You need an Osteopath Holland Park 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 Holland Park, in Tarragindi. We have a number of very experienced osteopaths with international experience. Your body is important- so feel assured you are in very safe, experienced and well-trained hands.
Our osteopaths see many patients from Holland Park, 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.
I write today’s blog in a more than moderately leg-weary state! And to say my undercarriage feels like it has been rubbed up and down a wash board a few thousand times would just about hit the nail on the head. Anyway- perineal state aside, today’s 100km Brissie-to-the-Bay charity ride for Multiple Sclerosis was a fantastic event.
There were a number of different distances available to all levels of rider, from 25, 50 and for the first time in the event’s 20 year history, a 100km quadricep searing ride out to the Bay and Back. It is what it says on the tin!
Okay, so before we get started- lets just clear up a pet hate of mine.
Osteoporosis & Osteopathy: a homonym of sorts. The short answer is the former is a disease of bone and the latter is a hands-on treatment for muscle, skeletal and spinal problems! I know most of you know this and I’m only really joking. But as my wonderful Gran used to say; “many a true word was spoken in jest!”
Osteoporosis is a disease of bone mineral density and has haunted women since the dawn of history. Egyptian mummies from 4,000 years ago have been found with the telltale dowager’s hump. Most young women today can expect to spend their old age standing as straight and tall as they ever were, thanks to recent dramatic improvements in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of osteoporosis.
Since I’ve been back in Brisbane I’ve been surprised at how many cases of Tennis Elbow or Golfer’s Elbow (medically known as lateral and medial epicondylitis, respectively) have presented at the clinic. In cooler climates it tends to show a seasonal variation, that is, when summer was approaching many people were returning to the golf course and tennis courts for the first time since the previous season and this sudden increase in activity created an overload on the de-conditioned muscles of the forearm and elbow.
This sudden return to reasonably high-impact activities is one of the main historical features of this condition’s presentation. Thankfully the Brisbane winters aren’t that harsh which affords us the opportunity to play these sports, and many others, all year round. However, those of you among us who have jumped in the deep-end after a long lay-off may find yourselves with a pain in the elbow- not just when playing these sports, but it can be felt anytime you grip, hold, twist or turn with the elbow or wrist.
When many of us hear the words “good-posture” our mothers voice begins to ring in our ears, “stand up straight, you’re slouching”. As is often the case, your mother had a point; to a point!
Over time, poor posture may be caused by habits from everyday activities such as sitting in office chairs and looking at the computer, driving, standing for long periods of time, or even sleeping.
Poor posture can easily become second nature, causing or aggravating episodes of back pain and damaging spinal structures. Lucky for you, the main factors affecting posture and ergonomics are completely within your ability to control and are not difficult to change.
The following guidelines suggest several ways to improve posture and ergonomics (good posture/body mechanics in the work-place), especially for people who work sitting in an office chair for most of the day.
Are you getting a wider butt as you get older? Do you often look in the mirror while wearing your favourite jeans and think that the old hips are a little “fuller” than they used to be in your twenties? Then you’re probably right; but if you assumed it was due to the accumulation of fat on the hips, then you’re only partially correct.
Sure, as we get older it’s only natural to sneak on a few extra pounds in the middle-years, usually depositing mostly where we least want it; hips, thighs and butts for girls and the old “Ned Kelly” for the gents. Nature and time can be so unkind! However recent research published in the Journal of Orthopedic Medicine has found that pelvic bones widen as you enter middle age and continue to grow even among those over the age of 70 years!
If you’re experiencing your first really bad backache, you’re probably panicking a little about the pain and its implications — what if it’s cancer? What if it never goes away? If it feels this bad at the age of 30, what will it be like when I’m 60?!
My first piece of advice is, take a deep breath and relax. Low back pain is very common. About 80% of Australian adults will miss work at some point because of it. And most of the time, it’s neither permanent nor serious: 95% of backaches go away within six weeks, with no specific treatment, and potentially much faster if you seek treatment, advice and management strategies from an expert in the field of manual medicine. Following are 7 essential things to know about dealing with a bad back…