It has been over a year since the 100th COVID-19 case was recorded in March 2020, Australians are working from home more than they were before the pandemic, and they expect this pattern to continue, according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Stats have revealed that around 47 per cent of employed Australians expected the amount of work from home to remain the same, 11 per cent expected a decrease and 8 per cent expected an increase*.

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It is estimated that 150,000 Australians are diagnosed with cancer per year. However, advances in detection and treatment technologies mean that more and more people are surviving. The effects of cancer and its treatments can be ongoing, and may have large impacts on cancer survivor’s quality of life.

Exercise is an effective method of helping to manage these effects and has the power to:

  • Maintain body weight
  • Manage cancer-related fatigue
  • Preserve bone density
  • Improve mood
  • Improve body image
  • Protect against cancer-related cognitive decline
  • Prevent some types of cancer
  • Reduce the risk of recurrence
  • Improve the effectiveness of treatment
  • Manage the risk of developing other conditions

Engaging in exercise is an important aspect of maintaining your health. It is recommended that you try to complete 20 minutes or more of aerobic exercise (e.g. walking, swimming, cycling) on most days of the week, and strength training twice per week. This may seem like a lot, but start small with what you can manage, and gradually build up over time.

It is normal to have fluctuations in energy day to day, and you will find some days will be harder than others, but even completing a few minutes of exercise each day will be beneficial. Finding activities you enjoy doing, and exercising with others can help in finding the motivation to be active.

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Exercise Physiologists are university qualified allied health professionals. They program, deliver and evaluate safe and effective, evidence-based exercise interventions to assist in the management of a variety of medical conditions, injuries and disabilities.

Exercise Physiologists work with a range of people; from healthy individuals looking to increase their exercise, to those with medical conditions that may benefit from exercise management. Some categories of conditions commonly treated by Exercise Physiologists include, but are not limited to:

  • Cardiovascular
  • Metabolic
  • Neurological
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Cancer
  • Kidney
  • Respiratory/Pulmonary
  • Mental Health
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Heart Week occurred this month.
Cardiovascular disease is the biggest killer in Australia, causing 1 in 4 deaths and hospitalising one Australian every minute. Many risk factors associated with Heart Disease can be modified with lifestyle changes that will reduce your risk. 

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The Physio Clinic is excited to be launching free walking groups across all 3 of our locations! We were joined by some of our patients and team members for our first group of the year, on Saturday the 27th of March at Victoria Park. 

Walking provides several health benefits including but not limited to: 

  • Increased cardiovascular and respiratory (heart and lung) fitness  
  • Improved management of chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol
  • Improved mental health and cognitive function 
  • Improved balance
  • Increased muscle mass, strength and endurance
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As 2020 comes to a close, we would like to extend a huge thank you to our community for your continued support throughout this year. 

Our clinic hours will vary over this holiday season, as our team enjoys a well-deserved break. We have outlined these changes below, and encourage people to book in advance to ensure you don’t miss out on an appointment. 
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Updated 4th January 2022

Our clinics will remain open and operating as usual. We are following the current SA government guidelines and will be monitoring the situation and updating our advice and guidelines accordingly.

When attending your next appointment or class, we ask that you:

  • Contact us immediately if you do receive a positive result and were recently in a clinic.
  • Provide honest and open communication about any possible COVID-related symptoms and reschedule any appointments if you or your household members are unwell. We ask that you receive a negative COVID result before returning to the clinic.
  • Do not attend the clinic if you have been classified as a close contact under SA health directions. 
  • Ensure that you are correctly wearing your mask, including whilst being in the consult room.
  • Wear a mask in our gym space where possible, including our physio exercise classes.
  • Come as close as possible to your appointment time to reduce time in the waiting area, including for group exercise classes.
  • Practice social distancing when appropriate, including in our group exercise classes.
  • Check-in with the QR code and use hand sanitiser upon arrival to the clinic.
  • Follow instructions to clean down equipment used in our group exercise classes using provided sanitising spray.
  • Please bring your own towel and drink bottle to all group exercise classes.

Please feel free to give us a call or talk to your clinician if you have any concerns. We also have telehealth services available if you would prefer to keep in contact with your physiotherapist virtually in the short term.

We thank you for your assistance in keeping our team and community safe and look forward to working together with you in these challenging times.

Read the latest advice from SA Health –

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Olivia graduated with a Masters of Physiotherapy from Flinders University in 2017.

As a physiotherapist, she has a keen interest in helping people recover from recent injury or chronic pain conditions, as well as a passion for healthy aging and creating positive exercise experiences for all clients.

Outside of the clinic, Olivia also works in the community as a sports physiotherapist for Hectorville Football club, and in her spare time she can be found ballet dancing and enjoying yoga.

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