Pilates - Give Your Body The Boost It Needs

Want to:
·      Increase your muscle strength and tone ( particularly of your abdominal, lower back, shoulders, hips and buttock muscles)
·      Improve your flexibility?
·      Prevent injuries related to muscle imbalance?
·      Improve your posture?
·     Improve your bone density and balance?

Then equipment pilates is for you. Physiologix is now offering Pilates for Strength and Fitness.  With Pilates no longer available through Private Health Cover, Physiologix is delighted to be able to offer Small Pilates Equipment Fitness Classes run by extremely experienced and highly qualified pilates instructors.
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elfder adult planking in pilatesUse state of the art pilates reformers and feel your body work in these great classes, ideal for improving all over body fitness and strength, with a particular focus on the core.  No matter your age, ability, or level of fitness, our instructors will design a program, unique for you, specifically for your individual needs. 

Our classes have a maximum of 4 people, each person with their own reformer, but with a range of other equipment that you can use.  Run in a large
private gym space, there is ample room, ensuring covid safe spacing can always be ensured.

Check out Lex, one of our many star clients. 
Lex is 72 years young and has been a dedicated client for the past 5 years. Committed to his practice of Pilates general strength and conditioning to keep his body as agile as his mind.

This is just one example of a great exercise to strengthen the buttock muscles, or glutes, called scooter. This is important especially if you have struggled with back, pelvis or hip pain, but is also a great exercise to help you get stronger walking or running.spine stretch series on reformer in strength pilates class
And check out Jessica, one of our awesome instructors working through an exercise sequence for those of you wanting something much more high level, working specifically on back and core strength and muscle toning.

Got Bone Density or Osteoporosis Issues?Pilates for Buff Bones is a medically-endorsed workout that combines Pilates ( based on Pilates Equipment ) with bone-strengthening and balance techniques to optimise the health and safety of your bones.The workout follows a research-supported design of specifically sequenced exercises, making it an entire system of bone and joint health, rather than just a set of exercises. The exercises tone the arms, hips, back and abs, and also improves posture.  Exercises can be set to varying levels of ability, and are safe for those with osteoporosis as the movements avoid forward-bending of the spine motions and include enhanced breathing, core control, coordination, flexibility and promotion of whole body health.Work on your bone density with our qualified Buff Bones Pilates instructors here at Physiologix. 
Interested – give us a call on (07) 3511 1112 or contact us from our website physiologix.com.au

Ladies - Are You Doing The Best for Your Body

women exercising doing balance falls prevention exercise
Women’s health week was last month and we want to remind you about just some of the things we work with at Physiologix, that so often women out there just think they have to live with.

1. Weak Pelvic Floor - this can be at any age.  Poor pelvic floor has been shown in teenage athletes......and it is an issue that becomes more common as we move through the different stages of life.  Our physios use ultrasound imaging  which is put onto the lower part of the tummy and angled down so that we are able to see the base of the pelvic floor.  We can then assess what happens when you do a pelvic floor contraction - does your pelvic floor lift as it should or does something else occur. This can help guide how we can then progress to help you.  It is also a brilliant reassessment tool, to see how you may have improved over time.

2. Pregnancy - having literally just had my second child, I know first hand how much preparing your body in pregnancy, and then making sure you get into the right exercises after birth, is vital to help support your body both at the time of pregnancy and birth, but also for the long term future.  This is something I am hugely passionate about. Younger women assume things will work out ok.....they don’t prioritise this small but essential part of their future wellbeing. Our physios will assess any issues, specific exercises will be set, and we have the most incredible pilates program for those that are able to commit a little more time.  No matter what your situation, how much time you have, and what constraints life is throwing at you, we can tailor something specifically for your needs.

3. Healthy aging - as we age, and especially as we travel through and into post-menopause, there are so many changes that our bodies have to endure.  And there is so much you can do to help age well.  No matter if you want to continue as you are and work on prevention, or you have never done a thing and think it is time to start we can help.  Don't leave it too late. Osteoporosis, balance and falls prevention, maintaining muscle mass - these are all things you can work on with hugely effective results.  You can work through an individually designed program, specific to your needs, in our small pilates equipment classes in the beautiful Physiologix private rehab area. Or we can design a program that you can take with you to the gym, or do from home.  

So ladies, spread the word about women’s health awareness, and that means, girls its time to think about yourselves, your health, and your future.  At Physiologix we look forward to helping support you, no matter what your journey.

