Is knee pain affecting your mobility?

During winter, we often see a lot more knee problems here at The Physio Clinic. The most common complaint is arthritis related knee pain. This can often be debilitating and impact the ability to do the simple activities we love, such as walking the dog, spending time out in the garden or even a short trip to the shops. Read more

Have you had that sinking feeling that you can’t do the things you used to do? Stand on one leg to pull your pants on or wash your feet? Climb that ladder to get to the gutters? Perhaps you have had a silly trip or fall. Do you ask yourself why?

The answer to this question is simple, “If you don’t use it you lose it.” This sounds like a flippant comment, but in reality it is a fundamental truth in the field of neuroscience. Read more

Doctors seem to be a common first port of call when a person injures themselves or requires management of pain. However, physiotherapists are first contact practitioners for musculoskeletal (muscle and joint) pain and injuries.

So, to answer the question – either is acceptable. For those of us who have been to a doctor and seen a physiotherapist for a musculoskeletal injury – often the experience can be quite different. The following will help answer some common questions… Read more

Q. Why would an exercise pill never get approval as a medicine?

A. Because it has too many side effects!

Ok, so I may not be a natural when it comes to making up jokes, but I have heard this reported in scientific literature. Medicines are designed to work on a particular health condition or problem, and to fix that without too many other side effects. The (good) problem with exercise is that it affects our entire body. Let’s take a look: Read more

The rates of cancer diagnosis are increasing within Australia. With advances in medical science, more people are surviving cancer and living longer after a cancer diagnosis. However, they are often at more risk of health complications and side effects from the cancer and its treatments.

The good news is that physiotherapy CAN help during a cancer diagnosis. Physio rehabilitation and exercise programs for cancer patients can help reduce side effects, improve quality of life and functional ability. Read more

What’s that machine at Blackwood that makes you jiggle?

Who remembers a time where losing weight was as simple as putting the roast in the oven, walking out to the living room, strapping a belt around you, turning the machine on and standing there as this marvellous device jiggles your fat away?

Well I’ll be honest, I don’t, but I have seen photos with some interesting haircuts and waist lines that didn’t change.

“Chris, where are you going with this?”

I’m talking about Whole Body Vibration (WBV) ladies and gentlemen! Though I do have some sad news however, WBV will not help you get toned, but Sarah’s blog might.

This neat little machine situated at our Blackwood practice works by rhythmically pushing up against your body – which, through gravity, is pushing down on the plate – giving your body the perceived feeling of an ‘increase in gravity’.

“….What?” Read more

Hydrotherapy is the use of water for therapy, rehabilitation, exercise, relaxation and more.

You may have trouble exercising on land due to pain, poor balance or weakness…this is where the water becomes your best friend!

The unique properties of water including the effects of buoyancy and the decreased effects of gravity, enables you to begin you recovery and rehabilitation in a safe and gentle manner. Read more