Is this the best exercise in the world!!??

By Dr Shane Heslop

17 9 14

Push up

Maybe you hate them or you think you can’t complete a single rep or you think being a runner (or a cyclist or a walker) means you only need to focus on your lower body. But it’s time to stop considering the pushup an arm workout and start accepting it for the body-altering, core-strengthening move it truly is. You don’t have to drop and give me 50; simply incorporating more pushups into your regular routine can help you reach all sorts of fitness goals, by helping you improve everything from your posture on your bike to your balance to simple tasks in the home.  Please look at this AWESOME link, great variations on the push up and its all done with simple videos to demonstrate.  OR come in and visit your Melbourne Osteopath at City Osteopathy for some expert demonstration and advice!

Three Osteopathic Tips for Runners

Osteopath Melbourne CBDWhether you do it simply for exercise, or you’re trying to build up your abilities and stamina towards achieving a personal goal like completing a marathon, running is simply a fantastic hobby to adopt. But like a lot of physical activities, if you approach it without the proper knowledge, you can end up not receiving the full benefits of the exercise, while also raising the potential to do yourself some significant harm.

With our tips below, you’ll be able to improve your running habit, as well as enhance its benefits to your overall lifestyle.


Does Paracetamol help back pain?

Written by Dr Shane Heslop

2nd August 2014


According to the FIRST study to come out regards back pain and Paracetamol, the answer is a convincing NO!

Standard medical advice when you have back pain is to keep moving and take pain killers.  The standard medication to use has become Panadol following on from the known side effects of taking NSAIDs (Anti Inflammatories).

Unbelievably, we are now told that there has NEVER been a proper controlled study to assess the effectiveness of Paracetamol and back pain!  And now that one has been done by researchers in Sydney, and published  in the prestigious Lancet journal, shows that it has no effect on aiding recovery, or reducing the back pain.  Its effect in essence was exactly the same as placebo.  Read more with this link……

Please, if you are experiencing back pain, come in and get expert advice and treatment from our large group of experienced Melbourne Osteopaths here at City Osteopathy…:) We keep up to date with all the latest techniques, rehab and research and will always inform, educate and empower our patients recovery from this complex issue.

What do an Osteopath and skiing have in common?

He’s a part time skier and a full-time Osteopath Melbourne CBD

Injuries. He’s a part time skier and an Osteopath Melbourne CBD. What do they have in common? One provides the stacks to hurt skiers. The other heals the injured skiers.

Is skiing the most dangerous sport

This article questions if skiing is the most dangerous sport on the planet. Shane Heslop, practicing Osteopath Melbourne CBD, thinks there might be some truth behind the article based on his own experiences. Not just from healing other skiers, but also from injuring himself when attempting world shattering speeds downhill or trying to get as much air as he can when going cross country.

According to Dr Mike Langran, one of the UK’s leading authority on snow sports injury and prevention, these are some of the common areas of the body injured when people snowboard.

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Skiing Safety Tips

When it comes to injuries from any type of snow sport activity, there’s a good rule of thumb to follow. Prevention is better than cure. And yes folks, you can have that one for free!

Here’s another one that if followed, would most likely reduce the injury rate to zero.

Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects. (But that would take the fun out of it, right?) You can jump over here to this website for more ski safety tips.

But if you’ve injured yourself from skiing and are seeking an osteopath in Melbourne CBD, then the team at City Osteopathy can help you. Being sports enthusiasts as well, the team knows intrinsically what you are going through and know how to effectively heal you… because they injure themselves too!

Here’s Shane getting ready to hit the slopes. And literally did 5 minutes later. He muttered something about an AC Joint not feeling right.

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Shane Heslop – live action!

Tips for Quality Sleep

The importance of quality, restful sleep cannot be over-emphasized. Getting a good night’s sleep allows your body to recharge, but from a pain perspective, it allows your body to heal thyself. Good chemicals are produced, that heal and relax which are vital in dealing with chronic pain in particular. If you suffer from chronic pain then you know what we are talking about, as it’s pretty likely that you do not sleep well which is no coincidence.

That being said, with the large proportion of society living incredibly hectic social and professional lives, sometimes it feels like getting a decent night’s sleep is impossible for most of us. In fact, it’s common for a large number of us to self-diagnose as having insomnia (which often isn’t true).

Well, don’t fret! While insomnia is a serious condition that does require immediate consultation with a healthcare provider, for the bulk of sleep issues out there, the tips highlighted below should be able to offer some relief and much-needed rest.


Tips to Improve Posture

You might not realize this, but having good posture is vital to your overall health. Good posture doesn’t just mean a more aesthetically pleasing stance, but a body that functions with good posture uses less energy, creates less pain, allows you to breathe better and operates more efficiently. Put simply, good posture is one of the indicators of a properly balanced and healthy body!

Professional osteopaths have known this for years, but the impact of posture on overall wellbeing is one of those things that is only relatively recently being emphasized in fitness and health circles.

That being said, here are a few of our tips to make you more aware of your posture and improve it in your daily life.