Jaw Pain - Temperomandibular Disorder (TMD)

TMJJaw pain or tempomandibular dysfunction (TMD) can occur for many reasons, one of the big ones being stress and jaw clenching – so the “festive season” seems to be an apt  time to be discussing this topic given so many of us are under enormous stress levels at this this time of year (top tips to deal with this later in the article)!

TMD is a term used to describe pain and dysfunction of the muscles that move the jaw) and the tempomandibular joints (TMJ) (joint which connects the jaw to the skull). 

Symptoms of TMD include – full or blocked ear sensation, clicking, sand paper sounds, headaches, difficulty chewing, yawning and pain.

About 20-30% of the adult population are affected by some degree by TMD and usually affects people between the ages of 20-40 years of age. It is more common in females than males. It is the second most common cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. 

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Osteoporosis: Are You Doing the Best for Your Bones Physiologix Has Some Osteoporosis Advice.

DSC04054What is osteoporosis: osteoporosis is a bone disease which weakens bones and increases the risk of fracture. This occurs when bones lose more minerals such as calcium faster than the body can replace them. Bone is in a constant state of regeneration, removing old bone and replacing it with new bone. As we get older the body’s ability to replace bone slows down, therefore bones become weaker and thinner. The most common bones affected are the hips, spine and wrist. 

Who is affected – although more prevalent as we age, this is a condition that can affect all ages.  Certain other groups can also be affected, such as those with absorption issues, for example Crohn’s and celiac disease.  Young female athletes are at particular risk due to the hormonal affects that heavy training can create.  

Bone density is therefore a life-long commitment. From childhood, through adolescence focus needs to be on performing regular exercise that includes impact loading, such as gymnastics or squash. If neither of these appeal then impact aerobic based exercise is good such as step or grit classes run in many of the gyms.

As we go through our 20s, 30s and 40s it is important to continue with this regular impact loading.  It should be noted that running is not considered a high impact activity.  It does indeed have a greater osteogenic (bone creating) affect than walking, but it is not as good as jumping related activity.  

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Kirsty Co-Founder Behind the hippainhelp.com Website

HPH Banner Web facebookGot hip or pelvis pain?

3 years in the making, hippainhelp.com is a website, that Kirsty and 2 of her colleagues, Dr Alison Grimaldi and Sharon Hennessey have put together. This is a one stop shop to learning all about issues around the hip and pelvis, their potential causes, and the treatment options available with best current research evidence. 

The site was born out of the frustration of clients coming to us having been told many incorrect things, "fake news", about their injury and its management

Not due for official launch until mid November, the website is now live and freely available to the public. If you, friends or family suffer from hip or pelvis pain, we would really love your feedback.

Jump on and take a look at hippainhelp.com

Physiologix and our staff remain at the cutting edge of all the latest research, treatment techniques and technology in the management of hip and pelvis pain.  We hope this is a site that helps better guide the general public about the whats, the what nots and the how tos of hip and pelvis pain.


headacheHeadaches are very prevalent worldwide and often come at a high cost personally, financially and socially, having a significant impact on quality of life for many people. At Physiologix, we have a Musculoskeletal Physio (with a special interest in treating spinal issues, including neck pain, headaches and dizziness) tells us a bit more about that thing that plagues so many of us, HEADACHES.

Treating headaches is complex. There a many different types of headaches which can be categorised into three main groups. Primary headaches are caused by what is know as 'independent pathology'. This includes migraines, tension type headaches and cluster headaches. Secondary headaches are caused by another disorder known to cause headaches. This includes trauma, meningitis, medication overuse and musculoskeletal disorders of the neck. Lastly there are cranial neuropathies/other types of headaches that do not fit into the previous two classifications.

Physiotherapy is known to be effective in managing headaches caused, or contributed to, by musculoskeletal disorders of the neck: these are known as "cervicogenic headaches".

However all the different types of headaches (primary, secondary and neuropathy/other) can cause neck pain. Although you may suffer from, for example, primary headaches such as migrane or tension type headache, these can result in a dysfunction in the neck, which in turn may contribute to your headache. Treating this dysfunction can help to reduce your headaches. Current research suggests that this neck dysfunction can even be a trigger for the onset of migranes, an added reason why it is so important to have the neck checked no matter what type of headache you suffer from.

