Winter is finally upon us, and the forecast of snow has people either excited or dreading it. The one thing that I see with a big change in weather is the reduction in people’s activity levels and the correlation with an increase in their back and neck pain.
People often report it’s due to the cold weather – there is some research to suggest it’s the change in barometric pressure that is related to reported pain, but many times it may be that we have sat at the desk or snuggled up on the lounge to watch an extra episode or 2 on Netflix!! – the combination of an increase in static activity and less exercise is often the real culprit.
So go on, get your winter woollies on and if there is a break in the weather, a quick walk or
even a session of some body-weighted exercises can be good; Think lunges, squats and even maybe some pushups.
June has been a busy month, with Jess Harris (Exercise Physiologist) starting with us and helping with Kristen’s load as she is winding down before her 2nd bub is due. Welcome Jess, it is great to have you on board. And we wish Kristen all the best, we are looking forward to meeting the new addition!
Richard, our Chiro is having some time off travelling around the Kimberly’s we are all a little jealous and we look forward to the regular updates. Don’t forget our Physios are very highly trained in treating necks and backs, so don’t let all your hard work go to waste while Richard is away. We hope he has a fab trip and look forward to his return.
A couple weeks ago Mali, Adam, Perri and myself undertook a tour of Clarence Coal mine. It was a great way to gain insight into the work many of our clients undertake and the demands of the job. Thanks to all the people at Clarence and Mitch for the tour. We even had a trial of the Virtual Reality training program. This is a fabulous program that helps train Miners in identifying hazards and ways to minimise the risks! We want everyone to be safe and this is a great initiative. (We may have also had a go on the unrelated “walk the plank” and “nightmare” programs – crazy how real it feels!! – and provided a bit of entertainment for all the people watching )
Click here for our hilarious VR experience
In exciting news, I’ve made the finalist list for Rural and Regional Excellence in Allied Health and in the Australian Physiotherapy of the year awards. It’s a bit of a shock, but I couldn’t have done this without the awesome support from my Tablelands Team and Family. It’s so great that our initiatives to get rural people Active, Healthy and Positive is gaining momentum. We always endeavour to enable our people to get back to doing what they love.
As we continue to grow and service more of the local community, we are again on the lookout for our next fabulous Physiotherapist and other allied health professionals; So if you know of someone who would be great fit for our team send them our way!
Our Tablelands Physio Family are our best source to find awesome people to join us, as you know how we work, our culture and generalised fun and craziness. We thank you in advance for all your help!!.
Don’t forget if you are having trouble getting out and about to do the things you love and playing your best sport, we have many health professionals from different areas to help you achieve your health goals.
Stay warm and keep moving!
Director, Tablelands Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy
Loss of Proprioception, sounds scary? Not really…
Proprioception is the ability for your body to sense where a joint is in space. Proprioception is what makes it possible for you to put a spoon in your mouth with your eyes closed. It is also the reason we don’t roll our ankle every time we step awkwardly on a small rock or fall over going to the loo in the dark.
Every joint in the body contributes to proprioception, and if this area is injured it can make it harder to work out where your body is in space, what it is doing, and how to prevent further injury. The most common areas we see this problem is in the ankles, knees, hips, spine, shoulders and hands.
Proprioception in our lower limb and spine plays a huge role in our sense of balance. This is what makes it possible for us to correct our footing to prevent slips, trips and things like ankle rolling. This sense of proprioception comes from nerves within the skin, ligaments and muscles and is often disrupted after an injury to ligaments, tendons and muscles, or after prolonged periods of immobilisation (such as casts and braces).
Loss of proprioception in the knees or ankles can leave you feeling more unbalanced, or less stable than before. You may find yourself stumbling more frequently, rolling your ankle or having difficulty standing on 1 leg while putting your pants on – that may present a problem …. :)
When our proprioception is reduced we are more likely to re-injure the area or cause other problems.
Improving your proprioception after injury is an important part of rehab and allows you to get back to doing the sport you love or work you need to do.
Treatment may include balance exercises, hands on techniques, taping, and always targeted exercises specific to you and your injury.
