WELL’NEWS – June 2022

Welcome to Winter

Whilst the first couple of weeks of Winter were a bit of a shock to us, this past week has seen some gloriously still & sunny mornings that remind us of how great Melbourne Winter can be!! And like I’ve always said, “there’s not such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing!”

And with stunning mornings like this on my runs this week, what’s stopping you!

Whilst it’s common to feel a shift in mood during the colder, darker days of winter, and the “winter blues” is recognised as a phenomenon that affects some Australians.

It can be as simple as feeling tired and gloomy, but if the fatigue and pessimism occur over a significant period every winter and interfere with daily functioning it may develop into a clinical condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Beyond Blue Lead Clinical Adviser Dr Grant Blashki says SAD is a recurring condition associated with less natural sunlight and includes a range of symptoms. If you are struggling to get out and get going this Winter, here’s a few tips to help ease the effects of SAD, and help get you on your way.

  • Routine – less screen time at night, get to bed earlier will help you get up earlier and start the day more productively.
  • Exercise – improves mood, try to get out through the middle of the day in the sunlight also.
  • Healthy Food – try to avoid those carb cravings, eat real food, plenty of fruit & veg.
  • Get outdoors – Get natural light, fresh air, some sunshine when you can.

For more detailed information on all of these pointers, as well as important resources if you are struggling, we have a great article linked here.

Winter Solstice!

With the Winter Solstice just behind us, this is a time to celebrate as many around the world do. if you’re looking for some more Winter inspo, then look no further than this article here with some great ideas to get you into the swing of things!

The Annual Dark Mofo Nude Winter Solstice swim in Tasmania

Shockwave Masterclass

Our SKBO team took part in an informative & inspiring masterclass recently learning more about our EMS DOLORCLAST shock wave therapy that we offer in clinic.

Whilst we have already been getting some pretty spectacular results with our EMS shock wave therapy treatments over the past 12 months, it was great to hear further investigative studies and research cases for additional reference.

We also learned about even more about the effectiveness of SWT, and how it works at the tissue level to produce these responses;

  • pain relief
  • reduction of inflammation
  • muscle & tissue repair
  • tendon repair
  • cartilage repair
  • bone repair

What we Can Treat

As well as reaching more clinical complaints after new research has shown effectiveness in the treatment of the following;

  • Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy
  • tennis elbow
  • chronic upper back pain
  • adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
  • goldfers elbow
  • lower back pain, SIJ pain
  • patellar tip syndrome (jumpers knee)
  • ITBS (lat knee/runners knee)
  • achilles tendinopathy
  • plantar fasciitis
  • MCP pain (toe joints)
  • knee osteoarthritis

At St Kilda Beach Osteopathy & Versus you can rest assured we strive to provide the very best in allied health services in a supportive and safe environment. Our goal is to help you be at your best in health & fitness.

WELL’NEWS – January 2022

A new year has begun!

Dear Clients,

Back on track again! 2022 has begun with a bunch of positive news.

Amongst them, SKBO is really delighted to welcome a new staff member: Olivia, our new Osteopath.

For this year, let’s all stick to some easy and simple fine tunings, such as eating better, doing exercise, drinking water and by just being positive.

Have a wonderful year!

Rohan Armstrong

Booking appointments

For your appointments,
book online here
or give us a call on
(03) 8080 2981


Fast healing & quicker recovery!

Talk to us now to see if SWT can help your injury recovery and get you back on track. FASTER.


Olivia Fontana

Olivia is the newest member of St Kilda Beach Osteopathy and brings with her many years of experience.

Since graduating with a Master of Health Science (Osteopathy) at VU in 2009 Olivia has worked in private practice throughout Melbourne, country Victoria and on the Sunshine Coast.

Growing up as a headache sufferer, Olivia tried multiple healthcare modalities to gain relief and found Osteopathy to be the most helpful. As a result she understands how tough it can be to live with and suffer headaches and enjoys seeing people gain relief through her treatment.

On top of Osteopathy, Olivia has studied Pilates and has a Certificate IV from Breathe Education. She enjoys utilizing the strength that comes from resistance training in conjunction with hands on treatment to provide the best results for her patients. She is also trained in ergonomic assessment and dry needling.

