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Should I use ice or my heat packs for pain relief?

Ice or Heat? It’s a commonly asked question we hear every day. The application of either heat or ice can be an extremely simple and effective way of treating pain in a number of different conditions and injuries. Both are easily accessible and cheaply available. The problem is knowing what situations calls for heat, and…

SPINE AND PELVIS OUT OF ALIGNMENT!

Apparently your back is “out”! Should you be concerned? Most people who have seen a medical professional for back or neck pain, have probably been told at some point they are out of alignment and this needs to be corrected by treatments including manipulation, orthotics and other forms of manual therapy. This will often give…

I’ve torn my ACL! Do I need surgery?

ACL reconstruction surgery vs non-surgical rehabilitation So, you’ve torn your ACL. Everyone from your mother to your dry cleaner will have an opinion on what to do. Even health professionals such as your doctor, physio or orthopaedic specialist may even have differing opinions on how you should proceed. It can get very confusing to know…
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Neck Pain

NECK PAIN AND MODERN LIFE

  It’s a Pain in the Neck! 30% of us will experience at least one episode of neck pain every year and it is the fourth leading cause of disability.  Facts and figures aside, it can have a profound impact on daily life, affecting our mood, cause headaches and disturbing our sleep. How Physiotherapy Can…
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Exercise-is-medicine

EXERCISE IS MEDICINE

Exercise is Medicine Now that we are well into the cooler months, exercise and being outdoors often drops off for many people. However, it is important to continue moderate-intensity exercise during the winter months to manage your health and fitness and boost your immune system. An ‘Exercise is Medicine’ approach will help you manage conditions…
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Running Injuries

RUNNING INJURIES

What causes running injuries? The biggest cause of running injuries is a sudden increase of running mileage in preparation for a race or personal goal. This significantly increases injury risk due to an increase in running volume (how much), intensity (how hard) and frequency (how often). Changes are often made too fast for the body…
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When are the P.O.L.I.C.E. called for?

Chronic connective tissue injuries occur in both tendons and fascia from repetitive occupational and sports loading, causing tissue failure. Patella Achilles Hamstring Gluteal Rotator cuff Golfers / Tennis elbow Plantar fasciitis   It is important to ensure these injuries are managed effectively in the acute stage. Early and appropriate loading will promote healing and quality of…
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Osteoarthritis in Knee

KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS THE FACTS

What is Knee Osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis is a painful condition that typically affects knees, hips or hands and 1 in 10 Australians suffer with it. There is a lot of misinformation surrounding Osteoarthritis, from its cause, how to prevent it and what treatments work. People with Osteoarthritis are often given poor and incorrect information from family,…
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Osteoporosis bone

OSTEOPOROSIS

How do lifestyle factors affect your bone strength? There are certain unavoidable factors such as such as age, gender and genetics that can increase your susceptibility of developing osteoporosis and addressing lifestyle factors can help to negate this. Lifestyle factors that increase risk Why exercise to strengthen your bones? It has been widely accepted by…
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Golf Injuries

Golf Injuries

Golf is a really popular competitive and casual sport. There is a wide range of both health and social benefits to be gained from participating in golf. However, injuries do happen and it is really important to try and avoid these injuries whether they be acute or from overuse Common golfing injuries Low back pain…
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Shockwave Therapy

What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shock wave therapy is an evidenced-based treatment modality, that has been shown to assist tissue regeneration and repair, as well as providing pain relief in chronic conditions. The device delivers acoustic shock waves that penetrate the skin helping the patient by depleting the amount of pain mediators emanating from nerve endings. The shockwaves travel through…
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Shoulder Pain

SHOULDER PAIN

A SIMPLE UNCOMPLICATED APPROACH for a COMMON PROBLEM – Shoulder Pain The shoulder is the most mobile joint in your body allowing you to move your arm freely in many different directions: Raise your arms over your head Scratch your back Put your wallet in your back pocket Throw a ball But, unfortunately, this mobility…
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Heel Pain

HEEL PAIN – PLANTAR FASCIITIS

The heel pain which just HURTS and stops us having fun. What is Plantar Fasciitis? Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot and heel pain. It is estimated that this problem is involved in approximately 11-15% of all foot complaints requiring medical attention and it is a very common condition we…
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What is HiiT

What is HIIT?

High intensity interval training (HIIT) is a type of training modality used in exercise to get maximum bang for your buck. HIIT is a type of workout using short bursts of exercise that get the heart rate elevated, followed by a short rest period, and then repeated multiple times to match the fitness level of…
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Back Pain

BACK PAIN – What do we know?

A group of 30 international authors recently published a Back Pain Series in the Lancet journal. It covers the most recent research into back pain in terms of effective and ineffective interventions and treatment and how we understand pain. Below is an overview of the current recommendations for low back pain, based on the most…
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