You do not need to sustain a blow to injure your shoulder. Shoulder dysfunction can appear to happen out of the blue, one example of this is the “frozen shoulder” type injury. This can occur for a range of reasons, including a lack of activity and aging. Studies have shown that due to hormonal changes, people are more prone to non-traumatic shoulder pain and dysfunction as they age. In China, the condition is called the “50 shoulder”, which highlights the role our age (and changing biochemistry) plays in frozen shoulder type conditions. Read more
Runner’s knee is a general term for knee pain felt around the knee-cap. Physiotherapists often refer to runner’s knee as “Patellofemoral Joint Syndrome” or “Patellofemoral pain”. The patellofemoral joint is composed of the kneecap (patella) and the thigh bone (femur). Read more
Knee pain is a common complaint we see at Better Health. The tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bones of the knee are subjected to forces when running, jumping, twisting and kicking and also can be injured during a fall or direct blow. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus are common structures in the knee that can tear or become damaged. Read more
The birth of a new baby is wonderful, and the beginning of many happy times. However there are many challenges that a new mother faces, including the well-known challenges of breastfeeding and sleepless nights. A less widely discussed, but equally challenging issue, is that of incontinence. Read more
Just like any muscles in your body, your pelvic floor muscles can go into spasm. And just like any muscle in spasm, with the right intervention and in the right hands, treatment can be simple, fast and with permanent results.
Millions of women suffer silently from pelvic floor disorders, but they don’t mention their symptoms to health professionals because they are embarrassed or because they don’t think help is available. The ultimate irony is that pelvic floor disorders affect about one in three women – no need to be embarrassed or think you’re alone! Read more
Rotator Cuff Injury
The shoulder joint is a relatively unstable joint that is moved and controlled by a small group of four muscles, known as the rotator cuff. These muscles (the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis and teres minor) help move, control and stabilise the shoulder.
A rotator cuff injury can include any type of irritation or overuse to these muscles or their tendons, and is one of the most common shoulder injuries we see. Injuries involving the rotator cuff include impingement, tendinopathy, strains and tears, all of which can be acute or chronic in nature. Activities that cause rotator cuff injury include lifting, falling, overhead activities, repetitive activities, poor posture and degenerative changes to name but a few. Read more
Knee pain or knee injuries are extremely common. Pain may be caused by local structures within or around the knee, or, may be referred from other sources (such as the lower back or hip joint). It is important to make an accurate diagnosis as to the cause of knee pain or knee injury so that appropriate treatment can be directed. Read more
Your bursa is a fluid filled sac that helps to reduce friction in your shoulder spaces. Bursitis shoulder is a common cause of shoulder pain that is usually caused from impingement of your bursa between your rotator cuff tendons and bone. Read more
How Much Training is Too Much?
We all know exercise is good for us, but how much should we do? According to Australia’s Physical Activity Guidelines, we should be active most (preferably all) days of the week. In total it is recommended that we accumulate 2.5-5 hours of moderate intensity physical exercise each week. Furthermore it is recommended we do muscle strengthening activity at least 2 days each week. Moderate intensity is defined as a level that causes a slight increase in breathing and heart rate. Provided there is adequate rest incorporated in the program, strength and fitness gains will be made. Read more
What is core stability or core strength?
The “core” as it is commonly referred to is a group of muscles that provide support, stability and control movement of your spine and pelvis. A common misconception is that your core is simply strong abdominal muscles, but there are many more muscles that are important in giving you a stable spine and helping to reduce back pain and stiffness. There is so much more to core strength than a six pack! Read more