How to camp injury & pain free this Easter break!

So.. it’s that time of year again! Easter is just around the corner and the tents and camping gear are getting unpacked and dusted off, prepped for their annual use!  So here are just a few things to keep in mind to make sure that you can enjoy a camping trip that’s injury free and as pain-free, as possible, and also, that you don’t end up too stiff and sore when you get home from your relaxing escape!

Sleeping

  • Don’t forget to take your own pillow so that you can maintain good neck support despite your otherwise potentially nonoptimal sleeping set up
  • If possible, take an extra pillow to either place under your knees if you are a back sleeper, or between your legs / in front of you to wrap your arm around if you are a side sleeper – this will greatly improve your sleeping position on a potentially minimal support sleeping surface
  • A great way to add some extra support and cushioning to a camping mattress that may either too thin, or lacking some integrity (we all know the feeling of waking up in the hollows formed by a slow air leak! ) is to use a mattress topper or protector if you have one – simply fit it to your air/foam mattress for a more comfortable and supported sleep! Especially for those with sore and stiff low backs, shoulders and hips.

Setting Up

  • Remember your safe lifting and manual handling techniques when setting up your campsite! The last thing you want to do is injure yourself at the start of your trip and spend the rest of the time recovering! So remember:
  • Use your legs to lift, not your back;
  • Avoid lifting or loading in awkward positions or when you are twisted or rotated;
  • Avoid bending and twisting at the same time especially when lifting a heavy item (e.g. eskies), and always keep the load close to your body; use two people to lift these heavier items if needed;
  • Avoid loading or working in over-stretched or over-reaching positions (e.g. when tying off ropes or setting up poles)

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Running- The Perfect Form (From Head to Toe)!

Running better, from head to toe.

Whether you are in training for the upcoming local running and triathlon festivals, or simply just love to run, the following tips will be worthwhile reading.  If you’re anything like me, you have probably opened your computer a few days after a race, only to be in absolute denial and shock to see the struggling ostrich pottering along is in fact you. Yep, the bib numbers don’t lie.  

The struggle is real—and not just superficial. There are a few easy things you can practice to improve your form, helping you get faster and more efficient as well as prevent injury.

Instead of focusing on the overwhelming technicalities of running, stick to these simple, easy-to-implement, and actionable running tricks. Let’s break it down:

Head: Let your gaze guide you. Look ahead naturally, not down at your feet, and scan the horizon. This will straighten your neck and back, and bring them into alignment. Don’t allow your chin to jut out.

Shoulders: For optimum performance, your shoulders should be low and loose, not high and tight. As you tire on a run, don’t let them creep up toward your ears. If they do, shake them out to release the tension.

Arms:  Your hands control the tension in your upper body, while your arm swing works in conjunction with your leg stride to drive you forward. Keep your hands in an unclenched fist, with your fingers lightly touching your palms.  Many runners have a lot of side-to-side action, most often in the arms which can be inefficient and exhausting. Picture your body split down the middle. The movements of each side shouldn’t cross the middle line.

Torso: The position of your torso while running is affected by the position of your head and shoulders. With your head up and looking ahead and your shoulders low and loose, your torso and back naturally straighten to allow you to run in an efficient, upright position that promotes optimal lung capacity and stride length. If you start to slouch during a run take a deep breath and feel yourself naturally straighten. As you exhale simply maintain that upright position.

Hips: Your hips are your centre of gravity, so they’re important for good running posture. With your torso and back comfortably upright and straight, your hips naturally fall into proper alignment, pointing you straight ahead. When trying to gauge the position of your hips, think of your pelvis as a bowl filled with marbles, then try not to spill the marbles by tilting the bowl.

Legs/stride: When you see distance runners in their zone, you can usually tell if they run a lot of k’s. That intuition comes not from visual cues like skimpy split shorts or compression gear, but something much simpler that most long distance runners share—shorter, quicker strides. Many new runners tend to over-stride and reach out with their foot to take a longer stride which sends far too much impact through the leg. However, efficient endurance running requires just a slight knee lift, a quick leg turnover, and a short stride. When running with the proper stride length, your feet should land directly underneath your body. As your foot strikes the ground, your knee should be slightly flexed so that it can bend naturally on impact. If your lower leg (below the knee) extends out in front of your body, your stride is too long.

