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On The Couch with Joe “pep” Montemurro

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Shin Splints – “Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome”

Shin splints is a generic term used to describe pain experienced over the front or inside of the lower leg. The most common presentation of pain in this area is an irritation of the muscles and their attachments to the … Continue reading

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Femoral Acetabular Impingement (FAI) & Hip Dysplasia

By Andrew Lay. Grad Cert Sports Physio, B.Physio (Hons) FAI is a common hip joint condition which typically manifests as pain at the front of the hip and/or groin. It is more common in activities requiring greater hip flexibility such … Continue reading

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Acute Low back pain and Core stability

A summary and explanation of the rationale behind core stability training for acute low back pain.   Introduction Low back pain is a common disorder, with 80% percent of the population likely to experience low back pain at some stage (Walker, … Continue reading

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PhysioHealth Practitioner of the Month

Ebru graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Doctor of Physiotherapy following a Bachelor of Science. With a background in soccer and athletics, she has a special interest in youth athletic development, running injuries and rehabilitation of the hip, … Continue reading

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Justin McEvoy on his Rio adventures

Being the Senior Physiotherapist for the Australian Swimming Team at the Rio Olympic Games is the pinnacle of my 28 year career as a Sports Physiotherapist. Since my return many people have asked: “What was the most notable or ‘best’ … Continue reading

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Stress Fractures

Stress fractures are one of the more common sporting injuries, affecting runners more than any other. They develop from an increase in repetitive load on a bone that come from a significant increase or change to training. The most common … Continue reading

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Shoulder Function

By Daniel Zambon B.Sc, D.Physio, APAM The role of the Rotator Cuff and Scapular Stabilisers The shoulder joint refers to the joint between the head of the humerus and the glenoid (part of the scapula) and is known in medicine … Continue reading

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Recovery From Training: The How and Why

By Simon Hearn Recovery from training and competition is a crucial component of the overall program for athletes of all levels. It allows the body to adapt and heal the microtraumas that are caused to the muscles during training and … Continue reading

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Anterior knee joint pain

The knee is the largest joint in the body, and is one of the more common sources of pain. Anterior knee pain is commonly associated with diagnoses such as patellofemoral joint pain, patellar tendinopathies, bursitis or fat pad impingement. When … Continue reading

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Hockey Injuries and Prevention

Hockey is a popular international Olympic sport. In Australia, hockey is played at clubs, schools and indoor centres. Statistics from the Australian Sports Commission showed an estimated 200,000 Australians aged 15 years and older play outdoor hockey. Hockey requires great … Continue reading

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Gymnasts and Wrist pain

Wrist pain is quite common in gymnastics when weight bearing activities such as handstands, vaulting, beam and vaulting can place forces of up to 5 x body weight when completing skills. Most commonly the wrist pain is located on the … Continue reading

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Can a physiotherapist help you improve your second splits flexibility?

Being able to do the splits is a common topic among dancers and gymnasts, especially second splits. Second splits are also known as straddle, box and centre splits. Most dancers spend hours and hours stretching and perfecting the technique required … Continue reading

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What is OSTEOARTHRITIS?

“I have arthritis” is a common saying in the clinic. The word ‘arthritis’ has become a general term that people use for joint pain, and is often surrounded by negative beliefs such that the world is going to crumble upon … Continue reading

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James Magnussen in shape for Rio

Check out James in his latest ad for Aikon watches.  He looks like he is shape to win Gold at the upcoming Rio Olympics. We wish him  and all the athletes all the best.    

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Anterior hip pain with swimming

Swimming is a popular activity for many people, as it provides a great fitness effect without placing undue stress or load on the body. However the sport does come with its share of injuries, especially those training and competing at … Continue reading

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Are you at risk of an Achilles Tendinopathy

Achilles tendinopathy is a non inflammatory, degenerative tendon injury that is a prevalent injury associated with running and jumping based athlete. This change in the tendon comes from an excessive overload on the tendon that causes a degenerative change. Multiple … Continue reading

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The Importance of Strengthening and Core Stability for Injury Prevention

Strength training is often ignored as part of a training regime, especially for Triathletes who are already very time and energy poor as they are required to train in not one, but three separate disciplines. Swimming, biking and running all … Continue reading

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Cory Prout in Cologne to Support Athletics Australia

Our very own Cory Prout traveled to Cologne, Germany to provide support for Athletics Australia’s Training Camp Athletics Australia asked me to travel to their European training base in Cologne, Germany earlier this year. During Australia’s winter months it can … Continue reading

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Recovery From Training: The How and Why

By Simon Hearn Recovery from training and competition is a crucial component of the overall program for athletes of all levels. It allows the body to adapt and heal the microtraumas that are caused to the muscles during training and … Continue reading

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Williamstown Open Water Championships

Sam Sheppard, Jordan Wilimovsky and Brendan Casey to compete at 2015 Vic Open Water Championships As the 2015 Open Water Championships and WOW Challenge are steadily approaching, our hosting clubs are looking forward to an exciting day of racing an … Continue reading

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Importance of Sleep

Through our association with many Olympic and National level athletes, we take a keen interest in the general health issues surrounding athletes: Exercise principles, sports psychology, nutrition and sleep. Yes plain old sleep. Insufficient sleep over a period of time … Continue reading

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Not all ankle sprains are the same!

Although ankle sprains are statistically the most common sporting injury especially in gymnastics, ankle injuries can differ considerably and each and every ankle sprain can damage different structures leading to different areas of pain, different time frames for length of … Continue reading

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Trail Running – injury and prevention

With the final Rapid Ascent trail race of the season upon us, it is important to make sure you finish the season on a high. Running can place high demands on the body, it can lead to stressed tissues resulting … Continue reading

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Foam Rolling

Many or our clients own and use a foam roller, or own and don’t use a foam roller, or ask if they should purchase a foam roller. At any good gym you will see foam rollers amongst the many devices … Continue reading

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Emily Seebohm: The girl with the Midas touch

Image (c) Swimming Australia Australian swimming has a new golden girl in the form of Brisbane backstroker Emily Seebohm who tonight took her world title gold medal tally to three at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan with a … Continue reading

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Bronte’s time to shine as Mitch backs up to take rare double gold

Image (c) Swimming Australia She has been in the shadow of her big sister since she started swimming but tonight it was Bronte Campbell’s turn to shine on the world’s biggest stage when she created family history on a victorious … Continue reading

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Silver lining and Cam still smiling

Image (c) Swimming Australia Australia’s Cam McEvoy has been out-touched for gold by a fingernail in a thrilling 100m freestyle final on the fifth night of action at the FINA World Championships in Kazan. The 21-year-old Gold Coaster claimed the … Continue reading

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Big Mack digs deep for 800m freestyle bronze

Image (C) Swimming Australia Young gun Mack Horton showed just how tough a competitor he is to claim a deserved bronze medal in tonight’s 800 metres freestyle final on the fourth night of the FINA World Championships in Kazan. It … Continue reading

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Golden night for Dolphins as backstrokers rule the pool

Australian backstrokers Emily Seebohm, Mitch Larkin and Madi Wilson ruled the pool on a golden night for the Dolphins at the 16th FINA World Championships in Kazan tonight. In Australia’s finest single night since the 2005 World titles in Montreal, … Continue reading

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PhysioHealth – More than just Physiotherapy

Did you know, PhysioHealth offers more than just physiotherapy treatments? We also have a strong team of masseurs that offer remedial massage treatments in five of our clinics, six days a week. Remedial massage is done with oil and is … Continue reading

