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November 1, 2019

City Osteopaths has a new service to offer our clients. Jennifer is now trained in clinical matwork Pilates with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) and will be advancing this qualification over the next six months. Exercise is one of the most effective treatments for muscle and joint aches and pains and can also help prevent injuries. Of all the different exercise approaches that have been studied, Pilates is consistently is shown to be one of most beneficial.  Pilates focuses on strengthening the body with an emphasis on core strength.  It involves performing a series of exercises, usually in a specific order. It was originally developed for ballet dancers by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. There are now several types of Pilates available based on slight modifications to the original method.

Clinical Pilates is a modification of classical Pilates, it was modified because Pilates was originally designed for very fit and healthy people.  Consequently...

May 17, 2019

In our society, poor mental health is considered as one of the biggest causes of disability, poor quality of life, and reduced productivity. Poor mental health can come in many forms, including negative mood, anxiety, depression, social isolation, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Chronic pain (pain which has lasted more than three months) is often interlinked with symptoms of poor mental health. Pain can interfere with your daily life (both work and social) and can take a toll on your self-esteem and sometimes make you feel depressed, anxious or frustrated. Depression and chronic pain also share some of the same brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters, and nerve pathways, which act as messengers between different parts of the brain and nervous system. This connection may explain why people with chronic pain are three times more likely to develop mental health issues.

There is plenty of clinical evidence showing that exercise is beneficial for mental health, it reduces anxiety, depre...

July 24, 2018

Last week, there was a news article titled ‘Babies given solid food sooner sleep better’ featured on the BBC news website. Sleep and feeding, be that breastfeeding, formula feeding, or the introduction of solids, are issues that many parents I see at the clinic want to talk about. So hopefully, this blog will help clarify the important points that were missed in the recent news article.

There is a wealth of information from published scientific studies that shows there is no association between what a baby eats and how much they sleep. Even if hunger was the only reason for a baby waking up, the best solution would be to give more milk, as this contains more energy, fat and protein than any other food a baby can be given. However, babies wake for a multitude of reasons, such as being cold, hot or uncomfortable.

The research study that the previously mentioned news article was referring to, actually showed no difference in how much babies under 5 months old woke up, regardless of whether...

April 10, 2018

Pregnancy places a huge strain on a woman’s body.  The growing baby and bump changes the mother’s centre of gravity, which in turn alters the position of joints and the tone of muscles.  In addition to this are the effects of the hormonal changes that take place during pregnancy. These changes are all completely normal but will sometimes lead to painful conditions such as, lower back pain, sciatica, pelvic girdle pain and symphysis pubis dysfunction.  These can not only be unpleasant and inconvenient during pregnancy, but immobility and pain can have a negative effect on the process of labour and reduce the chance of having an uncomplicated normal delivery. For most women, addressing these symptoms will mean less pain throughout pregnancy, a better chance of an uncomplicated delivery, and better post-natal recovery.

Remaining active throughout pregnancy is something most women feel is important, but painful conditions can make achieving this very difficult.   At City Osteopath...

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