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How heavy should your child’s backpack be?

With the return to school this week for all the school-aged children out there, we thought a timely question for parents is: Do you know how heavy your child’s backpack (fully loaded) should be (at the most!)? Answer:  less than 10% of your child’s body weight!   For example, if your child weighs 30kgs, their backpack should weigh no more than 3kgs. To read more about backpacks and general activity guidelines for your children, follow the link below: http://www.physiotherapy.asn.au/APAWCM/Advocacy/APAWCM/Advocacy/Campaigns/BackToSchool.aspx?_zl=9921517&_zs=505697216 Read more

January Newsletter – Common Running Injuries

Common Running Injuries The majority of running injuries tend to be due to overuse and generally involve the lower limb, so this overview will focus on the most common of these injuries. Running is certainly experiencing another "boom" currently, with the popularity of running increasing again so we might anticipate a relatice increase in related injuries. The most commonly occurring lower limb running injuries are Knee injuries (patella tendinopathy, patellofemoral pain syndrome, ITB-related conditions) Shin injuries (medial/lateral tibial stress syndrome - ie "shin splints") ... Read more

Do you hate your posture?

Pilates can improve ANY posture! Pilates exercises employ a gentle core contraction as the base for all other patterns of movement. Pilates involves finding and maintaining the most optimal posture whilst moving in a way that improves muscle timing, strength and movement sequencing. Over time and practice participants of Pilates begin to move/ sit/ work in ideal postures with optimal muscle recruitment. This can reduce pain and discomfort but also improve general tone and well-being of the entire body Try this simple ... Read more

Rebecca Horrocks Physiotherapist Joins Physio Professionals Caloundra and Kawana

Rebecca Horrocks has joined Physio Professionals Caloundra and Kawana and is available for appointments at both clinics. Graduating from the University of Queensland in 2010 with Honors, Rebecca has forged a career in private practice since graduating. Rebecca is passionate about physiotherapy as a profession and enjoys treating patients of all walks and taking them through a rehabilitation path to better health, and has a particular interest in using exercise and Pilates to help reduce pain and improve outcomes for people with any injury history, in ... Read more

What is a Stress Fracture?

Ever wondered what a stress fracture is? And what are “shin spints”? Or have you ever wondered how to tell the difference between a stress fracture and a simple muscle strain/tendinopathy? Read on to learn more….   What is a stress fracture? A stress fracture is an incomplete crack in a bone that develops in response to repetitive stress or strain that exceed the maximum load the bone can withstand. The stress can be impact from weight-bearing (eg. with running) putting load through a bone, ... Read more