29 Nov 2017

Understanding A Side Strain This Cricket Season

As the Ashes series begins, and the whites come out, what better time to explain a common cricket injury – the “Side Strain”Along with hamstring injuries, side strains are the most prevalent cricket injury in Australia, affecting up to 14% of pace bowlers per season. It seems the faster you bowl, the more inclined you […]

8 Aug 2017

Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)

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Did you know that 1 in every 3 women suffer from some bladder leakage? The International Continence Society defines SUI as “involuntary loss of urine on effort or physical exertion, or on sneezing or coughing”. SUI is the most common form of urinary incontinence and it occurs in activities that increase abdominal pressure such as […]

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 […]

27 Apr 2017

Top 3 Home Exercises For Pregnancy

Cat Stretch The cat stretch is great for mobilising your spine and stretching out tight back extensor muscles.  This is particularly important for pregnancy as the lower back continues to try and support your growing bump. Start on your hands and knees, with your hands underneath your shoulders and your knee underneath your hips, your […]

31 Jan 2017

Five Quick Facts About ‘Rectus Diastasis’ Or ‘Abdominal Separation’

What is Rectus Diastatsis? The increased distance between the bellies of the Rectus Abdominus muscle to allow for the enlarging uterus. Incidence? Based on current research, 70-100% of women develop abdominal separation in pregnancy. When does it occur? Generally between the 2nd and 3rd trimesters. Can anything be done to minimise it during pregnancy? – […]

1 Nov 2016

Reverse Spine Angle in the Golf Swing

When it come to the golf swing, what do we mean by “Reverse Spine Angle”? A Reverse Spine Angle is any excessive upper body backward bend or excessive left (for right handed golfers) upper body side bend during the backswing. This swing characteristic makes it difficult to perform the proper sequence of the downswing and […]

14 Oct 2016

Sleeping Hip Pain In Pregnancy

As your body changes with pregnancy, so does your posture. Your baby bump will gradually develop and slowly stretch out your abdominal muscles and bring your centre of gravity forward.  To compensate for this your lower back will arch more and your lower back extensor muscles become more active to cope with the increased load, […]

11 Aug 2016

Abdominal Separation During Pregnancy (Diastasis Recti)

What is Pregnancy-Related Abdominal Separation? Diastasis Recti (DR) is the term used for the separation of the abdominal muscles via stretching of the connective tissues in the midline (linea alba) during pregnancy. What Causes it? Pregnancy is the most common cause of DR. Its a natural adaptation of the body in order to accommodate a […]

28 Jun 2016

Early Extension In Your Golf Swing?

What do we mean when we describe people having “Early Extension” in their golf swing? Well, “early extension” occurs when the hips and spine of a golfer start to straighten up too early, which can be seen when the pelvis moves closer to the ball on the downswing. Early extension causes the upper body to […]

22 Feb 2016

Pregnancy Support Belts and Post-Pregnancy Compression Garments…Are They Worth It?

We spend a lot of time here at Bend + Mend looking after lower backs and pelvis’s, and training mums-to-be and new mums to use their pelvic floor muscles. But is there anything else you can do to help support your back and pelvis, or to reduce pain and make you feel better, before and/or after […]