Tips and tricks for new Mums!

by (Remedial Massage Therapist)

In my time as a Massage Therapist I have come across many ladies with what I call ‘Mum Posture’. It wasn’t until I became a Mum and started living the day to day life first hand that I realized the full extent of what causes this.

From breastfeeding your little one, to carrying them on your hip for hours and forever hanging over the cot trying to get them to nap. This combined with lack of sleep or time to recharge our own batteries, it is no wonder our bodies end up tired and sore.

When our shoulders are hunched this has a follow on effect on our pec, back and neck muscles causing pain and sometimes headaches.

In keeping with the theme of Mothers Day I thought I would share with you a few stretches to help with that ‘Mum Posture’. I’ve also shared some tips I’ve discovered along the way and things you can do to help yourself!

STRETCHES

Sarah Pec Stretch

Mum Stretch #1 – Pec Stretch and Thoracic Rotation

This is a handy stretch to do anytime you are feeling hunched over. Grab a broom stick and bring it up and over your head. You will feel this stretch … read more »

Abdominal Separation AKA DRAM. What is it and can it be treated?

by (Physiotherapist)

What is Abdominal Separation AKA DRAM?

by Khoa Pham

Abdominal separation also know as Diastasis Rectis Abdominis (DRAM) is commonly overlooked after giving birth. A DRAM is a separation down the middle of the abdominal muscles, see picture below. It is important to get a DRAM assessed because it can increase your risk of having low back issues, hernias and pelvic instability later in life.

DRAM

What causes a DRAM?

DRAMs can be affected by factors such as:

  • Hormonal changes
  • Weight gain
  • Abdominal muscle weakness and
  • Abdominal muscle stretching due to growth of the baby.

It can also affect men who have placed excessive stress on their abdominal muscles.

How can a DRAM cause lower back issues?

A simple explanation of how a weak core (caused by a DRAM) can result in lower back issues is:

When the Transverse Abdominis (TA) is not activated properly, there is less support for the ligaments and bony structures of your back when you’re doing day-to-day things. This increases your risk of injury. The TA is one of your most important core muscles, it lies below the six-pack muscle and wraps around your back to support it like a corset.

Is a DRAM treatable?

Yes, … read more »

Ashby Smith

by (Physiotherapist & Clinical Pilates Instructor)
Ashby graduated from RMIT with a double degree in Health Science and Applied Science in the field of Osteopathy. He has also completed a post-graduate certificate in Dry Needling.
He has had experience working with various local Aussie rules clubs as well as currently being on the medical team of Volleyball Victoria. ​
In the years leading up to his graduation as an Osteopath, Ashby worked in the fitness industry as an athletic performance coach.
He has a keen interest in helping his clients overcome their injury in order to achieve their goals, no matter how big or small. He uses many manual therapy techniques such as manipulation and soft tissue during treatment, as well as different exercise approaches to effectively and consistently manage his clients issues.​
In his spare time Ashby enjoys getting down to the beach for a surf, and loves having a kick of the footy.
Last year Ashby represented Victoria in open men’s Volleyball.… read more »

James Tran

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James established his interest in human anatomy after going through many periods of injuries himself. Upon seeing a Myotherapist, he certainly found a new path for his career. In addition, James decided to learn and expand his knowledge about the practice.  James has completed his Diploma of Remedial Massage at RMIT and currently finishing his Diploma of Myotherapy. During his time at RMIT, he was able to take part in a program to further his skills in India. Furthermore, he was able to take part in providing treatments in other sports such as AFL and Gymnastics (NICA).

James’ passion for understanding the human conditions, leads to his competitiveness within the sporting culture. He has competed in many sports and recently competed in a Natural Bodybuilding show.

James can help you on your journey to feel great and perform at your best.… read more »

The Facts of Low Back Pain

by (Physiotherapist)

Low back pain (LBP) is the most common musculoskeletal condition affecting the adult population, with a prevalence of up to 84% in the world.

The complexity involved in treating LBP symptoms is that they come from many potential anatomic sources. These can include nerve roots, muscles, fascial structures, bones, joints, interverterbral discs (IVDs) and organs within the abdominal cavity. It can also be caused by neurological pain processes from the brain. To add to this, low back pain can also be triggered or exacerbated in the presence of other psychological factors such as stress, depression and/or anxiety.

