Osteopathy for back pain

Using osteopathy for back pain - st kilda beach osteopathy
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Osteopathy for back pain is a reliable treatment used worldwide. If you’re constantly in pain and discomfort from a sore back, then come and see us. We’ll assess your trouble and use the right osteopathy treatment for your back pain.

What causes back pain

Almost everyone has had a sore back at one point in their lives. That’s because our backs support us so much when we’re awake. As a result, you’re more likely to injure yourself if you don’t look after your back. There are many ways that can put your back out, here are a few:

  • Muscle or ligament strains – Repetitive heavy lifting or sudden awkward movements could strain back muscles and spinal ligaments. If you’re in not looking after your health, constant strain on your back can cause painful muscle spasms.
  • Bulging or ruptured disks – Disks are like cushions between the bones (vertebrae) in your spine. The soft substance inside a disk can bulge or rupture and press on a nerve. However, you can have a bulging or ruptured disk without back pain. We bet you didn’t know that? Disk disease is often found when you have spine X-rays for other reasons.
  • Skeletal irregularities – An ailment in which your spine curves to the side (scoliosis) also can lead to back pain, but generally not until middle age.
  • Osteoporosis – Your spine’s vertebrae can develop compression fractures if your bones become porous and brittle. That’s why it’s important to keep your bones as healthy as you can.

How Osteopathy for Back Pain helps

Our St Kilda Beach osteopaths use techniques that focus on

  • detection
  • diagnosis
  • treatment
  • prevention

of back pain. These can involve

  • massage therapy
  • stretching exercises
  • mobilisation and movement techniques

When you visit us for your back pain, we’ll talk with you about your lifestyle and what you do on a daily basis. As a result of this, it will help us pinpoint where your back pain is and what is the possible cause. During your assessment, we’ll talk you through how we’ll treat your back pain and what you can do to manage it when you leave us.

Call us on 03 8080 2981 if you need osteopathy help for your back pain.

TMJ Dysfunction

What exactly is TMJ dysfunction? Let’s just say at Christmas, it’s that time of the year when there’s always plenty of eating and drinking and it’s not the best time to have TMJ dysfunction.

Have you experienced jaw pain or clicking? Do you also suffer from neck pain or headaches? These can sometimes be caused by the jaw joints.

Your jawbone (or mandible) is the bone that hangs from your skull and creates the lower part of your head. It holds your lower teeth and attaches either side of your head, just in front of your ears. Want to know where? Then put your fingers just in front of your ears in line with the ear holes. Gently open and close your mouth and you will be able to feel movement at these joints. Admit it. You did that, right?

These joints are called the temporomandibular joints, or TMJ. Movement of these joints occur when you open and close your mouth when you’re eating
and talking. As well as opening and closing your jaw, you can move it side to side (like when you’re contemplating your next journey in life). But wait! You can also move it and forwards and backwards!

TMJ issues

A common jaw condition we treat is TMJ dysfunction. This is a relatively broad term to describe an issue with this specific joint. It usually affects women twice as much as men. Challenges occur from the structures in and around the joint, including the muscles, joint surfaces and a small disc which sits inside. Muscle imbalances are frequent and can lead to stiffness or pain (or both) when opening and closing your mouth. Tightness in the surrounding muscles can result from trauma to the jaw (like with being knocked or hitting your chin from a fall), clenching when sleeping (known as ‘Bruxism’), or from dental problems such as having an uneven bite. If you’re highly stressed, this can often make you clench your jaw in your sleep, which may lead to waking up with a sore jaw or headaches.

Treating TMJ Dysfunction

Osteo treatment for TMJ dysfunction depends on the cause of the dysfunction. A muscle imbalance could be corrected by soft tissue release of the jaw muscles, joint mobilisation, and corrective mobility and strengthening exercises. That’s all the good stuff to help release your pain. It is rarely that simple though. More often than not, a TMJ dysfunction will come hand in hand with a problem in the neck and shoulders, be it a restriction of movement or poor stability and strength in the region.

