Have you missed hydrotherapy? Maybe you’re returning to sport and need to heal a niggling injury or improve function and movement? Or you’re experiencing pain or movement limitations due to a condition such as arthritis? We’re excited to announce that pool-based physiotherapy is back from today at our Thomastown and Craigieburn clinics! Harnessing the buoyancy of water to enable exercises that may not be possible with the loads of land-based exercise, hydro helps a diverse range of clients, from athletes to sufferers of chronic pain and those with severe injuries or disabilities. It really is a marvellous discipline!

Could you benefit from hydrotherapy?

-Your condition or injury requires therapeutic exercise but you can’t tolerate the load of land-based exercise

-You suffer from muscle pain or spasms

-You wish to fast-track recovery or return to peak performance after injury or promote healing of an old injury

-You’re an athlete seeking methods to promote better recovery

-Your movement or function is limited by a condition such as arthritis

-You suffer chronic pain and/or swelling

-You require rehabilitation for a major injury

-You require rehabilitation after surgery (e.g. joint replacement)

-Your movement/function is limited by physical disability

When did you last wonder whether your muscle symmetry is optimising your performance in sport or exercise? How about the way your brain and body are communicating? Could enhancing this dialogue improve your athletic performance?

These are fitness questions few non-elite athletes think to ask. Yet paying attention to, and optimising, the more detailed and intricate factors that affect movement can be the difference between ‘good’ and ‘peak’ performance (you may be surprised to learn of your untapped potential)!

How to harness the science? At Soaring Health, we have translated the science employed by Olympians and elite sports clubs into an 11-step formula suitable for athletes at all levels to realise peak form and results while overcoming injuries and minimising injury risk. The ‘Soaring Health Method’ has been successfully used by numerous elite sports clubs. Here are 3 lesser-known areas to consider when striving for that athletic ‘edge’.

1. Postural symmetry

Identifying subtle changes in natural posture that may reduce joint movement and cause muscle tightness and making corrections.

2. Balance

Determining how each side of the body is functioning and how the brain and body are communicating can inform exercises to enhance agility and coordination.

3. Muscle symmetry

Muscles on either side of the body should be able to provide equal strength and flexibility. A balanced body will better resist injury under the demands of athletic performance.

For more information on optimising your sport or exercise performance, check out the blog or sports section on our newly-launched website. 😊#keepsoaring

'Prehab' has become a trend among fitness enthusiasts, but far from being a fad, 'prehabilitation' is an invaluable stage in any fitness or sport regimen. Find out how it can prevent injury, enhance fitness progress and results and ensure that your summer fitness kick is sustainable for the long term.

For injury-free summer fitness, preparation is key

The annual pressure to ‘get in shape’ for summer results in ubiquitous ‘health kicks’, ‘fitness sprees’ and 12-week programs. Unfortunately, this sudden activity vastly increases injury risk. Whether you’ve returned to regular exercise after a sedentary winter, stepped up training frequency or intensity, started a summer sport or are embarking on a fitness regimen for the first time, you need to make sure your body’s up to the task (the last thing you want is to be laid up while everyone’s playing beach cricket). 

The most common paths to injury are going too hard, too fast, incorrectly performing exercises and performing advanced exercises or sporting movements without first building up requisite strength and fitness. Most injuries result from overuse and muscle imbalances, which can be prevented by what’s colloquially termed ‘prehab’.

A physio helps with fitness preparation

Pre what? 

As the name suggests, ‘prehab’ or prehabilitation is the opposite of rehabilitation, or working to remedy injuries after the fact. In short, it’s a preventative protocol and investment in your long-term fitness and freedom of movement. Initially, prehab commonly focuses on whole-body stability and mobility focused-movements (think those targeting feet, ankles, hips, thoracic spine, chest and shoulders). These may be Incorporated into a dynamic warm-up [link to other blog post]. Foam rolling before a warm-up can also help to prepare the body for exercise. 

