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 […]

1 Sep 2017

Pessary Use For Pelvic Organ Prolapse

What is a Pessary? A pessary is a silicone device designed to be worn inside the vagina to provide mechanical support to the pelvic organs. Pessary Effectiveness? – Most women can be successfully be fit with a pessary when they present with pelvic organ prolapse – Complications of pessary use are usually minor and vaginal […]

8 Aug 2017

Pessaries

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What is a Pessary? A silicone device designed to be worn inside the vagina to provide mechanical support to the pelvic organs. Pessary Effectiveness? Studies have shown: Most women can be successfully fit with a pessary when they present with prolapse Complications of pessary use are usually minor and vaginal discharge is the most common […]

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 […]

3 Jun 2017

The How To Of Handstands And Handstand Push Ups

Handstands are a very unnatural movement and are rarely performed except in the CrossFit and gymnastics realms. The main goal is to have enough strength in the shoulders to do a freestanding handstand and of course a free-stand handstand push up. BUT this takes a lot practice with the right amount of strength, stability and […]

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’. […]

1 May 2017

Pilates At Home – Leg Circles

A Home Pilates Program which complements your current Physio-led Pilates program in the studio is vital for ongoing effective management of various injuries. There are many benefits to Pilates and ‘leg circles’ is just one exercise which you could perform in the comfort of your own home. However, be careful because technique is imperative with […]

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 […]

19 Jan 2017

BACK TO SCHOOL: Get The Right Fitting Backpack!

Get your kids active and protect their spine with the right fitting school backpack! It has been suggested that 9 out of 10 children are not active enough; an alarming figure thanks to our advancing technology which is allowing us to stay at home and interact (or not interact) from the couch for hours on […]

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 […]