Author: nicola

Finger Injuries in Sport

Finger and thumb injuries are common in ball sports such as football, netball and basketball. Injuries can vary from a joint sprain to a fracture, which may require treatment such as bracing, splinting or even surgery. Not all finger injuries require time off sport. Assessment, diagnosis and appropriate management is important to avoid long term […]

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Why Pregnancy Massage is Beneficial for You & Your Baby

During pregnancy the mother’s body grows and her posture adapts to the growth of the baby. These changes can often cause stress and discomfort, as well as sleepless nights.  This article discusses how pregnancy massage can help relieve these problems. The major postural changes we see, other than the growing bump, are hunched shoulders and a […]

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Why to Not Just ‘Get Orthotics’ for Your Foot Problem!

Foot pain can be relatively common (see below). People with foot pain, flat feet, or other foot issues often end up with orthotics to support their feet. https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/AQiw2ykox8PJjju25qrWO2b313vCpNhd67PfuggqbcCVbU_I3i_SKME/ https://www.balancepodiatry.com.au/our-services/custom-foot-orthotics/ There is often some benefit in seeing a podiatrist, or another foot experience therapist, for orthotics.  However this may not always be your best OR only […]

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Stress Fractures: How Physiotherapy Can Help You Return to Running

Stress fractures, or bone stress injuries, are common in runners.  They are especially common in athletes training for long distances, such as marathons and ultramarathons.  Symptoms often start as a dull ache that can resolve or reduce during a run. But overtime symptoms tend to get progressively worse, sometimes resulting in an inability to continue […]

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The Importance of Strength & Flexibility in the Sport of Rowing

We are currently in the off season for rowing. If you are an athlete, now is the perfect time to work on strength and flexibility to help you in the upcoming rowing season. If you are a coach, it is time to start thinking about implementing these principles at your club or school. It is […]

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Strength Training: What It Is & Why You Should Do It

Have you ever considered what it takes to be in great physical shape? We all have our own idea of what ‘fit’ is, but many of us fail to understand what defines fitness.  Most of would like to improve our fitness, whether that’s being able to walk further or garden longer.  Others want to improve […]

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Myotherapy: What It Is & How It Differs From Massage Therapy

Most weeks, at least one client will ask me the difference between Myotherapy and Remedial Massage Therapy. Myotherapists and Clinical Myotherapists are highly trained individuals who graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree after the completion of four years study at University. This enables Myotherapists to have a greater understanding of the human body, anatomy and physiology […]

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Why Your Neck Might Feel Unappreciated

Have you ever had a job where you felt unappreciated?  And it wasn’t until you stopped doing the job that people noticed how good you were at it?  Our body has many structures and organs that feel the same way.  They work tirelessly every second of the day, and we don’t appreciate what they do […]

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Should We Worry About Lifting Technique?

The importance of ‘lift with your legs, not your back’ in preventing back pain has recently been questioned.  The conventional wisdom is that we mustn’t stoop to lift heavy objects.  Instead, in order to avoid injury we should squat and lift with our legs, not our backs. Paul Ingram, a Physical Therapist from Vancouver, Canada, […]

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Understanding & Managing Persistent Pain

Everyone agrees that pain is a universal human experience. We also know that pain is produced by the brain. This includes all pain whether sharp, dull, strong or mild, and no matter how long you’ve had it. This article discusses persistent, or chronic, pain and provides strategies on how to manage it. If you have […]

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