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[12 Jun 2019 | Comments Off on If you herniate a disc, will it “go back in”? | ]
If you herniate a disc, will it “go back in”?

According to a recently released summary of the research, there is a 66% chance that WITHOUT SURGERY your disc herniation will resolve.

Researchers looked at all the studies on this between 1990-2015. Different studies reported differing levels of resolution, with one saying up to 82% of people in their group got better with treatment and exercise and rest; no need for surgery!

I’ve certainly seen surgeons attitudes towards alternatives like seeing another health practitioner, doing back exercises, and keeping active, change over the last few years. It used to be a …

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[3 Jun 2019 | Comments Off on Why you need a Spiky Ball | ]
Why you need a Spiky Ball

I’m a huge fan of self massage. Whether it’s foam rolling, using a spiky or massage ball, or just digging my fingers into my shoulder, I find softening the muscles is a great adjunct to doing a little bit of stretching or mobility work. It feels good, it always helps, and it’s a nice thing to do for yourself. But what are the other benefits?

Using a spiky ball is a great idea for many reasons. First, it helps break down muscle tension and is the best way to release the …

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[28 Apr 2019 | Comments Off on Is 10 minutes of exercise enough? | ]
Is 10 minutes of exercise enough?

According to new research, all you need is 10 minutes of exercise a day. In this study of 1500 people who were followed for 4 years, ” a brisk, short walk of less than 10 minutes a day is enough to keep older adults on their feet, reducing the risk of becoming disabled by 85 per cent.”

At the start of the study, every one of the 1500 people “were suffering pain, aching of stiffness from arthritis in their knees, hips, ankles or feet”.

The people who were able to do …

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[16 Jan 2019 | Comments Off on Want to live longer, man? | ]
Want to live longer, man?

I just read a great article about how men can increase their longevity. Being the start of the year I’m all about planning to have a healthy 2019 so this really caught my eye. On average, men live 4.5 years less than women, are more likely to develop cancer and more likely to develop cardiovascular disease.

These tips were compiled by Tania Flack of Bondi Health and Wellness, a wonderful practitioner in the clinic next door to me. Her advice relates to things like weight, sleep, energy levels, mental health, …

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[31 Oct 2018 | Comments Off on Migraines and Vitamin Deficiencies | ]
Migraines and Vitamin Deficiencies

I was sent an article last week by a Nutritionist I know (she’s an amazing Nutritionist, if you’re looking for one!) which talked about the link between migraine headaches and certain vitamin deficiencies. According to the article, “A high percentage of children, teens and young adults with migraines appear to have mild deficiencies in vitamin D, riboflavin and coenzyme Q10 — a vitamin-like substance found in every cell of the body that is used to produce energy for cell growth and maintenance.”
Now, to me, this is a bit of a …

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[8 Oct 2018 | Comments Off on Gold works as an anti-inflammatory! | ]
Gold works as an anti-inflammatory!

Yes, gold. The same gold that might currently be adorning your wrist has been found to be an effective anti-inflammatory. Is there nothing it can’t do?
The first question I had was “who ate their Rolex to discover this?”. The second question was “how much will a packet of gold nurofen’s cost?” The third was “WHO ATE THEIR ROLEX!?!” I mean, how on earth did they discover that gold works as an anti-inflammatory?
Well, the answer to that lies in the length of time medications are effective. Scientists were trying to work …

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[28 Aug 2018 | Comments Off on New Arthritis Guidelines | ]
New Arthritis Guidelines

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has released new guidelines on the treatment of osteoarthritis. The guidelines “rubbished popular and “fad” treatments for osteoarthritis (OA), including opioids, acupuncture, glucosamine, stem cell therapy, insoles and surgery “.
That’s right, the medical association is now “strongly warning against¬†surgeries such as knee arthroscopy, meniscectomy and cartilage repair” when it comes to hip and knee arthritis.
Instead, they suggest things like exercise and weight loss. I recently posted an article on how weight loss reduces pressure in the knee, after studies showed that “for every …

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[9 Jul 2018 | Comments Off on Does being overweight affect your joints? | ]
Does being overweight affect your joints?

I get asked this question a lot. And until recently, I thought it made a bit of difference, but if you had good strength and sufficient joint mobility carrying a few extra kilos probably wouldn’t be that big a deal. For your joints at least. Being overweight is associated with all kinds of other health problems, so maintaining a healthy weight is in your best interested regardless.
But now we know exactly how much pressure your joints take on when you take on extra weight. According to a study of overweight …

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[12 Jun 2018 | Comments Off on Painkillers for children? | ]
Painkillers for children?

I saw an interesting article recently which I thought I would share with you all. In the article, 5 experts were asked whether they thought it was safe and advisable to give painkilling medications to children. The people asked included a paediatrician, pain specialist, pharmacist and anaesthetist.
They mostly agreed that it was but had certain contingencies on that.
Some choice quotes:
Caregivers have to ensure, however, the child is carefully monitored and dosage is very carefully calculated and delivered safely. A child in pain is no less than an adult in pain, …

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[10 May 2018 | Comments Off on New Practitioner – Myotherapist Jess Goodwin | ]
New Practitioner – Myotherapist Jess Goodwin

Super exciting news! We have a Myotherapist joining the clinic! Jess Goodwin is a Sports Therapist who studied in the UK before moving to Sydney and setting up Sydney Sports Therapy in Oatley. A Sports Therapist is the UK equivalent of a Myotherapist.

 

Myotherapists do university degrees studying how to diagnose and treat soft tissue injuries, so they’re basically the most highly qualified massage therapist you will ever see. I love seeing them myself so I’m really happy we are going to have one here!

 

There aren’t many Myotherapists here in …