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October 2019

Osteopathic Approach to the Shoulder and Upper Back

Osteopathy approach The Body Refinery New Farm

The Shoulder Complex is called complex for a reason. To function well the upper ribs, collarbone, shoulder blade and shoulder joints, with the associated muscles, ligaments, bursa, nerves and connective tissue all need to work together to create the large amount of movement required at the shoulder. Shoulder pain and stiffness is often affected by the upper back, neck and posture. This is why Osteopathy is a great choice of treatment for many shoulder problems including impingement syndrome, rotator cuff injuries, bursitis, AC joint injuries, postural dysfunction, and the list goes on.

Osteopathy looks at how the different areas of the body are working together and aims to restore normal movement. When indicated, the osteopath will perform a full physical, orthopaedic and neurological examination, including postural and movement assessment.

Hands-on treatment, as well as stretching and strengthening exercises, can then be used to get you back to healthy movement.

Osteopathic approach The Body Refinery

Osteopathic treatment techniques include:

  • soft tissue treatment
  • joint articulation
  • stretching
  • manipulation
  • gentle, indirect techniques

Our Osteopath, Natalie Anderson, is AHPRA-registered and completed a five-year, full-time university degree and has 6 years experience treating patients. This service is claimable on private health (check with your health fund) and available in a 45-minute treatment format.

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Come and see what an osteopathic approach can do for you. Natalie is available for appointments Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at The Body Refinery.

Book today to experience the benefits of Osteopathy through our App or on 07 3358 3915.

Benefits of Oncology Massage

Oncology Massage is a modified remedial massage that is adapted to safely provide relaxation to patients with complications relating to cancer and cancer treatment.


Benefits of Oncology Massage:

  • Better ability to tolerate cancer treatment side effects
  • Better sleep
  • Fewer chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (numbness)
  • Less chronic pain either from chemotherapy or cancer
  • Reduced chemotherapy-related nausea


oncology massage

Enjoy your treatment

  • Oncology massage is a modified massage to safely accommodate someone either going through chemotherapy, surgery, radiotherapy or someone in remission.
  • Safe Practice Oncology Massage involves a very light-touch technique and can be profoundly beneficial to those with, or recovering from, cancer as it is a mindful and focused treatment.
  • Feedback from clients is that it is deeply relaxing.
  • If it’s uncomfortable for you lying face down our treatment tables are adjustable where you can sit comfortably with pillow support.


Our Massage Therapist, Jessica, has undertaken specialist training in oncology massage. It is important to know how to modify a massage or bodywork session to accommodate the many side-effects and treatment outcomes that may accompany chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy treatment.

Did you know, remedial massage is claimable through private health! Book your remedial massage today and focus on your health and mind-body connection. Create your profile or book now!

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Calcification in your shoulder – shockwave can help

Calcific tendonitis is a common cause of shoulder pain. It occurs when calcium deposits in or around the rotator cuff tendons, most commonly the supraspinatus. It usually affects people aged 40 to 60 years and is more common in women than in men.

People with calcific tendonitis will generally have shoulder pain, stiffness, difficulty sleeping on the affected side and problems with activities of daily living such as dressing and work. Diagnosis is confirmed with imaging such as ultrasound or Xray. Calcific tendonitis of the shoulder is typically treated with rest, anti-inflammatories, physiotherapy, corticosteroid injections and if all else fails, surgery.

calcific tendonitis shockwave The Body Refinery New Farm

More recently, shockwave therapy has emerged as an alternative treatment option. Shockwave delivers acoustic waves to the affected area with the intent of breaking up the calcification. Studies have shown shockwave can help to reduce pain, increase shoulder function and dissolve calcifications in people with calcific tendinitis of the shoulder. These improvements are also long-lasting with patients showing improvement in symptoms and resorption of calcifications at 6 months follow up.

The Body Refinery’s shockwave machine is made by EMS Swiss DolarClast, the world leader in Shockwave therapy and technology.

If you have been diagnosed with rotator cuff calcifications, please talk to your physiotherapist, myotherapist or massage therapist about Shockwave. The initial appointment is 45 minutes long and will include a full assessment and a minimum of 15 minutes of treatment. Following sessions can go from 15 to 60 minutes depending on the type of injury. Shockwave appointments are only performed once a week to allow the injured area to rest.

Book today to experience the benefits of Shockwave Therapy. Call 07 3358 3915 or follow the link below.