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Heavy Purse Syndrome - Is Your Handbag Causing You Neck & Shoulder Pain?

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Handbags are not just a fashion statement, they carry very important essentials. However, the rising popularity of large totes and the temptation to fill the bag with everything but the kitchen sink "just in case" can be doing more harm than good to our physical health.
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What is Dry Needling & Does It Work?

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Dry needling is a much-misunderstood form of treatment. So, what is dry needling, and does it work? We thought we'd try to answer those questions.
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Osteopathy vs Physiotherapy: What's the Difference?

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This is one of the most common questions we get asked in practice, and the answer can be quite detailed and extensive. The main difference between osteopathy and physiotherapy is the sectors in which you will find each professional working. 
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Osteopathy For Headaches - How Does It Work?

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Let’s talk about osteopathy and headaches. Most adults will experience a headache at some point in their lives, some stay for a short period of time, whilst others decide to linger and re-occur regularly.
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Osteopath Vs Chiropractor - What's the Difference?

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Osteopath Vs Chiropractor - what is the difference?
It is one of the most common questions we get asked in practice. To answer this question, I want to highlight first the similarities before discussing the differences.

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What Happens at Your First Osteopath Appointment

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Never been to an Osteopath before but have been recommended? This blog is all about what happens at your first Osteopath appointment. Osteopaths undergo 5 years of university training and are trained to understand how the parts of your body should work and the impact on the body when an injury occurs and function is altered.

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We Have Moved

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In case you haven't heard Without Limits Health has moved to 121-123 Ferrars St Southbank!
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What is Osteopathy?

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It is a question I have been asked since I decided to study and become an Osteopath many years ago. Most people have heard of the discipline, but many would struggle to explain what Osteopathy is and exactly what an Osteopath does.
 

In a nutshell, Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy that has a hands-on holistic approach to your neuro-musculoskeletal system.
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Exercise & Pregnancy

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Traditionally pregnant women have been discouraged from exercise, today however, the benefits of exercise throughout pregnancy are well established. In the absence of medical reasons, adopting a physically active lifestyle is both safe and healthy, with no identifiable increase in complications to the mother or baby. Yet, typically we find that there is almost always a decline in physical activity during pregnancy and a high proportion of pregnant women follow neither physical activity nor exercise guidelines.
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How to Buy a Pillow

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Buying a new pillow can be a daunting task with so many options on the market and horror stories of needing to spend hundreds and hundreds before finding the right pillow for you. But fear not, the best pillow you can buy is made easier with a few basic criteria. 

 

    1. Do you sleep side, stomach or back? 
    2. How broad are your shoulders?
    3. Do you have any current neck conditions?
    4. Am I prone to overheating in bed?

 

This can be answered simply as: I sleep on my side and back, I’m moderately broad and I have a small disc injury in my neck. So right away I know more about the shape and profile and because I have an injury, that I need a quality product that’s going to fit me properly. 

 

So what is the best pillow you can buy? Let’s start with material…

 

Material

There are four basic materials: polyester and down fill, memory foam, latex, and gel fusions. 

Firstly, we are never ever going to sleep primarily on a down or polyester fill pillow. EVER. They offer no support and should be reserved for your display pillows exclusively. 

 

Latex 

Can be both natural and synthetic (altho you will never be able to buy pure latex, it is too crumbly and must be blended with synthetic. Legally, you only need 95% natural latex in a product to be labeled ‘100% natural latex’). It is naturally hypoallergenic and provides a firm feel with a moderate degree of pushback. 

 

Memory Foam 

This is a synthetic material that provides an ultra-soft to firm feel. Memory foam does NOT remember your body, it remembers its original shape. It squishes and compresses (unlike latex which provides a rebound of sorts) and it “remembers” its original shape when not in use (unlike down pillows). 

