27 Oct 2017

Patient Of The Month For November

Our stand-out Patient of the month for November is Rowan Fisher who first presented to Bend + Mend back in 2007. From Fiona: “The lovely Rowan presented to Bend + Mend way back in 2007 with lower back pain and issues with his right leg. He was, and still is, an avid cyclist and skier! […]

31 Mar 2017

Is Adverse Neural Tension Causing Your Hamstring Pain?

A common complaint among runners and other athletes is that niggling pain in their calves or hamstrings that doesn’t seem to go away after an injury. Most people are under the impression that “nerve” related pain has to be in the form of pins/needles, tingling or numbness. Nerve related pain or neural tension can actually mimic […]

28 Apr 2016

What Is Pubic Symphysis Dysfunction?

Feeling an uncomfortable pain at the front of your pelvis, that burns and gets sharper as you walk and move around? Are you pregnant? And in your second trimester? It could be pubic symphysis dysfunction! Your pubic symphysis is a strong ligamentous joint at the front of your pelvis.  It is where the two wings […]

26 Apr 2016

Patient Of The Month For May

Our Bend + Mend Patient of the Month for May is Russell Gripper! Check out Russell on the Trapeze table doing one of our more advanced Pilates exercises. He has great technique! From Russell: “I first started with Bend + Mend in April 2011 on the recommendation of a sports doctor who diagnosed a degenerative L5/S1 disc […]

31 Dec 2015

Mobility vs Stability in a Golfer’s Body

Many common golf swing faults can be traced back to the body’s inability to move and/or stabilise correctly. For example, it is often found that the hip joints and thoracic (middle) spine are limited in mobility or stiff. This means that the lower back will compensate and sacrifice stability to obtain more mobility. This abnormal motion […]

10 Jul 2015

Scheuermann’s Disease…”That Hunch In Your Back”

Scheuermann’s Disease is a developmental disorder of the spine, characterised by abnormal wedge shaped vertebrae in the upper back (thoracic spine). This sometimes leads to postural abnormality and excessive curvature, i.e. increased thoracic kyphosis or ‘hunch back’, of the thoracic spine. Less commonly, it can also be found in lower back (lumbar spine). These changes occur during […]

19 Dec 2014

Anti-Inflammatory Medication… Should or Shouldn’t I Take It?

As physios we quite often get asked this question. The short answer is – it depends on the type of injury. As a general rule I would say if you have JUST strained a muscle or a joint, such as the ankle or knee, and it is sore and swollen DON’T take anti-inflammatory medication. You […]

28 Nov 2014

Do I Need A Scan?

As Physiotherapists, we can refer our patients to have a variety of scans including MRI. But while modern scans can offer better quality images than ever before, the scan is not the whole story. In giving patients the best care, the skill and experience of the clinician will always be the critical element. Last week […]

29 Apr 2013

Sciatica – My Leg Hurts!

What is sciatica? Sciatica refers to pain that travels down the back of the leg from the lower back or buttock to the foot due to irritation of the sciatic nerve. It is often accompanied by back pain, but normally the leg pain is worse than the back pain.

28 Jul 2011

Pilates vs Yoga: Is There A Real Difference?

These days, Pilates and Yoga are often incorrectly grouped under the same banner.  A lot of my patients ask me whether they should do Pilates or Yoga?  Is one superior to the other, and what are the benefits of each?