How it works? Well, it couldn't be easier!!
1 - Download our free Stamp Me App on your phone from the App store or Google Play Free!
2 - Register. In a rush? Click on "quick start", but don't forget to register later! To register you need to supply your email and phone number.
3 - Join. To join our Loyalty Card:
A - please press quick scan (enable camera access) and scan our join code shown below - see below OR
B - search for Allied Osteopathy from the business listing and select our offer.
To press quick scan - please place the phone facing our join code below (here on our website or next time you are in the clinic):
Every time you have a massage, just bring your phone and get your stamp at reception! Our friendly staff will assist you.
Please note that when you join our loyalty card for massage sessions, you will be immediately rewarded with a complementary Osteopathy assessment 20 min session.
Stamps are not available with any other massage offer or special deal.
ABOUT OSTEOPATHY & ALLIED OSTEOPATHY
Published May 8, 2017
"Around 50,000 Australians visit an osteopath every week. Osteopathy is a hands on approach to healthcare recognising the important link between the structures of your body & the way it works. Osteopaths focus on how your skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves and circulation work together to improve your health & well-being." - From Osteopathy Australia
Would you like to have a check-up, a follow up on what is going on with your body or a second opinion? Our Osteopaths, Brad McCarthy and Nina Lawson can assess health issues and explain to you what is happening, guiding you in the right direction for further investigation or option of treatments. Understanding, planning and following through can be the path to better health.
CALL US on 5580 9063 and our friendly reception with take care of your inquiry.
FREE APP - DOWNLOAD AND START COLLECTING YOUR MASSAGE STAMPS TODAY!
MASSAGE PACKAGES AND DEALS
Massage : 2 Pack
Includes: 2 x 1-hour remedial massages, Package price: $150 (equivalent of $75 per massage)
Massage : 6 Pack
Includes: 6 x 1-hour remedial massages, Package price: $390 (equivalent of $65 per massage)
FREE 1-Hour Massage
Loyalty Card - Stamp 5 massages and get a free 1-hour massage
- MASSAGE: Sport Massage/ Remedial/ Deep Tissue/ Lymphatic Drainage/ Pregnancy/ Relaxation.
AVAILABLE MONDAY TO SATURDAY.
AMY & ADI - FULLY QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED THERAPISTS.
DETAILS OF JULY SPECIAL: "Introducing our NEW Therapists" Package
Package: 2 X 1-hour Massage*
Start date: 03/07/17
Finish date: 23/07/17
P.S: Clients that have booked massages prior to the SPECIAL, with bookings during the first 3 weeks of July, may choose:
1 - Carry on with normal pricing and length of original bookings, but will have a discounted fee equivalent to their Hicaps amount (based on previous massage).
2 - Switch the original booking to the SPECIAL package and try both therapists.
Technology has finally called time on old paper loyalty cards!!
WELCOMING WINTER WITH A HEALTHY BODY
Published May 19, 2017
10 Natural Antibiotics. HERE IS A LIST of natural alternatives that can help combat antibiotic resistance and can be used for mild infections safely.
You probably eat a lot more oregano than you think, in fact, it’s used in many dishes, from pasta sauces to pad thai. It’s also long been used as a digestion aid and a weight loss tool.
The essential oil of Origanum heracleoticum L. fights many kinds of bacterial infections, particularly those of the digestive tract, like E.coli (2). For best results, eat it raw.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar works as an antiseptic and antibiotic by alkalizing your body, creating a deadly environment for acid-loving bacteria. It can also lower blood sugar, treat joint pain and works as a powerful decongestant. Just take a spoonful with hot water if you feel a cold coming on.
Honey is one of the most time-tested antibiotics, antimicrobials, anti-inflammatories, and antiseptics known to man. It can be used both externally and internally to treat and prevent infection. It works because an enzyme found in honey releases hydrogen peroxide. It also helps your liver and immune system get rid of toxic waste.
For best results, use organic, raw honey. Out of every variety, Manuka honey has the most potent healing abilities.
Turmeric is a natural antibiotic and anti-inflammatory food. It’s well-known for its ability to fight Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria that causes ulcers and gastritis. The spice can also fight viruses, fungi, and parasites. It’s often consumed as a tea or mixed with honey to create a healing paste for wounds and skin infections. It also help boost brain power, ease arthritic pain, and treat fatty liver disease.
Garlic can be used to treat fungal, viral, parasitic and bacterial infections. Its powerful compound, allicin, is most effective when the bulb is crushed and exposed to air for 15 minutes before being consumed. However, there are a few important things to keep in mind when using it as an antibiotic.