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PhysioHealth at the 2015 Swimming World Champs

PhysioHealth’s own Justin McEvoy is currently in Kazan, Russia helping to prepare the Aussie Swimmers to achieve further gold in the pool. Justin has been a regular on Australian Swim Teams since the Pan Pacific Championships in 2002 and is … Continue reading

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Injury Prevention

Injury prevention is the buzz phrase amongst physiotherapists and sports professionals, particularly those involved in the management of elite athletes.  The physiotherapy profession in particular has moved its focus away from injury management and towards preventative strategies.  These may include musclulo-skeletal screenings, … Continue reading

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Ankylosing Spondylitis

Anklyosing Spondylitis (AS) is an inflammatory condition which affects the spine, hips, and in some cases the peripheral joints of the body. It is classified in the category of spondyloarthritis. With AS, inflammation attacks the spine and soft tissue causing … Continue reading

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To Scan or Not

Imaging 101: Different imaging types and a rationale for their use. Radiology is a specialist field that uses different types of images to retrieve information about any structural defects under the skin that may be responsible for a patient’s pain … Continue reading

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The Frozen Shoulder

Adhesive Capsulitis Adhesive capsulitis or ‘frozen shoulder’ is a relatively common condition that involves the shoulder joint and is characterised by a spontaneous onset of pain, as well as, restrictions in both active and passive movement.  It can often be … Continue reading

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Injuries & Bodybuilding

Bodybuilding is a sport where the goal is to maximally develop the body in terms of mass, symmetry and balance throughout the body.  To a lesser extent your gym junkies and casual weights goers who are trying to “tone up” … Continue reading

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Lateral Hip Pain

By Andy McGree Are you experiencing pain on the side of your hip? If so, its quite likely you have gluteal tendinopathy which may or may not be accompanied by an irritable and inflamed bursa. The good news is that … Continue reading

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What is Swimmers Shoulder?

‘Swimmers shoulder’ is a broad term utilised to describe the musculoskeletal injuries that develop due to overuse of the shoulder. The progression of pain and can be described in stages as follows; Mild discomfort after training Pain during and after … Continue reading

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How To – Crossover Single Leg Squats

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How To – Crunches With Leg Lift

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How To – Directional Lunges

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How To – Drive Through In Standing with Theraband

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How To – Femoral Nerve Stretch

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How To – Forward Kicking

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How To – Incine Plank With Fitball

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How To – Incline Plank With Knee To Chest

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How To – Jump Squats

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How To – Kicking Away From Body

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How To – Knee Plank With Alternate Leg Lifts

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How To – Knee To Chest

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How To – Lumbar Rotation

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How To – Lunges With Rotation

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How To – Pectoral Stretch

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How To – Plank With Leg Lift

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How To – Run Squat & Turn

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How To – Posterior Cuff Deltoid Stretch

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How To – Run Squat & Turn

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How To – Run Squat Forward & Back

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How To – Running Man

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How To – Side Kicks

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How To – Side Plank With Hip Abduciton

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How To – Side Plank With Hip Drop

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How To – Side Plank

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How To – Side Shuffle With Ski Hop

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How To – Side Step With Squat

This pre activation exercise is especially useful for soccer and footy players. It’s designed to activate your hip muscles and make you aware of your knee position during sideways movements.

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How To – Single Leg Bridge

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How To – Single Leg Hop

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How To – Ski Hop With Squat

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How To – Ski Hop

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How To – Squats

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How To – Step Up

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How To – Swing Through Arabesque

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How To – Triple Hop

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Thoracic Dysfunction

Jeremy Cross analyses thoracic dysfunction; designing and re-designing the art of longevity in golf Thoracic (Upper Back) Rotation By Jeremy Cross Now up and running, the PhysioHealth Golf Performance Enhancement™ (GPE™) program has been moving forward with leaps and bounds.  … Continue reading

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A Swimmer’s Off Season

In some sports the “off season break” is a substantial amount of time, months even. Not so in swimming. A 2 week break in May and maybe a week in September. A few days at Christmas if you’re lucky. In … Continue reading

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Is your Achilles tendon your Achilles heel?

Achilles tendon injuries are a very common issue in track and field athletes, not exclusively but particularly with distance runners.  The Achilles tendon is the main piece of tissue that attaches the calf muscle to the back of the heel … Continue reading

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Myofascial Trigger Point explained

What is a ‘Trigger Point’? Has your Physiotherapist asked you to use the foam roller or spikey ball due to ‘Trigger Points’, or have they mentioned the term during a therapy session, and you’ve just wondered what that meant? A … Continue reading

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Cycling related hip impingement

Hip Impingement also known as femoral acetabular impingement (FAI) is a condition which affects a large population of cyclists, however the majority of this population remain asymptomatic and pain free. FAI is characterised by the formation of extra bone around … Continue reading

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Surgical v Non-Surgical approach to a Fractured Clavicle

Fractured clavicles, aka collar bones are mainly caused from excessive force placed on to an outstretched hand. These injuries are most commonly seen following an accident on your bike. In elite Cycling teams, these injuries are seen as the most … Continue reading

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Irish dancing and shin splints – what you need to know

Shin splints. If you haven’t had them yourself then you undoubtedly know someone who has. Shin splints and Irish dancing seem to go hand in hand and are probably the most common reason Irish dancers spend so much time at … Continue reading

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Could your sore knee be patella-femoral joint pain?

Anterior knee pain, or pain at the front of the knee, is not uncommon for all track and field athletes to experience whether you are a thrower, jumper or runner. One of the most common causes of this pain is … Continue reading

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Ankle Sprains

Although ankle sprains are statistically the most common sporting injury, ankle injuries can differ considerably and  each and every ankle sprain can damage different structures leading to different areas of pain, different timeframes for length of recovery, and often poor … Continue reading

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Sub-Acromial Impingement in the Crossfit Athlete

What is it? Sub-acromial impingement (SAI) is likely the most common shoulder complaint that presents from Crossfit. It occurs when the soft tissue structures of the shoulder gets pinched by the AC Joint Can be caused by the complex and … Continue reading

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ACL Injury Prevention

What is the Anterior Cruciate Ligament? The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is a thick connective band that runs diagonally through the middle of the knee. It prevents the tibia (shin bone) from sliding out in front of the femur (thigh … Continue reading

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Bone Injury

Physiotherapy, bone injury, and why your kids need to get outside and play What do you think of when you hear bone fracture? Chances are you are thinking of a casted leg, resting on the couch, or backing off and … Continue reading

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Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) in the Sporting Hip

What is FAI? FAI is a condition affecting the bony processes of the hip joint The Hip is a ball and socket joint comprised of: The head of the Femur (Ball) The Acetabulum (Socket) This joint type allows for large … Continue reading

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What are Shin Splints?

