You may not be aware, but ankle injuries account for 22% of all sports injuries presenting to emergency departments, and are one of the most common lower limb sporting injuries. Injuries can occur through damage to bone, ligaments or tendons in the ankle. Whilst there is an increased risk of injury during sporting activities, ankle…

Hip pain is a very common issue that affects people of all ages, with varying causes. Depending on the cause, pain can be felt around the hip joints, thigh, groin or buttocks. There are a number of issues and conditions that can result in hip pain, but some of the more common causes include arthritis,…

Neck pain is a common condition that can cause substantial pain and suffering. Neck pain is the 4th leading cause of disability worldwide, behind conditions such as low back pain and mental health disorders. On any given day, approximately one in 20 people will experience neck pain. In recent years there has been an increase…

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…

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…

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…

Nocturnal Cramps: Stuart Turner, Physiotherapist Norwest and Epping. Nocturnal leg cramps in adults are a common problem with some sources reporting that approximately 30% of adults over 60 experiences some form of nocturnal leg cramps. Nocturnal leg cramps usually affect the calf muscles and intrinsic foot muscles, and are characterized by strong involuntary contraction of…

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