Sonya Lee (Hypnotherapist and Naturopath), invites you to join her for her free talks. During the initial 30 minute session, within the group setting, you will experience the trance connection and explore how hypnosis can benefit yourself or others. Sonya will talk about some of her experiences as a Hypnotherapist and show how she applies this skill in her practice. 

After the main session, Sonya will be available for a Q&A. This is for those who may like to stay longer and delve into chatting about interesting areas of Natural Health. 

Talks will be held on the following dates at Southside Clinic:

Saturday 23rd March - 1pm 
Sunday 24th March - 10.30am 

To register, please call us on 1300 10 11 22. 

Also watch out for Sonya on May 6th as she will be appearing on 'Our Time', on Channel 44. Now in its 9th year of production, 'Our Time' hosts Malcolm Harslett and Janice Baker are interviewing Sonya Lee, talking about the benefits of hypnosis in supporting positive health changes.

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Welcome Dr Mark Keyworth (Osteopath)

We introduced Mark to you during our last newsletter, but we can't help but mention him again, as we are SOOoooo privileged to have him with us at Southside. Mark is spending 6 months with us in his 'semi-retirement' as he travels around Australia with his wife Jodie. 

Mark has been an Osteopath for over 30 years, and has a huge amount of experience and knowledge to share. If you would like another set of eyes on your injury, aches or pains, you would be well worth coming to see Mark. Mark is working Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 

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andrea’s 5 tips for staying headache free!

Drink lots of water. You should have about 8 glasses a day to keep you hydrated.

Take a magnesium supplement. Magnesium is food for the muscles and reduces tension that can cause headaches.

Take a fish oil or turmeric supplement. Lots of headaches are associated with systemic or whole body inflammation and a fish oil or turmeric supplement is a great way to reduce inflammation in the body.

Do a light weight, high repetition, upper body, weights program. A class like yoga, barre or Pilates is great for this. You need to build strength in your muscles to prevent poor posture.

Aim to reduce stress levels. My favourite two things to prevent stress are participating in a Yin Yoga class, or listening to the Headspace App.

If you have any questions and would like to chat to a practitioner about your headaches, please call us on 1300 10 11 22.

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Understanding Chronic Pain

Have you been suffering from a particular ache or pain for more than three months? In the medical world, if you have the same pain in anywhere in your body consistently for more than twelve weeks it may be classified as chronic pain.

Contrary to popular belief, chronic pain doesn’t refer to the severity of the pain at all, rather it refers to the duration of the experience.

Chronic pain is now known to be different physiologically than the short lived acute pain from an injury such as a torn ligament or an inflamed tendon. It is for this reason that Osteopaths will offer very different advice for managing chronic pain as opposed to dealing with acute injuries.

Imagine you were trying to eat an apple the same way you would eat a kiwi fruit (with a spoon). They’re both fruit, but completely different in their texture and construction. You wouldn’t eat one the way you would eat the other. Similarly treating chronic pain should be handled differently to the way you treat acute pain. They’re both pain but completely different.

Acute pain usually goes away when there is no longer an underlying cause for the pain whereas chronic pain is pain that is ongoing and can continue even after the injury or illness that caused it has healed or gone away. Pain signals may remain active in the nervous system for weeks, months, or even years. Some people suffer chronic pain even when there is no past injury or apparent body damage.

Here are some little known facts about chronic pain:

  • According to the Australian Pain Management Association, one in five Australians suffer from chronic pain.

  • The amount of pain patients experience rarely correlates with the amount of tissue damage or inflammation they suffer from.

  • Exercise is good for you. It might take you a while to figure out which type of exercise works best for your body and how much exercise to do each week but your Osteopath can help you work this out.

  • Doing no exercise is JUST as bad as too much exercise. And likewise doing too much exercise is just as bad as no exercise.