Shin splints is a generic term used to describe pain experienced over the front or inside of the lower leg.  The most common presentation of pain in this area is an irritation of the soft muscles and their attachments to … Continue reading

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Knee Pain & Cycling

So you have knee pain with Cycling? Knee pain also known as patello-femoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is highly associated with Cylists. There are multiple diagnosis and potential contributing factors which cause knee pain on the bike. If you are new … Continue reading

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Kendo and Physiotherapy

Kendo is the traditional Japanese art of swordsmanship, and is translated literally as “the way of the sword”.  Kendo practitioners are referred to as kendoka or kenshi. Kendo is regularly practiced to discipline the human character by applying the principles … Continue reading

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Swimmers Posture

  Swimmers with poor posture are often badgered by their Physiotherapists. This is because ‘Poor Posture’ is the cause of as many injuries in swimmers as swimming training. A slouched forward upper body and ‘poked out chin’ posture are very … Continue reading

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Core Activation in Swimmers

The Importance of Core activation for swimmers A swimmer is a non weight-bearing athlete. A swimmer is required to develop propulsion using both arms and legs at the same time without being anchored to anything. How does a swimmer do … Continue reading

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Swim Screening

Why should swimmers get a Swim Screening? A swim screening should be performed on all swimmers who train regularly because firstly the sport is so repetitive, a swimmer with any physical weakness or restricted range of movement will end up … Continue reading

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The Importance of Gluteal and Core activation in Cycling

Research has shown that the role of the gluteal and core muscles play an important role in stability and power during cycling. The role of your core muscles is to offer you trunk support whilst cycling which will allow your … Continue reading

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Barefoot Running

Whats the story with this barefoot running craze? Have you noticed more people running around in those funny looking glove like shoes?  Have you noticed a few more lighter running shoes on the shelves that aren’t like your traditional heavier … Continue reading

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On The Couch – Rob Duncan – Club Warehouse – Recovery Pump – Part 2

On the couch with Rob Duncan from Club Warehouse chatting further about the recovery pump products. Recovery Core – developed to look after the areas that the boots can’t. The recovery core isolates and looks after the hips, glutes and … Continue reading

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On The Couch – Rob Duncan – Club Warehouse – Recovery Pump – Part 1

PhysioHealth’s Sharbil is chatting with Rob Duncan from Club Warehouse. The recovery pump has been around since 2011 – delivers compression to the legs in an effective and quick manner. We see a lot of elite athletes turning to the … Continue reading

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HCC/Physiohealth Weekly Boulie Ride

                      Last week HCC launched the new HCC Physiohealth social/training ride on Yarra Boulevard which will run weekly on Thursday mornings at 6:00AM. There will be two meeting points: 6:00AM … Continue reading

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Katie Flatters – Taking on an Olympic distance triathlon.

Physiohealth Physiotherapist Katie Flatters has set herself a goal – to complete her first Olympic distance triathlon – here’s how she is going! Keep up the good work Katie! 4 weeks ago I decided upon a challenge for myself to … Continue reading

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On The Couch with Rocktape

PhysioHealth’s Sharbil Wehbe talks with Darren Flood from Rocktape Australia to talk about their muscle tape that all our patients are loving.

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How To – Side Steps

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How To – Side Shuffle – Ski Hop

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How To – Lunges with Thoracic Rotation

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How To – High Knee With Band

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How To – Forward Kicks

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How To – Drive Through

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Archer Stretch

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Jamie Edwards Triathlete – Auckland 70.3 Race Report

I actually entered this years edition, rather than just talk about it like I did the previous two years. And lucky I did because I got to experience a magnificent course and the last running of the event as it … Continue reading

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QUIGLEY HAT-TRICK FIRES MELBOURNE VICTORY TO FINALS

A hat-trick from Racheal Quigley has secured Melbourne Victory a place in the 2014 Westfield W-League finals series, defeating Newcastle Jets 4-0 at Kingston Heath Soccer Complex last Saturday. Quigley completed her treble in the 69th minute with substitute Beattie … Continue reading

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My Ride – Helping Kids With Cancer

Physiohealth’s long time friend Adam Murchie, director of Forza Capital is involved again this year with My Ride. My Ride is a charity bike ride which raises money for My Room, part of the Children’s Cancer Centre at the Royal … Continue reading

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Melbourne Kermesse Championships – Sunday 16 November

Physiohealth is delighted to be a major sponsor of the newest high profile cycling race on the Victorian cycling calendar, the Melbourne Kermesse Championship which will be held on Sunday November the 16th at Caribbean Park in Scoresby. The event … Continue reading

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Physiohealth involvement with Australia East African Running Academy (AEARA)

Cory has recently been helping out athletes and coaches involved with the Australia East African Running Academy (AEARA).  A group of young Ethiopian orphans and refugees from Mount Alexander College are being assisted by founder Tony Benson and fellow Endurance … Continue reading

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On The Couch with Fit Mum – Post Pregnancy Abdominal Muscles

Polly from PhysioHealth and The FIT Mum are chatting about returning to exercise after a baby, and specifically strengthening the pelvic floor and the core. Everyone is in a different situation but it’s important to start early, the sooner you … Continue reading

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On The Couch with Fit Mum – Post Pregancy Pelvic Floor Work For Running And Skipping

If you have decided its time to get back into your favourite sporting activity after becoming a new Mum follow PhysioHealth Physiotherapist Polly in these pelvic floor exercises. These exercises will get you bouncing on your toes, skipping & running … Continue reading

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On The Couch with Fit Mum- Pelvic Floor Exercises

PhysioHealth Physiotherapist Polly sits down with The FIT Mum to discuss five pelvic floor exercises for post pregnancy. To find your pelvic floor Polly recommends you lie on your back, pull your legs up to your waist and separate them, … Continue reading

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Late Strike Earns Victory a Point

Gema Simon’s late equaliser earns Melbourne Victory a share of the points against Sydney FC. By Cameron Laundry Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory played out the season’s first draw to complete Round 4, in what was Matildas coach Alen Stajcic’s … Continue reading

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Westfeild Melbourne Victory W-League – Round 9

Western Sydney Wanderes (Home) Vs Melbourne Victory (Away)

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Physiohealth Practitioner Of The Week

Dora Pandeloglou Physiohealth clinical pilates instructor Dora has been practicing clinical pilates for 2 years after graduating Human Movement Exercise & Sport Science. Dora believes pilates is essential for all people of all age groups to help condition the body … Continue reading

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Physiohealth Practitioner Of The Week

Gary Singh Gary’s speciality areas include low back pain rehabilitation, posture related neck and upper back pain, shoulder injuries, knee injuries, ankle pain, post-operative rehabilitation- spinal, knee, hip surgery, injury prevention and musculoskeletal screenings. He has a keen personal interest … Continue reading

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PhysioHealth Cervical Radiculopathy Project

Neck Pain and Headaches By Jeremy Cross – Physiotherapist at PhysioHealth Do you have neck pain? Do headaches ruin your day? Maybe we can help!  Introduction Neck pain can be related to the dysfunction of the cervical spine and it … Continue reading

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On The Couch with Cam Fary

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This month’s On The Couch features Cam Fary and Cory Prout from PhysioHealth. Cam is a specialist hip surgeon and they are chatting about a condition that is being observed more frequently these days – FAI. Cam takes us through … Continue reading

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Yarrawonga Mulwala Multi Sport Festival

Entries NOW OPEN for the Yarrawonga Mulwala Multi Sport Festival. 18th & 19th October 2014 Featuring: Standard Distance (OD) Triathlon National Qualifier & State Championships Aquathlon National Qualifier & State Championships Open Water Swim 2.5km/5km YarraMul Half Marathon Family Fun … Continue reading

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Physiohealth Practitioner Of The Week

Gary Singh Gary’s specialty areas include low back pain rehabilitation, posture related neck and upper back pain, shoulder injuries, knee injuries, ankle pain, post-operative rehabilitation- spinal, knee, hip surgery, injury prevention and musculoskeletal screenings. He has a keen personal interest … Continue reading

