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Embarking on a Holistic Wellness Journey: Interview with Dr. Monique Zammit

Monique, a passionate and registered Osteopath with a double degree from RMIT University, brings a holistic approach to healthcare, driven by her personal journey from dance injuries to a commitment to Paediatric and Women's health. Her dedication to community extends beyond clinical practice, as she shares her expertise both as a dance teacher and through her advocacy for 'movement as medicine'. Inspired by her own experiences, Monique integrates transdermal magnesium into her practice, witnessing its efficacy in alleviating various conditions. With a focus on personalised care and patient empowerment, Monique's unique blend of osteopathic expertise and natural remedies fosters well-being at every stage of life.

Embarking on a Holistic Wellness Journey: Interview with Dr. Monique Zammit
1. Hi Monique! Thanks for collaborating with us. Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what led you to pursue a career in osteopathy? 

Hi guys! My name is Monique, I’m a registered Osteopath who graduated from RMIT University, holding a double degree; Bachelor of Health Science and Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy). My interest in Osteopathy originated from injuries sustained during most of my life dedicated to dance. My passion extends beyond dance injuries to include a focus on Paediatric and Women's health, demonstrating my commitment to providing holistic healthcare for people of all ages and life stages. I love giving back to my community!

Outside of my clinical work, I hold a part-time role as a dance teacher, demonstrating my passion for ‘movement as medicine’ to all of my students. Through my enthusiasm for dance, I try to instil a love for movement in those I teach.

In my spare time, I like a nice cup of coffee, going to the beach, taking reformer pilates classes, and exploring my interest in the theatre.

 

2. What exactly is osteopathy, and how does it differ from other forms of healthcare or therapy?

Osteopathy is based on the following underlying concepts, which are based on the key principles articulated by the founder, Andrew Taylor Still:

- The body works as a unit: of mind, body and spirit.

- The body is capable of self-regulation and self-healing.

- Structure and function continue to be interrelated.

Osteopaths in Australia undergo a comprehensive five-year university education to qualify as allied health practitioners with a thorough understanding of the body. This intensive curriculum covers Physiology, Anatomy, Pathology, Healthcare, Patient-centered care, and Diagnostic proficiency, to name a few. Our skill set and strategies are adapted to each patient's specific requirements, across all walks of life.

Using a customised treatment plan, goal-setting techniques, or clinical exercises, Osteopaths have an incredibly large toolbox of varying techniques that assist the body's natural ability to repair itself. Interventions may focus on particular pain sites while taking other contributing tissues and organs into consideration, acknowledging the wholeness of the body, making Osteopathy so unique. Treatment may also include addressing movement patterns, behaviours, and lifestyle considerations. Recognising the relationship between structure and function, Osteopaths can use clinical exercises or manual therapy to maximise a patient's unique biomechanics.


3. What inspired you to incorporate transdermal magnesium into your practice?

Incorporating transdermal magnesium into my practice was inspired by its pure efficacy to improve muscle function, reduce pain, reduce stress and enhance overall wellness. I tested it on myself religiously and personally experienced the benefits and decided to share my knowledge and experience with my patients. Many patients experienced concerns that benefited from Magnesium's anti-inflammatory and relaxation properties. Applying it transdermally offered a direct, efficient absorption method, that allowed me to see results within a consultation.


4. What kind of results have you seen in your patients?

Magnesium has benefited some of my patients with the following conditions:

  • Chillblades
  • Constipation/Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Menstrual Cramps
  • Migraines
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Muscle Spasm
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Stress/Anxiety

DISCLAIMER: Please note that the information provided is based on my personal clinical experience and may not be 100% effective for everyone. Individual results may vary, and it is important to consult with your healthcare professional for personalised medical advice.

 

5. As an osteopath, how do you see magnesium complementing traditional treatments for conditions like muscle tension, pain, and stress-related disorders?

As an osteopath, I see Magnesium as a valuable supplement to traditional treatments for muscle tension, pain, and stress-related disorders. Magnesium plays a crucial role in muscle contraction and relaxation, potentially reducing muscle spasms and cramps. It regulates calcium levels, preventing muscle cramps and spasms. Magnesium also promotes energy production and reduces inflammation, which improves overall muscle health and recovery. Additionally, magnesium helps maintain nerve function, which reduces stress and promotes overall relaxation. 

By incorporating magnesium-rich foods or supplements, patients may experience enhanced recovery and reduced symptoms. Additionally, magnesium's anti-inflammatory properties can aid in pain management, providing a holistic approach that works synergistically with osteopathic manipulative treatment to improve patient outcomes.


6. What advice do you give to other people wanting to use magnesium oil for the first time?

If you’re thinking about it, and have tried other remedies that aren’t working - just give it a try! Check out my Instagram @dr.moniquezammit and send me a DM if you have any questions, and read my post about Topical Magnesium. Or, explore Salt Labs website/Instagram @salt_lab for great insight into the product.


7. Top natural wellbeing tip for the day?

Take a short walk when you’re in a rut, just 10 minutes of movement can boost your motivation, mood and energy levels! Movement is medicine :)

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