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Thursday, 21 November 2019 16:24

Join us at Sunbury Physiotherapy!

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    Wanting a rewarding career progression? A not to be missed opportunity exists for an enthusiastic, motivated medical receptionist to join the friendly team at Sunbury Physiotherapy. Sunbury Physiotherapy is a long established and large practice and, since it's inception some 30+ years ago, has been striving to provide the very best, cutting edge, quality physiotherapy services. The Sunbury Physiotherapy Group continues to expand and now incorporates Gisborne Physiotherapy and Campaspe Physiotherapy at Kyneton, as well as two locations in Sunbury. The Medical Reception position is based at the Sunbury locations only. At Sunbury Physiotherapy we are passionate about delivering quality physiotherapy; we pride ourselves on being progressive, innovative and ethical to achieve the best outcomes for our clients. Just as importantly, we also pride ourselves on being a fun and friendly place to work. Our team at Sunbury Physiotherapy, while being professional and supportive, also possesses large chunks of humour and a good dose of banter; you spend a lot of your time at work, we want it to be a fun and enjoyable place to be. Our multidisciplinary team includes; 11 physiotherapists and 5 administrative support service members as well as podiatry and remedial massage professionals. Our practice also incorporates Aquatic Physiotherapy and Clinical Pilates services We are seeking a motivated medical receptionist to join our team. The applicant must Have a positive attitudeWant to contribute to a fun, supportive culture at their workplaceDemonstrate a strong work ethic and excellent organisational skillsExemplary interpersonal and communication capabilitiesAbility to perform…
    Did you know, people with cancer are recommended to do the same amount of exercise as those without? Exercise has been shown to be safe and improve health outcomes for people with cancer.   The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has embraced the latest recommendations from The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) that promote the systemic use of an ‘exercise prescription’ to combat the effects of cancer treatment and improve survival rates. The guidelines recommend that health professionals such as physiotherapists design and deliver bespoke exercise programs for people living with and beyond cancer to support their recovery and ability to deal with the debilitating side effects of cancer treatment. The evidence based guidance suggests that prescribed exercise that best meets the needs, preferences and abilities of the individual will improve physical function, fatigue, anxiety, depression and quality of life of cancer sufferers. Importantly, exercise has been shown not to exacerbate lymphoedema symptoms – an important factor for the almost 20,000 Australians1 diagnosed with breast cancer each year, of whom one in five will develop lymphoedema2.  APA chair of cancer, lymphoedema and palliative care group, Dr Elise Gane, says that physiotherapists working with patients with a cancer diagnosis are highly experienced in designing and managing tailored exercise programs. “We’ve always known that exercise is important, but the growing evidence base for the benefits of participation in moderate intensity aerobic exercise and resistance training for better outcomes is spurring us to find new ways to motivate and support our patients with…
Wednesday, 13 November 2019 15:30

The APA's 5 Facts about Men's Health

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  To coincide with Movember, held to raise awareness about prostate cancer, testicular cancer, men’s mental health and suicide prevention throughout November, APA Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health group members Dr Jo Milios and Jason Crow present five facts about men’s health.   1. Pelvic floor exercises Australia wide, one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and there is a strong link to a positive family history of cancers in both the male and female genetic pathways ( In fact, there is a one in two risk a man will be diagnosed with prostate cancer should a first-line male relative have the disease, and a one in four risk should there be any breast, ovarian or uterine cancer in the female line (Mitra et al 2011). Talking about it and knowing your family history is imperative to early diagnosis, with 97 per cent of men diagnosed early expected to survive at least five years. Pelvic floor exercises, both prior to and following a radical prostatectomy or radiation treatment, may greatly assist in the recovery of continence (Patel et al 2013) and erectile function (Prota et al 2012). Start by relaxing the belly and buttock muscles, then gently squeeze the front urinary passage as if stopping the flow of urine. Next, try to gently lift the testicles and retract the penis (Stafford et al 2015). Repeat this 10 times quickly for one second each, and then 10 times slowly up to 10 seconds each, with a similar rest…
Wednesday, 06 November 2019 14:48

Plantar Fasciitis

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What is it? Plantar fasciitis is a common condition of the foot and heel affecting both athletes and members of the general public. The plantar fascia is a fibrous band of tissue that attaches to the base of the heel and supports the muscles and arch on the base of the foot. When the plantar fascia becomes chronically irritated, it is referred to as plantar fasciitis.  What are the symptoms? Plantar fasciitis is characterised by pain at the base of the heel. The pain is usually noticed upon waking when people take their first steps of the day. The pain usually settles down after walking around, yet may reappear after sitting for a while and getting up again. The pain can usually be reproduced when the inside of the heel is pressed, and the calf muscles might be noticeably less flexible.  Plantar fasciitis can usually be diagnosed with a physical assessment by a physiotherapist. Left untreated, plantar fasciitis can lead to chronic heel pain, which can have a significant impact on quality of life, interfering with day to day activities.  What are the causes? The plantar fascia supports the arches in the foot during weight-bearing and acts as a shock absorber. Small tears can appear in the fascia when it is exposed to excess tension and stress over time. While the exact cause is unknown, there are several risk factors that can increase the risk of this condition developing. These include obesity, excessive foot pronation, inadequate shoe support, prolonged standing…
Thursday, 10 October 2019 17:53

What is Chronic Ankle Instability?

