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How can we reduce Stress?

How can we reduce Stress?

In our last blog we discussed how stress can make pain feel worse. So how can we reduce stress and its affect on our bodies? There is lots of evidence that supports the following strategies 1. Mindfulness - focusing on breathing and relaxing your body… Follow the...

Does stress influence back and neck pain?

Does stress influence back and neck pain?

In our Physio clinic, people often present with back and neck pain and other muscular strains for “no reason.” By this, they mean they have done nothing different than what they normally do. So why is it hurting now? Could it be stress? We have had so many clients ask...

4 hot tips to help ease sciatic pain

4 hot tips to help ease sciatic pain

Pain from the sciatic nerve down the leg can make it almost impossible to sleep. As you know, at Willunga Physio we specialise in the assessment and treatment of the nervous system - and sciatica is one of the most common conditions we treat So how can you sleep with...

SHOULDERS PULL DOWN

SHOULDERS PULL DOWN Set yourself up, with your shoulder blades back and down. Don’t allow your shoulders to be hitching up toward your ears,  Draw your lower abdomen in, and hold your body still so that only your arms and moving as you pull down. As the elastic Pools...

Clams Exercise

CLAMS Draw the ball into the socket, keeping your feet together, lift your knee towards the ceiling and hold there for 3 to 5 secondsCLAMS what NOT to do Your feet should always stay together, don’t let your body roll as you left the knee - as Tom is demonstrating...

Are you getting enough good quality sleep?

Are you getting enough good quality sleep?

Adults generally require eight hours sleep per night. This allows us to move Through the different stages of sleep 4-5 times. We all know the feeling of having been to sleep but not feeling as though we ever had a really deep sleep. The deep sleep stage is important...

Physio Position

Physio Position

PHYSIOTHERAPIST - Full Time Position We have a Physio position available (30-37.5 hours a week) It is a permanent position, working across our 2 clinics, Willunga and Aldinga. It is a general outpatient position, treating all Musculo skeletal conditions. We see...

Why do I get heel pain when I start to run?

Why do I get heel pain when I start to run? A lot of runners/sportspeople experience pain at the back of the heel as they get going on a run. Sometimes it can feel like your shoes are on too tight and digging into your heel. More likely, it could be a condition called...

When Physios hurt their backs!

When Physios hurt their backs!

It has been an interesting experience as a Physio with 25 years’ experience having recently injured my lower back worse than ever before. I have been treating people with these injuries for many years but gained some interesting new insights from the other side of the...

Preparing for a walking holiday

Preparing for a walking holiday

Tom Anthoney, our Practice Principal, has just returned from a 5-day hike in sunny Queensland. Hiking from Noosa, 95kms to Rainbow Beach. He carried a pack weighing in at 20kg, which included all his food, tent, cooking gear and First Aid Kit. So, what’s the best way...

Have you got the strength to power through?

Have you got the strength to power through?

Do you get part way through your trainings or games and start to get sore/tight for no apparent reason? It may not be that something is damaged, it may be you need to build up the strength of a particular muscle group! Our muscles help us to move, dodge and burst into...

Does rubbing our shin splints really work?  –  NO

Does rubbing our shin splints really work? – NO

Does it really hurt? - YES Shin splints is an umbrella term generally used to categorise different types of shin pain, and with pre-season kicking off and all of the dry/hard ovals around the place, this is the time of year people tend to have this complaint! Tight...

Hamstring injury: could it be back related?

Hamstring injury: could it be back related?

The short answer is yes, hamstring injuries can be back related, and in almost all hamstring cases there would be some involvement whether directly or indirectly from our back and nerves.

Stiff Back…. do I need a new bed??

Stiff Back…. do I need a new bed??

Unless you are sleeping in a hammock or a super soft bed with no support, often the bed is not the
problem. Its you. Sorry –it’s a sign your body is not happy.

Ice or heat for my stiff neck?

When we get an injury we all want some relief, but we also want to make sure we aren’t doing any more damage to the area and to know that what we are doing is beneficial.

But what about when you’ve woken up and your neck feels ‘locked’?

4 easy tips to ease neck/back pain

4 easy tips to ease neck/back pain

Take a “Smoko”!

THAT got your attention :). Now, when your work colleagues get up and go outside for a ‘smoke break’, get up and go with them. Be sure to stand ‘up wind’, but a short break, regularly from our seated work posture is the best way to give your neck and back muscles a break.

What is craniosacral therapy?

What is craniosacral therapy?

In a nutshell these techniques generally use light touch in order to release tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.

What is Clinical Pilates?

What is Clinical Pilates?

Pilates is a gentle form of exercise that targets the core muscles of our body, and teaches our body to function in a normal way while these core muscles support our spine to prevent any unnecessary twinges and strains.