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Headaches & what you need to know!

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Do you suffer from headaches? If you answered YES, you need to read this! 


‘The use of manual therapy appears to be the most common non-medical treatment utilised for the management of common recurrent headaches’ (1).


Headaches can be caused by a number of reasons, for example: 

Tension/stress

Poor posture

Eye strain

Medications

Hormones

Sinus infections

Certain foods/alcohol

Headaches can also originate from you neck, and that’s where your Osteopath may be able to help!


When you see your Osteopath, they will first take a thorough history and ask you some questions about your headaches to better understand what is causing them. The reason behind this is to help rule out any other causes of headaches that might mean that manual therapy is not indicated, and that you need a referral to a doctor or another healthcare practitioner.


Possible questions that your Osteopath may ask: 

When did your headaches start?

How often do you experience them?

Do you know what makes them better or worse?

Do you experience any other associated signs or symptoms with the headaches, such as nausea, dizziness, visual changes, numbness or tingling?


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If clinically indicated, your Osteopath may then do an assessment of your posture, your active and passive range of motion, the hypertonicity (tightness) of the musculature of your head, neck and upper back and they might perform several special tests (such as orthopeadic/neurological tests) to determine what structures might be contributing to your headache.


Once your Osteopath has diagnosed the cause of your headaches and ensured it’s safe to do so, they may provide a treatment aimed at reducing your symptoms by treating the structures responsible for the headaches, improving your range of motion and reducing the tension in the surrounding musculature.


If needed, your Osteopath may also provide you with a self managed rehabilitation program (such as stretches, self mobilisation techniques and mobility & strengthening exercises) to further help improve your range of motion and strengthen the upper limb and head/neck to help address the root cause of your headaches. Your Osteopath may also provide you with some advice on your lifestyle and workplace ergonomics if they believe this to be a contributing factor to your headaches.


If you are experiencing headaches we may be able to help. Speak to one of our Osteopaths at Valued Health Osteopathy in Bentleigh East about your treatment and rehabilitation options. 

Call or book online today. 

(03) 9570 9061

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All our Osteopaths at Valued Health Osteopathy are university trained allied health professionals who have completed a minimum of five years of university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques. It is also a requirement that all our Osteopaths at Valued Health Osteopathy are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and Osteopathy Australia (OA).


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You do not need a referral to see one of our friendly Osteopaths at Valued Health Osteopathy. We have a very good relationship with many surrounding doctors, other health practitioners and personal trainers in the local community of Bentleigh East , Bentleigh, Ormond, McKinnon, Oakleigh, Carnegie, Caulfield, Moorabbin, Murrumbeena, Brighton, Clayton and Clarinda.


Valued Health Osteopathy offers Osteopathy, Clinical Pilates, Massage Therapy, Exercise Rehabilitation and Strength & Conditioning. Valued Health Osteopathy is open 6 days a week with early morning and evening appointments. Move better with Osteopathy!


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Reference:
  1. Magee, David J. (2002). ‘Chapter 3, Cervical spine’ in Orthopaedic physical Assessment. Philadelphia; Saunders, pp 148-223.
  2. Beithon J, Gallenberg M, Johnson K, Kildahl P, Krenik J, Liebow M, Linbo L, Myers C, Peterson S, Schmidt J, Swanson J. Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement. Diagnosis and Treatment of Headache. Updated January 2013.
  3. Moore, C. S., Sibbritt, D. W., & Adams, J. (2017). A critical review of manual therapy use for headache disorders: prevalence, profiles, motivations, communication and self-reported effectiveness. BMC neurology17(1), 61. doi:10.1186/s12883-017-0835-0

Meet our New Osteopath

Get to know Dr Kathryn Neumann (Osteopath)


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Dr Kathryn Neumann (Osteopath) graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Science (Clinical Sciences) and Masters of Health Science (Osteopathy) and has been working (practising) since 2015.


Dr Kathryn Neumann was drawn to Osteopathy for its holistic approach and treatment of the human body. Whilst at high school and suffering with headaches and back pain, Kathryn saw an Osteopath and loved the long lasting results she received from treatment.


Kathryn always loved learning about the human body, anatomy and biomechanics and has a passion for caring for people, so Osteopathy was a clear choice when it came to a career path.


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Kathryn enjoys treating patients of all ages and from all walks of life. She has a special interest in treating postural complaints, neck and upper back pain, as well as pregnancy related pain and dysfunctions. She loves getting to the root cause of pain and discomfort. She strongly believes in educating and empowering her patients on how to take their health and wellbeing into their own hands to help avoid these dysfunctions from occurring again and keep them functioning at their best.