 

Gel Fusions 

Latex and memory foam don’t generate heat per se, but they can retain your body warmth better. As such, gel fusion pillows can be used. A gel is inserted into the sleep surface of the pillow, retaining less warmth. However, they do firm up the feel of the pillow and make the pillow very heavy. 

 

Side note on Bamboo. Bamboo is NOT blended into the pillow and is generally only ever in the covering of the pillow. It’s largely a clickbait term.

 

 

Shape & Profile

Three profiles; low, medium, and high. These are going to be based on your shoulder width.

Shapes are divided into traditional or contoured. Contoured pillows are very particular, but once you are used to that shape, it can be difficult to find anything better. Particularly good for those with wide shoulders and long necks. It fills the nook of the neck and cradles the head. Generally, I recommend that unless you’ve tried one or are willing to adjust to one, stick to a more traditional shape. But like I said, some people can’t sleep without them and if you’ve been struggling to find a fit, this could be for you!

For the tummy sleepers amongst us that use a pillow, you will ALWAYS be recommended to get the thinnest profile possible with a traditional shape - to avoid hyperextending your neck. 

 

Price

Generally speaking, for a good pillow, you want to spend anywhere between $110 to $200 dollars recommended retail price. 

The $300 pillow may not be the better pillow for you, as price does not dictate suitability of shape, material, or profile. 

 

So how to choose?

Go to a store and find a mattress that is the closest version of your current mattress - take a photo of the label and show the assistant so they can direct you to the closest match. This is really important as the pillow will compress differently on different surfaces. 

    1. Once you have figured out what profile height you need based on your shoulder width, then narrow down the shape to either traditional or contour. Remember, if you’re a stomach sleeper that uses a pillow, low profile traditional shape is your recommended option.
    2. Grab a latex version, a gel, and a memory foam version of that particular shape and contour and try it on the specific mattress in your sleep position. Now don’t worry, as someone that has worked in that space, I’ve seen it all. So if you need to do the running man sleeping sideways at the bottom of the mattress, you do you! It’s your pillow after all. It’s more important to try the material and see what is immediately comfortable for you.
  1. Narrow that selection down to 2 pillows and spend some time. 
    1.  I would recommend laying on each pillow for a good 10 minutes. The materials will change slightly as your body warms the pillow up.
    2. As long as the pillow is addressing profile, shape and price then it’s just a personal preference of feel from here on out!

If you are buying online, like many of us are, ensure you can return or exchange the pillow. Many companies offer a 90 or 120 night no questions asked, return guarantee. This way, you can try the pillow without any worry of having selected the wrong material or shape.

Pillows can be difficult. The neck is deeply linked to our brain’s balance system. The neck is densely supplied with specialised cells that relay a monumentous amount of positional postural information to our brain. So it’s no wonder that what we choose to lay our head and neck on, makes a big difference to our sleep quality and recovery. But hopefully, with this guide, you can more easily select the best pillow for you.

Finally, it can take up to 5 weeks to adjust to your new pillow in my experience. So the longer the home trial period, the better.

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International Breast Feeding   Week

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International Breastfeeding Week 1st-7th August. 

  

Just like the birthing process, each breastfeeding journey is unique!  This post is for all the mums and mums to be. 

      

Breastfeeding is hard!  It can be such a rewarding and positive experience for lots of women and it can also be difficult, challenging, emotional and even traumatic.   For me it was all of the above!  💕😫🤦‍♀️🤱  

     

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Moo to Poo!

