Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel and foot pain in adults of all ages. It is due to the inflammation (“-itis”) of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a very thick band of ligament and connective tissue that is found on the sole of the foot.
Have you jumped aboard the latest craze of turmeric? Maybe you’ve swapped your morning long black coffee for a turmeric latte or you’re turning all your cooking yellow with the delicious spice! It’s fantastic to make healthy changes in your life, but it’s also important to understand what we’re putting into our bodies and why.
Having a basic understanding of your back including your spine and the DISCS that sit between each vertebra is crucial in helping you manage pain that may arise from disc injury.
There are many types of arthritis that affect people of all ages. It is a condition that may affect people in different ways, both physically and in turn emotionally, impacting on day to day activities, ability to work, and undertake exercise.
Osteopaths are health practitioners and manual therapists, who have completed a minimum of 5 years training at university level. Osteopaths are experienced in examining, treating, diagnosing, managing and preventing musculoskeletal disorders with physical treatment.
It doesn’t matter what you’re lifting, we just want to make sure you’re doing it safely!
Unfortunately Osteopaths have a lot of patients coming in saying they hurt themselves from lifting.
Osteopaths work on the foundation that our body works as a functional and dynamic unit. This drives our approach and hands on treatment to treat globally and holistically - to make change to your whole body, not just the isolated, painful region. This is to assist the self-healing and regulation mechanism each of us possesses, so the body can in turn heal itself.
Your reason for visiting an Osteopath is most likely for pain relief. It can also be for learning and understanding what your diagnosis is and what is causing you pain or dysfunction. With knowledge comes power, and you can use this knowledge to better manage your pain.
As Osteopaths, we often see patients who tell us that they don’t take pain killers. This could be from allergies, interactions with other medications or their own personal beliefs. Although we believe that pain relief always has a time and place, it’s beneficial to have alternative options. These options often come in the form of supplements. One of the most commonly known supplements that most have seen in their medicine cabinet is fish oil.
When considering exercises that are good for us, there are so many options; for general health, muscle and joint health and for rehabilitation…… As well as recommendations and talk of pilates, yoga, swimming, cycling, and even personal training, it can be hard to know where to start!
As an Osteopath and Pilates instructor I’m always asked about what I do, and why - both on the treatment table and then in the Pilates studio. And what my approach to treatment and rehabilitation is. This is a great question to answer!!!
Are you training for a marathon or running event?
We want to be part of your team to make sure you make it to the finish line - injury free!
Before you start pounding the pavement, we want you to be aware of ways to prevent or manage common running injuries. Training towards your big event might take months. This is a marathon, not a sprint!
Dry needling can be used as a treatment modality by our Osteopaths to help treat muscle pain, trigger points, spasm and tightness. It is described as “dry needling” because no fluid is being injected or removed. In fact, the needles required for this technique can be as thin as a human hair.
Inflammation is the body’s natural reaction to a stimulus that is causing a response to injury, infection or stresses and strains.
As a very busy society, from working, looking after family and kids, exercising, socializing and being generally busy, we are often under some sort of strain in our body. This can manifest in back pain, whether it be in the older or younger population.
For many older individuals, the belief is that the effects of aging and associated symptoms is an inevitable part of life and the pain and restriction that can result from this is untreatable and often the premise is that you just have “live with it”.
One of the most common questions we are asked as Osteopaths is "Should I use Heat or Ice for my pain?"
Osteopathy is a gentle way to help the body to adapt to postural and muscular changes throughout pregnancy.
As osteopaths, we often have patients coming to us complaining of sciatica looking for help! They may also be complaining of lower back pain and other associated symptoms such as pain, weakness and discomfort in the leg and foot. The pain can be quite debilitating and can be constant, sharp, dull and intense.
Did you know that a lot of people who have desk based jobs have incorrectly set up ergonomics at their desk. This in turn creates poor habits and hence poor posture due to muscle fatigue, strain and ends up causing pain – whether it be lower back, neck and shoulders, RSI or headaches.
Being a new mother or father is not only an amazing and wonderful experience but it can also be challenging – not only due to the lack of sleep and new routine, but it can present certain strains and pains to the body that previously may not have occurred.
Back pain, shoulder tightness and awkward lifting, carrying and feeding positions all impact upon how looking after a baby can take its toll!
Headaches affect nearly all people at some stage within our lifetime, with some sources stating that about 15 percent of the population is taking some sort of pain relief for a headache at any given time. Headaches decrease our work productivity, reduce our ability to exercise and can worsen our mood.
At St Kilda Osteopathy, we are experienced in assessing, diagnosing and treating all kinds of headaches. There are different types of headaches that can occur - tension headaches, migraines and cervicogenic (neck related) headaches.