• 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

  • 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

  • Post-Ride Stretching 101

    Have you ever hopped off your bike following a ride and felt muscle soreness immediately after, or during the subsequent days?  By completing simple stretches after your ride, it may help reduce the soreness, and speed up the recovery time until your next ride! Read more

  • Low Back Pain in Cyclists

    Common Cycling Injuries – Lower back pain

    One common complaint cyclists will report is pain, stiffness or tightness in the lower back.  This is often a result of the forward position required, however is largely preventable through addressing both bike and musculoskeletal dysfunctions.

    Did you know lower back pain may be caused by incorrect positioning, excessive lateral (side to side) movement, low cadence, poor core endurance, limited mobility and aggressive increases to training load. Read more

  • A common cycling injury: Lateral Knee Pain

    Common Cycling Injuries – Lateral knee pain

    Lateral knee pain is a common complaint from cyclists and often a result of ITB aggravation, with tight Tensor fasciae Latae (TFL), ITB flicking over the femoral condyle, or ITB pulling the patella laterally as a result of Vastus Medialis Oblique (VMO) weakness. Read more

  • Tendon Pain?

    Tendinopathy refers to an overload-related disorder that involves tendons –strong, thick bands of connective tissue that attach muscles to bone. Common tendinopathies include the Achilles, patella, lateral elbow, and supraspinatus (shoulder).

    Previously, such problems were thought to relate to an inflammatory response within the tissue as the cause of pain, hence the name tendinitis. More recent evidence actually demonstrates that mechano-sensitivity and cellular breakdown of tissue actually drives the pain. This is an important piece of information that ultimately underpins successful, sustainable rehabilitation of tendon problems. Read more

  • Anterior Knee Pain in Cyclists

    Common Cycling Injuries – Anterior knee pain

    Anterior knee pain is one of the most common areas of pain in a cyclist.  The symptoms are typically caused by poor biomechanics, poor technique or incorrect bike-fit.   Often compression of fat pads or patella mal-tracking is the source of symptoms and can be managed by improving bike-fit and biomechanics. Read more

  • An ankle sprain is LIGAMENT damage!

    Ankle injuries are a significant cause of time away from sport and regular activities – yet they are often misdiagnosed and not treated appropriately, leading to ongoing pain and instability.

    The term ‘sprain’ refers to ligament damage. Ligaments are strong bands of connective tissue that attach from one bone to another and have two basic roles:

    • Stability around a joint
    • Proprioception (feedback to tell the brain how a joint is positioned in space)

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