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17.08
Category: Health & Lifestyle

Physiotherapist and new mum, Fiona Senini, offers some first hand advice on how to look after your body with a baby in tow...

Us physiotherapists can be a bit of a broken record when it comes to posture, but it really is one of the most important things to be aware of. There are so many physical issues that can stem from poor posture. Here we explore some of the most common causes of pain caused by poor posture in new parents and how to avoid them:

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17.07
Category: Health & Lifestyle

It's this time of year that people try to escape the cold of Winter and head off to somewhere warmer. Whether you are heading up north to sunny Queensland or a bit further to the European Summer, it goes without saying you have a lot of sitting ahead of you... and unless you have managed to get an upgrade or emergency aisle seat, the majority of that sitting will be in cramped seating.

Prolonged sitting has a negative effect of the body, primarily decreased veinous return. This is due to the 'kinks' in your veins from having your hips and knees bent as well as the general decrease in lower limb muscle activity. These factors combine to cause swelling in your feet and calves as well as increasing the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

There's not a lot you can do about the sitting on the plane; regular walks up the aisle and 'foot pump' exercises in your seat will help, but the best thing you can do is spend as much time as you can at the airport walking. Time in layover for connecting flights is time that should be spent on the move. Minimise sitting time where you can.

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17.07
Category: Sports

What are the benefits of warming up?

A thorough warm-up has the following physiological benefits:

  • Increased muscle temperaturn. This increases joint range of motion (ROM and allows more muscle fibres to be active and ready for movement than what would be the case in cold muscles. Warmer muscle temperature also increases the energy available for muscular contraction
  • Increased blood flow and breathing rate, allowing more nutrients and oxygen to working muscles
  • Lubrication of the joints, further allowing for increased joint ROM
  • Warm muscle is more supple, which decreases the amount of damage they sustain during exercise, leading to reduced delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)
  • "Fires up" muscles through certain movement patters practiced in warm-up
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17.06
Category: Medical

The tendons of the elbow are some of the most common to be injured in our bodies. They are usually classified as tennis elbow or golfer's elbow. Tennis and golfer's elbow are quite similar, with the main difference being that tennis elbow begins from the bony point on the outside of your elbow, whereas the golfer's elbow begins from the inside of your elbow. Tennis elbow is the more common injury of the two, but both injuries are the result of repetitive strain.

Tendons are strong structures that connect muscle to bone. They are usually resilient, but can become injured when they are repetitively overloaded and become tendinopathies. Tendinopathies often start without a traumatic incident and will be found to get worse over time. 

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