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Why Fashion Can Be Bad For Your Health
January 13, 2016 08:20 PM PST
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With osteopath Claire Richardson

"Don’t get me wrong, I love getting dressed up. I can spend hours in department stores fawning over handbags, high heels and pretty lacy things. Unfortunately, for us girls, fashion often means pain. Here I’ll discuss the worst trends for our bodies, and which trends are downright dangerous."

Claire Richardson loves what osteopathy offers her patients and how it can help people of all different ages and backgrounds.

Claire graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Science (Clinical Sciences) and a Masters of Osteopathy, with her thesis focusing on the effect of spinal manipulation on the nervous system.

Claire has also undertaken further study and training in Trigger Point Dry Needling, and for treatment and prevention of tendinopathies and in biomechanical assessment of athletes.

She treats a wide range of patients, from the young through to the elderly, including office workers, athletes, pregnant women and tradesmen.

Claire enjoys treating all musculoskeletal ailments, from sports injuries to postural problems. In particular, she enjoys assisting in the treatment of all types of headaches, neck pain and TMJ (jaw) pain. She employs a wide variety of techniques in her treatment, including soft tissue massage, dry needling, and joint and muscle manipulation where appropriate. As part of her treatments, Claire advises on contributing lifestyle factors such as activity and diet which enables her patients to have an optimal and speedy recovery.

A Mindfulness Approach to Pain Relief
October 12, 2015 07:07 PM PDT
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With osteopath Nick Efthimiou.

It seems there is a buzz about mindfulness at the moment.

There is an emerging industry of mindfulness books, classes and even apps that all promise to help you improve your life through mindfulness.

Academics have caught on too – in the last 5 years, there has been around about 400 clinical research trials conducted on mindfulness.

To say mindfulness is popular at the moment is an understatement.

But what is mindfulness exactly, and how can it help you deal with pain?

Treating Arthritis
October 12, 2015 07:03 PM PDT
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With osteopath Chris Reeves.

Arthritis is common condition that can affect people of all ages. Arthritis affects the muscles, bones and joints and usually involves inflammation of one or more joints.

The symptoms of arthritis are pain and swelling in the joints and surrounding tissues. This is often accompanied by stiffness and decreased movement.

Osteopaths may help arthritis sufferers by:
- Working on the surrounding muscles to reduce stiffness and soreness.
- Improving lymphatic drainage to reduce swelling.
- Gently moving and stretching the arthritic joint to encourage better fluid movement.
- Providing advice on ways to reduce inflammation.

There are 4 common forms of arthritis:
- Osteoarthritis – caused by wear and tear on joints
- Rheumatoid arthritis – an autoimmune disease that causes pain and inflammation in joints
- Gout – caused by a build-up of uric acid in the bloodstream
- Ankylosing spondylitis – inflammation of the spine and pelvis

Your osteopath may also refer you to a GP for any additional medications or treatment.

Treating Babies and Children (with osteopath Julia Redfern)
August 05, 2015 07:31 PM PDT
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Osteopathy recognises the particular stresses on the body children experience as they grow from babies to teenagers, and has developed an approach to work with children of all ages.

A range of problems may interfere with the normal development of a child. Childhood accidents and falls, or simply the young body's rapid growth can create or contribute to problems associated with bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. Other issues faced by children include posture problems, inflammatory conditions and sporting injuries.

An osteopath will work with you and your child to plan the best way forward. The osteopath will take a complete medical history, conduct an examination, and ask you and your child questions. Your osteopath and you can determine which type of osteopathic treatment is suitable, and if referrals to other health practitioners are needed. Your osteopath can also offer advice on nutrition, general health, posture and exercise.

Conditions that osteopaths treat in children and teenagers include:
- back pain and headaches
- growing pains in muscles, bones and joints
- postural problems including curvature of the spine
- period pain
- walking difficulties or foot pain
- sporting injuries
- the physical effects of cerebral palsy

Osteopathic care is gentle without the use of drugs or surgery. It can assist the young body to adapt to growth-related changes which can prevent other health problems. It can help your baby grow into a healthy child and, ultimately, a healthy young adult.

About Julia Redfern:
Julia graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Science (Clinical Sciences), and a Masters of Osteopathy, which researched postural instability in chronic lower back pain during functional tasks. Julia has also undertaken postgraduate study in Obstetrics and Paediatrics, to further her interest in the treatment of women, babies and children.

Having a strong interest in pregnancy and fertility, Julia provides osteopathic care for all aspects of women's health, including treatment and advice from ante-natal to post-natal stages of pregnancy, and pelvic floor strengthening for women of all ages.

Julia keeps active in a wide range of activities, including gym work, running, swimming, clinical pilates and yoga. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, drawing and catching up with friends.

Treating Back Pain in Seniors (with osteopath Chris Reeves)
August 05, 2015 07:27 PM PDT
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As we get older, the body loses elasticity, increasing the chance of injuring the soft tissues and bony structures. The body also loses some of its ability to recover from injuries or strains. Osteopaths can offer treatment and advice to help harness your body's natural healing systems. This can improve mobility, circulation and balance, reduce joint stiffness and help you lead a more fulfilling life.

Osteopathy's gentle techniques aim to maintain your health, increase mobility, improve balance, prevent further joint wear and tear, and help keep you active and independent.

About Chris Reeves:
Chris is the founder/Director of Parkdale Osteopathic Clinic, and has been providing osteopathic care for the bayside community over the past 12 years.