  • Biopsychosocial* factors are really important! Being in pain is tiring both physically and mentally. Our Osteopaths often tell their chronic pain clients to do something everyday that makes them smile (even something as simple as getting out in the sunshine or listening to their favourite song). Happy hormones such as endorphins, dopamine and serotonin help the pain experience to be quietened in the brain.

  • The latest research suggests a very strong link between chronic pain and the gut. If you have allergies/IBS or just a little bit of indigestion and you also have chronic pain it can be helpful to seek some professional advice from a nutritionist or naturopath.

If you would like to speak to one of our practitioners about how we can help manage your chronic pain, please call us on 1300 10 11 22, or email hello@southsideclinic.com.au.

By Dr Elizabeth Jennings (Osteopath)

*The biopsychosocial model is a broad view that attributes disease outcome to the intricate, variable interaction of biological factors (genetic, biochemical, etc), psychological factors (mood, personality, behaviour, etc.), and social factors (cultural, familial, socioeconomic, medical, etc.).

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Trigger Point Dry Needling is a technique utilized by many manual therapists. It involves the placement of thin sterile needles (similar to that used in acupuncture) into muscle trigger points, otherwise known as knots in the muscle. Trigger Point Dry Needling has increasing evidence to support its use for “reduction in immediate, local, referred and wide spread pain”(Dommerholt, 2011).

How does this differ from acupuncture?

Trigger Point Dry Needling is a Western form of needling and is used to modify pain signals, alter the chemical environment at the trigger point site and improve range of motion and muscle pattern activation (Dommerholt, 2011). Acupuncture however is part of traditional Chinese Medicine, where needles are inserted into specific points on the skin (known as acupoints). This process is believed to adjust and alter the body’s energy flow into healthier patterns (Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine (2008)).

What should I expect if receiving Trigger Point Dry Needling?

Insertion of the needle is rarely felt, however when needling occurs to a painful trigger point it can evoke a “twitch” response from the muscle, this is a desirable reaction. Patients commonly feel heaviness in their muscle or a deeper ache sensation followed by release. It can be common for muscle soreness to be felt for up to 24-48hrs post needling, which will then subside. Drinking plenty of water and applying ice to the area can often help reduce this soreness.

Trigger Point Dry Needing with Osteopaths and Physiotherapists

Trigger Point Dry Needling often requires practitioners to complete a small amount of extra study to be qualified in this technique. It is more commonly utilized in conjunction with other manual therapy techniques, such as stretching, soft tissue work and joint mobilization instead of a stand-alone treatment. When used with the correct diagnosis and other manual therapy techniques it can potentially facilitate a “rapid reduction in pain and return to function.” (Dommerholt, 2011). Trigger Point Dry Needling is said to be a safe and often effective form of treatment, which lies within the scope of practice for manual therapists (Unverzagt, C., Berglund, K., & Thomas, J. J. 2015).

Trigger Point Dry Needling at Southside Clinic

Most of the practitioners at Southside Clinic are qualified in Trigger Point Dry Needling, and find that it is great to release muscular tension in conditions such as low back pain, shin splints, tennis and golfers elbow, headaches and neck tension, RSI, postural strain and fibromyalgia. If you would like to speak to one of our practitioners about how Trigger Point Dry Needling could be incorporated into your treatment, please call us on 1300 10 11 22, or email hello@southsideclinic.com.au.

By Dr Miranda Laidlaw (Osteopath)


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Abbaszadeh-Amirdehi, M., Ansari, N., Naghdi, S., Olyaei, G., & Nourbakhsh, M. (2013). The neurophysiological effects of dry needling in patients with upper trapezius myofascial trigger points: study protocol of a controlled clinical trial. BMJ Open, 3(5), e002825. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2013-002825

Unverzagt, C., Berglund, K., & Thomas, J. J. (2015). DRY NEEDLING FOR MYOFASCIAL TRIGGER POINT PAIN: A CLINICAL COMMENTARY. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, 10(3), 402–418.