Once primary prehab has instilled sufficient joint and postural integrity, prehab may advance to movement-based training around the five primary movement patterns. This may include exercises such as squats (bend and lift movement pattern), push-ups (pushing movement), woodchops (rotational movement) and lunges (single-leg movement). 

If you’re not confident gauging your body’s readiness for prehab exercise, a Soaring Health Thomastown physiotherapist or Craigieburn physiotherapist can help you to achieve your summer fitness goals pain and injury free.

Whether you're trying to eat better for weight loss, more energy of that healthy summer glow, make sure your diet overhaul doesn't include these common summer eating pitfalls.

Huge Salads Example - 3 healthy summer diet mistakes and how to fix them

Mistake 1

Huge salads. Actually, it’s rarely the salad ingredients themselves that cause a problem (veggies are low-kilojoule, nutrient powerhouses packed with filling fibre), but the dressing and toppings. Creamy dressings particularly -- think Caesar and anything white – can put the saturated fat and kilojoule count of an otherwise-healthy salad on par with a burger or bowl of pasta! Even non-creamy store-bought dressings can be packed with hidden sugar. Toppings are another common trap. While bacon and cheese may be obvious candidates for ‘use sparingly’, many people make the mistake of overusing ‘healthy’ toppings such as seeds and nuts which, while good for you, are high in fat (good fats are as energy-dense as bad ones).

Fix it

Swap store-bought salads and wraps and bought salad dressings for home made, which allows you to control the ingredients and quantities. Consider vinaigrette-style dressings made from ingredients such as balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and mustard for a flavour hit without excess fat and kilojoules. If you prefer creamy dressings, avocado is an excellent anchor. Try combining it with Greek yoghurt, olive oil and garlic or experiment with your own flavours by adding different herbs and spices. Limit packaged condiments, which often contain hidden sugar and other undesirable additives.    

Smoothies and juices - 3 healthy summer diet mistakes and how to fix them

Mistake 2

Smoothies and juices. Idealised as ‘healthy’, smoothies and juices can pack a huge sugar punch and rival the kilojoules of a meal without creating the same sense of satiety. Juices are  a trap because, unlike whole pieces of fruit, juices lack filling fibre. Without fibre, not only do they leave you hungry, but the sugar content causes a sudden spike in insulin and leads to erratic blood sugar, which can cause sugar cravings (hello, vending machine). 

Fix it

Skip the bought smoothies, or make sure you know exactly what’s in them. If you prefer a liquid meal (they are easy to drink on the go), make your own with no-added sugar yoghurt or skim milk and throw in the pulp for fibre. Otherwise, get your fruit fix by adding chopped whole fruit such as apple or nectarine to cereal. Snack on whole fruits to maximise satiety and nutrition.  

Staying hydrated helps with healthy summer eating

Mistake 3

Drinking too little. Warmer temperatures and office air-conditioning can lead to dehydration. Yet unlike in the heat of summer, you mightn’t recognise that you need more fluids. Mild dehydration is often misconstrued as hunger, leading to unnecessary snacking or overeating. Headaches are another symptom of insufficient fluid intake. While two litres a day is a good hydration benchmark, this should increase if you’re active, working outdoors or drink coffee or tea, which contribute to dehydration.

Fix it

Give yourself an incentive to regularly sip water by investing in a water bottle you’ll want on your desk. Get into a routine of filling it each evening and refrigerating it overnight. If you tend to forget to sip, set a few reminders throughout the day on your phone or computer. Aim to need a refill by lunchtime. If you dislike the taste of plain water, try adding a squeeze of lemon or lime. 

Whatever your health and wellbeing goals, we recommend consulting an accredited practising dietitian (APD) before making any drastic diet changes. To learn more about nutrition consultations or to book an appointment, click here.

