Common foot problems that can affect almost anyone

The foot is one of the most complex structures of the body, comprising over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Many people spend a lot of time using their feet, particularly those who like to run and walk long distances. As such, foot injuries and disorders can affect almost anyone. While foot problems can be a little disconcerting, they are nothing to be ashamed of and are usually relatively simple to treat with the help of a podiatrist. Here are some of the most common symptoms that foot specialists encounter and treat every day: 1. Blisters Blisters are caused by excessive…

Are your feet responsible for your back pain? Let our Perth podiatrists find out

You might not realise it, but if you're dealing with back pain, it might be stemming from problems with your feet. We spend most of our lives upright, so if we have a problem with our foundation (the feet), then this can cause other problems elsewhere in the body. There are a number of issues related to your feet that can affect posture and gait, such as flat feet or different leg lengths. These problems can impact how you walk, the curvature of your spine and ultimately develop into a pain in your back or hips. If not properly corrected,…

The latest neck pain treatments in 2021

If you've been suffering from neck pain, you're not alone and there are several effective treatments out there! There can be many causes of neck pain including whiplash, muscle strains and nerve compression, so it's important to get the correct treatment for your neck condition. As research into neck pain continues, the range of treatments available has dramatically increased, from ultrasound therapy to joint mobilisation and manipulation. Joint mobilisation and manipulation The process of joint mobilisation and manipulation should only ever be carried out by a professional chiropractor or doctor. If you are suffering from chronic neck ache and stiffness,…

3 home remedies for neck pain

Many people experience neck pain occasionally and yet still don’t give their neck the TLC it deserves to prevent it from happening. Well, not anymore. Here are some home remedies that Melville Wellness Centre recommends for neck pain. Apply ice and heat (not at the same time!) Neck pain is a signal that the tissues in your neck and surrounding areas are inflamed and tense. That’s why we recommend that you apply ice to any sore areas for the first 24-48 hours to calm inflammation and reduce pain. Once the inflammation has calmed down, heat can be applied to unstiffen…

3 unusual reasons why you need to visit a chiropractor

There is plenty of chiropractic advice out there for back pain treatment. There are several obvious factors, such as immobility, constant back pain and short shock pains that tell us a visit to the chiropractor is necessary. However, there are other signs that you should watch out for that don’t always directly signal back issues. Here are three unusual reasons why you should visit a chiropractor. 1. You work in a sedentary or manual job Sedentary work involves sitting down for long periods of time and includes office, receptionist and transportation jobs. These jobs lead to poor posture that puts…

How to prevent migraines before they happen

Migraines can be an extremely stressful and painful experience, and sometimes migraine treatment doesn't necessarily work as quickly as you would like! Here at the Melville Wellness Centre, we wanted to give you some tips on preventing migraines before they happen and help keep them at bay. 1. Keep a headache and food diary Keeping a headache diary can make it easy to identify what may trigger your migraines. Once these things are identified, you can more easily avoid them and prevent triggering a migraine. There are some foods and drinks that can also contribute to headaches and migraines, for…

How to stay healthy while working from home

Working from home has become the norm for many people in recent times, bringing with it a host of new benefits like saving on transportation costs and enjoying a more flexible lifestyle. There are drawbacks, however, particularly around your overall well being while working from home. To give you a good idea of how to stay healthy while working from home, we have outlined a few top tips below. Focus on a morning routine It can be very tempting to roll out of bed in your pyjamas, brew a coffee and get cracking with work if you’re staying at home.…

3 simple ways to avoid neck pain at work

With increased stress, longer working hours, and a more sedentary lifestyle, body tightness is inevitable, and it seems our poor necks take the brunt of the neglect. The whole body is connected, so it’s possible that your neck pain is the result of tight hips or leg muscles, which may even lead to further migraines, headaches, back pain or sciatica. If your office job is a pain in the neck, read on to find out 3 simple ways you can avoid neck pain at work. 1) Stress reduction It may seem obvious, but neck pain is a common symptom of…

Are your weekend plans hurting your back?

We all love taking a weekend to chill out in front of the TV and watch our favourite shows and movies, getting the snacks in and sitting in our favourite chair or stretching out on the couch. But while we are careful with our posture at work, our plans to relax could actually be causing more harm than good for our backs. How so, you might ask? Read on to find out more. Less exercise, less movement During our regular working week, we may be chained to our desk, but we also tend to move around a fair bit. For…

Home remedies to give sciatica the boot

Sciatica is a condition that occurs when the sciatic nerves – located in your lower back to your feet – are left feeling either irritated or compressed. It is a condition that can last anywhere between 4-6 weeks but can, in some cases, last beyond this. At Melville Wellness, we know that this is not ideal in daily life, and so we have put together this simple guide on some home remedies that should help you to give your sciatica the boot. Gentle exercise Gentle exercise can often be a pleasant and relaxing method of coaxing out sciatica plaguing your…

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