22 Feb 2016

Pregnancy Support Belts and Post-Pregnancy Compression Garments…Are They Worth It?

We spend a lot of time here at Bend + Mend looking after lower backs and pelvis’s, and training mums-to-be and new mums to use their pelvic floor muscles. But is there anything else you can do to help support your back and pelvis, or to reduce pain and make you feel better, before and/or after […]

9 Jan 2015

Exercise During Pregnancy

Whether you were a gym junkie or couch potato before you got pregnant, exercising during your pregnancy can be a challenge but it is definitely an important part of the process! If you think of giving birth like running a marathon (which it can be!) then you need to make sure your body is well […]

20 May 2011

What is Neural Mobility and how is it affecting my flexibility?

Neural mobility is an important aspect of flexibility, and may be what’s holding you back from improving your flexibility. Often that feeling of “tightness” or muscle tension we feel can actually be related to tension in our nerves (Neural Tension) rather than muscles.

20 May 2011

Why Do My Joints Click and Creak?

As a Physio, we commonly get asked, “Why do my joints click?”, or, “What is it that makes that funny clicking noise in my neck/knee/shoulder?”.  This is most often followed by, “Is it doing any damage?”.

20 May 2011

Just What Is The Difference Between A Muscle, Tendon and Ligament?

These words are often discussed on the sports field, at the Physiotherapy clinic or over the water-cooler at the office: but just what is the difference between these structures and what is it that they actually do?

13 May 2011

Can You Stand On One Foot and Close Your Eyes? Proprioception Retraining

No, it’s not some bizarre party trick!  If you’ve ever sprained your ankle or had a knee injury, your Physio is likely to have made you do this at some stage during your treatment.  The reason for this is to retrain your proprioception.  So what does this mean and why is it important?

13 May 2011

Foam Roller….Dreaded But Effective!

You may have heard about, seen or even experienced a love/hate relationship with a foam roller. So, what is a foam roller?

13 May 2011

Get Into The Groove With McConnell Knee Taping

McConnell taping was initially developed by Jenny McConnell, an Australian Physiotherapist, to guide the gliding pattern of the patella (kneecap) in people who experience pain at the front of the knee.  The taping technique uses rigid tape over a joint in an attempt to normalise the joint’s movement.

13 May 2011

Snow Sports: Pre-Season Training Part II

The cooler weather has well and truly reached us here in Sydney, winter is on its way!  If you haven’t already done so, it’s not too late to start some pre-season training for skiing or snowboarding.  Check out our previous blog for some tips on how to get started.

10 May 2011

How Will Pilates Help My Dancing?

The popularity of Pilates has grown significantly in recent years, both for strengthening and toning as well as for rehabilitation of injuries.  In the dance world, however, Pilates has long been an adjunct to training since Joseph Pilates moved to New York in the 1920’s and set up a Pilates studio in close proximity to […]