What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy is therapeutic use of high intensity ultrasound waves. It tends to work best with chronic conditions such as heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, tennis and golfers elbow, rotator cuff tears and patella pain.
Shockwave therapy can be used to help treat:
How Does Shockwave Therapy Work?
Shockwave therapy produces a measured high amplitude wave frequency that results in a resonance effect generated by kinetic energy from the shockwave handpiece. The resonance (or shockwave) penetrates deep into the injured area causing microscopic interstitial and extracellular effects which help stimulate tissue regeneration and a healing response by the body.
What are the benefits of Shockwave Therapy?Neurovascularisation Ingrowth
What does shockwave treatment feel like?
Our osteopaths will pass the shockwave applicator head over the injured area, which may cause some mild discomfort during treatment. Shockwave therapy only takes 5-15 minutes of treatment time depending on the area and severity of the injury. You will be able to continue with their daily activities straight after the treatment with very little down time.
How many treatments will I need?
Usually patients require only 3-5 treatments and show an immediate improvement from their first shockwave therapy session. With the second treatment, the pain should further reduce and by the third treatment there should be a significant decrease in pain, which is long lasting. We also help provide our patients with specific strengthening and stretching exercises along with shockwave treatment for excellent long term results.
Are there potential complications with shockwave therapy?
The potential side effects of Shockwave Therapy are minimal. Some people may get localized bruising or feel discomfort for a period of time with post-treatment soreness. There are some contraindications such as pregnancy, prostheses and implants, diabetes, tumor and skin wounds.
*Thank you to Doctors of Osteo for this summary
I love the honesty of Ash's observations. It's making me think I need to get back on the machine again!
Running Program – Ashley Pilcher
First and foremost as part of the program I had to have an assessment done by Dr John Baker. This involved me being assessed for my mobility in general and also to find out what I wanted to achieve from the program.
I will also note that my weight at this stage was 92.8kgs, I noted this as my goal is to get back to 75kgs would love to drop to 70 but I don’t want to get to ahead of myself.
14th Feb 2017
Body Assessment done – things body wise not to bad, legs are pretty tight with the right ankle being a lot more jammed then the left.
Went on the machine as well for 10 mins so John could see how poorly I run ( I say poorly cause I am like a fish out of water lol), towards the end of this I was nearly dying, the old body is pretty unfit.
As part of the program I have to also have weekly treatments with one of the osteo’s or the remedial therapists.
16th Feb 2017
Had my first remedial treatment with Shelli, she concentrated completely on legs and did they need it, could certainly feel the difference afterwards.
18th Feb 2017
My first proper run on the machine and let’s just say it wasn’t overly great, lasted 10 mins and I was pooped by the end of it.
20th Feb 2017
Second run on the machine and I managed to last 15 mins this time. It did feel better and a little easier this time but wasn’t a huge improvement overall. Guess you can’t expect miracles after one go.
22nd Feb 2017
Third run on the machine and I lasted all of 12 mins the legs just didn’t want to come to the party and were quite sore and painful so I got off and went and had my second treatment with Shelli again just concentrating on legs. Must say it didn’t hurt as much as the first week so that was good.
Stay tuned for the next update. Already there is less carry on after a massage treatment so that must be a good sign?!!
Albury Osteopathic has started to offer comprehensive running programs - we will be outlining some aspects on this blog by our resident guinea pig, I mean Remedial Therapist - Ashley Pilcher!
I am a remedial Massage and Bowen Therapist currently employed at Albury Osteopathic Clinic.
Being 36 (turning 37 this year) while not elderly by any means I am not getting any younger and my health is something that is important and I would like to think that in my later years I will have a decent quality of life and be as mobile/active as possible.
I have being a Remedial therapist for nearly 4 years. Before I started my journey in the health industry I had a variety of jobs ranging from chef to retail. While in these roles I was active but for years I have being quite lazy with regards to exercise/sport in general and have let my fitness fall by the wayside.
Alongside my lack of fitness has being a steady gain of weight something that was never a problem in my earlier years.
Working in the Health industry I see all too often how not being active and exercising can cause long term problems with muscles, joints etc. This is something I want to avoid at all costs if I can, obviously we all degenerate to some extent as we get older so better to start sooner rather than later and try and keep it at bay.
Working at Albury Osteo has brought my attention to a pretty awesome machine called the Alter G Anti-Gravity Treadmill. The Alter G was originally designed by NASA for their astronauts who after being in space for a period of time needed to retrain their body’s for earth’s gravity. The beauty of this treadmill is that you can take up to 80% of your body’s weight off and literally feel like you’re running on nothing.
I have seen numerous clients use the machine and get great benefits from it, be it someone who has hurt their ankle/knee and is used to running they can use the machine while injured and still obtain the cardio workout while not causing themselves any pain or further injury. There are also a few clients who use it for weight loss which is what peaked my interest in the possibility of me using it for similar reasons. Being that I rarely exercise I thought it would be a great way to get my fitness levels up, learn to run and also lose some weight.
Over the course of the next few months I will doing a Running program using the Alter G and I will be doing a blog to document my progress and to make sure that I am progressing forward and not backwards. I look forward to sharing my journey with you all.
Please contact the clinic on 02 60 413 606 if you want any further information. We will be adding blogs on Ash's journey too!
