Neck Pain Treatment

Neck pain treatment is the primary area that Brisbane Osteopath, Dr Anthony Collins, specialises in.  His post-graduate research studied the effects of spinal manipulation on neck mobility, something that he found was greatly diminished in people suffering neck pain.  Dr Collins found that through the use of gentle manipulation and release of strategic muscles in spasm, neck mobility and pain levels can be significantly reduced.

If you’re worried about your neck pain treatment and feel like it is preventing you from leading the life you want, which for most of us is to be free of pain, then you would be well advised to seek professional osteopathic treatment.

Dr Anthony Collins and Our team of internationally experienced osteopaths can take care of your neck pain treatment requirments and help give you the pain-free life you want sooner.  Have a read of the features of neck pain below- knowledge is your first defence!

Neck Pain

If you really want to know how your neck feels go find a bowling ball and sit it on top of an upturned packet of Tim Tams. That’s pretty much how your neck bones, all 7 of them, feel on a regular basis. C1 is the first neck bone in contact with the skull is known as “The Atlas”, and if you’re familiar with Greek Mythology then you know why. Everyone else- google it!

The human head is a remarkably large object relative to the small structures that support it. In fact, the weight of the human head is around 6kg, so I’m sure you can clearly see why most of us feel tense and occasionally sore in the neck, not to mention the upper shoulder muscles- which run into the neck. In all my days I’ve never been asked to stop rubbing someone’s shoulders- now you can see why. Read More

Bulging Disc Treatment Brisbane

If you’re reading this then chances are you’re in a lot of pain. You either suspect you have, or have been diagnosed through medical imaging scans- a bulging disc. Treatment is important, but having an understanding of the process helps to deal with the pain.

The term “bulge” to describe this process is often interchanged with “herniated”, “prolapsed” or “slipped”. They all mean the same thing, that being, the material between your vertebrae has moved from where it should be and is now pinching/compressing one of your spinal nerves as it exits your spinal canal/cord.

If this sounds too confusing, allow me to paint an analogy I often use with my patients… Think of a Jam Doughnut. The whole thing is a simple way to represent a typical spinal disc. The jam centre represents the soft centre of your disc, known as the “Nucleous Pulposus”. Don’t get caught up on the name- just think of the jam being squeezed out of the doughnut onto the garden-hose (your pinched spinal nerve) putting a kink in it that stops the water (nerve impulses) travelling to the garden (your muscles & skin).

You’ve all put a kink in a graden hose before, right? Well the water stops when you do this just the same way the nerve impulse stops running through the nerve properly and your muscles’ function and sensation in areas supplied by the compressed nerve are affected.

Lets say you have a C5/C6 bulging disc causing compression of the C6 nerve. C = Cervical = neck vertebrae. 5 = the fifth vertebrae from the top and 6 is the sixth.. Anatomy is simple once you know! The C6 nerve supplies skin sensation on the thumb side of your forearm and muscles that flex your elbow and wrist, like the biceps. So you could expect to have pain and weakness in the bicep and tingling or numbness in the forearm.

The same is true if the bulging disc is in your low back or lumbar spine. Only this time the muscles that are affected with pain and weakness are in your legs and feet and the change in sensation in your skin is also in that same area.

Myths – Do’s – Don’ts

Myth – 1:  You can get your “disc put back in” if you see the right person. This is complete rubbish. Please do not listen to anyone who says they can put your bulging disc “back in”. When I hear of patients heading off to see some quack who claims he/she can do this- I cringe. I challenge you to put the jam back in the doughnut after you’ve squeezed it out! Impossible, right?!  Same is true of a bulging disc- can’t be done. I will tell you what can be done to limit your pain so read on.

Do – 1: If you haven’t already- get some scans, either Cat-Scan or MRI. If I was under the age of 50, I’d go for a MRI because there’s no radiation. Excessive radiation causes cancer and in my opinion, we are exposed to enough of it without choosing to be exposed to more when you have a less radio-active choice (MRI). You can see an Osteopath or your GP for this. It costs you the same. Information is education and when battling this problem, having a good understanding of what is exactly going on, helps. Scans allow for greater understanding and they allow your osteopath to tailor your specific rehab and teach you what you can expect to happen during your bulging disc treatment. Read More

Osteopath Brisbane Mount Gravatt

Middle Back Pain? Lower Back Pain? Neck and Shoulder Pain?

Live in Mount Gravatt, Brisbane? Need an Osteopath?

