Thursday, 26 June 2014

Adelaide Osteopathy for Children

Kids experience a lot of bumps and bruises as they grow up—around the home, at school or on the sports field. Osteopathy can be very effective in treating these, but it can also help to identify early on potential problems that may become more acute as they grow up.

Osteopathy addresses posture problems

Osteopathic treatment can also provide children with relief from the stresses on their posture associated with carrying heavy school bags, sitting at their desks, or being in front of a computer for extended periods of time. 

A further bonus is that visiting an osteopath will also give children a greater understanding of the importance of healthy lifestyle choices, and how they can influence their future health and well-being.

Young bodies can suffer from musculoskeletal strains too

Although young people's bodies are naturally flexible and resilient, they nevertheless can come under a lot of strains and stresses. There are always going to be a few physical knocks along the way, whether they're from playing games or sport, or not sitting properly, or just walking awkwardly.

Young people are also not immune from more severe traumas, such as might occur in an accident or fall, and broken bones and fractures are not at all uncommon. While these can be painful and uncomfortable in and of themselves, such injuries also have the potential to cause longer-lasting problems. Osteopathy can help to ensure that such problems aren't able to develop.

The euphemistically entitled 'growing pains' can also be a sign that posture problems are developing, and while they might not be especially severe now, they could lead to issues later on in life. An assessment by an osteopath can help to identify these and so serve as a form of preventative medicine. 

Benefits of a regular osteopathic assessment

Regular examinations and, if necessary, programmes of osteopathic treatment can therefore be extremely beneficial in uncovering underlying problems early on and reducing their potential future impact. Often a trained outside eye provides a different perspective, and can help children to see that the pain and discomfort they feel, or their poor posture, isn't 'normal' and they can do something about it. It is often the case that the inherent healing ability of a young person's body manages to cover problems up, and as result it may be difficult without specialist advice to pick up on potential long-term damage.

We all know how important flexibility is to being able to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, and so anything that inhibits this in a child, or affects their strength and balance, is likely to impact upon them in later years. This is why early identification and treatment of any musculoskeletal issues is so important. 

Why children respond to osteopathy

Osteopathic treatment is conducted in a calm and gentle environment, and is completely non-invasive and drug free. It is entirely safe and there are no side effects, apart from children feeling as though they've had a very active session of play or a tiring sports match—which is usually followed by a sound night's sleep!

Contact us to find out more

If your child has injured themselves playing sport or in the schoolyard, or is experiencing discomfort as a result of their posture or the way they walk, you should consider an osteopathic consultation to discuss whether treatment might be beneficial.

Please feel free to email us to discuss the situation, or to make an appointment to visit us at our Adelaide CBD practice.

Amber Laris is an Adelaide osteopath who treats both adults and children
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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Osteopathic Training in Australia

In order to qualify to practise in Australia, osteopaths are required to undergo a rigorous and thorough training and qualification process.

Osteopaths are Primary Healthcare Professionals

As primary healthcare professionals, Australian osteopaths are able to diagnose and treat patients without their having been referred by their GP.

This also means that many Australian health insurance policies have 'extras' options that cover the cost of treatment by a registered osteopath.

Training and Education for Osteopaths

Australian osteopaths undertake training and education for a minimum of five years. This will usually include a Bachelor's  followed by a Master's degree. Many osteopaths will then complete a Doctorate in Osteopathy as well.

Training for osteopaths involves study in a wide variety of disciplines, such as:

  • medical diagnosis
  • anatomy and physiology
  • osteopathic techniques

Osteopaths in Australia also train so as to be able to undertake medical examinations of the nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems.

A further central component to all osteopathic training is supervised treatment of patients.

Osteopaths Have Wide-Ranging Experience

The scope of an osteopath's training means that they are able to treat both highly specific injuries and conditions, while at the same time addressing a patient's sense of balance and alignment, as this is often the most effective way of treating common complaints such as fatigue, stress and headaches.

Registration of Osteopaths in Australia

The Osteopathy Board of Australia, in association with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, is responsible for the registering and licensing of osteopaths. As part of their continuing registration, it is also mandatory for all osteopaths practising in Australia to undertake continuing professional development on an annual basis.

Learn More

If you would like to find out more about how osteopaths are trained in Australia, please visit our website, or click here to read our information brochure.

Osteopathy in Adelaide CBD
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Thursday, 5 June 2014

Therapeutic Pillows for a Better Night's Sleep

If you struggle getting a good night's sleep, therapeutic pillows could be the answer. They provide comfort and physical relief by giving support to the spine and head, enabling easier breathing, and this means that you are more comfortable as you sleep. If you're more comfortable, it's easier to fall asleep and easier to remain in a sleep cycle during the night. Additionally, if you're troubled by neck or shoulder pain, therapeutic pillows provide additional support, again enabling you to be more comfortable and to get a better night's sleep.

Varieties of Therapeutic Pillows

There are a variety of different therapeutic pillows available to meet a range of different needs.

Some are designed specifically to give your head and neck support, through having one side higher than the other. This improves your posture because it means your spine is more naturally aligned and so you have a greater comfort level while you sleep. This also promotes easier breathing, good both for sleep and for general health.

Other varieties of therapeutic pillow mould to fit your body shape. This means that your weight is evenly distributed and so you move around less during the night, meaning longer stretches of sleep without interruption. These pillows also have a cut-out section which gives support to your neck while providing relief for your head and shoulders. Such pillows ensure that your airways are free, assisting your breathing and circulation.

If you would like more information on therapeutic pillows, at +Amber Laris we can advise you as to the type that is most suitable for you, and help you to choose a pillow that will enhance the quality of your sleep. Alternatively, you can visit our website to get more information.

Adelaide osteopath Amber Laris can advise you on how to get a better night's sleep
Therapeutic pillows are a great way to ensure a good night's sleep

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