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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?…

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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.…

Core-Energy

“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. …

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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’.…

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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.…

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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. …