Entries by Darryl

Women’s Health Week

With Jean Hailes women’s health week this week, now is the opportunity for women all over Australia to start talking about health. We as women are notoriously good talkers, however when it comes to health, many of us don’t take the time to find out credible information to many of our burning questions. Jean Hailes women’s health week aims to get rid of the elephant in the room and shed some light on our health.…

A WEEK OF SUNSHINE

It’s that time of the year when we can leave our winter blues behind us. The beautiful spring sunshine is embracing us more often and the days are lasting longer; it’s the perfect opportunity to start getting your exercise regime back on track. If that isn’t enough motivation itself, the 11th to 18th of September is Sunshine Week, a week of promoting physical activity and raising funds for the newest health service on the border… the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre.…

Fed Hill Winners 2016

The team at Healthfocus is once again very excited to be a sponsor of the Fed Hill Challenge. Being held on Sunday 4 September at 9am, this event has something for everyone in the community. Having both 5 and 10km distances and the 2km Primary school event, it caters for the serious and not so serious runners and walkers alike.…

Finals time

It is that exciting time of year again for those involved in winter sports, finals time! As we get to the end of the regular season those in the top spots of the ladder are starting to prepare for finals. Finals time is always special. It is different to the regular season. The intensity increases as does the emotion surrounding the games. All of these factors and more can affect decision making both on and off the field at this time of year.…

Tradies’ Month

Looking after your tools of trade

To any tradesman their tools of trade are their most valuable asset.  Any first year apprentice is taught to look after their tools “look after your tools and they’ll look after you”.  It is one of the most valuable lessons taught from the very first day on the job.…

Dry needling

Dry needling as a technique which uses fine gauge and often pain-free needles to stimulate the body’s own natural mechanisms for pain relief. It involves combining detailed knowledge of anatomy and careful palpation skills to locate myofascial trigger points throughout the body and gently inserting single use needles directly into the ‘knot’ or ‘trigger point’. This causes the knot to relax and pain relieving chemicals, produced naturally in the body, to flood the area.…

Core Training

Dude, Where’s My Core?

The importance of core training for athletes

What do you think of when you’re asked about “core exercises”? Sit-ups? Planks? Mountain Climbers? Are these good examples of exercises to strengthen the core muscles?…

Winter Vitamin D

It’s a miserable 10 degrees outside and the office heater keeps us nice and cozy in the break room, but did you know that for those of us living on the Border, during winter we need at least 30-40 minutes of midday sun exposure to our hands and forearms so our bodies can top up their vitamin D stores for healthy bones and muscles. This June and July, Cancer Council NSW and Arthritis and Osteoporosis NSW are encouraging indoor workers to “Take Time for a Vitamin D Break”.…

The importance of keeping active, even over winter!

At this time of year, I often see an increase in injuries resulting from physical inactivity. It’s cold and dark outside, and it’s not as easy to find the time (or motivation) to use our bodies the same way we do in the warmer months. I frequently get clients presenting with seemingly unexplained discomfort like back pain or knee stiffness, and after some questioning often discover that frequency of regular activity (walking or bike riding for example) has been recently reduced.…

Lymphoedema Awareness

Does sitting too long cause your legs to swell at the ankles? Have you found the recent prolonged heat has increased the circumference of your ankles or are your shirt sleeves feeling tighter than usual? Do you have a history of trauma or surgery to your arm, leg or abdomen.  Have you noticed a progressive feeling of heaviness in your arms or legs? Have you experienced surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy for cancer related illness?…