Outside of Osteopathy, Olivia is a very busy mum of 2 gorgeous young children. She loves exploring the city for new parks to tire out the kids, going to the beach and training at the gym.

Olivia will be available at St Kilda Beach Osteopathy on Tuesdays from late January.

For your appointments, please give us a call on (03) 8080 2981

2022 GOALS

Eat better (and drink water)
Be positive



by Athol Candlish

Athol Candlish

As we continue to find ourselves working from home at the start of 2022, the importance of at home exercises to combat postural strain remains important. Most commonly, we see patients complaining of upper back pain and stiffness.

As we continue to find ourselves working from home at the start of 2022, the importance of at home exercises to combat postural strain remains important. Most commonly, we see patients complaining of upper back pain and stiffness.

Whilst neck and upper back pain and stiffness has been prevalent across office workers prior to COVID, there has been a significant surge in this complaint since the WFH ergonomic set-ups have been crammed into the home in less than ideal circumstances.

Some issues we commonly see amongst desk bound workers include:

  • Stiffness in the upper back
  • Muscular aches along the upper back and shoulder blades
  • Pressing sensation and sharp pains along the ribs and tightness with breathing
  • Shoulder and neck tightness and stiffness
  • Chronic neck pain leading to headaches.
  • Wrist, elbow pain or numbness or pins & needles into the fingers

Typically, the above is caused by:

  1. Stiffness from sitting too long
  2. Poor posture, bad ergonomics
  3. Lack of movement

Key message: we need to move. Move regularly, and often, and changing your posture with regular breaks will reduce the strain from long bouts of the same sitting posture. Remember, movement does not have to be strenuous! Here are three effective exercises to help combat the onset of upper back strain & stiffness leading to complaints as per above!



1 & 2 promote rotation of the back and movement through the ribs. This is a movement that is often restricted with upper back complaints. Both exercises should be performed SLOWLY with control to feel the stretch. Add a slow deep inhalation & exhalation at the same time for added effect, as well as relaxation. Let’s aim to do these 10-12 times each side at least twice per day, but more is better.


The third exercises involve strengthening the muscles across the upper back whilst working on mobility also. Often these muscles are the source of pain and stiffness. Regular strengthening of these muscles will assist in sustaining a sitting posture pain free as the stronger muscles will be able to greater resist the urge to slouch.

Lie on your stomach and start off by having your shoulders in a Y position. Squeeze the shoulder blades as you are retracting your shoulders. Hold this for 3-5 seconds before changing your arm position to the T position and repeat the same contraction.

Again, repeat this with the W positioning of the arms. If this is too difficult, try it in a sitting position to begin with, or place a cushion under your chest.

Finally, and most importantly, good working posture requires regular movement.

We hope you find these helpful.

And if you experience continuous pain, please come and see your Osteopath for an assessment and treatment to help restore your pain free mobility.

Athol is available on: Mondays, Fridays & Saturdays

Talk to us now to ensure working from home
is working for your body.

Call us on (03) 8080 2981 or make a booking here.

WELL’NEWS – December 2021

Best wishes of the season

A better year is ahead

Dear Clients,

2021 has been quite a year! We are grateful for the support you have shown us throughout. We now look forward to this new year, which promises many beautiful challenges ahead.

SKBO will always be your health and fitness partner, and we are sure that next year will bring along many positive changes.

So here’s to positivity, good health and great times!
2022, here we come!

Rohan Armstrong

Reminder: Shockwave Therapy

Fast healing and quicker recovery!

Talk to us now to see if SWT can help your injury recovery and get you back on track. FASTER.

We are open!

We wish to inform you that SKBO will operate normally throughout December and January. We are also available for emergency appointments on public holidays.

For your appointments, please book here or give us a call on (03) 8080 2981.

WELL’NEWS – November 2021

Remedial Massage

Restore, Regenerate, Get Back to Normal!

We’re out of lockdown, we’re open, and it’s great to see all our locals getting back to business. And this includes our massage therapist, Ryan, who is here to help you get your physical health back on track.

Remedial massage is used to manipulate and treat soft tissues providing a therapeutic effect. A remedial massage makes use of a wide range of massage techniques to treat muscular problems. It can decrease muscular tension, reduce pain, and mentally relax the body.

