Scoliosis

What is Scoliosis? Scoliosis describes a lateral curve of the spin, including some vertebral rotation. Although most curves are small, some can be progressive and lead to spinal and postural deformities and sometimes pain in later life. What causes Scoliosis? There are genetic risk factors for scoliosis, but there are no confirmed causes of scoliosis development. Poor...
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Active Back Care

LIFTING AND MOVING Lifting and moving objects are common causes of pain and injury to your body. The lower back is most often put at risk, but your neck and shoulders can also be injured. You can protect yourself against injury by planning how to tackle the task. When lifting an object, try to reduce the: Need to lift below knee height or above shoulder height Distanc...
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Wellness Industry Has Us On Our Knees

At a time when Australians, especially older Australians, are under financial pressure, helping them and the government cut unnecessary health cost is especially important. So it is depressing that the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners had felt moved to issue a warning about the waste of public and private money on a range of useless treatments for the scou...
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Injury blog: Student’s elbow

G’day readers, it’s blog o’clock! This month's blog is about a common elbow injury. Ever heard of student’s elbow? “But I’m not a student!” we hear you say. Well you don’t have to be to fall victim to this condition. Students elbow, or ‘Olecranon Bursitis’ is a condition where a small sack of tissue over the tip of your elbow becomes inflamed and swollen. The pointy bit of bon...
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Heavy School Bags Biggest Pain In The Neck

It’s that time of year again. Kids have been back at school a few weeks and parents are starting to see just how heavy their kid’s backpacks are. Half the weight seems to be in the school bag itself, even before it’s loaded up with books and laptops and sports shoes. Whilst being stoic and resilient are all qualities we want to see in our children, injury isn’t one of them...
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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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