Caring for the community – Our commitment to delivering safe healthcare

In response the COVID-19 situation, we are now offering telehealth online video consultations with our Osteopathy and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners. You can book telehealth consultations online here.

Our team is also gradually re-introducing in-clinic treatments, under strict hygiene conditions.

Until further notice, the following restrictions are being placed on in-clinic treatments:

  • Reduced number of practitioners per day per clinic.
  • No client crossover – 15-min gaps between each client.
  • Disinfecting of all surfaces between clients.
  • No touching of door handles required.
  • Mandatory use of hand sanitiser for all clients and staff when arriving and leaving.
  • No appointments for clients with cold/flu like symptoms.
  • No appointments for clients who have travelled overseas within last 3 weeks.

Thank you for understanding that these measures are necessary for us to continue supporting our community in this time of great need.

Appointments can be booked online or by contacting our friendly reception team on:

Home office setup in 4 easy steps

With a lot of office workers now being urged to work from home, it is important to setup a healthy workstation. Here are some simple tips for creating a healthy home-office environment:

  1. Dedicated workspace
  2. Set your angles
  3. Office dress, office mentality
  4. Variation and mobility

Melbourne Osteopathy Sports Injury Centre is now offering Telehealth online video conferencing consultations for clients unable to visit the Melbourne CBD. Here’s how to book a Telehealth consultation:

Or contact our friendly admin team any time:

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The sub-2 hour marathon

In 1954 Sir Roger Bannister became the first person to run under 4 minutes for the mile, a feat previously thought impossible. Once again, the impossible is looking vulnerable with the sub-2 hour marathon now being challenged.
During an 8 day window spanning 12–20 October this year, Vienna will host the second attempt by Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge to become the first person to run the full marathon distance (42.195km) in under 2 hours.
The special event called the Ineos 1:59 Challenge follows on from the Nike Breaking2 event in 2017 where Kipchoge ran an unofficial world record of 2:00:25 on a Formula 1 track in Monza, Italy. Kipchoge is the current official marathon world record holder, after running 2:01:39 at the 2018 Berlin marathon.
The 34 year old told Runner’s World after his near miss attempt in 2017, ‘I believe in good training and good preparation. If I have that, the 25 seconds will come.’

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10 things you should know about acupuncture

  1. Acupuncture is an ancient technique with an oriental heritage, but today it is practised all over the world.
  2. To practice acupuncture in Australia you must have a bachelor degree in acupuncture and you must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  3. Acupuncture differs from dry needling in many ways, however one primary difference is that after the needles are inserted, they are left in place for around 20-minutes. In dry needling, the needles are left in place for between 30-seconds and 2-minutes. Acupuncture needling is generally more gentle than dry needling techniques.
  4. The needles used for acupuncture are single use only and are very fine, not much thicker than a hair!
  5. Acupuncture can be used to aid in relieving pain and stiffness.
  6. Acupuncture can help treat many other conditions including headaches, digestive disorders and women’s health issues.
  7. Acupuncture and massage can be used together in a single session. Both techniques are part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practice.
  8. Other painful conditions that may benefit from acupuncture are tennis elbow, arthritis and sprains.
  9. Facial acupuncture may also reduce signs of ageing.
  10. Additionally, most people find acupuncture very relaxing!

If you think that acupuncture could benefit you or would like some further information, please feel free to book a Traditional Chinese Medicine consultation with our experienced practitioner, Lee Christison or contact Melbourne Osteopathy Sports Injury Centre reception on:

Surgery or physical therapy?

Orthopaedic surgeon Victor van de Graaf speaks with Health Report host Dr Norman Swan about the choice between surgery and physical therapy for meniscal tears. Surprisingly, the health outcomes for both options are similar.

Photo by Alexander Redl on Unsplash

If you’ve ever had a serious knee problem, then this is well worth a listen (running time 6:47).

Health Report is a program on ABC Radio National. You can visit the episode website here: Surgery vs physical therapy for meniscal tears

You can download full audio for the episode on the ABC Radio National website here: Download audio (6:47)


If you would like to speak to Dr Jake Martin or one of our other practitioners about whether physical therapy (such as Osteopathy, Pilates or Remedial Massage) could help treat your knee injury, please feel free to ask a questioncontact us or email us at:

info@melbourneosteopathycentre.com.au

Somnology – The science of sleep

Sleep is a fundamental requirement for systemic health. It is also one of the most integral components for the body’s healing processes and something that up to 45% of Australian adults report having issues with.

As an Osteopath, getting sleep patterns under control is one of the first things we look at when dealing with complex and chronic musculoskeletal issues. And one of the most common causes of disrupted sleep is pain. Once the body is provided with the opportunity to rehabilitate and heal itself properly overnight, many persistent issues seem to magically begin alleviating themselves.

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You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to improve your indoor air quality

This article from the Healthy Home Economist details the results of a NASA study into the air cleaning capabilities of various indoor house plants.

Particularly important for people living in large, busy cities like Melbourne, the study shows that many common indoor house plants can make a big improvement to your indoor air quality.

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The study revealed these to be the 10 best plants for improving your indoor quality:

  1. Peace Lily
  2. English Ivy
  3. Florist’s Chrysanthemum
  4. Variegated Snake Plant
  5. Cornstalk Dracaena
  6. Red-edged Dracaena
  7. Broadleaf Lady Palm
  8. Flamingo Lily
  9. Devil’s Ivy
  10. Lilyturf

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Running – Training principles & injury prevention

As an Osteopath who has worked with many competitive and recreational runners over the years, I’ve come to recognise some of the most common causes of injuries:

  • Overload: Increasing training too rapidly or training at too high a volume.
  • Poor recovery: Inadequate rest, sleep or nutrition.
  • Biomechanics: A huge can of worms!
  • Other: Possibly a can and possibly a worm, but not yet clear.

In this article, I’ll be examining Overload and Recovery because that’s where things are most clear and where we can advise most accurately.

By following correct training principles, I believe that we can prevent most running injuries.

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