Osteopathic Treatment in Bondi Junction and the Sydney CBD



Hi and welcome to my blog site. It is here I hope to be able to share information and stories to help you optimise your health and wellbeing. This information of osteopathic and clinical relevance will be found as you scroll down.

If you click through my site you will find out a little about me and my osteopathic practices and also my clinic times and locations in Bondi Junction and the Sydney CBD. Some of my own observations and commentaries are found in my’ Personal Asides’ page.

As you scroll down below, you will find some information about osteopathy, its history and relevance today.

So enjoy my site and I hope you find information that is relevant and interesting for you.



Peter



Osteopathy

Osteopathy is an approach to healthcare that emphasizes the role of the musculoskeletal system in health and disease.



In most countries, osteopathy falls in the realm of the allied health professions. Osteopathic practice emphasises a holistic approach and the skilled use of a range of manual and physical treatment interventions in the prevention and treatment of disease. In practice, this most commonly relates to musculoskeletal problems such as back and neck pain. Osteopathic principles teach that treatment of the musculoskeletal system (bones, soft tissue structures such as muscles, ligaments and tendons, and joints) facilitates the recuperative powers of the body.



History

The practice of osteopathy began in the United States in 1874. The term "osteopathy" was coined by Andrew Taylor Still. Still, a practicing medic, who lived and worked in Missouri at the time of the American Civil War. It was here he developed the practice of osteopathy, following his disaffection with the limitations and contradictions of medicine as practiced at that time.



Still named his new school of medicine "osteopathy," reasoning that "the bone, osteon, was the starting point from which he was to ascertain the cause of pathological conditions.” Still founded the American School of Osteopathy (now A.T. Still University) in Kirksville, Missouri, for the teaching of osteopathy, in 1892.



Osteopathic Treatment

The goal of osteopathic manipulative medicine, or OMM, is the resolution of what osteopaths call somatic dysfunction (the impaired or altered function of the musculo-skeletal system) in an attempt to aid the body's own recuperative facilities. Osteopathic manual treatment of the musculoskeletal system employs a diverse array of techniques. These are normally employed together with dietary, postural, exercise and occupational advice, as well as counseling, in an attempt to help patients recover from illness and injury and in an attempt to minimise or manage pain and disease.



Osteopathic treatment employs manual approaches, alongside exercise and other rehabilitative techniques, for the treatment of many neuromusculoskeletal pain syndromes, such as:

· Back, neck and shoulder pain

· Nerve problems like sciatica

· Headache and migraine

· Muscle strains and spasms

· Hip, knee, jaw, elbow, wrist and ankle pain

· Joint injuries and arthritis

· Sports-related injuries like tendonitis (tennis elbow), bursitis and ligament sprains

· Work-related and repetitive strain injuries (RSI)

· Postural and mobility problems



Many osteopaths also manage (or co-manage) organic or Type-O conditions, such as asthma and pulmonary infection, menstrual pain and GIT disturbance.



Research

Efficacy

In a meta-analysis and systematic review of six randomized controlled trials of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) that involved blinded assessments of lower back pain in ambulatory settings, it was concluded that OMT significantly reduces lower back pain, and that the level of pain reduction is greater than expected from placebo effects alone and persists for at least three months.



Mechanism

Another study, which aimed to identify cellular mechanisms at work during osteopathic treatment, was published in the Journal of American Osteopathic Association in December 2007. Data from this study suggest that fibroblast proliferation and expression/secretion of pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory interleukins may contribute to the clinical efficacy of indirect osteopathic manipulative techniques.



Safety

Safety concerns have been raised in relation to manipulative techniques used in osteopathic practice. 'Neck cracking', i.e. cervical high-velocity low-amplitude thrusting, has received particular attention in the popular media due to a possible risk of arterial occlusion and consequently of stroke. Although the existing data cannot provide a conclusive estimate of the cervical artery dissection risk researchers have stated that a stroke risk of about 1.3 per 100 000 chiropractic visits for individuals aged under 45 years, with a 95% confidence interval of 0.5–16.7 per 100 000 is a theoretically unbiased estimate. Although these data primarily concern chiropractic visits, both osteopaths and chiropractors may practice cervical manipulations.



Some people think that that the moment they get into bed, they immediately fall into a deep sleep and remain that way until morning. However, the reality is that a person’s sleep pattern is broken into several distinctive stages. Understanding them can contribute to more beneficial sleep habits.

