Entries by Healthfocus Physiotherapy

Prevention and recovery from workplace injuries

Work is a very important part of our lives and an essential aspect of Australia’s economy and growth. It not only provides us with financial security but it also gives us meaning, purpose and a sense of fulfillment. It’s therefore important to keep as many people working as possible in whatever capacity they can manage.…

Winter Blues

 

Heater on and room warm- check

TV on ready to catch Hawthorn about to annihilate Geelong- check

Suitable beverages and snacks ready to keep hunger pangs at bay-check

Does this sound like your approach to winter activity? If so you are not alone. The European Journal of Physiology in 2009 reported that across many countries including Australia, and in all age groups from children to the elderly, that activity levels reduce in the winter months. There is world wide agreement that good health depends on us engaging  in sufficient physical activity to maintain fitness. Unfortunately in developed countries such as Australia, many fail to engage in enough exercise at any time of the year. So are we more likely to suffer more health issues in Winter due reduced exercise levels?…

Jaw pain is no laughing matter

 

Every year since I was in Uni, I have got together with a special group of friends. This annual weekend is always fun and great for catching up with all the gossip and news. One of our group is always allowed to get a room to herself however. Having an unfortunate habit of grinding her teeth once asleep, it was easier to give her a solo room than keep an unhappy roomie awake with the persistent grinding that can only be described as second only to fingernails down a blackboard in making me cringe.…

Let’s Talk about Persistent Pain!

Busting myths, new ideas, management and recovery.

Recent changes to opioid medication availability have put persistent pain back into the spotlight. Poorly managed pain is a critical public health issue, particularly in rural and regional areas. We are fortunate enough to have some of the world’s leading pain science researchers right here in Australia, and our understanding of why things hurt and how to treat people with persistent pain has changed significantly over the past twenty years or so. It’s time to start applying this information in a clinical setting, and for health professionals to start working together to tackle persistent pain.…

“Hey Doc. I’ve lost my core”. Spinal Stability explained.

Have you ever been told that you need to work on your “core” by a health professional or fitness instructor? Does your “core” just disappear because you didn’t know it was there in the first place or did you just misplace it one day?

So what does the term core stability mean? Like so many terms related to health, it has various meanings to different health professionals.  Some clients with back pain will roll their eyes when I suggest using an exercise approach to low back pain.” I’ve done it all before and it doesn’t work” they lament. …

Balance and Falls

Have you ever noticed that as you get older you can’t quite do the things you could as you could when you were younger.  Your reaction time seems slower, you are not quite as strong as you were and you just don’t seem to move as well.  First the bad news.  To a certain extent that is just normal. we do get slower, we do get stiffer and we do get weaker.  And with this, as we get older the associated injury and health risks become more serious.  The good news is, that although we cannot stop the process, there is a lot we can do to slow it down and decrease the chances of age related injury and the subsequent associated health issues.…

In a spin

In A Spin

Who loves the thrill of the rides at the Show? Travelling to the Gold Coast a few years ago and visiting the theme parks with my family, I was amazed at the queues of people wanting to pay good money to experience a few minutes of mind numbing terror, as the Superman ride ejected them out into the open air, only to plummet vertically towards the ground. All this after consuming hotdogs and soft drink. Although I passed on this ride, my family did get a good laugh as I screamed hysterically on the Scooby Doo Roller Coaster ride. Even I had a feel of exhilaration that comes from the injection of adrenaline from being flung up and down after we made our way out from the ride.

Imagine however, experiencing that on a daily basis just by rolling over in bed, or getting up from bending over in the garden. The novelty would surely wear off very quickly. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is a common inner ear disorder that may be the cause of repeated dizziness.…

Preparing for the warmer weather

With the warmer spring weather comes the all the good intentions of spending quality time in the garden, keeping the weeds under control and manicuring the neatest lawn and edges in the whole street.  There is also the vision that by the time summer comes all of our friends and neighbours will be the beneficiaries of the most abundant supply of home grown vegetables imaginable.…

Getting back into shape after pregnancy

It is a common misconception that bladder and bowel control problems are normal consequences of having a baby. 

Recent research suggests that nearly three quarters of new mums are pushing themselves to regain their pre-baby shape, however many do not think about the right exercises to safely shift those kilos (Continence Foundation Australia, 2011).  Exercise is an important part of healthy living, so it’s important to ensure your exercise program is the right one for you.…

Let’s talk about pain

Chronic pain is an invisible burden carried by an estimated 20% of all Australians. Ongoing pain affects all aspects of a person’s home and work life. Feelings of loss and grief are a part of everyday life for those experiencing chronic pain. They may also experience a fear that life may never return to normal. These feelings are rarely shared with the people closest to them. It is important that we talk about pain. In order to talk about pain it is important to know a little about what it is and why it happens so that we can support family and friends who might be going through this by themselves.…