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

Opinion

What should I tell my Osteopath?

I’ve noticed over the years that many patients have layers of information they will share with me as their treating osteopath.  These layers come in many different forms.  Sometimes I get told the basics but nothing more due to a lack of trust, or a feeling that it may be boring, or that it is unrelated to my patients current problem.  Sometimes they don’t mention it because they’ve asked their General Practitioner (GP) and not gotten an answer so have just given up on getting it fixed.

I personally believe that more information is better.  The more I get told, the more likely I am to be able to help with any given problem.

For example:

Recently I’ve had a patient with ongoing back pain which had been helped with previous treatment but never 100% fixed.  I admit that I had seen her a few times myself with similar results.  One treatment It was revealed that this patient had a bloating sensation for as long as the back pain had lasted.  Using that information I was able to ease the tension through the abdomen with visceral techniques and now this patient is better.  No more back pain, no more bloating.

I admit it doesn’t always work out that way, bloating and most abdominal symptoms can be as a result of allergies, intolerances and conditions that aren’t fixable by hands-on work.  But sometimes they are caused by tightness in the structures of the stomach and are relieved with treatment.  This is just an example, there are many things i see on a weekly basis that patients are suprised I can assist with.

Osteopaths are put through 5 years of university training which includes a great deal of anatomy, physiology, pathology, clinical diagnosis and much more.  You are often able to spend more time with your osteopath than you are with your General Practitioner.  Please feel free to mention any concerns you may have even if you don’t feel it relates to your headache/back pain/knee pain.  You might not get the answer you need every time but I have found in the past I can often explain and help patients better understand what is going on in their bodies.

Dr. Luke Richter (osteopath)

Good Health Osteopathy

5B 329 – 347 Diamond Creek Road

Diamond Creek