Do you find it hard knowing which are the best running shoes for you? Incorrect running shoes are a very common contributor to many injuries that we see at Sport and Spinal Physiotherapy and Your Podiatry Canberra. Be they too old and worn out or just the wrong type of shoe for your foot, too many of us are wearing the wrong footwear! Many shoe stores have not enough knowledge or training to properly identify your foot type and the correct running shoes for you. Even specialty stores can have inexperienced staff and, although they talk the talk, you can leave the store with the wrong pair of running shoes. This is why I want you to know what to look for.
Is your dizziness, or vertigo brought on by movements of your head?
You may have a condition called ‘Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo’ or BPPV. [Read more…]
Swimmer’s shoulder is a term that covers a broad range of injuries that occur in swimmers. You can injure various parts of your shoulder whilst swimming. It is important to know what structures are involved and why. There is a great balance between shoulder mobility and stability that occurs during sports that require overhead movements. A competitive swimmer can perform 4000 strokes for one shoulder in a single training session. This repetitive action can place great stress on the shoulder and result in injury.
Shoulder pain is the most common musculoskeletal complaint in swimming (up to 87% of swimmers in one particular study). We have also covered shoulder pain in a previous post How to fix shoulder pain – physio or surgery?. Swimmer’s shoulder can range from localised pain near the shoulder joint, to a radiating or shooting pain. The purpose of this post is to provide you with information about the biomechanics of swimming, the causes, diagnosis and treatment of swimmers shoulder, and the top 3 stretches most commonly utilised to help treat and prevent swimmers shoulder.
Physiotherapy for Shoulder Rehabilitation
Recently, I flew to Melbourne to attend a Lyn Watson Shoulder course. Lyn Watson is a physiotherapist who specialists in shoulder rehabilitation and has worked with numerous sporting clubs and athletes, and deals with problematic or complex shoulder injuries. Lyn has a team of physiotherapists working with her who also specialise in shoulders. Lyn works closely with radiologists and orthopedic surgeons which gives her the complete team needed to manage difficult cases.
The course ran over two days and focused heavily on anatomy and assessments of shoulder and scapula movements and dysfunctions. I gained extensive knowledge of more complex shoulder injuries and how to accurately identify these injuries and then manage effectively. I feel this course is a must for any physio wanting to further their knowledge of the notoriously difficult area of the body. I feel far more confident in assessing and identifying shoulder injuries and dysfunctions and have a far great understanding of shoulder and scapula kinematics.
July 4-10 is Sleep Awareness Week, so I thought it was appropriate to talk about sleep, how it affects your mind and body, and how to sleep better. Sleep is something most of us complain that we don’t get enough of. We all know that 8 hours is the magic number and that not enough sleep is bad for you… But just how bad?
Firstly, lets watch a great video from Oxford on why we sleep
The video makes a great point on the health detriments of not getting enough sleep.