Musculoskeletal

Before we answer the question of the article let me first explain the components of the pelvis, or pelvic girdle.   The pelvic girdle is made up of the sacrum, coccyx and the hip bones which are in turn made of the ilium, ischium and pubis. The functions of these structures are the transfer weight from the upper body to the lower body, to provide an enormous amount of attachment sites for various tendons and ligaments and to protect the pelvic viscera. So, as we can hopefully see, the pelvic girdle is a very important part of our anatomy and maintaining its proper...

Musculoskeletal disorders are among the most prevalent long-term illnesses, and account for more pain and disability than any other medical condition. The most commonly reported musculoskeletal complaint is Low Back Pain (LBP). It has been extensively reported that in up to 85% of all cases of low back pain is diagnosed as Non-Specific meaning we do not know why it occurs. There are many risk factors that may predispose people to back pain including but not limited to: Occupational hazards/conditions/postures Genetics Pregnancy An acute injury e.g. a blow to the back   However in many cases back pain can strike without the presence...

Sitting at a desk all day is not ideal for your posture.  We’ve known this for a while.   A lot of people think that you should simply sit up straight and minimise your time slouched over a computer.  But is this realistic?  If you’re not hunched over a computer, you’re most like slumped over your phone, over the kitchen counter, over your steering wheel, or over your kids.  Bad posture is everywhere, and unfortunately, it is mostly unavoidable.  However, there are some ways you can fight bad posture and minimise the negative effects it has on your body. Assuming that...

Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Kitty Chao, sets the record straight on an underutilized rehabilitation practice.   *Please note, it is always important to consult an appropriate professional before engaging in any exercise, should you have a recent injury or illness. In my opinion, the deadlift is the most underutilized exercise in rehabilitation. Perhaps this movement is intimidating for you? Perhaps this movement replicates how you injured your lower back ? Perhaps you're worried that you will injure your lower back? Or perhaps your rehabilitation professional told you to stay away from this sort of movement? But did you know that the ‘deadlift’ itself is one of the most primal and frequently performed movements within...

Fast-track your return to sport or other activity, by being proactive with your injury recovery.   When a soft tissue structure becomes injured, this usually results in omission from activity until such time that the injured muscle, tendon or ligament has recovered. However, this does not mean that you need to be totally inactive.   It is still common for GPs to refer patients to complete rest with the use of paracetamol or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. However, with the assistance of an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, you can fast-track your return to sport or other activity, by being proactive with your recovery. The following tips will...

  Neck pain is a growing problem with the infiltration of technological advances: resulting in increased incidents of neck pain and injuries and wreaking havoc to people’s quality of life.   It has been widely accepted for some time now the increased health risk of desk jobs resulting in prolonged sitting, but the damage doesn't stop there. The practice of staring at a mobile phone or tablet is becoming so commonplace that even children are often encouraged by parents to “play games” on a handheld device exposing them to the dangers of “text neck” from a very young age. 'Text Neck' and neck pain are becoming more...

The What, How and Why. Prevent yourself from suffering a lifetime of hamstring problems.   A hamstring strain can be defined as “any physical complaint affecting the back of the upper leg”, and are one of the most common injuries of the lower limb in both elite and recreational athletes (Van der Horst et al, 2013). They are one of the most common muscle injuries for many elite and recreational athletes, causing pain, loss of movement and time away from participation in sport.   Why is hamstring strain the ‘dreaded’ injury? Hamstring strains can occur as a result of high speed running, kicking maneuvers and...

Posture is happening while we are sitting, meditating, sleeping, and stretching. When we are active, exercising, working, playing posture is important in all movements. It is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year, continuous, dynamic and an essential element to healthy living.   Allowing yourself time to work on good posture can be well worth the effort, and here are 5 reasons why. Take the Exercise Right quiz to find out how to Exercise Right for your uniqueness. Better lung capacity Great posture always starts at the absolute center of the body: the breath. Your diaphragm is an incredibly important muscle, responsible for...