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Osteopath vs Chiropractor: What’s the Difference?

Written by Raissa Anin

This is probably the most common question asked. Osteopathy and Chiropractic are similar in that both disciplines use manual therapy. Both believe that the body is a self-regulating and self-healing mechanism. In manipulating aggravated sections of the body, they are able to assist in accelerating...

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Osteopath: A Definition

Written by Raissa Anin

The word osteopath derives from the latin osteo, meaning bone, and pathos, meaning disease. When osteopathy was first founded by Dr Andrew Taylor Still in 1874 in Kansas, USA, he was dubbed a “lightning bone-setter”. Dr Still was a conventional medical doctor who became frustrated with his...

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Foot Pain and Osteopathy

Written by Raissa Anin

Let’s talk about feet. Everyone knows the fact that together, our feet carry the most bones in our body (26 in each foot), though our hands aren’t far behind (19 bones in each hand, not including the wrist which has 8 bones in each). Why do we need so many bones in our feet? Our feet act to...

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Sciatic Pain and Osteopathy

Written by Raissa Anin

Sciatica is pain that is caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve, which is in your lower back, extending down your legs. Its characteristics are of pain in the lower back with possible referral into the upper posterior thigh to the knee. It can sometimes extend as far down as the sole of your...

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Osteopathy and Pregnancy

Written by Raissa Anin

Pregnancy can be a wonderful time in a woman’s life. Not only does it herald change to your family life, but it can be a time of great reflection. The physical side of pregnancy can vary. You hear about those who go through pregnancy with no morning sickness and no pain, the whole thing is just a...

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Cold Weather and Your Pains

Written by Raissa Anin

Winter time in Melbourne – brrr! That cold weather really brings out those aches and pains. We’ve tried beating the Winter blues, but sometimes the aches and pains just keep on getting to us. So why does this happen? The answer is never simply black and white, but there can be some simple...

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Osteopathy and Reducing Stress

Written by Raissa Anin

It’s now approaching midway through the year. It’s cold, there’s less sunlight in the day, your well meaning exercise routine you had during the summer months may be on thin ice and the kids have a busy activity schedule that leaves little time. Man, I need a holiday just thinking about...

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Osteopathy and Treating Sinusitis

Written by Raissa Anin

Your sinuses have a natural pump which helps to clear them of the gunk that builds up on a daily basis. When they are functioning well, there’s no worry. However, when they become inflamed and the structures surrounding them become tense, they don’t work as well and we are left with that extra...

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Osteopath Explains: Beat the Winter Blues

Written by Raissa Anin

It’s that time of year again – the mornings are crisper, the skies are greyer, the leaves are turning golden, and the kids are bringing home all sorts of germs from school. Drag out your blankets, dig out the hot water bottle, have the tissues on standby for ‘tis the season for colds and flu....

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