Massage Therapy in treating Back Pain

Recently a study of 401 back pain patients demonstrated that massage works as well as the standard treatment for back pain - acetaminophen ornonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The research was headed by epidemiologist Daniel Cherikin, a senior investigator at Group Health Research Institute in Seattle. The patients in the study had back pain for 3 months or longer ...
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How To Minimise The Negative Impacts Of Sitting

Research has linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns. These include neck and back pain, headaches, increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels. The good news is 60 minutes of moderately intense physical activity a day has been shown to counteract the effects of too much sittin...
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Healthy Habits for 2020

Hello to our readers and a very Happy New Year to you all! We trust you have had a jolly good break over the holiday season. We’re getting straight into it this month. January… the month for those dreaded resolutions that many of you have good intentions of sticking to when you set out, but struggle to stick to as the months tick by. After an indulgent Christmas break, being h...
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A Long Term Solution to Neck Pain

Dr Yasmin Fitton (Osteopath) Our experience at Healthwise has shown that the most effective way to combat neck pain related to office work is a three-pronged approach, comprising: Osteopathic hands on treatment of the musculoskeletal system to remove restrictions in joints and tension in the soft tissues. This improves mobility and circulation of blood, as well as reduc...
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Benefits of Traditional Acupuncture

Attending frequently with medically unexplained symptoms is distressing for both patient and doctor and effective treatment or management options are limited. A research team from the Institute of Health Services Research, Peninsula Medical School, University of Exeter, have carried out a randomised control trial and a linked interview study regarding 80 patients to invest...
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6.8 Million Reasons Why Improving Muscle, Bone And Joint Health Can’t Wait.

New national report commissioned by MOVE identifies urgent changes needed. The 6.8 million Australians struggling from muscle bone and joint conditions would be helped by a different approach to treatment, a new report by PwC has found.  Musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis, chronic back pain and osteoporosis costs Australian tax payers $55 billion every...
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Injury blog: Shoulder impingement

Suffering from shoulder pain? Lucky for you that our December blog is all about shoulder pain… We’re good like that! As osteopaths, shoulder pain is up there as one of the most common complaints we treat, after lower back and neck pain. Office workers, gym goers and overhead sports people, such as basketballers and netballers are all regular victims of shoulder pain. ...
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Headaches: How an Osteopath can help

There are many different types and causes of headaches. The National Health Service in the UK has reported that the highest incidences of headaches are tension type and neck related. As an Osteopath, the history taking is very important in making an accurate diagnosis. Headaches can be: Tension: Muscular contraction Vascular: Migraine and cluster headaches Cervicogeni...
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Osteopathy Is On The Rise

Osteopathy is now ranked as one of the fastest growing healthcare professions in Australia and it is not slowing down any time soon - why would it? Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) statistics show that in 2017-18, the osteopathy profession grew by 7.1%. The profession now generates over $300 million for Australia’s economy every year and treats over ...
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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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