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Why rest isn’t always best!

Who remembers from high school PE class the acronym for the management of a soft tissue injury? That’s right, the good old RICE – standing for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. Recent evidence has emerged that this may not be the optimal strategy for the management of soft tissue injuries – i.e. ankle and knee…

Osteoporosis and exercise

Osteoporosis and Exercise

When we think of osteoporosis we think about frail elderly ladies who are bent and have trouble walking.  But what is osteoporosis? What is osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is the gradual loss of bone density due to deterioration of bone tissue. This loss of bone density causes bones to be frail and puts the individual at risk…

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To scan or not to scan?

Are your scan results helpful or harmful? One of the first questions I’m often asked from patients is ‘Do I need a scan for my injury?’. The answer to this question is dependent on many factors and cannot be answered before a thorough examination is done. I also see many patients who are distressed about…

Physiotherapy Penrith Dry Needling

Dry Needling – What is it?

Dry needling.  Acupuncture.  Is there any difference? You will know that both involve the insertion of very fine needles.  Both dry needling and acupuncture use the same or very similar needles, however they vary in the theory, and the technique and location for the insertion of needles. What is Acupuncture? Acupuncture is a truly ancient…

Prostate Cancer and Exercise

Exercise and Prostate Cancer

Did you know 22,000 men are diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in Australia annually?  Sadly, 3,000 men die of this disease every year, with more men dying of Prostate cancer than women dying of breast cancer. Advances in diagnosis and treatment have lead to 5-year survival rates approaching 100%. This means men with prostate cancer are…

Swimming injuries

Common Swimming Injuries

Back to school and back to swimming lessons.  It reminded us that swimming is a popular and incredibly healthy year-round sport in Australia, with people of all ages participating for both recreation and competition. We recommend it for lots of people all the time.  Swimming provides an all-body workout with lots of repetitive actions with…