Category: Injury Management

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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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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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 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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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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