1 Dec 2017

My Knee Clicks…Is This Bad?

A common question I get asked in our Physio clinic is “Why does my knee click when I crouch down?” People often associate the clicking of a joint with having a worn-out bony surface, and therefore worry about causing more damage to their knee. There are many reasons for a knee to click. It could […]

29 Nov 2017

How To Avoid Making Your Hip Tendinopathy Pain Worse!

As research into common hip injuries progresses, so too does our understanding of how we manage this. One of the biggest shifts in research on Gluteal Tendinopathy is how we manage the injury. What we thought was best practice in the past might not be the best thing for it now. Tendinopathy of the Gluteus […]

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 […]

3 Nov 2017

How To Do Your Sidelying Gluts at Home 

No gluts no glory! I’m sure at some stage you’ve been told that you need to strengthen your gluts to help your hip pain, your lower back pain, your knee pain or for various other reasons. ‘Sidelying gluts’ is a Pilates exercise that can get your gluts firing like you wouldn’t believe. All you need […]

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! […]

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 […]

2 Aug 2017

Three Useful Exercises To Conquer ‘Shin Splints’ In Runners.

For an overview on the causative factors and clinical presentation of medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), also often known as Shin Splints, please click here. So, what are the main aims of exercise in the management of MTSS or Shin Splints? To improve load capacity of the calf To improve kinetic chain load capacity by […]

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 […]

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 […]