Summer is here and at this time of the year many people are taking up new sports or fitness regimes which is great to see. Unfortunately this can increase your risk of developing a tendinopathy which may cause pain in your hip, knee, ankle, shoulders and other areas.
We continually monitor and follow the recommendations and advice given to Allied Health clinics from SA Government, SA Health and the Australian Physiotherapy Association and we will update you accordingly of any changes that are required to your bookings.
Whether it be your first, second, or third pregnancy each journey differs from the other, with the body experiencing significant change throughout this time. Changes in your body, energy levels, and lifestyle lead many women to question their prior exercise routine, or many do not even know where to start! Returning to exercise post-partum can too be daunting for Mum’s adjusting to their body and new lifestyle – with many women often not knowing where to begin, or returning to high level or exercise too quickly, without allowing the TLC their body deserves.
Luckily our Flex team and Mums and Bumps classes are here to support you along the way. Our Mums and Bumps classes provide the benefits of Physical Activity and are baby and toddler friendly – leaving organising babysitting out of the equation for busy Mums!
If you enjoy running, then I am sure you are always looking for ways to get faster, improve performance and avoid injury. Despite the extensive data supporting the positive effects that regular strength and conditioning training can have on runners, many individuals skip this essential component in their weekly training regime.
As a physiotherapist with a special interest in pelvic floor function, I have enjoyed guiding many women in their return to exercise after pregnancy. When I was pregnant I was confident that I was well placed to make a smooth and timely return to exercise myself. Prior to having children, I enjoyed running, competed in triathlons and played competitive hockey and planned to get back to these as soon as possible.
When COVID hit, our prime minister decided we should stop shaking hands and use an elbow bump as a greeting instead. Watching this manouevre over the last few months, it has come to look more and more awkward, staged and unnatural and I suspect that part of that awkwardness comes from it being a very unnatural movement. It also has negative significance for our shoulders and necks.
Pelvic organ prolapse is common and 1 in 2 women who have had a baby will have some degree of prolapse in their lifetime. 10% of women over the age of 80 will have had surgery for prolapse.
Do you suffer from hip, groin or buttock pain? If so, one of the key elements to treatment and management of your symptoms is reducing the load you are placing through this region – this means that you will need to reduce the time spent in positions that challenge these areas! Usually, the problem will be that you are bending too much at the hip or crossing your leg too often towards the opposite side. It is very important that you learn to identify when this is and understand how you can change the situation to avoid overloading your hip/buttock region. Have a look at the following guidelines and try to implement those appropriate to your issues. If you need further advice, book in with a Flex Physio who will be able to guide you with the best management for your circumstance.
During COVID-19 many people have been working from home and we have noticed people needing to seek physiotherapy management to relieve posture-related pain from poorly set-up home offices. The most common areas of pain include the shoulders, wrists, neck and back. Do you know how to set up your home office to support you in an ergonomic position?
Pelvic pain affects a staggering 25% of women, especially young women and even teenagers. It also affects nearly one in 10 men.
What is AIS?
Scoliosis is a structural deformity of the vertebrae (bones) in your spine. This most commonly develops through the growth stages in early adolescent years when bony growth of the vertebra is uneven from front to back and side to side. This creates more wedge shaped bones and is often found in conjunction with hypermobility, a condition that is characterized by excessive joint movements. This blend of bony wedging, hypermobility and associated relative muscle weakness can lead to the development of “C” or “S” shaped curves in the spine and the development of a scoliosis.
I am writing this blog post as I am 27 weeks pregnant, with my first baby. Currently we are in unprecedented times with COVID-19. I had always thought that if I was lucky enough to get pregnant, then I would have a great time exploring all the many things I chat to my clients about, such as pregnancy exercise classes (including yoga, Pilates and hydrotherapy), swimming and even indulging in the occasional pregnancy massage. However, COVID-19 has changed all of this at present.
For those who are unaware…the FIT in Flex FIT stands for Functional Individualised Training!
What does functional and individualised training mean to me?
At Flex, we have physiotherapists who are skilled in assessing and treating issues around the jaw.
Many people suffer headaches at some point in their lives. For some people these headaches can be severe and long standing, they can interrupt work, hobbies and their social life, having a huge impact on their quality of life. Many people who suffer from headaches rely heavily on medication to manage these symptoms but often this is a short term solution.
Squatting is a common movement performed by all of us most days. It may be bending down to pick something up, tie a shoelace and even when sitting on a couch or a chair. Squatting can also be performed as part of your weights or strength program.
In today’s society, we are made very aware of the benefits and recommendations surrounding exercise for our physical and mental health. Pregnancy is a time in our lives when our bodies undergo tremendous changes, in addition to growing a whole new little body (or bodies), so it is no surprise that exercise is just as important as ever.
Strength and Conditioning (S&C) is the physical and physiological development of athletes through exercise prescription for improved sport performance. S&C coaches provide individually designed, evidence-based training programs that are designed to provide optimal strength, recovery, and fitness gains.
Are you male? Are you female? Whatever your sexual orientation, you may suffer from some form of pelvic pain. You may also have bladder issues, bowel issues and/or some problems with sex? If so, you are not alone. Unfortunately pelvic pain affects 1 in 5 women and 1 in 12 men at some time in their life—yet it’s a condition that is rarely discussed.
There are now more people surviving a cancer diagnosis, however they are often more at risk of other health complications as well as suffering side effects from the cancer treatments. This includes side effects such as fatigue, depression, deconditioning, reduced quality of life or difficulty participating in work, hobbies and sports.
having pain, we need to look at all the aspects of our own lives that can
Driving can create significant stress to the neck, shoulders and back when your seat does not support you properly.
(Most modern cars have several seat adjustments which will make a substantial difference)
Safety must always be the first concern however and any adjustment must still allow you to see the road, your mirrors and instruments easily.
CONGRATULATIONS if you are reading this and are pregnant! What an exciting time in your life. Your body will be going through many amazing changes over the next few months – during pregnancy and post pregnancy.
Many clients who present with lower back pain or lower limb problems (including tendon problems, muscle strains and even ankle and knee joint spasms) may have been told to 'switch on their glutes' as part of their rehabilitation. But what are your ‘glutes’, and how best do we get them to turn on?
Pain is complex! It is defined as ‘an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage’ (IASP, 2015).