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Getting the body (and bump) moving!

Just like during all stages of our lives, exercise during pregnancy is vital to ensure not only our physical but also our mental health. Research has shown that regular exercise during this time can have many benefits. Read more here. Read More

How can I improve my core strength? And is it good for my back pain?

The term ‘core’ can be used to describe a wide variety of structures around the mid-section of the body. For the purpose of this blog, the ‘core’ refers to the four abdominal muscles that sit between the ribcage and pelvis on the front and side of the body (this is probably the most common use of the term ‘core’). Read More

Pilates Explained!

Pilates has so many benefits for so many people. I have been teaching and completing my own sessions for 12 years. For those of you yet to discover the magic of Pilates let me share some information with you! Read More

Back at Thoracic

Most people have had some sort of neck or lower back pain throughout their life. But how many of you have experienced a sharp stab between your shoulder blades when you raise your arm? A deep ache that shoots around your side, or some pain when you take a deep breath? If so, you might have had a thoracic spine issue. Read More

Pain in Children Series (pt 3) – Shin Pain

In our first blog covering pain in children, we discussed niggling pain; the type of pain that comes on over time and doesn’t necessarily have a clear cause or mechanism of injury. Today we’ll cover another very common type of niggling pain in children; shin pain. Read More

Achilles Tendinopathy

Achilles tendinopathy (or tendonitis) is pain in the Achilles tendon, usually felt when doing activities such as running and jumping. Often symptoms will remain consistent over time as pain will usually limit you from doing too much. Does this sound like you? Read More

The best posture for me!

Throughout our years of education in school or growing up at home, we have been told to ‘stand up straight’ or ‘sit up tall’. I’m sure we can all relate to the time where your mother told you off for slumping over or your teacher routinely requesting everyone to sit up tall at assemblies. This slumping forward posture seems to be what we associate with as ‘incorrect’ posture and the ‘tall and upright’ posture seems to be the accepted ‘correct’ posture. I always hear patients tell me “I know I don’t sit in a good posture’ or “I know my posture is bad”. BUT, what if I told you that there is no correct posture!? Read More

Pain in Children Series (pt 2) – Niggling Knee Pain

In our last blog covering pain in children, we discussed niggling pain; the type that comes on over time and doesn’t have a necessarily clear cause or mechanism of injury. Today I want to talk to you about a very common type of niggling pain in children; knee pain. Read More

Shoulder Bursitis

Raise your hand if you have shoulder bursitis. Ouch! Did you know acute shoulder pain makes up 16% of the injuries that physiotherapists see each month? And that on many occasions, people with shoulder pain are referred for imaging such as ultrasound or MRI. BUT did you know that more than 25% of shoulders WITHOUT pain, show shoulder abnormalities on imaging, namely, subacromial bursitis and rotator cuff tears? Amy explains all here. Read More

Do Disc Bulges Get Better?!?!

Back Pain. Disc Bulges. Nerve Pinches. Sciatica. Surgery. These words are normally enough to make anyone shake in their work boots. Nonetheless back pain is extremely common and fortunately in the large majority of back pain cases there isn’t a significant muscle, joint, or disc injury and it is expected to resolve with good management between a few weeks, up to a few months. Read More

Kneed Osteoarthritis

What You KNEED To Know About Knee Osteoarthritis What is osteoarthritis? There is a lot of misunderstanding and confusion surrounding knee osteoarthritis. The condition is characterised by knee pain and functional limitation which is widely believed to be caused by “wear and tear” of the knee cartilage. However, what we are now learning is that knee osteoarthritis is influenced by a wide variety of whole body factors (e.g. activity levels, weight, movement patterns, stress, beliefs, sleep...

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Cupping Therapy

Cupping Therapy“Where there’s stagnation, there will be pain. Remove the stagnation, and you will remove the pain” Philosophy behind cupping therapy. Cupping therapy involves applying negative pressure directly onto the skin with the use of sterilised plastic or silicone cups, allowing for stimulation of the sensory nerves of the skin and increased blood flow into the restricted and problematic areas. Cupping therapy helps with breaking down of the damaged tissues that may be causing muscle...