Ryan is our massage therapist, and he uses a variety of techniques to help reduce your tension, hone in on your problem areas, and leave you feeling invigorated and refreshed.

Ryan is available every Sunday at SKBO, and you can book to see him here.


Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave Therapy has arrived at SKBO! SWT is an effective, proven method for long-lasting pain relief. It requires no surgery or injections. It might be the solution for your chronic pain.

What is Shockwave Therapy?

The Swiss DolorClast® Shockwave Therapy Machine uses single acoustic pressure waves, called shock waves, to treat musculoskeletal pathologies.

By delivering a mechanical wave to injured tissues, Shockwave Therapy provides immediate pain relief and a healing reaction in the body.

Why Shockwave Therapy?

  • Fast and effective
  • Clinically proven
  • No medication, non-invasive

The Swiss DolorClast® Method

Safely and effectively treat musculoskeletal indications with Shockwave Therapy

It is the most well-researched shock wave therapy. A combination of unique technologies, clinically proven protocols and education ensure significant improvement in given musculoskeletal indications.

It is an effective and non-invasive method for the treatment of localised musculoskeletal pathologies such as:

  • Tendonitis (tennis elbow, patellar)
  • Runners knee
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Achilles tendon
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Shin Splints (MTSS)

Current Applications

Cervical pain
Shoulder pain
Achilles tendinopathy
Lower back pain
Tennis elbow
Plantar fasciitis

Fast healing and quicker recovery!

Talk to us now to see if SWT can help your injury recovery and get you back on track, FASTER.
All our practitioners are trained in SWT treatment.

Call us on (03) 8080 2981 or make a booking here.

WELL’NEWS – September 2021


Refresh and Renew, Spring is the time!

Spring is the most symbolic season of the year. It is the best time for throwing out the old and bringing in the new. Take the time to clean out your physical living space, pack up your winter gear, and prepare for the warmer weather. Dust the house and open some windows to let a breath of fresh air through your home. This time of year is a great opportunity for personal transformation.

The symbolism of rebirth and new life is synonymous with the beginning of Spring, and also applies to your state of mind. Take this time to assess where you are in your day-to-day routines and mindsets. Decide what is working and what is not.

Once you create this awareness, replace the routines and mindsets that no longer serve you with routines and habits that support a refreshed version of yourself.

To help you on your way, here are five tips to identify, assess and let go of old mindsets and make room for new ones that will support positive changes in your life.

  • Make time and space for yourself
  • Determine where you stand (good and bad habits)
  • Set your intention
  • Stay positive and practice gratitude
  • Take care of your body.

It’s spring. Put a bounce in your step!


Naturopathy and its principles

Naturopathy uses a series of principles and beliefs to create individual treatment plans, combining modern medicine with traditional methods.

Naturopathic treatment plans focus on education and prevention. They often emphasize diet, exercise and stress management.

These principles and beliefs are:

  • Self-healing: Identifying and removing obstacles to recovery allows for natural healing
  • Underlying symptoms: Rather than stopping symptoms, we can resolve underlying physical or mental issues by treating the body, mind and spirit
  • Harmless treatment: Treatment plans should not have harmful side effects or control symptoms negatively
  • Holistic treatment: we must recognise individuality to treat all aspects of a person’s health effectively
  • Education in treatment: we teach self-care to help empower people against ill health.
  • Prevention: we help remove toxic substances from a lifestyle to prevent problems from arising.

Therapies may include acupuncture, herbal medicine, and homeopathy, and a controlled nutrition plan.

The Essence of Naturopathy

© Rebecca Geer


Food is Medicine
Knowing how to NOURISH the body with the right nutrition is everything in health.


Using natural interventions to allow the body systems to start the process of healing.


The mind and body are not separate. What happens to one, affects the other.

Rebecca Geer


Rebecca completed her Bachelor Degree in Health Science (Naturopathy) at the renowned Southern School of Natural Therapies (SSNT) in Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria. She presents within her local community on a variety of topics and is passionate about educating her patients in all aspects of preventative health.

Rebecca is a qualified Bio Impedance Analysis (BIA) practitioner and accredited member of the National Herbalists Association of Australia.

