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How many days a week should I run?

How many days a week should I run?

When starting a running program, it can be tempting when you are enjoying the new activity to want to get out there every day.    There is nothing nicer than a free activity that gives you an endorphin kick on a regular basis. Although the physiological...

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What do I need to start running?

What do I need to start running?

Starting running is a big step for a lot of people, particularly if life has got in the way for a while and exercise has generally taken a back step.   Put simply, to start running you need nothing more than Shoes are always a difficult one to recommend from a...

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Is there a genetic basis for running performance?

Is there a genetic basis for running performance?

The age old debate over nature vs nurture will always be a focus with development and potential for many aspects of human performance. In athletes it is well accepted that those who come from a family history of tall, strong people, will often create tall, strong...

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Compression Garments

Compression Garments

The jury is out with compression garments. Are they simply an example of good marketing to the average Joe? Or do they honestly provide the benefits that have been claimed whole heartedly by the companies who are making a lot of money from them. This article is a...

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LAPTOPITIS

LAPTOPITIS

“A condition where suddenly moving to home-based work on a laptop results in neck pain” Laptopitis has been rife in our community since about late March 2020. Seemed to coincide with some other stuff going on in the world! It is triggered by a few different things:...

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Neck pain and running

Neck pain and running

WHAT IS THE LONG TERM PROGNOSIS? The long term outcome for this is usually very good as the long term pain is not from running itself, so once you’ve found the cause or injury of the pain you can focus on fixing those elements which often improves itself nicely.NECK...

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Lower back pain in runners due to tight hip flexors

Lower back pain in runners due to tight hip flexors

Example core stability exercise.   LOWER BACK PAIN IN RUNNERS DUE TO TIGHT HIP FLEXORS Lower back pain in runners can come from many areas, however commonly it occurs when people run with an arched back.  This can be contributed by tight hip flexors; which...

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Biceps Femoris Tendinopathy (distal)

Biceps Femoris Tendinopathy (distal)

Tendinopathy occurs when there has been excessive loading of a tendon; generally for a prolonged period of time in runners. With Biceps Femoris Tendinopathy at the distal (knee end) of the muscle-  this injury generally develops due to an excessive increase in long...

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Bouncing back after Achilles injuries

Bouncing back after Achilles injuries

If you are returning to running after an Achilles or calf injury, it is so important to progressively increase strength in that area. One of the main ways this can be done is through improving your hopping technique. Stiffness of the foot and Achilles whilst running...

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The importance of patience and persistence

The importance of patience and persistence

Have persistence when it comes to running Injuries absolutely suck at the best of times. They never come at a convenient time and always have a way of messing with our mindset, especially if the injury hangs around longer than we hoped it to. Along with the physical...

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Why you should activate your glutes

Why you should activate your glutes

Glutes – the powerhouse of your body It may not feel like it for some, but the gluteus max (AKA the bottom) is the biggest and one of the most powerful muscles in the body. The glutes are responsible for keeping our torso erect, and controls the stability of the...

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Changes to Pilates in April 2019

Changes to Pilates in April 2019

How the changes to private health insurance may affect you As you may be aware, the Australian Government have made some changes to the structure of private health insurance, which will come into play in April this year. In short, many of the Natural Therapies will be...

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Lower back pain? Answer: Cupping!

Lower back pain? Answer: Cupping!

Cupping can assist lower back pain Cupping is the process of using a vacuum-like device to draw up the muscle and connective tissue into a cup. This has all of the same benefits of massage, except it is a negative pressure, rather than a...

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V-Scaps for your shoulder blades!

V-Scaps for your shoulder blades!

Do you suffer from a stiff neck or upper back? No time to exercise? Well, Cat, our Senior Myotherapist shows how even the busiest people can help improve their shoulder blade control and reduce their pain with this super simple exercise. V-Scaps: Bring the lower tip...

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Have I slipped a disc?

Have I slipped a disc?

Have I just slipped a disc? Oh no! Fear not! It isn’t the end of the world. Throughout our lives, we put our spine under pressure with everyday occurrences like household chores, sport, work, weight gain and direct trauma. This can cause the jelly-like disc to slowly,...

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Sick of cramping calves?

Sick of cramping calves?

How to build up your calf strength Have you ever wondered about our calf muscles, and what makes some people so susceptible to cramps and others not? Well, we all know our calf muscles are super important for our running speed. Plus, here’s a bit of trivia for you –...

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It’s normal to be scared of surgery

It’s normal to be scared of surgery

Fear and orthopaedic surgery Fear. It’s a strong word. Orthopaedic surgery. It’s a big deal.  Together they can be a vicious bundle, but one I have seen again and again. When we think of surgery, it’s hard not to think about the worst case scenarios. Perhaps you start...

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The BEST exercise to improve your running

The BEST exercise to improve your running

How to perform a Box Jump And how can this help your running? Running can be explained as simply one hop after another, where the calf and the Achilles activate together to create a spring, making us to move forward in a running motion....

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Don’t sit up straight!

Don’t sit up straight!

Wait...what? Don’t slouch, sit up straight! Isn’t that what your Mum would always say? What if I told you, there was no such thing as one ideal posture for your back? I bet that sounds pretty good to a lot of you who feel like you are constantly...

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To buy orthotics, or not?

To buy orthotics, or not?

The importance of foot mobility I hear a lot about people wanting orthotics, and how that will “fix their alignment issues”. But you see I don’t get that at all. As humans we have evolved from being always barefoot, to now having shoes on for most of our days. Do you...

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