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Amelia’s 10km in 10 weeks challenge – Technique Drills

A few weeks ago Amelia met with her running coach Greg from Krunchies Health & Fitness. Greg took Amelia through a series of exercises to determine areas of weakness in her running form. Last week we posted the results of … Continue reading

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Jason – Iron Man Cairns

Our Physiohealth Katie Flatters worked her magic on of our star patients lately. Here is Jason’s Iron Man Cairn story! So not being able to run 10 days before the race due to the dreaded recurrent calf issue Jason’s last … Continue reading

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Cycle City West

MEDIA RELEASE CycleCityWest, PhysioHealth and CELL Bikes launch new cycling team to take on Australia’s elite. 13 June 2014 This coming Friday evening sees the launch of a new and exciting cycling team at CELL bikes, 256 St Georges Rd, … Continue reading

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Amelia 10km in 10 weeks, Week 3 – Screening & Exercises

This Week Amelia sits down with Cory from Physiohealth to discuss the results from her screening and some exercises to remedy some of the issues identified. Last week Amelia went through a screening (next weeks post) to identify any areas … Continue reading

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Workstation Assesment Set Up

Do you sit in a chair at work starring at a computer screen? Do you suffer from back or neck related conditions? One of the most common injuries diagnosed daily within private practice is posture related injuries, whether it is … Continue reading

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Shin Pain

Shin Pain A common complaint from athletes and in particular runners, is shin pain. The most notable term used to describe pain along the shin, is ‘shin splints,’ but what exactly is shin splints? With repetitive loading of the leg, … Continue reading

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Piriformis Syndrome

Do you have Sciatica? It could be Piriformis Syndrome! The common complaint “Sciatica”can often be misdiagnosed and can be Piriformis Syndrome. A condition easily treated by Physiotherapists.  Pain is commonly in the buttocks and can refer pain into the lower … Continue reading

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Musculoskeletal Screening

Musculoskeletal screening involves gathering information about each individual’s injury history and conducting a series of sport specific examinations to determine any deficits in muscle strength, stability, control and length as well as joint structure, stability alignment and function that may … Continue reading

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LBP & Pilates

Acute Low back pain and Core stability A summary and explanation of the rationale behind core stability training for acute low back pain.  Introduction Low back pain (LBP) is a common disorder, with 80% percent of the population likely to … Continue reading

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Hamstring Strains

Hamstring strains can be a very frustrating injury for any footballer from local suburban players all the way up to the very elite. They frequently result in the player missing several weeks and upon the player returning they often don’t … Continue reading

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Common Gym Injuries

Every year many people come to Physiotherapy to receive treatment for injuries sustained in gyms.  It is unfortunate that people who attempt to look after their bodies and fitness levels can often be the ones who become injured.  Reasons for … Continue reading

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Nicole Hart’s massive Ironman Melbourne effort!

One of Evolution Cycles Sponsored Athletes, and a Physiohealth patient, Nicole Hart had an awesome result at the recent Ironman Melbourne with an astounding 3:01 marathon off the bike, to take 1st in her age-group at Ironman Melbourne! Read Nicole’s … Continue reading

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Physiohealth 2014 Ironman Honour Roll

Iron Man Melbourne Ben Larsson – 09 hr 16 min 56 sec Tim French- 09 hr 38 min 43 sec Nicole Hart- 09 hr 39 min 38 sec Rob McManus- 09 hr 55 min 52 sec Vaughan Bradshaw- 10 hr … Continue reading

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How To – VMO Activation

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How To Running – Stretch Band

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On The Couch with Fit Mum – Race Preparation

Cory is on the couch with our favourite Fit Mum chatting about Race Preparation. You’ve put in all the hard yards training for your event but how should you structure your lead up to the race to give yourself the … Continue reading

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On The Couch with Fit Mum – Screening

Do you ever feel like you are doing a workout and not getting into the workout properly? Physiohealth offer musculoskeletal screenings. These screenings are a range of tests aimed to identify areas of tightness, weakness or instability that may predispose an … Continue reading

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On The Couch with Fit Mum – Working Out With Injuries

Working out with injuries – something we are all guilty of at one point or another! Cory and Colette chat about ways to continue to work out and keep up activity levels while injured. •Avoid activities that involve the injured … Continue reading

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On The Couch wtih Fit Mum – Warm up and Cool down

How long should you spend warming up? 5-10 minutes is preferred gradually building up intensity towards the level that you want to achieve during your workout. This gets the blood flowing through the muscles that you will be using and … Continue reading

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On the Couch With Fit Mum – How To Manage Injuries

Anyone who trains comes up with injuries from time to time. An injury is pain that lasts longer than a couple of days. Or if sudden pain occurs during exercise this can be an acute injury. It’s important to remove … Continue reading

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On The Couch with Fit Mum – The Importance of Posture

If you are spending long period of time in the wrong position you will develop tightness in particular areas that then become problematic during training. These tight areas are more susceptible to injury as well. If you are sitting down … Continue reading

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On The Couch with Fit Mum – Overtraining

For people starting out with exercise and new activities it’s very important to gradually increase exercise. Too much too soon increases risk of soft tissue damage. The type of activities you conduct back to back – plan your week and … Continue reading

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On The Couch with Fit Mum – Injury Prevention Tips

No one likes the hassle of injury, here are some tips to reduce the likelihood of injury occurring. Here is Cory’s 5 tips 1.Recovery – make sure that you cool down correctly with gentle exercises to reduce the heart rate … Continue reading

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How To Running – Bounding

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How To Running – Nordic Hamstring Curl

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How To Running – C Skip Drills

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How To Running – B Skip Drills

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How To Running – A Skip Drills

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How To Running – Lunges

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How To Running – Glut Med Strength

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How To Running – Single & Double Leg

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How To Running – Single Leg Squat

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How To Running – Squats

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How To Running – Calf Raises

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How To Running – Foam Roller

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How To Running – Thoracic Rotation

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How To Running – Piriformis Stretch

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How To Running – Lumbar Stretch

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How To Running – Adductor Stretch

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How To Running – Psoas Stretch

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How To Running – Rec Fem Stretch

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How To Running – Quadriceps Stretch

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How To Running – Hamstring Stretch

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How To – Calf Stretch

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How To – Hip Twist

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How To – Faber

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How To – Close Gates

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What is Tendinopathy?

So you have a Tendinopathy… Tendons are bands of tissue that join your muscles to your bones. When you contract a muscle it pulls on the tendon, which in turn pulls on the bone causing your joints to move. These … Continue reading

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How To – Superman In 4 Point Kneeling

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How To – Star Sprint

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How To – 3m Sprint 3m Decelerate

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How To – Accelerate – Sprint – Decelerate (10m)

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How To – Shuffling With Change Of Direction

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How To – Walking Arabesque

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How To – Open Gates

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How To – High Knees

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How To – Heel Flicks

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How To – Dynamic Stretches

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How To – Pre-activation

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How To – Box Jumps

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How To – Upper Limb Start Excursion

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How To – Tiger Walking

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How To – Superman In Standing

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How To – Superman in Lying

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How To – Single Leg Deadlift With Rotation

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How To – Single Leg Deadlift

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How To – Side Reaching In 2 Point Kneeling

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How To – Press Up Star

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How To – Drive Through In Push Up Position

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How To – Clock Face

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How To – Wall Lift

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How To – Walking Drive Through

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How To – Step Up

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How To – Step Out With Theraband

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How To – Step Off

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How To – Standing Drive Through

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How To – Split Leg Squats

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How To – Single Leg Sit to Stand

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How To – Single Knee Bend With Passing

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How To – Single Leg Defending

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How To – Quadriceps

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How To – Open Out With Theraband

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How To – Lunges with Rotation

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How To – Lunges With Theraband

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How To – Foam Rolling

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How To – Double Leg Sit Stand

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How To – Decline Supported Single Leg Squat

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How To – Decline Single Leg Squat

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How To – Bridging With Volley

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How To – Bridging With Kicking

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CONGRATULATIONS Andy

Congratulations Andy on your Half Iron Man Challenge!

