[7 Aug 2019 | Comments Off on Product Review: Vibrating Foam Roller | ]
Product Review: Vibrating Foam Roller

Most of you know that I have a background working with elite athletes. In the 2000s I did a bunch of trips with the Australian Athletics team and treated a lot of world and olympic champions. I don’t travel with teams anymore but I still see plenty of athletes.

Athletes are always incredibly interested in self maintenance, because they’re always in pain to some extent. Over the last year I have heard from them about these new types of foam rollers that have a little motor in them that causes …

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Nutrition, Uncategorized »

[18 Jun 2019 | Comments Off on Digestive Wellness | ]
Digestive Wellness

We are incredibly fortunate to be situated next door to Bondi Health and Wellness, with their team of fantastic Nutritionists and Naturopaths. It gives us the opportunity to pop our heads in and ask advice on various nutritional, supplement and dietary interventions patients might be able to use to facilitate their health and healing.

Recently I spotted an article by Tania Flack about Digestive Wellness on news.com.au. That article outlined one woman’s battle with digestive issues that Tania was able to help her with, specifically issues relating to Leaky Gut …

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[12 Jun 2019 | Comments Off on If you herniate a disc, will it “go back in”? | ]
If you herniate a disc, will it “go back in”?

According to a recently released summary of the research, there is a 66% chance that WITHOUT SURGERY your disc herniation will resolve.

Researchers looked at all the studies on this between 1990-2015. Different studies reported differing levels of resolution, with one saying up to 82% of people in their group got better with treatment and exercise and rest; no need for surgery!

I’ve certainly seen surgeons attitudes towards alternatives like seeing another health practitioner, doing back exercises, and keeping active, change over the last few years. It used to be a …

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[3 Jun 2019 | Comments Off on Why you need a Spiky Ball | ]
Why you need a Spiky Ball

I’m a huge fan of self massage. Whether it’s foam rolling, using a spiky or massage ball, or just digging my fingers into my shoulder, I find softening the muscles is a great adjunct to doing a little bit of stretching or mobility work. It feels good, it always helps, and it’s a nice thing to do for yourself. But what are the other benefits?

Using a spiky ball is a great idea for many reasons. First, it helps break down muscle tension and is the best way to release the …

Exercise, Pain »

[28 Apr 2019 | Comments Off on Is 10 minutes of exercise enough? | ]
Is 10 minutes of exercise enough?

According to new research, all you need is 10 minutes of exercise a day. In this study of 1500 people who were followed for 4 years, ” a brisk, short walk of less than 10 minutes a day is enough to keep older adults on their feet, reducing the risk of becoming disabled by 85 per cent.”

At the start of the study, every one of the 1500 people “were suffering pain, aching of stiffness from arthritis in their knees, hips, ankles or feet”.

The people who were able to do …

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[16 Apr 2019 | Comments Off on Foam Rolling Vs Stretching | ]
Foam Rolling Vs Stretching

Have you ever wondered what works best – foam rolling or stretching? In 2014, researchers set out to answer this question. They compared the effect of rolling vs stretching as part of a warmup designed to reduce the risk of lower leg (foot and ankle) injuries.

The results were great for foam roller fans everywhere. Stretching has been linked to reduced force and power if overused as part of a warmup. In this study, it was found that foam rolling can help you achieve the desired improvement in range of motion, …