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 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 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 Read more…

Muscle Balance Assessment | The Body Refinery

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 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 Read more…

The Aftermath of Ironman

When preparing for an Ironman, everyone talks about training, nutrition, power readings, sleep, which race wheels to use, recovery, training thresholds, tactics on race day, and the list goes on… But no one seems to talk about what happens after the big day. What happens when the adrenaline and elation Read more…

I Would Never Do An Ironman!

So I’m sitting down to my lunch of  ‘Southern spiced chicken, pickled slaw, salad and vegetables’ (yum!) while I write this. It is just under two weeks out from Ironman NZ, Taupo. This will be the penultimate chapter in the last 9 months of preparation for a race that I Read more…