Jaw pain is no laughing matter

 

Every year since I was in Uni, I have got together with a special group of friends. This annual weekend is always fun and great for catching up with all the gossip and news. One of our group is always allowed to get a room to herself however. Having an unfortunate habit of grinding her teeth once asleep, it was easier to give her a solo room than keep an unhappy roomie awake with the persistent grinding that can only be described as second only to fingernails down a blackboard in making me cringe.…

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.…

New Injury Challenge

Our thirst for instant gratification, fuelled by social media and social pressure, continues to grow. We seem far less patient and more demanding in our busy lives to pack more in and receive information and stimulation at the press of a button.  This view of the world has extended into how we watch and participate in sport.…

Its Worth the Weight

 

The weather is warming up and the days are getting longer. Summer is fast approaching and your motivation is making a comeback. If you’re contemplating getting back into shape, make weight training your new best friend! Lifting weights, in conjunction with regular cardiovascular exercise, will not only help you to sculpt and tone, but can also positively affect risk factors associated with diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. However, there are a few things you should consider before hitting the weights room.…

Checks & Exercise can Reduce Cancer Risk

Thinking Pink this month and soothing sore feet after the Cancer Council, Relay for Life weekend, helps us reflect on one of the most prevalent forms of cancer to affect our community: Breast Cancer.

Getting to know your breasts, whether you are male or female, is an important monthly routine that should be instilled in our teens.…

Run Forest Run

I can’t count the number of times I have heard ‘Run Forrest Run’ when I’ve been out on my daily run. I always have a little chuckle as I love not only the physical health benefits running brings but also the positive effect on my mental health. We all experience stress daily but excessive stress can manifest itself into mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. With October 11 being Headspace day, an initiative of the National Mental Health Foundation it’s a great time to explore the physical impact of mental health issues and how we can harness physical activity as part of a management plan.…

October is Walk to School Month

When I started school in the 1970s one of the most exciting things about it was walking to school with my older sister. Rain hail or shine we walked the 1.5 km to school. I loved the frosty mornings when you could jump on frozen puddles to crack the ice and the slow walk home with friends planning whose house we would go play at.…

Professional Advice is Vital for Full Recovery

My Melbourne marathon bib arrived yesterday and with a sigh I put it aside knowing that this year I will be a DNS (did not start). Small in the scheme of things, missing out on competing in a planned competition or missing an important event due to injury is frustrating.

 

Having my dominant hand out of action for 2 months now has made me reflect as a physio on the importance of good advice, physical and emotional support and careful planning for managing a prolonged injury and rehabilitation.…

Lymphoedema Awareness

Does sitting too long cause your legs to swell at the ankles? Have you found the recent prolonged heat has increased the circumference of your ankles or are your shirt sleeves feeling tighter than usual? Do you have a history of trauma or surgery to your arm, leg or abdomen.  Have you noticed a progressive feeling of heaviness in your arms or legs? Have you experienced surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy for cancer related illness?…