I am passionate about educating my clients into healthier ways to use their bodies and helping them on the road to recovery after injuries, and/or chronic illness leading to other problems in the body.
I became fascinated about learning to ‘help the body heal itself and function to the best of its ability again,’ after suffering from an injury myself and receiving treatment from experts in this field.
My other interests include any kind of sport but especially Swimming. This year I completed my 10th pier to pub Swim. (A 1.2km beach swim in Lorne.) I also enjoy teaching swimming, something I have done since I was 17."
Frank Palma, Riley Miller and Ashley Palma are all trained in applying Kinesio tape and use it when warranted in treatments - and on themselves on occasion!
Kinesio tape is used for a number a different injuries throughout the whole body. When applied it pulls the upper layers of skin, creating more space between the skin and the muscles. This space allows for better lymph drainage, greater room for muscles to contract and reduce nerve compression.
Kinesio tape provides support without restricting your range of motion. This is u nlike rigid tape which provides support but also limits your range of motion.
The benefits of kinesio tapping are:
· Reduced muscle fatigue
· Provide support to muscles and joints
· Reduce swelling and fluid
· Posture correction
· Increased range of motion
· Accelerate the healing process from injury
· Better quality of muscle contraction.
Kinesiology tape may help:
· Soft tissue injuries (such has hamstring strains)
· Back and neck pain
· Plantar fasciitis
· Knee and ankle pain
· Shoulder injuries
· Poor posture
It is also being used for women in pregnancy, to help with bruising after an accident (great photo's!) and gentle enough to use with babies and young children too. Blogs on these uses are coming up...........
On the weekend our osteopath Dr. Frank Palma completed the functional assessment course held in Melbourne. This course bridges the gap between traditional osteopathic assessments and functional movements that are performed by our patients during their daily activities. This allows us to gain a better understanding of how you’re moving and identify any risks you may have for future injury.
The course used the most up to date evidence based functional movement strategies and assessments using the M.A.T (Movements Assessment Tool), which is used to obtain quantifiable data, calculate injury risk and track treatment progression over time.
This course allows us to
· Set baseline measurements to track the progress of our treatments.
· Calculate your risk of injury in any sport
· Determine when you’re ready to return to sport to minimize injury
John Baker is also certified in FMS.
I'm often asked what’s the difference between an osteopath, chiropractor and physiotherapist? The short answer is that it depends on the practitioner and because of evidence based medicine and the fact that we all tend to read the same research literature and learn from each other we are tending to become more alike in how we practice. However there definitely are differences. Some of these are historical and philosophical and some are practical.
I think most people are probably most interested in the practical differences. Here are some of the main ones:-
What happens in a treatment—The bulk of most osteopathic hands-on sessions include massage and various types of tissue and joint manipulation. When compared to chiropractors, osteopaths do a lot more massage and less of the high velocity (joint cracking) manipulation. They also use a lot more gentle manipulation, specific positioning techniques, active resistance, and slow release of ligaments and fascia. Osteopaths traditionally have not prescribed as much exercise rehabilitation as physios but this is changing rapidly and most osteopaths like their patients to do exercise to assist in the management of chronic and recurring problems.
Length of treatment sessions- most osteopaths do 30-60 minutes treatment sessions. This tends to be longer than most chiropractors, (who may do 5-15 minute session) and similar (although probably slightly longer) to muscular-skeletal physiotherapists.
Whole body focus- Osteopaths tend to treat more than one part of the body because they are trained to always consider the ways that all parts of the body are connected. For example, a person with a shoulder problem may also have restrictions and imbalances in the ribcage and pelvis that contribute to abnormal function of their shoulder.
Healing the whole person- Historically osteopathy was concerned with healing a range of ailments, not just muscular-skeletal pain and injury. Today we can still say that the body’s self-regulating (or homeostatic) ability is enhanced when structure and physiology are balanced and efficient. Relaxation of the body and the nervous system is an important aim of osteopathic treatment because of the way this supports the healing response.
Frequency of treatments- Osteopaths tend to treat less often than chiros and physios. I believe that the combination of long treatment times, whole body focus, and variety of treatment techniques that focus on the whole body and work on different types of tissue mean that people tend to get better with less number of treatments.
Skill and Training
Osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists all undertake 4- 5 years of university education (usually to the level of master’s degree). I would argue (and some might disagree) that osteopaths probably get the best training in massage and soft tissue skills. They are extensively trained in specific osteopathic techniques that require high levels of sensitivity, focus and interpretative touch.
Many people say they love the feeling of wellbeing and relaxation they experience with osteopathic treatment. Perhaps it’s because they can feel that the osteopath is thinking with their hands, interpreting and responding to what’s under their hands; adjusting technique, pressure and position as the tissues change during the treatment.
Results- Treatment results depend on the skill of the practitioner, whether osteo, chiro or physio and the fit they and the techniques they use have with the patient and/or their condition.
If you want to read a bit more about the philosophy of osteopathy. Here is are a couple of links.
This is directly from Dr Rosalba Courtney http://www.breathandbody.com.au/blog/2016/10/15/whats-the-difference-between-osteopaths-chiropractor... It's such a good post that we are sharing it here.
If you’re looking for more information about how your body functions or about Albury Osteopathic Clinic specifically, you’ve come to the right place. Be sure to check our blog frequently for all of the latest news and updates. Of course, if you have any questions, feel free to contact us.