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MOMENTUM 2017: A physios insight to a good time
It really isn’t a secret that I love my job! The opportunities to expand knowledge, tackle new challenges and interact with fantastic people constantly present themselves on a daily basis. So if I get excited by the simple daily opportunities then its easy to see why last week was a big one for me! Last week was conference week! Every two years the Australian Physiotherapy Association holds their National Conference. This is one of the most exciting professional development and networking opportunities on a physiotherapists calendar, with thousands of physios coming together to share their knowledge and their love for a good chat and drink. This year’s conference was held here in Sydney at the newly built Convention Centre (ICC) with the focus being ‘MOMENTUM’. Holly, Campbell and I all attended the full conference program with Sarah attending for two Women’s Health days this year.
This year’s program was particularly special to me as I helped to create it! The sports section of the program therefore had a strong focus on shoulders with local, national and international experts sharing their knowledge and experience. Day 1 involved a workshop with Jeremy Lewis, Tania Pizzari, Kellie Wilkie and Andrea Mosler (four very well respected physios) presenting a full day on the management of shoulder injuries. For me this day was a fabulous experience, a privilege and an honour to meet some of the world leaders in my field. It was a big program to squeeze into one day but it really fired up the passion and thirst for knowledge and got my mind thinking. I picked up few creative exercises and new ways to look at problems I have encountered which I’m sure some of my clients will notice and get to experience over the coming weeks.
Day 2 and Day 3 was full of more inspiration, more personal and career inspiration, more treatment techniques and more problem solving skills, as the program expanded to various injuries and conditions for all facets of physiotherapy. We shared breakfasts, dinners and social drinks together while checking out some of the new innovations and products on offer at the trade stands. We now have a great new tool for challenging balance and stability during rehab exercises as well as some new product for casting and splinting coming your way! Campbell has gained new ideas from the lectures for managing concussions, Holly has some regarding exercise prescription during pregnancy and Sarah had the opportunity to learn more about the pregnant athlete, whole body strengthening and the pelvic floor.
Conference wrapped up on Day 4 with our final night themed dinner, “The Roaring 20s”. Of all the conference dinners I have attended over the years, this one would have been one of the most well received with almost everyone getting into the theme and up on the dance floor! I’d like to say a huge thank you to all my colleagues who attended the conference, all the presenters who shared their work and all the people who put this event together for us. We return to work energised and excited about what we can offer our clients and very proud to be a member of this great profession of Physiotherapists!
October 29, 2017 0 Comments
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"Running will ruin your knees," a phrase I’m sure we have all heard. Despite what your well-meaning but potentially ill-informed neighbours, co-workers, and relatives may have told you, there's no evidence that regular running damages knees.
Whilst menopause comes with many (not so pleasant) symptoms, the great news is that you can help manage many of them with exercise.
Exercise has many benefits post menopause including maintaining and improving:
• Muscle strength
• Bone density
• Joint flexibility
• Mood and general wellbeing
There are many different types of exercise so you should choose something that you enjoy, fits in with your lifestyle and helps manage your individual symptoms.
Types of exercise:
Aerobic exercise: This type of exercise works your heart and lungs, and is also important to prevent or manage heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar. This is any exercise that gets you huffing and puffing including activities such as cycling, swimming, tennis and gardening. It is important to avoid high impact activities such as running and jumping to protect your joints and pelvic floor as these are weaker post menopause.
Flexibility: Stretching and gentle respective movements increase the length of your muscles, resulting in improvement in your range of joint movement. Yoga is a great form of exercise to achieve this.
Resistance/Strength Training: This exercise uses weights, exercise bands, or body weight to help strengthen your bones and muscles whilst also improving your balance and coordination.
Functional Training (Clinical Pilates): Training your pelvic floor muscles to contract and relax as needed assists you to regain or prevent incontinence and prevent prolapse symptoms. This functional training is best done with an individualised exercise program that is designed to suit your individual needs. These exercises also enhance any strength training program and assist in flexibility or balance.
At SquareOne we use Clinical Pilates equipment to rehabilitate the function of pelvic floor muscles and deep abdominals, so that they automatically work during everyday activities. Clinical Pilates combines with a specific home exercise program will assist in achieving optimal function more quickly.
What can a Women’s Health Physiotherapist do for you menopausal symptoms?
A Women’s Health Physiotherapist can assess you individually and tailor an exercise program to address any particular issues and goals that you may have.
At Mosman Women's Health, our physiotherapists have extra training in managing older women and in particular exercise prescription for the different needs of the menopausal woman.
International guidelines all concur with the view that walking, jogging, cycling and swimming (at moderate intensity), muscle strengthening exercises (including pelvic floor exercises), water based exercise, and pregnancy-specific exercise classes are both safe and beneficial for pregnant women.
If you have never been physically active – it’s also suggested that now would be a great time to start.
We interviewed Lauren earlier this year about her experience at the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast while juggling the new role of being a first time Mum.
What benefit do I get?
Here at SquareOne, our Philosophy is to not only fix your injury but send you away stronger, fitter and more resilient – in other words, less likely to injure yourself again.
Our Pilates programs help deliver our evidence based exercise programs to those who are in pain, those rehabilitating or those just wanting to move and exercise more.
When taking our clients through their programs we not only have what exercise you are going to do next front in mind we are thinking of a multitude of different things. Our knowledge of anatomy, pain science, biomechanics, load management, pathology and rehabilitation allows us to consider many different facets in developing your program.