So, you want to take up cycling. That’s great. Now you’ll need some cycling tips. Cycling has so many health benefits like improving mental health, it builds muscle, boosts brainpower and promotes better sleep. Cycling should also be fun. We’ve compiled some useful cycling tips for beginners to make cycling safer and more enjoyable.
Set your seat height right
Of all the cycling tips out there, this one is pretty important. Experiencing pain in the front of your knee? Your seat might be too low, causing you to under-extend during your...
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Women, take the time to get to know your breasts. The best chance of surviving breast cancer is finding it early. Finding breast cancer early means there are more treatment options and the chances of survival are greatest. It’s important for women of all ages to know what they can do to help find breast cancer early.
Breast awareness is important for women of all ages, even if you’re having regular mammograms.
Take the time to get to know your breasts as...
A proven way to reduce stress, anxiety, and panic is to learn how to relax your muscles. It can also improve most stress-based conditions. When you’re under stress, your muscles tend to tense up. This is a natural mechanism in order to protect you from pain and injury when you’re in danger. Tension headaches, back, shoulder, and neck pain are so common. It becomes normal to have that pain, but it’s not. We have become...
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the main stabilising ligaments of the knee. When the ACL is injured the knee may feel as if it will buckle and give out. Tears or ruptures of the ACL occur frequently in sports:
- As a result of cutting, pivoting, or single-leg landing.
- Through a twisting force applied to the knee when the foot is planted on the ground or when landing on one foot.
- From a direct trauma to the knee, usually, the outside of the knee, as may occur in many contact sports, such...
Do you find yourself feeling like you’re all knotted up? Feel like you have a huge knot in your back? Muscle knots are incredibly common but common doesn’t mean they are normal or harmless. Found in your back, shoulders, and neck, they are a stiff band of muscle that has a hard knob in the center, known as the trigger point. The pain can pop up spontaneously or when the trigger point is pressed. But in all cases, muscle knots cause pain to radiate beyond the trigger point into the surrounding muscles.
National Pain Week 2019
National Pain Week runs from 22-28 July. It’s organised each year by Chronic Pain Australia to support the needs of the many Australian’s living with some form of chronic pain.
Living with chronic pain can be a very lonely experience. Many people feel isolated and think that no one really understands. Carers looking after a family member or friend who lives with chronic pain play an important role in making sure that a person’s chronic pain is managed correctly.
What is pain?
Pain is an...
Breathing is affected by air quality, sudden changes in the weather and extreme weather conditions. While these changes may be noticeable if you have a respiratory condition, they can affect all people. You may notice that it’s easier to breathe in certain weather conditions or temperatures.
The lungs are amazing organs, evolved to warm and humidify inhaled air to body temperature and humidity without damaging tissue.
This warming and humidification of the air occurs rapidly, starting in the mouth and nose reaching the body temperature and 100% humidity before the air gets too deep into...
There’s more to strong glute muscles than aesthetics. Your glutes – the minimus, medius, and Maximus – are the largest and strongest muscles in your body. These three muscles work together to abduct, rotate, and extend the hip.
Without your glutes, you simply would not be able to stand up. You wouldn’t be able to walk, run, jump or even sit.
The glutes are designed to be powerful and strong. They join the upper body to the lower body creating a postural chain and control everything...
Trochanteric bursitis frequently causes pain and tenderness of the outer hip and thigh. Bursitis of the hip is the most common cause of hip pain. It makes it difficult for those affected to lie on the involved side, frequently causing difficulty sleeping. It also causes a dull, burning pain on the outer hip and thigh. Consequently, the pain is worse with excessive walking, exercise, or stair climbing.
The ischial bursa is located in the upper buttock area. Ischial bursitis can cause dull pain in this area that is...
Life is full of unknowns. Taking simple and practical steps now can get you ready for life at any age.
According to the World Health Organisation, musculoskeletal conditions that reduce mobility, dexterity, and functional ability, are the second largest cause of disability worldwide. Musculoskeletal conditions can have a damaging effect on your quality of life. These conditions affect your ability to participate in work, social activities, and sports. In Australia, 3.7 million people reported back problems in 2015 alone.
With these statistics and the burden of low...