6 Sep 2018

Omega 6: Omega 3 Ratio And Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a thoroughly researched condition in health due to the high prevalence in society and unfortunately the debilitating impact on quality of life.  Knee Osteoarthritis is a very common condition seen at Bend + Mend. Our Physio, Alice has written two great blogs on What Osteoarthritis is, and some exercises to assist with Pain […]

22 Aug 2018

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Your Biceps

Summer is fast approaching and, as the adage goes…Sun’s out, guns out. Your biceps are an important feature in any body-building physique and men especially have been fascinated with their biceps for thousands of years (see all ancient Greek statues ever built). But what exactly is this all important muscle and what is it’s functional […]

21 Aug 2018

Free Weights Versus Machine Weights

As a Physio I’m often asked which one is better: free weights or machine weights? The answer invariably depends on your fitness goals and your level of gym experience. However, with a few caveats, I would say that free weights trumps machine weights overall. Here’s why. For the majority of people, the three main advantages […]

14 Aug 2018

Patient Of The Month For September

Our Patient of the Month for September…From training on the Parramatta River to rowing the waterways of Italy and Venice. Suzie Jones, a keen skier and rower is one of Bend & Mend’s long term clients. A nasty ski accident in 2008 (severed ACL and MCL, detached patella, torn meniscus, broken leg and torn achilles) […]

14 Aug 2018

ACL Reconstruction: The Pros And Cons Of Graft Choice

The overall aim of an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction is to restore stability to the knee preventing the forwards movement of the shin bone on the thigh bone and to provide rotational stability. In an ideal world the chosen graft should recreate the anatomical, structural and functional properties of the original ACL. There are […]

1 Aug 2018

ACL Rupture – Do I Need Surgery?

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) rupture get a lot of coverage in elite sport and can take players out of action for a whole season. At this high level an ACL reconstruction is performed quickly to ensure a rapid return to the players chosen sport. However, is this necessary for the rest of us? Just to […]

10 May 2018

The Best Warm-Up Exercises To Prevent Soccer Injuries

Most soccer players know that they can’t start a soccer game cold. Warm-ups are essential to preventing injury and playing your best game on the field. But what are the best exercises to do before a soccer game? How do you know specifically what drills and exercises are going to help prevent injuries? Over the […]

27 Mar 2018

How Can I Improve My Balance?

Many of us spend a lot of time training strength, endurance, flexibility or our fitness. However training our balance is often something we overlook. People often assume that balance is something that you’re simply born with or not. However balance is trainable just like strength. Improving your balance also has many benefits including –       Reducing the […]

22 Feb 2018

The Two Most Common Mistakes When Squatting

Squatting is one of the best whole body functional movements that works virtually every muscle. You know this because gym junkies, “instagram guru’s”, exercise physiologists, personal trainers and physiotherapists alike have been singing the benefits of this all encompassing compound movement for years. If you’re reading this blog we don’t need to sell it to […]

7 Jan 2018

As An Athlete Should You Use Ice On The Sidelines Before Returning To Play?

I previously worked with a rugby team and it wasn’t too uncommon to have players ice problem areas, and back up between halves or different games, before going back on the field. Did it effect their performance? A systematic review was completed in 2011 and published in the Journal of Sports Medicine in 2012 which reviewed […]