Referral Templates

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Open the Gate!

Open the gate! (steadily) As we look forward to things opening up and we start getting back to our regular routines and interests, there may be a temptation to jump right back into your usual activities such as gym, team sports and other recreation at the level you...

Why your hamstring keeps tearing and how to stop it

What is a hamstring strain? If you play sports or exercise recreationally, chances are you’ve felt a hamstring strain. That painful feeling of a torn muscle that tugs at the back of the thigh. You walk a little bit funny and when...

Brain Training

The theory of brain plasticity is relatively simple: the brain is actually flexible and has a learning capacity at any age. It can be repaired after injury. It can stave off the effects of age-associated cognitive decline. Brain function can be manipulated and...

Treating Lower Back Pain Without Drugs or Surgery

 You’re worn down by intermittent back pain. It’s an unpredictable beast. It can come on so strongly you cannot walk, or sit. At least you think you can’t (but read on). In desperation, you consider surgery but this is not always a good move. The evidence of benefit...

Mindfulness

What is Mindfulness? You may have heard of a recently popular approach to bring more focus and calmness into our busy lives. This approach, called mindfulness, is promoted by many health and educatory bodies. With all the things around us, all demanding our attention,...

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain affects 17% of males and 20% of females in NSW and in a significant proportion of these people, it will impact their daily lives. Major advances have been made in our understanding of pain in the last 40 years. It is now widely accepted that pain is a...

The Grumbling Shoulder

Get the Balance Right The importance of the scapula and rotator cuff muscles in shoulder movement Chronic shoulder problems often occur because of an imbalance of shoulder muscle activity caused by incorrect exercising and poor posture. Effective coordinated movement...

Paediatric Physiotherapy

Developmental Milestones in Infants This is the term used to describe the sequence of motor skills acquisition in each child as they learn to move their body against gravity. This is a very general reference and there is a wide age range within each milestone which is...

Taking a Stand on Sitting

“Sitting is the new smoking” is a phrase that has taken the internet by storm for some time now. Indeed, most people know that sitting for lengthy periods each day is not ideal – its effect likened to that of smoking in terms of how it can negatively impact our health...

Chronic Ankle Instability

Sprains to the lateral ligaments of the ankle are responsible for more time lost from sports participation than any other injury, and the rate of the recurrence has been reported to be as high as 80%. Functional ankle instability is said to occur when the individual...