Talk to us today about how we can help you regain your proprioception and prevent future injury!
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If the home exercises we have previously discussed are not improving your headaches it may be time to pop in to see a physio for a consultation.
This will involve an assessment and manual therapy where necessary. Your physio will prescribe you with an individualised exercise and stretch program, and possible lifestyle modifications to help manage and prevent your headaches.
Please don't hesitate to get in contact with us for more information or to book a consultation.
Exercises you can do to prevent and manage headaches from the neck:
- Correct your posture: try to avoid slouching
- Chin tuck: use your hand to gently press your chin straight back, hold it for a few seconds and then release (image it as a filing cabinet, going straight back and not wonky off to one side)
- Ear to shoulder: gently tilt your head side to side, 3/4 each way
These exercises should make the pain ease in your head. It is okay if your neck is still a bit sore. However, if it is getting worse in your head, you need to stop and talk to your Physio about this.
Please don't hesitate to get in contact with us for more information or to book a consultation. Tel: 02 6352 3131 / email@example.com / www.tablelandsphysio.com.au #tablelandsphysio #headaches #managingheadaches #neckpain #physiotherapy #exercisephysiology #remedialmassage #chiropractor #occupationaltherapy #OT #dietitian
As mentioned in Part 1, cervicogenic headaches (headaches from the neck) make up a large proportion of all headaches.
Some simple steps you can take at home to prevent / manage these headaches:
- Be mindful of your posture: don’t have your chin sticking out
- Have your TV straight ahead of your lounge if possible: this avoids your neck sitting at an angle
- Get up every 30mins from sitting: whether this be watching tv or at a desk working
Book now: https://www.tablelandsphysio.com.au / Ph: 6362 3131
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There is a continuum with headaches, from,
- Migrainous headaches (nausea, dizziness, impaired vision)
- Tension headaches (feels like a tight band around the head)
- Cervicogenic headache (coming from the neck)
They all can cross over depending on the individual. A large proportion of headaches do come from the neck (cervicogenic). Often they come from the back of the neck and refer up into the head, and can sometimes come to the front of the head and the eyes. If you think this is the case, it might be worthwhile having a chat to one of our Physio’s to determine if it is a neck based issue rather than a migraine. If so, there are steps you can take rather than turning to medications or getting scans.
Stay tuned for our next part on headaches which covers what you can do at home to minimise the chance of headaches.
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Regular exercise is highly beneficial for people living with diabetes. Exercise can address many complications associated with Diabetes AND improve health, well being and physical function.
There are three main types of Diabetes Mellitus; Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational Diabetes.
1)Type 1 diabetes (IDDM) Is caused by an autoimmune condition in which the pancreas does not produce insulin in levels required to maintain optimal blood glucose levels. This is usually diagnosed in childhood.
2) Type 2 diabetes (NIDDM) generally develops later in life, and accounts for around 90% of all diabetes cases.
3) Gestational diabetes refers to a condition of high levels of blood glucose when pregnant. This also increases a woman’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.
All three refer to a condition in which the body cannot adequately control the levels of glucose in the blood. Ongoing high levels of blood glucose increases the risk of many chronic conditions including cardiovascular disease.
Exercise, along with dietary intervention, is among the most potent therapy for the management and prevention of type two and gestational diabetes, and the management of type 1 diabetes.
Exercise will improve insulin sensitivity which results in improved glucose control. An Increase in muscle mass will allow for higher levels of glucose storage in the body and keeps the glucose out of the blood, reduces blood pressure, and aids with fat loss.
The two main types of exercise to consider are aerobic and strength training.
Aerobic exercise - build towards 210 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week (walking, running, swimming, cycling etc).
This is higher than the normal recommendation of 150 minutes per week. This higher volume of exercise has been shown to produce significant benefits for people with diabetic complications.
Strength training will increase muscle size and strength and allows for increased glucose storage in the muscles. Higher muscle strength will also help to increase a person’s capacity to carry out activities of daily living, improve bone density and joint health.
Strength training – undertake at least 2x/week in order to achieve significant adaptations.
