29 Jun 2017

Why Split Squats Are Better Than Back Squats

Split squats are an excellent alternative to regular barbell back squats, or as the title suggests, a superior alternative in many ways. The split squat is normally performed with the rear foot elevated on a bench, causing the front leg to support 85% of the load. Although it is generally regarded as single-leg exercise, it […]

27 Jun 2017

Muscles You Need For The Slopes! Skiers vs Snowboarders

Its important when embarking on your first snow trip, or going back to the snow for the first time in a while, to understand which muscles you will be using and preparing them for the impact of the snow! Mulled wine, hot chocolate, peach schnapps, powdery (or slushy) white snow. In Australia it is a […]

27 Jun 2017

Is Your Thoracic Stiffness Limiting Your Shoulder Mobility?

Thoracic stiffness is a common ailment we see in the clinic and our current lifestyle of sitting at work, looking at laptops, tablets and phones might be to blame.  Looking down, rounded shoulders and a lack of mid-back strength all lead to your thoracic spine slowly stiffening up.  It won’t happen overnight but it will […]

27 Jun 2017

Patient Of The Month For July

Our Bend + Mend Patient of the Month for July is Julia Toomey who came to us after a skiing accident and is now ready for the slopes again! Well-done Julia! From Julia: “I hobbled my way in to Bend and Mend in a huge leg brace last year in July to meet Emma for […]

26 Jun 2017

Five Top Winter Activities To Stay Fit

1. Ice skating Apart from being a fun and social activity, it’s a great form of exercise that challenges your balance working your core muscles, as well as a form of lower limb strengthening. Be careful if it’s your first time! A couple of places in Sydney that have ice skating on offer include: – The Ice […]

8 Jun 2017

Why You Should Incorporate Push Ups Into Every Chest Workout.

What does your current chest workout look like? Bench press, followed by dumbbell press, followed by incline / decline bench or dumbbell press… see a common theme? The problem with this approach is it can lead to unhealthy shoulders by generally failing to activate the serratus anterior muscle  –  a well-functioning serratus anterior is crucial […]

3 Jun 2017

The How To Of Handstands And Handstand Push Ups

Handstands are a very unnatural movement and are rarely performed except in the CrossFit and gymnastics realms. The main goal is to have enough strength in the shoulders to do a freestanding handstand and of course a free-stand handstand push up. BUT this takes a lot practice with the right amount of strength, stability and […]

2 Jun 2017

The Balancing Act

I can’t count how many times I’ve heard ‘I have bad balance’. When assessing a lower limb injury, I often look at someone’s single leg balance. When I do this, I am looking at how well a person can stabilise through their foot, ankle, knee and hip. What is balance? Balance is the ability to […]

1 Jun 2017

Pilates ‘Hundreds’ At Home – How Strong Are Your Abs?

Having time-efficient, effective exercises that you can do in the comfort of your own home can significantly assist in the treatment and ongoing management of various injuries. ‘Hundreds’ is a predominantly abdominal-based exercise that can be effective for individuals suffering from lower back pain, hip pain, neck pain, post-natal care and many other injuries. If […]

30 May 2017

Patient Of The Month

Congratulations to our Patient of the Month for June – Stuart Raynes. From Libby: “Stuart’s been a diligent Pilates devotee at our clinic since 2010, I think he’s been lucky enough to do Pilates with all of our Physios, or they’ve been lucky to have him in their class. He first came to Bend + […]