2 Nov 2017

Why Do Mobilisations Relieve Back Pain?

The exact mechanism of why we feel better after treatment can be difficult to explain. When we go and get a massage or treatment for an injury we generally leave feeling better for the experience. Yes we are more relaxed or we are less tense, or our pain has decreased, but from a physiological level […]

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 Dec 2016

5 Tips To Prepare Yourself For Soft Sand Running

Soft sand running is probably my choice of exercise when it comes to cardio training, whether it’s in the form of sprints or long distance running. Apart from being an efficient way to workout, it’s free, great for the mind, provides a stunning view to accompany it, as well as a hard earned swim at the end of it! […]

28 Nov 2016

Are You Daryl Braithwaite? Five Questions for a Pain Free Holiday

A holiday can be the best thing for your health. No desk, less stress and plenty of good wholesome activity. But there are a few things that might trip you up and leave you feeling worse for wear. Enjoy your holiday but avoid injury by answering these five questions. Are You a Thong Person? Don’t […]

30 Oct 2015

Wondering About A Standing Desk? Your Questions Answered.

You’ve all heard about standing desks. They were very on trend for a while and continue to grow in popularity around the city. Their arrival was heralded gushing articles extoling their virtues. Then came the retaliation articles that were firmly against them. Of course, there is no black/white answer so here’s my perspective as a […]

19 Dec 2014

Anti-Inflammatory Medication… Should or Shouldn’t I Take It?

As physios we quite often get asked this question. The short answer is – it depends on the type of injury. As a general rule I would say if you have JUST strained a muscle or a joint, such as the ankle or knee, and it is sore and swollen DON’T take anti-inflammatory medication. You […]

27 Nov 2014

The Spiky Ball: How It Works

Ssshhhh, I shouldn’t really be telling you this, but here is a way that you can be your own Physio! Introducing…The Spiky Ball!! A spiky ball can help to reduce muscle tension and improve the flexibility of your muscles. When used correctly, spiky balls can be used to perform self-massage or muscle release techniques, simulating the […]

20 Oct 2014

Pilates and Posture: A Six Week Trial

Hi, my name is Kirsty, and I am the newest member of the Bend + Mend team in Sydney’s CBD!  I am a fully-qualified Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor, and if I am to be honest, I have let a few things go.  I have taken the last 3 months off work, off pilates training, off […]

9 Sep 2014

Backpacks, Trainers and High Heels

It’s cool to be practical. Really who am I to say what’s cool and what’s not, but from the patients that come my way at Bend + Mend in Sydney’s CBD I have a few ideas about what is practical…you be the judge on how cool they are! I’m not going to lie, week days […]

20 Jun 2014

The Bridge to Overcoming Neck and Shoulder Pain

Often referred to as the bridge between the neck and shoulder – the scapula (shoulder blade) is crucial to a well-functioning upper body. If there is a problem with the bridge – it affect either (or both!) ends. This can translate into a sore neck or shoulder. Whenever I see patients with neck or shoulder pain, I […]