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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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Back Pain and Exercise  

Back pain is a common problem and one of the key factors in management is an individualised specific exercise program. Back pain can arise from conditions related to the bones, joints, connective tissue, muscles, and nerves of the back. This can affect the neck, upper-mid back, lower back as well as the sacrum and coccyx.…
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Physical Activity for Seniors

At Total Physio we strongly believe that physical activity and exercise has many health benefits, and it becomes even more important as we age. It helps to improve your physical and mental health which will help to maintain your independence and quality of life. Benefits of exercise for ageing adults: Prevention of Diseases: Studies have…
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Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Osgood-Schlatter Disease is a common cause of knee pain seen in adolescents. It is a gradual, non-traumatic condition that commonly occurs during the times of a growth spurt as the bones, muscles and tendons are growing at different rates. The tendon that attaches the kneecap to the shinbone (tibia) pulls on the growth plate over…
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Lateral Hip Pain

What is Lateral Hip Pain? Lateral hip pain (LHP), otherwise known as greater trochanteric pain syndrome (GTPS), can encompass a couple of different pathologies. Most commonly, LHP is often caused by changes in the gluteal tendon (tendinopathies or tears) which may secondarily inflame the bursa (bursitis) due to the increased compressive force through the area.…
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Changes to the body during menopause

At Total Physiotherapy Manly Vale, we are strong believers in a preventative approach to health. Menopause is a time of change in a woman’s body including in her pelvic health. We are introducing a menopausal pelvic health check to help identify any symptoms you may have, assess pelvic floor muscle strength and advise on any steps…
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Mallet Finger Injuries – Not so small…

What is a mallet finger injury? The mallet injury is a tear of the long tendon that extends the tip of the finger. It may be just the tendon in isolation but also can be accompanied by a small fragment of bone being pulled off the point at which the tendon attaches, known as an…
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Benign Paroxysmal Position Vertigo – What You Need to Know

What is Benign Paroxysmal Position Vertigo (BPPV) ? Benign Paroxysmal Position Vertigo (BPPV) is a common cause of vertigo and is a condition that affects the inner ear. Within the inner ear there are semicircular canals that contain calcium crystals which help detect movement. In people with BPPV, these crystals have become dislodged which can cause…
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What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is when the plantar fascia, a thick tissue that runs under the arch of your foot becomes irritated. The plantar fascia connects your heel to the toes in your foot. It is the most common cause of heel pain, and is often a condition that slowly builds up over time. Symptoms of Plantar…
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Christmas – A Pain in the Neck?

Christmas - A Pain in the Neck? Each December, just when it seems the practice may become a little quieter, we receive an influx of people with neck pain that we have come to term “Christmas neck”. Sound familiar? It is a condition precipitated by frequent trips to the shops carrying far too many parcels,…
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Home Office Ergonomics

Did you know that over 4.3 million people (one third of working Australians) have worked from home since the start of the COVID-19 Pandemic? - Roy Morgan, 2020 Working from home has been cited as a main precipitating factor for neck and back pain in clients who are seeking treatment at Total in recent months.…
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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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