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 […]

22 Feb 2018

Patient Of The Month For March

Our Bend + Mend Patient of the month for March is the always energetic Angus! From Phoebe: Angus has been coming to Bend + Mend since 2008 for few different injuries. Most recently he returned with an unhappy low back which was limiting his ability to keep active. He is a keen cyclist and skier […]

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 […]

14 Feb 2018

Tips To Improve Dining Table Ergonomics

Working from home is no longer rare and more and more people are spending time on their laptops at the dining room table. Unfortunately the workstation set-up in this situation is often far from ideal! Read below for some tips on how to avoid back and neck pain when working at home: Happy arms Make […]

6 Feb 2018

Mastitis

What is Mastitis? Mastitis is the inflammation of breast tissue, often caused by a blocked duct, that can lead to infection. It can be VERY painful and not a welcome issue for a new mum! Symptoms of Mastitis include: – Redness/soreness over an area of your breast – Fever – Flu like symptoms (feeling generally […]

18 Dec 2017

It Hurts To Sit Down! Coccydynia

With Christmas holidays just around the corner, coccyx (tail bone) pain when your sitting can be a real pain in the butt…literally. Your coccyx is the last segment of bone at the bottom of your spine. This little segment is thought to be the remnant of the tail we once had. The coccyx consists of […]

30 Nov 2017

Travelling, A Real Pain!

With the holiday season coming up many of us (or at least the lucky ones) will be jet setting or travelling around the world. Unfortunately sitting for hours in cars, trains or on planes can often leave us feeling a bit worse for wear. Luckily, there are a handful of very simple exercises and tips […]

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 […]