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Doing Less: An Awkward Amount of Time

With winter approaching, the days become colder and shorter, and we often find ourselves doing less and sitting more. This time last year we were in the midst of COVID isolation and lockdown so many of us found it difficult to be active. The result of inactivity over those months last year resulted in a big increase in the number of people falling and admitted to hospital.

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Falls Prevention – working to keep you safe

Australians over 65 commonly experience falls and subsequent injuries. Some injuries caused by falls may be serious enough for a lengthy hospital stay and rehabilitation. Physiotherapists and occupational therapists work together with clients to treat injuries caused by falls and to prevent more falls in the future. This blog provides you with #fallsprevention leg strengthening exercises to reduce the risk of falling and increase your #safety.

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Tennis Elbow – what’s gardening got to do with it?

Gardening requires flexibility, strength, and endurance, while gripping, clipping, shearing, and pruning strains the forearm, and can lead to inflammation and pain just below the elbow. Sometimes referred to as ‘tennis elbow’. Tennis elbow can be difficult to treat and the first line of treatment is REST, but this is often difficult to accomplish – particularly if you are a keen gardener! Read on for 5 things you can do to prevent or reduce the risk of tennis elbow, and our exercise physiologist, Alex demonstrates exercises that can assist.

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Lower back problems – the pitfalls of shoveling and the garden rake

As a practising physiotherapist, I often treat patients for lower back pain as a result of shovelling or raking in the garden. The good news is that there are several preventative actions you can take to protect against low back injury. Read my full blog for 5 things you can do to reduce the risk of lower back injury in the garden, you will also find a short video with two exercises that can help.

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Preventing ACL injuries when playing sport

Damaging your anterior cruciate ligament – often referred to as the ACL – is one of those knee injuries that can be career ending for any amateur or professional sports athlete and can mean months of rehabilitation and months on the sideline. We recommend an injury prevention warm up program, the 11+, which when implemented consistently will help protect and reduce the risk of injury to yourself and your fellow players. While developed for FIFA it is applicable to most sports that require frequent pivoting, such as netball, and basketball. Read my full blog for more, an exercise video, and to download the 11+ manual.

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