Whether injury has you sidelined from your favourite sport or pain is hindering your passion for gardening (or Saturday morning yoga), Soaring Health’s highly-trained professionals in physiotherapy, chiropractic, dietetics, remedial massage, myotherapy and psychology can help. However, even the most passionate, dedicated and highly skilled professional can only do so much. Any therapeutic work is a collaborative effort between practitioner and client. Getting the most from your Soaring Health treatment experience also depends on your level of motivation, commitment and perseverance (dragging yourself out of bed to do those exercises when it feels too hard or futile willpay off in the long run). The other key to optimising the benefits of your treatment is avoiding common – and often surprising –mistakes that undermine progress. From minimising recovery time to preventing future injuries and pain, these tips will help you to achieve your treatment goals.

1. Arrive early 

It’s hard to clearly communicate your goals and symptoms when you’re flustered from traffic and out of breath – and being late heightens the risk that you’ll forget something important. On your appointment day, leave plenty of time and plan to arrive early. You can enjoy a complimentary latte while you review what you want to say. If you do have time to spare, consider making a list of key points. You’ll arrive at your appointment calm and relaxed – which will also enhance your treatment. For initial appointments, you’ll be asked to complete an intake questionnaire, so try to arrive at least 15 minutes early.

2. Dress the part

When dressing for your appointment, consider the type of clothing you’d wear to yoga or Pilates. Wearing lightweight, flexible clothing and easy-to-remove shoes will mean you’re comfortable and able to move freely. It will also enable your practitioner to locate and access target muscles and joints. Try to avoid jeans, tailored clothing and jewellery (you’ll only have to take it off). If you are coming from work or somewhere requiring a ‘treatment unfriendly’ wardrobe, there is a change room available, so remember to pack a bag. 

3. Silence your phone

Smartphones can be sneaky treatment saboteurs. While a social media ping or email alert may seem inconsequential, the intrusion of technology mid-massage or adjustment will not only cause you to tense up and drift from the moment (ideally you’d be relaxed and focused on your body), but it may distract your practitioner from doing their best work and break the important connection between client and practitioner. If you can’t turn your phone off, at least put it on silent. 

4. Communicate well  

All good partnerships are built on communication. In the case of treatment, the more clear, concise and direct you can be, the faster your practitioner can diagnose relevant issues and get you on the way to recovery. While your practitioner is trained to ask questions that elicit key information, you can help. Start with the core reason you’ve sought treatment and any known or possible related causes (such as a fall before the onset of back pain) and frame your experience in visceral terms (e.g. ‘It feels as though it gets caught and needs to be clicked into place’). While being concise and direct can fast-track diagnosis and treatment, detail can help your practitioner to fine-tune their diagnosis and treatment plan, so don’t be afraid to mention something that maybe relevant – even if you fear that it’s melodramatic or embarrassing.   

5. Work it with active care

Treatment doesn’t end when you leave the consultation room. In fact, most of your recovery occurs outside your sessions – so it really is up to you to ‘facilitate’ the treatment process. The biggest factor within your control (aside from following advice to avoid activities that may make your injury worse), is how you approach homework. It may seem like a chore or that missing a day here or there won’t matter, but consistently performing prescribed exercises will help you and your practitioner to efficiently achieve your treatment goals while preventing injury and pain in the long term. If you do miss a couple of days (you’re human), be honest with your practitioner. It will help them to understand your progress and administer appropriate treatment in session. 

2014 World Cup Hockeyroos Goalkeeper, Rachael Lynch has been generous enough to share some of her experiences and insights with Soaring Health and our community of aspiring athletes. She is the recipient of many prestigious medals including the Oceania Gold Cup following a standout performance during the shoot-out.

This is Rachael Lynch...

Q1. What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?

I have no regrets so would follow the same plan I had at 18. Work hard to finish uni, keep training and make the most of every opportunity

Q2. Who are your closest mentors and coaches and what impact have they had on your sporting career?