Different intensities of exercise will change the level of glucose in the blood. For example,
This is an important factor to consider if an individual has poor glucose control. It becomes especially important to measure blood glucose levels when exercising (often before, during and after) to ensure they are not risking hypoglycaemia (low sugars).
When first diagnosed or starting to exercise, it is important that the diabetic person has the support of a team of health professionals to design and monitor the exercise program and monitor the use of medication as required.
In the long term, regular exercise will lead to a reduction in blood glucose levels, and allow for better glucose control in their day to day life.
For more information, or to book a consultation, please call 02 6352 3131.
Accredited Exercise Physiologist
M.Clin.Ex.Phys, B.Sp.&Ex.Sci, AEP, AES, ESSAM
What are your 2021 goals?
After a tough 2020, you may feel like you need to make up for lost time by setting big goals such as losing 20kg, exercising for 1 hour every day, or even quitting junk food cold turkey with an aim to begin on January 1st.
The reality is, that jumping in head first to a strict regime is less likely to result in sustainable change, and more likely to result in seeing the steps towards goals as punishments, rather than enjoyable moments.
Here are five tips to make your goals last longer than the first few weeks of the new year:
⭐ Don't set impossible goals
⭐ Don't be so hard on yourself
⭐ Find your WHY
⭐ Plan strategies to overcome possible barriers
⭐ Trust the process
Our Exercise Physiologists and Physiotherapists can help you set, and stick to your goals! For more information or to make an appointment, please call 6352 3131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are back this week with varied hours, but back to normal hours next week.
A lot of people have been a little confused with the Covid-19 restrictions, and where exactly Lithgow falls under these restrictions. 🦠 Where the Blue Mountains is referenced as being The Greater Sydney Area, the Lithgow GA does NOT fall under the Blue Mountains Area 🦠
Stay safe, happy and well over this holiday period 🎉
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The grasses are growing with the warm weather and rain we have been having, and lots of people are out making hay.
This means people are out on tractors, trucks and headers looking backwards, and often doing this one sided, causing neck pain.
So what can you do?
- Sit taller with good posture (no slouching)
- Try and change up the direction you are looking back so it’s not the same side all the time
- Do some gentle neck stretches (ear to shoulder)
- Get out of the tractor more often (try every hour or so) to move your body around
In true, slightly slow off the mark style, it’s taken me all month to get organised to write this newsletter highlighting October as Mental health month.
The people of Lithgow and the surrounding rural districts have had a lot of ongoing stresses over the past year and I think it’s actually fitting to be writing this today as it’s 1 year since the Gospers Mountain fire started – who would have thought that that one lightning strike in the middle of the scrub would cause so much destruction? Over 2.6 million acres of our beautiful native flora and fauna burnt, heartache and many tears to those who lost their homes and properties, and a huge amount of stress and anxiety to everyone who lived in our region. Many of us are involved in the RFS and so many people donated their time, money and supplies to keep all our crews going and safe.
The fires were a stressful time for everyone and coming off 3 years of drought it’s no wonder the people of our area were in a heightened state of anxiety and in many cases depression.
In early March I was seeing a lot of people with pain and injuries that occurred during the summer but had not had the capacity to be able to address it previously. Many people were quite upset and had not actually spoken to anyone about their experience during the fires and drought until they came in for a physio appointment. I feel privileged and honoured that people felt they could talk to us and were comfortable to be able to open up about what has been happening in their lives.
Then along came COVID…. This was another level…. An unknown, and everyone was watching the situation overseas and seeing all the terrible images on the TV. No wonder people were again becoming anxious when we started to get cases. The messages we were receiving were confusing and the government and health districts were trying their best to give us the information, but they too were learning as they went.
There were so many uncertainties associated with COVID, none of us were sure of the health impacts, financial impacts and social impacts.
I know many people were really worried about all or at least some of these on themselves, their families and friends.
At Tablelands Physio we have been staying positive and available to our clients to help them through this time and not put anyone at any greater risk. We are truly grateful to all our clients who have been patient with our requests for masks, signing in, embracing the Telehealth options, scheduling dilemmas and incessant cleaning that has for the time being become out new norm.
