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Dynamic or Static Stretching? Which is best?

There has been an ongoing debate over the last decade as to what is the best type of stretching for sports performance and injury prevention: dynamic or static stretching? A definition of both dynamic and static stretching is required to answer this question: Sports Performance A recent review of the current research pertaining to pre-exercise static stretching by Simic et al (2013) found that static stretching prior to exercise can …Read More

How much can I increase running distance per week and still limit my injuries?

It has often been suggested that the 10% rule was the best amount to increase running distance. But this has been more based on clinical experience then research. A recent research paper published in the October edition of Journal of Orthopaedic and Sport Physical Therapy attempted to shed light on this topic. They completed a one-year study into 874 novice runners and looked at what was the safe amount of …Read More

Shin Splints: What is it and how can it be treated?

Shin splints is one of the most common reasons for exercise-induced leg pain. The incidence is as high as 6-16% of all running injuries. With summer right around the corner further awareness of the possible causes of your leg pain is essential in effective management and prevention. Shin splints, as it is most commonly called, refers to pain on the inside of the shin bone. It does not imply a …Read More

Sitting and Low Back Pain: Is there a right way to sit?

As physiotherapists, we very often get asked “how should I be sitting at work to prevent my back from getting sore”? Low back pain affects around 80% of Australians at some stage in their life, and it is the most common workplace health complaint. With an increasing number of sedentary individuals with back pain within the workplace, there has been a growing interest into the causes of low back pain. …Read More

5 Tips for Running Injury Free

With the arrival of Spring and some warmer weather more of us may be encouraged to venture outdoors to exercise. For most of us this may include running. Whether you are new to running or a well season runner follow theses tips from our physio Justin Merlino to help prevent common injuries associated with running and to keep yourself running injury free. 1. Effective Warm Up There is some speculation …Read More

What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy Defined Physiotherapy is a clinical health science and profession that aims to rehabilitate and improve people with movement disorders by using evidence-based, natural methods. “Physiotherapy can help recover from injury, reduce pain and stiffness, and increase mobility. A physiotherapist can also help you prevent further injury by listening to your needs and working with you to plan the most appropriate treatment for your condition, including setting goals and treatment …Read More