One of the most common places people get osteoarthritis (OA) is in the knee. If you have knee OA, you likely understand that the most commonly reported symptom is pain, however swelling, tissue stiffness, instability and muscle weakness also contribute to the severity of the condition.

Arthritis is a term we hear nearly daily, this is not surprising as 9% of Australians are currently living with the condition. But what is it? When people say arthritis, they are usually talking about OA, which is a chronic joint disease that affects the whole joint including cartilage, bone, ligament a...

March 12, 2019

As we lead such busy lifestyles and have only 24 hours in a day, we find ourselves having to prioritise. Often times we will prioritise work commitments, family and relationships which are all great. Unfortunately, things like exercise, sleep and our nutrition can be put to the side due to a “lack of time”.

Finding time involves these 3 things:

1. Forming a routine
Forming a routine involves accounting for the time that you will dedicate to each thing in your life. You need to have a clear vision of the when, where and how this will look for you. Execute your plan week i...

February 26, 2019

There are many great things about getting older. We become wiser, we have more stable relationships and have clearer priorities. If we are lucky, we may have more time to do the things we enjoy. As our responsibilities change with big lifestyle changes like retirement and grandchildren, it is as important as ever that we look after number one. As we age, our body undergoes many changes, one of which is the slow progressive reduction in bone mineral density. A simple way to visualise this is a bone that becomes more porous. This is a normal process that every person will experience du...

September 14, 2018

Physical trauma almost always comes out of the blue. It is rarely something that we expect and therefore something most of us are ill prepared for, both physically and mentally. On the sporting field it could be a significant joint injury or a nasty accident at work. What is true from the people we see with significant traumatic injury, is that lifelong and consistent management is the key. It's at this realisation that ongoing management is a habit that allows people to rebuild their bodies and their minds.  

Here are the key habits for managing traumatic inj...

August 30, 2018

A good chunk of what an Exercise Physiologist does everyday is help people master the tools they need to achieve their goals. "TOOLS" can be a collective of information, practice, routines, behaviours and mindset that allow one to break through to a new level, or at least move in the right direction. We have many tricks up our sleeve to facilitate change. Today we look at one very important factor that can rocket you forward or hold you back. So; do you have skin in the game?  

If you are reading this then you may be in search of a lit...

In the latest video blog, I talk about using a large trigger to release a rotator cuff muscle to help with recovery after exercise and to help restore over head shoulder mobility. Enjoy! 

April 9, 2018

A lot of people first experience postural correction by the sound advice from Mum or Dad; "stand up straight". Unfortunately, Mum or Dad were improperly trained in the art and science of postural correction, but at least their heart was in the right place.

Times have changed significantly since you were a kid and we now have a far greater understanding of human movement, postural assessment and the complexities of how multiple systems interact to produce coordinated and functional movement.

To answer the question above; lets look at two recent clients who have undergone a pos...

October 24, 2017

What is Spondylolisthesis?

A spondylolisthesis is a condition where one vertebrae will slip forward relative to the one below. A spondylolisthesis can occur at any vertebral level, however it will most commonly occur in L5 sitting on S1.

There are a number of reasons why a spondylolisthesis can occur. The most common causes are due to a pars defect (fracture of the pars interarticularis), congenital abnormalities, excessive physical activity, heavy loading and sustained poor posture.    

What are common symptoms of Spondylolisthesis?    

The most common symptoms one w...

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