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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Joint Hypermobility Syndrome – Can you be too flexible?

In my practice as a physiotherapist, I often see people presenting with pain that appears for no apparent reason. There is no trauma or noticeable injury, however there is pain particularly in the joints. Sometimes these people have pain because they have hypermobile joints. Joint Hypermobility Syndrome affects the joints and bones allowing them to…

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Neck pain and headaches – 4 simple stretches you can try

Most of us spend a long time at the computer and more and more often that’s at a laptop. With more of us working from home at the kitchen table or on the couch, means we tend to see an increasingly number of clients experience in neck pain and headaches. But with some simple exercises and good general fitness levels, you can reduce the impact.

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February 2021 Newsletter – Move Better for Life

On behalf of our team, I would like to welcome you to our first edition of Move Better for Life for 2021. In this edition, I am excited to announce that we are now providing occupational therapy services out of our Armidale clinic and are hiring for Tamworth. I’m also pleased to advise that our Armidale-based exercise physiologist Shae Flynn has returned to work after taking time off for maternity leave. In Tamworth, we have welcomed a new physiotherapist with a focus on sports rehabilitation, Paddy Bowen. While many of you may know Ben Fittler as one of our wonderful Armidale receptionists, what you may not know is that he is now a qualified massage therapist. And our wellness classes have all recommenced for the year.

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A pain in the foot (Plantar Fasciitis)

One of the most common injuries to the feet is plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of the muscle which supports the arch of your foot. It’s very common and is often caused by changes to footwear, walking barefoot (such as on the beach during holidays) or through sporting stress. But, through regular exercise and preventative stretching you can reduce both the pain and frequency.

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December 2020 Newsletter – Move Better for Life

New Year’s resolutions are frequently overambitious and set us up to fail. Instead, we should think of them as intentions. And as we enter 2021 it is clear the world will still be an uncertain place. So be kind to yourself and set goals that nurture and inspire your wellbeing, make them realistic and achievable. Think about how you might achieve that goal over a year and schedule the time in.

I’d like to set you the challenge of moving just a little bit more each day. This might take the form of a daily stretch routine to kickstart your morning, a walk at sunset to clear your head or to simply park the car just a little further away from your destination, increasing your incidental exercise. Why? So you can move better for life.

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