During and post pregnancy, your body will experience rapid changes that will place increased stress on your muscles, ligaments and joints. Most women believe pain and discomfort go hand in hand during pregnancy and often believe they must wait until after the birth of their child to experience relief. However this doesn’t have to be the case, as Osteopathic care can help to manage or alleviate pregnancy related aches and pains. [read more....…]
Do you suffer from anxiety, depression, poor self-esteem or lack confidence?
What many of my clients don’t realise is the effect these conditions can have on their musculoskeletal system from tight muscles, headaches, difficulty breathing and poor posture.
Our Osteopath Danielle Harris will explain to us the impact mental health conditions have on the musculoskeletal system and how Osteopathy can help, as well as simple techniques we can incorporate into our day to lessen our anxiety and boost confidence.
Pain drags us down in many ways and prevents us from getting the most out of life. There are many strategies available to find the source of your pain and address it but understanding it and knowing how it works is a great first step to relief.
There are many different types of pain, including:
- Peripheral pain – inflammation or mechanical damage eg Torn muscle
- Neuropathic – damage or entrapment of peripheral nerves eg Shingles
- Central – central disturbance in pain processing eg Fibromyalgia
Are you taking the correct nutrient or herbs for your pain? [read more....…]
Most of us experience aches and pain throughout our body on a semi regular basis.
But what do they mean, and what are they telling us?
Generally they are signals warning us that there is some level of dysfunction. The signals vary in feeling, area and intensity and should always be paid attention to. By paying attention to the signals they are sending we are able to work towards finding the underlying cause and by addressing this, to help you find relief and avoid a recurrence.
There are 3 main types of pain that osteopathy can assist with …
The changes to the body during pregnancy are huge! Spinal curves are constantly changing, the pelvis widens, there is more pressure on the hip joints and the abdominal muscles are challenged. All of which are suddenly changed after delivery. A significant amount of pain during and after pregnancy can be due to weak muscles within the pelvis and lower back, such as the pelvic floor, deep abdominals and deep spinal muscles. It is no surprise that pain can occur, such as:
- Lower back pain
- Sciatic nerve irritation
- Hip pain
Many professional and Olympic athletes include Sports Massage in their training programme to keep their performance level high. It helps strengthen and tone your muscles and get you ready to perform at your best. It also reduces the risk of injury. On their website, the Australian Sports Commission recommends Sports Massage as a physiological and psychological strategy for recovery.
However, Sports Massage is not just for top athletes but also for amateur athletes, those who do physical work and even people who take their dog out for a walk. [read more....…]
Until I came to Australia, ‘massage’ meant ‘Shiatsu’ to me. In Japan, the majority of massage done is Shiatsu.
Shiatsu is a Japanese style massage, which means “finger pressure”. The Shiatsu therapists apply pressure using not only fingers and thumbs, but also the palm of the hand and elbows. Some even use their knees and feet. Pressure is applied in a continuous rhythmic sequence following meridian lines (energy lines) as used in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Shiatsu is mainly used for reducing muscle stiffness and works well with many chronic conditions. There are several research papers on the effects of Shiatsu. The Shiatsu Society UK has published a few of these papers on their website. In general, Shiatsu works on:
- Lower back ache
- Digestive disorders
- Tight shoulders
- Arthritis pain
- Joint pain
Any type of pain is ….a pain! But we need to remember that pain is your body’s way of telling you something isn’t right. By listening to your body and addressing the cause as well as the symptom, you can create a plan to manage or combat lower back pain efficiently and effectively.
A Naturopathic approach to managing back pain includes a combination of herbs, nutritional and lifestyle strategies to reduce the inflammation which leads to the pain and improve the strength, structure and function of bones, muscles, nerves and ligaments.
Not only do we need to take into account the physical factors involved, but also how the condition can affect you emotionally and mentally; as well as how it affects your ability to move, work and play. One study on back pain followed 100 people over a course of four years. The study reported that participants who scored low on the psychological tests were three times more likely to experience back pain by the end of the four years.
My top 3 herbs for pain:
Back Pain is one of the most common and most debilitating conditions a person may experience in their lifetime. Current statistics indicate that between 70 – 85% of people in developed countries will develop low back pain at some time. Unfortunately it is not usually just a ‘one off’ sort of problem. Recurrences are common and the impact this can have on a person’s health and well being are considerable. Chronic and recurrent pain is very difficult to live with but it shouldn’t have to be.
There is a large body of evidence that supports the use of Acupuncture as an effective intervention for Back Pain.
One recent study in Melbourne used Acupuncture to treat low back pain in the Emergency Department of several large metropolitan hospitals. Results showed that Acupuncture is just as good as drugs in relieving lower-back pain and that from sprained ankles and migraines.