What To Expect During Your First Visit to an Osteopath in Melbourne City

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Are you looking to arrange an appointment in one of our two Osteopathy clinics in Melbourne (one in Swanton Street and the other in Queen Street) and wondering what to expect on your visit? How are Osteopathic services performed? These are valid concerns and something that you may want to consider if you are going to get the most benefit from the treatment.

What can some of the best Osteopaths in Melbourne do for you?

During your first osteopathy session, the osteopath will ask about your symptoms, health problems and any medical care you have been receiving before the examination. The osteopath will then examine you to uncover problem areas in the body — weakness, tenderness and tension, especially in the spine.

At the end of the consultation, your Osteopath can then discuss what he or she can do to treat the problem and what is included in your treatment program. If necessary, your Osteopath may refer you to a GP for tests such as a blood exam or MRI scan to better identify the problem and recommend the best course of Osteopathic treatment.

Best practices in Osteopathy

An osteopath aims to revive the normal function and balance of the joints to help the body naturally heal itself. They use their hands to heal the body in a variety of ways, using a range of techniques that help minimise pain, enhance motion and encourage blood flow. Such methods include:

  • deep tissue massage
  • stretching stiff joints and restoring the range of motion — joints are moved through a series of movements
  • deep quick thrusts to the spinal column that produce a clicking noise much like cracking your neck and knuckles

Osteopathy is not uncomfortable, although it is not uncommon to feel sore or stiff in the very first few days after treatment. In the case of Osteopathy sports injury centres, patients are given suggestions on self-help and workout recommendations to facilitate healing and improve performance in their chosen sport. You may be given tips on self-help and workout to help with healing and prevent symptoms returning or getting worse. If you feel any pain during or after treatment, always tell your osteopath.

Are you looking to get started with some of the best osteopaths in the Southern Suburbs of Melbourne? You can expect no less out of “City Osteopathy”! Phone us today on 03 9663 5450 or book an appointment at City Osteopathy here.

The Benefits of Seeing an Osteopath in Melbourne CBD

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Are you looking to see an Osteopath in the Northern Suburbs of Melbourne but are unsure as to how it might benefit you? What is Osteopathy and is it worth paying for the treatment? These are good questions and a few things that you might be wondering about if you are new to the practice.

Simply put, Osteopathy is a field of manual medicine with the goal of bringing back the optimal state of the body by treating the underlying reasons for pain and functional imbalances. Such problems may have come about as a result of an injury, disease, tension and chronic stress of daily living. More importantly, Osteopathy supports the idea that the body has the innate ability to recover and manage such problems.

You can expect some of the best Osteopaths in Melbourne to treat your body by utilising a range of mild techniques which include the following:

  • Stretching stiff joints
  • A gentle massage to unwind the muscles and release tension
  • Restoring the flexibility and natural range of motion of the joints throughout the body

How an Osteopath from the Northern and Western Suburbs of Melbourne can help alleviate pain

Osteopaths in Melbourne City and the neighbouring suburbs can help manage pain and discomfort in a way that regards you as an individual and your body as a whole. Osteopathic techniques can be implemented to minimise and alleviate discomfort in various areas of the body including the head, neck, ankles and back pain.

You can expect the following benefits:

  • Alleviate pain and tightness in the muscles, and joints
  • Get rid of the underlying cause of pain and discomfort
  • Increase the range of motion in the joints
  • Deal with problems in the spine due to poor posture or injury
  • Offer a non-invasive treatment for persistent pain and discomfort
  • Helps pregnant women adapt to physical and hormonal changes in their body
  • Reduces tension in the body that causes a headache or a migraine

Osteopathy also offers advantages that most people tend to overlook such as providing comfort for people suffering from chronic diseases such as arthritis and Asthma. Moreover, the treatment can help prevent recurrence of an injury or acute health problems by improving lifestyle factors through a series of relaxation techniques through a series of relaxation techniques, exercise and dietary advice and education about risk factors.

