31 Aug 2017

Spring has sprung and it’s the time of year where the masses head to their gardens.  Most of us perceive gardening to be a relatively gentle activity.  However danger may lurk behind every bush and in every bed.

The reality is that at the first sight of blossom most of us get a rush of blood to the head.  We get into our gardens like there i...

31 Aug 2017

Balance - the ability of our body to maintain equilibrium when we stand, walk or perform our daily activities.  As ‘toddlers’ we toddled as our growing bodies developed the pathways that today enable us to balance.  We unconsciously do it all of the time but at some stages of our lives it is harder to achieve and maintain balance. 

Athl...

31 Aug 2017

The winter sports season is almost upon us, and brings with it the risks associated with contact sports. The issue of concussion has again been highlighted in the media particularly regarding the possible long term consequences of traumatic brain injury and concussion. Concussion is a serious injury and occurs frequently. 

ACC data (which can be...

31 Aug 2017

As in the fairy tale, the same shoe does not fit all feet. Shoe size is of course critical, but there are a number of other factors that need to be considered when purchasing shoes. In this article I will discuss the function of the foot, problems that may occur, and how choosing the right type of shoe can make all the difference to normal foot...

31 Aug 2017

It’s the time of year when many of you are hitting the pavements or the treadmill at the gym in order to get some much needed fitness for the coming winter sports season.

This rush of enthusiasm means that you may push yourself too hard, too quickly and end up with aches and pains that just don’t seem to settle. It might be pain in the Achilles t...

31 Aug 2017

School bags are getting heavier and our kid’s necks, shoulders and spines are bearing the brunt.

Secondary school students carry the heaviest loads at a time when their adolescent spines are developing and their muscular strength has not reached adequate levels of maturity. 

Research shows that up to 77% of secondary school students report musculo...

31 Aug 2017

Many rugby viewers will recognize the commentator's statement : “Aaah…… looks like his AC joint Murray”. Just what is the “AC joint”, and how is this common injury best managed.

Injury to the collarbone (clavicle) and acromioclavicular joint are a common consequence to falls directly onto the shoulder or and outstretched hand. The force is transm...

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