Physiotherapists are experts in identifying and managing musculoskeletal dysfunction. Here at Physiologix, our physios performs a thorough assessment to enable them to determine the origin of your headache/neck pain, and to identify if a neck musculoskeletal dysfunction is contributing to your symptoms. This assessment is essential in determining the optimal treatment pathway for you.

Dizziness and Physiotherapy: Vestibular, BPPV and Cervicogenic

dizzinessDizziness is one of the very disabling conditions that at Physiologix, unfortunately, we all too often treat.

Dizziness is a common problem and may have numerous different causes some of which can be helped with physiotherapy.

The most common cause of dizziness is from dysfunction within your inner ear (vestibular system) such as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). Common symptoms include dizziness when changing position like rolling in bed, bending forwards or turning your head. This dizziness usually subsides quickly.

Other disorders of the vestibular system include vestibular neuritis caused by inflammation of the nerve that supplies the inner ear. This causes dizziness that does not subside. Meniere’s disease is dizziness usually secondary to recurrent ear infections and can result in fluctuating hearing loss.

Dizziness can also arise from neck problems. Symptoms of neck related dizziness include neck pain, light-headedness, increased dizziness in prolonged head positions such as poor posture sitting at a computer.

Dizziness could also indicate dysfunction in other body systems such as the cardiovascular and neurological systems or can occur following head injury/concussion.

The cause of dizziness can often be difficult to diagnose and requires thorough examination. Physiotherapists use several tests that can help with diagnosing and directing treatment.

Physiotherapy has proven to be a very effective form of treatment for many of the above causes of dizziness. At Physiologix, we have staff that are a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, with a special interest in the spine (necks and lower back), headaches and dizziness.

Top Tips to Mark World Continence Week

Correct toilet position with words and copyright 2018To mark World Continence Week, Megan Bergman, our physio working with Women’s and Men’s Health brings you 3 great tips on a subject that affects a huge number of the population, from elite teenage athletes to the more mature members of our community.  

Top Tip 1:  Healthy Bladder Habits

These are some easy habits to practice that help to avoid issues with continence throughout your life.

  1. Drink enough water. 1 to 1.5L per day and more if you are exercising 
  2. Eat well. Good bowel function goes hand in hand with healthy bladder and avoiding too many processed foods keeps the bladder happy
  3. Sit on the toilet in the correct position ensuring your tummy completely relaxes and never strain to empty
  4. Avoid just in case wees... Void volumes should predominantly be between 350 to 500mL for most wees.
  5. Exercise regularly to maintain ideal body weight

And finally ….

  1. Do pelvic floor exercises regularly to keep the muscle strong and active

TopTip 2:  Pelvic floor

We know that pelvic floor exercises are important in helping maintain continence, particularly as we age…. but how do we do them, when do we do them and how many and for how long??

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Pilates - For Strength, Flexibility, Posture, Pain Reduction and Bone Density

dsc03783Want to:
·      Increase your muscle strength and tone ( particularly of your abdominal, lower back, shoulders, hips and buttock muscles)
·      Improve your flexibility?
·      Prevent injuries related to muscle imbalance?
·      Improve your posture?
·      Improve your bone density?
Then equipment pilates is for you. Physiologix now offering Pilates for Strength and Fitness.  With Pilates no longer available through Private Health Cover, Physiologix is delighted to be able to offer Small Pilates Equipment Fitness Classes run by Luisa, a qualified pilates instructor.

Use state of the art pilates reformers and feel your body work in this great class, ideal for improving all over body fitness and strength, with a particular focus on the core.  No matter you age, ability or level of fitness, Luisa can cater for your individual needs.

Luisa holds a Diploma in Professional Pilates Instruction (PITC) and is a qualified Buff Bones Instructor. She also holds Certificates 3 & 4 in Fitness having worked as a Personal Fitness Trainer, Luisa understands the body and the way it functions extremely well. Luisa is well equipped to assist people in making a positive change in their lives, with her experience in the fitness industry, she has the skills and knowledge to help people achieve their goals.

After discovering the many and varied benefits of Pilates through needing a natural therapy for neck and back pain, Luisa has since gone on to become a fully qualified instructor so she can empower other people to move and strengthen their own bodies. She believes when you learn about your posture and the way you move, it brings about awareness and discovery.
Luisa feels Pilates is for “every body” – age or ability is no barrier. Luisa is a breast cancer survivor, having had 2 diagnosis over 10 years and ongoing treatment. She has an incredible inner strength, self-belief and determination, that has seen her recover and come out stronger. Luisa wants to be a motivator and role model for her clients, whether they are facing health issues, challenges or have a particular goal in mind they want to achieve, she can show you what it takes to be successful. She is living proof that anything is possible!