Are you convinced that Osteopathy can prove highly beneficial for you and eager to get started? Your needs are in excellent hands here at “City Osteopathy”.  Call us today on 03 9663 5450 to arrange an appointment at either of our clinics — one at Swanton Street and the other at Queen Street Melbourne. In any case, our team of proven and highly reputable experts stand ready to give you nothing less than excellent Osteopathic services.

Should you stretch??!! Its not that simple…..

To stretch, or not to stretch.  That is the question…

Ever wondered about stretching pre or post activity? There are so many questions – what type of stretching, how long for, how often and when should you stretch that it all tends to be overlooked.

But does it actually decrease your chance of injury?

Research leans towards the dynamic or moving type stretching– leg swings, arm swings, body twists and functional movement patterns relevant to the sport to then better activate the muscles. For example, leg swings front and back are known to benefit explosive type movements of running or football, whereas arm and back swings will help those in golf or swimming.  It is best done prior to exercise, where it acts to “warm up” our muscles – increasing blood flow and flexibility whilst stimulating our brain to get ready for the activity it’s about to perform.  Generally for an hour of exercise you should dedicate 10-15 mins of dynamic warm up.  This can also include a slow jog, whole body exercises of dynamic stretching and movement patterns as well as coordination skills required for the activity.

The argument for stretching is contentious.  Research is moving away from the static, or still, type of stretching initially, as the muscles and ligaments haven’t had a “warm up.” The body has an inherent mechanism for protection.  It stops us from injuring ourselves by pushing too far into the stretch when it becomes painful and possibly tear.  This is where that dynamic movement comes into play prior to exercise.

Post activity, the cool down is just as important as the warm up.  Here, we are trying to lower the heart rate, cool the body down and start our recovery. Whilst there are some reports that static stretching can help at this stage to prevent muscle soreness, the results are unclear generally.

General static stretching on most days of the week can play a role in increasing overall flexibility.  We can improve this by gradually moving along that border of stretch “good” pain and being careful not to cross that line into “bad” stretch pain category.  Holding for 15-30 seconds and repeating 2-4 times over the day can make us more flexible.  This in turn, can decrease our risk of injury when returning to sport.

So! Warming up with dynamic movement pre activity and post activity performing an appropriate cool down will decrease our risks of injury.  The in between days, static stretching can help increase our overall flexibility so we can remain injury free.

Talk with your Melbourne osteopath at City Osteopathy, in particular Dr Bronwyn La Brooy who has written this great article!

Research starting to show very positive links between cardiac disease, and cognitive decline..

More and more research is starting to show evidence linking heart disease to cognitive decline, causing or relating to dementia and alzheimers disease.

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Another reason to eat well, keep healthy, keep exercising.  Don’t forget the importance of staying healthy physically, such as keeping your knees, hips and low back healthy enough to keep on walking, running, swimming.  Talk to your osteopath at city osteopathy. I think we can all forget the importance of that.

A great article…

 

Rohan finishes the ‘wonderland run’ 37 km of Grampians hell!

Resident crazy man, melbourne osteopath Dr Rohan Armstrong completed the wonderland run in the Grampians a couple of weeks ago as part of his training for the upcoming New York marathon.

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Halls Gap to the Pinnacles, over the other side, back up Mt Rosea, past Lake Belfield and then a long, wet slog home.  1300m of ascending, 4 hours of running which is more than an hour longer than his marathon time.  What more to say….WELL DONE!

Botox helps migraines? Read on….

New research suggests that botox injections can help migraines.

 

The Melbourne osteopaths at City Osteopathy can understand why this would occur.  A large proportion of headache and migraine come from irritation to the scalp and facial muscles, which are significantly supplied via nerves from the upper portion of your neck.  Botox would logically reduce pain firing and irritation to these tissues.  As would seeing your osteopath!  Getting gentle, expert care for your neck from an osteopath should also help migraine, without the need for more invasive treatments, like botox.  What do you think?