Rehabilitation Tag

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...

Hamstrings of steel – decrease your risk of injury and re-injury by increasing your hamstring strength   It isn’t irregular upon asking someone their injury history to find out they have had hamstring issues. Hamstring issues are the most common injury in sports that involve repeat bouts of sprinting (soccer, AFL, hockey etc.) it is therefore paramount that prevention of primary and recurrent injury is be taken into consideration during a strength and conditioning program. In recent studies, likelihood of hamstring strain injuries (HSI) was increased due to three factors; Increased age Previous injuries Poor eccentric strength.   Of those factors, two are modifiable by...

We’ve all heard of the term rehabilitation. But what does pre-habilitation mean?   Prehab is a proactive approach to avoiding pain and injury. Its as simple as an additional exercise, or range of motion exercise that is done to ensure that an injury does not occur. When added to your program it significantly reduces the risk of injuries developed. If you’ve suffered an injury or have been dealing with chronic pain and surgery is on your horizon there’s a chance that your GP, Physiotherapist or Accredited Exercise Physiologist has recommended you for prehabilitation. This refers to improving your functional capacity through increased physical...

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...

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...