Category Archives : Health Tips

Your Pillows and a Good Night’s Sleep

The most common cause of neck pain (and disturbed nights), is “prolonged abnormal posture during sleep.” A soft filled pillow that quickly loses its shape fails to offer the level of support required to relax the head’s support system of neck muscles and ligaments. Instead, these structures are left unsupported and cause neck strain. Maintaining […]

Your Physiotherapist’s Advice for a Healthy Diet

Your dietary intake and eating habits have the most influential means of determining how you feel and perform on a daily basis. By following some basic dietary principles, not only can you feel and function better, but you can also significantly increase your ability to fight and resist disease. Are You Ready for Another Type […]

Protect Your Spine from Incorrect Lifting

When you lift, your spine is put under stress. Twisting or jerking while lifting and carrying can injure the small joints of the spine. The discs which separate the vertebrae (spinal bones) and the ligaments which hold the vertebrae together are also at risk. The discs are composed of a jelly-like core, surrounded by a […]

Good Practices for Workstation and Home Ergonomics

Your workstation should be set up to cause the least amount of stress on your body. Prolonged hours of poor posture or repetitive work habits, often in a stressful environment, can result in significant overuse injury. Applying the following points can help minimise such injuries. Some important points to note are the following: [su_list_fav] Sit […]

Breastfeeding and Physiotherapy

The breast is made of a network of ducts, fatty and glandular tissue containing small ducts and alveoli. The milk is produced within the alveoli. Recent research has shown the ducts to be quite close to the surface, about 2mm in diameter and easily compressed (Ramsay, et al, 2005). Milk is produced by the glandular […]

Medication ‘Only’ Doesn’t Solve Headache

Headache is one of the most common illnesses in Australia, with around 15 per cent of taking painkillers for a headache at any given time. Because headaches are so common, most people think they are a normal part of life. However, a persistent headache is a sign that something is wrong. The continual use of […]

Exercise Tips and Suggestions

What is exercise and what does it mean? Exercise is anything that gets you moving and active. It includes formal exercise such as a gym class, lifting weights or going for a jog. Exercise also occurs in everyday activities (known as incidental exercise) such as vacuuming, taking the stairs instead of the lift and walking […]

The Importance of Good Posture

The importance of good posture cannot be stressed enough in modern times. It extends far beyond our outward appearance and aesthetics. Your posture is an indication of muscle balance and mechanical efficiency. Physios often see cases where postural faults initiate a chain of events that results in incapacitating pain, time off work and costly medical […]

Injury Prevention

Many people come to see us after they have suffered an injury, and we are happy to help them; but many of these injuries could have been prevented if they had come before they had the injury. A great part of the physiotherapy treatment protocol has to do with injury prevention. We will take a […]

Physiotherapy Check-ups

Some people think that their condition isn’t bad enough to warrant physiotherapy treatment or just feel they do not need an occasional check-up. We all know that regular servicing of our cars helps to ensure trouble free motoring and can save us a lot of money in repair bills. We should have the same attitude […]