Ankles/Feet: To run well, you need to push off the ground with maximum force. With each step, your foot should hit the ground lightly (landing between your heel and midfoot) then quickly roll forward. Keep your ankle flexed as your foot rolls forward to create more force for push-off. As you roll onto your toes, try to spring off the ground. You should feel your calf muscles propelling you forward on each step. Your feet should not slap loudly as they hit the ground. Good running is springy and quiet. A slight forward lean from the ankles happens naturally without even trying. So don’t consciously try to lean forward. Instead, focus on running tall with a straight, erect posture.

Cadence: Cadence is the number of steps you take per minute. An average cadence of at least 170 for easy runs means you’ll reduce impact forces on your legs, cut your injury risk, and even improve your running efficiency. How? With a shorter, faster stride, you’re “bounding” less and not introducing the stress that accompanies longer, more impactful strides. In other words, you’ll get hurt less often and probably get faster. Focus on these fundamentals and you’ll reap the rewards: fewer injuries, more enjoyable runs, and maybe even some new personal bests.

Sometimes no matter how hard you try to run tall or how short and quick your strides are, something is still not right- and that runners knee just won’t budge. If this sounds like you, follow these 3 simple stretches and exercises to find the missing puzzle piece.

Kneeling hip flexor stretch:

  1. Keep your spine and pelvis neutral thoughout the stretch
  2. Squeeze your gluteal muscles of your back leg and move forward from your hips

Hamstring stretch

  1. Keep your pelvis squared off and tilt forward from your hips

Gastrocs (calf) stretch:

  1. Move forward as far as you comfortably can

Strengthening exercises for injury prevention

Lunges:

  1. Gently cpontract your pelvic floor, then contract your transverse abdominus
  2. Keep your feet straight ahead and your patella in line with your second toe
  3. Maintain your neutral spine throughout the movement
  4. Return to the start position
  5. Your knee will never pass in front of your toes

Single leg bridge:

  1. Set feet hip width apart on the floor, then lift one foot off. Engage core throughout.
  2. Press into half bridge using gluteals of thr grounded hip. Be aware to maintain square alignment of thigh and pelvis throughout.

Single leg squat:

  1. Gently contract your pelvic floor then contract your transverse abdominus
  2. Keep your foot straight ahead and your patella in line with your second toe
  3. Keep your chest upright and remain tall through your spine
  4. Return to the start position

Complete 3 sets of 15 reps for all exercises

Still in doubt about whether you’re “doing this right?” Seek the help of one of our experienced physiotherapist for advice on how you can perform your best running yet.

Brianna Morgan

Physiotherapist

Experiencing pain from netball?

As the number one sport for females in Australia, netball is a fast paced game that is great for teamwork, fitness and friendship.

Unfortunately, sometimes playing netball comes with the risk of injuries. The three main reasons you might be experiencing pain are:

1.Trauma

2.Underlying muscle weakness or imbalance

3.Incorrect technique

Let’s discuss how these injuries can come about and what we can do to fix them.

Trauma

Traumatic or ‘acute’ injuries are sometimes unpreventable, especially during collisions with other players or when your landing is disturbed.

It’s important to know what to do initially if you become injured during a game. The RICE principle is any easy way to remember the best steps to take to ease inflammation from an acute injury.

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Follow the steps of RICE and book an appointment with a physiotherapist. We will be able to assess your injury, gauge the extent of damage and give you the best treatment, advice and rehabilitation program to get you back on the court as soon as possible! If you don’t rehab injuries properly (even if they seem minor), this may make you vulnerable to doing the same thing in the future. This is especially the case with ankle sprains, if rehabilitation is not completed after the first incident, instability may remain, and the athlete is much more likely sprain the same ankle again.

Underlying Muscle Weakness or Imbalance

Another common reason that you might be experiencing pain from playing netball is that some muscles are not working hard enough or are working too hard. If your muscles aren’t coordinating properly, they pull differently on your joints which can put them in non-optimal positions while you are playing. This decreased control of your joints may increase the impact on your joints and cause pain.

If this is the cause of your pain, you are more likely to be experiencing symptoms whilst playing or after the game. You may find that your pain settles significantly with rest from playing and training.  A physiotherapist will be able to do an assessment to determine how your muscles are working and provide exercises to strengthen or retrain as needed. Even niggly pain is worth getting fixed, you will be able to focus on the game and enjoy it so much more!

Incorrect Technique

Netball is a fast paced game, played on a hard surface, with lots of abrupt stopping, starting, and changing direction. If these movements are carried out often but with non-optimal technique, this can also overload the joints, put them in high risk positions and consequently cause injuries.