Kathryn loves to create a fun and engaging space for her treatments and utilises a range of techniques from soft tissue massage, high velocity low amplitude manipulation, articulation, muscle energy techniques, balanced ligamentous tension, Osteopathy in the Cranial Field and rehabilitation in her treatments. She believes having a solid toolkit of techniques allows her to work with her patients to utilise the best techniques for them and their needs.


Kathryn enjoys learning and is often jumping at any opportunity to learn more about the profession she loves and refining or learning new techniques to add to her repertoire. She has done further training in balanced ligamentous tension, Osteopathy in the Cranial Field and rehabilitation.


When she isn’t at work, Kathryn enjoys getting out into nature, going for walks/hikes, practicing yoga, cooking and baking and spending time with her family and friends.


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All our Osteopaths at Valued Health Osteopathy are university trained allied health professionals who have completed a minimum of five years of university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques. It is also a requirement that all our Osteopaths at Valued Health Osteopathy are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and Osteopathy Australia (OA).


You do not need a referral to see one of our friendly Osteopaths at Valued Health Osteopathy. We have a very good relationship with many surrounding doctors, other health practitioners and personal trainers in the local community of Bentleigh East , Bentleigh, Ormond, McKinnon, Oakleigh, Carnegie, Caulfield, Moorabbin, Murrumbeena, Brighton, Clayton and Clarinda.


Valued Health Osteopathy offers Osteopathy, Clinical Pilates, Massage Therapy, Exercise Rehabilitation and Strength & Conditioning. Valued Health Osteopathy is open 6 days a week with early morning and evening appointments. Move better with Osteopathy!


Valued Health Osteopathy is located at 3/658 Centre Road, Bentleigh East, Melbourne, Victoria, 3165.

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Soft Tissue Injuries – Peace & Love

Soft tissue injuries & how to manage them correctly!

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Treatment & Management of Soft Tissue Injuries


Soft tissue injuries no longer need “RICE” but instead need “PEACE & LOVE”. The British Journal of Sports Medicine recently posted a blog on the development of a new acronym for the management of soft tissue injuries that addresses both immediate care as well as subsequent management.


For immediately after a soft tissue injury, let PEACE guide your approach. Once the first days have passed, soft tissue injuries need LOVE.


P for Protect – Unload or restrict movement for 1 to 3 days to avoid activities that increase pain.

E for Elevate – Elevate the injured limb higher than the heart to promote fluid flow.

A for Avoid anti-inflammatory modalities – Avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications and avoid icing as it may reduce tissue healing.

C for Compress – Compression with taping or bandages help reduces swelling.

E for Education – Education on the condition, load management and the benefits of an active approach to recovery will help avoid overtreatment.

&

L for Load – Loading and mechanical stress should be added early and normal activities as soon as your symptoms allow.

O for Optimism – Optimism enhances the likelihood of an optimal recovery as catastrophisation, depression and fear can represent barriers to recovery.

V for Vasularisation – Cardiovascular activity started a few days after injury boosts motivation and increases blood flow to the injured site.

E for Exercise – Exercises, with pain as a guide, helps to restore mobility, strength and proprioception after injury.


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Have you suffered a soft tissue injury? We may be able to help. Speak to one of our Osteopaths at Valued Health Osteopathy in Bentleigh East about your treatment and rehabilitation options. Call or book online today.


(03) 9570 9061

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All our Osteopaths at Valued Health Osteopathy are university trained allied health professionals who have completed a minimum of five years of university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques. It is also a requirement that all our Osteopaths at Valued Health Osteopathy are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and Osteopathy Australia (OA).


You do not need a referral to see one of our friendly Osteopaths at Valued Health Osteopathy. We have a very good relationship with many surrounding doctors, other health practitioners and personal trainers in the local community of Bentleigh East , Bentleigh, Ormond, McKinnon, Oakleigh, Carnegie, Caulfield, Moorabbin, Murrumbeena, Brighton, Clayton and Clarinda.


Valued Health Osteopathy offers Osteopathy, Clinical Pilates, Massage Therapy, Exercise Rehabilitation and Strength & Conditioning. Valued Health Osteopathy is open 6 days a week with early morning and evening appointments.


Valued Health Osteopathy is located at 3/658 Centre Road, Bentleigh East, Melbourne, Victoria, 3165.


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References

  1. See the article in full here https://blogs.bmj.com/bjsm/2019/04/26/soft-tissue-injuries-simply-need-peace-love/


Low Back Pain – Treatment & Management

Low Back Pain & Osteopathy | Find out how we can help!


