Your Shoulder blades play a crucial role in the movement of your shoulder. If the muscles that support the shoulder blades are too weak or too tight, then normal movement of the shoulder joint cannot occur and over time, this leads to shoulder pain. The muscles that stabilise the shoulder blades onto the rib cage…

What is the Pelvic Floor? The pelvic floor is a complex layer of muscle; fascia and fibrous tissue that helps support the pelvic organs. Does birth weaken the pelvic floor? Yes. Giving birth can weaken or damage the pelvic floor. Skeletal muscle is supposed to rupture when it reaches approximately 150% of its normal length….

Why does pregnancy cause back pain? During pregnancy there are 3 main changes that can lead to pain in the back and SIJ –          Changes in weight distribution and Posture. During pregnancy your body’s centre of gravity shifts forward in relation to the spine. This puts extra pressure on the joints of both the lumbar…

ANKLE PAIN and STIFFNESS?? Recently we have noticed an increased number of people coming to the clinic with ankle injuries. This area is one of the areas of the body that many people neglect to rehabilitate properly following injury. Accurate diagnosis followed by appropriate treatment combining hands on physiotherapy and rehabilitation is essential to prevent…

Active Lifestyle Physiotherapy is passionate about improving the lives of senior Australians through providing specific aged care physiotherapy services. We have a strong belief that physiotherapy can drastically improve the quality of life for residents in aged care, no matter how complex their challenges may be. The physiotherapists at Active Lifestyle understand that aged care…

What is dry Needling? Dry needling is quickly becoming a very popular modality in medical and physiotherapy clinics nationally, as musculoskeletal complaints are one of the most reported conditions for which people seek professional attention. Dry needling is a broad term used to differentiate “non-injection”  needling from the practice of “injection needling”. Dry needling utilises a solid, filament needle, as…

Most people will have never heard of a “bursa”, however it is a very common cause of significant pain and injury in the body (bursitis). What is a bursa? A bursa is a very thin, small fibrous sack that sits between bone and tendon. They are found in the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee and various…

At Active Lifestyle Physiotherapy we regularly encourage our patients to use foam rollers to help stretch tight muscles and avoid injuries. We came across this great video by Salt Lake Running Co that demonstrates a few excellent foam roller techniques. If you regularly feel your muscles are tight and need stretching and you are not…

Choosing the correct running shoes can be difficult as everyone’s foot is slightly different. Finding a shoe that is right for your foot shape and running technique may help reduce your chance of injury while you are out running. Many runners experience overuse injuries such as tibial stress syndrome, plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis and patellofemoral…

ITB friction syndrome is a painful condition that occurs due to excessive friction on the outer area of the knee joint. It is an overuse injury that occurs primarily in runners and hence gets the name “runner’s knee”. Essentially the problem arises when the Illiotibial Band (ITB), a long connective tissue structure that runs from…

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