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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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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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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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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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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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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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