Our Bodies are Awesome!! How many times have you heard of someone who was told that they would not be able to walk following an injury, only to see them walking? Or really any “you will not be able to do XYZ” story that ends up a fallacy.
As health practitioners we know a lot about the human body. However, we do not know it all. Our experience and training help us to make predictions on recovery and prognosis. Yet the human body can still amaze us.
While certain structures within the body can be injured there is great scope for healing and repair. Just because it is not in original condition does not mean it will not work as well as it originally did. There may have to be a little extra work on your part – for example a painful shoulder with a calcific tendon may require additional strengthening of the other shoulder muscles to take the load off the calcific tendon to allow healing and repair. There may be full recovery of the tendon, or some calcification may remain. The overall outcome though would be a strong shoulder that functions as it did before becoming painful.
Injury isn’t a full stop!
My message here is that an injury or issue isn’t a full stop. If you find yourself with a practitioner focused on what you are not able to do, rather than what you are able to do it may be time to see if there is someone else to assist you along your rehabilitation journey. Don’t get me wrong there are precautions and possibly some activities to avoid in the short term. A skilled practitioner will be able to assist you with preparing your body for returning to your desired activity and letting you know when it is appropriate to progress on. It is great to have goals to reach towards.
In the case highlighted at the start of someone being told that they would not walk again following an injury – you can still aim high. If the goal is something you truly desire let it be known and surround yourself with people to help along the way. Our bodies are amazing and with conscious drive towards a goal who knows what you can achieve.
Written by: Glenda Walters – Physiotherapist and Exercise Physiologist
Dry Needling and Osteopathy. What is Dry Needling?
Osteopath Dr Jess Watson explains
Dry needling is a treatment that uses fine, single-use needles, the same as those used in acupuncture. Dry needling and Osteopathy is becoming more common. Your osteopath may use dry needling in conjunction to other osteopathic techniques when they see fit. Dry needling is used to deactivate and help loosen tightened spots within the muscle. These tight spots are known as ‘trigger points’. It is also used to improve nerve conduction, blood supply, the strength of tendons and ligaments, and to stimulate reflex mechanisms within the area.
The overall goal of dry needling is to reduce muscle pain and spasm, increase range of motion of the surrounding joints, and provide an overall increase in function of the body.
When would dry needling be beneficial?
A number of conditions treated by Osteopaths can benefit from dry needling. Dry needling will normally make up only a small part of your osteopathic treatment. The following conditions can respond well to dry needling:
Back and neck pain
Rotator cuff injuries
Acute sporting injuries
Chronic pain conditions
together dry needling and osteopathy can be very helpful.
Is it painful?
As pain is a subjective experience, no patient’s experience with dry needling is the same. However, as the needle used is so fine most patients do not feel the needle pierce the skin.
Most commonly once the needle has entered the muscle, a small twitch or cramping sensation can be felt. There may be a small ache, slight numbness or heaviness. This feeling normally subsides and can be considered a good sign. The ache can indicate that the correct point has been found, and your muscle will soon relax.
Will I feel sore after?
Most patients respond very well to this form of treatment, however, similarly to all manual therapy techniques, some soreness may occur. Any sorenesss usually resolves 24-48 hours post treatment.
Is it the same as acupuncture?
No. Dry needling does use the same thin needles, but the objectives of the treatments are different. Dry needling is most commonly used to treat tight areas of muscles, known as ‘trigger points’. Acupuncture however focuses on inner body energy (Qi). Acupuncture needles are placed in very specific points to help facilitate and improve the Qi. Stimulating Acupuncture points can allow the body to properly heal.
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture is a separate degree at university.
Dry needling is an adjunctive course for Osteopaths. Practitioners who have a degree such as an Osteopathy or Physiotherapy can do the training.
Osteopaths that utilise dry needling are, therefore, not acupuncturists unless they also hold a degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine, or a masters of Acupuncture.
Need a delicious festive recipe? Here’s a great one we came across for a Christmas season staple fruit mince pies! You can use regular butter or you can adjust the recipe to use a vegetable based spread or coconut oil to make them vegan fruit mince pies if you want! These pies are super yum and super easy and so much better than the supermarket version! They also make a great gift for you family and friends over the Christmas period!
This broccoli salad recipe is a favourite of ours! Full of anti-inflammatory spices and magnesium, this broccoli salad not only packs a flavour punch, but it will make you feel great as well. This salad not only tastes great but it’s good for you too, Broccoli is packed with vitamin C and fibre! Perfect as a side dish for any dinner or to take for lunch at work
Broccoli Salad recipe.
1 head of Broccoli, cut into florets and steamed
1 red Capsicum, roasted, peeled and cut into strips.
1/2 cup Cashews lightly toasted.
120g Baby Spinach leaves.
1/4 red Onion, very thinly sliced
Juice of 1 lemon.
1 heaped teaspoon of curry powder.
1 heaped teaspoon of smokey paprika.
1/2 teaspoon Turmeric.
2 tablespoons of Olive oil.
1 tablespoon Tahini.
Salt and Pepper
Put dressing ingredients in a clean jar and shake to combine
If the mixture is too thick, combine with a little water until you get the desired consistency.
Spray or drizzle olive oil on a whole red capsicum and bake capsicum in a hot oven until the skin starts to blister and soften away from the flesh.
Allow the capsicum to cool slightly and peal away the skin (should remove easily) and then cut into strips
Steam the broccoli being mindful to not overcook so it is still firm and then allow to cool
Combine all ingredients in a Salad Bowl and lightly toss.
Kale Chips can be a great way to get all of the health benefits of kale in a tasty crunchy snack. I am sure you have heard that kale is packed full of vitamins and fibre making it a true superfood. Kale is naturally high in
B vitamins – essential for converting nutrients you consume into usable energy
Vitamin C: essential for the growth, development and repair of tissues. Assists in the development of of collagen, helps us to absorb iron, assist the function of the immune system
Fibre – improving digestive function and bowel health, lowers cholesterol and assist in controlling blood sugar levels and maintaining health weigh
Magnesium – Good for bone health and calcium absorption
Making your own kale chips is easy and better and cheeper than any you can buy in stores (that are often high is salt). So long as you do not drench them in old and salt. If you keep cooking time under 10 minutes it helps to retain many of the nutrients in the kale
Kale chips are the nicest of treats with the naughtiest taste!!! Give this easy 4 Ingredient recipe a shot, you wont be sorry
1 bunch of kale, washed, stems removed
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 teaspoon Fine Celtic Sea Salt
Preheat the oven to 120 degrees while you massage olive oil into the kale leaves. Lay the kale leaves out on a lined baking tray in one layer, being careful not to let the leaves overlap. You may need more than one tray or to do the kale chips in batches.
Combine the garlic and salt in a small dish and sprinkle sparingly on top of the kale leaves.
Bake in the oven until chips are completely dry and crispy. If the leaves are looking a bit brown, try turning the oven down. Cooking them for longer at lower temperature results in greener and crispier chips.