5 Jan 2018

To Lunge Or Not To Lunge?

Lunges are an extremely diverse exercise as there are so many different variations of lunges that help you target different muscles. Squats and lunges both target your gluteal, quadricep and hamstring muscles but lunges have the benefit of being a single leg exercise which develop your single leg stability more. Lunges require greater stabilisation so […]

2 Aug 2017

4 Reasons Why Everyone Should Practise Yoga

Yoga is an ancient practice that began over 5000 years ago in India. Originally it was a practice developed to unite the mind and body. Nowadays there are many varying styles of yoga; bikram, power, hot, hatha, vinyasa, yin and the list goes on! All of these styles of yoga can help you find balance and […]

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 […]

10 May 2017

Returning To Exercise After Injury: Going Through Rehab As A Physio

Hi, my name is Kirsty and I have injuries. As a Physio this is hard to admit, because we are all perfect, right? Prior to my injuries, I was running 2-3 times per week, going to the gym 4 times per week and doing Pilates 3 times per week. In August last year I developed […]

4 Apr 2017

Should you stretch before exercising? Part Two

In the first part of this blog we looked at the available research and found evidence to firmly challenge the historical notion that stretching is necessary before exercise. But does that mean all pre-exercise limbering up is a bad idea? No, I don’t think so. Doing scientifically tight experiments to really prove/disprove things in real humans […]

9 Mar 2017

Should You Stretch Before Exercising?

If you’ve read anything on this topic in the past fifteen years or so, then you’ve already heard what I’m about to tell you. But if not, here’s a bombshell to kick us off: you don’t need to stretch before exercising. I’m not really one for bombshells though. Black and white statements like that, though […]

28 Feb 2017

Chicken Winging In The Golf Swing

What is “Chicken Winging in the Golf Swing”? Chicken Winging is the inability to keep the lead elbow extended through the impact area. This swing characteristic makes it difficult to develop speed or power and tends to put excessive force on the outside of the elbow joint. It is quite common for golfers with chicken […]

22 Jan 2017

CrossFit: How Risky Is It And How Do We Prevent CrossFit Injury?

CrossFit is a type of exercise where the programs involve constant variability of high-intensity functional movements with the goal of optimising physical proficiency across a number of domains including: cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy. While all exercise and sport can create injury, it seems that CrossFit […]

3 Nov 2016

Hamstring Tendinopathy: A Real Pain In The Butt!

A common running injury we see here at Bend + Mend is proximal hamstring tendinopathy. Patients generally come in complaining of deep buttock pain or upper thigh pain. This pain originates from where the hamstrings attach onto the “sit” bones (aka your ischial tuberosities) of your pelvic bone. This deep pain usually comes on gradually and […]

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 […]