I have three key influences on my hockey career. My goalkeeper coach Michelle Flouch looked after me for many years and taught me all the basics of the game. Then I had Rachel Imison who was the Victorian and Australian GK for the first few years of my career at the top. She was a fantastic role model not just with hockey but all her pursuits outside of hockey. Now as a more senior player, I rely on the advice of my best friend, Stacia Joseph. She has been through the system and knows how it works, but we also share very similar values, so I look to her for advice.

Q3. What was your biggest challenge and how did you overcome it?

My biggest challenge was missing out on the 2012 London Olympics (and Beijing 2008). Having been in the team for many years, it was always a goal of mine to win a medal at the Olympics. For the Rio Olympic campaign, I made some changes in my mental approach and also my life off the field. I enlisted the help of a friend who assisted me in putting together some positive affirmations that I read every morning and every night for the year leading up to the Olympics. I also continued to work as a nurse at my hospital. This was important for me to have balance and also keep perspective in a year where hockey is more consuming than ever.

Q4. How do you look after yourself in the off-season?

We don't have an off-season in hockey as we compete internationally all year round. The only time we don't train for hockey is over Christmas. The weight training and running continues so I try to use this time to freshen up mentally and gain some grounds in my strength work. I have a little tradition of waking up early and doing a bike ride on Christmas day which I find is a wonderful way to start the day.

Q5. Describe your daily routine.

My days are all very different. My favourite day of the week would be Friday. We have an early hockey session usually from 7-9. Ice bath recovery. Then the leadership group meet with the staff to discuss the week's results and events. We have a quick snack during this meeting then head off to Yoga. I always love this hour in the week as I can completely switch off and clear my mind. From here I race home for a quick lunch, make my dinner then head off to work. I work 2-9.30 so get to spend the end of my week helping people which I really enjoy.

You may have seen many elite athletes with large red circles all over their skin; these marks are the result of cupping therapy. This technique has been practiced throughout Asia for thousands of years where they use suction cups to help relieve pain.

How does cupping work? Either with heat or air to create suction into the cup as they are placed onto the body. The vacuum created pulls on the skin and blood vessels in towards the cup, which is why they can leave marks on the skin.

1.Pain Relief

Cupping helps eliminate toxins from the body and stimulates the flow of fresh blood and lymphatic fluid to the affected areas. It often works for clients who are dealing with poor circulation, anxiety, flu, cough, fever, aches and other conditions.

2. Removes Toxins

Cupping can be used all over the body to improve range of movement and reduce tension. It loosens the muscles and brings blood to the area and softens the underlying muscle tissue, which leads to increased flexibility and mobility.
Many clients suffer from chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia; cupping therapy can be very beneficial.

3. Promotes Relaxation

The suction of the cup is applied to what is most comfortable for you and can be changed at any time during the treatment. Once the cups are placed onto the body, they can be left for 20 minutes as you remain still and calm putting you into a more relaxed state as it sedates the central nervous system. If you don’t take the time to relax you can be put under constant stress that can lead to other health conditions, such as depression or anxiety.

If you are someone who is suffering from chronic pain, general stiffness or muscles aches, at Soaring Health with offer cupping therapy so don’t feel hesitant to give it a go.

Professional footballer (soccer) and current Socceroos goalkeeper Matt Ryan has been generous enough to share some of his experiences and insights with Soaring Health and our community of aspiring athletes. He is the recipient of the many prestigious medals including A-leagues young footballer of the year, Belgium Pro League footballer of the year and AFC Asian Cup dream team.

This is Matt Ryan..

What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?

To recognize how privileged I am to be embarking on this journey and to try to make the most of my opportunities. To take nothing for granted and use all the tools available to create the best life/career I can. You only get one crack at it and time is just continually passing.

John Crawley was my first ever goalkeeper coach at the age of 12. I then worked with him through my juniors before he became my first professional goalkeeper coach at Central Coast Mariners. I was a product of his coaching style and method, and he acted as a father figure with things away from football. He was always willing to help and teach me about any aspect of life/football. He played a significant role in grooming me to becoming a true professional of the game and making me aware of what I need to be doing and not to be doing to give the best account of myself.

