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Is My Body Healthy? Tips on Maintaining Good Health

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Is your body healthy?

In this day and age, the way we perceive our own health is largely driven by our cultural influences. From fitness gurus and media to doctors, friends, family, and lastly google. We all have preconceptions about what it means to be fit and healthy. Most of the time, pain tends to be our marker for health and numbers for fitness. We’ve accepted any loss of flexibility, coordination or balance as simply age related changes after high school and as long as we’re doing our jobs without pain we assume we must be healthy. However, I would like to challenge the notion that just because we’re pain-free doesn’t mean we’re healthy. Deep down, I think we all know this just as we know the indicators of heart disease or diabetes occur long before any visible sign or problem.

 

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How our neuromusculoskeletal system works

Unfortunately, our neuromusculoskeletal systems works quite differently. Our brain, muscles and joints adapt to support movement and postures we put ourselves in, especially the most frequent one. As we grow from being infants, our neuromusculoskeletal system develop patterns of movement and posture in order to allow us to learn to roll, crawl, knee, squat and finally standing. All this movement and feedback from movement allow us to learn what it feels like to move, use our body and explore new ranges of control while keeping the brain, muscles, and joints healthy from a variety of movement. Most people leave high school with a less than optimal “physical education” which means their bodies never really learned how to explore different patterns and ways of moving past our neurodevelopment stages. This is compounded by the fact that after starting a full time job, most of us don’t really move much besides standing, sitting and walking. Over time, these repetitive postures and movements stress the body to cause imbalances, compensations, and lack of motor control/awareness outside of this “norm” leading to our common neck, shoulder, back and hip pain. When we realize this, we attempt to correct our bodies by using sports. Yet sports are specific skills, and our sedentary bodies without the proper mobility predisposes itself to further injury rather than the health we were seeking. In short, our bodies were meant to experience a variety of movement in order to age gracefully.

When our neuromusculoskeletal system isn’t working the way it is supposed to…

There are always symptoms and signs of disease long before it occurs and I would like to say the same is with movement. Some symptoms that your neuromusculoskeletal system isn’t as healthy as you might think could include stiffness, “pinching” feelings, repetitive muscle strains or tension in a certain area. The clinical signs I often use are our neurodevelopment positions and movements, which everyone could once do and should be able to do even with aging. Basically, movement ABCs for basic health. These include being able to bring our hands behind our back, behind our head, toe touching, backwards bending, balancing on 1 leg for more than 10 seconds with your eyes closed, and squatting to parallel. Pain is the last symptom. Once pain occurs in a movement, that is when most people finally realize that something’s wrong.

 

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What pain signifies…

When our bodies give us pain in certain movements, it’s its way of telling you that something needs to change. The movements and postures that you’ve put it in, are no longer working and it’s reached its threshold of compensating for it. Our bodies are resilient and so even the strongest and fittest athletes can take a huge amount of punishment before pain occurs.

The solution…the potential of our bodies

Our bodies have much more potential than we realize. Thankfully there is a solution to aging gracefully and moving optimally throughout the lifespan. With the right type of exercise, nutrition and sleep, research has shown that mobility and strength can be largely maintained even past the ages of 70-80. The key is to start young and to explore and practice all varieties of movement rather than purely aiming for numbers in arbitrary lifts, or distances you can run (after all, what good is it to run 10 km badly versus 1 km well?)  Obviously, many factors that do impact our bodies are outside our control like genetics, accidents, and socioeconomics, and death. But there is more that you can do than you realize.

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Sometimes what our bodies really need is just some guidance and a reset in order to allow it to move like it once did. Obviously the longer stiffness and dysfunction has been present the more time and the more resets it needs in order to perform optimally. This is what physiotherapy and physiotherapists can help.  Physiotherapists are movement, rehabilitation and exercise experts who will assess and help you determine where the problem is and develop a plan to address it. In addition, physiotherapists possess a variety of tools used for purpose of helping your body to feel better, move better and finally perform better. If optimal physical health is important to you and valuable enough to invest in (which I hope my article has persuaded you towards) then consider talking to a physiotherapist and having an assessment done to see where you are. If you’re in pain, a physiotherapist will definitely be able to help. If you’re not, just like we do with our teeth, why not consider a bi-annual check up with a musculoskeletal physiotherapist near you? Lastly, the ACSM guidelines show that 15-20 mins of moderate intensity exercise each day will go a long way towards aging well and prevent not just injury but disease. I would encourage you consider all movement disciplines from yoga, martial arts, to capoeira and gymnastics. In conclusion, remember to keep moving. Move well, move with variety and move frequently!

