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Published November, 2017

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Sports injuries – why you should choose osteopathy

Help! I’m injured! How can osteopathy help me?

Whether you are an athlete prepping for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games or an active person who enjoys the occasional jog, your osteopath can help treat your sports injury and have you return to optimal function as soon as possible.

Osteopathy can assist with sports injury treatment, management and rehabilitation, as well as injury prevention. The goal of osteo treatment for sports injuries is to speed up your recovery and healing time, relieve pain and facilitate a fast return to physical activity.

A unique aspect of osteopathy is it’s focus on how all the systems of the body work together as a holistic unit and as such, osteopathy is an excellent treatment for sports injuries by addressing the cause of the issue and identifying other problem areas within the body that might contribute to your injury. Seeking osteo treatment for sports injuries can also help prevent compensatory muscle strains and help minimise any subsequent re-injury.

Your osteopath will work in conjunction with other health professionals as needed, including your GP, sports massage therapists, dietitians for nutritional advice and radiographers for x-rays.

Osteopathy is safe and gentle and uses manual techniques including joint mobilisation, soft tissue stretching, manipulation, massage and movement. Your osteopath can also provide exercises, stretches and routines to help avoid further injury. These treatments can help improve strength, endurance, muscle elasticity, mobility and overall performance.
 
What sports injuries can osteo help with?

Ligament sprains such as rolled ankle or foot or knee injury
Muscle strains such as hamstring, groin or calf strains
Tennis elbow (epicondylitis)
Shin splints
Neck and back strains
Shoulder, wrist and elbow injuries and pain
Hip, knee and pelvic injuries

Pain relief medications and joint injection can mask the problem. Choose osteopathy for a comprehensive solution to sports injuries.

Contact our clinic today for a consultation with one of our experienced osteopaths for your sports injury treatment and management. ​​​

INTEGRATIVE HEALTH CLINIC

Diabetes and you: your right to a healthy future

Tuesday 14 November 2017 marks World Diabetes Day. This year, the global campaign run by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) will focus on women and diabetes – “Our right to a healthy future”.

According to the World Diabetes Day website https://www.idf.org/our-activities/world-diabetes-day/wdd-2017.html this years campaign “promotes the importance of affordable and equitable access for all women at risk of or living with diabetes to essential diabetes medicines and technologies, self-management education and information they require to achieve optimal diabetes outcomes and strengthen their capacity to prevent type 2 diabetes”.

Women and Diabetes: the statistics

According to IDF, 415 million adults globally have diabetes. Three quarters of these people with diabetes are living in low and middle-income countries.

Putting the spotlight on women with diabetes, IDF state that 199 million (1 in 10) women are living with diabetes and many of these women don’t have access to treatment, care and education to manage their illness and health.

Diabetes is the 9th leading cause of death in women across the globe, the cause of 2.1 million deaths annually. Diabetes in women also increases the risk of heart disease and increases risks of miscarriage or babies with malformations.

Further, 1 in 7 births are affected by gestational diabetes, with many of these mothers and babies not having access to screening, care and education. Around 50% of women with a history of gestational diabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes within 5-10 years of delivering their babies.

World Diabetes Day campaign goals and key messages

The goal of World Diabetes Day for 2017 is to raise awareness of not only the number of women living with diabetes but highlight the issues with access to appropriate healthcare and treatment to manage this disease.

Working towards a healthier future, the IDF promote the following key messages:

Women with diabetes need access to education and care, that is both affordable and equitable, to help manage the disease and improve health outcomes
Pregnant women need better access to screening, care and education to achieve positive health outcomes for both mother and baby
Women and girls are key agents for change and adopting healthy lifestyles to improve health and wellbeing of future generations

How can I support World Diabetes Day?

Get involved with the campaign by promoting the IDF blue circle to raise awareness for diabetes.
Advocate to global community leaders for better access to diabetes education and treatment.
Organise events and activities to support and promote World Diabetes Day.
Support World Diabetes Day online, sharing messages on social media with the hashtags #WDD #right2health #womendiabetes #GDM

For more information about diabetes and the global WDD campaign, visit the IDF website here https://www.idf.org/our-activities/world-diabetes-day/

How can Allied Osteopathy help you manage your diabetes?