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How to Sit Well at Your Computer  ( And at School)

IMG 0228Too often at Physiologix we are seeing injuries in kids at school due to bad posture.  This results in pain for the child, the taking of pain relief medication (not good for the stomach, liver or kidneys long term) and some costly physio bills.  As parents, making sure your kid’s posture is good when doing their homework and encouraging them to take regular break to get up and move can make a huge difference.  At Physiologix we believe prevention is always better than a cure – please read on below but if you have any questions, feel free to call us on (07) 3511 1112 or email us from the contact us page of our website.

Sitting for long periods has been proven to cause problems such as back, shoulder and neck pain.  Moral of the story - get in the habit of sitting well and get up often!
Use a reminder on your computer – set it to every half an hour. When your reminder goes off - roll your shoulders in small circles three times, move your neck side to side, twist your body around left and right, stretch your arms up in front of you, overhead and behind. While you are doing this, look off in the distance and let your vision blur to rest your eyes.
If you sit at your computer for longer than an hour- every hour, get up and go for a short walk 
Set Up Your Desk Correctly
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Back to School - Start by Giving Your Kids the Best Head Start

kids playgroundWith the start of the new year and then new term I am sure you are being bombarded by information and trying to decipher what is relevant and what is not.  

But 4 out of 5 primary school aged Australian kids are not doing the minimum recommended amount of exercise, an hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day; fewer still are doing any strength of weight based activities (1).

Its the start of the new school year and thats the perfect time to start new routines.

So what you may ask. Yet physically active kids have been shown to be more social and therefore better equipped for school. They are less susceptible to depression and anxiety and they display better memory and thinking skills.

Physically fit kids have been shown to have greater volume of grey matter in the brain, important for mastering the skills that help us get things done, learning, motor skills and visual processing (2).

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The Best Initial Treatment for Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis

Screen Shot 2019 01 09 at 7.27.11 amOsteoarthritis (OA) is the most common lifestyle disease in individuals 65 year of age and older, but can also affect individuals as young as 30 years of age. It can begin for no obvious reason and the symptoms vary over a number of years. OA effects the joints wherein the cartilage on the ends of the bones degrade and thin. It most commonly affects the knee, hip and hands. People with OA of the hip or knee may experience the following symptoms and difficulties with activities of daily living:

  • Knee pain and/or stiffness with weight-bearing.
  • Crunching or clicking noises in the knee
  • Difficulty walking up stairs or getting up from sitting. 
  • Hip pain located outside the hip or deep in the groin
  • Difficulty getting in and out of the car, putting on socks or picking things up from the floor. 

OA was previously thought of as a “wear and tear” and that the joint was worn out. This led many people to believe they cannot and should not be physically active with OA. This is not correct!! In fact, many studies have shown that cartilage actually needs moderate load through physical activity to regenerate itself. Exercise will make you feel better. 

gladThe current national and international clinical guidelines recommend patient education, exercise and weight loss (if needed) as first line treatment for OA.

Good Life with OA in Demark (GLA:D) represents a nationwide evidence-based initiative that follows the current guidelines for best treatment of hip and knee OA . Research from the GLA:D® program in Denmark found symptom progression reduces by 32%. 

Other outcomes include a less pain, reduced use of joint related pain killers, and less people on sick leave. GLA:D® participants also reported high levels of satisfaction with the program and increased levels of physical activity 12 months after starting the program. 

This program is unique in that the education and exercises provided can be applied to everyday activities. By strengthening and correcting daily movement patterns, participants will train their bodies to move properly, prevent symptom progression and reduce pain

The program includes an assessment and physical tests performed by a trained GLA:D Physiotherapist, patient education sessions and a Physiotherapist supervised group or home exercise program performed twice per week over 6 weeks. The exercises are designed specifically for people with knee and hip OA with many level and progressions based on your level of pain and function. The idea is after 6 weeks you have the movement, quality and control needed to continue and become a part of your every day life. 

