South Yarra Osteopathy understands the most important services you may require for your health, by bringing them together in a centre of clinical excellence. Osteopathy, yin yoga and remedial massage.
Osteopathy is further broken down, allowing more specialisation for your individual musculoskeletal needs.
Osteopathy is a leading form of allied health which provides a ‘hands on’ approach to diagnosis and treatment.
Restrictions in the quality of joint movements, areas of tension, tightness in the muscles, and problems in the connective tissues under the skin are diagnosed and treated. Osteopaths use a range of techniques and make their choice of treatment depending upon the patient and the condition. They may also give advice on posture, exercise, lifestyle and nutrition.
Osteopathy, A Brief History
Osteopathy originated in 1874 in the USA, by Dr Andrew Taylor Still, after he lost 3 of his children to spinal meningitis. He was disappointed by the health system of the time and believed there had to be a better way of assisting the health of the body to recover from disease.
He believed 'the aim of the Doctor is to find health, anyone can find disease', and so Osteopathy became a leading medicine of the time.
The key principle Dr Still established and the foundation for Osteopathy is that Structure governs Function. As long as the body is positioned correctly, the body can function faultlessly in the absence of disease.
Jaw Pain Clinic
Specifically set up to help dentists with the ongoing pain that is related to grinding, clenching, wearing braces and asymmetry of bite. As you well know, these problems can lead to clicking, pain and subsequently may result in headaches creating overall tension in the somatognathic system.
A variety of symptoms may be linked to TMJ disorders. Pain, particularly in the chewing muscles and/or jaw joint, is the most common symptom. Other likely symptoms include:
- Radiating pain in the face, jaw, or neck.
- Jaw muscle stiffness.
- Limited movement or locking of the jaw.
- Painful clicking, popping or grating in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth.
- A change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together.
Trauma to the jaw or TMJ joint plays a role in some TMJ disorders. But for most jaw joint and muscle problems, researchers don’t know the causes. Because the condition is more common in women than in men, researchers are exploring a possible link between female hormones and TMJ disorders.
Disorders of the jaw joint and chewing muscles—and how people respond to them—vary widely.
Most people with TMJ disorders have relatively mild or periodic symptoms that may improve on their own within weeks or months with simple home therapy.
Self-care practice such as:
- Eating soft foods.
- Applying ice packs.
- Avoiding extreme jaw movements such as wide yawning, loud singing, and gum chewing.
- Learning techniques for relaxing and reducing stress.
- Practicing gentle jaw stretching and relaxing exercises to help increase jaw movement, recommended by you health practitioner.
Pregnancy & Children
During pregnancy, the female body undergoes huge changes to accommodate the growing fetus. As pregnancy progresses the extra weight creates a shift of the body’s centre of gravity and posture as supportive ligaments become lax. These factors can cause problems such as: back pain, instability of the sacroiliac joints, pubic symphysis dysfunction, shortness of breath, reflux, swelling and fatigue.
How does Osteopathy help?
Osteopathy recognizes that much of the pain we suffer originates in abnormalities in our body’s compensations.
Osteopathy can help relieve tight muscles, improve drainage from the lower limb. Maintaining the body in balance allows the baby maximum comfort within the womb. This lowers the risk of an abnormal lie (back to back or breech), or the baby being crowded in one position thereby leading to plagiocephaly. Maintaining motion of the ribs allows room for the baby to grow without putting undue pressure on the mother’s abdominal organs.
Your osteopath will carefully select the most appropriate treatment techniques to maximise the safety and comfort of you and your growing baby.
Changes During Pregnancy
The spine changes shape dramatically through pregnancy and this in turn loads the body in different ways and at different times. Symptoms can vary from low back pain to rib pain, sacroiliac and hip to name a few.
Birthing and Beyond
Osteopathic treatment encourages the body to maintain the balance within the body and pelvis so the journey down the birth canal is much easier for the baby. If the mother’s pelvis is unstable or lacking mobility the baby’s delivery may be unnecessarily difficult. This encourages normal hormonal and neurological feedback, which in turn supports normal uterine contractions. Which in turn encourages the uterus to return to its normal position.
