How Exercise Enhances The Life Of Those Undergoing Cancer Treatment

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

How Exercise Enhances The Life Of Those Undergoing Cancer Treatment

Cancer-related Fatigue and Exercise

It may seem controversial to exercise during cancer treatment or when diagnosed with cancer, but the direction of one’s health can further alter depending on whether exercise is involved in their life or not. It is strongly backed by clinical studies that significant benefit from regular exercise after cancer improves well-being and disease outcomes.

Cancer treatments can be the direct cause of negative side effects on someone undertaking such treatment. Treatments can be the direct cause of negative effects on body composition, increased fat mass, bone mass loss, reduced lean mass, and decreased physical functioning and health-related quality of life.

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Getting Started: A guide to making lifestyle changes

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

Getting Started: A guide to making lifestyle changes

lifestyle change

Have you been thinking about eating healthier or know you should get back into exercise but always seem to push it to the back of your mind? Maybe you don’t know where to start? Making positive lifestyle and behavioural changes can be challenging! Often people may attempt these changes but find themselves struggling and giving up after only a short period. Whether it be in relation to exercise, diet or any other aspect of life, sometimes we may need some help in making these changes lifelong.

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Injuries In Sport

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

Injuries In Sport: Just another aspect, or is it avoidable?

injuries in sport

Injuries in sport. A topic that definitely hits a little too close to home. Every day I sit down with new clients for initial consultations and one of the most common things I hear (especially in people under 50) is ‘I have a bit of knee and ankle pain….but you know, that’s netball’. Too often we get drawn into the idea that injuries in sport are normal, a trap I personally fell in to.

All the time you see your favourite professional athletes get plagued by the ‘injury bug’ and we just write it off as part of the job.

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Reducing The Impact Of Prolonged Sitting

Written by Gabriel Pisanu, Exercise Physiologist at Croydon Park. Article from May 2018

Reducing The Negative Impact Of Prolonged Sitting

sitting posture

Many of our clients have presented us with the typical upper crossed syndrome postural issues. This is characterised by a forward head lean, internally rotated shoulders, a rounded upper back and an excessive arch in the lower back. The most common instigator of this posture type is prolonged sitting! Unfortunately, this is a characteristic of many jobs. 

This postural problem not only looks terrible, but it can also have significant detrimental effects on your health for a number of reasons.

  • It can lead to a wide range of physical injuries due to muscular imbalances on one side of a joint compared to the other.
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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


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

exercise happy

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

work 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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