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    Chronic ankle instability, as the name implies, is a chronic condition of instability affecting the ankle and it’s surrounding structures. It usually develops after a severe ankle sprain. However, some people are born with less stable ankles; these individuals are generally extra flexible throughout their bodies. Approximately 20% of ankle sprains lead to chronic ankle instability due to the resulting changes in ligament support, strength, postural control, muscle reaction time and sensation.   What are the symptoms? As well as being more susceptible to ankle sprains, people with chronic ankle instability may notice they are extra cautious during high-intensity activities, if running on uneven surfaces or when changing directions quickly. They may experience a sense of weakness or frequent ‘giving way’ when weight-bearing.   What are the causes? The primary causes of this condition are ligament laxity, decreased muscle strength of the muscles surrounding the ankle and reduced proprioception.  Following an ankle sprain, ligaments can be stretched and slightly weaker; in severe cases, they have torn altogether, leaving the ankle structurally weaker. Without full rehabilitation, the surrounding muscles also become weaker, and studies have shown that balance and sensation of the ankle can also be reduced. This means that the ankle is more likely to be injured again, creating a vicious cycle leading to further instability.   How can physiotherapy help? Physiotherapy treatment for chronic ankle instability focuses on improving strength, control and balance with a variety of techniques. This approach can significantly improve ankle stability and reduce…
Tuesday, 03 September 2019 13:45

Tips For Exercising When You Have Pain

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One of the most challenging aspects of living with an injury or chronic pain is how it can quickly impact your exercise routine. If you have been working towards a fitness or weight goal, this can beextremely demoralizing. Here are a few tips that can help to keep you on track while you recover. Staying as active as possible during this time can mean you’re in the best position to reach your goals againonce your injury has healed.   1. Try a new activity. When injury strikes, it can be tempting to stop exercising altogether and rest while you recover. An injury can be frustrating, but it can also be an opportunity to try out a different sport.If you’re a runner with an ankle injury, you can keep up your fitness by swimming instead. Cycling can be an excellent option for people for dealing with knee pain, and if you’re a swimmer with shoulder pain, maybeswitch to running for a while. Check with your physiotherapist for some ideas to keep you moving. 2. Exercise within your limits. If you’re getting pain at 5km, this doesn’t always mean you should give up running altogether. Your physiotherapist can help you monitor your symptoms carefully and plan an exercise routine that keeps yourfitness up while reducing symptom flare-ups. Staying as active as possible throughout your recovery can also mean that you a better placed to get back to your best performance.   3. Take the opportunity to improve your footwear and equipment. Injury…
  Ankle sprains are one of the most Ankle sprains are one of the most common sporting injuries and most people have experienced one at least once in their lifetime. While they are common, this doesn’t lessen their negative impact. Surprisingly, having poor balance might be increasing your risk of ankle sprains. Here we discuss a few facts about balance and what you can do to reduce your risk of ankle injuries. Ankles are particularly vulnerable to injuries related to poor balance? Our ankles have to support our entire body weight when standing on one foot. To provide us with agility as well as stability, our ankles have the ability to move from side to side as well as back and forwards. There is a complicated process constantly operating to keepy our foot in the correct position while supporting all this weight, particularly with quick changes of direction, activities done on tiptoes, jumping and landing. If the ankle rolls excessively inwards or outwards, the ligaments on the side of the ankle can be damaged and torn. Balance is an important part of keeping the ankle in the correct alignment and not twisting too far to either side during challenging activities. A study of high school basketball players by Timothy McGuine et al. in 2010 showed that students with poor balance were up to seven times more likely to sprain their ankle than students with good balance. Other studies have shown that balance training is an effective way of preventing falls…
  For most of us, the hours we spend sleeping are simply a time for rest and recovery. However, you might be surprised to learn that your sleeping position can have a significant impact on your body, particularly if you already have an injury. When you consider that we spend approximately 40% of our lives in bed, it becomes less surprising. Ideally, your body should be held in a position of minimal stress while sleeping. This means that all your joints and muscles are resting in a neutral position. Over time, joints that are held in more extreme positions may put pressure on the surrounding structures and this may lead to a feeling of stiffness in the morning.   Back Pain For sufferers of back pain, finding a comfortable position at night can be difficult. Ideally, the natural curves of the spine should be maintained and supported throughout the night. The correct mattress will support your lower back without making you feel as though you have been sleeping on concrete all night. A mattress that is too soft might feel comfortable to begin with, but over time will let you sink too much, meaning the curve of the lower spine will be lost. Waking up with a stiff spine could be a sign that you are using the wrong mattress. For many people, sleeping on their side keeps their spine in a more natural alignment than on their back. If you sleep on your back, placing a pillow under your…
  One of the primary roles of the spine is to protect the spinal cord. This means that the spine needs to be strong while maintaining the flexibility required for a movable trunk. While the spine is very sturdy, spinal injuries do occur. Health professionals often use terms to describe and classify injuriesof the body, two of these terms that you may have heard are Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis.   What are they? Spondylolysis refers to a stress fracture of the pars interarticularis of the vertebra. This is the part of the vertebra that connects the body of the vertebra with the rest of the vertebra that surrounds the spinal cord. A separation of this fracture where the body of the vertebra is displaced forwards or backwards is called a spondylolisthesis. Spondylolisthesis is a progression of spondylolysis and is given grades to classify its severity. Both spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis commonly affect the fourth and fifth lumbar vertebrae, found at the base of the lower back.   What are the causes? Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis can be a result of trauma with the spine being moved forcefully into extension, particularly in younger people. Certain sports such as gymnastics, football and weightlifting require repetitive backward movements of the spine and this can eventually lead to a stress fracture of the pars interarticularis. Growth spurts in teens have also been known to be responsible for the development of these conditions. In older adults, common causes of spondylolysis or spondylolisthesis are degenerative changes in the spine…
    Looking for that last minute Christmas gift or buying for that person that has everything? At Sunbury Physiotherapy we stock a wide range of products including Archies Thongs, Pillows, Foam Rollers, Heat Packs and Massage Balls. These are great stocking fillers and are beneficial for people of all ages. They are all on display in our reception area and our staff are happy to help you with choosing the appropriate gift.  
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