26 November 2011

Recommend an osteo in/near civic?

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Can anyone recommend a good osteopath in or near the city to deal with a dodgy back?

Preferably one that doesnt require a second mortgage to fund an appointment with (noting that it aint going to be cheap no matter where I go).


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Just reading the comments here and agree with Myrmecia that you should also look outside of the traditional therapists. When my back gets really bad – to the point where I can barely walk and one hip is about three foot higher than the other, I go to my chiropractor. However, for maintenance I try to get to the chinese massage therapists. I go to Miracle Therapy in Tuggers, and although it may seem as if they might just give generic massages to stressed out shoppers, they don’t. As Myrmecia says, my back pain stems from very tight calf muscles due to sitting at a desk most days. If there is referred pain, then they will find out where it’s coming from – you just need to tell them all your symptoms. They do also offer health care rebates.

+1 for Canberra City Osteopathy.

In Deakin (Equinox Park) you can try Berg’s Physio – they offer both physio’s and osteo’s – they’re brilliant.

My partner and I both go to Canberra City Osteopathy, Level 1, 71-73 London Circuit
Canberra City (Upstairs from Big & Tall Menswear)

They are great to deal with!

Inner North Osteopathy on Lonsdale St – good practice and therapists.

Don’t confine yourself to an osteopath. Look for physiotherapists as well, and especially for one who will suggest exercises, massages, changes in sitting or sleeping positions that you can apply yourself. And don’t expect to get a single manipulation that will free you from “dodginess” for the rest of your days. If your sitting position (for example) is causing the problem, changing that for life is the only way you will eliminate the problem. In the case of sitting, it may be, for example, that contracting your hamstring muscles all day by sitting causes them to pull unnaturally up your back when you extend them when you stand or sleep. Daily stretching (or not sitting) is where you might look for an answer in this example: don’t restrict your search to the back itself, even if that’s where the pain manifests itself.

Personally, I prefer trigger point massage and manipulation, but it does not work in all cases.

As to practitioners, Stuart Andrews at “Fit to Manage” in Deakin is tops. Just ask to see his amazing before and after pictures and talk with his clients who’ll be exercising when you visit.

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