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Easter Opening Hours 2017

Please note our hours for the Easter 2017 weekend:

Good Friday (14th April): CLINIC CLOSED

Easter Saturday (15th April): Clinic Open 8am - 1pm

Easter Sunday (16th April): CLINIC CLOSED

Easter Monday (17th April): CLINIC CLOSED

Tuesday 18th April: Clinic Open - Normal Hours

Wishing you and your family a safe & happy Easter break!


T20 for Men's Health

Join us on Sunday 26th February from 2pm - 6pm at Gerry Green Reserve for a great T20 match supporting men's health!

Chris will be there for the duration of the event. If you've ever wondered about Osteopathy and how it could help you, come along to have a free chat with Chris and have all your questions answered!

Looking forward to seeing you there!


TALKING FOOTY – With Dr Laura Ellul (Osteopath)

TALKING FOOTY – With Dr Laura Ellul (Osteopath)

With the football season just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about ways to prevent and manage injuries. In my time working at various amateur football clubs such as De La Salle and Boronia Football Clubs, I saw a lot of injuries, which were often attributed to poor stretching protocols and as a result led to poor mobility. The importance of a good warm-up prior to training and games is generally well done, however cool down stretching is just as important. To keep the message brief, think about what’s happening to your muscles over the course of the exercise bout…..they’re getting tired! And what happens when they start to fatigue, well, they start to tighten up or contract. If we allow muscles to stay contracted, we potentially open ourselves up to a range of different issues; cramp, increased joint compression and a higher risk of straining muscle/s. So when you’ve finished your training session or game, and you’re recalling that amazing ‘speccy’ or Eddie Betts like goal with your team-mates, do so with a bottle of water in your hand (for best hydration) and whilst performing some quality stretches.

Keep posted for some more stretching tips….


Clinic Closed Australia Day

Please note the clinic will be closed Thursday 26th Jan for the Australia Day public holiday.

We will be Open for business as usual on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th Jan.

Wishing everyone a 'Bonza Stray-ya Day!!"


Headaches - Dr Laura Ellul

I really enjoy treating a wide variety of injuries; however I take a special interest in the treatment of headaches and migraines. I believe Osteopathy has the potential to help with the musculoskeletal implications which occur from headaches or migraines, but I also think it’s crucial to identify other lifestyle factors which contribute to chronic recurrences, as it is often not possible to completely eradicate headaches without making some changes to the things we regularly do. There are many factors which contribute to headaches or migraines; including poor posture, stress, poor sleep quality, imbalanced diet, medication/s, lack of appropriate exercise and hormonal imbalances.

I recently had a patient presenting with chronic headaches which had become more frequent over the years, to the point where she was getting them on a daily basis. Upon examination I found her to be extremely tight in her neck and upper back musculature, as well as being very stiff through her upper neck joints and TMJ (jaw). I thought she may get some good relief from treatment but that it could only be temporary unless we identified causative triggers in her life. I worked out that this particular patient had been going through a lot of stress, and thus was not sleeping well and was developing very poor posture, particularly at work. She was also clenching and grinding her teeth at night which I believe was contributing hugely to her headache. We made numerous changes to her daily routine including changing her work station and car seat set up, referring her back to her dentist who fitted her with a night splint to prevent grinding, increasing her exercise and introducing yoga and meditation into her routine.

These changes were combined with osteopathic treatment to improve joint mobility and reduce muscular hypertonicty in the upper neck muscles and TMJ. These small changes made a significant difference to her headaches, and by combining this with manual treatment, within a few weeks her headache frequency was reduced to one every 3-4 weeks. In this case, managing stress levels and teeth grinding were the main triggers, but every case is different and I always recommend keeping a headache diary to identify the triggers.

Stay tuned for more ‘bits’ from Laura……!


