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Hydration

Wednesday, 25 November 2020

A loss of 3% of your body weight can reduce your sporting performance by 30%. Stay hydrated out there!

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Pain Management & Relief

Thursday, 19 November 2020

Hi, this is Stuart Canavan from Optimise Health in Toowoomba. Having a chat with you today about pain. Now, chronic pain in Australia is a massive problem with almost 3.3 million people experiencing ongoing pain now.

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Inflammation

Monday, 16 November 2020

This is Stuart Canavan, Physiotherapist, with Optimise Health in Toowoomba, having a discussion today about inflammation.

Preventing & Treating ACL Knee Injuries

Preventing & Treating ACL Knee Injuries

Friday, 13 November 2020

ACL injuries are a serious knee injury that has a huge impact on an athlete, often for the rest of their life. This is why programs and advice that can reduce the risk of this injury are paramount.

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Why Do Teens Need To Develop Their Athletic Qualities?

Tuesday, 03 November 2020

Over the last few decades, children and teens are far less active than in previous generations. When this is combined with a tendency for many young athletes to train specifically for 1-2 sports there can be gaps that develop in the full array of athletic qualities that are needed to optimise sports performance, particularly in the long term.

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Managing Complex Regional Pain Syndrome With Physiotherapy

Tuesday, 03 November 2020

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) describes long-lasting pain in one or more of the limbs that is the result of damage to or malfunction of the nervous system - meaning your nerves in either your central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) or peripheral nervous system (the nerves that extend from your spine to the rest of your body) as opposed to any muscle, bone, joint or soft tissue injury.

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How To Help A Stiff Neck

Monday, 26 October 2020

There’s nothing that can put a damper on our day like neck pain. Feeling pain and stiffness anytime we turn our head is the last thing any of us need - and it’s one of the main reasons our patients book in emergency appointments to see us.

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Your Pelvic Floor: The FAQ’s

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Just like abdominal muscles and calves, everyone has a pelvic floor. Yep - even though the pelvic floor is talked about a lot when it comes to women’s health in physiotherapy, men you have one too - and it’s just as important.

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Is Your Pillow Causing Your Neck Pain?

Wednesday, 07 October 2020

We had a patient come in this week who sleeps on two smaller pillows. She was commenting that she always prefers one specific pillow beneath her head, and that this week when she fell asleep on the other pillow, she woke up with terrible neck pain and stiffness. Coincidence? Absolutely not.

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Exercise After Pregnancy: Where Do I Start?

Thursday, 01 October 2020

Having a baby places enormous stress on your body - which starts long before it’s time to give birth. From the moment that baby starts developing, your centre of gravity starts to shift putting different stresses on your joints. A surge in hormones means you grow more flexible over time so the position of your joints shifts (including your feet becoming flatter!) - and your gait changes as you accommodate everything happening in your body.

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Is Your Recovery After Exercise Holding You Back?

Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Whether you’ve stayed at work or have been working from your home office for the last few months, hand and wrist injuries are the most common workplace injury in Australia, accounting for 8,000 hospital admissions annually - and an even greater amount in those not requiring admissions.

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Hand And Wrist Injuries At Work

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Whether you’ve stayed at work or have been working from your home office for the last few months, hand and wrist injuries are the most common workplace injury in Australia, accounting for 8,000 hospital admissions annually - and an even greater amount in those not requiring admissions.

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Tech Neck: Prevention & Treatment

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Now more than ever, with quarantines and social distancing in full force, our digital device use is skyrocketing. As adults, we’re relying on our smartphones to communicate with our friends and loved ones (as well as fill those spare moments), and our laptops to work remotely. For kids, with homeschooling conducted via computers and tablets, they are just as vulnerable to spending hours staring down at a screen, or lurching their necks forward towards the monitor.

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Is Your Child’s Backpack Hurting Their Back?

Monday, 23 March 2020

If your younger kids are anything like ours, they stuff their backpacks to the brim with not just school books but sports gear, sports shoes, lunch boxes - and what feels like bricks. Lugging around a heavy and bulky backpack can cause back, neck and shoulder pain. With many of our kids walking a considerable distance to and from school - and not to mention between classes - we thought we’d share what good backpack wear looks - and what to avoid.

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It’s Not Extra Weight After Pregnancy, It’s Diastasis Recti

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Your post-baby belly ‘pouch’ may have nothing to do with “stubborn weight that won’t shift”, as many women describe it to us, and much more to do with the separation of your abdominal muscles. With an estimated one in two women experiencing diastasis recti during and after pregnancy, today we’re shedding the light on what it is, and how to manage it safely.

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