A busy schedule can cut in to the quality of sleep. Scientific studies have shown that an average adult needs between 7 1/2 and 9 hours of sleep a night. Getting less than this amount makes it very difficult for a person to progress into proper sleep stages. Sleep stages are divided into two types: REM sleep and non-REM sleep.

The Non-REM Stages of Sleep

 

The first stage of non-REM sleep is called the transition to sleep and it usually lasts about five minutes. As the name implies, a person enters into this stage when they are starting to drift off to sleep.  They are easily awakened, and the eyes are still moving fairly rapidly under the eyelids. However, muscle activity does begin to slow down in preparation for the deeper stages of sleep.

The second stage is called light sleep.  This is the first stage where a person truly experiences sleep. Here, the eyes stop moving underneath the eyelids and the heart rate slows down considerably.  The body temperature drops during this stage, too. Generally, it takes about 10 to 25 minutes for this stage to reach completion.

The third stage, called deep sleep, is when physical energy gets restored, the immune system is strengthened and growth is stimulated. Since this is the deepest stage of sleep, the brain waves slow down. So, people who are in deep sleep are usually extremely hard to wake up. When they are awakened, a groggy or disoriented feeling is very common.

REM Sleep

 

REM sleep is also known as dream sleep.  As you might expect, it is during this state that dreams occur. It usually happens from 70 to 90 minutes after a person falls asleep. Paralysed leg and arm muscles, shallow breathing and increased heart rate and blood pressure characterize dream sleep. Whereas deep sleep restores the body, REM sleep does the same for the mind.  REM sleep enables the brain to process new things that it learned during the day, while forming connections among neurons to boost the memory.

When the various stages of non-REM sleep and REM sleep are combined, they represent one sleep cycle. Normally, a full sleep cycle lasts for about an hour and a half, and a person will experience between four and six sleep cycles per night.

Getting enough quality sleep is essential to maintain wellness. Things like being woken up in the middle of the night, eating or drinking too close to bedtime and working at odd hours are all things that can disrupt a sleep cycle. To help yourself achieve restful sleep, make your bedtime a priority. When it’s time for bed, that’s your cue to turn off the television, unplug the mobile phone and put the stresses of life behind you until morning. When you make a commitment to sleep, you’ll soon find that you wake up feeling more refreshed and ready to face the day.

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The human body has incredible healing powers.  One of the best ways to make sure your body can maximise its power of self-healing is to ensure it gets enough sleep. If you’re like the vast majority of people, you often sacrifice sleep for your to-do list. You’ll get through your to do list easier if you’ve had enough sleep.

Less sleep equals less ability to deal with physical and mental stress.  Sleep doesn’t just help your body rest; it helps your brain take on some important maintenance tasks as well.

If you’re feeling generally run down, it might be prudent to look at your sleeping habits.

  • Do you regularly get less than 7 hours of sleep at night?
  • Do you try to play “catch-up” on the weekends to make up for lost sleep?
  • Do you struggle to get up in the morning and hit the “snooze” button far too often?

You might not be getting enough sleep and might not be getting enough sleep cycles each night. Sleep isn’t just one long continuous period of rest. Sleep stages include:  transition into sleep, sleeping lightly, deeper sleep, and REM sleep stages.  Your body doesn’t just need to have a single instance of each stage per night. In fact, you’ll go through several sleep cycles each night — which is necessary for restful and restorative sleep. Too few hours equals too few sleep cycles.

Make Sleep a Priority

Making sleep a priority is important. A lot of people don’t do this and suffer from lack of restorative sleep. Some don’t allow themselves enough sleep and others have trouble getting enough sleep.

Having trouble sleeping?

Lack of sleep can happen for a number of reasons and it can create a bit of a vicious cycle where you begin to suffer from health problems that make sleep even more difficult.

Here are some tips to help you:

  1. Establish a bedtime routine. Your body will become accustomed to it and you’ll start to find sleeping and waking up at scheduled times easier.  Follow your bedtime routine on weekends, too, especially when first starting this new regimen.
  2. Eliminate bad nighttime habits, such as eating junk food and drinking caffeine.
  3. Make a to-do list at night for the next day. Do this well in advance of bedtime routines so that you won’t start to think about things once your head hits the pillow.
  4. Make sure you’re sleeping ergonomically. If you’ve got a lumpy mattress, a drafty bedroom, a lot of noise to content with, or other disturbances, perhaps it’s time to do a Feng Shui, of sorts, to make your sleeping area an oasis that helps lull you to sleep.
  5. Aches and pains keeping you up or waking you up in the middle of the night, robbing you of precious sleep cycles?  Make an appointment for a physical. If you haven’t had a physical checkup lately, there could be  physical reasons why you’re having trouble sleeping. Consider making an appointment with the osteopath. Contact Peter Green  Osteopath if you’re looking for a Bondi Junction or Sydney Osteopath. Get help with back pain, neck pain, repetitive strain injuries, sciatica, and other problems that could make a positive difference.

