Neck pain – why you get it

Neck pain is a common occurrence in Australia and can be caused by so many factors. Have you started to feel the pain creep up from your back, to your shoulders and then to your neck? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one.

The good news is that with the right treatment, you can start feeling better within a few days.

Why do you get the pain in the first place? As your neck sits at the top of your spine, there is a lot of soft tissue surrounding it. That soft tissue is comprised of muscle and ligaments. When you don’t take care of your posture or you stress your body with over-exercising, you put the soft tissue around your neck at risk. That’s when the pain kicks in.

Neck pain can cause headaches

When the soft tissue around your neck tightens, then you could end up with headaches that linger. Without proper treatment, your pain and headaches can get worse.

There’s nothing worse when you’re trying to get on with life and you have tension in your neck. That tension then causing headaches. That doesn’t make for a very happy life.

Neck pain can be caused by

  • Poor posture
  • Over-exercising
  • Incorrect lifting
  • Sleeping in the wrong position
  • Stress

Thankfully our team of qualified osteopaths know how to help. They’ve been treating all types of neck pain for years. They’ll spend time getting to know you and your lifestyle. By understanding the type of life you live and the activities you do on a daily basis, they’ll assess the possible ways you are in pain.

Our osteopath clinic is close to Balaclava, just down the road at St Kilda Beach. Contact us on 03 8080 2981 to make a booking or to find out more how we can help you.

Balaclava Osteopath

Are you looking for a Balaclava Osteopath to treat your pain? We’re located close by at St Kilda Beach. We have a team of 5 qualified osteopaths to look after you.

Our treatment can remedy

  • Back pain
  • Sore muscles
  • Sports injuries
  • Neck pain
  • Tendon problems

to name a few. We will assess your musculoskeletal and nervous system. This will help us evaluate what treatment is best suited to help you feel better again.

Your lifestyle also impacts your body, so we will ask you about your health, fitness and day to day living. If there’s an imbalance in any area of your life, this can be having effects on you physically. That’s why we’ll spend time getting to know you before we start treatment.

As each person, their condition and their injury are unique, so are osteopathic treatments. Interventions will also vary from person to person.

Our treatment combines exercise prescription, movement and lifestyle advice, dry needling and hands-on treatment. Hands-on treatment may include massages, some good old stretching, repetitive movements, and/or manipulation. The end result is to help make you feel better than when you came in. Depending on your treatment needs, we may need to see you more than once. We’ll talk through this when you come in for your initial consultation / treatment.

About our Balaclava Osteopaths

Did you know that osteopaths have to be registered by the government? Our team also university trained, so you know you’re in capable hands. Each of our osteopaths continues to stay on top of industry trends, techniques and news. By doing so, they make sure that you receive the most relevant treatment suited to your needs.

So if you’re looking for a Balaclava osteopath, contact us on 03 8080 2981 to make a booking. You can also find out more about our team here.

Did you know we’re also close to Albert Park?

Osteopath Albert Park

If you’re looking for an osteopath Albert Park, then we can definitely help you. We’re located just down the road near St Kilda Beach.

Our osteopathy services treat a wide variety of body pains and ailments. If you’re suffering from

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Sciatica

then we can assess your pain. Our qualified osteopaths have years of experience and provide treatment that is specific to your needs.

They will target areas of your body, such as soft tissues (your muscles, ligaments and tendons), your spine and nervous system, and could use different forms of hands-on methods.

Looking after yourself with our Albert Park Osteopaths

Osteopathy advocates that you look after your own long-term healthy-mind and physical wellbeing. As a result, you can find out which lifestyle and environmental factors could be contributing to your condition. Factors could include poor posture, stress or the need for ergonomic furniture.

Plenty of regular exercising, healthy eating and living a balanced lifestyle are fantastic ways to stay in shape. Similarly, looking after your mental health goes hand in hand with being physically fit. You don’t have to lift small trucks or run a thousand kilometres to stay fit and strong. It only takes a minimum of 30 minutes a day to stay in shape.