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Pain In Children

Pain In Children We have many parents bring their children to physiotherapy for diagnosis, management, and treatment of their children’s sport-related pains. When should we be worried? We can categorise sporting pain in children into two; Sudden injury pain  ‘Niggles’ All sports have their risks for both types of pain. A gymnast can fall off a beam and sprain her knee and a footballer can develop knee pain over a period of time. “Caitlin, we’re busy parents, cut to the chase; what can we...

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Lower Back Pain with Lifting

Lower Back Pain with Lifting Back pain with lifting tasks is one of the most commonly reported issues we manage as physiotherapists. Pain with lifting can develop gradually or suddenly after one lifting event. Most people believe that low back pain, related to lifting, means their back is damaged and they need to protect it by avoiding certain movements and activities such as bending and of course lifting. The truth is, most cases of back pain are not serious in nature and may need some...

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4 Exercises to Help Reduce Knee Injuries this Netball Season

4 Exercises to Help Reduce Knee Injuries this Netball SeasonThe knee has now surpassed the ankle as the most common injury sustained by netballers.  The most serious of these injuries are ruptures of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) and this makes up almost 25% of all reported knee injuries.   To combat the rise in ACL injuries and keep players on the court for longer, Netball Australia has developed a netball specific injury prevention program called The KNEE Program.  The KNEE program...

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Hamstrung! As if almost on cue, the rain arrived over the weekend and signaled the beginning of another winter sport season. For many of us, this means nights either on the court or the training track as well as our weekend afternoons being voluntarily handed over in exchange for the thrill of the contest.  What many of us don’t realize is that after months of waiting for the cricket to finish, those muscles that we colloquially refer to as our ‘hammies’, will have also enjoyed the break...

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New Private Health Reforms

Physiotherapy: The Exception to the RuleHow will the new Private Health Reforms affect my Pilates classes? As you are probably now all aware, the Federal Government has released private health reforms which target alternative therapies.  Unfortunately, ‘Pilates’ has fallen into this category of ‘alternative’ therapy.  As a result of the reforms, Private Health Insurers are no longer paying rebates on such therapies, including Pilates. There was an important exception to this rule. ...

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School Bag Pain

Is My Child’s Schoolbag Causing Their Lower Back Pain?It’s a question that many parents ask.  Whether it be the size; shape; weight or the way that the child carries the bag (one shoulder or two), parents and health professionals have long associated these factors with episodes of lower back pain in children and adolescents. We have all seen it – tiny year 7 kids lugging overflowing backpacks to and from school.  The bag contains a full water bottle, a lunchbox, their heavy laptop/device...

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Shouldereeze Heat Packs

Shouldereeze Heat PacksHave you ever had a sore shoulder and really wanted to put some heat onto it, but found that the heat pack just didn't fit properly, or even worse, just kept on falling off and soon as you moved? Well, if that is you, then I have a brilliantly designed product for you. The Shouldereeze Heat Pack from Injureeze       Check out this heat pack. It's anatomically designed to cover the whole shoulder - not just sections of it, and the best part - it has...

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Lymphedema   Lymphedema refers to the swelling in an arm or leg caused by lymphatic system blockages. The blockages prevent lymph fluid from draining well and the fluid build-up leads to swelling. Signs and symptoms: Swelling of part or all of your arms or legs including fingers or toes Feeling of heaviness or tightness Restricted range of motion of the affected limb Aching and discomfort in the affected limb Hardening and thickening of the skin     Massage Massage can help...

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What Is Tennis Elbow

What is Tennis Elbow? Do you have to play tennis to get tennis elbow?  No! In fact only a small percentage of people who are diagnosed with tennis elbow actually play tennis! And the vast majority develop it from lots of other day-to-day tasks. I am currently seeing lots of this at the moment with people getting out in the garden. Picture this, you have a backyard full of pruning that you’ve been putting off and you decide this is the weekend you’re going to get it all done, and after hours...

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Pelvic Floor

Men & Women's Pelvic Floor    What is the pelvic floor? The pelvic floor is a group of muscles, ligaments and connective tissues which line the pelvis and surround the openings to our bladder, bowel and in women, the vagina. They are like a sling or a hammock that attaches to our pubic bone at the front, and our coccyx (tailbone) at the back. The pelvic floor also forms part of “the core” – a flexible and dynamic cylinder inside our trunk, along with the diaphragm (breathing...