You need an Osteopath Mount Gravatt, right?  Bodywise Osteopathy Brisbane is a very convenient and safe option. According to Google Maps our clinic in Stones Corner is 5.5km or 8 minutes drive away! A straight-forward drive down Logan Rd to Old Cleveland Rd and we are right on the corner of Old Cleveland Rd and Laura St. We cater for no hassle parking, it’s Free and Off-Street. When you’re in pain it’s nice to have a no-hassle option.

We have a number of very experienced osteopaths with international experience both in private practice and with National Sports Teams.  We also have a range of other complimentary medicine options to suit your needs such as acupuncture, massage, podiatry and chiropractic. Your body is very important- so feel assured you are in very safe, experienced and well-trained hands. Read More

Osteopathy and Babies Treatment Brisbane

The calm and soothing approach of osteopathy and babies makes it great for treating a wide range of health conditions in children and infants. Your osteopaths at Bodywise Osteopathy are highly trained in gentle, non-manipulative techniques that are very beneficial in optimising the health of children and babies. Osteopathy works really well for this age group due to its extremely gentle approach.

Osteopathy and Babies

Having a baby is one of the highlights of being a parent. However the process of giving birth, as many women tell me daily, is a very physically stressful experience! Understatement!  Not only for mum, but baby too.

Some describe the birthing process as our very first ‘trauma’. At the time of birth, your baby’s body is composed mostly of cartilage, this is especially so with the skull, whose bones are more like membranes that are soft and pliable, allowing for an easier passage through the birth canal. This pliability is generally a good thing however in some instances the membranous skull bones are susceptible to strain and the effect of ‘moulding’. You may have noticed on some new-born babies that their head is slightly asymmetrical, flattened or markedly pointed, which may indicate a physically strenuous birth for the baby. Read More

Osteopathy Brisbane

The Osteopaths at Bodywise Osteopathy Brisbane employ a system of diagnosis and treatment for a vast variety of back, neck, joint and muscle conditions.  Bodywise has a number of  internationally experienced osteopaths available who will meticulously examine and investigate the structure of the body in order to find areas of imperfections that are affecting the way your body functions as a whole.

We are only as strong as our weakest link! This investigative process into your body by the osteopath is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the spine, skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together, much the same as a finely tuned engine.

Bodywise Osteopathy Brisbane practitioners have many years of experience that has allowed them to develop a highly tuned sense of touch (palaption), physical manipulation/adjustment, stretching and soft-tissue release techniques to increase the mobility of joints, relieve muscle tension, enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms.  Your osteopath may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring, so you can make the most of the sunshine in this lovely city of Brisbane! Osteopathy Works! Read More

Osteopaths Brisbane Camp Hill

Back Pain? Neck and Shoulder Pain? Live in Camp Hill, Brisbane? Need an Osteopath?

You need an Osteopath Camp Hill, right?  Bodywise Osteopathy Brisbane is a brilliant option. According to Google Maps our clinic in Stones Corner is 3.6km or 12 minutes drive away! A straight-forward jaunt down Boundary Rd, onto Weller Rd – and you’re there! With free Off-Street no hassle parking it’s an attractive drama-free option.

Did you know Bodywise Osteopaths Brisbane offer a 100% Money Back Guarantee if you are not satisfied with the quality of your treatment, giving you peace-of-mind.

We have a number of very experienced osteopaths with international experience both in private practice and with National Sports Teams  We also have a range of other alternative medicine options to suit your needs such as acupuncture, massage, podiatry and chiropractic. Your body is very important- so feel assured you are in very safe, experienced and well-trained hands.

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Sciatica Treatment Brisbane

Sciatica Treatment

To effectively treat sciatica- its root cause must first be determined. This is the diagnostic process. A full medical history will be taken including physical tests. The results of these tests may illuminate the source of your sciatica.

Other diagnostic tests may be performed or requested by the osteopath depending on what he or she finds in the physical examination. Such tests may include:

X-ray to look for fractures in your spine

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) or Computed Tomography (CT) scan. These machines give much more clarity of detail of your spine, not only of te bones but soft tissues as well. They’re great for confirming the presence of a slipped disc.

Nerve Conduction Studies can tell us how well your sciatic nerve is conducting impulses. If you’ve got a kink in the garden hose the water doesn’t travel through, right? Well same is true if you have an obstruction on your sciatic nerve. No impulses can travel, therefore you can potentially expect numbness, tingling, and weakness of the muscles and skin that the pinched nerve supplies.

A Myelogram involves the process of injecting dye between the vertebrae to determine if a vertebrae or disc is causing the pain. Not used mush due to the favor of MRI and CT.