Spring Health Kickstarter:

Getting your health back on track

It’s time to shake off the winter and welcome Spring with a Kickstarter program from our Nutritionist and Naturopath Rebecca Geer. She is offering a Kickstarter session designed to discard the excesses of the winter and welcome in a newer, fresh you. The session begins with a series of baseline assessments including urinalysis and bio-impedance analysis (testing fat, muscle, hydration ratios and bone mass), blood pressure, and naturopathic assessments of eyes, nails and skin. Review of general health, analysis of diet and development of a dedicated treatment plan.

Also includes 1 week Spring Kickstarter menu and recipe booklet.

Cost: $150
Any prescribed supplementation additional.

Juice IT!

Beetroot-Celery-Orange Juice

This very simple juice can be made in just a few minutes with only 3 healthy ingredients, and it’s a very detoxifying and alkalizing drink.

1 organic beet
7 stalks of organic celery
1 organic orange (or 1/2 lemon)

Put in your juicer and ENJOY!


Use it or lose it!

Exercise for gluteal muscles

During lockdown, we tend to sit down a lot, either to work on our laptops or during chill times.

The squat is a lower body exercise that will reactivate your gluteal muscles. The body weight version, without added resistance (also called Air Squat) is the perfect exercise to target the thighs (quadriceps & hamstrings) and the glutes.

Core strength & stability, ankle mobility, back muscles, calves and other factors play an important role when you are doing this exercise.


  • Find a foot stance that feels best for you.
  • Pointing your toes slightly outwards helps, but keeping them parallel is fine too.
  • If you’re not sure what’s best, start by putting your feet shoulder-width apart and pointed about 15 degrees outwards.
  • Tense your abs like someone is about to punch you.
  • Look straight ahead and stand tall.

At St Kilda Beach Osteopathy & Versus you can rest assured we strive to provide the very best in allied health services in a supportive and safe environment. Our goal is to help you be at your best in health & fitness.

WELL’NEWS – July 2021

Your monthly wellness information bulletin

Sunshine Vitamin:
D is your letter this winter

Main benefits of vitamin D

* Fights disease
* Reduces depression
* Boosts weight loss

Winter is hard and cold, and we need to address our body’s needs in terms of viatmins during this hard season. This time we will be talking about a very important one, which is free and accessible.
Vitamin D, also called the sunshine, vitamin is essential to maintain our bones, muscles, teeth as well as our immune system and mental state.

Getting out every day for walks and jogging will help balance your mental, emotional and physical condition and insure you receive your daily dose of vitamin D through sunlight.

So people, put on your shoes, jackets and beanies, and let’s go for daily walks.

Vitamin D: Other Sources
Food & drinks

Food can be another good source of Vitamin D and calcium. If you are not able to enjoy the sunlight, you can compensate by eating well.

Foods High in Vitamin D:

  • Fish (fatty fish such as salmon or tuna)
  • Mushrooms
  • Fortified milks & substitutes (and variations like Tofu, yogurt)
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Fortified Orange Juice
  • Cod Liver Oil

Remember that your health also depends on what goes on your plate.

SKBO Welcomes
Athol Candlish – Osteopath

Athol Candlish

His good mood is contagious, his sports talk exciting… it’s our new osteopath Athol!

We are proud to count him amoungst us.

Athol is passionate about his work; his on-the-field experience has given him exceptional skills in working with aged people, sports-related injuries and physical preparation for athletes.

He emphasises education and coaching in his active approach to help his patients recover their best condition possible.

Whenever you are at SKBO and you hear a burst of laughter, it’s probably Athol.

At St Kilda Beach Osteopathy & Versus you can rest assured we strive to provide the very best in allied health services in a supportive and safe environment. Our goal is to help you be at your best in health & fitness.

Welcome Charles Goldenberg

Welcome aboard Charles, our newest osteopath at SKBO.

Charles Goldenberg - Osteopath in St Kilda
Charles Goldenberg – Osteopath at St Kilda Beach Osteopathy

Charles joins the team at SKBO and brings with him some impressive experiences and a unique approach to Osteopathy. He’s a sports fanatic who tragically supports the Demons.