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Treatment & Management of Low Back Pain


“Worldwide, low back pain causes more disability than any other condition”.¹


The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence defines low back pain as soreness or stiffness in the back, between the bottom of your rib cage and the top of your legs.¹


Other symptoms that may accompany low back pain include sciatica. Sciatica is a word that is used to describe leg pain that is secondary to a nerve (nerve root or spinal nerve) being effected.¹


Episodes of back pain usually have improvements in pain and disability within a few weeks to a few months with primary care management.  The need for investigations or referral to specialist services will be considered if the result is likely to change management.¹


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Managing modifiable risk factors for low back pain can reduce the risk of developing a chronic condition. These risk factors include:

Insufficient physical activity

Smoking

Overweight/obesity

Occupational hazards

Joint trauma and injuries.²


 Non-pharmacological interventions include self-management (education and advice), exercise, and manual therapy.¹


People’s specific needs, preferences and capabilities should be taken into account with the application of these therapies.¹


Are you experiencing low back pain? We may be able to help. Speak to one of our Osteopaths at Valued Health Osteopathy in Bentleigh East about your treatment and rehabilitation options. Call or book online today.

(03) 9570 9061

valuedhealth.com.au


All our Osteopaths at Valued Health Osteopathy are university trained allied health professionals who have completed a minimum of five years of university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques. It is also a requirement that all our Osteopaths at Valued Health Osteopathy are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and Osteopathy Australia (OA).


You do not need a referral to see one of our friendly Osteopaths at Valued Health Osteopathy. We have a very good relationship with many surrounding doctors, other health practitioners and personal trainers in the local community of Bentleigh East , Bentleigh, Ormond, McKinnon, Oakleigh, Carnegie, Caulfield, Moorabbin, Murrumbeena, Brighton, Clayton and Clarinda.


Valued Health Osteopathy offers Osteopathy, Clinical Pilates, Massage Therapy, Exercise Rehabilitation and Strength & Conditioning. Valued Health Osteopathy is open 6 days a week with early morning and evening appointments. Move better with Osteopathy!


Valued Health Osteopathy is located at 3/658 Centre Road, Bentleigh East, Melbourne, Victoria, 3165.

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Reference:
  1. Low back pain and sciatica in over 16s: assessment and management | Guidance and guidelines | NICE [Internet]. Nice.org.uk. 2016 [cited 23 July 2018]. Available from: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng59
  2. Back problems, Risk factors associated with back problems – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare [Internet]. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. 2017 [cited 23 July 2018]. Available from: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/arthritis-other-musculoskeletal-conditions/back-problems/risk-factors-associated-with-back-problems

Plantar Fasciitis – Treatment & Management

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Treatment & Management of Plantar Fasciitis


Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of foot pain, affecting 3.6-7% of the general population and accounting for 8% of all running-related injuries.¹ It is characterized by pain on the under-surface of the foot around the heel and is typically provoked by weight-bearing activities. It is prevalent in both sports active and sedentary population groups.¹


Research has suggested that high-load strength training intervention enables a quicker reduction of pain.¹ This includes inducing high-load tensile forces across the plantar fascia by combining the use of achilles loading and the windlass mechanism. The windlass mechanism is the tension that is created on the under-surface of the foot between the heel and the ball of the foot when the big toe is extended. This can be incorporated into a strength training intervention by using a towel under the toes when performing a heel raise to increase the amount of extension of the big toe.


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Although previous studies have shown that plantar fascia-specific stretching and shoe inserts are effective treatment, approximately 40% of sufferers continue to experience symptoms 2 years after a diagnosis had been made.¹ Therefore a simple progressive exercise protocol should be included in the treatment and management of plantar fasciitis.


All our Osteopaths at Valued Health Osteopathy are university trained allied health professionals who have completed a minimum of five years of university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques. It is also a requirement that all our Osteopaths at Valued Health Osteopathy are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and Osteopathy Australia (OA).


You do not need a referral to see one of our friendly Osteopaths at Valued Health Osteopathy. We have a very good relationship with many surrounding doctors, other health practitioners and personal trainers in the local community of Bentleigh East , Bentleigh, Ormond, McKinnon, Oakleigh, Carnegie, Caulfield, Moorabbin, Murrumbeena, Brighton, Clayton and Clarinda.


Valued Health Osteopathy offers Osteopathy, Clinical Pilates, Massage Therapy, Exercise Rehabilitation and Strength & Conditioning. Valued Health Osteopathy is open 6 days a week with early morning and evening appointments. Move better with Osteopathy!


Valued Health Osteopathis located at 3/658 Centre Road, Bentleigh East, Melbourne, Victoria, 3165.

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Reference:
  1. Rathleff M, Mølgaard C, Fredberg U, Kaalund S, Andersen K, Jensen T etal. High-load strength training improves outcome in patients with plantar fasciitis: A randomized controlled trial with 12-month follow-up. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. 2014;25(3):e292-e300.