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.

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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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