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Miles For Mental Health

Miles For Mental Health   Marty Kallane is an inspirational man... a regular patient here at Midland, Marty challenged himself to an Ultramarathon fundraiser 'Miles For Mental Health' to support mental health with Headspace Australia. The Ultramarathon was 90KM from Toodyay to Perth. Marty and his Physiotherapist, Sal, worked together to prepare for the run, Sal treated Marty for the intensity of the run, talking him through his PB and applying 28 dry needles two days before run day!...

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Ankle Injuries

Ankle Injuries   Ankle injuries are very common injuries we see in the physio clinic. Only half of all ankle sprains occur during athletic activity which means you don’t necessarily need to be playing sport to hurt your ankle. These typically manifest with rolling or twisting the ankle out of its normal anatomical position and can be caused by stepping on uneven surfaces, tripping or falling or even landing awkwardly. There are many structures of the ankle and therefore many things...

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You Can’t See Pain on a Scan

You Can't See Pain On A Scan   As health practitioners, we are always trying to work out the best way to care for our patients. That’s our role after all. That’s why it is important to keep up to date, and from time to time, we find out new things that dramatically change what we recommend to our patients. Cast your mind back to many decades ago - smoking was considered safe, patients were given drugs that are now known to be harmful, and we even used to tell people with back pain to...

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Men’s Health Week – Good Night Sleep Tight

Men's Health Week - Goodnight, Sleep Tight!   This week marks the beginning of Men’s Health Week which aims to raise awareness and build stronger connections between men, their families and the health services. Improving men’s health outcomes is a two-way process involving men and their families engaging in health prevention and management strategies, as well as the health services continuing to learn, adapt and improve on the communication, support and effective treatment of men.  The...

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Lateral Hip Pain

Lateral Hip Pain   Pain at the side of the hip is a painful, frustrating and often debilitating condition.  Many people have had the pain for years but have had no success with treatment.  Others brush it off as the onset of arthritis and old age and put up with the pain. It can affect athletes, office workers and retirees alike. Luckily, over recent years research has shed more light on the condition and now there are evidence based ways to manage it. Previously called...

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Running Injuries

Running Injuries As many of you begin to prepare for the season of running events, first being HBF Run For A Reason, I wish to talk about running injuries and what we, as physiotherapists, generally observe in our injured running clients. If you have been plagued or hindered by numerous injuries or pains with your running, this post is for you. We all know that each individual is built differently and each has their own unique running style. Historically, physiotherapists have...

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Winter Sporting Injury

Winter Sporting Injuries A combination of cold weather and contact sports such as rugby, football and soccer, inevitably cause joint related sporting injuries, especially in the lower limb. Acute ankle sprains are among the most common sporting injuries, where a recent meta-analysis found that the incidences of ankle sprains were higher in female athletes and athletes of indoor and court sports.   Initial management post sprain usually consists of...

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Patellofemoral Knee Pain

Patellofemoral Knee Pain Patellofemoral knee pain is one of the most common disorders of the knee. It is caused by mal-tracking of the patella (kneecap) as you bend and move your leg. This incorrect positioning results in irritation and inflammation behind the patella which causes pain. Patellofemoral pain occurs as a result of: Muscle weakness of: Gluteal group Quadriceps Hamstrings Knee valgus (“knock-knees”) Tight structures: TFL and ITB (band of tissue on the side of your...

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Cervicogenic Headache

Cervicogenic Headache What are Cervicogenic Headaches? What a pain in the neck!  Headaches are extremely common, affecting approximately two-thirds of the population. There are different types of headaches including tension headaches, migraines, sinus headache and cervicogenic headache. There are many different causes for headaches, and triggers can be different for each individual. Headaches that arise due to abnormalities of the joints, muscles, fascia and neural structures of...

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Elbow Pain

Tennis Elbow Pain Many people who participate in recreational and professional sport can have sport related injuries. Sports like tennis, golf, baseball, and cricket can create injuries that cause pain and stiffness arising from the elbow joint. Which has an impact on the smooth function of the upper limb, that will affect a participant's everyday activities. At Midland Physiotherapy we have qualified therapists who can assist you with any sport related pain.   Tennis Elbow...

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