6. Grapefruit Seed Extract
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published a study that found grapefruit seed extract (GSE) effective against more than 800 forms of viruses and bacteria, more than a hundred strains of fungus, and many parasites. Its high levels of antioxidants support the immune system, alkalizes the body and boosts healthy gut bacteria. Its efficacy through topical application is comparable to conventional antibacterial ointments.
Echinacea species are native to North America and were used as traditional herbal remedies by the Great Plains Native American tribes. Later, settlers followed the natives’ example and began using echinacea for medicinal purposes as well, even gaining government attention as a medical substance from 1916-1950.
Echinacea is most well known for its ability to prevent and shorten the duration of the cold and flu. It can also be taken as a preventive measure if you feel a cold coming on.
Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable, like broccoli and kale. Its sulfur compounds are known to fight harmful bacteria and yeast and the high levels vitamin C it contains boosts the immune system.
You can incorporate more cabbage into your diet by adding it to soups, drinking it as a juice or making coleslaw.
9. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Extra virgin coconut oil can be used in so many different ways that there really is no excuse not to have some on hand in your home.
Just add a spoonful to your coffee or take it straight with a bit of honey.
10. Fermented food
Unpasteurized cabbage, homemade pickles, kefir and probiotic yogurts supply your gut with healthy bacteria and feed pre-existing bacteria. Since your gut is the most important part of your immune system, these foods really prevent and fight infections by promoting gut health.
PHYSICAL WORK and BACK PAIN
Published September 29, 2016
Does your job involve daily physical work?
If you suffer back pain, or other discomfort YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Just focusing on the construction industry, Australia generates 30,000 new back injuries each year.
1 in 7
Australians (14%) reported back problems. That's 3 million people.
Over 2 in 5
People with back problems (44% or 495,000) reported some level of activity limitation - that is, they had difficulty in tasks and activities associated with mobility, communication or self-care.
Burden of back pain
According to the Global Burden of Disease estimates, low back pain is ranked first in Australasia (including Australia and New Zealand), compared to sixth in the world.
Most injuries for physical workers are typically sprains and strains which occur in the lower back or upper back/ neck due to activities involving lifting, lowering, carrying, pushing, or pulling.
The risk of injury increases with repeatedly carrying heavy loads and twisting the back, or when working bent over or in awkward position.
How can an Osteopath help?
An osteopath can identify and tackle the underlying musculo-skeletal problems that cause pain. Osteopaths work with their hands using a wide range of treatment techniques, such as soft tissue and neuromuscular massage, joint mobilising techniques and corrective manipulations, all of which are designed to improve the mobility and range of movement of a joint.
If you think we could possibly help you and you would like to book an appointment at our Robina Clinic or you’d like some further information, please call us on 07 55809063.
STATS' information: last updated in May 2015 by: http://www.aihw.gov.au/back-problems/
Published April 20, 2017
To all Marathon participants: Don't ignore pain. A little soreness is OK. But if you notice consistent pain in a muscle or joint that doesn't get better with rest, it might be a good idea to see your Osteopath.
The last thing you want in the lead up to the race is for interruption to your training regime. Conditions such as Plantar Fascists, Achilles Tendonitis, Runners knee, Shin splints, Muscle strain, Ankle sprain, back pain are common when training for such events.
Regular treatments through the training period can ensure that your body makes it to race day in great shape! By taking few precautions and planning, you can prevent many common sports and running injuries.
Our new packages and Loyalty card are now available!!
MASSAGE : 2 PACK
Includes: 2 x 1-hour remedial massages
Package price: $150 (equivalent of $75 per massage)
Conditions: Must be used within 2 months from date of purchase. Non-transferable. Private Health Insurance Claim on spot is NOT available. Client must claim directly with insurer.
MASSAGE : 6 PACK
Includes: 6 x 1-hour remedial massages
Package price: $390 (equivalent of $65 per massage)
Conditions: Must be used within 6 months from date of purchase. Non-transferable. Private Health Insurance Claim on spot is NOT available. Client must claim directly with insurer.
LOYALTY CARD - Free Massage
Technology has finally called time on old paper loyalty cards!!
NEW FREE APP - Stamp Me
OFFER: Stamp 5 massages and get a FREE 1-hour massage
Conditions: Please note Stamp is not available with any other package offer. Non-transferable. HICAPS available for on the spot claiming.
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- JULY MASSAGE SPECIAL 2017 -
Introducing New Therapists Package
Encouraging you to try the amazing services from both therapists!
Published September 7, 2016
DRY NEEDLING at Allied Osteopathy - What's Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a neurophysiological evidence-based treatment technique that requires effective manual assessment of the neuromuscular system.