Here at Allied Osteopathy, our Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) Renata Basile, is a Credentialed Diabetes Educator, with post-graduate specialised qualifications in diabetes education and management and a continuing special interest in diabetes education.

Visit our website for information about referrals for dietetics https://www.alliedosteopathy.com.au/dietetics---nutrition.html or phone our clinic to make an appointment to meet with Renata on 5580 9063 

‘It Happened to Me’ – Perinatal Anxiety and Depression

The week of 12 to 18 November 2017 marks Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week – a week long campaign dedicated to raising awareness about perinatal mental health, particularly anxiety and depression and educating the Australian community about recognising signs and symptoms and how to seek support.

This year’s catch phrase is “it happened to me” – a reflection of how common perinatal depression and anxiety is. It can happen to anyone and it does not discriminate.

What is Perinatal Anxiety and Depression?

The perinatal period can be defined simply as the time during pregnancy and one year after childbirth.

Perinatal Anxiety and Depression is the term that describes both antenatal and postnatal anxiety and depression.

Perinatal Anxiety and Depression – the facts

Around 100,000 families are affected by perinatal depression and anxiety every year.

According to PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia), one of the key reasons pregnant mothers and new parents don’t seek support is a lack of understanding about what is happening to them.

It is therefore critically important that people know more about perinatal depression and anxiety so they can seek support when needed and recover quickly.

What are the signs and symptoms of Perinatal Anxiety and Depression?

According to PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia), it is normal to feel some feelings of anxiety and ‘up and down’ emotions during pregnancy and when you have a new baby.

However, some people develop more pervasive and pronounced anxiety or low mood that affects their daily life and functioning.

Some signs and symptoms of antenatal anxiety and depression can include:

  • panic attacks
  • persistent, generalised worry (often about the baby)
  • development of obsessive or compulsive behaviours
  • abrupt mood swings
  • feeling constantly sad, low or crying for no reason
  • being nervous, panicky, or ‘on edge’
  • feeling constantly tired and lacking energy
  • having little or no interest in normal things that bring joy
  • sleeplessness or sleeping too much
  • losing interest in sex and intimacy
  • withdrawing from family and friends
  • being easily irritated and annoyed
  • difficulty focusing, concentrating or remembering (‘brain fog’)
  • engaging in more risk taking behaviour
  • thoughts of death or suicide


Some signs and symptoms of postnatal anxiety and depression can include:

  • panic attacks
  • persistent, generalised worry (often about the baby)
  • development of obsessive or compulsive behaviours
  • increased sensitivity to noise or touch
  • changes in appetite: under or overeating
  • sleep problems unrelated to the baby’s needs
  • extreme lethargy
  • memory problems or loss of concentration
  • loss of confidence or lowered self esteem
  • constant sadness or crying
  • withdrawal from family and friends
  • fear of being alone with the baby
  • intrusive thoughts of harm to yourself or baby
  • irritability and/or anger
  • increased alcohol or drug use
  • loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • thoughts of death or suicide


How can I support Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week?

Get involved by hosting a “Lunch Out Loud”, fundraise by hosting your own event or activity, share your story and spread the word on social media, using hashtags #bePNDAaware and #PNDAawarenessweek

For more ideas, visit https://www.panda.org.au/awareness/pnda-awareness-week

How can I get help and support?

If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of perinatal anxiety and depression, support is available.
Talking to your GP or trusted health professional is a great way to start a conversation about where to go from here.

PANDA has a national helpline dedicated to providing guidance and support for perinatal anxiety and depression – phone them on 1300 726 306.

Psychological treatment is widely regarded as one of the best treatments for perinatal mental health issues. Our experienced psychologist, Sharen Curtis, offers many models of therapy to assist you and to help you develop strategies to work towards recovery and good mental wellbeing.

Read more about referrals and Medicare rebates on the psychology tab of our website https://www.alliedosteopathy.com.au/page7.html