Entries by Healthfocus Physiotherapy

Why not feel younger?

With ageing comes experience and wisdom, but unfortunately this inevitable process also commonly comes with aches and pains. Things that were once easy, such as bending over to do up your shoe laces or twisting a lid off a jar, just aren’t a simple task anymore. Our bodies start to biologically age from our mid-twenties, very scary I know! That’s why once we get into our 30s and beyond we tend to feel stiffer, and our bodies can get sore and tired after a hard day’s work.…

How to prevent tennis injuries

Tennis is a great social game where friends and foes alike can battle it out on the courts through skill, decision-making and in some cases, a stroke of luck. It’s also a sport where injury can plague players in the long term making it not so enjoyable. The three major problems I often see are shoulder pain, elbow pain and knee pain.…

Back in the game

Once a concussion has been suspected there appears the immediate problem of returning to sport safely. This can be done systematically, allowing players and parents high levels of confidence that it is being done with minimal risk. Set protocols of blanket bans of one to four weeks out of the game can be both, restrictive for many that recover quickly, and dangerous for those who have not fully recovered. Processes need to be put in place where sports people are slowly exposed to demands of the sport as they recover.  Simultaneous monitoring of signs and symptoms and cognitive function alert those coordinating the return to sport of possible complications and prevent unnecessary risks being taken.…

Pleasure and pain in pushing to your peak

The best part of competing in an event is that last push to get over the finish line.

Even as I finished my sixth Nail Can Hill run last year with a distinct urge to vomit, I felt the euphoria of knowing I’d pushed myself to my limit.

Whether you are competing in that distance for the first time, a seasoned runner wanting to get a PB or just wanting to participate for the enjoyment, a longer event like the upcoming Nail Can Hill Run on May 7 can challenge in many different ways.…

Concussion in sport must be taken seriously

The topic of concussion in sport has certainly caused a great deal of discussion in recent years and provoked extensive debate.  On one hand it has been portrayed as a most serious condition that requires extreme caution with catastrophic consequences.  While alternatively there still exist attitudes of contempt where the condition is oversimplified and concerns are merely dismissed as over-reactions. …

Training the lungs for asthma-free exercise

Asthma is a chronic disorder of the lungs and airways, characterised by wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and tightness in the chest. These symptoms are caused by increased sensitivity of the airway to stimuli or ‘triggers’. Common triggers include allergens (dust, pollen), chest infections, emotional factors (stress, heavy laughter), smoke (cigarette or fire), and perhaps most relevant to this time of year, cold/dry air and exercise. The severity of the condition can range from mild, occasional symptoms, to constant and severe. In most cases, the symptoms resolve quickly, either on their own or with the use of inhaled medication.…

Rehab your way back to health

If you have an elective surgery planned, such as a hip or knee joint replacement, you are probably already familiar with the idea of rehabilitation.

You will spend the months after your surgery working on gaining strength and movement, working towards returning to work or activities you enjoy.

Rehab is an essential part of your recovery, but did you know that there is a lot you could be doing BEFORE your surgery that could help you maximise your outcomes?…

Staying vocal about neck injuries in sport

A much lesser known type of injury that can occur in sport, in particular contact sports is injury to the larynx or voice box.

 

With the winter sports season set to kick off, physiotherapy clinics in the region gear up for the typical influx of ankle, knee and hamstring injuries.

There has been plenty of preseason preparation that players can undertake to minimise these typical musculoskeletal injuries. Once injuries occur, timely assessment and treatment of injuries hopefully assist players back onto the field as soon as possible.…

Umpires need to be just as fit as players

When people think about the start of the football season, they often think about the players and the preparation they need to give their brains and bodies for the games to come.

We respect the skills, physicality, teamwork and the decision-making these players need to have under pressure.

But we often forget the other group of people who work hard for these same attributes to give the sporting public the fair and fun game we know so well.…

Keeping girls in sport the name of the game

With the recent excitement surrounding women in high level AFL, soccer, cricket and the national netball league, our nation appears to be captivated by women in sport.

So it would appear that more females are playing sport, but sadly, this is not the case.

By the age of 13, 50% of girls have dropped out of sport. The Australian Federal Government has recently launched an initiative focusing on sport as a preventative physical and mental health measure.…