The best thing to do is call us on 03 8080 2981 and book an appointment. Our osteopathy clinic is close to Elwood, near St Kilda Beach.

Osteoarthritis and aging

In this post, we’ll talk about osteoarthritis and aging. Did you know that 1 in 7 people are aged over 65 in Australia? Our Australian population is living longer and getting older.

Osteoarthritis is an ailment that impacts the whole joint including bone, cartilage, ligaments and muscles. It’s usually talked about as ‘wear and tear’. Now it’s thought to be because of a joint working overtime to repair itself.

That’s why you need to remain active and look after your body, especially your joints.

What are some osteoarthritis issues?

These are a few common issues:

  • inflammation of the tissue around a joint – that’s where you’ll see and feel swelling around the joint
  • damage to joint cartilage – wear and tear on the protective cushion on the ends of your bones will cause pain within the joint
  • bony spurs growing around the edge of a joint. These are bumps of extra bone
  • deterioration of ligaments (the tough bands that hold your joint together) and tendons (cords that attach muscles to bones)
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We see our fair share of older patients in our clinic because they’re usually coming in experiencing postural strain. This can be caused by sitting around more so in the later years of life. The common areas affected around hips, knees and spine – particularly the neck and the lower back. Those two parts of the body are the main weight-bearing joints of the body.

We’ll also provide preventative measures to for when you finish your treatment with us. These measures vary and will depend on the type of pain you came to visit us for.

Our osteopath clinic is close to Balaclava, and we’ve been treating older patients for years. Because of that, we know how to treat osteoarthritis and have you feeling good again. Therefore, call us today on 03 8080 2981 and book an appointment. We’re open on Saturdays, too!

Did you know we service Elwood osteopathy patients as well?

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 more frustrating 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.

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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.

They’ll also provide preventative measures to keep you in the clear when you finish treatment. These measures can vary will depend on the type of pain you came to see us for.

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 and we have a team of qualified osteopaths to look after you.

Our treatment can remedy

to name a few. We will assess your musculoskeletal and nervous system. By doing so, this will help us evaluate what treatment is best suited to help you feel better again. We find one of the best evaluation techniques is talking to you about your lifestyle. The more we know about your daily routines and how you ended up in pain, the more accurate our assessment will be.

As your lifestyle impacts your body, 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 have 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 our osteopathic treatments. Interventions will also vary from person to person.

Balaclava Osteopathy - it's not how we do it
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Our treatment combines exercise prescription, movement and lifestyle advice, dry needling and hands-on treatment (but definitely not like anything like the above picture). 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 are 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 near Albert Park, then we can definitely help you. We’re located just down the road near St Kilda Beach.

Albert Park, St Kilda Beach Osteoptath
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Our osteopathy services treat a wide variety of body pains and ailments. If you’re suffering from

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 use different forms of hands-on methods. It will all depend on the type of treatment required to get you back to feeling your normal self again.

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. A lot of clients travel to us from the surrounding South Eastern suburbs as our clinic is central to most people.

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 any of the following?

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

These are only a hand full of ailments that we treat regularly. These challenges 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. The more we know about what you do daily and how you came to be in pain, the better we’ll be able to provide accurate treatment.

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. After all, who doesn’t like to feel good and be able to move freely, right?!

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. That can lead to headaches which leads to a lack of energy. It’s a vicious cycle but thankfully we can help.

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.

Our osteopathy clinic is also close to Albert Park.

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 your musculoskeletal injuries.

Why visit our Osteos near Middle Park?

Our osteos treat your whole body system with a hands-on approach. They use various techniques to treat your musculoskeletal problems. They 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 osteopathy therapies help a wide variety of injuries. For instance, stress-causing strains from training. Your strains can be from 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, and recover, then there’s less stress. If inadequate time is provided then an overuse injury can develop. 

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

Our osteopaths help people of all ages. In fact, 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. As a result, the more we know about you, the better we can treat your ailments.

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. So if you’re experiencing pain, get in touch with us.

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.

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.

A major factor of a muscle strain can be 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 and visit us.

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.