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Elbow pain? We can help!

Niggling pain in your elbow? Do lots of heavy manual work or gym junkie? Elbow pain is a very common complaint across the population, from extremely active sportspeople to desk workers. Extensor tendinopathy or Tennis Elbow as it is commonly known may be the cause of your pain. Tennis elbow is a repetitive strain injury affecting the point of where the tendons of your forearm attach at the elbow. This results in pain to theread more

Combating Muscle Tightness

Can’t seem to get rid of quartz quads or concrete calves. You’ve tried foam rolling until you cry, stretching like a gymnast, getting massages from every different therapist in town, put enough heat packs on to heat tasmania, but still tightness!! The benefits last in the short term but then it just seems to return. There could be an answer. Recent research suggests that treating the cause of tightness is the best way to increaseread more

Core Stability and Back Pain? Our “Better Back Program”

In rehabilitating the lower back from pain, it is very important to restore full range of motion to an injured or unstable area of the body before starting on a strengthening program.  Long term back pain is not only caused by unstable muscles of the core unit, but also due to stiff and inflexible joints and muscles. It makes sense to address this issue with equal importance. At Active Physio Health, we have designed aread more

Active Physio Health’s Research Update | How to Avoid Hamstring Strains

With the football and netball seasons in full swing it is rare to open the sport section of the paper and not read about a player being ruled out of a match due to hamstring strains. In fact this is one of the most common injuries that we see at our Active Physio Health clinics, so it stands to reason that we would take great interest in studies involving hamstring injury prevention. A study publishedread more

Core Stability Exercises for the lower back – Part 3 of 3

Last week, the exercises shown were on floor, or static exercises to improve core strength. This week, the exercises are progressed to dynamic. Floor / dynamic exercises To develop a good level of strength endurance in the major trunk muscles. Overall the level of these exercises is intermediate to advanced Active straight-leg raise Overview Requires a strong static contraction of the abdominals to stabilise the lumbar spine against the load of the legs. It alsoread more

The Most Common Golf Injuries

Golf is an enjoyable sport. It doesn’t seem to be too rigorous on the body, but injuries continue to happen. According to the The Physician and Sports Medicine Journal, on average golfers sustain two injuries per year, and lose five weeks of playing time. Common causes of injuries among professionals are overuse, but among the amateurs (I am most certainly in this category) problems are more commonly due to poor technique, especially in swing more

Hamstring tendonitis: Devastating but treatable

Hamstring tendonitis is a tricky injury and demands caution when treating it. Most people throughout some stage of their sporting life have probably felt a twinge or slight pull in the back of the leg, which may be hamstring tendonitis (the better option than a tear). Goals of treatment and rehabilitation Control inflammation early, and protect the injured muscle to promote healing. When able, start light strength, flexibility, balance training, and muscle imbalances. Sport-specific activitiesread more

What are Heel Spurs?

Heel spurs are small hook shaped, bony growths that originate underneath the heel bone “Calcaneus”.  It is not known why these spurs occur in this area but there is evidence suggesting that they maybe related to another foot condition called Plantar Fasciitis.  The Plantar fascia is a thick, flat tissue underneath the foot that connects the toes to the rear of the foot which also forms the arch of the foot.  Plantar Fasciitis is when thisread more

What is Sciatica?

While sciatica is most commonly a result of a lumbar disc herniation directly pressing on the sciatic nerve, any cause of irritation or inflammation of the sciatic nerve can reproduce the symptoms of sciatica. Aside from a pinched nerve from a disc, other causes of sciatica include piriformis syndrome, spinal stenosis, irritation of the nerve from adjacent bone, tumors, muscle, internal bleeding, infections and injury to the nerve. What are the symptoms?Sciatica pain can varyread more

Ankle Sprains – Are You at Risk?

One of the most common injures we see at Active Physio Health is the common ankle sprain – however – it is amazing how often this ankle injury ends up as a recurring injury leading to much pain and discomfort. I often say that “one of the best predictors of future injury is past injury“ – as a previously damaged  muscle, ligament or joint is often weaker and the patient may have returned to fullread more


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