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 […]

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 […]

29 Nov 2017

How To Do Your ‘Ballerina’ Exercise From Pilates At Home

The ‘Ballerina’ exercise is a crowd favourite amongst our Pilates attendees as it not only challenges your balance but also improves your hip mobility, glut activation and lumbopelvic control. Although it seems quite impossible to replicate at home as many of us do not have the luxury of having a Trapeze or Wunda Chair at […]

14 Nov 2017

Did I Just Break My Ankle?

Unless you’ve had your head in the clouds post Melbourne Cup wins, or your eyes glued to your phone as you walk along the streets of Sydney, it would be impossible to miss the masses of roadworks and uneven footpaths in our city. And with all those uneven surfaces the risk of ankle sprain and […]

27 Sep 2017

Marathon Training By A Physio

I am mid way through my marathon training and well-aware getting to the start line is still a way off. It’s three weeks until the big run and things have not gone to plan. Typical injuries that affect marathon runners include foot and ankle, calf, knee, hip, core and back pain (to name just a […]

15 Aug 2017

Pes Anserine Bursitis and Tendinopathy

An out of the ordinary running injury we see here at Bend + Mend is Pes Anserine Bursitis or tendinopathy. Pes Anserine is the combined tendon attachment site on the lower inside part of your knee. Three tendons from three different muscles attach here – sartorius, gracilis and one of your hamstring muscles (semi-tendinosis). At this attachment site is also a […]

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 […]

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 […]

30 May 2017

Runner’s Knee Pain

Coming into the Sydney running season we, as Physio’s, are inundated with lower limb injuries. Working in private practice particularly around this time of year is what I describe as ‘monotoknee’. Every third patient seems to present with a similar knee pain due to running, known as patellofemoral pain syndrome, or more commonly as ‘Runners Knee’. […]

29 May 2017

ACL Repair And Rugby

A common injury across all sporting formats, including rugby, is an ACL injury. But what happens from a physio point of view? What is the Physiotherapists role in all of this? For those not in the know, the ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) is one of four important stabilising ligaments of the knee. The ACL sits […]