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How To – Hamstring Stretch

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How To – Stretch To The Sky

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How To – Caterpillar Stretch

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How To – Groin Stretch (Gentle)

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How To – Upper Hamstring

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How To – Glutes Stretches

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How To – Pedalling

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How To – Bridges x 3

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How To – Knees to Chest

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How To – Hip Flexors

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How To – Achilles Stretches

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How To – Calf Stretches

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How To – LX Rotation

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How To – TX Rotation

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How To – Running Man

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How To – Directional Hops

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Samantha Thompson 2014 JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes

This year Physiohealh Sponsored Samatha Thompson in the 2014 JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes. We have heard from Sam that the ride was a huge success and read below her ride report. She and Brice managed to raise over $5,800 … Continue reading

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Physiohealth Spring SWiM team 2013

On Friday 29th of November Physiohealth competed in the Swimming Victoria Spring Swim series at MSAC with Polly and Cara joining Physiohealth patients Rob, Kerryn and Brooke under the guidance of team captains Justin and big Dave. We were also … Continue reading

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Scapula pushups

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Scapula Retraction In Prone

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Brad Bullock’s Gatorade Race 1 Results

A while ago we ran a competition and one of the prizes was a series entry to the Gatorade Series. Brad Bullock – a coach from ETPA was the lucky winner of this competition. Race one kicked off last Sunday … Continue reading

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Huge Weekend For Physiohealth

This weekend the Physiohealth team will be out in force supporting our partners. The weekend will kick of with Polly giving a presentation with Elite Triathlon Performance Australia in Shepparton on Saturday morning. Sunday morning we will be at Race … Continue reading

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Physiohealth Supporting My Room

Our good friend Adam Murchie is doing some great things at the moment. Physiohealth are proud supporters of Adam’s cause to raise money for the children’s cancer centre at the Royal Children’s Hospital and we urge as many people as … Continue reading

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Bike Bug Report – Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic – By Ben Johnson

Last Saturday six of the Bikebug.com/Aussie Pallets boys lined up for the iconic Melbourne to Warrnambool. The team consisted of me, Murchie, James, Woolsey, Az, James and AT.  With twenty Melbourne to Warrnambool’s between Az and Murchie alone, the team … Continue reading

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On The Couch – Compliance To Rehab With Justin McEvoy

Welcome back to on the couch. This week we have Physiohealth’s Sharbil and Justin discussing compliance to rehabilitation. Justin McEvoy, one of the founders of Physiohealth is an expert in this field and has a masters in physiotherapy where he looked … Continue reading

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SKCC Return Of The Crits

The crits have returned. A beautiful spring day greeted Melbourne and as a result the crowds gathered down at SKCC for the first crit of the season. All the big hitters came down for a look with Ridewisers Latte Laps … Continue reading

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2013 State Teams Short Course Championships

2013 State Teams Short Course Championships Physiohealth’s Scott Rolph recently returned from the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra where the 2013 State Teams Short Course Championships were held.  The event saw many of Australia’s future swimming stars competing in … Continue reading

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How To – SAPP

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How To – Upper Traps and Levator Scapula Stretch

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How To – Thoracic Rotation Sustained Hold

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How To – Thoracic Extension Over Foam Roller

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How To – Single Leg Squat

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How To – Shoulder Bridge

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How To – Scapula Setting And Pull Through

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How To – Scapula Retraction With Theraband

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How To – Scapula Retraction In Prone With Arm Lift

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How To – Scapula Retraction With 45deg Abduction

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How To – SAPP On Fitball

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How To – Prone Pull Downs

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How To – Plantar Flexion Stretch

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How To – Plank

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How To – Plank On Fitball

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How To – Piriformis Stretch

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How To – Lat Stretch

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How To – ITB With Foam Roller

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How To – Hip Flexor Stretch

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How To – Fitball Hip and Knee Extension

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How To – Self Massage With Spikey Ball For Gluteals

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How To – External Rotation with 90deg Abduction

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How To – External Rotation At 0 deg Abduction

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How To – Clams

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How To – Ballistic Thoracic Rotation

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How To – Advanced Plank

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Behind the scenes at the Girls Institute Challenge with Osler Tjuandra

Behind the scenes at the Girls Institute Challenge with Osler Tjuandra Each year, the FFV National Training Centre teams have a competition, pitting the best girls of Victoria, against the rest of the state institutes. This year, that date fell … Continue reading

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Embarking On A New Adventure: With Triathlon Australia

Embarking on a new adventure with Triathlon Australia By Amelia Tregear Since joining Physiohealth in 2009 I have become quite the jet setter. I have been fortunate enough to travel interstate and overseas working with Australia’s elite swimmers, but this … Continue reading

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Never Say Never

Never Say Never by Amelia Tregear When I first met Kate at the beginning of 2011 she had spent the past 15months living in a Nursing Home. After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1995 Kate’s function gradually declined. By age … Continue reading

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Physiohealth Practitioner of the Week

This week our Physiohealth practitioner of the week is Don Perriman. Don has been a Physio for 40 years. Don’s background is in in road trauma rehab – he still has an indirect involvement through the Australian Paralympic committee, where … Continue reading

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How To – Ankle Inversion/Eversion

Osler demonstrates an exercise for the ankle muscles using a theraband.

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Osteitis Pubis

Osteitis Pubis The pelvis is made up of two bones, which join together at the front of the pelvis, forming the pubic symphisis, and at the back, together with the sacral bones forming the Sacro-iliac Joint (SIJ) (See picture). The … Continue reading

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The female sporting knee and ligament injuries

When looking at the prevalence of ligamentous knee injuries, one may be inclined to believe that these types of injuries tend to occur more often in males. While it may appear this way based on the media that goes hand … Continue reading

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How To – Arabesque (single leg dead lift)

Andy from Physiohealth demonstrates how to do an arabesque exercise. This is a great exercise for glute activation and eccentric hamstring loading exercise and is a good exercise to complete after a hamstring strain and kicking sports where weight is … Continue reading

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How To – Tennis Elbow Eccentric Exercise

Michael from Physiohealth demonstrates how to strengthen the elbow for Tennis Elbow. Tennis Elbow can be painful so start with a low weight.

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How To – Sit To Stand For VMO Strengthening

Jed from Physiohealth demonstrates an exercise to increase strength of the quadriceps muscle, with particular focus on the VMO muscle. This is an important exercise to train the VMO as the VMO is a major stabiliser in the knee.

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How To – Heel Raisers

Jed from Physiohealth shows the correct execution of a heel raise. This is a commonly prescribed exercise for lower limb injuries, in particular it’s used in the recovery of knee injuries and ankle injuries. Jed takes you through the basic … Continue reading

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How To – Eccentric Hamstring Strengthen

Michael from Physiohealth demonstrates how to strengthen hamstrings eccentrically. This is an important exercise for those playing soccer and football who do a lot of running and jumping. Using weights is optional but helps with the strengthening. it’s important to … Continue reading

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How To – Bicep Curl

Jed from Physiohealth demonstrates how to correctly execute a bicep curl using a theraband. This is a commonly prescribed exercise by Physios during rehabilitation following a bicep strain or rehabilitation following a procedure such as an elbow reconstruction.  