Meditation and other mindful activities can keep your stress levels down. This helps your body because it relieves tension in muscles, like in your neck and shoulders.

More importantly, our osteopaths, like Rhyl, will assess your pain and ask questions about your lifestyle. This will help them provide the best treatment for you. That’s why they take their time when you come in for your first visit.

Whilst there might be osteopath Albert Park clinics, we know you’ll be satisfied and looked after in St Kilda. Call us today to book an appointment and get back on track with your health and fitness.

Our clinic is also close to Elwood.

We look forward to answering any queries you may. Whether it’s regarding appointments, your specific condition or your osteopathic treatment. Please give our reception staff a call on 03 8080 2981.

Elwood Osteopathy

Looking for an Elwood osteopathy clinic? We’re close by in St Kilda Beach with a number of professional osteopaths to help you.

If you’re suffering from

  • Back and neck pain
  • Repetitive strains
  • Headaches
  • Sport injuries
  • Muscle tightness

just to name a few, we can treat your ailments. These ailments can be caused by a number of factors ranging from poor posture, over-exercising or lack of recovery time from training. Thankfully, we have treated a high volume of clients over the years and know exactly how to help you get back on to a pain-free lifestyle.

About our Elwood osteopath services

Our osteopaths target areas on your body, including soft tissues (such as muscles, ligaments and tendons), the spine and nervous system, and may use variations of different hands-on methods. That’s why they will spend time with you and get to know why you’re coming to visit us.

Osteopathy encourages you to take responsibility for your own long-term health and wellbeing. As a result, it can help you find out which lifestyle and environmental factors may be contributing to your condition. These may include poor posture, stress or the need for ergonomic furniture.

Looking after yourself

Regular exercising, healthy eating and living a balanced lifestyle are great ways to stay in shape. Just by focusing on taking little steps each day, you can really look after yourself without too much effort. Similarly, looking after your mental health goes hand in hand with being physically fit.

However, if you neglect your body and headspace, then you’re at risk of injury. Injuries aren’t always sports or accident-related. For example, stress at work can cause bad posture. So, if you’re sitting all-day, then you may feel neck and back pain.

More importantly, our osteopaths will assess your pain and ask questions about your lifestyle. This will help them provide the best treatment for you. They’ll help uncover the challenges in your daily living that are aggravating your pain. That’s why our team take the time to get to know you, so they can provide the best possible treatment for you. After all, we went to see you fit, strong and healthy!

Whilst there are other Elwood Osteopathy clinics, we know you’ll be satisfied and looked after in St Kilda. Call us today on 03 8080 2981 to book an appointment.

Middle Park Osteo

Are you looking for a Middle Park Osteo? Our St Kilda Beach Osteopathy clinic is close by and is only a short 5-minute drive from Middle Park. Our osteopaths are highly experienced. They provide pain relief for a number of musculoskeletal injuries.

Why visit our Osteos near Middle Park?


Our osteos treat the whole body system with a hands-on approach. We use various techniques to treat musculoskeletal problems. We also treat other functional challenges of the body, too.

Osteopathy is recognised globally and is based on unique biomechanical principles, It is one of the most scientifically validated and effective complementary therapies.

Our therapies help a wide variety of injuries. For instance, stress-causing strains from training. These strains are caused by over-loading during regular physical activity. In other words, the stress changes when increasing the strength of tissues. Particularly tissues such as muscle, bone, ligament, and tendon. Therefore, if adequate time is provided for the tissue to adapt then there’s less stress. If inadequate time is provided then an overuse injury can develop. 

Australian osteopaths are government registered health professionals. Our osteopaths provide highly qualified treatment. They have years of practice and 5 years of full-time university training. Therefore, we will have you back on track as quickly as possible.