Chris has grown up in Parkdale, attending St. John Vianney's Primary School and St. Bede's College, and completed his osteopathic studies at Victoria University. He has also previously worked as a supervising clinician at the Vic Uni Osteopathic Medical Clinic, a position he held for 5 years.

Currently Chris is a full member of the Osteopathy Australia and the chairman for the Public Relations Committee.

Treating Period Pain (with osteopath Bridie McNulty)
August 05, 2015 07:23 PM PDT
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An episode with osteopath Bridie McNulty on treating period pain.

Recent German studies showed that osteopathic treatment can be beneficial for women suffering from primary dysmenorrhoea.

The studies involved 60 women aged between 14 and 33. Only those who were diagnosed with primary dysmenorrhoea by their GP participated in the study.

An osteopath will make sure that there are no restrictions in the movement within the joints of the spine and pelvis, which can lead to period pain, release any tension from the muscles of the spine, pelvic floor and pelvis, which in turn will improve the blood and nerve supply to the organs. They can also treat any muscular restriction of the uterine walls so as to help reduce cramping.
Osteopaths can also help to prepare exercise and stretching programs, and provide advice on posture and stress management for improved general health and wellbeing.

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About Bridie
Bridie has a Bachelor of Science (Clinical Science) and a Masters in Health Science (Osteopathy). Bridie is passionate about osteopathy’s holistic approach to health care and she enjoys treating patients of all ages. She has developed a particular interest in women’s health and paediatrics, completing her masters in the osteopathic treatment of period pain. She has undertaken further studies in paediatrics and obstetrics and finds the treatment of mothers and babies one of the most rewarding aspects of osteopathy, as treatment is gentle, yet very effective.
Bridie utilizes a wide variety of osteopathic techniques, including dry needling when appropriate. As a previous headache sufferer, Bridie has experienced first hand the benefits of osteopathic treatment and takes a particular interest in the treatment of headaches and jaw dysfunction. Bridie is interested in a wide variety of sports and activities including pilates, running and yoga. Her commitment is to ensure that patients of all ages can achieve an active and healthy lifestyle.

Sports Injuries and Osteopathic Treatments (with osteopath Jason Stone)
April 21, 2015 08:02 PM PDT
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We are talking to Jason Stone, an experienced osteopath from Melbourne, about sports injuries and how osteopathy can help.
Questions we cover:
- The most common sports injuries
- The first thing to do when injured
- Prevention of sports injuries
- Osteopathic treatments used in treating sports injuries
- The role of osteopathy in professional sport

Dr. Jason Stone is a fully qualified, registered Osteopath and founder of Wantirna Osteopathy. Jason completed a three year Human Movement degree prior to his five year Osteopathy double degree. He has worked in the fitness industry in excess of 20 years and opened Wantirna Osteopathy in January 2001.

Jason spent three years on the Box Hill Football Club medical team where he held the position of Head-Trainer in 1999. He was the club Osteopath at Blackburn Football Club from 2000 to 2004 and with Boronia Football Club from 2005 to 2009.

In addition to his keen interest and strong background in sports injury and rehabilitation, Jason worked closely for four years with an Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon treating musculoskeletal causes of tinnitus and dizziness. Jason’s treatment results have successfully demonstrated the link between neck and jaw dysfunctions and inner ear symptoms.

Treating Headaches and Migraines (with osteopath Claire Richardson)
April 15, 2015 06:01 PM PDT
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In this podcast we talk about headaches, migraines and how osteopathy can address these health issues. Our speaker is osteopath Claire Richardson from Melbourne.

- How often do osteopaths treat patients with headaches?
- What's the difference between a headache and a migraine?
- What can be the reasons of a headache?
- How to use a headache diary?
- Self-help tips.
- Osteopathic approach towards headaches.

Claire Richardson loves what osteopathy offers her patients and how it can help people of all different ages and backgrounds. Claire graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Science (Clinical Sciences) and a Masters of Osteopathy, with her thesis focusing on the effect of spinal manipulation on the nervous system. Claire has also undertaken further study and training in Trigger Point Dry Needling, and for treatment and prevention of tendinopathies and in biomechanical assessment of athletes. She treats a wide range of patients, from the young through to the elderly, including office workers, athletes, pregnant women and tradesmen. Claire enjoys treating all musculoskeletal ailments, from sports injuries to postural problems. In particular, she enjoys assisting in the treatment of all types of headaches, neck pain and TMJ (jaw) pain. She employs a wide variety of techniques in her treatment, including soft tissue massage, dry needling, and joint and muscle manipulation where appropriate. As part of her treatments, Claire advises on contributing lifestyle factors such as activity and diet which enables her patients to have an optimal and speedy recovery.

The nature of back pain (with osteopath Bill Adamson)
March 22, 2015 08:37 PM PDT
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- What is the nature of back pain?
- What is acute and chronic pain?
- How stress affects our health?
- How to prevent back pain

In our first podcast we are talking to Bill Adamson, Melbourne based osteopath and the Board member of Osteopathy Australia.

Osteopath, Pilates Instructor and Personal Trainer Bill Adamson is an expert on the human body and how it works.
He laughs loudly. Draws poorly. Reads widely. Listens attentively.
Having worked with elite athletes, nursing home nonna’s, weekend warriors and desk bound professionals he has learnt that education is the key to recovery.