“Sweet Dreams” is a kind greeting to give to others. And when you learn how important your sleep cycles are, you’ll know that sweet dreams aren’t just nice; they’re vital for overall health and wellness.

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Too much fructose is bad for you

by Peter on May 17, 2011

Overload of the liver from excessive fructose intake. Fructose acts like alchol in our body’s metablic pathways. Too much fructose can be a hindrance… see this lecture from a world renowned Paediatrician from UCLA

Check out this clip here for a serious lecture on this matter.

Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, explores the damage caused by sugary foods. He argues that fructose (too much) and fiber (not enough) appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin.

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7 Tips for Healthy Eating

by Peter on May 2, 2011

The pace of our lives often leads to poor eating habits and poor diet.

Here are a few tips for you to consider when eating… remember we do become what we eat.

So no 1) look at your lifestyle and what you enjoy … try and find ways to eat healthily in ways that suit your likes and lifestyle. Making  a few small changes in the way you do things can add up to a big total at the end of the year.. small changes don’t feel like a sacrifice and yet “eating 200 calories less a day can mean 20 pounds of weightloss in a year”

2) Dont just focus on the meat and add a few boring veges on the side; Find interesting flavours to add to your vegetables. You will need to add more vegetables to your diet. It has been found that people eat the same weight of food but not the same calories, so fill up with more veges and go online to ind interesting ways to cook them.

3) Eat less meat. Eat more grains, nuts & seeds together with non-starchy vegetables & fruit – not only is this good for your health but also for the planet. For a little bit of that check the group that Paul McCartney got started at www.meatfreemonday.com

4) Separate your fats. Not all fats affect the body equally. polyunsaturated & monosaturated fats are the ‘good’ fats. They dont raise cholesterol & even help in reducing cardiovascular disease. These are found in nuts, vegetable oils & fish oils.

Saturated fats are the ‘bad’ fats found more in dairy and beef products, palm & coconut oils.

5) Decrease your portion size. The best advice here is to finish eating before you feel full. You will have eaten enough and will not feel that bloated over-eaten feeling 20 minutes after a meal.

6) Eat, don’t drink your calories. Fluid does not fill you up in the same way that food does. The best drink you can have is water.

7) Limit packaged food. Eat more fresh food and avoid the heavily processed packaged food.

To read a little more on each of these eating tips, check out the full article  here and bon apetit

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Living Longer Better

by Peter on February 15, 2011

More and more of us are getting older…… much older. The fastest growing population group in Australia now is those over 85 and by the year 2020, this group is expected to triple.

This post is a little tangential from  Osteopathy and osteopathic practice per se,  but is certainly an important one in regard to our own health and wellness.

With the huge amounts of money being invested into stem cell  and telomere research ( for those of you who don’t know about this …. telomere’s are segments of DNA found at the ends of chromosomes. Every time a cell divides, its telomeres get shorter, and once a cell runs out of telomeres, it can’t reproduce anymore and dies. But there’s an enzyme called telomerase that reverses this process; it’s one of the reasons cancer cells live so long. So why not treat regular non-cancerous cells with telomerase? In November, researchers at Harvard Medical School announced in Nature that they had done just that. They administered telomerase to a group of mice suffering from age-related degeneration. The damage went away. The mice didn’t just get better; they got younger ) …. it appears that in the not too distant future we will all be living longer, and equally as importantly, vitally.

In the meantime, we are already living longer but those of you with aging parents or grandparents know that there are huge problems with aging and morbidity.

Many people who I talk to opine that they don’t necessarily want to live forever but they want to live healthily and vitally for as long as possible and then go quickly and with dignity when their time comes ….

So it appears that we are going to live longer, and until these great scientific advances become reality for us in the evryday,  we need to ask ourselves what we are doing to ensure that our lives remain vital for as long as possible?

I am gonna recommend a new Facebook group to you which produces regular updates on the latest information and tips for vitality and health as you age.  So go to your Facebook page and search and ‘like’ the page “Live Until At Least 120″.

Understand the latest information which will help slow down your aging process and help increase your vitality as you do age.

