In any clinic you go to, whether that be an osteo, chiro or physio, you have probably noticed a bunch of products on display. Have you ever wondered if the practitioner advising you to use these products, actually uses it themselves? In my case, the answer is YES, DEFINITELY!!!! Here are my top 5 favourite…

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I love my spikey ball, so much so that I actually own three! In a previous post, I discussed why a spikey ball is your friend. To recap, a spikey ball is a small, firm ball with a spikey surface used to self-massage areas of tightness in your muscles. It’s a versatile tool, one you…

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The spikey ball is definitely your friend. More on that later… first, what is a spikey ball? A spikey ball is a firm ball with a spikey surface. It is used a self-massage tool to help alleviate any sore spots in your body. Much like any other self-massage product, the spikey ball helps loosen tight…

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Foam Roller | Excercise Stretches | Osteopath Melbourne

So what exactly is a foam roller? A foam roller is a long, log like tool made of foam that is used to loosen tight spots in muscle. In my opinion, a foam roller is one of the best tools to incorporate into your exercise routine. It’s not just for injury rehab! Instead, use it…

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We all know that getting a good night sleep is important, experts have been telling us this for years! A solid sleep allows us to be more productive during the day, less irritable and generally makes a big difference in our quality of life. So how can we improve our quality of sleep? 1. Follow…

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Sleep is important for your everyday health and wellbeing. Sleep deficiency can be detrimental to your mental and physical health, and can even get in the way of your safety. Long term sleep problems can cause chronic health issues. Brain function and overall wellbeing While we are sleeping, the brain is reconciling and consolidating all…

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Blackburn Osteopath - walking

When we are in pain, it is natural to want to avoid movement to reduce the chances of aggravating the pain in any way. This appears to be the case with those suffering arthritic conditions, with 50 percent succumbing to avoiding exercise due to pain. However, when it comes to joint pain/arthritis, a bit of…

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My patients often ask me as to what type of mattress they should buy when they update their current ones. This is especially the case when they are sufferers of back pain. Should it be soft? Should it be hard? Should I buy one of those foam, contoured mattresses that shape to your body etc…

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One time or another, your osteopath has probably advised you to drink plenty of water following a treatment. I can tell that most of my patients tell me what I want to hear, that they will drink plenty of water, but they probably don’t. So why is it necessary to drink water after a treatment?…

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Sleeping with back pain - Blackburn Osteopath

For those who have suffered low back pain, you know that the pain can continue into the night and can make it difficult to fall asleep! By making small changes to your sleeping habits, you can take some of the pressure and tension off your low back, giving you an easier nights sleep. 1. Moving…

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