Parkdale Osteo Clinic Hours

Christmas and New Year Clinic Hours

  • Saturday 24th December 2016: 8am – 12noon
  • Christmas Day 2016: CLOSED
  • Monday 26th December 2016: BOXING DAY HOLIDAY, CLOSED
  • Tuesday 27th December2016 : PUBLIC HOLIDAY, CLOSED
  • Wednesday 28th December 2016: 2.30pm – 7.00pm (Osteo only)
  • Thursday 29th December 2016: 2.00pm – 7.00pm (Osteo only)
  • Friday 30th December 2016: 8.00am – 6.00pm (Osteo only)
  • Saturday 31stDecember 2016: CLOSED
  • Monday 2nd January 2017: PUBLIC HOLIDAY, CLOSED

Back to normal business hours (Osteo and Remedial Massage) from Tuesday 3rd January

Bookings can be made online – visit


Car Set Up Advice

Feeling a bit tense across the shoulders when gripping the steering wheel?, or aware of that nagging low back pain when stopped at a set of lights?, perhaps you need to adjust your seating arrangement in the car.

One format to consider is this…Next time you hop in the car, position your backside to the very rear of the seat, and then place your right foot on the brake pedal. If your seat is too close, you may feel like your knee is bent up higher than your hip possibly creating some compression through the hip joint, and if the seat is too far back you may feel like your leg is overextending which may create a strain effect on the lower back. Ideally you want to find a happy medium between these 2 points.

Next, position your hands on the steering wheel. Ideally, your upper back and shoulders should still be in contact with the seat and the back of your head should be very close to the headrest. If this is not the case, you may need to straighten the vertical seat position.

Once your seat position has been optimally adjusted, look at your rear view mirror, and make the necessary adjustments. NOW the important bit…..DON’T RE-ADJUST THE REAR VIEW MIRROR!! The rear view mirror has now become your postural reference point. So should you happen to drive at a later time and adopt a poor postural position, when you look up at the rear view mirror it will appear to be in the wrong position……WRONG!, it’s your body that’s in the wrong position.

If you want some further advice regarding this, one of our osteo’s at Parkdale Osteopathic Clinic will be glad to help. (book online at


Cars and shoulders don't mix!

Ever had that moment when you need to reach for something in the back seat of the car…? 

Grabbing your handbag/briefcase, reaching for one of the kids toys or attempting to wrestle the ipad off them? 

Think twice, as this type of movement places a significant amount of strain on your shoulder girdle, placing you at considerable risk of injury. 

One of the common problems that can happen is the rotator cuff tendons can get pinched between 2 key bones of the shoulder – the humerus and the acromium (front part of the shoulder blade), creating what is commonly known as ‘impingement syndrome’.


30:30 Rule - What is it???

For those of us holding sedentary jobs or lifestyles, it is CRITICAL that we get our bodies moving on a regular basis.

A simple rule to follow is the 30:30 rule. That is, for every 30 minutes you spend sitting, you should then get up and move your body around for 30 seconds.

It doesn’t have to be too formal, just gently shaking and wiggling your body (a bit like a professional swimmer before a race) will suffice! This should improve blood flow throughout your body, ease muscle tension and ideally reduce postural fatigue.

If you want some further advice regarding this, one of our osteo’s at Parkdale Osteopathic Clinic will be glad to help. (book online at


Introducing Connie Petousis our new Osteopath joining our team

We have a new Osteopath joining our team. Her name is Connie Petousis. She will be here Tuesday and Friday mornings and every second Saturday from Tuesday 16 August 2016. 

Here is some information on Connie:

Connie graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Clinical Sciences, and Masters in Osteopathy which involved researching the use of compression garments on recovery in sports. 

During her studies Connie worked closely with the De La Salle old collegians football club as a sports trainer. She has a keen interest in working with prenatal and postnatal women as well as babies and children. She has also undertaken a number of courses to develop her expertise in this area. 

Connie strongly believes in the osteopathic philosophy of treating the cause of the pain rather than just the symptoms, and enjoys the challenges that this brings. She employs a wide variety of techniques both structural and indirect, as well as dry needling and sports taping.

In her spare time Connie loves cooking, catching up with friends and taking part in Pilates classes.

If you would like to make an appointment with Connie, call the clinic on 9580 1820 or book online at

  • A member of:
  • Australian Osteopathic Association
  • HiCaps

OA osteopaths must be government registered, meet high professional standards and complete annual continuing professional education to practice.

To make an appointment call 9580 1820 or use our online booking facility >