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On The Couch with David Micallef

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This episode of On The Couch Cory Prout talks to David Micallef. David is a partner at Physiohealth and he is discussing Lateral Hip Pain. Lateral Hip Pain is a common injury and especially effects females. It’s an injury that … Continue reading

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Physiohealth Proudly Supporting St Kilda Cycling Club

We are proud to announce that Physiohealth along with The Grosvenor Hotel, Omega Advertising & Brighton Skoda are proud sponsors of the St Kilda Cycling Club!! Here’s the write up that appeared in the SKCC Cycling club newsletter, if you … Continue reading

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On The Couch with Cory Prout

David Micallef sits down with Physiohealth’s Cory Prout to discuss the ins and outs of Swimming Efficiency.

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What is Lymphoedema

What is Lymphoedema? Lymphoedema is the accumulation of excessive amounts of protein-rich fluid resulting in swelling of one or more regions of the body. This is due to a mechanical failure of the lymphatic system and occurs when the demand … Continue reading

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Stocky’s Scribbles: Girls Will Be Girls

With Melbourne Victory Women’s star Steph Catley back from her successful European Matildas tour, the NTC Girls were primed to tackle one of the U15A ladder leaders Whittlesea Ranges under lights at Darebin. Coach Dave Edmondson was away on interstate … Continue reading

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How To – Bridging with Kicking

Osler demonstrates how to progress core strength exercises program with a bridging with kicking exercise. This is particularly good for soccer players as we input a kicking movement into this exercise.

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How To – Swimmer’s Catch & Pull Exercise

Megan demonstrates a swimming specific exercise that works on the retraction of the shoulder as it comes back through (specific to the freestyle stroke). This exercise is designed to strengthen the retractors in a swimming specific position.

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How To – Gluteal Activation Exercise

Meagan demonstrates a glute activation exercise. This exercise supports the pelvis area while activating the glute at the same time.

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How To – Rotational Gluteal Exercise

Meagan demonstrates how to do a glute strengthening exercise. This exercise works on isolating one particular glute at a time. This is an intermediate exercise perfect for swimmers.

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Running Form Comparison

Running Form Comparison – Shep vs Murray Man 2012                 Good form – Strong and efficient – 1.22.30 for 21.1km/3.54pace – Head up – Shoulders back and relaxed – Chest up and forward … Continue reading

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How To – Drive Through in Side Lying

Polly demonstrates stability exercises to work glutes and to get the hip moving in isolation.

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How To – Drive Through Exercise

Polly demonstrates a progression for running exercise.

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How To – Bridge with Hip Twist

Polly demonstrates the progression of the bridge of Pilates exercises.

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How To – Using Stretchband for Hamstrings

Katie demonstrates how to improve hamstring flexibility with a hamstring stretch using a Stretchband.

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How To – Wall Lifts

Poly demonstrates an exercise to work on getting some isolation between the lumbar, pelvis and hip – great for runners and cyclists.

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How To – Split Leg Squats

Polly demonstrates a split leg squat and shows the progression to make this exercise more challenging.

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How To – Improve Upper Back Rotation

Here is an exercise from Physio Health to help increase rotation of their upper back. This is particularly useful for athletes who do sports that only involve one arm.

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How To – Supported Declined Single Leg Squat

Here is Polly demonstrating an exercise to get the glutes working.

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How To – Wall Squats

Jed demonstrates how to correctly execute a wall squat. Wall squats are a commonly prescribed exercise for any lower limb injuries, especially after knee surgery.

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How To – Step Ups

Jed demonstrating how to correctly execute a Step Up. Working the Quads, Hamstrings and Glutes.

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How To – Crab Walk Exercise

Gary with the help of Scott demonstrates how to do a crab walk. The crab walk exercise helps build up strength in the Gluteus Medius muscles, the muscles on the side of your hip. These muscles are important in any … Continue reading

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How To – Neural Slides

Scott from Physio Health demonstrates a stretch to help loosen the hamstring. This stretch helps loosen the nerve that runs down the back and leg.

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How To – Scapula Retraction

Scott from Physio Health demonstrates an exercise for the shoulders. This is a great exercise for posture and helps alleviate shoulder pain.

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Episode 2: Running Technique & Analysis with Cory Prout

Welcome to the “On The Couch” with Physiohealth Interview Series. During the “On The Couch” episodes we will be interviewing key people from a range of backgrounds including; physios, elite sporting club personnel, elite athletes, and many other people associated with Physiohealth. The purpose … Continue reading

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Triathlete Decay: Are your teeth slowing you down?

Teeth will not help you to win a triathlon, but they can help you to lose one. If a tooth which constantly aches disturbs your preparation, or a tooth which is acutely sensitive each time you hydrate stops you hydrating, … Continue reading

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ACL Rehabilitation

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the important ligaments that stabilise your knee joint. If you have torn (ruptured) this ligament, the knee can collapse or ‘give way’ when making twisting or turning movements. An ACL rupture happens … Continue reading

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Compartment Syndrome

Compartment syndrome in the lower limb is essentially where the pressure within a compartment increases to a point where the nutrients supplying the structures within that compartment are either completely or partially occluded. In our lower leg with have 4 … Continue reading

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Achilles Tendinopathy

What is Achilles tendinopathy? Achilles tendinopathy is an overuse injury, characterised by localised pain to the back of the heel where the tendon inserts on to the bone or tendon pain 2-6cm above the heel insertion, which is associated with … Continue reading

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Chronic Pain – Is It All In My Head?

Chronic Pain – is it all in my head? Many people suffer from chronic pain but few of us understand exactly what it is. Chronic pain is difficult to define but is often thought to be consistent pain which lasts … Continue reading

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Groin Pain In Athletes

Groin Pain in Athletes Groin pain is extremely common amongst athletes, especially in sports that require kicking, quick accelerations/decelerations and sudden direction changes, such as soccer and Football. Groin pain can be classed as a range of conditions but the … Continue reading

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Is posture Really Important?

Posture relates to the position we put our body in during the day and night. When we put our postures in positions that increase the stress on a particular area, we greatly increase the chance of injury. This is made … Continue reading

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Is The ITB Really An Injury Villain?

Why ITB Stretches are not worth your time – Scott Rolph The Iliotibial Band (ITB) is a structure cursed by athletes and other sufferers alike.  When injury arises a sufferer can be left with a great deal of pain and … Continue reading

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Osgood-Schlatters

What is Osgood-Schlatter syndrome? Osgood-Schlatter syndrome is a knee condition that affects adolescents, especially those who are physically active and going through a time of growth. What causes Osgood-Schlatter syndrome? The group of muscles on the front of the thigh are … Continue reading

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Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

What is Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS)? PFPS is a common condition that causes pain in the front of the knee, around the patella (kneecap). Possible Causes Poor biomechanics at the foot, knee and/or hip Muscle weakness or imbalance in the … Continue reading

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Plantar Fasciitis

What is Plantar Fasciitis? Plantar Fasciitis can be described as inflammation of the plantar Fascia. The plantar fascia is a thick band of connective tissue that runs along the sole of the foot from the heel (calcaneous), extending towards the … Continue reading

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The Importance Of Warming Up

Is ‘a lap round the pitch’ a sufficient warm up? As sports men and women we all know that warming up should always be performed before any physical exercise. When performing high intensity activities surely a warm up needs to … Continue reading

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How To – Taping for Glute Activation

Polly explains and demonstrates how to correctly strap to activate the Glutes. Focusing on Gluteus Medius and Gluteus Maximus.