Incorrect technique is commonly paired with a degree of muscle imbalance and is also a cause of more ‘niggly’ pain whilst playing or lingering after the game. Again, you may find that symptoms correlate to when you are playing or training and settle down with rest. Training your brain and muscles to land, decelerate and change direction correctly will not only strengthen muscles and improve control but greatly decrease your risk of injury. If you’re interested in making sure that your technique isn’t putting you at risk, or causing your pain, come in and see us. It’s always better to prevent!

Our resident netball expert Caitlin is an accredited Netball Australia Endorsed Provider and will be able to sort out all your Netball related problems. To book an appointment, give us a call on 4724 0768 or book online at www.physionorth.com.au.

6 tips to Eliminate Headaches!

Most of us will experience a headache at some point in our life. For some, it is a rare event that lasts only momentarily. For others, it can be a regular occurrence that can affect day-to-day function and quality of life.

Headaches can reduce your ability to concentrate, work and do the things you love to do.

To read more about the causes of headaches pop over to our earlier blog: Headaches…can be a pain in the neck!

So how can you prevent headaches in the first place???
1. Strengthen your back muscles!

Prolonged sitting (usually at a computer), with poor posture (rounded shoulders, forward poking head, slumped lower back) is the most common cause of headaches. Your back muscles get fatigued from sitting for long periods causing you to slump forward. Strengthening the muscles in your upper back will help prevent this.


 An easy exercise to incorporate into your day to day routine is a row with a band.
To do this exercise, pop an elastic band around a pole at about chest height. Stand tall and hold onto the ends, then pull the band in towards your chest, squeezing your shoulder blades towards each other. Make sure your shoulders are relaxed down as you do this movement and if your neck is relaxed.

2. Wear a posture brace

If you have to sit for long periods, a posture brace is a great way to assist you, to keep your back and neck in a good position.

At Physionorth we love the Posture Medic braces because they are slim line and comfortable. Pop into the clinic if you’d like to give one a try!

3. Maintain good neck strength

Many people lack strength in little muscles in their upper neck called the deep neck flexors (DNF). These little guys keep your head in a nice upright position and prevent that poked chin posture that commonly causes headaches.

A nice way to strengthen the DNF’s is to pop onto your hands and knees, (ensuring your back is in a nice neutral position with a small curve in the low back). Then imagine your spine is a string and someone is pulling the string  from the base of your skull, in a horizontal direction. At the same time tuck your chin in slightly. Maintain this position and slowly rotate your head from side to side 10 times. If you find this position too difficult, you can also perform this exercise by sitting down and leaning forwards, placing your elbows on a desk (then following the above instructions).

4. Maintain your upper back movement!

There are quite a few muscles that connect your upper back to your neck. If these muscles get tight, they pull on the neck and can cause headaches. To prevent this happening make sure you keep your upper back nice a loose!

 

Start sitting nice and tall in your chair, then rotate around to one side as far as you can, using the back of the chair to twist you a little further. Stop when you feel a nice stretch in your upper back. Slowly return to face the front, then repeat to the other side.

5. Stretch your neck!

Likewise, if your neck muscles are tight, it will compress your neck vertebrae and has the potential to cause headaches.

 

One of my favorite stretchs for the neck is the levator scapulae stretch. To perform this stretch place one hand behind your back then turn your head so you’re looking into your opposite arm pit. Hold onto the top of your head and gently press downwards if you want a more intense stretch.

6. Move!

Walking, running, yoga, and pilates are all great ways to improve mobility and prevent neck pain and headaches. So find a form of exercise that you love (and will stick to), and get moving!

7. Fidgit!

At the end of the day our bodies weren’t designed to sit in one position for long periods of time. Studies have shown that people who fidget during the day suffer from less neck and lower back pain, than those that don’t fidget!  It’s also a great idea to get up and walk away from your desk as much as possible. Do take regular breaks to stretch and unwind!

I hope you found my quick guide to headache prevention helpful. Please remember:

Headaches should not be accepted as part of normal everyday life!

If you’re suffering from headaches and can’t relieve them yourself, please call to speak to one of our friendly physiotherapists! We can help alleviate your headaches for good!

If you’re unsure about whether we can help you or want some clarification on the above exercises:

Call our team on 4724 0768 for a FREE no obligation 10min phone consultation! (*conditions apply).

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In order to achieve the best out of your physiotherapy consultation, we require a commitment from you, to your treatment plan.

Our Therapists conduct a thorough assessment to obtain your history and an objective physiotherapy examination. They use this information, along with your goals, to give you a diagnosis and tailor a treatment plan for you. It is important that you have read and understood our terms and conditions and commit fully to participating in your treatment plan and recovery.  It is your responsibility to follow our advice and avoid situations that may aggravate your condition. We acknowledge an infinite number of variables can impact on the outcomes of any treatment program.

