14 Feb 2018

Ocean Swimming Warm-Up

Despite the increasing temperature of the ocean at this time of the year, it is still hard not to get a shock every time you plunge into the sea. Unlike swimming in a pool, it is more difficult to do a few lengths to warm-up when you swim in the ocean, especially when you hit […]

14 Feb 2018

Tips To Improve Dining Table Ergonomics

Working from home is no longer rare and more and more people are spending time on their laptops at the dining room table. Unfortunately the workstation set-up in this situation is often far from ideal! Read below for some tips on how to avoid back and neck pain when working at home: Happy arms Make […]

13 Feb 2018

Plantar Fasciopathy Update

I have had a recent influx of people presenting to Bend + Mend Darling Park this month with heel pain or Plantar Fasciopathy (previously called plantar fasciitis). Plantar fasciopathy is a generalised term for pain around the plantar fascia in the foot. The plantar fascia is the tissue that runs from your heel bone towards […]

9 Feb 2018

Imaging Explained Part Two: MRI And Ultrasound scans

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) An MRI scan is a non-invasive scan that uses a powerful magnet and radio waves to create images of your tissues. During the scan you will be asked to lie on a moveable table that will slowly pass through the donut shaped scanner to image certain areas of the body. The […]

8 Feb 2018

Imaging Explained Part One: X-ray And CT scans

When used appropriately imaging can provide valuable information about the different structures within our bodies. Unfortunately, imaging is only one piece of the puzzle and to form the whole picture first we need to think about the injury history and have a physical assessment. It is important to remember that imaging alone does not give […]

7 Feb 2018

Pelvic Floor And Exercise – Are Abdominal Exercises Ok?

This is always a very tricky question to answer as there are so many factors that will come into consideration. Traditionally, abdominal exercises are strongly considered to be a high intra-abdominal/intra-pelvic pressure type of exercise and hence been seen as a ‘NO’ type of exercise for people with pelvic floor issues. However, this is what […]

7 Feb 2018

The Bilateral Breathing Debate For Swimmers

Most swimmers have a side that they are most comfortable breathing to. Bilateral breathing is swimming jargon for breathing to both sides and appears to be a very controversial topic in the swimming world. Bilateral breathing is thought to help develop a more symmetrical stroke. Some argue that many stroke flaws may develop when you […]

6 Feb 2018

Mastitis

What is Mastitis? Mastitis is the inflammation of breast tissue, often caused by a blocked duct, that can lead to infection. It can be VERY painful and not a welcome issue for a new mum! Symptoms of Mastitis include: – Redness/soreness over an area of your breast – Fever – Flu like symptoms (feeling generally […]

11 Jan 2018

Update On Frozen shoulder

Frozen shoulder is still very poorly understood. This condition, previously called adhesive capsulitis, does not appear to have a clear cause. The shoulder joint is surrounded by a loose capsule which allows a large range of movement enabling actions such as reaching behind the back or above the head. In frozen shoulder this capsule becomes inflamed […]

9 Jan 2018

Five Reasons To Have A Dry January

New Year, New You! January is the time for taking those well thought out resolutions and putting them into action. For many the whole of December turned into one big (and alcohol fuelled) celebration ending with a bang on New Year’s Eve. Understandably having an alcohol-free dry January has become a popular resolution. There are […]