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How To – Patellar Tendon Strapping

Polly explains and demonstrates how to strap a Patellar Tendon.

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How To – Tape The Patellaofemoral Joint

Polly explains and demonstrates how to correctly tape the Patellaofemoral Joint.

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How To – Back Taping For Improved Posture

Andy demonstrates how to tape the back correctly to improve posture. A lot of people sit at desks all day with poor posture and rounded shoulders. This can have a negative impact ranging from headaches right through to neck, back … Continue reading

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How To – Taping For Basic SIJ Problem

Polly explains and demonstrates how to correctly tape for a basic SIJ problem. You normally get pain when you are walking or sitting into an extension, this strapping with help offload the pain you are experiencing.

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IPAD / laptop use & spinal pain

Laptop computers / Ipads are everywhere and so convenient to use however, there is a down side in relation to your neck and middle back. Many people suffer from headaches, neck and middle back pain from prolonged use of a … Continue reading

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IPAD / laptop use & spinal pain

Laptop computers / Ipads are everywhere and so convenient to use however, there is a down side in relation to your neck and middle back. Many people suffer from headaches, neck and middle back pain from prolonged use of a … Continue reading

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How To – Single Leg Squat

Cory Prout explains how to do a single leg squat to rehabilitate the patellofemoral joint. It is important when performing this exercise not to go too far down, about a 1/4 squat is enough. When completing the single leg squat … Continue reading

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How To – Lumbar Spine Stretching

Lucy demonstrates how to stretch the lumbar spine . Stretch 1) Lying flat on you back bring one leg up towards the chest gripping behind the thigh. Once a stretch is felt hold for 30sec. Do NOT push though to … Continue reading

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How To – Glute & ITB Stretching Using a Foam Roller

This video demonstrates how to stretch the glutes and ITB using a Foam Roller. Tight Glutes and ITB can cause knee, hip and even lower back pain.

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How To – Tape an Ankle

This video demonstrates how to tape an ankle to prevent an acute ankle injury. A lot of ankle injuries occur with the ankle rolling inward & sprain the ligaments on the outside. Key Points: – Use a strong rigid tape … Continue reading

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How To – Calf Taping For Plantar Fasciltis

This video demonstrates how to tape a calf and foot for Plantar Fasciitis using Rock Tape. Plantar Fasciitis comes from tight calves and/or altered biomechanics. Key Points: – Round the edges of the tape – Don’t touch the tape to … Continue reading

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How To – Calf Taping For Tightness

This video demonstrates how to tape a tight calf using Rock Tape. Key Points: – Round the edges of the tape – Cut the tape into a “Y” so you can tape both heads of the calf – Try not … Continue reading

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How To – VMO Activation For Patellofemoral Rehab

Physiotherapist Cory Prout explains and demonstrates how perform an exercise to activate the VMO muscle. This muscle is important in stabilising the Patellofemoral joint. Key Points: – Lean against a bench or table – Tuck one heel behind the other … Continue reading

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How To – ‘Heel-Lock’ When Taping an Ankle

Check out this alternative method Sharbs demonstrates how he likes to do a Heel Lock when strapping an ankle using stretch tape. This method provides a lot more comfort and is less chance to cut into the skin across the … Continue reading

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The Hamstring Muscle Strain Part 1.

Muscle strains occur due to too much demand placed on them.  In the AFL the most common group of muscles injured is the hamstring muscle.   This accounts for around 15% of all injuries in the AFL.  The hamstrings are … Continue reading

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How To – Stretch The Lats

Justin McEvoy explains and demonstrates how to stretch the Latissimus Dorsi (Lats). To perform this particular Lat stretch you just need something to hang on to, like a bar or post. Once you have hold of the bar with one … Continue reading

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How To – Scapula Push-Up

Justin McEvoy explains how to perform a scapula push up with correct technique. Dora Pandeloglou demonstrates perfect control of her scapula movement while maintaining good activation of her core to ensure she is in the ideal position. There are two … Continue reading

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What is Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow is an overuse condition that develops in the tendon that attaches to the outer part of the elbow. What causes Tennis Elbow? Some of the muscles in your forearm that extend or ‘bend back’ your wrist and fingers … Continue reading

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How To – Strengthen Your Ankle After a Lateral Sprain

Cory Prout explains and demonstrates one method of strengthening the ankle after a Lateral Sprain. This particular rehab exercise is great for strengthening the peroneus muscle which is on the lateral side of the lower leg. To do this exercise you … Continue reading

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How To – Strengthen The Glutes

Cory Prout explains and demonstates how to effectively strengthen the glute muscles with an exercise that can be done at home (or anywhere really)! All you need is a piece of Theraband (available at Physiohealth) tied into a loop and … Continue reading

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How To – Tape A Patella Using Rocktape

Polly Dhar from Physiohealth demonstrates how to tape a Patella using Rocktape. Tips! – Round the end of the tape to prevent it peeling off the skin easily. – Run the tape a few times to stimulate the adhesive prior … Continue reading

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Physiohealth are proud to congratulate David Micallef!

“Physiohealth are proud to congratulate David Micallef on passing his clinical examinations and being awarded the title “APA Sports Physiotherapist”. David has worked hard over the past 2 years undertaking a significant amount of self guided research, as well as … Continue reading

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How To – Stretch Your Neck

Cory Prout demonstrates and explains how to stretch the neck muscles to reduce tension caused by prolonged periods of sitting at a desk. Note:  When stretching the Upper Trapezius muscle it is important to do so very gently. Hold each … Continue reading

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How To – Shoulder Rehab Exercises

Shoulder Rehab Exercises (Part 1) Justin McEvoy demonstrates how to perform some basic shoulder rehabilitation exercises such as Scapular Setting, External Rotation and Internal Rotation. All of these exercises should be performed after guidance and instruction from your physio to ensure … Continue reading

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How To – Perform An Incline Single Leg Squat

Physiotherapist Polly Dhar demonstrates how to perform an Incline Single Leg Squat. This particular exercise is good for ankle and knee rehabilitation. It is important to concentrate on good pelvis alignment and core control throughout this exercise. Important Steps! 1) … Continue reading

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Mr Bernard Comerford Presents At Physiohealth October Professional Inservice

Physiohealth had it’s October Professional Inservice on Tuesday 09/10/2012. We were lucky enough to have Mr Bernard Comerford, Sports Podiatrist and Director of Essendon Foot Clinic to lecture on “Plantar plate ruptures”. Bernard displayed very illustrative slides of surgery, demonstrated … Continue reading

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How To – Use A Pro-Ice Machine

  Cory Prout demonstrates how to use the Pro-Ice machine. The Pro-Ice Machine is used for acute soft tissue injuries and joint injuries with inflammation. The Pro-Ice machine effectively applies ice and compression to significantly reduce recovery time.