Had Pain for a While? Things you MUST Know

plank on reformer assisted smallWhen you first hurt yourself, known as acute pain, the focus of your Physio treatment will be to reduce the pain at that location using a barrage of techniques that we know will help. However once you have had pain over several months, known as chronic pain, things change considerably.  The local area you first hurt, although still feeling painful, actually often has very little to do with why you feel that pain. This may sound very complicated, however, it is actually a survival evolution. Our brains develop a “protective” pain memory. Unfortunately this is often movement related, so exercises you did initially, in the acute phase, when the hurt area was letting you know it was first injured, often down the line can become pain causing, simply because the brain’s protective shield it trying to now stop you moving at all for fear maybe you might get hurt again, not because you have actually damaged anything.

Once an injury becomes chronic, it is so important your Physio helps you understand the neuroscience of what is going on. Understanding your fears regards the injury is essential. This may be fear of having pain, but equally could be based on things that have happened to friends who have the same pain, or fear of the impact the injury may have on your life and your ability to do things. Mood can also affect your pain; is life very stressful at the moment, are things all in a negative place? And fatigue can also impact. Understanding all these factors that can affect your pain is essential. 
Then there is the fear of movement. Do you think “ I can’t move in that direction, that will cause my pain” or “I must move keeping a certain posture to avoid my pain” or “I must stop doing certain things to avoid my pain getting worse”
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The Best and First Treatment for Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis

hip and knee OAOsteoarthritis (OA) is the most common lifestyle disease in individuals 65 year of age and older, but can also affect individuals as young as 30 years of age. It can begin for no obvious reason and the symptoms vary over a number of years. OA effects the joints wherein the cartilage on the ends of the bones degrade and thin. It most commonly affects the knee, hip and hands. People with OA of the hip or knee may experience the following symptoms and difficulties with activities of daily living:

  • Knee pain and/or stiffness with weight-bearing.
  • Crunching or clicking noises in the knee
  • Difficulty walking up stairs or getting up from sitting. 
  • Hip pain located outside the hip or deep in the groin
  • Difficulty getting in and out of the car, putting on socks or picking things up from the floor. 

OA was previously thought of as a “wear and tear” and that the joint was worn out. This led many people to believe they cannot and should not be physically active with OA. THIS IS NOT CORRECT!!! In fact, many studies have shown that cartilage actually needs moderate load through physical activity to regenerate itself. Exercise will make you feel better. 

The current national and international clinical guidelines recommend patient education, exercise and weight loss (if needed) as first line treatment for OA.

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Does My Child have Growing Pains or Apophysitis?

AFL kidsAs they grow, many children will experience an aching in their legs otherwise known as "growing pains". Little is known about why this occurs. It is often at night and on days following excessive activity such as jumping and running. The typical areas to be affected by the front and back of the thighs, the back of the calves and the back of the knees. On these occasions heat and massage coupled with stretching can be very effective.

What we must be careful not to miss is apophysitis. Immature athletes differ from mature athletes because of their open growth plates in their bones. These don’t fuse until into their teen years. The apophysis is a point of bone where the tendon attaches from the muscle to the bone. Repeated traction caused by the contraction of the muscle as the child exercises can pull on this bone attachment site. Rather than the tendon or the muscle being affected, the bone is affected. Tenderness is felt over the bony point but can also spread in a wider area around this point, making differential diagnosis from general growing pains difficult.  Stretching and heat on this occasion can be the worst thing to do.  This is when an assessment with a physio is beneficial. They will help to diagnose the cause of the problem and on some occasions imaging may be warranted.

It is very common to have apophysitis where the calf muscle attaches to the heel. This is called “Sever’s”. The problem can also be seen around the knee in Osgood-Schlatter’s- this is where the quadriceps tendon attaches to the tibia, or shin bone 

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Concussion in Children

Concussion in ChildrenConcussion is a traumatic brain injury. More severe injuries include skull fractures and bleeding on the brain. Concussion may be more mild but should not be underestimated.  It is an injury sustained by a blow to the head, in Sport or play, usually from the blow with another persons head or the ground. The forces are transmitted to the brain, in a way stunning the nerves and thus affecting the ability of the brain to work.

Concussion in children generally must be treated differently to that in an adult. Children’s brain are growing and developing. They have a need to continue to learn and aquire knowledge. As such the priority is to see them back to full school capacity before returning to sport. Because concussion can affect your child’s ability to learn and interact in the classroom, medical clearance should be sought to ensure your child has no ongoing concussion effects and can return to school.

