The Importance Of The ‘Glute Med’

Written by Brian Castro, Exercise Physiologist Student at ACU. Article from May 2018

The Importance Of The 'Glute Med'

glute med

If someone asked me to list the 5 most important skeletal muscles for joint injury prevention and for everyday function, the gluteus medius, also referred to as the ‘glute med’ would definitely be on that list. We usually hear the terms ‘glutes’ and ‘glute max’ but how often do we hear the term ‘glute med?’ Not very often. The glute med is generally neglected in typical exercise programs, therefore we need to understand its importance. Let’s start with its function.

The glute med is one part of the three gluteal muscles.

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The Role Of Exercise In Cancer Treatment & Recovery

Written by Demi Ljilja, Exercise Physiologist at Campbelltown. Article from May 2018

The Role Of Exercise In Cancer Treatment And Recovery

exercise cancer recovery

Cancer is a disease of a cell that is characterised by uncontrolled division and growth of abnormal tissue that continues to grow after the stimuli have been removed. Predominant risk factors are lifestyle related which include lack of physical activity, obesity, and smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, environmental and genetic factors. Depending on the type, class and location of cancer there are several treatment options available which can be categorised into systemic and local therapy.

  • Systemic: treatment drugs that spread through the bloodstream to target the cancer cells wherever they may be.
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Diet and Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Written by Kimberley Webb, Accredited Practicing Dietitian at Sylvania. Article from May 2018

Diet and Multiple Sclerosis

Diet & MS

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system which interferes with the nerve impulses within the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. Over time it can slow or block the nerve signals that control how well your muscles work together, and how strong they are. It may also cause tingling or pain in parts of your body, and decreased vision (double vision or blurred vision).

MS affects over 23,000 in Australia and more than two million people worldwide. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20-40, but it can affect younger and older people too.

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Quality Of Life: Exercise’s Greatest Benefit

Written by Matthew Craig, Exercise Physiologist at Blacktown. Article from May 2018

Quality of Life: Exercise’s Greatest Benefit

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The purpose of research is to make a connection between two things, or in the case of exercise to determine if an intervention will elicit positive outcomes. As health professionals, we read a lot of research. Articles about aerobic exercise and cardiovascular health, resistance training and diabetes, impact activity and osteoporosis, hydrotherapy and post-surgical rehabilitation, functional electrical stimulation and multiple sclerosis, etc. The effect of these interventions is measured by results or markers such as a reduction in LDL cholesterol, increased bone mineral density and HbA1c levels.

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Managing Your Lower Back Pain

Written by Susannah Keppo, Exercise Physiologist at Croydon Park. Article from May 2018

Mindful Tips On Managing Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain

There has been much research into lower back pain and the best ways to manage it. This ranges from medications, therapy, heat packs through to surgery and other extreme measures. I believe the longer someone has been experiencing this pain (especially with unsuccessful interventions) the more likely that person is to fixate on this pain and withdraw from work and normal daily activities, ultimately letting the pain dictate one's overall quality of life. There is research looking into chronic pain and its psychological components.

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Occupational Burnout

Written by Michael Zajc, Exercise Physiologist at Croydon Park. Article from May 2018

Handling Occupational Burnout

job stress

Have you ever felt like work was dragging you down and making you feel tired, depressed and unsatisfied with your job? This is not an unusual thing for people to experience at some point in their lives. Just under half of working Australians will experience high levels of occupational burnout or “job burnout” at some point in their life. Occupational burnout is a unique form of job stress. It can be seen as a state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion often combined with doubts about the value of your work, and your personal sense of self-worth.

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Sensory Processing and Regulation

Written by Julia Lin, Occupational Therapist at Goulburn. Article from 1 May 2018

Sensory Processing and Regulation

Sensory Regulation

There is a strong correlation between sensory processing, attention, learning and self-regulation.

What is Sensory Regulation?

We often assume that the way we sense the world around us is the same for everyone.

There are many sources of sensory input around us:

  • Touch (including texture) and pressure
  • Sound
  • Light and outside movements,
  • Smell and taste
  • Temperature and pain,
  • Proprioception (awareness of how our body is positioned without looking) and balance

Our brain systems collect ALL these sensory information to assemble a complete picture of what is going on to allow us to react appropriately.

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Soy, Should I Eat It?

Written by Chloe Horne, Accredited Practicing Dietitian at Blacktown. Article from 1 May 2018

Soy, Should I Eat It?


Soy is one of these polarizing food which people either love or hate. For those who enjoy soy, it can be a great plant-based alternative to use in coffees, milkshakes, stir-frys and desserts; but for those in the other camp, just the mention of soy is enough to cause someone to turn up their nose. In addition to the occasional negative public perception of soy products is a belief that soy causes cancer, which can be enough to turn fence-sitters into anti-soy advocates.

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PFPS – Not Just Another Acronym

Written by Tess Hawkins, Optimum Exercise Physiologist. Article from April 2018

PFPS - Not Just Another Acronym

knee pain

Have you ever had pain at the front of your knee? Did it progressively get worse over time? You might have had patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). Research suggests that one in four people will experience PFPS at some stage of their life. It first presents as a dull ache, however, over time it gradually appears earlier inactivity and becomes more severe.

What is PFPS?

PFPS is a common overuse injury affecting knee function. It is a fancy term to describe the kneecap being pulled to the outside of the knee presenting as pain or discomfort.

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Exercise…For Your Bones?

Written by Matthew Craig, Exercise Physiologist at Blacktown. Article from April 2018

Exercise...For Your Bones?

exercise for bones

If you’ve ever stepped foot through the door of an Optimum clinic there is no doubt you have heard us talking about muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and nerves, but did you know that you can actually strengthen your bones through regular exercise? In fact, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends that all healthy adults perform resistance training exercises at least twice per week, with eight to twelve repetitions of eight to ten exercises to assist in the maintenance of bone health and density.

The Stats Don't Lie

But why should you care?

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