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7 Ways to Combat Tight, Achy Muscles

Are you feeling tight and sore in your muscles?   It could be knots in the tops of the shoulders, a tightness in the lower back or a nagging ache in your calves. Perhaps it's an uncomfortable feeling between your shoulder blades, or sore hamstrings from that run you did on the weekend.   You wonder if it's normal ...

Online Physiotherapy Consultations – Could They Work For You?

Are you wondering how physiotherapy consultations are performed online? Are you curious to see if they could work for your injury?   In 2008 I moved to East Timor, a developing nation near Indonesia. I moved there for love, and I had to keep myself busy while my boyfriend (now husband) worked with the Australian Army.   As qualified ...

How Does a Physiotherapist Diagnose and Fix Your Injury?

You may be aware of the physio stereotype. That physios basically inflict pain and then give you 67 strange exercises to do. Perhaps you have no idea what a physio does and are curious. So how does a physiotherapist diagnose and fix your injury? Well we’re not the pain mongers as you may think we are.   I am an ...

Who Should you see? Physiotherapist, Osteopath or Chiropractor?

Coke versus Pepsi, Mac versus PC, Sydney versus Melbourne. We face choices wherever we go, and the health industry is no exception. It started when I was at University, and has continued throughout my career. The inevitable question: What is the difference between a Physiotherapist, an Osteopath and a Chiropractor? To give full disclosure, I am a Physiotherapist, but ...

Ergonomic Laptop Set Up For Digital Nomads

The café office…the backpack laptop…the beachfront deadline…Being a digital nomad certainly has it’s perks. The lifestyle choice to abandon a permanent work location in favor of a geographically liberated mobile workstation is rapidly gaining popularity.   Despite the freedom, however, being a digital nomad is not without it’s challenges. As a physio, the one that concerns me most is ...

7 Healthy Life Hacks for Digital Nomads

Life as a digital nomad is a dream lifestyle built on freedom and flexibility, but we all know it’s not always beer and skittles. Long hours spent hunched over a laptop or folded into a plane seat can be challenging for your body. Fitness routines can be hard to set when you travel. As a result, your healthy life ...

Take Control of Your Body and Prevent Injury

We all have a huge opportunity to prevent injury, and improve our ability to bounce back quickly if we do get injured. Effective injury prevention will never truly occur, however, until we take complete responsibility for our own bodies and actions. This is something we, as a society, often don't do so well. In our current culture, external faults are ...

Physiotherapy and Injury Prevention

Physiotherapists are trained to diagnose, assess and treat all kinds of injuries. They spend, at the very least, 80 percent of their studies and time helping people who have already sustained injuries. That leaves, at most, 20 percent of their efforts and resources available for the prevention of the injuries before they occur. This is unfortunate, as Physiotherapy and ...

What does a Physiotherapist do?

What does a physiotherapist do? They are problem solvers. Let's look at a scenario to help explain it: The man walks through heavy glass doors; a wince flickers across his face. Ushered through from the waiting room, he sits gingerly in the chair in a curtained cubicle. Enter the physio, the Sherlock Holmes of the injury world, ready to ...

Woke up with pain in your neck?

Have you ever woken up with intense neck pain? Find you are suddenly unable to turn your head? Ever yawn and experience a sudden grab in your neck? How about a niggle in your neck that just won’t go away? If you have experienced any of these things, I’m sure you will agree – neck troubles are best avoided! ...

Mid Back Pain – Ever Feel Like There’s a Knife in Your Back?

If your work or hobby sees you bending forwards over a workbench, a desk, another person, a bar or any other project for large periods of time, you could be at risk of mid back pain. As soon as we tip our head and shoulders forwards even slightly, a lot of extra load is placed on the joints and muscles ...

Lumbar Discs – The Common Culprit of Low Back Pain

We assume poor postures for greater amounts of time than we used to, predominantly due to hi-tech gadgets. Sitting a lot in bad positions puts an unnatural load on the lumbar discs, the building blocks of our spine in our lower back. Issues with lumbar discs are debilitating but are surprisingly simple to avoid. If you don’t sit much ...