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We live by the philosophy that if YOU are not happy then WE are not happy.

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It is expected that if you cannot keep an appointment with us, that notice is given as soon as possible by calling the practice and leaving a message if after hours. 24 hours notice is required, or you may be charged a cancellation fee of $65. Notice of at least 24hrs gives us the opportunity to offer your appointment slot to someone on our waiting list.

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If you arrive late to an appointment, but within your appointed time slot, you may receive a shorter consultation in an effort not inconvenience other clients waiting.

If you either arrive after or entirely miss an appointment, you will be charged the consultation fee in full.
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You hereby request and give consent to our therapists to perform all necessary examinations, manipulations, therapy, rehabilitation and medical diagnostic procedures in accordance with their professional training and understanding of your injury.

You understand that you have an opportunity to discuss with your therapist, the nature and purpose of your physiotherapy care before any treatment is rendered.

You acknowledge and accept the following:

  1. The physical nature of physiotherapy and related treatments.
  2. You have the right to see the physiotherapist of your choice, refuse intervention or seek a further opinion and to provide feedback and make a complaint.
  3. The adverse risks associated with treatment, including stiffness and soreness, soft tissue injury, neurological complications, cerebrovascular injuries, skin irritations, burns and other minor complications.
  4. The probability of risk is lowered by screening procedures.
  5. Other treatment options exist if the risk of physiotherapy is considered to be high, including medication, medical care, hospitalisation and surgery.
  6. The risk of remaining untreated includes the formation of adhesions, scar tissue and other degenerative changes. These changes can further reduce skeletal mobility, and induce chronic pain cycles. It is quite probable that delay of treatment will complicate the condition and make future rehabilitation more difficult.
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To accelerate the management of your injury or injury claim, you accept it may be necessary to communicate the details of your medical condition with treating practitioners, rehabilitation consultants, case managers and employers. If you have been referred by another health professional or personal trainer, it is common practice to provide a letter detailing your diagnosis and treatment plan. You will be provided with a form to sign on your initial consultation to consent to this.

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Brooke Moffatt

This is Brooke, and she is amazing! Physiotherapist Bri caught up with Brooke to find out how she managed to break free from daily headaches and pain.

 

Tell us a bit about yourself Brooke
My husband Michael and I own a business, and I’m a mum to two gorgeous children under two. I have no time for pain!

 

What made you seek physio treatment?
I had ongoing shoulder pain and postural discomfort, as well as persistent and regular headaches. My headaches were really starting to affect my sleep and the quality of my day to day life in general.

 

How did Physio help you conquer your pain and headaches?
Physio taught me to retrain the muscles in my neck, shoulders and upper back, and helped me with a  strength training program. I no longer battle daily headaches or pain and I’m feeling the best I’ve ever felt.

 

Thanks Brooke – we appreciate you!
Briana Physiotherapist

Jarrod Cook- Sydney to Hobart

Jarrod Cook overcome long term pain in both of his shoulders to compete in the Sydney to Hobart race last year.  Not only did he conquer his pain, he and his team won second place in their division! Physio Renee caught up with Jarrod to find out more about his achievements.

How did you get into sailing?

I grew up in Rowes Bay and Pallarenda, so a big part of my childhood involved boats of all types. Even some misadventure to Maggie on a catamaran built from roofing iron at around 13 years of age. Dad spotted us from the Mundy creek bridge while getting his Saturday papers, and you know the rest of that story!

What are some of your most notable sailing achievements?
It’s hard to say, I’ve been so lucky in the sport. I seem to have always been surrounded by extremely talented Crew and Skippers and also other competitors that have dragged my ability up to a respectable level. To be honest, I’ll forever feel like the apprentice, so I think that says a lot about the company I keep and their perception of me.

I think my greatest achievement in the sport actually stems from coaching. I get a kick seeing some of my previous students competing well, but more importantly… enjoying it!

What are your goals for 2018?
I’m hoping 2018 will be the year that I can compete with one of my son’s, just at a local level. So far it’s been an absolute blast off the back of a 2017 Sydney to Hobart campaign, and we’ve just finished Brisbane to Gladstone in extremely tough conditions over Easter and placed second there also.

How did physiotherapy and massage therapy help you to achieve your goal?
Physio played a huge part in providing a long term approach for treatment. It also trained my subconscious to consider that there were parts of my body that I had to think about positioning, even during the intensity of competition. In summary massage addressed the aftermath and Physio gave me the tools to maintain in between and avoid injury.

