Achilles Tendinopathy: Lighten The Load

The achilles tendon connects the calf to the foot and plays a major role in propulsion as well as energy absorption during walking, running and jumping.  Pain commonly occurs when the tendon is exposed to an unaccustomed load which can often be the result of: A sudden increase in training Biomechanical failure causing increased work at […]

Don’t Dread The Treadmill

A wet and windy winter in Canberra has meant we have either spent less days out on the track or it’s driven us indoors to the dreaded treadmill to get in the kilometres. It begs the question; What is the best way to get a good run out of the treadmill? How do we get […]

Mind Your Posture At Work

Is your work station set-up contributing to an existing injury?  Many desk-based jobs involve significant amounts of time spent sitting.  Many injuries will be provoked by prolonged activities such as sitting, long periods of typing/mousing or repetitive neck movements.  For this reason, it is important that our desk space is set up correctly to help […]

Top Tips For Running In The Cold

In Australia, the winter months are usually the best time for long distance running. However, whether you are a novice or more experienced runner, running in Canberra during winter involves exercising in what can be an uncomfortable and motivationally challenging environment. The benefit of running at this time of year is that you can push […]

Pain: The Invisible Protector

The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) defines pain as ‘An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage’. But what does this actually mean? A key point immediately is the mention of ‘actual or potential tissue damage’. So, can we have […]

The Importance Of Sleep In Managing Pain

It doesn’t matter whether it’s pain from a sprained ankle, sharp pain in your neck, or persistent low back pain. Getting a good, quality night’s sleep is critical to managing your symptoms. There are many factors that will influence this, including pain being present in the first place. Other factors that might affect your sleep […]

Top 5 Tips For Beating Incontinence

Incontinence describes any involuntary loss of urine from the bladder (urinary incontinence) or faeces or wind from the bowel (faecal/bowel incontinence).  4.8million Australians experience bladder or bowel control issues (Continence Foundation of Australia).  Urinary incontinence affects 13% of Australian men and 37% of Australian women, while faecal incontinence affects 20% of Australian men and 12.9% […]

Severs Lesion- Heel Pain In Young Athletes

A Sever’s Lesion causes heel pain to arise in younger athletes as they progress into puberty (around 10-14 year olds). Initially thought to be an inflammatory condition, Sever’s Lesion is now thought to more likely be a non-inflammatory disorder relating to repetitive stress injury. This stress injury continues to aggravate the calcaneus bone, where the […]

Bursitis Of The Shoulder- What Should I Do?

‘I have had an ultrasound and been diagnosed with bursitis of the shoulder.  I have rested it for six weeks and taken anti-inflammatory medication but I still get pain with movement.’ This is a common statement we hear with shoulders in the clinic and unfortunately it’s due to misinformation. The bursae are fluid filled sacks […]

Osgood-Schlatters Lesion – A Common Cause Of Knee Pain In Children & Adolescents

Osgood-Schlatters disease is an irritation of the patella (knee) ligament at the site of the top of shinbone (tibia) and causes knee pain in children as they approach puberty and are beginning their growth spurt. It is most common in boys aged 13-15 and in girls 10 to 12 and is the result of excessive […]

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