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 […]

7 Mar 2018

What Is A Baker’s Cyst?

A common condition you may have heard of is a Baker’s cyst. Just behind your knee near the top of your calf muscles is a bursa. A Baker’s cyst (aka popliteal cyst) is swelling behind the knee caused by an abnormal increase in the fluid inside this bursa. Symptoms of a Baker’s cyst can include: pronounced […]

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 […]

13 Feb 2018

Plantar Fasciopathy Update

I have had a recent influx of people presenting to Bend + Mend Darling Park this month with heel pain or Plantar Fasciopathy (previously called plantar fasciitis). Plantar fasciopathy is a generalised term for pain around the plantar fascia in the foot. The plantar fascia is the tissue that runs from your heel bone towards […]

7 Jan 2018

As An Athlete Should You Use Ice On The Sidelines Before Returning To Play?

I previously worked with a rugby team and it wasn’t too uncommon to have players ice problem areas, and back up between halves or different games, before going back on the field. Did it effect their performance? A systematic review was completed in 2011 and published in the Journal of Sports Medicine in 2012 which reviewed […]

14 Dec 2017

How To Avoid Injury In The New Year – Part 2: The Do’s And Don’ts For The Novice Gym Goer

Are you planning on joining a gym for the first time in the new year? We often start the year with a fresh outlook, a new year and the intentions to becoming a “new you”. For the first few weeks this seems to be seamless: We have signed up to the new gym, exchanged the […]

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 […]

28 Nov 2017

Patient Of The Month For December

Our Patient of the Month for December is Lynn Muirhead, one of Bend + Mend’s most loyal clients! From Fiona: “My relationship with Lynn has been longer than my relationship with my husband!! She has been one of our longest standing clients and our goal has been to keep her moving so she can keep […]

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 […]