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Are you sitting properly 🚽 ? Have you heard of MOO to POO?⁣

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 I was definitely one of those people who laughed at the diagrams on the back of the toilet door, telling people not to stand or squat on the toilets. ⁣

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 But maybe these practises (typically found in Asia, Africa and Southern Europe) have a place.⁣

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 Experiments by Israeli doctor Dov Sikirov asked 28 subjects to do their ‘daily business’ in three different positions. He then recorded the time taken in each position and asked the participants to assess their degree of strain. Giulia Enders highlighted this research in her book “Gut” and the results were very interesting:

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 -In a SQUATTING position, subjects took an average of 50 seconds, and reported a full and satisfying bowel emptying⁣

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 -In a SEATED position, the average time taken was 130 seconds, with the resultant feeling being not as satisfactory⁣

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 WHY? ⁣

 The mechanism of our gut is not designed to open completely when we are seated. In this position, the muscle that circles our gut like a lasso creates a kink in the tube.⁣ Think garden hose ‘kink’ here. As our faeces pass down our rectum it hits a corner, just like a bend in the garden hose. Once we position ourselves better the muscle creating a lasso relaxes, the kink straightens and the ‘road ahead is straight’.

 WHAT TO DO?⁣

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 1- Bend forward at your hips⁣

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 2- Place your feet on a low footrest (or even go up on your tiptoes)⁣

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 3- “MOOOO” ⁣

 This technique helps you avoid straining with constipation by relaxing the pelvic muscles and generating pressure within the abdomen, rather than pushing down through the pelvic floor⁣

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 —> Keep Breathing⁣

 —> Expand your belly like a balloon⁣

 —> And MOO! (repeat each time)⁣

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 Don’t be a cow share this technique with your friends

 

 

Interested in learning more? 

 

-Have a listen to Giulia’s TED talk on the charming science of your guy

https://www.ted.com/talks/giulia_enders_the_surprisingly_charming_science_of_your_gut

-Or have a read of the book yourself

https://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/books/gut

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A Mums guide to the “Six-week check”

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The period after giving birth is called the postpartum or postnatal period. The reality is women receive check-ups, testing, attention, and care throughout the pregnancy, but once the baby is born this contact traditionally can recede until the six-week check.

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Telehealth New Services

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Hands-on treatment is a part of what we do, but it isn't all that we do. Yes, we are indeed having to adapt how we do things in response to COVID-19 but just because we can't see you face to face does not mean we can't help those in pain. 

 

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Sprained Ankle Rehab

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Sprained ankles are one of the most common injuries for kids and adults alike! They are annoying because they are persistent. This stems from the fact that they are often quite easy for people to ignore and push to the side. This creates an unstable and weak ankle. This weak ankle is continually rolled sprained to the point that it is almost beyond repair. This is extremely popular in netball and football players.  


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MRI Of My Neck

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I injured my neck In the last two weeks of my holiday in Europe this year. Although it would be great to say it was done jumping off a boat into the waters off the Amalfi Coast- it wasn’t. It gradually came on, and I think some pretty dodgy pillows didn’t help either. Chances are I may of had some changes in my neck for a while, but it was this aggravation that caused my pain.

 
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Self-Care

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Self-care is so important for our health yet self-care always takes a dive to the bottom of priorities in so many people's lives just when it should be at the top of the list!

How often do you get so busy that you forget to look after yourself and later forced to take a step back? (most of the people that walk into our treatment rooms).

 

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Knee pain

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Knee pain, it’s the worst! Just when you thought your day was going well and out of nowhere,
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Is F45, a cult? Perhaps, but for good reason.

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Team training, life-changing is the commonly heard catchphrase upon attending your first F45 class. The music is loud, there is constant movement and lots of people. This high-intensity training has become one of the most popular exercise classes throughout Australia. A class is generally 45 minutes long (as you would assume) and consists of a combination of strength, interval and aerobic classes.
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Gratitude

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Practicing Gratitude daily can change how we are wired to think!

As apart of my Nourish me pledge from my last blog post, practising gratitude has become part of my nourish me journey. We live in a world bombarded with information on how we should think, we are constantly being reminded of societal pressures whether we are consciously aware of the messages that our subconscious mind are subjected to on a daily basis or not. I came across an amazing book written by Merideth Gatson called the art of gratitude whilst I was exploring nourishing myself and what that meant, I highly recommend this book as some light reading to inspire you to change the way you think. 

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