You may or may not be requested to have these tests- and you can still have sciatica treatment without them. Such tests are of no therapeutic value, only diagnostic. Read More

Osteopaths Brisbane Greenslopes

In Pain? Live in Greenslopes? Need an Osteopath?

You need an Osteopath Greenslopes right?  Bodywise Osteopathy Brisbane is a great option. According to Google Maps our clinic in Tarragindi is 2.8km or 7 minutes drive away! With free Off-Street no hassle parking it’s an attractive drama-free option.

Did you know Bodywise Osteopaths Brisbane offer a 100% Money Back Guarantee if you are not satisfied with the quality of your treatment, giving you peace-of-mind.

We have a number of very experienced osteopathswith international experience and a range of other alternative medicine options to suit your needs such as acupuncture, massage, podiatry and chiropractic. Your body is very important- so feel assured you are in very safe, experienced and well-trained hands.

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What is Sciatica?

If you have a burning pain in your butt that spreads down your leg then you may have sciatica. Sciatica isn’t the disease, it’s the symptom, consisting of leg pain that usually feels like a bad cramp on a good day, or it may be totally excruciating and shooting that makes standing or sitting really uncomfortable.

When my patients describe their sciatica pain and I ask them, “when did this pain come on?” the answers I get often vary from sudden and instant, to a gradual build up over time. If you have sciatica, you may also be feeling weakness, numbness or pins and needles feelings in parts of your legs, feet and/or toes. You may also notice that when you sit, cough or sneeze your sciatica symptoms may become worse. These are all signs of an irritated nerve.

What causes Sciatica?

Sciatica, is a set of symptoms that relate to your sciatic nerve being irritated in some way and at some point in its course. So, what irritates the sciatic nerve? A number of conditions:

  • Herniated or “slipped” disc: puts direct pressure on a nerve. Much like the jam being squeezed out of a jam dough-nut the jam (disc) sits on the nerve and irritates it. This jam cuts off the electrical nerve signals to the leg and that’s why you get the symptoms of nerve compression i.e. Pins and needles and numbness.
  • Piriformis Syndrome: The piriformis is a muscle deep in your but-cheek and when it becomes tight it may go into spasm and irritate the nerve that lies right next to it- you guessed it- your sciatic nerve.
  • Spinal Stenosis: is basically narrowing of the spinal canal, and much like putting a kink in a garden hose, a kink here will decrease the room for the water (nerves) to pass through.
  • Spondylolisthesis: Now that is a mouthful! Your spine is made up of blocks of vertebrae- this condition is where one vertebrae or block slips forwards. This slippage causes a narrowing in the dimensions of the canal or the kink in the garden hose scenario again.

Have a read of my other post about treatment for sciatica.

Sciatica can be treated effectively. You don’t have to live with pain.

Ph 1300 321 300 for all bookings.

Osteopaths Brisbane Annerley

In Pain? Live in Annerley? Need an Osteopath?

You need an Osteopath Annerley right?  Bodywise Osteopathy Brisbane is probably your best option. Bodywise Osteopaths Brisbane has been in the South Brisbane area for over 15yrs, and we are only a very short jaunt from Annerley, in Tarragindi. We have a number of very experienced osteopaths with international experience. Your body is very important- so feel assured you are in very safe, experienced and well-trained hands.

Our osteopaths see many patients from Annerley, mainly due to it’s proximity to Tarragindi and a very popular feature is our free off-street, no-hassle parking. We are located within Clark’s Lifestyle Centre, at 195 Fingal st. CLC used to be the old Tarragindi Squash Courts, now a hive of activity focused on health and well-being.

What are you suffering with? Low back pain is our most common complaint, closely followed by neck pain, pinched nerves, sciatica and shoulder pain. The list of what Government Registered Osteopaths treat is long so if you’re in any doubt about our ability to help treat your pain, just buzz us on 1300 321 300, and our clinic manager, Michaela will be happy to field any questions. Or drop us an email info@bodywiseosteo.com.au we promise to return all emails the same day.

If you’ve got time please be welcome to have a look at all of what we offer. Your main request was Osteopaths Annerley but we can also offer you Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine, Podiatry and Chiropractic services. This clinic has built over the years to become a very popular integrative alternative medicine clinic. We often liaise with each other about more difficult cases, which takes the hassle out things for you if you need to be referred. No more requesting notes be sent or calls be made to another clinic. We have it all under the one roof!

Get your life back!  Be Pain-Free!

Call 1300 321 300 today.