Top 5 Natural Remedies According to a Migraine Specialist in Melbourne

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Migraine is a common condition that Australians suffer from daily. It affects both the young and old and proves itself to be a debilitating condition when symptoms are ignored. To successfully manage headaches and migraine attacks, it’s best to learn more about them. Identifying the signs and symptoms will result in prompt treatment as well as enabling patients to avoid contributing factors altogether.


What are the symptoms of migraines?

Migraine is a neurological illness that is associated with the following symptoms:

  • Vision changes
  • Increased sensitivity to light, sound, and smell
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • The tingling sensation of the upper and lower extremities


When left untreated, the symptoms can be debilitating to its sufferers. The good news is that there are home remedies that deliver instant relief to migraine and headache patients.


1. Acupressure

Acupressure is a form of alternative medicine treatment that involves pressure application in different parts of the body. The application of pressure at specific points releases tension resulting in a decreased level of pain and discomfort.

In the treatment of migraine and headache, the application of pressure on LI-4 point, a space located between the base of the left thumb and pinky finger may produce pain relief from headache.

Another acupressure technique is placing pressure on the PC6 acupoint- an area found three fingers from the base of the wrist on the inside of the arm. This acupressure technique has been reported to  relieve nausea and vomiting triggered by migraine without aura.


2. Essential Oils Inhalation

Essentials oils are popular home remedy ingredients for an assortment of conditions. In the case of migraine treatment, inhalation of lavender essential oil may help in reducing the discomfort related to migraine attacks.


3. Yoga and Stretching Exercises

The addition of yoga and/or stretching exercises into a traditional migraine treatment plan can improve pain relief among patients. Yoga and stretching are wellness disciplines that improve circulation as well as reduce muscle tension in various parts of the body.


4. Massage

Various massage techniques may be utilised to relieve the tension that patients experience during migraine attacks. For instance, massaging the shoulders and neck regions can reduce the severity of headaches and migraine attacks.


5. Increase Water Intake

Staying hydrated is one of the easiest ways to potentially treat but also reduce the incidence of migraine attacks. People with severe cases of dehydration are more likely to experience headaches compared to individuals who are adequately hydrated all day long. If you are experiencing mild to moderate dehydration, try taking oral rehydration solutions to replenish the body of its much-needed electrolytes as well as reduce the severity of migraine attacks.

If all these tried-and-tested remedies fail to improve your condition, give us a call and let our best migraine specialists in Melbourne help in managing your migraine attacks effectively. Call our direct line on 03 9663 5450 to schedule an appointment today.

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.

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.

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.

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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


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.

Where to Find the Best Migraine Treatment in Melbourne?

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Migraines and headaches are some of the most debilitating conditions a human being can encounter. Almost 15% of the Australian population suffer from these medical conditions which result in low productivity, reduced sense of wellbeing and lots and lots of pain.

There are many treatment options available for getting rid of migraines and headaches. The field of osteopathy has its own treatment system that aims to alleviate migraine symptoms both in terms of intensity and frequency. In fact, osteopathy delivers a holistic and natural  option to treating migraines.

Osteopaths are chronic migraine experts

Spinal Manipulative Therapy  is one of the techniques of osteopathy that aims to treat the cause of headaches and migraine attacks, namely that related to your neck and spine. According to research, osteopathy can alleviate pain and discomfort caused by acute headache attacks and cervicogenic headaches.

The following osteopathy-based treatments can render good outcomes for patients:

To eliminate the pain and discomfort associated with a majority of headaches, hands-on manipulation techniques include:

  • Sub Occipital muscle decompression is an excellent intervention for migraine headaches. This technique involves the use of fingertips to stretch out the paraspinal tissues located at the base of the occiput.
  • Myofascial unwinding is an osteopathic solution that manually unwinds the fascia and tissues that interconnect into your neck, back and occiput.
  • The spasms caused by tension headaches can be significantly reduced through cervical massage of the paraspinal soft tissues.

Research has suggested manual therapy can be effective with chronic migraine and headache problems treated with manipulation and gentle muscular release techniques and may well have greater efficacy as popular headache medications which really only treat the symptoms, not the cause.  Although the effectiveness of manipulative treatments is less popular than the use of traditional headache medication, people are now leaning towards osteopathy for headache and migraine relief to avoid side-effects and for long-term cost effectiveness.


If you have migraine or frequent headache attacks and want to experience relief and optimal results, call us today on 03 9663 5450.