Beach holidays and shin splints

With the holiday season and beach holidays upon us it is worth looking at the injuries people present with in the practice after returning from holidays. One of these is shin splints. Shin splints present as a dull, aching pain and tenderness in the front of the lower leg adjacent to the shin bone. There…

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Preparing for your holidays: Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is one of those injuries that many people have never heard of until they experience it themselves, only to discover there are many other sufferers out there. What is plantar fasciitis and what does it have to do with the upcoming holidays? Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia on the underside of…

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Drought Proofing your Body

The drought is taking its toll not only in my home in the New England area but across much of Australia, and as most of you would know, its effects are wide reaching. An unexpected effect is injury caused  by carting buckets of water around. We have had several people present to the clinic with…

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Hips or Back? Which is causing your back problems?

Hip or back? Which is it? Hip or back? Which is it? Back problems can masquerade as hip problems and conversely hip problems can present as back pain. There is a lot of overlap and I often see it in the practice when someone seeks treatment for their hip when in fact the pain is…

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Back Care for Tradies

The life of a tradie is one that is particularly physical and involves a lot of repeated bending, lifting and squatting. I have met a few older tradies in the clinic who have come in with lower back, neck and shoulder problems. I have also met a few who have changed jobs because of the…

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Back Care For Farmers

Farmers are a group of people that often present to my clinic with lower back pain. Their job involves a huge variation in the physical tasks they do. This ranges from repeated and heavy lifting, bending, prolonged sitting on a tractor twisting repeatedly in the seat, and activities like driving a quad bike or a…

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