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How To – Treat An Acute Back Injury

An acute back injury will often present symptoms of inflammation and stiffness. To treat the injury the first step is to minimise the inflammation through using ICE. Tip: When applying ice use a Chux Cloth to between the skin and … Continue reading

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Demonstration of a Neck Manipulation

 Physiotherapist Margaret Hillis demonstrates how she manipulates the neck joint to alleviate pain and tightness that can be caused by being seated at a desk for long periods. This treatment should only be performed by a trained professional. Although this … Continue reading

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How To – Treat Chronic Back Pain

Physiotherapist David Morarty explains how the Femoral Nerve affects back tightness, hip and knee pain and demonstrates how to release tightness through the lower back.  

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How To – Perform The Star Excursion Test

Polly Dhar Demonstrates The Star Excursion Test The Star Excursion Test is a clinical test used to assess neuromuscular control of the trunk, pelvis, and lower extremities, for the purpose of injury prevention and rehabilitation. The layout of the test … Continue reading

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2012 Junior Pan Pacific Games, Hawaii

PhysioHealth has recently returned from the 2012 Junior Pan Pacific Games in Honolulu Hawaii where they headed the Physiotherapy team for 33 junior Australian swimmers. Athletes competing at the Games are Australia’s next Olympic hopefuls, with the Games providing a magnificent … Continue reading

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How To – Use A Foam Roller To Stretch The ITB

Key Points: Support your body weight by resting on your forearms Have your heals together and knees straight. If rolling for 10 minutes spend at least 6 minutes on the ‘distal’ 3rd (closer to the knee). Perform small rolling movements … Continue reading

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How To – Tape An Ankle

Key Steps: Tape an anchor above the ankle. (not too high) Tape 2-3 Stirrups off the anchor around the bottom of the foot and back to the anchor Tape 2 “Figure of 6’s” in the same direction Tape another 2 … Continue reading

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How To – Stretch The Hip Flexors

Key Points To Remember! Do NOT over-lunge. By doing this you will potentially arch your back and therefore not target the hip flexors during the stretch. Once in the lunge position, remain tall in posture, and tilt the pelvis posteriorly. … Continue reading

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Justin's report from his trip to the Swimming World Cup

Justin McEvoy travelled as the team physiotherapist with the Australian swim team that competed in the Asia world cups during November. The team consisted of some older swimmers seeking their form for another Olympic campaign. Brenton Rickard the world record … Continue reading

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Justin Supporting Melbourne Equestrian Riders

Master sports physiotherapist, Justin McEvoy has been busy at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney assisting some of the best equestrian riders compete. Justin was at Sydney Royal Easter Show with a number of Physiohealth clients who compete at the … Continue reading

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Feldenkrais

The Feldenkrais method is a type of somatic education that teaches you how to move with less effort in order to achieve better function. It gets its name from its originator Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, a Russian-born physicist and judo expert. … Continue reading

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Knee Injuries

The knee joint is a complex structure of bones, ligaments, muscles, cartilage and the joint capsule. This anatomy lends itself to a multiplicity of injuries ranging from ACL tears to sprains and strains. Direct trauma, as well as wear and tear, also … Continue reading

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Iliotibial Band Injuries

The Iliotibial (IT) band is the thick sheath of connective tissue that runs from the hip bone (femur) down the outside of the thigh and attaches to the outside of the shin bone(tibia). It acts to extend (straighten) the leg … Continue reading

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Hand and Wrist Injuries

The hand and wrist are made up of an intricate assortment of bones, ligaments, tendons and nerves. In addition, they are involved in almost every activity of daily living, and as such, they can be easily injured. Because of the … Continue reading

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Hamstring Strain

The hamstring refers to one of the tendons associated with the semitendinous, semimembranous and the biceps femoris muscles at the back of the knee. The hamstrings cross and act upon the hip and the knee. They play a critical role … Continue reading

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Groin Injuries

Groin injuries involve the adductor muscles that go from the pelvis to the knee and help to bring the leg in toward the body. These muscles are used a lot during sprinting, kicking a ball, horseback riding and hurdling. A … Continue reading

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Fractured Clavicle

The clavicle or collarbone is the bone that connects the chest to the upper arm. Together with the humerus (arm bone) and the scapula (shoulder blade) it makes up the shoulder joint. The clavicle can be broken during a fall … Continue reading

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Foot Injuries

Foot injuries are common among athletes during their career and can cause a lot of pain, discomfort and in some cases can sideline them for some time. Overuse, over-training, weak muscles and tendons, trauma and, in some cases, poor technique … Continue reading

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Disc Prolapse

Commonly called “herniated disc” or “ruptured disc” (or misleadingly called “slipped disc”), one of the common conditions we treat at Physiohealth is disc prolapse. The spinal column is made up of a number of bones called vertebrae. Between these vertebrae … Continue reading

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Compartment Syndrome

Compartment syndrome is a condition caused by swelling within the space or “compartment” that contains muscles, nerves, blood vessels and bones. Pressure on arteries, veins and nerves causes severe pain and slows the circulation to these parts potentially causing permanent … Continue reading

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Calf Strains

The calf muscle is made up of the gastrocnemius muscle which is the big muscle at the back of the lower leg and the soleus, the smaller one located just below the gastrocnemius. These muscles can become injured or torn … Continue reading

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Back Pain

Most people will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is very common among athletes and may be the result of spine injuries such as fractures or sprains. Accidents, falls and direct blows to the … Continue reading

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Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the four main ligaments in the knee. It binds the back of the thigh bone (femur) to the front of the shin bone (tibia) and prevents the knee from moving excessively in … Continue reading

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Ankle Sprains

The ankle forms the area around the joint between the lower parts of the tibia and fibula and the tarsal bones at the back of the foot. It is crisscrossed by a number of ligaments which can become injured when … Continue reading

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Achilles tendon injuries

A tendon is a band of tissue that connects muscle to bone. The Achilles tendon, also called the heel cord, connects leg muscles to the heel bone, allowing you to walk and run. Achilles tendonitis is a common injury among … Continue reading

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Is posture really important?

Posture relates to the position we put our body in during the day and night. When we put our postures in positions that increase the stress on a particular area, we greatly increase the chance of injury. This is made … Continue reading

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Goal Setting- Steps to Success

Why set goals? No matter who you are or what you are trying to achieve goal setting is an integral part of successful planning.  Goal setting can be applied to sports performance, work career, family matters as well as recovery … Continue reading

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Patello-femoral Pain (PFP) Syndrome

What is Patello-femoral Pain (PFP) Syndrome? Patello-femoral pain syndrome is commonly associated with pain felt behind the knee cap. Activities like walking up and down stairs or getting up from sitting after prolonged periods of time can exacerbate the pain. … Continue reading

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Overuse Injuries In Sport

Overuse injuries in sport result from doing repetitive activities or maintaining poor postures over a period of time.  These activities and postures initially result in minor trauma to body tissue which may include tendons, ligaments and/or bones. This minor trauma … Continue reading

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Core Stability – What, Why, Who, How?

What is core stability? Core stability is the ability of the supporting structures of the trunk to maintain correct position of the low back and pelvic girdle. This is due active structures (core muscles), passive structures (bones, ligaments, fascia) and … Continue reading

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Should I use Ice or heat?

Acute Injuries: The best rule which applies with all injuries, but particularly an acute injury is, when in doubt use ice. On a sprain, strain or contusion (bruise), icing should be performed for 15-20min every hour. The time varies according … Continue reading

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Growing Pains & growth associated injuries

As Physiotherapists we are often asked, what are growing pains? Can my child still play sport with growing pains? What can I do to ease growing pains? Growing pain associated injuries are caused by an inflammation/ irritation of the growth … Continue reading

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