Mobility and falls prevention.

Older individuals show lower rates of movement and lower peak ankle moment when compared with young adults. As strength declines with age (due to muscular, tendinous and neural alterations), leg muscle strength could be the limiting factor in preventing a fall.

Can Physio help with my achilles pain?

The answer is YES!! Achilles tendinopathy is an irritation of the tendon that connects the calf muscles onto the calcaneus (heel bone). It can occur as the result of a specific isolated injury but more often it is considered a type of repetitive strain injury.

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Concussion, what is it?

Concussion What is Concussion? Concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) It can be defined as a head injury with a brief loss of brain function which can cause physical, cognitive and emotional symptoms. Concussion can occur with or without loss of consciousness. It occurs when the body or head receives an impact causing the brain to shake inside the skull. The impact damages and stretches the brain cells causing them to release Read more…

Myofascia – our own knitted body cardigan & how to use your foam roller

Fascia is a specialized system of the body that has an appearance similar to a spider’s web or a sweater. Fascia is very densely woven, covering every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein, as well as, all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. The most interesting aspect of the fascial system is that it is not just a system of separate coverings. It is actually one continuous structure that Read more…

Patellofemoral Pain

This is one of the most common conditions I see as a sports physiotherapist in my clinic. Patients generally describe a deep ache in the front of the knee. It is often felt ‘underneath’ the patella (kneecap). The pain is generally worse with activity which requires repeated knee flexion. Activities which make the pain worse include walking up or down stairs or hills, squatting and sitting for prolonged periods with the knee bent. The good Read more…

Running Gait

Gait is the way in which we move our whole body from A to B. Most often this is done by walking and running. Gait analysis is used to assess the way we walk or run to highlight biomechanic abnormalities, and then how to correct these. What are Biomechanic Abnormalities?Being able to move in an efficient way is important in reducing the risk of injuries. Having joints allowing sufficient movement and muscles able to provide Read more…

Tips For Preventing Foot and Ankle Injuries

Tips for Preventing Foot and Ankle Injuries Foot and ankle injuries are common in sports, especially in winter sports such as rugby, netball, and soccer. But you can reduce the risk of injury by taking some simple precautions. Use strapping or a brace if you have sprained your ankle before If you have sprained an ankle before, getting your ankle strapped (or wearing an ankle brace), will greatly reduce your chances of re-spraining your ankle. Read more…

Stress Management and Plate Spinning

How Meditation and Mindfulness Can Help Plate spinning is a circus manipulation art where a person spins plates, bowls and other flat objects on poles, without them falling off. Plate spinning relies on the gyroscopic effect, in the same way a top stays upright while spinning. The actual art of plate spinning is not too dissimilar to what many of us try to do in everyday life. Stay upright while running to and from meetings; focusing Read more…

Muscle Balance Assessment

Whether you’re a competitive athlete, weekend warrior or just enjoy walking the dog, good physical fitness is important to most of us. Injuries can be frustrating particularly when we have worked hard towards reaching our goals; whether it be tramping to Everest base camp, running a half marathon or keeping up with your kids activities. Some knowledge about our own body can go a long way towards helping us to perform better whatever the activity. This Read more…

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