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Pain at the Side of your Hip? Are you Doing the Best Thing for it

Pain at the side of the hip can often be as a result of aggravation of the gluteal (buttock) muscle tendons as they run over the bone, the trochanter. Names such a trochanteric bursitis and tendonopathy may have been used. Sometimes it is misdiagnosed as sciatica or pain from the back. The pain can be as disabling as severe osteoarthritis

The pain over the outer aspect of the hip is worse often with lying on the affected side, getting up after sitting, walking or running especially if uphill or up stairs. If this is you, it may well be you are suffering from “gluteal tendinopathy” or “trochanteric pain syndrome”, the terms now used medically

Until recently little was know about this condition, and even less about how to treat it. Physiologix is one of Brisbane’s leading hip injury clinics. They were one of just a few physio practices gathering data on this condition for a worldwide, first of its kind, massive trial running in Brisbane and Melbourne. The study compared 3 groups over a year. 1: exercise and education group, 2: a cortisone injection group, 3: a wait and see control group. The results have just been published in one of the worlds leading research journals, The British Medical Journal.
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Competing in the Invictus Games

Scott MacLean, a long time Physiologix client, came to us last year, having been selected to compete at the Invictus Games to be held in Toronto 2017.  The Invictus Games is an international adaptive sport competition using the power of sport to motivate recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding of the sacrifices made by the men and women who serve their country.  Scott was selected for the archery event, not just as a competitor but as Australia’s Archery Captain.

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Whiplash is an injury that occurs to the spine, especially the neck, with sudden rapid movement.  This is usually after a car accident, but can occur with collisions in sport or with a blow to the head or body.

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Pilates The Perfect Way To A Better Body!

Physiologix is now offering a much larger range of sessions. All the Pilates is run and supervised ONLY by highly qualified and experienced physiotherapists. Firstly they will ensure you are able to activate your deep muscles correctly using ultrasound imaging, cutting edge technology. This is essential if you are to gain the full benefit of Pilates.  They will then set up an individualised program specific to your issues, injuries, weaknesses and concerns.  You then have a range of options again depending on your confidence, ability and affordability.   Physiologix offers Pilates classes (max 6 people), smaller 3 person groups, orone to one sessions.  The sessions utilise specialised equipment and exercises to ensure recovery and strengthening of muscles essential to having a stable, strong body.

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Pain On The Outside Of Your Elbow?

Tennis elbow (TE) is the most common elbow condition we see in the physio clinic. It is characterised by pain on the outside of the elbow and most prevalent between the ages 30-60. Although common in tennis players you do not need to have played tennis to get this condition. It is caused by an acute or progressive overload to the common extensor tendons in your forearm that perform wrist extension or lifting the wrist up. Some examples of overload may include after a weekend of excessive gardening, a busy period at work of typing and mouse work, lifting weights incorrectly and technique problems during sports.

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Injuries in kids and teenagers. What parents need to know

The physios at Physiologix work with elite sport and therefore are all too aware of how specialised working with kids and teenagers is and how their injury types are very very different to those found in adults and a correct diagnosis is often missed by a less experienced practitioner.

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10 tips to stay injury free this running season

Queensland running season is in full swing with the GC marathon done and dusted, the Brisbane Marathon Festival close by along with Bridge to Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast Marathon all within the month of August. Remember not every runner will benefit from the same things so if you are dealing with a running related injury it’s advisable to seek advice and/or treatment from a physiotherapist.

Here are 10 tips to stay injury free this running season:

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Which Bag is Best?

Bag’s – we use them day to day, we use them when we travel. Our kids carry them every day to school. But the wrong bag, or carrying a bag the wrong way can have dire consequences.

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Some Simple Ideas For Managing Back Pain

Gena Wallis (Physiotherapist) has joined the Physiologix Team, upstairs at the Gap Health and Racquet Club.  Physiologix specializes in individualized, hands on solutions from experienced therapists with expertise. Gena is currently completing her Masters in Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland. She has a special interest in spinal injuries and with over 5 years teaching clinical pilates she has been involved in extensive rehab of these injuries, often including surgical recovery.  Here she discusses some simple ideas to deal with back pain.

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Better Golf Swing? Swim Faster? Hit The Ball Harder? AND Stay Injury Free This Summer

Golf, swimming and tennis (or racquet sports) have much in common. As a physio consulting at the National Tennis Academy and working at the Australian Tennis Open, Kirsty McNab’s (based in The Gap at Physiologix) job as a Sports Physiotherapist is not only to treat injuries, but to screen to prevent them and in doing so also ensure a stronger, more effective and efficient, better performing athlete. And there is much we can all learn from this and integrate with our exercise.

