We spend a third of our lives (if you’re lucky) on our pillows and mattresses but often underestimate their influence on our health and bodies.
But how do you know a good mattress or pillow to a bad one?
My advice to patients is fairly simple. A good mattress is not about how hard or soft it is (that is based on your preference and weight) but how well it is sprung or conforms to your body’s shape. A simply test for this is to place an empty cup on the mattress and then push firmly down about 10cm away. On a good mattress, the cup should not fall towards your fist. This simulates your hips pushing into the mattress when side lying, whilst your spine remains supported. How hard you push depends on how heavy you are and your personal preference for a firm or soft mattress. Generally the heavier the body, the firmer the mattress.
With pillows we suggest you should always look for a contoured supportive pillow. Soft pillows may feel nice to begin with but over the course of hours, will generally provide no support for the neck. This is more important as we age and … read more »
Upon graduation from the European School of Osteopathy (UK) in 1999, with a B.Sc. (hons) in Osteopathy and Diploma in Osteopathy, Simon moved to Milan, Italy searching further challenges.
Although his patient list was primarily sedentary or manufacturing industry workers, his experience includes regularly treating some of Europe’s most elite ballerinas, contemporary dancers and maestri at La Scala, Milano and Studio Danza Insieme, professional tennis and basketball players, and elite level gymnasts.
Simon’s treatment success lies in the combining of tried and tested techniques with the creation of techniques developed for the actual presenting problem, not dividing, but integrating musculoskeletal, visceral and cranial body systems.
Simon firmly believes in treating the sapling so the tree grows straight, and so has been treating and helping infants for many years, especially his 3 young children who are his best advertisements.
While running a successful practice and, gaining 14 years of experience in teaching & clinical roles at the International College of Osteopathic Education, he completed a pitch-side medical assistance course in Scotland and an advanced course in Sports Osteopathy with the University of Bicocca Milan. Over the years, Simon has organised either the osteopathic services or the full medical services at the … read more »
Natalie has a keen interest in injury prevention, management and maintenance stemming from personal experience as a competitive swimmer, athletics participant and basketball player. Natalie enjoys helping people achieve a musculoskeletal balance to help reach their optimal health.
She gained her Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy at RMIT in addition to a Diploma in Sports Development and Athlete Support, and has completed a 12 month soft tissue therapy internship at the Carlton football club. She treats a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions and more recently undertook further studies in pregnancy massage. She also has great results treating headaches and migraines, stress, tension and general aches and pains.
Using various soft tissue techniques, stretching and corrective exercise, Natalie is able to help you meet your goals and be your best whether you are a weekend warrior or serious athlete. She also enjoys hot rock massage to help melt your muscle tension away. With 9 years experience working at Knox Leisureworks YMCA, Natalie is a familiar face at the Boronia clinic.
Dr Kate Wines is a highly motivated Osteopath and Personal Trainer with a great deal of personal experience in sport and exercise rehabilitation. She holds certificates III and IV in Fitness and Personal Training as well as her Masters in Health Science (Osteo) having studied, ‘The cause and occupational risk factors associated with lower back injuries to the Victorian Police Force’.
Following her masters study, Kate was employed by Victoria Police as an Injury Management Consultant, which she continues to perform. Kate also looks after workplace injuries through our Occupational Restoration Program.
In more recent times, Kate studied a post graduate certificate in Manual therapy for Infants, now having a further interest in children, being a mother herself.
Dr Wines also understands the needs of all levels of athletes and those of us trying to get fit, having played ‘A’ grade softball for over 10 years, working with the Tasmanian Cricket Team and Victorian Softball Team, and her work as a personal trainer. She is well placed to help you recover quickly from your injury or to assist you in becoming your personal best.… read more »
Stay Tuned’s founder Dr Paul Hermann believes whole heartedly in the company’s motto, Everybody Deserves to Feel Good. He believes it is our responsibility, and privilege to help everyone we interact with, to feel as good as possible.
Whilst studying Osteopathy, Paul completed his Masters research studying the ‘Effectiveness of Swiss Ball Training on Lower Back Stability’, before authoring the popular book ‘Effective Swiss Ball Training’. Paul thirst for knowledge, and to find more ways for people to “feel good”, lead him to additionally complete a Masters in Exercise Science.
As a therapist he has applied this principle to his clinical work with patients. As a lecturer, teaching Exercise Science and Rehabilitation at RMIT and Victoria University, and international presenter he has been able to pass on this principle to many thousands of students and other allied health practitioners and Doctors.
Paul continues to share his passion through his work in the Stay Tuned clinics, mentoring many practitioners, writing Health and Fitness related articles and travelling internationally to lecture and look after a variety of professional athletes and teams.
Paul works as an Osteopath & Exercise Scientist at both Boronia and Elwood clinics.… read more »