Dry Needling

Dry needling is a treatment method which is rapidly sneaking into the artillery of Physiotherapists across the world, with terrific results. Dry needling uses the same needles as traditional acupuncture, but is backed by a different philosophy. I have seen some amazing outcomes with the use of dry needling.  It is important to note, however, that dry needling is best ...

Shin Pain- What goes wrong

It’s New Year’s Day. You have a hangover, but you vow to start jogging again tomorrow to carry out your resolution to get fit. You head out for a run every day of the next week. You are picturing how hot you will soon look in your swimmers, and after a day or two off, you pound the pavement ...

Shin pain – what to do

Take action before you break The solution to avoiding shin pain is easy––don’t do too much too soon! So, what is too much, and what is too soon? There is no specific exercise to add to our list of preventative actions, rather, we have a short list of points to follow when introducing or changing your impact activity. Injury ...

How is your running style?

So what is it that makes some people appear to run so effortlessly? Why do some runners get injured and not others? It’s funny that so much time is spent as a child in being taught how to walk, but it's just assumed that running is learnt instinctively. If you’ve been taking note of the many runners (and styles) around you, ...

Stress Fractures – Don’t Let Them Stop You

Are you planning a Marathon this year? Perhaps a new sport, or an event you have entered? Great – but be careful with your training loads. If you don't give your body time to adapt to new or increased loads, or you could end up with a stress fracture. When a bone is gradually exposed to repeated load, it ...

Headache

Headaches come in a number of different varieties, all with the common denominator of a pain in the head. From a physiotherapy point of view, it is important to ascertain what category a headache falls into, as this can determine the degree to which manual therapy can help. Some of the main headache types are: Tension type – a ...

Apple…or Core?

Once upon a time, we walked on rocky, uneven ground, sat on wobbly wooden stumps, climbed trees and ran from dinosaurs. Now, we walk on perfectly level floors, sit on solid chairs, catch an elevator and drive to the supermarket. Our environment used to frequently challenge our balance. As a result, our bodies developed the strength and stability to ...

About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Have you ever had pins and needles? Most people have at some point – you sit on your leg for too long and end up with a raging tingle in your foot. It’s painful and annoying, but if you wiggle it around a bit, it goes away after a little while. But what if it the tingling didn’t go ...

Patellofemoral Knee Pain

Sore knees are a very common affliction. Although dramatic high speed injuries seem very common when watching sport on TV, in reality, the most common knee issues simply creep up on us gradually. In modern times, our adult legs no longer run from wild animals, climb trees or walk miles for water. As a result, some of the crucial ...

About Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is one of those injuries that most people have never heard of, until they experience it themselves. Then, when in conversation with others, they discover a large fraternity of fellow sufferers. Many people say that the pain from plantar fasciitis feels like a stone in their shoe, or a bruise under their heel. It is often mistakenly ...

Repetitive Strain Injury

The acronym RSI stands for ‘repetitive strain injury’. The term does not infer a diagnosis in itself – it is an umbrella term for a hazy and frustrating group of symptoms in the upper limb. Using the term RSI is like the mechanic saying that the reason your car won’t start is because “there’s something wrong under the hood”. ...

About Tennis Elbow

The majority people that are diagnosed with tennis elbow, didn’t get it from playing tennis. Tennis elbow has a more technical name – lateral epicondylalgia. The former term is far more user friendly. At times it seems, however, that names such as clarinet elbow, pruning elbow, or pulling-the-trigger-on-the-cleaning-spray-bottle elbow may have been more suitable. Nevertheless, tennis elbow is our ...

About the Rotator Cuff

The shoulder – it’s complicated. This is not a delineation of its relationship status on Facebook, but rather a reference to the many complex moving parts. The shoulder joint is capable of a huge range of movement, in many different directions. This is made possible through an intricate system of ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves and joints. If just one ...

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