Physical Health

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tears

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...

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Muscle knots

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. Typically found in your back, shoulders and neck, they’re a stiff band of muscle that has a hard knob in the center, which is 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.

 

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Pain Week 2019

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...

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How weather affects your breathing

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...

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Why strong glute muscles are important

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...

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Trochanteric Bursitis

Trochanteric Bursitis

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.

Ischial bursitis

The ischial bursa is located in the upper buttock area. Ischial bursitis can cause dull pain in this area that is...

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Are you ready for life?

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...

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Common sport injuries

Sporting teams across Australia are well into their seasons, therefore common sport injuries are occurring during training and games. Players are going faster and harder to position themselves in a good position after the first few rounds.

It’s important that from the beginning of the season that players listen to their bodies. Likewise, coaches shouldn’t push players beyond their physical limits. It’s also important to put into place the correct First Aid procedures for sports injuries when they occur.

Football, rugby, soccer and netball are all at risk of the same...

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Sleep and muscle recovery

Sleep and muscle recovery is so important. Unfortunately, muscle injury can happen to anybody at any time. It doesn’t matter if you are a world class athlete or only count taking the stairs as exercise. An injury can easily occur. If you are suffering from a muscle injury there are a few remedies to help speed up the recovery process. Sleep is a major aid in muscle recuperation.

What are minor muscle injuries?

A minor muscle injury usually consists of a muscle pull, strain...

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Parkinson’s Awareness Month

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month.

Parkinson’s disease is a misunderstood disease. Many people associate the disease with an elderly relative or the odd celebrity on TV. The majority of people understand it to be “just the shakes”. The reality is much different. Parkinson’s is a very individual condition with each person experiencing different symptoms.

Here are some statistics on Parkinson’s disease:

  • Parkinson’s is the second most common neurological disease in Australia after dementia.
  • The disease affects an estimated 10 million individuals worldwide – 100,000 in Australia.
  • 32 Aussies are diagnosed with the disease every day.
  • 20% of sufferers are under 50 years. 10%...

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