Previously I was burning through Anti inflammatory gels and pills at every regatta and then taking weeks to get myself together, only to do it all again the following month.

The Ultimate Foot Massage for Mothers Day

Let’s face it, mums probably have the hardest working feet around. Working, heels, chasing children, shopping and exercise, take their toll on a part of our body we all take for granted. The good news is that a foot massage is a simple way to erase tension and help prevent issues like bunions, plantar faciitis and spurs (or relieve them if they are already a problem).

Here’s my quick guide, so you can treat mum to the ultimate foot massage this Mothers Day (or any day for that matter)!

To start get mum to lie down on her tummy. Ensure she’s comfy and there’s no distractions! Place a towel roll under her ankles, so her knees are slightly bent and heat up a heat pack and pop it on her feet. Make sure you have a little bit of massage oil, light moisturizer or magnesium cream so that you can glide across the muscles. Start on the calf muscles, as these cross the ankle and attach onto the foot. If the calf muscles are tight they restrict ankle movement and contribute to foot pain. Run both your hands up the calf, then separate them and slide down the sides of the muscle and repeat. Do this slowly and apply as much pressure as feels comfortable (make sure you ask if the pressure is ok).  Repeat for a couple of minutes.

Next you want to gently work out the little knots in the calf. Run your hands up the calf muscle again and see if you feel any ‘bumps’ in the tissue. If you do, pause on the knot and hold pressure to that spot or use your thumb to rub it gently in circles until it releases.

Now take the heat pack and place it over the calf muscle. Use your fist to run up and down the length of the foot. Repeat for a couple of minutes to warm up the foot.

Then hold the foot so that your thumbs are on the sole of the foot and fingers are resting around the other side of the foot. Use your thumbs to rub up the center of the foot then separate them and run them down the sides. If you find any ‘knot’s gently rub your thumbs in circles over these areas or sustain gentle pressure over them until they release. Now grasp the foot with both hands and gently slide down the foot, applying a pulling force to gently traction the foot. Then slide fingers over the toes and then gently pull each toe to apply a gentle traction. Hold this for a few seconds.

Get mum to turn over and repeat the above techniques on either side of her shin. You can also repeat some of the foot massage techniques mentioned above in this position (like the picture). Finish with a gentle stretch, pushing her foot back towards her body.

All done! You are now the favorite child ;-). Happy Mothers Day.

Jaquie

Physiotherapist

 

Samara James

We get many amazing people walk through our doors every day. Samara James is one of those people. A competitive senior gymnast, who, through hard work and determination, has returned to her sport after a huge injury. Physio Nicole interviewed Samara, so we could share some more information about this amazing young lady.
1. When and how did you get started in gymnastics?
I got started in gymnastics at the age of 3 in a kinder gym class because my big sister did gymnastics at the time.
2. What are your achievements to date?
I have worked my way through the levels to now be a senior gymnast. I have attended many competitions over the years including state championships for level 4 and 6. In 2014 after suffering an injury, I went on to be awarded most improved gymnast for my team and the next year qualify for States.  Last year I came 3rd at the Regional Championships and qualified for the State squad team.
3. What are your goals for 2018?
My main goal for 2018 is to compete at level 7. In order to do this I need to have made a complete recovery and regained all of the skills I lost prior to my injury.
4. How has physio helped you?
In August 2017 I dislocated and fractured both elbows during a tumble on floor. If it wasn’t for Nicole and physio,  I am sure I would never had regained my elbow strength. Because of physio I had my full range of movement back after just a few months and was back training after just 2 months following the injury.  It felt like we were taking it slow however by gradually building my strength and movement I  haven’t experienced any setbacks and have made steady progress . Now 7 months later I am almost 100% back and  preparing for the competition season, including completing skills such as back handsprings.

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Rod McRae

Spinal stenosis a narrowing of the canal, that a spinal nerve travels through, leading to nerve irritation and pain. Rod McRae has spinal stenosis and through hard work and exercise has achieved amazing goals.

Rod wanted to be able to lie flat without pain, stand up from a chair pain free and get out into the garden.  Due to his hard work with his exercise classes and physiotherapy, he has been able to manage his back symptoms and improve his overall function. He can now lie flat, stand up straight without too much pain and spend more time in the garden. His hard work and patience with rehabilitation has really paid off. Thanks for your hard work Rod! Amazing progress like this really makes our job worthwhile!