• The importance of exercise in mid-life, the associated risks or concerns one should have, & what can we do to improve the ‘exercise experience’ in mid-life?

    Exercise is important at all stages of life, however greater emphasis on regular exercise during mid-life is critical to prevent the loss of function and ultimately independence later in life.  Mid-life exercise is important to reduce the effects of age-related changes within the body.  As we age, our bodies gradually lose strength, lean muscle mass and bone mass, in addition to an increase in fat mass.  This combination, unless intervened, will often accelerate during the mid to late life period.   One way we can combat and slow the effects of ageing is through exercise.    Read more

  • Water cycling in rehabilitation

    What are the main benefits?

    Water cycling is performed in a pool using a specifically designed hydro spin bike, reducing the strain on bones, joints and muscles compared to the load demanded on the body during land based exercise.   This reduction in load and strain on the body allows individuals who may not be able to complete land based exercise, an alternative pathway to complete exercise in a safer, less demanding environment. Read more

  • Dry Needling

    What’s this all about and why are you trying to stick needles in me?

    Western dry needling; what it is and why we use it.

    You may be familiar with Traditional Eastern Acupuncture, which involves age old practices of finding Meridians and channels and tapping in to flows of energy for various physical and mental ailments. Although some physios may also dabble in this use, our use of needles does not involve this approach.  So we won’t be trying to fix your asthma or your skin rash. Read more

  • To sit or to stand? That is the question

    Individuals in office environments may spend the majority of their day in a seated position. If you add in time spent sitting during transport to and from work, and leisure time sitting, this becomes a significant proportion of your day in a seated position.  The risks associated with prolonged sitting include a range of musculoskeletal and chronic health conditions. Read more

  • Pilates: A Valuable Rehabilitative Tool for Practitioners

    Yvonne McKenny talks to Physio Times…

    Many women are introduced to Pilates through pregnancy, either antenatally or postnatally, as a suitable form of exercise due to its focus on strengthening the pelvic floor and deep abdominals, said Ms McKenny.

    “This can involve returning to exercise after pregnancy, learning to re-engage the deep abdominals and pelvic floor or merely getting stronger and improving quality of movement dynamically and safely.” Read more

  • Body & Soul Sunday Telegraph

    We were asked by The daily Telegraph to contribute to their article: 10 Surprising Causes of Summer Back Pain in the Body & Soul edition in December 2018.  Evoker Physiotherapist’s Adam Monteith and Sean Wickens answered some of your questions and gave some great tips! Read more

  • Syndesmosis Injuries

    The syndesmosis refers to the “high ankle” – the unification of the tibia and fibula (two long bones of the shin. These bones are stabilised strongly by a number of important structures including:

    • Interosseous membrane
    • AITFL
    • PITFL
    • Deltoid ligament

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  • Preventing knee pain on the bike – 5 steps

    Don’t forget the warm up!

    • Similar to other sports and activities, a brief warm up before you get into the ‘grit’ of the riding is a great way to increase blood flow and prepare the muscles for the ride ahead. Aim for 10-15 minutes of mild to moderate spinning before high intensity flats or climbs.

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  • Rotator Cuff Pathology

    The shoulder joint is a fascinating, intricate joint that relies on the coordination of a huge number of muscles around the scapula (shoulder blade) and humerus (arm bone) to function normally. Unlike most joints of the body, the shoulder relies on active (muscular) structures for stability as opposed to bony congruency. Read more

  • Adductor Related Groin Pain

    The adductor group is made up of five muscles (pectineus, gracilis, adductor longus, adductor brevis, and adductor magnus) that attach the femur (thigh bone) to the pelvis (pubic region). They have an important role when kicking, accelerating and rapidly changing direction, thus the load on this region is extremely high during many sports such as football. Read more

  • Why When we Breathe Matters in Pilates

    One of the most confusing parts of foundational Pilates is knowing when to breathe in and out. It can feel so unnatural to begin with. But there is a method to your physiotherapist’s instructions! Read more

  • Cyclist Syndrome – Pudendal Nerve Entrapement

    Cyclist Syndrome involves the compression of the pudendal nerve from prolonged, incorrectly or poorly fitted bike seats.   The pudendal nerve is a nerve which exits the spinal cord near the tailbone and delivers sensation and motor control to the groin area.  Symptoms may include pain with bladder or bowel movements, erectile dysfunction in males, pain in the groin/saddle region and pins and needles/numbness from prolonged sitting.    Read more

  • HOLS (Hunched Over Laptop Syndrome)

    If you use a laptop occasionally, or as part of your everyday work life, you will probably be aware of the aches and pains often experienced from hunching over to use your laptop.  This is commonly from the fact that the screen, keyboard and mouse are positioned compactly together for ease of transport, however not positioned for healthy and pain free necks and backs. Read more

  • Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Nerve Injury

    Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Nerve Injury, otherwise known as Meralgia Paresthetica is one cause of outer thigh pain, tingling and numbness in the leg. The nerve exits the abdomen under the inguinal ligament close to the front of the hip bone.

    Did you know that in pregnancy, weight gain and pressure in the groin area can cause compression of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve creating these symptoms. It can also affect people who have put on weight and wear tight compressive clothes, or be damaged from surgery or trauma. Read more