Surfing is a popular water sport that has been growing rapidly in popularity, with more people in the water resulting in more injuries. Although compared with other sports, surfing is relatively safe, contact with the surfboard, rocks, coral, or sand causes most injuries. Surfing injuries can be minimised by being aware of its possible causes, familiarising oneself with surfing etiquette, and most importantly, conditioning your body and mind before riding the waves.
Tennis is a global sport that can be played across any age group and any skill level. It is reported that over 200 countries participate in tennis and are affiliated with the International Tennis Federation. The most common type of injuries that occur in tennis tend to be acute over chronic. If it is an acute injury, it is more likely to be in the lower limb, a chronic condition is more often seen in the upper limb. And unfortunately, as we age the risk of injury steadily increases.
A regular sports massage can ease the pains of a heavy work load on the bike during the long rides. The active season has truly begun, and for the die-hard cyclist out there the long rides are becoming more testing. A remedial, or sports massage, becomes one of the most asked for treatments in the practice.
Are you someone that has been dealing with ongoing and persistent pain? There is a wide range of information on ‘doctor google’ that will attribute this pain to different anatomical structures and injuries. One of the most important things to realise about ongoing pain is that pain does not necessarily mean tissue damage or injury. Pain is only an output of the brain. This is not to say that the pain you are experiencing is all in your head, your pain is 100% real. However, unfortunately the body’s way of processing input to the brain has become altered and previously non-painful inputs into the brain have become painful.
Regular physical activity throughout life has numerous benefits. Exercise particularly in pregnant women has been shown to reduce risk of excessive gestational weight gain and conditions such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. As much as exercise has numerous benefits, due to the physiological and anatomical changes throughout pregnancy it is important to consult with your obstetric care provider to ensure that you are suitable to continue or commence exercise. Exercise is not advised in some conditions and therefore it is important to be thoroughly screened to ensure that you are safe to continue.
Functional training has gained increasing popularity in the fitness industry with focus on exercising and loading the body in functional movement patterns over the more traditional isolated exercises and machines. Functional movement patterns replicate normal day to day movements, loading the body in the way that it was designed to
One of the most common questions we receive at Melbourne Sports Physiotherapy is "how much training/ running can I do before I am going to break/ get injured/ re- injure or fall apart?" . Up until the last few years, this has been a tricky question to answer. As more research comes to light on the topic of training loads, we are now able to give patients, and practitioners, better clues about the risk of injury that they undertake when they go out to train or play.
We are heading into the heart of marathon season and are rapidly approaching the Run Melbourne Marathon. There are common mistakes that new and old runners make in the lead up to events,. The Melbourne Sports Physiotherapy Running staff have decided to share some tips and tricks to keep you running well, and injury free, leading into your event.
Running is one of the most common exercises and has range of health benefits, however it can also lead to issues which your local physio can help with. People run for various reasons such as improving their fitness or losing weight, but just how good is it for the body?
In recent years, more and more women are recognising the benefits of obstetric (pregnancy) massage in Melbourne. It was once perceived as a form of alternative therapy, however it has become an increasingly popular way for women to reduce pregnancy discomfort. Research has shown that this type of massage is beneficial for pregnant women as it provides a number of health benefits.
Prior to getting started with a new physical regime, it’s we recommend setting an appointment with your doctor or physio. A credible doctor or physio in Melbourne should be able to provide you with advice, support, and a comprehensive medical check-up before you start any new physical activity program.
Officially recognised as the FIA Formula One World Championship, F1 or Formula One is nothing less than highest class of top-flight single-seat auto racing – which explains the drivers’ susceptibility to back pain and neck injuries – and is mandated by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). Since its inception during the 1950s, Formula One has been regarded as the pinnacle of open-wheel racing, showcasing the best in engineering and physical endurance.
Deep tissue massage therapy is one of the most common types of massage in Melbourne, and involves applying firm and deep pressure with fingers, thumbs and elbows. The deep, slow strokes and friction help reach deeper layers of muscles and fascia aiding in the release chronic muscle tension
Physiotherapy, which is commonly called physical therapy in other countries, is a branch of science that primarily deals with physical medicine and physical rehabilitation. The process involves the use of mechanical movements and force to remediate impairments and help promote function, mobility, and quality of life. This is completed through the use of careful assessment, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and physical intervention. The work is done by physiotherapists or physical therapists.
The back provides support to the body whether you live an active or sedentary lifestyle. The more active you are, the more support your back needs but inactivity can also result in back problems. To maintain the muscle mass and strengthen it, regular exercises are needed.
Tennis elbow was wrongly believed to be caused by inflammation for some time. Doctors recommended injecting cortisone, an anti-inflammatory drug, which resulted in long-term adverse effects. Some would only give their patients advice which would lead to recovery when followed, but rarely do they reach near full recovery.
ACL physiotherapy is treatment targeted at the ACL or anterior cruciate ligament. Athletes in particular are very prone to injuring their knee, particularly the ACL, which functions to stabilise the joint. This usually occurs when excessive stress is placed on the knee, stretching the ligament beyond its limits. It often doesn’t involve an outside force but a simple change in movement creating pressure around the area. An example would be suddenly pivoting or landing from a jump.
Are you looking to improve your core strength, flexibility and balance? Then you should consider clinical Pilates with a Melbourne professional. Designed to be a safe, simple and effective form of exercise, Pilates can be done by anyone from those recovering from an injury, pregnant women, people who suffer chronic joint pain, or for those wanting to strengthen their core and spine. When combined with physiotherapy, Pilates exercises are modified to address your specific health needs beginning with one-on-one sessions followed by small group integration with a maximum of 3 members.
Are you in pain and considering physiotherapy but a friend suggests you see their chiropractor while your mother insists on a visit to an osteopath? Their suggestions are well-meaning. All professions aim to ease you of your pain and help your body work better with their own philosophies, techniques and focus.
Physiotherapy exercises provide the proper correction and enhancement our bodies need. Having the right partner send us in the right direction, assists with better health.For the right evaluation and recommended set of exercises that target your problem areas, see your local physio.
A remedial massage is the recommended treatment when you are experiencing long-lasting pain. It involves the assessment of muscles, tissues and such in order to relieve the pain. The aim of this massage is to address muscle tension using a treatment plan to reposition any misaligned bones or joints, and improve the blood flow to the affected areas. This type of massage is usually applied in cases of pain caused by injury but it also relieves muscles aches and pain.
If you’re having problems improving your flexibility, you may need physiotherapy treatment or advice. Even if you are regularly stretching, the desired results may not be possible if you’re unable to identify the exact problem and therefore enact an appropriate remedy. For example, pain in a certain area could be indicative of poor neural mobility, which is related to when your nerves aren’t working together as well as they should. This can be corrected with suitable massaging techniques and other movements that address this issue.
Back pain is common among adults however the pain can be alleviated with specialised back physiotherapy. Back pain may range from mild to severe and can be caused by a variety of things such as: sitting for long periods of time, carrying heavy luggage and nerve irritation.
We visit physiotherapy clinics for a variety of reasons. It may be muscular problems or other conditions. But what is physiotherapy and what are the benefits? Here's a brief overview.