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February 2017 - 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.
February 2017 - 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
March 2017 - 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).
March 2017 - 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.
April 2017 - 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.
April 2017 - 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?
July 2017 - 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.
July 2017 - 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.
August 2017 - 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
September 2017 - 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.
October 2017 - 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.
August 2021 - Sports Physios with a special interest in physiotherapy for tennis elbow pain & other tennis injuries. Book at our Essendon or Blackburn clinic.
August 2021 - 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.
November 2017 - From a young age many of us have been taught that stretching prior to exercise helps prevent injury. However, with the ongoing debate about whether to stretch statically or dynamically, and before or after running, many runners are not sure on how to choose the best stretching strategy for optimal results and reduced injury.
December 2017 - With the cricket season now in full-swing, it is important for cricketers of all ages and abilities to be aware of some of the inherent injury risks of playing the sport. While cricket is a non-contact sport and does not produce the same type of injuries as AFL, there are still some commonly sustained cricket-related injuries to look out for.
December 2017 - Many of us will have experienced a sprained ankle at some point during our lives. When you roll your ankle you can cause stretching or tearing to the surrounding ligaments, resulting in a sprain. Ankle sprains are usually caused by the foot rolling inwards or outwards. This can happen when doing activities such as walking or running on uneven surfaces, climbing stairs and playing sport.
December 2017 - Golf requires much more athletic ability than many imagine Golf is a sport with many health and wellbeing benefits. A reported 60 million people of all ages play golf across the world, sometimes into their 80s and 90s. The health benefits have been widely reported in recent years with an 18 hole round amounting to 6-8 km of walking, requiring over 8,000-12,000 steps and a calorie burn of 1,500.
December 2017 - Soccer is the most popular sport in the world. Soccer builds teamwork, cardiovascular performance, and develops balance, agility, coordination and core strength. It is enjoyed by young and old, and people of all body sizes, but like all sports soccer can take its toll, leading to various injuries.
May 2018 - Calf strains commonly occur due to a sudden contraction of the calf muscle. This frequently occurs when a patient attempts to accelerate from a stationary position, when jumping or when lunging forward. Calf strains are also commonly seen in running sports such as football and athletics. Occasionally they occur due to gradual wear and tear associated with overuse.
January 2018 - Tennis players from across the globe are coming together in Melbourne for Australia’s annual grand slam, the Australian Open. The players competing are elite athletes who train to keep their bodies in top condition and to improve their chances of winning. Due to the physical strain, many can succumb to injury at some point in their career.
April 2018 - Daylight savings has ended, the evenings are getting darker, the mornings crisper and it is natural to reduce the time we spend outside as Summer shifts into Winter. As daylight hours shorten and the weather cools down, our motivation to exercise can decrease and staying inside curling up under a blanket may be more appealing than hitting the gym.
February 2018 - When preparing for a running race, it’s important to consider the training you’ll need to do get yourself ready and prepared enough so that you can enjoy the day. For anyone new to running, a structured program is good to follow, where you can start small and increase your fitness over a period of time.
March 2018 - The countdown is on with less than a month to go until the 2018 Commonwealth Games, which are being hosted at Australia’s Gold Coast, between April 4th to April 15th. Each sport will require different preparation for competition and recovery. Athletes will have varying demands depending on which sport they are competing in.
April 2018 - Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries occur in up to 3% of recreational athletes and as many as 15% of professional athletes. ACL ruptures are seen most commonly in sports that involve pivoting and change of direction, for example AFL, netball and skiing.
May 2018 - Dozens of sports are played by Melbournians every day. It’s a great way to stay fit, healthy and have fun. However, if you’re confronted with a sports injury, it can hinder your routine and performance. Unfortunately, injuries can strike anyone, whether you’re a high performing athlete or if you just engage in low key activities.
May 2018 - Tendons are the structures that connect muscles to bones. Pain and pathology in a tendon, known as tendinopathy, is a common injury in athletes that can prove quite difficult to manage. A tendon becomes tendinopathic when it is subject to higher loads than it can withstand, upon which the tendon starts to change in structure resulting in pain and disability.
May 2018 - We know that ACL ruptures occur in approximately 3% of recreational athletes and 15% of professional athletes. Female athletes, however, are 2-10 times more likely to sustain an ACL injury than their male counterparts.
