Low back pain is one of the failings of modern medicine. Despite our best efforts, it is "estimated around 3.7 million Australians (16% of the population) have back problems and 70–90% of people will suffer from lower back pain in some form at some point in their lives"(1). We can attribute this pain to a disease process or structural cause for 8-15% … Continue reading Back pain. Why we can’t fix it
Being abroad has provided many opportunities to admire examples of how the body works by observing nature. One such example is the accumulation of foam on a river. Organic decomposing materials from vegetation or animals produces certain chemicals which reduce the surface tension of the water (1). As a result, air bubbles begin to form … Continue reading Flow: A lesson from nature
Another year of the AFL season is underway. For those teams with a poor start to the year, reality has hit hard, while those who've had early season success remain optimistic about a finals campaign and dare to dream of premiership glory. I sit at a cafe, perusing an article dissecting Geelong's poor team defence. The … Continue reading The unspoken sacrifices of an AFL footballer
Last week was Osteopathy awareness week. It provided much needed exposure for a profession with a relatively short history in Australia, one who's popularity continues to grow in an increasingly health conscious market. 'Isn't it something to do with the bones?'. Osteopathy was initially developed as an alternate to medicine itself. Now we are talking late 1800's … Continue reading Isn’t that something to do with bones?
Guest Blogger - Dr Matthew Jakovljevic - Osteopath B.S(clin), M.H.S(osteo) Mindfulness is a bit of buzz word going around at the moment, but what exactly is it? Put simply, it just means being right here, right now. Mindfulness means consciously bringing your awareness to the here and now experience, with openness, receptiveness and interest. That means … Continue reading How mindfulness can change your brain and your life
My father suffered migraines as a child. In fact, they were so severe that he would lock himself in a dark room for up to 2-3 days at a time. The mere thought of bright light or loud noise would send him spiralling into another attack. Not all headaches are this debilitating. Most tend to be mild and … Continue reading Taking pain killers for your headache? How about treating at the cause
Health is a balance. Our body has an innate drive to maintain balance. It makes constant adjustments internally, to meet demands placed on the system by external lifestyle stresses. By altering physiologic functions such as breath, heart rate and metabolism it is able to keep the internal environment within ideal parameters. Health is not a destination, we do … Continue reading Health is a balance
In our busy modern lifestyle we attempt to cram everything into each moment of the day, striving for another minute here or there, often performing two or three tasks at at a time. Yet the ever increasing advances in technology designed to time save and make our lives easier seem to consume our attention entirely. How … Continue reading Pressed for time? Time for a break (literally).
Hippocrates said "let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" and since then, much literature has been published about the benefits of a well balanced diet. However, digestive health begins long before you can do anything about your own diet. It all comes back to gut bacteria, a complex community of microorganisms that live in the … Continue reading Had a gutful? Try balancing it.
What is an osteopath? How do they differ from other manual therapists? While osteopaths may use some similar management and techniques to other complimentary health professionals, we differ greatly in our philosophy and how we approach each patient. Osteopathy was originally developed as an alternative to medicine and while now considered complimentary, is still practiced outside … Continue reading What is Osteopathy?