Treatments

The following information provides a snap shot of some of the common conditions we see and treat here at Parkdale Osteopathic Clinic. Our treatment is specifically tailored to suit both the patient and the relevant problem. Our treatment methods include soft tissue massage, myofascial stretching, joint mobilisation and manipulation, gentle indirect techniques and dry needling.

What we treat?

Lower Back Pain (LBP) and Sciatica

Regardless of age or gender, 80% of the population will suffer from back pain at some time in their life. Quite a high statistic, but little surprise given the number of pain sensitive tissues around our spine, and the increase in sedentary occupations and lifestyles these days.

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What we treat?

Lower Back Pain

Regardless of age or gender, 80% of the population will suffer from back pain at some time in their life.

Quite a high statistic, but little surprise given the number of pain sensitive tissues around our spine, and the increase in sedentary occupations and lifestyles these days

A common buzz word linked to LBP is sciatica, which refers to pain not only experienced in the back, but in the buttocks and down the back of the legs. It is often described as a sharp, electric shock type pain that can be extremely debilitating, and often linked with protective muscle spasm.

Our priority is to accurately diagnose your condition, and then initiate a treatment plan focusing on reducing your pain level and restoring function to the region. We often find that once the pain has receded, it is important to ensure there is no residual muscle tightness or joint restriction, as when it comes to the resumption of day to day activities, ie bending down to put socks on or leaning over the bathroom sink, the risk of re-aggravation can be heightened.

We may provide you with appropriate stretches to lessen muscle contracture, give instruction on improving your core stability and awareness, and make you aware of other risk factors you can ideally stamp out to avoid future recurrences.

What we treat?

Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is fast becoming a common presenting complaint at Parkdale Osteopathic Clinic. The reasons for this are many and varied, but could be due to some of the following observations listed below.

As a society, we are spending more time in sedentary positions where we spend many hours hunched over a desk, holding a smart phone, typing on a computer or tablet or gripping a steering wheel. As a result our posture is suffering, where the muscles on the chest wall can tighten, creating an increased curve in the upper back and ultimately the shoulder blades start to pull forwards and outwards.

This change in position of the shoulder blade decreases the stability of the shoulder joint and as a result places greater strain on the rotator cuff muscles (especially supraspinatus) and their role in supporting the shoulder joint.

Muscles under continual strain are more likely to become inflamed and potentially torn which is why supraspinatus tendonitis and inflammation of its related bursa (subacromial bursitis) is experienced by many people. This presentation is commonly referred to as shoulder impingement.

We will provide you with appropriate stretches to lessen muscle contracture, give instruction on improving your core stability and awareness, and make you aware of other risk factors you can ideally stamp out to avoid future recurrences.

Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is fast becoming a common presenting complaint at Parkdale Osteopathic Clinic. The reasons for this are many and varied, but could be due to some of the following observations: spending more time in sedentary positions, poor posture, changes in the position of the shoulder blade and increased muscle strain.

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Neck pain and Headaches

The most common type of headache originates from joint strain or muscle weakness in the neck and upper thoracic region. Other causes include eye strain, stress, poor posture, sinus congestion, infection or allergies.

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What we treat?

Neck pain and Headaches

The most common type of headache originates from joint strain or muscle weakness in the neck and upper thoracic region. Other causes include:

  • eye strain
  • stress
  • poor posture
  • sinus congestion
  • whiplash injury
  • jaw imbalance and teeth grinding
  • infection
  • allergies and food intolerances.

The osteopaths at Parkdale Osteopathic Clinic may help to:

  • improve your general mobility
  • reduce muscular tension, nerve compression and inflammation
  • improve the mobility of your ribs and thoracic and cervical spine
  • improve blood supply and drainage to and from the head and neck
  • advise on posture, exercise and stretching to help prevent a recurrence of symptoms
  • offer guidance on diet and hydration
  • advise on improving the ergonomics of your home or workplace.

Osteopaths, as primary health care practitioners, are trained to differentiate between headaches with common causes and those due to serious pathology. You should always seek advice from a health professional, including an osteopath, if you get a headache after a head trauma and/or the headache is getting worse.

