Massage for Stress Relief

Stress is universal, and it’s not always bad. Whenever you jump aside to miss getting hit by a ball, feel especially nervous before an important meeting, or hit the brakes in time to avoid an accident, stress is doing its job. However, when there’s never any relief from stress, the sustained fight-or-flight response can cause […]

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Integrated patient care

Firstly let’s address the difference between a Podiatrist and a Physiotherapist. A podiatrist role in managing lower limb injuries is based around addressing causative factors through biomechanical analysis, footwear advice or incorporation of orthosis. Whereas a physiotherapist helps patients to restore, maximise and maintain their physical strength and function through identifying potential physical or biomechanical […]

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Clicking and Crepitus

One of the most frequently asked questions I get in the clinic from patients are the concerning sounds like clicking, popping, snapping produced my movement. These noises can be concerning to the patient therefore leading to think that movement is aggravating and damaging the affected area. As we age, these types of sensations become more […]

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Remedial Massage

A lot of people ask; What is remedial massage and how can it help me?   Let me tell you a little bit about how it works;   With remedial massage, therapists are trained to assess your body, observe over time, and design individual treatment plans for each client. It is more than just a […]

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ACL injuries and prevention

The Anterior cruciate ligament or ACL is an important ligament that stabilizes the knee. The role of the ACL is to prevent the tibia or shin bone from moving forward relative to the femur/thigh bone and to prevent buckling of the knee. We need our ACLs to control pivoting movements, ruptures occur when too much […]

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4 tips for injury prevention

Manage the load Load refers to the volume or intensity of the stress that we put on our body. Many sports injuries could be prevented by better controlling the load placed on our body. One of the biggest mistakes is increasing load too quickly and not allowing time for the body to adapt. e.g. not […]

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The importance of falls prevention

Each year in NSW, Falls and associated injuries lead to 27,000 hospitalisations and 400 deaths. Falls injuries have the highest costing to the NSW health system over any other incident, including road trauma. One in three people over the age of 65 and one in two people over the age of 80 are at risk […]

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What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a condition we often hear about from family, friends or co-workers. You commonly hear it feeling like shooting leg pain or a jolt down the leg. It’s normally given quite a serious undertone with a degree of fear attached to it. The question is: what is Sciatica and what can be done about […]

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Exercise and Osteoarthritis – Load it!

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common chronic conditions of an entire joint resulting from a gradual loss of cartilage. Cartilage is the protective cushion between the bones and when this breaks down, bone overgrowth occurs and fluid filled pockets called subchondral cysts result in inflammation and stiffness within the entire joint. The most common […]

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How Pregnancy can affect your feet – PART TWO

In last week’s article, I discussed how pregnancy can affect your skin and nails. Today we will look at the biomechanical and musculoskeletal issues which can arise during and after baby arrives. Ligament Laxity: As hormone levels change, ligament laxity can occur. This means that our ligaments become more mobile to allow changes within joints. […]

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Losing weight to minimise pain

Often the answer to our injuries is to lose weight. This is a common recommendation from doctors, surgeons and specialists but is a hard one to take on board when it is exercise that hurts our joints. The catch to this is that exercise helps to relieve our pain, we just need to understand what […]

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Lets talk Football boots

With pre-season training already in full swing and football teams working hard to prepare for another exciting season, one important question remains… Have you decided what football boots you’ll be wearing to maximise your performance? Not only is it important for your performance, but it’s one of the best ways to prevent football injuries. Common […]

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6 Rules of pain

Everyone experiences physical pain at some point in time. Although unwelcomed, pain is an extremely important bodily function vital to our health. There are a several misconceptions regarding pain and what it actually means. Here are 6 rules of pain.   Pain is an output of the brain. Although we experience the feeling of pain […]

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Have you ever wondered what is causing your legs to swell on a hot day or at the end of a long day? Whilst there are many causes of lower limb swelling, the most common cause in people over the age of 50 is chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). This condition affects up to 30% of […]

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Reducing your risk of sports related injuries

Here are 4 tips to reduce your chances of injury while training or playing sport this year. Manage the load Load refers to the volume or intensity of the stress that we put on our body. Many sports injuries could be prevented by better controlling the load placed on our body. One of the biggest […]

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3 things you need to know about pain

Working as health care professional, I see people in pain every day. Despite advances in medicine and science, pain levels continue to rise, with 1 in 5 Australians suffering from chronic pain. Poor education about it contributes to ongoing symptoms, so here are 3 things you need to know: Pain, tissue damage and pathology do […]

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Tendon troubles?

What is a tendon? A tendon is a band of fibrous connective tissue that connects a muscle to the bone. These structures are designed to withstand tensile loads, however, if they are exposed to excessive loading or repetitive training with poor biomechanics, a tendinopathy may develop. What is a tendinopathy? A tendinopathy is a disruption to the normal […]

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5 warning signs of foot and leg pain in children

It is not normal for children to experience foot or lower limb pain, and there is no such thing as “growing pains.” Any pain that lasts more than a few days, or that is severe enough to limit the child’s walking, should be assessed by a podiatrist straight away. Many foot or lower limb problems during adulthood stem from untreated […]

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Get your Desk Set up Right- 5 tips to help your neck and back pain

Get your Desk Set up Right- 5 tips to help your neck and back pain At OPH we frequently see patients present with neck & back pain stemming from poor posture in their workplace. On average office workers sit at their desk for 5 hours a day, adding up to 1,200 hours a year. That’s […]

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