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Enjoy a healthy, stress free and injury-free holiday this year! At Williamstown Osteopathy & Pilates we encourage you and your family to focus on your health, both physically and mentally. Here are some ways to keep your Christmas stress levels and injuries down over the busy period:

 

  • Try to be moderate – it may be the season to be jolly, but too much food and alcohol can be harmful. Drink driving is a real danger not to mention it is illegal. If you can't (or don't want to) step off the social merry-go-round, at least try to eat and drink in moderation.
  • Get enough sleep – plan for as many early nights as you can be leading up to the big day/s.
  • Keep moving – by keeping up your regular exercise routine, it can give you the fitness and stamina to make it through the demands of the festive season.
  • Don’t forget to the listen to your body – Avoid sitting for long periods, walking to long in high heels or carrying anything that is too heavy.

 

*Please note Williamstown Osteopathy and Pilates is open 8am till 8pm up to the 21st of December. 
*We will be closed Friday 22nd through to Tuesday 26th December and on Monday 1st of January.

           
Comments | Posted in blog By cliff cliff

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RRP: $33.00

Are you having trouble falling asleep? Are you feeling restless, achy or crampy?

Then definitely try this new product we have in our clinic. It's called Magnesium oil spray by SALT LAB. It’s super effective and we are really excited to stock it at Williamstown Osteopathy & Pilates.  The big difference with this magnesium product over the rest, is it absorbs directly and efficiently through the skin after spraying it on your body.

SALT LAB was developed by a Melbourne based personal trainer, nutritionist & health coach, Clementine.

Clementine has been in the health & fitness world over  9 years. She opened her own training studio in early 2015. After being open for a short time Clementine was suffering from health issues due to being extremely run down. Hormones were totally out of whack, adrenal glands exhausted, cortisol levels through the roof! 

After many consults with a natural practitioner, a supplement plan was put together which saw magnesium as the key mineral to aide in her recovery. With magnesium oil being the most accessible form of magnesium out their Clementine was on the hunt for a high quality magnesium oil. All the magnesium available was very ‘clinical’ and hard to get her hands on, she couldn’t find any ‘functional’ bottles available in the places she frequented. Fast forward a few months and SALT LAB was born.

For sleep:

  • Spray on your tummy 2- 3 times before bed, rub it in, allow to dry & drift off to sleep.

For recovery:

  • Sample it directly to the muscles trained, you can do this either directly after your session or before bed.

For cramps:

  • Apply it directly to cramping muscles.

Magnesium Benefits:

  • Aids sleep. Magnesium is the great sleep-promoter
  • When Magnesium Oil is rubbed on the skin, it bypasses the intestines and is absorbed into the tissues of the body
  • Magnesium has a calming effect on your body’s nervous system and relaxes the muscles, which in turn will help you with a more restful night’s sleep.
  • Magnesium regulates cortisol. It calms your nervous system and prevents excessive cortisol.
  • Magnesium lowers blood sugar. Better insulin control means fewer sugar cravings.
  • Magnesium supports thyroid. It is essential for the production of thyroid hormone.
  • Fuels cellular energy. It’s so connected to energy production, that they say: “Without magnesium, there is no cellular energy”.
  • Magnesium makes hormones. It aids with the manufacture of steroid hormones including progesterone, estrogen and testosterone.
  • Magnesium oil can be applied straight to the skin, rather than relying on the (often malfunctioning) digestive tract for optimal absorption of oral capsules.
  • Experts estimate that magnesium absorption in the digestive system ranges from 20-55%, depending on the source, meaning that half or more of the magnesium leaves the body as waste (putting a lot of additional stress on our kidneys)
  • Transdermal application (directly onto the skin) will allow the body to absorb what is needed at a much faster rate, with no additional stress on any organs to remove what is not needed. The magnesium moves directly into the bloodstream and tissues, replenishing the body’s needed magnesium stores quickly and efficiently.
  • Magnesium is used in the body to regulate heart beat, keep muscles and nerves functioning optimally, promote bone health and boost the immune system
  • Magnesium will assist athletic performance by reducing accumulation of lactic acid and reducing the perception of fatigue during strenuous exercise.
  • Magnesium allows for the metabolism of cortisol after tough workouts by reducing nervous system activation.
  • Getting enough magnesium can accelerate recovery processes and aid sleep.
  • Magnesium fights inflammation, raises antioxidant levels, and helps replenish energy stores in the muscle. It also calms the central nervous system, lowering heart rate and enabling restful sleep.

For more information and questions, please visit us at reception, call us on (03) 9397 8877 or email us directly info@williamstownosteo.com.au.

           
Comments | Posted in blog By cliff cliff

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Are your headaches due to neck problems?

Headaches that are due to dysfunction in the neck region are termed “Cervicogenic Headaches”. You can also suffer tension headaches due to general tension from stress and strain in the neck and shoulder region but the symptoms may be slightly different.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF CERVICOGENIC HEADACHE?

  • Usually the headaches are on one side – the side of the neck with the problem, but can also be felt at the back of the skull in the occipital region, over the temples or above the eye/s
  • Pain can be anything from mild to severe aching with possible associated neck pain
  • Can have a gradual or sudden onset
  • Can be recurrent or persistent over long periods – especially if neck dysfunction is not resolved
  • Usually has associated neck muscular tension and limited neck movements
  • Can be aggravated by neck movement/strain, muscle tension, driving, typing etc

What is actually happening to cause the pain?

  • Often there can be irritated joints in the neck causing inflammation and irritation to surrounding musculature and nerves.
  • Irritated joints or mild joint ‘sprains’ can be very common and easily treated and managed with a variety of different methods
  • Most often the irritation to the joints is temporarily and completely reversible.

What to do?

Our Williamstown Osteopath's will give you thorough examination to diagnosis your headache

  • Your Osteopath will take your history and carefully examine you to make sure that the diagnosis is correct and that the headache is indeed being caused by structures in the neck and not a result of something else.
  • If your are suffering cervicogenic headache your Osteopath will probably, if it is safe to do so, apply gentle techniques to associated structures in and around the neck that may be contributing to the headache or have become tight and spasmed in response to the headache.
  • Your Osteopath will give you instructions on how to manage your headache.
  • Your Osteopath may identify the cause of the headache and prescribe you specific exercises and or stretches to avoid reoccurrence of the problem.
  • Your Osteopath can help educate you on good posture and ergonomics with exercise and in your daily life especially when working on the computer.
  • If it is present, your osteopath may suggest methods to control inflammation around joints or muscles, such as ice.

 

Please call our friendly team on (03) 9397 8877 to make your appointment. 

           
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