Low back pain – What’s the real culprit?

Low back pain – those three little words that make us all cringe. It’s estimated that over 70% of people will experience low back pain in their lifetime. Often, it can be debilitating, preventing us from doing many of the activities we love like walking, swimming, gardening or running.

Several different structures contribute to low back pain including discs, joints, muscles, nerves and ligaments. Pain might be local to the area, more towards the back of the hip or down to the leg. Symptoms might also include feelings of numbness, tingling or weakness.

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Natasha’s remarkable recovery for the Patagonia ultramarathon

MOSIC client Natasha Sekulic describes on her blog the incredible RacingThePlanet Ultramarathon that she completed in the Patagonia region of Argentina in November last year. What makes this achievement all the more remarkable is that Natasha suffered a debilitating calf muscle tear as she embarked on her training program for the 7-day 250km event.

It turned out worse than anticipated and three weeks post tear I was still on crutches … Six weeks post injury and I still couldn’t do a single calf raise and I was still walking with a heavy limp.

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Simple exercises to help manage headaches

As a frequent migraine sufferer, I’m always on the lookout for useful resources to help ease the effects of migraines and headaches. Recently, I’ve come across the Yoga U blog, and this excellent post about some simple foam roller exercises that you can do to help manage tension-type headaches. As a CBD-based centre, many of our clients are office workers who suffer from these types of symptoms. If this is you, then I encourage you to have a read. You might discover a really simple way of easing some of the symptoms.

You can read the full post on the Yoga U website here:

https://www.yogauonline.com/yoga-for-pain-relief/yoga-for-headaches-3-ways-use-foam-roller-release-tension

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Treating bursitis

Bursitis is the inflammation of the small sacs of synovial fluid that help muscles and tendons slide easily across bone. It can occur in various parts of the body, most commonly the shoulder, knee & hip.

Did you know that Osteopaths are trained to treat all kinds of mechanical issues that cause bursitis? Combined with Pilates and/or other exercise classes, Osteopathy offers a great longer term solution to the underlying biomechanical issues. Rather than simply treating the symptoms with steroid injections, a targeted approach like this can have a much longer-lasting effect.

You can find out more about bursitis here.


Dr Jeff Harris is an experienced Osteopath with a keen interest in lower limb injuries and gait analysis. If you would like to speak to Jeff or one of our other practitioners about bursitis or any other issue, please feel free to ask a questioncontact us or email us at:

info@melbourneosteopathycentre.com.au

Dry needling for headaches

Many factors in our day-to-day lives cause tension in the body. Whether it’s poor posture from slouching, carrying a heavy bag on your shoulder or sitting for long periods in a car or at an incorrectly set-up desk.

Headaches can often result from this tension, due to the tightness of muscles in the shoulders, neck and base of your skull. Within tight muscles, we find knots, often referred to as trigger points. Trigger points are ball-like areas of tightness found within tight muscles that can refer pain into your head, causing what we then experience as a headache.

Dry needling is a fantastic technique that may help reduce headache pain and also improve range of movement inhibited by tight muscles.

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Improving your yoga poses

Have you ever joined a yoga class and wondered why you seem to be struggling more than the yogi next to you?

It might help to break the pose down into the elements required by each area of the body and work on them separately before putting it all together.

Here’s an example using the ‘extended side angle’ pose as performed by Pilates instructor Luisa Burgoyne.

As pictured below, this pose requires:

  • left hip flexion
  • right hip extension
  • spine rotation right
  • elevation of right shoulder

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Osteopathy Awareness Week

Did you know that April 16–22 this year was Osteopathy Awareness Week? If you’ve made your way to this blog, then chances are you’re already aware of what Osteopathy is, however many people aren’t, with the practice being still relatively young – in Australia, at least.

Many people imagine that Osteopaths simply crack sore backs, but as you already know, they offer a lot more than this. The industry body, Osteopathy Australia, organises this annual campaign aimed at ‘encouraging the nation to investigate better ways to prevent and manage their pain’.

The campaign generated a fantastic response from the media, with extensive nationwide promotion through radio, online, print media and television, including our own Dr Shane Buntman, who was featured on Channel Ten News last month.

Dr Shane Buntman on Ten News

Ten Eyewitness News – 15/04/2017 from Osteopathy Australia on Vimeo.

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Exercise During Pregnancy

Falling pregnant is a magical time in a woman’s life but it can also be quite overwhelming. There is a huge amount of information to take in and a host of regular medical appointments to attend. A common misconception is that if you haven’t engaged in exercise pre-pregnancy, then it isn’t safe to start. This has recently been shown to be incorrect and current guidelines actually recommend pregnant women stay active, provided they have clearance from their doctor or obstetrician. After all, pregnancy is a normal condition and not an illness!

During the first trimester many women feel too unwell to participate in their regular exercise program. This is completely normal and it is very important to listen to your body during this time. With hormone levels fluctuating, a regular workout completed one day might feel almost impossible the next. By allowing your body to guide you, it will gradually become easier to keep exercising throughout your pregnancy.

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Things to take into consideration during pregnancy:

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What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

With a history stretching back thousands of years, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a unique system of healthcare that can be applied to all manifestations of illness and disease. Although an ancient system, it has continually evolved along with the causes of many illnesses. Today much empirical Western scientific research is being undertaken to better understand the mechanisms and efficacy of TCM from a Western viewpoint, with positive results.

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