In fact, our osteopaths help people of all ages. They treat various types of conditions, including:

  • Back pain
  • Disc injuries & sciatica
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches / Migraines
  • Postural problems
  • Scoliosis
  • Sports injuries
  • Pregnancy-related pain & discomfort
  • Arthritic pain & stiffness
  • Jaw pain & TMJ syndrome

We take time to assess your pain.

In short, we aren’t exactly “Middle Park Osteo” but we are close enough. Therefore, call us today on 03 8080 2981 and book an appointment!

St Kilda Osteopathy

Our St Kilda Osteopathy clinic is just a short walk to St Kilda beach. We’re also close to Middle Park. So why not take a stroll around the scenic water views before or after your treatment? You’ll thank yourself later

Our osteopaths are highly experienced. They administer manual pain relief for a number of musculoskeletal injuries.

Why visit our St Kilda Osteopathy clinic?

Firstly, our osteos treat the whole body system with manual remedies. We utilise various techniques to heal musculoskeletal problems and other functional irregularities of the body. Osteopathy is recognised as a global practice and based on the use of biomechanical principles. For this reason, it is one of the most scientifically validated and effective complementary therapies.

A major factor of muscle strain is due to exercise. This is caused by the strain of load during regular physical activity. There’s less stress if you allow adequate time for the tissue to adapt. An overuse injury can develop if you don’t rest long enough. That’s when you’ll need to come visit us.

Secondly, all Australian osteopaths are government registered health professionals. They also have 5 years of full-time university training. This ensures that you receive highly qualified treatment. So you’ll have confidence knowing you’ll be back on track sooner, rather than later.

Osteopaths help people of all ages with conditions including:

  • Back pain
  • Disc injuries & sciatica
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches / Migraines
  • Postural problems
  • Scoliosis
  • Sports injuries
  • Pregnancy-related pain & discomfort
  • Arthritic pain & stiffness
  • Jaw pain & TMJ syndrome

We look forward to answering any queries you may. Whether it’s regarding appointments, your specific condition or your osteopathic treatment. Please give our reception staff a call on 03 8080 2981.

In any case, book an appointment at our St Kilda Osteopathy clinic. Call us today!

Welcome, Rhyl Jenkins

We have a new member joining the SKBO/Versus team as of this week.

Rhyl Jenkins is a highly qualified Osteopath, with over 7 years of experience working in various clinical settings around the country before settling back to her home town of Melbourne.

Rhyl joins the team here bringing with her a vast level of experience in Clinical Rehabilitation, and Injury Management & Rehab, as well as Workplace Health & Ergonomics.

As such she is the perfect professional to lead our Clinical Rehab team at Versus, and providing the bridge between the treatment room and the training space!

You can read more about Rhyl here.

Rhyl is available at Versus on TUES 5pm – 8pm and SAT 9am – 12am.

Injury recovery versus rehabilitation

What differentiates injury recovery versus rehabilitation?

As Osteopaths we typically see our patients presenting with pain & dysfunction.

By this we mean, you come in all banged up, sore, and stiff, can’t move this way or that and not moving well due to pain, muscles tightness, usually inflamed and a bit injured basically.

Sure, the body is designed to heal itself and hence Recover, but does it Rehabilitate? Rehabilitation is the final step and can be forgotten as often your pain has gone.  

At the clinic, we take a history & assess how you are moving – not just the painful area but your entire body! Then determine where you are sore, and not moving well, and then work out what has happened and why! 

You often have an idea of what has happened but not always the why… The why is what drives our treatment plan so that we don’t simply focus on the symptoms you are experiencing right now but we aim to reduce the risk of this happening again. 

Eg. I hurt my lower back bending to put my shoes on this morning! Sure, this seems quite obvious, but the real question is, why this morning have you injured your back doing this ‘normal’ activity that you do every day? 

Our goal is to answer this question so we can really treat the cause of your problem and give you the best outcome so this doesn’t happen again, for ‘no reason’!!

