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How Physiotherapy Can Help If You Have Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects the smooth control of muscle movement. It can lead to difficulties in initiating, controlling and coordinating movement.  There are both physical and non-physical symptoms. Physiotherapy plays an essential role alongside the wider health care team to maintain function and quality of life for people living with […]

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Spring is here! How to garden & clean without ending up on your back.

It’s that time of the year again.  With spring upon us we become enthusiastic and spend hours in the garden, or start cleaning our house from top to toe.  But all too often this sudden burst of activity causes back pain, or soreness in our body.  Is it possible to do these tasks without needing […]

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Anti-Inflammatory Medication: Should You Take It After An Injury?

A question physiotherapists hear often is, “Should I take anti-inflammatories to help my injury heal?”  In order to answer this, it is helpful to understand more about the inflammatory process. When we injure a tissue in the body (whether it be bone, muscle, ligament or tendon), it sets off the inflammatory process.  The blood vessels […]

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Jaw Pain: What Causes It & How Physiotherapy Can Help

The Temporomandibular Joint (also known as the jaw joint) is a complex little joint, and when painful it can affect two of the most important human functions – eating and speaking. If you suffer from jaw problems, you are not alone. Over 2.5 million Australians suffer from jaw pain or dysfunction. The first port of […]

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Menopause & Urinary Dysfunction

Menopause is an inevitable part of a woman’s life.  It occurs between the ages of 45 and 55, and marks the end of the reproductive phase. The progressive decline in ovarian activity causes an array of unpleasant symptoms such as hot flushes, mood swings and irritability.  At this time in a woman’s life she may […]

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Why Hip Strength is Important in Runners

Hip strength is one of the most important muscle groups in preventing and rehabilitating running injuries. Assessing for weakness is often forgotten but is important in many types of lower leg injuries, whether it be knee, foot and/or around the ankle. Adequate strength, activation and endurance of these muscles are required to allow optimisation of biomechanics […]

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Looking After Your Shoulder In The Gym

Shoulder strength is often neglected and not always adequately restored after an injury. Consequently, shoulder injuries commonly recur. In fact, 40-50% of people with an episode of shoulder pain will report a recurrence within 12 months. Why? The main reason is that we just aren’t strong enough. So when we are strengthening, how can we […]

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The Importance of Exercise in Parkinson’s Disease

Exercise has long been recognised as an important treatment approach for Parkinson’s disease. A growing body of evidence shows that exercise can also help re-wire the brain and have a neuro-protective response. This means the right kind of exercise may not only improve overall physical function; it may also have an effect on disease progression […]

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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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