Exercise During Pregnancy

Falling pregnant is a magical time in a woman’s life but it can also be quite overwhelming. There is a huge amount of information to take in and a host of regular medical appointments to attend. A common misconception is that if you haven’t engaged in exercise pre-pregnancy, then it isn’t safe to start. This has recently been shown to be incorrect and current guidelines actually recommend pregnant women stay active, provided they have clearance from their doctor or obstetrician. After all, pregnancy is a normal condition and not an illness!

During the first trimester many women feel too unwell to participate in their regular exercise program. This is completely normal and it is very important to listen to your body during this time. With hormone levels fluctuating, a regular workout completed one day might feel almost impossible the next. By allowing your body to guide you, it will gradually become easier to keep exercising throughout your pregnancy.

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Things to take into consideration during pregnancy:

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Medical History Explained: Diet and Osteopathy

A wise man once said: “He who thinks he has no time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” It should come as no real surprise that in terms of tissue healing and injury prevention, the role of a healthy diet is pivotal. You may recall that last week’s blog post discussed the role of inflammation on tissue healing and also touched on the topic of food allergies and their relationship to pain. In addition to allergies, the food and drink you put in to your body each day can also have a direct impact on your musculoskeletal system by causing inflammation and delayed tissue healing times.

In your initial consultation at MOSIC you may remember being asked about your diet: How many meals do you eat each day? Do you prepare your own food or eat out? Do you drink coffee or tea? How much water do you drink each day? And so on. While this information may seem irrelevant for a musculoskeletal complaint, as Osteopaths it is a crucial element in helping you recover from you injury and prevent further damage down the track.

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Medical History Explained: Workstation Ergonomics

It’s no exaggeration to say that many office workers spend more time sitting at a desk than they do at home these days. With the standard 9 to 5 office hours rapidly becoming extinct, it is not uncommon for workers to sit for up to 15-hours each day. Studies have shown that the average Australian sits 10-hours per day including 7.7-hours at work, and the remainder ploughing through emails, eating or catching up on social media at home. So how are these types of patterns important for your medical history?

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Movember at MOSIC

It’s that special time of year again. That time when you start to see an increase in facial hair in the workplace, on the tram, or at your local coffee shop. November, or Movember as it is now known, forms part of an initiative by the Movember Foundation to raise awareness for men’s health and starting the conversation for males to voice their health concerns. At MOSIC our team will be once again participating in Movember to help raise much needed funds to provide the most innovative research to have both a global and local impact

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Overuse Injuries

With Run Melbourne only 3 weeks away, here at Melbourne Osteopathy Sports Injury Centre, our team is hard at work keeping people moving in the right direction to meet their goals for this event. Many of the more common complaints rearing their head at this time in a runner’s build are those known as overuse injuries.

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Overuse injuries occur at the musculotendinous junction – the area of muscle where it becomes tendinous and generally attaches to a bone. In most instances, overuse injuries affect tendons and occur when the load from exercise is too great for the body to adapt and repair in time for the next workout. Read more

Returning to Training After a Break

At Melbourne Osteopathy Sports Injury Centre, we have a special interest in treating athletes of all types, from weekend warriors to elite sportspeople. Many of our practitioners also compete at a high level. Many of you may not know that Dr Catherine Allison is not just a talented Osteopath but was also awarded the 2015 Female Athlete of the Year by Triathlon Victoria. Catherine acts as an ambassador for specialty sports-bra retailer She Science and posted a great article on their blog this month that deals with returning back to training after the Christmas/New Year break.

With January now just a memory and February almost done too, this article offers some great advice for those people now ready to get back to full fitness after the holiday break.

You can read the full article here:

http://blog.shescience.com.au/a-guide-to-returning-to-training-after-a-break/

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Enjoying the Festive Season Guilt Free – A Survival Guide for Christmas and New Year

For many people the Christmas Break can’t come fast enough. While most of us could certainly benefit from a bit of down time over the holiday period, it is easy to fall out of many good habits when it comes to exercise and healthy eating. The annual gorging on Christmas goodies can make this time of year a dietary disaster but don’t panic just yet as there is a simple remedy:

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How To Make The Most Of Your Foam Roller

How do foam rollers work?

  • Foam rollers work on the myo-fascial* system to reduce muscle tension, improve blood flow, increase body awareness and aid in injury prevention and rehabilitation.
  • Foam rollers are ideal for self-massage, stretching and rehabilitation exercises.

*The myo-fascial system refers to the muscle itself and its fascia – a thin sheath that wraps around and connects the muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels of the body

Dr Catherine Allison presents this article to help you incorporate a foam roller in to your exercise routine. It follows up on a similar post that explains how to make the most out of your Spiky Ball.

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Bike Fitting Interview With Simon Coffin

The sun is shining, the magpies are swooping and the blossoms are blooming – this can only mean one thing: spring is in the air and it’s time to dust off the bike and get out for some well needed fresh air! For many of us, winter sees the road bike being packed away in a corner or perhaps locked into a wind trainer. With summer around the corner it’s easy to want to jump straight back into an exercise program but before you do there are a few things to consider, particularly when it comes to proper bike positioning.

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Making the Most of Your Spiky Ball

How do Spiky Balls Work?

Spiky Massage Balls are sometimes described as evil little torture devices. They have become a popular tool for performing self-therapy on many muscle-related conditions and are a convenient way to maximise muscle recovery for many athletes. But just how do Spiky Balls manage to perform their magic?

  • Spiky Balls work on the myo-fascial* system to reduce muscle tension, improve blood flow, increase body awareness and aid in injury prevention and rehabilitation.
  • By targeting trigger points, Spiky Balls can reduce pain levels and improve range of motion through specific muscles and subsequently improve joint motion.

*The myo-fascial system refers to the muscle itself as well as its fascia – the thin sheath that wraps around and connects the muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels.

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