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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

Consequences of Poor Posture

Do you have poor posture?     There are many factors that can contribute to having poor posture. It is important to have correct posture as the consequences can severely affect your quality of life. These consequences can include; Back and Neck Pain Poor posture can put strain on your neck and back. This can cause discomfort for many desk-workers who tend to hunch over their keyboard Headaches 80% of headaches derive from the neck, and poor posture can be a contributing factor. If you are suffering from headaches, ... 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

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

What is TOS? Thoracic outlet syndrome is a group of disorders that occur when the blood vessels or nerves in the space between the clavicle and the first rib (thoracic outlet) become compressed. This can cause pain in the shoulders and neck, and numbness in the fingers. Symptoms Symptoms vary depending on which nerve is compressed. Neurological thoracic outlet syndrome is characterised by compression of the brachial plexus. The symptoms include: Muscle wasting at the base of the thumb Numbness or tingling in thearm or fingers Pain or aching in the ... Read more

Stress Incontinence

1 in 3 Woman who have ever had a child have incontinence Women with stress incontinence – that is, women who wet themselves when they cough, sneeze or are active – will find pelvic floor muscle training can help in getting over this problem. For pregnant women, pelvic floor muscle training will help the body cope with the growing weight of the baby. Healthy, fit muscles before the baby is born will mend more easily after the birth. As women grow older, the pelvic ... Read more

Shoulder Impingement

Shoulder Impingement Shoulder impingement is one of the most common conditions of the shoulder. It is a process by which poor posture or repetitive overload causes pinching or ‘impingement’ of structures between the two bones which make up the shoulder complex. It is often the supraspinatus tendon +/- the subacromial bursa that become impinged between the humerus and the scapular bones as pictured:   Signs and symptoms: Catch of pain at shoulder level or above Inability to do overhead activities without pain Inability to reach the hand ... Read more

What is Physiotherapy?

What is Physiotherapy? Physiotherapy is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialty that remediates impairments and promotes mobility, function, and quality of life through examination, diagnosis, prognosis, and physical intervention (therapy using mechanical force and movements).   Many people do not realise that physiotherapists can improve mobility, function and quality of life in the presence or ABSENCE of disease/ pathology or injury.   Below is a list of objectives we have helped individuals with in the past: Improving overall posture and mobility Preventing work related injury Weight loss Athlete screening to ... 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

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
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