When learning about the pelvic floor, it’s common to come across information detailing the importance of preparing the pelvic floor for childbirth in women, and helping with recovery postpartum. The reality, however, is that our pelvic floor plays an incredibly important role for both men and women throughout our lives, forming part of our deep core muscles, and with pelvic floor problems affecting everything from continence to sexual health to back pain.

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By Scott Schulte – Ashgrove Physioworks

Men's Health Week

Men often have a drastically different understanding of what health actually means. “I’ll be fine”, “It’s nothing”, “I’ve had worse” – we’ve all heard a man say it, or you may have said it yourself. 

Statistically, men suffer more illness, more accidents, and die earlier than women due to a variety of preventable diseases, yet are less likely to seek help than their counterparts.

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When we think of Australia’s exercise recommendations of at least 2.5 hours of moderate exercise per week alongside two strength training sessions, many of us will immediately link this to helping maintain our physical and cardiovascular health, managing our weight, and preventing disease or conditions like diabetes. 

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Sports Field Injury

After sustaining an injury during sports, the first thing on many players’ agenda isn’t just recovering from that injury, but how to do so as fast as possible. While injuries sustained during sports can vary greatly in their location, severity, and how they occurred, there are five things that anyone can do to help optimise their recovery so they can get back on the sports field as fast as possible regardless of their circumstances.

Sports Field Injury
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Understanding ACL Injuries

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are common in Australia. In fact, Australia has historically held the highest rate of ACL injury in the world. Despite a lot of media attention, ACL injuries are still poorly understood by sportsmen and women as well as everyday Australians who can also suffer an ACL injury from undertaking social and leisure activities. 

We believe that knowledge is power, so in this article our experienced physiotherapists will shed light on all aspects of ACL injuries. We’ll also look at common recommendations for how best to reduce the likelihood of suffering an ACL injury.

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Knee Pain - Exercise Physiologist

Whether you’re trying to stay physically active or just making your way around your workplace, for the 25% of adults that develop knee pain, movement and daily life can quickly become difficult and uncomfortable. So when it comes to getting help for your knee pain, a physiotherapist and an exercise physiologist can both help.

With both physiotherapists and exercise physiologists on our team, and both professions playing valuable roles in optimising the recovery following a knee injury, here’s a look into what each respective profession does and how they can help you.

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Heat Or Ice: Which Is Better For My Injury?
Heat Or Ice: Which Is Better For My Injury?

Hurt yourself and aren’t sure whether you should be applying heat or ice to help your injury best?
While some tend to favour a heat pack, you don’t have to get far into watching a professional sports game to see ice instantly being applied to a new injury, making it seem to be the correct, ‘normal’ thing to do. But given that heat and ice are opposites and cause very different reactions to the area they are applied to, what’s the real answer – and what does the research say? 

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Osteoarthritis vs Osteoporosis: What's The Difference?

Osteoarthritis and osteoporosis: They sound similar, they both affect your bones, and when you’ve been diagnosed with either, it can be difficult to tell them apart – or understand the relationship between the two. As both conditions impact your ability to stay comfortable, mobile and safe as you age, knowing the key differences between osteoarthritis and osteoporosis can help you make the best choices for your health, having a significant impact on your quality of life.

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