Raspberry Tea and its Benefits for Womens Health

Did you know that raspberry leaves from the raspberry plant are extremely beneficial to women for their fertility and during pregnancy?  

Usually consumed in the form of tea, raspberry leaves are a wonderful source of nutrition for women.  They are rich in potassium, magnesium, B-vitamins and iron, which make them extremely beneficial for the female reproductive system. Women use raspberry leaves for heavy periods, painful periods, in preventing miscarriage, morning sickness associated with pregnancy and easing labor and delivery.  They are also helpful for common pregnancy symptoms of leg cramps, nausea and poor sleep.  

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Red Raspberry Leaf Health Benefits Include:

 

1. B and C Vitamins

B complex vitamins are responsible for a variety of jobs, often times working together.   They convert nutrients to energy, regulate stress hormones, boost HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) and maintain skin and hair health.  Meanwhile Vitamin C helps your body form and maintain some of its vital components, including skin, blood vessels, bones and connective tissue.

2. Calcium
Your body cannot produce calcium on its own, that is why it is very important to consume enough of it from healthy outside sources. About 99% of the calcium in your bodies, is concentrated in your bones and teeth. But, it also helps blood to clot, works with potassium and magnesium to contract muscles and nerves fire.

3. Iron

Iron is a mineral that has many roles in the body, the biggest one being the making of healthy oxygen-carrying red blood cells. Almost two-thirds of the iron of the body is found in the protein hemoglobin, which is responsible for carrying oxygen from your lungs to other parts of the body.

4. Magnesium
Magnesium is a co-factor of over 300 enzyme reactions in the body.  It helps to regulate protein synthesis (one of the most vital biological processes), improves nerve and muscle function (including muscle contraction, nerve impulse, and normal heart rhythm), as well as blood pressure, energy production and blood glucose control.

5. Potassium
Potassium plays an important role in smooth muscle function, including that of the digestive system. It also conducts electricity, along with magnesium and calcium, which regulates the impulses to move these muscles.

6. Phosphorus and Zinc
Phosphorus is the most abundant mineral in the human body. 85% of it is located in your teeth and bones. It works closely with calcium to build strong teeth and bones.  Meanwhile zinc is an essential part of the immune system, and is also tied up into the creation of DNA and proteins.

At Restore our osteopaths, acupuncturists and massage therapists work as a team to assist our patients through their fertility and pregnancy journey.  For further advice in how we can help you just call us on (02) 9439 3333 and talk to us today.

 

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

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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 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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