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
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.
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:
Tuesday 27th December2016 :
Wednesday 28th December 2016: 2.30pm
– 7.00pm (Osteo only)
Thursday 29th December 2016: 2.00pm – 7.00pm (Osteo
Friday 30th December 2016:
– 6.00pm (Osteo only)
Saturday 31stDecember 2016: CLOSED
Monday 2nd January 2017: PUBLIC
to normal business hours (Osteo and Remedial Massage) from Tuesday 3rd
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 www.parkdaleosteo.com.au)
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
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 www.parkdaleosteo.com.au)
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 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
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
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 www.parkdaleosteo.com.au