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 »

Mat Pilates Exercises to Try at Home!

by (Osteopath & Clinical Pilates Instructor)

Mat Pilates is well known form of exercise and is commonly used as a beginner level for new clients wishing to try Pilates. The focus of mat Pilates is to establish the body’s core or ‘powerhouse’ as creator Joseph Pilates would have called it. The ‘Powerhouse’ refers to the muscles of the pelvic floor, lower back, hips, glutes and abdomen. Establishing control and strength in these muscles is the function of Pilates.

Below are some examples of Mat Pilates exercises that can be completed at home. Please make sure you have medical clearance before trying any new exercises at home.

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Start lying on your back. Roll the head and shoulder up off the mat and engage the core. Leg should be lifted off the mat also and held long in front of the body or in table top (bent) position as an alternative.

The arms should be held to the side of the body held out straight and long. In a controlled manner, the arms should beat up and down while taking five short breaths in and five short breaths out.

The focus of this exercise should be on keep the body still and controlled while the arms … read more »

A brief history of Pilates

by (Osteopath & Clinical Pilates Instructor)

Pilates BrookeDid you know Pilates was created by a man?

There is a common stigma around Pilates that it is centered on females, dancers and those individuals alike. It was in fact Joseph Pilates who was the creator of Pilates back in the 1920’s.
Joseph Pilates has a background in Swedish gymnastics, martial arts, body building, skiing and diving. One of Joseph’s first jobs was a self-defense instructor where he went on to train the police.
A few years later, during world war one, he designed some of the Pilates mat exercise that are still practiced today. It is thought that due to these exercises, none of his fellow mates fell sick with the influenza epidemic that killed thousands. These exercises are still practiced today due to positive impact on health and the body.

There is also a stigma that Pilates is easy as it doesn’t involve vigorous cardio or large weights. This is a myth! Pilates exercises focus on deep intrinsic muscles rather than large muscles that you see in the mirror. It tones and sculpts the body from the inside out, focusing on the 6 primary principles- concentration, control, centering, precision, flow and breathing. These principles in combination with … 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 »

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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Michelle Lam

by (Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates Instructor)

Michelle graduated from La Trobe University and has since furthered her skill equipment based Clinical Pilates extensively. She has worked with various amateur league football and soccer teams throughout Victoria and loves treating back and neck pain, sports injuries and post-operative exercise rehabilitation. Michelle is passionate about combining manual therapy techniques in conjunction with active rehabilitation for long term results. Outside of work, Michelle enjoys riding her bike and visiting beaches across the world.

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Ashleigh Kaye Smith

by (Osteopath & Clinical Pilates Instructor)

Ashleigh decided that becoming an Osteopath would be the best way to apply her knowledge from her various degrees in Exercise Science, Health Science and Osteopathy. She just loves incorporating a hands on approach with exercise therapy to assist patients to become the best possible versions of themselves. Ashleigh has a particular interest in sporting injuries (Football, Netball, Gymnastics, Water-sports) as well as women’s and children’s health.

In 2016 Ashleigh spent time in a Private Sports Medicine Hospital in Mumbai, India where she worked with some amazing orthopaedic surgeons who are pioneering arthroscopic surgery. While working with this team, she worked largely in rehabilitation programs for the ankle, knee, and shoulder. She has also observed many surgeries with leading orthopaedic surgeons in Melbourne to gain further insight to the surgeries she helps her patients recover from.

Ashleigh has worked as a Sports Trainer for football clubs for 7 years and loves to be a part of a strong team with a supported community. She has a Health Science degree majoring in Exercise Science and Physical Activity & health, another Health Science Degree and Applied Science Degree in Osteopathy.

Outside of work, Ashleigh loves to be social with her family and … read more »

Fiona Tydde

by (Physiotherapist & Clinical Pilates Instructor)

Fiona grew up on the sunny shores of Perth where she completed a Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) at Curtin University. After graduating in 2010 she moved to Melbourne and completed further qualifications in Clinical Pilates with Dance Medicine Australia as well as Sports and Spinal Dry Needling.

Fiona has worked in private practices across Australia and the UK. She has treated a wide range of Musculoskeletal, Sports and Spinal injuries and has a special interest in pre and post natal conditions, especially since the birth of her own little boy!

Fiona takes a holistic and personalised approach with every patient and truly believes in the importance of functional rehabilitation for long term results. Fiona strives to help you achieve your goals as quickly as possible. 

In her spare time Fiona enjoys spending time with her young family, yoga and running – she even completed the Paris marathon in 2015!

Fiona works as a Physiotherapist & Group Exercise Rehab Instructor at our Elwood clinic.read more »