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Typical Gross Motor Milestones for 2-3 Year Old’s

Is your toddler meeting their gross motor milestones? Milestones are checkpoints in children’s development as they grow. These are the core skills toddlers should be reaching over time to set them up with a great foundation as they get older. Below are the physical milestones typically seen in 2-3 year old’s, however if your toddler…
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Rib Pain in Children

What is Costochondritis? Costochondritis is inflammation of the rib cartilage and joints between the ribs and breast bone (sternum). It is diagnosed by a doctor or physiotherapist by feeling for tenderness at these points and ruling other conditions. Symptoms can include chest pain and tenderness of the chest. Chest pain is often worse with chest…
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Top tips to succeed in a fun run!

Exercise Physiologist Nathan's Top Tips for succeeding in a fun run Tip 1: Stay healthy It sounds simple, but your basic body function as well as performance during events all revolve around eating well, sleeping well and staying active. Stress, both psychological and physiological, can play a big role in our performance and how we…
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What does an exercise physiologist do?

Exercise Physiologists are chronic health specialists; they will consider all conditions that an individual may be managing, discuss your goals, then formulate an exercise program that will best support your individual needs, with a long-term vision to support the individual on their journey to a stronger, healthier self. Each individual will require a personalised exercise…
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What is an exercise physiologist?

What is the key difference between a Physiotherapist and an Exercise Physiologist? Well, let’s start with what they have in common! Both exercise physiologists and physiotherapists are university qualified allied health professionals. They undergo continued education requirements to maintain their accreditation each year. Both professions also utilise exercise as a part of their treatments. Exercise…
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Why do my baby’s hips click?

Do your baby’s hips click when you carry them? Have you noticed an uneven thigh or buttocks crease when changing diapers? Does one leg look shorter or feel stiffer than the other? Is your baby limping when starting to walk? If you have noticed any of these issues in your baby, then they might have Developmental Dysplasia…
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Netball and Stress Incontinence

Did you know that 1 in 3 netball players over the age of 18 will experience leakage of urine when playing? Most often it will occur in netball when running, jumping or changing direction and is because the body – especially the pelvic floor muscles - are not able to cope with the downward pressure…
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In-toeing in Children

In-toeing is when a child walks with their feet turn inward instead of straight. It is a common condition in children and usually can be outgrown. Typically, this usually does not cause any pain however might make children prone to tripping or present with an awkward walk or run. There are three common causes of…
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Toe Walking

Toe walking is an atypical pattern of walking where children walk on the balls of their feet, without placing their heels on the ground. Toe walking can be quite common when children are learning to walk, however after the age of two most children should develop a heel-to-toe pattern of walking. In the majority of…
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Total News Summer 2022

In this issue of Total News Summer 2022 we cover: Swimming Total Team News About Us Click here to read our Total News Summer 2022.
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What you should know about your pelvic floor in pregnancy, childbirth and beyond

“I wish somebody had told me…” What you should know about your pelvic floor in pregnancy, childbirth and beyond! As a Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health Physiotherapist, Total Physiotherapy Manly Vale’s Louise Henderson shares her reflections on what women wish they had been told about their pelvic floor before having a baby. “I wish somebody…
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What if your baby crawls a bit funny?

A paediatric physiotherapy assessment is recommended if your baby is not crawling by 12 months, or is crawling asymmetrically or a bit funny. Types of funny crawls include bottom scooting, tripod crawl, dragging one leg, belly crawl, rolling across the room. Bottom scooter (bottom shuffler) These babies move around in sitting by using their arms.…
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Let’s talk…Swimming Shoulder

Swimming is Australian’s leading sport with millions participating either competitively or recreationally each year. Elite swimmers can perform 2500 arm revolutions during a single session. These high repetitive loads which can place increased stress on our joints and soft tissue structures. The most common type of injury related to swimmers is called ‘swimming shoulder’.  The…
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Exercise during and after pregnancy

“Prenatal physical activity should be considered a front-line therapy for reducing the risk of pregnancy complications and enhancing maternal physical and mental health.” Canadian guidelines for exercise in pregnancy 2019 The latest guidelines on exercise in pregnancy tell us that not only is it okay to exercise during pregnancy, there are many benefits. This includes…
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Neck Pain | How the pandemic is affecting our bodies

⁠The short answer - yes. ⁠ ⁠ At Total Physio, we are continuing to see the way that stress and anxiety as a result of the pandemic is affecting your bodies. ⁠ ⁠ First up - NECK PAIN:⁠ ⁠ Most of our clients have found that they are acclimatised well to working from home. More…
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Total News Spring 2021

In this issue of Total News Spring 2021 we cover: Paediatric Physiotherapy Gross Motor Skills Total Team News About Us Click here to read our Total News Spring 2021.
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Learn Gross Motor Skills at Total Physiotherapy

Gross motor skills are physical skills that require whole body movement and involve the large muscles in the arms, legs and torso. These skills are important in order to perform everyday activities like walking, running, jumping, throwing, catching and kicking a ball. Gross motor skills relate to body awareness, strength, balance and reaction speed. Children…
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Hand Therapy Week 2021

The Australian Hand Therapy Association defines hand therapy as: "The art and science of rehabilitation of the upper limb, which include the hand, wrist, arm and shoulder. Using specialised skills in assessment, planning and treatment, hand therapists provide therapeutic intervention to prevent dysfunction, restore function or reverse the progression of upper limb pathologies." Did you…
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Jane’s top tips to make life easier for your sore wrist!

Tip One: Jar opening: tap the side of the lid against something firm such as the bench top or a chopping board. This releases the pressure on the lid. Then use two small pieces of grippy mat to hold both the jar and the lid to easily open it. You can also use the grippy…
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