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Foot Drop and How to Manage your Condition

Written by Matthew Craig, Exercise Physiologist at Thornleigh . Article from March 2019

Foot Drop and How to Manage your Condition

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Foot drop is caused by a weakness/inability to activate the muscles on the anterior portion of an individual’s lower limb, especially the Tibialis Anterior muscles. The condition causes a weakness in the dorsiflexors of the foot which clear our foot off the ground when walking or running (i.e. pull our toes towards our shin), putting sufferers at a much higher risk of falls and injuries. Drop foot also regular causes patients to present with an abnormal gait, most commonly a high steppage gait, where the hip and knee are flexed excessively to compensate for the lack of foot clearance at the ankle joint.

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How Does Incorrect Breathing Contribute To The Neck Pain?

Written by Demi Ljilja, Exercise Physiologist at Campbelltown. Article from March 2019

How Does Incorrect Breathing Contribute To The Neck Pain?

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Incorrect breathing is not the primary or only cause of neck pain and bad posture. There are many more factors such as muscular imbalance, biomechanical alignment, muscular tightness, mobility and movement proficiency that account for and contribute to the pain to a greater extent. All these factors need to be addressed prior to primarily focusing on breathing. So what is the correct way to breathe at rest, during activity/ exercise?

The correct way is by using the diaphragm during inhalation and exhalation, called diaphragmic breathing.

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The Language of Labels

Written by Chloe Horne, Accredited Practising Dietitian at Blacktown. Article from February 2019

The Language of Labels

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Do you find grocery shopping confusing? Do you spend hours trying to decide which is the best product or feel like you need a science degree to interpret what is written on food labels? Well you are not alone. Shopping for yourself or your family can be a daunting task due to the huge amount of information presented to our brains every time we set foot inside a supermarket. So while I cant give you an honorary degree in “Food Label reading”, I thought I would share some information to help make things a little easier for you.

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Don’t know where to start with exercise?

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

Don’t Know Where To Start With Exercise?

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I often hear from people especially those starting out, that they don’t know where to start with an exercise and healthy eating regime. They often feel very overwhelmed with different choices and styles of exercise, which can leave them fence sitting for a while. In today’s modern society anyone can have access to an exercise program through the internet, magazines, newspapers or word of mouth.

I think this overwhelming choice of exercise types can have a negative impact on society as it can be used as an excuse not to do anything at all.

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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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