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NO PAIN NO GAIN IN MASSAGE – TRUTH OR MYTH?

No pain no gain in Massage  – Truth or Myth? There is the common perception that Remedial and Deep Tissue Massage needs to hurt to be of benefit. However, gone are the days of the football locker room where you could pummel a corkie and think that was good for the body. The Massage industry…
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FOCAL HAND DYSTONIA

FOCAL HAND DYSTONIA (FHD) What is FHD? A movement disorder characterized by involuntary muscle contractions and postures affecting extensively trained movements. e.g. musician’s dystonia, writer’s cramp How does it present? Typical age: 30-40 Men & women can be affected Painless Absence of other signs & symptoms Little variation each day No sensory deficit Loss of motor…
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Tips for Patients with Lymphoedema

Exercise Exercise and movement can help to improve the lymph flow and to maintain mobility – seek the advice of your physiotherapist or GP for some specific exercises. Point and flex your ankle or wrist, which helps to pump the fluid out of the effected limb. Water-based exercises are often easier and provide compression through…
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ARE YOU SUFFERING FROM OSTEOARTHRITIS?

Osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip and knee are two of the most common problems we see at Total Physiotherapy. “2.1 million Australians were diagnosed with osteoarthritis in 2014/2015” - Australian Institute of Health and Welfare What is Osteoarthritis (OA)? Osteoarthritis is a condition where the articular cartilage (lining of the bone joint surfaces) degenerates. The…
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IS WORK GIVING YOU A PAIN IN THE NECK?

“Up to 63% of office workers experience neck pain at some point each year.” -  Cote et al., 2008. Neck pain in office workers not only has an effect on the individual; but it also has an effect on employers, productivity, workers compensation claims and quality of life. So how can the staff at Total…
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Winter 2018 Newsletter

Our new Winter 2018 Newsletter covers everything you need to know about travel & injuries, prevention, management, exercises and more! To view our Winter 2018 Newsletter online please click here on the link: https://www.totalphysiomv.com/wp-content/uploads/Winter-2018-Newsletter-.pdf Or drop by our practice today and pick up a copy at the reception desk!
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It’s Our 2nd Birthday!

Thank you for your support! In celebration of our 2nd birthday we thought we would pick out 5 reasons a physio can help you with so much more than a sporting injury, Is it time to book in now? For some of you, you've only known us as Total Physiotherapy, for others, you've seen us…
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Total Physio Welcomes Eloise Cook

You might notice a new face around Total Physio the next time you visit. We'd like to welcome physiotherapist Eloise Cook to the team at Total Physiotherapy Manly Vale. Eloise joins us with extensive knowledge in musculoskeletal physiotherapy with a special interest in the treatment of backs and necks alongside sporting injuries. Eloise completed a…
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IS YOUR SMART PHONE HURTING YOUR BODY?

Do you have hand, wrist or elbow pain that you think may be linked to the overuse of your computer or mobile phone? Then you are probably right and not alone! Health practitioners are seeing a rise of dysfunctional postures and soft tissue injuries caused by prolonged use of these devices, and there are now…
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FOCUS ON THE HAND AND OSTEOARTHRITIS

We use our hands for nearly every task that we do everyday – we need it to create a powerful grip as well as perform complex fine tasks. Osteoarthritis – or wear and tear in the hand – most commonly affects the base of the thumb (the carpo-metacarpal joint). This joint is subject to extremely…
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Your Mental Health Matters

Mental Health concerns cause a significant impact on life with an estimated 13 million people in Australia currently living with symptoms of anxiety and depression (Beyond Blue). At Total Physiotherapy Manly Vale, we understand that life presents many challenges and we know that talking to people who have experience and training in evidence-based strategies can really…
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What is Lymphoedema?

Lymphoedema What is lymphoedema? The lymphatic system is an important, but often forgotten, part of our body. Separate to our blood vessels, the lymphatic system is a system of vessels and collection points that are responsible for removing excess fluid, protein and waste products of cellular activity from tissues spaces. The fluid is filtered and…
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How well are you breathing?

Breathing is the process of moving air in and out of the lungs and enables us to get oxygen into our lungs, as well as expelling carbon dioxide from the body. It can be a conscious process as well as an unconscious one. Oxygen in the breath goes from the lungs into the bloodstream and…
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Patient Experience – Calf Tear

Patient Spotlight - Marianna Gale What was your injury and how did it happen? I was playing tennis and felt the sensation and sound of the popping/ tearing of my calf.  I later discovered that I had a 9mm gastrocnemius tear (calf tear). What was the management early on and what did you find helpful?…
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Kids & Sports Injuries

Sport injuries account for 34% of all injuries to children aged 5-14 years. Exercise is important for children and teenagers for maintaining healthy weight, creating strong bones, learning teamwork and improving emotional well-being. How do we minimise the risk? Firstly we need to understand the factors that increase the risk of injury which are: Passionate…
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Physiotherapy For Golf

With daylights savings in to full swing now, it's time to start thinking about those longer mornings you could be spending on the golf course!  But can your body keep up with your love of golf? There are some common areas of pain and injury that we see at Total Physiotherapy following an increase in…
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Swimmer’s Shoulder – Impingement Syndrome

Swimmer’s Shoulder (Impingement syndrome) Shoulder pain is very common amongst the swimming population. Swimmer’s shoulder, also known as impingement syndrome, is an inflammatory condition of the narrow bony space in the top of the shoulder. The rotator cuff tendons as well as the biceps tendon can become irritated as they pass through or alongside the space.…
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The Pelvic Floor – Problems and Solutions

The Pelvic Floor -  Problems and Solutions Louise and Rebecca recently gave a talk at the practice regarding exercise and the pelvic floor. In case you missed it, here are the key points: We know that exercise is important for everyone for many reasons - weight control, cardiovascular fitness, management of back pain etc. In…
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Simple Rules For Improving Performance

With the Olympics just around the corner, the Total Physio team are dedicating this newsletter to providing some valuable tips on gaining the ultimate performance edge. For all those in our community trying to achieve their personal best in their rehab or on the football field, netball or tennis court, in the ocean, on the…
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