Opinion

Waking up with a sore neck? ‘Tis the Season

Its that time of year again. Christmas parties, Christmas with the family, New years eve, holidays from work, and if you’re lucky -going away, be it on holidays, camping or visiting friends. The normal routine goes out the window, exercise gets cut back at the same time as a few more social drinks and some late nights.

Its great to relax and recharge your batteries, your body needs it. An unfortunate side effect of all these changes however can be waking up with a sore neck, or even some headaches. Its not surprising with such a big change to the routine.

What can you do about it?

Well, as an osteopath – one great thing you could do is get it treated! Having a qualified professional assess your posture, loosen off those tight muscles and joints and give you some exercises is a great way to take care of yourself. You often don’t realise how good you can feel until after you get some treatment. At Good Health Osteopathy, I am often seeing patients from Greensborough, Diamond Creek, Eltham and surround suburbs.

Alternatively, there are some things you can be doing at home:

  • Getting good quality sleep. Its been said that time is a great healer, well typically so is sleep!
  • Drinking plenty of water. Everyone is different to how much water they ‘need’ to function, but typically most will admit to not drinking enough. You wouldn’t run your car without oil, so why would you expect your body to perform well without water.
  • Heat – getting some warmth into your neck can feel great – some with hot showers, others with heat wheat bags they may have at home.
  • Don’t forget the front of your neck. One of the biggest things I see is that people will poke and loosen up their shoulders, but not consider the muscles in the front of the neck. If you aren’t certain what to do, it is best discussing it with a qualified practitioner before you start poking in the front of your neck, there are some pretty important nerves and arteries in the area.

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Dr. Luke Richter (Osteopath)

Good Health Osteopathy

5B 329-347 Diamond Creek Rd, Diamond Creek

Commonly servicing: Diamond Creek, Greensborough, Eltham, Hurstbridge

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Why is my low back not getting better?

With the relatively limited public awareness of Osteopathy in Australia i’ve often had patients (from various areas such as Diamond Creek, Greensborough, Hurstbridge etc) coming in to try Osteopathy after they have tried other modalities with limited success.  Commonly I’ve heard of too many stories of patients being dissatisfied with their current healing (not just low backs but a range of conditions) and have come to me to try Osteopathy to see how they can better manage an injury. Often, dissatisfaction comes from short treatment times, no real diagnosis and no real idea on what the injury is or how to fix it.

Over the years i’ve seen a lot of different conditions in a range of different age groups. Treating babies to the elderly the one thing that stands out is that everybody is different. Some respond best to direct trigger point therapy and manipulation, some stretching, some indirect and craniosacral therapies. My choice of techniques is dependent on my clinical experience, reasoning and patient preference. Another part of what makes everyone different is that everyone recovers from an injury /condition at differing rates.

Every injury is different. What takes one person two days to recover may take another person months. Some injuries like low back disc injuries and sciatic pains can take some months to recover whilst others may never fully recover fully.

Some factors in recovery are controllable, such as:

  • compliance to appropriate stretches or exercises
  • ability to minimise aggravation at work or home
  • getting sufficient treatment to enable recovery
  • a persons perception of their pain (psychological)

Some factors at not

  • the bodies ability to heal (physiological)
  • the degree of damage to the body

When thinking about why an injury isn’t healing it is important to look at those controllable factors. Getting the right diagnosis, the right treatment, the right education, and the right exercises to take control of an injury and enable full recovery is vital. These require a thorough history, assessment and for somebody to completely understand your pain. Here at Good Health Osteopathy we try to achieve that for each and every patient.

 

Dr. Luke Richter (Osteopath)

Good Health Osteopathy

5B 329-347 Diamond Creek Rd, Diamond Creek

Commonly servicing: Diamond Creek, Greensborough, Eltham, Hurstbridge