You can read all about Charles here. Importantly you will find him at SKBO every Tuesday & Thursday.

Core Foundations Workshop

Amanda Walsh is our movement specialist at SKBO who you may not have met as yet. Amanda’s skill set with injury rehab and specific strength training is very extensive.

She has an excellent understanding of how your body is designed to move and offers tailored treatments and train functional movement to each patient.

Designed for people:

  • who need a constant reminder on core stabilisation
  • struggle with good breathing mechanics
  • experience anxiety, digestive issues, &/or circulatory issues
  • practioners that want to solidify the applied anatomy of our intrinsic core through movement
  • anyone that wants to understand how to use their anatomy to support their body

Workshop is hosted with anatomy knowledge (‘feel for structures and how they move’), layering breath and posture, with some good clean ‘core exercises’.

Book yourself a space here.

Bring on the New Year!

Good riddance 2020, bring on the New Year!

As we welcome in the New Year, i think we can all happily say we’re bloody happy to see the back of 2020 and look ahead to what must only be a better year ahead!

Again, we can’t thank our loyal & supportive clients that have kept us all going as we have also tried our best to keep you going!

Onward to 2021, and better times with greater appreciation!


Like many of you have, we too at SKBO have taken the opportunity to have a good break at the end of this crazy year.

As such, we will be closed this week until MONDAY 4 JAN, when Jaze (osteo), Jim ( SAT – massage) and Ryan back on deck ( SUNDAY – new massage therapist!).

And Rhyl will be back on deck the following week.

And myself…well, I’ve taken up surfing so I’ll be back later in Jan with a bit of luck and fully recharged!!


Wow, and then it was Summer !!

Welcome to Summer edition

How did that happen??

Firstly, can I say a big thank you to all of your wonderful clients for your ongoing support through this very challenging and relentless period of lockdown. We are so grateful and appreciative of your support as we welcome our clients and friends back into the clinic and training studio. It’s great to see you all, and great to see your smiles finally!

It’s a great time to be in St Kilda and to see all of Melbourne getting right back into the swing of it, as Summer is upon us and Christmas but a few weeks away!

And while we’re out and about enjoying our fabulous weather, here’s a list of some of the best picnic spots in Melbourne, featuring our own Catani Gardens.

PS: They missed possibly the best of all of them our very own St. Kilda Botanic Gardens…shhh!

Some of you may know our resident Naturopath, Rebecca Greer from Three Tides Natural Health, who has been with us for a while now.

Bec has put together a wonderful program to help you get your health back on track using ‘food as medicine’ to optimise your health & wellness.

You can find out more about this excellent offering by clicking the link here.

And here’s a great article written by Bec about adrenal fatigue which is addressed in her program. Read this here, it might be the reason why you’re feeling flat!!

More Massages coming soon

Finally, in addition to our growing fleet of amazing Allied Health Practitioners that include our three Osteopaths, Massage Therapy, Naturopathy, and Exercise Rehab, we are adding another Remedial Massage Therapist in the next week or so.

Stay tuned to hear of more massage availability soon!

At St Kilda Beach Osteopathy & Versus you can rest assured we strive to provide the very best in allied health services in a supportive and safe environment. Our goal is to help you be at your best in health & fitness.

We are still treating during Stage 4

Osteopaths can provide treatment that is deemed urgent preventing a significant change /deterioration in functional independence necessitating escalation of care.

Osteopathy is an essential service.

Therefore we are open at St.Kilda Beach Osteopathy for when you need us.

Importantly, no GP referral is now needed.

Along with STAGE 4 Lockdown restrictions in Victoria, new requirements have been introduced by the state government for all allied health appointments as per above.

If you have any urgent issues regarding your condition or sudden pain or dysfunction please contact our clinic on 8080 2981 or book a virtual Osteopathy telehealth appointment where we can give you further guidance.

Alternately contact your practitioner directly, by leaving a message here

You can book an appointment online here;

You can use your appointment email/SMS confirmation to prove your appointment if stopped and you can travel further than 5kms to your appointment.

SKBO continues to support our community by staying open when you need us through this challenging time.

We are also adhering to the strict government guidelines for providing a COVID safe environment for your visit.