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The Foam Roller! A decade ago, strength coaches and athletic trainers would have looked quizzically at a 36-inch long cylindrical piece of foam and wondered, “What is that for?” Today, nearly every athletic training room and most strength and conditioning facilities contain an array of foam rollers of different lengths and consistencies. What happened to bring foam...Read More
Will My Clients Receive a Health Rebate from their Health Fund for a Pilates Session? Private health rebates for Pilates has been a topic coming up a lot recently and seems to create confusion amongst practitioners. Should clients claim for Pilates under a Physio extras item number or a Pilates item number? Click on the image...Read More
Supplements are a multi million dollar industry these days with almost everyone taking a multivitamin here or a probiotic there without really thinking through exactly why or what they are hoping to achieve in health benefits. In fact, there is some debate about whether supplements are necessary at all and indiscriminate supplementing is almost certainly...Read More
Following on from last month’s exercises for the calf complex, we are now going to look at ways to strengthen this area. The eccentric lowering exercises will also improve tissue length and tendon strength. (exercises over the step). You are looking for full range and a sense of fatigue but not pain. You need to...Read More
Breathing is controlled by our autonomic nervous system. This part of your nervous system controls bodily functions that are largely involuntary, for example pupils dilating in dim light and sweating when you get hot. When we are under stress our autonomic nervous system goes in to “fight-or-flight” mode. For our respiratory system this means an...Read More
Movement literacy is about expanding your repertoire of possible movements. If we were to limit our diet and eat the same few foods every day we could become malnourished. It is important for cellular health that we have a varied diet. We need all of our macro and micro nutrients to remain strong. This is...Read More
The body loves movement! The longer we stay in one position the shorter, tighter, more dehydrated and unhealthy our tissues become. In the absence of movement our tissues can become stuck together, literally! Small bonds of areolar tissue (connective tissue) form and bind our tissues together making them stiffer and less elastic. By following the...Read More
Scapular Stability A stable shoulder complex (scapula and rib wall) will provide the ability for easy motion of the shoulder joint and therefore arm. Optimal timing and positioning of the scapula is essential in shoulder joint health and preventing injuries to the rotator cuff. Reduced scapular mechanics go hand in hand with pain and dysfunction...Read More