6 Dec 2017

Shoulder Pain! Have I Torn My Rotator Cuff?

Your rotator cuff is a group of four muscles (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis and teres minor) that surrounds the Glenohumeral joint in your shoulder. The Glenohumeral joint is the joint that connects your humerus (upper arm bone) to your scapula (shoulder blade) via a ball and socket joint. To enable a large range of motion at […]

20 Oct 2017

The Seven Best Exercises For VMO Activation: Early Knee Rehab

Vastus Medialis Oblique (VMO) is one of four quadriceps muscles. Your VMO sits medially or on the inside of your thigh. Its primary function is to extend the knee. Structure: The VMO is a muscle located in the anterior (front) compartment of the thigh. The other three muscles that make up our quadriceps are the […]

2 Aug 2017

Three Useful Exercises To Conquer ‘Shin Splints’ In Runners.

For an overview on the causative factors and clinical presentation of medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), also often known as Shin Splints, please click here. So, what are the main aims of exercise in the management of MTSS or Shin Splints? To improve load capacity of the calf To improve kinetic chain load capacity by […]

25 Jul 2017

My Running Journey…From A Physio’s Perspective – Part One

Recently signed up for your first marathon? You’re not alone. The curiosity of how hard could it be, and the lingering bucket list to do list spontaneously spurred me to sign up to my very first marathon. As a Physiotherapist I understand the limits of the human body, and also respect that this would be […]

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 […]

27 Jun 2017

Muscles You Need For The Slopes! Skiers vs Snowboarders

Its important when embarking on your first snow trip, or going back to the snow for the first time in a while, to understand which muscles you will be using and preparing them for the impact of the snow! Mulled wine, hot chocolate, peach schnapps, powdery (or slushy) white snow. In Australia it is a […]

27 Jun 2017

Patient Of The Month For July

Our Bend + Mend Patient of the Month for July is Julia Toomey who came to us after a skiing accident and is now ready for the slopes again! Well-done Julia! From Julia: “I hobbled my way in to Bend and Mend in a huge leg brace last year in July to meet Emma for […]

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 […]

2 Jun 2017

The Balancing Act

I can’t count how many times I’ve heard ‘I have bad balance’. When assessing a lower limb injury, I often look at someone’s single leg balance. When I do this, I am looking at how well a person can stabilise through their foot, ankle, knee and hip. What is balance? Balance is the ability to […]

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’. […]