Physical therapists are well trained to utilize dry needling in conjunction with manual physical therapy interventions, such as Osteopathy. Research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, normalizes biochemical and electrical dysfunction of mot...or end plates, and facilitates an accelerated return to active rehabilitation. Treatments focus on the musculoskeletal and nervous systems.
Although this treatment is relatively pain-free, a slight pinching feeling may be felt when the fine needles are inserted into the affected trigger points. A trigger point is a tender spot that is located within a tight band of muscle, which can cause an individual pain when it is pressed or squeezed.
Dry Needling is able to stimulate neural pathways which blocks pain by disrupting pain messages being sent to the central nervous system.
Dry Needling has been shown to help the following conditions:
- Acute and chronic tendonitis
- Post-surgical pain
- Chronic pain conditions
- Lower back pain
- Athletic and sports-related overuse injuries
- Post-traumatic injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and work related injuries
- Whiplash and headaches
In order to discover the physical issues that Dry Needling can help you with, just contact our certified professional and Osteopath.
Allied Osteopathy – CALL : 5580 9063.
DRY NEEDLING SESSIONS: $44
30-minute sessions available Monday to Saturday.
PREGNANCY and OSTEOPATHY
Published August 24, 2016
PREGNANCY AND OSTEOPATHY - how do they go together?
Changes during pregnancy - Dr Nina Lawson and Dr Brad McCarthy (Osteopaths) aim is to assist the natural process of pregnancy and birth – maximising your body’s ability to change and support you and your baby with a minimum of pain and discomfort.
During pregnancy, your body undergoes tremendous change to accommodate the growing fetus. Apart from the obvious physical changes like expansion of the abdominal region, hormonal releases can affect the function of your body’s internal systems. As your pregnancy progresses, the extra weight creates a shift in your body’s centre of gravity. Your supporting ligaments also soften. These factors can add stress to your body, causing problems like back pain, sciatica, insomnia, shortness of breath, swelling, high blood pressure and fatigue.
Your osteopath can offer advice about managing these symptoms and demonstrate self-help techniques which you and your partner can use during pregnancy and labour.
Appointments available at Allied Osteopathy Robina Mondays to Saturdays.
Allied Osteopathy – CALL : 5580 9063.
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INTEGRATIVE HEALTH CLINIC
Published February 8, 2017
"My oldest daughter is starting highschool this year. All is going really well, however I am surprised how heavy her school bag is every day!
What is the best way to carry a heavy backpack to avoid back or neck pain/ injuries?"
From Osteopathy Australia
School backpacks: what to look for and how to wear them
School bags are an essential aspect of the back-to-school process. Children will carry their bag the whole year, but the right – or wrong – backpack can have a much longer effect on your child’s health.
Back pain is common in Australian children, particularly during adolescence. A heavy backpack increases the risk of poor posture and possible injury. What to look for in a backpack
Make sure the backpack is the right size – it should be no wider than the child’s chest and no higher than 3 cm above their shoulders – they should be able to look up to the ceiling without their head hitting the bag.
– Wearing a bag with only one should strap curves the spine unnaturally, putting stress on the whole body.
How to wear a backpack
Ideally, a school bag should weigh less than 10 per cent of the child’s body weight. For instance a child weighing 40kg should carry 2-3kg, and 4kg at the very most.
Both shoulder straps and should always been used to distribute the weight evenly on the child’s back. Waist straps also help.
Don’t wear the backpack below the small of the back. The shoulder straps should be adjusted so that the bottom of the bag sits around the child’s waist – trace a line from their belly button around to their back, the bottom of the bag should sit around there.
The bag should not hang out from the shoulders – it should contour to your child’s back – and should not swing from side to side when your child is moving around.
To ensure your child actually does wear the bag correctly when you aren’t there, explain to them that it can cause serious injury to their spine, shoulders, and neck if they don’t wear it right. It is only the best school bag if it’s used the right way. Regularly check with them to see if the bag is comfortable, or if they are in any kind of pain.
Take the time to teach your child how to wear their backpack correctly, if unsure speak with your local osteopath.
“Carrying a backpack and sitting at desks all day can cause some stiffness in the back, neck and shoulders,”
“Encourage your kids to, where safe to do so, remove their shoes and play outside for a while when they get home. This will loosen and relieve their bodies and boost their energy after a long day of sitting postures at school, and after carrying heavy bags.
When inside, urge them to avoid chair postures or slouching on sofas, and instead allow them to adopt natural rest postures on the floor.”
Teach your kids to do a few slow gentle stretches whenever it is convenient.
