Can We Change Pain by How We Move and Think

 In the past we have been taught many different ways to help pain caused by an injury, maybe ice, rest, pain killers, stretching, to name a few. But how the brain detects what is happening in the body and as a result spits out a “I am hurting” message is becoming more and more realised.

In a recent study into tendon injuries, it has been shown that you can change the part of the brain that feels sensation by doing different types of exercises.

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Can We Prevent Our Kids Hurting Themselves in Sport?

The answer is YES! A massive study in Scandinavia looked at 120 handball teams, 1837 players aged 15 to 17.  The aim was to see if the number of acute ankle and knee injuries could be reduced in the season by doing a good, sports specific, injury prevention warm up.  Over the season the number of injuries in the group that didn’t do a good warm up was 81 versus the group that did do the specific warm up was only 48.  As a parent, speak with the team coach and/or your child and ask what kind of warm up is being done. If you think it is not up to scratch, maybe send coaching staff the link to this article – no good coach wants to lose players over the year. 

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Do you have the same knee injury as Rafa Nadal?

If you have pain at the front of the knee just below the patella (knee cap) you may have patellar tendinopathy. Rafa has fought long battles with his knees and patella tendinopathy throughout his career. It is no wonder when you look at the stress tennis puts on Rafa’s knees with his “never stop” attitude to move on court. Patellar tendinopathy is common in athletes who perform a lot of repetitive jumping, change of direction and deceleration movements such as tennis and other sports including basketball and volleyball. The patella tendon becomes subject to forceful repetitive

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Knee Osteoarthritis

This month we look at knee arthritis. Most people that exercise will at some time experience knee pain. Links have been made between pain that doesn’t settle and the development of osteoarthritis. So if you have any knee pain get it looked at as soon as possible and learn what you need to do for successful rehabilitation. Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is the general wear and tear of the knee joint. The symptoms of OA are pain and stiffness in the knee joint and can be mild, moderate or severe.

There are several predisposing factors that we know can lead to OA:

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Knee Pain

1. What is patellofemoral pain (PFP)?

Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is pain surrounding or underneath the patella (knee cap). The pain can be sharp or dull and achy and can come and go during and after activity. Pain usullay occurs with activities such as squatting, lunging, running and going up and down stairs. There may be some associated swelling or puffiness around the knee and you may hear some abnormal clicking from the knee. In some cases you may feel weak or unstable like the knee’s giving out.

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Orthotics Or Not? Are We Doing the Best For Our Body?

Orthotics can be used to help alleviate pain for a number of different injuries from the back, to the hip, knee, ankle and foot. But when and why are they best used? Can there be a negative affect of orthotics and is there another way that may be better to help resolve these injuries?

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Pain At The Front Of The Knee The Latest Evidence For The Best Treatment

 Patello-femoral pain is pain related to the knee cap at the front of the knee.  It is unfortunately a complaint that we often see at Physiologix.  It can occur in all age groups from kids to teenagers, to adults both young and old.  Often pain is aggravated by activities such as walking, running, squatting, stairs and prolonged siting. A recent review has tied together the best evidence from only very good quality studies as well as from some of the worlds leading clinicians in this area.  Several definite themes came through for successful treatment for what can be a difficult condition to treat.

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Pain at the Front of Your Knee

Pain at the front of the knee can come from many different things:

1. The knee cap or patellofemoral pain. This is the joint when the knee cap meets the thigh bone. The knee cap is supposed to sit in a small groove. However sometimes this alignment can be affected, known as patella maltracking. Pain is usually behind the knee cap and felt with tasks such as going down stairs, squatting, walking or running.

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Patello-femoral (knee cap) pain syndrome

Patello-femoral pain syndrome (PFPS) means pain relating to the patella (knee cap) and the femur (thigh bone). The knee cap sits in a small grove in the femur and slides up and down in this grove. If for some reason the patella is not correctly aligned in the grove then pain can result. This is known as patello-femoral mal-tracking.

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Pilates for Men -NEW CLASS available

pilates for menWant to play golf without your knee hurting, cut the hedge without your shoulder aching, be able to play with the grandkids without your back pulling you up? Or just generally want to get your core going and feel fitter and stronger? Pilates can help you do all this!

Pilates is for all men. It is the modern day wonder exercise routine. It increases flexibility and balance whilst focusing on creating a strong core. A powerful core is so essential, whether for young men to remain fit, or for older men and those who have lost condition, to ensure they avoid injury and live active lives. 
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The Australian Open Tips On Knees

Day 1 of the Australian Tennis Open and I hope you will be enjoying some of the performances these amazing athletes will be putting on. Watching you will see many of the athletes with their knees taped. In such a fast moving, dynamic game, the stresses and strains these players place on their knees is intense and many of them have early arthritic changes. Tape can be used in a multitude of ways to change the alignment of

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