Five Exercises to Assist Headache

As many of you would know, your neck can be a source of headaches and migraine. Hands-on physio treatment can help ease the pain and help reduce the intensity and frequency of headaches but there is a lot you can do to keep on top of things.If you suffer regular headaches or always feel tight …

Magnesium and Massage

The Amazing Hero Supplement- Magnesium! I’m sure you may have heard a little about this humble mineral-but I bet you did not know these amazing facts and the real importance of it being a vital mineral in your everyday life!Magnesium is predominantly found in nuts, seeds, legumes, whole grains, and green leafy vegetables such as …

Gluteal Tendinopathy- A Real Pain in the Butt!

Gluteal tendinopathy is literally one big pain in the BUTT that can have a big impact on mobility and quality of life. What is it? Gluteal tendinopathy is a painful condition that affects the tendons that join the big glute muscles in our butt to the outer or lateral part of our hip.  Pain is …

Menopause and the Link to Musculoskeletal Pain

If you are a 40 to 50-year-old female,  you may wonder why everything suddenly seems to be aching.  As a physio, a large part of my day is spent trying to help the 40+ age females cope with a multitude of muscle, tendon and bone issues that have crept upon them as they approach Menopause. …

Planter Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain and can be very painful, limiting most weight-bearing activities. The plantar fascia is a  band of connective tissue that runs from the heel bone and attaches to the ball of the foot. The function of the plantar fascia is to transfer forces from the heel …

10 Tips for Pain-Free Spring Gardening

Spring has sprung and many of us head out into the garden. Gardening is a great form of exercise but unfortunately, it is a common cause of back pain. To enjoy pain-free gardening, consider the tips below from West Lakes Physio. Stretching backward after you have been bending forward and stretching out your legs after …

Tips for avoiding injury with Spring Cleaning and Gardening

The weather is improving, the sun is finally starting to shine, and we are all eager to get outside and get the garden spruced up and looking good. Unfortunately, this can be a shock for some parts of our body and can result in injury or soreness.  We have all been hibernating during the cold …

Coritsone Injections-What you Need to Know about Them

What is Cortisone? Cortisone is a synthetic version of the Corticosteroid hormone group known as Cortisol which is produced by the adrenal glands in our body.  Cortisol has many functions in our body.  It is increased in stressful situations and helps our body be ready to respond to danger and repair tissue.  It is a …

Cupping Therapy

Cupping! – What It can do for YOU & Why It is a Great Alternative Therapy Cupping was first introduced by the ancient Egyptians around 1500BC and has since spread to ancient Greece, China and the western world. In fact, Hippocrates recommended cupping for treating illnesses such as angina, menstrual irregularities and other disorders. Celebrities …

Is it an injury or just wear and tear?

What is Causing Symptoms? The central part of our jobs as physios is to work out what is causing our patient’s symptoms.  We need to determine if symptoms relate to an acute injury, or are they part of an aging process (wear and tear) that has now reached a stage where activity is challenging and …

Sleep and Sport Performance

As a physiotherapist, I make no claims to be a sleep expert.  However at a professional development course at the Australian Institute of Sport, I was very interested to learn about the importance of sleep to recovery and sporting performance.  What was also intriguing was just how much sleep some of the worlds top performing …

Total Knee Replacement

Hamstring Injury

The most common injury over the last 20 years in the AFL is the hamstring injury. Minor improvements in injury rates have occurred, mainly due to improved fitness training and better emphasis on injury prevention. The hamstring consists of three main muscles at the back of the thigh. There are two muscles on the inside …

Children’s Sporting Injuries

Children’s sporting injuries are common at the start of a new season. It is not uncommon for kids to do 5 or 6 days a week of their chosen sport, especially if they play for school, club and representative or academy teams. We commonly hear that 10 to 16-year-old kids are clocking up 10-12 hours …

Why do we get Muscle Knots?

As a Physio, we are often asked what are muscle knots or trigger spots, why we get them and how to get rid of them?

Five Myths About ACL Injury (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) Management

Osteoporosis

Turmeric for Arthritis