Osteopathy for Musicians
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3w ago
For musicians, your instrument can be an extension of yourselves.  But losing yourself in the music can come at a cost.  Yes, within this pursuit of passion, lurks some silent adversaries: repetitive strain injury (RSI), back problems and hand injuries, just to name a few. While good technique and posture help A LOT, you still might find that aches and discomfort creeps in, disrupting the melody of your musical journey. Here’s where we come in – our Osteopaths can help you find harmony between your passion for playing music and a pain-free life.  In the meantime, let’s learn a ..read more
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Your First Osteopathy Appointment
Beach Integrated Health Clinic Blog » Posture
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6M ago
So, you’ve got your first appointment with an osteopath coming up and you’re filled with anticipation and curiosity.  Let’s walk you through what to expect before, during, and after your first visit here at BeacHealth. Before the Appointment: Before you head to your Osteopath’s clinic, take a moment to gather some essential information. Make sure you have your medical history handy, including any past injuries or conditions you’ve dealt with. Jot down any current symptoms or discomfort you’re experiencing, so you don’t forget to mention anything during your visit. During this time, you m ..read more
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Mobilizing Your Joints
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1y ago
It’s miserable when your joints ache. It’s worse when they’re stiff and everyday movement hurts. Often, gentle exercise has everything feeling right again. But sometimes it doesn’t. If that’s the case, it might be time to call the osteopath. You’ve got a lot of joints in your body: Hinge joints (your knees, for example), ball and socket joints (your hip, for example) and saddle joints (you’ve got one in your thumb). There are other types too.  Joints are points where bones meet, covered in cartilage at their ends to smooth the friction of movement.  Tendons and ligaments support the ..read more
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Back to work: Desk tips to remember!
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2y ago
The silly season is over, and we are all heading back to work! Whether you are going into the office, staying at home or doing a mixture of both — sitting in the same space for 8 hours a day can take a toll on your body. Prioritizing a suitable workspace is essential for your mental and physical well-being. Keep reading to learn some important desk tips! Adjust your desk chair Using an adjustable chair is super important to your desk setup. You should move the height of your chair so that your elbows are resting at approximately 90-degrees. Your hips should be slightly open (so further than ..read more
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Movement Breaks
Beach Integrated Health Clinic Blog » Posture
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3y ago
Movement Snacks…are you getting enough? As the pandemic approaches its first anniversary, many people have found themselves working from home for longer hours, at improvised workstations, tables, chairs, and even ironing boards (actually a good idea!). Often missing is the daily commute or walking somewhere for lunch or a coffee. As a result of this, tight and aching backs, necks, shoulders and hips are many of the common complaints we see at the clinic. While the mental and physical benefits of daily exercise are vast and very important so is regular movement throughout the day. A sedentary 8 ..read more
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Orthotics
Beach Integrated Health Clinic Blog » Posture
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3y ago
Do I need orthotics? What kind? Many people come to the clinic complaining of foot pain from conditions such as bunions, hammertoes, a pinched nerve (neuroma), or heel pain (plantar fasciitis). I perform a thorough evaluation and examination, and together we review the origin, mechanics, and treatment plan for the specific problem.The patient usually asks if they need and orthotic and, if so, which type would be best. I recommend a foot orthotic if muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, or bones are not in an optimal functional position and are causing pain, discomfit, and fatigue. Foot orthoti ..read more
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Dead Butt Syndrome
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3y ago
If you sit at a desk all day, you may experience vague discomfort and pain where you sit. Doctors may call this lower cross syndrome, gluteal amnesia or gluteus medius tendinosis, but another term is more memorable: “dead butt” syndrome. In this syndrome, muscle tightness and weakness combine to create an imbalance. Constant sitting weakens the gluteus medius, one of the three primary muscles in the buttock. It also tightens the hip flexors.   The job of the gluteus medius is to stabilize your hips and pelvis. When it’s weak and can’t function properly, you may experience varying levels ..read more
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Dorsal Scapular Nerve Entrapment
Beach Integrated Health Clinic Blog » Posture
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3y ago
Has one of your shoulders been feeling a bit off lately? Is the neck and mid-back region around the shoulder blade feeling stiff and heavy? If this sounds like you, then you may have a problem with a nerve known as the Dorsal Scapular Nerve (DSN). This is a previously under-diagnosed cause of neck, mid-back and shoulder pain and dysfunction. With advances in technology and the development of knowledge and skills of treating practitioners, it has become apparent that this problem is much more common than originally thought. Relevant anatomy The neck is made up of a stack of seven bones known as ..read more
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Pandemic Posture
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3y ago
It has been, and continues to be, uncertain times for many of us as the virus pandemic continues to sweep across the globe. Lockdown has meant many of us have had to batten down the hatches and re-discover what it means to be ‘at home’. We ask you the question “how is your body being affected?” Let us take you on a scan of the body, focus on some potentially problematic areas, and give you some advice to avoid any long-term issues. Head and neck First stop is the very top! For all of you that normally head out to the office every day, the pandemic might mean you’ve had to start working from ho ..read more
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Winging of the shoulder blades
Beach Integrated Health Clinic Blog » Posture
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3y ago
Do you have, or have you ever seen someone whose shoulder blades stick out on their back and look a little bit like wings? This condition is aptly named ‘winging’ of the shoulder blades. SCAPULA bone anatomy x-ray scan Anatomy Osteopaths love a bit of anatomy! The shoulder blade or ‘scapula’ is a largely flat bone that sits on the back of the rib cage and is an important ingredient in what makes up the various joints of the shoulder. As well as the larger flat part, a few extra lumps and bumps makes for a very odd shaped bone when looked at in isolation. One of the bony protrusions actual ..read more
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