Occlusion therapy, also known as ‘Blood Flow Restriction’ training, or “Kaatsu” training in Japan, is a method of exercise where the blood flow is restricted to the muscles using a tight band or tourniquet.Read more
Trip of a lifetime at Ironman Maastricht (Netherlands) 2015Read more
My previous blog post on The Turbine attracted a lot of attention - more than I had anticipated! I've been asked why a wrote this piece. Simply - I don't like bad science - particularly when those pushing the results KNOW it is bad science.
Science is about the search for the truth, and transparency. That isn't what we are seeing here. I understand there is a marketing angle and a commercial reality to have a product that sells, but surely it's better to find one that actually works?Read more
Another post regarding a topic that I find really interesting. Prolonged rest for tendons just doesn't seem to help the ability of the tendon to cope with what it need to do!
Full article is here: http://www.ashburtonphysiotherapy.com.au/news-and-blog/tendons-need-rehabilitation-not-restRead more
I've put together a few blog posts for one of my clinic websites. Rather than reproducing them here I'll just put up some links. The topics are on hamstring injury prevention and rehabilitation, and lumbar spine stress fracturesRead more
Thanks to Ricardo Costa and the group from Monash for having me present on the weekend. I've attached my powerpoint slides below if anyone is interested. Please note that my presentation is largely anecdote based (although there are some research findings in there!) as that was what I was asked to speak on.Read more
Ankle injuries are a very common presentation at our clinic, as well as at Emergency Departments!
There has been a change in approach with managing ankle injuries over the last 20 years or so, and we now have some strong evidence suggesting what is and isn't beneficial.Read more
Gluteal tendinopathy is one of the most common conditions we see here at Lifecare Ashburton Sports Medicine. It's also known as 'Trochanteric Pain Syndrome', 'Gluteus medius tendinitis' or 'Gluteal Bursitis'.Read more
Are you an endurance athlete, competing in marathons, ultra running, or triathlons?
If so, you may be interested in the upcoming symposium: "Nutrition in Ultra-Endurance Sports Symposium: The Athletes, The Practitioners & The Future"
PRP – or Platelet Rich Plasma – has become a very popular intervention for tendon and joint injuries over the last five years. It is particularly popular in Melbourne. In fact there have been some Sports Medicine clinics open recently advertising this as one of their main intervention options!Read more
It was sad to see Clarke leave the field at the Adelaide test and even worse to see that he has to have surgery. So what is the reason for this - why does Clarke need surgery when most hamstring issues don't?Read more
After a great 7 years at Lifecare Croydon, it's time to move on...
From Tuesday, 16 December, I will be starting at the Advance Healthcare clinic in Boronia. Our clinic has some great staff, and we will have a focus on both clinical and research excellence. I'll be at Boronia Tuesday and Thursday
I will remain at the LifeCare Ashburton clinic on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Contact details for the clinic:
Lifecare Ashburton, 330 High st. Ashburton 3147. Ph: 9885891
Advance Healthcare Boronia, 1/157 Scoresby rd. Boronia. Ph: 98393322
Last week I was honoured to fly to Beijing, China, to meet the team at Beijing Sports University (BSU).Read more
Tendinopathy vs Tendinitis vs Tendinosis – what’s the difference?
It’s time to clear up some of the different terminology around tendon problems.Read more
The Turbine - will it make me a better athete? Not if the recent press release is any guide.Read more
Part 1: What is FAI and causes FAI?
You're probably reading this article because you've been diagnosed with FAI. It's often a confusing time when the diagnosis is made, and often there are conflicting injuries about what the cause (and solution!) is.Read more
Today we look at one of the treatment options for tendinopathy (not tendonitis!) – Shockwave Therapy (also known as ECSWT = Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy).
Shockwave Therapy is a machine that fires an ‘acoustic pulse’ – basically a dense sound wave – into the tendon, with the idea of reducing pain an perhaps stimulating some sort of ‘healing response’ in the abnormal tendon.Read more
A bit of a departure from the Sports Medicine posts today, with a race report from my recent Ironman Triathlon race in Busselton, Western Australia, on December 8, 2013. Apologies for the self indulgence here - but it's good to put these things down on paper (or the computer screen) sometimes.Read more
Dry needling is a Westernised form of traditional acupuncture. It's become a common treatment modality for many Sports Physiotherapists for sports and musculoskeletal injuries.
The questions I get asked most often are, 1. "What is the difference between Dry Needling and acupuncture?", and 2. "How does dry needling work?"
So, to go into some detail now.