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…

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…

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…

Brain Highway

Do you ever wake up in the morning to your alarm blaring? You get an initial fright, press snooze, drift in and out of sleep with thoughts of your to-do list for the day coming at you like trucks on a busy highway? Or are you awake 15 minutes before your alarm in anticipation of the day ahead and thinking back to those same ominous trucks from the day before that you didn’t manage to Read more…

Developing a High Performing Team

A high performing team can be defined as “a group of people with specific roles and complementary talents and skills, aligned with and committed to a common purpose, who consistently show high levels of collaboration and innovation that produce superior results.” Coming up with the definition of a high performing team is relatively easy, it is the development of a team that meets this definition that is the hard part. By taking what I have 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…

Creative Food Alternatives

Nowadays, we see everywhere food is served: ‘the alternative option’. There are so many different ingredients finding their way into our lives- for health reasons, intolerance reasons and hey, mixing it up for the sake of some new flavour flave. There are blue algae + beetroot lattes, GF brownies using avocado, kumara + coconut flour, vegan eggs and about 50 different non-diary milk. Your grandmother would feel like a foreigner in most city cafes. Let’s go through some 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…

Hara Hachi Bu

Our Western world is brilliant and bustling. Full of colour, convenience, creativity and, just to continue my alliterations, consumerism. We consume, we hoard, we overeat and we do it all VERY quickly. Now don’t be offended, I might not be talking to you, so read on, as far removed as you need to be of course! Across the board: from clothing and shoes to homewares and houses. From newest season products to latest restaurants. And Read more…

Make Fibre Your Best Friend

I purposely did not entitle this piece “Gut Health” because literally every nutrition article I see on social media surrounds this topic at the moment and shows you where to buy probiotics + overpriced kimchi. Cool. Okay. What is this gut health thing? Sounds popular and on trend in the health world. And it sounds better than ‘bowel health’ that is for sure. There 101 reasons why you might struggle with bloating, gas, sore stomach, heartburn, Read more…