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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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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MOSIC in the media for Osteopathy Awareness Week 2018

MOSIC has featured in the news several times this week as part of Osteopathy Awareness Week (15–21 April). Our director, Dr Shane Buntman, appeared as a guest on a live Sky News interview last Sunday.

And in this article from The Age on Monday, a longtime MOSIC client credits Osteopathy with getting his back pain under control after surgery on a ruptured disc. You can read the full article here:

The one thing you’re forgetting in your workout

Do you have any stories about how Osteopathy has helped you overcome injury or achieve your goals? We’d love to find out. Please feel free to send us an email or contact us on social media with your stories.

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Osteopathy Awareness Week helps the community by sharing stories about how Osteopathy can assist people in overcoming injuries and achieving their health and wellbeing goals.

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you achieve yours, then please feel free to ask a question or contact us on:

Active April 2018 at MOSIC

 

April is such an exciting time of the year for the MOSIC community. It signals the beginning of our Active April campaign, part of a fantastic state government initiative whose aim is to ‘promote healthy and active lifestyles and get Victorians to join in the fun of increased physical activity.’ This year MOSIC is offering a number of FREE events as well as participating as an organisation.

Visit the Premier’s Active April website to find out more or sign up for you or your organisation.

For MOSIC, this means taking health and wellbeing to the next level. This year we will be focusing on three key elements to help deliver the best version of ourselves to the MOSIC community, every single day during April:

  • Exercising and moving every day
  • Further refining our healthy eating habits
  • Developing our mindfulness skill set

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