretic that can lead to a loss of fluid and electrolyte. Limiting alcohol intake can greatly reduce the incidence of migraine attacks.


3.    Avoid Intake of Food Items that Contain Histamine

Histamine is a chemical that is common in certain food items such as fermented foods, cheese, cured meats, beer, wine, and smoked fish. It also occurs naturally in the body as it plays a host of important bodily functions. Individuals who are sensitive to histamine suffer from headaches and migraine attacks when they ingest histamine-containing foods. By avoiding the intake of food items mentioned earlier, you can significantly reduce the incidence of migraine attacks altogether.


4.    Inhalation of Essential Oils

Essential oils are highly concentrated liquid solutions that contain healing compounds from plants and flowers. They are thought to deliver therapeutic effects for a wide array of conditions. If you suffer from migraine attacks, we highly recommend for you to try inhaling peppermint and lavender oil. You may also apply a small amount of these essential oils to the temples for quick pain relief.


5.    Applying a Cold Compress

Applying a cold compress on the neck and head regions will alleviate the discomfort and pain related to headache and migraine attacks. The cold temperature helps in reducing inflammation, constricting blood vessels, and slowing down nerve conduction, hence providing instant relief.



If all these natural headache and migraine remedies don’t work, it’s best to consult a migraine specialist in Melbourne. To schedule an appointment with us, simply call us on 03 9663 5450 today.