You should also seek professional advice if the headache is accompanied by fever, nausea or vomiting, bleeding or fluid draining from the nose or ears, dizziness, blurred vision or speech, numbness, tingling or paralysis.

Sports Injuries

Reduced joint or muscle flexibility may affect your performance and result in injury if you don't realise that you can't perform at your usual level. If you do become injured, your osteopath is highly trained to facilitate a return to optimal function and prevent compensatory strains from occurring. This may minimise re-injury and allow a quicker return to physical activity.

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What we treat?

Sports Injuries

Reduced joint or muscle flexibility may affect your performance and result in injury if you don't realise that you can't perform at your usual level. If you do become injured, your osteopath is highly trained to facilitate a return to optimal function and prevent compensatory strains from occurring. This may minimise re-injury and allow a quicker return to physical activity.

Osteopathic treatment involves safe, gentle and effective manual techniques, including soft tissue stretching, mobilisation, inhibition and manipulation. These techniques assist in improving elasticity, strength, endurance, mobility and performance.

Parkdale Osteopathic Clinic has been servicing local football, cricket and various other sporting clubs over the past sixteen years and has vast experience and knowledge in treating aspects of most sporting injuries. Common sporting injuries our osteopaths see are:

  • Shoulder impingement/tendonitis
  • Ankle ligament sprain/tear
  • Soft tissue strains, eg hamstring and calf
  • Knee ligament and tendon injuries
  • Growing pains linked to Osgood-Schlatter's and Sever's syndrome
  • Overuse injuries such as ITB friction syndrome, shin splints.

Our osteopaths may prescribe for you the appropriate exercises to maintain joint range of motion and muscular flexibility, and where required the relevant strengthening exercises also.

Osteopathy for Children

Osteopaths treat babies, children and teenagers for a range of conditions. Effective, early treatment can prevent other problems from occurring. Osteopaths commonly treat babies with developmental problems, constant crying, feeding difficulties, constipation, flat head syndrome (plagiocephaly) and more.

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What we treat?

Osteopathy for Children

Osteopaths treat babies, children and teenagers for a range of conditions. Effective, early treatment can prevent other problems from occurring. Osteopaths commonly treat babies with:

  • developmental problems
  • constant crying
  • feeding difficulties
  • digestive problems and constipation
  • skull deformation or flat head syndrome (plagiocephaly).  

A range of problems may interfere with the normal development of a child. Trauma during pregnancy and birth, childhood accidents and falls, or simply the rapid changes of the body's growth can create or contribute to problems associated with bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. Other issues faced by children include postural problems, inflammatory conditions and sporting injuries.  

An osteopath will work with you and your child to plan the best way forward. Your osteopath will initially prepare a comprehensive case history of your child's complaint. They will then complete a physical examination to arrive at a provisional diagnosis and then determine which type of osteopathic treatment is suitable and if a referral to other health care practitioners is needed. The osteopath will also offer advice on nutrition, general health, posture and exercise.  

Osteopathic care is safe, gentle and effective without the use of drugs or surgery. It may assist the young body to adapt to growth-related changes which may prevent other health problems. It may help your baby grow into a healthy child and, ultimately, a healthy young adult.

Conditions that osteopaths treat in children and teenagers include:

  • back pain and headaches
  • growing pains in muscles, bones and joints
  • postural problems including curvature of the spine
  • urinary problems
  • period pain
  • walking difficulties or foot pain
  • sporting injuries
  • ear infections.

What we treat?

Heel/Arch Pain

Painful feet are very debilitating. Pain in the heel area is especially common and may be associated with a calcaneal spur, usually referred to as a heel spur.

Our feet are made up of a series of small bones, known as the tarsal bones. These tarsal bones, starting from the calcaneus (heel) form an arch, which is supported by a strong band of sinew (plantar fascia) stretching across the sole of the foot below the surface of the skin.

With repeated activity on our feet, this fascia causes persistent traction (tugging) on the attachment point into the bone, and inflammation and pain may develop at this site. This painful condition is known as plantar fasciitis.

Sometimes a sharp spur develops at the site of this traction on the bone and protrudes into the surrounding tissue. But the pain is usually due to the plantar fasciitis, rather than the heel spur itself.

