What You Don’t Know About Headaches

Evidence shows that headaches reduce an individuals work capacity, social interaction and quality of life. However, many headache sufferers do not seek, nor receive the treatment they need as they are unaware of the help available. What causes headaches? Headaches can present in various ways and behave differently for many reasons. Not all headaches are […]

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Children’s Heel Pain (Sever’s Disease)

What is Sever’s disease? Sever’s disease (calcaneal apophysitis) is the most common cause of heel pain in children, particularly in physically active adolescents who are about to begin puberty. Sever’s disease is a painful inflammation of the heel’s growth plate, which is located in the lower back of the heel, where the Achilles tendon (the heel cord that […]

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Plantar Plate (Ball of Foot) Pain

WHAT TO LOOK FOR? Injury to the plantar plate usually presents with symptoms such as forefoot pain, swelling, heat, redness, a sensation of “walking on a marble” or “walking on the bones of the ball of your foot.” An obvious plantar plate injury can be seen when one of the smaller toes appears to be […]

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Netball Shoes vs Traditional Runners

NETBALL Vs. TRADITIONAL RUNNERS Netball is a high impact sport that often requires short sharp bursts of agile movements. Whilst running shoes are soft and cushioned, they lack the ability to control side to side movement and pose a risk of lower limb injuries as they best work for forwards-backwards motion. The thick rubber sole […]

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Exercise for Osteoarthritis

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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Learning to Run

We all want to be able to run faster or further and most people focus on this in their training while ignoring their technique. Few runners ever schedule time to practice and improve their technique. Running is rarely thought of as a learned skill. However, just because you can run, this doesn’t necessarily make your […]

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Return to Running Post Pregnancy

1. Consider what exercise you did before and during pregnancy It will be easier for someone to return to running if they always ran prior to pregnancy and did some running during their pregnancy, compared to someone has never run before. 2. Do your pelvic floor exercises The pelvic floor consists of muscles and ligaments […]

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Achilles Tendinopathy

For many of us, injuries tend to come on after being overworked throughout the Winter Sports season, with our bodies taking the toll for this increased exercise load and both new and niggling injuries coming into play.The next thing you know you are struggling to walk come Monday morning. Often practitioners will have patients presenting […]

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Exercising Hope for Cancer Patients

The day someone is diagnosed with cancer is a day they never forget. The diagnosis and treatment of cancer impacts both physically and psychologically on those with cancer as well as affecting their family and friends. Cancer treatments can have many side effects which are as debilitating as the cancer itself. Some patients may require […]

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Severs Disease

Does your child complain of heel pain? Are they withdrawing from activity? Coming into the middle of the sporting season practitioners often see children presenting with “heel pain” and most of the time this heel pain is Sever’s Disease! What is Sever’s disease? Sever’s is a common painful inflammation of the growth plate which the […]

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Common Injury – Sprained Ankles

Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries we see as physios. With the start of winter approaching, we see netballers, basketballs, soccer players and footballers all coming in with ankle injuries. The uneven grass tracks and fields and agility involved in these sports provide the perfect conditions for a common ankle sprain. The […]

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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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What are foot orthotics (corrective insoles)?

What are foot orthotics? Foot orthotics (or orthoses) are orthopaedic devices designed to treat or adjust various foot complaints that affect not only the foot but the entire skeletal system. A true orthotic is a customised corrective innersole, designed specifically for an individual to treat a specific problem. No two individuals will have the same […]

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