How the Asymmetrical Tonic Reflex impacts your Movement

Written by; Jess Reyes Bachelor of Exercise Physiology (Professional Honours) (Current) 4th year student) There are many primitive reflexes that develop during your childhood which can be influencing your posture and movement efficiency as an adult.  In many cases, if these reflexes aren’t integrated properly in your childhood it can cause injury and pain from faulty movement patterns later in life.  As Exercise Physiologists and movement specialists, we test and consider these reflexes in the design…

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How to prevent neck pain when using a computer

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Written by: Emily Gill (Osteopath) Osteopathy on Canterbury and Complimentary Therapies Computers and technology are currently ruling the roost in our lives. Children are using them at school, more people are in office jobs, small businesses use them for sales and even health practitioners use them for note taking. And yes whilst they do make our lives a lot easier, they are also not doing wonders for our bodies, especially our necks. The longer you…

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Understanding Lower Back Pain and How to Prevent It

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Written by Nathan Switkowski, Osteopath at Osteopathy on Canterbury Lower back pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal problems that is experienced in Australia. It can be defined as acute (lasting up to 4 weeks), subacute (4-12 weeks) or chronic (more than 3 months). This blog will discuss some of the reasons why our lower backs can become painful, 2 common conditions and preventative measures we can introduce to prevent lower back pain. Why…

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Common Running Injuries

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Written by; Isabella Peters (Bach Ex Sci) (Master ExPhys current) If you are a runner you will understand there is nothing worse than an injury.  Injuries lead to interruptions to your training, potentially months of rehabilitation and a reduction in performance.  Whether you’re a ‘weekend warrior’ or a high-performance athlete, avoiding injury is vital to your ongoing enjoyment and continual improvement with your running. In this article we overview the most common running injuries and…

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The importance of posture and how you can improve it

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Throughout your childhood you were most likely told many times to “sit up straight!”.  You probably didn’t understand why. Your mother, teacher or whoever was giving you these instructions probably didn’t know themselves. As it turns out, the biggest reason why this is so important revolves around your posture – the forces you are placing on your muscles and joints; and the messages you are training your brain (neural system). In our typically western lifestyle,…

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Why is mobility training important for your health?

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When you think of exercise do you immediately consider aerobic exercise and strength training?  Are you aware there are other components to your training which contribute to your overall health and well being?     Flexibility or mobility training is an important dimension you must incorporate into your training whether your a beginner or are more advanced.   And there are many reasons why! Your flexibility/ mobility decreases with the typical modern western lifestyle;  with prolonged sitting and…

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Spinal Flexion during strength training: Is It dangerous?

Written by;  Nick Agius (Exercise Science Student-  Deakin University) Many exercise physiologists, personal trainers and strength and conditioning  coaches teach the importance of maintaining a neutral spine throughout strength training exercise. Numerous studies have pointed to this being pivotal in preventing chronic back injuries that can arise holding spinal flexion under loads. However, there is opposing evidence suggesting this debate isn’t so black and white.  Indeed, many researchers argue spinal flexion during strength training may be of…

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Diagnosing and Treating Anterior (Forward) Pelvic Tilt

Written by: Sebastian Mann  Bach. Exercise and Sport Science (current) What is Anterior Pelvic Tilt? Anterior Pelvic tilt (APT) is a postural condition where the orientation of the pelvis in respect to the femurs (thigh bones) and the rest of the body is moved or tilted forward away from its neutral or correct position and becomes the resting position of the pelvis. What causes Anterior Pelvic Tilt? This musculoskeletal condition is extremely common in modern…

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