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ACL injuries of the knee

The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is a ligament enclosed within the knee, attaching at the medial portion of the lateral femoral condyle (thigh bone) and anterior tibia (shin bone). The ACL provides stability to the knee, preventing the tibia from sliding forward relative to the femur and more importantly, provides rotational stability for pivoting. ACL […]

Soft Tissue Injuries & Early Management

Muscle Strains and Tears A strain or tear in a muscle occurs when some or all the fibres fail to cope with the demands placed upon them.  Muscles commonly affected are hamstring (posterior thigh), quadriceps (anterior thigh) and gastrocnemius (calf muscle).  This is typically because these muscles cross two joints and therefore are more susceptible […]

Childhood Continence

Many children experience soiling, daywetting or bedwetting symptoms beyond the age that they would be expected to be dry. Often children with daywetting symptoms will also experience bedwetting. Bedwetting can be caused by many factors including: Decreased bladder capacity Increased urine production at night Poor arousal from sleep Your child may never have been dry […]

Achilles Tendinopathy

Achilles tendinopathy is characterised by pain in the Achilles tendon which is located at the back of the ankle. Pain can be felt during the aggravating activity, but often has a 12-24 (and sometimes 48) hour delay, with pain often felt the morning after the inciting activity. Achilles tendinopathy typically occurs when the tendon is […]

Pilates

Pilates is a form of exercise developed by Joseph Pilates over 70 years ago that focuses on unique body conditioning and postural alignment exercise techniques. Pilates exercises emphasise the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility and awareness, in order to support efficient movement.   Pilates is widely recognised for its significant effect […]

Minimalist Shoes

The Run Down on Shoe Choice Despite the significant developments in shoe technology providing greater stability, traction, shock absorption and varying type of material, minimalist shoes have become popular due to  ‘less is better’. However please take care in determining whether minimalist is appropriate for you, and also if they are suitable for you then […]

Tennis Elbow: What Is It And How Do We Fix It?

Occupational Overuse Syndrome (OOS) is also known as repetition strain injury (RSI). It is a term used to name a number of conditions with similar symptoms that can include discomfort, pain, muscle fatigue, stiffness, numbness/tingling, burning sensations and weakness. Common among office workers is tennis elbow (lateral epicondylalgia or LE), which describes pain over the […]

The Importance of Specific Training to Improving Running Performance

By David Halpin As most would know from back at school biology class, the body is like a machine which requires energy to run it. Running at different speeds involves a greater proportion of specific energy systems. If specific training is carried out, the specific energy system will be improved. The energy systems can be […]

The Role of Pacing in the Management of Long-Term Pain

Research shows that certain parts of the nervous system control how you feel pain by acting like the volume control on a stereo. Many factors can turn the ‘pain volume’ up or down, which influences the pain you feel. If you have long-term pain, your pain volume can be turned up too high for too […]

Urinary Incontinence

Have you experienced urinary leakage recently or in the past? If so, have you mentioned it to your GP or have you silently coped with the changes urinary incontinence can bring? Urinary incontinence (UI) affects nearly 13% of men and 37% if women in Australia. With so many Australians affected it is an important health […]

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