Vanessa Fisher in Newport

Fantastic News! The talented osteopath Vanessa Fisher is now practicing in Newport on Mondays.  For those of you on the Peninsula this is terrific news as she is available for the first time in your neck of the woods. To see Vanessa in Newport just call (02) 9979 7799 or book online here on our website to see her in St Leonards or Newport in future.

A Better Way to Manage Pain

Were you aware that pain-relief consumption in Australia has soared, with prescriptions of paracetamol rising from 4.8 million to 7.3 million in just five years?  This is a problem for so many reasons, but now more than ever painkillers are under increased scrutiny for their potential side effects.  

As Osteopathy Week begins next week in Australia, osteopaths are encouraging the nation to investigate better ways to prevent and manage their pain.  Manual therapy can have significant impact on pain, reducing dependency and reducing chance of chronic pain developing.

Male Infertility and Acupuncture


The infertility rate here in Australia is estimated to be one in six couples. In fact, in 40 – 45% of these cases, male infertility is found to be a contributing factor. However, the focus on fertility treatments always seems to be skewed towards treating the female partner.  Marketing of fertility treatments is usually directed at women, reminding them that the clock is ticking. Even in IVF, a lot of stress is placed on the woman to follow strict schedules. Somewhere along the line, it has been forgotten that men play an equally important role in conception.  

Male infertility is usually caused by problems that affect either sperm production or sperm transport. Through medical testing, your doctor may be able to find the cause of the problem.  However how to treat the problem has always been a huge challenge in the medical world. Research has shown that acupuncture can increase sperm count and motility.  It has also shown a decrease in abnormal formation after a course of acupuncture.  

Furthermore, in the case of IVF and male infertility, the pressure to produce a sperm sample on the day of egg collection can be significant enough to cause a problem.  Acupuncture however reduces anxiety and can increase blood flow to the genital area to help produce a good sample. 

At Restore we focus on both partners, maximising fertility by treating both the male and female in the equation.

We have 2 convenient locations for acupuncture in St Leonards and Newport.  We offer appointments 6 days per week, early and late appointments, to make it easier for both members of a couple to see us for help at a time which suits them.

Brad Timberlake Osteopath in St Leonards

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We are welcoming a new osteopath to Restore St Leonards next week and we are very excited!  

Brad has been working in Australia and New Zealand for many years and is renowned for his quick and lasting results with lower back pain, neck and shoulder pain, among other skills.  He is also a qualified personal trainer so he is terrific at rehab programs and exercise prescription, and treatment of sports injuries.  

Welcome to the team Brad.  


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What to do when you have shin splints

Anterior compartment syndrome is commonly referred to as shin splints.  When your shins throb and ache after your daily run or just sprinting to catch the bus, it could be shin splints.  A swelling in the tibialis anterior muscle within its fascial compartment, they are commonly seen in those who take up a new activity such as running when out of condition.  

They can be caused by:

  • Irritated and swollen muscles, often from overuse
  • Stress fractures, which are tiny breaks in the lower leg bones
  • Overpronation or ”flat feet” — when the impact of a step makes your foot’s arch collapse
  • Weakness in stabilizing muscles of the hips or core
  • Poor lumbar spine function

Treatment Tips for Shin Splints

  1. Rest your body. It needs time to heal.
  2. Ice your shin to ease pain and swelling. Do it for 15-20 minutes max every 3 to 4 hours for 2 to 3 days, or until the pain is gone.
  3. Take anti-inflammatories like nurofen, voltaren, or aspirin to help with pain and swelling. These drugs can have side effects, though, like a greater chance of bleeding and ulcers so their not recommended if you have a history of stomach issues, or if you are an asthmatic. Best to check with your doctor in case they are not advisable for you.
  4. See your osteopath to identify and treat issues in your back or legs or running mechanics that may be causing your shin splints. Osteopaths at Restore can also help ease the pain and guide your return to sport.  If they are concerned that you may have a stress fracture they will refer you for an x-ray.
  5. Use orthotics for your shoes. Shoe inserts may help with arches that collapse or flatten when you stand up.  Ask your osteo whether you are a good candidate for orthotics.
  6. Use a neoprene sleeve to support and warm your leg.
  7. When pain free again, EASE back into activities such as running very slowly to prevent recurrence.



Birth Preparation Treatments


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Birth Preparation Combination Treatments

Acupuncture & Osteopathy/Remedial Massage

Total saving of $60

Birth preparation: 6 sessions to prepare you for labour, birth and post-partum.

Beginning from 34 weeks’ pregnancy, the treatment combination pack includes:

Initial Acupuncture assessment  

Three follow-up acupuncture treatments

Acupressure techniques for labour and birth preparation.

Your choice of Osteopathy or Remedial Massage for pelvic alignment, prior to labour.

Book 6 sessions and receive $10 off each treatment for a total saving of $60.

What a wonderful opportunity!

For further information call us on (02) 9439 3333.

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