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

Not Only “Just An Ankle Sprain”

One of the most common injuries we see in our Physio clinic is the lateral ankle sprain. Whether you went over on your ankle on your lunchtime run, or stepping out of the pub, there are some weird and wonderful ways people have managed to sprain their ankle, and we have seen them all.  What […]

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 […]

21 Jun 2018

Morton’s Neuroma

Feel like you have a stone in your shoe? It could be Morton’s Neuroma. What is Morton’s Neuroma? Are you experiencing pain under your foot? Does it feel like you are walking on a stone? If so this is what Morton’s neuroma can feel like. A neuroma is typically a benign tumour of a nerve. […]

13 Jun 2018

Why We Are Physiotherapists

A patient asked me this week – why we chose to become Physiotherapists, an interesting question and one we frame to ourselves in varying tones given the mood of the day! Everybody knows someone who wanted to be a Physio and we all have different reasons like inspiration growing up from a specialist therapist, or […]

25 May 2018

City 2 Surf Is 12 Weeks Away, Your Training Program For The Beginner

For those who are unaware the City2Surf race is a mid-winter staple. What better way to get out and exercise than to join the mass pilgrimage from Hyde park to Bondi Beach and explore this beautiful city through another means of transportation. Be it running, walking or otherwise it is a great event to be […]

11 May 2018

When Should I Worry About My Lower Back Pain?

Lower back pain can be a really frustrating condition that can range from a mild niggle to 10/10 pain. There are many causes of lower back pain, and it can be hard to tell when it’s ‘serious’ and when it’s not. The simple answer to whether your back pain is serious is – if in […]

19 Apr 2018

Tips To Increase Your Incidental Activity

With our busy city schedules it can be difficult to find time to hit the gym or head out for a run, so unfortunately exercise often gets put in the ‘too hard basket’. Below are some helpful tips on ways to increase your incidental activity that won’t dramatically impact your normal routine. Because ultimately, any […]

15 Mar 2018

Tips To Avoid Hamstring Strain During Pre-Season

As an avid Sports Physio, I am constantly inundated with questions from players on how to avoid injury or pain, usually during pre-season training. A common concern of older players is how to avoid pulling a “hammy”. During this pre-season to date, I have seen at least one hamstring injury per week, so I have […]

14 Mar 2018

Stop Stretching Your Insertional Tendinopathy!

Lack of stretching can cause injury, and often people think the cure for that injury is to stretch it out. Well, I am here to tell you that not all injuries benefit from stretching. In fact, some are actually made a lot worse by stretching. Insertional tendinopathy is one example of an injury that is […]