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Hi, My name is Luke From Good Health Osteopathy in Diamond Creek. Good Health Osteopathy is a family run business currently made up of myself and my lovely wife angie.  I am an osteopath who graduated in 2008. I initially spent my first few years working up in Brisbane which is where I am originally from. My wife is a massage therapist who does deep tissue, sports and relaxation massage.  We work here to empower change. We do this by doing our best to identify the cause of any pain or injury that presents to us.  From there we can suggest stretches, exercises or changes at home so that you as a patient have more control over your health and well being.  We look forward to seeing you here, feel free to ring to make an appointment or book online at


Good Health Osteopathy Diamond Creek
Dr. Luke Richter (Osteopath) and Angie Richter (Massage)
329-347 Diamond Creek Road, Diamond Creek 3089
Providing massage and osteopathic treatment for those in Diamond Creek, Greensborough, Eltham, Hurstbridge and surrounding suburbs.

Waking up with a sore neck? ‘Tis the Season

Its that time of year again. Christmas parties, Christmas with the family, New years eve, holidays from work, and if you’re lucky -going away, be it on holidays, camping or visiting friends. The normal routine goes out the window, exercise gets cut back at the same time as a few more social drinks and some late nights.

Its great to relax and recharge your batteries, your body needs it. An unfortunate side effect of all these changes however can be waking up with a sore neck, or even some headaches. Its not surprising with such a big change to the routine.

What can you do about it?

Well, as an osteopath – one great thing you could do is get it treated! Having a qualified professional assess your posture, loosen off those tight muscles and joints and give you some exercises is a great way to take care of yourself. You often don’t realise how good you can feel until after you get some treatment. At Good Health Osteopathy, I am often seeing patients from Greensborough, Diamond Creek, Eltham and surround suburbs.

Alternatively, there are some things you can be doing at home:

  • Getting good quality sleep. Its been said that time is a great healer, well typically so is sleep!
  • Drinking plenty of water. Everyone is different to how much water they ‘need’ to function, but typically most will admit to not drinking enough. You wouldn’t run your car without oil, so why would you expect your body to perform well without water.
  • Heat – getting some warmth into your neck can feel great – some with hot showers, others with heat wheat bags they may have at home.
  • Don’t forget the front of your neck. One of the biggest things I see is that people will poke and loosen up their shoulders, but not consider the muscles in the front of the neck. If you aren’t certain what to do, it is best discussing it with a qualified practitioner before you start poking in the front of your neck, there are some pretty important nerves and arteries in the area.

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Dr. Luke Richter (Osteopath)

Good Health Osteopathy

5B 329-347 Diamond Creek Rd, Diamond Creek

Commonly servicing: Diamond Creek, Greensborough, Eltham, Hurstbridge


Why is my low back not getting better?

With the relatively limited public awareness of Osteopathy in Australia i’ve often had patients (from various areas such as Diamond Creek, Greensborough, Hurstbridge etc) coming in to try Osteopathy after they have tried other modalities with limited success.  Commonly I’ve heard of too many stories of patients being dissatisfied with their current healing (not just low backs but a range of conditions) and have come to me to try Osteopathy to see how they can better manage an injury. Often, dissatisfaction comes from short treatment times, no real diagnosis and no real idea on what the injury is or how to fix it.

Over the years i’ve seen a lot of different conditions in a range of different age groups. Treating babies to the elderly the one thing that stands out is that everybody is different. Some respond best to direct trigger point therapy and manipulation, some stretching, some indirect and craniosacral therapies. My choice of techniques is dependent on my clinical experience, reasoning and patient preference. Another part of what makes everyone different is that everyone recovers from an injury /condition at differing rates.

Every injury is different. What takes one person two days to recover may take another person months. Some injuries like low back disc injuries and sciatic pains can take some months to recover whilst others may never fully recover fully.

Some factors in recovery are controllable, such as:

  • compliance to appropriate stretches or exercises
  • ability to minimise aggravation at work or home
  • getting sufficient treatment to enable recovery
  • a persons perception of their pain (psychological)

Some factors at not

  • the bodies ability to heal (physiological)
  • the degree of damage to the body

When thinking about why an injury isn’t healing it is important to look at those controllable factors. Getting the right diagnosis, the right treatment, the right education, and the right exercises to take control of an injury and enable full recovery is vital. These require a thorough history, assessment and for somebody to completely understand your pain. Here at Good Health Osteopathy we try to achieve that for each and every patient.


Dr. Luke Richter (Osteopath)

Good Health Osteopathy

5B 329-347 Diamond Creek Rd, Diamond Creek

Commonly servicing: Diamond Creek, Greensborough, Eltham, Hurstbridge


Osteopathic Maintenance treatment in Greensborough, Eltham and surrounds

I often tell patients that the human body is an amazing machine.  It really is when you start to consider how we manage to co-ordinate all of our muscles together to be able to get out of bed in the morning (most days), how we extract energy from the food we eat, how we can usually convince our bodies with determination, training and perseverance to do almost anything we need it to do.  No one is bulletproof though, and no machine can do everything without fail.

If you treat your body like a machine, you begin to realise that all machines will need a service from time to time.  Take your car for example.  Theoretically we all service our cars about twice a year.  It needs to have the oil changed, and to have everything checked over to try and prevent any serious mechanical malfunction.  A maintenance treatment is much the same- a general check up before you get seriously injured.  Much like a car service, it doesn’t guarantee you’ll never have a problem.  But in my opinion, it does reduce the risk.

If you are anything like me, sometimes that car doesn’t get serviced exactly every six months.  What happens if you are overdue for your maintenance service.  Typically nothing, but if you keep missing them, you increase the risk of a major problem.  Our bodies even have warning lights, much like our cars.  Pain.  When you start to feel pain, its your bodies way of telling you that there is a problem that needs to be resolved.  Sometimes you can resolve it yourself, with stretching and exercises.  But sometimes it needs the help of a therapist, such as an osteopath to help keep things moving well.

To keep flogging the car analogy, if you were to decide to take your typical commuter car that you drive from St. Helena, Eltham, Diamond Creek etc to the city each day and take it out to race on a track on weekends, you would need to service your car more frequently.   Much the same with your body, if you decide to start running, going to the gym or generally increasing the physical demands on your body – there is going to be a higher demand for maintenance treatment to minimise the risk of injury.

Every body is different, so there is not set period of time for maintenance treatment.  Some people come in every six months, while others have a history of past injuries and might need some work every six weeks or so.  It comes down to the individual.

If you want to discuss anything written feel free to contact Good Health Osteopathy Diamond Creek

Dr. Luke Richter (osteopath)

Good Health Osteopathy

5B 329-347 Diamond Creek Road,

Diamond Creek

Good Health Osteopathy – Quality health care commonly servicing patients from Diamond Creek, Greensborough, Eltham, St. Helena, Yarrambat.