Entries by Healthfocus Physiotherapy

Back to Sleep, Tummy to Play

Over the past few years there has been an increase in the number of babies diagnosed with the conditions: Plagiocephaly (mis-shapen head) and torticollois (crooked neck). One of the reasons associated with this is the reluctance of parents to place babies on their tummies.

The SIDs campaign has worked wonderfully at educating parents about the risks of a babies sleeping on their tummies but unfortunately this is often mistaken to means never placing baby on their tummies.…

Prevention is better than a cure

Regular physical activity is essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and central to the prevention, care and management of diabetes. Currently 70% of Australian adults and two thirds of Australian children are not getting sufficient amounts of exercise to maintain their health. This trend in physical inactivity is contributing to the increased prevalence of type 2 diabetes in our communities. Low levels of physical activity and physical fitness, along with poor nutrition, are major risk factors influencing development of type 2 diabetes.…

Revisiting your New Year’s resolution

Just like that, we are nearly halfway through 2017. Did you set yourself a New Year’s resolution? Was it something along the lines of ‘I’m going to get fitter’ or ‘I’ll eat better’? The harsh reality is that more than half of us fail to meet our New Year’s resolutions.

Often clients come in and say “I want to get fitter”. This may seem like a really simple goal, but in actual fact it is broad, complex and non-specific.
What one person feels being ‘fit’ is may be something completely different to the next person. Whatever your perception is of fitness, the goal of ‘getting fitter’ often goes hand in hand with ‘eating better’.…

Step out in STEPtember

Did you know a healthy, active person should take 10,000 steps per day? That’s the equivalent of about eight kilometres or one hour of walking.

This month The Cerebral Palsy Alliance are holding Steptember.

TheCerebral Palsy Alliance is a not-for-profit organisation that assists people with Cerebral Palsy and their families to lead a comfortable, independent and inclusive life.

They also help fund research into better treatment options for people living with Cerebral Palsy.…

Incontinence: Managing your pelvic floor muscles

Mention the pelvic floor to most women and there is usually a little cringe, a smirk and a “my pelvic floor doesn’t exist anymore”.

While most women have heard the importance of completing daily pelvic floor exercises just how many of us are confident we are performing them correctly?

The pelvic floor muscle function is directly linked to continence. Research suggests one in three women will suffer from some form of incontinence. Those numbers may be considerably higher if we take into account the amount of women that never report the issue or seek help from health professionals.…

Physiotherapy: more than just a massage

When I tell people what I do for a living, I often get the response “physiotherapy, you must do a lot of massage”.

It’s fair to say that I do perform massage in my profession, however this is often a small and sometimes non-existent adjunct to my overall treatment.

In fact, physiotherapists have a wide range of skills and treatment options that aim to not just make you better, but rather work towards achieving your goals and living your life how you wish. …

Nature often needs a little extra support

A topic that is often under-discussed is the issue of ill-fitting bras, especially for larger breasted women.

For many Australian women an ill-fitting bra can be a source of pain, distress and embarrassment; the discomfort caused can stop these women being physically active, healthy and happy.

Breast support can be a sensitive issue, especially for younger or larger breasted women, but it is important to understand it and get it right, as much pain and discomfort can easily be prevented. …

Classes: find your fit

Group fitness classes are a great way to stay fit and healthy. They are a lot of fun and can be a nice way to meet people with similar interests and goals. There is a huge variety of classes so chances are there’s one that will suit you. There’s boxing, dance, spin classes, weight training, high intensity, yoga and Pilates. Just to name a few.

Stepping into a new class for the first time can be daunting. Some classes may require unfamiliar equipment or unfamiliar terminology (did the instructor just say down dog? What on earth is that?). Often classes are done to music. Keeping up with the pace of the music as well as trying to get your head around strange new moves can all be scary.…

Shouldering the pain is sure not the answer

The shoulder anatomically is called the glenohumeral joint. This is where the head of the humerus (upper arm bone) attaches to the shoulder blade. It is a ball and socket join. The socket is very shallow, only encapsulating 30 per cent of the actual ball. This design makes the shoulder the most mobile joint in the body. Movement and stabilisation of the shoulder thus heavily relies on the surrounding musculature.…

The ‘wear and tear’ myth

After many years of treating injured tradies, I’ve noticed similarities between the language used when talking about machinery on the jobsite, and the body.

“Something’s out of place,” “Just a bit of wear and tear.”

These are common phrases a tradesman (or woman!) might use to describe their injury to me in the clinic. I’m not sure how this common comparison came about; perhaps through health professionals attempting to simplify matters, or through misrepresentation of the body and injuries in the media. Whatever the origins, two things are clear: firstly, this way of thinking is ingrained within the general population. Secondly, and most importantly, to think of the human body as a machine is not only not doing it justice, it is also completely inaccurate.…