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Abdominal Separation: The Facts

Abdominal separation, also known as DRA (diastasis rectus abdominus) is a common condition that arises in late pregnancy (affecting between 66-100% of women in the third trimester) and may persist in the postnatal period (affecting 35-65% of women). For such a common condition, there is actually very little research into what constitutes normal recovery and…
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Calf Injuries: Everything You Need to Know

Two Types of Calf Injuries: Acute: This type of calf injury occurs when there is sudden calf pain, ongoing lingering and discomfort. Biomechanical/ fatigue induced: This type of calf injury occurs gradually, with worsening cramps or pain whilst running. Discomfort often settles when not running. Contributing factors to Calf Injuries Shoes: Minimalistic shoes can increase…
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What is Metatarsus Adductus?

Metatarsus Adductus Misshapen Feet in Babies Metatarsus Adductus is a common condition in babies and young children. The outside border of the foot is curved, and the foot is a bean-shape. Most cases are mild and will improve with some stretching exercises and as the child starts to stand. It is important to check if the…
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Donna White’s Top Three Tips for a Safe Return to Sport

Our very own Donna White, Titled Olympic Physiotherapist and Practice Director, shares her TOP THREE TIPS for a safe return sport or the gym, post COVID-19 lockdown.⠀ Starting back at sport or exercise post isolation? Do you want to prevent injury for your return to sport? We've got you covered! TOP THREE TIPS for a…
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Back Pain: Myths and Misconceptions

Back pain is the most common condition we treat at Total Physiotherapy, which is no surprise given up to 80% of people will experience back pain at some time in their life. Here we discuss some back pain myths and misconceptions and, most importantly, how to recover from an episode of back pain. Back Pain Myth 1: “Back…
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What You Need to Know About W-Sitting

W-Sitting in Children What is W-sitting?  W-sitting is when a child sits with their knees bent, bottom on the floor and feet out to either side in a W shape. W-sitting makes it easier for a child with poor core stability or balance to sit. They don’t have to work their muscles to be stable…
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An Update on Our Current Services

We would like to take this opportunity to update you on our current services available at Total Physiotherapy. Our priority continues to be the health and safety of our staff and clients. To this end we are offering face-to-face appointments for acute musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries only. We will follow the COVID-19 infection control advice,…
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Ergonomic Assessments at Total Physiotherapy

Are you working or learning from home? Do you have neck or back pain? Our team at Total are here to help. Total Physiotherapy are now offering ergonomic assessments of your home office or home classroom. Each assessment will involve: - Pre-analysis of your working environment set up - 20-minute virtual consultation with a physiotherapist…
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Barriers to Exercising at Home and How to Combat these Barriers!

Are you bored at home? It's time to get exercising! One of the exemptions for staying at home is exercise. And that is because we all know that exercise is essential for good health, be that cardiovascular, bone, muscle or mental health. Maybe now is the time to commence that exercise programme you have been putting off and…
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How to Prepare for a Paediatric Physiotherapy Video Consultation

Total physiotherapy is now using video consultations (known as Telehealth) to continue our expert care with current and new patients. Telehealth has been used successfully to treat remote clients and is now being employed to treat our local clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. The NDIA, Chronic Disease Management (Formerly Medicare Enhanced Primary Care or EPC), and…
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What to Expect from Your Pelvic Floor When You’re No Longer Expecting

The question we are often asked as Women's Health Physiotherapists is: “Is this normal?” To shed some light on normality and the pelvic floor, we'd like to provide some accurate information about postpartum prolapse. We are bombarded daily with images, videos, blogs, forums, facts and figures and it can be difficult to sort out fact…
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Is Your Baby Reaching the 12-month Milestones?

Is your 12 month old reaching their physical milestones? How do you know if they need help from a paediatric physiotherapist?  Here are normal developmental milestones in a typical 1 year old:  Sitting independently at 6-8 months old  Pulling up to stand at 8-9 months old  Cruising on furniture (sidestepping) at 8-9 months  Crawling in…
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Tips to Prevent Babies from Getting a Twisted Neck and Flat Head

Preventing Torticollis and Plagiocephaly in Babies from Birth The position of your soft newborn baby’s head is important in play, sleep, feeding and carrying. You can prevent torticollis (head tilt or uneven turning) and plagiocephaly (flat head) with the following tips: Tip 1. Tummy time: Tummy time should occur numerous times a day from birth.…
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Injury Prevention in the Younger Athlete

Did you know that approximately 50% of youth sporting injuries are preventable? “Ausplay data tells us that 71% of Australian children participate in organized sport and up to 10% will be injured and need to go to accident and emergency every year.  The data does not include all those that might turn up to a…
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How to Treat an Ankle Sprain with Physiotherapy

What do you do if you sprain your ankle playing sport?  Most people who are active and have played sport through their life have at some point sprained their ankle and gone through the painful process of watching it swell, using tonnes of ice and strapping for a long period of time. Research shows, however,…
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What is a Deep Tissue Massage?

"Have you ever wondered what a "deep tissue" massage involves?" The words deep tissue are commonly known and used in the massage industry but how many people in truth understand what this means? I would suggest that when a person hears or speaks of a deep tissue massage they are expecting a harder, stronger or…
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Running After Having a Baby?

“How soon can I return to running after I’ve had a baby?”  This is a question Women’s Health physio's hear frequently. Our answer is often “how long is a piece of string?” as the ideal time frame varies greatly depending on a number of factors: Pre-pregnancy and prenatal exercise – generally the longer you have continued…
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Total Physiotherapy Introduce Game Ready!

Have you had an injury? Are you recovering from surgery? Did you know that the Game Ready provides at least a 20% faster recovery? (Peter Millett, MD, MSc).  We now have our very own Game Ready! The Game Ready System is an active cold compression system designed to accelerate and improve recovery. The Game Ready mimics the normal ‘squeeze and…
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IS EXERCISE HARMFUL FOR HIP & KNEE ARTHRITIS?

The simple answer is NO, exercise has been proven to be safe and will help to improve pain and quality of life. However, we realise that this is often confusing as historically, people have been advised to rest and “put your feet up” when complaining of hip and knee joint pain. So here are some…
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