Definitely, as a youngster growing up and missing out on representative teams and being told you're not good enough, especially at such a young age. I was lucky to have humble, hard working people around me. People like John and most important my mother, sister and extended family who were always there to support me and give me advice in all sorts of situations. In those times of rejection, it was their guidance which helped me realise and enabled me to focus on things that I can control (like improving aspects of my game and improving my strength). This taught me to go the extra mile to be successful rather than to sulk and dwell on rejection and throw in the towel etc.

I feel like it's my time of re-boosting the soul. To see and spend time with loved ones, friends and family that I don't get to see too often throughout the year. That picks me up and brings me a sense of joy. Also, I like to remain fit by doing other sports like tennis golf, etc. Walking the dog with the family and trying not to eat and drink too much unhealthy food. I also do a bit of training myself before heading back into preseason

“I was lucky to have humble, hardworking people around me.”

Describe your daily routine.

9:15 am- Wake up, shower and head to training.

9:45 am- Have breakfast (Muesli with banana, nuts and almond milk)

10:00 am- Start gym or if it's getting close to a game, a light stretch

11:00 am- Team training

12:30- 1:00 pm- Finish off training with some extra core followed by ice bath and shower.

2:00 pm- I go home to have some lunch, usually some protein in the form of fish, chicken or sometimes meat with vegetables or salad.

3-7pm- Downtime: either relax at home, catch up with family friends through FaceTime

8 pm- Dinner time, similar to lunch, same concept.

8:30- More down time (tv). Sometimes I roll on the roller if I'm feeling tight or sore.

11:30 pm bed time

Matt started off with high ambitions, and the odds were not always in his favor. He worked hard, he worked smart, and he networked with the right individuals. He's achieved so much at a young age. As a young Socceroos, Matt still has a lot to achieve, and Soaring Health looks forward to seeing Matt soar to even greater heights.

To connect with Matt Ryan, follow him on his Instagram @Maty Ryan

This blog post has been extracted from the August 2017 issue of the Women's Health & Fitness Magazine. This is my take on Salt Therapy (Halotherapy)

ON WHAT IT IS

Halotherapy is a natural therapy where a person sits in a simulated natural salt cave environment to aid with respiratory conditions and ailments via the inhalation of salt particles.

HOW IT WORKS

It works in two ways: firstly, salt rocks emit negative ions, which are absorbed to heal electron deficient body cells; secondly, by consolidating inflammation and mucus in the lungs it makes it easier to naturally expectorate.

ON BENEFITS

» Skin

A reduction in inflammation relieves skin irritations often associated with contact sports.

» Lungs

Lungs are cleared of mucus allowing for better quality breathing.

» Sports performance

Cleansing the lungs by removing congestion and inflammation means athletes can inhale oxygen deeper into their lungs.

» Anti-viral and anti-bacterial

Athletes’ bodies can occasionally be immunosuppressed due to heightened physical demands. Salt therapy can help protect the immune system.

» Fitness

There can be an increase in lung capacity, especially beneficial to athletes suffering from chronic respiratory conditions.

In terms of sessions required, for elite athletes, I recommend weekly, to begin with (the first month) and then every fortnight for the duration of the sporting season. It can be more often for athletes suffering from respiratory ailments.

ON SUITABILITY

Athletes looking to improve their recovery naturally, people suffering from chronic respiratory conditions and people looking for a complementary treatment for skin conditions can all benefit.

I wouldn’t recommend salt therapy to anyone who doesn’t suffer from a lung or skin condition. I believe there are other modalities that can help people improve their health and relaxation that are more efficient and affordable, such as meditation, home exercises and regular massages.

However, I’m not aware of anyone who it wouldn’t be suitable for.  

ON RISKS

It’s time-consuming because only small amounts of salt are consumed in air particles – each session is normally in excess of 30 minutes. So it’s not really a speedy form of treatment for chronic conditions.

