In preparation for any type of exercise or activity - cardio exercise, lifting weights, playing tennis, etc - you need to have your muscles ready for action. To do this, we have two types of warm ups, static stretching and activity-based, dynamic stretching. Static Stretching - This is what most of us have grown up with; gradually lengthening a muscle, holding the stretch for up to 30 seconds. What comes to mind, is an image of a runner bending over their leg, reaching for t
Children are forever undergoing rapid changes in all aspects of their lives, particularly in regard to their physical development. Growth spurts, poor posture, increased sitting, carrying school bags, too much or too little exercise and of course technology use, all have significant effects on your child's body. Often, lack of concentration, agitation and tiredness, can be the first symptoms of your child experiencing discomfort or pain. Our Osteopaths can assist in perform
Scoliosis is a term that is frequently used to describe a sideways curving and turning of the bones of a child’s spine. It can develop in otherwise healthy children and often there is no known cause for it (idiopathic). Scoliosis can start at any age during childhood and commonly starts during a growth spurt during adolescents. Scoliosis affects 2-3% of children and teenagers, more common in girls particularly aged 10-13. It is important for an Osteopath to identify if there
Are you experiencing pain in your elbow every time you lift something, make a fist, grip an object or when you shake hands? You may be suffering from a condition referred to as Tennis Elbow. Despite its name, you can still get tennis elbow even if you've never been near a tennis court! Tennis elbow usually develops over time. Repetitive motions, like gripping a racket, pruning the garden or carrying a baby, can strain the muscles and put too much stress on the tendons. That
Growing pains are essentially harmless muscular pain in young children aged 3-5 and from 8-11 years of age. Some children continue to experience pain into their teenage years irrespective of how much exercise they do. Pain is most often felt in both legs, particularly the calf muscles or behind, or in front of the thigh. Some children may report arm pain or even headaches. Growing pain can comes and go. It often presents late in the afternoon or evening and can be strong en
Everyone has heard of the phrase "Sciatica". This literally means any pain that originates from the back and runs down the buttock, thigh or leg. One of the most common reasons for this is a bulging disc in the spine, compressing a spinal nerve. This can be a serious condition and should be attended to immediately and diagnosed by a professional. Our Osteopaths are trained to perform appropriate diagnostic tests and may refer for imaging to accurately diagnose, treat and mana
Do I need a referral from my GP?
No, you can make an appointment directly without a referral. If you have been diagnosed with a chronic medical condition and require complex care you may be eligible for Chronic Disease Management (CDM) assistance. The GP must complete a special referral form to refer you to an osteopath for treatment. What do I need to bring?
Bring along any X-rays, scans or test results that you may have. Am I required to arrive early for my first appointm