Low back pain can be categorised into time frames and are treated accordingly. They are of the of the following:

  1. Acute: 1-4 weeks
  2. Subacute: 4-12 weeks
  3. Chronic: > 12 weeks
  4. Recurrent episodic

There are many treatment options for low back pain – from rest, medications, massage therapy to exercise prescription – i.e. McKenzie’s extension exercises. Another alternate treatment is clinical pilates. This form of exercise is commonly prescribed to people with chronic low back pain (> 12 weeks). It places emphasis on core stability, strength, flexibility, control of movement, posture and breathing. Pilates often includes the use of specialised exercise equipment with spring … read more »

Verity Boyd

by (Osteopath & Clinical Pilates Instructor)

Put simply, Verrity LOVES being an Osteopath. With her friendly persona and compassionate nature, she will soon put a smile on your face as together you will build an alliance to determine a tailored treatment plan. She believes the key to managing injuries and pain, is for the patient to understand their exact diagnosis and the means behind the osteopathic approach.

Her goals for each client are to help them feel STRONG, ABLE and HAPPY. She embodies our belief that “Every body deserves to feel good”. To deliver these results Verity uses a range of osteopathic techniques, dry needling, clinical pilates and exercise rehabilitation.

Her passion for osteo was fueled by vast and exciting experiences; working for Stay Tuned as an intern, being selected for an osteopathic placement in Mumbai and Goan hospitals (India), and over two years of sports training for various football, netball and soccer teams.

When not in Elwood, Verity likes spending her time at the beach, preferably getting in a surf or two. Her enthusiasms extend to netball, which she has participated in from club level right through to the Victorian state league. Her dreams are to travel the world so if you have any advice … read more »

Patrick Lynch

by (Physiotherapist & Clinical Pilates Instructor)

After completing a Bachelor of Exercise Science at Griffith University on the Gold Coast, Patrick opted for a change of scenery and completed a Master of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney. Not ready to give up the city life, and head back to Queensland, Pat chose to move to Melbourne where he works at Stay Tuned Sports Medicine in Elwood.
Before becoming a physiotherapist Patrick was always passionate about the importance of maintaining a balanced lifestyle, having always been active and participating in team and individual sports. Throughout his studies this passion has only grown and he is now keen to help others achieve optimal function and reach their individual goals. With a strong background in exercise prescription Pat is sure to employ this in his rehabilitation programs.
Outside of work Patrick loves to explore what the world, and his doorstep has to offer. He is a keen traveller, either to another country or a good coffee shop or brewery he has heard about. Pat grew up surfing, rowing, playing cricket and the various codes of rugby, although he has recently developed a keen taste for Aussie Rules.… read more »

Kane Theisinger

by (Osteopath)

Growing up, Kane has always had a keen interest in helping others, having been a surf life saver and originally aspiring to be a Paramedic. He was later drawn to osteopathy after treatments for various football and athletic injuries which gave him an insight into the holistic and individual approach osteopaths take to each patient, whilst addressing the causative factors rather than just the symptoms.

Kane enjoys treating patients from all ages and understands that every person is unique, which requires a tailored approach to their treatment and management. Kane also places great importance giving each patient a constructive understanding of their musculoskeletal complaint and ways in which we can work together to return to what it is you love doing.

Outside the treatment room, you will find Kane has a keen interest in seeing other parts of the world, spending time at the beach and supporting his mighty Tigers at the MCG.… read more »

Brooke Williams

by (Osteopath & Clinical Pilates Instructor)

Brooke is an Osteopath with a passion for preventative and rehabilitative health care. She holds a double bachelor degree in Health Science and Applied Science in Osteopathy, post graduate qualifications in dry needling and is qualified, and continues to study Clinical Pilates to continue to provide the best service to her patients. She loves to educate patients in understanding the cause of their pain. 

 

Brooke is a familiar face around the Boronia Clinic, as she completed an internship with the Stay Tuned Team and worked as a receptionist before starting with us full time as an Osteopath.

 

Outside of Stay Tuned, Brooke has worked as a Sports Trainer for football clubs for 5 years and as a netball fitness coach for Mountain District Netball Association. She loves to be a part of a strong team within the community. read more »

Khoa Pham

by (Physiotherapist)

Khoa is a physiotherapist and clinical Pilates instructor at Stay Tuned Sports Medicine Elwood. He completed his Doctor of Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne and since then has developed a passion for helping people get back to their best the quickest, and most complete way possible. Having also completed a Science degree, he understands the importance of ensuring his treatments are all evidence based and tailored to his patients. Currently, he is also working at community health centres in Melton and Bacchus Marsh, and he is the head physiotherapist at the Yarraville-Seddon Eagles Football Club.

Outside of work, he enjoys boxing, surfing, and watching sports (AFL, NBA, NFL). He has also recently picked up playing basketball and is currently working hard on his 3-point game.

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