Surviving Exam Season

With NSW HSC exams starting today and Victorian VCE exams starting 2 weeks later, students across the Border are madly picking up the study pace. At this time of year Physiotherapists find an increase in younger people presenting with neck pain and headaches, low back ache and in some cases debilitating pain that can actually prevent the student sitting the exams themselves.

Prevention is the best cure so planning for those increased hours studying for exams can reduce the risk of spinal pain occurring.…

Winter Blues

 

Heater on and room warm- check

TV on ready to catch Hawthorn about to annihilate Geelong- check

Suitable beverages and snacks ready to keep hunger pangs at bay-check

Does this sound like your approach to winter activity? If so you are not alone. The European Journal of Physiology in 2009 reported that across many countries including Australia, and in all age groups from children to the elderly, that activity levels reduce in the winter months. There is world wide agreement that good health depends on us engaging  in sufficient physical activity to maintain fitness. Unfortunately in developed countries such as Australia, many fail to engage in enough exercise at any time of the year. So are we more likely to suffer more health issues in Winter due reduced exercise levels?…

“Hey Doc. I’ve lost my core”. Spinal Stability explained.

Have you ever been told that you need to work on your “core” by a health professional or fitness instructor? Does your “core” just disappear because you didn’t know it was there in the first place or did you just misplace it one day?

So what does the term core stability mean? Like so many terms related to health, it has various meanings to different health professionals.  Some clients with back pain will roll their eyes when I suggest using an exercise approach to low back pain.” I’ve done it all before and it doesn’t work” they lament. …

Balance and Falls

Have you ever noticed that as you get older you can’t quite do the things you could as you could when you were younger.  Your reaction time seems slower, you are not quite as strong as you were and you just don’t seem to move as well.  First the bad news.  To a certain extent that is just normal. we do get slower, we do get stiffer and we do get weaker.  And with this, as we get older the associated injury and health risks become more serious.  The good news is, that although we cannot stop the process, there is a lot we can do to slow it down and decrease the chances of age related injury and the subsequent associated health issues.…