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Five reasons to try Pilates for Lower Back Pain

What is Pilates? Many people have heard of Pilates however don’t have any idea what it involves – aside from thinking it similar to yoga. Pilates is a form of exercise where low impact movements are used to develop the strength, control and flexibility of your joints and muscles. It places an emphasis on core strength and moving with mindfulness to perform all movements. At Physio Professionals, all exercises are tailored to meet individual goals with consideration of your hobbies and any ... Read more

Standing Workstations

May Newsletter Standing Workstations Standing workstations, or variable-height workstations, are desks that adjust to allow the user to stand up or sit down whilst working.  Their use has been gaining momentum of late following studies supporting their benefits as well as some mainstream media coverage.   What does the evidence say? It seems there is evidence that supports a few benefits of using a variable height workstation: Workers who regularly changed between sitting and standing during their day had shorter and fewer breaks, and were more productive than those who ... Read more

Are you pregnant or have you just given birth?

Many women who are pregnant or have recently welcomed their new addition into the world are unsure about how to return to exercise. A lot of women have been told by friends or doctors that they should do their pelvic floor exercises but are unsure how to do these exercises. The continence foundation of Australia has some great resources, check them out: http://www.continence.org.au/ A women’s health physiotherapist may be able to help you with all your queries and concerns. Physiotherapists have a great understanding ... Read more

Are you a Dancer or Gymnast?

Did you know Pilates began in the 1900’s and was readily adopted by Ballerinas because the original Pilates gym was located in the New York City Ballet studios. The strength patterns of Pilates movements are similar to those required in dancing and gymnastics. Pilates can improve dancer’s and gymnast’s strength, endurance and performance. But better than that, it can also prevent injury!!   Here at Physio Professionals we are able to tailor Pilates programs to dancers or gymnasts. We can help address ... Read more

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

Elbow Pain and Physiotherapy

  Elbow Pain & Physiotherapy Although usually not serious, because you use your elbow in so many ways, elbow pain can have a notable impact on your life. Your elbow is a complex hinge joint that allows you to straighten and bend your arm as well as rotate your hand and forearm. Most movements of the upper limb are a combination of these actions, and so at times it may be difficult to describe what exactly brings on the pain. Other than traumatic injuries ... Read more

Shoulder Instability

Shoulder (glenohumeral) Instability   Shoulder instability refers to excessive movement of the head of humerus (the “ball”) in the glenoid fossa (the “socket”), which can result in pain, dysfunction, loss of movement and loss of strength.  The shoulder joint is designed to allow great flexibility, but the trade-off is the glenoid fossa (the “the socket”) is very shallow predisposing the shoulder to instability.  The common analogy used to describe the shoulder joint is that it is like a golf ball sitting on a ... Read more

Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

 Shoulder Pain If you are experiencing sharp, pinching, or grabbing pain within the shoulder during overhead activities, or from putting your hands either behind your back or head, then you might be suffering from shoulder impingement syndrome! Shoulder impingement syndrome is a condition where your shoulders rotator cuff tendons are intermittently trapped and compressed during shoulder movements. This causes injury to the shoulder tendons and bursa resulting in painful shoulder movements.  Impingement (impact on bone into rotator cuff tendon or bursa) should not ... Read more
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