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Osteopathy for Teenagers

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The adolescent years are a great time of change on many levels including physical, hormonal, social and emotional. Osteopathy can assist with common injuries and muscle strains associated with your teenager’s favourite sport or dance activities and can also address postural problems related to increased study load or heavy back packs to set your teen up for fewer musculoskeletal problems later in life.


Our teenager may be introduced to braces which are great for assisting proper dental alignment but the increased pressure and strain can sometimes cause jaw pain, digestive upsets, backaches, neck strain and headaches. Osteopathy can help by addressing the ligaments, fascia, muscles and bones of the neck, jaw and shoulders to help alleviate the pain associated with the changes the body makes to accommodate new braces or if braces are tightened/adjusted.


Stress in another factor that is prevalent in our teenager’s lives – balancing part time work and sports with increased study load, learning to drive, depression due to hormonal changes and social pressures all take their toll. Osteopathy can help by reducing the effects of increased sympathetic tone (the flight and fight response of your nervous system) and address musculoskeletal restrictions to ensure an adolescent’s body is functioning optimally to promote relaxation and the body’s natural coping mechanisms.


You may have noticed that your teenager seems to have shot up almost instantly – overnight. You are not imagining things – rapid growth is common and can lead to “growing pains” as your teen’s ligaments and muscles undergo increased strain in an effort to keep up with growing bones. Osteopathy can help by stretching and releasing tight ligaments and muscles to reduce the pain associated with sudden growth spurts.


Moeckel, E & Mitha, N. (2008) Textbook of Paediatric Osteopathy Churchill Livingstone (98-9)

Pellisé, F., Balagué, F., Rajmil, L., Cedraschi, C., Aguirre, M., Fontecha, C. G., ... & Ferrer, M. (2009). Prevalence of low back pain and its effect on health-related quality of life in adolescents. Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine, 163(1), 65-71.

Top Breastfeeding Tips

Sunday, December 16, 2012


Breastfeeding can be a stressful time for new mums, but there are steps you can take to make it easier for yourself and your baby:


  • Massage your breasts when you can. This reduces the sodium content of the milk, making it taste nicer for bub. It also reduces the chances of mastitis
  • Babies feed best when they have just woken up and are calm, so try if you can to feed them before they start crying to be fed. Look for little cues, like tongue thrusting and lip smacking.
  • Very young babies will push their head back if pressure is put on the back of their head . So, bring their body in close to yours when you try to feed, but instead of pushing against the back of their heads to guide them on to the boob, try putting your hand under their cheek and supporting their head that way. This will give them the freedom to move their head and neck in to the most comfortable and efficient position to feed .

If you have any questions about any of these tips, please call Sharon on 9907 8919

Combat Stress and Sleep better with these Simple Exercises

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Did you know that the way you breathe changes when you are feeling stressed?


You may unknowingly hold your breath for a few seconds, you may start breathing more quickly or not as deeply or tense your shoulders. This can alter your oxygen/ carbon dioxide balance and, in severe cases, make you to feel light headed or anxious.


It also means you use your diaphragm (the main breathing muscle ) less and instead use your neck muscles to lift you upper ribs to breathe.


This is why so many people say ' I hold all my stress in my neck and shoulders.' The good news is, you CAN change this!! Try these simple exercises to reduce the impact stress has on your body.


The first is to use during the day, the second will wind you down and send you off to sleep...


1) If you are feeling stressed, become aware of HOW you are breathing. Then, slowly breathe out of your mouth, making your OUT breath as long as possible. (it should be at least twice as long as your IN breath), then take a slow, deep breath in through your nose. Do this for 3 breaths in a row, then go back to breathing normally. Repeat every few minutes.


2) This exercise is great for helping you get to sleep. Start by making your OUT breath last 4 seconds. Do this for 6 breaths in a row. Then, extend your out breath to 6 seconds, again for 6 breaths. Next, make your out breath last 8 seconds for 6 breaths in a row.  Now reverse the process, breathing out for 6 seconds 6 times, then for 4 seconds 6 times, then breathe normally. The most important part of this exercise is the OUT breath, so focus on that. If you find starting with a 4 second out breath is too difficult, start with 2 seconds, then 4, then 6, then back to 4, then back to 2. If you do this regularly, you may find you need to start at 6 or 8 seconds and extend from there.


If at any stage you feel breathless or dizzy, STOP the exercise and breath normally .


Any questions ? Call Sharon direct on 9907 8919.


Sweet dreams !

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