This underlying cause may be related to other activities that have overloaded and compromised your back function – mobility and strength. Which could be anything from excessive sitting, to heavy lifting – and everything else in between! There may also be other factors such as poor trunk (core) strength or support that adds to the problem and is often related to an old injury.

These are called predisposing or underlying factors that essentially mean you are prone to these types of injuries from time to time. Injury rehabilitation addresses these underlying issues and gets you to a stronger and more stable state that will not only avoid further injury but allow you to function & perform at a higher level.

This is what we mean when we say that Rehab gets you from the treatment room to the training space, but more than that to a better level of training & performance.

We touched on old injuries often being behind these underlying factors that still cause us trouble today. And this is where Recovery & Rehab differ.

We all know somebody with a ‘bad knee’, ‘bad back’ or ‘bad shoulder’ due to an old injury that may not have been fully rehabilitated. Sure, they have recovered to a degree, but what about Rehabilitation? 

It is important to remember that these old injuries often have a compromised function and can change the way our body moves. Rehabilitation addresses this and aims to get you moving again – to your full potential!

Let’s use the example of a ‘bad knee’ due to playing footy in your 20s. You may have recovered and perhaps you stopped playing footy or decreased your activity so you hardly notice your ‘bad knee’ anymore. But you probably identify it as your ‘bad knee’ because it has compromised function or may not bend the entire way. 

So how do you manage to bend down or put your shoes on if you’re not using your knee to your full potential? Often you will favour the other side or put more pressure through your hips and lower back. Over the years this can lead to the weakening of the whole chain or mechanics and results in a bad hip, and or back some 15-20 years later – Recovery VERSUS Rehabilitation.

St Kilda Beach Osteopathy is now VERSUS

The signs are up! We hope it’s now easier to find us at 148A Barkly Street, at the end of the red brick driveway.
In case you haven’t seen us while we’ve been relocating and settling in, these are the latest pics of how & where St Kilda Beach Osteopathy has grown into our new & exciting venture called “Versus St Kilda”.

The first thing you will notice is there aren’t any signs that say, “ST KILDA BEACH OSTEOPATHY”. Apologies for that obvious ommission, but such is the nature of re-branding. However, we will still be operating from the SKBO website & booking page for now & beyond whilst we are building the new VERSUS website. In fact, you will always be able to access us & bookings from both sites in future.

The next addition you will notice upon entry is our self-check in booth as you enter the front door. Simply enter your DATE OF BIRTH to find your appointment, click to confirm and we will know you have arrived. Then all you need do is take a seat and get comfy and we’ll be with you shortly.

Thirdly, we now have a nice new reception area, and full HICAPS service is now available for you to claim your private health rebate on the spot.

And last but not least, we have much more to offer than ever before. Whilst we now comprise Treatment, Training and Recovery as you can see from our sign, we also have two new Osteopaths starting next month, one of which is a Clinical Rehab Specialist whilst the other is also a Ninja Warrior!

Yes, we are growing and developing and as such we will have some great offers & promotions to share with you from JULY.

More on those later…but first, come check out our new facility…

To introduce you to our new VERSUS facility we are offering you a COMPLIMENTARY PASS to any one of our Training or Recovery sessions.
This includes Group Strength & Conditioning Classes and our Cold Tub or Sauna sessions.

Simply pick up a COMP PASS card on your next visit & then go online as per usual and you can book any of these sessions with us. Be sure to bring your COMP card with you when you come in!

Hope to see you soon!

Training Room

This is where the training, strengthening & rehabilitation happens!

We have moved

We have moved. We are now exactly 500m or a 5 minute walk from our old premises and are located at:

148A Barkly Street, St Kilda, 3182

  • We are located at 148A Barkly Street (just 100m down from the corner of Carlisle St towards Inkerman St).
  • We are situated between St. Kilda Cycles and Petbarn, at the end of the red brick drive on the left.

We look forward to seeing you at the new premises!