Falls Prevention

Written by Taylor Moore, Exercise Physiologist at Sylvania. Article from February 2019

FALLS PREVENTION

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Falls can become a serious health concern for those at risk, but how do we identify who is at risk of falling? There are many factors that contribute to a fall, these risks factors include:

Demographic/Psychosocial
• Advanced age
• History of falls
• Limitations with everyday tasks

Sensory
• Poor vision
• Muscle weakness
• Poor reaction time

Medical
• Stroke
• Parkinson’s Disease
• Taking 4 or medications or psychotropic medication
• Impaired cognition

Mobility
• Impaired gait or mobility

As you can see, risks can be categorised as either demographic, psychosocial, medical, sensory or mobility factors.

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Tight Hip Flexors?! Think again!

Written by Susannah Keppo, Exercise Physiologist at Croydon Park. Article from February 2019

Tight Hip Flexors?! Think again!

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I recently read an article which shed some light about tightness in the hip flexors (muscles that are at the front of the hip) in particular regards to pregnancy and the changes in posture that occurs.

The hip flexor muscles are responsible for flexing the hip – think of bringing your legs towards your trunk. Often pregnant women can complain of having excess tightness in their hip flexors and will spend lots of time stretching and foam rolling this area. Due to the growing baby, the abdominal muscles are stretched to accommodate this, and often the hip flexors are the backup system to create abdominal (core) and spinal stability.

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Common Causes of Lower Back Pain

Written by Sandra Demian, Physiotherapist at Sylvania. Article from February 2019

Common Causes of Lower Back Pain

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One of the most common causes of lower back pain is when we do activities that place the most postural stress on it. This is frequently brought on by sitting for a prolonged period of time in a poor position. Positions that cause your lower back to be rounded and lose that natural hollow curvature in your lower back (lordosis) is the main problem. When you reduce your lordosis for long periods of time it becomes more difficult to restore the natural curvature of the spine.

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Intellectual Disability and Exercise

Written by Li-Ling Kam (Student from The University of Sydney). Article from February 2019 

Intellectual Disability and Exercise

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What is Intellectual Disability?

Intellectual disability refers to an impairment that reduces a person’s ability to communicate, participate in activities, and learn and understand information. This impairment presents itself before adulthood and can be categorised as mild, moderate, severe or profound. This classification can indicate the severity of the impairment and one’s ability to cope independently in-home and public environments, with many utilising the assistance of a carer for daily living.

There are several types of intellectual disabilities; some of the most well known include Autism, Down Syndrome and Developmental Delay.

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The Necessity Of Exercise For People With Parkinson’s Disease: External Movement And Internal Factors Of The Disease

Written by Adrian Choy, Exercise Physiologist at Blacktown. Article from January 2019

The Necessity Of Exercise For People With Parkinson’s Disease: External Movement And Internal Factors Of The Disease

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Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive, chronic and neurodegenerative movement disease. Specifically, what has been historically considered a motor disorder, it is characterized by both many motor and non-motor symptoms such as balance decrements, bradykinesia (slow movement), resting tremor, gait disruption and reduced quality of life. PD patients also tend to display a stooped posture when walking, rigidity and postural instability with reductions in speech volume. An iceberg can describe the clinical status of PD; motor symptoms represent the visible portion whereas the various non-motor manifestations represent the most non-visible portion (1).

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Top 5 – Beat The Heat

Written by Michael Zajc, Exercise Physiologist at Croydon Park. Article from January 2019

Top 5: Beat The Heat

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It’s no secret that this time of year is the toughest to find the motivation to exercise. Some of us enjoying some recovery time off work or on holidays, whilst the rest of us are still nursing the food baby that the Christmas period has left us with. And if that wasn’t challenging enough the Australian summer strikes again with another one of its infamous heat waves. But this isn’t an excuse to pack it in and wait until it’s cooled down a bit.

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How Optimum’s Exercise Physiologists Program for NDIS Participants

Written by Matthew Craig, Exercise Physiologist at Thornleigh. Article from December 2018

How Optimum’s Exercise Physiologists Program for NDIS Participants

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What exactly is an exercise physiologist? Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) AEPs are university qualified allied health professionals equipped with the knowledge, skills and competencies to design, deliver and evaluate safe and effective exercise interventions for people with acute, sub-acute or chronic medical conditions, injuries or disabilities. So essentially exercise is medicine!

Optimum Health Solutions has really taken the time to understand the NDIS. So when it comes to the NDIS our programs focus around 3 main goals, 3 main goals that most families, support coordinators and participants of the NDIS will be familiar with as they are in every NDIS plan ever!

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Why Consistency is the Key

Written by Shane Cassel, Exercise Physiologist at Blacktown. Article from December 2018

Why Consistency is the Key

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“This pain has been bugging me for years”
“Everything I’ve tried has failed”
“I seem to take one step forward, two steps back”

These are all common phrases that I have heard over the past few years whilst working in the health and fitness industry. It’s distressing for someone to explain to his or her friends and family all the different methods and diets they have tried in his or her quest for a pain-free and healthier lifestyle.

Recently I watched a video of an interview with American actor Will Smith that I thought was a fantastic way of explaining the overarching theme for the methods we use as Exercise Physiologists.

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Reversibility And How It Should Influence Your Christmas Choices!

Written by Taylor Moore, Exercise Physiologist at Sylvania. Article from December 2018

Reversibility And How It Should Influence Your Christmas Choices!

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By the end of the year many people looking forward to enjoying the festive season. For a lot of people, this often involves a lot of eating and drinking! Of course the holiday season is a time to be enjoyed with family and friends, however, it’s important to remember the effect of our choices.

For 11 months of the year, people will train and put in the hard work needed to maintain or achieve their fitness goals. However, around the holiday season, it is common for people to slack off when it comes to maintaining their health.

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A Pain In The Ass

Written by Adrian Choy, Exercise Physiologist at Blacktown. Article from December 2018

A Pain In The Ass

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The most prevalent lower limb tendinopathy isn’t located in the knee or ankle, but in fact is in the backside. Gluteal tendinopathy (tendon condition of the bottom muscles) greatly impacts the quality of life as it causes substantial amounts of pain in the lateral aspect of the hips. Women over the age of 40 years are shown to have the highest prevalence of this condition. Although gluteal tendinopathy is evident in sedentary individuals, it is also seen in athletes (particularly runners) (2).
Two of the gluteal muscles, the gluteus medius and gluteus minimus, are currently considered as the main culprits causing the lateral hip pain.

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