THE ROLE OF PHYSIOTHERAPY IN THE MANAGEMENT OF COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT AND DEMENTIA

Brigid McNamara Blog, Uncategorized

In 2010 there was an estimated 36 million people suffering from dementia worldwide, and this is anticipated to increase to 115 million by 2050. The associated difficulties for individuals experiencing cognitive decline include reduced mobility, increased muscle weakness, impaired balance and increased risk of falls, withdrawal from usual activities, increased stress and mood disturbance, and increased risk of cardiovascular and …

WHY DO OUR MUSCLES FEEL TIGHT?

Brigid McNamara Blog, Uncategorized

What is muscle tightness? Muscle tightness can be an awareness or sensation that a muscle is tense, stiff, or unable to relax. People can perceive that this tightness is a structural concern within the muscle which limits our movement and elicits pain and or discomfort when being used. Todd Hargrove, a health practitioner has described tightness as a feeling, not …

WHO 2020 physical activity guidelines – how do you stack up?

Brigid McNamara Blog, Uncategorized

Are you getting enough? Do you meet the guidelines? How do you stack up? Whether or not you subscribe to the notion of New Year’s Resolutions (I don’t – but I do think it is beneficial to reset and set some intentions for the year) now is a good time to review your regular exercise habits and measure them against …

Are you getting enough sleep?

Brigid McNamara Blog

Sleep is critical to good health. Research highlights not only the importance of quality sleep, but also the negative impacts poor sleep can have on our health and our experience with pain. More than ⅔ (two thirds) of people living with chronic pain also present with sleep complaints, while 50% of individuals with insomnia are living with persistent pain. Sleep …

Pain in the young athlete

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Staying on top of growing pain for young athletes Does your child complain of pain at the front of the knee? Or maybe at the heel? These are common presentations in young sportspeople, especially those involved in running, jumping and other high-impact activities and are often seen during growth spurts. They might be able to complete the training but over …

Ideal computer workstation set up

Nathan Willits Blog

Are you experiencing neck and shoulder pains? Do you spend prolonged periods at your computer? Have you checked your work station set up recently? Most of us spend hours at our desk every day, for this reason it is important to create a supportive ergonomic work station to protect our health. Prolonged sitting at a desk or computer, with poor …

Work can be a pain in the neck!

Nathan Willits Blog

It might be time to increase your body awareness to help you reduce your pain! Sitting all day at work may be the culprit of your daily neck and backaches. With most jobs now requiring long hours working at a desk, as a society, our sitting time has significantly increased over the years. The Australian Department of Health found that …

Dealing with the dreaded “Hammy”

Fusion Physiotherapy Blog

One of the most common injuries in sport is the hamstring strain, as the hamstring muscles are very susceptible to tears and strains in those sports that demand speed and agility. It is the most common injury in AFL and the dreaded ‘ping’ of the hammy has shortened many seasons and even careers. The ‘hamstring’ is actually a group of …

Running injuries: What really matters?

Fusion Physiotherapy Blog

by Josh Naunton, Physiotherapist Running is a great way to keep fit and exercise which is partly why 3 million Australians participate in running each year1. Running can strengthen your immune system, prevent high blood pressure, improve your joint health, increase your strength, increase your bone density, help with weight loss and improve your mental health2. Contrary to the commonly held …