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 […]

15 Dec 2017

Achilles Insertional Tendinopathy

A recent patient of mine presented with long standing Achillies tendinopathy. Having not done well with an eccentric loading programme, Shockwave therapy or rest with his fair share of anti-inflammatory medication, he opted for surgical review to try and settle his pain in the hope he could return to playing Soccer one day. As part […]

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 […]

27 Nov 2017

The Importance Of Hamstring Strength To Protect The ACL

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), being the most important stabiliser of the knee, connects the femur (thigh bone) to the tibia (shin bone). It runs at an oblique angle from the back of the femur to the front of the tibia and its primary role is to prevent anterior translation of the tibia or posterior […]

20 Oct 2017

The Seven Best Exercises For VMO Activation: Early Knee Rehab

Vastus Medialis Oblique (VMO) is one of four quadriceps muscles. Your VMO sits medially or on the inside of your thigh. Its primary function is to extend the knee. Structure: The VMO is a muscle located in the anterior (front) compartment of the thigh. The other three muscles that make up our quadriceps are the […]

27 Jun 2017

Muscles You Need For The Slopes! Skiers vs Snowboarders

Its important when embarking on your first snow trip, or going back to the snow for the first time in a while, to understand which muscles you will be using and preparing them for the impact of the snow! Mulled wine, hot chocolate, peach schnapps, powdery (or slushy) white snow. In Australia it is a […]

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 […]

1 Dec 2016

5 Tips To Prepare Yourself For Soft Sand Running

Soft sand running is probably my choice of exercise when it comes to cardio training, whether it’s in the form of sprints or long distance running. Apart from being an efficient way to workout, it’s free, great for the mind, provides a stunning view to accompany it, as well as a hard earned swim at the end of it! […]

28 Nov 2016

Are You Daryl Braithwaite? Five Questions for a Pain Free Holiday

A holiday can be the best thing for your health. No desk, less stress and plenty of good wholesome activity. But there are a few things that might trip you up and leave you feeling worse for wear. Enjoy your holiday but avoid injury by answering these five questions. Are You a Thong Person? Don’t […]

1 Nov 2016

Muscle cramps – An Interesting New Theory For A Cure

Muscle Cramp Cure: An unexpected benefit of spicy food? As long as people have played sports, unexpected muscle cramps have been an Achilles’ heel for everyone from elite athletes to weekend warriors. For a long time it was thought that a cramp was the result of a muscle that was dehydrated, magnesium deficient, starved of […]