Will Pilates Help My Back Pain?

Around 80% of Australians will experience low back pain at some stage in their lifetime. As a Pilates instructor with over 4 years experience working in both Osteopathy and Physiotherapy centres, I’ve seen an extremely large number of clients coming through the Pilates studio with back pain. The most common question asked is “Will Pilates help my back pain?” The simple answer is yes, not only can it alleviate back pain but Pilates can also prevent an occurrence of back pain. 

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Are High Heels Causing You Pain?

High heels, the not-so-ultimate fashion accessory! While some believe “beauty is pain,” how much pain and long term damage are you willing to endure?

Slide into a pair of high heels and postural changes occur instantaneously. The low back becomes more arched, the upper body leans forward, the buttocks stick backwards, knees are slightly flexed, weight shifts to the front of the feet and the calf muscles are shortened. Read more

The Benefits of Chewing Your Food Slowly

Mastication is the art of what you do with food in your mouth – chewing. In today’s modern society everyone is constantly on the move, always in a rush, with no time to sit and contemplate life – this has led to a reduction in the time available to sit and eat a meal. The modern man or woman tends to eat on the run, between meetings, at their office desk while answering emails, whilst on the phone, in meetings discussing business issues or while trying to get the kids ready for school or bed. This might just be one of the reasons for a large increase in digestive problems such as bloating, gas, abdominal pains, constipation, allergies, eczema and many more. Read more

Simple But Effective Yoga Poses for Office Workers – Part 1

Here are some suggested yoga exercises for those of you who spend long periods sitting, at work, in the car, at home on the couch etc, etc… Whilst maintaining a sitting position the body is forced into a static, rigid posture. Maintenance of this sitting posture for long periods causes postural strain, muscle fatigue, pain and biomechanical dysfunction. These simple yoga poses can be practiced daily to help counteract the detrimental effects of sitting for long periods. Read more

Dr Osteopathy – The Amateur Triathlete – How new shoes eliminated my Achilles pain

As a triathlete I am always looking to move faster on my feet, trying to get ahead of the person in front, and the best way to do that in a triathlon is in the running leg. The best triathletes are almost always the best runners. Not being born a natural runner, it’s important for me (165cm tall with short legs and over 6 years of weight training) to make the most of any edge I can get.

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Melbourne Osteopathy Sports Injury Centre has ARRIVED!!!

We would like to introduce Melbourne Osteopathy Sports Injury Centre (formerly known as West End Osteopathy and Pilates).   Our blog spot is designed to inform you on the latest research and opinions in health, training, exercise, ergonomics and many more interesting topics.  Experienced Osteopaths and other Health Care Practitioners, Pilates and Yoga Instructors, Athletes and many more experts across the health industry, will be contributing to the blog spot.

Firstly we would like to say a big thank you to all existing clients, family and friends, mentors and everyone who has helped us out along the way, for believing in our vision and making this possible.  Without you Melbourne Osteopathy Sports Injury Centre would not exist.

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Minimalist / Barefoot Running Series

Part 1: Introduction

As a runner, you would almost have to be living as a hermit to not have heard about minimalist and/or barefoot running (however, if you were a hermit, you would probably be running barefoot, so there lies the conundrum). Initially, a lot of people viewed minimalist running simply as a trend that would eventually die out, however this has not been the case. This ‘type’ of running continues to become increasingly popular; with more and more of the major running shoe companies starting to bring out their own minimalist lines. Read more

Smart Phone Posture – Is this causing your PAIN!!!

Is this you?

Commuting to work on the train over the last few years I have noticed the progressive shift from people predominately reading books and newspapers to commuters reading from their smart phones. What I’ve also noticed is the poor posture that typically accompanies the use of smart phones. As an Osteopath, I often see clients with postural related back pain, neck pain and headaches. These conditions can be quite debilitating and often detract quite substantially from peoples work and daily life. Osteopathy typically helps these symptoms quite substantially and rapidly, but if a patient with postural related pain does not reform their bad habits, which led to their symptoms in the first place, then most likely, the pain will come back sooner rather than later. Read more