Tips to Look After your Joints

1. Wear Suitable Shoes It is important to wear shoes that provide cushioning, stability and comfort. Wearing incorrect or old footwear could lead to unnecessary joint strain and injury, such as ankle and knee strains and fractures. Your shoes can also affect your back and spine. If they don’t provide proper support, you can injure your lower back. 2. Stretch before and ...
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The 3 Best and Worst Exercises for Back Pain

When you have a backache, the thought of utilizing those muscles can seem painful and unnecessary. But in reality, exercise is one of the best ways to get rid of back pain and keep it from coming back. Not all exercises are created equal and some may be more beneficial to your back than others. Here’s a look at some of the best and worst exercises for back pain....
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Let’s talk TMJ dysfunction

Hello and welcome to our November blog! The end of 2019 is fast approaching which means soon there will be an influx of social gatherings, work Christmas parties and family get togethers coming our way. What do we do at these gatherings? We talk, eat, drink… And maybe have a good catchup or two! Therefore, it’s very important that you have a good functioning jaw right?! Do you...
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5 Areas where Exercise is like Medication

1. Heart Disease Being fit lowers the risk of having heart attacks and increases survival rates in those with coronary artery disease, according to researchers at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine in the US. Meanwhile, an Austrian study showed that a mere three weeks of exercise and a healthy diet produced positive changes in middle—aged men with metabolic synd...
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Unnecessary Surgeries

Too many surgeons are performing operations that are likely to do more harm than good, a leading orthopaedic surgeon says. About half of orthopaedic surgical procedures have no scientific evidence from randomised trials proving they work better than non-operative treatment, Ian Harris told a meeting of 1900 surgeons this week. Research showed another 25 per cent are no b...
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An Osteopath’s Perspective on Yoga

More Australians practise yoga than play soccer, cricket, tennis or golf according to research from Roy Morgan in 2016. This equates to approximately 1 in 10 Australians. Many of the principles behind yoga are along the same lines as those of Osteopathy. As an Osteopath I am seeking to improve flexibility of joints in the body, to open and decompress and relax areas of res...
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Osteo Arthritis: aging and your body

Hello readers and welcome to October’s blog post! This month we are turning our focus to the elderly - an ever-growing population. Did you know that there are approximately 700 million people in the world aged 60 and over? And did you know that it is estimated that by 2050, there will be around 2 billion people on the planet that fall into this age bracket? That’s just over 30...
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Vertigo: Dizziness

By Yasmin Sparavec, Osteopath Vertigo is a cluster of symptoms (which include dizziness) rather than a medical condition, and research shows that nearly 40% of all people over the age of 40 will experience vertigo at least once in their lifetime. Our ability to stay balanced is maintained by several systems within the body, that all feedback to the brain: The propriocept...
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Disc Pathology

So, what exactly is a disc? A disc is a softer piece of cartilage (a very short cylindrical shape) that sits between each vertebra (spine bone) in your body. That’s right, they go right the way from your low back to the top of your neck. Their job is mainly to shock absorb all those strong forces that go through your body as you go about your day to day life, but they also ...
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Arthritis Pain Relief & Osteopathy

Written by Dr Yasmin Fitton, Osteopath Often known as “degenerative changes” or ‘wear and tear’, osteoarthritis affects all of us to some degree as we get older.Osteoarthritis is quite different to other inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid, psoriatic or reactive arthritis .Research shows that manual therapy such as osteopathy can relieve pain, increase flexibility ...
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