ON SAFETY

In a professional environment, the treatment is safe.

ON ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS

Salt therapy is great as a complementary therapy and is most effective when used in conjunction with other modalities. For my athletes, I recommend salt therapy to complement their recovery routine which consists of ice baths (within 40 minutes of completing rigorous exercises), daily stretches, regular massages (minimum one per week), good nutrition, mindful practices and, most importantly, a well-adjusted spine.


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One of the most common natural occurrences with healthy young individuals is reoccurring muscle tightness. It's annoying, restrictive and for some people, it can hold them back from doing what they love.

It's very common among athletes, and there are six things you can do to alleviate this. When a few of these are combined, more often than not, muscle tightness can significantly reduce within three weeks.

1. Dynamic Stretches

Dynamic stretches are stretches you do while a joint is moving through its full range of motion. An example of this is standing on one leg while swinging the other leg from full extension to full flexion. Dynamic stretches are great for improving flexibility and are most effective when done in the mornings.

One of the most common natural occurrences with healthy young individuals is reoccurring muscle tightness. It's annoying, restrictive and for some people, it can hold them back from doing what they love.

It's very common among athletes, and there are six things you can do to alleviate this. When a few of these are combined, more often than not, muscle tightness can significantly reduce within three weeks.

2. Static Stretches

Static stretches are stretches which require you to hold a muscle stretch in a position for a certain amount of time. An excellent example of this is when you sit on the floor, reach forward and hold on to your toes. These stretches are useful if held for more than 30sec and completed just before going to bed.

3. Regular Massage

Elite athletes receive at least 2 x 45min massages a week for a good reason. It loosens up the muscles fibres, reduces the formation of scar tissue during muscle repair and it helps with lymphatic drainage. Recreational athletes should endeavour to get a remedial or myotherapy massage every fortnight.

4. Magnesium Supplements

Found in a variety of foods including legumes, whole grains, green leafy vegetables, seeds, and nuts is magnesium. However, one in four Australians fails to meet the recommended daily intake of magnesium. There are many magnesium supplements to pick from, but there are only two we recommend. They have the highest level of Magnesium absorption and retention in the body. They are BioCeuticals-UltraMuscleEze oral powder (kept in stock at Soaring Health) and Metagenics CalmX 270g oral powder.

5. Salt Baths

Salt baths work efficiently because of 2 main reasons; the warm water and the salt absorbed directly by the muscles help reduce tightness. The two most commonly used salts are 100% pure Epsom salts (500g costs $14.95. Can be found in our online store) and Radox Bath Soak (500ml costs $17). They're inexpensive and with the right brands, very effective. Also remember they're ineffective if the water isn't warm enough and if you don't put the recommended amount.

6. Self-massage tools

Self Massage Tools include Spiky Massage Balls, Foam Rollers, Massage Sticks and Trigger point Triangles. Foam Rollers are the most commonly used tools amongst athletes while massage balls are considered the most useful. Their use is easy and straightforward; use your body weight to press on a trigger point over the Spiky Massage Ball. Trigger points release after 30-60 seconds when done correctly. This will help alleviate the muscle tightness.

The best thing is you don't need to do all of these to get results; sometimes implementing just a couple could alleviate your reoccurring muscle tension. Try it this month and leave us some feedback on how it went.

Foam rolling is a self-myofascial release technique which is done by simply using your body weight to roll onto the foam roller back and forth. By using a foam roller, your body will benefit from it and so will your bank account. Everyone can have a busy lifestyle and sometimes not having the time to see a healthcare professional means your body/health will suffer, foam rolling can take 5-10 minutes to help reduce any pain you may be feeling at that moment.

Prevents Injury

Staying on top of your injury is crucial. A consistent routine with a combination of foam rolling and stretching can prevent many injuries associated with tightness and overuse.

