Love Bikes? Come visit our mad keen bike riders at City Osteopathy….

Yep, the Tour has come and gone unfortunately. Team Orica Green Edge were in form, until the wet roads of Belgium created carnage!

If you have any bike riding injuries, you have two mad keen bike riders in both our Queen and Swanston st Clinics.  Our Melbourne CBD Osteopaths, Drew Blatchford has been busy doing his MTB events and Shane Heslop has just finished his attack on the Italian Alps and Dolomites, the highest and steepest roads in Europe! See the Stelvio below, one of the most iconic bike rides in the world situated in the Italian Dolomite mountains…

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A new, DRUG FREE way to treat inflammation and diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis?

In this extremely interesting article, a neurosurgeon, Dr Kevin Tracey from the Finkelstein Institute has discovered a very measurable link between stimulating the vagus nerve (massively important nerve in the top part of your neck), and markedly reducing whole body inflammation.  This is very interesting to Osteopaths as it is  something proposed by our forebears over a hundred years ago!  Come in and talk to your Melbourne Osteopath at City Osteopathy about this fascinating research and click on the link to learn more….

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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.