If you’re not on Facebook …. maybe its time you considered it …. taking on new mental challenges and new ideas is one of the actions you can take to help you live longer better.

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Winding up into the New Year

by Peter on January 24, 2011

After the summer break, we are all heading back into the fray having re-vitalised ourselves and recharged our batteries. But how do we help ourselves to stay on top of when we are back into our routines. Here is a tip from your osteopath to help you improve your health and focus during the year.

One of the answers to help give ourselves a mental break is to meditate … a chance to rest the mind for a bit and restore your mental vitality.

Meditation is basically about focusing your attention to reduce, and even get rid of, the stream of racing and crowded and jumbled  thoughts that often take over our mind and are believed to be one of the of causes of stress.

An interesting study quoted in ‘The Guardian’ by Harvard Professor Daniel Gilbert concluded that 47% of the time our minds wander from what we are doing. The interesting fact here is that people were not at their happiest when their minds wandered and drifted into fantasy but rather when they were focused on the present.

Needless to say, meditation will help this process. Meditation will help, not only to improve your mental and emotional health, but some research suggests it will also help your physical health and help increase your longevity.

Click here to quickly read about 5 basic meditation types from The Mayo Clinic’s website. The major elements of meditation are;

1. Focusing your attention

2. Relaxed breathing

3. A quiet location

4. A comfortable position

So straightforward …  a little  something for you to think about as you embark on your new year

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Tis That Time Of The Year Again

by Peter on December 22, 2010

I have just finished organising the Christmas menu….. really , so much Champagne…..

Sitting here reflecting, I would like to take this moment and wish all of you a wonderful time over the festive season and all the best for 2011.

I look forward to being of service to you in the coming year.

Peter

Hoping you have a wonderful Christmas

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Nic’s story ‘From Anxious to Happy’

by Peter on November 24, 2010

So, there have been many comments on my lil interview with Nic and on his video as people have come through the clinics…… yes he certainly does live his talk.

For those of you who are interested in his book or more information on how you can be anxious but happy and learn about the steps to improve your wellness, click here to go to Nic’s  website From Anxious to Happy.

Remember that you can do so much yourself to reduce your anxiety and increase your happiness.

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From Anxious to Happy

by Peter on November 10, 2010

Following my blog the other day on happiness, many people have spoken to me to add their comments as they have come through my clinics.

Here is an interesting statistic which came out of one of the converstaions regarding happiness. The mainstream research has your happiness made up of 50% genetic, 10% life circumstance and 40% in your personal control. So there is definitely much we can do to effect our happines each day.

This last week I decided to follow up on this theme by interviewing my colleague and good friend Nic Lucas about this issue. Nic, as many of you know, is an osteopath, medical researcher and now digitial media strategist (ah Nic such a big term). What many of you dont know is that over ten years ago Nic suffered a major episode of anxiety which nearly destroyed him but, as we know, didn’t….. and in fact has made him stronger.

As a result of his journey through this dark period of his life, Nic wrote a book which chronicled hs story from the dual perspective of the person suffering the anxiety attacks and the medical researcher looking for the most legititmate path out. He wrote a book, which he has now turned into an ebook called “From Anxious to Happy”

So click here to find the interview with Nic and on that page you will also find a link to a video presentation whch talks about anxiety and how you can help yourself  or a loved one in this predicament or just see Nic sing a ballad……. aaah you see, there are more hidden talents in this man.

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How to be Happy

by Peter on October 18, 2010

At the Festival of Dangerous Ideas recently held at the Sydney Opera House, Ross Gittins, the economics editor from the Sydney Morning Herald spoke on a topic he called ‘affluenza’. This is also known as affluent anxiety and is a state we all see so much around us; In our quest to improve the quality of our lives we are getting more and more stressed.

An IQ2 debate in Sydney earlier in the year posed the topic ‘The Pursuit of Happiness is Making us Miserable’.

So why is this happiness so elusive and how do we find it without having to spend thousands of dollars?

A recent post from the Mayo clinic in the U.S recently put some simple advice together for helping us to find happiness. The essence of their article was that you can learn to be happy , and that happiness is modifiable and takes practice.

Here are five of their tips for taking the right actions to increase happiness in your life:

The first tip they suggest in practicing happiness is to surround yourself with happy people.

Next is to express gratitude in your life.

Step three is to cultivate optimism

Fourth, is to find a goal or a purpose, and finally

Learn to live in the moment

Click here to read the article; but before you do why not take a moment and try this quick stress test to see how stressed you really are.

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