Middle aged woman with pained expression with lower back pain

5 Surprisingly Common Causes of Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is one of, if not the most, common reasons patients visit physiotherapy. In fact, up to 45% of adults will experience an episode within the year. For some people, it’s a temporary ache that eases up after a few weeks. Whilst others will experience chronic and disabling pains. These types of pain can derail lives and significantly impact the quality of life.
Read our blog for 5 surprisingly common causes of lower back pain and some simple tips to 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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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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Middle aged man with neck pain clearly causing a headache

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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Mature couple walking together, one using a walker

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 person in joggers with one shoe off, rubbing their foot

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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