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Osteopathy

Sever’s Disease

Is your active child complaining of heel pain? Have they started walking more on their toes? They may be suffering from a common paediatric condition called Sever’s disease.

Sever’s is an overuse condition many 8-14 year old children suffer from, being most common at 8-10 years old for girls and 10-12 years old for boys. It occurs when the Achilles tendon pulls on the growth plate at the base of the heel and becomes inflamed. The calcaneus bone is not fully developed until around 14 years of age. Until then the pressure put on the growth plate, particularly with high levels of running and jumping can cause it to become inflamed and painful.

Sever's Disease

 

Luckily there are some easy things that can be done to help manage this condition. 

  • load management and rest, your osteopath or physiotherapist can help to guide you with what is appropriate. 
  • cold therapy 20 minutes on 10min off 20 minutes on, particularly after activity. 
  • foam rolling the calf muscles
  • spending less time barefoot or using heel cups and cushioning shoes.

If this sounds like your child could suffer from Sever’s Disease, our team is here to help! Book in with our Osteopath or one of our Physiotherapist’s for treatment now.

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Come and see what an osteopathic approach can do for you or your child. 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.

Pilates For Bone Health – Osteoporosis

bone health

While bones feel solid, the inside of the bone is actually filled with holes like honeycomb. Our bones are constantly being remodelled – old bone is removed and new bone is formed. As we age, we begin to lose more bone than we build. This can result in a condition called osteoporosis. The tiny holes within the bones get bigger, and the solid outer layer becomes thinner. In other words, our bones get less dense. This makes them more prone to fracture, even from a minor bump or fall. The most common fracture sites are the spine, wrist and hips. Fractures in the spine reduce the height of the vertebrae and can lead to a stooped or hunched posture called kyphosis, reduced mobility, pain, balance problems and increased risk of falls.

What are the symptoms?

Osteoporosis is often described as a ‘silent disease’ because there are no symptoms. Often people aren’t diagnosed or treated for osteoporosis until they sustain a fracture.

Who is at risk?

There are certain risk factors for developing osteoporosis. These include:

  • Female sex
  • Certain medical conditions and medications (e.g. thyroid problems, rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Family history of osteoporosis
  • Calcium and/or vitamin D deficiency
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol consumption

If you are over 50 and have any of these risk factors, speak to your doctor about having a bone density scan.

bone health

How is it treated?

Medication and lifestyle changes are the main forms of treatment for osteoporosis. Exercise is also very important. Current guidelines recommend a combination of weight-bearing exercise, resistance training and balance training. Exercise programs should be performed regularly (at least three times per week), challenging, progressive, varied and individualised to the person.

 

Pilates for osteoporosis.

People often overlook Pilates as an exercise option for the management of osteoporosis, probably because they are only thinking of traditional mat exercises. However, Pilates can also be performed on specialised equipment such as the Trapeze Table and Reformer. This type of equipment-based Pilates incorporates weight-bearing and impact activities which can improve bone mineral density. A recent study in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis found a significant increase in bone mineral density in the lumbar region following a clinical Pilates program.

Equipment Pilates can also help to build muscle strength by adding resistance in the form of springs. Other benefits of Pilates include correction of postural changes, reduced pain and improved mobility, balance and coordination.

If you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis or low bone density, make an initial physiotherapy appointment at the Body Refinery today. Our physiotherapists will perform an assessment and design a safe, effective and individualised clinical rehab program incorporating both Pilates informed exercises and traditional rehabilitation exercises to improve bone density, strength, posture, balance, coordination and reduce the risk of falls.

 

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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.