How my Osteopath improved my well-being

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I started seeing an Osteopath three years ago after I injured my shoulder in an intense strength workout. Looking back, I was putting my body in a position it didn’t like and since then, I have a better understanding of more natural and functional movements of my body. After impinging my right bicep tendon, I had to put myself through some dedicated rehab. Ever since my first treatment almost 3 years ago, I have realized that Osteopath’s are not only good at attending to injuries, but they are great at preventing them too!

I’ve been seeing the amazing and very caring Osteopath’s at St Kilda Osteopathy for about 12 months now. Now I don’t recommend people unless they are worth recommending. Same as, I don’t write about other people in the industry, unless they are worth writing about! St Kilda Osteopathy is different from most osteopaths. They don’t just focus on the pain or injury, they look at your body and health holistically. It was one of the girls at St Kilda Osteopathy that kindly informed me, at the end of last year, that my body needed some time away from the gym for six weeks and more time in the yoga studio, doing low impact workouts and engaging in mindfulness.

After visiting Gaby Nowak, owner and Osteopath at St Kilda Osteopathy, I wanted to find out a bit more about my treatment and share it with my clients. Perhaps Gaby and her staff could help one of you, the same way they have helped me…

1. Who needs to see an osteopath in your eyes, who would benefit from seeing an osteopath at St Kilda Osteopathy?

Osteopaths at St Kilda Osteopathy are highly skilled and experienced therapists who work with their hands to help improve overall function and structure of their patient’s musculoskeletal system.

We work very holistically and treat complaints which include:

• Acute and chronic injuries • Lower back pain, neck pain, headaches • RSI • Sciatica and pregnancy related conditions • Neck, hip, shoulder, knee and ankle conditions • Sports injuries and many more. • We also use prescribe appropriate rehabilitation and further advice as required.

2. What's the process you go through when accessing a client from start to finish?

When assessing a client I always take into account what their complaint is, how acute or chronic it is and what style of treatment may be best for them. Also, what other treatments they have had in the past and to know what works for them and what they want and expect from a treatment - and obviously how I can make them as pain free as possible!

3. What are some things you noticed I needed treating?

What I noticed was that your thoracic spine was extremely stiff and associated muscles were very tight. This was creating postural strain and hence contributing to muscles in your shoulders and neck feeling tight and hence causing you pain and headaches. If this was improved, you would feel better. The other thing I noticed is that you seemed quite fatigued, but also had a lot of adrenaline though your body due to the amount of work you are doing at the moment, so my aim with you was not just to improve your musculoskeletal system, but to help calm down your nervous system which would then help your overall feeling of well-being.

*Gaby gave me some exercises to do on the foam roller at night, which has decreased the amount of adrenaline I could feel going through my body, when it was meant to be slowing down! I now feel a lot calmer and it's easier to relax before bed.

4. Where did you start treatment on me and where did you finish?

I started working through your lower back and glutes, then into your mid and upper back, then shoulders and neck. I finished at the base of your head. Where I start and finish treatment always depends on what the issue is and where I think I will get the best benefit for my patient and their well-being.

As I work through the musculoskeletal system, I focus on the muscles, joints, fascia, and aim at improving circulation, lymphatic movement and nervous system function.

5. What did you hope to achieve by the end of my session?

By the end of your session I had released off a lot of tension in your whole back, decreased your postural muscle tightness, improved range of motion through your lumbar, thoracic and cervical spine, decreased overall muscle tightness, decreased the feeling of adrenaline through your body, improved breathing and diaphragmatic expansion, and gave you an overall sense of feeling better and more relaxed.

*She sure did!

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