Mobilizing the spinal dural membranes is important especially if an epidural was administered. It is also beneficial in treating mastitis and recovering from caesarean. Also management of the split abdominal wall is important to maintain pelvic stability.
The Treatment of Children
Osteopathy assists the infant body in adapting to growth related changes.
Osteopathy helps the growing child and teenager through growing pains, correcting posture and improving functional moving patterns.
Many of us like to participate in sports activities. From those who have an avid interest to those who just wish to keep fit; from the elite professional to the casual participant. Many of the injuries that occur when taking part in sports activities are the result of overuse i.e. playing too hard and too often e.g. tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, and biceps tendinitis, or from not warming up properly beforehand or from not warming down after exercise.
Sometimes incorrect equipment can lead to injuries – ill-fitting footwear can cause hip, knee and foot injuries (e.g. Achilles injuries). Reduced joint flexibility will affect the degree of performance and may result in injury if the player is unaware that they cannot perform to the same level as they used to, for example golfers who cannot turn at the waist as well as they used to, and the enthusiastic older footballer whose knees do not bend as well as they once did.
The good news is that although sports injuries are common, those who are fit tend to recover more quickly and easily from their injuries.
How osteopathy can help
An osteopath can help improve performance as well as treat the occurrence of injury. By using their knowledge of diagnosis and highly developed palpatory skills they can help to restore structural balance, improve joint mobility and reduce adhesions and soft tissue restrictions so that ease of movement is restored and performance enhanced. For those of you wishing to keep fit, the osteopath can help you keep supple and improve muscle tone so reducing the risk of injury to soft tissue unaccustomed to the extra work they are being asked to do. Advice on diet and exercise which will help you with your specific sport may also be offered.
- Begin slowly and build up, especially after an injury
- Warm up first, and then warm down with stretches afterwards
- Drink plenty of water when exercising
- Exercise regularly, and try to alternate the types of exercise that you are doing every day
- Following a joint injury apply ice to the area for 10 minutes, every hour, if practical. Apply a bandage to compress the tissues. Elevate and rest if possible.
Counteract stiffness and rigidity with mobility juice!
Static stretching or Yin Yoga is fast becoming the perfect compliment to your dynamic sport, yoga practice, or heavy (yang) work life. It is the reset button for your body so you can get up and do it all over again!
Focusing on stretching deeply into our joints, tendons, ligaments and connective tissue Static Stretching (Yin) is concerned with going beyond muscle in order to create space (juice) so that we can get the bounce back! Postures are held for a minimum of 2-3mins and anywhere up to 10mins and are done on the floor. No balancing, no hot room, no sweat build up. This requires patience and more of a connection with your breath and your internal world.
Ideal for the avid athlete: pro or semi-pro who juggles a static desk job with a high volume of sports training static stretching can help you to reset and recover your body after long sessions and counterbalance the daily static body. For the less active, office bound, static stretching can help to unlock joints and realign posture from repetitive daily movements. For the musician, dancer, trades person - those in active professions it can help to open the body from repetitive movements whilst still maintaining stability.
Classes are on Tuesday night @ 6:30pm to 7.30pm with Cecilia Low.
South Yarra Osteopathy Corporate is a leading Melbourne health care provider specialising in ‘in-house’ Osteopathic services, workplace ergonomic risk assessments and education. Organisational wide wellness programs have shown to provide measurable reductions in absenteeism and presenteeism and offer companies savings and return on investment. We believe, once educated, individuals are empowered to help improve their own health.
Assisting organisations to build a safe work environment for employees to stay healthy and injury free.
We aim at reducing the costs associated with absenteeism and presenteeism in the workforce, by providing the most complete injury prevention and management services available.
South Yarra Osteopathy Corporate develops tailored wellness programs to address specific oraganisational and employee needs including promotion, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.
- In house Osteopathic treatment.
- Postural assessment.
- Workstation assessment.
- Photographic in vehicle assessment.
- Postural educational seminars.
These services are individually tailored to each organisation having discussed injury rates/costs, LTI's, absenteeism and attrition rates and the health and wellbeing of your employees, designing strategies for your organisation's requirements.
Research suggests that the incorporation of a combination of these services sees the biggest return on investment and increase in productivity.
All of our services are by experienced health professionals, providing employees with relevant and current information to encourage sustainable outcomes.