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

Osteopathic Maintenance treatment in Greensborough, Eltham and surrounds

I often tell patients that the human body is an amazing machine.  It really is when you start to consider how we manage to co-ordinate all of our muscles together to be able to get out of bed in the morning (most days), how we extract energy from the food we eat, how we can usually convince our bodies with determination, training and perseverance to do almost anything we need it to do.  No one is bulletproof though, and no machine can do everything without fail.

If you treat your body like a machine, you begin to realise that all machines will need a service from time to time.  Take your car for example.  Theoretically we all service our cars about twice a year.  It needs to have the oil changed, and to have everything checked over to try and prevent any serious mechanical malfunction.  A maintenance treatment is much the same- a general check up before you get seriously injured.  Much like a car service, it doesn’t guarantee you’ll never have a problem.  But in my opinion, it does reduce the risk.

If you are anything like me, sometimes that car doesn’t get serviced exactly every six months.  What happens if you are overdue for your maintenance service.  Typically nothing, but if you keep missing them, you increase the risk of a major problem.  Our bodies even have warning lights, much like our cars.  Pain.  When you start to feel pain, its your bodies way of telling you that there is a problem that needs to be resolved.  Sometimes you can resolve it yourself, with stretching and exercises.  But sometimes it needs the help of a therapist, such as an osteopath to help keep things moving well.

To keep flogging the car analogy, if you were to decide to take your typical commuter car that you drive from St. Helena, Eltham, Diamond Creek etc to the city each day and take it out to race on a track on weekends, you would need to service your car more frequently.   Much the same with your body, if you decide to start running, going to the gym or generally increasing the physical demands on your body – there is going to be a higher demand for maintenance treatment to minimise the risk of injury.

Every body is different, so there is not set period of time for maintenance treatment.  Some people come in every six months, while others have a history of past injuries and might need some work every six weeks or so.  It comes down to the individual.

If you want to discuss anything written feel free to contact Good Health Osteopathy Diamond Creek

Dr. Luke Richter (osteopath)

Good Health Osteopathy

5B 329-347 Diamond Creek Road,

Diamond Creek

Good Health Osteopathy – Quality health care commonly servicing patients from Diamond Creek, Greensborough, Eltham, St. Helena, Yarrambat.