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)

Whether you are an elite athlete or someone trying to get into shape, you’ve probably experienced DOMS. DOMS is the pain and stiffness that can occur 24-48 hours after an intense workout. Foam rolling can dramatically reduce your muscles soreness (DOMS) while enhancing the recovery of muscular performance. If you’re sick of struggling to be able to walk the next day and wonder why your legs are in so much pain after going for a run, foaming rolling post-workout can help reduce your muscle tightness.

Improve Circulation

Having good circulation becomes crucial for your overall health because it can lead to different problems like numbness in your limbs, impaired cognitive ability, and a weak immune system. Myofascial release can help improve your circulations as you use the foam roller to roll over restricted areas to increase blood flow.

If you’re always busy and struggle the next day after a hard workout, I recommend trying foam rolling. It’s a quick an easy self-massage tool which will work for anyone suffering from an injuring or general soreness.

An experiment conducted at Harvard found that the majority of people (including healthy athletes) have elevated inflammatory responses. This is can be directly affected by our diet. Here is a list of foods that will naturally reduce inflammation in the body and foods that will do the opposite.

Foods To Eat:

  1. Tomatoes
  2. Olive Oil: Use Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil if you're adding it to a salad. 
  3. Green leafy vegetables: Spinach, kale, and collards are perfect.
  4. Nuts: Like almonds and walnuts
  5. Fatty Fish: Salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines
  6. Fruit: strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges

Foods To Avoid:

  1. Fried Foods
  2. Soda drinks
  3. Refined Carbs
  4. Lards
  5. Processed Meats

Recently I was interviewed by The Good Health TV to speak with Dr. Joseph Sgroi about low back pain. I've summarised the interview in this short blog post. Acute low back pain affects 80% of Australians at some point in their lives. The majority of these cases will will resolve within days with the correct management. If you experience an episode of acute low back pain, try these simple strategies:

1. Move Often

In severe cases, rest is necessary. However, most acute episode of low back pain resolve better with frequent, gentle movement. Walking short distances often will help restore movement and accelerate healing in your lower back. 

2. Stretch Gently

Back pain is often associated with muscle tightness. Stretching these lower back muscles can hel alleviate muscle tightness. The cobra stretch (lay on tummy and bring your chest up using elbows against the ground) is a great stretch. 

3. Apply a Local Anti-Inflammatory

Non- Steroidal Anti-inflammatories (NSAID's) can help reduce the severity of your low back pain. Voltaren 25mgs is the most commonly prescribed over the counter NSAID. If you’re after a drug free, plant based, highly affective spray, look at the Substance Synovioblend 50mg spray. This is designed specifically for strong joint pain. It can be purchased at our online store.

4. Get professional advice

Even though back pain can be similar between individuals, each case is different. Getting advice specific to your pain will not only help resolve it quicker, it will also help you keep your back strong and avoid repeat episodes. A Physio, Chiro or Osteo can provide you with the best short and long term management plan.

If you have any back pain questions or need specific advice, send me a direct email at drmarco@soaringhealth.com.au. I’d love to help you resolve your pain. Until next time, #keepsoaring

Himalayan salt lamps are created using Himalayan Salt mined deep within the mountains of Pakistan that is then hand crafted and left to dry in the sun.  The inside of the salt rock is hollowed out in order to host a light bulb, which importantly generates both light and heat. When the lamps are lit, they give out negative ions that purify the room by eradicating the negative energy put out by computers and other electronic devices.

Some of the main reasons we have fallen in love with salt lamps here at Soaring Health are based around the associated health benefits. These include the ability to:

  1. Reduces stress and anxiety
  2. Improve concentration
  3. Increase energy levels
  4. Improve quality of sleep
  5. Minimise allergy and asthma symptoms

Another fun fact about salt lamps is that each of our [human] cells has salt present at the same ratio as the ocean.

So there you go. Not only is the light of a natural salt lamp soothing, but they give the freshness you experience after a thunderstorm and are really good for our health.
What’s not to love?

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