Entries by Healthfocus Physiotherapy

Benefit of Prevention

As the weather and preseason starts to heat up, many of us are looking forward to cool changes and starting winter competitions. But as participants look ahead to the season coming one thing that often gets overlooked is the benefit of prevention.

Simple exercises and regimes employed now are able prevent injuries later into the season.…

Pilates is terrific exercise

As a physiotherapist if there was an exercise class that I feel everyone could benefit from I would say Pilates.

The Pilates concept was developed in the early 1900s by Joseph Pilates. He believed that injuries were caused by imbalances in the body and poor patterns of movement. He observed that when a person had weakness or pain, they overcompensated and overdeveloped another area to achieve a certain movement. This in turn, can result in further pain and injury. Pilates is an excellent way of strengthening, increasing spinal mobility, stretching and improving general function and wellbeing by concentrating on correct movement patterns.…

Muscle hypertrophy, building you up a size!

“Hypertrophy” is my favourite word. Hypertrophy is the enlargement of an organ or tissue from the increase in size of its cells.

Muscle hypertrophy is the growth and increase in size of muscle cells. We know that skeletal muscles are important to move our bodies, but did you know that they also keep us in static positions when we are not moving and contribute to nutrition and wellbeing by storing and utilizing energy sources.…

Come on, try triathlon!

Have you ever considered participating in a triathlon? Well, the Albury Wodonga Triathlon Club have commenced their 2016-17 calendar; many people are in training mode, and you could be too!

Triathlon is a fantastic sport. There are three different sports involved; swimming, cycling and running, which means you are not stressing one body system for a long period of time. Many people who get involved in triathlons tend to come from a heavy running background. Road running especially can put a lot of load through your joints, hence why you can tend to develop aches and pains. Triathlon training can be a lot of fun due to the variation. You will find that you are putting in more “training” hours, but those training hours aren’t as taxing on the body, as the swim and ride are both low impact sports. It is a great way to develop fitness.…

Cool off burning goals

It’s that time of year again, where we commit ourselves to a New Year’s resolution.

For many of us, these goals are orientated around fitness and health. You may have noticed with previous New Year’s resolutions that the first couple of weeks are easy as your motivation levels are high and you want to lose the festive kilos. We often go into the year with plenty of energy and sometimes we can overdo it. Injury and the effects of the heat can make us fall into our old habits and our goals get put on the back burner until the next year. …

The Sheer Fun of Sport

Recently the Australian Sports Commission have found that there is a large drop off in participation rates in sport after the age of 11.  Other reports have suggested that teenage girls are likely to remove themselves from competitive sports three to four years earlier than their male peers.  There are many concerns in this area, particularly with the rising levels of childhood obesity and teenage mental health deterioration, that team sport environments have the potential to assist in a positive direction.  There are also countless values that can be taught by sporting and team environments.…

The Reason for Preseason

It seems as if we only just finished the Winter sports season and many teams of various sporting codes are back in the swing of preseason training.  Preseason is a time where we see a lot of cross training or alternative methods used to try and give athletes a winning edge and increase the level of interest over the period that is otherwise monotonous and mundane as the competition seems a little far off in the distance.  It is also a time where we occasionally see some weird and wonderful techniques that have been adopted form other programs that have the potential for injury.…

Building Physically Resilient Adults

When I was a kid I used to leave home in the morning and play with the kids in the street all day. We didn’t come home until the street lights lit up and Mum didn’t care where we were as long as we weren’t late for dinner.  We used to climb trees, play cricket on the road and ride our bikes without helmets.  We used to…. Sound familiar?  I think at any point in time you will hear adults make comment on the younger generation and the things that they do today that they did not do when they were kids.…

Food as Medicine

The drive to achieve greater sporting performance has challenged traditional views of pre and post-performance nutrition. In the past, particularly endurance events such as marathons and multisport events, were preceded with night before pasta parties to boost carbohydrates in the body to be used as readily available energy fuel.  This traditional view has been challenged with modern day view of using our fat stores as energy fuel.  This requires people to eat foods higher in fats and oils, and use this as our energy store as they are likely to be longer lasting.  Of course, like any food source, in simple terms, if our calories in exceeds the calories that are expended, weight gain is the net result.…

Take the Guess Work out of your Christmas!

The final weeks leading up to Christmas sees us saturated with advertising of a host of toys and products to attract parents and families who are in the final stages of trying to decide what to get loved ones for Christmas. The decision is always difficult as many toys can be little more than a gimmick and therefore destined to spend more time in the toy box than being played with.  Most parents also grapple with the philosophical dilemma of trying to purchase a product of value and positive influence rather than one that may tend to promote negative or anti-social behaviour.…