Back to Mental health month….
I prefer to call it happiness month, but since I’ve missed most of October maybe we can flick it to November instead.
It is well known that the brain has a fight or flight mode. When there are stresses our body and brain go into overdrive to manage the situation, more adrenaline and cortisol is released, and we are often able to cope with quite stressful situations.
Unfortunately, if the stress goes on for a long period of time, we are unable to maintain this heightened level of stress and this causes adverse effects to our physical and mental health.
We get a fatigue and are at risk of developing higher levels of depression and anxiety.
As a Physio, I am managing people with pain all day every day and we know as health professionals that if people are in a level of heightened anxiety, depression or have sleep deprivation, their pain levels are increased and their capacity to cope is diminished.
We also know that by trying to manage our stress and anxieties, often by exercise, mindfulness activities, talking to friends or professionals, we can also have a positive impact on managing pain and our mental health. We are fortunate as allied health professionals that we can help you manage your symptoms and have time to listen.
A few tips that I have been trying to undertake this “happiness” month:
It is important that you look after your mental wellbeing and happiness- it will help you, manage that annoying injury, allow you to cope with whatever life throws at you and allow you to live a more fulfilled life.
If you are worried or not coping we are always about to help as we can, or point you in the right direction. I’ve added a questionnaire to fill out if you would like to see how you are tracking (you’re the only person to get the results). And I’ll include some links if you need more information.
this will put you in touch with the local mental health team if you are worried about yourself or a someone else.
We are always here to support and help you achieve your health goals, get you back doing the things you enjoy and reduce your pain. Check our Facebook or Insta page or ask to join our VIP Facebook group for all our up to date news, tips and advice.
Stay well, healthy and happy.
I am treating a large number of people at the moment that have come to us after putting up with headaches for years. So how do you know if you need physio or migraine medication?
It’s tricky as many people have migraines that have some component from the neck, and some have neck headaches that mimic migraines.
An easy way to start thinking about it is to ask:
Not always will these mean that it is from your neck (cervicogenic) but it’s a good place to start.
Many of my clients are coalminers that have problems when looking up for long periods of the shift or sitting on an IMCO, looking one way or another whilst driving. (I still haven’t worked out why the seat can’t spin around). Or, when they go home they sit on the lounge with their head turned slightly one way for an extended period of time - (NB check your TV set up or don’t sit for long or preferably both). Lack of sleep, exercise and a poor diet can also contribute to ongoing pain.
So what can you do about it?
If your headaches and neck pain continue and you’ve tried those simple tricks, a physiotherapy assessment can determine if it is from your neck. It’s a quick and simple way to screen your headaches. If we are worried about anything, we will send you back to your Dr for scanning/medication.
Approximately 80-90% of people with headaches originating from their neck will get relief from physio. So, don’t put up with it any longer.
Your partner will be happy and so will your head.
🏉Have you seen all the recent injuries in the NRL?🏉
With return to sport underway, we have seen a significant increase in sporting and gym injuries coming through the practice, from ACL injuries to ankle injuries, calves and shoulder injuries.
There are quite a few exercise and warm up programs available that are backed by evidence to reduce injuries;
- FIFA 11+
- FIFA 11 Kids
- Netball Knee
- AFL - Rugby
If you would like some more information or need to pop in for advice and treatment to help manage an injury, call our practice on 6352 3131, or your local Physiotherapist. If you are interested in one of these programs, leave a comment down below with the sport you need a program for. 😁
With the exciting news of gyms reopening this weekend, it is more important than ever to remember to ease back into exercise post-coronavirus. It is advised when returning to gym programs, to take 30 percent off your weights for the first few sessions, before adding 10 percent each week thereafter.
It is also important to remember to stretch, warm up, and cool down (especially in these winter months). Look after your form, check your posture, and if you are having problems, pop in to the practice to have a chat to one of our Physios or EP, or have a chat to a local PT.
Let’s go and support our local gyms who have been doing it tough these last few months.