 

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Physiotherapist

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Charles Sturt University)

Lucy is a passionate physiotherapist who graduated from Charles Sturt University Albury- Wodonga

With a background as a professional ballerina in both Australia and the UK, Lucy has gained an in-depth understanding of the demands that sport can put on the body and the physical and mental requirements to become a successful athlete. Unfortunately Lucy’s career was cut short due to injury, which is what inspired her to become a Physiotherapist. She is passionate about injury recovery and prevention and works with her patients to keep them as active as possible while they heal. 

With an interest in sports, Lucy was the Head Sports Trainer with an O&M league AFL team in Albury for 

2 seasons where she worked with the team on injury prevention and attended to the players injuries on

 the field. She also has experience in Women’s Health and Vestibular conditions as well as inpatient

 rehabilitation in hospitals. 

Lucy uses a combination of hands on therapy, taping, mobilisations and dry needling techniques to

 accompany her exercise based approach. She also has experience teaching both mat based and 

reformer pilates and believes it is an excellent way to aid in injury prevention. 


Having recently moved to Sydney, Lucy is on the hunt for the best hiking locations! In her spare time, 

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Lucy has completed advanced training in: 

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Sabina has completed a Bachelor of Health Science/Mastering in Podiatric Medicine at University of Western Sydney. She has experienced working in different treatment settings including private practice, hospitals and mobile care. One experience in which takes forefront in her experiences is working in Ireland at Merlin Park Hospital.

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Louis graduated with a Bachelor and Masters of Chiropractic Science from Macquarie University. After practicing in the best clinics in Sydney, he is now the founder of Dynamic Spine Clinic. He is a very passionate and motivated practitioner that makes your problems his own.

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Louis has a passion for soccer, tennis and rugby. He also earned local, regional and state level competition titles as a squad swimmer.

His goal is to inspire, educate and encourage his patients to reach a happy and enjoyable lifestyle. He believes that Chiropractic care is an essential tool to maintain wellness, improve posture, eliminate pain and stress.

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Sarah is a passionate physiotherapist who graduated with distinction from Charles Sturt University, Orange, NSW. Sarah has worked within the public health system and has experience in orthopaedic, fracture clinic, medical, respiratory, musculoskeletal, rehabilitation, hydrotherapy, emergency department, intensive care and women’s health physiotherapy.

Sarah has an interest in all areas of musculoskeletal physiotherapy and is always looking for opportunities to expand her knowledge to grow as a clinician. Sarah is highly ambitious and applies herself in all areas of work and life. She is driven by her desire to become a go-to physiotherapist by providing the best evidenced-based care to all of her clients to achieve positive outcomes. Sarah enjoys staying active, being outdoors, and socialising. Sarah enjoys new experiences and is always willing to try new things. Sarah believes you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it and are willing to put in the effort.

Sarah has completed training in comprehensive assessment and treatment of the pelvic floor. This includes complete subjective and objective (including internal examinations) of pelvic floor problems, such as:

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APA TITLED MUSCULOSKELETAL PHYSIOTHERAPIST

Wilson graduated from University of Sydney as a physiotherapist and he has always been keen on learning new things so that he can do what is best for patients. On top of ongoing professional development, he completed a Master in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy from University of Melbourne to gain further knowledge.

Wilson has worked in various private practices in the past and managed a variety of clienteles, from acute musculoskeletal and sports injuries to pre/post-op rehabilitation, and from injury prevention to performance enhancement. He has also done a range of sports coverage as a physiotherapist, such as City2Surf and Sydney Half Marathon etc.

Wilson has done extensive training and obtained certifications in multiple techniques and areas, below are some examples but not limited to:

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Jay is a relaxed yet attentive and thorough physiotherapist whose passion lies in sports and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. He has worked in private practices in North Sydney and Richmond, as well as doing sports coverage work over a variety of sports including Gridiron, Football (Soccer), Rugby Union, Rugby League, AFL and is currently the lead physiotherapist of the West Tigers Under 21’s (Jersey Flegg). This opportunity has allowed him to spend time with the NRL squad, assisting with the rehab of their injured 1st grade players. He was also recently part of the medical team working at the GoldCoast Commonwealth Games in April 2018.

Jay has recently completed his postgraduate qualifications in Sports Physiotherapy at La Trobe University. This course allowed him to learn of senior physiotherapists at the GWS Giants, and Rugby Australia, learning their rehab techniques and long term injury prevention strategies. Jay is extremely knowledgeable and skillful with the ability to lead you to excellent results. He will find out why you cannot perform at your peak and develop a treatment plan that addresses your goals.

Jay also has had experience playing cricket, having played 1st grade cricket for the North-West Sydney Hurricanes in the Sydney Shires Competition and understands the frustration that “weekend warrior” athletes have with missing out on playing sports due to an injury.

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