Inadequate arch support from poor footwear is the most common cause of plantar fasciitis. As the arch is collapsing the plantar fascia is placed under great stress and often other muscles of the foot and lower leg are utilised to help stabilise. This can result in marked joint restriction and muscular tension and pain in the foot and lower leg.

Osteopaths will not only advise you on appropriate footwear and exercises but will work to increase the joint range of motion and flexibility of muscles in the feet and lower leg. In some situations the use of heel cups and arch supports may be sought, or your osteopath may refer you to a local podiatrist for further assessment.

Heel/Arch Pain

Painful feet are very debilitating. Pain in the heel area is especially common and may be associated with a calcaneal spur, usually referred to as a heel spur. Osteopaths will not only advise you on appropriate footwear and exercises but will work to increase the joint range of motion and flexibility of muscles in the feet and lower leg.

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What we treat?

Dry Needling

Dry needling is a form of treatment that works well in conjunction with other Osteopathic manual techniques, and is used to target trigger points (knots) in tight muscles. It uses extremely fine acupuncture needles (0.25mm in diameter up to 20X smaller than a normal hypodermic needle), which allows the practitioner to target deep tissues specifically and accurately.

The effect of inserting these needles varies depending upon the desired outcome. Most of the time, we are aiming to deactivate and normalise hypersensitive and overactive muscles. By inserting the needles we may elicit a twitch response from the muscles, providing a release of tightness. It may reduce the excitability of nerves locally as well as in the spinal cord and brain, inhibiting pain sensation and tightness. It may also stimulate an immune response, releasing growth factors and promoting healing. Needling may break fibrotic tissues containing free nerve endings, and wash away irritating substances. Simply put, overall the needles may reduce muscle tightness and pain, thereby enabling better healing.

Regardless of the finer neurophysiological mechanisms, it may be an extremely effective technique for certain conditions such as repetitive strain injuries, acute spasms, chronic myofascial tightness and of course trigger points. It enables the practitioner to target the deep seated stubborn knots that often underlie conditions such as tennis elbow and shin splints.

The needles are never re-used, practitioners wear gloves and the needles are disposed of in a sharps container. All of our osteopaths performing dry needling techniques have additional insurance cover in accordance with our registration requirements. Naturally if you are uncomfortable at any time with the treatment they can be immediately removed and alternative options can be discussed. Also, as a precautionary measure we avoid dry needling patient’s suffering from a bleeding disorder, and during pregnancy (esp first trimester).

As far as the process is concerned, the needles are exceptionally fine, and you often don't feel anything when they pierce the skin. Once they are pushed deeper it varies, but most of the time we are actively seeking out sore points so yes, naturally it is sensitive, but the sensation is more like a heaviness, or an ache rather than a sharp stab.

Dry Needling

Dry needling is a form of treatment that works well in conjunction with other Osteopathic manual techniques, and is used to target trigger points (knots) in tight muscles. It uses extremely fine acupuncture needles (0.25mm in diameter), which allows the practitioner to target deep tissues specifically and accurately.

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What we treat?

Pregnancy and Women's Health Issues

Your osteopath may help prevent or manage a wide range of pre- and post-natal conditions, either solely or in conjunction with other health care practitioners.  

Your osteopath will carefully select the most appropriate treatment techniques to assure the safety and comfort of you and your growing baby.

At Parkdale Osteopathic Clinic, our female osteopaths have a strong interest in pregnancy and fertility, and provide osteopathic care for all aspects of women's health, including treatment and advice from ante-natal to post-natal stages of pregnancy, and pelvic floor strengthening for women of all ages. Dr Julia Redfern (osteopath) has undertaken postgraduate study in Obstetrics, Paediatrics, and Pre and Post-Natal Pilates, to further her interest in the treatment of women, babies and children.

Julia regularly conducts workshops for her patients relating to pelvic floor function and pre and post-natal exercises, and she also liaises with local maternal child health nurses to ensure the best communication and management for both you and your bub.

Pregnancy and Women's Health

Your osteopath may help prevent or manage a wide range of pre- and post-natal conditions, either solely or in conjunction with other health care practitioners. Your osteopath will carefully select the most appropriate treatment techniques to assure the safety and comfort of you and your growing baby.

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  • Australian Osteopathic Association
  • HiCaps

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

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