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.

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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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Understanding groin pain (osteitis pubis)

Aly Smead is part of our admin team and many clients will know her from her part-time role on reception, which she fits in between studying Osteopathy at RMIT University. Aly recognises how important it is to understand what is actually going on in your body when treating an injury. For anyone who has experienced groin pain, or osteitis pubis, this guide might prove very useful.

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Is your cycle a pain in the knee?

Most women will admit that having a monthly cycle is a pain in the neck – it can affect your mood, energy, or the desire to socialise – plus many other things. But did you know that the hormonal changes surrounding your menstrual cycle also affect the function of the ligaments in the body?

Most people are familiar with lower back pain or pelvic pain associated with a cycle, but there is also an increase in reported incidences of knee pain during this time too. Recent research suggests that females are more likely than males to suffer knee injuries. Menstrual cycle-related changes in the nerves that control muscle activity could explain why.

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Spring has sprung – 10 things to know about hay fever, acupuncture & herbal medicine

1. We love spring but it also means more pollen in the air!

2. For hay fever sufferers more pollen (allergens) can lead to blocked sinus, itchy eyes & throat, tearing, sneezing, congestion and in some cases wheezing, asthma and hives.

3. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) may be able to help alleviate these symptoms and strengthen the body’s immune system, so you’re less susceptible to allergic reaction.

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The benefits of incorporating skipping into your workouts

Firstly, I’d just like to be clear that this is not about skipping your workouts, but incorporating skipping INTO your workouts. It’s a subtle difference, but can have drastically different outcomes!

Recently, I started including skipping into my workouts and it’s been a really fun addition. I also found out there are many benefits for your body and overall wellbeing.

Here are some articles that I’ve come across exploring the benefits of skipping.

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Wobbly balance

When we are faced with injury or illness, a slump or feel a little lost in our lives, the search for an answer can often be overwhelming. There are so many different health practitioners, with a multitude of theories and opinions, some based on science and research, some not. And with research constantly re-defining what it means to be healthy, the process of finding health can be very confusing.

For me, my definition of health is finding BALANCE in my life.

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