What is the best kind of mattress for back pain? What is the best kind of pillow/pillow setup for neck pain?

Some questions we are often asked at Kings Cross Osteopathy are related to getting comfortable at night when dealing with back or neck pain. There are no simple answers to this question and much depends on personal preference. Even with the same condition, people may not find the same relief. Here are some strategies that you may find useful. Continue reading “What is the best kind of mattress for back pain? What is the best kind of pillow/pillow setup for neck pain?”

Why Do I Have The Posture I Have?

My patients often ask the question, ‘Why do I have the posture I have?’ Is it nature or nurture? Not an easy question to answer.

Healthy spinal curves and a ‘good’ posture will be influenced by the size and orientation of the spinal vertebra, dictated by genetics. But as an Osteopath, I know that it is possible to influence your ‘natural’ posture with treatment and specific exercises.
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Most People Will Never Get Out Of Pain, Here’s Why…

I’m serious about this. People will not get better because they simply aren’t ready to.

It sounds ridiculous doesn’t it?!

But think about it for a second. Since we all have physical pain in common let’s use that as an example.

How much pain were you in before you decided to seek treatment for it?

What became so painful that you had to do something about it?

Was it the actual pain?

Or was it the thought of not being able to work? Or go to the gym? Or to play with your kids?

There’s an old saying that goes;

“People won’t change until the pain of not changing is greater than the pain changing brings.” by Just B. Jordan

We see pain all the time, people coming in with back pain, neck pain, knee pain, all sorts of aches and pains.

People who come in for treatment will generally improve, but how much is up to them.

Unfortunately a lot of people never fully improve because they are not fully committed, and then they have to live in discomfort.

When they are given “homework” to do, they only do it sometimes, and sometimes is not enough!

So here’s the thing.

We can see what the problem is and we know what you need to do to fix it, but it’s up to you to do it.

You have to decide that you want to GET OUT OF PAIN


Find something that will get you results

get HELP

and COMMIT to it!


Booking in with us for a treatment!

Just saying

Ashley “the school teacher” Ridout

Well Done to Our Fighter George!


Hard work and dedication reaps big rewards!

George is always in the gym training, with a professional attitude, putting in the hard work.

Last weekend George had a title fight and won the belt so well done George!

Below is a short video of George having his neck loosened up in treatment!


Using a Tuning Fork To Diagnose A Fracture?

A few weeks ago, one of the guys in the gym came up to me and said “Ash I’ve hurt my foot, can you take a look?”

A fairly standard opener in the gym!

Upon initial inspection, the outer edge of the foot looked quite swollen on both the top and bottom, and based on how the injury occured (twisting the foot over at the bottom of an escalator) I suspected a 5th Metatarsal Fracture (a fairly common fracture, particularly in sport).

I pulled out my 128 Hz Tuning Fork, made it vibrate and placed it on the outside of the foot, a practice I have done many times before but without much result.

Immediately after taking the tuning fork off the patient said that the pain was increased, which is a sign of a fracture!

The test has a high specificity but a negative result doesn’t mean there is no fracture and if suspected it should always be further investigated.

I suggested to the patient that he went and got an X-Ray because of the suspicion of a fracture, which he later did.

The result couldn’t have come back any better for me (although not so good for the patient)!

Below is a copy of the X-Ray taken;


Patients Warning Patients Now!

Treating Viking Wong

Many of the patients I treat are members and fighters in the gym, so naturally a lot of them know each other.

This week I was treating one of the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belts around, Viking Wong, when all of a sudden a note got pushed under the treatment room door…

The note read “Get out while you can Viking…”


Treatments aren’t that bad really!

Thankfully Viking is a regular so knows what’s involved which is how he stays on such top form! That’s why he’s so good at BJJ! 😉