May 2018 -Pilates is a great form of exercise for mums-to-be and new mums. The importance of exercise during and post pregnancy cannot be understated. It is known that exercise during pregnancy can decrease the risk of certain conditions that can occur during pregnancy such as gestational diabetes. After having your bub there is no rush in getting back into exercise.
May 2018 - We are well and truly into the cold weather and with this means the start of cross country and longer distance running events. Whilst a lot of the major running events like the Melbourne Marathon are towards the end of the year, preparation starts a long time before then. So here are some common distance running mistakes and how to avoid them.
June 2018 - With footy season in full swing, how is your body currently holding up against the constant stresses week in and week out? From the professional AFL player to your simple weekend warrior, it is important to be mindful of injury prevention and the importance of good recovery. One of the best ways to keep on top of this is with deep-tissue massage.
June 2021 - Back injuries are common & most of the population experience back pain or injury at some point in their lives. Injury can occur to any of the spinal structures & the type may not always be reflected by the severity of pain experienced. What are the types of back injuries & how can you manage pain?
Aug 2018 - At Melbourne Sports Physiotherapy we offer many different types of massage. Two commonly requested modalities are Deep Tissue and Relaxation Massage. With so many different treatment options, it is sometimes hard to differentiate between, and decide which option is best for you.
Sept 2018 - Ankle sprains are an extremely common sporting injury. Ankle sprains can also be sustained during non-sporting activities such as tripping over a curb or uneven surfaces. Unfortunately, once you have sustained one ankle sprain, there is a very high risk of re-injury. This risk increased with each subsequent injury to the area.
Sept 2018 - Whether you’re a mat monster who competes regularly or hobbyist training for fun there’s no doubt that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) puts a lot of strain on your body. Soft tissue therapy carried out by some one who understands the specific demands that bjj places on your body can be an invaluable part of your recovery.
Sept 2018 - The Melbourne Marathon is only two weeks away! Hopefully you’ve prepared yourself well and are primed and ready to go. Here are three ways you can use massage therapy to make the most of your marathon experience.
Oct 2018 - The shoulder joint is the most mobile joint in the human body, allowing for a large range of movement. One of the reasons for this mobility is the anatomy of the shoulder joint – a ball (humeral head) joining with a shallow socket (glenoid). While this structure allows for the great degree of shoulder movement we get, it also makes the shoulder an inherently unstable joint meaning that the risk of shoulder dislocation is relatively high in comparison to other joints.
Nov 2018 - Shin splints is the common name for a condition known as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS). This is the umbrella term used to describe pain felt in the inner (medial) part of the shin bone (tibia) that is often felt during exercise involving impact loading, for example running and jumping sports such as basketball.
Nov 2018 - Clinical Pilates is a method of exercise used for rehabilitation after injury or surgery. Some of the benefits of Clinical Pilates include improvements in: posture, flexibility, muscle strength, control, balance and core and pelvic floor strengthening.
Dec 2018 - You’re definitely are not 24 anymore. You’ve had 2 kids and after your last pregnancy your body hasn’t been the same. You’re back at work 4-5 days/week and your weekends are spent racing kids around to different sporting events and birthday parties. You’re lucky if you get in your 3 exercise sessions each week. Weeknights are full of kid’s homework, dinner and maybe sitting down for an hour to watch your favourite TV show, if you’re lucky!
Dec 2018 - Sciatica is the term given to describe symptoms caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is formed from spinal nerves exiting the lower back and runs through the buttock and down the back of both legs. Any pain or symptom experienced along this nerve is referred to as ‘sciatica’.
Dec 2018 - The sun is shining. You may want to get into better shape, but don’t want to injure yourself like last time you went on a fitness spree. Here are tips to help.
Dec 2018 - At Melbourne Sports Physiotherapy we see many people who suffer with knee osteoarthritis. It can be extremely disabling and painful, frustrating and tiring! If you tried everything and reached the point where you have had enough and decided on a knee replacement as the next step, then keep on reading.
July 2018 - Effective treatment for any knee condition is based on accurate diagnosis. Physiotherapists are experts in musculoskeletal diagnosis and will help determine the cause of your knee pain. Once the cause of your knee pain is determined this will help to guide your treatment.
January 2022 - Melbourne Sports we have several practitioners with expertise in treating tennis injuries. Due to our reputation with sporting injuries, we regularly see patients with tennis injuries (especially at this time of year!) – these injuries can range from a sprained ankle to persistently painful shoulder.