Simple stretches for home:
Inhale and shrug your shoulders up to your ears. Hold then release and drop. Repeat three times.
While standing, stretch your arms out to the side. Slowly circle your arms forward for five rotations. Stop and circle your arms backwards for five rotations.
Stand with your arms loosely by your side and turn your torso to the right. Let your left heel come off the ground as you twist. Repeat for the left side, letting your right heel come off the ground as you twist. Repeat several times on both sides.
For a health assessment with one of our Osteopath's, please call 55809063.
Adrienne (Adi) Karniewicz
Is massage part of the health maintenance routine that you use to support your lifestyle ?
Published November 15, 2016
Hello dear friends and family, we are so pleased to confirm that we will continue to offer BULKBILLING on most of our services during 2017.
Medicare can cover a number of sessions per year if you meet the necessary criteria, meaning that sessions may not have any cost to you.
Having a current care plan from your GP is one of the conditions to receive bulk billing allied health services. Only the GP can determine whether you are eligible and that you meet the criteria for a Medicare Care Plan (Chronic Disease Management Plan, Enhanced Primary Care Program (EPC) or Mental Health Care Plan).
A chronic medical condition is one of the criteria, for example a diagnosed medical condition that has been (and/or likely to be) present for six months or longer. Your GP will specify the appropriate service, and number of services for your allied health care plan. This can be discussed at the time of your consult with your GP.
We do bulk bill – conditions apply:
OSTEOPATHY - Conditions for Bulk Billing
Please present a Current Care Plan Referral by your GP, along with your Medicare card. A Care Plan is valid for the stated number of services (sessions) decided by your GP.
If all services are not used during the calendar year in which the patient was referred, the unused services can be used in the next calendar year.
However, those services will be counted as part of the five rebates for allied health services available to the patient during that calendar year.
We currently have one of our Osteopath Doctors nominated for bulk billing services.
PSYCHOLOGY - Conditions for Bulk Billing
Please present your Mental Health Care Plan Referral by your GP along with your Medicare Card and one of the following:
1 – Health Card from Centrelink
2 – Pension Card from Centrelink
3 – Concession Card from Centrelink.
4 – A written request from your doctor to bulk bill.
If the above conditions are met, you will be eligible to be bulk billed.
If you do not have one of these 4 listed items above, a full fee of $125.00 will be applied and a rebate of $84.80 back into your account will follow (processed immediately at our clinic provided you have an EFTPOS bank card). Please note that some of the psychologists at Allied Osteopathy may apply a fee (with rebate) only on the first consultation of the care plan. Please call for more information.
DIETITIAN - Conditions for Bulk Billing
Please present a Current Care Plan Referral by your GP, along with your Medicare card. A Care Plan is valid for the stated number of services (sessions) decided by your GP. If all services are not used during the calendar year in which the patient was referred, the unused services can be used in the next calendar year. However, those services will be counted as part of the five rebates for allied health services available to the patient during that calendar year.
Please note that our Dietitian and Diabetes Educator at Allied Osteopathy may apply a fee (with rebate) only on the first consultation of the care plan. Please call for more information.
No bulk billing available, although Private Health Insurance can be used on the spot. We are able to put the claim through and you only pay the gap, which depends on your individual coverage with your health fund.
MEDICARE Claims and PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE Claims INFORMATION:
For all our services, we do offer HICAPS services, which allows us to put:
- Medicare bulkbilling on the spot
- Medicare rebates through after full payment is received.
- Private Health Insurance claims before payment. If you are using your private health insurance, please bring your card and we can put the claim through for you on the spot and you only pay the gap.
If you wish to know more, please call us on 5580 9063
2 YEARS CELEBRATION!!!
Published December 1, 2016
Two years ago, our dream to have a health clinic combining mind, body and nutrition came alive. Back then, we did all we could to turn this dream into reality and get started. It took many years to get to that point, but once we did it, there was no looking back. Just that feeling of “here we are... let’s begin!
"Today we couldn’t be more grateful!"
It has taken a lot of dedication, time, learning, understanding, patience and a bit of luck of course!
Thanks to all the team members, family, friends and patients for your support.
Thanks to our team!
Thank you for doing your best every day to return health to people’s lives. Your professionalism and positive attitude make a big difference in making things run smoothly. We are thankful to our team for working joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts can bring about the right results. It's that kind of behaviour and dedication that will help our clinic grow to its full potential.
We are glad to have you all looking forward to the opportunities that 2017 will bring.
As we reach the end of a very successful second year today (01/12/16), we would like to thank you for your continuous support, as it has been a crucial year in the development of Allied Osteopathy.
From our hearts we thank you all.
Renata and Brad McCarthy