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Australian Physiotherapists Leading the World in Research.

Physiologix Therapy Solutions prides itself on having experienced staff with a high level of expertise.  They utilize the most up to date, hands on and exercise treatment skills. A component of this is being involved in research.  This newsletter updates you on three major research trials in which Physiologix is currently involved and the evidence that has emerged from these trials thus far.  Several of these trials will help to provide information that will be world leading in providing direction of the best treatment strategies of certain conditions. Australian physiotherapists are at the cutting edge of musculoskeletal research, and it is exciting to have this practice, here in The Gap, so involved.

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Mind Your Back

Lisa Southgate, a Physiologix Client, writes about her personal battle with back pain (published by Queensland Writers Centre), caused mostly by her occupation, sitting at a computer! She decided enough was enough and came to Physiologix for physio treatment to learn what she could do to change her situation. Here is how she became pain free through exercise and good self management. Thanks Lisa for sharing your story.


Bunions Get Your Big Toe Into Line!

Bunions, or Hallux Valgus if you want the medical term, are a condition where the metatarsal bone of the foot and the first bone of the big toe, the proximal phalangeal, start to change angle so the big toe starts to point in towards the other toes. Long term it develops to become a very painful condition making it hard to walk and uncomfortable to wear many pairs of shoes. Eventually surgery is often required, an operation that requires a fair bit of pain (feet are very sensitive) and a long rehab stint. Not wanting to go down this path? Can we do anything to help prevent the condition worsening? Of course you can.

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The “Good Enough” Workout

 As we round the corner into winter, it’s easy to hibernate and let workouts fall to the wayside.  I challenge you to break this routine this year, and fill the gaps with the “good enough” workout (as inspired by Dr. Peter Janiszewski, Obesity Panacea). 

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Are i-phones the Next Overuse Injury Epidemic

Please read the article below (written brilliantly by Michael Prain) and pass it on to all the parents you know. We have to think about what the i-technology era is doing to our own and more importantly our kids spines. If we don't look after our children's spines now, we are setting them up for a future of bad health, headaches, pain, medications and health practitioner visits, possible disability and difficulty working.....the list goes on.

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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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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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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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Pilates: Perfect For a Fit and Healthy Body

How are those New Year’s resolutions going? Getting fit and healthy has been the aim for so many of us. Exercise should be seen like a balanced diet: you need bits of everything, cardio, strength, balance, flexibility to name a few.

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Christmas Travel Tips From Physiologix!

With the festive season and summer holidays under way, many of us are thinking about taking little (or big!) adventures to visit family, check out a new little camping spot, or fly overseas for a little winter trip. Traveling can be hard on the body, and so we’ve come up with a list of PHYSIO travel tips to help you stay as comfortable as possible so that you can have a fantastic time with your festivities.

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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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Parents Ideas on How You Can Help Support Your Injured Child

Children and adolescents are a specialist age group for a physiotherapist to work with. On a physical level, their injuries are very different to adults since they have different pressures relating to their growth, hormones and the development of their still growing musculoskeletal system. They are also different on an emotional level. This means that it’s important to consider how these differences can impact on the support for your injured child. Here are some things we have learned in our practice.

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Its All About Balance... Literally!

 Balance could save your life.

Can you stand on one leg without holding on?
Can you stand on one leg while turning your head to look from left to right?
Can you stand on one leg with your eyes closed?

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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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A Pain In the Butt!

Do you have pain deep in your buttock muscle over your sitting bone? Insertional hamstring tendinopathy is a very medical sounding term for a condition that is very often misdiagnosed. The hamstring muscle is the huge group of 3 muscles that run up the back of the leg. They attach around the knee at the lower end and into the sitting bone at the top of the leg. The tendon is what attaches the muscle to the bone. It can sometimes rub on the sitting bone (ischial tuberosity) becoming irritated and sore. The pain is usually around the sitting bone and often refers down the back of the leg. Sitting can be a problem, especially on hard chairs. Walking up hills and stairs is also painful. People will often have to stop running or exercising due to the pain.

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Pins And Needles In Your Hands ? Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The carpal tunnel is a natural tunnel formed at the front of the carpal, or wrist, bones. Several different structures run through the tunnel including the tendons that run from the fingers and hand up the arm to the forearm flexor muscles. Also in the tunnel sits the median nerve.

When this nerve becomes affected in the tunnel, the condition is called carpal tunnel syndrome.

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